All dogs have their days, and Dog Loft Grooming Salon gives them those days. Spa days, that is. The salon's animal-loving staff treats its clients' four-legged friends to grooming sessions in a spa-like atmosphere. Simple baths wash dirt from coats, and facials remove tear stains, especially after pups' first viewings of The Fox and the Hound. The staff also pampers paws with nail trims and moisturizing treatments and gives canines edgy, hip looks with feather extensions.
It may not seem like the deep blue, but when you lean closer to one of Maine State Aquarium's tanks, you're seeing into an entire aquatic world. The aquarium exhibits the same plants and animals found in the nearby ocean, including colorful anemones and wolffish with long, sharp teeth. Local fishermen bring in everything from 17-pound lobsters, while tide-pooling classes take kids down to explore the rocky shore. Back inside, a touch tank allows guests to handle horseshoe crabs, sea stars, and sand dollars as staff help direct and answer questions about the creatures.
For Laci Barnett, Dogaholick Dog Grooming represents a personal goal that stretches back through her years with a veterinarian’s office and an animal shelter. The owner of two golden retrievers herself, Laci is experienced in working with dogs ranging from tiny pups to canines of Cliffordesque proportions. Her services range from baths, flea treatments, and de-skunking to canine haircuts in a variety of styles.
A nonprofit organization committed to therapeutic riding, Hearts & Horses Therapeutic Riding Center introduces riders of all ages and ability levels to the health-boosting benefits of riding and caring for horses. During private and group lessons, instructors certified by the Professional Association of Therapeutic Horsemanship and the Equine Assisted Growth and Learning Association teach budding equestrians the ins and outs of both English- and Western-style riding. They also conduct summer camps for children, where they coach tots through lessons in general horsemanship, jumping, or rodeo riding. Riders can also lease one of the center's horses to facilitate riding practice, introduce children to the equestrian arts, or take their place at a dinner party. In addition to general riding lessons, instructors foster concentration, self-perception, and confidence in those with physical, developmental, and emotional disabilities during special riding programs designed to equip participants with practical skills. Programs build confidence using centered riding techniques, which encourage riders to use intuition to move more fluidly with their horses rather than relying on formulaic motions or commands.