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By: Shay C.
The Kennel at Champions
I believe the owner lives on-site. The place looks very run down. The lobby smelled very bad (bunch of pets, makes sense). My experience was not great. I apologize for the lengthy review, but I feel it paints a picture.My wife and I dropped off our 1-Yr Great Dane (weighs 75-80 lbs), and were welcomed by, "Wow, she is skinny." I'm sure most vets would say our girl could put on more weight, but that she is not malnourished. Our vet said she was the perfect weight for a growing Great Dane puppy. Not too lean, not too big. We told the owner that she didn't love her current food, and that we'd be weening her to a different food.We were quite offended that the owner questioned us as responsible puppy parents continually. The owner didn't ask many questions, just made judgment right away and continued to make sure we knew she was "skinny" with any chance she could.We told the owner that we would bring new food when it arrived (special order from Amazon) and to not mix their food with ours. Food arrived her third day of boarding. We went to get our girl to take her to the park and to drop off the new food. When we got her, her stomach was bloated (she was dirty and had urine on her stomach). We were met with more "skinny" talk and that they didn't know what we were talking about, because she was scarfing down whatever food they put down for her (hmm, not a surprise - pretty sure almost any boarded and bored dog would scarf down food). We were specific in how much food she should be fed, and I believe they may have increased portions to help put some weight on. Maybe they did, maybe they didn't.Once we got to the park, our girl wasn't acting normal. She was lethargic, not playing, and moping around. When she went to the bathroom, her stool was a bright yellow color. She's had the same dog food from when she was a puppy. We've only seen discoloration in her stool a handful of times. She then proceeded to vomit what appeared to be about 4-5 cups of food (she eats about 5-6 cups per day). I'll "Add a photo" to Google of this vomit. Her vomit looked like a mix of yellow dog food and our brown dog food. Maybe it was bile that made the discoloration, but the food looked like it was mixed with the kennel's food. The owners said they did not mix the food. Maybe they did, maybe they didn't. Still, it was pretty apparent they were feeding her too much food. I can understand if their thought process was we need to put some weight on this dog, but that doesn't happen in one sitting. That's not their call to make either.We decided we weren't big fans of these owners and wanted to take our girl and business elsewhere. We went back to get the remaining food, treats, and toy. Our girl was there 2 1/2 days and we paid $64 which appears ironic considering that I believe their price for 75-80 lb. dogs is $18/night and we were charged for the heavier dog rate of $20/night for our "skinny" girl. Maybe there was a holiday surcharge or something. This was no big deal. A $6 difference wasn't much to fuss about in comparison to our experience.The owner said she was sorry it didn't work out. I told her that we felt like it was rude to question us. Her and her staff said they weren't rude, seemingly referring that I was rude for our girl being "skinny." Apparently the owner's brother is renowned dog trainer and knows a Great Dane breeder that wouldn't approve of our girl's weight. In the end, everyone has their own opinion on everything. We love our girl and do what we believe is best for her. We try and learn all about Great Danes and apply what we learn. I do not believe we did the best thing for our girl by boarding her at Kennel At Champions. They simply did not put us at ease leaving our girl with them. You have a choice when boarding your pets, and this business may be a great spot for you. I think you can do better though. Thanks for your time.
By: Megan B.
Lichtig's K-9 Academy
My husband and I just finished Bryce and Angie's six week basic to advanced obedience training and behavior correction. We couldn't be happier! Trigger (our australian shepard/blue heeler mix puppy ) came with no training, and a fear aggression to new people and other dogs. Per our request, not only did Bryce train our dog to full obedience, but he also brought in his dogs (super well trained, to an impressive competition level) to help Trigger learn how to greet new dogs. We spent six weeks learning sit, lay down, climb (an awesome, rare obedience technique of stay), loose-leash walking, heel, sit and lay down while in a heel command, leave it, down, and free (another awesome command). He taught Trigger these steps, but also worked with my husband and I to help us understand why trigger was acting out, or how he understands each command. We couldn't be happier with our transformed puppy! Bryce and Angie came to our place to work with Trigger in our own environment, and that in and of itself sold us! These two are the real deal, havung trained for six months to a professional level, and they were worth every single penny! Our only regret? Not calling them sooner!
