Happy New Year, we hope all of your Winter celebrations were wonderful! We stayed very busy this holiday season but wouldn’t want things to work any other way! I just wanted to take a moment to give a public thank you to Juan, Joanna, Laura, Dani, Molly and especially Bri for stepping up and doing such a great job in 2019. I got married in November and would not have been able to give my wife and family all the attention they deserved without the hard work, support and dependability of our Paradise for Pets staff! Thank you, you are all rock-stars!
The weather can’t make up its mind if we are in Winter or Early Spring, but we always get a lot of questions about what happens at P4P when the temperatures dip or snow is threatening. Essentially, things runs the same as in Summer just reversed. We will keep the dogs inside in the kennel where it is nice and cozy in the early morning until the the day has a chance to warm up, and they will head inside a little earlier than usual when the mercury drops. Our #1 deciding factor is if we can keep the pets water buckets free of ice, after that it comes down to each dog’s comfort level. When snow does fall, it comes in handy that we have two Staff members living on property, a snow plow and a generator on hand if things take a turn for the worse. We will be open our regular hours no matter what the weather throws at the DMV, so no need to worry about who is caring for our guests when snow is falling!
In other news, Paradise for Pets will be integrating a few changes for Daycare and our payment options. The bad news first. After 6 years of keeping our daycare rate the same, it will be going up to $25/day. This change will go into place in June of 2020. Paradise for Pets has been blessed to have such an increase in demand for our daycare services, but we have struggled to keep the rate where it was while adding on the additional staff in the evening. The new rate should stay the same for another 3-5 years. The good news. We will start offering daycare packages at a discount of 10% with 1 bath included for every 10 days purchased with automated billing. We will be working with PawLoyalty to add Credit Card storage, pre-payment and recurring billing options starting in March. Please direct any question you have to me, Jonathan.
We hope that you and your pets had a fun-filled, relaxing summer! Summer officially comes to an end this Monday. You may have noticed that we are a little busier than normal for this time of year. The number of our overnight guests has stayed at a steady 60 per weekend, versus the usual 30 per weekend. We have also had a huge influx in the amount of regular daycare customers. We want to thank you for your patience when it takes a little longer to check your dog in or out.
You may have also noticed a sign posted by the front door, stating our closings for the upcoming High Holy Days. Those closings are as listed on our Hours and Rates page, as well as the sidebar to the right. We appreciate your understanding. And if you have ever wondered what happens when we are closed for these religious observances, you’re not the only one! During these closings, everything is exactly the same except there we don’t serve any customers! Our guests’ schedule remains the same. They still get to play outside, bark at squirrels, and dig as many holes as they want. We are still here supervising our guests; we just don’t answer the phones or conduct business of any kind.
Lastly, we know that the holidays seem far away but if you already have plans to go out of town without your pet it is best to make a reservation for them now. We are already 30% full for Thanksgiving and 35% booked for Christmas. We recommend you make your holiday reservations as soon as possible to ensure your pet has a space. If we continue to book at the speed we are right now, we will probably be fully booked by end of October.
If you are a new customer and are having trouble creating a profile and reservation online, please reference this walkthrough video. If you are a returning customer and are having trouble requesting a reservation online, please reference this walkthrough video. If you are still experiencing complications, do not hesitate to call or email us.
We hope your autumn is filled with crisp cool days and lots of pupkin spiced lattes!
Paradise for Pets Staff
Happy Summer, it is finally here!
As our busy season gets underway, we just want to remind our customers that we do consistently fill up from mid-June to Labor Day. Once your travel is booked it is always a great idea to call us or submit a reservation online. We have recently added two new members to our Paradise Crew, please welcome Dani and Lexie. They are both avid pet lovers with a lot of unique experiences to bring to your pets’ care. Dani will be a year-round addition and Lexie will be helping us during the busy Summer and Winter Holiday season. Feel free to introduce yourself to them. We appreciate your patience as we bring them on board and up to speed! You can also say “hi” to: Bri (Assistant Manager), Joanna (Kennel Lead), Juan (Facilities Supervisor), Laura (Kennel Tech), Jonathan (Manager), and David (Owner).
Our sunshades are all installed and have already received a few tune-ups thanks to some of the powerful storms we have had the last few weeks. The misting system is getting a final touch up June 14th but is operating and ready for the warmer weather.
