For businessman Allen Tully, caring for dogs has always been a passionate hobby. Throughout the 1960s, Tully’s world-class afghan hounds garnered awards at shows throughout the United States. But most importantly, the pups became beloved members of his family. In 1976, Tully abandoned his career to pursue his passion: drawing on his love for dogs and his sophisticated knowledge of canine behavior, he opened Tully's Kennels.
Today, Tully’s Kennels matches pet owners-to-be with playful, healthy puppies and gives current pet owners peace of mind with overnight boarding services. Rigorous cleanliness standards—including daily pressure washing and sanitizing of boarding facilities—along with a strict code of ethics, a caring staff, and regular veterinary checks ensure that young pups and boarded pets stay happy and healthy. Tully's Kennels sources a range of pure and mixed-breed puppies—including shih tzus, beagles, pugs, bulldogs, and terriers—from local, licensed breeders who comply with standards set by the USDA, the Humane Society, cruelty-prevention societies, and Krypto the Superdog. And Tully himself continues to breed a few litters of puppies every year.
Dogs don’t see the full rainbow, so they don’t appreciate the emerald-hued walls at The Green Spot. Instead, pups follow in the smells of organic and all-natural foods and treats for canines and felines. The products are made without fillers such as corn, wheat, or teddy-bear stuffing, and colorful toys and supplies hang from the walls. Near displays of dog mats made from recycled materials, visitors flush dirt and debris from their pooches’ coats at the self-serve dog wash. The murmur of conversation drifts from the pet-friendly lounge, where owners meet up to sip coffee and discuss methods for training dogs to stop burying so many time capsules.
At ComeSitStay, canines dart about an outdoor play area and a spacious, specially designed interior bordered with clear glass walls. An experienced staff watches over dogs during the full day of daycare, which comprises 5–12 hours of running; lounging in cushy chairs, mats, and a pool; or playing timed chess with other dogs. The 3,500-square-foot facility also has an open floor plan—from the lobby, visitors can peer in through large windows to watch as pups bound about the play area and get primped in the grooming room.
Soggy Paws Omaha is the creation of dog lover Paul Rathe, who experienced an open, friendly dog-washing experience in southern California and decided to recreate it. Now, with the help of talking and robotic dogs, he and his staff offer customized wash kits to dog owners so that they can wash their own dogs in open tubs. Additionally, they work to provided filler-free dog food brands, training classes, and daycare where they tucker out pets with fun, safe play and not through stress, emotional exhaustion, or having them chase animatronic cats.