Norman Bird Sanctuary spans more than 300 acres and seven miles of hiking trails where binoculared bird lovers can spy on local and migratory birds. Hikers can explore the woods or climb Hanging Rock to feast on views of the ocean. In addition, the Sanctuary organizes public programs such as hands-on educational events for children and evening lectures for adults.
After nearly getting his teeth kicked in by an errant hoof, Stephen Briggs decided that it was probably a good time to walk away from his rodeo career. Bidding his favorite rodeo clowns goodbye, Stephen joined the family business started by his father, Frederick Alvin Briggs—called "Allie" by his customers—more than 30 years ago.
Continuing in his father's footsteps, Stephen now oversees Allie's Store, where his team supplies horse tack, Western and work apparel, and supplies for creatures that range from farm animals to pets. Under Stephen's leadership, Allie's Store now also stocks all-natural animal foods, due to increased customer requests for healthier food for their pets. The shelves display bagged edibles from lines such as Earthborn Holistic and Blue Buffalo. This is the same food the Briggs family feeds its own pets—two dogs, two cats, and four horses named Jessie, Oso, Buddy, and Hoss who exchange local gossip with customers at the adjacent barn.
Mocha’s Pet Salon, named after the owner’s dog, operates under the philosophy that pets should be groomed in a place that’s as relaxing and stress-free as home. The salon’s team strives to build a cozy environment where pooches feel comfortable while they’re getting bathed, trimmed, cleaned, and pampered with oatmeal treatments. As a result, dogs of all shapes and sizes prance out of the salon’s two locations looking, feeling, and smelling like a million bucks.
Carrie Anne isn't just the owner of Wet Dogz, she's also a proud pet owner with a pseudo zoo of her own. It's this deep love of animals that prompted her to start her own pet-care business. Here, clients can seek the expertise of certified groomers for services ranging from flea baths and haircuts to pet daycare services. The facility also houses a bakery with treats for pets.
Jack's specializes in all-natural and love-infused gourmet dog treats for hungry hounds and discerning dachshunds. Gift a greyhound a packet of Cesar’s Pizza Pies ($6.50)—miniature, pizza-flavored treats made on organic whole-wheat pastry flour—and watch the famished beast feast on the fresh oregano- and olive-oil-sprinkled treat, or satisfy a squirrel-chasing schnauzer with a packet of squirrel-shaped, peanut-butter-infused Jack’s Nuts About Squirrels ($6.50). If Jack's extensive display of doggy delicacies inspires your culinary creativity, grab a jar of Jack’s Favorite Snack ($11.95), a take-home mix that comes with step-by-step instructions and a bone-shaped cookie cutter so you can serve up your terrier’s favorite treat fresh from the oven.
The Barking Lot's doggy-sitters understand that canine parents like to check in on their pups throughout the day. Six days a week, they post Facebook photos of day-care dogs romping around the 8,000-square-foot, climate-controlled playground. Three days a week, they post YouTube videos of especially exciting moments, such as a game of chase in the large dog play area or a round of Red Rover in the small pooch zone. Dogs who spend the night snuggle into a comfortable kennel outfitted in fleecy bedding. Calming music plays as pooches snooze, and optional play times, cuddling, and even bedtime stories can keep pups from feeling homesick.
In addition to providing a fun place to play and spend the night, pet- care techs ensure pets are safe: rubber floors cushion joints, and workers are certified in pet first aid and CPR. Select staffers also use their canine knowledge to teach training classes or groom pups and cats from nose to tail.