Although Sue Towler developed a steadfast work ethic during 24 years of service in the United States Air Force, it's her love of dogs that continues to bring out the best of her nature. Before opening The Barking Lot, where she and her staff of canine devotees lovingly provide dog boarding and daycare services, Sue started a home pet-sitting service and a no-kill animal shelter, both of which she still runs. At The Barking Lot, pooches frolic together on a grassy playground during playtime, monitored by the staff in case a debate about the president's dog's foreign-policy experience gets out of hand. At night, boarding pups settle into tiled suites and air-conditioned kennels.
Rest assured that your little wagger or whiskered companion is in good hands: Fetch!’s sitters are all professionally trained, undergo extensive background checks, are continuously monitored, and have their own little cuddlesome critters back at home. Fetch!’s private on-leash dog walks get your pooch fresh air when you’re stuck at the office playing business darts. Perfect for pups, matured mutts, or dogs that just want a little time to themselves, these 30-minute walks ($18 per outing, $23 if before 6:30 a.m. or after 9:30 p.m.) include waste cleanup, feeding, and home care if requested. Social snoutpals will appreciate the group dog exercise ($20 per outing) or the unleashed field trip, a group exercise adventure in an approved off-leash area ($20 per outing).
Wielding all-natural products and treatments that are free from harsh chemicals and detergents, the groomers at Love on a Leash primp pups of all sizes. Using botanical shampoos, they lovingly clean pets’ permanent fur coats, and perform additional services such as teeth brushing, nail clipping, and ear cleaning.
Take a stroll through Christine Wells’ yard, and you might forget momentarily that you’re not at a petting zoo—along with four dogs and a cat, she and her family also care for chickens and rabbits, which roam free in their yard. In addition to caring for her pets, Christine is certified as a pet groomer and trained in canine CPR and first aid. She harnesses all of her love, passion, and experience to run Rad Dog Pet Salon and Services. Her salon services include fur trims, hand scissoring, teeth cleaning, nail filing and polish, and medical shampoos.
To say that Far Fetched Tales' head trainer, Pamela, has a way with animals would be a major understatement. Her 30 years of experience include time spent working on a farm and showing and training horses, and her own prized corgis, Harley and Jo Dee have won seven national titles combined. Throughout her career, Pamela has helped well-meaning dogs overcome a variety of behavioral issues, from jumping and chewing to separation anxiety and poker addictions, using techniques that focus on positive reinforcement. Beyond training neighborhood pooches to sit and stay, Pamela also offers agility training for pets and owners who are interested in qualifying for competitions, as well as pet sitting and training for service and therapy dogs.
The groomers at Grateful Dog Grooming like to say that they treat every fur-covered client like a member of the family—which isn’t surprising given they have team members such as Sally, a spunky Boston terrier, making regular appearances and greeting visitors with wide grins. Within the shop’s warm orange walls, groomers give dogs and cats an all-over styling with services such as bathing, teeth brushing, nail filing, and hot-oil treatments. Staffers can even give pets a bit of style by adding a decorative scarf or a gold-rimmed monocle before owners return to retrieve their four-legged pals.