Huge Indoor Dog Park Pampers Your Pooch, Unleashed Chooses K9Grass
by Wade Goodwyn
Open the door to Unleashed Indoor Dog Parks in Dallas, and it feels a little like you've stepped into the lobby of a Hyatt or maybe an upscale health spa. But just beyond the waterfall wall that curtains the front desk is a sight for dogs' eyes.
The park is the size of a jet airplane hangar. But instead of 737s and an endless expanse of concrete, it looks like an indoor practice facility for a professional football team. When the facility opened last week, 300 dogs arrived to romp on the 50,000 square feet of artificial grass laid over a foot of fine gravel. Customer Nancy Perry has already begun bringing Jack, her 5-year-old Labrador retriever, here regularly. "I like that it's clean; I like that it's safe," Perry says. "I like that it's monitored. I think it's a great concept."
Outdoor Dog Park Wasn't Ideal
Kelly Acree, 33, came up with the Unleashed concept. She regularly took her dog, a Labrador retriever mix, to Dallas' very popular municipal outdoor dog park.
That park was so popular that it soon became overwhelmed. Then she had the idea of an indoor dog park. "People didn't clean up after themselves, so it smelled bad," Acree says. "There were no amenities, no restrooms, nothing to drink. Half the time, the water spigots wouldn't be on, so you couldn't even water the dogs in the heat of the summer. So we thought if you took it inside and it was air conditioned, clean, and you had handlers to break up fights and make it safe — and you made the experience comfortable for both the owner and the dog — would people be willing to pay for it?"...
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