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Chloe by herself at the dog parkLast week's Nor'easter dumped almost 2 feet of snow over the New York Metropolitan area. Remaining indoors for the next several days was not a viable option for our 1 year old, Greyhound-Shepherd mix. Unfazed by the huge drifts of snow and freezing temperatures, Chloe still wanted and needed to run.  Difficult driving conditions, notwithstanding, off to the local dog park we went. Although, we were the only ones to brave the elements that afternoon, Chloe, nevertheless, ran excitedly around the perimeter of the yard for the better part of an hour. Benches that were covered in snow and practically hidden from view were unavailable for sitting. Somewhat less excited than Chloe, we trailed our dog and did our best to keep from succumbing to hypothermia.

Just in the nick of time, along comes Long Island's 1st Indoor Dog Park in the hamlet of Woodmere. What a wonderful idea! In New York, where the winter weather can last a good long while, this seems to be the answer to the prayers of all dog owners everywhere. The newly opened Fido Fitness Club is a 4,000 square feet indoor facility run by co-owners and best friends, Ellen Adler and Evelyn Franklin. They each have diverse but extensive backgrounds in areas necessary to run a successful operation. Steve Parker, Manager and staff trainer, works alongside them and comes with his own impressive experience and certifications in dog care and training.

Fido fitness club in Woodmere

Right next door, they also operate a business that offers daycare, training, cageless boarding and dog grooming. It's conveniently located by the railroad station and may be of interest to commuters who are headed to work and would rather not leave their pets at home, unattended all day. Check out their website for all information regarding days and hours of operation, services offered and price charts:

The place is cheerfully decorated and boasts a foam floor which is designed to be easy on the paws while running and jumping.  It is kept very clean and accidents are whisked away immediately after they happen. Fresh, clear drinking water is always available. Dog owners are encouraged to interact with their pets and fellow owners. Proof of up-to-date vaccinations and a behavior review is necessary for membership. Overly rambunctious doggie behavior is attended to immediately with, perhaps, a few minutes of rest required in the cordoned-off, time-out location.  A camera is set up to provide live video stream so you can also keep a remote eye on your furry companion.

Exhausted at the end of the day

They are still developing the calendar for many not-to-be-missed future events such as dog agility and rally obedience classes; popular canine sporting events.  A particular favorite of mine could conceivably be called "Owners without Partners" since it will be scheduled for Friday evenings and aimed at the singles demographic. Owner, Evelyn, envisions an evening of wine and a little something to eat as singles mingle with others who share a common passion.

By the time we arrived home, after 1 1/2 hours of non-stop running and all around good, clean fun with her newfound Fido friends, it was a toss-up as to who was most exhausted; Chloe or her owners? Because Chloe has no responsibilities, shortly after reclaiming her favorite doggie bed, she fell fast asleep and remained a pleasure to deal with for the remainder of the day. It's a dog's life!



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Vickie McCartney
Maverick Realty - Owensboro, KY
Broker, Real Estate Agent Owensboro KY

Hi Jill~  What an interesting concept! A fitness center for a dog with a daycare and grooming etc. right next door!

Jan 09, 2011 12:16 PM #1
Jill Sackler
Charles Rutenberg Realty Inc. 516-575-7500 - Long Beach, NY
LI South Shore Real Estate - Broker Associate

Vickie - It really is very well thought out. We all enjoyed it.

Jan 10, 2011 12:59 AM #2
Cindy Westfall
Premiere Property Group,LLC Portland Metro & Suburbs Oregon - Tualatin, OR
ABR,GRI Your Tualatin & Portland Metro Real Estate

Hi Jill, That is such a cute picture of Chloe all worn out in her bed! This looks like a great place to not only give chloe exerisize..but to socialize her as well. I wish I had done this with my dog when she was a puppy.

Jan 10, 2011 05:21 AM #3
Jill Sackler
Charles Rutenberg Realty Inc. 516-575-7500 - Long Beach, NY
LI South Shore Real Estate - Broker Associate

Hi Cindy - welcome home.  I wish I had had this for my other dogs as well.

Jan 11, 2011 07:45 AM #4
Elyse Berman, PA
Best Connections Realty, Inc. - Boca Raton, FL
Boca Raton FL (561) 716-7824 CRS, ABR, GRI,ePR

Hi Jill,  What a great idea this is especially with the weather!  Chloe looks exhausted from a fun day. 

I'm from your neck of the woods - Oceanside and Hewlett.  We moved to Boca 16 years ago.  Have fun at the dog park.  We have three of them here but all outdoors.

Jan 12, 2011 01:47 PM #5
Jill Sackler
Charles Rutenberg Realty Inc. 516-575-7500 - Long Beach, NY
LI South Shore Real Estate - Broker Associate

My plan is to someday move to your neck of the woods. I was thinking that the indoor dog park was brilliant  for places that have cold, snowy weather, but then my sister in Las Vegas said it would also be perfect there because they have unbearably hot summers.

Jan 13, 2011 01:07 AM #6
Donne Knudsen
Los Angeles & Ventura Counties in CA - Simi Valley, CA
CalState Realty Services

Jill - Thank goodness for Chloe's new playground!  She looks absolutely precious too.  I love the single fur folks happy hour. 

Jan 16, 2011 04:28 PM #7
Lawrence "Larry" & Sheila Agranoff. Cell: 631-805-4400
The Top Team @ Charles Rutenberg Realty 255 Executive Dr, Plainview NY 11803 - Plainview, NY
Long Island Home and Condo Specialists

What a great idea. Being from Long Island also we know of outdoor dog parks, but never heard of this new indoor facility. What a terrific space for fidos!

Jan 23, 2011 11:56 PM #8
Jill Sackler
Charles Rutenberg Realty Inc. 516-575-7500 - Long Beach, NY
LI South Shore Real Estate - Broker Associate

Donne, Larry and Sheila - With the winter we're having this year, I'm just grateful for somewhere to go. Actually, it's Chloe that is grateful because it's just too unbearably cold to spend any quality time outdoors. At least, here and there, she gets to run until she can't possibly run anymore. It's certainly an alternative.

Jan 24, 2011 01:26 AM #9
Ron Marshall
Marshall Enterprises - Saint Michael, MN
Birdhouse Builder Extraordinaire

You should enter this into the new Pet Project Contest.  Another 1,000 points!

Apr 06, 2012 08:52 AM #10
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