Bayside Kennels was started as a grooming and boarding facility in 1971. From one of the original brick ranch homes built on Virginia Beach Blvd., Bayside Kennels has been completely transformed into a state-of-the-art animal care facility! In 1984, Dr. Peter Fisher, DVM was approached by the owners of Bayside Kennels regarding an opportunity to create the present day Pet Care Veterinary Hospital located adjacent to the kennel. Ten years later, he purchased Bayside Kennels. In June 2016, Dr. Fisher sold Bayside to current owners, Maria & Patrick Nolan.
Meet the Owners
Little did Maria and Patrick know that choosing to board their dogs, Scout & Daisy, at Bayside Kennels would change the rest their lives. In February 2015, Maria was picking the pups up after a weekend at Bayside Kennels, when she saw a picture of a tabby cat on the counter who had been abandoned. Being much more of a dog person, Maria simply inquired what the cat’s story was, and had no interest in adopting her. Seeing a soft spot for animals in her, the front desk staff immediately brought her back to meet Prim (then Dash), and Maria fell in love, and decided to adopt her. In filling out the adoption paperwork, Maria asked about the owner of Bayside Kennels and mentioned she would like to chat with him about owning a kennel, since she and Patrick were considering moving to Atlanta to start one after Patrick got out of the Navy.
Maria ended up meeting with Dr. Fisher to learn about the kennel. Being a recent graduate of UVA’s Darden School of Business, at the end of the meeting she offered her services if they needed anything. He immediately offered her a job, first as a consultant, then as the General Manager.
Maria has worked at Bayside Kennels since March 2015, and loved every second of it. Patrick got out of the Navy in June 2016, and together they are working to continue Bayside Kennels’ history of excellence, while updating the facility and technology to make things less stressful for both human and pet clients. Together, they bring over 14 years of operational and management expertise in a variety of fields. Both are veterans of the United States Navy having served for seven years each as Surface Warfare Officers as well as experienced animal handlers and caretakers. They have 3 kids (Luke, Timothy, and Diana), 2 dogs (Scout & Daisy) a cat (Prim), 2 ferrets (Aegis & Bella) and enjoy all things outdoors.