Well after the sun has set over the Tortolita Mountains, the world-class trainers at Crazy Heart Ranch grab the reigns under the lights of a spacious outdoor arena. When they're not riding, the horse-loving crew lends their equine knowledge to students during monthly clinics, group lessons, private lessons, and kids' camps at the Northwest Tucson ranch, where they focus on creating meaningful relationships between riders and horses. All resident instructors and horses are experienced in reining, Western and English riding styles, ranch horse versatility, and team roping. Guests can saddle up and ride on the ranch's private trails, or complement lessons with a picnic under the region's native Mesquite trees, the same trees that money doesn't grow on.
At Anthony's K-9 Academy, head trainer Anthony Holcomb calls what he does "people training for dogs." This is because dogs read their owners' body language and energy for cues on how to react. An experienced trainer, Anthony has a range of training methods in his tool belt, which he adapts depending on the dog and its owner. He holds both group and private training sessions, and will even board dogs who are especially challenged or need to be convinced there is no monster living under their beds.
Dr. Connie Anderson’s love of animals shines through in every facet of her life. Not only has she studied veterinary medicine at Oregon State University and Washington State University, but she and her family live with a menagerie of dogs, cats, birds, tortoises, goats, and Holly, a pot-belly pig.
At Dr. Anderson’s practice, Animal House Veterinary Clinic, she and her team pair their love of animals with the latest technology. Their microchip implants, for example, help identify pets if they are lost or don Groucho glasses, and digital x-rays screen for unseen injuries. The in-house lab and pharmacy ensure quick turnaround on prescriptions, and an array of lower-tech services—such as grooming, physicals, and vaccines—round out the health care treatments.
No trip to Tucson would be complete without experiencing the flavor of the West by horseback. Pantano Riding Stables, a reputable family owned business, caters to riders on all skill levels. A large variety of horses are available to accommodate every type of rider. Reservations required.
At St. Mary's Animal Clinic, veterinarians Drs. Joshua Fender and Tom Allen join their dedicated support staff in ensuring the health of furry family members. Dr. Allen's specialty in veterinary medicine pairs with Dr. Fender's focus on small-animal surgery, enabling a comprehensive list of treatments for dogs and cats. The duo examines eyes and teeth, vaccinates against disease, spays and neuters, and tracks health issues through blood work at in-house facilities and University of Arizona veterinary-diagnostics laboratories. Grooming services are also available to keep coats healthy and let pets try out new hairdos they read about in Vogue.