Watch My Wag, LLC is more than just a place for dogs to play while their parents are away. Because it was designed and supervised by a dog behaviorist, the pup-focused facility delivers a therapeutic experience that hosts structured play sessions and helps younger pups adopt good habits and shake the bad ones.
Older canines get some time to socialize with spirited youngsters, during which they can play, run, and jump with their new hard-to-tire friends. Over the course of playtime, youngsters watch their more mature companions to pick up proper doggy etiquette and the best tricks to convince owners to hand over some bacon during Sunday brunch.
Private training sessions help pawed pupils ditch bad habits and adopt good ones, from not chewing on furniture to how to create Excel spreadsheets should they ever grow opposable thumbs. When the sunsets and playtime ends, pups staying overnight retire to a private suite, where high-quality dog food and a comfortable bed await them.
Geneticist Dr. Michael Bleyman founded Carolina Tiger Rescue in the 1970s as a breeding sanctuary for large carnivores whose habitats had become unsafe. Its original intent was to protect wild species that were crucial to the survival of particular ecosystems, sustaining the populations until their home habitats were protected enough to support them without risk. Today, the organization protects wild cats in captivity and in nature by providing homes for abandoned or neglected cats, raising awareness about the threats to these animals, and assisting with conservation efforts in rainforests and wild habitats. Carolina Tiger Rescue currently houses more than 70 carnivores, including tigers, black leopards, ocelots, caracals, servals, and kinkajous. Many of the facility's residents have been rescued from dangerous situations in urban spaces and private breeding facilities. Now they have a lifelong home in re-created natural habitats.
Training riders and horses is a family affair at Chapel Ridge Farm, where members of the Bennett family draw from more than 75 years of combined equestrian boarding, training, showing, and sales experience. Owner and head trainer Meagan Bennett takes the reins of each riding class, teaching students how to improve their horsemanship, from basic horse care to fine-tuning their jumping skills for AA competitions. While Meagan is out with students, her mother and one-time state equestrian team coach, Linda Bennett, handles day-to-day operations at the farm. Tom Bennett, Meagan’s father, also helps out and is often available to help transport horses between Chapel Ridge Farm and other equestrian centers to save steeds the aggravation of hitchhiking without thumbs.
The Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (SPCA) of Wake County was originally founded in 1969 to transform the region into a humane area where every animal could find a home. Today, it works toward this goal by sheltering and securing the adoption of more than 3,000 animals every year and providing lost-and-found services for missing pets. The organization also supports pet owners with classes to help them care for their animals and addresses the problem of overpopulation through catch-and-release spay or neuter programs.
Baked goods pile high in white dishes or on tiered glass trays, and are sprinkled with colorful crystals imbued with the flavors of peanut butter, pumpkin, and more. Woof Gang Bakery & Grooming's treats please the palates of canines, rather than their human counterparts. Bags of gourmet pet food, toys, and other supplies dedicated to pooch owning sit neatly arranged on evenly spaced racks throughout the store's pastel and stone interior. In the back, a dedicated grooming area—staffed by an equally dedicated groomer—provides an area for owners to pamper their pets with a full wash, and owners can even perform the duties themselves at the self-service station, with the staff cleaning up afterwards.