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Dolly’s offers vacation for furry friends

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By John Whitlock

If you have to leave a family member behind when you go on a cruise, business trip or vacation, an Owen County business wants you to rest and relax knowing that your pet is in good hands.
Patty Whobrey, owner of Dolly’s Doggie Den, a boarding service for dogs and cats in Owen County, said business has been strong with plenty of repeat customers.
“Spring break is one of our busiest times,” Whobrey said. “We had 16 pets the first week of April.”
Dolly’s Doggie Den opened April 1, 2011 and has earned plenty of repeat business and recommendations from animal-care professionals and clinics.
“We get referrals and pets from Carroll, Grant, Boone and Gallatin counties,” Whobrey said.
A life-long lover of dogs, Whobrey said she wanted to build a home away from home for animals.
“My love of animals lead me to open my pet boarding business,” Whobrey said. “It is a very comfortable place for the pets to spend their time while their family is on vacation. It’s their home away from home.”
While at Dolly’s Doggie Den, pets not only get a lot of first-hand attention, they will be plenty of outside time.
“They get plenty of exercise time and lots of play time and lots of love,” Whobrey said. “Dolly’s Doggie Den is very spacious and kept very clean. It’s climate controlled.”
Whobrey, a native of Owen County, said she started the business because she wanted to share her love of animals and do something she enjoyed.
“It’s a business that was much needed in this county and the surrounding counties,” Whobrey said. “It is a pleasure to be here for the pets and customers.”
Although dogs are mentioned in her business’ name, Whobrey doesn’t limit her clients to canines.
“I started boarding cats in 2012,” Whobrey said. “I have kept some very precious cats. I have boarded over 20 cats. Love is given to each and every one of them. They are all special. We appreciate all of our customers and their pets.”
Whobrey cares for all breeds, sizes, weights, age and temperaments of dogs and cats but there are certain pets that she can’t handle.
“No snakes or lizards… uhhh …” Whobrey said with a shudder. “No, I can’t take snakes. I just don’t understand that.”
But for her four-legged guests, Whobrey said each one receives direct attention.
“Each and every pet is treated with lots of love,” Whobrey said. “It doesn’t matter if the dogs are big or small. They all get special care.”
Whobrey said she would be offering new services soon.
“We plan to be doing baths, combing, blow dry by June 2013,” Whobrey said.
Dolly’s Doggie Den is located at 560 Stewart Ridge Road or call 502-514-1119 or 502-463-2352. The email address is buckmountain@yahoo.com.