While most dog boarding and daycare facility owners are always trying to fit more dogs in to their establishments, Elissa Ferguson of Rockstar Pets, built her success on doing just the opposite.
Rosehill Pet Resort
When Glenda Parisher started building an ambitious luxury pet resort on a back road in Cypress, TX, she was warned by the locals that it was never going to take off. But Glenda’s research told a different story.
Ziggy’s Dog Parlor and Ziggy’s Villa
Dachshunds are known for being curious and friendly, but even among his peers, Ziggy is a super star. “He is the most mild, laid back dachshund I’ve ever met, and he’s got such a relaxing aura about him,” said Kristin Villa.
Reynold's Pet Resort
What began as a way to teach their kids hard work and responsibility has grown into a successful family enterprise for Derek Reynolds and his family.
Zionsville Country Kennels
Debbie Douglas has double vision when it comes to her perspective on buying and selling a pet resort business. That’s because she’s done both with the help of PET|VET in the span of about 11 years.
Many of life’s lessons haven’t come the easy way for Jermaine Anderson. The earliest lesson was probably the toughest, when he lost his mom to breast cancer.
Jill & Donald Nobles
Jill's Pet Resort
Marrying at 17, Jill Nobles took up dog grooming to help put her husband, Donald, through college in Atlanta, GA. Moving back to North Carolina after his graduation, Jill got her certifications and started a grooming business in her garage.
Gagnon's Pet Resort
John’s foray into the world of pet resorts had small beginnings. Having loved dogs from a young age, he was bothered that in his home state of Connecticut, tens of thousands of healthy dogs were euthanized each year and he wanted to do something to stop it.
Cedar Dale Pet Resort
“I’ve always loved animals and wanted to be around them a lot more than I wanted to be around people. But with a biology degree and moving to Boston, getting a job working with animals didn’t work out so I took a job at a fertility clinic.”
Bone A Fide Dog Ranch
Wondering what business she could start in New York City with virtually no money, Lauren Rick decided on dog walking. Little did she know that 16 years later, she would sell her own pet resort for over $1M. But all along, her focus has not been on the money, just on making dogs lives better.
The Island Pawplex
Starting a small business on the eve of a global pandemic wasn’t part of the plan. Needing to sell it less than three years later wasn’t, either. But that’s exactly what happened when Mark and Melody McLean opened The Island Pawplex in Charleston, South Carolina.
Bow Wow Bungalow
Leaving a family business to launch into the world of pet resorts was one of the best decisions Paul Berkovitz ever made. Visiting his daughter in Florida, the California native couldn’t help noticing how many apartment dwellers had dogs living in their apartments.
Karnik Pet Lodge
Navigating construction projects and businesses through oil crashes in the ‘70s, interest rates of 20% in the ‘80s, the Great Recession of 2008, and Covid-19, has been all part of life’s learning curve for pet resort industry leader Ray Bauman.
Richard & Mary Colven
Camp Wagging Tails
High valuations and multiple buyers are market dynamics that former corporate executive Richard Colven recognizes. Last year, he decided to act upon them.
Ashcroft Pet Resort
Beginning with the end in mind helped to set up businesswoman and entrepreneur, Robin Schoh for pet resort success - twice!
Sabrina & LLoyd Reid
When Sabrina and Lloyd Reid decided to get out of the pet resort business, they discovered that selling a franchise is just as complicated as buying one.
For much of his life, Chris C. never liked dog boarding facilities. He definitely never thought he would own one. But the things he disliked set him up to create a very successful pet resort which he sold to a consolidator in 2022.
Renee & Jeff Braddon
Finger Lakes Pet Resort
An unplanned foray in the world of pet resorts has been a wonderful success for former New York couple Renee and Jeff Braddon. Jeff had been working in his family’s packaging business, and Renee worked in the financial industry.
Jana & Dave Rossorelli
Action Pack Dog Center
Education has always been a way of life for Jana Rossorelli. She worked as a seventh-grade teacher for about ten years, enjoying every chance to interact with the kids and witness those light bulb moments of understanding.
Al & Valorie Bowman
Cinder Hills Kennels
What does working at a nuclear power plant have in common with running a successful pet resort? The surprising answer is, “Quite a lot,” according to someone who has done both.
Brooke & Richard
Brooke's Bed & Biscuit
Despite serious illness interrupting an idyllic working relationship, Richard Boeke, and daughter Brooke, have had the last laugh and a doubly great outcome in their family business.
Country Lane Pet Resort
Working an unfulfilling corporate job by day and running a Husky rescue by night, Randy Boyer decided it was time to switch things around and make working with dogs his day job. But not only his day job – he would make it his business.
Todd & Mandy Rowley
Williamsburg Pet Hotel and Suites
Williamsburg Pet Hotel & Suites has been a successful family business since it opened in 1962. Three generations of Rowleys have been proudly serving the needs of pet owners in the St. Louis area for more than sixty years at what is now a stunning, high end luxury pet resort.