Though dogs tend to lovingly follow their owners' lead, that's not where the name Me & My Shadow came from. The owners had a dog named Shadow, an american eskimo that began suffering from health problems, including blindness, at an early age. When Shadow became too skittish to take walks around the neighborhood, his owners decided to put a pool in the backyard. Shadow was delighted to swim in it, and for years afterward, it seemed he was happiest during the summer swimming season.
This inspired Me & My Shadow, an indoor pool and recreation center where dogs can exercise and learn to socialize throughout the year. By-appointment swimming sessions are kept private to ensure dogs and owners—who can take a dip, too—feel comfortable. Pet parents can also sign their dogs up for training sessions, which are led by Judy Hales, an experienced trainer who takes a gentle, positive approach to instruction, as opposed to just rolling her eyes at dogs that can't complete their given task.
Molly's Pet Grooming's staff keeps dogs, cats, rabbits, and birds looking their best. The groomers use all-natural products during their services, which include everything from flea baths to toenail painting. They also reward furry friends with the occasional all-natural treat.
The four trainers and two instructors at Rushlow’s Arabians combine more than 150 years of experience in the equestrian industry, applying their expertise in the areas of breeding, training, and riding. Rather than focus solely on riding techniques in the saddle or trying to teach horses sign language, riders learn the full spectrum of horsemanship, including equine anatomy, proper stall etiquette, and tacking up a horse. Students of all abilities have their choice of instruction in Western, Hunt Seat, Saddle Seat, Driving, and Dressage atop designated lesson horses, most of which have retired from the show ring.
After years focused on human health and nutrition while working in the grocery business, Ray Hesano grew frustrated that he couldn’t find similarly wholesome food for his pets. Today, his partner and nephew Mike Palmer fills Premier Pet Supply’s shelves with the same natural and holistic pet food that once eluded him. The store’s ample selection—which has been lauded by Hour Detroit magazine, CityVoters, and Click On Detroit—includes more than 65 varieties of dog food and 75 brands of treats from brands such as Canine Caviar, Zuke’s, and Charlee Bear. Cat food from Natural Balance, Primal Frozen Raw, and dozens more brands imbues felines with the energy to paw, climb, and glare at the store’s array of toys and furniture. Food for other animals, from hamsters to fish and deer, keeps every menagerie sated.
Premier Pet Supply takes care of humans as well, hosting annual customer-appreciation days that treat them to discounts, magic acts, and photo booths. In addition, with help from rescue groups, the store has matched more than 4,000 adoptable dogs and cats with happy new homes.
"It's all under one roof," says former Mr. Universe Peter Nielsen as he tests out one of Beverly Hills Club's more than 200 pieces of fitness equipment. Mr. Nielsen's claims ring true, as the 100,000-square-foot indoor facility is home to both state-of-the-art StairMasters and recumbent bikes alongside group classes in Pilates, yoga, and spinning. The 83-degree water of a 25-yard indoor lap pool beckons backstokers to beat personal records, and personal trainers get new or relapsed exercisers back on a healthy path. Half a dozen indoor tennis courts set the stage for USPTA- and USPTR-certified professionals to demonstrate backhands to students of all ages, and open-court hours let players face off against interior decorators and defend the honor of neon yellow.
The club's all-encompassing atmosphere caters to the entire family, offering whippersnappers an array of youth programs such as tennis and dance lessons, an arcade-style XRKade fitness center, and day camps. The club’s Manta Ray Swim School has 90 years of aquatic education under its belt, keeping youngsters afloat with both lifesaving and recreational skills, such as how to beat an octopus in a game of jacks.
His bright-green eyes peep over the front-desk counter of City Pets Veterinary Clinic to take in clients as they walk through the door. Sid the clinic cat slinks toward the door, City Pets' one-feline welcoming committee. He greets patients from dogs and cats to rabbits, hedgehogs, and reptiles as they scurry into the modern office for medical care.
Dr. Gretchen Hui and Dr. Stacey Weinrick take over when pets enter private exam rooms where wellness checks, vaccine shots for rabies and bordetella, and heartworm tests are performed. The facility is also outfitted with a radiology room and digital x-ray machines. There's also an onsite pharmacy, which provides owners easy access to their furry friends' meds. City Pets keeps shelves stocked with Purina, Feliway, Frontline, Heartgard, and Laxatone pet brands as well as dental chews, pet shampoo, and ear-cleansing solutions to flush out pets' negative thoughts about sleeping without a night light.