Colleen Seely, a horse trainer and judge for local equestrian shows, channels her love for the gentle creatures into Fox Pointe Farm, L.L.C., which she opened in 2005. The 27-acre expanse houses two arenas—one lighted with professional footing and the other sandier than a hermit crab's beach house—as well as two barns' worth of stables, grassy pastures, trails, and a swimming pool. Within the tranquil setting, Colleen and her staff train and board steeds for showing at local venues or the farm's own school. Focus shifts from horses to riders during lessons for all ages and abilities, in addition to summer camps for avid athletes. Some overnight camps span an entire week, during which 10 girls bunk in the air-conditioned Fox Den cabin after a day of riding.
As nature's most lovable codependents, dogs never tell their owners, "I need my space." In fact, affectionate furballs get mopey when their parents have to do silly things like leave the house and maintain human jobs, and they get full-blown melancholia when their folks go on vacation. Since pups can't take showers or make long distance calls, Reserved Barking fills the void with spa staycations replete with array of pet care and pampering services. In doggy daycare, happy critters gallivant and socialize in indoor and outdoor play areas with over 15,000 square feet of wiggle room, all while being lavished with emotional and mental stimulation by a dedicated staff of dog lovers. Boarded dogs enjoy the daytime daycare attention before snoozing away in kennels. Meanwhile, full-service, breed-specific grooming primps pooches for Westminster runways. Reserved Barking also conducts a training academy that teaches dogs how to reply to commands, overcome aggression and fear, and learn manners such as shaking hands or picking up a check.
A.P.A.W. Veterinary Hospital and Wellness Center has been privately owned since 1998, when Drs. Patricia Peynado-Boyce and Lizel Salmon took the reins. Their three-pronged approach to animal health?compassion, innovation, and education?promotes a warm and well-informed venue for furry companions.
To exceed the demands of the credo's three facets, the staff invests in highly customized care. Many of their tools are typically seen only at specialty practices, such as endoscopy gear and spider-flavored lollipops for cooperative ferrets. Though their emphasis on preventive care can help stave off many illnesses, their hospitalization services remain at the ready: the team issues daily progress reports to owners and oversees patients kept onsite with late-night through early-morning monitoring. Heated kennels, outdoor play areas, and sunlit cat-only perches decorate their daycare and boarding space. The facility is located less than three miles from both the 495 Capitol Beltway and Baltimore-Washington Parkway.
Even after dropping their dogs off at LIttle Rascals, owners are never truly separated from their pups—they can always check in on them through a live webcam feed. That's just one of the amenities that elevate the grooming, boarding, and day care center to feeling more like a dog resort. While at the facility, dogs play with a range of toys that include balls, tug-of-war ropes, and Frisbees. Pups who stay overnight snooze in a choice of quarters that range from a simple crate to a cageless suite complete with a child-size human bed.
When it comes to keeping pets looking good, the grooming technicians at Little Rascals transform dog fur into chic, clean coats with their washes and deshedding services. A slew of training classes also teach pups fundamental skills for living in the human world, such as how to fetch a newspaper without swallowing a single bite of it. Even cats have a place here, with grooming services created just for them.
After you open that air-hole dotted gift box and discover that it's a pet rather than the singing cutlery you'd been hoping for, you'll need to stock up on supplies for your adorable Saturnalia puppies and cranky Festivus cats. Today's Groupon to The Dog Shop gets you $50 towards self-service dog washing, toys, grooming, training, and more for $25. Conveniently located in Georgetown, The Dog Shop saves you a trip to the suburbs with a rambunctious boxer in the backseat. Walk your pup to the bright and friendly shop, where employees have been known to play with four-legged customers' bipedal shopping companions.
ThankDog! Bootcamp's team boasts a personal trainer and nutritionist, as an exerciser would expect, but there's also one unusual staffer: a dog trainer. That's because the boot camps don't just focus on the fitness of owners, they also tend to the physical and behavioral health of pooches. While humans work out under the leadership of the personal trainer, furry friends follow along with guidance from the dog trainer, which results in tighter bodies for owners and better behaviors for pets.