Twelve years ago, Heidi Ganahl decided to pursue her dream and opened the first Camp Bow Wow in Denver. Camp Bow Wow has now burgeoned into a national franchise with more than 200 locations in 40 states, and her success has earned attention from the likes of CNN Money, CNBC, and various other news outlets.
One of the secrets to Heidi’s success? Her love of dogs. Born from a desire to provide a safe, healthy place where owners could drop their pets instead of cooping them up at home, each Camp Bow Wow location functions more like an all inclusive kids’ summer camp than a depressing kennel. Pooches are free to frolic with each other in indoor play areas and spend their afternoons making fun of the postman’s latest haircut, all while their owners watch them on Camper Cam video streams. For overnight visitors, temperature-controlled cabins host beds with fleece blankets, and the camp counselors give each canine camper a campfire treat before putting them to bed. Dogs and owners feel at ease knowing that certified camp counselors, trained in dog behavior and pet first aid, are close at hand.
Leaning on the knowledge he picked up while earning his degree in marine biology, John Spadola of Clear Aquarium Services monitors the cleanliness of aquatic habitats. He ably tends to freshwater and saltwater aquariums, as well as koi ponds, preserving each as a safe and hospitable environment for aquatic life. Services span the entirety of aquarium and pond ownership, from the design phase to installation and from water delivery to regular feeding—services that are all preceded by a free consultation.
Like many other only children, Saran longed for a little brother or sister when she was growing up. She never got a sibling, but when she was 15, her mother did surprise her with a dog, Kiki. Kiki quickly became the sibling Saran never had, and even when she left her native country of Guyana to attend college in Florida, she never forgot the bond she'd built with her dog. Saran went on to earn an MBA, later ditching her corporate career to start her own business—a pet grooming and boarding facility named in honor of her now late canine companion.
Kiki's Pet Spa & Boutique hasn't just been a comfort to Saran's animal-loving spirit, but also to other pet owners dealing with socially or physically challenged pets. That's because the compassionate staff isn't simply grooming and minding animals. During boarding and daycare sessions, they're encouraging the pets' social development and helping both owners and pets adapt to the setbacks of injuries or degenerative conditions. Staffers can also come to your home for dog walking and cat visits, and they can arrange photo shoots or portrait sittings for when your animal is having a good fur day.
In the late 1970s career educators Eileen and Raymond Huntington opened the first Huntington Learning Center in Oradell, New Jersey. Their goal was to take an individualized approach to education, adjusting instructional tactics according to each student's set of needs. Their success in helping K–12 students prepare for exams and improve grades and study skills quickly spawned franchises across New York and New Jersey.
Today, the certified Huntington tutoring staff utilizes testing and rubrics for assessing each child's skills, academic needs, and potential for growth. The teachers even note the student's behavior in different testing and academic situations to craft a methodology sensitive to each child's learning style. Teachers also adhere to the company's code of ethics that stresses professionalism and confidentiality and encourages pupils to improve their grades honestly through dedicated study rather than shortcuts.
As the head doctor at Animal Clinic of Canarsie, Dr. Gusmorino works with a trained staff as he treats pets ranging from dogs and cats to reptiles. Dr. Gusmorino learned how to nurture animals back to health at the Universita di Parma in Italy. Now that he lives in the States, he divides his time between his practice and caring for his own beloved animals at home: a cat, a guinea pig, a turtle, and ferrets. The pet doc can perform a variety of services, from medical and surgical treatments to dental services and microchip implantation. Dr. Gusmorino is also the owner of Pete's Pet Supplies, the pet shop next door to his clinic, where animals and their owners can get food, toys, and Canine-English dictionaries.