Nestled at the edge of the Santa Monica mountains, Park Place Stable’s 1,000-acre ranch is crisscrossed with horseback trails that promise beautiful scenic views of the Pacific from the vantage point of rolling foothills. During the secluded trail rides, even-tempered horses transport riders across myriad canyons and valleys, with the ocean breeze wafting in from the distance, mountains rising majestically toward the stratosphere, and steeds softly humming the theme from the Lone Ranger.
Blending ancient Taoist principles of inner balance with cutting-edge diagnostic, medical, and surgical care, Dr. Annie M. Harvilicz and her team at Animal Wellness Centers cater to pawed companions with holistic care and genuine compassion. When Scruffy gets eerily aligned with his moniker, let him test the uber-cleansing waters of the Best Bath Ever, which includes a gently soothing shampoo, conditioning treatment, hand drying, and regal upkeep tips from the Fancy Feast cat ($30–$70 depending on pet weight). A la carte nail clipping ($16), ear cleaning ($16), and anal-gland expression ($22.50) refresh doghouse dwellers between baths, and canine and kitten insides can get equally spruced with Dr. Annie's own product line of vitamins and other supportive supplements. The center also opens its doors for babysitter-defiant felines and house-party-prone pups with luxury cat boarding ($35/day) and doggy daycare ($40/day), where all fellow overnighters are guaranteed to be vaccinated and free of Milk-Bone–shaped lock picks. Checkups, spays and neuters, behavior classes, and more can also be scooped up with this deal.
Facials, massages, and manicures don't only benefit frazzled humans. Thanks to Chef Rocky and his dedicated team at Hor' Dog Walking and Concierge Service, pooches can get pampered with the same kinds of spa-style treatments. Of course, Rocky's crew also specializes in more traditional dog-friendly activities. Regardless of breed and age and whether or not they've been spayed or neutered, canines under Hor' Dog's one-on-one watch can enjoy hours of playing at the park or scampering along on hikes. They can even spend the night at Hor' Dog headquarters, where staff stay on hand 24/7 in case dogs want to stay up braiding their caretakers' hair.
Some dogs like to trot, head held high in the air. Others like to mosey, sniffing at the grass and chasing down squirrels to ask them who they're wearing. That's why the staffers at Drool Dog Walking stand by the motto, "No two dogs are alike." So when a crew member takes a dog on a walk, she'll let the pup set the pace. This canine-centric approach serves them well when they pet sit or escort furry friends to vet or groomer visits in the pet taxi.
There's a world of difference between a hotel and simple room and board. The Pampered Pet Hotel & Spa, therefore, seeks to replicate the former experience for beloved pets. Created as a sanctuary where families could leave pets for a brief period or entire vacations, the facility hosts dogs of all sizes in daycare areas complete with toys and sociable buddies. At night, hotel guests retire to rooms equipped with beds, sound systems for ambient noise, and, in some cases, TVs that soothe or entertain anxious animals. All of these rooms can be monitored online via web cam by owners who think they may have glimpsed Ginger on a crowded piazza in Venice. Spa visits can also be scheduled for dogs in need of grooming, which can range from a bath and blow-dry to a complete package featuring teeth brushing and a fashionable bow or bandanna.
Dr. Shawn Matian has what it takes to make people smile. A specialist in cosmetic dentistry, he provides patients with the most up-to-date treatment options possible, including the Cerec one-day crown production system and ultra-thin porcelain Veneers and Invisalign aligners that straighten teeth without metal. This devotion to the cutting-edge extends to his brand-new facility, which features patient rooms equipped with overhead monitors complete with Netflix and noise-canceling headphones as well as a state-of-the-art sterilization center that exceeds all CDC requirements. He helms his office with a holistic approach that forbids the use of mercury and aims to limit certain substances known to cause allergies, including nickel, certain bonding materials, and retainers molded from bee pollen. In addition to avoiding toxic materials whenever possible, Dr. Matian also takes the time to educate his patients on how their lifestyle choices affect their dental health and to explain how proper nutrition can help prevent the onset of degenerative dental disease.