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.
The Mosquito Authority keeps skeeters at bay through services such as barrier sprays, misting systems, and special event sprays. During these treatments, exterminators apply an EPA-approved solution to exterior foliage including trees, shrubs, and magic beanstalks, which not only eradicates all current mosquitoes but also prevents new ones from stopping by for up to 21 days. While clearly harmful to mosquitoes, the solution is so focused that it won't cause harm to pets or children.
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.
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.
At Punchestown Stable, skilled instructors equip equestrians of all ability levels with show-quality horses, saddles, and new skills. Sarah Reilly, the owner of the stable, calls upon prestigious riding and training experience as she bestows riders as young as 5 with the knowledge, techniques, and carrot-flavored sugar cubes necessary to curry a stallion's favor. Budding cowboys and cowgirls must wear pants and closed-toe shoes, but the stable stocks all other key riding equipment. By tailoring instruction to each rider’s experience and interests, Sarah ensures that no one bored by mythology ends up riding a centaur.