Worried about where to leave Fido on your next vacation? Fret no more; Red Lake’s very own dog kennel is in the works.
Andrea Fischer, employee and member of the family behind Chukuni Campground and Greenhouses, got approval from council on Aug. 24 to move forward with her 10-kennel operation.
“The idea started probably at the end of June. I want to take over my parents’ greenhouses someday, but I’m having a hard time going from a job in the winter and fall to a job in the spring,” explains Fischer. “So I decided if I start my own business I’ll be good to go. I figured a dog kennel because there isn’t one up here.”
The area housing the kennels will be 20 by 30 ft. and heated by a wood stove during the colder months.
“There’s going to be a lounge area in the front because I’d like to do doggy daycare as well. So that way I can spend the day with the dogs out there so they aren’t locked up all day,” says Fischer. “I’ll have a big fenced in area outside for the dogs to play, and I will have four smaller runs in case there are dogs that don’t get along.”
Fischer has set the kennel’s rate at $25 a day for overnight and daycare stays.
“After seven visits you’ll get your eighth visit free,” she adds.
Fischer, who has two dogs herself, is also donating one of her kennels to Lucky Mutts Dog Club to be used for rescue dogs when needed.
Construction on the kennel, which will be called Chukuni Dog Kennel, will begin once the 20-day appeal period ends.
“I’m hoping to be up and running by October, but it depends on how long it’s going to take me to build,” says Fischer. “My parents and I will be doing the construction, and I’m going to ask for help from students to get community hours, and maybe see if there was anyone else who would like to volunteer their time to help out.”
Fischer is also toying with the idea of opening up the kennel’s amenities to local dogs and their owners once a week for playtime.
“If the town lets me do it, I’d like to open up the large fenced-in area—40 by 30 ft. is what I’m planning—on Saturdays for an hour for people to come and bring their dogs. Kind of like a dog park for socializing,” explains Fischer.