more than 30 years the "Pampered Pet Resort" in Grantsville
has served as a "pet motel" for dogs and cats in need of a
home away from home while their owners were out of town.
Connie Durfee, owner and manager of Pampered Pet Resort, received her
license and began the business at her residence in Grantsville back in
1975, which was actually the first licensed boarding facility to start
up in Tooele County.
"At first we were licensed because of our own pets, but
later our friends and neighbors started asking if we could take care
of their pets for them," Durfee said.
At that point I realized there was such an interest and need
for pet care in this area and I knew I could provide that service.
Her home-based business grew by leaps and bounds with new clients
every year. With the business expanding so did the
has also raised and showed Miniature Smooth Dachshunds. Connie
had the good fortune of having the first five AKC Champion Miniature
Smooth Dachshunds in the state of Utah. Several other champion
Dachshunds in the state have came from her line of dogs.
whole life has been very pet-oriented, so I feel like I have always
been in tune with their needs."
Pet cares for domestic cats and dogs of all sizes, from Chihuahuas to
Great Danes. The weight
of dogs has ranged from a very tiny three pounds to an incredible 150
dog or cat must also be healthy, and arrive with veterinary proof of
complete current vaccinations.
Both of the veterinarians in Tooele are also familiar with their
dog accommodations have
indoor/outdoor runs with privacy petitions between each run.
The roof comes out over the runs like a covered patio that
extends from a house. Doghouses
are inside an adjoining cinder block building that is climate
controlled with a forced air furnace in the winter and air
conditioning in the summer. Pets
can go in and out as they choose.
There is a well-stocked kitchen area complete with a
refrigerator for pets that have items that needs to be kept cool. "Cats are housed in a separate area from the dogs to
provide a more comfortable atmosphere for them," Durfee said.
clients choose to have one on one supervised playtime for their pet
there is a large secure grassy area with trees adjoining a large
gravel area. Some pets
would rather be more quiet and be brushed and just loved, while others
have a higher energy levels and would rather chase a ball or just run
said our goal is providing the highest quality pet care and customer
satisfaction with a very personalized touch.
Durfee said, people have made comments like, "I
don't have to worry about my babies when they stay here."
"You came highly recommend by another client, I am also happy
with your services.", "Every
pet owner's dream, couldn't be more pleased.", "I'm so glad
you're here, I'll be back next summer."
It's nice to know people feel comfortable bringing their pets
here and that they don't have to worry about them. I've always worked
closely with pets, and I really enjoy doing what I'm doing."
is a lot more to caring for pets than just feeding and watering.
It is a huge responsibility that I take very seriously. I make sure that I give each pet personal attention several
times throughout the day. There is easy listening music played 24/7 to
help provide a home-type soothing atmosphere, and just try to make
them happy and comfortable in general.
The day's routine includes strict sanitation procedures.
Each pet's food and water dishes are washed daily.
Fresh water is available at all times. Our facility has also
been inspected and Guide Dog approved.
said she stays busy year round. "Our
average stay for a pet is a week, but we get animals who stay as long
as six months," she said. "Some people bring multiple pets
to stay at our facility. One person right now has five pets booked."
To ensure reservation availability for your pet it's always a
good idea to book ahead of time.
many years of providing pet services in Tooele
County, Durfee said Pampered Pet Resort's primary form of
advertisement has come from word of mouth.
They also have many clients from several states.
Some out of state clients return every year when they come to
the area to visit family and friends.
Others may be here on business or pleasure trips to Miller
Motorsports Park or Bonneville Sea Base.
We take care of peoples' pets for a variety of reasons to
include when people go on vacation, are relocating to this area,
building a new home, family emergencies to name a few.
also said she looks forward to her business growing as Tooele
County itself continues to grow.
It has been a pleasure to serve the residents of Tooele County
as well as our out of state clients.
of her strong love of animals, Durfee said the favorite part of her
job is the satisfaction of seeing the animals warm up to her and being
comfortable and happy during their stay at Pampered Pet Resort.
"The pets that have previously been here are happy to see us, and
you can always tell when you interact with them," she said.
"When they come back multiple times you can really see them
continue to warm up and be even more at home. Animals really have the
ability to read people very well."
Published in the Tooele Transcript Bulletin June 17th, 2008