Helmed by a pair of Iowa State University graduates, Family Pet Veterinary Center keeps furry friends in good health at three locations across the Des Moines area. A third-generation veterinarian, Dr. Jen Emerson-Mathis joins forces with Dr. Ashley Williams to deliver medical, surgical, and diagnostic services to beloved animals. With their team, doctors Jen and Ashley go the extra mile by making sure clients understand every facet of their pet’s medical condition, and every step of the treatment process. Even more, the Family Pet facilities provide boarding packages, as well as on-site grooming for dogs, cats, and CEOs who need a break from making so many decisions.
The hypnotic sounds of humming washing machines and vibrating dryers form a constant sonic backdrop at SE Express Coin Laundry as customers await their cycle’s end upon comfortable red couches. Air conditioning offers a reprieve from hot weather as machines with up to 80-pound capacities wash away dirt, grass stains, and the results of foolhardy wine-filled-water-balloon fights. Children entertain themselves at a kids’ play area as adults play friendly games of pool or watch flat-screen TVs. Free WiFi powers Internet expeditions on personal laptops as items from a snack bar fuel long laundry sessions.
If you’ve seen well-trimmed hedges or precisely cut patches of grass in the yards of greater Des Moines, there’s a chance you’re already familiar with the handiwork of the landscapers at Beautiful Lawns by Long's. The crew tackles all sorts of outdoor maintenance, trimming bushes and trees, fertilizing grasses, and cutting lawns down to size on a weekly or biweekly basis. In addition to caring for flora, landscapers also install fences, lay cement, and add stripes to parking lots and fallen barbershop poles.
At Matthias Arabians, seasoned horse trainers Leon, Lon, and Kim Matthias teach visitors the art of steed steering in a scenic setting. In one-hour riding lessons, students of varying equine aptitude can take the reins of safe learning mounts, absorbing instructors' wisdom until their horses glide over terrain as smoothly as refurbished hovercrafts. Topics covered may range from horse-care fundamentals to proper discipline or mastering a stately trot, but all are presented with expertise and a sense of humor.
Fleur Pet Hospital, helmed by veteran veterinarian Dr. Lisa Williams, provides comprehensive medical and dental care for small animals with an onsite surgical suite, a pharmacy, and radiology equipment. Beyond immediate medical needs, Fleur also offers dietary and behavioral counseling, flea-control programs, and day and overnight boarding - including an indoor area to accomodate pets rain or shine - , and their on-staff groomers can make pets look sharp for their next World Series of Puppy Poker final table.
During basic and advanced courses, instructors coach people through training with targets at an indoor or outdoor range.
Every one of Active Defense Awareness Training's instructors has NRA certification, and many also list military and law-enforcement experience on their resumes. It's this expertise that informs them as they teach basic firearms safety, gun laws, and shooting skills. Their courses include lecture-based sessions and online classes for students who are out-of-state.