Happy tails


CHENNAI
Toto loves to play. So do Beauty, Elsa and Sunny. They run amok chasing each other; stumbling over dumb bells. And when you enter Pets 101 they leave behind their game, wag their tails, give you a friendly lick and hover around your ankles waiting for attention. Then they give your pet the once over and if he’s just as friendly, he becomes a part of the rambunctious canine gang.

Pets 101 offers accommodation for pets…a place where you can check them in for a weekend, week, month or even months when you are travelling. Yes, there’s separation anxiety — a lot like leaving your child in a boarding school. But rest assured Shravan Krishnan and Arunodaya Reddy will take care of your four-legged pal just like stern yet loving matrons.

“We started Pets 101 in January this year. I once left my dog with a kennel and it came back with parasites. That’s when I thought I should start something like this. Arunodaya already has a pet store. We got together and started this place,” says Shravan. The duo rented out a two-storeyed bungalow that’s sprawled across 5,000 sq. feet. As of now it can house 21 dogs. There are four rooms with kennels, each separated by a full length mesh curtain, ample play area and a spacious bathroom where they are scrubbed and groomed. “We never tie them here. They are let loose and we encourage them to socialise with other dogs. We also walk them three times a day,” says Shravan. There are CCTV cameras in each room so the “super nannies” can monitor everything the pets are up to. “We have had around 250 clients so far. Holiday seasons such as the months of April-May get busy,” he adds.

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