Our daycare dogs are a constant delight and extremely valued customers here at Paradise for Pets. We have had a tremendous amount of growth in attendance the last 8 months and couldn’t be happier about it. We will have to start introducing Capacity Limited daycare days. As temperatures, humidity and the chance of strong thunderstorms soar, so does our volume of guests. This can create an uncomfortable situation in our indoor facility. The day before we expect difficult weather, we will be sending our Daycare families an automated text message warning of limited space in Daycare the following day and asking for reservation/call before bringing your pet in. We hate to change our “as you need it” policy on daycare but this is for the safety and comfort of the pets. I only expect to have a handful of days fall into this category each year. We deeply appreciate your understanding!
We all hope your summer gets off to an amazing start and are excited to have your pets spend some time with us!
Here are some pictures of good boys and girls from the spring season!
Spring is here, and it is about time!
We hope you all have made it through this wet and chilly winter safely and with your sanity intact! Here at Paradise for Pets we are prepping for the warmer months. We are checking our sunshades and ordering new ones to keep our pens cool, prepping some yards to be reseeded with grass and you may have noticed our giant pile of mulch is changing size by the day.
With Spring right around the corner, we will have a closure and a restricted hours day for Passover. On April 21st we will just be open 9-11am in observance of Passover and the office will be closed all day April 26th. We really appreciate your understanding and patience with us, as these dates are also over the Spring Break for most school districts. As always, we will be here caring for our guests over the Religious closing, just like a Saturday.
With the return of Spring, we also want to remind everyone that Ticks, Mosquitos and Fleas will be poking there pesky biting heads out as well. Frontline, K-9 Advantix, Sentinel, and NexGard are your best defense against these threats. They also are required for our canine guests from April-October. We will be having our outdoor areas treated by Mosquito Squad to limit our guest exposure as best we can.
October has flown by and November has decided to hibernate and let winter take over. The winter holidays are quickly approaching. The leaves went from green and healthy to making the best dog couch possible. Flea and tick treatments are no longer required for visits at Paradise, this will be the case until March. We still think they are a great idea and provide excellent protection from biting bugs and their associated illnesses.
It often comes as an unwelcome surprise to our customers, but we do book up about 15 weeks out of the year. Prince George’s county rates Paradise for pets to 110 dogs and 5 small mammals (cats, rabbits, etc.) for overnight care. We try our absolute best to make sure that we can get as close to that number as possible, while still making sure everyone has a safe, pleasant and fun stay. Unfortunately, we are currently at capacity for the Thanksgiving holiday. We have a waitlist and every year we move guests off the list and into a yard! This is also why we do not charge a cancellation fee, there is always someone in need that will take your spot. We are at about 70% capacity for the Christmas holiday, so if you need to board your favorite beast, reserve your spot ASAP! You can do that by calling us today at 301-776-6353 or making an online reservation here.
Since Mother Nature has decided to skip right to the colder weather, feel free to dress your pet for the weather! We try to keep our guests out as long as possible, but when it is just too cold and the sun’s not shining, we bring the pups into our indoor kennel. Our kennel is heated to the perfect temperature to keep our guests warm and toasty. They are still with their groups while indoors and have ample space (5.5’x30′) to play to their heart’s content. Or if they prefer to take a snooze, each run has a large bed and a sheepskin rug to make it feel like they are right at home.
As Thanksgiving approaches, you may be wondering what feast leftovers you can and cannot give your fluffy friend. Fear not! We have compiled handy list for you. Enjoy the Season!
Labor Day has passed and summer is officially over. School is back in session, community pools are closing, and the nights are crisp…at least they are supposed to be! It is a week into September, and it hasn’t been below 80° yet! We are doing our best to have our guests out as much as possible, but in this heat and humidity, it’s been difficult. We are hoping that this endless heat wave will fade and that the cool fall days that we all know and love will be here soon. We know the last thing you want to think about is how quickly the holiday season is approaching, but we do recommend that if you already know your plans, you reserve a spot for your furry friend!
And with the coming of Fall, the High Holy Days are approaching a bit faster than usual! We will be closed:
We appreciate and thank you in advance for you understanding! And if you have ever wondered what happens when we are closed for these religious observances, you’re not the only one! During these closings, everything is exactly the same except there are no customers! Our guests still get breakfast, belly rubs, treats, and dinner. They get to play outside with their friends, dig holes, and chase each other. The staff is still here supervising the pets, cleaning up and maintaining our facility, we just don’t answer the phones or conduct business of any kind.
Did you know that September is National Service Dog Month? September is all about honoring the hardworking pups out there that serve countless people. We’re talking all kinds of service: police dogs, fire dogs, search and rescue dogs, guide and hearing dogs, therapy dogs, seizure alert dogs etc. the list is endless! So, in honor of this month we would like to share some fun facts about service dogs with you!
