that walk the hallowed arena of Madison Square Garden each year aren't the only
ones to receive special treatment, primpy pampered pups are big business for
specialists in Baton Rouge.
know of businesses that offer boarding and grooming, but there are lots of
other services available. The idea of catering specifically to pets and their
owners' disposable incomes has boomed in the Baton Rouge area within the past
10 or 15 years.
viewing their pets differently than they did even 15 years ago when we first
started," said Michael Hackett, owner of Petz Plaza. "The idea behind this is
we try to make it as comfortable as possible and try to mimic what you do at
cliental at Petz Plaza enjoys the options of staying, playing, sleeping or
daycare during the day. We offer playtime, TLC, yappy hour, baths, grooming …
one-stop shopping," Hackett added.
It is one-stop
shopping that includes dog beds which are "designer décor friendly"
and tantalizing treats that look tasty enough to share with their human owners.
Plus, if their owners are a little pressed for time, there is no need to worry
because they can just call a taxi.
knows Baton Rouge traffic is a little rough sometimes, so we'll get in traffic,
pick up your dog. Take it to your vet, (take it) to us for boarding, grooming,
whatever, and bring it back to you," Hackett explained.
father, Dr. C.B. Hackett, is the resident veterinarian. In an earlier
conversation, he noted the increasing percentage of pet owners more than
willing to pay the cost of microchips, signing up for pet insurance policies
and even pet dental care that can cost as much or more than their "human
brothers or sisters."
services make the pets ready for their "close up" and a painting by
portrait artist Simon Baxter, who is rather a natural talent and not a
"trained" artist. Baxter found his niche creating colorful but life-like
"When I first
started, I didn't know if I could get the colors right, true to life, so I
thought I'd just go wild, go crazy and no one would know the difference,"
of people noticed the fabulous difference and his art work is in high demand.
people want to memorialize their … immortalize their pets, so they see this as
an option. They say photographs won't last forever, so hopefully, this will,"
discovered people are willing to spend a lot of money on their pets. His
smallest portrait starts at $550. The prices go up, according to size and
number of pets, to $1,800. His "day job" as a school teacher at Lee
High leaves him limited time to work on each canvas, so he wants to get it
thing I paint are the eyes. A lot of artists paint the eyes first, but I
figured if I can get it to look good without the eyes, when I put the eyes in,
it just pops," Baxter explained.
Tuesday, September 16 2014 2:19 AM EDT2014-09-16 06:19:17 GMT
Lincoln County Sheriff Steve Rushing says his office is working a death pending case, involving two bodies found Monday afternoon.Family members went by to check on a mother and son and found both of themMore >>
Lincoln County Sheriff Steve Rushing says his office is working a death pending case, involving two bodies found Monday afternoon.More >>
Tuesday, September 16 2014 7:58 AM EDT2014-09-16 11:58:28 GMT
We're trying to get more information now on a body found in Jackson this morning. We have few details available, but JPD confirms a man was found dead around 5 am at I-55 North, near Beasley Road andMore >>
We have few details available, but JPD confirms a man was found dead around 5 am at I-55 North and Beasley Road.
Tuesday, September 16 2014 10:39 AM EDT2014-09-16 14:39:00 GMT
MDOT is reporting a large accident at I-55 N before MS 463 in Madison. Skycopter traffic reports that the incident could be 2 separate accidents involving up to 9 cars. All lanes are blocked and theMore >>
All lanes are back open and traffic is flowing smoothly.
Tuesday, September 16 2014 2:18 AM EDT2014-09-16 06:18:35 GMT
We're in the beginning of Fall Harvest season and some Holmes County farmers are already experiencing set backs. A number of thefts targeting farmers have been reported in Holmes County. Sheriff WillieMore >>
Sheriff Willie March says his department has received four reports of stolen farm equipment. Some of the stolen tractors are valued at up to $55,000 dollars.More >>
Tuesday, September 16 2014 9:52 AM EDT2014-09-16 13:52:18 GMT
Fire fighters are on the scene of a massive house fire burning in West Jackson. It started before 4:00am on Patann Street near Boling Street. That's near Medgar Evers Blvd. Flames have completely engulfedMore >>
Flames completely engulfed the home. It's not clear what sparked the flames, but the house was vacant at the time of the fire so there were no injuries.
Tuesday, September 16 2014 10:11 AM EDT2014-09-16 14:11:21 GMT
An 18-year-old University of Virginia student has been missing since Saturday and police are concerned about her safety. Hannah Elizabeth Graham sent her friends a text message around 1:20 a.m. on Saturday,More >>
An 18-year-old University of Virginia student has been missing since Saturday and police are concerned about her safety.More >>
Tuesday, September 16 2014 1:42 AM EDT2014-09-16 05:42:19 GMT
Relief is on the way for motorists in Brandon who travel through the Highway 80 and Interstate 20 intersection. Planned construction will improve a high accident area at the on ramp there. "It's justMore >>
Relief is on the way for motorists in Brandon who travel through the Highway 80 and Interstate 20 intersection. Planned construction will improve a high accident area at the on ramp there.More >>
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