Whether they own a pandemic puppy, a long-toothed dog, or a kid feline, pet owners should soon benefit from an upgrade in their boarding and pet care options.
Sisters Savannah Dillard and Sierra Hanson have turned their love of furry babies into a business they call The Barkmore, which aims to provide a temporary home for pets that is comfortable for animals and heartwarming for their owners.
Dillard, 24, and Hanson, 22, are overseeing construction of the 6,000 square foot structure on Brianna Court across from the Meijer grocery store and aim to open next month what Dillard calls a “pet hotel. “.
The building that is taking shape is far from institutional, with a chandelier reception, high-tech equipment and subtle touches such as the “fearless” coloring of the walls.
“We wanted it to be more of a pet hotel, not just a kennel,” Dillard said.
The sisters’ plan to open a business for pet owners has been in the works for some time and grew out of their work at All Creatures Animal Hospital.
“We talked about opening a pet day care center for a few years,” Dillard said. “So many people need a place to take their dogs and cats.”
Taking the seed of the idea, the sisters approached their father, Frank Hanson, who has owned the AAA Systems security company in Bowling Green for 28 years.
“He said, ‘If you think you can do it, I’ll help you,’” Dillard recalls.
Dillard and his sister did their homework, examining daycare centers and pet boarding houses in major cities to come up with a building design and business plan.
“I’m a businessman, so I said they had to put it on paper and see if it would work,” Frank Hanson said. “They did a great job. I am proud of them to have accepted this.
Not that developing financial projections and a building design was a walk in the dog park.
“It was a lot of work,” said Sierra Hanson. “It certainly wasn’t an easy thing to do.”
While continuing to work at All Creatures Animal Hospital, the sisters spent their after-hours time researching and planning.
“We got to see what the other facilities were like inside and out,” said Sierra Hanson. “We wanted to give people what they wanted.
What the sisters came up with was a facility that could accommodate up to 43 dogs and six cats for daycare or boarding.
This simple concept, however, took a while to get started – and secure the funding needed for Bowling Green’s Builders by Design to move forward with construction.
“There were a lot of ‘no’s,” Dillard said of the locations for the banks. “But we were finally able to bring it together. We have been very persistent.
The final design includes dog suites with cameras that pet owners can access for online viewing, a paperless check-in process, and a “24-hour room” that allows owners to drop their pets off at any time. time.
“We know some people really enjoy their dogs,” said Dillard, who has four dogs of her own. “We want dogs to feel as comfortable as possible.”
As they toured the one-acre construction site on Wednesday, the sisters watched their plan come to fruition. They are spinning for The Barkmore to open for boarding on November 22 and for daycare on December 1.
“We’re excited to open up and show people what we have,” Dillard said.
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