- The most common breeds that serve as service dogs are Labrador Retrievers, Golden Retrievers and German Shepherds.
- Hospitals will frequently use therapy dogs to offer comfort to distressed patients which in turn reduce anxiety and blood pressure.
- Seizure alert dogs are trained to smell changes in their handlers’ blood, as well as trained to notice warning signs of a possible seizure and know how to alert their handler.
- It takes about 18-24 months to fully train a service dog.
We hope you had a relaxing and enjoyable summer and that this whole ‘sweating in September’ thing ends soon!
Paradise for Pets Staff
August is almost here, which means summer is almost over. It has been hot and muggy (and just a bit rainy) like every Maryland summer, but this one seems to have blown by at an unusual speed. Before you know it, school will start up again, the leaves will change colors, and we will be longing for when the temperature was above 60°.
We hope that you are enjoying our new reservation system! We are still working out some kinks to make it the most user-friendly it can be. If you ever have questions about it, please give us a call or email us. You may have noticed a few emails from us regarding missing vaccines, upcoming appointments, birthday wishes etc., and we are still fine-tuning those automated emails. If you receive an email regarding missing or expired vaccines, that does not necessarily mean they are missing or expired. The system sends out the email a month before the vaccine expires, so that if you do have an upcoming appointment, you have enough time to get that vaccine updated and don’t have to worry about it last minute. We have also been sending out birthday wishes to your lovely pets in which the email states your pup gets a free day of doggy daycare on us! No need to make a reservation for it, just show us the email when you drop off and we will apply the birthday coupon.
As summer winds down and you try to fit in one more getaway weekend, make sure to reserve a spot for your pet, as we are filling up fast for the last couple weekends of summer. And as they say, its never too early to start thinking about the holidays. Plan your trips now and reserve your pet’s spot as soon as possible for the upcoming holidays; we fill up faster than you’d think!
Speaking of holidays, the Fall Jewish High Holy Days are a little earlier than usual this year. We will be closed 9/10, 11, 19, 24 and 10/1. We will have limited hours of 9-11am and 5-7pm with no daycare on Sept 25th and Oct 2nd. As always, thank you for your patience during these observances. Our staff will be here taking care of all our guests just like every other day, but we will not answer the phones, email or check anyone in/out.
It is with a bit of sadness and pride that we are saying goodbye to Sarah, a longtime member of our team. You probably know Sarah for her stylish glasses, office phone on her hip, and a leash over her shoulders. Sarah had worked with us for almost 2 and half years. Our staff and guests are going to miss having her calm and positive attitude radiating on the grounds.
Our new hire, Nicole, is getting a feel for things around the yards and runs. Make sure to say hi to Nicole and her adorable puppy, Wally.
We hope you and your loved ones enjoy the last dog days of summer and enjoy every bit of sunshine you can!
Paradise for Pets
Paradise for Pets is ready for all the fun and adventure that Summer will bring us this year! The vacation season has officially started for us and we are already filling up quick for Independence Day. Now would be a wonderful time to try out our new Reservation form. The new form is a little different but will make things a bit easier for everyone. New customers please pop your email address in the space provided and hit enter, you will be directed to fill out your information. For returning customers, Step One is to enter your email address. If you have never given us an email address but have boarded before, try your first and last name @paradise4pets.com (example, JaneSmith@paradise4pets.com) Step Two, Select your service. Either Daycare or Boarding (Grooming will be added later this summer). Choose the correct weight for your pet. Step Three, Check the appropriate box for the pet(s) that will be coming in. Step Four, Click on your preferred Drop-off date and then your Pick-up date. Step Five, Click on Book Dates. You will see a rough cost estimate for your visit and be able to edit the dates on the following page. Your request will appear in our software and we will approve it shortly!
Canine Influenza is rearing its head on the East Coast again this year. We are still not requiring the vaccine for either strain but would encourage every dog owner to speak with their veterinarian about preventative treatments. Here are two articles that show where the virus is popping up and what you can do about it, https://www.dogflu.com/outbreak-map and NYTimes .
With all the recent rain in the area we have contracted the Mosquito Squad to treat our yards for ticks and mosquitos monthly through October. Their treatment is safe for pets and humans, but it does require all our guests to stay inside while it is applied and drying. The entire process takes about 1 hour, if you have any questions or are interested in having your home treated please speak with Jonathan.
Summer boarding rate will start July 1st and be an additional $2/day. We look forward to seeing you and your pet soon!
Paradise for Pets