In 1991, Jimmy and Regina Huggins opened a dog-grooming salon. Sensing the duo’s bond with canines, customers began asking if their dogs could stay for the weekend. The Huggins decided to build a mini dog hotel in their backyard, a place where they felt comfortable keeping their own four-legged best friend, Miss Kitty.
Today, in a larger location, caregivers pamper pups with creative grooming services, baked pet treats, and loving overnight or midday boarding. Humans observe from the lobby as nationally certified master groomers comb, cut, and coif coats according to each canine's personal style. Along with their grooming, stylish pets enjoy playtime and a leisurely walk to flaunt their new looks around the area's hottest fire hydrants. Bakers craft wholesome doggy confections, such as homemade pitter-pat cookies, from whole-wheat flour, eggs, carob, peanut butter, honey, and cheese. Jeweled collars and accessories line the elegant boutique for owners to gild pooches in preparation for dog-show red carpets.
During doggy daycare, pet nannies place four-legged wards with compatible canine friends for playtime in a large, tree-filled yard. At the boarding hotel, pups head outdoors for 20 to 30 minutes five times a day, rain or shine, to prance, socialize, and discuss timeless questions, such as, “Who’s a good boy?” Separate wings host dogs of different sizes and temperaments and each canine guest has free run of a cheerful, private room with linoleum floors, eye-level windows, and cloth curtains. Throughout dogs’ stay, caring staffers administer medication, food, and veterinarian-approved levels of tender loving care.