BROKEN BOW—Local dog and cat owners now have a place in town to board their pets. Lanay and Waylon Christen opened the Broken Bow Kennels in April after having purchased the former Tappen Valley School last summer. The new business celebrated a ribbon cutting with the Broken Bow Chamber of Commerce on Monday. Senator Matt Williams was also in attendance. The renovated facility features various sizes of kennels for 27 dogs and also kennels for two cats. An outdoor fenced area and washroom were added as well.
Lanay Christen worked as a veterinary technician for seven years and has always loved animals. She graduated from the Nebraska College of Technical Agriculture in Curtis. Dog and cat boarding, as well as pet daycare, is available at the Broken Bow Kennels and Lanay can also give baths and trim nails.
“It was really needed; there was no one else in town that did it. People were traveling down to Kearney, Grand Island, North Platte to board their dogs—just kind of out of their way. So, it was really needed for the community,” Lanay Christen said.
Lanay and her husband Waylon welcomed a baby girl to the world a few months ago and are excited to serve the community as a family.
“It’s a great start. My wife, it’s something she’s passionate about and I’m glad she gets to do it. And I get to wake up and do everything I love every day as a cattle rancher so this is something she can do every day that she loves. And if you like what you do it’s not work,” Waylon Christen said.