The founders of Starr Barks launched their self-service dog-washing operation because they were tired of the mess and discomfort caused by scrubbing their pups at home. Rather than viewing bath time as a chore, owners can bond with their four-legged friends while Starr Barks staffers provide them with shampoo, conditioner, towels, and dog treats. To prevent sore backs and knees, bathtubs stand at waist height and accommodate canines of all sizes. Large dogs ascend to watery bliss by way of a ladder, which saves owners the hassle of lifting them or training them to jump at the smell of soap. A safety line prevents dogs from leaping out of the tub and injuring themselves or other pets. Tidy aprons keep humans dry, and a professional dryer ensures that pets leave fluffy and water-free. Throughout the entire cleaning process, the Starr Barks coffee bar stands at the ready so dog owners can reinforce their own good behavior with coffee and snacks.
Dogs have always been a constant in Jennifer Nelson's life. She grew up with rottweilers and schnauzers, owned dogs while in graduate school, and walked the dogs of her friends in Colorado and of strangers in San Francisco. She cultivated her years of canine experience to open her own dog-walking business, expanding to offer a variety of services such as home visits, private walks, and baths.
Sunshine Meadows Equestrian Village's sprawling 170-acre campus boards up to 678 horses, allowing steeds to roam green acres, tracks, and rings. Eighteen hurricane-resistant barns house 40 horses apiece, replete with tack rooms and end rooms. Riders can take their horses out of three different-sized tracks or make use of two FEI-regulation dressage rings. The facility's human-centric amenities include barbecue and picnic areas and an onsite restaurant.
At Happy Paws Go Walking, a certified member of the National Association of Professional Pet Sitters with more than 10 years of experience looks out for pups. Services include healthy strolls, daily and overnight pet sitting, pet taxi, and other miscellaneous pet-related services such as barking them the day’s crossword puzzle.
At All Soaped Up Pet Grooming & Boutique, animals receive the royal treatment—nail services, ear cleaning, baths, and teeth brushing. The facility also welcomes dogs in for daycare, and its animal lovers provide at-home boarding. The boutique portion of the business offers a variety of leashes and other pet supplies for sale.
A love of animals led Dr. Jennifer Johnson down the veterinary path nearly 20 years ago, and today, she brings her compassion and experience to Magnolia Veterinary Clinic. The experienced vet performs checkups and emergency care on both cats and dogs, occasionally augmenting surgical treatments with acupuncture. Dr. Johnson also supervises anesthesia-free teeth cleanings and partners with a grooming service to revivify dogs of all breeds.