Technology at Plano's Sparta Pet Palazzo links boarded dogs with owners

Joel and Juliana Marius rescued all three of their dogs.

Joel and Juliana Marius rescued all three of their dogs.

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Sparta Pet Palazzo
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Pet owners who wish they could connect with their dogs while away from home may find reassurance at Sparta Pet Palazzo in Plano.

With fully integrated video and web services at their facility, owners Joel and Juliana Marius said the technology has helped the owners feel connected with their pets—even if they are on the other side of the world.

In some of the premium boarding rooms, dogs can press a button to receive a treat and send an automated text to the owner. The same service allows owners to have video chats with their dog, as well as deposit treats into the dog’s boarding room.

The penthouse and junior penthouse suites also come equipped with TVs for dogs to watch cartoons or animal shows.

In addition to the gadgets throughout the facility, Joel and Juliana said they hope to give owners a peace of mind that their pets are receiving the best treatment. With 35,000 square feet of space, including two outdoor play areas and two indoor play areas, Joel and Juliana said they feel they have fulfilled that goal.

“I love the clients’ dogs,” Juliana said. “The same love that I give to my dogs, I give to the clients’ dogs.”

Among Sparta’s services are bathing, grooming, day care, training and boarding, as well as boarding for cats. For owners who do not have time to drop off their pets, Sparta has a van to transport pets back and forth from their homes.

Joel said the couple tries to make sure they are involved with the local community. He said Sparta donated food and supplies to aid pets displaced in the wake of Hurricane Harvey in August and September. Beyond natural disasters, Sparta also hosts an adoption-day in collaboration with Tails from the Heart, a rescue organization, Juliana said.

Joel and Juliana, who are dog lovers themselves, recently adopted a Chihuahua-corgi mix that was about to be euthanized.

“She [had been] returned three times—we didn’t know why that was until then when we adopted her. We found out she likes to destroy everything, but she’s a good dog,” Joel said.

“She’s perfect,” Juliana said.


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