The four trainers and two instructors at Rushlow’s Arabians combine more than 150 years of experience in the equestrian industry, applying their expertise in the areas of breeding, training, and riding. Rather than focus solely on riding techniques in the saddle or trying to teach horses sign language, riders learn the full spectrum of horsemanship, including equine anatomy, proper stall etiquette, and tacking up a horse. Students of all abilities have their choice of instruction in Western, Hunt Seat, Saddle Seat, Driving, and Dressage atop designated lesson horses, most of which have retired from the show ring.
Since 2002, Scott Kett has saved countless canines from boredom with his one-time or recurring doggy excursions. As a fully licensed and bonded dog sitter, Scott holds a certification in pet first aid from the American Red Cross and can dog whistle a pet’s favorite concerto. During his relaxing pooch getaways, pets are picked up at clients’ homes and taken to a private farm for an hour of exercise and play. Scott then returns to the places of departure for owner-dog rendezvous, where pooches tell rousing tales of farm-grown fire hydrants.
Owned and operated by veterinarian Alice Liberson, Dogma Catmantoo houses myriad high-quality pet products made for pampering and nourishing four-legged family members. Treats, such as a 6-ounce bag of Zuke's mini naturals ($5.49) and a 4-ounce bag of Yummy Ewes' 100% local lamb lungs ($7.49), reward well-behaved dogs, appease demanding cats, and convince overgrown sea monkeys not to steal your car. Dog toys ($3.50+) can keep canines occupied as felines hunt and bat at cat toys ($1+) or dogs' tails. Pets jealous of their owners' expansive wardrobes can don apparel selections such as T-shirts ($18–$24) and hoodies ($35) to cover furry exteriors or to stay warm and dry when they fall from the clouds during freak showers.
His bright-green eyes peep over the front-desk counter of City Pets Veterinary Clinic to take in clients as they walk through the door. Sid the clinic cat slinks toward the door, City Pets' one-feline welcoming committee. He greets patients from dogs and cats to rabbits, hedgehogs, and reptiles as they scurry into the modern office for medical care.
Dr. Gretchen Hui and Dr. Stacey Weinrick take over when pets enter private exam rooms where wellness checks, vaccine shots for rabies and bordetella, and heartworm tests are performed. The facility is also outfitted with a radiology room and digital x-ray machines. There's also an onsite pharmacy, which provides owners easy access to their furry friends' meds. City Pets keeps shelves stocked with Purina, Feliway, Frontline, Heartgard, and Laxatone pet brands as well as dental chews, pet shampoo, and ear-cleansing solutions to flush out pets' negative thoughts about sleeping without a night light.
Though dogs tend to lovingly follow their owners' lead, that's not where the name Me & My Shadow came from. The owners had a dog named Shadow, an american eskimo that began suffering from health problems, including blindness, at an early age. When Shadow became too skittish to take walks around the neighborhood, his owners decided to put a pool in the backyard. Shadow was delighted to swim in it, and for years afterward, it seemed he was happiest during the summer swimming season.
This inspired Me & My Shadow, an indoor pool and recreation center where dogs can exercise and learn to socialize throughout the year. By-appointment swimming sessions are kept private to ensure dogs and owners—who can take a dip, too—feel comfortable. Pet parents can also sign their dogs up for training sessions, which are led by Judy Hales, an experienced trainer who takes a gentle, positive approach to instruction, as opposed to just rolling her eyes at dogs that can't complete their given task.
Molly's Pet Grooming's staff keeps dogs, cats, rabbits, and birds looking their best. The groomers use all-natural products during their services, which include everything from flea baths to toenail painting. They also reward furry friends with the occasional all-natural treat.