4-C Stables hands equine enthusiasts the reins to its team of even-tempered horses for trail rides, camps, and lessons within its expansive facility. Stable owner Stacey, a veterinary technician by training, heads up 4-C's 60-minute horsemanship lessons, which are tailored to each rider's experience and introduce varied aspects of horses and horse care. Students begin with the basics of safety and grooming before matriculating to more advanced equitation topics, such as dismounting and riding in slow motion for dramatic effect. With successful completion of all beginner-level requirements, students can graduate to intermediate studies, where they learn such skills as proper care of the tack, issuing verbal commands, and riding with the correct posture.
At Barks and Bubbles, scruffy pooches are transformed into well-groomed pups with an array of specialty grooming services. Clients can use the facility’s amenities for a do-it-yourself wash, or requisition a skilled tech for more complicated services such as a dog haircut, nail clipping, or flea and tick prevention. The store also pampers canines with a large inventory of brand-name and hand-made dog apparel and accessories.
Although pups may be more comfortable when bathed by their human companions rather than strangers, in-home grooming can be unpleasant for owners, who often walk away from tubs with bruised kneecaps and drenched clothes. Dirty Dawgz blends the best of both worlds with self-serve dog-washing stations that allow apron-clad owners to stand upright while refreshing fur. Waist-high stainless-steel tubs come equipped with spray hoses that make bath time more convenient than the bucket-and-faucet or pop-the-waterbed methods used at home. The tubs comfortably fit both large and small dogs as owners make use of the facility's shampoos and conditioners, towels, and brushes. For more in-depth sessions, grooming expert Jessica Bannister shows off her award-winning skills through stylish cuts and glossy coats.
Though pet parents may want to be with their adopted offspring at all times, it's not always possible. Luckily for them, Park Cities Pet Sitter, Inc. can take over in a pinch. The accommodating company unleashes its fleet of insured and bonded employees to walk dogs, pet sit overnight, and chauffeur charges to the vet's office or a photo shoot for a new pet calendar. And to ensure the sitters are well equipped to care for furry friends, they receive ongoing training, including pet first aid certification from the American Red Cross. The company also keeps a supervisor on call 24 hours a day every day of the year to offer advice or an extra pair of hands if needed.