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Doggie day care becoming popular

Dogs get lonely too.Some pet owners can’t bear to leave their babies and buddies home alone during the workday – enter doggie day care.”We have a really fun business,” said Nancy Williams, owner of The Shaggy Dog grooming and doggie day care center in Glenwood Springs. “We have a big indoor play yard and big outdoor play yard for the dogs.”From anywhere between $10-$20 a day, the valley’s doggie day care facilities allow pet parents to leave for work or take off for a hike up Hanging Lake without guilt.”We have quite a few regulars, and we also have a few visiting dogs,” said Beth Byerly, part-owner of High Tails Dog and Cat Outfitters in Glenwood Springs. “We usually have more dogs on the weekdays and fewer on the weekends.”Jerimie Richardson, who works at the Little Tail Pet Resort in Carbondale, said day care offers a healthier alternative to crating a pet or leaving a dog or cat home alone.”They’re in the courtyard three times a day, and they can get play time and river walks, too,” he said.Williams said a lot of her customers double up on grooming and day care when a pet stays for the day.”They usually come in pairs,” she said. “They love it. The dogs pull their way in, for both grooming and day care.”An owner of two cats and two dogs – and a foster parent for Colorado Animal Rescue – Williams said she has seen doggie day care grow in popularity over the years.”It’s probably a newer trend in the last eight years,” said Williams, who has been in the dog grooming business for more than 15 years.Byerly said her shop added doggie day care – which houses around 10 dogs a day on average – two years ago on Valentine’s Day.”We added it in our desire to bring several different services, like day care and do-it-yourself dog washes, to allow for better pet-owner bonding,” she said.Contact April E. Clark: 945-8515, ext. 518aclark@postindependent.com


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