BREVARD PET SPAS: Feature Luxurious Spacious Suites, Attentive Staff To Pamper Guests
By Space Coast Daily // June 30, 2017
Canine and Feline Luxury At Its Finest
BREVARD COUNTY, FLORIDA – Right here in Brevard are several five-star resorts that pamper the heart, body and soul of its guests. Luxurious, spacious suites? Check. Attentive staff? Check. Brimming social calendar? Check. Gourmet dining? Check. Ample opportunities for stimulating exercise? Check. Spa? Check.
There is only one problem with this picture of sybaritic enjoyment: these resorts are for pets, not humans.
Consider Melbourne’s 13,000-square-feet Dog Spot Hotel complex, one of the premier pet resorts on the Space Coast, where canine guests are escorted upon check-in to one of 77 suites, with nary one of those ugly and boring traditional kennels in sight.
Each suite is fully stocked with a clean and comfy bed, toys and fresh bowls for food and water.
Piped-in music calms doggy nerves that may have been jangled by not being included in their humans’ vacation plans. As for diet, Dog Spot provides Purina EN, a premium dog food that promotes a healthy digestive tract.
For the kitties, spacious “townhouses” and kitty condos located far apart from noisy canines afford the felines a relaxing and tranquil environment.
Each cat is let out individually every day into the “play” wing to lounge and explore the hideaways and kitty forts provided to stimulate their minds.
ACTIVITIES ARE CAREFULLY PLANNED
Of course, the dogs’ activities are also carefully planned. For mental stimulus, Dog Spot offers a day care program that provides six to seven hours of exercise daily on hypoallergenic grass play yards.
Dog Spot hotelier Anna Jayne makes certain her staff matches each dog with a group of five to eight other dogs to let them swim, run and play to their heart’s content while providing 100 percent human supervision. Staff is trained to assess each dog’s personality in order to find the best playgroup for them.
In between play periods, the doggies can rest inside, perhaps enjoying special Yappy Hour treats such as a steamed knuckle/ham bone or a peanut butter kong toy. Doggy hot dogs and ice cream are also available a la carte.
Should the pooch have behavioral issues, Dog Spot Hotel trainer Wisney Fernandez can step in to provide gentle guidance with issues such as excessive jumping and barking. Because the family dog deserves the best, Dog Spot Hotel also offers full spa services, including hair styling, teeth brushing and massages.
The entire facility is climate controlled, so there is never an issue of the animals overheating or being cold.
Dog Spot’s motto of “We take the bored out of boarding” is an understatement, for the pampered pets that use Dog Spot won’t have time to ever become bored.
BOARDING, PET SITTING INDUSTRY EXPLODING
Upscale facilities such as Dog Spot have tuned into America’s love affair with our 96 million cats and 83 million dogs. We spend approximately $60 billion on our pets each year, say organizers of the Global Pet Expo, a huge trade show that draws thousands of industry professionals to Orlando each year.
The fastest growth area in the industry, with an annual growth rate of more than six percent, is boarding, grooming, training and pet sitting.
Fueling the interest in top-of-the-line resorts for animals are the baby boomers, whose children have flown the nest. With cash to spare and time to travel, the boomers have the interest and wherewithal to leave their animals in the best of hands.
DISNEY WORLD ATMOSPHERE
Fifteen years ago, Candi and Richard Pearce saw the need for a boarding facility to meet all the needs of both pets and pet parents. In a two-acre site in Rockledge, the Pearce’s created Barkingham Palace Pet Hotel, one of the pioneers in Brevard’s luxury pet resorts.
“Everything we’ve done, we’ve done for the comfort and convenience of our guests and their people,” said Candi Pearce.
For starters, the Pearces were adamant about the visual appeal of the place.
“We wanted a park atmosphere, like you were walking around Disney,” explained Pearce.
For the ultimate in dog luxury, Barkingham offers four types of suites. The Princess Suites sport a doggie door that affords the animals a view of all the happenings going on at Barkingham.
The King Suites, with sliding “window walls” that overlook the main hallway just off the reception area, feature a comfy bed with mattress, tiled floors, thematic wall decorations, and private television. Duchess Suites have windows overlooking activities in the main hall.
London Suites, located in the expansion the Pearces added, sport a dog door to a small, private exercise area. All of Barkingham’s luxury suites have individual air conditioning supply ducts and return vents.
MAKE YOUR RESERVATIONS FAR IN ADVANCE
The suites have proven so popular the Pearces are considering expanding yet again.
“The suites stay booked all the time,” said Pearce.
Pet parents who want to take off for Christmas and desire to book one of the suites for their fur babies know they must put in reservations no later than April if they hope to snag a room at the inn.
Much appreciated by the human customers of Barkingham are the web cams that allow them to check in on their furry loved ones while they’re away.
Internet accessible suites allow customers to stream video from the suites to see what their puppies are up to during the day. Customers can also access Barkingham webcams through an easy-to-use phone app.
“Customers love this option,” said Pearce.
24/7 ONSITE OVERSIGHT
For the security and well-being of the animals 24/7, the resident manager lives on-site and is a kennel technician trained on animal behavior.
“He makes sure everything is right during the night,” said Pearce.
Three staff shifts provide interaction with the animals as early as 5:20 in the morning and as late as 11:30 p.m. during the holiday periods.
Every dog is taken out separately a minimum of four times each day to Barkingham’s large exercise fields. Additional playtime is available, individually supervised in blocks of 15 minutes.
Barkingham also offers Royal Care, doggy day care that includes romping in one of the facility’s pools on hot days. Of course, there are training and spa services, too.
Pet resort owners such as Jayne and Pearce know that for pet parents, only the best will do. America’s pet population, expected to continue to rise, will provide the need for these premium pet-boarding facilities.
“We want to do a lot for our fur babies,” said Pearce.
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