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Why We Offer Doggie Daycare

Some people think that Doggie Daycare is over the top, but when you see how happy the dogs are having the chance to just be dogs and play with each other, communicating in doggie language, you understand.
Bowser Pippi
Seeing the dogs play is great, but when you can see their personalities bloom and grow, it’s really wonderful. Last week we were so proud of these three females, Bailey the Rottie, Kumba the Ridgeback and Lucy the Cattle Dog, all strong, take-charge females who didn’t like each other too much when they first started coming to daycare. With encouragement and time spent together playing, expending energy and learning to communicate with each other, now they can all nap in the same space close to each other with no problems!
Lucy Kumba Bailey Friends

Well socialized and exercised dogs are happy dogs!

From the Ground Up

Now we’re getting to the really fun part – the new store building is going up! The walls were fabricated by Quality Construction off-site and delivered, ready to be put together like a big jigsaw puzzle.

Walls Delivered

Ben Inglalls and crew got to work within a couple days the first floor was up and the deck laid for the second floor.

Walls going up

The opening in the deck will be for a staircase that will provide interior access to the second floor.

Opening for 2nd flr

The second delivery from Quality Construction brought the walls for the second floor and the roof joists. With the second floor erected, the framing was complete and the plywood for the roof was put in place.

Second Flr Up

The building structure is a  Zip System® and the seams are covered with Zip Tape, all the latest in modern construction, it’s insulated plywood and made to withstand weather during the construction phase, as well as eliminate the need for house wrap.

Almost done front

Here are some pictures of the almost completed building structure.

Back View

And a picture from across the road. As you can see, the scale is similar to the house. (If you weren’t sure, our financing for the project is through NBT bank.)

From the road

So, the first floor of the new building will become the new retail store location. The second floor will be some storage and will have a room for events or indoor doggie daycare in bad weather. The adjacent house will be remodeled for doggie daycare and overnight care on the first floor, with a caretaker’s apartment on the second floor.

Things are Happening!

At Dog Wild Canine Supply we love dogs (and cats too)! So we have a dream of taking our store and expanding to our own piece of property where we can have not only a store, but also a place for doggie daycare and over-night care.

The opportunity came when the house and property next to our current store came up for sale. We made an offer and it was accepted. Actually getting to the closing date took a long eight months, but we got there in July of 2012. The house was in rough shape and the property needed to be developed, but we had a start.

Dog Wild House

While Ray started working nights and weekends to gut the inside of the house back to the studs, Dana developed the business plan. Together we gathered quotes from contractors and took the proposal to the bank at the beginning of April 2013. A friend put together this artist rendering to give everyone a visual of where we wanted to go.

Dog Wild Future

April to August has been satisfying the needs of the bank and particularly the SBA in order to get the funding we need to make our dream into a reality. Finally we are moving forward with the ability to bring in contractors and get started on the big pieces! Trees are coming down, and a big one – the worn out garage is coming down!

Barn Before

Barn Coming Down Fred Fields, our site-work contractor, brought in his big equipment and made short work of the ugly pink garage. What had been a building was soon a pile of rubble. After two days and six truck loads hauled to the dump, the garage was gone and the space was opened up.

Barn Down

Barn is gone

Going forward from here, we hope to see activity and progress every week as we move toward the construction of the new store building, renovation of the house, and the installation of a large amount of fencing.

More blog entries and pictures to come as we share our progress toward the best dog and cat place in Cooperstown!