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Putting Up The Dog

Plush new hotel opens in Philly today. Guests need to show they've had vaccines, cannot bring their own linens, but are allowed one personal toy.

Putting Up The Dog

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Mazzus2 Plush new hotel opens in Philly today. Guests need to show they've had vaccines, cannot bring their own linens, but are allowed one personal toy.

Mazzu's Hotel - accent on the ZOO - is a place for dogs and cats. It calls itself Philadelphia's first luxury hotel for the discriminating pet owner.

A doggie mini suite is $80 per night, and a regular runs $100. A double, for a plus-sized dog or two family pooches, costs $125 per night. The biggest room is about seven feet wide, seven feet deep, and seven feet high. The rates include a platform bed, linens, toys, three walks, 1 to 2 feedings, unlimited spring water, climate control, daily maid service, 24-hour on-site care, unlimited affection, and TV - presumably Animal Planet.

The cat suites are three level affairs, running from $60 to $ 90. The Web site lists the same amenities as the dogs get, although I didn't see any TV time.

For both canines and felines, the spa treatment doesn't stop there. There are add-ons, such as extra walks, doggie field trips (local park) filet and salmon dinners, outings to Le Bec Fin (made that one up.)

Mazzu's is at 334 N. Water Street in Center City. For Info: 215-546-PETS.

KYW has a story about the hotel. By phone owner Jenee Mazzu, 23, talked about the former artist's studio in Old City that now can accommodate eight dogs and six cats at a time.

"I was the kind of kid who was always bringing home strays," says the Ridley Park-reared Mazzu. "Animals were my best friends." When she was younger, she worked in shelters and grooming shops. In 2004, while working as an assistant in a financial services business,  she started a dog walking service in the city, building it up to 50 regular clients.

"During this time I thought the conditions of the pet industry were gross," she said. "It's not beautiful, there's nothing luxurious about it. I just wanted to bring luxury to this under-developed industry."

She describes her hotel as a service for people too. "I know how stressful a kennel can be on an animal. Dogs come out of kennels with diarrhea, viruses. There is more to an animal, than 'It is just a dog.' It can feel scared, feel happy, also feel relaxed and that is what we want to do - provide a facility where people can have peace of mind."

albert
Posted 01/30/2006 09:16:03 AM
good grief
Diane
Posted 01/30/2006 12:23:02 PM
Regarding the Doggy Hotel in Philadelphia

I have been to Mazzu's and it is as luxurious and beautiful as claimed!   Jenee and AJ Mazzu are animal lovers, having 2 dogs and three cats that they rescued over the years. They love animals and I will leave my all my pets there with total piece of mind! 
d
Posted 01/30/2006 01:09:19 PM
Other than the fact that this has to be one of the most ridiculous things I have ever read, what is the difference between 7 feet high and 7 feet tall?
Daniel Rubin
Posted 01/30/2006 01:48:38 PM
thanks for the eagle eyes, d. that should be deep, not high. you should be my editor
A.SMALL
Posted 03/05/2006 12:09:46 PM
HEY I HAVE A DOG AND THREE CATS AND I THINK THIS IS A WONDERFUL IDEA. THIS CAN BE A PLACE WHERE OWNERS OF ANIMALS LIKE MYSELF FEEL SAFE LETTING THEIR PETS STAY HERE IN STEAD OF A KENNEL OR BOARDING AREA.I WOULD LIKE TO THANK THE MAZZUS FOR BRINGING THIS PLACE TO PHILLY. ON THE OTHER HAND PRICES COULD BE A LITTLE BIT LESS EXPENSIVE.
ben k.
Posted 03/16/2006 01:21:57 PM
Asinine.  Purely asinine.
hannah
Posted 03/17/2006 11:18:02 AM
Haha!
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Posted 07/21/2006 03:40:43 PM
The concept is great and HUMANE. The idiots that think its ridiculous to treat animals as precious beings then I wouldn't be surprised because they are probably the ones that throw innocent cats out of a high story window. Yes, the prices are high, if you can afford it, great. But Jenee is one smart cookie because she is making an impressive living off of what she does. The people who thinks its asinine probably don't get our of their bubble much and read that the pet industry is growing at a muti-billion dollar rates yearly. 


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