Perched on the floor, a dog cocks his head, listening intently to his owner's voice, which is filtering through the telephone a worker holds patiently next to his ear. Though it's not clear whether the pup understood, when the staff member returns to the call, the owner seems more at ease. According to hospital manager Nicole Pierre, putting four-legged friends on the phone is just one way the crew at Homestead Animal Hospital comforts guests and patients—and their owners.
The kennel staff escorts overnight guests to the boarding area, which was recently expanded and renovated to look like a cartoon town. Each private dog condo has its own mailbox and welcome mat, letting pooches continue to feel at home. Cat condos are two levels tall, with window perches that allow felines to observe one another as they lounge. As staff members supervise, all guests romp in species-specific play areas with obstacles that challenge all four legs, soft areas to wrestle upon, and perches to perfect pouncing postures.
Veterinarians employ technologically advanced tools to foster good health among furry companions. Digital x-rays impart almost immediate images, and laser-assisted surgeries minimize discomfort and healing times. Techs walk from an in-house lab, which shortens the waiting time for test results, past an x-ray machine for analyzing pups’ internal health and a high-tech bandanna for analyzing external cuteness.
White Star Farms' paso fino horses chauffeur learning riders through 15 acres of undulating tropical farmland carpeted with lush lawns and hemmed with palm trees. During private lessons, experienced instructors saddle and dress steeds before showing aspiring equestrians the horseback-riding ropes. After students don protective helmets and parachute pants, the expert equestrian gently shepherds riders as they build confidence and trust with their four-legged companions. While galloping along, pupils glean tips on horseback-riding basics, such as holding the reins and controlling the horse. As time astride the smooth-riding paso fino horse lengthens, students may notice the breed's signature four-beat gait, an unmistakable rhythm rivaled only by a salsa-dancing bongo.
True to its name, more than 95% of Biscayne National Underwater Park is covered by water, resulting in a submerged, verdant landscape. In the shallows of Biscayne Bay, explorers can catch sight of waving fields of underwater grass as well as the occasional manatee, sea turtle, or wild submarine. Kayaks paddle out to the more than 30 islands dotting the park’s expanse, reaching destinations such as a 1930s lighthouse. Venturing out from the shore filled with lush mangrove forests, snorkelers dive into living reefs to see fish and turtles gluing the coral together.
DrPhoneFix's technicians know their way around a circuit board. That's because they spend their days repairing and replacing electronic devices of all sizes, from hand-held smartphones to full tower computers, striving to power up their customers' products with as little downtime as possible. Their Apple repair services bring sidelined phones and tablets from the brink of the recycle bin by replacing smashed glass as well as touch sensors that only respond to the feel of their owners' toes. They can also remedy broken charger ports, crackling audio connections, and faulty power buttons that plague HTC and Samsung devices.
Certified holistic-health coach Elizabeth Rocchino has been trained in more than 100 dietary theories. For her, that's still small beans—she believes that nutrition plans should be customized for individuals, with less rigid rules and more flexibility as to what they can eat. Her approach isn't limited to food, either. On her integrative-nutrition plate, factors such as relationships, career, and exercise border balanced portions of fruits, veggies, and proteins. She examines all of these facets when guiding clients toward weight loss and wellness goals. In addition to personal coaching, she also leads corporate programs, cooking demos, and onsite kitchen makeovers, which leave pantries both organized and wholesome.
Cutler Bay Animal Clinic treats each client’s pets like their own, nursing them back to health and warding off ailments with professional veterinary services and pet health care. Their services include teeth cleanings, neutering and spaying, general medicine, radiology, vaccines, and lab work in their in-house lab.