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By: julayboolay
A Dog's Life
I understand where you are coming from about the "rudeness." I sort of experienced it when I brought my dog there the other day for her evaluation. I think social skills are not the best when it comes to the owner but she does know dogs very well. The barking lot was our first choice but after multiple calls and emails we could never got a hold of anyone there. This place seems to be the underdog and I like that. They have the worry of lawsuits hanging over their head so I can also understand why they don't want strangers dogs approaching the dogs they are taking care of. After going through all the shots and fecal sample, I'd probably be pretty pissed if my dog got attacked/sick because of an animal outside of the facility. Not the best social skills like I said before, but I can understand where they are coming from. They are still friendly, just not very good at conversations. At the end of the day, I will probably utlilize both The Barking Lot and A Dog's Life depending upon my work schedule. A dog's life is so much more convienent due to the highway.
By: trixiesmama
A Dog's Life
I love A Dog's Life! They are a god send, I feel so safe and secure knowing that my Trixie is happy and safe there. The staff and owner could not have been more accommodating or nice. We were greeted promptly when we arrived for get to know you trial run. I had no problems scheduling the test, even around my very busy schedule, I work from 7:45-5:00 everyday. I did read a review from someone else on here on how unhelpful and rude the staff was, but I don't believe it, they are amazing. Amy, the owner, is the absolute best and they do have some new staff, but Amy tries to make sure that everyone loves the dog's as much as she does. I would highly recommend ADL to everyone!!!!!
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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