When doctors told Joey and Darryl Simon that their son Jet’s premature birth could result in learning disabilities, the couple immersed him in the world of art as a means of helping him overcome any educational obstacles. Their tutelage and care paid off, resulting in an impressive array of paintings from their child at a very young age. Jet’s talent and creativity inspired his parents to establish 4Cats Arts Studio in hopes of unleashing the inner artists of other children as well as adults. The Simons accomplish this mission through hands-on sessions in mixed media, painting, and Artist Focus classes, which concentrate on the histories and styles of certain artists, such as Picasso’s cubism and Andy Warhol’s self-portraits of soup cans.
GoDogWalk offers dog walking, daycare, and boarding services to four-legged beasts in the Vancouver area, out of the luxury dog boutique The Pet Shop Boys. Your Groupon can be used toward the total cost of any of four available dog-care services: send a sassy schnauzer on a one-hour morning beach run ($20), or opt instead to treat your dog to a two-hour mountain hike ($28) while you work. You may apply the value of the deal toward dog-distracting daycare ($29 for a full day, 7 a.m. to 7 p.m.) or boarding services ($55 per 24 hours). GoDogWalk is owned and operated by two passionate dog enthusiasts, and you can rest assured that your canine companion will receive top of the line care in your absence. Certain area restrictions for walking services may apply; consult GoDogWalk's website and FAQs for more information.
With a fashionable canine wardrobe hand-picked from boutiques around the world and an array of cosmopolitan accessories, barking babies lavishes the family's furriest mascot in opulent trimmings. The designer dog firm ushers in exclusive Fido fashion from Tokyo, New York, and Milan to swaddle dogs of all sizes in swanky threads and fill their treasure chests with the finest leather rawhides. Proud parents can primp their whistle heeders in seasonal frocks such as a reversible quilted ski parka ($40) or a sleeveless pretty bow tee ($45) while keeping obedient bottoms warm with a pair of polka-dot or candy-adorned undies ($19). In addition to cocooning four-legged newspaper couriers in luxurious beds and carriers, barking babies also decorates its décolletages with an eclectic collection of collars and leads, such as the stylish gingham harness embellished with lace and button details ($30) or a standard nylon leash to rein in smaller dogs or lasso meandering coworkers ($20). Hound hosers can enlist the spa line at the mutt boutique to keep their pups fresh with a cocktail of shea-butter shampoos, coconut-lime conditioners, and ProDental toothpaste.
Big Dog Little Dog Bakery concocts artfully decorated dog treats from all-natural ingredients free of preservatives and artificial colouring. Pooch palates will dribble in Pavlovian anticipation at the sight of doggie delicacies such as crunchy liver slivers ($6.99 for 200 g bag) and luscious peanut-butter hearts ($1.99 each). Give a wet-nosed companion the greatest gift since that plate of chicken vesuvio fell on the carpet with a mini luv-ya cake ($5.99), available in peanut butter and honey, scrumptious liver, or wheat-free pumpkin maple. Customers who come for the sweets can stay for the swag, which includes a selection of collars, pet clothing, and accessories such as rhinestone-studded brandy barrels for saint bernards.
Three Dog Bakery unleashed its first tasty treats for man's cuddly companion back in 1989 and now has legs across North America, China, and Japan. The quickly expanding barkery takes pride in providing all-natural, human-grade foods to doggies—foods that will help them live long, healthy lives while keeping them fit and promoting a positive Air Bud–esque self-image. In addition to fresh, baked-in-store goods and refrigerated products, Three Dog Bakery treats furry friends to prepackaged all-natural rawhides such as the vanilla rawhide braid. To reward especially good behavior or console your pup after a nasty catfight, appeal to his or her sweetest incisors with some vanilla Lick 'n Crunch, apple oatmeal Jump 'n Sit Bits, Peanut Woofers, or carob chip Bark 'n Fetch oven-baked biscuits.
As owners of six dogs between them, Kirsty and Jen had plenty of opportunity to make use of Vancouver's doggie daycares. As they did, they realized that most didn't have the kind of play space their high-energy dogs really needed. So, Kirsty and Jen decided to create their own daycare facility in a 5,000-square-foot warehouse and stock it and the 1,000-square-foot outdoor space with ramps, tunnels, and toys plus a pool and tree fort. They called their new puppy wonderland Canine Adventure Den Daycare.
Instead of expecting the dogs to just play with each other and keep themselves amused, Canine Adventure's staffers lead some structured activities, such as adventure hikes and Hula-Hoop contests. Some of their activities even include owners, such as dating events that introduce singles to fellow dog lovers.
The facility's Muddy Paw Dog Hostel keeps dogs—and other pets, such as rabbits and turtles—overnight. Staffers even sleep beside the dogs to ensure that pups don't get too lonely without their people or Scooby-Doo night lights.