Armin, age four, and Meika, age three, are our babies. They also happen to be giant schnauzers, and the inspiration behind Happy Hounds Hotel and Day Spa.
In the past, when we traveled, we always had to put our dogs in kennels, for lack of a better option. However, Armin and Meika – as well as Liebchen and Sieger, our beloved giant schnauzers before them – would often come home thin and ill. They wouldn’t eat, they always seemed sick, and we got to the point where we needed to find a better solution for them when we went on vacation. We loved staying in four-star hotels, so we figured, ‘why not give our dogs, as well as other dogs, the same luxury experience?’
We spent years touring pet facilities from coast to coast to get a better idea of what we wanted Happy Hounds Hotel and Day Spa to be. We knew that we could be “paws and tails” above what the rest of the area had to offer, and still be competitively-priced. In early 2016, we decided to move forward with making Happy Hounds Hotel a reality.
We want our guests to feel at home when they stay with us, so we decided to offer luxury suites, as opposed to cages or kennels. Each suite offers a custom-made bed with a blanket, or a raised Kuranda bed and blanket. Our number one goal is to make dogs comfortable during their stay, so some of our suites offer televisions, and most offer cameras so pet parents are able to check in on their fur babies.
All of our overnight guests are also enrolled in our doggie daycare program, so they won’t be cooped up during their stay, and can also make new friends with our day guests. We also opted to offer a full service spa, with both of our groomers certified by the Just Four Paws Academy of Pet Styling.
In fact, all of our managers have had extensive training with a national training organization, which includes temperament testing, behavioral language, emotional states, stress, aggression, and human and dog social interaction. All of our staff has been extensively trained by senior management, and six of our 12 employees have been certified in doggie CPR. We also are very pleased to have a staff member who is a certified veterinary technician.
In addition to Happy Hounds Hotel and Day Spa, we also own and operate Jamestown Advanced Products, a sheet metal fabrication shop.
Although Jamestown Advanced and Happy Hounds Hotel are very different, the principles of the business remain the same. We strive to deliver superior quality and outstanding customer care, while providing an environment that both challenges and provides personal satisfaction for our staff members.
Jamestown Advanced is, and will continue to be, our first business together. Happy Hounds gives us the comfort that our dogs and others will be in the lap of luxury, safe, and healthy.
Lee and Wendi Lodestro
Happy Hounds Hotel and Day Spa
John Marengo & Mosby – General Manager
Six years ago, a little Maltipoo named Mosby made the trek from Kentucky to Florida in search of a new family. Once in Florida, he met John, and decided to keep him. Since finding his family, Mosby has had many … Read More
Sarah Casel & Teufel – Assistant Manager
In Sarah’s life, her love of dogs has always remained constant, and she loves how high-spirited and affectionate they are. Sarah has more than five years’ experience working with dogs, and feels fortunate she is able to pursue one of … Read More
Armin and Meika Lodestro
Happy Hounds Hotel and Day Spa owners Lee and Wendi Lodestro are camera-shy, so Armin and Meika stepped in to take their place! Armin and Meika enjoy playing outside together, and especially love barking at the deer and birds near … Read More