At Paradise Ranch—an equine educational center that specializes in horse-assisted therapy sessions—expertly trained steeds help students learn techniques to tackle developmental difficulties, boost communication skills, and strengthen their bodies. Children can spend time with Luna, the notorious ranch troublemaker, or Spiritt, who loves to mug for the camera. While they may be confused for the children of Hollywood celebrities, these guys are actually two of the seven therapy horses at the ranch. Specially designed courses take place inside a sprawling, climate-controlled arena, which grants students a comfortable place to learn and helps horses avoid embarrassing underarm sweat stains.
After canceling a vacation because no one could care for their beloved Saint Bernards, the owners of Just Like Home Doggie Hotel and Grooming decided to help fellow pet owners by creating a friendly, open environment for dogs to stay while their people are away. Upon entering the 2,800-square-foot facility, one may have to step over a sleeping mutt or two, as the cage-free space lets dogs come and go as they please. Couches nestled under sunny windows provide comfy places to nap, and a half-acre grassy play yard provides a space for games of Red Rover. During especially hot days, dogs can cool off in the bone-shaped splash park that features waterspouts, waterfalls, purposefully leaky fire hydrants, and shallow pools perfect for canine cannonballs. After tangling their fur during rambunctious romps outside, the facility's groomers can make over manes with various grooming services performed in a cage-free environment.
Like their human counterparts, pets are most comfortable in their own homes. Because of this, Pet Sitters of Las Vegas does not board animals or offer onsite daycare; rather, they visit homes to feed and water pets, let them out, or take them for walks. Each pet sitter is screened, background checked, and carefully trained, as well as insured and bonded, so pet owners can truly relax while they are away. For more attentive service, sitters will even stay overnight, so pets have a constant companion to snuggle with at night.
Granite Auto Grooming has been polishing, primping, and preserving autos with homespun Gloss-It products for more than 15 years. Upon rolling into the parking lot, less-than-lustrous cars (a $295 value) and SUVs (a $420 value) are eyed by a crew of highly trained technicians who can evaluate and prescribe a finish befitting its current level of funk. After removing surface impurities, such as tar, bugs, road pitch, and Cheez Whiz with a special Gloss-It clay bar, the crewmembers go to work applying a series of Gloss-It polishes and protectants, restoring its finish and leaving it with a silky, stubble-less texture. Once sheeny, all road boats are covered by a six-month guarantee, ensuring they’ll retain 80% of their mirror-like appearance, or be treated to a complimentary re-application.
The mural in the play space at A Puppy Paradise imagines what an idyllic dog haven might look like. Sunflowers are in bloom, frisbees are in flight, and puppies play in the fountain without getting yelled at by the park inspector. Though the daycare's indoor areas are less grassy, they are rife with toys, soft beds, and the chance for canine guests to socialize. In three play spaces, pet-loving staff pair dogs with equally-sized playmates before doling out treats and making sure everyone gets along. In the evenings, overnight boarders snuggle up with cozy blankets, while owners sleep soundly in the knowledge that someone is keeping an eye on their pups.
Judith Ripka Jewelry intertwines the rich glaze of gemstones with signature beading and rope twists of exclusively alloyed gold and sterling silver. Fingers searching for natural elegance can snuggle up into the ambrosia stack ring, a sterling-silver affair that decorates the pink crystal of an oval stone with double hearts of white sapphire, symbolizing that the heart is not only unbreakable, but has a backup if needed ($175). The linked silver heart charm bracelet with signature lobster claw coddles a canary crystal heart charm ($195), and the small eclipse earrings entice the ears and frame the face with the dark, rich tones of tastefully shaped black onyx stones ($200).