Vail Valley Bizwatch: Healing Paws
Vail, CO Colorado
Location: Mobile Service and Office appointments at Alpine Meadows Animal Clinic, 34520 Hwy 6, Unit C-9, Edwards.
Date opened: June
Owner: Jeri Penland
Contact info: 970-331-2817 or 970-569-3636.
What goods or services do you provide: I provide therapeutic/sports/basic massage for dogs.
What’s new or exciting at your place: I have just become affiliated with Alpine Meadows Animal Clinic with Dr. Susan Klein, and will be available for appointments at her location.
What strategy do you use to differentiate your business from your competition: I will come to your home to maintain a familiar, relaxing and peaceful environment for your pet to help maximize the benefits of massage. I use aromatherapy and calming tones of music. If it’s easier for you to bring your dog to Alpine Meadows Animal Clinic in Edwards, I am available for appointments at that location.
What can your customers expect from you?: My passion for animals and their well-being is first and foremost in my everyday life. My customers can always expect my utmost in caring, compassion and providing a healthier and happier pet.
Tell us a little about your background, education and experience: I moved here from Southern California with a background in the entertainment world. Of course, I only planned on a two-ear visit, but met my wonderful husband and have now been a local for 18 years. We have two cats and a much spoiled but well mannered Australian shepherd, Misty. Misty and I enjoy the sport of agility … she looks forward to her massages after working so hard.
Animals have always been a part of my life and couldn’t image living happily without them. Dogs teach us how to be better people. I wanted to give back to them in some way for all they have done for me. Getting certified in canine massage was the best thing I could have accomplished. I’m certified through the Rocky Mountain School of Canine and Equine Acupressure and Massage School. Working with dogs has always been a dream of mine and so happy to bring my services to the dogs of the Vail Valley.
What is the most humorous thing that has happened at our business since you opened?
You definitely get up close and personal with the dog. I had a dog that – how can I say this – farted throughout the session. hat was fine, however this dog must have been on the richest food diet ever. Breathing was a bit of a challenge!