Founded in 2004 by Dr. James St. Clair, TopDog Health & Rehabilitation is a progressive canine physical rehabilitation facility focused on exceptional patient care and results, along with research and development of innovative joint health products and therapy support products.
Run by an American Boarding Kennel Association–certified staff and supervised by a veterinary hospital, Valley inn for Pets creates an atmosphere of "guilt-free boarding," letting pet owners travel with confidence as they check in on four-legged friends with live feeds from webcams. Themed Destination rooms with radiant-heat floors send canine companions on mental vacations to Africa, Hawaii, Fenway Park, or other locales, with animal-theme films eliciting happy tail wags. The staff can administer medications and pamper pups with an array of à la carte services, including bedtime tuck-ins and late-night games of poker. Feline boarders cozy into Lucite-fronted condos that face into the bustling lobby. Staffers clean and disinfect each condo in the morning, allowing cats to stretch their legs prior to the afternoon's 20-minute playtime session. In addition to boarding services, the Valley inn offers daycare to keep canines entertained while their owners toil at work.
In the fall of 2003, Bryan was working as a successful business analyst. He had a great job, had recently purchased his own house, and adopted his new best friend, Tuckerman. Bryan struggled leaving his 9-pound black-lab puppy at home when he went to work and grew weary of his unfulfilled search for a place with compassion, knowledge, and resources for him and his new pooch. Hoping to fill that gap in the community, Bryan opened Appalachian Tails Pet Company in 2005. He recruited staff members who matched his passion for pet care. Together, they opened a pet-nutrition center stocked with high-quality pet food backed by a satisfaction guarantee, toys and snacks for cats and dogs, and an aquatic center that houses African cichlids, fancy guppies, and misguided swedish fish. The pet-friendly facility, which houses more than 10,000 products, also stocks food, toys, and accessories for ferrets, hamsters, birds, and reptiles.
Trainer, groomer, and unabashed dog lover Jessica Edgerly has had a lifelong interest in animals. Among many career accomplishments, Malone's resumé includes several training certificates, but perhaps more relevant is the fact that she has seven dogs of her own. Her passion for all things pooch serves her well at Central K-9, where she and her staff provide a variety of services including daycare on a full- and half-day basis. They also offer grooming, obedience training, and, on Saturday mornings, socialization classes where groups of dogs gather to interact and trade tips for seducing fire hydrants.
Man's best friend isn't just a pet to the staff at this pup parlor, but a member of their client's family. As such, each canine is treated like a four-legged king and rewarded with luxuries ranging from spa appointments to birthday parties. At the pet "spaw", canines can bid adieu to excess fur with a grooming session or release stress from chasing their ever-elusive tails with a white-tea-and-vanilla bath. Though denied a driver's license by state law, furry pals can still get from point A to B with taxi services, which employ a van outfitted with special harnesses to shuttle dogs to their daycare or grooming sessions. The Good Dog Spot also boasts a small boutique stocked with pet food, collars, and treats from local New England manufacturers and trusted national brands.