Canine Health Resort (CHR) was formed in 2003 to meet the specific needs of dogs undergoing or recovering from medical treatment at Colorado State University and within the local community. We provide a home environment for elderly, medically compromised or handicapped dogs needing to be away from their own homes for both short and long periods of time.
CHR is located on 70 acres of woodlands and open pasture with a half-acre spring fed pond, near downtown Fort Collins, Colorado. There is direct access from the home via a ramped deck to the large, securely fenced, tree-shaded yard.
Your family pet has direct interaction with the home’s residents, resulting in less stress between treatments or during recovery.
Connie Fredman, the owner and manager of Canine Health Resort, has provided care to dogs, cats and horses for over 25 years. She is experienced in pre- and post-treatment care for both medical and surgical patients and is particularly proficient with geriatric and handicapped dogs.
From time to time, people tell me, “lighten up, it’s just a dog,”
or “that’s a lot of money for just a dog.”
They don’t understand the distance travelled, the time spent,
or the costs involved for “just a dog.”
Some of my proudest moments have come about with “just a dog.”
Many hours have passed and my only company was “just a dog,”
but I did not once feel slighted.
Some of my saddest moments have been brought about by
“just a dog,” and in those days of darkness, the gentle touch
of “just a dog” gave me comfort and reason to overcome the day.
If you, too, think it’s “just a dog,” then you probably understand
phrases like “just a friend,” “just a sunrise,” or “just a promise.”
“Just a dog” brings into my life the very essence of friendship,
trust, and pure unbridled joy.
“Just a dog” brings out the compassion and patience
that make me a better person.
Because of “just a dog” I will rise early, take long walks and look
longingly to the future.
So for me and folks like me, it’s not “just a dog”
but an embodiment of all the hopes and dreams of the future,
the fond memories of the past, and the pure joy of the moment.
“Just a dog” brings out what’s good in me and diverts my thoughts
away from myself and the worries of the day.
I hope that someday they can understand that its’ not “just a dog”
but the thing that gives me humanity and keeps me from being
“just a man” or “just a woman.”
So the next time you hear the phrase “just a dog,”
just smile, because they “just don’t understand.”
Your pet stays in a home environment during or after its treatment course.
-Family pets are often more comfortable in a home environment than in a kennel situation.
-Reduced stress leads to quicker healing.
-Pets receive constant individual attention.
-Your pet has ongoing interaction with other pets and people.
-Pet owner peace of mind.