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Vail’s Bully Ranch now serving dogs

Vail Daily staff report
Vail, CO Colorado
Special to the Vail DailyVail's Bully Ranch is now serving dogs on its patio. Canines are offered either a carrot-bacon treat or a whole-grain treat.

VAIL, Colorado – You see dogs in all the finest restaurants in Paris, so why not in a world-class destination like Vail? The Sonnenalp Resort of Vail, a luxury hotel with decidedly European roots, is welcoming patrons and their pooches to lunch, dinner or happy hour on the lower patio of the Bully Ranch, one of three restaurants in the hotel that has been a fixture in the heart of Vail Village for 30 years.

“Bully dogs” will enjoy gourmet dog biscuits made by award-winning Sonnenalp Chef Bernie Oswald served alongside a water bowl. Dogs can choose between a carrot-bacon treat with organic flour, milk powder, bacon, brown sugar, carrots and eggs; or a whole-grain treat with organic flour, whole-wheat flour, brown sugar and eggs. Small biscuits are $1, and large biscuits are $2.50.

Their owners will be choosing from a menu offering a wide range of entrees including hamburgers, wraps, salads, steaks, fajitas, ribs and more. Hot dogs are visibly absent from the menu!

“Now you can walk through the village with your dog and stop for a drink or a bite to eat at a nice outdoor restaurant,” said Johannes Faessler, the Bavarian-born owner of the Sonnenalp Resort.

According to Faessler, the Sonnenalp experience is built around the German expression “Gemutlichkeit” which means warmth and contentment. Now that dogs are welcome on the patio at the Bully, shouldn’t that be Ge-mutt-lichkeit?

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