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Wednesday, January 08, 2014

Dog Spa opening in Old Agoura
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Diogi is the business that will occupy the space now vacated by World Class Motoring in Agoura Hills. Agoura Hills City Council unanimously approved a zoning change, allowing dog board and care.

Representing the Old Agoura Homeowner's Association, director Phil Ramuno publicly commented that the zoning might have included the use proposed by Diogi if such establishments existed, or even conceived, at the time the zoning codes were written.  The HOA consistently weighs-in to the council regarding any proposed development or new business within the Old Agoura Overlay District.

Nearby veterinarians, as well as feed and tack shops, welcomed the idea of a nearby dog "resort and athletic club" which is how the owner describes his business.

The business model is similar to Camp Bow Wow, also in Agoura Hills, and The Barkley, in Westlake Village.  Diogi's presentation at the Council Meeting showed slideshows of their Santa Barbara and Goleta locations, featuring a bone shaped swimming pool.  A pool would be something not found in the Camp Bow Wow and The Barkley.  Diogi will feature a retail shop stocked with food and pet accessories and supplies.

The owner of the spa presented the benefits of the business to the dogs themselves as much as to the dog owners or the community at large. From the point of view of the dogs (the guests), the new business promises to be a happy place where one can let off steam. When approving the zoning change, each council member joked that it would be nice if the owners could check-in and be pampered along with their pets. By approving the business, the council members indulged vicariously.

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