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.
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.
During his time as a zookeeper, My Pet Garden owner Joel Tatom learned firsthand that the best way to improve an animal’s life is through nutrition. Because of this, his dog grooming and daycare center offers premium foods in grain-free, organic, or raw varieties. That’s one of the reasons why the center was named the Best Place to Treat Your Pet Like a Prince by LA Weekly in 2011. The other reason is the center’s gentle cleaning sessions, during which staffers de-mat fur with a soft touch and clean teeth without making fun of the dog’s braces. Additionally, the groomers of My Pet Garden run a program in which they work with shelters to groom dogs who lack homes in the hopes that the pooches will find new owners.
There's no shortage of dog-friendly space at Kennel Club LAX whose sprawling facilities include a 12,000 square foot pet hotel with an additional 12,000 square feet of outdoor play space. Pooches enjoying a daytime or overnight stay in the 24,000-square foot pet hotel romp around during individual or group play time, which might include gamboling across the grass, napping in private lodgings, and diving into a swimming pool under the watchful eyes of on-site attendants. For overnight visitors, The Kennel Club LAX offers a range of accommodation, from standard rooms to more luxuriant themed cottages with flat screen TVs.