By Malcolm As told to Steve Elder CNA Media Team
Call me Malcolm. Just Malcolm. We dogs don’t usually have last names. Sometimes in veterinarian’s offices, animals are called by their first names plus the last names of the people they’re with, but that’s usually for treatment or billing.
I’m a fairly large dog, called a Doberman mix for half my parentage. As a puppy people called me “adorable.” Now I’m just called ”good looking.” Sometimes people are apprehensive about my size.
When my people – Concordians Steve and Tricia Elder – needed to go out of town, I stayed at a local doggy hotel. It’s one of two in the neighborhood, both operated by the same team of people. They offer doggy daycare at the facilities too.
My overnighter was at Stay Pet Hotel, 3606 N.E. Columbia Blvd., where its 15th anniversary was celebrated this year. It’s owned and operated by Anne Graves, a veterinary technician, and Mike Lauria, a dog trainer.
They started 3 Dogs Boarding and Daycare, 5340 N.E. 42nd Ave., 13 years ago, and they bought Stay Pet Hotel five years ago. They entertain an average of 80 dogs at each location at any given time.
“The timing was right for us,” Anne explained. “We were both looking for a new adventure, and we saw the need for cage-free boarding in the area. The proximity to the airport was a bonus, and both locations having lots of outdoor space just sealed the deal.”
Together, the two facilities include 10,000 square feet of outdoor play structures, doggy wading pools, sprinklers and sandboxes. Indoors they have 5,000 square feet of climate-controlled area with chairs, beds and more play structures.
Employees at both locations supervise furry guests 24/7.
Overnight guest dogs sleep kennel free, Anne explained. “By night they have the run of the sleeping areas. Our furry guests are free to sleep on a bed next to a buddy or two or three, on a cushy chair alone or on the floor.”
For shy dogs and/or ones in search of privacy – or hanging out with their own packs – both Stay and 3Dogs offer private suites.
“We work hard to create a stress-free environment,” Anne said. “We play music specifically selected to soothe anxious pups. Also, our staff provides lots of individual attention.”
Before my lodging at Stay, I made a visit there to be checked out for disposition issues with the staff and/or other dog guests. And we talked about special needs. (I didn’t have any.) Medication and special diet services are included with boarding fees.
Steve Elder, firstname.lastname@example.org, is an inactive lawyer, a developer, activist and old grouch.