History of BloomingPaws


BloomingPaws is a full-service vet clinic in Bloomington, Indiana, that also offers many options for dog training, pet boarding and grooming, dog daycare, and more. The business was previously called Canine Companions, but after substantial development in all areas, and a change in management, a new name was called for. Here is a brief history of BloomingPaws:



In 1993, Bryan Bailey and Michael Fitzgerald founded Canine Companions. Bailey’s experience as a Master Trainer provided the vision and skills to take dog training and pet care services to a new level of professionalism for the Bloomington area. Local business owner Michael Fitzgerald, one of Bailey’s dog training clients, provided the investment capital.

The 1990s:

Over the following decade Canine Companions became a full-service facility offering an array of services that, when added together, provide pets with total wellness. Advances include:

  • climate controlled boarding facilities
  • professional grooming
  • three outdoor group play areas
  • supervised, televised Doggie Daycare
  • comprehensive dog training programs


In 2002, an on-site veterinary hospital was added that completed Bailey’s vision of offering “everything under one roof” making Canine Companions a convenient one-stop for your pet’s physical and emotional needs.


In 2010, Bailey moved to Memphis, TN and turned his attention to ProTrain Memphis, a dog boarding and training business he started upon arrival in Memphis. Canine Companions persevered for the next three years without Bailey’s supervision because of the dedication of its staff.

2013: The change to BLOOMINGPAWS reflects a new beginning.

In October 2013, Michael Fitzgerald became the sole owner of Canine Companions. BloomingPaws began in the same facility that had previously housed Canine Companions. Fitzgerald and his son, Joseph, then began a series of improvements to the facility. Their goal was to make BloomingPaws the Midwest’s premiere, one-stop pet care business. The Fitzgeralds are actively involved with the same pride of ownership that they have demonstrated in their other businesses.

We have also:

  • Improved staff training to create a vibrant, educated team that creates joy in the lives of the pets in our care
  • Started a comprehensive educational program to advise pet parents about ways to improve the relationship with their pets
  • Hired a certified master dog trainer.


Veterinary Clinic improvements include:

  • A second full-time veterinarian joined our Vet Clinic team
  • Comprehensive in-house veterinary diagnostic laboratory, including Digital X-rays
  • Wellness Programs for dogs and cats
  • Personalized “Petly Pet Parent Portal” for 24/ 7/ 365 access to veterinary records anywhere in the world
  • Exotic animal veterinary care
  • Express Veterinary Clinic Check-In
  • Expanded Vet Clinic Hours include Saturday and 2 evenings

Our veterinary clinic is state of the art.

General improvements include:

  • New Policies & Services
  • New General Manager
  • Establish Board of Directors
  • 6-Star Indoor & Outdoor Cleanliness Programs
  • New Reception area
  • Pet products boutique
  • Upgraded client software system

Dog Daycare improvements include:

  • 10 Outdoor Dog Play Areas
  • 5 Indoor Group Play Areas
  • Behavior assessments required to match dog temperaments to group play
  • Doggie Splash Pool
  • EasyTurf canine grass in Outdoor Group Play Areas
  • “Group Play Guardians” are trained in animal behavior
  • X-Press Pick-Up established

Dog Grooming improvements include:

  • New dog grooming salon & spa
  • Second certified professional groomer
  • Multiple pet bathers
  • Dog grooming now on Saturdays

Dog Training improvements include:

  • Certified Master Dog Trainer
  • Multiple dog trainers
  • K – 12 Dog Training Program

Cat Care improvements include:

  • Luxury Cat Towers
  • Feline Fitness Center
  • Upgrade cat grooming services


  • We are Bloomington’s only licensed dog grooming, dog training & dog boarding kennel.
  • We are the Midwest’s premiere, one-stop pet care business!

Watch for more changes still to come!