Paws at Play

If you are a dog lover you’re going to love the new business on St. Simons Island, Paws at Play.  Paws at Play is a doggy day care center where your pet can come to spend a day playing with other dogs.  When I first heard about Paws at Play I thought it was a great idea and now that I’ve actually visited with the owners I’m thinking Murphy needs some time each week to interact with the pack that shows up on any given day.

paws at play storefront

Tommy Stark and Tina Sportschuetz are the masterminds behind this great idea.  Located in a lavender building on Center Street just off of Sylvan, Paws at Play is  canine heaven.  The space is evenly divided, right down the middle, so that large dogs are separated from smaller breeds.  Careful attention is paid to the safety and health of your pampered pooch as they frolic, run, jump and act as crazy as their little hearts desire.  AND they have installed cameras so that you can view your pets at play from your iPhone, iPad, laptop or other computer device. They will deliver your dog to a grooming or veterinary appointment if needed as well.  To read more about Paws at Play:


“Dogs need to play with each other”, the owners told me.  “Walking on a leash with their owner is really more about bonding, not exercise.”  And from what I saw, they are absolutely right.   For an “only pet” who needs interaction with other dogs there is no better place. And if you have more than one it’s great for them to broaden their exposure to other dogs of various breeds.   I am told that when the dogs have played all day they go home and fall right to sleep, relaxed, well exercised and dreaming of all the fun they had.

dogs at play

The facility has just been licensed for boarding and Tommy is hard at work planning on the suites he will build in the back of the building.  His energy seems boundless and his positive attitude is infectious.  Both he and Tina have a background in dog training and care.  Tommy has raised and trained Rottweiler’s for years and knows the in’s and out’s  of dogs, what they need, what they should be eating, how they need to be motivated and guided so that they have the right “job” to do.  Yes, dogs need a job, even if it’s sitting in your lap and being coddled, they need something to fulfill them.  Here is the link for his Rottweiler site:

Here’s what your dog will need in order to join the fun at Paws at Play:  a current rabies shot, all other vaccinations up to date as well as titer testing.  Business hours are Monday – Friday 7:30 am – 6:30 pm with training classes available on Saturday’s.  This is definitely the place to take your pet to insure they stay happy, fit and trim!

Paws at Play – 133 Center Stree – St. Simons Island, GA – 912-268-4361

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