At Kimbur Pet Wash & Suites, the dedicated staff pampers pets with full-service washing and boarding services while also allowing owners to bond with furry companions in do-it-yourself pet-washing bays. Sky-blue hues flow throughout the facility, creating a calming atmosphere for pets as they ease into specially designed tubs to enjoy a relaxing scrub from owners ($12+), professional staff members ($19+), or fed-up feline roommates. Each bay hosts a pup-friendly arsenal of toiletries, such as shampoo, conditioner, toothpaste, and dryers, all of which can help to get canines ready for an evening at the dog prom or a stay in a private, carpeted suite. With each stay, boarded dogs receive up to four daily walks and up to an hour of individual playtime, as well as a nightly frozen treat.
It begins with a facial massage with MMIV shave oil, creating a protective barrier and conditioning the skin with Vitamin E. Next, warm towels open pores, soften scruff, and relax muscles without the adverse and downright weird affects of a horse tranquilizer. Finally, hand-whipped MMIV shave cream coats jawlines, another product packed with Vitamin E as well as green tea. This process comprises just the preliminary steps for an Ultimate Shave at M.U.G. Men's Ultimate Grooming. Once faces are prepped, specially trained barbers shave with, and then against, the grain. Then, they wrap smooth faces in a cool towel before spreading on moisturizer like butter on a dry Thanksgiving turkey—but without Grams and Aunt Carol watching closely.
All of the MMIV products are exclusive to M.U.G. Its masterminds spent almost a decade formulating them specifically for the Ultimate Shave, making sure each held an ample amount of conditioning Vitamin E. The staff, which also cuts and colors hair, trusts in the products so fully that they'll give you a refund if the MMIV line doesn't deliver the closest shave since Napoleon bear-crawled away from Waterloo, sobbing into his epaulets.
For a decade, the International Sportsmen’s Exposition has been summoning big-name big-game experts to share the latest developments in camping, fishing, hunting, and other outdoor pursuits. This year, the expo will attract hundreds of exhibitors—from outfitters to hunting lodges to wildlife societies—to set up shop alongside outdoor-themed attractions, including a 40-foot aquarium, a rock-climbing wall, and a 100-foot trophy of elk and deer. Catch one of the dozens of seminars with leading elk hunters, bass anglers, and wilderness survival experts, who’ll bestow knowledge nuggets upon eager audiences before a gang of wild badgers concludes with a thoughtful counterpoint.
Staffers roaming the 8,000-square-foot of Petz Place often pause to greet regular shoppers and their pups by name. The friendly associates also do their best to spot first-time pet owners so they can direct them to essential items and share tips on how to train their new companions to sit, stay, and greet them at the door with cocktails in paw. They only stock premium items, including durable pet toys and beds, as well as a huge selection of natural and raw pet foods. They also house a colorful community of birds, reptiles, and tropical fish within fetching distance of care products and equipment. In addition to helping keep pets healthy and clean, the store entertains pups and their owners with visiting photographers and, at Christmas time, photo ops with Santa Claus.
With a knowledgeable staff trained in pet CPR and first aid by her side, Malinda draws on 13 years of experience as she entertains and grooms pets at her upscale and secure facility. Each day, tail waggers enrolled in daycare and boarding programs roam freely amid fanciful murals of dogs and cats playing in fountains, relaxing under giant sunflowers, flying in balloons, and selling stocks. Experienced handlers supervise their play, keep their networking areas clean, and take them outside for periodic walks. Overnight guests spend the evening hours in private suites, which come equipped with fleece beds, exhaust fans, air vents, and dimmed lighting.
When they aren't looking after their houseguests, staffers groom dogs and cats with warm-water massage baths, custom shampoos and conditioners, hot-oil treatments, and facials. They also teach CPR and first aid to help pet owners to act well and wisely in the event of an emergency. As a certified pet trainer through Animal Behavior College, Malinda helps humans and their canine friends to reach their full potential and boost their GPAs by offering obedience classes. Guests are welcome to peruse Malinda's shelves, where she stocks Solid Gold pet foods as well as nutritional supplements, toys, treats, and grooming supplies.
The Arizona Humane Society has provided shelter and rehabilitation to homeless and abandoned animals since 1957, watching over more than 46,000 dogs, cats, and smaller critters every year as they await new homes. After proving their eligibility for adoption and consulting with the shelter staff, new owners can choose a companion from any of the pets prowling the menagerie, from puppies and kittens up to 9 months old to adult dogs and cats. Rabbits and ferrets also scurry about, searching for farmers' carrots carelessly planted in an animal shelter. For current owners, the society provides low-cost spaying and neutering services as a public service, as well as education and outreach programs to promote compassion and ensure a safe home for all creatures.