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Kevin Irish

April 7, 2018 by
Photography by Bill Sitzmann

Boarding can be stressful for dogs, but not when it’s at a resort with ample playtime and attention. Paw Pet Spa Resort, now with two locations, provides everything a visiting dog needs, all under the watchful eye of pet parents, who can view dogs’ activities online or through the app.

The Audrey Street location features a large outdoor play area. The 168th Street location boasts an indoor play area with surround sound and a state-of-the-art play-relief system with a unique under-turf flushing system, allowing dogs to enjoy “outdoor” play even when the weather doesn’t permit. A fresh-air exchange system keeps air fresh, even indoors. Both locations are all-inclusive, so dogs needing things like medication administration are never charged extra.

The strict adherence to shot records and attention to cleanliness keeps all visiting dogs safe and healthy. Dogs enjoy plenty of playtime and pet parents appreciate the safe, fun environment for their pets. It’s no wonder this pet care with panache has earned multiple awards every year since opening.  


The Paw Spa Pet Resort
16912 Audrey St.
402.516.8888

1804 N. 168th St.
402.800.6800

thepawspapetresort.com

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The Paw Spa Pet Resort

April 1, 2017 by
Photography by Bill Sitzmann

Pet care with panache.

That’s how owner Kevin Irish describes the new 18,000-square-feet second location for The Paw Spa Pet Resort that opens in summer 2017. The largest indoor play area in Nebraska for four-legged family members, the new facility at 168th and Blondo streets offers year-round play even when the weather doesn’t cooperate. 

Kevin, his wife Sheila Irish, and their staff of energetic employees make sure pets enjoy their stay. Dogs are grouped with others of similar size, breed, and temperament for at least three supervised play times each day.

The original 12,000-square-feet facility at 169th and Audrey streets is clean and includes individual suites, Kuranda beds, TVs, a 6,000-square-feet outdoor play area, and an indoor swimming pool. Five Petcams on The Paw Spa website allow customers to watch their pets during play times from any web-accessible device.

There are no additional charges for administering medications, and a vet is on call. The Paw Spa Pet Resort also provides day care and grooming services. 

16912 Audrey St., Omaha, NE 68136

402.516.8888 • thepawspapetresort.com

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A Pet’s Paradise

April 25, 2013 by
Photography by Bill Sitzmann

When many people think of pet boarding, they envision a city of kennels resembling a prison housing dozens of bored, cramped pets. But these days, that couldn’t be further from the truth.

A growing number of pet care facilities now offer posh boarding accommodations, as well as a slew of activities and playtime options for your furry friends. Whether it be for a week-long stay or daily daycare, these pet hotels and spas provide your animal fun interaction with other four-legged friends and caring staff members who will pamper your pet just as you would. So while you and your family are vacationing this summer, don’t fret; the family pet can be taking a “vacay” all its own.

Three of the most well-known independent pet hotels and spas in the Omaha area include Cottonwood Pet Resort, Bark Avenue Grooming and Dog Daycare, and The Paw Spa Pet Resort.

Guests at the The Paw Spa Pet Resort take a refreshing dip in a bone-shaped pool.

Guests at the The Paw Spa Pet Resort take a refreshing dip in a bone-shaped pool.

Cottonwood Pet Resort in Waterloo sits on 11 acres of land with a 10,000-square- foot indoor area. Family-owned by the Dvorak family since 1992, Cottonwood works much like a hotel—pets check in and check out of pet suites, which vary in size from modest to quite roomy. All dog accommodations provide sheepskin rugs for bedding and outdoor access to exercise yards. Some suites, like the Cabana, offer private access to an outdoor patio and include TVs tuned to the Animal Planet channel.

Cottonwood also offers a dedicated area for cats—completely separate from the dogs—where feline friends can either lounge in their individual suites or romp with other cats in the playroom. Cat areas are equipped with climbing options and perches, as well as TVs and music. Cottonwood also boards exotic pets, such as rabbits, parrots, guinea pigs, and turtles.

With 43 years in the pet grooming industry, Sue Wilke was one of the first to offer doggie daycare services in Omaha. Nine years ago, she went to Washington, D.C., to learn about dog daycare because there were very few in Omaha at the time. Today, she owns two Bark Avenue locations in town: the original location at 156th & Maple streets, which specializes in daycare and grooming; and a second at 137th and C streets, which provides long stays and boarding. The business provides complimentary transportation between its two locations for the customer’s convenience.

Camera-shy cats hide in the playroom at The Paw Spa Pet Resort.

Camera-shy cats hide in the playroom at The Paw Spa Pet Resort.

While visiting Bark Avenue’s C Street location, canine guests can play all day with others their own size in three different indoor playrooms or lounge in individual suites. Suites range in size from 5×5-ft. to 8×8-ft. and feature laminate walls and glass doors and fronts, which allow easy visibility and enhance cleanliness. Multi-dog suites are available if your pet has “brothers and sisters” you’d like them to stay with. The new facility also features a 2,000-sq.ft. secure, fenced outdoor area. Dogs are taken outside eight times daily for a minimum of 20 minutes each visit. Daycare playtime with staff is also available upon request.

Wilke says her business strives for socialization and minimal stress for its guests. “We want the pets’ experience to be as close to home as possible. We just want what’s best for the dog.”

The Paw Spa Pet Resort is the newest pet spa and hotel in Omaha. The facility specializes in overnights, daycare, and grooming of pets and features a state-of-the-art, climate-controlled air-circulation system, which helps to prevent airborne illnesses. The Paw Spa offers brightly colored, 9×9-ft. suites that come equipped with TVs and Kuranda beds, which are slightly elevated and chew-proof. Owners are encouraged to bring toys, blankets, or anything else that may make their pet feel more at home to leave in the suite.

Kevin Irish and Sheila Kusmierski in a play area at the resort.

Irish and Kusmierski in a play area at the resort.

Co-owner Kevin Irish says, “We’re animal lovers. We have three dogs and a cat,” who hang out with the animal guests to promote socialization. “I always wanted to be a vet,” he says, “and this is my second shot at a career with animals.

The Paw Spa also features a 1,000-sq.ft. indoor doggie play area for exercise and mingling, complete with palm trees, toys, and a special turf that guarantees cleanliness for animal guests. Next door is a second enclosed area for the swimmers, where canine guests can take a refreshing dip in the bone-shaped, 85-degree indoor pool (no deeper than two feet deep for safety). “We have hip-waders for the little guys,” explains Irish. “This lets them learn to swim in a controlled environment.”

Both play areas are constantly supervised by staff and are equipped with cameras so pet owners can view their animals from home or while on the road. Paw Spa’s Kitty City provides cats with condos that have separate compartments for food and bathroom breaks, and even a digital aquarium for entertainment. Cats can also hang out and climb the large, indoor structure in the Catio.

All three pet spas provide personalized attention, 24-hour monitoring by staff, on-call veterinarians, and frequent potty and playtime breaks. With accommodations like these, your beloved Fido or Fluffy will definitely be in good hands while you enjoy your summer vacation guilt-free.