For more than 30 years, Walnut Way Farm has taught saddle-seat horseback-riding lessons for riders of all experience levels, with an emphasis on human and horse safety. For horse pilots' first equine engagements, an experienced instructor will cover safety basics, steering, control, rider posture, and rearing up in front of sunsets. Saddle-seat riding, a subsection of English style, shows off the horse’s confident high trot and creates a solid riding foundation to which riders may add other styles. Since horses play cribbage on Sundays, lessons run Monday–Saturday.
Tucked away on the owner's 25-acre farm just outside Louisville, Utopia Animal Care welcomes dogs of all breeds and sizes to a loving home away from home. During daycare stays or slumber parties, pups can be found romping about the 2-acre, fully fenced outdoor play yard or snuggled inside the cage-free facility, where each canine suite is outfitted with organic snacks, fresh water, and cable TV. To restore that new-dog smell, Utopia's licensed groomer manages manes of all textures and lengths with breed-specific cuts and brush outs and helps pups to unwind from long hours dreaming of chasing squirrels with canine massage.
The pet-care professionals at PetSuites coddle pups with accommodation in individual doggie daycare suites and tidy unwieldy manes with a slew of canine grooming packages. During the bath-and-brush package ($24–$59, depending on dog size and breed), staff suds up pooch tresses with shampoo and conditioner before an aromatherapy body spray stimulates wet noses with fragrant essences of fire hydrant and helpless mailman. After nails are trimmed and ears cleaned, staff members ease tense shoulders and hindquarters with a gentle-touch massage and tie on a bow or bandana.
Phyllis P. Allen and Victoria Martin have mad shampooing and blow-drying skills. But they aren’t working their magic on human heads. Instead, the owners of Pet Paw's have set out to prove that dog washing doesn’t have to be a pain, welcoming pet owners into a spacious grooming studio stocked with everything they need to get Fido clean quickly, calmly, and without cash bribes.
Each deluxe doggie bathing station features a raised tub that dogs can easily scramble into via a special staircase, and gentle restraints keep each pooch in a stable position during the duration of the scrub-down. Customers can don aprons to protect outfits from sudsy splashes, created from three varieties of natural earthbath shampoo blended with ingredients such as aloe and tea tree oil to leave coats fragrant and shiny. After the last rinse, towels and special air-blowers dry off fur, as special perfumes replace that wet-dog smell with something more snout friendly. Treats reward each well-behaved customer and the staff will clean up all the mess left behind, freeing each chic pup to focus on more important tasks such as showing off at the dog park or attending modeling go-sees.
The pet specialists at Pet Paw's can also help busy or apprehensive pet owners by giving dogs professional grooming services upon request.
All day long at Poochies Plus, four-legged friends, separated by size, frolic freely in cage-less indoor and outdoor play areas. Dogs new to the scene meet with a staff member for 20 minutes to discern play style as well as favorite foods. Then, they're shuffled into play lots where they can splash in kiddie pools, gnaw on chew toys, or chase balls tossed by animal-loving staff members. In addition, overnight guests enjoy bedding in their own sleep space so they don't disturb others when rehearsing dramatic soliloquies from Lassie.
At For Paws Unleashed, pets escape. The daycare center, pet hotel, and fur spa is nestled in 10 acres of hills beneath open skies. Daycare attendants romp with their four-legged wards in fenced stretches of grass during outdoor play sessions. An onsite swimming pool beckons dogs to cool off in its clear waters, and yellow tunnels let them experience every animal's dream of living inside the sun. For nights away from home, each dog sinks into a personal Simmons Beauty Rest mattress, soothed by his or her own flat-screen TV.
For Paws Unleashed pampers dogs with services fit for humans. Canine stylists brush teeth and even color claws with nail polish. They run a taxi service to shuttle dogs to important barking sessions, and host birthday parties for them and their best friends, be they human or canine.