From left, Tina Sportschuetz, owner of Puppy Paradise, certified dog trainers Cathy Thrift and Roy Scarborough, and veterinarians Dr. Brennan McGoldrick and Dr. Wes Blount, owners at Seaside Veterinary Hospital, pose for a photo. The team offers a variety of services, including grooming, obedience classes and boarding.

It’s a real treat for dogs of all breeds to visit a new partnership between St. Simons Puppy Paradise and Seaside Veterinary Hospital on St. Simons Island.

The full-service doggie day care, grooming, boarding and training center with all the amenities any pup would love has partnered with the veterinary clinic to provide the convenience every pet parent needs.

Tina Sportschuetz, owner and operator of St. Simons Puppy Paradise, said her goal is to bring together all the services dog lovers want under one roof — literally. The center’s new location near McKinnon St. Simons Airport shares a building with Seaside Veterinary Hospital, and the two businesses partner to provide the premiere pet care experience on St. Simons Island.

“It’s not only a convenience factor, but a matter of peace of mind,” said Sportschuetz, who is also a licensed attorney. “Nobody wants to have to leave their pet behind when they leave town, but at Puppy Paradise, we offer a unique partnership with Seaside Veterinary and you know there’s a qualified veterinarian right next door who’ll be there if you need it.”

Drs. Wes Blount and Brennan McGoldrick, both veterinarians who co-own Seaside Veterinary, are excited about their collaboration with Puppy Paradise.

“Pets are like us,” Blount said. “Sometimes, they get sick. If they need care while they’re at Puppy Paradise, we’re there to lend our expertise.”

The alliance of Seaside Veterinary and Puppy Paradise is a new venture for both companies, and was forged when Sportschuetz moved her business to its new location on Skylane Road a few weeks ago.

“We were able to procure that facility for Puppy Paradise, so we’re able to offer one-stop care for dogs, or anything you need for your pets in general,” Blount said. “Together, we’re able to offer medical care, preventative medicine, grooming, boarding, day care and all types of other services.”

Both Seaside Veterinary and Puppy Paradise provide grooming and boarding services, being able to meet every customer’s needs under one roof is something Sportschuetz is proud to provide, but her commitment to being the best doesn’t stop there.

Her new location offers a 7,000 square foot outdoor exercise park, which gives pups the chance to burn off some of that pent up energy. When dogs visit Puppy Paradise, they’re placed in one of four play areas with dogs of the same size and temperament. The dogs have free reign of an outdoor area that features a pool and toys, and when it’s time to let loose, trained handlers take the dogs one run at a time into the exercise park.

“It makes for a much more exciting and healthy experience for the dogs,” Sportschuetz said. “We want each dog to have fun while they’re at Puppy Paradise, and having the facilities to let them stretch their legs really sets us apart.”

For overnight guests, Puppy Paradise offers spacious luxury suites and every dog gets to socialize with his four-legged friends throughout the day.

And for people with dogs who are ready to learn new tricks, Puppy Paradise offers obedience and training classes for dogs of all ages and breeds. Certified dog trainers Roy Scarborough and Cathy Thrift teach a variety of classes, ranging from private, individual sessions to six-week courses.

“One of the things we focus on is positively redirecting some of those annoying behaviors, like jumping, nipping or biting,” Thrift said. “We also discuss other topics like health and nutrition, first aid, traveling with your dog and crate training.”

Puppy Paradise is also set to roll out a distinctive new convenience with its pet taxi service. In the coming weeks, pet lovers will be able to send their fur babies “off to school” on a specially outfitted school bus that will make house calls to pick up pets and bring them to Puppy Paradise.

“It’s really a creative new resource that we’ll be able to offer through one of our exclusive partners,” Sportschuetz said.

Whether a dog is visiting Puppy Paradise for a walk-in grooming, a week long vacation or a training class, the level of care is unsurpassed on St. Simons Island.

While stopping by, pet parents can also pick up special treats from Lynn Klimp’s specialty store Island Dog on Mallery Street. Bags of chicken chips and even nutritious food are for sale on site at Puppy Paradise.

“We treat every doggie guest like they’re our family,” said Sportschuetz. “We wouldn’t have it any other way.”

St. Simons Puppy Paradise, 195 Skylane Road, St. Simons Island, is open from 7:30 a.m. to 6:30 p.m. Mondays through Fridays and from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturdays and Sundays. Call 912-268-4725 for more information and find them on Facebook by searching “St. Simons Puppy Paradise” for updates and plenty of photos of furry friends.

For more detailed information about obedience training classes, including private training sessions, contact Thrift at ssithrift@gmail.com or Scarborough at royscarborough@gmail.com.

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