Three of us who work here at Drs. Foster & Smith take our dogs, once a week, for a play date with a wonderful doggie day care owner named Linnaea, who owns a place, called “DOGercise” in Rhinelander. Ellen (Kobe’s mom) and Melissa (Mocca’s mom) have been taking their dogs there for a while. I (Rudder’s mom) have only been taking Rudder there for a few weeks, but boy am I impressed and see it as an excellent cabin-fever-breaker for dogs of work-all-day families like ours.
My heart grew a little softer today when I saw tough little Kobe (about 25 lbs) in his little Kodiak Coat run out to greet Rudder, who is about 6X his size. This was the first time they met, but already I could tell they would be fast friends just from their body language.
Last week Mocca and Rudder met, but initially Rudder’s big black in-your-face snout was a little much for 11-year-old Miss Mocca, who gave him several “can ya just ease up, buddy?” snarly faces. Needless to say, Rudder got the hint and went away to run around with a lab named Buster and eventually saw that Mocca needed to be treated with some delicacy.
Today, the feminine, gentile Mocca was up at the top of the hill leading to the doggie run and looked as excited as could be to get in on the doggie action. Being as dogs generally get used to each other quicker than people get, I am sure they are romping around, or enjoying inside time or prancing around on their walks as I sit here writing this. Ahhhhh, it truly is a dog’s life…..
Linnaea has love enough for all the dogs, in addition to toys and healthy treats at her disposal. She takes them on a 2-mile walk every day. She has her own fenced in doggie yard, plus she has arrangements around town with larger enclosed areas to use as a private off-lead dog park.
From my experience the past several weeks, as well as speaking with my colleagues, the dogs are healthy and happy and a little reluctant to leave when we pick them up (yes, even my “mamma’s boy” looks longingly at Linnaea’s van as he rides away with his nose against my toaster’s back window…)
Mocca’s and Kobe’s moms both claim their dogs sleep soundly from the moment they are picked up. Rudder is not only tired that night, but the next day as well. Most mornings before I get up he is up and down on the bed several times, waits at the bedroom door to dash out and greet Max the kitty, and then rushes to the back door to see what’s happened the night before that he’s missed. On days after Linnaea, however, he lays on his side as I slam the snooze several times, and finally stumble out of bed to get ready for work. I do know he’s alive, because his one eye follows my every move as I shower and get dressed. He doesn’t bother getting up, however until I excitedly say, “OUTSIDE?” at which time he stretches and groans and gets up to saunter towards the back door. That’s what one day of doggie day care does for him… and once a week that’s a good thing during these long, dark Northwoods winters.
- Melissa’s post about her experience with a doggie daycare including the benefits, cost, and considerations.
- Ellen’s post titled Leading Cause of Dog Behavior Problems, which discusses proper exercise being the key in keeping your dog healthy, happy and well-behaved.