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Fulfill horse-related childhood dreams, such as conquering Bronze Age agrarian civilizations with today’s Groupon. For $59, you’ll get two semi-private English horseback riding lessons at Stony Glen Stables in Aubrey (a $120 value), including all equipment. Located just north of Frisco, the expansive stables can be found three miles off the tollway here.
Your equine education at Stony Glen involves more than just dismounts and fancy trots—you'll also learn about safety, grooming, and tack care. Level I Riders start with a briefing in the three S's: stop, start, and steer at the trot - plus the fourth S: Stanislavksi, the acting method that instructs you to be "in the moment" with the horse while understanding the underlying motivations of your character. If you're shaky or shy in the saddle, semi-private lessons with just one other student and one instructor will keep the lesson intimate, hands-on, and free of paparazzi.
Animal-based transportation gives many people a sense of companionship and connection with nature. Mounted on the back of a mare, you’ll not only learn to telepathically interpret a horses's brain thoughts, but you'll also meet an animal friend who nuzzles his way into your heart. Being skilled in the saddle could bring you ribbons, stronger thigh muscles, and potential for a new filly-focused career (jockey, rodeo star, actor). If you want the other person in your class to be someone you know, buy an extra Groupon for a friend.
Taking your pooch to the spa may feel like an extravagance, but the staff at Bliss Pet Resort and Spa would argue that it's actually a necessity. The benefits of pet grooming go far beyond aesthetics. They also include many practical rewards that can have positive physical and mental benefits, such as less shedding, diminished chances of skin disease, and decreased pet odor around the house. And the grooming spa is just one branch of Bliss.
The resort also welcomes furry guests to stay overnight in one of its swanky suites. The deluxe suite includes upscale touches such as crystal light fixtures that shed a soothing light, and equally relaxing music, as well as exercise in the indoor playroom. Dogs can listen to calming music and stretch out on plush bedding at night. Dogs can also drop by for daycare while their owners are at work and run around one of three yards. The resort's web cameras give owners a sneak of all the fun while they're away.
It sounds like a rainforest inside Kookaburra Bird Shop. The cries and chortles of crested cockatoos and blue and gold macaws ricochet off the brick walls. One notable macaw sits on her perch, white cheeks glowing and feathers cascading seamlessly from fire-engine red, to sun yellow, to a deep blue. This is Miranda, the resident bird, who greets visitors as they peruse the shop's wares and peek into the cages of birds for adoption. After squawking hello to Miranda, customers can chat with an avian behaviorist who uses his 30 years of experience to help owners understand their bird's behavior issues such as moodiness, irritability, or incessant repetition.
In addition to attending to the feathered guests, Kookaburra Bird Shop also accommodates cats and dogs with boarding services. Cats are treated to padded resting areas and a room to explore, while dogs frolic on two walks a day or head out on a run accompanied by a distance runner.
Different from the average pet-boarding facility, Paradise 4 Paws has a bone-shaped pool surrounded by more than 20,000 square feet of indoor play area, plush accommodations, and comfy boarding suites. Staff members roam the facility 24/7, playing with animals during the day, tucking them in at night, and performing à la carte services such as grooming, obedience training, health checkups, and canine massage therapy. Paradise 4 Paws has its own training academy, and its pet-care professionals have received pet-first-aid certification from the American Red Cross.
The pet-minded staff cares about pet owners, as well, granting access to the play area’s real-time webcams and offering airport parking and transportation.