Twenty years of experience in theater and TV has given photographer Lisa Weaver plenty of opportunities to work with animals. Through Love Your Pet Photography, she's drawn together two of her passions: photography and pets. With candid shots she captures the adorableness of a pup snuggling on the couch, the intensity of a kitten going after a new toy, and the nobility of a horse trotting around the ring. She also enjoys doing posed or vintage-style shots and has the confidence it takes to deal with hyperactive or anxious animals, especially when they insist on going through multiple costume changes.
Advantage Horsemanship Equestrian Center’s Scott Purdum has felt at home among horses his entire life. His parents recognized his comfort and prodigious skills with the animals when he was extremely young, and bought him his own horse when he was just 3 years old. Unlike many youngsters, who quickly tire of a sport or only participate for the promise of halftime puppy giveaways, Scott’s passion grew, leading him to show in hunter and pleasure by the age of 6 and go on to study equine science at the University of Maryland. Naturally, this level of familiarity with the animals lends him a high degree of authority when helping humans expand their horsemanship knowledge and training for all breeds. He’s even translated his skills into a television series in which he covers common training and riding topics. At Advantage Horsemanship Equestrian Center, he works with a team of horse experts to lead trail rides and provide training. Scott’s riding instruction extends to the disciplines of both English and Western riding, which he disseminates through lessons, clinics, training DVDs, and several articles.
All In Stride Equestrian Center is open year-round with horse-related activities surrounded by more than 100 acres of picturesque countryside in Parkton, Maryland. Owners Barry and Wendy Kraus have put together a staff of dedicated instructors. All in Stride provides riding lessons, trail rides, and boarding services, as well as birthday-party packages for children. Lessons range from learning the basics for beginning equestrians, such as how to properly tack a horse, to more advanced concepts such as showing horses on a national level. Often, All in Stride takes advantage of its prime countryside spot by following trails into the nearby Hereford Area of Gunpowder Falls State Park.
A professional groomer at Canine Couture bathes pooches, trims their nails, conditions fur, and adds a bow or bandana during regular grooming appointments. Grooming enhancements include FurMinator deep conditioner to loosen undercoats, blueberry facials, and nail polish. Canine Couture also features a boutique stocked with treats, harnesses, carriers, and costumes.
Nestled in the heart of a scenic 45-acre expanse, Out of Reach Farm hosts one indoor and one outdoor ring, both equipped with challenging jumping courses. A covered arena juts out from the indoor ring, hosting private and small group lessons. While one of three instructors relays equestrian basics or advanced techniques to pupils aged 5 and older, parents and other spectators keep cozier than mitten-clad sheep in a heated viewing area. As the seasons evolve from chilly to sun-drenched, so do the farm's offerings, which include half-day summer camps suited to riders aged 5–15. For a more intimate peek into farm life, patrons can schedule two-hour birthday parties, with an hour devoted to pony rides for guests.
When Cheryl Schaaf was shuffling through old items, she discovered something she'd never known: as a child, her mother dreamed of being a veterinarian. She'd written it in her journal. At that moment, Cheryl was inspired to create a business that offered pet owners similar comfort and peace of mind.
The result was Walk the Dog—a team of animal-loving professionals that offer personalized pet care in South Jersey and parts of Pennsylvania. Of course, Walk the Dog's team members know they can't replace at-work or vacationing pet owners. Instead, they make sure pets remain active with walks. They also keep particularly jittery critters company with overnight sittings, offering a much more soothing presence than a broom with googly eyes glued to it.