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.
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).
A southerner by birth and Californian by the grace of her accounting career, Bark Williams's owner Deborah Sharp helps pet owners bond with pooches during grooming sessions at her hospitable doggy spa. Clients can clip claws and primp paws at the self-service stations, which come equipped with soaps, shampoos, brushes, and dog-care products. Bark Williams also houses a full-service grooming spa that spruces up pups with full washes, haircuts, nail trims, and teeth and ear treatment delivered without any kenneling, crating, or taunting from neighborhood cats. The shop keeps pups feeling as good as they look with optimum raw pet foods from brands such as Halshan Premium and The Honest Kitchen.
A Dog's Life provides high-quality wines grown and aged sustainably on California's sunny coastline, with customizable labels to give pets about six glasses of fame. Select from five wine varieties, such as a 2009 chardonnay with hints of oak and butter ($19.97), or the 2006 cabernet sauvignon, with a flavor that's smooth and complex ($22.97), much like a slide in the shape of a Möbius strip. Vino seekers can also quaff the bold 2007 Rescue Red Reserve and toast to a good cause, as 10% of all proceeds go toward rescue shelters and groups ($26.97). With A Dog's Life's personalization process, each label can feature pictures of your hound, feline, or kinkajou by selecting the "Buy Custom" option, registering on the site, and uploading a picture of your pet.
Healthy Spot's knowledgeable staff stocks its award-winning eco-friendly shelves with pet food and toys and unfurls a bevy of holistic services for four-legged friends. A large selection of treats, including Plato salmon strips ($13) rewards pooches for good behavior, such as remembering to put the toilet seat down. Donning a supersoft zebra hoodie ($45), pups can catch up on the latest gossip with other canines at doggy daycare ($10/hour; $30/half day; $45/full day). Owners can indulge their furry companions by treating them to a relaxing signature spa treatment ($35+), which includes a shampoo, massage, and permission to chew their way out of the bathtub.
Offering everything from basic schooling to in-home private lessons, “I Said Sit!” is a one-stop shop for puppy behavior, and a place where dog owners can feel safe taking their four-legged loved ones for training. Tucked away on Robertson Boulevard near the 10 freeway, “I Said Sit!” offers both four week comprehensive behavioral instruction programs (including lessons for the owner) and more limited six-lesson small group classes. They even offer training for puppies, where they learn to socialize and are housebroken. All the in-facility programs take place at the 1,600 -square foot “I Said Sit!” training room space, with rubber floors (for paw comfort). Award winning founder Jonathan Klein is considered one of the best trainers in the city.