Instant Live 8: Five-star pooch hotel opens in Richardson

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by WYATT GOOLSBY

WFAA

Posted on August 20, 2012 at 12:43 PM

Updated Thursday, Oct 17 at 7:48 PM

RICHARDSON - Richardson now has the newest five-star hotel in North Texas, but it's not for you and me. It's only for dogs.

The doggie day care known as the "Pooch Hotel" opened its doors on Saturday, and already has a lot of four-legged guests.

The hotel offers amenities like beds, TVs, spa treatments and a fitness program. Playtime with humans and other dogs is another plus.

"I think that taking them out of a home environment and sticking them just in a kennel when they're not getting a lot of social interaction can just add to the stress of being away from home and their families,” said Meagan Karnes, the general manager. “Here they are able to interact with people all day long. They are able to interact with other dogs and that really fulfills a need that they have when they are away from home."

The Pooch Hotel is open 24 hours a day, seven days a week. Day care is $25. Overnight stays are more. Of course, you pay extra for pedicures, facials, and extra tummy rubs.

The Richardson Pooch Hotel is located at 751 S. Central Expressway.

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