Nothing brings me more joy than a wagging tail. I grew up in a home where four-legged creatures made us two-legged creatures all the better for it. I can’t imagine a more perfect coexistence than people and pets. Pawlins is a manifestation of that belief.
As the youngest of three sisters, I grew up with an assortment of pets, from my oldest sister’s stray kitten rescues to my middle sister’s gotta-love-him black lab Bonaparte to my Dad’s Jack Russell appropriately named “Jack.” Jack was a barometer of human feelings. What we felt, he reflected. You could say he taught us all to take a good look at ourselves and what we were projecting. So when I left home to start my own career as a physical therapist, I started my own furry family to accompany me. There was Memphis, Zoe, Chi-Chi and Sadie. Now, my husband, Mark, and I have Cap and Cam (a rescue hound whose howls have taught me a whole new dog language).
Anyone who has had a canine sidekick is quick to credit the dog for being teacher as much as friend. Little did I know that my embrace of the human-animal bond would literally grow into a place that would become a second home for dogs and cats when their families were away.
My own experiences led me to extensive study of canine behavior and language through the Dog Gurus, who are industry leaders and have set the standards regarding safe off-leash dog play. Furry friends thrive in a nurturing environment where they exercise their bodies and brains. Pawlins and our partner, River Road Veterinary Hospital, is a family operation made up of veterinarians, vet techs, and just plain animal lovers who have backed up their affection with certified training. This endeavor is truly a full-service concept where we strive for five tail-wag ratings.
You might say my family has gone to the dogs. We have turned our love and passion for canines into a family business. Both my daughter and my brother-in-law are veterinarians, my wife is a canine advocate/lover/volunteer, and my son-in-law has been managing upscale dog daycare and boarding in Colorado. We decided that if we put our expertise into a dog daycare and boarding business, we would start from the ground up. When I say from the ground up, I mean that we started with an empty lot across the street from the levee on River Road. We put thought into every door handle and hinge to the ventilation system and paint colors, down to vital safety features for our canine visitors. If this was going to be a home-away-from-home facility for dogs, it had to meet our personal home standards as a safe and comfortable place. After 30-plus years building businesses based on customer satisfaction in both the medical and entertainment industries, I have now put that focus on a cutting-edge dog daycare/kennel with an onsite veterinary clinic. This concept, in conjunction with the latest in canine care, is the only of its kind in the city. As the pet industry grows, so has the need for excellence in pet care. Because this business is based on love of family (including the furry ones) and of our city, we have affectionately named it PAWLINS, where the good dogs roll.
I am a stickler for the language dogs and humans use to communicate. Today’s family is most often a unit of people and pets, that bond is the reason pet care is advancing to a higher standard each day. How dogs and humans relate is high priority for me, as well as for my wife, Courtney, a veterinarian in the medical clinic at Pawlins. Managing high-end doggie daycare and boarding facilities has given me first-hand experience in how to enhance this communication. At Pawlins, we provide care and enrichment, not just space to board your dog. We want to send your canine kid home an even better pup, not just a tired one. During their stay, your dog will learn to improve personal skills and manners, such as waiting for the command once a gate or door is opened. The most important part of a dogs daycare and boarding experience is socialization where dogs can be dogs, and we at Pawlins enhance that experience by providing carefree play within safe boundaries.
We have a staff of what I call high-feelers; they are here because they love animals. And their training is all about how to secure the safety and well-being of all our guests.