If you’re like us, you may still be feeling emotionally hung over from the election, and the holiday cheer isn’t exactly making you any cheerier. One way we at Stay Park City find comfort and joy at all times throughout the year is in our pets. Fortunately, Park City is wonderfully pet-friendly, which makes it easy to get your daily recommended dose of animal therapy.
As we head into the final stretch of 2016, we want to help reduce your stress by, not only helping you with your stay in Park City (with or without your pet), but also helping you find and get the pet therapy you need.
The Stay Park City team has put together a list of their favorite things to do with their pets, and have included photos for your immediate therapy needs. So whether you are looking for an outdoor adventure with your dog, the best place for a last minute grooming appointment, or wanting to enjoy a traditional horse-drawn sleigh ride, the Stay Park City team has got you covered this holiday season.
Staff Name and Title: Jason Linder, president
Pet Name: Stella and Roo
Favorite Activity/Hobbies: Hiking, staring at us constantly for endless petting and love
Favorite Treat(s): Hotdogs
Favorite Hike: Rob’s Trail. Many of the trails in Park City are great for dogs, as they can be off the leash, but that is being challenged and restricted more as the city grows.
Favorite Pet-Friendly Restaurant/Coffee Shop: Silver Star Café
Favorite Thing to do With Your Pet: Hike, run cuddle, and watch movies
Day-Care/Pet-Sitting/Walking Suggestions: Park City Pet Resort
Best Thing Your Pet Does for You/Your Family: They reminded us to get outside and play! Unfortunately, both just recently passed away from old age. We miss the reminders and happiness they provided.
Staff Name and Title: Kelley Kowalski, marketing manager
Pet Name: Basia (pronounced Bah-shuh)
Breed/Type: We think she’s a Chesapeake Bay Retriever mixed with a Heeler.
Age: ~4.5 months
Origin of Name: Polish. She’s not necessarily named after the ’90s singer Basia, but that is how the idea for the name came up.
Favorite Activity/Hobbies: Going for walks and pouncing into the bushes, furiously digging holes—even making burrows in blankets—to bury bones, and chewing on branches
Favorite Place to Buy Treats/Food: Petco
Favorite Hike: Along the creek that runs beside S.R. 224, near the famous McPolin Farm—or, as the locals call it—the White Barn.
Favorite Watering Hole: McCleod Creek
Favorite Thing About Your Pet: She’s very smart, but is also very sassy. When she’s asked to stop doing something that she knows she shouldn’t be doing, she glares and talks (read: barks) back. It’s not the best behavior, and we’re working on stopping it, but it is adorable.
Anything Else That You Can do in Park City With Your pet: Petco offers free puppy socialization classes every week, which is a great way to get them used to other dogs and people.
Staff Name and Title: Phil Wallace, reservation manager
Pet Name: Ace “Kiki” Bearcat Wallace
Breed/Type: American Long Hair
Best Place to Buy Treats/Food: We love getting a “Meow Box” quarterly. It always has something awesome in it, and Ace always loves getting them.
Favorite Watering Hole: The Koi pond in the back yard, even when I have to drag her away from it.
Favorite Pet-Friendly Restaurant/Coffee Shop: I wish there was a cat café in town.
Day-Care/Pet-Sitting/Walking Suggestions: By far the best person we know to take care of any animal is Amy the Critter Sitter. She has flexible times, will take the cutest videos and photos of your animal, and you can tell that she genuinely connects with your pet. I suggest everyone check her our.
Best Thing Your Pet Does for You/Your Family: She just brings us joy. We look forward to coming home to see her, we know we can always count on her to bring us a smile, and she’s always there to comfort us if we’re down.
Staff Name and Title: April Shujter, writer
Pet Name: Hugo
Breed/Type: English Cream Golden Retriever
Favorite Activity/Hobbies: Playing with other puppies, swimming, going on hikes or bike rides; being in the mountains
Favorite Treat(s): Bully sticks and peanut butter in a Kong
Best Place to Buy Treats/Food: Costco for bully sticks or the Dog’s Meow (in Salt Lake) for more of a curated selection
Favorite Watering Hole: Hugo loves quick dips in the Tanner Park gully watering hole, which is a quick drive down the canyon from Park City, right off the freeway. It is a hotspot for all of his four-legged friends.
