Rover Retreat in Golden has been caring for Jefferson County’s dogs and puppies for over 10 years. To celebrate, the doggy daycare and overnight boarding is offering discounts until October 15.
Originally founded as Waggin’ Tails back in 1996, Owner and President Therese Morin took over 2003 and officially changed the name to Rover Retreat in 2007. Morin and her staff are celebrating 10 years of happy and healthy dog care. Rover Retreat is a member of the Colorado Association of Dog Daycares and Morin currently serves on the Association’s Board of Directors and has served in the past as President. Rover Retreat provides dog day care and overnight services. The team prides itself on getting to know each and every dog in their care and providing for their needs. One of the things that stands out about Rover Retreat is the flat fee the facility charges completely covers a dog’s care. There are no additional fees for “extra” services.
“To us that’s all a part of taking care of the dog,” says Morin. “We provide toys, food, bowls and blankets.” Rover Retreat’s staff provides the things owners forget to bring, if necessary. This also includes administration of medications for those pets that need it.
Since dogs love routine, Rover Retreat has the animal’s day completely organized. Dogs get playtime outside from 7 AM to about 11:30 AM, then the dogs come inside for an afternoon nap. From 2 PM on, the dogs head outside again for more playtime. Dogs that are there only for the day go home between 5 and 6 PM and dogs spending the night come inside closer to 7 PM when they receive their evening meal and then more rest. Morin says the dogs in day care are outside most of the day so they are good and tired when they go home for the evening.
The outdoor play yard at Rover Retreat is covered to protect dogs from the sun and provide shade in the summer. They also provide swimming pools to play in and there are water misters all around the perimeter to cool off the dogs in summer. Around the fences are raised beds in the sunny areas for those dogs who love to sunbathe. The playground is full of things for dogs to climb and play on including steps and slides and little dog houses for them to hide in, so they have a variety of activities to keep them busy. The staff also enjoy playing with the dogs while supervising the area.
The indoor dog area is 2,200 square feet, including the overnight kennels, has a swamp cooler for hot summer days and is heated in winter. Soothing music is played over speakers to help the dogs rest during indoor nap time.
A typical day sees between 50-55 dogs and the facility can hold up to 60 dogs in daycare only. Most weekends Rover Retreat boards between 20-30 dogs overnight. There are 4-5 people on staff per shift everyday and the office is overseen by Mary Houghton who, along with Morin, knows the names and habits of every dog in her care.
Rover Retreat only takes in 1 to 2 new dogs at a time so the dogs and staff have time to adjust and all new dogs get a “trial” day at the facility so staff can see if the animal gets along with other dogs. Dogs must be four months or older and spayed or neutered by seven months. All dogs must be current on vaccinations and owners must provide written proof. Please visit the Rover Retreat website for full details and to download an application form.
To celebrate the 10-year anniversary, Rover Retreat is offering 10% off services until October 15. There are also regular discounts for police, fire and military families. Customers can also purchase punch cards for day care and receive a discount. Punch cards are paid in advance and good for 10 visits. Visit the website for rates and more information.
Rover Retreat is located at 17731 West Colfax Avenue in Golden. Hours are Monday through Friday from 7 AM to 7 PM (closed for naptime from noon to 2 PM). Weekends are 7 to 10 AM and 4 to 7 PM. There is also a second location in Wheat Ridge.
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