Best Kennel: Red Rover Resort |

Best Kennel: Red Rover Resort

Red Rover Resort owner Carol Bloodworth
Teresa Ristow

It’s a dog-eat-dog business world out there, so it’s no surprise that the inaugural “best kennel” distinction goes to the area’s longest operating pet boarding facility — Red Rover Resort.

The Milner kennel was opened by owner Carol Bloodworth in 1995, back when she was still keeping busy with her other practice of running sled dog tours.

Bloodworth gave up sled dog racing five years ago to focus on the expanding kennel facility, which was rebuilt in 2006 and can now house 30 to 40 dogs at a time, depending on how many pooches are bunked up with siblings in the same kennel.

“I’ve totally gone to the dogs,” said Bloodworth, who operates the kennel with a few full- and part-time employees throughout the year.

What sets Red Rover Resort apart from the competitors?

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“There’s a lot more individual attention, playgroups and a low stress environment,” said Bloodworth, who lives up the hill from the facility with her own six Alaskan huskies. “It’s really nice and private, and we have a big yard to play in.”

Dogs get to mix and mingle with other pups four times a day, and have year-round outdoor time thanks to artificial grass turf in the spacious, fenced outdoor play areas.

The socialization is one of the many factors bringing back lots of repeat, local customers.

“They get out to play at least four times a day, that’s one reason a lot of people come to us,” Bloodworth said. “And they get lots of individual attention.”

The facility also offers complete grooming services, including baths and nail clippings.

Though dogs are the main residents of the pet resort, Bloodworth said she’s willing to board any animal, and has watched cats, rabbits and guinea pigs, and even boarded eight falcons once that needed a place to stretch their wings during a trip to town.

The kennel is located on a 40-acre ranchette about 10 minutes from Steamboat Springs, and is accepting new pets for overnight boarding or daytime care.

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