A love of animals and a desire to help them live long, healthy lives drove each of the veterinarians at Central Texas Animal Hospital into the veterinary field. Together, they provide vaccines, dental care, and spaying/neutering services to both cats and dogs. They also offer laser therapy that can help alleviate pain from arthritis. Groomer Janice Francis is on hand to bathe, trim, and style pets' hair into classic mohawks.
At this four-facility network of locally owned animal hospitals, veterinarians—including Dr. Jill Urofsky and Dr. Raymond P. Bouloy—shower clients' animal pals with the same care and attention they give their own pets. Each clinic's team sees to its furry, four-legged clientele with general practices ranging from checkups to teeth cleaning, as well as more specialized services such as microchipping. Some locations boast boarding and grooming facilities, and each practice's staff either offers or can coordinate emergency care.
Dr. Loretta A. Ehrlund felt a strong connection to animals from an early age and decided to become a veterinarian after her beloved childhood dog, Smokey, was diagnosed with epilepsy. This passion for wanting to heal pets stuck with her as she graduated from Texas A&M College of Veterinary Medicine and went on to establish Heritage Veterinary Medical Clinic with Dr. Larry T. Ehrlund, her late husband. Another kind of love struck Drs. Travis and Michele Wright. Travis's fascination with riding and showing horses brought him to Texas A&M, where he studied to become an equine veterinarian. Growing up as the daughter of two veterinarians—Drs. Loretta and Larry Ehrlund, in fact—Michele was simply following in her family's footsteps when she decided to study veterinary medicine at the very same school, where she and Travis fell in love and eventually married.
Inside the full-service clinic, the doctors and their staff employ preventative-care treatments, dental procedures, and diagnostics to heal dogs, cats, reptiles, birds, and small mammals such as rabbits and guinea pigs. Onsite x-ray and ultrasound equipment help detect trouble spots deep within critters, and the pharmacy is well stocked with a host of medicines. The facility's overnight boarding kennels provide a safe and healthy space for four-legged creatures to play and sleep.
Realizing that each pet comes with an owner, Heritage's veterinarians and dedicated staffers give their undivided attention to each client to help them determine the best treatment for their pet. Owners are also encouraged to use the clinic's extensive pet library, where they can read up on the latest treatments and theories about why all dogs can howl a perfect A sharp.
Behind the glass-paneled bakery case at Doggie Deli & Spa, baked bones and confections get canines salivating in the grand tradition of Pavlov's bell. Natural treats from Bark Stix, Whole Life, and Stella & Chewy's share shop space with collars, leashes, and toys, as well as a carefully curated selection of dog food so delicious pups will have to teach their humans not to beg. The spa half of the shop welcomes pooches and their owners for self-service washes powered by an assortment of shampoos, sprayers, and a high-velocity dryer.
Bobbi Colorado and her husband Ken Beggs watched as their sly raccoon prot?g? crept across the room just as they had taught him. Having reached the whirring treadmill's power source, he yanked the cord out of the wall, sending actor Brendan Fraser flying over the top of the machine mid-sprint. The raccoon?who filmed this scene for 2010's Furry Vengeance ?is just one of many animal actors mentored by the husband-and-wife team, who have been training domestic and exotic critters for more than 35 years through their business The Wild Bunch.
Often disappointed by the kennels they visited to find dogs for their projects, the pair decided that they would open a better one themselves. They soon set up Bobbi Colorado's Canine Camp on their 10-acre property, building six spacious tree-shaded play yards and large sleeping quarters. The camp is designed to be "a safe, fun, happy place, so when you go away, it's your dog's vacation too," says Colorado. During stays, canines play together outside or nap in the sun while under 24-hour-a-day supervision. The staff members also post photos and videos of the frolicking pooches online so that their owners can check up on them. In addition to boarding, the camp also offers training classes to teach dogs basic obedience or train them for work in movies, commercials, and print ads.
Besides their pet boarding business, Colorado and Beggs' love for animals drives them to train rescue animals for roles, often saving them from euthanization. For the movie Secondhand Lions, for instance, Colorado recruited pigs from a slaughterhouse, and afterward sent them on to work with autistic children through an animal-therapy program.