When overcast winter skies and spring storm clouds clear, the roads begin to glisten with freshly washed cars. With 12 locations across Missouri and Kansas, there’s a pretty good chance that many of those vehicles visited a Squeaky Clean Car Wash. Whether it’s a soft-cloth tunnel car wash or a touchless, in-bay spraydown, rides leave dirt-free in a matter of minutes. Every wash comes with complimentary access to a self-serve vacuum, and select locations allow patrons to take matters into their own hands at self-serve washing bays. At their Quick Lube locations, Squeaky Clean flushes out sludgy fluids and also invites pet owners to hose down canines and pet mammoths preserved in tar at self-serve dog washes.
An owner of two dogs and three cats, Dr. Cassie Cure believes in the power of preventative care to give animals a long and healthy life. This approach has earned Cedar Ridge Animal Hospital accreditation from the American Animal Hospital Association, putting it among the few veterinary practices in the area to carry this distinction. At the hospital’s full-service care facilities, Dr. Cure heals small animals with veterinarian services ranging from routine wellness care to nutrition counseling. She also performs more specialized services, such as microchipping. Beyond the veterinary clinic, the hospital spans grooming and boarding facilities, giving pets respite from their owners’ suffocating co-dependence. To give clients added piece of mind, Cedar Ridge posts online recommendations for emergency pet care.
There are two ways cars, SUVs, and trucks wash up at Squeaky Clean of Valley Stream. They either inch their way into the automated tunnel for a quick and painless scrub down, or they park in the garage for a thorough wash and hand wax. Detailing crews babysit rides for up to four hours, during which time they restore exterior shine and free interiors from dirt, debris, and mittens that don't belong in the glove compartment. Aside from sprucing up autos, the staff keeps engines purring with express oil changes.
Good Pup founder and owner Patty Homer, who touts 20 years' experience in dog training, gets tails wagging with personalized, private lessons for all breeds of canines. Pooches learn to master commands such as sit, down, come, heel, yodel, and stay, and owners learn techniques that ensure results can be re-created outside the vacuum of Good Pup's training facility. Each of the obedience-training sessions can be scheduled at the owner's convenience, providing dogs ample time between sessions to play tug of war, go for w-a-l-k-s, and upload home videos of their owners chasing squirrels in their sleep.
The family that owns and operates Honey B's Grooming dotes on their own dogs at home. When customers bring in dogs to be groomed, the family treats each canine with the same love and attention that they lavish on their own pets. They wash and brush fur, clean ears and teeth, clip nails, and express glands. Patrons can also opt for flea treatments or oatmeal baths for sensitive skin.
Three Dog Bakery unleashed its first tasty treats for man's cuddly companion back in 1989 and now has legs across North America, China, and Japan. The quickly expanding barkery takes pride in providing all-natural, human-grade foods to doggies—foods that will help them live long, healthy lives while keeping them fit and promoting a positive Air Bud–esque self-image. In addition to fresh, baked-in-store goods Three Dog Bakery treats furry friends to prepackaged all-natural rawhides such as the vanilla rawhide braid ($4.50). To reward especially good behavior or console your pup after a nasty catfight, appeal to his or her sweetest incisors with some vanilla Lick 'n' Crunch ($5.65), apple oatmeal Roll-Over Rewards ($6.99), peanut Woofers ($6.99), or oven baked cheese biscuits($6.99).