Kellye Sommer lived closely with nature in her hometown of Seminole, Oklahoma, and spent the early years of her life deeply fascinated by the creatures around her. Her deep empathy, fostered by tolerant parents, led her to adopt and rehabilitate injured and orphaned animals found around their home, and she assembled quite a menagerie. When not bottle-feeding a baby raccoon, bathing a skunk, or teaching a crow to speak Spanish, she and her brother cared for cats, dogs, and a host of other critters. After a pit stop in the horticulture department at Oklahoma State University and 12 years spent working in the medical-technology field at a local hospital, Kellye returned to her first passion—caring for animals.
Today, Dog Days of Sommer makes clever use of Kellye’s surname to describe the substance of her days, which involve caring for pups whose owners are at work or out of town. Beyond the warmly lit lobby of her facility lies a massive indoor play space equipped with toys and large kennels for private sleeping. Throughout their stay, dogs are lavished with myriad pampering services, including baths, full grooming, walks, and supervised romp sessions in the attached yard. Dogs return home clean and sleepy, which is often more than their owners can say, unless they tame wild bars of soap for a living.
With a highly trained squad of qualified canine coiffeurs, Royal Heirs Pet Spa pampers all breeds of pup in a comfortable, clean, and luxe environment. Upon arrival, a pleasant staff member will ask you about your loyal mammal’s idiosyncrasies and give you a flexible time frame for when to pick up your tailwagger. Then, under the gentle care of a regal host, each prized pooch receives a warm, refreshing double bath and conditioner in fresh water that's never recycled, a personalized, cage-free blow-dry and brush out, and a breed-standard styling of its coat. Ears will be cleaned, fuzz overflowing from the feet and pads will be trimmed, and nails will be clipped, filed, and dusted. Because boorish pest colonies are known to be allergic to luxury, Royal Heirs' removal treatment and flea baths ceremoniously whisk away bloodsucking herds with a majestic, merciless flair (if necessary). After the regal treatment, pets are free to roam and play before a stylist contacts you via phone or email to retrieve your swaggering friend. For frequently asked questions, see here.
Family owned and operated, Singletree Stables has been boarding, training, and providing riding sessions for more than 35 years. Its hour-long introduction to horsemanship lesson instructs participants (from the most modest of mare mollifiers to the most seasoned stallion-saddlers) on how to groom, tack up, and ride a trained school steed. Qualified handlers edify students in proper equestrian etiquette including proper mounting and hearty hoofshakes to avoid embarrassing faux pas at arena cocktail parties. Helmets are provided, but riders must supply their own pants and can-do attitude. The stable's spacious indoor and outdoor facilities allow for pony prancing practice and grandiose galloping all year round. Call ahead to sign up for your group session with Singletree's happy herd.
Tabitha, the owner of Jagers Playhouse, started her business to help her mom out. Her mom's dog got a bit depressed when its owner left for work each day, and Tabitha felt the pooch needed some extra activity and attention. She thought there might be a few other pets in similar straits, so she decided to turn her daily dog-sitting routine into a business.
Now she runs that business with all the care she put into taking care of her own mom's pet. She gives all the dogs personal attention, playing with them and helping them feel important. She never locks up her visitors in cages, instead giving them the run of her facility. And of course, she doesn't over-structure playtime or force the dogs to wear ties and discuss business ethics.
Staff Size: 1 person
Parking: Parking lot
Pro Tip: Cage-free, safe environment where dogs can have fun
Good for Kids: No
Walk-ins Welcome: Yes