Crestwood, Sunset Hills Going to the Dogs

The cities have made significant steps to bring in amenities for pet owners, including the approval of a dog day care and boarding facility in Crestwood this week.

A new doggie day care and boarding facility called Love Unleashed is coming to Crestwood.

The facility at 9221 Watson Industrial Park will offer both day care and overnight boarding for dogs. An indoor and outdoor dog park can be utilized by residents for a membership fee, owner Weston Ackermann said. Pop-up kennels will be used for overnight accomodations and the outdoor area will be protected by a 6-foot vinyl fence.

The facility will be open 7 a.m. - 7 p.m. on weekdays and 9 a.m. - 7 p.m. on weekends. The outdoor dog park will be open 10 a.m. - 3 p.m. on weekdays and Saturday, and 12-4 p.m. on Sundays.

The Crestwood Board of Aldermen unanimously approved the request on Tuesday. 

Ackermann's wife, Jennifer, works at the Watering Bowl on Lindbergh Boulevard. Ackermann works at the No Leash Needed dog facility in Valley Park, which currently serves some Sunset Hills residents. Learn more about No Leash Needed.

Ackermann told the board Tuesday he chose Crestwood because he felt it would pull in clients from Kirkwood, Webster Groves, and areas of South County. 

He isn't the only one who saw a need to bring this type of facility to the area. Last month the Sunset Hills Board of Aldermen approved Patches Ellis to operate a dog day camp at 10390 Watson Rd., between the former ColorArt building and Family Pet Hospital. Ellis' facility will not offer overnight boarding.

The cities of Sunset Hills and Crestwood have also been working together to open an outdoor dog park for residents.


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Dan O'Connor April 24, 2013 at 04:53 PM
WOOF! WOOF! I think this Patches Dog Camp is in trouble before it even starts barking, its experience in dog care does not even hold a tail to Ackermann's vast knowledge and years in the business. No Leash is top notched. We look forward to Love Unleashed and the Ackermann's bringing their EXPERIENCED service to the area!
Linda Day May 07, 2013 at 06:55 PM
It's wonderful that these two facilities are coming to the South/South County area! There's a huge market for Dog Day Cares as many St. Louisians are dog lovers who want only the very best for their pets/family members. Congratulations to the Ackermann's settling on a facility in Crestwood, it's a wonderful area. It is a little disappointing in these difficult economic times to see a company's first leap out of the saddle begin with belittling the competition, who will be located in a facility they themselves once pursued. I hope each business is successful in their endeavors and enjoys the blessed world of working with dogs! Wouldn't it be nice to see each business focus on providing the absolute best service possible at their own facility and be supportive of other businesses in the industry, without having to stoop to deriding another in an effort to attract business? If only it were so, life would be so much more peaceful, which is what all dogs deserve. Woof Woof.


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