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Sun Valley pet resort pampers pooches

Trainer Valarie Aguilera teaches “Valentine” to surf at the new beach area at the Paradise Ranch Pet Resort in Sun Valley. o-owners Brian Kneier and Kristyn Goddard have created a water park for dogs. (Photo by David Crane/Staff Photographer)

Forget Six Flags Hurricane Harbor.

There’s a little bit of paradise at a water park in Sun Valley that offers dock-diving, surfing lessons, waterfalls, geysers and “Tahitian-themed” bungalows.

The only catch is, the Paradise Ranch Pet Resort is a dogs-only venue.

Nestled behind stands of trees on La Tuna Canyon Road, the 1.5-acre, cage-free kennel Tuesday will unveil its “Doggy Water Park and Bora Bora Beach Club.”

“A lot of dogs love water,” said resort co-owner Brian

Kneier, who designed what he claims is the nation’s first canine-only water park after watching dogs frolicking in a wading pool. “The dogs just love it. They run and romp in shallow water.”

Tuesday’s ribbon-cutting ceremony will include dock-diving demonstrations and surfing and boogie-board lessons.

There also will be tours of the $35-a-day resort, which features the Bora Bora Beach Club, a beach-entry style wading pool replete with dolphin fountains shooting streams of water and shady, over-the-water cabanas.

There’s also a spot for lessons in the increasingly popular sport of dock diving, with pooches competing in distance jumping after launching themselves off the dock.

Just those two attractions kept Brittany, a Jack Russell terrier, busy for at least an hour Monday. The dog, which was supposed to be learning to surf, couldn’t hold still long enough to be towed through the wading pool on a boogie board.

Instead, she splashed, leaped,

bit at the streams of water, and whined to be let into the pool before being allowed three dives.

Her more stoic companion, Valentine, an English bulldog, was more focused on the surfing lesson. After several wipeouts, she was able to balance her stocky legs on the foam board as manager Valarie Aguilera tugged her through the water.

“It’s so much fun for the dogs,” Aguilera said. “Honestly, they’re having a great time. And it’s fun for us, too. And it’s something that once they learn, they’re not going to forget it, and you can take them to the beach.”

The resort, built in 1997, is the brainchild of Kristyne Goddard, a pioneer in the cageless, home-environment boarding facility. Goddard, Kneier’s wife, started out with a traditional kennel in 1995 in Texas.

But the dogs crying inside their cages and clawing at the chain link fences tugged at her heartstrings.

“I could not stand how miserable the dogs were,” said Goddard, who began keeping the dogs at her home. “I thought that we should try to find a more humane way to board them, in a home environment, like they would be at home. And it just took off. People just loved it. They loved not having to put them in a cage.”

The ranch is divided into nine yards and is anchored by two homes, which boast bedrooms cozily furnished with beds, sofas, fake fireplaces and even flatscreen TVs – just for the dogs.

Owners can request a staff member to be their pet’s sleeping buddy and can access any of the 12 cameras in the rooms and throughout the resort to keep an eye on their pet.

“Normally when you take a dog to the kennel, you have to drag them in,” Kneier said. “Here, they’re dragging the people.”

Jim Lott of Glendale, an executive with the Hospital Association of Southern California, was picking up his Wheaten terrier, Rinkle, after a three-week vacation. The pampering Rinkle received during the stay, which costs about $49 a night, Lott said, is “what it’s all about.”

“I’m trying to figure out whether or not he’s even going to come home with me,” said Lott, who has boarded two dogs at the ranch. “It might be a little tough to get him out of here.”

For more information, visit www.paradiseranch.net or call 866-641-3647.

Posted:  Just One More Pet

August 18, 2010 - Posted by | Just One More Pet, pet fun, Pets, responsible pet ownership, Success Stories | , , ,


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