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Old 02-28-2010, 11:09 AM
 
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Hi all, Well...I made it to Arizona in Jan. of this year and ended up in Groom Creek. So...I am now in the "snow belt"!! Just got several more inches again last night!!

I am still interested in opening up my doggy day care/pet sitting business and possibly moving to the Cottonwood area. Can anyone out there comment in their expert opinion if you think that type of business is needed in that area? I stayed at the Thousand Trails campground (Verde Valley) and the gate keepers mentioned that there seems to be a great need for people who are staying there (or other areas around there) and want to go sight seeing and/or shopping for the day. If they have dogs, they can't take them with because it's too hot to keep in the car and they don't want to take a chance by leaving them in the campground.

Any ideas about a dog business in Cottonwood/Camp Verde would be greatly appreciated as well as any other helpful hints about the area.

I have heard from numerous and somewhat dependable sources that there seems to be a lot of crime in that area, even though the population is way smaller than the Prescott area. Something about drug running along the interstate??? Anyone????

Thanks for all your help and don't be afraid to give me any hints (the good, the bad or the ugly!) about moving there!

Have an awesome day!
Shar
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Old 03-03-2010, 01:03 AM
 
Location: Boise, Idaho
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I grew up in Cottonwood but have not lived there for quite a few years. My brother spent some time there this past week and we had a long talk about it. He says the economy there is TERRIBLE right now and not likely to recover for a long time. Their entire economy seems to have relied on building houses and retail sales. When housing boom slumped it trickled down to just about everyone. Not sure how many people are going to be spending bucks for pet care - some will, of course but many will have friends/family to help them in this regard rather than go to a new business they are not familiar with. This is not to say that it couldn't be successful, just a caution that it could take longer than anticipated to get established and build a reputation for yourself. Before making a move I'd be sure you had sufficient resources to carry you through a bumpy time getting a client base.
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Old 06-01-2010, 08:36 AM
 
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I think your area for business would be Sedona. They really do have a lot of tourism there. Cottonwood is a half hour drive from there. But, Sedona would be an expensive place to live. You would want to develop your business in Sedona, living in Cornwell (halfway between Cottonwood and Sedona) or Cottonwood. And, figuring out how you would deal with the distance. Boni
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Old 06-01-2010, 10:07 AM
 
Location: Arizona
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I live in Cottonwood. I don't think now is the time to open up a dog care business here. If you love dogs and have a sizable nest egg, you can help round up the many strays that are roaming the county because of abandonment by those facing foreclosure. A very sad state of affairs. Just my thoughts.
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Old 06-01-2010, 11:10 AM
 
Location: Approximately 50 miles from Missoula MT/38 yrs full time after 4 yrs part time
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I think your area for business would be Sedona. They really do have a lot of tourism there. Cottonwood is a half hour drive from there. But, Sedona would be an expensive place to live. You would want to develop your business in Sedona, living in Cornwell (halfway between Cottonwood and Sedona) or Cottonwood. And, figuring out how you would deal with the distance. Boni
...............not Cornwell, I believe you mean CORNVILLE
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Old 06-02-2010, 12:00 PM
 
Location: Carpinteria, CA
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Is the above still the case in Cottonwood? Are things starting to look up at all? Also, it sound as though tarantulas, scorpions and coyotes run rampant in the summertime, particularly. Is this true? We're thinking of moving there but we have a cat and a dog and I want them to be safe.
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Old 06-02-2010, 01:38 PM
 
Location: Verde Valley AZ
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Is the above still the case in Cottonwood? Are things starting to look up at all? Also, it sound as though tarantulas, scorpions and coyotes run rampant in the summertime, particularly. Is this true? We're thinking of moving there but we have a cat and a dog and I want them to be safe.
They don't "run rampant". lol I've lived here off and on my whole life. I haven't seen a scorpion since I was a kid and I've never seen a tarantula. The coyotes don't come right into town, as a rule, but if you live away from an established neighborhood...or along the Verde River...you'll likely see some. Or if you live in the foothills toward Jerome. A few summers ago I saw more Rattlesnakes up there than I have in my whole life here. If you have a fenced yard you don't have to worry much about your pets. I have two cats that never leave the yard BUT we don't have coyotes in our neighborhood either. Just other cats and dogs!

As for things looking up...do you mean jobwise? Or otherwise? I haven't been out job hunting for quite a while but there are all kinds of ads in the paper. Mostly for Sedona and the hospitality business.
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Old 06-05-2010, 06:20 PM
 
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We have visited here for about a month each spring (April/May) for quite a few years. I walk 5 miles a day, so see a lot of back roads. I saw a really big tarantula crossing a dirt road in the boondocking area near Thousand Trails. I assume he had buddies nearby. I have seen several rattle snakes walking in the forest service areas about 1/2 way between Cottonwood and Sedona. But, I have seen rattle snakes in all the areas I walk in the deserts of Az. Boni
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