Arizona Pet Vet is a network of 17 animal hospitals peppered throughout the Valley area. The veterinarians use modern treatments and therapies to care for animal companions, treating each pet like an important member of its owner's family. The company doles out tips for bringing home a new pet on its website and exhibits evidence of the animal kingdom's capacity for cuteness on its Facebook page.
Declared the veterinary healthcare team of the year in 2009 by the Arizona Veterinary Medical Association, Dr. Teri Wiblin and her staff at Faust Animal Hospital tend to dogs and cats with medical and surgical services, boarding, daycare, and an in-house pharmacy. Their medical expertise covers wound repair and orthopedic surgery as well as dental care and wellness exams. Boarding dogs enjoy private accommodations filled with toys and blankets from home, while cats inhabit kitty condos complete with perches for jumping and windows for witnessing everyday situations to talk about in their observational comedy routines.
Pooches of all breeds and sizes scamper into Kosmo's Doghouse and, after spending a short time with the facility's professionals, head home cleaner, neater, and better trained. Inside, dog owners utilize a multitude of services, including grooming sessions conducted by a team that has more than 50 years of experience with more than 160 breeds of dogs and cats. At self-serve washing stations, faucets blast away dirt and give pups the swagger they need to stand tall during street fights with the household vacuum. The shop also stocks a variety of treats and toys, and works closely with no-kill shelters, frequently hosting adoption and fundraising events.
Featuring four spa-style dog-wash stations stocked with John Paul pet products, Pawzapalooza has provided dog-grooming services for more than 15 years. Self-serve washes include shampoo (seven varieties), conditioner (apricot or unscented), towels, aprons, blow dryers, eye and ear wipes, tooth and gum wipes, brushes and combs, and spray cologne (think Axe for doggies). Pawzapalooza’s stand-up grooming stations are equipped with hand-held showerheads and tall tub walls that minimize splash back. Customers can also browse a variety of dog products and accessories for home-based scrubdowns.
In 1989, Roger and Cheryl Naumann became the proud parents of a lemon beagle they dubbed Pogo. The pup's playful demeanor was clouded by a host of congenital health conditions, each handled with unrelenting love by her owners. Pogo brought joy to Roger and Cheryl for 16 years and left her stamp on the world in the form of Pogo's Place, a pet-adoption facility in the lobby of Second Home Pet Resort.
Inspired by their beloved pooch, hotel executive Roger and his wife Cheryl, president and CEO of the Arizona Humane Society for almost six years, combined their talents to open the pet lodge. Nestled into a mountainside like a billy goat's summer cottage, the 16,500-square-foot haven boards cats and dogs in luxury suites, with staff onsite 24 hours a day.
Air-conditioning and heating systems maintain comfortable temperatures in cats' and dogs' separate quadrants and play areas. Pooches being boarded or babysat at doggie daycare frolic around an area that spans 1,000 square feet, with more than an acre of grassy knolls and playground equipment surrounded by 7-foot walls. Under supervision, they explore the Splash & Play water park's decks and waterfalls to cool off or practice their synchronized-swimming routine. Kitties scale trees and paw at scratching posts in the cat atrium. Pet cams accessible via the internet at any hour and extra care for special-needs pets give owners peace of mind, and grooming offered onsite pares down their to-do lists.
For all their ubiquity, chain restaurants seldom embody the same character and culture as their independently owned counterparts. That’s where Arizona Food Tours comes in. With their signature A Taste of Old Town Scottsdale tour, the company introduces visitors to the idiosyncrasies and food of the desert burg, from classic western grub to the local wine bars that pour cabernet and red zinfandel for diners and thirsty cacti.