Advanced surgical suites, an underwater treadmill for physical therapy, and doctors highly knowledgeable in the field of orthopedic care. Though this may seem like a list of features found at a major city hospital, it actually belongs to Packerland Veterinary Center. Offering state-of-the-art pet services that range from routine vaccines to advanced cancer care, owner Chanda Holschbach and her team of dedicated veterinarians draw from an arsenal of advanced medical equipment that includes digital x-rays, , dental gear, and surgical tools used for hip replacements. With access to an in-house laboratory, the forward-thinking center also provides pet-patients with cutting-edge treatments, such as stem cell therapy and therapeutic laser treatments.
Grooming specialists, meanwhile, keep four-legged pals looking and feeling fresh at the center's on-site grooming studio, which they outfit with individual kennels and a fully-equipped bathing area.
It might be hard to believe considering its vast array of products, but Sears, Roebuck and Co. began with one accessory: watches. In 1886, Richard W. Sears bought a box of unwanted watches from a jeweler, thinking he could turn a profit by selling them. He was correct and committed to the watch business by hiring Alvah C. Roebuck, an experienced watchmaker.
As time went on, though, their business expanded its umbrella far beyond what people wore on their wrists. Sears became known as the place to shop for almost any appliance, from sewing machines to those magical boxes that create water from nothing and clean your clothes.
Today, the stores stock clothing, accessories, electronics, kitchen equipment, tools for outdoor living, and home decor. This variety is sustained by Sears's proprietary brands—Kenmore, Craftsman, and DieHard, to name a few—and other national names that populate the shelves.
Angie Schuldies and Nate Mathis have always loved having pet dogs and cats. Eventually, they extended their care and attention to animals outside their homes by working with rescue groups and fostering dogs. This consistent volunteerism fueled their vision of one day owning a doggy daycare—a dream realized by The Dog Haus. During daytime sessions, pups romp together in an indoor play area supervised by animal-loving caretakers. Besides overseeing the fun, the staff trains furry companions, working to refine their manners and social skills, such as mastering a firm pawshake while maintaining eye contact.
For dogs needing overnight accommodation, the boarding program available at their 410 Atlas Avenue location welcomes them to socialize and exercise during the day and snooze in a private kennel at night. Larger kennels can accommodate family packs. Additional services include petsitting, transportation, and grooming.
The professional staff at Central Bark draws on extensive training in animal behavior and doggy first aid to entertain, pamper, and groom canine companions. The daycare's full regimen of stimulating activities and socialization cut down on negative tendencies such as barking, chewing, and truancy; a thorough behavioral assessment judges each dog's compatibility for group play. Hardworking pooch handlers supervise dogs at all times to ensure safety and perform checks for ticks and fleas before any animal is allowed to mingle. A hefty supply of toys, Kongs, and tennis balls keep animals entertained, and regularly scheduled naps—replete with classical music and aromatherapy—ensure dogs get healthful doses of rest and cultivate palates for Mozart.
Since 1987, Bellaire Farms owners Kris and Kara Martalock have imparted equine-riding experience to pupils of all skill levels amid well-kempt stables filled with american saddlebred horses. During each 45-minute lesson, gentle steeds wordlessly encourage riders and instructors offer tips, tricks, and sugar cubes as students amass rein-handling skills such as balance and coordination. Guests can trot and gallop outdoors on carpets of soft dirt and grass or exercise an indoor horse-whispering voice from within the facility’s heated arena during inclement weather. The conscientious instructors take time to match pupils with an appropriate hoofed partner whether riders are complete novices or American frontiersmen looking to correct a century’s worth of bad habits; guests are also welcome to bring their own horses to ride during lessons.