When Jesse Coslov moved back to Pittsburgh, he didn't know what to do with his dogs. In Dallas, where he worked in commercial real estate, Coslov would pamper his black Lab and Yorkie with daycare while he was at the office. But when he returned to his hometown, Coslov found no Pittsburgh providers were offering similar services--within city limits--to what he, and his canine friends, were used to.
The solution? Do it himself. With longtime friend and now-business partner Chris Kane, Coslov came up with the idea for The Dog Stop, a total-care, "cage-free" dog facility.
Located in a former warehouse in an industrial area at 1140 Washington Blvd., The Dog Stop features more than 17,000 square-feet of clean, safe, climate-controlled space. The facility, which opened in late August, provides boarding, daycare, grooming, bathing and self-wash services, and a retail area. In the future, The Dog Stop will offer neighborhood pick-up and drop-off points for daycare. There's also a 4,000-square-foot outdoor space, and a 3,000-square-foot indoor dog park with limited evening and weekend hours for when the weather fails to cooperate with your dog's exercise needs.
Coslov, a longtime volunteer with the Animal Rescue League, says the key to a successful experience for the dogs is to let them play the day away rather than confining them to cages.
"We had 75 dogs in the first three week, and not one single accident in the boarding area," says Coslov. "At night the dogs just pass out from exhaustion."
Coslov and Kane chose this particular East End location, they say, because of its proximity to Shadyside, Squirrel Hill, Point Breeze, Oakmont, Churchill, Highland Park and Fox Chapel, from where the majority of their customer base comes.
The Dog Stop is veterinarian insured and licensed.
Writer: Caralyn Green
Sources: Jesse Coslov and Chris Kane, The Dog Stop
Photograph copyright Caralyn Green