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.
Homes lack the opposable thumbs needed to clean themselves. That's why the insured technicians of My Girl Home Services step in to perform routine and one-time residential cleanups. Clients can also ask a technician for more complicated errands, such as pet care, grocery shopping, and bulletproofing the mailbox.
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.
Marrying two pastimes that often meander hand-in-hand, Featherfields offers bird lovers and gardeners a veritable playground full of high-end gear that caters to each hobby. The friendly staffers help navigate the extensive selection of garden supplies, which includes decorative items, planting pots and containers, and tools such as the worm-deflecting Mud Gloves gardening gloves ($10.99). Bribe feathered friends for flying advice with a squirrel-proof bird feeder ($26.99) or hummingbird feeder ($23.99). Customers can also direct the pampering instinct inwards with Naked Bee personal-care products, (starting at $3.99), as well as cockle-warming organic teas ($7.99–$13.99) and Nude Bee honey ($8.99–$11.99).