Anybody who's tried to bathe, shave, or trim their furry best friend knows that it's a daunting task. Even the mellowest of pooches and coolest of cats can become an adorable tyrannosaur when owners attempt to do their own grooming. It takes experience, a magic touch, and a love of pets to convince the little critters that it's time to get the mud out of the paws and shed the breath of last month's ham. Fortunately, keeping fur-balls fresh-faced is a passion for Jamie, owner of All Around Petcare and a graduate of the Academy of Animal Arts. With her stable of certified groomers, all of whom boast more than 10 years experience, she restores the animals' new-pet smell in a pampering environment with no cages or indoor thunderstorms to stress them out.
The staff members at Cattitude by Unleashed Pet Spa specialize in cat care services. Certified feline master groomer, Lisa, wields feline-specific grooming tools and products for each full grooming session of nail trimming, ear cleaning, and bathing. For overnight boarding, the staff members place each cat in a clean, private room outfitted with cat-sized ledges for lounging and napping.
Pet Safari is a one-stop shop for animal lovers. In addition to matching patrons with new companions in the form of puppies, birds, reptiles, exotic rodents, and kittens, the haven helps humans to stock up on essential pet sundries and accessories, from the American-made Grandma Mae's natural dog food to translators that deduce the family cat's exact level of disdain for humanity.
The store also runs as an educational endeavor with its Adventure Outpost, which educates the public on exotic rainforest creatures such as white-tufted marmosets and agouti pacas.:m]]
Humane Society of Pinellas saves the lives of homeless animals through foster care, adoption programs and medical services. With a strict no-kill policy, the shelter accepts owner-surrendered animals by appointment. It adopts out a variety of animals, going beyond just dogs and cats?all of which are spayed or neutered, microchipped, and fully vaccinated?to include small pets such as rabbits, birds, and hamsters. In the medical wing, animal experts offer animal-training and behavioral-support programs along with low-cost spay and neuter services.
Since 1988, the staffers at Pet Supplies Plus have welcomed millions of furry critters of every stripe—from llamas and monkeys to potbellied pigs—into their animal-friendly stores in Pinellas Park and Clearwater. They design their shop 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.
In 1965, Popular Mechanics ran a small classified ad for Brookstone, a new catalog company that packed its pages with functional products and detail-oriented descriptions. Brookstone quickly expanded to meet the high demand for its collection of “hard-to-find tools,” and opened the door to its first retail location in 1973. Today, Brookstone’s more than 300 nationwide retail locations allow customers to test-drive its ever-growing lineup of interesting products, which range from Bluetooth-enabled massage chairs to power adapters designed for international travelers and their electronic passports. Staying true to its roots as a catalog company, Brookstone houses an even larger selection of products, each waiting patiently to be shipped, on its website.