New ‘Doggy Disneyland’ canine retreat in Iowa is more than a pet hotel – USA TODAY



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  • Paws & Pints will offer a dog hotel, park, bar, food trucks and a live-music stage.
  • It is one of the first businesses in the Des Moines area to combine multiple dog-related services with a human bar and social venue under one roof.
  • The facility in Des Moines welcomes humans without dogs, and will offer dogs one-day access passes.

DES MOINES  — A ‘doggy Disneyland’ inspired by canine retreats across the country is set to open in Iowa later this month.

Millions of pets found homes during the COVID-19 pandemic  and   spending on pets trended upward as more households adopted pets.

As many humans have since returned to in-person work, 1 business in Des Moines will offer a plethora of ways to still pamper plus spend time with their pandemic pup – all under one roof.  

Paws & Pints, an one-stop shop that will provide a destination experience for canines and owners alike, broke ground in Des Moines last year. The  33, 000-square-foot “ultimate canine retreat”   sits on 4. 5 acres.

When will Paws  & Pints open? What will be offered?

Paws & Pints is set to open simply by Aug. 22. The facility will be an all-in-one doggy destination with four main businesses:

  • A 10, 000-square-foot dog resort and spa providing boarding, grooming and day care services.
  • A 16, 000-square-foot dog park attached to an indoor-outdoor coffeehouse, a  full-service bar and kitchen (for humans and dogs alike)  called Your Best Friend’s Bar,   food vehicles and a live-music stage.  
  • 3, 800 square feet of rental space for dog trainers.
  • A 2, 850-square-foot  veterinary clinic.

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The ‘doggy Disneyland’

Kyle and Megan Casey of Norwalk didn’t always know they would run a dog utopia.  

“I kind of jokingly say that  the love for our beloved (dog) Porter changed the trajectory of our lives, ” Kyle said.   “We were in corporate America and hated it. After 16 years of this,   I had to do something. I was going crazy. ”

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During a road trip with their Bernese mountain dogs Porter and Kora, the Caseys discovered a dog park combined with a bar in Denver.  

A few months later, the couple began working on Paws & Pints. For research, they took their pups to dog-friendly pubs and destinations across the United States, with stops inside Kansas City, Denver, Florida,   Dallas, Minneapolis plus Seattle.

“The thought was, let’s kind of pull ‘doggy Disneyland’ and everything fun for dogs and their owners under one roof, with also all of your less glamorous but necessary dog services, ” Megan said.  

Paws &   Pints is one of the first companies in the Des Moines region to combine multiple dog-related solutions with a human bar and social venue under a single roof, but dog park bars popping up across the country are proving  to be popular.  

Paws & Pints is still looking to fill available positions , jobs that include employees’ biggest perk: bringing their own dogs to work every day.

Humans without dogs are also welcome

The bar plans to serve cocktails and 20 craft beers on tap, with a small menu for humans plus dogs on the way. The Caseys plan to serve turkey and sweet potatoes among the canine-friendly dishes and bagels for humans.  

Though Paws and Pints is a membership-based facility, canines can gain one-day access for $5.   People without dogs are also welcome.

Grace Altenhofen can be reached at [email protected]rmedia. com or upon Twitter @gracealtenhofen.

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