At PetsHotel Plus, Fido can get his own suite, complete with a TV and phone, and be pampered during Yappy Hour and playtime while his “parents” travel worry free. After all, PetsHotel Plus is dealing with people who think their dogs and cats are little persons.
Rodger Ford and David Mackstaller knew they were on to something when they combined ideas from the hotel, daycare and kennel industries to create an upscale hotel for dogs and cats called PetsHotel Plus in Tucson. The business caters to pet owners who must leave their beloved animals behind when they travel. For their unusual idea and entrepreneurship, Rodger Ford and David Mackstaller, co-managers of PetsHotel Plus International, have been given the Arizona Ernst & Young Entrepreneur Award in the services category.
Two local franchising experts are ready to unleash their pet boarding concept on the country. Ford said the PetsHotel is a blend of the comfort and safety of a first-class hotel and a children’s day-care center, and the cleanliness of a restaurant – a place where owners know their pet will be safe and comfortable when they travel.
Equal parts kennel, hotel, and daycare center, PetsHotel Plus is the first of its kind and the brain child of Alphagraphics founder Rodger Ford and David Mackstaller, a developer of the hugely successful National Self Storage chain.
Tucson entrepreneurs Rodger Ford and David Mackstaller figured out a way for pet owners to have guilt-free vacations – a luxury hotel for pets.