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From Investment Banker to Dog Club Owner

I recently came across an article on that might be of interest to many of you.

Woman Executive

The owner and founder of Santa Monica’s Fit Dog Sports Club comes with a work resume that you might not have expected…

Andrea Servadio was a successful investment banker in New York City for almost 10 years. Then came the financial crisis of 2008 – so Andrea packed her bags and moved out west to Los Angeles. She thought she would take some time to relax and figure what to do next. But that didn’t last much more than 6 months.

Andrea and her partner got very frustrated when they started looking for daycare options for their Jack Russell Terrier, Brecken. Wherever they looked, they could not find anything that matched the staff and facilities they were accustomed to in Manhattan.

Fitdog Sports Play AreaTo make a log story short, Andrea and her partner opened Fitdog Sports Club in November 2010. The 5,000-square-foot facility offers upscale daycare, boarding and grooming services in line with the Los Angeles lifestyle, including exercise and training programs, treadmill workouts, beach excursions and canyon hikes. Club membership is capped at 70 dogs, thereby maintaining a low ratio of one handler to 17 dogs.

The services they offer include:

  • Cage-Free Dog Daycare
  • Worry-Free Dog Boarding
  • Professional Dog Grooming
  • Board & Train
  • Activities & Group Outings

Having overcome some early difficulties and challenges, Andrea is now scouting for a second location. It sounds like “Going to the Dogs” was a great financial move for this investment banker!

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