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Indulge Fido: Bed & Biscuit pampers, provides intimate setting

Aaron Krause • Oct 29, 2015 at 11:58 AM

BERLIN HEIGHTS - This inn offers nail trim, brush, massage, comforting music and exercise if you're worried about too much pampering and not enough physical activity.

But before you make an appointment for yourself, or any human being, understand that this business serves only man's best friend.

Bed & Biscuit Dog Boarding is open for business in Berlin Heights. Owner Rose Lener, who runs the business out of her home, promises an environment more intimate than a traditional kennel, with more attention afforded Fido.

Lener said she got about 20 new clients in the last month. "I really want to make it work because I really enjoy working with the dogs," she said.

To allow for the extra attention, Lener only takes seven to 10 dogs at a time. There are other requirements: No dogs with life-threatening health issues, or those aggressive toward humans or other dogs; your dog must be flea-free and up to date with DHLP, Bordatella and Rabies vaccinations (proof required). Also, Lener asks that you tell her if your dog is not spayed or neutered.

If your dog meets these criteria, you might consider Bed & Biscuit.

"We specialize in spoiled dogs," Lener joked. Seriously, she said many people prefer that their pets stay in someone's home, as opposed to a kennel.

Lener has two dogs of her own: A 5-year-old beagle-mix named Lucy and Mrs. Petie, a 3-year-old chihuahua mix.

"We prefer to take dogs that get along with other dogs since this is more of a family environment," Lener said.

In addition to her ownership of Bed & Biscuit, Lener is the director of Old Mason Animal Rescue (OMAR). The Erie County-based organization rescues pets from Ohio kill-shelters. It also takes in owner-released pets which would otherwise be put to sleep or taken to a kill shelter.

The organization has foster homes located in Erie, Huron, Lorain, and Cuyahoga counties.

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