The Urban Dog Lounge & Snack Bar idea has been generating a few questions and definitely some curiosity!
The PUP GoFundMe campaign will help to create this new to Halifax dog lover centred concept. We have been listening to our clients and friends of PUP and people love to be around dogs - whether their own or just to be in their presence.
There is evidence to support that time with a pet is therapeutic, calming, and healing. Puppy kisses just have to reduce stress and Nikki and I both think that puppy breath should be bottled we love it so much. In our "work" with dogs each day we laugh, smile and giggle with delight a 100 times a day. We want to share this with others.
The Lounge idea is forming into a mission of providing people who enjoy the company of dogs a chance to experience it. Similar to outside dog parks, owners can get together to socialize with their pups - create playdates or just connect with others while their dogs play.
There are other opportunities too. People that, for many reasons, cannot own their own dog but would benefit from an hour of playtime with dogs. A time to sit on the floor and get smothered with love or throw a ball or a game of tug or just sit still while a puppy takes a nap on their lap.
Thanks to a group of women entrepreneurs I am currently working with through Frances Leary, the great idea of creating a few remote workstations was born. We will create a space so that business owners who work from home have a place to come and bring their pooch and laptop.
The design of the front of the shop will include a one-way viewing window so anyone can see the pups in action. Health & Safety does not permit people food to be served but we can provide our pooches with treats and refreshments from the Snack Bar menu. Our signature "Hair of the Dog" beer will be served that can be paired with the Littlest Pet Bakery donair, pizza, burger & fries, or taco shaped organic treats. Not to leave the humans out we hope to install a coffee machine and if you happen to have a picnic in your backpack well...
Our new 900 square foot location on Agricola Street will have new safety flooring and comfy lounging and seating furniture (pee proof this time) decorated with an Urban flair. If funding allows in Phase 1, we want to include some climbing structures, tunnels, hideyholes, comfy curl up spots and other play structures that we know our pups will enjoy. The outside run will include real grass and more seating inside a fenced-in area.
There are lots of questions still to be answered on the operating side and plenty of experimenting in the early stages to figure out the right mix. Since 2014, our primary client has been small dogs under 30lbs and we will continue to cater to their unique needs through our PUP Daycare and Sleepover service. Outside of regular operating hours, the Lounge & Snack Bar may open up for dogs over 30lbs once we have the bugs worked out.
There are a few examples similar to the PUP concept with a mission to assist in connecting rescue pets with new homes. In Dartmouth, the Lily Pad Cat Lounge opened this winter. Nikki and I met with Jody to see her operation and to talk through some operational tactics. Le Doggy Cafe in Montreal inspired ideas for special events and breed specific socials. And internationally, the dog cafe business is more common like in Tokyo at the ABC Dog Cafe. Ultimately, this would be Cindy & Nikki's dream business - Monty's Dog Beach & Bar in Croatia and the inspiration for the Dog Beer idea!
The original Petite Urban Pooch is not going anywhere! We will continue to offer customized, client-centred care for our small urban pooches. Owners will small pups who do not use our daycare or overnight service will now have another option to spoil their pooch with the addition of the Urban Dog Lounge & Snack Bar.
If you are interested in experiencing the Lounge we have a time-limited offer to purchase a 10 x 1 hour membership pass. Go to the Urban Dog Lounge tab on this website and purchase before the end of May.
Petite Urban Pooch caters to the unique needs of small breeds and the people who love them! That does not mean we do not care about all shapes and sizes of dogs - it means our day care and sleepover services are specifically designed to accommodate pooches under 30 pounds.
When it comes to health & wellness all owners can benefit from knowing more about nutritional options, including the hows and whys of feeding your dog a raw or real food diet.
Drop into 2863 Isleville Street between 2-4pm on Saturday November 19th to ask your questions and hear from the producer of Green Dog Real Foods located in Canning, Nova Scotia. Their products are available in our shop.
The "Support Local Farms" movement applies to our pets too. Eating locally sourced produce and ethically raised meat gives our dogs the best real food option possible. Green Dog also believes that we can provide products that leave a small ecological footprint on the planet.
All dog owners are welcome to visit Petite Urban Pooch on November 19th - small dogs are welcome to join their owners for playtime in the Dog House.
My first task as the new owner of the Petite Urban Pooch is to thank the Clattenburg family for their kindness and generosity as I transitioned into the business. Proud parents, Judy and John, have raised an incredible young woman and Morgan has a bright future ahead of her. I have big shoes to fill. Judy and John will continue to be involved by minding the dog house when needed and they have offered to continue with sleepovers as well.
My second task is to thank you, our loyal P.U.P. parents, for your patience and understanding as the business changed hands. We tried very hard to avoid disrupting your pooch's routine. Meeting many of you over the past few weeks has been filled with encouraging words and a welcoming greeting. I value loyalty, so those of you who have been with P.U.P. since the beginning will remain priority customers as I continue to grow the business.
I will be making a few changes to the decor, adding a retail area, and extending the days we are open as a start to making P.U.P. feel like my venture. I am fortunate that the two previous owners have left me with a huge head start to building a successful business. I will continue to make changes to our services in response to your requests and suggestions - so please let me know how you think we can improve the P.U.P. experience.
The renewed website has some new features including online scheduling to book your next visit and the ability to buy your packages online. You are welcome to continue to text, email, or call to make an appointment as well.