Since 1988, Pet Supplies Plus has welcomed millions of furry critters of every stripe—from llamas and monkeys to potbellied pigs—into their animal-friendly stores. The shop is designed so that both pets and their owners can easily navigate the inventory of more than 10,000 items. Wide aisles give leashed pups enough room to roam, colorful signage keeps shoppers moving in the right direction, and low shelves allow dogs to sniff out their preferred brand of rawhide chew. A self-serve dog wash enables guests to scrub their canine companions' coats to a youthful, puppy-like shine, whereas grooming services enlist professionals to tackle tougher jobs, such as brushing out matted fur or convincing dalmatians to stop mixing white and black after Labor Day.
Rinse, lather, repeat. If only it were that easy. Most pet owners are intimately acquainted with the perils of grooming their best friends, but hope has arrived in the form of Bandit's Bathhouse and Pet Grooming Salon. Though "salon" might sound like a strange word to use when talking about dog groomers, Bandit's lives up to its lofty title. When they aren't outfitting pomeranians with hair curlers, the groomers trim pooches' nails, and blow-dry their freshly cleaned coats. If owners want in on the fun, they can try the DIY service, which lets them get down and dirty as they groom their pet on an adjustable table.
Paws and Claws prides itself as a comprehensive stop for all furry friends. At each location, owners can bring along their creatures to find ample supplies to feed and entertain them, such as a large selection of toys and treats. Their knowledgeable staff includes professional groomers and retail specialists trained in the ways of pet nutrition and hygiene, as well as a consulting veterinarian who keeps the business up-to-date on animal-health trends. This commitment to enhancing the quality and longevity of pet lifespans is also apparent in Paws and Claws' donations to animal charities and adoption efforts.
Stars A1 Maids has a system. In four–six steps, the staff annihilates dust and grime in each room. Steps can include washing and waxing floors or simply tidying up to create an organized space ready for a proper cleaning. Besides comprehensive house sprucing, they can also clean carpets, wash windows, and walk the family dog.
Spanning 25,000 square feet of living quarters for coldblooded creatures, Reptilia houses more than 200 venomous and nonvenomous reptiles and amphibians. Experienced keepers and handlers educate zoo-goers on the critters that make up the more than 50 exhibits, including star attractions such as a 14-foot king cobra, a red-footed tortoise, and Induna?a 14-foot Nile crocodile weighing more than 1,200 pounds. Besides expounding on animals? eating habits during four live feedings each day, the staff also demonstrates the reptiles? instinctive behaviors during live shows in an on-site theatre. Furthering its commitment to reptilian education, the zoo helps visitors overcome their irrational fears of snakes, spiders, and terrarium glass in a four-week course dedicated to phobias, and camp counselors guide Reptilia campers through science experiments, arts and crafts, and ecologically focused zoo tours.
In 1993, Bonnie left her job in banking for barking, starting up Pet Styles. A few years later she was joined by Alisha, who started off bathing the dogs before becoming a groomer. Bonnie and Alisha groom dogs as small as chihuahuas and toy poodles and as large as huskies and newfoundlands, styling them within their breed standards to make them dog-show ready, or to their owners' preferences to make them look like cats. The two groomers keep a careful eye on pets, pausing grooming sessions if it seems like the dog is becoming distressed.