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Readers’ Choice Awards 2007 – Michigan

November 8, 2007 by Tails Magazine in November 2007 with 0 Comments

Best Vet Practice

Winners:

Amazon Animal Clinic
28515 Warren Rd, Garden City
(734) 261-9925

Runners-up:

Roose Animal Hospital
424 N Main St, Plymouth
(734) 451-2870

Other Favorites:

Michigan Humane Society
Michigan Veterinary Specialists
Miller Animal Clinic
Snider Veterinary Services

Best Vet

Winner:

Dr. Matthew Varughese
Amazon Animal Clinic
28515 Warren Rd, Garden City
(734) 261-9925

Runner-up:

Dr. Kevin Roose
Roose Animal Hospital
424 N Main St, Plymouth
(734) 451-2870

Other Favorites:

Dr. Franklin Carmona, North Hills Veterinary Hospital
Dr. Vyvian Gorbea, Plymouth Veterinary Hospital
Dr. Cynthia Henry, VetSelect Animal Hospital
Dr. Barton Meadows, Animal Hospital of Lakeport

Best Holistic Vet/Practice

Winner:

Lynne Marie Friday, Lexington Veterinary Clinic
5346 Main, Lexington
(810) 359-8828 • GreatLakes.net/~tgif/index

Best Cat Food

Winner:
Iams
(800) 675-3849 • Iams.com

Runner-up:
Wellness
(800) 225-0904 • OldMotherHubbard.com/wellness/

Other Favorites:

Eagle Pack
Natural Balance
Purina

Best Cat Treats

Winner:

Whiskas
(800) 525-5273 • Whiskas.com

Runner-up:

Greenies
(866) GREENIES • Greenies.com

Other Favorites:

Friskies
Life’s Abundance
Temptations

Best Cat Toy

Winner:

Toy mouse

Runner-up:

Catnip

Other Favorites:

Fishing pole

Best Pet Supply Store

Winner:

Petsmart
various locations
(888) 839-9638 • Petsmart.com

Runner-up:

Pet Supplies Plus
various locations
PetSuppliesPlus.com

Other Favorites:

Dogma Catman Too
Premier Pet Supply
Soldan’s Feeds and Pet Supply
Specialty Pet Supply

Best Pet Photographer

Winner:

Jill Andra Young
825 Penniman Ave, Plymouth
(734) 455-7787

Best Overnight Boarding

Winner:

Rexpointe Kennel
6765 Rochester Rd, Troy
(248) 879-0940 • RexPointe.com

Runner-up:

Canine Campus
24126 Research Dr, Farmington Hills
(248) 427-TAIL • CanineCampus.us

Other Favorites:

Best Friends Pet Care
Happy Hounds
Doggy Day Care & Spa
Pet Suite Retreat

Best Pet-Friendly Outdoor Café

Winner:

Pronto!
608 S Washington, Royal Oak
(248) 544-7900

Runner-up:

Powers Classic Hamburgers
1209 Military St, Port Huron
(810) 985-5130

Other Favorites:

Broad Street Café, Saint Joseph
Cones and Bones, Lansing
Doyles Tavern, Plymouth
Village Inn, Mackinac Island

Best Groomer

Winner:

You Dirty Dogs Pet Grooming
24401 Ann Arbor Trail, Dearborn Heights
(313) 724-3647 • YouDirtyDogs.com

Runner-up:

Elite Pet Styling
1101 4th St #B, Port Huron
(810) 987-5737

Other Favorites:

Best Friends Pet Care
Canine Campus
Doggy Day Care & Spa
Rexpointe Kennel

Best Pet -Friendly Bar

Winner:

Sean O’Callaghan’s
821 Penniman Ave, Plymouth
SeanOCallaghans.com

Other Favorites:

Stober’s Bar
Stooges

Best Dog Walking/Pet Sitting

Winner:

Comfy Creatures
ComfyCreatures.com

Runner-up:

Doggy Daycare & Spa
5325 W Mt Hope Hwy, Lansing
(517) 333-WOOF • DoggyDaycareAndSpa.com

Other Favorites:

Best Friends Pet Care
Happy Hounds

Best Dog Food

Winner:

Purina Pro Plan
ProPlan.com

Runner-up:

Natural Balance
(800) 829-4493 • NaturalBalanceInc.com

Other Favorites:

Eukanuba
Merrick
Science Diet
Wellness

Best Dog Treats

Winner:

Greenies
(866) GREENIES • Greenies.com

Runner-up:

Cosmo’s Bakery treats
(517) 552-7865 • CosmosBakery.com

Other Favorites:

Bent on Bones
Doggy Deli treats
Milkbone
Wellness Wellbones

Best Dog Toy

Winner:

Kong
(303) 216-2626 • KongCompany.com

Runners-up:

Tennis ball

Other Favorites

Bones
Nylabone
Rawhide
Stuffed animal

Best Dog Park

Winner:

Northville Community Dog Park
NorthvilleParksAndRec.org

Runner-up:

Orion Oaks Dog Park
OakGov.com

Other Favorites

Hines Park (Westland) Dog Park
St. Joseph Dog Park

Best Dog Leash/Collar

Winner:

Lupine
(800) 228-9653 • LupinePet.com

Runner-up:

