Last April, the owners of Lucky Pup Lodge Kim Hoppers and Jed Hoppers began their business right down the driveway from their home.
The long-time Marshall County residents started the pet boarding facility because of their love for animals. The couple own five dogs, eight cats, three miniature donkeys, chickens and cattle.
Kim Hoppers said she wants to be at the lodge all day.
“I’m having to overcome the need to be down here 24 hours a day,” she said. My husband says, ‘you’ll have to rest at some point or you’re going to burn out.’ But that’s what I’d want for my own. We treat them like our own.”
The Hoppers and their three employees try to go above and beyond for their pets by letting them have as much playtime away from the kennel as possible.
Lucky Pup Lodge mainly boards dogs and cats, although they aren’t opposed to other animals.
“I have had requests for lizard sitting and racoon sitting and a pot-belly pig sitting and they never followed through on that, but we could probably make that happen,” Kim Hoppers said.
The facility also offers basic grooming services like baths and nail trimming. They are currently looking for a full-time groomer to provide additional grooming services.
Other than making sure the pets are happy and clean, the Lucky Pup Lodge’s priority is safety. When building their facility, the Hoppers’ included a tornado shelter for their pets that can endure an EF5 tornado.
Prices for their “doggy daycare” range from $12 for half a day to $30 for an extra-large overnight kennel. It is $15 for overnight stays for cats. Baths cost $15 for animals under 50 pounds and $20 for over. Nail trims cost $8. Additional discounts are available for longer stays or for multiple pets. Pets must be up to date on shots.