Family fun at Krabloonik
On a family Christmas holiday to Aspen with my wife and daughter, we had a great visit to the Krabloonik kennels near Snowmass with my wife’s sister, her niece and her niece’s 13-month-old toddler.
I understand there have been some objections to these kennels by nearby residents, so I would like to express my views, having spent a most enjoyable couple of hours there. We visited the kennels as sightseers. We did not ride any sleds nor did we eat at the restaurant. We were made to feel very welcome by the cheerful young staff who minded the dogs with obvious affection.
The visit was clearly a great hit with the toddler. She was fascinated by the dogs and was able to approach any of them, albeit carefully, as we were forewarned that they like to try to stop people leaving by gently holding on to their clothes! The older dogs, though restless when on their own, were all extremely gentle and friendly when approached and petted. The puppies were adorable and equally friendly, but somewhat boisterous and are therefore kept in enclosures. If you put a hand against the fence, it would be licked enthusiastically.
I appreciate that kennels can be noisy, but I understand that these kennels were established some 39 years ago in a location which was, at the time, sparsely populated. I believe they have a great educational as well as recreational value. Indeed, in the UK, where I come from, such a marvelous resource would be very welcome — and (unfortunately) probably turned into a popular tourist attraction!
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