Doggy Days

Everything you need to keep your pets happy and healthy in Taos

By Virginia Clark & Photos By Mike Hawkins

Vacaying or just hanging with Fur Babies? Here’s what Taos offers to keep pets cuddly — both at home or on the road. Grooming, daycare, boarding, training and more. Also check out Law of the Land — for staying safe and legal in town, county and public spaces. That way everybody is happy.

By Mike Hawkins


10,000 Wags

Pet Resort & Bow-Wow-Tique

Totally up ’n’ running or walking ’n’ playing for staying or vacaying pets. Precious ones can have boarding, daycare and baths, furry buddy time or they can just hang with humans if they need it. The resort says: If tails are wagging after a stay or two at the resort, we’re doing our job.”

24822 US 64 West, El Prado
By Mike Hawkins

Avalyn’s Paw Spa

Busy as ever, owner/groomer Cyríl Martinez said her loyal peeps and pets kept her afloat thru Covid. Named Avalyn after her grand doggie (she’s Cyríl’s only “grandchild”) Cyríl babies pets and owners alike. So whether boarding, grooming or both, come for bliss-filled, hypoallergenic, organic and non-toxic care.

1036 Reed Lane, Suite B, Taos

Barks and Bows Pet Grooming

Owners/groomers Stefanie Smith and Austina Hall love pets as if they are their own. They offer cats, bunnies and dogs “kind and compassionate fear-free treatments for their furry friends and their parents” that are mostly 1:1, Mondays through Fridays, 9 a.m.-5 p.m. cats and bunnies, 9 a.m.-2 p.m. for dogs.

Pioneer Plaza, 1329 Paseo del Pueblo Sur, Unit E, Taos

PAM-pered Pets

Pam Busick and hubby are often called Aunt Pam and Uncle Greg — for the special bonds they have with pups ’n’ their parents. Been here “forever,” Pam grooms 6 days a week and they board 7 days a week. You’ll find up to eight and occasionally 10 fur-friends out for leashed morning walk/runs on their 27-acre Carson Ranch trails. Open daily, 9 a.m.-5:30 p.m.

35 South Carson Road, Carson NM 87517
Facebook PAM-pered Pets
By Mike Hawkins/Super Groomers

Super Groomers

Sherri Perry says they are rolling with their special hand-scissoring/stripping, pet shaving grooms and much more. They do all Stray Hearts Shelter animals for free — because they love animals! Open daily, 4 p.m. is often slower and more available, so come on down for their fear-free care.

1022 Paseo del Pueblo Sur, Suite G., Taos

Taos Canyon Kennel & Training Center

Boarding dogs and cats on her 57-acre Magee Mountain Ranch, retired veterinarian Susanne R. Felser, VMD offers a quarter-acre, fenced indoor and outdoor kennel space through the first week in January; then closed through March. Felser occasionally offers training classes as well.

26900 US 64 East, Taos Canyon

Taos FUR Styling

Certified, licensed and insured master pet groomer for over 25 years, owner Lisa Hopkins offers full-on gorgeousness for dogs under 60 pounds, and cats. Open 8 a.m.-3 p.m. Mondays, Tuesdays, Thursdays and Fridays, same-day appointments may be available. Allowing up to 3 hours for a pet’s grooming makes it a treat for everybody!

1018 Paseo del Pueblo Norte, El Prado
575-751-7099 - call or (575) 741-0267 - text


As they boldly say online –“100/Natural & Cruelty-free Spoil.” Check out their Preshies perfumed pet pics. So good, one reviewer said he’s gonna use it on his own hair! Ann-Marie, Teresa, Clair, Brooke, Chachi and Tammie offer caring, compassionate modern behavior-handling grooming with treats, walks, happiness and love.

Venado Plaza, 94 NM 150, Suite 5A,  El Prado


Jane Trains

“As a certified dog trainer with over 20 years of dog-training experience, I offer one-on-one training, puppy consults, remote classes, educational programs for schools and rescues. My training is positive reinforcement-based with an emphasis on respect, reward and empathy for the dog and owner,” said Jane Gerard, CPDT-KA, KPA-CTP.



Owner Delinda VanneBrightyn is “dedicated to an enlightened life with dogs through training for pets and working dogs: obedience, agility, enrichment, nose-work, treiball, directed movement, AKC Canine Good Citizen, service dog training, scent detection training and more!”

125 La Posta Road, Suite 11 

Elevation K9

Tad Schmidt creates results-based training “for a balanced dog,” including remote collar techniques for safe off-leash walks. “I train dogs. I teach you how to lead,” he likes to say. “Be proud of your dog and showcase his new manners in public.”

575-779-8114 (text is best)

The Real Life Dog

Taos transplant, Jen Havens, brings her award-winning “ethical dog training” and Pet Care practice to the Enchanted Circle, focusing “on the welfare of each dog, person and household” she serves. Jen is a Dog Trainer and Pet Sitter who incorporates “rewards-based, fear-free, and humane methods of care and training,” as well as her faves — enrichment and tricks.

302 Cruz Alta Road, Taos


Kit Carson Park 

Formerly a tennis court, this is a small fenced area at Kit Carson Park on Paseo del Pueblo Norte. Dogs must be licensed, vaccinated and wearing visible tags. Puppies younger then four months and females in heat are prohibited.


By Mike Hawkins/StrayHearts

Stray Hearts Animal Shelter

1200 Saint Frances Lane, Taos

Taos County Animal Control

For any dog-related incidents.

Taos County Sheriff’s Office 



By Mike Hawkins, Angel Fire Small Animal Hospital

Angel Fire Small Animal Hospital

Susan Gaffney, DVM
3382 NM 434, Unit H, Angel Fire
By Mike Hawkins, Salazzar Road Vet Clinic

Salazar Road Veterinary Clinic

Trisha Albin, DVM, CVA; Kim Sides, DVM
1025 Salazar Road, Taos

Taos Veterinary Clinic, P.C.

Ted A. Shupbach, DVM; Jeff Tidwell, DVM; Daniel Fitzimmons, DVM
41 NM 522, El Prado NM


Dogs must be on-leash and rabies vaccinated in town, town-owned parks, Taos County developed recreation areas (like campgrounds, picnic areas and trailheads) of Carson National Forest and Bureau of Land Management.