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.
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.
At Nathalie's Thrifty Pet Salon & Boutique, pet owners can scrub their pooches at do-it-yourself stations equipped with waist-high tubs, shampoo dispensers, and professional grooming tools. Of course, they can also leave the dirty work to Nathalie's team of professionals, who pamper pups of all makes and models—from the smallest chihuahua to the bulkiest St. Bernard. After bathing sessions, owners can visit the boutique section of Nathalie's, which brims with collars and beds, or the food section, which stocks premium eats and treats.
One pooch’s biological waste is one person’s opportunity to take the dirty job off customers’ hands. That’s what M&N Pooper Scooper Services does. The licensed pros pick up pet poo and dispose of it, which not only keeps yards sanitary and sightly, but also prevents fecal matter from contaminating water and spreading disease. The pros can schedule routine pickups and are also available for one-time visits. M&N Pooper Scooper Services also takes on the task of dog walking, which gives canines the opportunity to exercise and remain active and healthy.
The expert instructors at Talisman Farm introduce students to european classical riding techniques such as dressage and show jumping following a curriculum designed by Will Faerber, a decorated show rider who studied extensively in Portugal with dressage master Nuno Oliveira. Faerber's training philosophy focuses on training horse and rider to act as one, showing absolute poise and balance whether they're hurdling a 5-foot fence or trotting through a booby-trapped house. Private lessons in the 5-acre equestrian center focus on the fundamentals of dressage riding and show jumping, beginning with appreciating each horse’s biomechanics so that students can ride them properly. The professional instructors are willing to work one-on-one with students of all skill levels to help them improve their riding skills. The outfit takes the same approach to jumping and vaulting lessons, which are held in the arena and geared toward preparing students for participation in horse shows.