Doggie's Day Out cares for canines day and night with play areas, homey bedrooms, and resident groomers who clip nails and trim fur. Daycare rounds up pooches for group activities suited to individual energy levels, from agility climbing and jumping in a fenced-in yard, to lolling on wrought-iron beds with fluffy blankets in an indoor lounge. Overnight guests settle down in a supervised room whose beds and couches emulate a cozy home, with crates available for dogs that prefer them. Staffers bathe and groom hounds with premium products, and teach basic commands to puppies and novelty tricks to older dogs, such as how to unwrap their owners' Starbursts for them.
Scents from Oscar's Bakery waft through the complex as chefs whip up pooch-safe treats from natural ingredients, including cakes and confections for dog party packages. To ensure a safe, happy environment for four-legged friends, Doggie's Day Out requires that pups pass an evaluation to ensure their vaccinations are up-to-date and their temperaments are suited to playing name-game icebreakers with strangers.
The Rock n Country Veterinary Services team is captained by Dr. Jennifer Hatcher and Dr. John Laster—both animal lovers, farmers, and seasoned veterinarians. The professionals welcome animals of all shapes and sizes into their clinic, where they perform an array of veterinary services, from basic exams to emergency surgeries. The doctors and their crew travel to farms across town, treating curly tailed pigs to manicures, checking up on clucking chickens, and feeding medicine to stubborn llamas.
Oliver's is named for its chief executive officer, Oliver Cooley, a french bulldog. To counterbalance his spotty managerial resume, Oliver is aided by his human counterpart Brian Cooley, a pet-lover and Iraq War veteran who brings a human's higher cognitive functions to the facility.
With their combined knowledge of what pets want, Brian and Oliver's canine staff board dogs while their owners are away and oversee a spacious daycare and spa. Combined with their outdoor play area, their indoor play area—with quality K9 synthetic grass—gives visiting pups amble space to roam. Additionally, natural bath products from earthbath spruce up canines' coats much better than simply herding dogs through a car wash.
Owner and experienced groomer Betty Betanio and her friendly team pamper pooches with attentive dog grooming on-site with their mobile grooming van, or at two convenient locations at BB's Grooming & Boutique. During the indulgent makeover, an experienced groomer bathes your canine and then snips fur into a stylish coiffure that flatters Fido's individual breed. Pups can strut with confidence and comfort after the technician expresses their glands, and sneak up to fire hydrants undetected with neatly clipped nails. After ears are freshly purged of wax and excess fur, meticulously detailed dogs can focus on more important things, such as rereading Lassie's tell-all memoir.
In the late 1970s, a group of forward thinkers hatched an ambitious plan to bring Chattanooga citizens closer to nature. With the help of the Junior League of Chattanooga, the group raised more than $500,000, and in September 1979, The Chattanooga Arboretum and Nature Center was born. Since then, the center has invited more than half a million visitors to explore its 317 acres of forests, fields, and streams as well as raising consciousness with educational programs targeted at schoolchildren, summer campers, and scouts. Their efforts have helped to conserve the approximately 50 native animal species inhabiting the park, including bald eagles and endangered red wolves.
State-of-the-art when it was built, the environmentally engineered main building has remained largely unchanged over the past 33 years. Features such as solar-heating systems, southern-facing windows, and 99% natural R-38 insulation continue to model sustainable-building practices to park visitors and squirrels looking to passively heat their nests.
At Posh Pups’ relaxing salon, pet devotees grant the furriest members of the family undivided attention while performing pelt-perfecting services for dogs and cats of all breeds and sizes. The hospitable groomers make sure to treat timid, ill, and senior pets with extradelicate care, and use all-natural products free of harmful chemicals or Mountain Dew that makes fur glow in the dark. In addition to shampooing coats, brushing fangs, and trimming nails, Posh Pups Grooming also offers in-home pet-sitting complete with complimentary belly rubs.