The Franklin Chamber of Commerce recently held a ribbon cutting at Paula’s Pet Paradise to celebrate the completion of their state of the art grooming and boarding facility after a year of preparation and renovation. At the end of 2011, Dan Andrews and Ken Alter got together with the idea of turning a huge empty building that Andrews owned into a premier Pet Resort.
“We wanted more than just cinder block and chain link “cells” to keep pets in. It had to be a place that had custom built guest rooms, fun play areas and everything the pet owner could want for their pet’s comfort while they went away on vacation. With the help of Ken’s wife, Paula, we chose tropical colors and decorations throughout the facility that make it more cheerful and give it the feel of a true paradise and a home away from home for our four-legged friends,” said Andrews.
Each room was designed, built by hand, using materials that conform to Animal Welfare standards but still give each pet a feeling of being at home and not in jail. Some have hand laid tile floors while other have colored, marbleized concrete with a clear epoxy finish that is easy on the paws. Two massive suites were also built to accommodate more than one large dog or several small dogs that live together at home. The main yard is called “The Beach” and has decomposed granite like dog parks found in large cities and future plans include a third play area with a filtered wading pool with a waterfall and water features that will entertain their guests. The inside play areas are fully heated and air conditioned for guest’s enjoyment. There is also a Cat Room that has large guest rooms with perches, Kitty TV and a large glass door that offers a view of the outdoor bird feeder.
To insure guest safety, several security cameras watch over the play areas and guest rooms. Another future plan is live web cams for owners to look in on their pets while they are away. The play yards have heavy nine gauge fencing and it is anchored to a concrete footer that prevents dogs from digging out from under it. Pets are supervised in the yards and play groups are established with dogs of similar size when the owners allow. The building is secured with a new security system that monitors the building 24 hours a day.
An onsite boutique has several unique items that can only be found at Paula’s Pet Paradise along with a full range of dog grooming for all breeds and sizes that can be provided just the way you want.
The resort is located at 3348 Old Murphy Road and is open seven days a week offering pick up and drop off on Sundays. Macon County’s first Pet Resort located just west of downtown Franklin. Call (828)349-1900 or stop in anytime to tour our facility and you’ll see why our motto is “Don’t your pets deserve a vacation, too?”