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Petite Paradise disrupts the traditional pet boarding | News

Residents of Milledgeville and Twin Lakes just got a unique new place to house their pets.

Petite Paradise Pet Resort, which just held its grand opening on July 1, offers invested outdoor space to care for pets of all types, and effectively upends the traditional notion of dog kennels.

“Pets need a place that feels more like home, which reduces their stress levels when they’re away from loved ones,” says Petite Paradise owner Linda Richter. “If they have to be locked in a cage, they are not happy, and if they have other dogs to play with, that makes them a together much less stressed. You don’t have barking dogs because they’re in a kennel, and everyone hears each other and plays.

In the short time the business has been up and running, Petite Paradise has already earned a reputation as a caring and convenient pet-friendly resort. Rather than keep dogs in kennels and confined spaces, Linda and her husband/co-owner Don dedicated an entire home (which ironically was once a daycare) to housing the animals in their care. The resort accommodates everything from dogs and cats to lizards and turtles, and maintains a dedicated area for each type of animal. Although the cats are rightly kept away in a separate room, Richter’s canine clientele is divided according to size, age and temperament, and placed in a corresponding room to interact and play. with other dogs. So far, she says, the concept has worked extremely well, and aside from a few torn quilts from initially anxious guests, she’s had no problems.

“It makes a lot of difference [keeping dogs in an open environment]says Richter. “When they don’t feel as confined, they don’t feel as stressed. We had a lady who left, and when she left she wrote on Facebook that it was the easiest transition for her dog in the 14 years they had him, simply because they didn’t were not locked up in cages and that they could play with everyone. It’s like going to camp, and the dog acted like he really didn’t want to go.

It looks like Petite Paradise’s new approach to pet boarding has caught on with both animals and humans. Although the resort has only been open for two months, a steady stream of customers have already entrusted their companions to its care. Richter, who has 35 years of experience in nearly every area of ​​the animal care industry, treats every pet like she might treat a human child, often referring to them as “people.” While she probably wouldn’t complain about such a prospect, it would be impossible for Richter to watch over his animals every minute of the day, and the resort owner even fought her own need to sleep with another sleep innovation. pet care.

“We have this cute little box that plays sounds that calm animals,” Richter says. “There are hidden tones in the music, a bit like subliminal messages, which calm them down. We play it for eight hours at night, and it’s been a lifesaver. When we walk through the door in the morning, if someone complains, we know they are unhappy with where they are staying.

In its efforts to create the most enjoyable experience for animals in an inherently upsetting situation, it seems Petite Paradise has thought of everything. From plush beds and wide-open rooms for the dogs, special requests from owners, and cleaning what she estimates more than 15 times a day, Richter’s dedication and love for animals is unmatched. Although her methods are somewhat unorthodox, she thinks the behavior of the pets leaving the resort is more than enough to break the traditional pet boarding mold.

“I don’t know if people just didn’t think about it, if they didn’t think it would work,” Richter says. “In fact, when I talked to some people about it, I was told that the idea would never work in this town and that I would never have a business. It’s been a little over a month since we are working on it and I can tell you that it works.