LUXURY WAG HOTEL welcomed by San Francisco pet lovers

Photos by John Han
Sentinel Photographer
Copyright © 2007 San Francisco Sentinel

By Pat Murphy
Sentinel Editor & Publisher
Copyright © 2007 San Francisco Sentinel

The luxury Wag Hotel opened to five star review Saturday, an 18,000 square-foot boarder to dogs and cats, in a town where facials and massage matter.

Wag Hotel clientele are sheltered from glare of the world, awaiting massage and facial, where the air, of course, is recycled a tidy every ten minutes.

Done seizing the political moment of San Francisco as Wag Connect.


From distant locale, the busy traveling pet guardian may check in on one’s beloved via real-time WagCam, as poochy reclines on plush raised bedding, amid artwork, and flat screen television soothing the spirit with cartoons and Animal Planet programming.

And Fluffy takes note of Aquarium inhabitant frolic.


Personalized attention with state-of-the-art health and security standards are the hallmark of Wag Hotel, according to founder Ritu Raj.

Ritu Raj, right, as San Francisco Wag Hotel opens ceremoniously with ribbon cutting by San Francisco PAWS Executive Director John Lipp


“As a pet owner and frequent traveler, I know how important it is to have a place that ensures the health and safety of my bulldog, Zoebee,” said Raj. “That’s why I created Wag.”

A centrally linked cleaning and disinfecting system allows for easy and frequent cleaing with safe and gentle solvents. An advanced air filtration system eliminates odors and airborne germs and the facility is equipped with latest fire suppression systems.

“Guests keep active with twice daily supervised play groups and relax with classical music,” Raj reminded.

Pirvate rooftop setting

Individualized services may be summoned for supervised swimming, private walks, and spa services such as pawdicures, facials, massage, and cosmetology.

The first Wag Hotel opened in Sacramento, surpassing occupancy expectations, in 2004. A third Wag Hotel will open soon in Sunnyvale with more planned for the San Francisco Bay Area, Southern California, and across the nation.

Each hotel is complemented by adjacent Wag Store offering hard-to-find clothing accessories, edible items, toys and bedding.

Cheryl Baker of San Jose assesses the very best for Maggie during Saturday Grand Opening



Jade, left, and Armani accompany guardian Valerie Valintina, center, all with homes in San Francisco




For discerning guardians, the rainbow has landed.


Sentinel Photographer
For the last year, John Han served Sentinel readership as a freelance photographer. He has that natural eye for photography which cannot be developed or learned. He has earned a following of clients, including the World Affairs Council of Northern California. John joined the Sentinel fulltime in April, 2007.

Sentinel Editor & Publisher
In his youth, Pat Murphy worked as a General Assignment reporter for the Richmond Independent, the Berkeley Daily Gazette, and the San Francisco Chronicle. He served as Managing Editor of the St. Albans (Vermont) Daily Messenger at age 21. Murphy also launched ValPak couponing in San Francisco, as the company’s first San Francisco franchise owner. He walked the bricks, developing ad strategy for a broad range of restaurants and merchants. Pat knows what works and what doesn’t work. His writing skill has been employed by marketing agencies, including Don Solem & Associates. He has covered San Francisco governance for the past ten years. Pat scribes an offbeat view of the human family through Believe It or What.

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