Vincent Eufemia has always loved animals, but his busy schedule as a computer consultant once kept him from giving proper attention to his furry best friend, a labrador named Cassady. After trying out several different daycares, he realized that at many of them, the dogs were not permitted outside to play. This absence of canine fun spurred him to leave consulting behind and open Emerald Street Kennels, a pet daycare and boarding facility anchored by an enormous indoor and outdoor play area. Four different rooms categorize dogs according to size, age, and temperament. When they're not frolicking in one of these spaces or the fluffy grass, up to nine overnight pooches can each lounge in their very own 4"x6" doggie apartment. Each one comes fully furnished with rubber matting, a trampoline bed, and a chaise lounge upholstered in bacon.
Feline guests reside in the Cattery, a block of padded cat condos with a variety of toys and a separate ventilation system to prevent airborne diseases. Owners can check in on their pets via Emerald Street's website, whose camera feed displays each animal sleeping soundly and chasing dream cars to the sounds of classical music.
Serenity Stables & Event Facility’s five acres of land are dotted with a regulation-size arena, covered stalls, and indoor facilities, creating a horse-riding haven for equine enthusiasts of all ages. Experienced, encouraging instructors lead riding lessons, which can be tailored to meet the needs of everyone from first-timers to professional cowboys hoping to learn the secret of galloping into the sunset without squinting. Teachers inform pupils about basic Western and English riding techniques, roping, queening, flags, and barrel racing. Serenity Stables also offers full boarding services and rents out their facilities for dances, musical events, birthdays, and interventions for oats-addicted unicorns.
When it comes to breed-appropriate dog grooming, you won’t find many people more knowledgeable than the staff at Wags To Riches All Breed Pet Salon. Resident groomer Lauren got her start 13 years ago in the dog-show ring, giving her a good introduction to proper breed styling and general dog care. She now puts those skills to use at Wags To Riches, keeping dogs pampered and healthy. She gives dogs a fresh scent during baths, and then uses breed-specific scissor clips to groom fur. In addition to cutting hair, she cuts nails for finicky pets and cleans ears and glands to ensure that pets stay in peak physical condition. For every six groomings a pet comes in for, their owners receive $10 off the next service, allowing them to save a little cash or splurge on a beef-jerky collar.
Full-service pet sitting for dogs ($16 for a 30-minute visit), cats ($14 for a 20-minute visit), and small animals ($12) includes a visit with pet playtime and feeding, a walk, litter and bedding change, brushing, medication, and email updates (the nature of visits vary based on the kind of pet). Royal Pet Care will also conduct basic home maintenance, including watering plants, bringing in packages, taking out the trash, and more. Customers can apply the value of their Groupon and pay the difference to upgrade to pet taxi and home services. Service is currently available in Boise, Eagle, Star, North End, Meridian, Nampa, Middleton, and Garden City. If you aren't certain whether you fall within the service area, call Royal Pet Care to check.
In 1977, Cheryl Wear opened World of Nutrition; her daughter, Kris, joined her full-time after graduating from high school. Today, the health and wellness shop is still a family affair run by Kris and her niece and nephew, both of whom have extensive training in nutrition and homeopathy. The store's shelves are filled with large assortment of vitamins and supplements, bulk herbs, books, and tea.
U Do Doggie Bath’s red bathtubs are outfitted with blow dryers to style canine manes after they're washed. The do-it-yourself salon extends its luxury to its sudsing options. The choice of four shampoos includes an oatmeal formula for dry skin and a pest formula that eradicates fleas and ticks without harming any coteries of bees that the dog has befriended. Supplies for brushing, styling, and nail trimming send pets trotting off with their muzzles in the air.