New luxury resort for dogs could open in Albuquerque

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ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (KRQE) – A new luxury hotel is looking to open up in Albuquerque, but this one is not for people visiting. It is for dogs.

“We really go the extra mile when it comes to pet care. We’re a five-star pet resort,” said Jason Parker, co-founder of K-9 Resorts.

The luxury pet care franchise based in New Jersey is eyeing Albuquerque as it looks to expand across the country.

The company said Albuquerque met its requirements for population and demographics.

Plus, over the last year, Albuquerque has made several lists as one of the top 10 most pet-friendly cities.

“With all the dog parks that we have and the trails,” Paul Gladysz said. “It’s an area where certainly people care about their pets. Pets are basically family, as it should be.”

Gladysz is an architect who lives here in Albuquerque and works with K-9 Resorts to create the space that offers doggy daycare and overnight cage-free boarding, including luxury suites.

“It has a plasma TV tuned to Animal Planet, decorations, teddy bears, all that fun stuff,” Parker said.

KRQE News 13 asked dog owners here what they thought about all the amenities.

“Maid service, valet, breakfast in bed,” joked Harvey Buchalter. “We could throw that in.”

Some think it’s over the top but others can see how dog owners might like a place like that.

“I think people would take advantage of that,” said Alix Martinez. “Most people think of their dogs as their kids.”

“To pay more to get that kind of care would definitely be worth it to me,” said Hilary Hawthorn.

The company said it’s looking forward to finding a franchise partner.

The company said, depending on the area, doggy daycare can run between $20-$28 a day while an overnight stay may range from $50-$60.

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