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Mountain Mongrels provides ultimutt care for county canines

Mountain Mongrels co-owner Scott Carroll plays with a group of rowdy ruff housers on a snow day.
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​​A sign at the door of Mountain Mongrel’s Granby daycare greets guests jokingly — “Dogs welcome; people tolerated.” But owner Therese Marie said her clients are like family.

“Both dogs and humans,” she laughed.

Mountain Mongrels, which has daycares on County Road 613 in Granby and on Grand Avenue in Grand Lake, offers daily doggie daycare and overnight boarding. The stand-out business was named first place for best pet service.



Marie and her partner Scott Carroll opened the Grand Lake location in 2011, which is now overseen by her daughter and son-in-law, Jessie and Michael Mullinex.

At the time, Marie ran a retail store for pets, but was getting an abundance of requests from people looking for a pet sitter or boarder.



“We started out doing in-home (dog-sitting) and then realized there was such a need in Grand County and It just went from there,” she said. “We have so many regular family members that have been with us for years now.”

Even with the Grand Lake daycare open, there were more owners seeking care, so the Granby space opened in 2018. Marie said both spaces care for up to 30 dogs each day.

Each location offers a few different yards and inside areas so that there’s something for every dog, as well as kennel suites for when they need to eat or sleep.

Mountain Mongrels, named Grand County’s best pet service, has two doggie daycares in Granby and Grand Lake, offering daily and overnight boarding.
McKenna Harford / Sky-Hi News

Marie said most of the day is watching over the various play groups — big dogs, little dogs, hyper dogs, lazy dogs and many more — as well as making sure each pup gets nap time and food.

“You learn everyone’s personality and whether they can handle the big crowd or the slow crowd, so each dog is treated based on their personality,” she said, adding that she couldn’t possibly pick favorites.

Though things often get hectic, Marie loves getting to spend her days surrounded by wagging tails and furry frenzies.

“It’s important to me to give the dogs a good, safe and fun place to stay,” she said.

The daycares are open for drop off from 8 a.m. to noon and pickup from 4 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. Monday through Saturday. On Sunday, Granby drop off is 8 a.m. to 9 a.m. and pick up is 5 p.m. to 6 p.m., while Grand Lake is open 8 a.m. to 3 p.m.

 


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