Martingale

Other Favorites

Bella Bean
Easy Walk
Gentle Leader
Premier

Best Trainer/Training Class

Winner:

Canine Campus
24126 Research Dr, Farmington Hills
(248) 427-TAIL • CanineCampus.us

Runner-up:

Lori Parkanzky/Wag ‘N Tails
56776 Mound Rd, Shelby Township
(586) 781-6400 • WagNTails.net

Other Favorites:

Michael Burkey
Petsmart
Janet Smith/Good Dog Training
Donna Zaj/Best Friends Pet Care

Best Dog Bakery

Winner:

Lucy Sanders
Cosmo’s Canine Bakery
767 W Davis Rd, Howell
(517) 552-7865 • CosmosBakery.com

How does it feel to be a Readers’ Choice Award winner for Best Dog Bakery?
I am thrilled to have such a loyal and supportive customer base. I enjoy each of my customers and their pets and look forward to seeing them each Sunday at the Howell Farmer’s Market.

How long have you been in your profession?
I started Cosmo’s Canine Bakery in 2003.

What drew you to your profession?
I had been baking for my own dogs for years and after my Cattle dog/Lab mix Cosmo was diagnosed with cancer I started researching and developing all natural treats for him. The treats were a hit with all my friends who have dogs and they persuaded me to open up a bakery.

What is your favorite part of the job?
Meeting my customers at the market is my favorite part. Since starting the business I have been able to cuddle the dogs and spoil many new customers. I don’t think there’s anything cuter than a puppy tripping down the market aisle and getting to stop at Cosmo’s booth for a treat! I’ve learned many new things from the dedicated pet people who’ve visited with me over the years; debated the merits of one dog food over another, which treatments help, etc.

Any crazy stories to share?
Do dog people actually have crazy stories? I thought they were all perfectly normal, everyday occurrences!

How do think your industry has changed over the years?
I see the biggest change over the years as more natural and/or organic treats being developed. In today’s climate of tainted ingredients, I believe it is up to the local producers to offer the best ingredients and products that they can make for their customers.

Runner-up:

Three Dog Bakery
550 Forest Ave, Unit #7, Plymouth
(734) 453-9663 • ThreeDog.com

Other Favorites

Bent on Bones
Doggy Deli
FuzzyButz Pet Bakery
Gone 2 The Dogs

Best Doggie Daycare

Winner:

Nancy Janoch, Owner
Happy Hounds Dog Day Care, LLC
673 S Main St, Plymouth
(734) 459-DOGS

How does it feel to be a Readers’ Choice Award winner for Best Doggie Daycare?
We are very excited and honored to be chosen the best dog daycare by your readers! Our clients are the best in the world and we really thank them for their voting too.

What drew you to your profession?
I was in corporate management for over 20 years and decided to leave the corporate rat race for something I really enjoyed doing. It was a very simple choice.dogs! So I put my business experience to good use doing something that allowed be to be around dogs all day long.

What is your favorite part of the job?
The dogs, of course, and their parents. Being around dogs and playing with them and cuddling with them, and even training them just grounds me tremendously. And they always make me laugh! The parents are so in love with their dogs that we seem to immediately have a close human bond too.

Any crazy stories to share?
Oh, I could write a book full of these! And maybe I will when I retire. I think one of the funniest things that happened recently was that we were interviewing for a new staff member and the supervisor was giving her a tour. At one point while they were talking, one of the new male puppies just walked right up to the supervisor’s ankles, lifted his leg, and gave her foot a squirt bath. [It was] hard to keep a straight face during the interview. We have a 11-month-old Bulldog who keeps me laughing all day long. He uses his body to slam into the three trash cans outside and knock them over from a running start. We call it bulldog bowling!

Do you have any pets at home?
I have had as many as 24 pets at one time (counting a litter of puppies), and had seven Golden Retrievers and Labs at one time. I now call myself the “Doggie Grandma,” taking care of others’ dogs all the time and returning them to their [guardians] at the end of the day. Sometimes I watch some of them at my house over the weekend too so I am most always surrounded by my four-legged grandkids! I plan to get my next dog when I retire.

How do think your industry has changed over the years?
Very much! And it is very much in motion continuing to evolve! When I started the pet sitting business in 1995 nobody knew what it was and I had to educate the public in my community. Now it is known to everyone. Dog daycare was the next natural step, and even in the past four years since Happy Hounds has opened it has changed tremendously. People consider dogs their children and treat them accordingly, offering them all the pampering and good care they can get. Specialty services like our particular dog daycare are very popular, providing a home-like atmosphere and one-on-one constant contact with our staff, making your Fido a happy and tired-out dog at the end of the day.

Runner-up:

Canine Campus
24126 Research Dr, Farmington Hills
(248) 427-TAIL • CanineCampus.us

Other Favorites:

Best Friends Pet Care
Camp Bow Wow
Canine to Five
Doggy Day Care & Spa

Best Place for Agility/Instruction

Winner:

Canine Campus
24126 Research Dr, Farmington Hills
(248) 427-TAIL • CanineCampus.us

Runner-up:

Best Friends Pet Care
33711 Harper Ave, Clinton Township
(586) 792-3000 • BestFriendsPetCare.com


Tails Readers’ Choice Awards entries and winners were reviewed and approved by the accounting firm of Chamlin and Associates.

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