When overcast winter skies and spring storm clouds clear, the roads begin to glisten with freshly washed cars. With 12 locations across Missouri and Kansas, there’s a pretty good chance that many of those vehicles visited a Squeaky Clean Car Wash. Whether it’s a soft-cloth tunnel car wash or a touchless, in-bay spraydown, rides leave dirt-free in a matter of minutes. Every wash comes with complimentary access to a self-serve vacuum, and select locations allow patrons to take matters into their own hands at self-serve washing bays. At their Quick Lube locations, Squeaky Clean flushes out sludgy fluids and also invites pet owners to hose down canines and pet mammoths preserved in tar at self-serve dog washes.
Since 1971, World Aquarium has stuck to its not-for-profit mission to protect marine life and promote the public's understanding of the aquatic world through educational programs, exhibits, and research. The aquarium unsurprisingly favors a hands-on approach; visitors often get close enough to high-five the flippers, fins, or pincers of many of its more than 10,000 animals.
Tour guides wind through exhibits on sea and freshwater animals, showcasing creatures such as sea turtles, sharks, stingrays, and fish from rivers and lakes around the globe. While peering into the faithfully reconstructed habitats, visitors absorb valuable information on how to conserve water, protect aquatic resources, and peacefully resolve conflicts between Siamese fighting fish.
An owner of two dogs and three cats, Dr. Cassie Cure believes in the power of preventative care to give animals a long and healthy life. This approach has earned Cedar Ridge Animal Hospital accreditation from the American Animal Hospital Association, putting it among the few veterinary practices in the area to carry this distinction. At the hospital’s full-service care facilities, Dr. Cure heals small animals with veterinarian services ranging from routine wellness care to nutrition counseling. She also performs more specialized services, such as microchipping. Beyond the veterinary clinic, the hospital spans grooming and boarding facilities, giving pets respite from their owners’ suffocating co-dependence. To give clients added piece of mind, Cedar Ridge posts online recommendations for emergency pet care.
Sprawling over 1 1/2 acres of fenced-in land, South Paw Acres takes care of canine companions with climate-controlled, cage-free indoor play areas, comfy beds, a plethora of toys, and an on-call veterinarian. A dedicated dog-sitter monitors all playgroups, which are grouped according to tail-waggers’ size, temperaments, and Forbes 100 listings. South Paw Acres boards no more than 10 dogs at a time, ensuring that every pup receives a high level of interaction and affection. After romping around the pooch playground, outfitted with a refreshing pond and tree-shaded lounge areas, furry friends can listen to soothing music and watch animal-centric television shows while awaiting the return of their owners. All canines must be more than 4 months old and have updated vaccination records, be spayed or neutered, and have the ability to tie their own shoes.
Like a Caribbean resort, Yuppy Puppy Pet Spa soothes away the stress and worries that build up in canine minds while their owners are off relaxing at work. Pups of all breeds and sizes—as well as cats—jump into the arms of loving staff members for grooming and pampering sessions. Services range from the ordinary, such as nail clipping and ear trimming, to the opulent, such as blueberry and vanilla facial masks or soothing mud baths for the whole body.
But personality trumps beauty at play camp, where dogs’ dispositions decide which of three indoor camps they’ll call home for the day. Pooches can also pack their toothbrushes and curlers for overnight stays in private luxury suites—some equipped with flat-screen TVs—or the social lounge, where pups play all day and curl up in front of a movie at night.