4-C Stables hands equine enthusiasts the reins to its team of even-tempered horses for trail rides, camps, and lessons within its expansive facility. Stable owner Stacey, a veterinary technician by training, heads up 4-C's 60-minute horsemanship lessons, which are tailored to each rider's experience and introduce varied aspects of horses and horse care. Students begin with the basics of safety and grooming before matriculating to more advanced equitation topics, such as dismounting and riding in slow motion for dramatic effect. With successful completion of all beginner-level requirements, students can graduate to intermediate studies, where they learn such skills as proper care of the tack, issuing verbal commands, and riding with the correct posture.
At Barks and Bubbles, scruffy pooches are transformed into well-groomed pups with an array of specialty grooming services. Clients can use the facility’s amenities for a do-it-yourself wash, or requisition a skilled tech for more complicated services such as a dog haircut, nail clipping, or flea and tick prevention. The store also pampers canines with a large inventory of brand-name and hand-made dog apparel and accessories.
Founded in 1980, Man's Best Friend welcomes pets and their caretakers for training, grooming, and boarding services. A variety of training programs are designed to fit different pet personalities and specific goals such as obedience training and home protection. Boarding offerings include overnight stays and daycare, with separate facilities for dogs and cats complete with climate control and ample space.
The veterinarians and veterinary techs at Texas Coalition for Animal Protection are local pets’ allies. With services that cover neutering, spaying, dental hygiene, and vaccinations, they promote fur-covered family members’ good health and wellbeing. And the professional team of caregivers makes it easy to get pets healthy by offering most preventive medical work all in one place.
Although pups may be more comfortable when bathed by their human companions rather than strangers, in-home grooming can be unpleasant for owners, who often walk away from tubs with bruised kneecaps and drenched clothes. Dirty Dawgz blends the best of both worlds with self-serve dog-washing stations that allow apron-clad owners to stand upright while refreshing fur. Waist-high stainless-steel tubs come equipped with spray hoses that make bath time more convenient than the bucket-and-faucet or pop-the-waterbed methods used at home. The tubs comfortably fit both large and small dogs as owners make use of the facility's shampoos and conditioners, towels, and brushes. For more in-depth sessions, grooming expert Jessica Bannister shows off her award-winning skills through stylish cuts and glossy coats.