Under the watchful eye of Canine Country Club's dog wranglers, dogs enjoy the comforts of home with personalized attention and the chance to play and socialize with similarly tempered mates. While spacious kennels provide a peaceful respite for napping or shy pups, the majority of the facility's 4,000 square feet of climate-controlled indoor space is open and spacious enough for endless games of Red Rover. Just outside, grass and shady trees emulate Fido's favorite park in the facility's 2,500-square-foot yard, lined with an 8-foot-high privacy fence and monitored by staffers trained in dog behavior and pack dynamics. After pooches have enjoyed long days spent chasing dust bunnies, Canine Country Club's groomer restores dogs' coats to their original luster by bathing, trimming, and fluffing them from head to toe. Furry friends in the market for skills from basic manners through advanced tricks hit the books under the trained eye of certified dog-behavior specialist Jessica Lohry, learning during evening classes, board 'n' train stays, or play 'n' train daycare.
Pretty Paws’s team of dog lovers keeps pooches looking their best by clipping nails, trimming and cleaning fur, and administering other grooming services. They lather pets up with shampoo, then blow-dry fur and gently stroke tangles away with thorough hand brushings. For excessive tangles, they execute special de-matting techniques, and for dogs experiencing itching, they issue eviction notices to all resident fleas with a deep-cleaning flea bath. During full-body trims, they snip hair from the face, feet, and tail, making sure dogs are presentable for their first day at military boot camp.
Helmed by a pair of Iowa State University graduates, Family Pet Veterinary Center keeps furry friends in good health at three locations across the Des Moines area. A third-generation veterinarian, Dr. Jen Emerson-Mathis joins forces with Dr. Ashley Williams to deliver medical, surgical, and diagnostic services to beloved animals. With their team, doctors Jen and Ashley go the extra mile by making sure clients understand every facet of their pet’s medical condition, and every step of the treatment process. Even more, the Family Pet facilities provide boarding packages, as well as on-site grooming for dogs, cats, and CEOs who need a break from making so many decisions.
The sharp-eyed shutterbugs at Flash Portraits take a timely and convenient approach to photography, but they never skimp on creativity. Inside fully stocked studios, flash bulbs pop as the photographer captures grins from a wide range of subjects including infants, high-school seniors, and entire families. To further personalize sessions, clients can choose from a roster of props, accessories, and plenty of colorful backgrounds. They can even bring special items and mementos from home such as a favorite stuffed animal or a birthday cake. After the shutters snap for the final time, Flash Portraits’ photo technicians get to work on customizing the results, outfitting collages with unique borders and other enhancements.
Julie Riley-Glenn’s love of animals emerged in childhood as she helped her parents care for the show dogs they bred. In 2001, she followed a dream and founded Shear Pawfection pet spa. Now a member of the Iowa State Professional Dog Groomers Association and the International Society of Canine Cosmetologists, Julie lathers up dogs with all-natural products and assigns two groomers, or Siegfried and Roy, to every cat. The groomers stock specialized products for each type of skin and coat, and they upgrade traditional services with extras such as fur-friendly blueberry facials.
Between services, pets romp in the spa’s cage-free lounge, and caretakers walk dogs that stay longer than three hours. In addition to professional grooming services, Shear Pawfection offers walk-in do-it-yourself pet washing with access to professional grooming equipment.