Scooper Trooper's crew turns dog waste into solid gold—as well as other forms of legal tender. Noticing that "everyone owns a dog up here," the company launched in 2003 and quickly found success. Though competitors have tried to follow, Scooper Trooper remains a fixture in Anchorage's dog-waste-removal scene by dispatching crews year round to clean the yards of suburban homes, apartments, and condos, as well as the grounds of businesses, parks, and kennels.
Leaving a pet home alone can add undue stress to an already stressful out-of-town trip. At TLC Pet Sitting, owner Donna Freeman and her licensed staff of pet-sitters aim to ease that stress, giving owners peace of mind and pets a caring and playful companion during owners’ time away. Besides being licensed and emergency trained, all of the company's sitters are dedicated pet owners themselves, a quality that helps them understand the unique nutritional needs, personalities, and political leanings of their clients' furry friends. The staff spends 20–45 minutes several times per day tending to the needs of dogs, cats, and even birds and rabbits, including filling bowls, cleaning cages, and providing ample playtime.
For the past decade, Rub-a-Dub Dog’s groomer Andra Holmstrom has given cats and dogs spa treatments in the comfort of their own homes. She brings a fully loaded grooming van to domiciles or businesses to trim and fluff pets’ coats, making them nearly unrecognizable from the scruffy images on their drivers’ licenses. In addition to standard nail trimming and ear cleaning, Andra also lathers up canine pelts with specialty shampoos, brushes teeth, and staves off shedding with FurMinator treatments.
Monster Wash's three auto bays house an elite touch-free car wash with a three-sided sudsy assault, undercarriage wash, and a wind-shearing drying system. The wash and wax combo may be found on the detailing menu, as can the Express Interior Detail, which includes a vacuum for carpets and seats, a scrubbing of the windows and dash, and a fumigation for mischievous gremlins. With the interior package, autonauts earn a free exterior touch-free wash to tackle caked-on insects and snow. The Express Exterior Detail clears grime and gunk from the chassis by hand and replaces it with a lustrous coat of wax and polish, leaving jalopies as fresh and shiny as a mouthwash-scented candle. Additionally, this package includes a tire shine and cleaning of the inside and outside of all windows.
AK Must Love Dogs' owner Marlene Britton embraces the Cesar Millan method of dog discipline in all her services, whether it's keeping dogs from getting lonesome during workdays or caring for them during vacations. Drop off doggy dependents for daycare ($18/half-day; $26/full-day), where canines expunge excess energy and practice flash-mob routines with one another amid 12,000 square feet of outdoor space and three interior play areas. The 8'x4' pet suites ($30/day) house hounds overnight in private quarters outfitted with carpeting, a bed, and an occasional treat after they've spent the day cavorting with similar-sized pooches in the daycare area. Otherwise, scrub away the evidence that you ever tried to dye your pet green for St. Patrick's Day in one of AK Must Love Dogs’ canine-cleaning stations while skipping the fur-coated bathtub ($15/self-service; $25/AKMLD staff). Customers who opt for daycare or pet-suite services must schedule a temperament test ($15) prior to bringing in their dog for boarding.