Doggie daycare opens near Market Square

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March 29, 2004 // UPDATED 10:27 am - April 25, 2007
By: Sarah McKenzie
Sarah McKenzie

A new daycare center for canines called Downtown Dogs is opening April 19 just north of the International Market Square. The 821 2nd Ave. N. center will cater to workers looking for a place for their pups during the workday.

Owner Anne Hendrickson, describes Downtown Dogs as the "ultimate canine service center," and said the 7,000-square-foot facility will be the largest dog daycare in the Twin Cities when it opens.

Downtown Dogs will feature a salon, boutique and indoor park complete with fake fire hydrants.

Hendrickson said the daycare will be able to accommodate up to 30 dogs. So far, seven people have registered their pups for the services, which cost between $19 and $25 a day.

"We really want to have the highest level of service," said Hendrickson, who added that people will be greeted with a cup of coffee when they drop their dogs off for the day.

She said she was inspired to open a high-end dog daycare center when she couldn't find one for her own pup, Riley, a Labrador mix. The dog sitters either had a waiting list or couldn't provide the kind of service Hendrickson was looking for.

In addition to daycare services, which will run between 7 a.m. and 6:30 p.m., Downtown Dogs will also hold training sessions for owners and offer dog massages.

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