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Canine luxury: Paws Inn Keeper offers grooming, boarding, and love

Jeremy D. Wells
Carter County Times

 Olive Hill has a new option when it comes to boarding your dog for the weekend, or taking them in for a bath and a haircut before friends or family come into town. 

“We offer boarding, bathing, and grooming,” explained Jennifer Madden, owner of Paws Inn Keeper, the new business offering these services. The business was Madden’s dream, she said – a place where she could indulge in her love for dogs. 

It was also meeting a need she saw among her dog loving friends. 

“We kept seeing on Facebook that people didn’t have anyplace to keep their dogs,” she explained. 

She already had the space too, she noted, so she decided to go ahead and do something about it. 

“We had this garage and we just decided to do it,” she said.

It just took some work to get it ready. 

Doing that meant bringing in grooming tables and wash basins with motor drives that allow Madden and her groomer to move them down to the dog’s level, for large breeds or elderly dogs with mobility problems, and then back up to their own level for the pet’s bath or haircut. 

It also meant making sure the layout and design of the building and runs was maximized for the comfort of the dogs during intake and throughout their stay. 

“I decided to make it a small, boutique (boarding kennel),” Madden said. “They come in and it’s a home away from home.” 

That includes running a television for background noise so it feels like a home instead of a sterile kennel, she explained. It also means giving them free reign of the facility for the first couple of hours, and allowing the animal to get acclimated to her and the other boarders, before they are even placed in their kennel for the first time. 

It’s a concept she hopes the dog lovers of Carter County and Olive Hill will embrace. 

“I like dogs. I like Olive Hill. I wanted to bring one more thing here for me and for everyone else.” 

For now it’s dogs only. 

She said they have discussed doing cats, but don’t currently have the resources to board them. They will take cats by appointment for grooming though. 

For more information, or to schedule an appointment, call Paws at (606)776-3311. 

Contact the writer at editor@cartercountytimes.com 

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