With just a click of the mouse or a tap of the smartphone, owners can check in via webcam as their dogs gambol about the 6,000-square-foot facility at Camp Bow Wow. What they'll see should please them. Certified camp counselors supervise both the indoor and outdoor play areas, where dogs play fetch in the yard and Marco Polo in the pool. After gobbling down treats, overnight guests slumber in private cabins as soothing music plays. To further pamper their canine friends, owners schedule grooming appointments for nail trims or baths.
The staff at Doggone-It Daycare wants customers' dogs to run wild—in a cage-free, climate-controlled environment, that is. Two indoor playgrounds host socialization sessions where pets play with one another, chew on toys, leap over obstacles, or concoct sure-fire plans to finally catch their own tail. Staff members walk each dog at least four times a day during daycare stays, and tuck them into comfortable beds during overnight visits.
With a veterinarian, groomer, and even an animal-portrait artist on staff—and an onsite boarding facility—The Posh Pup serves as a one-stop shop for canine needs. Groomers use natural shampoos and Furminator brushes to clean and de-shed pups. Dr. Andrea Harl handles vaccinations, blood work, and prescriptions to keep pets healthy.
Owner Crystal Bowen combines over 25 years of experience as a grooming guru and former veterinary technician to offer gentle grooming services for pooches and kittens at The Paw Spa. Personalized sessions cover haircuts, baths, and nail clippings, cleaning pets in a more canine-friendly setting than a bathtub or kitchen sink. Whine and Dine sessions treat pups to an all-natural Coolidge cookie and a gulp of mineral water, and therapeutic mud baths provide relief to irritated skin. The Spa also carries all-natural food and treats from Fromm Dog Foods and Coolidge Canine Cookies to reward dogs for obediently following commands or discreetly eliminating their hated neighbor's bed of petunias.
Kevin McCorkle, KJM Equestrian's owner, keeps his 45,000-square-foot outdoor riding ring level, ready for students of any skill level. Of course, the dirt has been packed down by 42 years worth of the passage of horse and rider, so maintaining its surface and jumps might not be quite the challenge that it initially sounds. Over the decades, Kevin focused on introducing top-notch amenities like the outdoor riding rink to his school, including two 20-stall barns with 12-foot-wide center aisles, wash stalls with hot and cold water, and a 14,580-square-foot indoor riding rink. He even added floodlights to his outdoor corral, equipping his facility to fend off both weather and darkness so the lessons can continue.
He and his cadre of instructors take on any student of any skill level, ages 7 and older. Trainers each possess their own field of expertise, together having knowledge in the whole sport of horsemanship. More importantly, Kevin says, "Each instructor has over 20 years of experience in the equestrian field, including the show ring." The staff of veterans encourages the bond between animal and rider, and trains the duos to pursue the highest levels of competition or merely take turns carrying one another to and from work.
Led by veterinarian Rodney M. Robards and the seasoned staff of Southern Hills Veterinary Hospital attends to the health and vitality of pets with a litter of medical and dental services. Vets analyze pets' health with physical examinations and ward off future maladies with vital vaccines. The veterinary team also cures intensive ailments with traditional and laser surgeries, from biopsies and orthopedics to standard spays and neutering, whose presurgical screenings ensure pets emerge safe, healthy, and—like a barnyard's mule monarch—guaranteed not to produce any successors. Southern Hills also boards pets overnight, inviting pups to romp in an outdoor exercise yard or a climate-controlled indoor run during their stay, and granting cats their privacy in a separate feline-only area.