DEADWOOD — Calling all canines and their people: there’s a new doghouse on the block, offering up its services beginning Dec. 1, just in time for holiday travel season.
Operating with the slogan “Life’s better at the doghouse,” in mind, a grand opening for Marta’s DEADWOOD doghouse is slated for 5-7 p.m. Nov. 30, where the public can come see the revamped property for themselves.
Located at 20791 76 Ranch Rd., just outside of Deadwood in Boulder Canyon, Marta’s DEADWOOD doghouse will offer doggy daycare, 24-7 overnight boarding, and grooming.
Owner Marta Artz said she’s had this idea and dream for several years, is grateful it’s finally come to fruition, and is super excited to meet future furry doghouse friends.
“I love Deadwood and the amazing people that live here,” Artz said. “I was born and raised here. I have two parents that taught me my faith and to work hard for what I believed in. This has been a dream of mine for more than six years and I am lucky enough to have my family support my dream. I one day will do the same for my kids.”
Artz’s parents, Don and Theo Rogers, have helped her transform the former 4,050 square-foot church building into a dog mecca, complete with 17 kennels, an indoor exercise area, three 20- by 40-foot outdoor runs.
The Rogers, along with Artz’s two children, 13-year-old Jerzie and 8-year-old Blaze, will all help run the facility.
“It’s definitely a family business,” Artz said. “What makes this unique and different from other kennels is that we’ll actually be living on the premises 24-7, so if there’s an issue, we’re always be just right here.”
Don helped his daughter fashion a home in one section of the building, where she and her children now reside.
Artz said she’s always had a love and passion for dogs, so the launch of Marta’s DEADWOOD doghouse is a natural step for her.
“In the past, I have done grooming and eventually, I’ll be getting back into that,” Artz said. “I’ve been wanting to do this for a long time and when the building came up, it was good timing. I actually grew up out here and have always wanted to move back out here. So two dreams, two prayers were answered. My dad used to winter his cattle here, and I was a baby in Ron and Dawn’s (Burns) house just up the road, so it’s very heartfelt for me to be back here now. Lots of memories. And now, my kids can grow up here, too.”
When making appointments for four-legged guests, Artz said a 24-hour reservation is required and a call to 641-0857 for vaccination requirements is appreciated prior to arrival. Drop-off times will be 6:30-8 a.m. and pick-up will be 4:30-6 p.m.
“We’ll be closed in-between to allow the dogs to settle down and get into their schedule,” Artz said.
A typical doggy day will include: check-in; outside time, weather permitting; morning exercise; nap time; afternoon exercise; and different theme days.
“Like tennis ball day or doing exercise in the playground indoors,” Artz said.
Please no dogs at the grand opening, as socializing and proof of vaccinations are required first.
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