Jennifer Thurman, owner of Sit Happens Dog Training, earned her certification from the International Federation of Guide Dog Schools, and then spent seven years teaching seeing-eye dogs to guide their owners. Using the experience and techniques that she developed as a seeing-eye-dog trainer, Jennifer presses a clicker to signal to family dogs that a treat is on its way in order to teach them to sit, heel, or deal the next round of Go Fish. She leads both group classes and in-home sessions in which dogs and owners learn basic obedience skills or target problem behaviors.
Every time Allyn Brown snaps a photo, he’s contributing to a legacy that first began in 1945 when Carlton O'Neal founded his eponymous studio. After training under Mr. O’Neal, Allyn took the reigns of O’Neals Photography Studio with his wife, Kris, some 20 years ago, and today the two continue to practice their mentor’s teachings while incorporating contemporary techniques and tools. The duo specializes in family and senior portraits and wedding photography, using their carriage house studio’s varied gardens and fountains to serve as picturesque backdrops.
Shug the grizzly bear didn't always love the spotlight. Before coming to Bear Path Acres Animal Education Center, she was claustrophobic, and accustomed to eating fried chicken instead of a more natural diet of deer. It took months of enrichment and training with the center's owner, Debbie Jeter, to coax Shug out of her shell. Today, however, Shug happily wanders her large enclosure, performing tricks for visitors when the mood strikes her.
Shug is one of many animals at the nonprofit center. Her companions include a tiger, foxes, tortoises, wolves, and even a striped skunk. Though the fauna vary by species, they share a single mission: to educate people on the wonders of wildlife and conservation. Guests can observe the animals during regular hours, or sign up for a twilight tour, during which the nocturnal creatures are more active and less prone to shout "Hey, pipe down!"
Owner Bobby Holland, boasting more than 40 years of experience, and his team of dry-cleaning doyens restore garments to gleaming glory with a laundry list of services and pickup and delivery options. Dry cleaning grants two-piece suits ($13.99) a water-free purification, as well as removes stains from sullied slacks ($6.99) or paintball-spattered blouses ($6.99). Or opt to give bedraggled bedding a summer sprucing with services that erase wrinkles from blankets, bedspreads, and comforters (all $18.50+). The Holland Cleaners also specializes in treating beaded and sequined items, using friendly solvents that offer a gentle yet thorough cleansing to ensure garments come back devoid of discoloration, loose fabric festoons, or limburger-shellacked trimming.