Reflection Riding Arboretum & Nature Center, a nature preserve and landscape park, began as a vision in the 1920?s by John and Margaret Chambliss. In the late 1970s, a group of forward thinkers hatched an ambitious plan to bring Chattanooga citizens closer to nature. With the help of the Junior League of Chattanooga, the group raised more than $500,000. In September 1979, The Reflection Riding Arboretum & Nature Center was born. Since then, the center has had more than half a million visitors to explore its 317 acres containing a certified level IV arboretum, Civil War and Cherokee history, botanical gardens, and native plants, as well as raising awareness with educational programs for adults at schoolchildren. Their efforts have helped to conserve the approximately 45 native animal species inhabiting the Wildlife Wanderland, These animal species include a bald eagle, sandhill cranes, and endangered red wolves.
State-of-the-art when it was built, the environmentally engineered main building has remained largely unchanged over the past 33 years. Features such as solar-heating systems, southern-facing windows, and 99% natural R-38 insulation continue to model sustainable-building practices to park visitors and squirrels looking to passively heat their nests.
Animal Clinic is a full-service veterinary medical facility, located in Chattanooga, TN. The professional and courteous staff at Animal Clinic Inc. & Animal Clinic East seek to provide the best possible medical care, surgical care and dental care for their highly-valued patients. We are committed to promoting responsible pe
Veterinarians Catherine Mabe and Troy Bearden designed Shallowford Animal Hospital, a certified Gold Cat Friendly Practice according to the American Association of Feline Practitioners, to provide the most-advanced medical technology available, as well as creature comforts that cater to dogs' and cats' unique needs. In 1994, Dr. Mabe was able to coax Dr. Bearden away from his house-call practice, and the two eventually decided to construct a state-of-the-art hospital with amenities matching their high quality of services. In 2002, the 5,300-square-foot facility won a merit award in Veterinary Economics's hospital-design competition. In addition to finding the whimsical interior to be "gorgeous," the contest judges took note of the custom-built cat condos—a feature that felines also enjoy, thanks to small portholes that can be opened to let them move horizontally through the unit. Alternatively, visiting dogs rest comfortably in air-conditioned and heated kennels and enjoy exercise within indoor runs and a fenced yard.
The hospital has been certified by the American Animal Hospital Association since 1997, one of roughly 3,200 clinics to hold the designation. Within its gray and blue walls, the doctors perform surgical procedures with less invasive and less-painful laparoscopic and electrosurgical techniques than traditional surgery. To do so, they utilize preemptive pain-control methods and advanced patient-monitoring technology.
In 1955, a veterinarian named Warren J. Wegert had an idea that must have seemed revolutionary at the time. He wanted to provide pets with the same caliber of healthcare that their human owners received. Since then, Banfield Pet Hospital has upheld his values, treating companion creatures or owners dressed up as them with such success that PetSmart, a national chain of pet supply shops, invited the company to open pet hospitals inside its stores. At each of its locations, veterinarians conduct services that range from heartworm tests and immunizations to more involved procedures such as surgery or weight-loss plans.
Ryan Garner always felt a connection with horses, but he felt an equally strong disconnect with many of the equestrian world?s traditional, intimidation-filled training methods. Instead of ignoring his concerns, the lifelong horse enthusiast began studying natural horsemanship, a method that encourages equine obedience through gentle rider-horse communication both in the barn and on a ride. Now, at RG Horsemanship, Garner shares his mission of trust, leadership, and communication during horseback-riding lessons for up to four participants. Through patient instruction, he helps students connect with their equine counterparts via body language and facial expressions, which ultimately instills confidence in the rider.
Cherokee Valley Ranch lays out an adrenaline-filled buffet of outdoor adventures propelled by gravity. Guests soar above the ranch on the gossamer wings of harness and cable across one of two legs of the zipline course. Cherokee Valley Ranch also sends riders careening down its tobogganing and tubing course. Gravity tugs thrill seekers down two frost-free chutes for snowless year-round sledding to make up for winters of sledless snowing. Other outdoor adventures include guided horseback rides, hayrides to a wooded campsite, and a cowboy-style lunch or dinner cooked over an open campfire. Children up to 17 years old can learn basic horseback-riding skills during Summer Horse Camp, including proper riding technique, grooming, and hoof-based sign language.