Though she's a relatively recent inductee to the club of "dog people"—adopting the first of her two canine kids in 2009—Kate de Felice has quickly attuned herself to pooches’ needs. With an arsenal of organic shampoos, she cleanses each pet’s skin and coat before toweling them dry by hand, keeping the bath time as gentle as possible. Kate's subsequent grooming sessions include a variety of localized spruce-ups—including nail trimming, ear cleaning, teeth brushing, and elegant beehive hairdos—each of which she also offers à la carte.
Angie Schuldies and Nate Mathis have always loved having pet dogs and cats. Eventually, they extended their care and attention to animals outside their homes by working with rescue groups and fostering dogs. This consistent volunteerism fueled their vision of one day owning a doggy daycare—a dream realized by The Dog Haus. During daytime sessions, pups romp together in an indoor play area supervised by animal-loving caretakers. Besides overseeing the fun, the staff trains furry companions, working to refine their manners and social skills, such as mastering a firm pawshake while maintaining eye contact.
For dogs needing overnight accommodation, the boarding program available at their 410 Atlas Avenue location welcomes them to socialize and exercise during the day and snooze in a private kennel at night. Larger kennels can accommodate family packs. Additional services include petsitting, transportation, and grooming.
The team at Rhoades Fur Feather and Fin immortalizes prized catches with professional taxidermy services for a variety of animals. The specialists provide shoulder mounts for critters such as deer, elk, coyotes, foxes, and beavers, as well as life-size mounting upon request. Animal skulls from deer, bears, and elk shine after thorough beetle cleaning and whitening, and then proudly grin as they hang from wall mounts. Rhoades also prepares fish that range in size from 13 to 64 inches, and birds such as ducks, quails, and turkeys.
On Howell Avenue sits a school where students never want to leave. Pet University's head trainer Dennis Trzcinski has more than 20 years of experience in canine training, including teaching service and police dogs. Dogs move through carefully structured curricula, and upon completion, should be such well-behaved family members that they'll have earned a no-holds-barred graduation trip to Cancun. The trained staff also engages dogs in stimulating activities during daycare and boarding stays.