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just a taste of some of the unique pet-related businesses in the Chippewa Valley

Waggin’ Tails Doggie Daycare, Menomonie
Both a training company and a daycare for man’s best friend, Waggin’ Tails does more than teach commands, it’s about training specific behaviors such as attention skills and self-control in your dog. The daycare is a place where dogs can socialize and have off-the-leash exercise. Owner Mickey Mueller said that when she worked at the Humane Society, many owners would give up their dogs because they weren’t home enough. “Ask your dog if they care,” said Mueller. “They want to live with you, not a stranger.” Waggin’ Tails is a place where dogs won’t care that they’re not home, what with the outdoor pool and play equipment or the quiet room with toddler beds. – CJ

Animal Wellness Center of Buffalo Valley, Mondovi
Though Wisconsin only has 26 certified by the American Veterinary Chiropractic Association, spinal manipulative therapy is picking up in popularity. This facility specializes in animal chiropractic – often for horses that have trouble riding and competing or pets with injuries, arthritis, or limping – and massage, often for the same reasons or else pleasure. “If you’ve ever had a massage, you know what I’m talking about,” Veterinary Technician Becky Kiechle said. The Mondovi facility isn’t the only one in the area with chiropractic pet work, as Dr. Pam Ogden offers it at Oakwood Hills Animal Hospital in Eau Claire. – TK

The Joynt, Eau Claire
This popular Water Street tavern often welcomes canine patrons, who might also get a treat from one of the bartenders. – TK

Great Harvest Bread Company, Eau Claire
Properly pampering your pets requires several amenities, but one of them should certainly be fresh treats. Great Harvest Bread Company has been baking its whole grain biscuits for about four years now and they’re a big hit, owner Teri Newmann said. “We have trouble keeping them in stock,” she said. The paw-printed bags of treats make perfect gifts for your prized pooch. And for those canine owners daring enough to make their own treats, the Foreign Five Wine & Cheese Haus in Chippewa Falls sells a doggie treat mix. – TK

Poochieheaven, Altoona
Though this business has a warehouse full of pet bling, you won’t be able to shop there. Poochieheaven is an e-commerce facility, meaning its customers are found shopping online. This also means it has a wealth of goodies that you won’t find at a typical retailer. Two of their most popular items, said owner Jenny Gregorich, are dog wedding dresses and tuxedos. Like its other clothes, these come in sizes as small as Yorkie and as large as Great Dane. Other items include luxury and designer beds, collars, leashes, and furniture. – TK

The Beastro, Eau Claire
To say that Heather Mishefske, owner of The Beastro, loves pets might be an understatement. But don’t ask me; ask her customers. The facility’s daycare includes play equipment, recliners, and stuff dangling from the ceiling, plus a daily naptime with relaxing music and a cookie. They get presents on their birthday; have a costume party on Halloween; and a lock-in for Independence Day (fireworks are scary). Mishefske also has a la carte classes on skill training, a puppy kindergarten, tricks class, and (as if that wasn’t enough) gives pets massages. – TK

Paws and Claws Total Dog, Eau Claire
Any boarded animal regularly needs a place to let off some steam and burn excess energy. So what’s better than a recreational pool? In the 16-by-eight pool at Paws and Claws, customers play with toys and splash around daily. While most guests love the pool, owner Stephanie Sorensen said they’re always honest with owners about the few that don’t, and won’t charge them for it. The boarding facility also offers grooming and boutique shopping with bling such as collar charms, nail polish, shimmering mist to “glitterize” a pet, thunderstorm tonic to help a pet sleep, and dog smog, a product that promises to “curtail emissions on both ends.” – TK

Dr. Doolitter, Chippewa Falls
If you’ve seen the truck around town, with the words “Got poop?” on its sides, you know the gist of this waste removal service. Owner Steve Smith runs the business out of his home and services residences as well as businesses between Chippewa Falls and Osseo, including weekly, bi-weekly, and monthly visits. The charges vary not on the size of a yard, but on the amount of waste and number of animals. – TK