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Dazzling dog destination

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Looking to dazzle your dog or pamper your pup? A new pet resort complete with chandeliers and decorative crown molding will let you do just that.

Laurie and Lindsey Gilbert walk their dogs Tex and Chaco inside their new business, K9 Resorts. (Adolphe Pierre-Louis/Albuquerque Journal)

K9 Resorts Luxury Pet Hotel is tentatively scheduled to open this August at 4740 Pan American Freeway NE, just north of Montgomery.

Owned by longtime educators Lindsey and Laurie Gilbert, the dog boarding franchise will be able to house upwards of 100 dogs for overnight and daytime boarding.

“It’s like coming to a day camp for dogs,” Lindsey Gilbert said.

He said that, during the day, the dogs will be split into two groups based on size and trained caretakers will play with them all day.

The Gilberts Inspect The Blueprints Of K9 Resorts. The New Business Will Provide Luxury Dog Boarding. (Adolphe Pierre-Louis/Albuquerque Journal)

The decision to pursue a dog boarding business was prompted in part by the Gilberts’ love of dogs and the rapidly growing pet industry.

Gilbert said pet care services, which includes boarding, has doubled in the past year.

“We wanted something that reflected our values, which was great care for our pet children,” he said.

Gilbert said he thinks the opening is particularly well-timed.

With people resuming travel and returning to the office, there will be a greater need for pet care facilities.

“Albuquerque needs more high-end services, and high-end services for our pet children,” he said.

The prices at K9 Resorts, which range from around $25 a day for doggie day care to $70 for a luxury suite complete with a flat-screen television, are all-inclusive.

Dogs staying at the 7,000-square-foot resort will be able to play with other dogs and trainers during the day, have meals provided by the hotel and overnight guests staying at least two nights will automatically get a bath.

Gilbert said K9 Resorts is also top-notch in terms of sanitation and the boarding facility has a hospital-grade HVAC system to cut down on odor, and anti-microbial flooring.

All dogs that stay overnight are boarded in “cage-free” structures with glass doors.

The company is in the hiring process, with plans to hire around 20 employees for positions ranging from customer service to assistant managers. Full- and part-time positions are offered and wages will likely range from $11 to $18 hourly.

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