The behavior specialists at Dog World Resort pamper and engage vacationing canines at a spacious facility with 10,000 square feet of fenced outdoor space that offers daycare, boarding, and grooming services. During counselor-supervised doggy daycare, pups are divided by their size, playfulness, and reading level before they can frolic through two indoor playrooms strewn with toys, slosh through kiddie pools, or clamber atop playground equipment outdoors. Elderly pets wind down in a separate sanctuary devoted to relaxation and idle snacking. Overnight stays at the Doggy Hotel include daytime hours spent at daycare and evenings filled with movies or playtime before mutts fall asleep inside large crates or spacious Taj Mahal suites, which sport Parisian wall decals and cheetah-print couches long enough to fit a reclining Napoleon. Owners can request extras such as a nature walk or homemade treats, and can retrieve four-legged friends at any hour with prior notice. At the spa, canines of all sizes are coddled with standard bathing, brushing, and nailcare services. Aromatherapy packages scent fur with vanilla or lavender aromas before staffers scrub teeth and top heads with bows to make them look more like luxury sedans purchased on the sly.
Chasing balls, barking at passing cars, and rolling around on the carpet can take a toll on a dog's appearance. At Bark Avenue, the groomers turn man's bedraggled best friends into sleeker-looking companions. They'll brush knots from coats, clean dirt from ears, and trim overgrown nails.
Twenty acres of rolling, windswept pasture and an expansive covered riding arena greet visitors at Topside Farm, the site of Irvine Training. Head trainer Tyler Irvine runs the show with nearly a lifetime of horsemanship under his belt, starting from the age of 6 and blossoming into a gift for managing horses, especially Arabians. His riding lessons demonstrate proper riding technique to students of all levels in the disciplines of Saddle Seat, Hunt Seat, and Western Pleasure. Riders receive their instruction atop one of the farm’s lineup of friendly lesson horses in the covered arena, allowing lessons to take place throughout the year and in inclement weather, when otherwise horses might get spooked by lightning or a rain cloud shaped like their ex-wives.
Although Stephanie Hartfield has more than seven years of grooming experience, it is her warm demeanor and the fact that she treats every pet as if it were her own that most endears her to human and animal clients. The owner of Kloud-9 Pet Salon and Spa beautifies pups and cats with services that range from simple bathing to all-inclusive grooming with teeth and ear cleaning, nail trimming, and a breed-standard cut or toupee. Puppy packages help ease first-timers into the grooming process with a soothing bath, facial cleansing with tearless solutions, and fluff dry using extra-gentle techniques. The Kloud-9 staff also offers supplemental services including flea, tick, and skunk treatments.
Long waiting times can make any pet owner wary of taking their furry friends to the vet; at Easy Vet Clinic, the staff is committed to making every appointment convenient and time efficient. They do this by offering basic care, referring pets to veterinary hospitals for more intensive treatments. Instead, they treat ailments such as stomach issues, respiratory infections, and cuts and scratches from fighting with their siblings over the remote control. Staff also inoculates pets from disease and helps manage their health, whether it's coming up with a care plan for arthritis or guiding owners in their pets' weight loss.