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Paradise for Pups: New Dog Daycare in Charlotte

Dogtopia in Charlotte
Dogtopia in Charlotte
Nicole Pennell of Dogtopia

On March 20, 2010 the Newest Dog Daycare, Spa and Boarding Facility opened in Charlotte at 616 Springbrook Road in Charlotte, North Carolina. There’s a new stomping ground for Charlotte dogs to hang out and have fun while their owners are at work, and it’s already got a long line of tails wagging for the personalized care and individual treatment at an upscale dog daycare, spa and boarding facility. Dogtopia offers a spa, self-service dog wash, and boutique to Charlotte pampered pooches. It's design features bright yellow, green and blue colors with the atmosphere of a chic, upscale spa. Laid out with a children’s daycare facility in mind, Dogtopia has multiple playrooms to suit every personality and size.

Nicole Pennell is the owner of the newly opened Dogtopia who's decision to open was spurred on by the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina. At the time she was living in the Washington, D.C. area, Nicole packed up and went to Louisiana to assist displaced animals. The experience proved to be a major motivating factor in her decision to open her own business; a business that would allow her to work with animals on a daily basis.

Their mission is to create a local paradise for dogs, while giving their owners peace of mind while they’re away or at work. Instead of leaving their dogs at home alone or in an isolated kennel environment, Dogtopia provides an opportunity for social dogs to get exercise, playtime with pals and human interaction while their owners are away. They employ web cam technology in each room that allows the dogs’ owners to check on their pets at any time. Hours of operation are from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. weekdays, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Saturday and 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Sundays.

The Dogtopia concept was founded by Amy Nichols, who opened the first location in Tysons Corner, VA in June 2002. In addition, Nichols created a permanent non-profit arm of Dogtopia, known as K-9 Support, Inc., to support working dogs, such as military dogs, rescue dogs and Seeing Eye dogs. Annual K-9 Support Dog Wash events raise funds to send care packages to K-9 Handlers and their working dogs in Iraq and Afghanistan. Since starting K-9 Support in 2005, Dogtopia has raised more than $30,000 and sent more than 5,000 lbs of supplies overseas.

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