LEESBURG, Ga. — Poochie is not your typical dog.
The poodle/pomeranian mix is one pampered pup.
Most days, Poochie spends the day at Magnolia Pet Resort & Spa, hanging out with other dogs, enjoying the grass, turf or rock play areas or possibly even lounging out by the pool. Ah, it’s a dog’s life for this canine, and his owner, one of the staff at the resort, wouldn’t have it any other way.
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Poochie is one of a growing number of dogs who on a daily basis get “doggy day care,” a business concept that has allowed Magnolia to carve itself a niche in the pet service industry.
“People typically bring them in because they don’t want to leave them at home alone during the day. Some dogs can be destructive; some dogs just get lonely and their owners want them to have contact with other people and dogs throughout the day,” Magnolia Manager Jody Senkbeil says.
Senbeil says that, on any given day, the business has 25-30 dogs spending the day with her staff and socializing with each other.
While their dogs are in the care of the Magnolia staff, the dog owners can choose to have their animals groomed and bathed. They can even reserve special individual suites for their dogs.
In some ways, the behind-the-scenes aspects of the business look very similar to a veterinarian’s office or animal shelter, but in other ways, Magnolia is much different.
The dogs are kept in kennels based on their size, ranging from tiny Yorkies to bigger breeds like bulldogs and German shepherds.
Several times a day, depending on the weather and other factors, the dogs are taken by staff to outside play areas where they can run around, socialize with other dogs and sniff around to their heart’s content.
“Not to say that a veterinary practice isn’t a good place to take your dog to board, because it is, it is a very good place to them, but we’re not a hospital, so all of our time and energy is directed at caring for the dog for fun, not rehabilitation or sickness,” Senkbeil said.
That’s why they have some non-traditional play areas designed to provide the dogs with a fun and exciting experience.
In addition to a fenced grass area, the pet spa features a fenced in rocky area and a turf-grass area complete with its own bone-shaped pool for the ultimate in dog fun and relaxation.
“The pool is very large. The dogs love it, we have little lap dogs that you wouldn’t expect to want to get into the pool get in,” Senkbeil said. “The grass play areas are a good spot for them to go potty and to play. Some dogs have allergies so the rock area is for them.”
And the price is reasonable, Senkbeil believes, for the level of care they can provide your dogs.
Individual days, with meals provided, run $12 or you can purchase a five-day pass for $40 or 20 days for $160.
They also board animals at the “Red Ruff Inn,” and the “Hound Dog Hilton” which range in price from $20 to $30 per day.
The business has also started overnight boarding for cats at the “Aristocat Inn.”