The staff at Abba’s Place Dog Grooming sees pets just as their owners do: as members of the family. As such, they perform a slew of services to keep up with pawed companions, including feeding, walks, litter-box cleaning, and boarding. They accompany their pet care with home-sitting services, such as watering plants, carrying trash out, and bringing in mail.
Lauded by The Improper Bostonian as 2011’s best pet boutique, The Fish & Bone seeks out high-quality pet essentials to stock the shelves its Newbury Street hub. Handpick a doggie bag of treats from a smorgasbord of pup-approved chewies, such as The Peanut, a nuttily-shaped and flavored chew toy ($16.99), or Moose Antlers ($17.99+), all-natural lobster- or blueberry-flavored long-lasting chew hailing from Maine. Meteorlight balls ($11.99) ensconce an internal light to foster late-night play or help pooches sign secret messages to far-off ancestor Canis Major, and Beba squeaky toys ($14.99) cater to the patriotic pup with an all-in-one treat dispenser made in the USA. The Fish & Bone also stocks collars, jackets, pet beds, strollers, and halters for pets who crave a stylish, safe, and snuggly lifestyle.
Sweet Meadow Farm is not just a kid-friendly equestrian center. Sure, their experienced instructors lead private and group horseback-riding lessons year-round, but the farm also houses an interactive barnyard zoo. Their menagerie of domestic and exotic animals ranges from miniature horses and potbelly pigs to peacocks and kangaroos. Sweet Meadow Farm hosts birthday parties, too, during which kids can meet new critter friends inside the air-conditioned barn and make up secret handshakes that do not require opposable thumbs.
Dogs romp around 7,500 square feet of cushioned rubber flooring, nuzzling with new friends and learning off-leash etiquette like every toddler eventually must. This is the scene at Performance Plus K9 Activity Center during its Perfect Pups pet obedience course, a seven-week program that teaches pooches aged 8–18 weeks how to respond to easy commands and respect owners' homes. It's just one of the obedience courses that the dog-loving staff at Performance Plus offer—they also provide classes in competition obedience and agility. Plus, they recently added new services including grooming and boarding, so pups can stay all day.