The Pet Tailor

Happy Tails Camp Resort

Building our Facility

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Pictured above "As the 4 seasons pass" Each one offering their beauty.

 

The beginning of The Pet Tailor

The ”Pet Tailor” was founded by Kay after 15 years working in the Pet Industry. Her jobs ranged from part time to full time help, from assistant to management. Her places of employment included; Boarding Kennels, Pet shop, Feed store, Photography Studio, Grooming Salon, and Veterinary Hospitals. She spent over 20 years Showing and Breeding AKC Champion Afghan Hounds under the “Abba” banner.

The Farm was purchased in 1987 for the active Afghan hound needs. First we added a fenced yard for our breeding and showing needs.

In 1988 a Horse, Donkey, Sheep and then naturally a Herding dog were added.

After a couple years working at a grooming salon in town and noticing others also traveling into town for services it became apparent that the County needed our grooming services. In response “The Pet Tailor” was established in 1989 to tailor the fur coats on pets in the County.

 

Demand for Boarding came next, so the Breeding kennel in the lower part of our home was converted into a Boarding kennel and has been expanded as the demand increased.


Our first Construction was install separate runs outside. Because of the terrain we had to install terraced timbers down what once was a single hillside play yard to provide level areas to Install 4 standard 16’ runs and 4 larger enclosures, leaving the original fence as a perimeter fence. Pea gravel was put in the enclosures because it was the best surface for exercise and health. We then built an awning cover over the runs to protect the pets from the sun and rain. For the climbers we added a wire top to one of the runs for extra security.

Next we needed more space inside. We enclosed the porch, installed windows all the way around and added two doors.

The news of the pet’s happy tails began to spread and we found ourselves needing more space. Kay retired from Breeding and Showing and devoted her attention to maintaining and improving the care of visitors at the Pet Tailor facility.

 We laid out plans that would be best for our visiting pets and took it to the county for a special use permit to board 30 dogs. With that approval and the building permit, we started the construction of our new facility. It ended up taking 5 years to complete and was divided into seven phases of work.


Phase one

Phase one began by tearing down an old shed building attached to the garage that had been converted into Larry’s workshop and built four runs to replace the four larger enclosures we would lose during the next phase of construction. We used a base of 4X6 pressure treated timbers terraced, to make a level line for the fence panels. The timbers are built up 16 inches above the finished line of the runs to create what we call “pee walls”. Inside the runs we laid wire down on the ground and added concrete from the timbers towards the center of each run with the center left open for drainage. We then covered the base with 8 inches of smooth river gravel. On top of the timbers we installed the fence panels that we custom made.

The 1¼” chain link fabric we used allows the pet a clear view of everything but has a tight weave so the pets cannot get body parts stuck or be hurt by their neighbor. Its heavy gauge was strung tight and wrapped to insure that no one can get hurt or escape. All runs were topped with wire for security and awnings on the one end for protection from the sun and rain. We also built platforms for pets to lounge on in each run and made these runs 25’ long.


Phase Two

Phase two was started by taking down half the old perimeter fence, the four older large enclosures, a big old tree and leveling out a pad for the new building to be added to the end of our existing grooming room. We installed Pex tubing in the concrete floor so we could heat the floor and added drains in the foundation for our daily cleaning needs.

We had cinder block exterior walls built with dog door openings, windows, an exit door and 5’ high interior walls. The interior divider walls were topped with chain link to enclose each run and gates were added to the ends. Insulation, electrical, ceiling and lighting was completed. The walls and floor were primed and painted with epoxy paint for durability.

Cover grates were put on top of the drains and Professional two part dog doors were installed. We added an upstairs office/bedroom on top of this building and finished it off. Final touches inside the “Wagg-N-Tails Inn” were installing the AC, counter cabinet with sink, air purifier fan, refrigerator, dehumidifier, radio and personal storage bins for each pet’s belongings.

The outside part of this phase involved building a retaining wall to hold several truckloads of fill dirt needed to make these runs level. We used timbers, wire, concrete, chain link and gravel as we did earlier for the outside run construction. This time we made concrete pads outside the doggie doors instead of wood platforms.

We also terraced steps down the hill and around a tree in the corner section of the hillside to make a puppy play yard area and then added a small pool. Next we installed new 6’ high perimeter fencing, gates and a walkway around the new runs complete with steps as needed. We then installed awning covers over the outside runs and fenced in the puppy play yard with 6’ tall chain link.


Phase Three

In phase three we needed to fix up the interior building of the four runs we made in the beginning of phase one. Moving Larry out of this building was made possible by the completion of Larry’s new 24’ X 40’ woodworking shop building.

The old building was cleaned and stripped down to bare walls. New human doors where installed in both ends of the building. Cinder block divider walls were built, primed and painted with epoxy paint. Floors were painted and end gates were installed. New electric wiring and Doggie doors were installed. Water supply was brought over from the main building and drains were installed. We installed a vented gas heater, AC, new ceiling, new lighting, dehumidifier, radio and an air purifier. We restored the old workbench cabinet to use as a room divider, counter and storage for our remolded “Canine Country Club” building.

