A lifelong dog lover, Larissa knew from the age of 13 that she wanted to work with animals. She received a pre-veterinary biology degree but ultimately decided to pursue a career in dog grooming, focusing on making pups look as they feel when they catch the scraps that find their way under the table while a toddler eats. At Dog Island Grooming, which she co-owns and operates, she offers bathing and grooming packages with routine treatments such as haircuts and nail trims, as well as luxe spa services that include fizzy paw soaks and blueberry facials.
A fully stocked pet store open since 1939, the family-owned Selmer?s Pet Land provides the necessary toys, tools, and treats to help maintain healthy human-critter relationships. Browse the reptile collection to see what we would?ve become if it weren?t for the global evolution implemented by the Greeks, who were the most advanced civilization to remain more than 40% monitor lizard. Treats such as DuraChew bones ($9.99) and toys including the Kong Wubba ($10.59) are available to reward clever pups defending the basement by eating bugs and genuinely enjoying it. Pet parents can also pick up necessities such as Dave?s canned premium dog food ($18.99/12-pack) or Wellness canned cat food, which entices kitties with its irresistible duo of tuna and salmon ($39.99/24-pack).
There's no such thing as a one-shape-fits-all haircut for humans, so why should your dog get a standard puppy clip? The team at Essence of a Dog specialize in breed cuts, but also cater their services to meet each pup's unique needs and temperament. Each grooming session includes a trim, brush, ear cleaning, and paw pad shave, but appointments can also be tailored to include special formula washes to treat dogs dealing with fleas, shedding, or dandruff.
The American Dog Club connects dog lovers with puppies looking for a new a home. The organization works strictly with USDA-certified and licensed private breeders, who follow strict regimens for the care and feeding of puppies. Once a pup leaves the breeder and comes into the Dog Club's care, the pet sitters provide an equally intense level of care for each pooch. They feed them doggy milk, baby food, and vitamin-enriched water. They provide them with toys and blankets, and socialize them with other puppies in cage-free play environments. If a puppy lingers with them for too long, they immediately put him or her up for adoption; they like to see their animals land in loving homes, no matter what.
Of course, caring for an animal is a long-term commitment, and they provide services to help out pet owners regardless of their dog's age. They sell a range of specialty toys and foods meant to keep dogs healthy and they groom dogs of any size, trimming nails and shampooing fur.
Although dogs may not like taking a trip to the vet, a stop at Just-Pawfection has been known to bring out the pride and playfulness in even the shabbiest four-legged friends. The shop’s professional groomers can do anything from basic shampooing to full-fur cuts and nail trimmings. Rather than corral the dogs into cages or try to get them to sit around and play a game of poker, Just-Pawfection uses a leash system to tether dogs before and after their groomings.
Signature service: Tom Mooney
Staff Size: 2–10 people
Average Duration of Services: 30–60 minutes
Brands Used: Shampoo
Pro Tip: The earlier you bring dog in for grooming the quicker it can be picked up.