With winter in full effect, the weimaraners are restless. For those that are unfamiliar with the breed, they are incredibly high energy and need exersize and stimulation or they’ll invent their own…. usually at the expense of my house. Since the sidewalks are too snowy to run, I’ve been taking the pups to doggy day care three days a week to allow them to blow off some steam. Our daycare of choice has been Noah’s Bark near the Ohio State campus in Columbus, OH. My blue weimaraner, Lillian, has been going there since she was a puppy. In fact, two of my all-time favorite pictures of Lil were taken there.
My wife took the news hard because she had trusted them with Lillian since the very beginning and felt betrayed that they would close down without warning and had become friends with some of the employees. I felt more cheated and taken advantage of because we had just bought a 20 day daycare package for $333 and had a lot of unused days left.
With two days since the announcement, both Facebook pages have been taken down. Both websites are no longer working. I’ve disputed the last charge with Discover (currently pending) but I’m still left with more questions than answers. Why did they close? What should people do about the unused days (note: I disputed the charge with the credit card company)? Why wasn’t there notice given? Were our dogs ever in danger? Were their any warning signs that I missed that Noah’s wouldn’t be reputable? What happened to the dedicated employees? Unfortunately for everyone involved, I think the loyal customers are going to be left with more questions than answers. The end result is that the owners Noah’s proved to be shut down without warning at the expense of their longtime customers and that sucks for everyone involved.
If you know of any good doggy day care locations in Columbus or want to drop a note about Noah’s closing, please use the box below.
Update 1/11/14 – 10TV in Columbus posted an article about the closing but doesn’t answer any questions. It mentions owner Mark Corner left his employees without paychecks. What a wonderful man. He certainly duped us. You can read the article here - http://www.10tv.com/content/stories/2014/01/10/gahanna-dog-daycare-closes-without-notice.html
Update 1/11/14 – There is/was a civil case against the owner from the State of Ohio Department of Taxation (case 11 JG 055187) – you can search here - http://fcdcfcjs.co.franklin.oh.us/CaseInformationOnline/Welcome.jsp