Wilson became a veterinarian technician. On the
side, she started a door-to-door pet sitting service, which
she later expanded to include transportation to doctor's appointments
and airport pickups.
Now, the side business is becoming the main business.
The doors of Palm Beach Counties first 24-hour pet day-care
service opened Nov. 17 in a 2,400-square-foot suite in the Park
Ten industrial park off Southwest 10th Street.
The Pet Nanny Resort provides day care, boarding, grooming,
transportation and medical attention from 24-hour attendants.
Mostly, that attendant will be Wilson, but she will get relief
from her family. Her brother's been minding the store at night,
and her mom, Sue Fernandez, has been painting for weeks.
"We still have a lot of work to do," Fernandez said
recently as she dabbed finisher on the counter.
Once it's done, though, the Pet Nanny will be more than a kennel
with a cool name.
The main area will be divided into four rooms for different-size
dogs. Each room will have a wading pool, some jungle gym equipment,
several toys and a plastic fire hydrant for those who can't
wait until walk time.
The room isn't done yet, but the two boarders staying with
Wilson last week didn't mind. They ran around the gym and scrapped
"They're going to have their own TV in here, with Disney
movies," Wilson said.
A separate room will house cats and exotics animals such as
ferrets, parrots, skunks and monkeys. No rats, though.
There will be no cages, either. The only time Pet Nanny tenants
will be penned is for meals or sleeping, Wilson said. Those
are the only cases in which Wilson can stand to see her babies
"I can tell you, in a million years, I'll take care of
10 animals than one human," said Wilson, who has worked
as a nurse's aide. "They might bite you one day, but the
next they will show their appreciation for your help."
Wilson tried for two years to open her business in Lake Worth,
Boyton Beach and in unincorporated Palm Beach County before
settling in Delray Beach.
The why is simple.
"Delray was the first place to let us do this," Wilson
There are a couple of other businesses similar to Wilson's
in the county, but she prides herself on offering overnight
care and other unique, personal services.
A formal grand opening - including gift bags and free daycare
gift certificates - is planned for Saturday, but owners going
out of town for the holidays can schedule their pet's sleepover
at Wilson's place now.