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.
In 1965, Popular Mechanics ran a small classified ad for Brookstone, a new catalog company that packed its pages with functional products and detail-oriented descriptions. Brookstone quickly expanded to meet the high demand for its collection of “hard-to-find tools,” and opened the door to its first retail location in 1973. Today, Brookstone’s more than 300 nationwide retail locations allow customers to test-drive its ever-growing lineup of interesting products, which range from Bluetooth-enabled massage chairs to power adapters designed for international travelers and their electronic passports. Staying true to its roots as a catalog company, Brookstone houses an even larger selection of products, each waiting patiently to be shipped, on its website.
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.
Nestled in the rolling hills of southern Indiana, Blue River Valley Farm features a 100-year-old farmhouse with a large back porch looking out onto the surrounding woods. In the distance, guests may observe one of the seven dogs on the property. This three-bedroom, one-bathroom private home accommodates up to six people and features a fully equipped kitchen, a fireplace, and a hot tub. Owners Richard—a state senator—and Ashira Young live just down the hill. They invite guests to gather organic eggs for breakfast, feed peckish chickens and goats, and organize touch football games with the livestock living on the property. Nearby attractions include local wineries and museums, as well as natural attractions such as Paoli Peaks, where skiers take to the hills and Harrison-Crawford State Forest, where you'll find 26,000 unspoiled acres crisscrossed by hiking and biking trails.