Best Place for Pet Care
Dog Day Afternoon Inc.
When Julie Castaneda stopped grooming, training and boarding pets in her home and moved into her first leased building, she’d hardly thought of it as a business.
But when she had about 12 dogs boarding at holidays, three obedience classes running and five dogs coming in for grooming every day, she decided to move into a commercial space. At the time, she didn’t know anything about borrowing money or business operations.
“We were living paycheck to paycheck,” said Castaneda, founder and owner of Dog Day Afternoon Inc. “We had a $300-a-month rent, and all of a sudden I lease a building for $2,500 a month.”
She said it was a risk, but “you do what you have to do.”
Since then, Castaneda said, the business has exploded. Now, she has two locations — 8235 ½ S.W. 10th Ave. and 121 N.E. US-24 highway — that are each situated on 5 acres and have indoor and outdoor areas for dogs to run and play.
Castaneda, who grew up around dogs and says she hasn’t “worked” a day since opening Dog Day Afternoon, strives to set a high standard for her pet-care business. For example, employees take about 65 hours of classes before they work with the dogs.
First runner-up: Burlingame Road Animal Hospital
Second runner-up: PetSmart