Thanks to parents who encouraged a love of animals, Leslie Rosales woke up every morning to a chorus of whinnying horses, yapping dogs, mewing cats, and squawking chickens. Trimming the long locks of her a family brood of cocker spaniels, Leslie quickly picked up grooming and animal-whispering skills. Over the course of a lengthy career as a vet assistant, she grew fed up with what she considered poor treatment of pets, so she started her own grooming shop with a bankroll of just $400.
Years later, Leslie sold that shop and attempted to retire, but her clients prodded her to return to her beloved profession. First-time sessions take a bit longer, Leslie warns, because she monitors the dog's reaction to each new touch. She clips a nail or two at a time or allows the scissors to lop off a few curls of hair around one ear, before stepping back to reward the dog with praise and love. The process eases pooches into the session and test?s each animal?s mood, much the way one dips a toe into a chocolate fountain to make sure it's warm enough to jump into.
Leslie also offers fresh food for dogs allergic to the standard canine diet of commercial pet kibble and mailman tears. The salon also maintains a pet food pantry for pets of low-income households.
Led by veterinarian Rodney M. Robards, the seasoned staff of Southern Hills Veterinary Hospital attends to the health and vitality of pets with a litter of medical and dental services. Vets analyze pets' health with physical examinations and ward off future maladies with vital vaccines. The veterinary team also cures intensive ailments with traditional and laser surgeries, from biopsies and orthopedics to standard spays and neutering, whose presurgical screenings ensure pets emerge safe, healthy, and guaranteed not to produce any successors. Southern Hills also boards pets overnight, inviting pups to romp in an outdoor exercise yard or a climate-controlled indoor run during their stay, and granting cats their privacy in a separate feline-only area.
Midtown Tails keeps precious pooches well-cared for with its expert dog-walking and visiting services. Canine corraler Rachael Baldwin puts pet health and comfort first, with her pet first-aid certification from the American Red Cross and her membership with Pet Sitters International. During the 30-minute walk, dogs can scamper about under the watchful leash of Rachael, taking in plenty of exercise and attention throughout the scenic trek around their own, familiar neighborhood, keeping pets comfortable and reducing separation anxiety. The walkathon commences with a refueling of fresh food and water, and up to three hounds can get in on the strolling session.
Zoom Room?s dog training facilities have one cardinal rule: owners must be present during class. This is because humans need just as much training as their canine companions when building confidence and communication, and it?s important that owners learn the best positive-reinforcement techniques from the knowledgeable staff. Group classes cover topics ranging from general obedience and agility training to more specific needs such as overcoming shyness. Other classes include Urban Herding, where dogs herd exercise balls into soccer goals indoors, Scent Work, where dogs learn to sniff out missing car keys or the TV remote, and Pup-lates, which is geared toward overweight or senior dogs, or those recovering from an injury.
In fact, improving canine social skills is one of Zoom Room?s missions, as evidenced by the regularly hosted fundraiser events and Doggy Disco parties, which give dogs a chance to meet other dogs and expand away from their inner circle of fire hydrants. This combination of training and fun, in addition to the facility?s selection of solution-oriented training gear, natural dog treats, and functional dog accessories, has garnered an array of local and national press.
Marjorie "The Dog Trainer" Satterfield has specialized in dog training since 1974. She's prepped pooches for exhibitions, trained therapy dogs and service dogs, and published numerous articles focused on training techniques. At her location in the Fontana Square shopping center, Marjorie and her team of instructors focus on problematic canine behaviors such as chewing, growling, and leaving messes. In addition to addressing problems, they can teach dogs party tricks such as how to pick out colors on command.
Evelyn Coons watched the images of dispossessed pets appear during the news segments on Hurricane Katrina. An animal lover her whole life, she couldn't look at the coverage and not help. She ventured to Second Chance At Love in California, a no-kill shelter that took in 30 dogs who had lost their homes in the hurricane. While volunteering there, she learned from the shelter's founder Cheri Lucas, a practitioner of the training methods developed by "The Dog Whisperer," Cesar Milan.
Now with her own training school, Evelyn continues teaching Milan's methods, helping clients to understand their dogs' innate desires to be well-mannered socialites who always hold their wine glass by the stem. Additional services include treadmill and park sessions to give energetic pooches a safe, structured exercise program. With a particular fondness for pit bulls, she and her husband also rehabilitate dogs rescued in the Tulsa area.