“We strive to continuously raise the standards of the professional pet care service and retail industry. We care for our pet guests the way we would like our own pets cared for, and we are super picky pet parents!”
In 1997, after an unpleasant boarding experience with our own dog, we decided to build our own boarding facility. There were no “pet resorts” in South Florida at the time, so the new idea was turned down by six banks. After much persistence, the Tail End Pet Resort was finally constructed in 2001. This 15,000 square foot facility on five acres offered: boarding, grooming and day care with a 100 dog capacity. Tail End was featured many times in the Sun Sentinel, was 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.
In 2008 we sold Tail End to a national pet boarding chain, in order to move to a smaller town. After losing all three of our Greyhounds to cancer, we became committed to find better ways to maintain our pets’ health. In July of 2010, The Green K9 opened in a tiny shop on Main Street 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 Green K9 grew to 26 day care dogs a day, so it was time to expand. 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.
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 from age five Marni knew she wanted to work with dogs. The family kennel sold and it became Marni’s life long dream to build her own “pet resort”. After obtaining a B.S. in Health Education, Marni worked in the health care field for managed care companies and workers’ compensation law firms.
Paul Lewis is an Army Veteran. After college he mastered hydraulics then worked seven years in customer service for the U.S. Postal Service.
The Lewis family currently consists of two horses, three dogs and two cats, all rescued of course! Our most famous child is Fast Departure, who we rescued off the race track with a calcified ankle after nine years of racing. He is a million dollar career earner and in the Hall of Fame at Calder Race Track.
A lifelong love affair with dogs started in the show ring at age five.