Suite Deal For Your Four-Legged Friends
Preppy Pet Suites offers an upscale, spacious home away from home.
Is your dog a little spoiled?
Come on, you can admit it.
Fido requires a little more play time than others, right? More cuddle time too?
And you worry about where to leave him when you go away?
Have no fear: Preppy Pet Suites is here.
"It was always a dream of mine to own my own business, and I always had a huge passion for animals. I wanted to open a place that I would feel comfortable leaving my own pet. A place with a nice atmosphere; a brighter, happier facility. ... A place where people wouldn't have to worry about leaving their pets," said Elaina Adelman, who is the franchise owner with her husband, Ed.
Elaina got a job in finance after she graduated college but soon realized "I didn't want to do that the rest of my life." So, she got started on her new career as a part-time dog walker and pet sitter. Next, she became a certified dog obedience instructor and groomer.
The Warrington couple soon discovered the Florida-based Preppy Pet Suite chain, which began in 2003. After a couple years they found what they thought was the perfect location at 605 Norristown Road and opened in the summer of 2010.
"Warminster is the perfect place to set this up because of all the clientele we get here," said the 27-year-old.
Preppy Pet Suites focuses on personal attention, with all dogs getting a minimum of five outdoor walks per day.
"They don't 'go' where they sleep," Elaina said. "Cleanliness is our number-one concern."
Another thing that sets it apart, she said, is the amount of space indoor and outside.
"We have a 1-1/4-acre property. We have three yards. It's like a big dog park out there for them," she said.
"A lot of other places just have a small cement area or none at all."
Inside, there's room for as many as 105 dogs.
Preppy Pet Suites offers unlimited overnight boarding for dogs, cats, birds and other small animals in a climate-controlled environment that includes five different sized "suites," as large as 10 feet by 3-1/2 feet. Fees, as low as $15.99 per night, are based in part on the size of the proprietary custom-built suite.
The indoor play areas are named country clubs, yacht clubs and racquet clubs.
Customers can purchase private or group play for their dogs, depending on their age or temperament. They can customize their pets' stay further by scheduling their favorite activity with one of about 15 staff members.
It offers grooming, spa bath treatments and even televisions for the pets.
"It just helps them feel more comfortable," Elaina said of the TVs. "We try to add a little comfort from home."
And if all that isn't enough to make customers feel completely at ease, they can go online and watch their pets in their home away from home.
"We have pet cams in the inside play areas," Elaina explained. "People can log on when they're on vacation or at work if they just want to make sure their dog is OK."
Fido, and his owners, never had it so good.