The Jakarta Post
When an establishment names itself 'Sit and Stay', it's probably easy to guess what their field of business is.
Located just outside of Denpasar in the Umalas-Kerobokan-Canggu area of Southern Bali, Sit and Stay is a self-billed 'one stop care center for dogs' that aims to provide a complete escape for canines.
The 950-square-meter space includes a dog hotel and boarding, daycare, professional salon and spa, a swimming service for dogs, a shop, a dog park and a cafÃ©, where, according to one of the establishment's co-founders, Tito Danang, 'people can spend their day working in a place surrounded by our lovely dogs'.
Founded just over a month ago by Tito, Danny Sunata and Ferdi Pranoto, the idea for Sit and Stay came after a casual conversation between Danny and Ferdi.
'I used to have a dog when I was in the States and realized it was both a necessity and a great convenience to socialize my dogs with other dogs at a dog park, then I came to Indonesia and found that we lack this amenity here'.
'Then, on a visit to Bali in December 2014, I had a brief conversation with a friend who, at the time, had a Rottweiler puppy. What started as a fun chat in the pool with friends has now turned into a delightful reality,' explains Danny.
Tito concurred, adding that Bali had always been a 'mecca for dogs,' with many seen roaming free around the streets and beaches.
'We realized that there was at least one pet shop per 1 kilometer radius, but the lack of accommodation and other canine care was a concern.'
Thus, the idea of setting up a one-stop care center for dogs seemed natural.
'We understand that our target market is both local Indonesians and expatriates; therefore, we selected our location in the Umalas-Kerobokan-Canggu area, with very easy access from Denpasar.'
The dog center consists of fully air conditioned hotel rooms, CCTV, a swimming pool and a lush garden area where dogs can run around and play.
Tito assures prospective clients that they have hired able hands to take care of the dogs; a concern oft raised by clients.
'Our partners, kennel boys and staff have plenty of experience in boarding and grooming for dogs; as a matter of fact, some have won medals and trophies for their involvement in dog shows throughout the country.'
The response has been positive, say the trio.
'By the second week of our soft opening, we had already had a variety of both Indonesian and expatriates stop by to check the place out and they each expressed gratefulness that such a place was here. In the future, we hope that we will be the first destination for canine care in Bali.'
Sit and Stay plans to expand their activities to include more dog-focused events.
As their first Alaskan Malamute Bali Club gathering turned out to be a success, they plan to host more dog events in the future, including agility training and dog shows.
'Overall, the principle idea of having a complete canine care center, including a dog park, is to be the place where owners and their dogs can enjoy each other's company, to play, to care and to sit and stay,' Danny says.
' Photos courtesy of Sit & Stay
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