“We strive to continuously raise the standards of the pet care industry. We care for our pet guests the way we would like our own pets cared for, and we are super picky pet parents!”
Paul and Marni Lewis
In 1970, Marni’s parents built and operated a dog boarding kennel in Reisterstown, Maryland. As a child, she spent every day helping in the kennel and playing with the dogs. Marni’s mother was a well known dog trainer and breeder of German Shepherds, so it was no wonder that at age five Marni won her first junior handling class. The family kennel eventually sold and it became Marni’s life long dream to build her own “pet resort”.
Paul is an Army Veteran of two wars and spent 7 years in customer service for the U.S. Postal Service. Marni has a Bachelor of Science degree in Health Education and worked as a case manager for a managed care company.
In 1997, after a terrible boarding experience with her own dogs, Marni decided to build the first luxury pet resort in South Florida. Tail End Pet Resort was a 15,000 square foot boarding, grooming and day care facility with a 100 dog capacity. Tail End was featured many times in the Sun Sentinel, on the front page of the Miami Herald, was voted “Best Place to Pamper your Pet” by City Link Magazine, and was the first choice for several Miami Dolphin and Florida Marlins Players, as well as Miami Celebrities. Marni and Paul sold the business in 2008 to a national pet boarding company.
After losing all three of their Greyhounds to cancer, Paul and Marni committed to find better ways to maintain their pets’ health. The Green K9 opened in July of 2010 in Tavares, FL with a mission to help pet owners find the healthiest products for their pets and the environment and provide a safe, clean and fun day care facility for dogs to exercise and socialize. The business soon grew, and in July 2012 The Green K9 moved to its new 7,200 sq. ft. location in Mount Dora where boarding and grooming services were added.
The Lewis family currently consists of two horses, three dogs and three cats, all rescued of course!
SAVING OUR PLANET ONE PAW PRINT AT A TIME….
To reduce our impact and honor the earth, we have embraced the following initiatives:
- Our retail displays are made from 80% recycled, re-claimed and sustainable materials.
- We supply only biodegradable corn starch shopping bags and we offer reusable shopping bags.
- We recycle all of our glass, aluminum cans, plastic and paper.
- Many of our retail products are sustainable, biodegradable, recycled or recyclable.
- Earth and pet friendly products are utilized to clean and disinfect wherever possible.