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This Texan Pet Lover Sure Is Having a Blast with Life

…and tons of caffeine!

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Trace Menchaca
Flying M Feed Co., Houston, TX

Matriarch of the Flying M family. Friend to rescue animals large and small. Facebook Live superstar. Trace Menchaca wears multiple hats and never seems to slow down. In addition to scoring a PETS+ America’s Coolest Stores nod in 2018, she also accepted a local Small Business of the Year Award. Even her just-for-fun activities keep her moving — she regularly cheers on her beloved Houston Astros with husband Miguel, son Max and daughter Lea.

Since launching in 2017, PETS+ has won 16 major international journalism awards for its publication and website. Contact PETS+'s editors at editor@petsplusmag.com.

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How Kim & Samantha Youngblood Fill Their Free Time

They guide customers toward the optimal diet for their pets.

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Kim & Samantha Youngblood
Youngblood’s Natural Animal Care Center & Massage, Greenfield, IN

This mother-daughter team not only provides massage and other therapies to a variety of animals, but they also guide customers toward the optimal diet for their pets. Kim and Samantha fill their free time with the many activities listed here, many of which involve their family of dogs, cats and horses — including, from left, Finale, Winter and BZRK — plus human dad Dave.

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How Friends Like Zowie and Divot Help Anna Woodcock Stay Sane

Plus she helps save the planet!

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Anna Woodcock
Brown Dog Bakery, Anken, IA

How eco-friendly is Anna Woodcock? So much so that she stocks 30 flavors of bulk biscuits and 44 varieties of bulk chews at her store and grooming salon. “Bulk equals less waste in landfills,” she says. Helping her save the planet at home are husband Jeff, cats Opie and Fuzzy Zeller, and dog Divot, show here (at left) with his BFF Zowie.

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Why Is This Groomer Hanging Upside Down?

Find out!

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Kathie Henschen
PLATINUM PAWS, CARMEL, IN

When Kathie Henschen began to feel burned out in her grooming career, she reflected on her childhood as an elite gymnast. What could help her regain that “spark in her spirit”? It was then that she discovered the ninja warrior world. Training and competition have given her purpose and strength that spills over into her professional life. Cheering her on are husband B.C., step-daughters Brentney and Bryanna, seven grandkids, and a house full of pets, including Standard Poodle Sara (posing here).

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