Our Story

Our Story

We are South Tampa Pet Resort and this is our story.  Our team has over 30 years of experience in the doggy daycare, boarding, grooming, service dog and training industry. Our experience and combined love of dogs, makes South Tampa Pet Resort your dog’s home away from home. While we opened our doors as South Tampa Pet Resort in January 2018, we have been a family for almost a decade.

We love what we do. Dogs are often left at home while their owners are at work, suffering long hours of a lack of interaction. This can result in dogs acting out in the form of excessive barking, stress, or general disobedience. Additionally, an unsupervised dog can cause a lot of damage to your home – even hurting themselves in the process. That’s why South Tampa Pet Resort is so important! We provide an opportunity for your dog to socialize, learn skills, and get as much love and attention as possible until you can be together again.

In 2010, one of our owners, Richard Starks, helped build the facility that used to be known as ‘Lucky Dog’ in downtown Tampa, FL. Over the next few years, the team grew and on-boarded many experienced dog handlers, trainers, managers and groomers. Managers such as Carrie Broyles, Mallory Sarver, and Caren Conner all played a vital role in Lucky Dog’s success in its early years. As families grew and career paths changed, the original team dissolved and by 2016 each person had found their new journey in the canine industry.

Full circle. “I remember you…wow I am so thrilled that you are back”, the defining statement that makes it all worth it. When South Tampa Pet Resort first opened its doors in January 2018, we overheard this sentiment day in and day out from our beloved clients. The facility, that is now known as South Tampa Pet Resort, underwent multiple transitions and changes throughout 2016 and 2017 including name changes and new ownership. We believe that change brings opportunity, and our team is excited to see what opportunities await.

Your pets are safe with us! Each of our managers have shared ownership in our company and your dog’s health, safety, and happiness comes first. Our family is thrilled to be back in Tampa, FL doing what we love to do…providing care for your furry friend while you are away.


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