For all their ubiquity, chain restaurants seldom embody the same character and culture as their independently owned counterparts. That’s where Arizona Food Tours comes in. With their signature A Taste of Old Town Scottsdale tour, the company introduces visitors to the idiosyncrasies and food of the desert burg, from classic western grub to the local wine bars that pour cabernet and red zinfandel for diners and thirsty cacti.
The two-woman team of Michel Herstam and Heather Allen started HALO (Helping Animals Live On) Animal Rescue out of their homes in 1994 to provide temporary shelter for abandoned cats and dogs until they were adopted. Today, out of the basement and into its own adoption center, HALO’s mission is twofold: it aims to rescue animals at risk of being euthanized in shelters and works to create a better welfare system for the 100,000 cats and dogs that enter Maricopa County shelters every year. Each animal in the organization’s care receives a complete medical examination and treatments, and no animal is euthanized for being unable to find a home. Online bios highlight animals for potential adopters, focusing on how each animal will fit into an individual's home, family, and lifestyle in order to foster a lifelong match. In 2011, HALO placed more than 3,520 cats and dogs in loving homes.
Declared the veterinary healthcare team of the year in 2009 by the Arizona Veterinary Medical Association, Dr. Teri Wiblin and her staff at Faust Animal Hospital tend to dogs and cats with medical and surgical services, boarding, daycare, and an in-house pharmacy. Their medical expertise covers wound repair and orthopedic surgery as well as dental care and wellness exams. Boarding dogs enjoy private accommodations filled with toys and blankets from home, while cats inhabit kitty condos complete with perches for jumping and windows for witnessing everyday situations to talk about in their observational comedy routines.
The skilled doctors and veterinary nurses at 43rd Ave., an AAHA-accredited facility, tune up cuddly quadrupeds with tender care. Comprehensive nose-to-tail physical exams are conducted by a vet-and-nurse team, who begin each checkup with a weigh-in, temperature-taking, and pulse check, followed by an examination of the eyes, ears, mouth, and nose to identify symptoms of infection, injury, or abnormalities such as restless-tail syndrome. After a skin and coat survey, the abdomen and extremities are gently inspected with a listening to the heart and lungs to ensure the absence of latent injuries or budding thumbs.
A locally owned and operated business, Goober Pet Direct keeps dogs, cats, birds, and other domesticated confidants in peak physical shape with thousands of high-quality, natural products. Brand-name foods, supplements, and treats team up to address a wide range of nutritional needs, infusing diets with ingredients that hoist health above all else. Treatments for allergies, joint issues, and weight management fill in the cracks for animals with more specific needs, and organic soaps and shampoos safely rinse away any dirt particles or neighborhood children lodged between tufts of fur. For added convenience, Goober provides free home delivery for orders exceeding $20, and the expert staff is there to answer any questions.
Arizona Pet Vet is a network of 17 animal hospitals peppered throughout the Valley area. The veterinarians use modern treatments and therapies to care for animal companions, treating each pet like an important member of its owner's family. The company doles out tips for bringing home a new pet on its website and exhibits evidence of the animal kingdom's capacity for cuteness on its Facebook page.