The privately owned Overland Animal Hospital & Pet Resort spans 17,000 square feet of facilities that more resemble a boutique pet hotel than an animal clinic. Claiming accreditation from the American Animal Hospital Association, Overland’s general practice veterinarians see to pet health with services that range from vaccinations to pet hospitalization. The boarding facilities cater to both canines and felines even during the holidays, comforting lodgers with heating, air conditioning, and unlimited access to the outdoors for dogs. Onsite webcams similarly comfort owners, letting them check in on their furry friends.
Dogs can also come to daycare, where they get to romp with similarly sized pooches during hours of outdoor play. Individual daycare programs are available for pups who prefer working on their memoirs to frolicking with other dogs. Further services include professional dog training and grooming, during which staff only use hypoallergenic products.
When Happy Hounds Pet Grooming owner Barb Berntsen isn’t volunteering as a groomer at the National Mill Dog Rescue or tending to her own pets—five dogs and one rescue cat—she’s pampering her clients’ pooches. For more than 15 years, she’s conditioned and groomed fur, cleansed anal glands and ears, and helped canines combat shedding with FurMinator Shed-Less procedures. Soothing oatmeal baths inspire tail wagging and applications of dip shield dogs against fleas and ticks more effectively than a sweater made out of mosquito net.
Furry Friends Inc helps keep pets healthy and clean with nutritious pet foods, stimulating toys and accessories, and onsite washing facilities. Nutrition experts consult with pet owners to determine the optimal diet for their pets, and they can recommend a variety of nutrient-rich blends made with free-range lamb and vitamin E and devoid of chemical preservatives. In addition to carrying popular holistic pet-food brands, Furry Friends also sells its own brand of healthy pet food, made in the US without any byproducts or common allergens such as wheat, corn, and soy. Owners may also wash dogs or water their Chia Puppy at the self-wash facility or pamper pets with a blueberry facial or fur butter conditioner.
Bows adorn diminutive yorkshire terriers as they await their owners, and the curious dark eyes of golden retrievers wander with happy curiosity across The Pet Pawlor. There, groomers trim, shape, and fluff fur of all types. Equipped with toothbrushes, oatmeal baths, and nail files, they can leave pups as clean and sweet-smelling as the family in the last scene of a detergent commercial. A combined two decades of experience helps the crew maintain a stress-free environment for the animals.
When it came to her daughter Kayla’s equestrian education, Patty Savage Wooters entrusted the task to the most qualified candidate: herself. Kayla eventually became a two-time World Champion at the Kentucky State Fair and today, both Patty and Kayla channel their expertise into Longview Stables and Riding Academy. Private and group lessons accommodate first timers and horse-show veterans alike in the indoor and outdoor arenas, where instructors expound on fundamentals and bond riders and steeds via improved communication instead of trust falls.
At summer camp, counselors shepherd kids of all ages through daily rides and the basics of horse care, as well as horse-themed crafts. Birthday parties afford opportunities for kids to mount a mini pony named Pottachelli, while the birthday kid bounces atop a fully-grown horse. Nearby, boarded horses enjoy the shelter of stalls or canter like recently animated garden statues around emerald corrals and pastures.