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).
They say you can’t teach an old dog new tricks, but Ira Meisler doesn’t buy it. The real-life dog whisperer has used positive reinforcement—namely love, affection, and praise—to train pups for the past 30 years and invites dogs of all ages to enroll at American Pet Hotel & Dog Training. Puppies and mature dogs alike practice and absorb basic commands and—with or without their owners’ help—learn the art of potty training. For instance, customers can drop their pooches off for a few weeks of in-kennel training or have a trainer come to them for in-home sessions. Either way, Ira guarantees a lifetime of good behavior. If at any time a dog begins to regress on its training, he’ll offer a refresher course absolutely free of charge.
Beyond training services, American Pet Hotel & Dog Training also operates just what one would expect: a doggy hotel. While owners are away on vacation, guests can rest comfortably inside individual private indoor dog runs, each of which is cleaned and disinfected throughout the day. During their stays, they can lounge atop fleece bedding, frolic with staff during playtime, and enjoy at least six walks every day. Cats can rest their paws at the hotel as well. Private "kitty condos" ensconce felines in cozy spaces with relaxing music, and they also can enjoy designated play time with a scratching post or two. To ensure the safety of all pets, the hotel has a veterinarian on call 24/7 or 168/49 in dog time.
Kimberly Garsed founded Urban Dog Playcare to provide dog owners with a place to put their pets when they were otherwise engaged with work or play, thus making it possible for more people to welcome dogs into their families. Kimberly has more than 20 years of experience training dogs, and her core staff draws on more than 10 years of experience when attending to the health and happiness of their clients? canines. During playcare, four-legged friends roam around a 5,000-square-foot facility with five distinct play areas, two of which have a rubber surface to cushion dogs? feet and better facilitate their self-directed gymnastics competitions. Owners can keep tabs on their pooches through the facility's webcam, unless the staff and their charges have embarked on one of the frequent custom field trips to exotic, pet-friendly locales such as the Santa Monica Mountains.
Boarders visiting the hospitable facility eat nutritious meals and tire themselves out during vigorous walks before being escorted to slumberland by a skilled dog wrangler who continues to watch pets into the wee hours. Dogs sleep atop beds or blankets in kennel runs or crates with housemates. Because the dog wrangler stays with the doggies all night, the animals are never alone.
When learning a foreign language, spoken conversation is one of the most important skills?and one of the most difficult to master. That?s why Rocket Languages? online courses focus on listening comprehension and pronunciation, rather than dry written work, using techniques that let students learn a new tongue in as little as half the time of traditional teaching methods. Students of any experience level can practice chit-chatting in 11 available languages, including Hindi, Mandarin, Spanish, and Italian, or engage with English-as-a-second-language courses designed for native Spanish or Japanese speakers. With lifetime access to their chosen courses, participants have unlimited chances to practice more than 30 interactive audio activities per level, and time to take in enrichment lessons on cultural topics, such as how to cook a country?s cuisine or identify its soil by mouthfeel. Though the lessons are administered online, they don?t lack a human element: a native speaker hosts each course, bilingually guiding students through the material.
Rocket Languages had been positively reviewed by The New York Times even before a major 2012 upgrade that introduced games and apps that are compatible with iPhones, iPads, and Android tablets and smartphones. Since then, these interactive improvements have garnered an Editors' Choice award from PCMag and a BESSIE Award for Best Foreign Language software. Popular features include Rocket Record, where users can record their pronunciation of phrases and compare them to recordings of their tutor saying the same phrase, and a progress tracker where students can compare their progress to other students in the same level.
Zoom Room?s dog training facilities have one cardinal rule: owners must be present during class. This is because humans need just as much training as their canine companions when building confidence and communication, and it?s important that owners learn the best positive-reinforcement techniques from the knowledgeable staff. Group classes cover topics ranging from general obedience and agility training to more specific needs such as overcoming shyness. Other classes include Urban Herding, where dogs herd exercise balls into soccer goals indoors, Scent Work, where dogs learn to sniff out missing car keys or the TV remote, and Pup-lates, which is geared toward overweight or senior dogs, or those recovering from an injury.
In fact, improving canine social skills is one of Zoom Room?s missions, as evidenced by the regularly hosted fundraiser events and Doggy Disco parties, which give dogs a chance to meet other dogs and expand away from their inner circle of fire hydrants. This combination of training and fun, in addition to the facility?s selection of solution-oriented training gear, natural dog treats, and functional dog accessories, has garnered an array of local and national press.
Dogs never see the inside of bars at PETential Pals. Both daycare charges and overnight guests enjoy romptastic freedom at this cage-free facility. Pups scamper across the grassy field outdoors as they chase one another or run away from their imaginary friends. They splash in the pool to cool off and sprawl in the shade for naps. Inside, the facility is air-conditioned, providing safe respite from the hot sun. Owners can also request a bath for their four-legged friends so they're fresh and clean for the trip home.