About Us

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The Dog Spot and The Cat Pad was the dream of husband and wife team Ben Rickard and Shannon Rood.  They met while both working at the Humane Society of Boulder Valley, where they bonded over their passion for animals.  There, they realized that they could  take that passion and make a career out of catering to people and their pets, while strengthening the relationship between animals and their guardians.  After a year of searching for the perfect location, and turning ideas into reality, the Dog Spot opened it’s doors in May of 2004, and they haven’t closed them since.  Ben and Shannon know how fortunate they are to be living their dream in Boulder.  They get to work daily with happy pets and their guardians, and they are so thankful to the loyal clients that trust them with the care of their loved ones.

Ben and Shannon have lived and worked with animals their whole lives.  They have a combined knowledge of dog behavior and health, having worked previously with veterinarians, dog trainers and behaviorists, and pet guardians.  They have worked at The Humane Society of Boulder Valley, where they worked along side renowned cat expert, Jackson Galaxy, as well as at veterinary clinics with expert veterinarians, and they have fostered a variety of animals, including dogs and cats.  They currently have three dogs of their own, Rex, Nimbus, and Hashbrown, who attend The Dog Spot regularly, a cat, Monty, who assisted them on the design of The Cat Pad, a pet pig named Geraldine, goat named Barry, and multiple chickens.

You’ll find that at The Dog Spot and The Cat Pad, we cater to the dogs, cats, rabbits, rats, ferrets, turtles, lizards, birds, pretty much any pet that you love, and we always have your pets’ best interests in mind.  Because we limit the number of animals that we will take, we know each pet extremely well. We treat each pet as if they are one of our own, and we have a unique bond with each and every animal that comes through our door.  It is because of our hands-on approach to dog daycare and pet boarding, that the guardians can feel completely confident when leaving their pets with us.