El Camino Ranch has cared for a growing family of Arabian horses since 1983, when it was founded with a mission to help people connect with the intelligent creatures. The ranch itself traces its origins back even further—to the early 1950s, when Bill and LaVesta Locklin started a farm and began to grow oranges and tomatoes against the scenic backdrop of the San Bernardino Mountain range.
Today, LaVesta’s son, Scott, and her granddaughter, Vandi, continue to look after the facilities, showering their horses with affection and treating them to a healthy daily schedule of riding with guests, participating in shows, and munching on fresh treats from the orange grove. During lessons, the trainers guide students through riding techniques and teach them the basics of equine grooming, tacking, and health care. They also organize a special series of “Pony Pal” lessons for children as young as 3, saving the horses the indignity of galloping around with training wheels glued to their haunches.
The Laundered Mutt & Training Center turns rambunctious pooches into well-behaved canines through training sessions that range from basic puppy obedience to advanced service and therapy dog training. Whether she's teaching puppy socialization, practicing new tricks with older dogs, or leading AKC Canine Good Citizen testing, trainer Cat Z. infuses sessions with positive behavior methods honed over a decade-plus career. Pups can study up on their new skills during private or group lessons, or engaging in more intensive training during the center's three-week board and train program.
In addition to expert training sessions, pooches can also upgrade their looks in the center's grooming area. There, dog owners lovingly suds up their pups at back-friendly, waist-high washing stations, or turn them over to groomers for a full service wash that includes nail clipping, blueberry facial wash, and a spritz of cologne. In addition to basic fur maintenance, groomers are also trained to deliver custom, breed-specific cuts.
At Home Buddies by Camp Bow Wow, trusted pet whisperers feed, walk, and care for pets in-home, which allows dogs, cats, birds, fish and other pets to remain at home to field telemarketing calls. Home Buddies' dedicated staff cares for the emotional and physical needs of pets while their families are away on vacations to secret island nations or newly discovered planets. Home Buddies' range of services includes poop scooping, walks, friendly visits, and general pet care. Home Buddies is part of the award-winning Camp Bow Wow, which operates locations across the country.
Even accounting for all the lessons and equine therapy that Whispering Meadows Ranch offers for humans, it's the horses that are luckiest to be associated with the non-profit charity. In fact, these services help fund the ranch's primary objective of adopting and rehabilitating former racing thoroughbreds. Each of the 100 steeds that the ranch rescues each year enjoys a happy retirement with all their housing, food, veterinary care, and rehabilitation provided for, allowing the animals to live away from harmful influences such as life-insurance scammers.
The horses are even given the job of handling lesson duties. Beginner and intermediate riders learn to mount, steer, and trot with the calm and friendly former competitors. When the time is right, the horse gets placed in a forever home, where a new family will see that it lives out its remaining days in peace and dignity.
The thoroughly vetted staff members at Scrubs Pet Care all have more than 10 years of animal-care experience and have passed background and future checks to earn the title of pet caretaker. During sessions in the salon or in mobile grooming trailers, skilled groomers pamper dogs and cats, taking care to trim their nails, brush their teeth, and track down split ends with baths and haircuts. Cage-free overnight boarding and doggy daycare services keep dogs and cats in comfort while pet owners are at work, on vacation, or adding a jacuzzi to the doghouse.
The staff of veterinarians and pet-care specialists at Animal Medical Center of Redlands caters to animals' every need with medical services, grooming, and boarding facilities. Vets tend to pets with services that range from dental cleaning and nutritional advice to medical and surgical procedures. Dogs visiting the boarding facilities frolic through a large lawn in the day and retire to comfy bedding at night, whereas cats snuggle up in kitty condos.