Two former zookeepers at Busch Gardens have opened a dog day care facility in our own backyard. Kendall Duncan and Angie Frazier opened Canine Cabana, located at 9708 Carr Rd. in Riverview on May 1. Having worked with animals like lions, hyenas, rhinos and hippos, the two decided to open a dog day care, boarding and training facility together. Canine Cabana also has the area’s first self-service dog wash. The Website says, “We provide the elevated tubs, aprons, shampoo, towels and a blow dryer. Use what you need and leave the clean up to us.”Duncan worked with Jack Hanna and for 10 years the two had become friends just from working together. When she told him she was opening this business, he offered to endorse it on its website. “Angie and I both live in the area and we saw the growth. We love this community,” Duncan said, Frazier lives in Riverview; Duncan in Bloomingdale. Canine Cabana is open for day care Monday-Friday from 6:30 a.m.-6:30 p.m. On Saturday and Sunday they are open for drop-off and pick-up for boarders only from 7-9 a.m. and from 4-6 p.m., so people can still get their dogs on the weekend, Duncan said. Fees for services depend. “This is where it gets tricky for us,” she said. Boarding costs $22 a day, and dogs can be enrolled in day care for an extra $10 a day. Day care costs only $22 a day or $15 for a half a day. Owners can purchase packages which gives the owner a discounted rate. A 10-day package drops the price of day care to $20 a day and a 20-day package drops it down to $18.50 a day.  Duncan said to go on to their Website,, “all of our prices are on there.”The facility is over 5,000 sq. ft. with 2,000 sq. ft. of air-conditioned play area indoors for the dogs. Canine Cabana is located on one acre covered by oak trees to provide shade. All dogs must go through a one-day evaluation to test their temperament. “All dogs aren’t suitable for day care,” Duncan said.Visit or call 672-WOOF.

Photo Caption: Canine Caban co-owner Kendall Duncan poses with a serval at Busch Gardens, where the two were zookeepers.

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Jennifer is the Assistant Editor at the Osprey Observer, having climbed the corporate ladder from intern in 2007. She graduated from the University of South Florida with a bachelor’s degree in Mass Communications. She lives in Channing Park with her husband, Eric, and their two dogs.