Skydance Pet Lodge spa therapist Kirsten
Krause applies mango and avocado onto the face of Tank, an English
setter. Tank and other dogs enjoy licking the ingredients off
their face while they are receiving a facial. Krause introduced
facials, aromatherapy and yoga to the kennel last fall.
TOWN OF OTTAWA - Yoga, aromatherapy and avocado-green tea facials.
Nestled deep within the heart of the Kettle Moraine State Forest, one
might realize itís time to splurge for a lavish weekend getaway.
For the family dog, that is.
"Hunting dogs come in after a hard workout, get a massage
done," Skydance Pet Lodge spa therapist Kirsten Krause said. "It
really seems to loosen them out."
She said Skydance is a perfect place for dogs to unwind. The dogs can
sleep and relax in spacious rooms with glass walls, not wire cages. They
can also unwind and play with other dogs in outdoor play-parks.
"We let the dogs run around and play outside so they are not
cooped up inside," Krause said. "It is just a nice surrounding
to keep the dog comfortable."
She is assisted by Mandy Nelson, who said dog owners come from Madison
and Milwaukee to reward manís best friend. Skydance has a loyal
clientele, she said, and the word-of-mouth has spread all the way to
Illinois. Located 9 miles from Interstate 94, Skydance makes for a
convenient dropoff point on the way to Wisconsin Dells.
"Everybody always says it is well worth the drive," Nelson
Some dogs stay for an extended period of time, she said, but others
only drop in for a couple hours of doggy day care while their owner is
away at work. A cabin with unlimited accommodations and a log bed costs
$28.50. Other customers spend up to $110 a night for an extra-large log
bed in a luxury suite.
Skydance was just an ordinary kennel until Krause joined. She
introduced massage and aromatherapy Aug. 1.
Krause attended the Wisconsin School of Professional Pet Grooming in
Okauchee after graduating from high school. She has been grooming pets for
10 years, but it was only recently that she discovered the world of
massage and acupressure.
Krause first realized the benefit of massage when her own dog got sick.
Acupressure made a difference, she said, so it changed her approach to dog
"It was a huge difference," she said. "I decided I
wanted to incorporate that to help dogs in my work."
Krause said massages are especially beneficial for older dogs with
arthritis. It can even prevent joint diseases in some cases, she said.
"Just like people, they can get knots," she said.
"Massages make them much more calm and much more relaxed,"
Krause uses therapeutic oils for massages, and she also uses it to
soften the pads of puppy paws. She said she uses the oil for aromatherapy
treatment, which relieves pets suffering from separation anxiety.
"Uplifting oils bring happiness to their lives," Krause said.
"I am very much into the all natural products and the well-being of
Krause only uses organic dog treats to reward dogs and natural
ingredients in her spa treatments. She creates her facemasks by blending
avocado and green tea. If a dog is picky, its owner can opt for a
blueberry facial. Facials can recondition dry skin and give dogs a shiny
new coat, but dogs also prefer the taste. Dogs hate the taste of shampoo,
she said, but they lick the facial ingredients right off of their own
"That is just an extra something we do for them," Krause
said. "Dogs love the extra attention."
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