Leaning on the knowledge he picked up while earning his degree in marine biology, John Spadola of Clear Aquarium Services monitors the cleanliness of aquatic habitats. He ably tends to freshwater and saltwater aquariums, as well as koi ponds, preserving each as a safe and hospitable environment for aquatic life. Services span the entirety of aquarium and pond ownership, from the design phase to installation and from water delivery to regular feeding—services that are all preceded by a free consultation.
Twelve years ago, Heidi Ganahl decided to pursue her dream and opened the first Camp Bow Wow in Denver. Camp Bow Wow has now burgeoned into a national franchise with more than 200 locations in 40 states, and her success has earned attention from the likes of CNN Money, CNBC, and various other news outlets.
One of the secrets to Heidi’s success? Her love of dogs. Born from a desire to provide a safe, healthy place where owners could drop their pets instead of cooping them up at home, each Camp Bow Wow location functions more like an all inclusive kids’ summer camp than a depressing kennel. Pooches are free to frolic with each other in indoor play areas and spend their afternoons making fun of the postman’s latest haircut, all while their owners watch them on Camper Cam video streams. For overnight visitors, temperature-controlled cabins host beds with fleece blankets, and the camp counselors give each canine camper a campfire treat before putting them to bed. Dogs and owners feel at ease knowing that certified camp counselors, trained in dog behavior and pet first aid, are close at hand.
Signature service: Veterinary care
Staff Size: 2–10 people
Average Duration of Services: 30 minutes or less
Brands Used: Boehringer Ingelheim vaccines, Abaxis in-house diagnostics
Pro Tip: Please bring your pet's previous medical records.We look forward to meeting you soon.
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Sisters Lizzy and Megan head up the grooming team at Dog Wash Depot. Here, dog owners wash their pups at the self-service stations, which are stocked to the hilt with all-natural cleansing products, fluffy towels, and grooming tools such as combs and hair dryers. Lizzy, Megan, and the rest of the grooming staff are just an "pardon me" away from dispensing grooming advice if needed, whether it's guiding the owner in holding the hair dryer properly or just repeating "Good boy, good boy" so the owner knows he's done a good job. The staff also gets pups into factory-issue form through services ranging from a simple wash-and-dry to a full grooming package that includes a haircut and nail trim.