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Pet resort gives animals unique boarding experience

Pets reside in themed suites during their stay.

Pets reside in themed suites during their stay. Submitted photo

— Pets can be globetrotters, “visiting” Paris, Hollywood, Hawaii and beyond, at the new Pink Dog Parlor resort.

“Individual suites are decorated for a destination,” said Michelle Kennedy, owner of Pink Dog Parlor.

When Kennedy moved her pet grooming and retail business to a larger location, she added a boarding facility for small dogs and cats that don’t fare well at traditional kennels.

“It’s really designed for dogs that wouldn’t do well in a boarding kennel; that just sit there and shake and shiver,” said Kennedy. “[Here] they’re in a home-like environment. It’s less stressful and they don’t have a bunch of barking dogs or large and overwhelming dogs.”

The resort features an “Arabian Nights” suite, Paris, Hollywood, Hawaii, Nantucket, Adirondacks and others. Whole families of dogs and cats can board together to provide added comfort.

“There were dogs and a cat and the cat could be with them or in the cat room,” said Kennedy. “I put the cat in the cat room for feeding so the dogs didn’t eat its food but it could be with the animals it was used to being with.”

Cats who aren’t used to dogs will be perfectly comfortable in their own quarters, though, said Kennedy.

Pink Dog Parlor will debut its new resort feature during a Grand Opening event on Sunday, Sept. 18. from 1 to 4 p.m. There will be tours of the facility, an adoption clinic with Heaven Sent Animal Rescue, activities for the kids, cupcakes for humans and pets and grooming and obedience demonstrations.

Kennedy used to own a boarding kennel, so she said she knows the toll an unfamiliar situation can have on smaller pets.

“I found the small dogs were very unhappy in that situation. When a dog is very stressed it can become ill, stop eating,” said Kennedy.

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