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.
With three large indoor play areas and adjoining outdoor romp ranges, Camp Bow Wow lets canines loose to frolic with friends or simply survey their own tails. Camp Bow Wow's staff of certified counselors is trained in dog behavior and categorizes dogs into playgroups based on size, demeanor, and brainpower, allowing pets to engage in more evenly matched matches of Trivial Pursuit.
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.
Bob and Coni Keyes began the adventure that is Green Meadows Petting Farm in Wisconsin in 1964, when it was simply Green Meadows Farm. As a "pick-your-own" raspberry and vegetable farm, there was nothing there yet to pet, especially since raspberries notoriously withhold affection. When they discovered that most farms of their ilk prohibited youngsters, they brought in animal friends to make their farm a family affair. All it took was the raves of one nursery school group, and suddenly the new Green Meadows Petting Farm was bringing in up to 1,200 visitors a day. Through the decades, Green Meadows has expanded its array of animals and family entertainment, which includes horse-drawn hayrides, sleigh rides, mobile pony parties, and more pumpkins than in a headless horseman's closet. They've also expanded to locations to Maryland and Texas, allowing kids in two times zones the chance to get closer to nature's critters.
Founded in 1980, Man's Best Friend welcomes pets and their caretakers for training, grooming, and boarding services. A variety of training programs are designed to fit different pet personalities and specific goals such as obedience training and home protection. Boarding offerings include overnight stays and daycare, with separate facilities for dogs and cats complete with climate control and ample space.
Ellis County SPCA is a nonprofit organization striving to help homeless or unwanted cats and dogs find permanent, loving homes. Before discovering a four-legged soul mate, interested applicants must complete and flawlessly origami-fold a pre-adoption form to ensure that they and their homes are qualified for pet ownership. Once potential owners are deemed fit and prepared for a pet, they may visit the facility during adoption hours to cuddle and caper around with hairy friends in much the same way death-metal bands bond before each practice. Each adorable quadruped will come home with parvovirus, distemper, and rabies vaccinations, as well as 30 days worth of free vet insurance through ShelterCare.