After more than 20 years of bathing and grooming dogs and cats, the experts at Paw-pular Trends have developed an arsenal of techniques for working with all types of animal personalities. The team handles temperamental pets tactfully while washing coats, trimming nails, flushing ears, and brushing undercoats, and they accentuate refreshed animals with a bandanna and animal-safe fragrance. In addition to pampering clients' pets, the team members provide 24-hour boarding services. Staff members ensure that long-term visitors eat at the times to which they are accustomed, and receive up to five walks each day along the nearby river, allowing the animals to burn off energy and reflect on the natural splendor enough to compose a haiku written in paw prints.
Certified farrier Mike Marquis's slogan is "Putting balace back into every step." But Mike isn't a yogi, nor does he treat vertigo. Instead, he works with the animals he is passionate about: horses. Mike specializes in natural barefoot performance trimming to help care for and stabilize domestic horses. Each day, the horses he works and plays with bring him great joy and stress relief, so he works hard to continue educating himself in farrier science and cutting-edge carrot-origami techniques to keep his horses healthy and happy. For trimming appointments, Mike travels to a horse owner's home or barn, where observes the horse in motion and then skillfully trims down their hooves.
Surrounded by a lush ring of trees and matted with verdant grass, the 5-acre outdoor area at The Bark Park gives pooches a place to play and relax, either in the company of their owners or under the watchful eyes of the park’s staff. While they run free in the sun or laze in the shade, each guest gets the chance to socialize with other dogs and expend energy that might otherwise be spent on selling their collars for treat money. The canine caretakers also offer a concierge service that picks up dogs for daycare and returns them home after.
John and Belle Hufferd, owners and head trainers at Triumph Stables, are experts in producing world-champion horses in a wide range of divisions and training riders of all abilities. The pair specializes in Morgan and Saddlebred horses, exhibiting mastery over such disciplines as park harness and pleasure driving, among others. As horses are only as good as the riders guiding them, human students learn proper technique for horse care, including vocal and non-vocal commands in the saddle as well as inspecting haystacks for needles before letting a horse eat.
Dr. Sunil Gupta has ways of putting four-legged family members at ease. The doctor packs up his medical bag and makes house calls when pets are ailing or demanding outrageous fees to fetch the newspaper. Some pets find the home environment soothing, though others are equally at home within Dr. Gupta’s clinic. Access to advanced equipment allows Dr. Gupta and his staff to provide a wide range of medical services, from standard checkups to diagnostic treatments. Healthy dogs and cats can take advantage of the clinic's grooming services and boarding packages, which feature flexible weekend pickup hours. Even without appointments or royal mandates, owners are welcome to bring their pets by for a complimentary nail trim and ear cleaning.
Cats don't have to take a back seat to man's best friend at Catnap Inn's feline-only boarding facility, with 26 spacious guest rooms that provide cats a cozy home away from home. Each 4'x8' private room comes outfitted with a chair and pillow, cubbies for privacy, and a large window with a convenient ledge for bird watching and world-domination plotting. Larger rooms allow feline families to stay together while their human counterparts are away, while smaller, multi-level wooden condos are ideal for kittens. An ultraviolet air treatment system keeps airborne bacteria at bay, and the entire facility is climate and temperature controlled to keep pets cool.
The resident cat herders can administer medicine to kitties that need them, and keep a complete report on how each cat behaved during his or her stay. For each owner’s peace of mind, Catnap Inn has access to emergency medical care and 24-hour fire protection, security alarms, and booby traps set up to catch jealous canines.