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This is Fred Ball for Zions Bank, speaking on business.

I have recently returned from a vacation. Before I left, I faced a dilemma. I had recently become the owner of a great little puppy -- Sir Winston. I didn't know what to do with the little guy while I was gone and I had remembered past bad experiences with dog boarding kennels.

A friend highly recommended The Little Dog Resort & Salon on 4095 South Main Street in Salt Lake City. The business is a boarding, day-care and grooming facility for dogs that weigh less than 30 pounds.

Before I left on my trip, I went to check out the resort and salon. I was greeted not only by Melva Kravitz and her daughter Jennifer, the owners and operators, but also by about eight little dogs who seemed to be having a great time seated on miniature Victorian furniture watching TV videos.

Melva and Jennifer let me know that Little Dogs Resort is certainly NOT a "kennel." I couldn't see any of those little confining cages that you usually equate with kennels and there was no odor that you would expect. Jennifer told me that her "customers" each have a 4-by-8-foot "overnight playpen" with a rug, blanket and water dish.

Each afternoon, the pooches are encouraged to take a nap while listening to classical music and to lounge with their other newly made friends in the common "lobby" areas of the facility. Videos are shown of "Lady and the Tramp," "101 Dalmatians" and other such doggy productions.

Jennifer was familiar with a similar operation in Dallas -- The Petite Pooch Chateau -- and knew that something like it would be successful in Salt Lake City. She used her marketing skills from her previous employment and joined with her mother who brought great expertise with managing budgets and formulating business plans.

I am so happy that I heard about Little Dogs Resort & Salon. Sir Winston was very happy with his experience, but I'm happy to say he was delighted to see me when I picked him up to go home.

For Zions Bank, I'm Fred Ball. I'm speaking on business.

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