Community pet organizations offer variety of services

Written by Nicholas Serrano. Posted in Business

Published on November 23, 2011 with No Comments

Pretty Paws Pet Photography works at client convenience 

Whether it is in the studio, your home or a location of the client’s choosing, a photo session can be set up in the comfort and convenience of a familiar pet’s environment. With years of experience and a desire to offer clients quality, friendly and professional service, Pretty Paws Pet Photography, LLC will earn repeat business.

Each client has different needs and that is why they are more than willing to serve unique requests. If clients are searching for something that is not on the services list, just ask. Pretty Paws Pet Photography will be more than happy to help. Funny, silly and crazy ideas are welcomed.They also photograph families with their pets.

Pretty Paws is available to photograph horses at any barn or boarding stable. Photographs in the snow often result in beautiful images of horses.

Pretty Paws Pet Photography, located inside Coco’s Canine Cabana at 405 Elm St. in Valparaiso, will be taking Christmas photos at the studio until Dec. 22. Santa is available. Winter photos can be scheduled any time. For more information, or to schedule an appointment, call 219-405-0671, or visit

Pet Haven Serving the Community since 1976

Since 1976, Sylvia Moore and her staff have been serving their customers and community at Pet Haven Pet Shop, located at 19 W. along U.S. Highway 6 in Valparaiso. The business is a full-line pet shop with grooming and boarding, carrying pet products for all your needs. The upper level of the pet shop is home to birds, small animals, and reptiles.

Some of the pets raised at the shop are cockatiels, parakeets, and bearded dragons. Pet Haven has many items for these pets, as well as for dogs and cats. Whether you are looking for a playhouse for your ferret or food for your lizard, you can find it at Pet Haven. The staff is here to answer your questions and help you find the best pet and products for you and your family.

The lower portion of Pet Haven is home to the fish department that includes saltwater and tropical fish. A vast array of fish and supplies are available, including corals, live rock, and all supplies for your reef needs. Also, Pet Haven can help you with your pond needs as well.

Pet Haven carries a variety of dry and frozen fish foods. The staff can assist you in your fish tank purchase, and they will continue to help you to care for your tank and fish. If you would like to have someone set-up your tank or provide maintenance, just talk to Ken Moore about the various services offered.

Pet Haven recently launched its new Web site: You will find information on the products and services offered, as well as coupons and monthly specials.

Sign up for the Pet Haven e-mail list to receive exclusive offers and coupons.

Pet Haven holiday hours: Tuesday,10 a.m.-6 p.m.; Monday-Wednesday-Thursday-Friday-Saturday, 8 a.m.-5 p.m.; closed Sunday.

For more information, call 219-464-4634 to make a grooming or boarding appointment, or visit

Kovenz makes monuments for pet memories

Pets often develop into more than just an animal that families choose to share their home with; they become members of the family. That is why it is no surprise that pets are treated as a member of the family whenr they pass away.

Kovenz Memorial, 2404 Roosevelt Road in Valparaiso, also appreciates the special place pets hold in the hearts of their owners. Aside from bird baths and monuments, they specialize in granite and stone memorials, including pet memorials.

“We’ve got a history of doing community based projects” said Neil Davey, sales associate at Valparaiso Kovenz Memorial. “We did the carving at the veteran’s memorial for Swan Lake Park in Michigan City. We have also done a lot of etching works fro the bricks at veteran’s memorials and parks in Northwest Indiana.”

Davey said they often encounter individuals who want an engraved pet marker or other memorial. He said many people often request the name of their pet as well as a symbol to be placed on pet markers or benches that they then place in their yard or garden.

The newest service offered at Kovenz Memorial is called Life Gem. Life Gem allows for the ashes of a loved one or beloved pet to be compressed into a diamond that can then be worn in jewelry.

“This way you can be sure to always keep a loved one or pet close at all times,” Davey said.

Davey said that services for pets such as the ones they offer, aid in the grief process when a pet has passed away.

“It provides what a lot of pet owners need,” Burns said. “We’re all going to meet again at that rainbow bridge.”

For more information on Kovenz Memorial and the products and services they offer, call 219-531-2717, or visit

Treat your pet to some coddling

Woof…Luxury Unleashed is celebrating its success in the Downtown Valparaiso District. As a full-service grooming salon, they groom everything from Chihuahuas to Mastiffs and Persians to Main Coons. Yes, they do groom cats – with Thursdays dedicated solely to the formerly feisty felines.

Owner Rae Anne Lampman graduated in 2008 from the Great Lakes Academy of Pet Styling and is also a member of the National Cat Groomers Institute of America.

Included in the full-service package is shampoo, conditioner, hand-blown drying, ear and eye cleaning, nail cutting and filing and, of course, a haircut catered to the owner’s preference. They also offer extra services such as tooth-brushing, shed-less and flea treatments. Nail trims are also available on a walk-in basis.

Both dogs and cats should be groomed on a regular basis to promote good health and to keep your pet happy. Woof…Luxury Unleashed is at 110 E. Lincolnway. For more information, call 219-548-9663.

Animal Creations Gentle Touch Grooming

Animal Creations Gentle Touch Grooming has been in business since 1990.

They are a family owned business which treats every pooch they groom as if it were a member of the family. Gentle Touch is more than a name. It is a guarantee to the customers and their pets, so they can be sure the dogs will be treated with love, respect and compassion.

They use Natural Groomer Brand Products to care for a variety of skin and coat needs. They also offer the Furminator Shed-Less Treatment and Natural Chemistry’s DeFlea Shampoo, which is effective for the immediate removal of fleas and is safe to use in conjunction with topical and oral flea control products.

The also offer teeth-brushing, nail-dremmeling, nail-polishing, bows and bandanas and colognes.

For more information on Gentle Touch Grooming, call 219-759-3116 or visit

North Central Veterinary Emergency Center receives accreditation

North Central Veterinary Emergency Center, on the Purdue North Central Campus in Westville, has received accreditation following evaluation by the American Animal Hospital Association. The evaluation includes a quality assessment review of the hospital’s facility, medical equipment, practice methods and pet health care management.

Only 15 percent of all small animal veterinary practices in the U.S. have achieved accreditation by the American Animal Hospital Association. In order to maintain accredited status, North Central Veterinary Emergency Center must continue to be evaluated regularly by the association’s consultants.

“NCVEC belongs to a select group of practices that are committed to meeting the highest standards in veterinary medicine,” said Anna Worth, the association’s president. “AAHA hospitals pass a stringent evaluation of more than 900 standards covering patient care, client service and medical protocols. By attaining accreditation, NCVEC is demonstrating its dedication to offering the best care to its patients and clients.”

Established in 1933, the association is the only organization that accredits veterinary practices throughout the U.S. and Canada, seeking high standards of veterinary care. Approximately 3,000 association-accredited practices pass regular reviews of its stringent accreditation standards that cover patient care, client service and medical protocols. For pet care information or referral to an AAHA-accredited practice, visit

North Central, 1645 South US Highway 421, has been an accredited practice member of the association since 2003. For more information, call 219-395-9431or visit

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