The privately owned Overland Animal Hospital & Pet Resort spans 17,000 square feet of facilities that more resemble a boutique pet hotel than an animal clinic. Claiming accreditation from the American Animal Hospital Association, Overland’s general practice veterinarians see to pet health with services that range from vaccinations to pet hospitalization. The boarding facilities cater to both canines and felines even during the holidays, comforting lodgers with heating, air conditioning, and unlimited access to the outdoors for dogs. Onsite webcams similarly comfort owners, letting them check in on their furry friends.
Dogs can also come to daycare, where they get to romp with similarly sized pooches during hours of outdoor play. Individual daycare programs are available for pups who prefer working on their memoirs to frolicking with other dogs. Further services include professional dog training and grooming, during which staff only use hypoallergenic products.
When Happy Hounds Pet Grooming owner Barb Berntsen isn?t volunteering as a groomer at the National Mill Dog Rescue or tending to her own pets?five dogs and one rescue cat?she?s pampering her clients? pooches. For more than 15 years, she?s conditioned and groomed fur, cleansed anal glands and ears, and helped canines combat shedding with FurMinator Shed-Less procedures. Soothing oatmeal baths inspire tail wagging and applications of dip shield dogs against fleas and ticks more effectively than a sweater made out of mosquito net.
When it came to her daughter Kayla’s equestrian education, Patty Savage Wooters entrusted the task to the most qualified candidate: herself. Kayla eventually became a two-time World Champion at the Kentucky State Fair and today, both Patty and Kayla channel their expertise into Longview Stables and Riding Academy. Private and group lessons accommodate first timers and horse-show veterans alike in the indoor and outdoor arenas, where instructors expound on fundamentals and bond riders and steeds via improved communication instead of trust falls.
At summer camp, counselors shepherd kids of all ages through daily rides and the basics of horse care, as well as horse-themed crafts. Birthday parties afford opportunities for kids to mount a mini pony named Pottachelli, while the birthday kid bounces atop a fully-grown horse. Nearby, boarded horses enjoy the shelter of stalls or canter like recently animated garden statues around emerald corrals and pastures.
Biscuit's Dog Pawlour transports the human comforts of a salon to the canine world. Within private rooms, self-service wash stations let owners use shampoo and brushes to help their pups look like the day they first hatched. Professional groomers can also tag in for more in-depth services. Biscuit's Dog Pawlour's crew also delights furry family members with toys, organic treats, and food.
Thanks to a dedicated, trained staff and convenient amenities such as live webcams, K-9 Castle earned a spot as a top-five finalist in the Denver A-List's Best Pet Sitting category three years in a row. Owners Michelle Romero and Rita Sandoval lead a loyal team, all of whom are trained in pet first aid and dog behavior, making them better able to keep animals safe and teach canines to use the correct fork at the dinner table. In addition to daytime and overnight care, the crew can train pups and treat them to such grooming services as teeth brushing, nail trimming, and baths with a blow-dry.
Spawlash provides a fully equipped pooch-cleaning zone, with services performed by grooming virtuosos skilled in the art of healthy and effective dog-dousing treatments for dogs of all ages and breeds. Reward a loyal labrador or well-behaved cerberus with a full-service bath and brush ($25–$75, depending on breed), which includes a bath, brush out, nail clipping, ear cleaning, sanitary trim, and, by request, anal-gland expression. Round out the pelt pampering with a thorough de-shedding treatment with a FURminator ($15–$20 depending on coat). For interior dog maintenance, Spawlash's toothbrushing ($10) lends a professional-grade luster to four-legged friends' kibble-coated enamel. The washery's arsenal of detangling tools and environmentally safe cleaning products get canine coats sleek and smooth, allowing tail-waggers to waltz into debutant balls and job interviews with confidence.