Reese Herrera, proprietor, and company namesake Redman, welcomed all to the official opening of the new dog play and stay facility located at 219 West Madison Street in New Buffalo Thursday, Feb 9.
Anxious four-legged guests led their owners into the newly renovated facility, which formerly housed the temporary New Buffalo Township Library, where both enjoyed treats and social time. While the dogs romped and played in one of four fenced-in and supervised play pods, the humans mingled in the lobby and human space enjoying light bites and beverages. “Gourmutt” dog treats were provided for the furry guests.
Harbor Country Chamber of Commerce President Rich Kochanny and Executive Director Viki Gudas, New Buffalo City Manager David Richards and Asst. Dist. Rep. Adam Mensinger of State Senator John Proos’s office attended the official ribbon-cutting along with supporters and friends. Mensinger delivered a signed State of Michigan Special Tribute from The Ninety-Ninth Legislature on behalf of State Senator John Proos, (R-Mi-21. Dist.) District Representative David Pagel (R- 78 Dist.) and U.S. Congressman Fred Upton (R-Mi. 6th Dist.) welcoming Redman & Company’s Dog Care business to the State of Michigan and Harbor Country. Mensinger stated that all of the elected representatives share a love for animals. They welcomed the new facility, which will provide a loving place for care. The Tribute states, in part, “We are grateful that Redman & Co. Dog Care will contribute to making Southwest Michigan a better place to live, work and play,”
The visiting dogs of Harbor Country seemed to agree with the Tribute, as all were enjoying running, fetching and playing with their human team leaders, Ashley Elkins and Noah Perritt.
The principle human, Reese Herrera, along with Dave Thompson of Fairview Construction, has spent the past two months updating and modifying the space to make it just right for his furry guests and his partner Redman, a friendly, laid-back Doberman Pinscher.
Redman is on-site along with Reese and dog care assistants Ashley Elkins and Noah Perritt full-time to ensure that each guest has plenty of supervision and play interaction when they visit.
Herrera has designed the main space with four open, bright and modern play areas. The play areas, designated for large dogs, medium and small dogs and independent dogs, are fenced in with a friendly white picket fence, allowing for full visibility to each of the areas. Elkins and Perritt, both dedicated dog people, are on hand to play fetch and interact with the dogs all day. The play areas are climate controlled and the flooring is a pet-friendly, rubber-based floor covering, which Reese says is easy on the dog’s paws. There is also a fenced-in outside area for relief and supervised time. Colorful art by local artists Matt Swenson and Martha Cares, along with photographs of local dog friends, warm the space.
Reese said he designed the space and developed the concept “based on what I would want for Redman.” He said he wanted a place where he would be comfortable leaving Redman, and wanted people to feel the same way. He said after playing all day, the dogs are tired and ready to go to sleep.
“A tired, happy dog makes for a happy owner,” he said.
Reese has taken on this new adventure after 20 years in corporate sales, which required him to travel frequently. He knew the need in this area for a pet-friendly, safe environment for owners to feel good about leaving their best pals at for a day or longer.
Redman and Company began accepting clients Dec. 15, and many have become daily guests. Dogs are welcomed seven days a week and there are limited, overnight, private boarding rooms (with more rooms to be built). Supervised play time is from 7:30 a.m. to noon and from noon until 6:30 p.m. Monday through Friday, as well as Saturday and Sunday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. A full day of play is $25 per day, while a half day is $15. Overnight boarding is $45, including play time, with check out by noon. When spending the night, the dog or dogs will have a comfortable suite with a doggie bed. More importantly, Herrera will also be onsite throughout the night.
Herrera also has a security camera monitoring the entire facility at all times. He said he can pull the video feed up on his phone if he is offsite or in his human quarters. In the future, he plans to provide a web camera for owners to monitor their dogs at play or sleep.
When visiting the day care, a few things are required of the owner. Proof of a current vaccination certificate is a must, including updated Rabies, Bordatella and distemper/parvo vaccines. All the guest dogs must be spayed or neutered. Each dog will be given a chance to prove themselves to be social with others or they may enjoy a private area to just observe the action.
For more information, call 269-586-3748 of stop by for a visit. You can find them on Facebook at FB/RedmanAndCompanyDogDayCare or email firstname.lastname@example.org.