Gloria Peacock couldn’t find a job she liked after being laid off from her design job in the engineering department at Boeing, so she spent a year volunteering for the Kansas Humane Society.
“I’ve just always loved taking care of animals,” she says.
Now, she’s combining her love of animals with a new day job by starting the Lazy P Pet Ranch, which she calls a luxury pet boarding facility.
“Hopefully I can make a living at it, too,” Peacock says.
The Lazy P will be on 10 acres where Peacock and her husband, Steve, live at 2858 S. 127th St. East, which is a half a mile south of Pawnee.
“We built a shelter better than our house,” Steve Peacock says. “In fact, I want to sleep in there tonight.”
He says there’s a lot of glass and stainless steel.
“It’s really clean,” he says.
“It’s not your usual chain link kennel and stuff. It just looks really nice.”
Gloria Peacock says she designed the luxury suites to be low-stress environments for the animals.
“We really want to focus on providing a safe, clean, comfortable place for the pets,” she says. “I know a lot of dogs aren’t thrilled about being boarded.”
She says there will be a lot of personal attention for the animals with cuddling, multiple breaks and walks.
“I’m going to treat them like I treat my own animals, other than the fact that my own animals sleep in my bed with me,” she says. “You’ll always know who’s taking care of your animals when you leave them here.”
The Lazy P will cater to dogs and cats, but Steve Peacock says he and his wife are open to taking other animals.
Gloria Peacock says she’ll have bird feeders outside the windows for the amusement of cats that come to stay. She says there are a lot of critters already on the property that pets may enjoy seeing.
“They have a lot of entertainment to watch out there.”
Steve Peacock says there’s a lot of interest in the Lazy P, which will have an open house on Nov. 16 and open for business on Nov. 17.
“People are treating their pets more like people these days,” he says.
Though he’s not sure if the concept will work, Steve Peacock says he’s glad his wife is trying it.
“I’m pretty proud of her for taking this chance,” he says. “It’s good to see that someone gets to do something they love to do instead of what we have to do.”