K9 Country open house Jan. 28

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K9 Country, a dog daycare and boarding facility, is hosting an open house from 1-4 p.m. on Jan. 28. (Photo submitted)

By Caroline Rosacker

K9 Country, located at 35549 Osterdock Road, Colesburg, has opened its door and is ready to care for your beloved canine. The dog daycare and overnight facility is owned and operated by Mindy and Laura Meyer of Guttenberg. 

Open house

The new business owners are hosting an open house Jan. 28, from 1-4 p.m. "Please stop out to tour the facility," the Meyers encouraged. "We’d love to chat with you and answer any questions you may have, but we do ask that you do not bring your dogs to the open house. We hope to meet them individually at a later date."

K9 Country will offer multiple opportunities for dogs and dog owners with different needs. Dogs are welcome to stay for the day and take part in their dog daycare, or they can come to get one-on-one attention while families have other obligations. The facility also welcomes dogs to stay overnight, or need an extended stay while their families are gone.

Lifelong love of animals 

A lifelong love of all animals was the inspiration for K9 Country. "I have grown up with dogs, numerous pets, and livestock my whole life so my love and passion for them has been there for as long as I can remember," Mindy said with a smile. "My family and I have two house dogs, and when  we traveled we struggled to find options for a safe place for our dogs to go. That challenge is what planted the initial seed of starting our own boarding facility. I have wanted to do this for a while but always found myself comfortable in a 9-5 job. When opportunities came up for me to change careers, I took it as my sign to follow my dreams of building and running a dog boarding and daycare facility."

They added with gratitude, "We were surrounded by a lot of support and encouragement that gave us the final push to chase our dreams."

Plenty of space to run 

The entrepreneurs decided to build their dream facility in the country so visiting dogs could have a relaxing stay away from the busyness of town. The expansive area also allows the Meyers to have a larger area for dogs to run and spend ample time outside.

"We have a 650 sq. ft. indoor play area and a larger outdoor play area," Mindy described. "Next summer we will be adding an even bigger fenced-in outdoor area where dogs can run and burn off their energy during their visits to K9 Country."

Obedience training and grooming

The forward thinking couple would also like to expand their services to include obedience training and grooming. "We do plan to offer different training opportunities in the future," Mindy told The Press. "I am currently looking for a groomer to join our team. We have a room built for grooming and once we find the right fit we will let the community know. It will be nice to be able to have a full package opportunity for owners in time. We can also offer baths a couple of days a week for owners that don’t have a good place to do so at home. Our hope is for K9 Country to not only be a place that you can leave your dog while you are gone, but also a great resource for dog owners and the community."

 Boarding options

K9 Country offers multiple options for dogs based on their needs and comfort level. "We have a large dog room where dogs all have individual 5’x5’x6’ kennels," she commented. "We also have a small dog room to allow smaller dogs to be in a kennel near other dogs their own size."

Suites available

Larger suites, which give dogs their own individual private room with a television, are also available. "In the future, we hope to open each suite up for a business sponsorship that allows local businesses to show their love for dogs and creativity by sponsoring a suite or giving it a certain theme for dog owners to choose from," Mindy explained. "That business will be promoted on social media with shared pictures of the different dogs that get to stay in their suite."

Keeping your canine comfortable

Each kennel at K9 Country is equipped with a raised Kurunda dog bed and heated floors for the dogs’ comfort. With multiple housing options the Meyer's request dog owners to call ahead to discuss which option would be best for your canine companion.

State licensed facility

K9 Country is state licensed and inspected through the Iowa Department of Agriculture and Land Stewardship. "The State of Iowa has strict regulations when it comes to animal housing, care, and cleaning/disinfectant protocol that we will be following," noted Mindy. "They also require that any dog that comes into our facility is up to date on their rabies, distemper and parvo vaccinations. K9 Country also requires dogs to have a current Bordetella vaccination and encourage a flea and tick preventative. We follow these protocols to ensure we are doing our best to keep everyone’s dog as healthy as possible when they spend time with us." 

For additional information contact K9 Country at 563-880-4752, or find them on Facebook.

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