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Posh Pet Hotel offers an extensive list of specialty services.

New Posh Pet Hotel Caters To The Needs Of Pampered Dogs And Cats By Deborah Welky

The Cadillac Escalade pulls up quietly. Its passenger is ushered inside, then whisked off to enjoy a luxury weekend in a private hotel room complete with an opulent chandelier, flat-screen TV and freshly made queen-sized bed. A gourmet meal awaits, then a massage, followed by a bedtime story complete with a tummy rub. Tummy rub? Yes, and it’s a dog’s life. Literally. Posh Pet Hotel caters to pampered pets, offering a menu of services that puts many people-oriented hotels to shame. It’s the brainchild of Wellington resident Lincoln Baker, co-owner with his wife, Stacey. “We moved from California about two years ago because we wanted to make a family change, do something different, and go where there was nothing like what we were doing,” said Baker, whose California friends were successfully running similar facilities. “We looked around the country and couldn’t believe Palm Beach County did not already have something like this, especially with all the celebrities who are here.” Posh Pet Hotel is a boarding and daycare academy exclusively for dogs and cats. It is cage free with more than

100 rooms, 65 TVs and a long list of a la carte choices — grooming, training, zen, acupuncture, massage therapy, therapeutic heating pads and more. “If the owner orders filet mignon, we’ll serve it to their pet,” Baker said. “The presidential rooms feature damask wallpaper in a fire hydrant print. If they give me two hours’ notice, I can pick up their pet in a Bentley instead of the Cadillac — or a Ferrari, Lamborghini or McLaren. It’s not free, it’s expensive; but we can do it.” Meanwhile, the bedtime stories are chosen with the pet in mind. “We read 101 Dalmatians, Biscuit or The Poky Little Puppy — cute little stories,” Baker said. “For cats, it might be, The Kitten Who Thought She Was a Mouse. For a little extra, an owner can request more playtime before bed. We’re a luxury hotel, but anyone can afford us.” Part of the reason is because each

pet’s stay is custom-designed. A small dog like a Pomeranian can be boarded for $49/night, minimum. And daycare is included. “We have five different room sizes, each with a flat-screen TV and a bed. For a small dog, our smallest room is 16 square feet, but, for a large dog, our largest room is more than 100 square feet. Those are our presidential rooms, with queen-sized beds and chandeliers and larger TVs,” Baker said. “I play Disney-themed movies, but we also play DOGTV, a channel on DirectTV that is scientifically designed for viewing by dogs… And we don’t all go home at night; someone is on site 24/7. The animals are never left alone.” For those of the feline persuasion, there’s a castle full of cats — Catlantis — and a 6-foot-long fish tank that shares the lobby. “We have clown fish like Nemo and blue tangs like Dory in there, and it’s just kind of cool,” Baker said. “There’s an ocean vibe.” Although Posh Pet Hotel has been open only since mid-April, Baker is already getting bookings for Christmas. wellington the magazine | june 2015

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Wellington The Magazine June 2015  

June 2015 | ON THE COVER Learn more about Tory, our cover dog, in the Forever Greyhounds feature. Photo by Abner Pedraza | Riding Is A Way...

Wellington The Magazine June 2015  

June 2015 | ON THE COVER Learn more about Tory, our cover dog, in the Forever Greyhounds feature. Photo by Abner Pedraza | Riding Is A Way...