A Private School For City Canines

Alana Folen
Wednesday - February 09, 2011
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We’re all familiar with the smash box-office hit and television series Sex and the City. But what about Pets in the City? Brooke Hasegawa took off on this business venture just last month, offering a private school experience for dogs that includes boarding, day care, grooming and more.

“Our schedule for our students is focused around providing a fun, safe and interactive environment for a select group of dogs,” says Hasegawa, a self-proclaimed dog lover. “I always struggled to leave my Frenchie Bully at a facility that was overcrowded and understaffed, where he might not receive the love and attention he is used to at home. Pets in the City offers dog parents a home away from home for their child and a school that is sure to train and tire out even the most active dogs. By collaborating with other knowledgeable members throughout Hawaii’s pet community, we hope that our dogs will be the most pampered and privileged pups on the island.”

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Brooke Hasegawa and Bully

Serenity Pet Massage, Hawaii Doggie Bakery and Sirius Puppy Training with Wendy Mah are a few of many businesses that have contributed to Pets in the City’s private school curriculum.

“We specialize in small breeds, although often the 75-pound Lab has a miniature personality and enjoys the company of a Chihuahua,” says Hasegawa, who also serves as vice president for Progressive Communications LLC.

“We offer private walks four times a day, rubberized flooring to help alleviate strain on canine joints, air conditioning and organic treats. As a result, a dog who requires a specialized level of personal attention is our primary clientele.”

Hasegawa is fully aware of how important it is for dogs to socialize with other animals, which is why Pets in the City offers elaborate dog parties, complete with specialty “pupcakes.” Next up, a Valentine’s Day formal, where they will come dressed to impress.

Most recently, in honor of Chinese New Year, canines couldn’t help but wag their tails in delight after savoring doggie dim sum treats.

“Our parties for pets, high teacher-to-student ratio and private school-like setting separate us from the average doggie day care,” Hasegawa explains. “At Pets in the City, we don’t simply want to pass the time with your pet — we stimulate their mind and body through training classes, holistic massage therapy and most importantly socialization with their classmates. In addition, we have a very thorough admissions process that requires an on-site interview at our facility to assure the student is a perfect fit for our existing student body.

“Creating programs and activities for fellow dog owners who view their canine companion as an integral member of the family is extremely rewarding.”

According to Hasegawa, each canine student requires a customized curriculum to meet its needs, so prospective parents are encouraged to call for pricing.

Pets in the City is located at 1232 Young St. For more information, call 593-1505 or visit petsinthecityhawaii.com.



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