Now “pet parents” don’t have to worry about Rover while they travel in and out of Love Field. With the Wright Amendment lifted, Saq Nadeem knew he could offer his services to many more jet-setting pet owners.
That’s because he’s the founder of Paradise 4 Paws, a company that provides pet boarding during travels. Though Nadeem is based out of Chicago and has a handful of locations across the country, he’s had a presence at Dallas-Fort Worth International Airport for the past three years. But this year, he wanted to reach out to Love Field travelers as well.
“We believe in quality and convenience for pet parents,” he said. “We call ourselves pet parents, not pet owners.”
Thanks to a partnership with Lovers Lane Animal Medical Center, pet owners can now drop off their fluffy ones at the center near Love Field and rest assured that the Paradise 4 Paws shuttle will take them to the main facility and back. Nadeem calls the new stop “the boarding lounge.”
Lovers Lane supervisor Cindy Jacobs has already seen quite a few pet owners take advantage of the new opportunity.
“As time goes on, I expect to see it grow,” she said. “It’s a great area to drop off.”
Before his Paradise 4 Paws days, Nadeem worked as a business consultant and traveled frequently — so the inspiration came.
“I have two doggie children and two kitty children,” he said. “I traveled for business all the time and hated leaving them behind. I didn’t like any place I could leave them. I felt guilty, and you shouldn’t — you have enough stress with traveling and work. You should feel comfortable and good about it.”
Nadeem doesn’t believe in leaving pets in crates while their owners are away. That’s why Paradise 4 Paws has plenty of room for pets to play in what he calls “doggie rooms” and “kitty bungalows.” There are areas for big dogs and areas for small dogs and even a bone-shaped splashing pool.
If pet parents suffer from separation anxiety, they can peek into a video feed to watch their “children” play.
Though the DFW location is open at all times, the “boarding lounge” works with the medical center’s hours. But Nadeem takes his allegiance to convenience very seriously. Let’s say pet owners are getting in late — past the medical center’s hours — clients have the option of picking up at the DFW location, at the airport curb, or even arrange to have the pet dropped off at home.
“Dallas is one of the most pet-friendly cities,” he said. “It’s an exciting time.”