Pets are more than just animals, they’re members of the family. Along with that belief comes a certain attitude that the pet lovers at Shaggy Chic love to indulge. Kelly Petersen, the founder of Shaggy Chic, takes great pride in pampering her pets, though it has sometimes brought her judgment and scrutiny.
But take a look around her salon, and it doesn’t appear that judgmental eyes have affected Kelly one bit. She and her staff lovingly primp pups and other pets with a signature line of paraben-free shampoos, conditioners, detanglers, and fur fresheners, all of which are made in the United States from natural ingredients. In the salon, they groom pets with services that include baths, fur blowouts, nail trims, and ear cleaning. They can also spruce up furry friends with additional services such as teeth brushing, blueberry facials, and pawdicures that include paw-pad massages and nail polish.
The Dog House, the retail outpost of the Good Dog Food Company, carries an array of treats, toys, and holistic pet products and also regularly hosts 75-minute educational classes for bi-legged canine companions. During the Behavior Basics class on September 24, Dr. Crista Coppola, who has a PhD in animal behavior, instructs owners how to bond with pets, prevent behavioral problems, and get dogs to wear sweaters. Clients can share their pet's loving demeanor following the October 4 Making Your Dog a Therapy Dog class, led by certified therapy-dog handler Cal Oliver. Pupils' brains soak up info about canine therapy work, rules, and how to determine whether their dogs are telepathic enough to be suitable. Five minutes prior to each class, students meet at The Dog House to stroll over to a conference room at the Regus offices. The Dog House requests that four-pawed friends remain at home during the classes.
The staffers at Scoopin-It don't mind picking up after dogs. In fact, they relish ridding yards of puppy poop because they know that they're providing customers with a valuable service. They also make sure to lock up after they leave, so Fido can't sneak his girlfriend over while his parents are out. For cat people, they'll even clean and disinfect litter boxes. But beyond just chucking the waste, the staff examines it to monitor the pets' health, and they will notify owners if they find any cause to be concerned.
Dr. John Ensign's love of animals began at age eight with his best friend Fred, a dog that he bought with his brother for $10. Though a lot has changed since the days of Fred, John's passion for pets hasn't. After veterinary school, the John spent 10 years as Nevada’s representative in the U.S. Senate where he was considered one of the Humane Society’s biggest allies. More recently, he's opened Boca Park Animal Hospital, a 9,000-square-foot medical, grooming, and boarding facility that offers furry patients a loving staff of nurses and the latest technology in veterinary care. The building was renovated from the ground up to include noise-reduction insulation, luxury pet boarding suites, and a 1,600 square foot exercise area with a realistic mailman punching bag. Specialty laser therapy is also available to address wound healing, ear infections, liver disease, infections, and even behavior problems.
A live webcam keeps an eye on the canine antics at Hot Diggity Dog Daycare, allowing owners to remotely check up on pets via a video stream broadcast to their computer or iPhone. They won't be the only ones watching, though; trained caregivers tend to dogs 24 hours a day, taking each dog out for one-on-one playtime as well as multiple bathroom breaks throughout the night. The 5,000-square-foot facility dedicates three separate play areas to large, medium, and small dogs where they can socialize with other pouches, perhaps even meeting one with similar political views. For a pampering pause, the caregivers groom dogs with shampoo, toothbrushes, and nail clippers, and allow owners to use the supplies to groom their own pets. While away, owners can rest easy knowing that a behavioral evaluation and vaccine requirement ensures friendly and healthy company.
A nautical treasure trove of exotic fish and aquarium supplies, Atlantis Tropical Fish outfits aquatic admirers with all the gear necessary to create and maintain their own miniature marine ecosystems. The friendly staff helps fish enthusiasts navigate through the food, chemicals, pumps, and lighting equipment needed to keep fish healthy and less likely to throw stones in their new glass houses. A large selection of tanks ($19.99–$1,600) are shaped and sized to contain all manner of the freshwater and tropical fish ($1.25–$499) kept in stock.