Why Open a dog day care?
My family volunteered at Lakeland Animal Shelter in Elkhorn for several years. We
noticed that 99.9 % of the dogs would not have been there if it weren't for their
humans/caretakers. Most of the dogs were given up or strays because the
owners did not take the time to train their pups or spend time with them. Some
people found new girlfriends/boyfriends who did not like their dogs, others spent
too much time at work or with their individual pursuits, some had babies and their
dog didn't "fit in". There are so many reasons why people turn dogs in we couldn't
begin to cover them here.
We started walking shelter dogs and found we loved it! We could miss a week and
the dogs were still so happy to see us! It is the unconditional love thing goin on...
Then we took shelter dogs to retirement homes. It took a lot of time but the
rewards where definitely worth it! One woman who couldn't talk or walk was sitting
in a large room with the several other patients. She basically was in her "own
world". When I put her hand on the shelter dog's head she started stroking the
dog and made audible noises. I could only think that maybe she had a dog at one
time and this shelter dog was bringing back wonderful memories to her.
We ended up adopting 3 dogs of our own from Lakeland, a Rottweiller "Patton"
who is the protector of the puppies and gives confidence to the shy dogs, a yellow
lab named "MacGuyver" who has a ball for a brain, and a Standard Poodle "Lucy".
These 3 dogs act like they have grown up together and are as close as any dogs I
have ever seen.
Because of our love for all dogs and our concerns for homeless dogs we decided
that opening a dog day care was very worthwhile goal! Keeping dogs busy and
happy and keep their owners happy too ultimately leads to keeping dogs out of
shelters! WE LOVE OUR WORK!!!!!!
Lucky Dog! Dog Day Care opened on November 1, 2004.
We are a 4000 square foot indoor facility with another 500 square foot outdoor
Our indoor area is complete with a tunnel, high jumps, long jumps and lots of toys.
A typical day includes:
Dogs arrive and the fun begins!
Singing and dancing or outdoor play when weather permits
Ball and frisbe playtime
Basic obedience training is a normal part of the day.
We have experienced great success in helping Moms and Dads raise their
puppies. We help with potty and obedience training. In addition, the puppies get
to socialize and learn how to get along with other dogs. We have had several
dogs who started as pups and are growing up with us. Like Buddy and Jaeger.
PLEASE SUPPORT YOUR LOCAL ANIMAL SHELTERS!
In addition to our great daycare we also offer: *
Dog Grooming For Day Care Dogs Only
* By Appointment
Lucky Dog! Dog Day Care is a great place to grow
up and make lifelong friends!
WOOF! Our office manager.
And another wonderful rescued dog.
Here we are all grown up!