Sitter4Paws reliably dispatches fully bonded, insured, and American Red Cross–certified dog walkers to homes for brisk, 30-minute jaunts around the neighborhood. After an initial consultation, during which the dog walker becomes familiar with the patron's pet, home, and routine, he or she arrives promptly at an appointed time for each walk, allowing a camaraderie to develop between man and pet and between man and the space-time continuum. Upon arrival, the caretaker retrieves house keys left in a lock box at the owner's home for safe entry and departure. Postpromenade, owners can arrange for the walker to continue their pet's daily routine, including filling its water bowl, brushing its hair, and painting its portrait. When tenants are away for an extended period, Sitter4Paws' staff can deter potential intruders by bringing in the newspaper and mail, turning lights on and off, and opening and closing the blinds. When the owner returns, he or she will receive an email from the sitter detailing their time spent with the dog.
Gable Equestrian’s leafy facility may be peaceful, but that doesn’t mean it’s not host to plenty of activity. The stable specializes in teaching dressage, an equestrian event that showcases a horse’s natural athletic ability and demonstrates its willingness to perform—its only outlet for that impulse since horses were banned from the 100-meter dash. Of course, the center is also adept at caring for horses, feeding, bathing, and exercising the noble beasts that take up residence there.
Nestled amidst the Arroyo Seco and San Gabriel mountains, San Pascual Stables enchants visitors with natural beauty and an enthusiastic crew of trainers continuing a 34-year tradition of equine education. During an expertly guided horsemanship class, trainees learn the basics under the wing of a trainer well versed in hunter and jumper riding. After a series of three lessons, clients are likely to feel more at home on horseback, and can swiftly opt into future lessons, in which they can learn how to further care for their creature and how to properly parallel park it in front of a crowded saloon.
Chateau Marmutt grants dogs and their owners respite from their daily duties with a canine haven designed to give dogs an outlet for socialization and relaxation. During Monday–Saturday dog daycare, pintsize pooches attend to daily schedules and conference calls in a cozy office setting, and big dogs frolic in a colorful playland of slides and kiddie pools. Canine-education classes instill obedient behavior and break bad habits in five weekly installments, and a fully stocked puppy boutique rewards tail waggers for good conduct. Canine chompers gleam after thorough teeth brushing, and aromatherapy grooming combs furry friends with scents such as citrus, oatmeal, and brand-new tennis ball.