The experienced instructors at Haverhill Farms forge respectful bonds between humans and horses while cultivating basic riding skills. Situated on 35 acres of windswept meadows and serene forests, Haverhill Farms welcomes riders of all skill levels for year-round use of its facilities. Two large outdoor and two indoor rings set the stage for professional instruction, which ranges from beginning horsemanship lessons to advanced jumping and dressage. The indoor rings feature heated observation rooms, giving onlookers a great vantage point from which to observe teachers demonstrating how to control the steed's stride and speed. Students also learn proper horse care, as well as how to use tongue clicks to signal sightings of undercover donkeys in search of work.
Though dogs and humans have very different grooming needs, many dog salons still use tools such as bath tubs and barber shears to clean up pups. The team at Noble Dog Shoppe and Spa, however, cater to the needs of their canine clients by using easy walk-in baths, fur-specific shampoos, and cage-free suites for dogs awaiting their treatments. The trained staff specializes in breed-specific cuts, but can also customize a dog’s look, creating close-cropped looks that shed less or mohawks that add a punk-rock aesthetic to family greeting-card photos. Whether staff are merely clipping nails or completing a full grooming with haircut, bath, and hydro-massage, dogs are pampered with personalized attention. Outside the grooming area, the staff has curated a selection of dog clothes, all-natural treats, and stuffing-free toys that keep pets occupied after grooming sessions.
Inside a spacious 6,000-square-foot facility, Christine Fox, a member of the Association of Pet Dog Trainers, and her staff provide training, daytime and overnight boarding, and grooming services for dogs of all shapes and sizes. Daycare and overnight-boarding services provide canines with ample indoor play areas and individual walks, during which a trainer reinforces basic commands, such as “come,” “heel," and “stop leaving the toilet seat up.” Multiple exercise sessions also teach socialization techniques, wearing pups out for tranquil rides home. The facility also houses separate areas for small and senior dogs to ensure places for them to play safely.
During group training sessions, canines learn basic etiquette, such as to come when called and how not to pull on the leash. Dogs can also go on to learn more advanced commands, graduating to agility training or acting classes to teach them how to obey commands in busy film studios. Individual training sessions offer one-on-one attention, either in the home or at the facility.
Cedar Creek Veterinary Clinic's compassionate animal physicians treat all manner of faithful pet patients with kindness and care. Dog and cat examinations encompass thorough routine physicals ($37.50) whereas exotic-creature exams ($42) treat less-ordinary comrades including birds, reptiles, ferrets, and rabbits trapped within magicians’ hats. A host of bug-fighting vaccinations ($11–$22) combat furball ailments, and fecal exams check for the presence of harmful intestinal parasites ($19.50). Pet microchip installation ($36) keeps track of furry pals prone to wandering off in search of bacon-scented postal workers.
"It's all under one roof," says former Mr. Universe Peter Nielsen as he tests out one of Beverly Hills Club's more than 200 pieces of fitness equipment. Mr. Nielsen's claims ring true, as the 100,000-square-foot indoor facility is home to both state-of-the-art StairMasters and recumbent bikes alongside group classes in Pilates, yoga, and spinning. The 83-degree water of a 25-yard indoor lap pool beckons backstokers to beat personal records, and personal trainers get new or relapsed exercisers back on a healthy path. Half a dozen indoor tennis courts set the stage for USPTA- and USPTR-certified professionals to demonstrate backhands to students of all ages, and open-court hours let players face off against interior decorators and defend the honor of neon yellow.
The club's all-encompassing atmosphere caters to the entire family, offering whippersnappers an array of youth programs such as tennis and dance lessons, an arcade-style XRKade fitness center, and day camps. The club’s Manta Ray Swim School has 90 years of aquatic education under its belt, keeping youngsters afloat with both lifesaving and recreational skills, such as how to beat an octopus in a game of jacks.
Wiggle Butts is a pet service that includes daily walks, feeding, giving medications, drop ins, exercise, mail retrieval, and plant watering. We do not exclude any breed or temperament. We can care for cats, dogs, fish, some reptiles, small mammals, and birds. Two locations make us convenient for most Oakland and Wayne Co.