Tampa Urban Farming dispatches its garden gurus to local residences and businesses in an effort to help them grow their own food. When it arrives at work sites, the TUF team eagerly handles the challenges of planting a garden—the sweating, the digging, and the assembling of found dinosaur bones—leaving behind plots that are ready to harvest. Customers can choose to have their new gardens packed with different types of seeds, or upgrade to plants to get a head start on growing. They can also have the TUF team install other important garden accessories, such as drip irrigation and compost systems.
The canine caretakers at Lucky Dog Daycare & Resort of South Tampa act as dog-sitting concierges during a pup's private or social boarding. During private stays, shy, aggressive, or hypoallergenic pets pair with a kennel counselor for individual playtime, four to six walks a day, and free use of the outdoor romping grounds. Pets can carouse with packs of friendly canines during a social stay, frolicking with like-sized pals in the grassy play area, relaxing in the expansive Astroturf sunning spots, or swan-diving into the heat-beating water park complete with pools and mist sprayers. The air-conditioned interior offers a weather-friendly alternative to the outdoors, with a team of dog enthusiasts constantly supervising the pet playtime. Owners can virtually check-in with best friends over the live feed that streams across the Internet from 16 cameras on constant alert. Lucky Dog’s boarding aficionados hire sheep barbershop quartets to softly bleat lullabies, ensuring all pups snooze comfortably, either in a single room for the private stay or in a softly snoring dog pile.
Steve Price spent his 20-year Air Force career training dogs for scent detection. Now as the founder of Scent Detection International, he has trained more than 60 dogs that have been put to work across the globe. His five-day training program takes canines across 2 acres. That's where he teaches them to detect scents including mold, drugs, explosives, and pirated videos. Steve also conducts drug inspections in homes and businesses that rout out illegal substances, helping clients detect if their loved ones are using illicit drugs.
The seasoned brewers at Southern Brewing & Winemaking impart the secrets of crafting artisan ales at home during friendly, intimate beer-making classes. Up to 15 students savor sample brews and light snacks as hops-loving experts explain basic equipment and recipes and discuss the bottling and tasting of home-brewed beverages, demystify the brewing process. Instructors fill the lesson plan with their passion for brewing and encourage students to ask questions or stage modern-dance interpretations of “99 Bottles of Beer on the Wall.” The class covers enlightening topics open to students of all ages, but only participants 21 or older can drink alcohol.
Green Dog Wash's self-service tubs are equipped with eco-friendly products to let you bond with your four-legged buddy without making an enemy of Mother Earth. Prior to your first sustainable sudsing, a friendly staff member will walk you through a comprehensive bathing orientation. During each of your three green washes ($12 each), you will be supplied with Green Dog Wash natural ShamPooch, towels, eye wipes, and ear wipes to ensure every cuddly inch of your canine is cleansed. Today's Groupon also gets your pawed protégé three professional nail trimmings ($10 each), primping your pup's paws until she's the belle of the squeaky ball.
Pet apparel ranges from $15 to $40, and toys start at $6. Fetch. Fur. Love. also carries organic dog snacks ($6–$12), holistic and natural goods ($15–$70), and gourmet bites ($1.75–$3.50). Lather up Fido and save on pricey trips to the groomer with pampering products ($2–$15), or reclaim your side of the bed and invest in your pooch's own sleeping spot ($35–$250). Lavish a neglected mutt, spoil your god-puppy, or dote on the canines at your weekly PAWS meetings.