By: yell01
Tiffany Kennels
I can't say enough about Tiffany Kennels and the all around service and caring they have provided my dogs over the past 15 years. We recently lost our oldest-- a 16 year old Standard Poodle named Lucie. We are certain that she would not have made it these past 3 years if we had left her at any other boarding facility. Towards the end she required exceptional care and attention and the experienced staff was able to provide that and more. My work requires I travel frequently and at times for many weeks. I would not have been able to leave in good conscience if I didn't know that my dogs were taken care of to the level I feel they deserve and need. My kids are an extension of the Tiffany Family and that's just the way it is. I'm about to get a new puppy and I'm looking forward to introducing her to her older sisters as well as Tiffany's.
By: Robert E.
Tiffany Kennels
I have been taking my pets to Tiffany Kennels for over 25 years and cannot think of boarding my children anywhere else. I moved to Galveston over 13 years ago, and I still drive them to Tiffany Kennels. I also have several friends here on the island who drive their babies to Tiffany as well. My children are always extremely excited about boarding there and when I pick them up, they are always are clean, rested and I can tell they have been well taken care of. I can just picture my Alex and Gracie lounging around the kennel as if it were a Five Diamond Luxury Resort and being taken care of as if it were. I wouldn't take my children anywhere but Tiffany Kennels. You know the old saying, There's Nothing Like Breakfast at Tiffany's.
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By: Jennifer B.
Best Friends Pet Care
I have been taking my dogs to Best Friends for years. All of my dogs over the years have loved staying at Best Friends. When I pick them up, they are happy and healthy. Best Friends sends me pictures when I am away showing my dogs at play. When one of my dogs has needed special medical attention, Best Friends has carefully followed my and the vet's instructions to the T. Charlotte, my latest dog, is not a very friendly dog when it comes to people (early abuse) but she loves the people at Best Friends. The facility is clean and the pet accommodations are made to my order. I highly recommend Best Friends
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By: Alicia E.
Lichtig's K-9 Academy
We are so pleased with Lichtig's K9 Academy! We recently rescued a 1 year old GSP and have another GSP puppy. We signed up for the 6 week private obedience program. Bryce and Angie were very professional, knowledgeable & always positive with our dogs. You can tell that they genuinely care for the animals. Our dogs are now able to follow all basic commands, walk without a leash & stay until released. We also have 3 children that they no longer jump on. I would highly recommend Lichtigs k9 Academy to anyone looking for a dog trainer!
By: Perry M.
A Dog's Dream-The Pet Salon
My search for a new grooming and boarding place is over! This place is by far the best in town. I've taken Gus several places and he never acted like he wanted to go in. We went here after a referral from the group at the dog park and was very grateful. He walked in and never looked back. His haircut was perfect and he smelled great also. They even sell the perfume they use!! Could only give 5 STARS instead of 10!!
By: deegris
Four Paws Dig It
I have a very difficult Yorkie. Even my vet said she is one of the most difficult pets he'd seen. When she was under 1 year old, I brought her to pet's chain store for grooming and they cut off all pads on her paw. She is very scared of groomers. Four Paws Dig It employees do excellent job grooming her. I do walk in to randomly check. I also have other less difficult dogs (2 labs) groomed here and I have no complains.
By: frank.jonse
A Dog's Dream-The Pet Salon
Very grateful for the wonderful experience both my dog and I had with Dog House Pet Salon! Went to visit some family in Houston over the summer, but unfortunately they did not allow my pup in their house due to a newborn. Dog House was more than welcome to take in Lil' Tony into their establishment with no problem at all. Very respectful and very courteous! Thank you so much!!
By: Juliez0357@hotmail.com C.
Barks 5th Avenue
Thank you! What a difference we're seeing in Scout. She is so much easier to handle. We still have more work to do with her and plan to continue pushinf her a little more. Your added suppost is greatly appreciated as it helped us with what we needed to do with her to continue a happy, healthy relationship in our house. Thanks again.
Tips & Advices
Pets that do not get along with other animals may incur an additional fee. Some facilities have special solitary sleeping and play animals for these types of pets.
A checklist for what to bring to a pet kennel includes:
  • Vaccination records
  • A favorite toy or blanket
  • Food and feeding instructions (if the pet has dietary restrictions or is a picky eater)
  • Medication (if necessary, in its original bottle and with written instructions)
Some pet kennels have veterinarians as part of their daily staff, while others only have vets part time or on call.
Most kennels can provide basic care such as administering medications, but owners of pets with serious medical issues should choose a facility with a veterinarian on call.
Bordetella, commonly known as kennel cough, is highly contagious, and most dogs catch it at least once in their lifetimes. As such, all dogs should be vaccinated at least 7 days before boarding.

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