Kellye Sommer lived closely with nature in her hometown of Seminole, Oklahoma, and spent the early years of her life deeply fascinated by the creatures around her. Her deep empathy, fostered by tolerant parents, led her to adopt and rehabilitate injured and orphaned animals found around their home, and she assembled quite a menagerie. When not bottle-feeding a baby raccoon, bathing a skunk, or teaching a crow to speak Spanish, she and her brother cared for cats, dogs, and a host of other critters. After a pit stop in the horticulture department at Oklahoma State University and 12 years spent working in the medical-technology field at a local hospital, Kellye returned to her first passion—caring for animals.
Today, Dog Days of Sommer makes clever use of Kellye’s surname to describe the substance of her days, which involve caring for pups whose owners are at work or out of town. Beyond the warmly lit lobby of her facility lies a massive indoor play space equipped with toys and large kennels for private sleeping. Throughout their stay, dogs are lavished with myriad pampering services, including baths, full grooming, walks, and supervised romp sessions in the attached yard. Dogs return home clean and sleepy, which is often more than their owners can say, unless they tame wild bars of soap for a living.
For more than 40 years, the experienced caretakers at Cherokee Animal Clinic have kept furry friends safe and spry with veterinary services, dental care, boarding, and grooming in a well-equipped wellness center. The team of three vets can choose from five exam rooms in which to vaccinate and microchip pooches, or take to the surgical suite approved by the American Animal Hospital Association to mend skeletal and cardiac flaws detected on x-rays. The pet lovers lavish extra doting on senior citizens of the animal kingdom, crafting plans to rework unhealthy diets with nutrition counseling. The facility sequesters cats and dogs in separate, temperature-controlled boarding quarters where they enjoy frequent attention from kennel staffers and vets. During grooming sessions, on-staff stylists primp coats, adhering to breed trends, owner preferences, and the animal's fantasy of being a squirrel.
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.
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.
The veterinarians and support staff at Falcon Valley Animal Hospital tend to a revolving cast of cats and dogs that comes through the doors. They love animals—all of them are pet owners except for Soot the cat, who is not responsible enough to own other cats.
Inside the hospital, patients will find an onsite pharmacy, boarding facilities, training classes, and, naturally, veterinary services. Veteran puppy trainer Dennis Bastian teaches rebellious pups to adhere to their best friends’ commands. Comprehensive exams for new puppies and kittens get pets up-to-date on vaccinations and include heartworm, flea, and tick prevention as well as free food samples. Pet microchipping—a procedure in which a microchip the size of a grain of rice is placed under a pet’s skin—is also available to help locate pets in the event that they get lost or want to cheat in a game of hide-and-seek.