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• Apr 5, 2022

Newington, CT, April 5, 2022 – TD Bank, America's Most Convenient Bank®, announced today that its U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) Lending Group closed a $206,700 7(a) Term Loan to help local business owners pursue their passion of opening a doggy day care, What a Ruff Life, LLC. Located at 94 Pane Road in Newington, Connecticut, What a Ruff Life officially opened its facility April 1 and provides a safe, clean, and stimulating environment for dog owners' furry friends.

Grand opening celebration at What a Ruff Life

"We were becoming discouraged that our dream would not become a reality and then we talked to TD Bank who guided us every step of the way," said Antonio Nunes and Bruno Allegrini, owners of What a Ruff Life. "TD Bank became a resource, confidant, trusted advisor and our biggest cheerleader. They did everything possible to ensure their financing aligned with our project timeline and we are deeply appreciative for their commitment to our business' success."

The idea for What a Ruff Life arose last summer after the business owners, who have a background in dog training, toured several doggy daycares that were either booked or did not meet their standards of care. Recognizing this need, owners Nunes and Allegrini decided to open their own day care to provide a range of services including structured playtime, lodging, and grooming. What a Ruff Life requires all dogs to be up to date on immunizations, spayed or neutered, and have gone through an evaluation prior to acceptance into the daycare.

"TD Bank understood the customers' passion for opening their own doggy day care and our team of small business experts recognize the unique demands and challenges of starting a small business from the ground-up," said Larry Stovall, relationship manager in TD's Small Business Bank. "We knew there was a clear market demand for this service, and we were able to use our financial expertise to guide Antonio and Bruno and help them open their doors to the community."

The transaction was closed by Stovall and Giselle Cyrillo, Retail financial services representative.

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