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Luxury for Lassie: New Pet Resort Opens in Hanover

A former Hollywood marketing guru has opened STAY Pet Resort, offering private doggie villas, special grooming stations and 24-hour service.

STAY Pet Resort is open in Hanover. (Credit: Tim Lemke)
STAY Pet Resort is open in Hanover. (Credit: Tim Lemke)
Leaving your pet at a day care or boarding facility is never easy, but at a new facility in Hanover, your dog may not want to come home. 

STAY Pet Resort recently opened at the corner of Dorsey and Telegraph Roads, offering a luxury experience for pets that includes everything from king-sized beds to flat-screen TVs and gourmet treats. 

The 17,000 square-foot facility has room for as many as 150 dogs, with private villas, play areas and a dedicated grooming spot. 

Owner Jodi Miller said she felt there was a need for an all-inclusive resort offering both day care and boarding options. 

"I felt their was a void in this market," said Miller, a former Hollywood marketing guru who recently moved back to Maryland. "I feel like this is the future of the pet industry. We will do just about anything for you."
A day care visit at STAY costs $33, with monthly memberships of $550. An overnight stay in a luxury suite is $55 and villas are $100 daily. STAY also offers spa services including baths, massages and nail treatments. 

STAY Pet Resort is currently an all-indoor facility, but Miller is working to install outdoor artificial turf fields, including some personalized areas for individual dogs. 

At STAY Pet Resort, dogs aren't kept in cages. Rather, the smallest enclosures feature bedding with glass fronts. For extra money, pet owners can have their dogs stay private "villas" and there is even a grand room featuring a king-sized bed and a space that might be larger than a typical pet-owner's bedroom. 

Miller, an Archbishop Spalding graduate who now lives in Hanover, said the resort is ideal for frequent business travelers, who can drop off and pick up pets before and after trips to BWI Airport. She said the facility is staffed round-the-clock, allowing clients to make arrangements to pick up pets at any hour. 

Miller said she sensed a need for a round-the-clock facility after working long hours in Hollywoood. Her last project involved putting together the premier of "Thor," and she found herself in need of overnight care for her poodle, Lucy.  

"If you call and say 'I'm working on a proposal, I can't get there,' we're here for you," she said. 

Miller said she spoke with hospital consultants to learn how to best clean the facility, and worked directly with contractors on special flooring and indoor fencing. The build-out of the facility, a former auto body center, took more than six months, she said.

Miller is the sole proprietor of STAY, and is getting the business up and running with the help of family. She also hopes to secure some help from the Anne Arundel County Economic Development Corp., which administers low-cost loans backed by casino revenue. 

In a few months, STAY Pet Resort is expected to have a formal grand opening, complete with a Hollywood-style red carpet and other fanfare. 

"I think we have a fun and exciting venture here," Miller said. "I'm excited to be part of the community."

Correction: A previoius version of this article incorrectly explained the size of the STAY Pet Resort. The facility is 17,000 square feet, with 7,000 square feet set aside for day care. 
Skye Anderson January 09, 2014 at 12:37 PM
No address, no phone number, no URL? Makes it hard to find the place or get more information.
Tim Lemke January 09, 2014 at 02:16 PM
It's located at the corner of Dorsey and Telegraph Roads. It's right next to 84 Lumber. Facebook page: http://www.facebook.com/staypetresort Phone number: (443) 860-6000

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