The dog lovers at Yuppie Puppy groom pets with precision and care, expertly trimming fur, untangling knots, and shampooing coats. They can even safely dye your dog for special occasions—bright pink for Valentine's Day, for example, or camouflage for surprise attacks on the neighbor's cat. In addition to offering grooming services, Yuppie Puppy takes pet portraits, oversees doggie daycare, and offers boarding for pets.
Canadian Comedy Award-winning funnyman Gerry Dee, known to some as “Gerry Dee – Sports Reporter” on The Score and the star of the upcoming CBC sitcom Mr. D, channels his years as a father, collegiate hockey player, and physical educator into a night of poignant laughs on his “Life After Teaching” tour. Gerry’s gift of gab and guffaw-extracting demeanor has eclipsed his sports career, making him one of the most sought-after comedians in both Canada and its trouser landmass called America. The first Canadian in 27 years to win the San Francisco International Comedy Competition, where Robin Williams and Dana Carvey once battled to the death, Gerry garners empathetic laughs with his intrinsic charisma and sharp observational humour about the foibles of marriage and the unbearable lightness of offspring.
Table scraps won’t seem so important to pets after a trip to The Bone & Biscuit Co., a high-end store stocked with cat and dog foods that only contain quality meats, whole grains, fresh fruits, and vegetables. Available raw, canned, or dry, each meal eschews the chemical preservatives, low-grade proteins, and messy cotton stuffing used in most commercial pet foods. Bone & Biscuit’s owners believe a change in diet can grant pets a boost in health and energy, which is why they also line aisles with colourful toys and stylish collars to flaunt around town. Brand-name treats from Thinkers and Yappetizers and hand-made desserts from an on-site bakery reward good behaviour and amusing tricks, such as rolling over or not mauling the mailman. An experienced staff is happy to help customers with menu planning for their pets, and can also recommend vitamins and supplements to improve digestion and the lustre of their coat.
4Cats Art Studio founder Joey Simon and her son Jet developed their fun and educational art program in 2005 while transposing the techniques they learned in a library's collection of art history books onto blank canvases. Since then, their process of teaching students about an artist's method and then allowing them to practice it on their own has expanded throughout North America. The studio draws its name from Els Quatre Gats, or The Four Cats, a café in Barcelona where Pablo Picasso often showcased his work and shared intellectual musings with cats.
Much like the legendary brush wielder, students between the ages of 2–15 expand their creative abilities at 4Cats Art Studio, first discussing famous artists and then using their techniques to create original pieces. Each 60-minute class begins with a history lesson on a famous artist such as Frida Kahlo or Paul Klee, followed by a creative project using the featured artist's techniques. After learning about Frida's life and love of animals, students create their own colourful self-portraits. Likewise, classes on Klee integrate music and colour-mixing techniques to teach students how to truly capture the emotions of a trumpet.
After their beloved cocker spaniel Reuben passed away, Pet Planet's mother-and-daughter founders opened their first store in 1996 to supply customers with healthy pet treats and toys while simultaneously educating guardians on optimizing their critters' wellness. Today, Pet Planet's ace management team oversees many locations throughout North America that dispense holistic-style pet food alongside grooming services, kennel care, training academics, and workshops for understanding the language of tail wags. Pet Planet avidly supports Kali's Wish Cancer Foundation, a nonprofit dedicated to eradicating cancer in animals, as well as the Guardian Movement, which encourages humans to call themselves pet guardians instead of owners to create more empathic person-and-animal relationships.