With three individual chains in its family of stores?Pet Valu, Paulmac's Pet Food, and Bosley's?scattered across Canada and the northeastern United States, Pet Valu claims the title as the largest pet-supply retailer in North America. Inside its well-stocked outlets are more than 7,000 products for dogs, cats, fish, reptiles, birds, and other animals. These include specialty items that range from grain-free dog food and multilevel bird cages to hamster balls that resemble helicopters and neon-colored shells so your hermit crab can achieve success in the online-dating world. Some locations are furnished with grooming facilities where professionals pamper dogs with shampoos, nail trims, and other perks, along with self-serve stations let owners wash their own pets. Stores also partner with local shelters to host regular adoption events.
The giant tree in the front yard of Amber Beech Kennel towers over the expansive grassy lawn, covering the ground with copious shade in the summer or piles of crunchy leaves in the fall. Either way, pups are going to cavort like crazy underneath its sprawling branches. At Amber Beech Kennel, the dog-loving caretakers play with the dogs during boarding, grooming, or training sessions. Aside from making sure pups are properly cared for, educated, and cleaned, Amber Beech also sells pet supplies such as treats and leashes in their onsite shop.
Occupying a 21-acre plot in the middle of Mercer County farmland, MayBelle Stables invites aspiring horseback riders to learn the sport in a serene, outdoor setting. Anchoring the land is the original, 1700s-era barn, which reminds riders of the farm's long history as they learn to ride in the Western Style. Hour-long lessons cover the style's basic techniques and customs while students are in the saddle, and also touch on such out-of-the-saddle skills as grooming, tacking, and counting horses until they fall asleep. Once riders become proficient in these skills, they can direct their steed onto the 1,600 acres of Mercer Meadows parkland, a neighboring ecological preserve with plenty of horseback riding trails.
Jake's Dog House equips dogs, cats, and their loving pet-parents with delicious gourmet treats, soothing animal-spa treatments, and unique apparel. Groomers provide a variety of services—including teeth brushing, hot-oil conditioning, and nail clipping—readying pets for special occasions, such as obedience school proms. Dogs and cats alike while away hours with interactive toys, or perform for the honor of devouring delicious gourmet treats made from human-grade edibles by Jake's own bakers.
Dogs trot out of Spot's Spot and Spa stylishly well-groomed, well-rested, or well-fed, depending on their activities in the canine wellness haven. Trained groomers infuse coats with natural shampoos and conditioners before treating dogs to a facial scrub, a nail trim, and a breed-standard or custom cut, each precisely hand-scissored. Overnight stays keep canines in good company with cage-free accommodations, 24-hour supervision, and personal attention from playtime to medicine delivery. In the retail sections, owners peruse a vast array of dog food and treats, including freshly butchered meat (available only at Spot’s 2nd Spot) along with high-quality cat food from Science Diet and Acana. A full stock of doggy wellness aids ranges from vitamins and salves to padded e-collars that prevent dogs from noticing when their chums poke fun at their fashion choices.
BoneJour Pet Supply’s animal lovers outfit furry family members with daily necessities, nutritious snacks, and fun toys, and lend a hand to busy owners with on-site grooming services. Collars and harnesses in all shapes and sizes cater to a variety of breeds, as do the store’s selection of durable and engaging toys and kitty sudoku puzzles. To keep pets spick-and-span between visits to BoneJour's DIY doggie baths or full-service groomer, the shop offers grooming and healthcare products such as Earthbath shampoos, flea preventatives, and salmon oil, helping to promote silky, shiny coats. In keeping with the owners’ environmentally friendly philosophy, store items such as food and litter delivery are delivered to customers throughout the city via bicycle.