Paws and Claws prides itself as a comprehensive stop for all furry friends. At each location, owners can bring along their creatures to find ample supplies to feed and entertain them, such as a large selection of toys and treats. Their knowledgeable staff includes professional groomers and retail specialists trained in the ways of pet nutrition and hygiene, as well as a consulting veterinarian who keeps the business up-to-date on animal-health trends. This commitment to enhancing the quality and longevity of pet lifespans is also apparent in Paws and Claws' donations to animal charities and adoption efforts.
In 1993, Bonnie left her job in banking for barking, starting up Pet Styles. A few years later she was joined by Alisha, who started off bathing the dogs before becoming a groomer. Bonnie and Alisha groom dogs as small as chihuahuas and toy poodles and as large as huskies and newfoundlands, styling them within their breed standards to make them dog-show ready, or to their owners' preferences to make them look like cats. The two groomers keep a careful eye on pets, pausing grooming sessions if it seems like the dog is becoming distressed.
This grooming center pampers pets with a number of services including hypoallergenic baths, teeth cleanings, and nail trims. Experienced technicians use natural products such as black-primrose shampoo and blueberry facial creams to condition coats, and perform all scrubbings and blow-dries by hand. Grooming packages such as the Puppy’s First Groom combine a number of services, and customers can request add-ons such as de-matting. Oh My Dog Grooming Spa creates a soothing environment with aromatherapy scents, and each furry visitor walks out sporting a fashionable bow or bandana.
Birds chirp and leaves rustle as pups trot down the nature trail. Water splashes as dogs bound through the agility course at the in-ground swimming hole known as Canine Cove. Country Paws Boarding's rural retreat sprawls over 6,000 square feet, where daycare charges burn pent-up energy in several quarter-acre play yards, keeping them from using their owners' shoes for origami projects when they get home. Overnight guests enjoy private suites with covered patios, and grooming sessions can be scheduled to keep dogs looking clean and fresh.
After years of frustration dealing with her pets’ health ailments, certified pet-food consultant Chris Schaeffer discovered the benefits of holistic, natural animal care. Inspired by her experiences, she went on to establish Creature Comfort in 2003, helping owners nurture their pets with natural, herbal, and homeopathic dog and cat foods and holistic health products.
In addition to meticulously researching each product that lines the long aisles of her spacious, colourful store, Chris and her experienced staff assist customers with product choices, and also offer services such as free nutritional consultations and nail trimming. Committed to supporting pets in need, Creature Comfort holds regular fundraising events to support animal-rescue organizations, and Chris is often willing to give a job to any animal that asks politely.
Since 1988, Pet Supplies Plus has welcomed millions of furry critters of every stripe—from llamas and monkeys to potbellied pigs—into their animal-friendly stores. The shop is designed so that both pets and their owners can easily navigate the inventory of more than 10,000 items. Wide aisles give leashed pups enough room to roam, colorful signage keeps shoppers moving in the right direction, and low shelves allow dogs to sniff out their preferred brand of rawhide chew. A self-serve dog wash enables guests to scrub their canine companions' coats to a youthful, puppy-like shine, whereas grooming services enlist professionals to tackle tougher jobs, such as brushing out matted fur or convincing dalmatians to stop mixing white and black after Labor Day.