It's rarely a good idea to indulge dogs with cookies and cakes—unless those cookies and cakes are made specifically for them. That's exactly the case at The Paws of Nature, where owner Kirsten bakes homemade treats for pups. Kirsten and her friend, Michele, had the idea to create a neighborhood pet store with a twist. Today, the twist they envisioned comes in several forms, such as community education programs, conveniently designed self-serve washing stations, and a stock of healthier food choices for pets—including, of course, baked goodies.
Bridgewater Veterinary Hospital is a state-of-the-art, spacious health and wellness center with a staff of four veterinarians and 15 team members whose level of dedication to their fuzzy clients has earned the hospital an accreditation from the American Animal Hospital Association (AAHA). One of the hospital's core beliefs is that it is crucial to educate pet owners about appropriate preventative care for their pets. The hospital offers everything from healthcare and dental care to grooming and chiropractic services to keep pets as spry and happy as they can be. Overnight boarding is available for dogs whose owners are out of town and cats that just need to finish their novels without any distractions.
The training home of grand prix rider Osvaldo Ornia Pacher, Palermo Show Stable is a full-service hunter, jumper, and equitation facility. The stable staff trains riders young and old in English-style riding and even offers training sessions for horses and people in convincing horse costumes. Palermo Show Stable also hosts USEF horse shows throughout the year and imports Argentinian sport horses that are available for lease or purchase.
If you can't find it, build it. Certified master dog trainer Jaime Van Wye searched high and low for agility classes to send her dog-training clients to, and when she came up dry, she opened one herself. Today, the Zoom Room can be found in cities across the country, each one home to an indoor agility course, also known as a private gym. Dog owners can reserve 30-minute sessions for one-on-one some bonding time with their four-legged friends, tackling the course's challenges and playing without the distractions and silent judgments of other dogs. Group classes and private training cover topics ranging from general obedience and agility training to more specific classes such as overcoming shyness, tricks, and canine good citizen.
In fact, improving canine social skills is one of Zoom Room's missions, as evidenced by the regularly hosted meet-up events and Doggy Disco parties, which give dogs a chance to meet other dogs and expand away from the inner circle of fire hydrants. This combination of training and fun, in addition to the facility's selection of organic dog food, natural dog treats, and functional dog accessories, has garnered an array of local and national press.