The Peaks: Soggy Dog Grooming Boutique & Spaw

Soot deposited from a torch lighting the way dated the event to about 26,000 years ago. A boy of about 10 walked alongside a large canid, likely half-dog, half-wolf, inside the Chauvet caves in the Ardeche region in France, the site of some of the earliest known cave paintings, strongly suggesting the bond between man and dog dates back over 20,000 years.

7927847 And yes, dogs share 99.6% of the same DNA as wolves. But that does not mean dogs think like wolves. The core theory of the new canine science suggests that centuries of living closer to humans has made dogs more like us and able to enjoy clear back-and-forth communication through the language of gesture.

What’s more, among domesticated animals, only dogs are capable of assuming such a wide range of roles for humans: herding sheep; sniffing out drugs, explosives, even diseases like cancer; and being beloved companions.

As a beloved companion, we like to indulge Fido, especially here in Telluride, which rhymes with dog heaven. One place to do that is the Peaks Resort & Spa, Mountain Village, Telluride. No, not the 42,000-square-foot facility within the hotel complex, which is tricked out to the teeth for humans, an adjacent venue wholly and solely dedicated to our furry friends: Kristine Hellman-Rosen’s Soggy Dog Grooming Boutique & Spaw. (Which also welcomes cats.)

Soggy Dog offers full service grooming performed by certified dog groomers, including a styling of your choice: bath/brushout; haircut; nail trim or grinding; ear cleaning; anal glands cleaning; pads.

Kristine with John Steel & Bunny Freidus' beloved Ernie, post grooming and content.

Kristine with John Steel & Bunny Freidus’ beloved Ernie.just before spas engagement. (He’s pretty cute anyway.)

 “The most rewarding thing about grooming is the ability to do a complete makeover,” explained Kristine. “When your dog comes under my care, it’s an opportunity to wash away the old and create a fresh new look. I have an endless love for animals and understand that your pet is a valued member of your family. I am a member of the ASPCA and the American Humane Association. I am a certified Pet Groomer and trained in Canine CPR and First Aid. Soggy Dog Grooming Boutique & Spaw is the only place I’ve worked where it is acceptable for the clients to run in, jump up, lick your face and ask for treats…And I wouldn’t have it any other way!  I feel very fortunate to be able to spend quality time with all my furry friends.” 

Kristine has always had a profound love for dogs, but she enter the profession of pet grooming by chance.

To make an appointment at Soggy Dog, call 970-728-6800 or 970-318-1330 or email

To learn more about her heart-warming story and her work – and also about her dog, a rescued/service Great Dane named Midnight Blues – click the “play” button and listen to our chat.

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Susan Viebrock

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Susan is Telluride Inside… and Out’s founder and editor-in-chief, the visionary on the team, in charge of content, concept and development. For 19+ years, Susan has covered Telluride’s cultural economy, which includes non-profits and special events. Much of her writing features high-profile individuals in the arts, entertainment, business, and politics. She is a former Citibank executive specializing in strategic planning and new business development, and a certified Viniyoga instructor.
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