SPEEDWAY — A new doggy daycare has made its debut in Speedway and has already been a big hit with locals in three weeks it’s been open.
Puppy Pitstop is owned by four animal-loving families who wanted to save the building that once housed Dog Tracks.
Dog Tracks was open for less than a year when the owner became injured and could no longer work.
“We got together and purchased it and opened it under a different name,” Connie Harris, one of the owners, said. “We painted and jazzed it up a bit. It happened really quickly; we started talking in February and we purchased it and then had our grand opening March 15.”
The renovations included making entrances for small dogs and big dogs, new paint, two indoor play areas and three outdoor play areas.
“This was all just mud at first,” fellow owner Amy Valentine said. “We’re looking to get benches and agility pieces for dogs to play on and some things to shade the area. It’s much bigger outside than you would imagine.”
In the winter, Valentine says Puppy Pitstop will probably have a smaller cap of dogs than in the summer.
The boarding area has 12 suites, which she says makes them the largest kennel in the area.
“We say 75 square foot per dog,” she said. “We have about 14 dogs in the big play area maximum and about 15 in the small dog area at one time. We wanted to be flexible in our areas, which is why we didn’t do permanent walls. We have fences that we can move.”
The owners have hired two dog trainers: Lora Robinson, an animal behavior college certified dog trainer, and and Robbie Ritter, a certified professional dog trainer.
“We hope to be known as a place to take your dogs to be trained,” Harris said. “We will have puppy classes for basic manners, specialty cases, Friday night socials, and we offer daycare and boarding. We will have grooming soon and Robbie is going to have a wellness center for dogs that includes dry and wet massages, treadmill workouts, and water therapy and safety swims.”