In her own words, Adina Roberts has dedicated her life to horses—in 2009, she even quit her job as an executive to work with them full-time. She'd been offering lessons on the side for years before that, but finally decided it was time to totally immerse herself in her passion. At Punk Rock Pony, she focuses all of her attention on training and teaching kids and beginner adults how to ride, as well as taking special care of ponies—including a friendly newborn who loves visitors—and problem horses with a history of covering stable walls in graffiti. She holds all of these lessons on a large acreage brimming with wildlife such as rabbits and oxes, providing an idyllic arena for people to connect with nature and the majestic steeds. For more advanced riders, she also offers the unique experience of riding "naked," a challenging style in which the horse is bareback and bridle-less.
Pet owners consider their animals a part of their family, and the veterinarians at Redmond-Kirkland & Redmond-Fall City Animal Hospitals treat them as such. The American Animal Hospital Association–accredited hospitals possess medical technology that you won't find at many vet's offices—their CO2 laser lets the vets perform delicate surgeries with minimal bleeding and pain, digital dental x-rays help them detect tooth decay, and cancer therapy helps ailing pets fight unfortunate conditions. Their specialties don't end with cats and dogs, as the medical professionals also provide care to other creatures ranging from guinea pigs and rabbits to birds and reptiles.
As pet owners themselves, Pam and Bob Bennett of In Home Pet Care make sure each of their client's furry friends is matched with the perfect petsitter. In fact, they handpick each staff member themselves, so that they can pair the sitter's strengths with pets who will benefit. The sitters come straight to homes—or hotels—for 30 or 60 minutes, sometimes even staying overnight, to ensure pets are fed, medicated, walked, and played with. They'll also grab your paper and mail, put out and take in the trash, and flick lights on or off to avert potential intruders.
Dressing your puppy in a raincoat or tying its bootlaces to keep out December puddles won’t matter a lick if that critter’s tum isn’t filled with grade-A chow. Today’s side deal will treat your furry child’s appetite in ways that sneaking leftover filet mignon into its kibble never could. West Seattle Dawg will prepare a seven-course feast for your pooch, including home-baked treats from its bakery, and ship it to you for $10. Whatever dietary needs a canine can have, WSD will cater to them with a culinary flourish far more flourishy than hiding doggie pills in cheddar cheese.
In an interview with The New York Times, Rover.com?s CEO Aaron Easterly describes his business as a means of connecting "dog owners who need care for their animals to dog lovers willing to provide it for some extra cash.? Thus, his business serves as a friendly alternative to ?lock[ing] their dog in cage for a week? at a kennel. Providing dogs with a real home or apartment to call home while their owners are away, Rover.com calls upon dog fanatics to showcase their walking, feeding, and ear-scratching skills by boarding or staying at the homes of local pooches.
With a network of more than 300,000 members across the country, Rover.com allows owners to peruse the online profiles of potential hosts and seek out a local caretaker based on reviews, personal preferences, and availability. Once connected with the pet-sitter, owners can schedule an optional meet-and-greet between hound and human to ensure a compatibility of personalities and rising signs. While on vacation, dog parents keep in contact with their four-legged friends and their sitters via Rover.com?s messaging service and photo updates. The company?s dedication to canine well-being extends to their Sit a Dog, Save a Life program, which grants the site?s sitters a chance to donate the entirety or a portion of their profits to a pet-related charity such as The Animal Rescue Site or the Coalition to Unchain Dogs.