I've been a dog owner my whole life, and I've been affiliated with DogVacay for nearly 2.5 years now. I work at home and my office is in the sunroom, which is also where the dogs hang out, so I am with them most of the time. Dogs have nearly unlimited potty breaks. In fact, when the weather is nice, I keep the door from the sunroom to the backyard open so they can come and go as they please. If I leave the home to run an errand, however, dogs are kept inside. I have a teenage boy who is with me half-time, and while he's great with the dogs, I am solely responsible for the care of your dog. Every dog gets one long walk each day in the woods along Pimmit Run (mud permitting) near my home and I have a large fenced in yard so exercise will not be a problem. There are no hidden fees or extras in my rate, unlike some commercial services. I'm a serious night owl so late pickups are not a problem, though I don't do early mornings very well :-) Please check out my over 140 positive reviews and have complete confidence your dog will be well taken care of in my home.
And now a few business matters: I've been doing this for a while now, and I know a whole lot more than I did when I started over two years ago, so I thought I would put in some straight talk about a few issues that keep coming up so hopefully we can all come to an early understanding.
1. Doorbells are my mortal enemy :-) Please text me when you arrive and I will come out to meet you. If you've ever heard a barking frenzy, you'll know what I'm talking about.
2. I only take well-behaved dogs that get along well with others. We've got a really nice setup here, it's a popular spot, and we all get along very nicely because we don't accept troublemakers. Between you and me, when you have good dogs, it's a pretty easy gig, and when you have problem dogs, it's totally not worth it. So if you're pretty sure your dog is going to try and jump over/dig under my fence to escape, chew at my door, or sever my Verizon cable (and yes, these have all happened), please look for another option.
A little more about the escape artist: Camp Charlie isn't Alcatraz. It's a home with a big yard and a standard 4 ft high fence. A dog jumped it recently, and it's the worst, because the owners are usually far away and justifiably upset, I'm upset because I'm worried for the dog too, and I have to drop everything and mount a search party, and Dogvacay is upset and may start to wonder if I'm such a great host after all. One rogue dog could threaten my entire operation. So please.....if there's any chance they are a flight risk, please don't bring them here. A lost dog is a nightmare, and none of us need the stress.
3. Each "night" that you book is for a 24 hour period. If you drop off at noon, your one night stay is over at noon the next day. If you go over by an hour or so, it's on me, but if you want to pick up at 9pm, there will be a day boarding fee. Seems fair to me.
That's it! If you've got a good pup that will stay in the yard ;-), this is a great spot, and I'd be happy to welcome him/her into my home.
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