Twelve years ago, Heidi Ganahl decided to pursue her dream and opened the first Camp Bow Wow in Denver. Camp Bow Wow has now burgeoned into a national franchise with more than 200 locations in 40 states, and her success has earned attention from the likes of CNN Money, CNBC, and various other news outlets.
One of the secrets to Heidi’s success? Her love of dogs. Born from a desire to provide a safe, healthy place where owners could drop their pets instead of cooping them up at home, each Camp Bow Wow location functions more like an all inclusive kids’ summer camp than a depressing kennel. Pooches are free to frolic with each other in indoor play areas and spend their afternoons making fun of the postman’s latest haircut, all while their owners watch them on Camper Cam video streams. For overnight visitors, temperature-controlled cabins host beds with fleece blankets, and the camp counselors give each canine camper a campfire treat before putting them to bed. Dogs and owners feel at ease knowing that certified camp counselors, trained in dog behavior and pet first aid, are close at hand.
It's rarely a good idea to indulge dogs with cookies and cakes—unless those cookies and cakes are made specifically for them. That's exactly the case at The Paws of Nature, where owner Kirsten bakes homemade treats for pups. Kirsten and her friend, Michele, had the idea to create a neighborhood pet store with a twist. Today, the twist they envisioned comes in several forms, such as community education programs, conveniently designed self-serve washing stations, and a stock of healthier food choices for pets—including, of course, baked goodies.
Mike Kelly had a sore back, not to mention torn-down shower curtains, a decimated bathroom, and clogged drains, all courtesy of his 160-pound newfoundland, Gordo. He decided to start a self-service dog-wash business, not simply for his own sake but for other sore, slobber-riddled dog owners as well.
And so In n Out Self Serve Dog Wash was born. There, pet owners find a series of green-walled semiprivate stations that house walkup tubs for a variety of dog sizes, including a couple of extra-large sizes to accommodate massive pups or several small dogs that became stuck together after an ill-fated jelly-sandwich incident. Equipped with washing hoses and shampoos, dog owners can disrupt muddy paws and fur before rinsing and styling their pooch's pompadour with a high-velocity, no-heat blow dryer. Or they can seek out the help of the shop's professional grooming services, which include nail trimming, ear cleaning, and packages with breed-standard trims.
Leaning on the knowledge he picked up while earning his degree in marine biology, John Spadola of Clear Aquarium Services monitors the cleanliness of aquatic habitats. He ably tends to freshwater and saltwater aquariums, as well as koi ponds, preserving each as a safe and hospitable environment for aquatic life. Services span the entirety of aquarium and pond ownership, from the design phase to installation and from water delivery to regular feeding—services that are all preceded by a free consultation.
Bridgewater Veterinary Hospital is a state-of-the-art, spacious health and wellness center with a staff of four veterinarians and 15 team members whose level of dedication to their fuzzy clients has earned the hospital an accreditation from the American Animal Hospital Association (AAHA). One of the hospital's core beliefs is that it is crucial to educate pet owners about appropriate preventative care for their pets. The hospital offers everything from healthcare and dental care to grooming and chiropractic services to keep pets as spry and happy as they can be. Overnight boarding is available for dogs whose owners are out of town and cats that just need to finish their novels without any distractions.