A 24-hour animal hospital, Pipestone Veterinary Clinic of Iowa provides medical services, which range from critical care to general checkups, for cats, dogs, and exotic pets. Using 76 years of combined experience, the four veterinarians on staff can conduct blood transfusions, dental examinations, and vaccinations. Grooming and bathing services help keep pets clean, and onsite boarding ensures they have somewhere to stay while their families are away.
Ollu's long list of services has something to primp and pamper every pup. Owners can choose to bathe their own pup with all supplies and cleanup provided ($15 for dogs less than 10 lbs, $20 for dogs 11 to 90 lbs, and $25 for dogs more than 90 lbs). Boasting waist-high stainless-steel tubs and a variety of eco-friendly supplies, the grooming center aims to deliver an effortless washing environment for you to clean your pet. Or tail waggers can be passed off, by appointment, to Ollu's friendly cleansing pros for a full-service bath and brush that includes nail trimming, ear cleaning, and optional fashionable bandana accessorizing (dogs less than 10 lbs cost $30, dogs weighing more than 10 lbs start at $40). Full-service grooming with breed-specific haircuts and specialty add-ons such as a de-shedding treatment are also available.
Featherbrook Farm's head trainer and instructor Lisa Avaloz draws upon a lifetime of equine experience and an international network of colleagues. The farm fosters interspecies cooperation through lessons, camps, and birthday parties. Riding lessons instill in young riders the importance of grooming, form, and confidence, rewarding proper handling skills with positive reinforcement. Beginning students start on a lunge line to improve their positioning, strengthen their seat, and gain a feel for their horse. Safety remains of utmost importance throughout the lesson. All students must wear helmets while riding and avoid giving horses celebratory piggyback rides after completing a session.
Featherbrook Farm conducts weekly camps from June to August for 6–14 youngsters at a time. Campers ride twice each day and establish a solid foundation of horsemanship through grooming, first aid, and studying horse anatomy. In addition to education, fun and excitement abound as children play games and make crafts with new friends.
Acres of grass paddocks ripple in the wind around the large indoor and outdoor riding arenas at Wild Oak Farm, where owner Renee Lenkart works to help students to improve their riding abilities and develop a bond with equines. As hooves clop out a staccato rhythm against the sun-soaked red soil, Renee calls upon years of experience crafting lessons for both beginner and advanced students. She has also spent time training and showing hunters and jumpers, and many of her students have gone on to participate in national competitions or yelling matches at grocery stores with no-horse policies.