Bark-N-Buddies Doggie Daycare, which includes 3,000 square feet of indoor and 3,000 square feet outdoors, will open on Sept. 3 in Edgewood. It will give dogs the opportunity to roam and play.
Marna Peterson and her niece, Tami McMullen, are partners in the new business. Peterson said it’s vital to evaluate dogs before they are admitted at the center.
“Whenever you are going to put a bunch of dogs in a situation together, you have to be sure their personalities will match up,” she said.
The evaluations, which started Aug. 19 at the facility, will insure all the pets are non-aggressive. The center is located at 3121 Meridian Ave. E.
“If a dog doesn’t want to share toys, those aren’t the ones who will do well in a daycare situation,” Peterson said.
She added her best friends are her animals.
“I have goats, rabbits, dogs and cats,” she said. “I can’t go to the Humane Society anymore, because I have to bring something home.”
The business partners did a lot of research before they embarked on their adventure, said Peterson, who has already retired once. They visited dog daycare centers and settled on opening their business in Edgewood because there are no facilities like it in the area.
The outdoor area will provide toys for the pets, a climbing structure, and slide and wading pools. Employees will engage with dogs, throw balls for them, play games and run some manners training.
The inside area will have rubber mats on the floor.
“These are beneficial for a dog’s joints,” Peterson said.
Fencing will provide options for dogs to be divided according to personalities and sizes. A veterinary-recommended dog food will be made available. Dog owners also can bring their own food.
The partners hope to add a self-doggie wash soon.
Bark-N-Buddies will give special care to the animals, Peterson said.
“I’m just not built for retirement and am exited about this new adventure,” she said. “We have worked very hard to put this together.
“The animals will be excited to come here, and the owners will be happy that their dog had a good day.”
The business owners, both of whom expressed a passion for animals, said they hope to hire more employees in the future.
For more information about Bark-N-Buddies, or to make an appointment for an evaluation, call 253-446-6611.Joan Cronk is a freelance reporter for the Herald.