As a professor, currently teaching only one course online, Hollie is at home, dogsitting 24/7. Joe isn't as lucky, and he has to leave each day to run a department at a large university in Raleigh. Poor Joe. Hollie has a lot more fun!
Together, we use our 30 years of experience caring for dogs to provide quality care for both overnight and occasional doggy daycare in our home.
We offer a loving home where nothing is off limits unless you say it is. The dogs have access to the backyard all day and in addition to playing frequently (and napping), we go on daily walks to keep energetic dogs happy. You'll get to see your pup in action and gain peace of mind from the photo and video updates we send a few times a day. You might also see your pup in your news feed if you like the Barkmore House on Facebook, Tumblr, Pinterest, Twitter, Instagram, and Youtube -- Google Barkmore House with each of those words to find us! Who knows, your pup may go viral (anonymously, of course)!
When the playing is done, and cuddling or napping is in order, Hollie's lap is always available, or your pup can find his/her own private space among the 3,000 sq feet in the Barkmore House, or enjoy the sunshine on the screened-in patio or deck on the giant, custom lounging pillows made just for our guests; this is a favorite pastime of Barkmore House residents.
With Hollie home all day, our guests have their own full-time recreation director to play ball with them, take them on walks, and hide their stuffies. We even celebrate birthday parties when doggies turn another year old during their stay (or is that 7 years older)?
If your pup sleeps with you at home, they'll be sleeping with us here. We love when they snuggle up next to us, under the covers or on top: whatever they're used to. If they sleep in a bed in your bedroom, we have a perfect little niche in the wall right by Hollie's side of the bed that they love. If your pup likes to sleep alone, we have five bedrooms and two couches they can choose from as well.
All natural, grain-free, treats are plentiful and toys lay all over the house. At the Barkmore House, safety is our top priority (review our safety policies below), followed by our commitment to providing a memorable vacation where your dog's every need and want is catered to. Here, dogs are showered with love and attention and pampered as much as they would be in a spa resort.
We welcome puppies, adults, and senior dogs. We can administer oral medications and injections and are happy to cook special foods (e.g., rice, chicken, beef) for any guests that need them (or just plain want them). While it is not our practice to feed our guests "people-food," or any food that's not their own outside of parent-approved treats, we will be happy to prepare special meals, upon request. Hollie, the Barkmore House chef, cooks roasted chicken and fresh, mashed sweet potatoes as a nightly meal to one of our regular "foodie" guests to ensure her diet is the same here as it is at home. We can usually get our picky eaters to eat by hand-feeding them, but if not, we have numerous tricks that will disrupt even the most dedicated hunger strike!
It's your baby's vacation, and a stay at the Barkmore House is your gift to them. It's our job to make it the best experience it can be and we take that responsibility very seriously.
This is a happy, loving home full of cynophiles (which is just a pretentious way to say dog-lovers)! Your dog's stay at the Barkmore House will be memorable for both your pup and you. With all the fun here, your pooch will have such a pawsome time, they'll forget to miss you!
We'll leave the light on, the toys out, and the down blankets clean and fluffed. All you need to do is book your reservation, travel safely, and enjoy the peace of mind knowing your best friend is in good hands.
Once we are contacted about a stay, we will hold dates for that stay until we have the Meet & Greet. This results in inaccuracies in our calendar so please message us to ask about availability.
Update: In March, the Barkmore House celebrated it's one-year anniversary! We've been blessed with hosting over 200 dogs and meeting the most wonderful "dog people" in the world. They continually fill both our hearts and....our calendar. We are currently unable to accommodate NEW guests for stays of less than three days.
None of the Barkmore House guests are ever outside of the fenced yard without a leash. They are never outside unsupervised or left alone with other dogs; they eat only their regular diet and all-natural, high-quality treats, and premium quality non-splintering chews if approved by their parents. Other people or dogs are not allowed to touch guests on walks, and nothing is left on floors or counters that could be a choking hazard or harmful. If you have other concerns, please message us. We would love to address them.
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