Dog day cares turn to front-line workers, pandemic puppies to prosper

Erica Hill’s best friend weighs only 13 pounds, but he can be a terror of a terrier.

That’s why Hill, who typically works a 16-hour day in her job with the City of Detroit, admits she could not do the work and hold onto the greatest joy of her life — her 2-year-old pup, Kash — if it weren’t for dog day care services. 

Erica Hill takes her 2-year-old dog, Kash, a Yorkshire Terrier to Canine to Five dog day care daily. Hill works for the City of Detroit and keeps long hours. She wouldn't be able to do her job without the dog day care, she said.

“I am single so if it were not for Canine to Five, Kash would take over my house,” Hill said of the day care and boarding center in Detroit. “He’s a very active Yorkie. There, he can socialize with other dogs and it makes my life easier to know that he’s safe and he’s well-taken care of.”

The feeling is mutual. Dog day care owners say those front-line workers helped save their businesses when the coronavirus pandemic hit and their other customers started working from home, keeping Fido at their side instead of in day care. Then, as business travel dissipated, so did dog boarding.

Canine to Five dog day care, boarding and grooming services in Detroit.

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Now these businesses are on the mend as remote workers seek a break from their pup’s barking in the background or want them groomed again and are returning to dog day care. Also helping is the swell of puppy adoptions since mid-March. 

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