Phase Four

Designing the “Cataloft Villa” for our Feline friends was the beginning of phase four and is unlike anything we have ever seen. With plans in hand, we began the process by putting on a new roof, soffits, and added a dormer to enlarge the entrance doorway. We then moved out the remains of the upstairs workshop and cleaning out everything down to the studs.

The improved building was outfitted with new insulation, wallboard, ceiling, lighting, floor, a powerful exhaust fan and 13 new windows. We added a sink with water, drains, heater, AC, radio and a refrigerator. We made five-foot tall divider walls and added a close weave lattice frame from the wall to the ceiling to make separate rooms for the cats.

Larry made furniture grade cabinet towers for the front of each Villa. Each unit has a top cabinet to house the pet’s personal belongings, a middle section for water & feeding and a bottom section to serve as the litter box area. Each section is open on the inside for the felines and has doors with drawers on the outside. He then made human doors with framed wire inserts for the front entrance to each Villa.

We made several interior platforms for each Villa and installed them on the walls, spaced out from the floor to ceiling. We built ladders for the cats to walk up on, holes to climb through and then painted everything. Special boxes and scratching posts were built and added to each Villa. We also crafted a special toy box for each one so frisky felines can bat balls around and discover ways to get the hidden mice out of the box. Completion came after making bedding, rugs, hammocks and adding a TV.


Phase Five

Phase Five started with a building permit for an 18’ X 32’ extension to the existing Canine Country Club building. To begin the construction we had to take down more trees, cut into the hillside & fight the rocks to get in the footers. We continued with the use of “Pex” tubing for heat and the same drainage system in the foundation as we used in phase two. Cinder block walls with 12 larger interior stalls are laid out and built, complete with doggie doors, windows and a human door. We installed brighter lighting, a sink, extra water lines, heater, AC, dehumidifier, radio and a refrigerator.

This time we built a cathedral ceiling with a 4’ overhang outside and installed several ceiling fans inside. The doggie doors were custom made with clear vinyl flaps to make it easier for timid pets to use the doors. We chose a different style run gate and custom made the upper walls with clear Lexan® in wood frames.

Concrete platforms were added to the outsides of the doggie doors and we used the same “Pee Wall” system. The outside runs on the backside go out towards a natural rock wall with a wood deck walkway built between the runs and the rock wall. The backside perimeter fence was installed on top of the rock wall to later serve as part of the upper play yard we had planned.

Before beginning the front side of the runs we had to remove another old shed building and build another retaining wall. Several loads of topsoil were added and the “pee walls were built. We continued with the same wire, concrete and gravel base with chain link panels, gates and covers as we did before. Lastly we installed the perimeter fence and gates around these runs and opened up the fenced in passage way around the entire facility.


Phase Six

The field on the opposite side of our driveway was a desirable location for two play yards but the ground was full of holes and stayed wet. Drains were installed to carry off the water from all the springs we found and truckloads of dirt were dug up and brought in from the field to raise and level the yard. We seeded, weeded and watered the yard until we had a nice lawn. Three-board type fence was installed to match the existing fence on the property and then anti-climb fence wire was attached to it. Gates were installed and toys were added to complete these two lower play yards.


Phase Seven

Behind the Canine Country Club building many trees were removed, the hillside was graded out and seeded. This area was fenced in with 6’ tall anti-climb fence to make our upper play yard. Because it is still a hillside and higher up than the rest of the facility we had to make steps up to the entrance gate.

We also installed a perimeter fence up the hill and around this play yard with numerous gates along the way. This outer perimeter area is about a 1,000’ driving path up and around the hillside and proved to be an excellent place to walk pets in safety.

Summer 2007

We completed the construction of our new office and building that connects the two existing kennel buildings during the summer of 2007. This addition improved and enlarged our reception area and gave us a new grooming spa. 

 Outside Addition “Cataloft” Finished (not pictured here but can see a photo on our update page)

We built a secured outdoor section for individual indoor/outdoor cat play yards to four of the Cataloft Villas. The four villas are located on the back side of the building. Each Villa has a window that opens to allow them access to come in and go out as they wish during the day. The outside play yards are from the ground to the roof with Lattice around the top, about four feet deep and wide with multiple levels to climb on.

2008

New Pampered Paws Section for our Little K-9 Guests and a new Pampered paws lounge for our special guests that want time to relax in all the comforts of home.

2009

We finished renovating the floor in the Canine Country Club section

and added a DVD / TV to the Elite section of the Club. 

2010

We added a play gym to the main Doggie play yard

and a new "Meow Town" Kitty Castle to our Cattery.

2011

We started out the year putting down a new apoxy floor in the Inn. 

In one of our playyards we added a tent over two rubber covered spool table for pets to jump up & off plus we added stairs up to a spool table.

We the ended the year by adding a swim spa and beginning the building around it.

2012

Swim Spa building construction 50% finished in January. 

Purchased pet life vest of all sizes and water toys for Hydrotherapy or any pet going for a swim.

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The Pet Tailor has now been in business for 27 years and continues to offer the best possible care at the lowest possible rates.

 

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    Pictured above is the Play Station W.B.N. built in our main doggie play yard.
After intense testing we have been given the four paws of approval by our guests.

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Shown above, Swim Spa building under construction
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Swim/Therapy spa room finished April 2012

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To see pets enjoying this addition go to the Playtime Photos page

Click here to see playtime photos