Cheryl McCool, owner of Cheryl's Doggie Daycare, watches as Riley, a golden retriever, goes down the slide at the facility, 4712 Trabue Road.
But it's clear they don't lack for attention, and Cheryl McCool
wouldn't have it any other way. McCool was a pet sitter for two years before she opened up her dog daycare business on Trabue Road Jan. 12.
It was because of her
pet sitting experience -- sometime encountering dogs that were in crates or cages for 10 hours a day -- that she
decided to open the daycare.
"It broke my heart," she
said."These dogs (at the daycare) get a lot of tender loving care all day long." McCool
said many dogs experience separation anxiety when left alone during the day, and as a result may destroy furniture, have accidents in the house, bark nonstop or generally get stressed out.
Doggie Daycare can be a tremendous help to these dogs and their owners, she
was also encouraged to open the daycare by the urging of some of clients -- or clients' owners.Since there was no dog daycare in Hilliard, she
said, the location on Trabue Road looked like a good opportunity.
"It is a central location for everyone," McCool
said."We're convenient to (Interstate) 270, 70 and Dublin Road."
The daycare is open Monday through Friday from 6:30 a.m. to 7 p.m. Owners drop off their dogs in the morning and pick them up in the evening.
During the day, the dogs play with their friends in a 24-square-foot playroom and are supervised by a McCool or one of her
staff of six.
Dogs must go through an interview process before McCool
accepts them.The interview allows her
to determine if the dog is a good match, whether it's aggressive and how it interacts with other dogs.
"I get so much praise," McCool
said."The dogs are tired and relaxed and very happy with the daycare."
It's easy to see the dogs enjoy McCool's company
, as they whine when she
leaves the playroom for her
interview in the lobby.
"They want me back there all of the time," she
said."I love to run and play with them." McCool
said the dog daycare is her
has always wanted to do something with animals.
"A dog's love is unconditional and they are just wonderful," she
likes the owners to leave their dog worries to her
Dogs are not fed at Cheryl's, but they have dog treats and water.Even dogs that are not aggressive become food aggressive, she
also prides herself on the cleanliness of the facility.Any dog accidents are cleaned up quickly. McCool
said it took her
eight months to find a business owner willing to give a dog daycare a chance.Property owners were concerned about the noise, as well as the unknown, since there are no other such facilities in Hilliard.
"The gentleman we lease from went to a couple of dog daycares and checked them out," she
Dog owners who may be skeptical about daycare are welcome to come in and look over the facility, McCool
is confident they'll be pleased with what they see. McCool is affiliated with Petsitters International, Central Ohio Professional Petsitters, North American Dog Daycare Association and is certified in pet first aid.
Capital Emergency Veterinary is less than a mile from the facility and is on call for Cheryl's
in case of an emergency. McCool
family have been residents of Hilliard for seven years.She
has two sons and two step-sons.Son Craig Allen is actively involved with the business and enjoys the time he
spends with the animals.
"You just have to keep them interested long enough (to engage them)," he
To engage them, he
may clap, pet them or throw a ball.Basically, the dogs just want someone to be with them, he
"They are just like children," McCool