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About Us

Denyce and Fran McLaughlin

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Our Story

Hello and welcome to Top of the Valley Pet Resort! We know that choosing a facility for your dog to stay while you enjoy time away can be a difficult choice, but look no further. Here at Top of the Valley Pet Resort, we aim to create a calming and comfortable environment for your dogs. With over 25 years of experience in canine showing, grooming, training, and so much more, you can relax knowing that your pet is in amazing hands. ​

 

Top of the Valley Pet Resort was founded in 2023. We started as Wyoming Golden Retrievers in 1998, a reputable Golden Retriever breeding program that built its foundation on maintaining the perfect temperament, reducing the prevalence of cancer, as well as other common health issues in the breed.

 Expanding the business to include all breed boarding, training, grooming and daycare was a dream of our family and had been in the works for the last 8 years! It is important to us that our kennel reflects a home environment. We do not want a kennel full of barking, cooped up dogs, rather, relaxed dogs that get one on one care from our employees. Having a smaller facility, with only 20 overnight kennels, allows us to meet the individual needs for every dog that comes through our doors. 

​We still have a breeding program in place that provides happy, healthy, well rounded dog companions. You can find more information about our dogs and puppies on https://www.wyominggoldens.com

Meet The Team

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Fran McLaughlin

Co-founder

Hello! My name is Fran and I am a cofounder of Top of the Valley Pet Resort. I am originally from Hugo, MN. My hobbies include hunting and spending time with my wife and kids. My favorite food is steak, and my favorite movie is Lord of the Rings. My favorite Wyoming Golden dog is Hunter. He has a really good, solid personality and gets along very well with the other dogs. My favorite activity to do with the dogs is play fetch. I enjoy actually doing something with them and watching all the dogs have fun is a great bonus. 

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Liam McLaughlin

Pet Care Assistant

Hello! My name is Liam. My hobbies include gaming and skiing. My favorite food is chicken nuggets with ranch and my favorite movie is Five Nights At Freddy’s. My favorite Wyoming Goldens’ dog is Blizzard. She is cute and is not a troublemaker. I love to run around and play with the dogs when they are here.

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Lexie Olson

Pet Care Specialist/Trainer

Hello! My name is Lexie and I am from Balsam Lake, Wisconsin. My hobbies include horseback riding, volleyball, and hiking. My favorite food is a burrito bowl and my favorite movies are any of the spiderman movies. My favorite Wyoming Goldens’ dog is Pumpkin.  She is an energetic, loving girl who makes every day better. The best part of the job is bein ale to connect with all the dogs. I have 2 dogs, a horse, a rabbit, and a cat.

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Nicole Young

Pet Care Specialist

Hello! My name is Nicole and I am from Rice Lake, Wisconsin. My hobbies include playing trumpet, reading, hiking and gardening. My favorite food is meat and potatoes and I do not have favorite movie. My favorite Wyoming Goldens' dog is Chomper because he always brings the ball back. My favorite activity to do with dogs is throwing the ball. I currently have no pets but I love working with animals.  I do appreciate all the work and care that goes into being a responsible pet owner.

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Denyce McLaughlin

Founder & CEO/Trainer

Hello! I am Denyce and I am the founder of Top of The Valley Pet Resort. I am originally from Hugo, MN. My hobbies include grooming, baking and spending time with my kids and husband. My favorite food is a burger and my favorite movie is a tie between Wizard of Oz, Elf, and Thirteen going on Thirty. My favorite Wyoming Goldens’ dog is Blizzard. She was my emotional support dog during my chemo treatments and is a very easy dog to love. My favorite activity to do with the dogs is groom them. It is an extremely relaxing job and I really get to be close to the dogs.

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Lilly McLaughlin

Pet Care Assistant

Hello! My name is Lilly. My hobbies include skiing! My favorite food is sushi and my favorite movie is Mean Girls. Blizzard is my favorite Wyoming Goldens’ dog. She is just small and cute, I love being able to hold her and she is the perfect size! I love to take naps with the dogs. They always give the best cuddles!!

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Katie Moeller

 Administrative Assistant/Trainer

Hello! My name is Katie and I am from New Richmond, Wisconsin. I am currently attending the University of Wisconsin - River Falls for Companion Animal Science. My hobbies include reading and hiking. My favorite food is fettuccine alfredo and my favorite movie is Interstellar! My favorite Wyoming Golden Retriever dog is Jerry! He’s got an amazing mellow personality and truly wants to be connected to you when he is interacting. I have 3 dogs and 3 cats! 

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