Dogs are ever present in the fabric of daily life here: off-leash romping zones are numerous, holiday parades include all-canine contingents, and communal water bowls welcome four-legged passersby outside many Main Street storefronts. More businesses than ever have sprung up catering to doting local puppy parents and their well-heeled, furry offspring. Here’s our pick of the litter:
If pampering your pooch is a top priority, look no further than Doginhaus, an über-trendy lodge, spa, and day care facility for the modern pet located near Kimball Junction. Catered-to canines cavort in a 6,000-square-foot indoor/outdoor playground and find respite with spa treatments—the “blueberry facial” soothes and hydrates, while the “pawdicure” heals cracked, dry paws with Doginhaus’s shea-and-mango-butter pad balm. Dog divas relax in the ultimate lap of luxury in a penthouse suite with pet-friendly movies on a flat-screen TV. Not to be outdone, feline companions have their own private quarters dubbed “The Cattery.”
Groomin’ on the Go
Groomin’ on the Go’s Jessie Bost loves one of the many perks of her mobile office: an ever-changing view. She’s seen 30 elk cross the street in Jeremy Ranch and enjoyed panoramic mountain vistas from Promontory, all while washing, clipping, and styling pooches from the back of the van she bought in 2005 when she launched her mobile grooming service. Since then, her salon-on-wheels services nearly 150 local families each month. Hers might be one of the classic Parkite inspiration stories that make everyone want to quit their job to live the dream. In summer, Bost often catches some single-track biking after her last grooming gig. In winter, she lives by the “six inch rule”—more than six inches of snow on her driveway means she skis until noon.
Hank & Bullitt’s K9 Adventures
For Camille Evans, “adventure” is the verb that she uses to describe the off-the-beaten-track outdoor jaunts she leads with packs of 10 or so dogs. “There can be as many as four of us [staff] adventuring on any given day,” she explains. “So that’s sometimes 40 dogs!” Hank & Bullitt’s has three secure vans that pick up dogs for two-hour excursions. Dogs are prescreened for behavior and responsiveness to ensure that group dynamics mesh. “We all get to enjoy the beautiful scenery and recreational benefits of the area,” Evans says, calling hers the best job in the world. “It’s almost impossible to have a bad day when you spend it with dogs!”
When Jill Little and her husband moved their family from Salt Lake City to Park City 10 years ago, they worked long hours and found it hard to clean up after their dogs. “I thought it was odd that there wasn’t already someone with this type of business, because everyone has a dog in Park City,” she remembers. With that realization, Doo Crew was born. Clients pay for an initial cleanup and then are charged monthly for yard-waste removal services, with prices fluctuating depending upon frequency and number of dogs in a household. Little says she loves providing a valuable service to all walks of life—from pint-size teacup poodles to Irish wolfhounds.
Love Your Pet Bakery
Organic, free-range, and raw foods are the focus of this quirky pet boutique off of Lower Main Street. Owner Valarie Kamdar says a labor of love inspired the store’s dedication to superior diets for pets, including dietary supplements for cats and dogs and preservative-free frozen raw meals of free-range buffalo and elk, fresh vegetables, and wild game. “The love of a dog named Jackson, who was unintentionally poisoned, was my impetus to begin this business,” she recalls. “The desire to see him well again spurred me on to help him back to health through nutrition.” The boutique also sells one-of-a-kind dog-inspired art, fashion-forward pooch accessories, grooming products, and yes, healthy baked goods to satisfy Fido’s sweet tooth.
And a Few More ...
Wagging Tails on the Trails
Trail Blazers of Park City
Certified dog trainer, overnight care, daily hikes/walks
Diamonds in the Ruff
Behavior modification, aggression, grooming, classes, private sessions