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Coming Soon: Cranberry's Luxury “5th Avenue Fido” Readies for Opening

Co-owner Linda Beard says the doggie day care and kennel will provide “guilt-free” boarding.

At 5th Avenue Fido, the luxury doggie day care center and indoor kennel opening soon in Cranberry, the rooms are fit for a princess—literally.

While all hotel-inspired sleeping rooms for dogs at the facility have a different theme, the “Princess House” is outfitted in pink and features a chandelier. Linda Beard said she named in honor of her own dog, Princess.

She said there’s nothing else like it in Pittsburgh.

“Nobody has these ‘houses,’ ” she said.

Along with Janet Best, Beard, a longtime dog trainer, is co-owner of 5th Avenue Fido. Located along Route 19 at the former Northgate Honda building, the facility offers what Beard calls “guilt-free” boarding.

The indoor kennel features separate dog “houses,” complete with siding and roofs, in the building’s “Residential” and “Fifth Avenue” sections.

Each “house” also has a raised bed and a different décor. Some of the themed rooms include a Steelers room, an outdoors-themed room and a “doga” studio. There’s also a “Kibble Café.”

Beard said her sister, Karen Kocher, also plans to offer Reiki and massages for dogs at the facility.

“We wanted the dogs to have nice surroundings,” Beard said.

Beard, of Cranberry, said 5th Avenue Fido is definitely not a traditional dog kennel. There will be no chain link runs, no cages and no concrete blocks at the facility. The floors also are made out of rubber to be easier on the dogs’ joints, Beard said.

She added the dogs would not be locked in their rooms for most of the day.

Instead, the pups will be interacting with each other in play areas policed by “dog wranglers,” who also are responsible for giving dogs their individual cuddle time.

“They’ll go in and spend time with them,” Beard said.

Beard said the play areas would be separated, depending on the dogs’ size and temperament. The only time the dogs would head to the fenced-in outside area would be for supervised potty breaks.

5th Avenue Fido also will offer dog training, including puppy, basic and socialization classes. Dog owners may drop off their pups before they head to work at the facility’s doggie day care. There also will be dog grooming services at the building.

Pending the approval of licenses and other paperwork, Beard said she hopes to have the facility open within the next three weeks.

“We’re planning to have a grand opening at some point, too,” she said. 

Linda Beard October 18, 2012 at 06:23 PM
thanks for your comment. It will be securely attached to the wall and every room will not have one. Dogs will be matched to an appropriate space for them.
Jennifer Durphey October 18, 2012 at 07:08 PM
Linda & Janet, I'm very excited to hear about your upcoming facility opening. I have been following the coverage, and have recently moved back to PA, in Cranberry Township. I owned my own pet sitting service in VA, and I'm Red Cross Pet CPR Certified, and have taken a dod training course/trained customers dogs. I would be very interested in employment, as I am a true animal lover! My name is Jennifer, and my e-mail is jd@zoominternet.net. If interested, I will give you further personal information. Thanks so much & take care!
Maggie Davenport October 23, 2012 at 03:53 PM
I can't WAIT for this to open! We have been looking for such a facility to board our King Charles Cavalier. We had a very bad experience with another local boarding facility and I swore I would never board him again. However, your facility looks beautiful and so very cozy. I wish you had a facebook page or websites, I cannot find it through google.
Debbie Wendt March 13, 2013 at 01:24 AM
Have you opened yet..we heard about you from our vet and are looking for a day care for our new puppy while we are at work. Please let me know. Dlwendt60@gmail.com
Jessica Sinichak March 13, 2013 at 01:01 PM
Debbie, 5th Avenue Fido is open. Here is their website, which includes hours of operation: http://www.5thavenuefido.com

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