Resort Articles
Published in the Everett Herald Wednesday, December 3, 2008

Lucky Dog - Pets get pampered in real style

By M.L. Dehm for the Herald

One of the many concerns that dog owners face during the holidays is what to do with their pets when they have to go away overnight or longer. You could take your pet with you but that's not always practical.

You could leave your dog at home and have someone stop in to care for it. But your pet would get lonely and there's no one there to make sure it's all right. Regular boarding facilities are often bleak and unappealing.

Now there is another alternative for your pet. Canine Cozy Care Resort offers four-legged guests large, private, indoor suites with all the comforts of home. Your pet can even opt for a luxury view suite with a chance to watch dog movies. A Doggie Limo - a full-size limousine - is available for guest pick-ups and drop-offs.

Zach Winters, snuggles with a resident of Canine Cozy Care Resort, which is owned by his parents, Allan and Julie Winters.

The facility is the brainchild of longtime dog lovers and dog breeders Allan and Julie Winters. When building the resort, they added all of the extras they knew pet owners would want for their furry friends. It is the same high standards that they would demand for their own pets.

"Canine Cozy Care Resort suites boast radiant floor heating, epoxy floor to eliminate diseases and sheetrock walls that are textured and painted like those in your own home," Allan Winters said.

Each suite is also individually ventilated so they stay smelling as sparkling clean as they are kept. Dogs get a cot and blanket to sleep on. The couple's individual attention and exercise are standard and not an extra charge. Suites also feature soothing music.

What both pets and owners seem to like best about the resort is how much it looks like a real house rather than a boarding kennel. There's no chain-link fencing and raw concrete inside. Everything has been finished to give a feeling of home.

"It is less stressful for the dogs because they are in a very home-like environment," Winters said. "This is especially nice for dogs that are used to spending time indoors with their families."

Large, fully fenced outdoor play areas are available for fun and exercise, but if the weather is bad, there is an indoor play area, too. The Winters family thought of every comfort when they built the facility.

While your dog is at the resort, you can schedule grooming services, such as bathing, ear and eye cleaning and nail trimming. All canine guests are checked for signs of fleas when they enter, and treated if necessary, which means the facility remains flea-free.

Canine Cozy Care Resort also offers doggie daycare service. It's very handy for those times when you have small visitors at home that might stress your dog or when there are contractors working on your home.

The Doggie Limo can be hired for your other canine transportation needs as well. These can include trips to the vet or just a luxury lift to the dog park.

Holiday reservations for Canine Cozy Care Resort should be made soon to ensure availability. The Better Business Bureau-accredited facility is located just off Interstate 5 in Stanwood. There is a dog shop onsite. You can also get hours and more information online at or call 360-939-2227.



Published: Thursday, December 3, 2009

It's a Wonderful (Dog's) Life:Canine Cozy Care Resort will indulge your pooch while you're away

By RaeJean Hasenoehrl For The Herald

While you travel during the holidays, your favorite pooch can also enjoy a well-deserved vacation.

Canine Cozy Care Resort in Stanwood provides boarding, daycare and grooming accommodations for the most sophisticated canine tastes. With indoor and outdoor play areas, private suites, and the love and affection of the Winters family, each dog is given personalized attention and a healthy vacationing environment.

The Winters, family owners of the Canine Cozy Care Resort, are ready to pick up and pamper your pet in style.

Allan and Julie Winters, owners of the resort, are well-versed in meeting the needs of their canine clientele. When building the resort, they took care in creating well-ventilated suites that include radiant floor heat, sleeping cots with cozy bedding, and soothing music piped into each room.

Luxury view suites are also available and include exterior windows and an optional TV/DVD for your dog's favorite G-rated animal movies.

Because the dogs can't see into neighboring suites, they tend not to bark at one another. “It provides them with a good night's rest,” Allan said.

Included in the boarding or daycare cost is playtime. Playtime takes place in a large, fully-fenced outdoor play yard, complete with Frisbees, toys, a playhouse and a slide. When our Washington weather turns-on the water spigot, the dogs enjoy playtime in two indoor play areas.

A temperament test is given to each dog before his or her first stay. “We put the dog with a small dog, an older dog, and a hyper dog such as a puppy,” Allan said. “That way we get a good idea of how the dog will get along with other animals.”
The Winters family has also taken care in providing safety through audio/video surveillance, an off-site monitored business security system and a photo database.

Pet grooming is a favorite part of the services provided by the resort. “I love when a dog falls asleep in my arms while I'm grooming him,” Julie said. Grooming services include nail trimming, eye and ear cleaning, bathing, dematting and flea treatments.
Julie uses shampoos and deodorizers from ShowSeason Animal Products. Two of her favorites are the Papaya Pet Shampoo and the Flee! Insecticide-free Pet Spray. Both are available for purchase at the resort, along with a full line of grooming products.

Canine Cozy Care Resort also offers a doggie limo service — the perfect way to deliver a new dog to your home as an early Christmas gift. The limo can also pick up your dog for boarding, grooming or a veterinary appointment.

The resort's retail area is filled with treats and stocking stuffers for your pooch. Holiday favorites include Build-a-Buddy Dog Toys and Chuckit Fetch Games. “We'll make-to-order a gift basket,” Julie said. “A gift basket would be perfect inside one of our Outward Hound Pet Travel Bags.”

Before bringing your canine companion to the resort, be sure to make an appointment. “We want to know when you are coming so we can assure safety for all the dogs,” Julie explained. She also noted, due to insurance restrictions, that the resort cannot accommodate dogs from the pit bull, mastiff or wolf hybrid families.  Canine Cozy Care Resort is located at 2919 317th St. NW in Stanwood; (360) 939-2227.

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