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Eddie and Barkus owner opens ‘country club for dogs’

Those traveling over the holiday season who are worried where to kennel their dogs have a new option. Eddie and Barkus owner Marcia Humphrey has taken over the former Waggin' Tails Inn west of here and christened it the new "Harwood Country Club....

Those traveling over the holiday season who are worried where to kennel their dogs have a new option.

Eddie and Barkus owner Marcia Humphrey has taken over the former Waggin’ Tails Inn west of here and christened it the new “Harwood Country Club.”

Humphrey was thrilled to purchase the 5-acre property earlier this year and said it offers exactly what dogs need.

“They need exercise,” she said. “It’s like dog utopia here.”

Humphrey completely gutted the property’s existing kennel and stable. In their place, she opened two new “hotels” that offer doggie day care and overnight boarding as well as obedience training.

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The hotels include new kennels that are large enough where multiple dogs from one family can stay together, but that also include gates to allow the pooches to be fed separately if necessary.

Humphrey said dogs will really only be in their kennels to eat and sleep. She designed the facility with an open concept in mind. Dogs are generally allowed to play and roam freely.

“The kennels were designed to give privacy; otherwise they’re out in the open acres and they’re being dogs and running and playing. We have employees with them at all times so they’re never alone,” she said.

Humphrey has plans for the outdoor area as well. In addition to an existing rock garden, she plans to build a gazebo where owners can sit and relax while their dogs play. She said Eddie and Barkus clients can visit the property to let their dogs run anytime.

After a long day of playing outdoors, owners may elect to purchase a bath for their dog as well. Humphrey said it’s not just any old bath.

“What we do here, we have different types of shampoo that meet the condition of the dog’s coat. Like females, none of us use the same shampoo. Our belief is the same for dogs,” she said. “Our baths are at least an hour long. They get two baths, a conditioning and a prima spa.”

If owners want full grooming services, Humphrey said they will transport dogs to the south Fargo Eddie and Barkus in the “Bark Bus.” They’ll also use the bus to transport pets back and forth to Harwood for owners who prefer to drop them off in Fargo.

 

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Manager Emily Bachman, a North Dakota State University veterinary tech graduate and longtime Eddie and Barkus employee, lives at the Harwood site with her husband. She said they both love it.

“It’s easy for me to get to work in the morning,” she joked. “No, I love it. I like the space out here. There are dogs where maybe the south Fargo location wasn’t their place, but they love it out here. To have all those acres to run around, their eyes just light up. We have repeat customers that come to stay each weekend.”

Business Profile:  Eddie and Barkus

  • Where: 3060 Thunder Road, Fargo, and 16893 29th St. SE, Harwood
  • Hours: 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. Monday through Friday; 8 a.m. to noon Saturday; and 3 to 5 p.m. Sunday
  • Contact: (701) 492-9364 and (701) 893-8863
  • www.eddieandbarkus.com
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Angie Wieck is the business editor for The Forum. Email her at awieck@forumcomm.com
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