RIVERVIEW - Dogs seem to love Canine Cabana - some even claim they send their friends.
"Our dog, Benny, loves it. He was a fearful, shy dog when we adopted him," said client Kim Nykanen. "The staff at the Cabana has worked to make him more secure and comfortable with strangers. They are friendly, caring and professional.
"Benny recommends Canine Cabana to all of his dog friends, and they love it too," she said.
Canine Cabana, a premier doggy day care, lodging and training facility at 9708 Carr Road in Riverview, is enjoying its fifth anniversary. The facility offers indoor, climate-controlled play areas and more than an acre of outdoor, tree-covered play areas. Activities include doggie birthday and holiday parties.
Canine Cabana's owners, Kendall Duncan and Angie Frazier, first met at Busch Gardens in 1997. Both trained zookeepers, they took their 20 years of animal care experience with them when they returned to the animals that started their passion - dogs.
After three years of design and development, they opened Canine Cabana together in May 2008.
"Kendall and I are so grateful to have been in business for five years. We have grown tremendously and attribute our success to our strong background in animal care and behavior, as well as our commitment to staff training and development," said Frazier. "Our team loves their jobs and always looks for ways to make a dog's stay even better."
The pair also believe in community service.
They are involved in a number of charitable organizations, including the Critter Adoption Rescue Effort in Ruskin, A Kid's Place in Brandon and Project Troop Dogs, an organization that coordinates shipments of supplies, including doggles, dog treats and paw treatments to military working dogs and their handlers.
"With MacDill Air Force Base in our community, we wanted to connect our love of dogs and show our appreciation for military personnel," Frazier said. "Project Troop Dogs has been a great way for us to give back."
There are new programs on the horizon for Cabana's furry friends.
"Currently, we are looking to add exclusive events and activities for our tiniest guests, including Tiny Tot Tuesdays where dogs 10 pounds and under will have playtime in our indoor, climate-controlled playroom," Frazier said.
For more information on Canine Cabana, go to www.caninecabana.biz or call (813) 672-9663. To learn more about Project Troop Dogs, visit http://troopdogs.wordpress.com.
Lorianne De Loreto is a freelance writer who can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.