At Go Play Pet Service, a dedicated team provides around-the-clock care for four-footed visitors with services that include grooming and doggie daycare. Before entering the cage-free facility, all dogs receive a thorough screening, which ensures safety for all guests. Once inside, tail waggers obtain free reign over 3,000 square feet of open space and squeaky-newspaper reading areas. The Go Play Pet Service staff members offer obedience training for puppies and adult dogs. They also aim to keep pampered pets happy with specialty spa treatments including aromatherapy, blueberry facials, and paw-pad conditioner.
In 1981, B&B Pet Stop paired pet owners with furry friends and items to care for them from a 600-square-foot location. Since then, the store has expanded to 24 times its original size—B&B now fills every nook and cranny of a massive 14,400-square-foot store. But one thing hasn’t changed; it’s still run by Bill Trufant and his sisters Sally and Mary. The trio’s pet emporium stocks everything from Grandma Mae’s Country Naturals cat and dog food and Nylabone chew toys to cages and vitamins for birds.
The Trufants and their dedicated staff don’t just equip pet owners with supplies; they also supply the pets themselves, hosting so many critters that children take field trips to the shop the way they might visit a zoo. More than 2,600 gallons of salt water aquariums include a live coral system and a reef display, creating a home for saltwater swimmers, such as pygmy angelfish and crabs. Nearby, red-tail sharks, firemouth cichlids, and other creatures frolic in more than 6,000 gallons of fresh water. The shop also sells more than 800 reptiles and more than 12,000 small animals each year, as well as a fleet of birds. For particularly dedicated caregivers, a selection of rarer, more high-maintenance animals is available, including hedgehogs, which demand a homemade cake thrice a day.
B&B Pet Stop’s dedication to animals extends to community-outreach initiatives. For instance, you have the option to round up your purchase price, donating the change to monthly rotating charities, including Animal Rescue Foundation and the Mobile Arts Council. This idea has raised nearly $100,000 in just five years.
At Saraland Veterinary Clinic, a nimble staff attends to the health of families' furry and feathered companions. They can run lab tests such as bloodwork in-house, vaccinate pets against diseases such as rabies and cooties, or bathe and groom animals. When their owners go on vacation or have the house swept of years' worth of hidden bones, the clinic's team provides boarding for pets. They're also experienced in the care and health of small and exotic animals such as reptiles and birds.
When gentle music isn’t drifting through the speakers in the grooming room at Little Critter's Salon, you might overhear owner Deborah cooing and singing to her canine clientele. The serenade is one of many soothing tactics she has picked up over her 20-year career as a groomer and trainer. Other gentle methods include the use of organic shampoos, and a slow, gentle touch. This careful approach to grooming helps her staff work with more difficult pets without resorting to sedation.
When it comes to grooming, Deborah shows off her keen eye for style with a list of fur styles to choose from. Additionally, her groomers are always happy to offer pet-care advice, such as suggestions for fur-enhancing supplements and interpretations of their recurring dream about chasing a squirrel that smells like their mother.
The National K-9 School for Dog Trainers graduate and Good Dog K-9 Traning proprietor Mike Bowen enhances owner-pup relationships through straightforward, positive communication. He starts the two-hour behavioral evaluation by peppering clients with questions to illuminate their dog’s underlying behavioral problems and trace these problems back to childhood chew-toy traumas. Then Mike will demonstrate several training techniques to frustrated owners, explaining tips such as the proper way to solve behavioral issues or how to train a pup not to bet on a king high. Mutts with major behavioral issues can enroll in a three-day board-and-train program for an additional fee.