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Saturday, 31 May 2014 00:00

Regal Collision in Vallejo, CA, is Paws Down the Country’s Most Dog-Friendly Body Shop

If there was an award for the most dog-friendly body shop in the country, Regal Collision in Vallejo, CA, would surely warrant consideration. Owner Jim Boyle and his wife Shellie are avid dog owners, but they also back up their bark when it comes to helping pets through their philanthropy efforts and by welcoming dogs to their shop when they bring their owners in for repairs.

Again in 2014, Regal Collision Repair reached out to help local homeless cats and dogs by entering a mobile dog house called Snoopy’s Camper in the 11th annual Barkitecture Gala and Auction held at the Sonoma County Fairgrounds on April 4, 2014, to raise money for the Humane Society of the North Bay (HSNB). The theme this  year was “Woofstock—Peace, Love, and Pets,” a groovy celebration consisting not only of a great fundraising event, but also competitions in which local businesses, community, and/or neighborhood groups and individuals create custom-designed “creature” comforts such as dog dens, dog and cat furniture, bird roosts, bunny boudoirs, lizard lairs, and other pet domiciles. The evening included 1960s music performed by The Wall of Blues, food from local restaurants, a premium raffle, a silent auction, and a live auction of items generously donated exclusively for the event.

The goal of Barkitecture’s “Woofstock—Peace, Love, and Pets” program was to raise much-needed operational funds to care for the animals and for outreach to build awareness of the plight of the many homeless dogs, cats, other animals available for adoption at the HSNB, a cause the people at Regal Collision strongly believe in and support.

With more than 20 people attending the event on behalf of Regal Collision, the shop has become an integral part of the local pet community in Vallejo and throughout the East Bay, according to the director of the HSNB.

“Regal Collision was very active in this year’s Barkitecture fundraiser, and the shop won the People’s Choice Voting Award for best Dog Domicile and filled two tables with bidders to support the animals,” Peter L. Wilson, director of development said. “Their domicile was awesome and we definitely appreciate their support of the homeless animals! The Boyles are wonderful people, great members of our business community, and willing to help us in any way they can.”

Kirk Kapfenstein, the production manager at Regal Collision Repair, took a 1950s children’s toy car and turned it into a cool mobile pad for Snoopy and his friends. Known for his nationally-acclaimed paint jobs on literally hundreds of motorcycles, Kapfenstein owns and operates Killer Candy in Concord, CA, when he isn’t running the production at Regal. Kapfenstein dedicated more than 30 hours of his time to help the pets’ cause with this year’s creation, and as a passionate artist/painter and the owner of two dogs and one cat, he loved working on it, he said.

Kapfenstein’s cat tower was a crowd pleaser last year and an eye-catcher at the 2013 Barkitecture party, so Kirk wanted to do something better this year.  “Snoopy’s Camper got a lot of positive comments this year and it sold for $900, all of which goes to the HSNB,” Kapfenstein explained. “Making it was fun and by helping the community, it made it even more enjoyable. The Boy Scouts beat us with their doghouse last year, so it was nice to take first place this year.”

The Boyles own a three-year-old Sheltie named Sydney who runs the front office at Regal Collision. “We host I-CAR classes here and I guess she must be picking up some of the knowledge at those classes, because our CSI numbers are through the roof and I credit much of it to Sydney,” Jim Boyle said with a hearty laugh.

Regal Collision’s brand new facility in Vallejo will soon be under construction and this 14,400 square-foot shop will be featuring all of the latest equipment available, but what will make it truly unique is its dog park. “It’s going to have grass and some water bowls where dogs can relax.” Shellie Boyle said. “A lot of our customers come in here with their dogs and we always welcome them. Now with the new shop, dogs will be able to chill in our new dog park while we serve their masters.”

Jim Boyle, the owner of Regal Collision Repair, loves doing community work and Barkitecture is just another way to give back to the city of Vallejo, he said. “We’ve been donating to this cause for many years,” he said. “Now we’re stepping up with our new dog park, which will be a great aspect of our new facility. We love our pets and many of our customers share this passion, so if people start considering us as the most pet-friendly body shop in the country, that would be great. But one request—dogs only please—we don’t want any cat fights.”

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