Any Tricks? We think he has a secret life. We are convinced that he sleeps in everyone’s beds and watches Animal Planet while we are out.
Staff Name and Title: Ellen Young, social media
Pet Name: Penelope
Breed/Type: Great Dane
Favorite Treat(s): Cheese, fry sauce, chicken feet
Best Place to Buy Treats/Food: Healthy Pets in Cottonwood Heights
Favorite Hike: Blue Star Café
Favorite Thing to do With Your Pet: Take naps and go on walks around the neighborhood. She keeps us outside a lot.
Best Thing Your Pet Does for You/Your Family: Reminds us to take self-care days when needed, and helps us finish dinner when we can’t manage. Doesn’t let us fight or she starts barking; we have a peaceful home.
Staff Name and Title: Mark McGill, executive director
Pet Name: Gustaw (pronounced Gustaf)
Origin of Name: Gustaw the Pug, spelling in Polish, as we are a Polish-American family
Favorite Treat(s): Paper (yes—weird)
Best Place to Buy Treats/Food: We do it at Costco—lame!!
Favorite Hike: Any really short one!!
Favorite Pet-Friendly Restaurant/Coffee Shop: He likes Home Depot, or ANYWHERE he can get extra attention.
Best Thing Your Pet Does for You/Your Family: Gustaw is a brother and a core member of our family and my two kids. He was born before them, so they do not know life without him.
Staff Name and Title: Kelley Kowalski, marketing manager… again
Pet Name: Crispin
Breed/Type: Plecostomus (sucker fish)
Age: ~7 years
Origin of Name: Named after the strange and funny Crispin Glover
Favorite Activity/Hobbies: Lounging around the aquarium
Favorite Treat(s): Zucchini and other fish’s food that he’s not supposed to eat
Best Place to Buy Treats/Food: Petco or Amazon
Favorite Hike: We haven’t taken him out yet, but Plecostomus have the ability to live out of water for up to 30 hours, and can breathe through their skin, so the option is there. I would never do this, though.
Favorite Thing to do With Your Pet: Have staring contests
Day-Care/Pet-Sitting/Walking Suggestions: Make sure that the water temperature is around 76 degrees Fahrenheit and oxygen is getting into the water, and he’ll be fine.
Staff Name and Title: Richard Stratton, client services
Pet Name: Havoc
Breed/Type: German Shepard
Favorite Activity/Hobbies: Lounging in the sun, laying down in lakes while I fish, and chewing the cat when they try to sleep on his bed
Favorite Hike: Anything in the Uintas
Favorite Watering Hole: Lilly Lake
Favorite Pet-Friendly Restaurant/Coffee Shop: He’s not much into coffee or eating out.
Favorite Thing About Your Pet: His one floppy ear. We couldn’t get it to stand up while he was a puppy, so now he kind of looks like a cartoon dog.
Best Thing Your Pet Does for You/Your Family: Best friend to my two-year-old son and always a good companion for a long walk in the woods.
Staff Name and Title: Carly Thorton, writer
Pet Name: Butros Butros Gali Thornton Jr. (we call him Booty for short)
Favorite Activity/Hobbies: Loves walks, hikes, snuggles, and dance parties
Favorite Treat(s): Apples, bananas, meat, anything we are eating
Best Place to Buy Treats/Food: Love Your Pet Bakery
Favorite Hike: Armstrong Trail
Favorite Watering Hole: Dog Lake in Millcreek Canyon
Favorite Thing to do With Your Pet: Anything outside or snuggling next to the fire
Day-Care/Pet-Sitting/Walking Suggestions: Dog in Haus
And, in case you should need any additional services for your pet, here are more options located in Park City.
Pet Foods and Treats