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Owner Patricia Lind opened Rover 1 Doggy Daycare in hopes of providing a convenient, safe and happy place for local dogs to stay and play.
She recognized the need in Los Alamos, especially for commuting laboratory employees, to have doggy daycare facilties close to work. That and her lifelong love for dogs, led to the opening of Rover 1 just last October.
Although the business is relatively new, the concept of caring for canines in need has always been a passion for Lind. She spent five years working with the New Mexico Shar Pei Rescue, and continues to donate her time to local shelters. In fact, Lind says that “shelter animals are the best,” offering shelter dogs, from any shelter, 50 percent off their first visit to Rover 1.
The facility is spacious, clean and bright, encouraging exercise and play, as well as, comfort and quiet. It also features a small outdoor area where canine clients can soak up some sunshine or take care of business. There are plenty of toys, fresh water and comfortable beds also strategically situated throughout.
Rover 1’s clientele has steadily increased since opening the doors in October, with some of the days actually filling to capacity. Currently, the business can accommodate up to 11 dogs per day, with no age or size restrictions. Lind encourages new puppy visitors, as well, stating that doggy daycare can provide a wonderful environment for socializing dogs while they are still young.
Rover 1 also offers the occasional overnight stay for holidays and special occasions. They offered such a service last New Year’s Eve and have plans to offer something similar for July 4, a time of high stress for dogs. Lind enjoys providing a quiet, safe environment for dogs to relax, so the doggy’s parents can go out and enjoy a stress-free celebration.
Lind is also excited to be offering evening obedience classes beginning April 20, conducted by the local dog training experts at Proton Pawsitive Dog Training. The classes will be small, with a limit of 6 dogs per class. Dogs four months of age or older with proper vaccinations may attend. Over the course of the 6 weeks, owners will learn how to better control their dogs in the home, and begin the first steps in teaching their pet to have more focus in distracting environments.
Lind hopes to grow the business in the future by adding regular overnight services, which will provide a local alternative to kenneling.
Rover 1 Doggy Daycare is located on 212 D.P. Road. Business hours are Mon. – Fri. from 7 a.m. to 6 p.m.
For more information, call 660-4196 or visit the website at rover1doggydaycare.com.
-April M. Brown