Dog owners who want their pets to receive some tender loving care, as well as a lot of exercise and play time, will have a new place to take them in Windsor.
Garden Valley Doggie Day Care will be open for dogs on Aug. 27. The day care, which has a fenced-in play and exercise area located to the south of Garden Valley Veterinary Hospital, 32450 Colo. 257, will cost $19 per day and be open from 8 a.m.-6 p.m. Monday through Friday.
An open house will be held at Garden Valley from noon-4 p.m. Saturday, which will include door prizes from hospital vendors and a chance to meet the hospital staff.
“We’re going to have an open house so people can come check it out and get some information about it,” said Garden Valley office manager Martie Harrison-Dumm, who will also be taking care of and exercising the dogs at the day care.
Harrison-Dumm said the dogs will be outside at least six hours during the day.
“We’re going to have the bigger pups running with the bigger pups, and the smaller pups running with the smaller pups,” she said. The grassy exercise area will include shade tarps, a large water fountain feature and an agility course with a big tire for dogs to jump through and hurdles to jump over.
“We’re going to have some fun, outdoor time for the dogs to keep them entertained and active,” Harrison-Dumm said. “The water fountain has two sides of it. One is a really shallow wading pool, and the other one is a little bit deeper, but nothing too deep. It’s going to spray straight up in the air. We’re recirculating the water, and we can easily drain it every night. It’s just for the dogs to stomp around and have fun. We’ll have a bunch of toys out there, too, and play ball with them just to stimulate the dogs who are home alone during the day when their owners are working or out of town.”
Harrison-Dumm said if some of the hospital’s clients are boarding their dogs, they’ll have the option to include play group time or day care time with the boarding at $13 per day, or they can just bring in their animal all day for the day care.
“The dog has to pass the social test to make sure they’re going to play well with the other animals and not get too aggressive,” Harrison-Dumm said. “We have to make sure that we get the social test first, and they have to be up on their vaccinations and the canine influenza.”
Beside Harrison-Dumm, there will be two full-time boarding and day care employees, plus four vet checks that rotate with the schedules.
“We have anywhere from between three to seven people rotating through the clinic to handle all the schedules,” she said. “We’re excited. It’s just another great service. You just get so attached to those dogs, and it’s just going to be so much fun for them.”