Nestled within Columbia's historical Shandon neighborhood, Pupcakes Pet Boutique invites passersby and their four-legged friends to admire the designer dog-wear, stylish carriers and beds, and handy accessories in the homey, family-run shop. Throughout the store, Prada, the assistant manager and resident silky terrier, performs quality-control tests on toys, greets visitors with begs for belly rubs, and reviews payroll time sheets. The scent of daily baked treats tickles the olfactory lobes of discerning doggie patrons, and the sight of pooches dressed in cute vests and comforting Thundershirts reduces human speech to adoring coos and baby talk.
The certified specialists at Wild Birds Unlimited open up an encyclopedia of avian-spotting opportunities in local forest preserves and backyards alike with a stock of bird-watching and bird-feeding accessories that promotes the appreciation and conservation of wildlife. They’ve accumulated more than 30 years’ worth of research and experience, culminating in an impressive array of high-quality birding supplies, some of which boast a lifetime guarantee. The specialists cull regional blends of bird feed that consist of 100% edible seed that’s safe for backyard birds. In addition to vending bird food, bird feeders, birdbaths, and powerful optics equipment, the company disseminates helpful information online about bird feeding, migration, and current top 40 bird song charts.
The staff members at Seven Oaks Animal Hospital aren’t just trained professionals—they’re pet owners themselves. Because of this, they dote on each four-legged patient as if it were their own, whether they are administering shots, grooming nails and ears, or reminiscing about the days when gentlemen wore collars. Of course, Seven Oaks is a go-to destination for more serious pet health problems as well. The hospital's veterinarians and assistants perform blood tests and ultrasounds to diagnose diseases, and if necessary they operate using patient-specific anesthesia protocols. They even run behavioral-counseling sessions for puppies and for adult dogs exhibiting abnormal tendencies.
After she studied the art of pet styling with International Professional Groomers, Inc., Kathi Johnson spent the next 20 years training, grooming, and showing canine champions on the national circuit. After amassing more ribbons than she could fit in one doghouse, she opened Blue Ribbon Pet Styling. There, Kathi continues to make pooches prim and proper, specializing in hairdos for Marquis Standard Poodles.
Dr. Katie Searle, a veterinarian who has performed more than 1,500 surgeries, heads a team of creature caretakers specializing in general medicine and surgery for both large and small animals, including all breeds of dogs and cats. Located inside the Irmo Animal Supply House plaza, Palmetto Animal Health’s team tends to furry and feathered friends with services such as vaccinations and digital x-rays. While not included with this Groupon, Dr. Searle also offers in-home services for animals who prefer their leopard-print chaise lounges to an examination table.
David and Leslie Reyes first met working with exotic parrots, monkeys, and reptiles at Santa Fe College. It was 2008, and they were enrolled in the Zoo Animal Technology program in Gainesville, Florida, both exploring their passion for animals. After graduating, the new couple moved to West Palm Beach to work at a conservation facility, but they soon discovered that they had a desire to interact more closely with domestic animals and their owners. So, in 2010 they moved to Columbia to open Pets: The Whole 9 Yards with a mission to help educate pet owners and instill them with a love for their furry friends.
The Reyeses' pet shop stocks food, toys, and treats for animals ranging from dogs and cats to ferrets, birds, and lizards. Along with their compassionate staff, they also offer day care for pooches and birds, as well as grooming services for pets auditioning for shampoo commercials.