The Dahlberg Family
Mike, Traci, Casey and Evan Dahlberg pictured with Tucker and Herbie
Traci Dahlberg has always been an animal lover. As a small child she cared for the neighbors goats, another neighbors horses then was hired at 14 to work at McElroy Pigs. Her labor there allowed the purchase of "Taco" an American Quarter horse and earned lots of experience handling the farms dogs and livestock including using Border Collies to herd pigs. Later Traci worked thru High School on a large Saddlebred farm in Silverton, grooming, exercising horses and doing barn chores. for a short time She worked in a large dog boarding facility where she learned the difference between meeting the needs of the animals in her care and giving them the best care possible. In 2002 she moved to Avalon Equestrian Center as a caretaker for the farm and lived there until she and Mike were engaged in 2006. During this time she was also employed at the The Humane Society of the Willamette Valley as a kennel assistant, receptionist and fostering animals who were unadoptable helping to prepare them for new homes. Mike and Traci purchased their home on Chester street in 2006 where Dog Days Inn is currently located. For 4 years Traci worked at Companion Pet Clinic as a Veterinary assistant and receptionist while still house sitting regularly, bringing dogs home so they were not left alone overnight. That is when it was realized, not many dogs did well when left alone, even if they were checked on regularly, this stress caused them to be unhappy and often times led to misbehavior. In 2007 Traci went to work for Santiam Equine as a practice manager, after the birth of the Dahlberg's second son Evan, Traci chose to work less hours at the clinic allowing more time at home. This change opened the doors for growth and Dog Days Inn became a reality. Since 2009 Dog Days Inn has been a full service dog boarding and pet care business. 2014 offered more room for growth, adding dog grooming to the list of services offered.