Traveling with your dog to the wilds of Montana without 'ruffing' it

The Resort at Paws Up in Montana welcomes dogs with amenities including special doggie spa treatments. Photo: Paws Up Resort

GREENOUGH, Montana, August 1, 2013 — At the crossroads of luxury and unspoiled wilderness lies The Resort at Paws Up, a premier luxury ranch sprawling over 37,000 acres for you and your pooch to enjoy. This authentic working cattle ranch is in the center of breathtaking country under Montana’s wide skies. What distinguishes Paws Up from the typical Montana dude ranch experience is one simple word…luxury.

Rustic yet luxurious accommodations

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Paws Up Likes Dogs


There is no main lodge here. You won’t find any room numbers or hallways. Instead, guests can stay in a luxury home or luxury tent, located within a forest of tall timbers that overlook rolling meadows, majestic rivers, pastoral creeks and panoramic peaks. Choose to stay in one of the 28 luxury vacation homes or 30 luxury camping tents (referred to as glamping). All accommodations have a rustic elegance feel that you won’t find in other vacation ranches in Montana. Whether you choose to stay in one of the resort’s expansive private homes or sophisticated, safari-style luxury tents Paws Up provides an unfiltered connection with the nature.

Things to do at Paws Up
Two legged guests can enjoy horseback riding, fly fishing, world-class dining, and the impassioned personalized service offered at this resort. There’s a plethora of activities available including wilderness adventures, equestrian excursions, river explorations, AVT tours, hot air ballooning, rappelling, and lots of things for kids to enjoy. Novice and advanced riders alike are invited join the seasoned ranch hands in the experience of a lifetime that can be had driving the cattle herd. Guests saddle up and set out to gather the cattle, then trail them to the working corrals, sort them, and trail them back to the home pasture. It’s an unforgettable adventure that will help you discover your inner wrangler. You’ll want to leave your doggie behind at the resort during this activity though. 

Doggie amenities
You may have guessed by the name that the resort is partial to pooches. Pets that visit are catered to with numerous amenities. While their guardians sleep on the best sheets, Paws Up provides dogs with their own in-room doggie bed or if they prefer to sleep under the beautiful Montana star-filled sky, they can stay in the resort’s outdoor kennel. Four-legged family members also get their own dog bowls, a bag of delectable treats, biodegradable “pick-up” bags, and a special toy.

Dog-centric spa treatments
Perhaps you and your dog would prefer to indulge in sumptuous spa treatments the ranch offers — including a few pet-centric ones:

The Tail-wag
15-minute massage, $30
This massage will keep your pet’s tail wagging. It starts with an ear, head and snout massage. The therapists then works the muscles along the spine to the tip of the tail using edible organic massage oil. 

15-minute or 25-minute massage, $30 or $40
A sports massage created for your dog’s sore paws resulting from long hikes at the ranch or long days of running with the pack of guests in the meadows.  This massage focuses on a dog’s neck, shoulders and back, featuring organic foot salve and organic lotion, all edible for your furry friend.

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20-minute Massage, $35
This Swedish massage focuses on your pet’s belly to promote circulation and enhance endorphin release. Your pup will be seriously relaxed.

Inspired by man’s best friend
The very name — Paws Up — was originally inspired by “man’s best friend.” The resort’s resident canines greet visitors by putting their paws up in the air while their tails thump the floor a mile a minute. The Resort at Paws Up welcomes dogs weighing less than 50 pounds to stay in select accommodations for an additional $50 per pet, per night.

Paws Up is located 35 minutes northeast of Missoula, Montana in Greenough, a little town hidden in the heart of the Blackfoot Valley. Ten miles of the Blackfoot River flow right through the property.

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As a consumer dog product and service expert, Susan Hartzler is up to date on the latest trends for dogs and their guardians. Dogs are her passion; so naturally, the subject is something she knows about from both a personal and professional basis.

An award winning writer, Hartzler is a contributor to New World Library’s “Dogs And The Women Who Love Them,” an Oprah pick, and Simon & Schuster’s best selling “Divinity of Dogs.” A short story she wrote about her first therapy dog, Baldwin, was published in Animal Wellness Magazine and awarded the Angel on a Leash Award from the Dog Writer’s Association of America.  Hartzler has developed a loyal following of dog lovers for her serial blog,, a personal journey about dogs and men. She and her dog Bliss are a therapy dog team and visit children in the oncology ward at County USC Medical Center. For more information, please visit


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