"The haunting melody of a howling wolf pack is heard in only a handful of states, as wolves have been exterminated from a vast majority of their original range," explains the California Wolf Center's website. Though these howling cries are harder to find than they once were, one place to witness their grandeur is at the California Wolf Center.
The non-profit was founded in 1977 to educate the public about wildlife and ecology, specifically the history and behavior of the gray wolf. Located 50 miles east of San Diego, it houses two subspecies of wolves: the Alaskan gray wolf and the endangered Mexican gray wolf. The center also participates in the Mexican Wolf Species Survival Plan, which aims to help the endangered species recover in the wild. At the facility, wolves live in enclosures that can help retain their natural behavior, as some of them will eventually be released back into the wild.
Super Doodies's crews believe that pet ownership shouldn't have to wreak havoc on lawns or make the environment unsafe for children to play. So they travel to homes throughout San Diego County to remove dog waste from yards and empty litter boxes. The crews also deodorize and sanitize serviced areas using organic products that thwart bacteria, toxins, and microscopic supervillains who accidentally shrunk themselves. Super Doodies visits homes for one-time or regularly scheduled cleanings, and also offers pet-sitting services.
Grooming sessions at K9 Dog Park offers several services, including a pre-clip to prepare pooches for a wash; a scrub-free bath that blends water, shampoo, and conditioner chosen for each dog's skin and coat; a dry; and a finish trim that accentuates pattern lines. Customers can purchase base grooming packages or can add ? la carte services. For an additional fee, adorning dogs can be finished with a bow.
In addition to grooming, K9 Dog Park's staff supervises a climate-controlled indoor playground?including exercise and agility areas?where dogs romp and socialize. Trainers also lead group and private classes in therapy, agility, and potty training for both puppies and dogs, as well as a first-aid and CPR course so owners know what to do in case of an emergency. Daycare and overnight boarding are also available.
Certified as advanced pet stylists by the American Grooming Academy, the owners of Alopaw Mobile Pet Spa helm a team of groomers that arrives at clients' homes with mobile van spas. This takes stress off both owners and their dogs by relieving owners of transport and saving dogs the stress of an unfamiliar environment. Aboard the mobile spa, groomers start by showering attention upon dogs to make the feel comfortable. They then make hounds more handsome with standard services, such as blueberry facials, coat conditioners, and bacon-scented cologne.
With 20 years of experience working with horses, Anna Baker makes her equine expertise available to the public through an array of riding services. Students as young as 5 can receive a proper introduction to horses through a firm hoof shake followed by private lessons in the English and Western riding styles. Baker also trains horses, offering their owners packages that include room and board for their equine friends as well as trailer parking.