CEDAR FALLS – The Cedar Valley’s newest hotel has luxury written all over it.
With 44 suites, private villas and deluxe condos, guests are able to also take advantage of a fitness club, spa, mini bar and even dispensing medication if needed.
But the patrons will need a ride to their “staycation,” because dogs and cats can’t drive, of course.
It’s called the Aloha Pet Resort at Spa at 704 Enterprise Drive in Cedar Falls. Heather Robson, a veterinary technician of more than 20 years, will host a grand opening of her new business from 9 a.m. to noon Saturday, June 13.
“Where things have changed in two decades, it is unbelievable how people take care of their pets,” Robson said.
Robson has six employees, including a certified dog trainer, and a 12,000-square-foot space that includes an outdoor playground area with children’s toys and equipment for games and activities.
Pet owners have the choice of a standard suite, a beach house suite, a private luxury villa or a deluxe cat condo. The cat area includes windows to the outdoors where there will be squirrels and bird feeders for entertainment.
Everything is personalized at Aloha, Robson said.
“We understand that a 10-month-old golden retriever is going to have a different demand of a stay than a 14-year-old Boston terrier,” she said.
Deluxe amenities include TVs with dog channels, including a channel for dogs with anxiety.
Cameras in the room allow the owner to check in on their furry friend through an app on their phone at any time. Daily Snapchat, emails or text photos also are offered to stay connected.
“I’d want them to be treated like how my dog would be treated because we don’t have any children, so we have a house full of animals, and I want them to be able to have a positive experience,” said Madi Leeper, a groomer at the resort.
The Lani Spaw has grooming and pampering packages, including nail painting, epsom salt soak, blueberry facial and massage. The Beach Club is a special area for those recovering from injuries who need to use the indoor restroom.
Luxury spas and doggie day cares are trending across the country, Robson said.
“In a big city or a metropolitan area, this is nothing,” she said.
For more information, go to alohapetresortandspa.com.
Beverly K. Hoeg
TRAER — Beverly Kae Hoeg, 83, of Traer, died Wednesday, June 3, at the Cedar Valley Hospice Home in Waterloo.
She was born March 11, 1937, in Marshalltown, the daughter of Lester and Twylah (Engel) Keese.
She married Duwane Hoeg on Sept. 18, 1957, at Traer Methodist Church. He died Dec. 22, 2012.
She graduated from Geneseo High School and attended Iowa State University. She had her husband farmed near Elberon. She was a member of the American Legion Auxiliary.
Survivors: a daughter, Julie (Ernie) Cufr of Traer; five sons, Steve (Jill) Hoeg of Prior Lake, Minn., Robert “Bob” (Andrea) Hoeg of Waukee, Michael “Mike” Hoeg of Channahon, Ill., Edward “Ed” (Brenda) Hoeg of Traer, and Jeffrey “Jeff” (Lori) Hoeg of Traer; 17 grandchildren; two great-granddaughters and one great-grandchild on the way; two brothers, Jim Keese of Iowa City, and Larry “Butch” Keese of Dysart; a sister, Shirley Wolfgram of Traer; and several nieces and nephews.
Preceded in death by: her husband; a brother, Jack Keese; two sisters-in-law, Rose Keese and Betty Keese; and a brother-in-law, Milt Wolfgram.
Services: Private family services will be held at Kruse-Phillips Funeral Home in Tama with burial in Buckingham Cemetery in Traer.
Online condolences at www.kruse-phillips.com.
Beverly enjoyed sewing, cross stitching, baking cookies and bars. She also enjoyed gardening and canning. Beverly liked to attend her children’s and grandchildren’s activities and sporting events and was a Minnesota Twins and Iowa Hawkeyes fan.
Memorials may be directed to Cedar Valley Hospice.
Darline M. Boehmer
WATERLOO — Darline Marcella Boehmer, 93, of Waterloo, died Wednesday, June 3, at ManorCare Health Services of natural causes.
She was born Oct. 29, 1926, in Lime Springs, the daughter of Ernest and Fannie Stockdale Tibbals. She was a graduate of Lime Springs High School. She married Wilbert Boehmer on Nov. 27, 1944, in Alta Vista; he preceded her in death Dec. 20, 2011.
Darline retired from Sears, where she worked as a sales clerk for many years. She was a member of College Hill Lutheran Church in Cedar Falls and past president of Cedar Falls AMVETS Post #49 Auxiliary.
Survivors: two sons, Victor (Mary) Boehmer of Kensett, and Rodney (Sondra) Boehmer of Waterloo; a daughter, Ruth Ann (James) Westcott of Cedar Rapids; seven grandchildren, many great-grandchildren and great-great-grandchildren; two brothers, Elton and Rex Tibbals, both of Lime Springs; and two sisters, Marie (Jerry) Kruger of Leroy, Minn., and Iva (Gary) Zirbel of Kasson, Minn.
Preceded in death by: her parents; her husband; a son, Craig Boehmer; one great-grandson, Justin Kinkade; and two sisters, Maxine Peters and Georgia Hebrink.
Services: 10:30 a.m. Monday, June 8, at College Hill Lutheran Church, Cedar Falls, with burial in the Garden of Memories Cemetery. Visitation for an hour before services at the church.
Memorials: to College Hill Lutheran Church, 2322 Olive St. Cedar Falls, 50613.
Online condolences at www.kearnsfuneralservice.com.
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