In her own words, Adina Roberts has dedicated her life to horses—in 2009, she even quit her job as an executive to work with them full-time. She'd been offering lessons on the side for years before that, but finally decided it was time to totally immerse herself in her passion. At Punk Rock Pony, she focuses all of her attention on training and teaching kids and beginner adults how to ride, as well as taking special care of ponies—including a friendly newborn who loves visitors—and problem horses with a history of covering stable walls in graffiti. She holds all of these lessons on a large acreage brimming with wildlife such as rabbits and oxes, providing an idyllic arena for people to connect with nature and the majestic steeds. For more advanced riders, she also offers the unique experience of riding "naked," a challenging style in which the horse is bareback and bridle-less.
The Certified Equine Massage Therapist at Elite Equine Massage believes that humans aren't the only animals who stand to benefit from the healing powers of massage. Regardless of whether horses are ridden for pure recreation or raced at top speeds, her gentle strokes help them perform their best. The massage service can even improve horses' circulation and relieve built-up tension—much like it helps us humans.
Riding is a wonderful sport to build poise, confidence, posture and a great attitude about the rest of the world. Our specialty is equitation training for the rider. We have trained many champion junior and amateur riders, some of whom have gone on to be professionals themselves.
Pet owners consider their animals a part of their family, and the veterinarians at Redmond-Kirkland & Redmond-Fall City Animal Hospitals treat them as such. The American Animal Hospital Association–accredited hospitals possess medical technology that you won't find at many vet's offices—their CO2 laser lets the vets perform delicate surgeries with minimal bleeding and pain, digital dental x-rays help them detect tooth decay, and cancer therapy helps ailing pets fight unfortunate conditions. Their specialties don't end with cats and dogs, as the medical professionals also provide care to other creatures ranging from guinea pigs and rabbits to birds and reptiles.
As pet owners themselves, Pam and Bob Bennett of In Home Pet Care make sure each of their client's furry friends is matched with the perfect petsitter. In fact, they handpick each staff member themselves, so that they can pair the sitter's strengths with pets who will benefit. The sitters come straight to homes—or hotels—for 30 or 60 minutes, sometimes even staying overnight, to ensure pets are fed, medicated, walked, and played with. They'll also grab your paper and mail, put out and take in the trash, and flick lights on or off to avert potential intruders.