After Devastating Flood, Deerfields’ The Barking Lot to Reopen
With New Improvements, a Truly Unique Daycare, Boarding & Grooming Experience for Dogs
Deerfield, IL – After a flood caused extensive damage to the facility last spring, The Barking Lot, a doggie daycare, boarding and grooming facility, will officially reopen in a ribbon-cutting ceremony on November 30th at 11:00a.m. Deerfield mayor Harriet Rosenthal will do the honors and the ceremony is open to the public.
“My staff and I are thrilled to be reopening The Barking Lot just in time for the holidays, a time of year when our customers often need us most. It’s been a long road, but we’re excited to offer North Shore dog owners an even better experience for their beloved dogs,” said Matt Kriser, owner and co-founder of The Barking Lot.
Last April, Kriser, a Highland Park native, was enjoying his ninth year running the facility, a business created to provide a safe, clean, fun environment for dogs and to give dog owners peace of mind when working or traveling. However, at about 6:30 p.m. on April 26th, he got a call from an employee that water had started pouring in from every entry point in the 25,000 square foot facility.
Without initially knowing the source of the water, his first concern was getting the dogs under his care to safety. In the end, the dogs were quickly and successfully relocated, but due to an underground water main break, 80,000 gallons of water wreaked havoc on his business and the home away from home for nearly 100 North Shore dogs each day.
Now, after more than six months of helping former customers find alternate care for their dogs, haggling with insurance companies to cover the cost of reconstruction, and managing the rebuild, The Barking Lot is ready to reopen. And, not just reopen, but come back better than ever to serve The North Shore. Some improvements to the facility include, a third indoor, spacious play space, an improved outdoor 8000 square foot play space with new antibacterial turf, and 25 additional kennels, bringing the total to 128.
And, to encourage customers whose dogs were displaced due to the flood to come back, Kriser is offering to ‘transfer’ any remaining prepaid time at another dog daycare to The Barking Lot free of charge. In addition, in celebration of the reopening, The Barking Lot is offering a third night free on a three-night stay, 30% off all daycare packages and 25% off bathing/grooming with a three-night stay. Plus, 10% off retail products.
For more information, visit The Barking Lot, call (847) 205-3647 or stop by for a tour between 9a.m.- 4p.m. No appointment necessary.