ChaCha's Doggie Day Care keeps dogs frolicking most of the day before letting them pass out in private suites equipped with bedding, chew toys, and relaxing music. Encouraging canine exercise, the cage-free facility features climate-controlled indoor and outdoor play areas equipped with pools, hoses, snuggle blankets, balls, and hand-shaped seats large enough to make mastiffs imagine life as a chihuahua. Thanks to a 24-hour webcam system, owners can watch as their pooches play, eat, and sleep. ChaCha's Doggie Day Care adamantly adheres to rules and regulations in place to protect the safety and health of both workers and furry guests.
"I like to say that I traded four wheels for four paws," says Pamela, who left behind a career in the auto industry to found Launder Dog. She made the decision after her german shepherd developed health problems and she found a vitamin regimen that successfully treated the dog's condition. Focusing on healthy and natural products, Pamela assembled a supply of specialty foods and medications for cats and dogs to fill her new shop.
The addition of self-service washtubs has helped the pet haven build a loyal cast of regulars since its founding in 1996. "We are like Cheers, but for cats and dogs," Pamela says. Owners come in to socialize, chat with staff members about proper pet care, and exchange fashion tips with the shop's resident cat, Ben. His eyes cruise lazily across the shop as Pamela and her team stay close by to assist patrons as they check out supplies ranging from colorful doggie bags to canine arthritis medication. Staff can also custom-order products and rare colognes that smell like the mailman.
Instructor Wendy Leduc trains students new to horseback riding with beginner lessons at Craigmont Equestrian Center. She instructs riding lessons that aim to make students as comfortable atop steeds as their decorated instructor. The Center also hosts lessons for advanced riders, teaching them how to ride safely and efficiently in the center’s covered arena, recently furnished with new sand, new lights, and a security gate to keep the school’s horses safe from antiquated horse rustlers looking to round up ponies and spirit them back to the 19th century.
Since 1974, Leone Equestrians has saddled students upon gentle steeds amid the six arenas, pastures, and professional all-weather footing of its show stable. Drawing from years of international horse-show experience, professional instructors guide students of all experience levels through hunter and jumper techniques, providing students with an alternative travel method to mule-pulled shopping carts. Students learn to groom, saddle, and care for their horses, and may linger in the stable outside of class times to witness staff members exercising the noble beasts. Students should prepare for lessons with helmets, long pants, and heeled boots, and abstain from wearing loose jewelry or cumbersome chain-mail veils.
Aiming to keep the friendship between man and man’s best friend as fresh as possible, SplashHound is home to an easy and fun dog-washing system that helps your favorite canine companion stay clean without splashing your home bathroom in eau de dirt. With the self-serve dog wash (a $12–$15 value), owners don’t need appointments to completely cleanse their dirty pooch, and the only clock they’ll be racing is a broken one. Standing in a well-spaced and waist-high line, six large metal washtubs allow walk-in entry for the biggest dogs while leaving plenty of room for complicated pre-bath exercise routines. After donning a waterproof apron, parents purge impurities from their animal children with SplashHound’s special bathing wand, which conquers the thickest of coats with cleansing hypo-aloe and hypo-watermelon shampoos while also administering a satisfying massage to worn-out cat-catching muscles. After the bath, dogs are blow-dried and pampered at the grooming station.