RICHMOND, Va. (WRIC) – Natalie Moore came up with the idea of â€‹â€‹starting a new business called Ruff Canine Club after visiting a dog park bar in Greensboro, North Carolina called Doggo’s Dog Park and Pub.
The dog club coming to Scott’s Addition this fall will be the first of its kind in the Richmond metropolitan area.
The park and the bar are located on a 1 hectare property right next to the new headquarters of the laboratory equipment manufacturer Grenova.
Moore, a Tennessee graduate of the University of Virginia, said she and her boyfriend met many of their friends at the dog park of their apartment complex when they moved to Richmond because it was the only place they hang out during the heyday could the COVID-19 pandemic. Seeing this, she saw the need in the Richmond area for a place where dogs and their humans could socialize.
“I think it’s just a really unique opportunity for people new to Richmond to find some kind of community,” Moore said in an interview with 8News on Tuesday.
The Ruff Canine Club on Ellen Road will have a grand opening ceremony on October 30th with freebies, live music and a cartoonist.
Moore said she plans to hold a soft opening for the new store about a week before the grand opening party.
She said the park bar will give dog owners the ability to connect to Wi-Fi so those who have had to work from home have another option instead of staying indoors all day.
â€œLots of people will continue to be remote, and I know that there are many incredible places in Richmond that support working from home.
Moore said the lawn at the Ruff Canine Club is watered so water can flow through to clean it. After hours, the lawn is disinfected with a chemical that Moore says poses no safety risk to dogs.
For humans, Moore plans yoga with beer and dogs, a park food menu with beer and wine, seating, yard games like cornhole, and live acoustic music.
Visitors can also see dog trainers with tips and tricks, veterinarians, and dog barbers to help dog owners.
The membership purchased is for the dog, not for the human. Moore said a day pass is $ 10, a monthly pass is $ 30, and an annual membership for a single dog household is $ 275. There are other prices for two-dog household membership.
Everyone can bring up to two dogs and visitors are also welcome without a dog.
Moore said monitors will be in attendance to look for aggressive behavior from dogs, but no breeds are prevented from joining.
There will also be customer service agents to help visitors understand the parking rules in the separate areas for small and large dogs.
A dog needs to be spayed or neutered after it’s a year old and there is a list of shots your dog will need to enter the club.
Moore said the park uses software to upload a dog’s vaccination reports. It will email dog owners when it’s time for new shots.
She plans to work with local businesses to host events in the park and said the new deal will boost the region’s economy.
“If the growth moves to this area with renovations with the diamond that a lot of people look at and the VCU Sports Village, I think it will really strengthen that part of the community as a whole,” she said.
Moore said she plans to add seasonal things like swimming for dogs in 2022.