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Alumni Business Owners: Lourdes Perez-Montes '15, '20M and Chris Felmet '13

“The Barkington experience for a dog mimics home. The dogs are completely spoiled, like they should be. Owners feel completely settled, like they should. It works out for everybody."
~ Lourdes Perez-Montes '15, '20M

The Barkington

August 4, 2022

A pet spa complete with memory foam mattresses seems like the place to be in Wilmington for four-legged friends. The Barkington is the city’s only custom luxury pet hotel, fully indoor day camp and spa is Seahawk owned, by Lourdes Perez-Montes ’15, '20M and Chris Felmet ’13, a couple with a powerful love for animals.

Barkington Dog


Barkington Dog

The two oversee a fully indoor facility with a 3,500-square foot day camp, which is separated into five areas. The couple believes strongly that dogs are more than just pets; dogs can be a person’s top supporter, best friend and sometimes, even a therapist.

"When we first started The Barkington, we only opened with hotel rooms and day care,” Felmet said. “We added our basic boarding, grooming and now our cage-free option. It is progressively growing, growing and growing.”

The Barkington Video

Learn more about The Barkington in this exclusive interview.

Alumni-owned businesses are a point of pride for the UNCW Alumni Association and connect the Seahawk family across the country and around the globe. Search the directory of alumni-owned businesses to see where you can #ShopSeahawk.