Pet Care: AT&T Features Pet Camp

April 9, 2012

Pet Camp is a certified Green Business. We have 6,000 square feet of outdoor play space and it’s all covered in field turf. So, it’s that new generation of AstroTurf. It’s really soft and cushiony, drains real well and that lets our dogs come out to play. And it recreates that sort of dog park experience that certainly is necessary in an urban environment like ours.

A few years ago, we said okay, we’ve got this great play environment for dogs, what do cats really like? So it took us about a year and a half. We finally found this building and we were able to put a green house, attach a green house to the back of the building.

We did this space for the cats and the safari garden and what we didn’t expect were all the people who saw the space. And said, wow, can I bring my cat in, even when my cat isn’t staying overnight, just to come and play? We have a point to point T1 line between the two buildings.

So that means we have one database, and both facilities can share the information. When you call Pet Camp and if everyone there is busy, it rolls over automatically to Cat Safari. So someone here can answer it, as if they’re at that other building and have access to all the data.

So from a client’s perspective, it’s all seamless. From our perspective, it really shares the workload in a much more efficient manner. One of the issues we faced was, we didn’t really understand how any of this stuff works. We know where we wanna go, so we worked with an AT&T vendor who was able to help us decide how many voice lines we needed, how many data lines we needed.

We had all that stuff and it was great to have one person to talk to and it was essential.


Pet Care: Big Fan Features Pet Camp

April 8, 2012

Pet Camp is a boarding facility for dogs and cats located in San Francisco, California. But what makes it unique is so the way we approach what we do, our whole goal was to replicate the dog park experience that we have in San Francisco.

San Francisco is an urban market, obviously and most of us don’t have big back yards. So if you want your dog to play, you go to the dog park. And you hang out with your friends, and the dogs hang out with their friends and you romp and that’s what we wanted to create here.

We wanted to create an environment where our dog clients could have fun. They could play. They would be safe. They would be loved. And for our cat clients they would have a tranquil environment with plenty of stimuli. We have a fish tank a scratching post, an easy chair.

We have bird feeders, wild flowers I mean everything to make it fun. They’re going to camp. We put our fans in about a year ago. We were prompted to put them in, because we were looking for a more energy efficient way to move air around. In our dog run areas, we vent the air every four and a half minutes.

So we have an air turnover every four and a half minutes. But I wanted to have increased air flow and sort of air movement within that confined space. We have been using thirteen box fans just you know, two and a half to three foot box sands. Just to move the air, just to keep stirring it up.

So, that sort of prompted six or eight months of research into what options I have, what types of fans are out there, who made them had anyone ever used them before? Did they think they would work in this kind of environment? And did they think they’d work then, in our environment specifically?

Yes, they’re much more energy efficient than regular box fans. When we did our energy analysis, they estimated the fans would pay for themselves in sheer energy savings in about six or seven years. Years. And that was fine. That was within our sort of return on investment criteria. But what stunned us when we put them in was all the other sort of variables we haven’t calculated into our decision making process.

Specifically, they’re quiet. What we realize very quickly is we were walking into our dog ran area We were yelling. We weren’t yelling over a hundred dogs, we were yelling over 13 boxed fans. Because now you can walk in their, their are a hundred dogs, their are the two big ass fans and you can still hear the classical music playing.

Before all you heard was the fans just wailing. That issue has made a huge change to our staff and our psyche. They move the air so much more gently, that even on a cold morning, which, for San Francisco isn’t that cold, you’re willing to turn them on because you don’t have those box fans just churning that freezing cold air right in your face.

It also produces a lot less dust. Box fans move that air so violently that anything that’s in that air gets sort of impaled or impacted right on another surface. Without having that, we have a lot less dust blowing around. And everything has changed. I mean, even our exhaust fan, which we have to clean just because there is dust in the air.

There’s so much less dust everywhere. That everything stays a little cleaner.


Going Green: Mark Klaiman Talks Pet Care – Pet Camp

April 6, 2012

This is at Pet Camp! We’re an overnight and daycare facility for dogs and cats. Being green, to me, means showing to the world that you can be a good business person and be a good environmental steward.

And I’m convinced you can do both. Basically, all our panels come down through here. We’ve got 252 panels on our roof. This remains the largestly privately financed solar power facility in San Francisco. Those are our 20-foot diameter ceiling fans. They move 68,000 cubic feet per minute of air and use 58 watts of power, so less than a light bulb.

So these are our outdoor play areas. They’re all covered in field turf, which of course is filled in with what’s called Nike grind which is a combination of sand and recycled sneaker bottoms. Our dog poop actually gets turned into electricity. We take our dog poop and our more traditional green waste and it goes to a biomass facility.

And it gets turned into methane gas that then gets turned into electricity. We are the only place in San Francisco actually allowed to compost our dog poop. I think the fact that we’re green is rewarding to our clients. People get behind you. It’s interesting, it’s exciting, and it’s the thing to do.

And then at a personal level, I have four little kids. And being green to me means that I’m going to leave them an environment worthy of them, as opposed to one that I have destroyed.