The black-tie-and-tennis-shoe dress code at Tuxes & Tennies prompts a night of revelry and fun to raise money for the Humane Society of West Michigan, providing food, vaccines, and other essentials to animals in need. From 8 p.m. to 1 a.m., the good-spirited jamboree encourages merrymaking with wild jungle decorations, '80s music, and dancing fueled by libations from the cash bar and really invasive disco balls. After working up an appetite from rug cutting and crowd surfing, guests can refuel with light appetizers or by admiring the sneakers of party mates.
The canine experts at PetVilla believe that blueberry facials and CPR aren’t just for two-legged creatures. The staff trains in dog-first-aid courses, ensuring the safety of their animal guests, who visit for play-filled days of doggy daycare or stay overnight under 24-hour watch. While boarding, the pooches sleep in lodging dens with cots and join daycare guests for frolicking in specialized groups. Senior canines relax on their own, whereas puppies join each other to romp about and prank call Clifford the Big Red Dog.
PetVilla also pampers its four-legged customers with grooming services. These range from basic ear cleaning and gland expression to luxurious facials and fur styling. The groomers have even been known to give pooches green mohawks before St. Patrick’s day or walks through a punk-rock festival.
Since 1988, Pet Supplies Plus has welcomed millions of furry critters of every stripe—from llamas and monkeys to potbellied pigs—into their animal-friendly stores. The shop is designed so that both pets and their owners can easily navigate the inventory of more than 10,000 items. Wide aisles give leashed pups enough room to roam, colorful signage keeps shoppers moving in the right direction, and low shelves allow dogs to sniff out their preferred brand of rawhide chew. A self-serve dog wash enables guests to scrub their canine companions' coats to a youthful, puppy-like shine, whereas grooming services enlist professionals to tackle tougher jobs, such as brushing out matted fur or convincing dalmatians to stop mixing white and black after Labor Day.
Since 2002, Scott Kett has saved countless canines from boredom with his one-time or recurring doggy excursions. As a fully licensed and bonded dog sitter, Scott holds a certification in pet first aid from the American Red Cross and can dog whistle a pet’s favorite concerto. During his relaxing pooch getaways, pets are picked up at clients’ homes and taken to a private farm for an hour of exercise and play. Scott then returns to the places of departure for owner-dog rendezvous, where pooches tell rousing tales of farm-grown fire hydrants.
Certified farrier Mike Marquis's slogan is "Putting balace back into every step." But Mike isn't a yogi, nor does he treat vertigo. Instead, he works with the animals he is passionate about: horses. Mike specializes in natural barefoot performance trimming to help care for and stabilize domestic horses. Each day, the horses he works and plays with bring him great joy and stress relief, so he works hard to continue educating himself in farrier science and cutting-edge carrot-origami techniques to keep his horses healthy and happy. For trimming appointments, Mike travels to a horse owner's home or barn, where observes the horse in motion and then skillfully trims down their hooves.