Bob and Coni Keyes began the adventure that is Green Meadows Petting Farm in Wisconsin in 1964, when it was simply Green Meadows Farm. As a "pick-your-own" raspberry and vegetable farm, there was nothing there yet to pet, especially since raspberries notoriously withhold affection. When they discovered that most farms of their ilk prohibited youngsters, they brought in animal friends to make their farm a family affair. All it took was the raves of one nursery school group, and suddenly the new Green Meadows Petting Farm was bringing in up to 1,200 visitors a day. Through the decades, Green Meadows has expanded its array of animals and family entertainment, which includes horse-drawn hayrides, sleigh rides, mobile pony parties, and more pumpkins than in a headless horseman's closet. They've also expanded to locations to Maryland and Texas, allowing kids in two times zones the chance to get closer to nature's critters.
Founded in 1980, Man's Best Friend welcomes pets and their caretakers for training, grooming, and boarding services. A variety of training programs are designed to fit different pet personalities and specific goals such as obedience training and home protection. Boarding offerings include overnight stays and daycare, with separate facilities for dogs and cats complete with climate control and ample space.
At Pet Vet Animal Hospital, Dr. Lonnie D. Moore cares for his furry patients with a wealth of certifications and experiences, such as a doctorate of veterinary medicine from Oklahoma State University and 39 years of professional practice at his neighborhood vet clinic. A devoted family man and a pet owner himself, Dr. Moore tends to his patients with a caring hand, treating dogs and cats to necessary checkups, shots, and operations to ensure long-term health. He also performs microchip insertions that negate the need to tie nametags to dogs' necks or teach cats to meow their addresses. The doctor heals injured pooches and guards against common pet ailments, and resident pet groomer LaDina Raley primps, preens, and cleans four-legged friends with 24 years of experience.
Different from the average pet-boarding facility, Paradise 4 Paws has a bone-shaped pool surrounded by more than 20,000 square feet of indoor play area, plush accommodations, and comfy boarding suites. Staff members roam the facility 24/7, playing with animals during the day, tucking them in at night, and performing à la carte services such as grooming, obedience training, health checkups, and canine massage therapy. Paradise 4 Paws has its own training academy, and its pet-care professionals have received pet-first-aid certification from the American Red Cross.
The pet-minded staff cares about pet owners, as well, granting access to the play area’s real-time webcams and offering airport parking and transportation.
Though pet parents may want to be with their adopted offspring at all times, it's not always possible. Luckily for them, Park Cities Pet Sitter, Inc. can take over in a pinch. The accommodating company unleashes its fleet of insured and bonded employees to walk dogs, pet sit overnight, and chauffeur charges to the vet's office or a photo shoot for a new pet calendar. And to ensure the sitters are well equipped to care for furry friends, they receive ongoing training, including pet first aid certification from the American Red Cross. The company also keeps a supervisor on call 24 hours a day every day of the year to offer advice or an extra pair of hands if needed.