About Us

   “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!”

Our history:

aboutIn 1997, after a terrible boarding experience with our own dogs, we decided to build the first luxury pet resort in South Florida. After obtaining a 1.3 million dollar SBA loan, Tail End Pet Resort was 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.

Our Background:

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 law firms.

Paul 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, four 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 from 9 years of racing. He is a million dollar career earner and in the Hall of Fame at Calder Race Track.

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A lifelong love affair with dogs started in the show ring at age five.

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Saving our planet one paw print at a time

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To reduce our impact and honor mother 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.

Our Nissan Leaf is all electric with zero emissions.

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