As the winter cold continues to drag on, people are looking to escape to warmer climates—even if it’s just for a few days. But for dog and cat owners, leaving town is not so simple. Beyond finding a pet-sitter amongst your network of friends, family or your local vet, there is that undeniable feeling of guilt for leaving your best friend behind.
Now imagine a place that was so much fun that your dog actually asked you to take a vacation. That place is Park9, a canine resort experience. Located adjacent to Toronto’s Pearson Airport, Park9 has created a cage-free environment complete with an indoor pool, indoor and outdoor playgrounds and a wellness spa. Individual accommodations range from private suites and pool-side cabanas to slumber rooms for the more social dog.
Animal wellness is a top priority for Founder Susan Rupert. As a result, Park9 is equipped with a specially designed air exchange system to ensure that dogs and cats are only breathing the freshest possible air. Moreover, Rupert’s decade of experience in operating UrbanDog Fitness + Spa has provided her with a great sensitivity to the special needs of older, more senior dogs. To accommodate these dogs, Park9 boasts a separate area for canine guests that feature a little more grey than their younger companions.
Still feeling guilty about leaving on vacation? Consider this: A study published in the Journal of Physiology and Behaviour suggests that dogs, when properly stimulated, actually enjoy their own vacation from their normal surroundings. The study revealed that dogs have higher levels of arousal, colder noses and were generally more active in a boarding environment than they were at home.
To ensure the safety of all guests and staff, Park9 has a “Play Nice Policy” whereby all dogs must pass an assessment before coming to stay. Free tours are offered regularly as part of Park9’s model of openness and transparency.
To learn more go to www.park9dogs.com or call (416) 679-9599.