Louis has ALMOST been accepted at the doggie daycare I have chosen for him. I know, I know...I sound like a complete crazy. But you know what? I don't have any children, and he pretty much is my child, so hush it!
I decided that staying in his crate for 4 hours in the morning and 4 hours in the afternoon (with only a little lunch break) on work days was no good for anyone. Louis is bored to death. He also has TONS of energy when I get home. And what if I have plans in the evening?!?!? I have a 1/2 hour of hard core play time with him, and then I'm exhausted and don't even want to go out :(
So.....doggie daycare it is.
Last night TEN and I went to the "Doggie Daycare Resort" I selected as my first choice. I hadn't a clue what to expect, as this is what I read on their website:
Welcome to (doggie daycare I selected)!!
Conveniently located in Smalltown, VA .... (doggie daycare I selected) offers the proudest reputation for dog care and canine services in this area of Virginia! We offer complete luxury services to dogs 25 pounds and under.
Overnight Care, Doggie Day Care, Spa Services, Boutique
AND....for $17/day (it will only be $12 once he's neutered) Louis will have the following:
Our quality care ensures your pet will be safe, pampered, and played with while you are away. State-of-the-Art Resort designed for small dogs (25 lbs and under).
“4 paw” amenities include:
Handcrafted studio suites and Internationally crafted loft suites
“The Lounge” (play area) with flat screen television to socialize with friends while catching a movie
Customizable itinerary including exclusive pampering options
Staff certified in small dog care
Room service including purified water
Complimentary blankets and dinnerware
Exclusive all indoor play area
When we walked in the front door we saw an area called the "Barkery". There were all kinds of yummy treats for pups on display. Faux chocolates and truffles and quite honestly I wanted to try one :)
There was also a "Boutique" with the cutest little items I have ever seen. TEN found a leash and collar that he liked for Louis, but before we could investigate further our tour began. Of course, it was "pick up time"...so things were a little hectic. BUT...I like that. I wanted to show up at the worst possible time so that I could really see what was what!
Let me interject here that I'm pretty sure this whole thing is a little over the top. I don't think the spa day (with mani and pedi included) will be necessary. BUT...I do think Louis could use a bit more socialization, and he can NEVER have too much play time :) So, I hope I'm making a good decision.
He has to go for a "trial day" next week. Assuming he is on his best behavior I think he will be accepted. I'm so very excited about all of this!! I think he will adore getting to know the other pups, and will be all tuckered out at the end of the day (which is good for me).
So, say a little prayer for Louis that he is accepted into his doggie daycare. I plan to take him 2 times per week to start with. AND...the grand thing is that when TEN and I go away for our long weekend in the mountains (hmmm...have I mentioned that yet????), Louis will be boarded somewhere he is already familiar with. That makes me feel much better about leaving him.