As a young girl, Monica Castillo was walking home when she realized she was being followed by a neighborhood cat, which then waited outside her house until she reemerged. The cat, a feral stray, allowed her to pet him, and eventually, adopt him. Monica’s mother, Francie, recounts this tale often, claiming that after this experience, Monica declared emphatically that she wanted to be a "doggy doctor," and never strayed from that path. After immersing herself in volunteer work, Monica attended school to become veterinary tech, a title she has held for the past four-and-a-half years. In 2011, the mother-daughter team opened Pepe Le Pooche Resort & Spa to better prepare Monica for her continuing education in veterinary school and to care for animals with kind attention and respect for their needs.
"Dogs know when they are being treated well," says Francie. To this end, she surrounds herself with staff members who were raised by animals or just have an affinity for them. Le Salon & Spa at Pepe Le Pooche hosts a crew of groomers who all hold certifications and have experience working around the particulars of different breeds, such as which prefer the scissors over a comb and which relish well-groomed mohawks and hair dye, upon request.
Pepe Le Pooche's onsite boarding and daycare facilities are cage-free, meaning dogs have free rein of play areas for most of the day, and hunker down in 1 of 10 large suites at night. Staff members stay on watch around the clock to ensure pets’ safety and play classical music to keep them calm. The resort does not have the capacity to board felines, but they are welcome to stay for daycare. The crew also plans all aspects of dog parties, from procuring the cake to hosting a blowout bash complete with party favors.
What services does your business offer and what makes your business stand out from the competition?
Excellence in Education and Performance. Students learn by doing in a workshop setting.
Performing opportunities available in theaters and other venues.
Experienced master teachers who are
Technical and artistic education of the highest standards. Supportive atmosphere.
Do you provide any materials? What should your students expect to bring?
Materials vary according to individual level and needs. We work on comprehensive artistic education. Materials include repertory pieces, sight/reading materials, theory and musicianship educational materials, etc.
What was the inspiration to start or run this business?
The need to offer comprehensive aesthetic, artistic education beyond the typical superficial approach to music. The wish to offer well rounded and grounded artistic education based on the best tradition and with room for individual expression with the aim to educate
What do you love most about your job?
Seeing the growth of our students in contributing to the transmission of a great artistic tradition among people of all ages and walks of life. Providing a meaningful creative exchange space where artists hone their craft in a supportive environment and where artists and audience inspire each other.
Founded in 1972 as a gymnastics club, TWIGS Kids now resides in a sprawling 20,000-square-foot facility staffed by enthused staffers. The gym’s name, which stands for True Winners in God’s Service, reflects its mission of providing gymnastics, swimming, and cheer activities and instruction for kids ages 3–18 in a Christian environment. Cheer and gymnastics lessons simultaneously bolster students’ flexibility, coordination, confidence, and ability to best invisible friends in monkey-bar competitions. Amid the heated waters of Dolphin Cove, teachers and pupils soak their feet while lifting floating barbells and riding noodle floats during swimming lessons. An in-house café welcomes visitors to recharge their empty fuel tanks with refreshing snacks, while a gift shop displays colorful gym attire from designers including GK Elite Sportswear and Melody Leotards.
Many people flock to the Miami-Dade region for its wildlife and proximity to the ocean, two things that the Parks Foundation of Miami-Dade is determined to preserve. The organization dedicates itself not only to conserving the region's parks but also to helping them thrive through a variety of programs that include field trips and children's sports scholarship funds. The organization even invites residents and civic groups to Adopt-A-Park by contributing to its landscaping, playground equipment, and college fund.
As the local outreach arm of the Sierra Club Foundation, Inner City Outings Miami takes youth locked in urban surroundings on excursions into the pristine peace and exciting adventures of a natural environment. Youth aged 8–18 engage in 25–30 day trips every year, which include orienteering, hiking, snorkeling, and canoeing workshops and service projects such as tree planting and beach cleanups. On the trips, young people also learn about natural science, animal ecology, and protecting the environment. Inner City Outings Miami plans trips to locations within a few hours of the city, such as Everglades National Park, the Loxahatchee National Wildlife Refuge, and the Koreshan State Historic Site.
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