From Atlanta to LA, Park 'N Fly keeps cars safe inside their secured quarters just a quick shuttle ride away from the nearest airport. To make taking a trip more convenient for travelers, they offer 24-hour shuttles that arrive every five minutes, valet parking, and luggage assistance, beyond giving their vehicles a safe place to stay. Their lots are gated, well lit, and monitored.
Though it advertises itself as the largest no-kill shelter in the Twin Cities, Animal Ark’s homey facility seems more like a relaxing retreat for the more than 1,000 homeless cats, dogs, and rabbits that come through its doors each year. Cats bask in sunlight within feline apartments as dogs lounge atop soft raised beds in their own spacious kennels, sinking teeth into chew toys and treats. Of course, time at Animal Ark isn't all leisure. Canines awaiting their forever homes stretch their legs across a large outdoor play yard, aptly named the Ark Park, where ample trees and greenery mix with park benches where dogs can train their human friends to sit.
Potential owners can also get to know adoptable pets online. The website posts a first-person profile of each available animal that lists its breed, personality, and master’s degrees.
At Lucky Dog Pet Lodge, experienced and caring dog lovers supervise playtime and pampering services across 30,000 square feet of indoor and outdoor space. Paws tear into an 18,000-square-foot outdoor yard or clomp across a 7,000-square-foot indoor space as dogs wrestle with fellow canines and chase new furry friends. Automatic watering stations constantly circulate fresh water for tongues to lap, and an air-exchange system continuously circulates fresh air throughout the center. Dogs preferring rest, solitude, or the Politics section of the New York Times can find sanctuary in quiet areas of the center, spending one-on-one time with the staff. Owners can also treat their four-legged companions to Lucky Dog's boarding services, which include 10 hours of daycare per day and private suites furnished with fresh blankets and cushy Kuranda dog beds.Groomers scrub pups and seasoned trainers practice behavior modification, teaching canines to sit, stay, and answer phones in a British accent. All doggy emergencies are handled in the capable care of staff members trained in dog-specific first aid and CPR.
Douglas Animal Hospital's staff is small, but their hearts are big. They take special care of all animals, whether furry, feathered, or scaled with a range of services ranging from annual vaccinations to veterinary acupuncture. What's more, general wellness appointments are made easier thanks to a slew of on-site conveniences. Digital x-rays provide immediate viewing of images, and an in-house pharmacy and lab mean that owners won't have to leave to get their pets' medications or test results.
At Cliff Lake Dental Care, Dr. Jerry Rauchwarter's friendly and relaxing manner helps banish skittishness in new patients. The exam lasts about 1.5 hours and determines the health of teeth and mouth-dwelling gum gremlins with a physical exam and x-rays. Dr. Rauchwarter conducts a full periodontal probing to test the mettle of gums and notes the location of any trouble spots or previous dental work. The doctor then screens for oral cancer, cavities, and imbalances in patients' jaws with a quick gumball-juggling test. After teeth enjoy a thorough cleaning, they have portraits taken with Cliff Lake Dental's digital x-ray machine, which utilizes a low-radiation process that reduces the risk of molars developing invisibility, mind reading, and other superpowers. After the x-rays, exam, and cleaning, Dr. Rauchwarter will deliver a clean bill of health or discuss an individually-tailored course of treatment; either way, visitors will leave with their teeth as clean and shiny as dry-cleaned dolphins.
Featherbrook Farm's head trainer and instructor Lisa Avaloz draws upon a lifetime of equine experience and an international network of colleagues. The farm fosters interspecies cooperation through lessons, camps, and birthday parties. Riding lessons instill in young riders the importance of grooming, form, and confidence, rewarding proper handling skills with positive reinforcement. Beginning students start on a lunge line to improve their positioning, strengthen their seat, and gain a feel for their horse. Safety remains of utmost importance throughout the lesson. All students must wear helmets while riding and avoid giving horses celebratory piggyback rides after completing a session.
Featherbrook Farm conducts weekly camps from June to August for 6–14 youngsters at a time. Campers ride twice each day and establish a solid foundation of horsemanship through grooming, first aid, and studying horse anatomy. In addition to education, fun and excitement abound as children play games and make crafts with new friends.