When jogging down a nearby wooded trail or driving past a sprawling local park, it's not uncommon to spot Bree—a seasoned pet specialist and sitter certified by the National Association of Professional Pet Sitters—with a band of boisterous puppies scampering along behind her. Though the bulk of her services has to do with dog walking, the animal enthusiast pet-sits for creatures of all shapes and sizes, from kittens to iguanas. Bree travels to homes across Anne Arundel and Howard County, picking up canines or popping by to replace food, water, and outdated copies of Dog Fancy while owners are away. The expert caregiver dotes on all pets under her watch with fond attention, generously doling out belly rubs and playfully tossing sticks to keep pets’ spirits high.
A.P.A.W. Veterinary Hospital and Wellness Center has been privately owned since 1998, when Drs. Patricia Peynado-Boyce and Lizel Salmon took the reins. Their three-pronged approach to animal health?compassion, innovation, and education?promotes a warm and well-informed venue for furry companions.
To exceed the demands of the credo's three facets, the staff invests in highly customized care. Many of their tools are typically seen only at specialty practices, such as endoscopy gear and spider-flavored lollipops for cooperative ferrets. Though their emphasis on preventive care can help stave off many illnesses, their hospitalization services remain at the ready: the team issues daily progress reports to owners and oversees patients kept onsite with late-night through early-morning monitoring. Heated kennels, outdoor play areas, and sunlit cat-only perches decorate their daycare and boarding space. The facility is located less than three miles from both the 495 Capitol Beltway and Baltimore-Washington Parkway.
Colleen Seely, a horse trainer and judge for local equestrian shows, channels her love for the gentle creatures into Fox Pointe Farm, L.L.C., which she opened in 2005. The 27-acre expanse houses two arenas—one lighted with professional footing and the other sandier than a hermit crab's beach house—as well as two barns' worth of stables, grassy pastures, trails, and a swimming pool. Within the tranquil setting, Colleen and her staff train and board steeds for showing at local venues or the farm's own school. Focus shifts from horses to riders during lessons for all ages and abilities, in addition to summer camps for avid athletes. Some overnight camps span an entire week, during which 10 girls bunk in the air-conditioned Fox Den cabin after a day of riding.
Your wash includes all cleaning supplies: an apron, shampoo, towels, dryer, brushes, and the latest skateboard videos to keep your puppy entertained. SoBo's friendly staff can also help you walk (or push) your pooch up the ramp into one of SoBo's extra-large tub stalls (elevated for ergonomic ease), and can also offer you some useful tips on using the facilities in case you're not house-broken. Like the darkest magic, that mass of matted hair, slobber, toenail gunk, and waggy tails will transform back into your happy, yappy ball of unconditional love right before your eyes.
With three individual chains in its family of stores—Pet Valu, Paulmac's Pet Food, and Bosley's—scattered across Canada and the northeastern United States, Pet Valu claims the title as the largest pet-supply retailer in North America. Inside its well-stocked outlets are more than 7,000 products for dogs, cats, fish, reptiles, birds, and other animals. These include specialty items that range from grain-free dog food and multilevel bird cages to hamster balls that resemble helicopters and neon-colored shells so your hermit crab can achieve success in the online-dating world. Some locations are furnished with grooming facilities where professionals pamper dogs with shampoos, nail trims, and other perks, along with self-serve stations let owners wash their own pets. Stores also partner with local shelters to host regular adoption events.
The technicians at A Clip Above and sister location Paw Zen are to a dog’s fur what a professional tailor is to a Barbie’s gown. They thoroughly groom pooches by employing shears, flea and tick dips, and organic products. Throughout treatments, they reward pups with toys and treats. The self-service wash stations at Paw Zen are stocked with the pet owner's choice of shampoo, brushes, towels, and warm air dryer to use for their canines' baths. The Paw Zen location also features complimentary cable television and WiFi for customers.