Construction begins on new grooming, boarding facility

A new business will add monitored playrooms full of toys and balls, a TV and clean, sanitized “cabins” with “cots” to an already busy grooming business. Camp K-9 &Kitties Too hopes to be fully open by late October if construction keeps moving forward.

Owner Tiffiny Luttrell said, “I’m so excited to get this facility completed.” The slab has been poured and workers were installing the block walls for the kennels Tuesday at the location for the new grooming and boarding facility located at 50 W. Basin Ave.

She said she has been planning the new construction since October 2013 but, “what’s taken so long is the permitting, planning and utilities. “I’d get so excited and then something would happen,” she sighed.

The 2,400-square-foot building will house 16 kennels measuring 18 x 10 with private runs. And she has plans for a “kitty room, with catwalks on the ceiling and climbing trees. She also plans to have it centrally air-conditioned and heated.

Luttrell said she moved to Pahrump in October 2013 and opened a grooming shop in her garage in November. She plans to move the grooming facility to the newly constructed space and “turn that space into my master bedroom.”

Luttrell said she has a growing list of clients and a boarding facility would enhance her business. “I’m going with a camp theme all the way. My employees will be called counselors and I’m serious about the kennels being cabins with cots.”

The TV in the playroom will be running animal movies.

Luttrell has been a groomer for five years and received her training from Distinctive Dogs Academy in Las Vegas and said, “It’s my passion.”

Luttrell will start with three employees and said she has already collected a stack of resumes. “I haven’t gone through all of them yet.”

She said once the boarding begins, she will hire two more “camp counselors.”

Camp K-9 &Kitties Too will join the Pahrump Chamber of Commerce but Luttrell said the ribbon-cutting ceremony will be planned for her grand opening.

Once the facility is completed, the facility will be open for boarding. “We ask the customer to bring their pet’s food and anything special to them. Some animals will be restless without a their blanket or some special toy.”

She said customers need to feel comfortable leaving pets with her. “If they prefer their animals not socialize with other dogs or cats for playtime, we can do that. The kennels will have private runs so they can still be outside.”

Luttrell will be happy to reclaim her house and her private outdoor space. The property is landscaped, has trees to provide shade to the facility and a paw-print pond is being installed in the front.

Her own dog, “Tank,” a bull mastiff, has his own air -conditioned tent-shaped dog house.