The doors to DogTown, USA were officially opened this year by founder and owner Frank Charles, former Mayor of St. Augustine Beach, Florida.
However, the inspiration behind it actually stemmed from a real-life need years earlier.
When Mayor Charles was looking for a place to board his two Labrador Retrievers -- Cirrus and Gator -- he was unable to find a place that provided the right environment for his dogs.
It was then that he
decided to open his
very own pet resort.
In 2001, Frank co-founded Pet Paradise Resorts with local veterinarian Dr. Norma Haupt.
Pet Paradise grew to be such a huge success that Frank began work on a second location at Jacksonville International Airport.
Prior to a deal with the Airport, Frank
and Dr. Haupt decided to sell their controlling interest in Pet Paradise Resort
to Mr. Fred Goldsmith.
believed Mr. Goldsmith brought with him the required capital necessary to grow Pet Paradise Resorts
across the country.
Over the next 10 years, Frank remained with Pet Paradise Resorts to share his ideas on building the best pet resorts possible.
was also involved in opening 12 more Pet Paradise Resort locations across the southeastern U.S.
In 2005, Frank established 4th Estimate, Inc., a company that manufactured a variety of products related to the pet boarding industry.
These products were sold exclusively to Pet Paradise Resorts
Today, 4th Estimate
continues to create new products that will soon be available to pet boarding facilities globally.
passion for animals and the pet boarding business have now led him back full circle.
DogTown, USA is a 16,000 square-foot, state-of-the-art, all indoor themed pet resort dedicated to providing a safe, clean and fun environment.
When choosing a pet resort, Frank
believes that the owner/operator approach is always your best option.
For this reason, DogTown, USA is being prepared for immediate franchise availability.