Whether outside on a sunny patio dotted with crimson umbrellas, or inside the low-key dining room, visitors to Mike's Lucky Dog chow on dogs, burgers, and beers. Grill masters charbroil the meats before loading them with toppings including fresh onions and tomatoes, tangy relish, or ladles of chili and nacho cheese. Pours from rotating taps have recently included Flying Bison Bisonfest, Southern Tier IPA, and Great Lakes Eliot Ness.
No matter what kind of party his clients are throwing, DJ Dance Boogie has the accessories to make it an awesome event. Bounce houses, balloons, and carnival games such as strength contests and inflatable slides add an element of fun to parties for all occasions. DJ Dance Boogie also has Xbox and Wii consoles for rent, face-painting services, jugglers, and costumed characters that include Santa, Mario and Luigi, and Barney. Full DJ equipment, lighting rigs, and karaoke add a soundtrack to events of all occasions, and DJ Dance Boogie also has basic party supplies such as tables, chairs, and tents. Those with a flair for the exotic can avail themselves of DJ Dance Boogie’s petting zoo, which includes animals such as a 10-foot red-tail boa snake, giant cockroaches, a hedgehog, chinchillas, and a ferret.
This grooming center pampers pets with a number of services including hypoallergenic baths, teeth cleanings, and nail trims. Experienced technicians use natural products such as black-primrose shampoo and blueberry facial creams to condition coats, and perform all scrubbings and blow-dries by hand. Grooming packages such as the Puppy’s First Groom combine a number of services, and customers can request add-ons such as de-matting. Oh My Dog Grooming Spa creates a soothing environment with aromatherapy scents, and each furry visitor walks out sporting a fashionable bow or bandana.
Christopher Robins Pet Care nurtures dogs and cats through daycare and boarding, grooming, training, and pet photography services. During dog boarding, each visiting pet receives a customized schedule, allowing older dogs more one-on-one attention and relaxation while more energetic dogs scamper through the facilities in group play sessions. Dog daycare similarly customizes playtime with three separate play areas. Cats and dogs visiting for grooming sessions receive a bath, treatment with shampoo and conditioner, and a haircut.
Spruce Meadow Farm is owned and operated by Al and Karla Deacon, who lovingly tend to the 20 horses that reside inside a complex of three riding rings—including an indoor ring—and two barns. For the past 20 years, the couple has been assisting and administering year-round lessons for riders of all ages, guiding trainees toward stronger bonds with their equine counterparts. Their lessons detail proper mounting, grooming, and tacking techniques, and culminate with safe cool-down exercises rather than unsafe attempts at horseback surfing. Al and Karla also assist equine enthusiasts through walker-led pony rides and ferry services geared toward off-site rides. Gift certificates are also available, to give the gift of riding to friends and loved ones.
Each year, the SPCA Serving Erie County gives more than 15,000 dogs, cats, and exotic pets a new lease on life. Founded in 1867—making it the second-oldest humane society in the country—the SPCA’s compassionate animal rescue, rehabilitation, foster care, and adoption services have earned Charity Navigator’s four-star rating for extraordinary accountability and transparency, the highest rating available in all three categories. In the adoption center, furry faces peer from comfortable, clean cages as staff and volunteers evaluate customers’ needs and introduce them to compatible pets, decreasing the chance of conflict when adopters' favorite shows compete with Animal Planet specials. Before becoming eligible for adoption, pets undergo thorough health, temperament, and behavioral evaluations, and those who need extra TLC receive additional obedience training.
In addition to matching people with loving pets, SPCA Serving Erie County’s staff investigates more than 200 animal-cruelty complaints per month, and provides emergency animal-rescue services 24 hours a day, seven days a week. Rescued animals receive state-of-the-art medical care in the facility’s onsite surgical suite, and rehabilitation programs prepare them to thrive in loving homes. A local, independent humane society, the donation-supported SPCA Serving Erie County is not associated with the ASPCA and receives no government funding.