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Would You Send Your Pup To Summer Camp?

Send a Pooch Packing for Summer Camp?

Besides Wag Hotel, I know I've mentioned before how much I adore Pet Camp here in SF where North stays when I leave town. And after reading the current issue of Modern Dog Magazine, I want to send him to a real pet camp now, too!

The Double Dog Ranch was featured in this season's issue of MDM, and I can't get enough of the happy pooch pics on their website! A real summer camp for dogs, where your pup can run around acres of land with his new summer camp friends, sleep on heated outdoor cabins, and even take in a training class to brush up on obedience. With Southern California and Northern Oregon locations, I only wish there was one closer to me so North could take part! Ahh, memories of my own summer camp days rush back as we speak!

If you had a pet camp near you, would you send your pup while you were on vacay?

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Phxaz Phxaz 7 years
Traditionally, my dog Toby always goes on vacation with me. I only book nights at hotel's that will also allow Toby to go with me. I have always been uneasy about allowing my dogs to board away from me, as you really aren't sure what they (the dog) go through. Recently, I took a weekend jaunt away, and on this occasion I wasn't in a position to take Toby with me. So, I was forced to investigate all the available boarding options in my area. I didn't really like the idea of having Toby locked into a crate all day, and released for play time just 2-3 times a day, as most kennels do. I was intrigued when I came across Double Dog Ranch, less than 15 miles from my home. I looked over the web-site, looked on line to see if any complaints existed about the ranch. And all I could find was testimonials of how people liked the ranch. So, I called the Ranch and spoke to Sam. Sam reassured me, and explained the operations. At home, Toby has his own futon for a bed (Toby is about 140 pound dog), had the run of the house, even has his own kitten to play with (he and the kitty Chloe are best friends). I was told that Toby would be free to run and play with the rest of the dogs. They even have a pond for the dogs to swim in....Toby LOVES to swim. I was sold. I reserved a couple nights for Toby. When we got to the ranch, you wouldn't even think there was a "Kennel" on the grounds. It looks like a beautiful Victorian country farm, very well kept. From the house to the barn to the surrounding grounds. When we went back to the barn, we finally heard a couple dogs barking. And that was only because they heard us pull up. Toby was excited from the moment the car stopped. He couldn't wait to get out with the other dogs. Sam gave Toby about 30 minutes to adjust to the sounds of the dogs, and to make sure he was not going to be nervous or upset in his new surroundings. But Toby wanted to get out there with the rest of the dogs. So, Sam introduced him to the rest of the gang. By the time I drove away from the Ranch, I knew Toby was in good hands. When I came back a few days later, I was so happy to see Toby. I was also excited to see that Toby was happy, and in perfect shape, just tired! He was played out. This was the ultimate "Camp" vacation for him. When I got him home, he slept for a couple days because he was so exhausted from his fun. Later, looking on the Double Dog Ranch website, I browsed through the photo album. There were pictures of Toby, with all his new dog friends. Running, playing and swimming. I can tell you for a fact, my dog had a blast at Double Dog Ranch. I wouldn't hesitate for a minute to take him back. To tell you the truth....Toby probably had more fun than I did on our weekend away!
Phasekitty Phasekitty 7 years
I'm actually looking into this for the Brando pup when we go away in July. It's not that much more than his usual dog sitter and it looks like a lot of fun! I'd probably do it once a week to expel his excess energy if the hours were a little more conducive.
runnergeek runnergeek 7 years
i have sent max to a ranch for a week. we were away, so it was a sleepover camp and he LOVED it. they took him out on canoes and he played in the lake..he came home exhausted.
Renees3 Renees3 7 years
i agree, I would miss Bop too much!
Frika Frika 7 years
I too would miss my babies far too much! I have a hard enough time sending them away when we go on vacation...Like we will have to do this Wednesday. I keep asking them if they're ready for summer camp though! The place they go to will have an indoor and an outdoor run for them to share....I told them it's a suite with a patio! hahaha. and then they get taken on walks, and since the place is in the country they get to see cows and horses, so they should have fun enough.
DeJaVuE DeJaVuE 7 years
I would miss Belle too much.... She can just stay here!! :)
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