Mike Kelly had a sore back, not to mention torn-down shower curtains, a decimated bathroom, and clogged drains, all courtesy of his 160-pound newfoundland, Gordo. He decided to start a self-service dog-wash business, not simply for his own sake but for other sore, slobber-riddled dog owners as well.
And so In n Out Self Serve Dog Wash was born. There, pet owners find a series of green-walled semiprivate stations that house walkup tubs for a variety of dog sizes, including a couple of extra-large sizes to accommodate massive pups or several small dogs that became stuck together after an ill-fated jelly-sandwich incident. Equipped with washing hoses and shampoos, dog owners can disrupt muddy paws and fur before rinsing and styling their pooch's pompadour with a high-velocity, no-heat blow dryer. Or they can seek out the help of the shop's professional grooming services, which include nail trimming, ear cleaning, and packages with breed-standard trims.
It's rarely a good idea to indulge dogs with cookies and cakes—unless those cookies and cakes are made specifically for them. That's exactly the case at The Paws of Nature, where owner Kirsten bakes homemade treats for pups. Kirsten and her friend, Michele, had the idea to create a neighborhood pet store with a twist. Today, the twist they envisioned comes in several forms, such as community education programs, conveniently designed self-serve washing stations, and a stock of healthier food choices for pets—including, of course, baked goodies.
Bridgewater Veterinary Hospital is a state-of-the-art, spacious health and wellness center with a staff of four veterinarians and 15 team members whose level of dedication to their fuzzy clients has earned the hospital an accreditation from the American Animal Hospital Association (AAHA). One of the hospital's core beliefs is that it is crucial to educate pet owners about appropriate preventative care for their pets. The hospital offers everything from healthcare and dental care to grooming and chiropractic services to keep pets as spry and happy as they can be. Overnight boarding is available for dogs whose owners are out of town and cats that just need to finish their novels without any distractions.
The training home of grand prix rider Osvaldo Ornia Pacher, Palermo Show Stable is a full-service hunter, jumper, and equitation facility. The stable staff trains riders young and old in English-style riding and even offers training sessions for horses and people in convincing horse costumes. Palermo Show Stable also hosts USEF horse shows throughout the year and imports Argentinian sport horses that are available for lease or purchase.
Beastie Besties Dog Walking and Pet Care Services owner Tina Marie Mayo-McGovern cares for dogs and cats while owners are away. Her services range from 15- and 30-minute dog walks to home visits for cats that include playtime, serving fresh food and water, and scooping the litter box. Along the way, she documents for owners the time she spends with pets, taking photos, shooting video, and recording songbirds' classic doo-wop hits.