An outlandish dog outfit often includes a miniaturized sweater or a hastily attached pair of felt antlers. But at Diva Dog 2, pups can take their style statements further with swaths of bright-pink dyed hair, mohawks, or feathers. Stylists can shear and dye a pup’s mane into artful and eccentric designs inspired by a favorite film, image, or sports team. Along with artful grooming services, Diva Dog 2 carries posh goods for pampering one’s pup, including holistic foods, studded collars, and scented shampoos and cologne. Staff members can match canines with shiny bling or make personalized ID tags that owners may borrow before setting out on their bimonthly vision quest.
Because bathing a dog at home can result in scratched bathtubs, clogged drains, and wet sofa cushions, Puppy Suds has set up a shop designed to eliminate all the hassle. At the grooming facility, pet owners walk their dogs into the self-washing bays before giving them gentle scrub downs. Shampoo, towels, brushes, and dryers are provided, along with knee-high mirrors that allow pets to admire their new looks.
Twenty years ago, Dr. Billy Scott graduated from the Mississippi State University College of Veterinary Medicine and established his own private practice. During his time there, he became increasingly interested in veterinary dentistry, so he undertook hundreds of hours of training with board-certified practitioners. Now he operates The Family Vet, where he performs both medical and dental services for cats and dogs. In the full-service wellness center, Dr. Scott administers a range of vaccinations, tests for allergies, and maintains health with annual examinations. Outpatient surgical services begin with pre-anesthetic blood testing to ensure animals can safely accept anesthesia and generally end with absorbable sutures that, like stain-proof pants, do not require removal. Dental services include preventative cleanings and radiology as well as root canals, oral surgery, and orthodontic treatments.
You don't have to be a model to look like one in one of Will Sterling's photographs. A regular contributor to Denim Magazine and other publications, Sterling takes the techniques that have made him well-sought in fashion, beauty, and entertainment circles and applies them to his wedding and family shoots as well, creating memories that would look as at home on the newsstand as they do on the mantel. When it comes to senior portraits though, he encourages kids to be themselves, snapping them smiling as they listen to headphones, strum a guitar, or forge permission slips.
Since 1987 David Johnston has made his living capturing the complexity and emotion of everyday life, turning milestones—such as a new birth, a graduation, or a wedding—into a tangible touchstone that lasts forever. Though he first entertained his artistic passion by snapping photos of scenic landscapes, Johnston tired of the vistas devoid of living subjects, the panoramas free of warm smiles, and the meadows indifferent to the joy of high-school graduations and engagements. David’s photos—with subjects framed in a soft, almost dreamy level of contrast brought to life with tasteful splashes of color saturation—speak to his own appreciation for human connection and sense of community.
Dogs tussle over a rope during daycare at The Perfect Pooch while staff members look on, reluctant to pull them from play so they can go home. After tying a bow or bandana around each pup—a keepsake given to every visitor—they pick up the toys and ready dinner for their overnight boarders.
In the pumpkin-colored salon, senior groomers with more than 15 years of experience gently stencil designs and weave feathers into coats. Although the decor is utilitarian (there's no pretense that dogs need satin to live as humans do), groomers include a free conditioning treatment with every wash.