2011 Readers' Choice Awards

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By Heather Davis

Meet the winners of our 2011 Readers' Choice Awards! 

It’s no secret that Nashville has gone to the dogs—and cats. As pet lovers, we have the best in bakeries for Bowser, pet-friendly patios, doggie daycares and mobile groomers. We’ve got amazing mutt-friendly hotels, beautiful boutiques, dedicated animal welfare groups and bountiful dog parks. Whether you’re looking for a pet-friendly real estate agent, non-toxic house cleaning or pet massage, Middle Tennessee serves up everything Fido could want and then some.

And when we asked you to vote for your favorites in the local pet community, the votes flooded in to crown this year’s top dogs. Thanks to everyone who took the time to vote… and congrats to our 2011 winners!

The Chihuahua-Sized Print: Winners in all categories were selected by reader votes cast between June 1, 2011 – July 15, 2011. Nashville Paw Magazine does not participate in the selection process.

Best Dog Daycare
1. Camp Bow Wow
2. The Farm at Natchez Trace
3. The Belmont Pet Resort

Best Overnight Boarding
1. The Farm at Natchez Trace
2. Camp Bow Wow
3. The Belmont Pet Resort

Best Pet Sitting Service
1. The Privileged Pet
2. Brentwood Pet Sitters
3. Home Run Pet Care

Best Grooming Service
1. Dizzy’s Dog Wash
2. Wags & Whiskers
3. Happy Retales

Best Dog Training
1. Dogs & Kat
2. Nashville Dog Training Club
3. Dog Speak 101

Best Dog Agility Training
1. Dogs & Kat
2. Nashville Dog Training Club
3. Leps & Bounds Agility

Best Vet Clinic
1. Murphy Road Animal Hospital
2. Value Vet
3. Hillsboro Animal Hospital

Best Emergency Vet Clinic
1. Nashville Pet Emergency
2. Blue Pearl
3. Nashville Veterinary Specialists

Best Veterinarian
1. Dr. Craig Prior (Murphy Road Animal Hospital)
2. Dr. Terry Brockman (Richland Animal Clinic)
3. Dr. Stephen Ladd (Hillsboro Animal Hospital)

Best Holistic Veterinary Care
1. Dr. Terry Brockman (Richland Animal Clinic)
2. Dr. Kim Brasher (Belle Forest Animal Hospital)
3. Dr. Mark Ingram (Franklin Road Animal Hospital)

Best Veterinary Specialist
1. Dr. Trey Calfee (Nashville Veterinary Specialists)
2. Dr. Louis Laretta (Veterinary Ophthalmology Services)
3. Dr. Paul Newman (Mobile Veterinary Surgical Services)

Best Animal Wellness Practitioner
1. Dr. Kathleen Inman (Richland Animal Chiropractic)
2. Rod Newman (Canine Rehabilitation of Nashville)
3. Dr. Marc Smith (Natchez Trace Veterinary Services)

Best Storefront Pet Boutique
1. Come. Sit. Stay.
2. Happy Retales
3. Wags & Whiskers

Best Locally Owned Pet Product Company or Online Store
1. Earth Dog
2. Daisy’s Delacacies
3. Hobo Dog

Best Local Pet Supply Store
1. Nashville Pet Products
2. Happy Retales
3. Come. Sit. Stay.

Best Regional or National Pet Supply Store
1. Petsmart
2. Pet Supermarket
3. Petco

Best Pet Waste Removal
1. Doody Calls
2. Tidy Paws
3. Home Buddies by Camp Bow Wow

Best Pet Fencing Company
1. Invisible Fence of Middle TN
2. Pet Fence of Middle TN
3. Pet Stop of Middle TN

Best Pet Crematory/Memorial Service
1. Faithful Friends Pet Memorial Service
2. Nashville Pet Crematory
3. Littlest Angels Pet Crematory

Best Dog Park
1. Centennial Dog Park
2. Warner Dog Park
3. Shelby Dog Park

Best Dog-Friendly Patio Dining
1. Fido Cafe
2. Bongo Java
3. Jackson’s Bar & Bistro

Best Pet-Friendly Hotel
1. Loews Vanderbilt Hotel
2. Hotel Indigo
3. Sheraton Music City

Best Vegetarian-Friendly Restaurant
1. The Wild Cow
2. Calypso Cafe
3. Mellow Mushroom

Best Pet Photographer
1. Adrian Hitt (Adrian Hitt Photography)
2. April Hollingsworth (Harmony Designs Photography)
3. Jen Wood (Jen Wood Photography)

Best Pet Artist
1. Lucie Rice (Muttshots)
2. Dina Capitani (Doggie Doodles by Dina)
3. Luci Garten (Luci’s Pet Portraits)

Best Pet-Friendly Real Estate Agent
(Individuals in this category either offer pet-friendly services or are noted for their contribution to the animal welfare community)
1. Maggie Odle (The Lipman Group / Sotheby’s Realty)
2. Kathy O’Brien-Streets (Keller Williams)
3. Josh Anderson (Keller Williams)

Best Pet-Friendly Floor Cleaning
1. Stanley Steemer
2. TNT Chem Dry
3. Professional Carpet Systems

Best Pet/Eco Friendly House Cleaning
1. Angel Maids
2. Maid Brigade of TN
3. Bright House

Best Pet-Friendly Apartments
1. Lakes of Bellevue
2. The Lexington Apartments
3. Canyon Ridge

Best Pet-Friendly Condos
1. Terrazzo
2. Icon in the Gulch
3. Velocity in the Gulch

Best Pet-Friendly Neighborhood
1. Lenox Village
2. Westhaven
3. Fountain Brooke

Best Pet-Friendly Zip Code
1. 37206
2. 37027
3. 37209

Best Animal Shelter
1. Happy Tales Humane
2. Nashville Humane Association
3. New Leash On Life

Best Spay & Neuter Clinic or Program
1. Rover Mobile Unit (Nashville Humane Association)
2. Fix For Life (New Leash On Life)
3. Love Fixes Everything (Happy Tales Humane)

Best Overall Rescue Group
1. Agape Animal Rescue
2. Nashville Cat Rescue
3. Bonaparte’s Retreat

Best Dog Breed Rescue Group
1. Greyhound Pets of America - Nashville
2. Bless the Bullys
3. Middle TN Golden Retriever Rescue

Best Animal Welfare/Service Organization
1. Nashville Paw Foundation
2. Brown Dog Foundation
3. Lovie’s Legacy

Best Pet Festival or Event
1. Nashville Dog Day (Nashville Humane Association)
2. Barktoberfest (Nashville Paw Magazine)
3. Bark in the Park (New Leash On Life)

Best Pet-Friendly Mainstream Festival
1. Nashville Earth Day Festival
2. Franklin Main Street Festival
3. Tomato Arts Festival

Best Fundraiser for the Animals
1. Cause for Paws (Nashville Humane Association)
2. Art for Animals (Nashville Paw Magazine)
3. Glitter & Glam (Agape Animal Rescue)

Best Mainstream Pet Food
1. Science Diet
2. Purina One
3. Pedigree

Best Holistic Pet Food
1. Orijen
2. Natural Balance
3. Canidae/Felidae

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