Day in the Life

Kim opens the kennel daily at 7:30 AM and all dogs are let out for a bathroom break and into the large fenced yards. Breakfast starts at 8:30 AM and after a ½ hour digest period rotations into the large yards resume. We don't do a "group play" where 30 dogs are in the yards together at once. Instead we like to have 2 – 3 dogs play together. We are very careful about what kinds of personalities, sizes and ages of the dogs that we pair together for play time. Rotations are approximately ½ hour, and then the next dog gets their chance in the yard. During this time the staff is starting a busy cleaning day where runs are swept, mopped and wiped down. Water is refilled as required. This is a great time to interact with the dogs as well as continue the rotations as the day goes on. Even during "quiet time" we may not be accepting drops off's and pick up's, but the dogs are still getting good exercise in the yards and quality time with the staff.

The evening routine involves even more fun! Dinner starts at 5:30 PM and the rest of the evening is spent tidying up blankets, refilling water, and having all the dogs enjoy 2 turns in the yards for playtime with the staff. Oftentimes "playtime" involves just sitting with an older dog and loving them up, or if the dog is more energetic, throwing one of our "indestruco" toys around the yards for fetch. We also leash walk dogs that need a little bit more "one on one" time.

In the case of very timid or "toy" breed dogs, we can offer a "modified" board. Modified boards are extended to dogs and clients who have elderly or traumatized animals, or a very, very small breed dog. If your dog falls into this category, it is best to speak with Kim ahead of time to discuss the dog's specific needs and whether or not a modified board is appropriate. Because each dog and their experience is unique, we are very aware that not every dog will enjoy the typical board and are willing to discuss individual needs extensively with the client.

In the winter months the kennel closes at 8 PM and in the summer at 9 PM. By this time all dogs have been fed, well exercised, water refilled, blankets dry and available, and lights are put out. We rarely have dogs that wake up during the night, but because Kim lives on site if there are any unexpected issues, she is very close by to deal with whatever may be happening.

We do put reasonable restrictions on the dogs during their time with us, for example, all dogs "sit" before food is given to them. If a dog is heavily excited when it's their turn in the yard, and they're jumping up or barking, the dog must "wait" until they're calmer before we release them into the yards. If one dog is barking loudly at another, we use a "touch correct" to the side of the body, or the neck area to redirect them away. We never raise our voices to the dogs, or give "angry" commands or any kind of human behavior that will make the dogs fearful. Our duty is to protect them and care for them during their stay, and no manner of poor human behavior is tolerated. We offer limited spaces for dog daycare. Feel free to ask us about whether or not daycare would be helpful for your dog and your schedule. Different rates apply.