An avid lover of animals, Theresa Shire burst onto the pet-care scene as an adoption center and animal care supervisor for the Arizona Humane Society. Since then, Theresa's passion for raising playful, happy pets and pairing them with compatible owners has flourished at Dogstar—a one-stop shop for pets that has grown to include its own pet rescue and adoption center. After a complimentary assessment of temperament, Theresa and her staff welcome cats and dogs into daycare where positive-reinforcement techniques maintain harmony and an interest in the field of psychology among packs as they exercise and mingle. After daycare, the patient employees ease animals into overnight stays in pristine boarding digs. Pets boarded for five days or more strut into the salon for free grooming, which can include baths, manicures, or quality time with the Furminator. Onsite vet Laura Chang performs checkups and vaccinations while owners browse the boutique’s collection of dog supplies, toys, and foods from Natural Balance. From April to September, clients can spend extra time perusing nearby shops on First Thursdays—fun evenings full of wine, music, and work from local artists, much like a clambake in the Louvre.
Locally owned and operated, Curious K9 Boutique & Salon supplies all the accouterments and services necessary for maintaining a pampered, clean, and well-behaved pooch. Knowledgeable staff members who have trained professionally for more than a decade share tidbits and huge chunks of know-how regarding pet nutrition, training, and which shade of stole will best accent a dalmatian's fur coat. Social events to be shared by dog and owner accent the boutique's regular adoption outreach events, and Curious K9 further demonstrates its dedication to man’s best friend by working with humane societies and local rescues. Grooming gurus also anoint paws with pedicures and other spa services in a calming atmosphere, free of cats relentlessly emitting high-frequency cuss meows.
The Dog Bark understands that dogs are family members that just happen to be furry. With that in mind, they target their pet-care services to pamper pooches as if they were your children with day care, boarding, and grooming. Daycare and boarding services provide dogs with hours of socialization and supervision while their parents are away, and grooming services ensure their fur is clean and knot-free.
It's not exactly shocking that the four veterinarians who run Mt Hood Pet Medical are all pet owners themselves. Even less surprising: they take pet health extremely seriously, which is why the clinic's website is full of information on pet nutrition, grooming, and even kidney problems. For their part, the staff provides services ranging from essential vaccinations to surgery.
Westside Stables’ trainer and instructor, Katie, started riding at age 4. By the time she was 8, she was participating in jumping and showing events when most kids her age were just starting to neigh on command. Today, she passes on the knowledge she learned during more than 10 years of training to a new generation of horse pilots who take lessons atop friendly and patient horses. Westside Stables also plays host to two summer camps for children aged 5–15, which include riding lessons tailored to campers’ age and ability, lessons on horsemanship, and arts and crafts activities, which taunt horses via the campers’ wanton use of their opposable thumbs.
Within The Nautilus Tropical Fish's aquariums, vibrant salt- and freshwater fish fan their fins while they await deliverance. Cockatoo cichlids and guinea puffers spend their time happily flitting behind coral rocks to look for food and debate the existence of snorklers. When their saviors’ eyes finally appear through the glass, fish ascend from their tanks and enter into a world of bright lights, spacious tanks, and all the food they can eat—all of which are stocked on The Nautilus Tropical Fish's shelves.