At Happy Tails Pet Care's kennel-free dog boarding facilities, a caring, professional staff trained in pet first aid and CPR nurtures pooches with exercise, socialization, and large helpings of love. During the day, canine boarders can socialize with other dogs by chasing squirrels, fetching balls, and comparing notes on the area's premium fire hydrants in daycare and during 60- to 90-minute play groups held at local parks. Worn out by a day of energetic exercise, boarders will plop down into soft, fluffy beds, and drift off to dream about bacon-flavored newspapers and the final defeat of their feline arch nemeses.
Like their human counterparts, dogs need time to exercise and socialize. Animal lover Char DeLillio opened Dog Gone Adventures to help pet owners give their pups those enriching experiences. She and her staff take groups of dogs on field trips to dog-friendly parks and beaches, where they play fetch with the staff and cavort with one another, which keeps them from trying to wrestle the houseplants when they get home. Char and her team also take pets on long, individual walks and pet-sit at Dog Gone Adventures, pet sitter's home, or pets' home.
Dirty Paws Pet Wash sets up shop on Santo Road, just off the 52 freeway in Tierrasanta. They provide a convenient and efficient self-wash service, equipped with raised tubs, shampooing products and high-powered dryers. These dryers are more powerful than ones typically seen at pet washing studios, which is helpful for dogs with thick fur. Their stucco exterior is inviting, and the facility is clean and easy to use, making it an enjoyable time for both dogs and their owners. The staff is friendly and helpful, sharing cleaning techniques and answering any questions visitors may have about their pooch. For those uninterested in doing the dirty work themselves, full service professional grooming is also available and includes a thorough bath, haircut, nail trim and teeth cleaning.
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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.
Animal devotee Claudia Cannon owns Furry Friends Dog and Cat Grooming, a neighborhood beauty shop for shaggy creatures, particularly dogs and cats. Cannon is something of a cat whisperer inside the clean space, as even the feistiest felines seem to fall under her spell as she grooms their coats. Services run the gamut from flea baths, nail trimming and deshedding treatments to aromatic baths and tick removal. All grooming products are natural and devoid of harsh chemicals, so there’s no worry about the health of a loved family pet at Furry Friends. And for those unfortunate run-ins with neighborhood skunks, Cannon offers a surprisingly effective odor-removing remedy. Best of all, Cannon also runs a pet sitting business and offers cat boarding, which is surprisingly rare. Prices are reasonable at Furry Friends, so it’s possible to pamper your pet without spending too pretty a penny.