Clark County residents DO love their pets, judging from the numbers of votes in this category.


And the woof and meow goes to PetSmart this year, closely followed by Petco.

It's the second title in as many years for PetSmart, which offers a wide array items for one of the family. For many, PetSmart is their one-stop shopping center for all things pets.

According to our voters, PetSmart is a "great place to take your doggies to be groomed!" and they "have good service and items I need.”

WINNER: PetSmart, various locations

RUNNERS UP: Petco, Natural Pet NW, and All Natural Pet

Tails R Waggin

The top Tail wag for places to board your pet goes to Tails R Waggin,' fetching some really warm comments from their clients:

“Julie and Charlie run a WONDERFUL doggie daycare and boarding facility. They really care about the dogs and create a well balanced experience for the dogs. Even my shy dog comes out of her shell there because they work with her and go the extra mile. I completely trust that my dogs are safe and well cared for. I wouldn't go anywhere else.”

“Social Club for Dogs - my young Golden Retriever LOVES her days spent at Tails R Waggin while we are at work.”

“I haven't come across another company that gives the dogs the same personal attention.”

“Owners are experienced and knowledgeable, kennels are clean, dogs are taken out to exercise and play in doggy day care”

“Juli & Charlie really care about the dogs in their care and it shows in everything they do at the daycare.’

Susie’s also received several warm comments, including:

“I hesitate to tell you [about Susie’s] as it is already hard enough to get in!”

“She also does Dog training and has a very good program. Highly recommended!!!”

WINNER: Tails R Waggin, 4925 NW Fruit Valley Rd, Vancouver, WA 98660, (360) 258-0986

RUNNERS UP: Susie’s, Man’s Best Friend, Mild Manners

Orchards Veterinary

Warm and caring vets who love animals win friends and clients. With the number of votes in this category, it looks like we live in a community rich with good care for pets of all sizes and temperaments.

Reader comments about Orchards Veterinary:

“Eric Atwell is the best! I recommend him to anyone who truly cares for their pets."

“Very friendly and helpful, my cats would not vote for them but I love them.”

“Great with my dogs. Seems to like all - even bad tempered – animals.”

WINNER: Orchards Veterinary, 6307 NE 117th Ave, Ste F, Vancouver, WA 98662, (360) 256-3878.

RUNNERS UP: Mountain View, Alder Creek, Companion Pet Clinic, Evergreen, Hazel Dell Veterinary

Franko’s Dog Grooming

When your pet needs some trimming, and wants to look fluffy and fresh again, Franko’s Dog Grooming was voted as the top spot for the second year in a row.

Along with a reputation taking good care of your pet, Franko's also offers pet transportation and pickup and delivery. Have an urgent need? Franko's can even take care of your walk-in needs.

Reader Comments about Franko’s:

“Value and service.”

“Affordable prices and they take good care of your pets.”

WINNER: Franko’s Dog Grooming, 2704 E Evergreen Blvd, Vancouver, WA 98661, (360) 695-7145

RUNNERS UP: Beastie Boutique, Designer Dog, PetSmart

Salmon Creek Trail

Pets and their people alike enjoy the wide open meadows to chase sticks and balls, wooded trails to explore, treed areas where birds and squirrels reside, and watery splash spots in the county. Salmon Creek Trail gets four paws this year, according to local dogs who walk their people.

WINNER: Salmon Creek Trail

RUNNERS UP: Lacamas Lake Park, Lewisville Park

Dakota Memorial Dog Park

Want to meet other dogs and owners? Visit one of the dog parks in the county, where fenced areas are set aside for dogs to run and play off leash.

The dog park features a gravel perimeter trail through open lawn and forested areas, a rustic log agility course, benches and drinking fountains. This 8-acre park even has a dog rinse area on the west end of the park.

Reader comment:

“This dog park at Pacific Community Park is amazing! Lots of room, well maintained, and a great environment! You and the dog have fun here.”

WINNER: Dakota Memorial Dog Park at Pacific Community Park, on NE 18th Street between 164th and 172nd Avenue in east Vancouver.

RUNNER UP: Ross Off-Leash Dog Recreation Area

Mind Your Manners Dog Training

Whether out for a walk or greeting visitors in your home, a well behaved dog just makes life better. A dog trainer can help you and your dog learn to live together in harmony. True to its name, Mind Your Manners works carefully and skillfully to help pets and their owners on the right track, and wins this category for 2012.

Mind Your Manners also won the award in 2009 and 2010.

Reader comments:

“The best, so helpful and even lets the kids do the classes with the dogs. She [Connie] is so helpful”

“The skills I have learned in their puppy classes have saved my dog’s life, TWICE!”

“I have trained 3 dogs with Connie (the owner). She makes it fun for both dog and owner!”

WINNER: Mind Your Manners Dog Training, 19208 NE 84th Ave., Battle Ground, WA, 98604, (360) 693-4503.

RUNNERS UP: CJ’s Dog Training, Man’s Best Friend