Recently, my family was planning a vacation to a warm spot in the cold of winter. Pretty much all we could think of was being warm, out of the rain and getting some much needed rest and relaxation. We gave very little thought about where we were going to place our beloved dog Abby while we were away. Abby is a great companion, she's loving and very sensitive to people and her surroundings. However, this didn't preclude me from thinking about dropping her off, patting her head and heading out!
Prior to Abby we had a basset hound named Cassie, now Cassie was the antithesis of Abby. She did what she wanted and when she wanted to, we have her for a decade prior to her death. We almost didn't get another dog (and I love dogs) because Cassie was so evil. So we dropped Cassie off at a local Dog Kennel whenever we needed to go out of town, never giving it a second thought.
The night prior to our departure I decided to take a closer look at the kennel, mostly because I wanted a clear conscience while sitting on the beach soaking up the sun. Honestly, I don't know what I expected to see. However, when I got there and was told that "tours" were not allowed I told them I was there to see where my dog would live for the next week. They assured me that it was a great place and that the dogs loved it. I thanked them for their words but insisted that I see the kennel, after all I was paying for it and my canine buddy was going to be there for awhile. Finally, I was told that management does not allow owners back in the kennel for safety reasons. I thought of several clever things to say but decided to pass on it.
I left thinking that I for sure wasn't going to drop my dog off there. I'd pay some nose picking kid next door to stop by twice a day to feed, water and relieve Abby first. Then I remembered this place I saw just about each day I drove to work. It was a dog fun center, how cool is that? A place named dog fun center had to be worthwhile. So I stopped in to see the place and asked if I could look around. I was told to show myself around, big difference from the other place. As I walked I almost started to laugh, they had dogs getting massages, swimming in an indoor pool, rough housing with other dogs and so on. Within a few minutes I was back talking to someone about the dog experience. I was told about the basic pricing structure and then the add ons, such as the massages and swimming.
Needless to say I signed up for to bring Abby in the next day. As I dropped her off she was obviously excited and as I drove away I was thinking she may end up being the one with the best vacation out of all of us. Not all boarding kennels are created equal, do your pet and yourself a favor and check out the facility. Look at that cement floor and ask yourself if you would like to sleep on that!