Dr. Connie Anderson’s love of animals shines through in every facet of her life. Not only has she studied veterinary medicine at Oregon State University and Washington State University, but she and her family live with a menagerie of dogs, cats, birds, tortoises, goats, and Holly, a pot-belly pig.
At Dr. Anderson’s practice, Animal House Veterinary Clinic, she and her team pair their love of animals with the latest technology. Their microchip implants, for example, help identify pets if they are lost or don Groucho glasses, and digital x-rays screen for unseen injuries. The in-house lab and pharmacy ensure quick turnaround on prescriptions, and an array of lower-tech services—such as grooming, physicals, and vaccines—round out the health care treatments.
Dog trainers Danny and Silvia Wilson founded Bark Busters Home Dog Training in Australia in 1989, hoping to help reduce the number of dogs abandoned or euthanized because of their behavioral problems. More than two decades later, their business has grown to incorporate more than 400 franchises worldwide and has helped more than 750,000 dogs live harmoniously with their human counterparts. Rather than bribing pups with treats or applying punitive methods such as shock collars, Bark Busters’ therapists follow a training system based on canine communication and pack behavior. Dogs instinctively respond to these body-language and voice-control techniques, which therapists customize to suit each dog’s personality and each family’s needs and lifestyle. Over the course of the training, therapists curb behavioral problems such as aggression, barking, jumping, gambling, and digging while teaching canine owners the leadership skills they need to make their pets feel confident and secure.
Bark Busters’ confidence in their services allows them to offer a lifetime-support guarantee. If the dog's behavior does not improve, therapists will work with the client for one year or for the lifespan of the dog—depending on the service purchased—at no additional charge.
Rachel Jansen Jones, the owner and permanent resident at Crossroads Farm, has worn many hats over the course of her career. She served as president of the Arizona Hunter Jumper Association for two terms, and she currently coaches the ASU equestrian team. Since 1998, she’s headed up Crossroads Farm’s USHJA-certified trainers, composed entirely of instructors with at least 15 years of experience at her facility—and often with more years in the industry or as a horse’s pen pal. Students of all skill levels can benefit from the trainers' expertise in the farm’s lesson program, which starts beginners out with the basics of horsemanship and safety and sees them through more advanced skills such as cantering and jumping.
Comfortably nestled in the shadows of the San Tan Mountains, owner Perry Rea and his family coax silken oils out of the olives they grow in their own groves. After more than 10 years of experiments, they finally settled on planting a few more than 16 distinct varietals, which thrive in the otherwise unforgiving Arizona deserts. Extending thoughtful care to each harvest, they avoid using any pesticides or genetically modified trees, employ water-conserving drip irrigation, and hand-pluck their olives at the peak of ripeness. Within 24 hours of picking, the staff then presses the crop in order to extract oils that taste as fresh as honey taken directly from a bee's pantry.
The fresh oils line the shelves of the mill's marketplace alongside imported wines and locally made goods. In addition to gourmet food items, the store stocks an extensive collection of Italian ceramics, works by local painters, and bath-and-body products infused with extra-virgin olive oil.
Queen Creek Olive Mill's oils also appear on the menu of del Piero, the facility's Tuscan-inspired bistro. Based on the Rea family's own recipes, each entree incorporates organic ingredients whenever possible, including locally sourced meats and herbs from the organic garden.
The trainers at Best in Show Kennels aid pups and their owners in breaking down communication barriers that hinder behavioral correction. Training lessons—formulated by a head training director with 15 years of experience in world training competitions—are tailored to each pet’s needs, beginning with an evaluation that identifies any specific behavioral issues, from jumping on the couch to selling family heirlooms on the Internet. Along the way owners learn to bolster their body language and identify any issues in their nonverbal behavior. When boarding is needed, staffers keep a close eye on pups overnight, during supervised playtime sessions, and on two regular walks each day.
The staff of groomers at Elite Paw Spa specializes in caring for the needs of timid and senior dogs and cats during grooming sessions or daycare romping. Pet spa packages range from the basic silver package, which includes a custom cut, to the elite package, which includes organic shampoos and two hours of play time. It also offers doggie-daycare services ranging in time from a few hours in length to a full day.