There is set to be a new option for daycare here in Rochester next year, but it's not for your kids-- well, your human kids, that is.

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That's because Minnesota's Med City is set to be home to a new doggy daycare early next year. If you have dogs-- especially if you have an ACTIVE dog, like my wife and I do-- you're familiar with the concept of a doggy daycare.

It's very similar to the concept of a daycare for kids-- you drop your dog off at the facility in the morning, go to work, and pick them up on your way home. While you're at work, instead of just napping at home, they're busy playing and interacting with other dogs, which (hopefully) tuckers them out, so they're then ready for a nice, long nap when you both get home. It's pretty cool. A friend of mine started his own dog daycare business (Diggity Dog Daycare) 12 years ago over in La Crosse, so I've had some firsthand experience with how they work.

And now there's a new facility set to open next year here in Rochester. Not by my friend, mind you, but by Rochester resident Lenny Hoisington. According to this Post-Bulletin story, "Hoisington is bringing a Central Bark Doggy Daycare franchise to 1720 Second St. SW. The 6,000-square-foot complex previously housed Prairie Vista Paints and Mackie’s Furniture before that," the story noted. It said he hopes to open next spring.

Now, while this might be Rochester's first stand-alone doggy daycare business, there are already several places in our area that also offer dog daycare. Places like Leashes and Leads in Byron, Bob's Animal Friends in Mantorville, and K-9 Kennels east of Rochester all offer similar services, as do several animal boarding facilities, like Dog's Life Country Kennels in Pine Island.

Our dog, Asher, LOVES spending time at doggy daycare. And we LOVE that he's tired and ready for a nap when we're settling in to do some binge-watching at night!

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