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Can I bring my pet's food from
Yes, you can bring your own food from home. As a matter of fact, we encourage you to do so. There is no extra charge for special diets. Many pets get diareaha from switching from one food to another...even dry foods. Please DO NOT change your pet's feeding habits just prior to coming to the kennel. We understand that you feel a little guilty leaving your pet, but if you give us something to feed that he is not used to eating, he will get sick. If you give him table scraps the night before he comes here, he will get sick. So if your pet has a gassy, uncomfortable tummy, he isn't happy, he can't have a good time, and it will take much longer for him to settle in and begin to enjoy his stay. Be sure to label the bag with your pet's name and feeding instructions.
We are a small kennel by comparison, and we do keep a waiting list after we fill up. Many people are thrilled to get a call when a space becomes available. But if you don't call and don't come in, it is very often too late to contact anyone on the list and we end up with empty spaces for the duration of that period.
To cancel just leave your name, the pet's name, and the first date of your reservation on the answering machine.
Also, we do have five separate buildings and are able to group the dogs by size and temperament; For example, one cabin might have rambunctious, noisy, bounding Labrador Retrievers, and another might have shy, quiet, poodles, bichons, and smallish dogs. Usually the rules of a good dinner party apply.....girl, boy...girl, boy, etc.
Any breed can suffer from this. This can happen in your own home.If you have ever left your dog alone and come home to some kind of damage, your dog suffers from this. Shepherds, because they have been bred to guard and care for people, are most affected by having their "job" taken away. Other reasons might be strange noises (fireworks or thunder storms), people, dogs, or surroundings. They are not mad at you, they are not punishing you for leaving them, they are just very "anxious" and need to be doing something. This is their form of "nail biting" or eating a gallon of ice cream! (my personal favorite;-).
When they come to the kennel, this anxiety can be a dangerous thing because it may take the form of trying to escape to be with you.
They may chew the doors and corners of the building, or grab the chain link and pull and pull. Of course, the worst case scenario would be that they would be successful and break through all the fences and escape. Most often, though, instead of feeling better after "eating their gallon of ice cream", they have hurt themselves in some way. If they pull on the chain link they can break teeth and bloody gums. If they chew wood, they can become sick. If they dig or paw at the fence or walls, they can break toenails and bloodypaws.
In these extreme cases, we ask our clients to consult with their vet before coming, mentioning the problem of separation anxiety, and request tranquilizers. Generally we have seen that a regime of giving the proper dose of a tranquilizer 2 hours before coming to the kennel will relax them enough so that when they wear off, the dog has been in the new surroundingsfor several hours and the situation is no longer "strange".
In some cases it may be necessary to use the tranquilizers for a few days, tapering them down until they can stop "stressing". We would only give them as requested and required. In severe cases, your dog should probably be kept in a cement and chain link high security pen (which we cannot provide) for his own safety.
Also, from a safety perspective, we would ask you to put a close fitting buckle (not a choke) collar, with the license and rabies tags attached, on your dog. There are two reasons for this. One is that over the years we have seen dogs do the strangest things with choke collars. One dog was barking and got his lower jaw caught in the chain. Another dog hooked his choke chain on the handle of the water bucket and couldn't move. A pair of dogs from the same family boarding in the same run, hooked each other's chokes together and were stuck until we rescued them. The other reason is that while we are cleaning and feeding, it's good to have a handle in case they try to escape past us out the door.
One time, a customer began carrying his cat from the car and a big truck came by, slowing for the intersection, and squeeled the air brakes. The cat was so startled that he scratched and clawed the owner until he got away and ran right across the street! Luckily it wasn't hit, but they never found the cat. Another reason is that there may be a dog inside that might attack a loose cat. So please use your carrier.