Owner and trainer Mike McGowan and his staff cultivate a love of all things equestrian on the scenic grounds of Heritage Stables. The facility's 80'x200' outdoor arena allows neophyte riders to practice walking, trotting, and cantering as guardians and onlookers relax in a heated viewing room. Prior to lessons, the trainers keep horses in prime riding shape, pampering each animal with a 12'x12' stall in which it can enjoy twice-daily feedings of hay and grain and biweekly readings of Cat Fancy.
With a stable of American Saddlebred and Morgan horses, China Pointe Stables instructs students in saddle-seat, hunt-seat, and western riding styles in a friendly, confidence-building atmosphere. Pupils start lessons with an interview and evaluation, determining equestrian skills and prior experience. Quiet-natured equines level learning curves for neophyte riders, and more spirited horses provide a fitting challenge for experienced jockeys. New students start their lessons by learning to mount their steeds, learning the basics of how to climb into a saddle and use the reins. After the evaluation, students will either walk the horse with the instructor's guidance or ride along the indoor track. Professional or more experienced riders will receive advice on improving their skills along with an evaluation of getaway chances when pursuing Segway-mounted cops trying to issue speeding tickets.
Deployed in Turkey as an administrative clerk in the army, and thus charged with defending every civilian back home, Wendy Waghorn could only focus on the safety of one: her beloved black labrador. Upon her return, Wendy swore an oath to ease other owners' minds about leaving their pets alone by founding Kingston Pet Sitting Service in 2003. Since then, Wendy has amassed a client list of thousands of pets, from dogs and cats to horses and chickens, supplementing her lifelong love of animals with college courses on animal behaviour, nursing techniques, and pet first aid.
Wendy and her small staff walk, feed, groom, and attend lovingly to critters during daytime visits, concluding each with a report of their behaviour and feedback on their novel's latest chapter. Caretakers always walk dogs individually in their own neighbourhood, ensuring a safe, familiar setting. Kingston Pet Sitting Service is a member of the Kingston Humane Society and World Society for the Protection of Animals.
At Pet Intel. Behaviour Centre, Jessica O’Neil continues to apply her expertise earned through a diploma in canine behaviour and technology as well as her seven years as an animal-behaviour consultant. During the Puppy Program and Balance Program, O’Neil and her team turn mettlesome mutts into upstanding canine citizens by instilling in them respect for human beings while teaching them to respond to commands and eye contact. The centre also offers service-animal training, as well as social clubs and doggy daycare that further the progress of appropriate behaviour.
At The Dog Gone Inn Doggie Daycare, it’s not just the little things that count, such as cage-free boarding and the building's double doors, which prevent escapes. It's the big things, too. The Dog Gone Inn Doggie Daycare staff members are certified in animal first aid by the Red Cross, and climate-controlled animal areas offer webcams, which allow clients to check in on their pets. In addition, the daycare space is stocked with plush chairs, toys, and a TV broadcasting dog-related shows. Here, staff members look after pets during the day and offer extended hours so owners don’t have to leave work early. Overnight boarding, bathing and grooming packages, as well as doggy extras, such as massages, training, and personalized walks, are also available.
Pet Lodges hosts cats and dogs for boarding and daycare across five New York and Vermont locations, including the Albany airport. During dog daycare, pooches frolic in an enclosed pebble-lined yard, where affable staffers referee games of chase and fetch. Kitty camps treat cats to three private levels of cozy climbing and napping furniture, and dog suites include raised, cushioned beds and three to four trips to the exercise yard each day. Daycare, kitty camps, and canine luxury suites' built-in webcams allow families to check in on their pets as they socialize, sleep, and perfect their latest tail-braiding-tutorial videos. Pet Lodges' sister store, Checkerhills Farm, stocks organic and holistic dog and cat foods, as well as dog-wash stations and coffee and treats for humans in Glenville.