May 2011

The Pet Issue: Pet Photography | Pet Hotels | Pet Products | Adoption Services

Whether your avoidance of gluten is a life or death situation, or you’re just doing it to feel better, restaurants are taking notice.

 

Though it has the snappy look of any chain restaurant, Pasta Zola (pastazola.com) is truly one of a kind.

 

If the economy has negatively affected you, your family or friends, consider what it would be like to be an abandoned puppy, a lost kitten or a mistreated chicken.

 

Chere Bork has always enjoyed living in her Eden Prairie neighborhood, but it wasn’t until she discovered kayaking less than two years ago that the true potential of her community opened up. “We are so lucky,” she says. “There are seven lakes within about 15 minutes of our house.

 

A few years ago, when Chanhassen city officials wanted to find out why the water in Lake Susan was perennially murky, making the lake less enjoyable for swimmers, boaters and fishermen, they knew who to call.

 

I was a bit apprehensive about going to my first class at CycleQuest Studio. Until three years ago I taught indoor cycling, (a.k.a. spinning,) at a fitness club, but I hadn’t spent much time on a bike saddle since.

 

Chaska resident Harry Johnson never spent much time on the water, and even in his retirement, he wasn’t really getting to enjoy the full benefits of living in the land of 10,000 lakes. Then he discovered an opportunity to volunteer with a new chapter of Let’s Go Fishing.

 

When the clock strikes 3 at Top Dog Country Club, playtime ends and naptime starts, but not before the much-anticipated yappy hour.

 

From Christmas stockings for Fluffy to table linens emblazoned with Fido’s image, the Eden Prairie-based Pets-R-Loved features an entire line of personalized products for animal lovers.

 

With four indoor and two outdoor playgrounds, private rooms, a constant rotation of music specially designed for dogs, 24-hour on-call veterinary service, grooming, training and a boutique, the new Adogo Pet Hotel (6133 Baker Rd., Minnetonka) is setting the bar high for doggie boarding a

 

Imagine a world where un-adoptable dogs are given a second chance at life. Jean Beuning, founder of the Top Dog Foundation in New Germany, is already making this a reality.

 

Treat your pup to a homemade dog chew from Mackenthun’s (4275 Co. Rd. 92, St. Bonifacius). This St. Bonifacius store smokes and cures their dog bones in house to ensure the freshest flavor. The bones come in three sizes to accommodate small, medium and large dogs.

 

This South African wine gets its name from a dog rescued by Stonehill Vineyard owner, Lorna Hughes. Hughes found Bristle—a scruffy, pint-size, wire-haired terrier-type dog—in a trash bin when it was still just a pup and nursed it back to health.

 

As the owner of Eden Prairie’s Harmony and Pets LLC, Harmony Gallegos cares for everything from dogs to snakes.

 

Animals Make Us Human

by Temple Grandin