Take a stroll through Christine Wells’ yard, and you might forget momentarily that you’re not at a petting zoo—along with four dogs and a cat, she and her family also care for chickens and rabbits, which roam free in their yard. In addition to caring for her pets, Christine is certified as a pet groomer and trained in canine CPR and first aid. She harnesses all of her love, passion, and experience to run Rad Dog Pet Salon and Services. Her salon services include fur trims, hand scissoring, teeth cleaning, nail filing and polish, and medical shampoos.
Rest assured that your little wagger or whiskered companion is in good hands: Fetch!’s sitters are all professionally trained, undergo extensive background checks, are continuously monitored, and have their own little cuddlesome critters back at home. Fetch!’s private on-leash dog walks get your pooch fresh air when you’re stuck at the office playing business darts. Perfect for pups, matured mutts, or dogs that just want a little time to themselves, these 30-minute walks ($18 per outing, $23 if before 6:30 a.m. or after 9:30 p.m.) include waste cleanup, feeding, and home care if requested. Social snoutpals will appreciate the group dog exercise ($20 per outing) or the unleashed field trip, a group exercise adventure in an approved off-leash area ($20 per outing).
Wielding all-natural products and treatments that are free from harsh chemicals and detergents, the groomers at Love on a Leash primp pups of all sizes. Using botanical shampoos, they lovingly clean pets’ permanent fur coats, and perform additional services such as teeth brushing, nail clipping, and ear cleaning.
The crew at Family Horse Ranch & Rescue have big hearts, especially where horses are concerned. They board horses for riders and owners, providing the steeds with shelter, food, attention, and medical care. They also donate three stalls and a pasture to horses in need of homes and work with volunteers to give them loving care. Every night, they take the horses out for trail rides in the woods and beaches around St. Augustine, with a portion of ride proceeds going to help rescue more horses. Expert instructors also lead lessons in English- and Western-style riding.
Silke Schröder's canine haven hosts dog-training classes, grooming sessions, doggie daycare, and overnight guests in spacious luxury suites. Among Silke's many dog-whispering accomplishments, the German-born-and-raised dog trainer placed second at the 2001 German Northern States Dog Sporting Championship, qualified for the 2005 USDAA Agility World Championships, and has racked up years of professional experience training pups of all ages and breeds in basic obedience and agility using an upbeat and positive approach. Her diverse roster of classes ranges from basic puppy obedience to Canine Good Citizen courses, in which dogs learn to behave in public, around other dogs, and before Queen Elizabeth's corgi ambassadors.
Shaded by thick, moss-strewn trees, Pet Camp's outdoor play area provides plenty of room for carefree romps and organized activities with the pack for daycare visitors, and boarders can recover from games of Red Rover inside the 2,700-square-foot, climate-controlled kennel. Four-footed guests can stage a sweet-smelling reunion with their owners after a Hydrosuge bath, brush, or trim at the grooming center
Although Sue Towler developed a steadfast work ethic during 24 years of service in the United States Air Force, it's her love of dogs that continues to bring out the best of her nature. Before opening The Barking Lot, where she and her staff of canine devotees lovingly provide dog boarding and daycare services, Sue started a home pet-sitting service and a no-kill animal shelter, both of which she still runs. At The Barking Lot, pooches frolic together on a grassy playground during playtime, monitored by the staff in case a debate about the president's dog's foreign-policy experience gets out of hand. At night, boarding pups settle into tiled suites and air-conditioned kennels.