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Doggy day cares thrive in pet-obsessed Seattle

Christine Clarridge, The Seattle Times on

Published in Cats & Dogs News

"We want to be totally transparent," said Kasdorf. "We know that people want to see where their dog is playing, where their dog eats and where they take a bath. We have indoor play parks, a style bar and a webcam that members can log into anytime."

Some obsessed pet owners even log into the webcam, minimize the screen at their work station and keep an eye on their dog all day long, he said. They find it both reassuring and uplifting.

The Barking Lounge also has a webcam that is accessible to anyone who wants to see the dogs playing.

When French, of The Barking Lounge, leaves her own dog at the center for travel, she's frequently logged in herself.

"I start to go through pooch withdrawals," French said. "It's not something everyone understands, but it is understood by people who know how amazing and unique dogs are."

Kasdorf said, "The Seattle market is just phenomenal. It's such a dog-friendly city. Dogs are no longer in a doghouse in the backyard here; they have moved into the house with the humans and are sleeping in the bed."

Seattle Times columnist Gene Balk contributed to this report.

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