The dogs of Harbor Country now have a new, modern, indoor play and stay facility in New Buffalo.
Redman and Company Day Care opened for their first four-legged clients Thursday, Dec. 15. The new play space is located at 219 West Madison Street, in the building that formerly housed the temporary New Buffalo Township Library.
The principle human, Reese Herrera, has spent the past two months updating and modifying the space to make it just right for his furry guests and his partner Redman, a friendly, laid-back Doberman Pinscher, for whom the facility is named. Redman, along with Herrera and dog care assistant Ashley Elkins, is onsite fulltime to ensure that each guest has plenty of supervision and play interaction when they visit.
Herrera has designed the main space with four open, bright and modern play areas. The play areas designated for large dogs, medium and small dogs and independent dogs, are fenced in with a friendly white picket fence, allowing for full visibility to each of the areas. A dedicated dog person, Elkins is on hand to play fetch and interact with the dogs all day. The play areas are climate controlled, and the flooring is a pet-friendly, rubber based floor covering, which Herrera said is easy on the dog’s paws. There is also a fenced-in, outside area for relief and supervised time.
Colorful art by local artists Matt Swenson and Martha Cares, along with photographs of local dog friends, warm the space.
Herrera said he designed the space and developed the concept “based on what I would want for Redman.” He said he wanted a place that he would be comfortable leaving Redman in and wanted people to feel the same way about his new play space when leaving their dogs. He said after playing all day, the dogs are tired and ready to go to sleep. He and Elkins agreed on one thing: “A tired, happy dog makes for a happy owner.”
Herrera has taken on this new adventure after 20 years in corporate sales, which required him to travel frequently. He knew the need in this area for a pet-friendly, safe environment for owners to feel good about when leaving their best pals for a day or for a longer period. Herrera said he wanted to provide care and attention that he would want for his own dog and partner.
Redman and Company accepts clients seven days a week and has limited overnight boarding rooms, with more rooms to come. Play time is from 7:30 a.m. to noon and from noon until 6:30 p.m. Monday through Friday and from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday and Sunday. A full day of play runs $25 per day, while a half day is $15. Overnight boarding is $45, including play time, with check out by noon. When spending the night, the dog or dogs will have a comfortable unit with a doggie bed, with Herrera onsite throughout the night.
Herrera also has a security camera monitoring the facility at all times. He said he can pull the video feed up on his phone if he is offsite or in his quarters. In the future, he plans to provide a web camera for owners to monitor their dogs at play or sleep.
When visiting the day care, a few things are required of the owner: proof of a current vaccination certificate, including updated rabies, Bordetella and distemper/parvo vaccines. All the guest dogs must be spayed or neutered. Each dog will be given a chance to prove themselves to be social with others, or they may enjoy a private area to just observe the action.
For more information, call 269-586-3748 of stop by for a visit.
You can find them on Facebook at FB/RedmanAndCompanyDogDayCare or email firstname.lastname@example.org.