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RIYADH: A local hotel in Riyadh offers unique specialist care services for dogs of all shapes and sizes.

Chez Ayah Pet Hotel and Daycare opened on Friday with a “Halloween Pawty” to welcome mankind’s best friend.

The hotel is inspired by the personal journey of the owner, Ayah Al-Bokhari, who found a suitable place to leave her dogs for a few days. She has two German Shepherds, a Golden Retriever and a Canaan.

Placing them in a local pet hotel, she asked the caretaker to see the space and be given photos of her dogs, but all requests were denied, which is the case in most places.

The only other option for dog owners is to leave them at a pet clinic, which poses a very high risk of them catching viruses or illnesses from other animals.

This prompted Al-Bokhari to inquire about the pet care industry. She has completed degrees in dog hotel management and canine behavior, and is in the process of getting her pet nutrition license.

And so Chez Ayah was born, completing seven months in its soft opening phase as a home-based business.

Unlike most pet shelters, which typically only offer cramped spaces and dry food at high prices, daycare is designed to make dogs feel like they’ve never left the house. home.

Upon entering the space, dogs are welcomed into a lounge accessible through a dog door. Dogs are free to roam, indoors and outdoors, all day from 7:00 a.m. until bedtime at 10:00 p.m. – if using the boutique hotel service.

“We don’t have a reception or offices, we have a lounge. We call it that because once you bring a dog, they will miss the house, the family, the owner, and we want to make them feel at home,” Al-Bokhari told Arab News.

During the day, the dogs run and play on a wide strip of grass with their furry friends.

The space aims to create a community for dogs and owners. With over 35 dogs invited at a time, the dogs got used to each other, made friends and established trust.

A part-time nutritionist is also on hand to provide proper care to all guests and is available at all times for emergencies.

Dr. Abdullah Samir visits the dogs every Sunday, checks their health and follows up with the owners.

“Most places here in Saudi Arabia, in Riyadh in particular, are basically just cages. For dogs, this is the number one spot of this quality…Ayah is coming strong in this area and I am sure she will have a great future with this business,” Samir told Arab News.

All dogs are welcomed at home provided that they receive all the vaccinations against fleas, that they are wormed and that they are treated against external parasites.

For many pet owners around the world, these pets hold a special place in their hearts.

“My dogs are my children. They are my family, my children, they are everything. They feel really happy when they see me, they feel sad when I’m sad. When I’m down, they pick me up,” said said Al-Bokhari.

Dogs with separation anxiety are never left in cages and sometimes, if necessary, sleep next to Al-Bokhari to calm their nerves.

One of them is the couple Aya and Mohammed’s dog, Sam, a German shepherd.

The couple also struggled to find dog facilities during the early stages of raising Sam. When they finally came across Chez Ayah, they knew they had found the right home for their pet. beloved company.

“I was shocked by the way they take care of the dogs and the facilities they provide – the yard, the emergency doctor, the playground and lots of friendly dogs,” Mohammad told Arab News.

“He is much happier at Ayah than he is with us,” Aya added jokingly. “She is truly one of a kind in the entire Kingdom.”

The hotel also offers meal plans tailored to the dog’s dietary needs and restrictions.

Sam was raised during the pandemic, which caused him to develop separation anxiety, as is the case with many pets during this time.

At Ayah he adapted quickly and has now become much more confident and independent, the owners said.

To celebrate the grand opening, the company embraced the spooky vibes of the season by throwing a Halloween dog party, complete with treats, dog costumes, a live performance by DJ PiNK BUNNY and gift bags filled a Kong chew toy and lamb’s ear snacks. .