DogJax, the day care, boarding and training facility at 3590 South Park Drive, is under new ownership.
Gururaj and Priyanka Sahasrabudhe, of Wiggles and Woofs LLC, purchased it from Thomas Mikkelsen.
Gururaj “Guru” Sahasrabudhe started as a handler at DogJax and became manager before buying the business.
DogJax has a staff of nine, and they are familiar faces to the people who’ve boarded their pets or brought them to day care there.
“It’s a good crew,” said Jennifer Boden, who’s in charge of front desk operations.
“It makes our customers comfortable,” Sahasrabudhe said of the continuity in the staff. “It makes them feel safe to leave their dogs here.”
DogJax’s “open play” setting is a rarity in Wyoming, he and his wife said. They don’t bar particular breeds or unneutered males.
General Manager Chandler Gunn said the continuity of the staff is one of the things that makes for a harmonious play area. DogJax employees get to know their furry charges and their temperaments. They stay aware of what’s going on to make sure the mingling is happy.
“The longer you work here the more you learn,” Gunn said.
Eva Perrigo and DogJax’s former owner, Mikkelsen, will continue to offer training services at DogJax, the Sahasrabudhes said.
There will be some changes to the business.
DogJax will no longer offer overnight stays for cats. Because of space constraints they have no place to play, and there wasn’t a lot of demand.
“Jackson folks are not keen on boarding their cats,” Sahasrabudhe said.
He and his wife will eventually upgrade the dog boarding accommodations, though that’s a ways off.
They also plan to involve DogJax more in the community. They will explore ways to help the Jackson/Teton County Animal Shelter and the Animal Adoption Center, perhaps with boarding and fostering assistance.
Owning a business has been a dream for Guru Sahasrabudhe. Does it feel good to now be in that position?
“It’s very stressful but very satisfying at the same time,” he said.