TROY, NY – Dog owners who need a safe space for their pets when no one is home can turn to The Dogscape for help.
The new dog daycare, located at 205 Oakwood Ave., offers free space for canine companions to run, socialize and have fun until their owners return.
Owners Kristen Koenig and Amanda Rubino point out that The Dogscape is not a kennel or boarding house. This is ideal for pet owners who had dogs during the pandemic lockdown, and who are now returning to work and in need of day care for their furry friends. The idea for the business came to Koenig and Rubino when they were stuck at home themselves.
“I got the idea in the middle of COVID,” Koenig said. “I called Amanda and said, ‘We’ve been working for other people for so long, why don’t we work for ourselves?’ And she was immediately on board. We both love animals so this seemed like a good direction for us to take. It really is a dream come true.
The Dogscape is a tenant of the vet clinic with which it shares the building space, and to prepare their side of the building for their new business, Koenig and Rubino weren’t afraid to get dirty.
“Everything that has been done, we have done it ourselves,” said Rubino. “The renovations, the fences, all that. “
Koenig couldn’t be happier that they are tenants of a veterinary practice.
“We have a very good mutual relationship,” she said. “It gives us the luxury of having a resource we can turn to if we have questions or need advice about a dog. Many of our clients are also clients of the veterinarian.
At The Dogscape’s recent ribbon cutting, county officials joined Koenig and Rubino in celebrating. They were greeted in the neighborhood by county lawmakers, County Sheriff Pat Russo and Troy Downtown BID Representative Kate Manley.
“What a great place,” said Rensselaer County Manager Steve McLaughlin. “We are all delighted when a new business opens. “
“It was a brilliant decision,” admitted the mayor of Troy, Patrick Madden.
The Dogscape received congratulatory quotes from McLaughlin, Madden, County Lawmaker Peter Grimm and County Lawmaker Dan Casale, who also represented Senator Daphne Jordan.
In addition to an open space where dogs can run and play, The Dogscape also has a “Bark and Blow Bar” where dogs can bathe and cut their nails. Crates are not used except for naps and feedings. The daycare’s opening hours are 7 a.m. to 6 p.m., currently three days a week. Clients can pay for a single day of care or purchase a multi-day package.
The Dogscape is currently open Mondays, Wednesdays and Thursdays. Koenig and Rubino plan to add a fourth working day by November and a fifth in January.
For more information, visit www.thedogscape.com or follow on Instagram at https://www.instagram.com/the_dogscape/ and Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/TheDogscape.