This is no flea-bag motel!
A Downtown dog-lover has opened a high-end hotel for hounds on the ground floor of a Livingston Street apartment building, where owners can put their pooches up in private suites while they are out of town, or drop their dogs off for day-care and a spa treatment when they are at work.
The owner said his leash-free lodge offers otherwise apartment-bound pups a rare place to run free.
“Many dogs in the city are not leading a satisfying life, and it’s really important for dogs to be able to have more time and have it be off-leash,” said Gabriel Vitol, founder of Fido’s Retreat, which is between Hoyt and Bond streets in the Addison apartment building.
Vitol said he dreamed of being a veterinarian when he was a kid, but ended up becoming a banker instead. But he just couldn’t let sleeping dogs lie, so he quit his job a year-and-a-half ago and has been paw-ing all his efforts into this new venture, which he and his wife finally opened in early July.
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