With another holiday weekend behind us and one more trip to the mountains under Barton and Lucy's belts, we thought we'd write a little something regarding the many options we've used for after hours doggie care in Durham. Because let's face it, they aren't always so lucky to join in the family vacation.
Boarding: We prefer to call this "camp." Basically we drop off both the pups at a free standing facility or one operated by the veterinarian's office. You pay based on your dog's weight category, usually anywhere from $15 - 20 per dog per night. Barton and Lucy always share the same room or run as it's sometimes called and we usually have to pay about $5 extra for added playtime. Here are some of the boarders we've tried out in the past:
New Hope Animal Hospital, 5016 Durham-Chapel Hill Boulevard. Their services are especially helpful if you're in need of any other veterinary services for your furry friend while boarding. It's a one stop shop.
Pet's Companion Inn, 8411 Roxboro Road. It's a bit of a trek to drive almost to Bahama but this large boarding facility features plenty or room to run, affordable rates and special treats for your pups on holiday stays. Think turkey on Thanksgiving or hot dogs on the 4th of July. Well worth the hike.
Sunny Acres Pet Resort, 5908 US Highway 70 West. Sunny Acres is right in the middle of town, a stones throw from everything. They also offer day camp for pups that just need to socialize during the day which means your boarded pup could have lots of friends to run around with if you shell out a little extra dough. They also offer grooming services and other amenities during your four legged friend's stay.
Pet-Sitting: This is by far our newest jam. We've called on Billy at NC Pet Harmony twice in the last month to help out Barton and Lucy when boarding was all booked or our schedule wasn't conducive to weekday/business hour drop-offs. In addition to the convenience for puppy parents we think that that the dogs have really enjoyed staying in their own home and being waiting on paw and paw twice a day. For us it's also a more affordable option - although we likely wouldn't use this option for vacation plans longer than a weekend. If you've read our blog you've read how bored Lucy can get and how she takes that out on our house. But for a short trip out of town or overnight pet-sitting has been an awesome option for us.
Throughout a busy spring, our fur monsters have been included in all the road trips they can possibly stand - but when doing so isn't really possible it's great to know we have so many options right here in town.