At Utopia Animal Hospital, Dr. Clay and her team of professional pet minders keeps furry companions fit and frisky with comfortable amenities and gentle care. Dogs hang their hats and unpack their suitcases for stays that include spacious kennels, exercise two or three times a day, and, for dogs boarding three nights or longer, complimentary baths. Feline vacationers lodge in luxury condos, obligingly enduring healthful and deodorizing baths before batting at toys or practicing serves on the racquetball courts.
As a member and former president of the Association for Veterinary Family Practice, Dr. Clay expertly performs annual exams, testing, and vaccines, a necessary prerequisite for pets looking to stay healthy or run for Congress. If problems arise, her staff can swiftly take action to remedy the issue through surgery, take-home treatments, and expert advice. While owners wait, they can munch on popcorn, sip complimentary beverages, and surf the lobby’s free WiFi.
In 1991, Jimmy and Regina Huggins opened a dog-grooming salon. Sensing the duo’s bond with canines, customers began asking if their dogs could stay for the weekend. The Huggins decided to build a mini dog hotel in their backyard, a place where they felt comfortable keeping their own four-legged best friend, Miss Kitty.
Today, in a larger location, caregivers pamper pups with creative grooming services, baked pet treats, and loving overnight or midday boarding. Humans observe from the lobby as nationally certified master groomers comb, cut, and coif coats according to each canine's personal style. Along with their grooming, stylish pets enjoy playtime and a leisurely walk to flaunt their new looks around the area's hottest fire hydrants. Bakers craft wholesome doggy confections, such as homemade pitter-pat cookies, from whole-wheat flour, eggs, carob, peanut butter, honey, and cheese. Jeweled collars and accessories line the elegant boutique for owners to gild pooches in preparation for dog-show red carpets.
During doggy daycare, pet nannies place four-legged wards with compatible canine friends for playtime in a large, tree-filled yard. At the boarding hotel, pups head outdoors for 20 to 30 minutes five times a day, rain or shine, to prance, socialize, and discuss timeless questions, such as, “Who’s a good boy?” Separate wings host dogs of different sizes and temperaments and each canine guest has free run of a cheerful, private room with linoleum floors, eye-level windows, and cloth curtains. Throughout dogs’ stay, caring staffers administer medication, food, and veterinarian-approved levels of tender loving care.
The helpful staff at The Adorable Child equips youngsters with new and gently used apparel in sizes from preemie to 14, accessories, and toys. They diligently inspect each consignment item, ensuring that all garments, including maternity outfits, are tagged with brand-name labels and that all nonclothing items—highchairs, changing tables, and strollers—are like new. In addition to used items, The Adorable Child carries custom-made clothing from local designers, including onesies and bloomers embroidered with a baby's name or anticipated SAT score.
Reflection Riding Arboretum & Nature Center, a nature preserve and landscape park, began as a vision in the 1920?s by John and Margaret Chambliss. In the late 1970s, a group of forward thinkers hatched an ambitious plan to bring Chattanooga citizens closer to nature. With the help of the Junior League of Chattanooga, the group raised more than $500,000. In September 1979, The Reflection Riding Arboretum & Nature Center was born. Since then, the center has had more than half a million visitors to explore its 317 acres containing a certified level IV arboretum, Civil War and Cherokee history, botanical gardens, and native plants, as well as raising awareness with educational programs for adults at schoolchildren. Their efforts have helped to conserve the approximately 45 native animal species inhabiting the Wildlife Wanderland, These animal species include a bald eagle, sandhill cranes, and endangered red wolves.
State-of-the-art when it was built, the environmentally engineered main building has remained largely unchanged over the past 33 years. Features such as solar-heating systems, southern-facing windows, and 99% natural R-38 insulation continue to model sustainable-building practices to park visitors and squirrels looking to passively heat their nests.
Doggie's Day Out cares for canines day and night with play areas, homey bedrooms, and resident groomers who clip nails and trim fur. Daycare rounds up pooches for group activities suited to individual energy levels, from agility climbing and jumping in a fenced-in yard, to lolling on wrought-iron beds with fluffy blankets in an indoor lounge. Overnight guests settle down in a supervised room whose beds and couches emulate a cozy home, with crates available for dogs that prefer them. Staffers bathe and groom hounds with premium products, and teach basic commands to puppies and novelty tricks to older dogs, such as how to unwrap their owners' Starbursts for them.
Scents from Oscar's Bakery waft through the complex as chefs whip up pooch-safe treats from natural ingredients, including cakes and confections for dog party packages. To ensure a safe, happy environment for four-legged friends, Doggie's Day Out requires that pups pass an evaluation to ensure their vaccinations are up-to-date and their temperaments are suited to playing name-game icebreakers with strangers.
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