a valley ritual
Maintaining a dogís
life takes dedication
Express Staff Writer
dogs and more dogs. Canines in the valley are a fact of life, but they
are not maintenance-freeóno matter what every retriever owner will
be our best friends, but like human friends, they still need our
attention. Dogs also need vet appointments and baths.
Alloway and his son Matt give a bath to their Lab at the Dirty
Beagle Dog Wash in Hailey. Express photo by Dana DuGan
this: The mutt just stinks to high heaven. He rolled in some mud, got
sprayed by a skunk or went for a walk about in a swamp. Peeyu. Wash the
brute you must.
manhandle Fido into the bathroom, making sure to shut the door so that
when he leaps out of the tub he canít run around the house trailing
muddy water and soap bubbles. You outfit yourself in head-to-toe foul
weather gear, and have plenty of nasty old towels available for a quick
drying session before he rolls on the oriental rug over and over again.
The house smells of wet dog and globs of dog hair are clogging the
desperation, you make an appointment for the princely pooch to be
groomed by a stylist that costs nearly as much as getting your own hair
done. But at least your house smells good, and youíve avoided the muss
and fuss. And for one full day you get back a dogówhich barely
resembles your own loveable scampówith fluffy locks and a bow to boot.
the valley, dogs are first class citizens, at least to their proud
owners, so itís all worth it. There are many options for dog owners to
consider. For instance, at the small and intimate Four Paws in Hailey,
one can get a fresh smelling pooch back for about $40 depending on size
and amount of work needed.
play in a pool at the Doggie Day Care in Ketchum, run by the Sun
Valley Animal Center. Courtesy photo
at Dog Grooming by Debbie at Sun Valley Animal Center, a $40 bath and
brush includes toenail clipping, ear cleaning and anal gland cleaning.
Owner Debbie Henly and her associate Leeann Keele said many owners have
standing appointments once a month. Regular seasonal clients are good
business as well, Keele said.
Hailey, The Dirty Beagle Dog Wash is offering a new twist to the
conundrum. Itís touted as the valleyís only do-it-yourself dog wash.
Indeed, it has several nicely tiled raised tubs with brushes, shampoos,
conditioners, 82 F water, and a built in blow drying hose for every
station. Clean towels are provided, as are in-tub leashes to keep the
wary pooch ensconced. The blow dryers are not human dryers, instead they
blow the water off with a low heat. Use of these facilities costs $11
for a small dog, $15 for a medium-size dog and $18 for a large dog.
Frank and Dustin Alloway, a father and son team, manage the shop, though
Frank, who raised yellow Labs in Boise, is primarily an electrical
stylish features at The Dirty Beagle are grooming stations, high quality
shampoos and conditioners for sale, and Pooch Scents, with such
fragrances as Puppy Love and Stud Muffin.
other ways to pamper your dogs in the valley. There isóif you canít
stand to leave Rover at home aloneóa Pet Lodge & Spa run by the
Sun Valley Animal Center. This doggie day care has two locations: their
Highway 75 site, south of Ketchum, and on Warm Springs Road in Ketchum.
They are open Monday through Saturday.
Kauder, who is a certified kennel operator, manages both kennels. For
$18 a day in Ketchum or $16 at the Animal Center, your dog can be walked
and taken on hikes while youíre out at work, shopping, or on the ski
hill. There are half-day half-price rates, and the tenth day is free,
has many regular clients, and handles between 20 to 30 dogs a day.
difficulty when it comes to owning a pooch these days is other people
who donít understand them, orógaspódonít like them.
them out of the valley by plane isnít very convenient either. The
small planes that fly in and out of the valley wonít carry Chubby
after Nov. 1 or before May, due to the cold temperatures in the planesí
holds. Other than that, letís face it, itís a dogs life, after all.