John and Belle Hufferd, owners and head trainers at Triumph Stables, are experts in producing world-champion horses in a wide range of divisions and training riders of all abilities. The pair specializes in Morgan and Saddlebred horses, exhibiting mastery over such disciplines as park harness and pleasure driving, among others. As horses are only as good as the riders guiding them, human students learn proper technique for horse care, including vocal and non-vocal commands in the saddle as well as inspecting haystacks for needles before letting a horse eat.
Dr. Sunil Gupta has ways of putting four-legged family members at ease. The doctor packs up his medical bag and makes house calls when pets are ailing or demanding outrageous fees to fetch the newspaper. Some pets find the home environment soothing, though others are equally at home within Dr. Gupta’s clinic. Access to advanced equipment allows Dr. Gupta and his staff to provide a wide range of medical services, from standard checkups to diagnostic treatments. Healthy dogs and cats can take advantage of the clinic's grooming services and boarding packages, which feature flexible weekend pickup hours. Even without appointments or royal mandates, owners are welcome to bring their pets by for a complimentary nail trim and ear cleaning.
Puptown’s canine coddlers offer boarding and washing services for floppy-eared family members seven days a week. At the East 96th Street location's dog wash, pet owners can de-grime dirty coats and bring back a signature “new dog” scent. Canines enter large, stainless-steel tubs via a dog-friendly ramp or grasshopper-like leap, with owners using convenient spray nozzles to wash away remnants of crashed pizza parties. Puptown supplies dog-washing necessities including shampoo and conditioner, towels, and a jowl-flopping dryer. For an additional $5, guests can upgrade to the deluxe wash and use the facility's de-shedding solutions, ear wash, and toothbrushes and paste.
Andy Hartle isn't just a dog owner; he's one of their biggest advocates.
For the last two years, he's been a sponsor of the Great Indy Pet Expo and has volunteered his services throughout the community. All the while, he's also made a career of his love for pets by operating his own professional, insured dog-walking and pet-sitting business, and earning a certification in Pet First Aid through the American Red Cross. Clients can solicit Andy for a short visit while they're at work or for an overnight stay with playtime and exercise. Platinum Pet Services is also one of the first dog-walking companies in Indianapolis to offer GPS tracking, so that the footwork of dogs, cats, and miniature pet sasquatches can be cataloged without worry.
Since opening their doors in mid-December 2011, friendly staffers at Happy Dog Hotel and Spa have welcomed pooches into a wag-worthy space outfitted with deluxe hotel suites, private courtyard, and capacious play zone. Owners can take a complete tour of the modern, brand-new space to view its shined wood floors, textured wall coverings, and trendy accents. Canines stay the night in suites ranging from 20 to 48 square feet, and all boarders enjoy soft blankets, two meals a day plus scrambled eggs with breakfast, and five walks to the private courtyard. Caring staffers treat dogs like their own, dishing out treats, toys, and medication brought from home at no extra charge. Owners can opt to let their boarding pooches release pent-up energy with romps and heated Scrabble matches in the bustling daycare area, where the attentive staffers ensure safe, friendly play. Visiting pups also can unwind in the spa, where staff members shampoo, brush, and clip coats while a stereo plays the soothing sounds of bellies being rubbed.
Hedgehog Hannah travels to birthday parties, scouting events, and family gatherings to regale audiences with her collection of animals, providing an experience that is equal parts exciting and edifying. The assortment comprises critters from all over the world, including an alligator, a snake, and sugar glider. Humans have the chance to pet and play with the animals and play trivia games for which they may win prizes. Party packages are also available, and they may include a personally wrapped birthday gift, cake and pizza, or the chance to dress Hedgehog Hannah's chihuahua, Pablo, in costumes and accessories. Concerned parents need not fret, as each animal is trained to stay as calm and well-behaved as a Pilgrim practicing yoga.