Dog Day Care Review

Thursday, January 10, 2008

Dog Day Care Review

From time to time i get e-mails asking me to take a look at (and review) a dog related website or service. Typically I click over and browse for a minute or two but it's rare that I see something new or exciting, then I got one from Wag Hotels. Of course Finn already has a sweet place to stay when we leave (CageFree K9's) and Wag's only location is 500 miles away but a few things did get me thinking. Wag was touting "pioneering new standards for pet care. Our pet condos make your furry baby feel at home with a Plasma TV, artwork on the walls, a cushy sofa, raised bedding and web cams, so family and friends can watch their loved ones."

I am generally pretty caring about taking care of Finn, he is a great dog and a specimen of what a golden retriever should be, but.... a plasma TV and artwork as a selling point!?! Finn's favorite thing to do IS sit in front of the TV but most would more aptly describe it as "getting in the way I'm trying to watch something here" and I don't think he really takes any of it in. Wag does look nice though, the rooms seem very clean, and the daily rates are pretty good ($42 for a typical big dog room, $72 for the flat screen and Picaso's). This however raises the question, "Can I stay there with my dog". Look if you're gonna have a swimming pool (Yes they got that too) play time with dogs, television and you'll feed me twice daily all for $72, well let's just say you're doing better then a lot of places I've stayed in the past.

Some of the other nice things Wag is toting, Webcams and 24 hour pickup. If I have any complaints about Cagefree they could be solved by adding these two services. Webcams are just a forgone conclusion for any business that takes care of living beings. It would be nice to get a quick glance at Finn romping around on a webcam and although they don't have them, Cagefree has made Finn a model (check top left of the Cagefree Canines site and Gallery two for this pic, he's the one on the ground in the back)
24 hour pick-up would be also awesome. We try to save ourselves an extra $30 by having someone pickup or drop off Finn if we can't make the set times, but it would be nice to be able to get him the night of a late flight or drop him off the day of an early one.

Leaving a pet with someone requires a lot of trust, Cagefree has the added bonus of being a shelter for a lot of dogs looking for homes. It is this kind of caring, and they way they greet Finn and know him by name, that makes me realize Cagefree actually cares about pets. I wouldn't leave Finn somewhere I didn't trust. Luckily for him when we do it's somewhere he can socialize, but if he starts sitting next to me and taking in television shows at least I know there is a hotel he would like.



9 Comments:

Amber-Mae said...

Finn, do you know that you have a very sweet face? My mommy made me say this but I agree. You do have a very sweet face. This is a face that everybody will fall in love with. My hoomans said that my face is the sweetest face in the whole wide world too like you!

Love licks,
Solid Gold Dancer

Ruby Bleu said...

Hi ya...
I've stayed at the Wag a bunch of times and even tho' I don't tell my Mom this, I really like it. I LOVE the playroups...I make lots of friends.

I've never got to stay in the tv room, but I don't really care for TV much anyway so that is ok. I do really really like that my Mom is able to come and get me no matter what time...that is really really cool!

Thanks for visiting my blog...you are such a cute boy Finn!!!

Lots of Licks, Ruby

Pacco de Mongrel said...

looking for a good boarding place might be challenging..

so far, i never been to any daycare or nightcare yet....

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Alicia said...

My dog (Golden Retriever/Yellow Lab Mix) LOVES to watch TV, especially "Planets Funniest Animals". I still wouldn't cough up extra money for plasma TVs at her daycare, though.

Now 24 hour pickup and webcams - I would also enjoy that addition at our dog daycare.

Amber-Mae said...

Hi Finn! Where have you been? We're worried...Please come back soon okay?

Love licks,
Solid Gold Dancer