By Troy Maillis
you know what your dogs are doing when you are at work? Are they
getting the right socialization and playing nice? Most of us
don’t really ask ourselves those questions when thinking about
our dogs. Like children and teenagers, dogs need constant
attention, care and that something a little bit extra. Central
Bark Doggy Day Care offers a variety of services for dogs whose
masters want just as much for their four-legged “children” as
they do the two-legged ones.
Chris Gaba, who began his professional
career in marketing and advertising, is one of the major forces
driving the success of Central Park Doggy Daycare. In 2000,
Chris decided it was time to follow a new passion. When he took
a new job in Boca Raton to be closer to his now husband, Dr. Rob
Baylis, he was traveling up to four days a week and found it
increasingly difficult to find places and people to care for his
dogs while he was on business. During his time traveling,
however, Chris began brainstorming solutions to his dilemma.
"When I was traveling for business I would
flip through magazines and always see stories and features about
dogs and started getting ideas. I thought that this could really
be something I could do. Shortly after [in 2000] I opened my
first doggy day care,” Chris said.
After the attacks on September 11, Chris was
reading a special issue of Newsweek covering the catastrophe
when he happened on a feature about Jackie Jordan, who was also
in the doggy day care business. After several attempts, Chris
was finally able to speak with Jackie about a potential
Jackie and Chris joined forces in 2003 to
create one the most comprehensive doggy day care programs
available, and they became franchised in 2004. There are
currently 28 Central Barks in seven states, with two of the
locations in Florida (Tampa and Fort Lauderdale).
In the Fort Lauderdale location, there is a
12-member staff who maintain 50 to 60 dogs daily. The facility
also operates 24/7, which gives Central Bark an extra edge in
the doggy daycare market.
"Everything we do is done to insure that the
dogs in our care are safe and have a blast! The exercise and
socialization they receive while in our care is incredible. Try
it,your dog'll love you even more for it,” said Chris.
Some of the services Central Bark offers
include doggy day care, doggy sleepovers, doggy boutique, canine
cab, doggy parties and doggy training. Please refer to their web
site for a detailed list services and rates
Central bark Doggy Day Care will be
celebrating “AKC Responsible Dog Ownership Day” on September 25
from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. The event celebrates Pet Ownership, and
brings the newest most up to date information to one location.
While we have fun we will also be raising funds for an amazing
nonprofit “Share-A-Pet, Pet Therapy Organization. Come and enjoy
a day dedicated to our fine, furry friends, plus help raise
money for a great cause.
Chris and Rob, who are happily married, have
two children, Christian, 19 months, and Cooper, 6 months; and
two Weimaraners, Sophie and Taz, who are both 11 years old.