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.
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.
As an avid animal lover, it was only natural that Anne Donnellan should create a haven of hospitality for many types of pets, united only by their lack of opposable thumbs. As owners embark on vacations or business travels, dogs luxuriate in deluxe suites, and cats lounge in a comfy cattery rife with perches, hiding spots, and lambskin bedding. Boarding accommodations for rabbits, guinea pigs, snakes, and birds keep creatures of all stripes happy while owners are away. During grooming sessions, animal-loving specialists clean coats with natural shampoos and conditioners and clean ears so dogs can more thoroughly enjoy the sounds of their favorite dog-whistle orchestras.