Drawing on half a century of automotive service, Midas helps drivers to prolong vehicle vigour with factory-recommended maintenance services. Mechanics pop car hoods to perform oil changes with standard and temperature-durable synthetic solutions, taking time to inspect belts, hoses, fluids, and the air conditioner's resident penguin. Armed with efficient catalytic converters built to U.S. EPA standards, the staff helps to shrink harmful emissions during muffler and exhaust-system checks. Trained technicians augment brake services with lifetime guarantees and curate healthy, evenly worn tires with rotations or replacements from Goodyear, Michelin, Firestone, and Bridgestone.
Outfitted with spas and treadmills, Pooch Hotels are nearly the same as human accommodations, with one key difference: your dog might get a tummy-rub with their turndown service. These venues were all designed by dog-lovers whose main priority was canine comfort, regardless of the length of each guest's stay.
Dogs on daycare visits, for example, are sorted by size and temperament before entering one of multiple play areas. Monitored by human "Pack Leaders," they socialize amidst toys, treats, and wading pools at select locations, or run outside if the weather and facilities permit. Those who have booked a room for the night can relax in a private suite, outfitted with a glass door rather than bars. These range from standard to presidential and even palace suites?rooms outfitted with luxury bedding and flat-screen televisions tuned to dog-friendly programming. Customers might also schedule a spa appointment for their pooch, choosing from services such as baths, "pawdicures," and even facials.
The hotels pursue peace of mind for owners as actively as they pamper their dogs. Certain locations have installed web cameras in the play areas and suites, enabling people to check in on their pets and guilt them about the time they napped instead of writing a postcard. Staff remain on-hand at all times to welcome newcomers and care for already-snoozing pups.
Offering everything from basic schooling to in-home private lessons, “I Said Sit!” is a one-stop shop for puppy behavior, and a place where dog owners can feel safe taking their four-legged loved ones for training. Tucked away on Robertson Boulevard near the 10 freeway, “I Said Sit!” offers both four week comprehensive behavioral instruction programs (including lessons for the owner) and more limited six-lesson small group classes. They even offer training for puppies, where they learn to socialize and are housebroken. All the in-facility programs take place at the 1,600 -square foot “I Said Sit!” training room space, with rubber floors (for paw comfort). Award winning founder Jonathan Klein is considered one of the best trainers in the city.
If you’re looking for a dog facility specializing in a holistic approach, Wagville in Glassell Park is a top choice. Driving by, the storefront is impossible to miss with a colorful orange doorframe, an enormous address above it and a bright green playing dog painted around their windows. It’s a fun space in an industrial part of town, selling all manner of doggy goods and offering daycare, boarding, grooming and training services. Four web cams keep nervous owners connected while boarding their pet at Wagville, and dogs are grouped by their size to make sure everyone plays nice in the large indoor and outdoor spaces.
Gable Equestrian’s leafy facility may be peaceful, but that doesn’t mean it’s not host to plenty of activity. The stable specializes in teaching dressage, an equestrian event that showcases a horse’s natural athletic ability and demonstrates its willingness to perform—its only outlet for that impulse since horses were banned from the 100-meter dash. Of course, the center is also adept at caring for horses, feeding, bathing, and exercising the noble beasts that take up residence there.
Practitioner: Dr. April M. Woods
Staff Size: 2–10 people
Average Duration of Services: 4+ hours
Brands Used: Hospira, Surflo, Abott, Orastrip, Virbac, Abaxis, IDEXX.