Pets are more than just animals, they’re members of the family. Along with that belief comes a certain attitude that the pet lovers at Shaggy Chic love to indulge. Kelly Petersen, the founder of Shaggy Chic, takes great pride in pampering her pets, though it has sometimes brought her judgment and scrutiny.
But take a look around her salon, and it doesn’t appear that judgmental eyes have affected Kelly one bit. She and her staff lovingly primp pups and other pets with a signature line of paraben-free shampoos, conditioners, detanglers, and fur fresheners, all of which are made in the United States from natural ingredients. In the salon, they groom pets with services that include baths, fur blowouts, nail trims, and ear cleaning. They can also spruce up furry friends with additional services such as teeth brushing, blueberry facials, and pawdicures that include paw-pad massages and nail polish.
Dr. John Ensign's love of animals began at age eight with his best friend Fred, a dog that he bought with his brother for $10. Though a lot has changed since the days of Fred, John's passion for pets hasn't. After veterinary school, the John spent 10 years as Nevada’s representative in the U.S. Senate where he was considered one of the Humane Society’s biggest allies. More recently, he's opened Boca Park Animal Hospital, a 9,000-square-foot medical, grooming, and boarding facility that offers furry patients a loving staff of nurses and the latest technology in veterinary care. The building was renovated from the ground up to include noise-reduction insulation, luxury pet boarding suites, and a 1,600 square foot exercise area with a realistic mailman punching bag. Specialty laser therapy is also available to address wound healing, ear infections, liver disease, infections, and even behavior problems.
A live webcam keeps an eye on the canine antics at Hot Diggity Dog Daycare, allowing owners to remotely check up on pets via a video stream broadcast to their computer or iPhone. They won't be the only ones watching, though; trained caregivers tend to dogs 24 hours a day, taking each dog out for one-on-one playtime as well as multiple bathroom breaks throughout the night. The 5,000-square-foot facility dedicates three separate play areas to large, medium, and small dogs where they can socialize with other pouches, perhaps even meeting one with similar political views. For a pampering pause, the caregivers groom dogs with shampoo, toothbrushes, and nail clippers, and allow owners to use the supplies to groom their own pets. While away, owners can rest easy knowing that a behavioral evaluation and vaccine requirement ensures friendly and healthy company.
The mural in the play space at A Puppy Paradise imagines what an idyllic dog haven might look like. Sunflowers are in bloom, frisbees are in flight, and puppies play in the fountain without getting yelled at by the park inspector. Though the daycare's indoor areas are less grassy, they are rife with toys, soft beds, and the chance for canine guests to socialize. In three play spaces, pet-loving staff pair dogs with equally-sized playmates before doling out treats and making sure everyone gets along. In the evenings, overnight boarders snuggle up with cozy blankets, while owners sleep soundly in the knowledge that someone is keeping an eye on their pups.
Heather Brooks plays with dogs for a living. The results of these puppy-fests can be seen in her portfolio of candid portraits that capture each pooch's unique personality. After honing her photographic craft on human families, Heather decided to launch Pupparazzi, carting her equipment to canines' natural habitats to snap up-close and personal puppy pics in black and white and full color. Heather knows all the tricks of the trade, like eschewing flash for natural light and shooting under a tree for the kind of soft light that brings out a pup's true eye color. Her telephoto lenses and fast shutter settings are able to capture the quick flick of a puppy's tail or the moment before a dog realizes that the Frisbee he's about to catch is actually a miniature UFO. Heather snaps her shutter for cats and other animals, too, and when the flashbulb frenzy comes to a close, pet owners can decorate their homes and bodies with fine-art prints and custom jewelry featuring their furry friend's face.
At A-V.I.P. Pet Resort, founder, avid dog trainer, and breeder Kurt Williams is never far from his canine boarders. That's because he and his family live on the premises. This enables him to supervise animals beyond business hours, and his four children enjoy giving the critters attention when the professional groomers and behaviorists are in hibernation.
During the day, Williams's crew administers prescription medicine at indicated hours and also follows specific diet requests during meal times. His pet guests reside in private suites with plush bedding and television screens. Twice daily, the trainers bring any social dogs into a large outdoor play arena to sniff, socialize, and discuss articles from the morning edition of the squeaky newspaper. Williams maintains a comfortable temperature at all times at the resort, with air conditioning during the summer and heated floors during winter months.