Coming from entrepreneurial families, Jesse and Tara like the freedom to pursue their passions. They feel that pets deserve that same freedom, even when they must spend the night away from home. And that’s why they run Pets R People 2 as a completely cageless doggy day care and overnight facility. They let pooches roam free, filling their 5,000-square-foot space with piles of warm blankets and doggy beds for their guests to snuggle into at will. They allow each visitor to play with any of their resident toys, and make sure to give them each their favorite food, personal attention, and necessary medications for no extra charge. Of course, they evaluate each dog’s behavior before welcoming them into their pet haven, making sure that he or she plays well with others and doesn't secretly meow.
Ripley’s has enthralled audiences for more than nine decades with its dedication to revealing odd and unexplainable rarities from around the globe. But it all began with one man: Robert Ripley, a wildly successful and eccentric character who rose to fame during the first half of the 20th century. After selling his first cartoon to Life magazine at age 14, he set out on a quick-paced career of drawing sports cartoons for the New York Globe. During a slow day at the office, he sketched nine unusual sporting events and finished his work with a title: “Believe It or Not!” It became immensely popular, allowing Ripley to travel the world in search of more bizarre stories to put into his comic strips. While visiting relatively unknown areas in locales such as India, China, and the inside of his neighbor’s chimney, he picked up a slew of unbelievable souvenirs that later became fixtures in several of Ripley’s museums, or as they’re affectionately called today, Odditoriums. Ripley’s now encompasses publications, attractions, a television show, and a blog, all of which carry Ripley’s tradition of reporting on the world’s curiosities.
At Posh Pups’ relaxing salon, pet devotees grant the furriest members of the family undivided attention while performing pelt-perfecting services for dogs and cats of all breeds and sizes. The hospitable groomers make sure to treat timid, ill, and senior pets with extradelicate care, and use all-natural products free of harmful chemicals or Mountain Dew that makes fur glow in the dark. In addition to shampooing coats, brushing fangs, and trimming nails, Posh Pups Grooming also offers in-home pet-sitting complete with complimentary belly rubs.
Paw prints are everywhere within Doggtropolis—adorned on the floors, painted onto tables, and covering the feet of canine customers. Within the shop, self-service stations supply everything needed to clean pups, including shampoo and specialized blow-dryers that won't burn dogs' skin or resurrect the '80s perm craze. Onsite groomers can treat pets to express or full-service grooming packages. They trim nails, clean ears, and express glands, with optional services such as haircuts. To complement these makeovers, Doggtropolis can teach dogs basic obedience and how to plot successful coups against cats.
Inside The Groomery, Christy Lynn lavishes her clients with manicures, blueberry facials, and the occasional belly rub. Fueled by extensive training and a passion for all things canine, she transforms dog grooming into an art composed of hairstyling, massage therapy, and a hint of fashion design. During basic baths, she ushers pups to a Bath Master system that lathers fur with a choice of shampoo and melts away tension with pulses of water. To make tails wag with glee, she selects a tearless shampoo that complements each skin type and coat texture. After the sudsing has concluded, Christy Lynn accents the dog's natural beauty with a jaunty bandana, bow, or powdered wig. For pooches seeking a full makeover, she can brush teeth, brush and trim fur, scrub paw pads, or file nails into a manageable shape.
Oliver's is named for its chief executive officer, Oliver Cooley, a french bulldog. To counterbalance his spotty managerial resume, Oliver is aided by his human counterpart Brian Cooley, a pet-lover and Iraq War veteran who brings a human's higher cognitive functions to the facility.
With their combined knowledge of what pets want, Brian and Oliver's canine staff board dogs while their owners are away and oversee a spacious daycare and spa. Combined with their outdoor play area, their indoor play area—with quality K9 synthetic grass—gives visiting pups amble space to roam. Additionally, natural bath products from earthbath spruce up canines' coats much better than simply herding dogs through a car wash.