With lots of room to roam, there’s no “ruffing it” at Island Pawplex.
Located off Clements Ferry at 1090 Jack Primus Road, Island Pawplex offers doggy daycare, boarding, and grooming.
Owners Mark and Melody McLean opened Island Pawplex March 17, but were forced to shut it down a week later due to the coronavirus quarantine.
“We weren’t sure how bad things were really going to get, so we stuck with our planned opening date. It has definitely been a large hurdle to overcome. We are an industry that relies on people traveling and going to work,” Mark McLean said.
After reopening in April, business slowly improved.
“The daycare and grooming portions of the business have been growing steadily, but boarding is still hit or miss. It’s certainly better than it was in April and May, but it’s been nowhere near what we would normally expect for summer break,” McLean explained.
Pups can enjoy the dog days of summer by exploring the pools or frolicking in the spacious, fully air-conditioned indoor and outdoor play areas that cater not only to different play groups, but to all weather conditions.
“We also cap our capacity at about half of what would be expected based on the space we have, which creates a more fun and safer environment for the dogs … We definitely favor quality over quantity,” said McLean.
Daniel Island resident T. Warren brings her basset hound, Biscuit, and mini-golden doodle, Bentley, to Island Pawplex for daycare and grooming.
“Our dogs absolutely love it! The dogs literally run from our car through the front door of the facility. They are so happy to be there. I work from home and my days are filled with Zoom meetings. It is such a relief not to worry about them barking at the passing dog; instead, they are playing all day with their doggie friends,” Warren said.
Fellow Daniel Islander Andrea Sullivan also brings her dogs, Sparkles and Olive, to Island Pawplex and appreciates the socialization the two pups receive.
“At about 6 1/2 pounds each they have that little dog complex. We wanted to get them comfortable around other dogs so they would be polite (not bark/growl) when we walk them. I have seen a noticeable difference in Sparkles and Olive,” she said.
“I love that you can peek in on their web cameras if you’re curious and they post great pictures on their social media daily,” added Sullivan.
Julie Lauman, owner of Happy Hounds, is a dog walker and sitter for area residents. Lauman brings her dogs, Teddy and Sophie, to Island Pawplex on a regular basis and enjoys Island Pawplex’s social media pages.
“I love to see all the pictures of the dogs playing. They have cameras so you can watch your dog throughout the day…I highly recommended them. And my Teddy and Sophie would tell you the same,” she said.
Island Pawplex offers a free day of daycare for evaluation, and appointments can be scheduled on the mobile app. To learn more go to islandpawplex.com.