Twenty years of experience in theater and TV has given photographer Lisa Weaver plenty of opportunities to work with animals. Through Love Your Pet Photography, she's drawn together two of her passions: photography and pets. With candid shots she captures the adorableness of a pup snuggling on the couch, the intensity of a kitten going after a new toy, and the nobility of a horse trotting around the ring. She also enjoys doing posed or vintage-style shots and has the confidence it takes to deal with hyperactive or anxious animals, especially when they insist on going through multiple costume changes.
Nestled in the heart of a scenic 45-acre expanse, Out of Reach Farm hosts one indoor and one outdoor ring, both equipped with challenging jumping courses. A covered arena juts out from the indoor ring, hosting private and small group lessons. While one of three instructors relays equestrian basics or advanced techniques to pupils aged 5 and older, parents and other spectators keep cozier than mitten-clad sheep in a heated viewing area. As the seasons evolve from chilly to sun-drenched, so do the farm's offerings, which include half-day summer camps suited to riders aged 5–15. For a more intimate peek into farm life, patrons can schedule two-hour birthday parties, with an hour devoted to pony rides for guests.
A professional groomer at Canine Couture bathes pooches, trims their nails, conditions fur, and adds a bow or bandana during regular grooming appointments. Grooming enhancements include FurMinator deep conditioner to loosen undercoats, blueberry facials, and nail polish. Canine Couture also features a boutique stocked with treats, harnesses, carriers, and costumes.
All In Stride Equestrian Center is open year-round with horse-related activities surrounded by more than 100 acres of picturesque countryside in Parkton, Maryland. Owners Barry and Wendy Kraus have put together a staff of dedicated instructors. All in Stride provides riding lessons, trail rides, and boarding services, as well as birthday-party packages for children. Lessons range from learning the basics for beginning equestrians, such as how to properly tack a horse, to more advanced concepts such as showing horses on a national level. Often, All in Stride takes advantage of its prime countryside spot by following trails into the nearby Hereford Area of Gunpowder Falls State Park.
When Cheryl Schaaf was shuffling through old items, she discovered something she'd never known: as a child, her mother dreamed of being a veterinarian. She'd written it in her journal. At that moment, Cheryl was inspired to create a business that offered pet owners similar comfort and peace of mind.
The result was Walk the Dog—a team of animal-loving professionals that offer personalized pet care in South Jersey and parts of Pennsylvania. Of course, Walk the Dog's team members know they can't replace at-work or vacationing pet owners. Instead, they make sure pets remain active with walks. They also keep particularly jittery critters company with overnight sittings, offering a much more soothing presence than a broom with googly eyes glued to it.
The echoes of contented barks reverberate across The Mutt Hutt’s 9,200-square-foot facility, where canines of all breeds sleep, nosh, and frolic in a safe and controlled environment. Daycare sessions include free and structured playtimes and multiple daily walks, allowing dogs to stretch their muscles and blow off steam. A midday rest between those activities gives them time to reenergize as they dream about playing catch in open meadows or chasing down cats with slender tails of beef jerky. The facility’s boarded residents follow a similar schedule, with the added perk of daily breakfast and dinner.
The Mutt Hutt’s staff also makes house calls, dropping by residences to keep an eye on pets. When they aren’t changing litter boxes or playing with lonely kittens, staffers clean messes off lawns so garden gnomes no longer have to hold their noses in disgust.