The experienced instructors at Leslie Thomson Training forge respectful bonds between humans and horses while cultivating basic riding and Western show skills in both parties. Across rollicking fields of grass, teachers demonstrate how to navigate trail patterns and control the steed's stride and speed. Students also learn proper stallion care, as well as how to use tongue clicks to signal sightings of the ice-cream truck.
Everyone who works at A Small World Doggie Daycare shares one important trait: a great love for dogs. That said, they all work hard to ensure that every pup who comes to the doggy daycare receives the best all-around care, from structured activities to playtime with other dogs. Along with daytime care for dogs, A Small World also provides overnight boarding and formal training for all sizes of dogs.
Pacific Park Animal Hospital caters to pets' every need with a roster of health-care, boarding, and grooming services. Under the guidance of Drs. Lisa D. Mandelin and Bridget Holden, the animal-loving staff performs dozens of veterinary services in a facility equipped with a pharmacy, a surgery suite, and an x-ray machine. In addition to physical exams and vaccinations, dogs and cats can enjoy grooming and bathing services or spend the night in clean accommodations.
At Orange County Animal Medical Center, Dr. Randall Bondurant and Dr. Erin Boileve treat four-legged pals to the type of veterinary care they would give their own pets. After running his own clinic in Atlanta for 23 years, Dr. Bondurant and his wife moved west and opened their own veterinary center. Dr. Boileve, a Chicago native and proud owner of three dogs, moved to California in 2011. At the center, the doctors and their staff provide a range of medical services, from routine shots and checkups to much-needed surgeries, for ailing dogs, cats, and pet rocks that got skipped too hard.
A beauty shop meets hotel meets daycare for dogs, The Spaw offers its fun-loving clientele plenty of supervised, yet cage-free space to romp around. The staff babysits daycare dogs as they socialize with one another inside the 2,000 square-foot daycare. As the sun sets, a maximum of 15 dogs can stay the night, ensuring that the night staff can give each pup ample attention.
In the beauty parlor, both short- and long-haired breeds receive baths, nail trimming, and teeth cleaning, while long-haired pooches might also enjoy a haircut to keep fur from growing over their eyes or overshadowing their mustaches. Dog owners can also arrange for extra-special spaw package to ease offensive breath, eliminate fleas, and even sooth sore muscles and dry, itchy skin.