JONESBORO — When two groomers in the Anna-Jonesboro area closed and moved, Becky Duty of Peaceful Pet Resort Boarding and Grooming in Cobden started getting a large number of calls from south Union County pet parents.
“We decided two of us could drive down there, rather than a lot of people driving to Cobden,” Duty said.
Duty decided to open a second location in Jonesboro. One of the recently closed businesses offered doggie day care, so Duty will offer day care at the new location.
“That location will have grooming and dog day care 7:30-5:30 Monday through Friday,” Duty said.
Peaceful Pets Resort will host a grand opening from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday at its second location, 319 Willards Ferry, starting with a ribbon cutting at 9 a.m. The second location is roughly one-quarter mile west of the Jonesboro square (going toward Ware).
Peaceful Pets t-shirts and tanks will be available at the open house. The event also will include door prizes, a doggie bake sale and much more. Free nail trims and baths will be available on a first come, first served basis.
“The Cobden location offers long-term boarding as well as grooming,” Duty said.
Duty opened the Cobden location of Peaceful Pets Resorts in February 2016 at 300 Bear Tree Lane. Her goal was to offer a home-like setting for pets who needed a place to stay while their people were on vacation or had to be away from home. Her slogan for the business is, “a home away from home for your pet.”
She tries to maintain as much of the animal’s habits at home as possible. Sometimes that means sleeping in a room with people in it. Besides helping to relieve anxiety for nervous pets, it also reassures anxious pet parents.
“I think sometimes the parents of these fur babies have a little more anxiety than their pets do. We try to send pictures and videos to ease their minds. They get a little more service after the drop off,” Duty said.
That same concern for pets will be the focus at the Jonesboro location. Duty will serve as groomer two days per week. Alysha Bankester, the other groomer, will be in Jonesboro 3 days per week.
“It has been great to have her. She has one of the biggest hearts for animals of anybody I’ve seen,” Duty said.
Duty is both excited and nervous about opening the second location.
“Seems like I’m thinking about 100 things I still have to do. I will be glad when Monday morning rolls around and we are open for business. I am ready to enjoy the work instead of going there to get it ready,” Duty said.
For more information about the business or to schedule grooming call Duty at 618-525-DOGS (3647). For appointments with Bankester, call 618-303-9936.