Tips to find animal boarding in Charlotte
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Christy Morton and her husband, Craig, opened Carolina Doggie Playland in September 2004. The Mortons modeled their facility after a day care in Bloomington, Ind., whose owner helped them in the early stages of development.
Christy Morton, a certified public accountant, was ready to do something else and Craig was eager to start their own business. “I wasn’t happy working as a CPA,” she says. “We had two crazy dogs that needed day care, so we decided to open one.”
How can I make sure my pet has a happy stay?
“You definitely want to tour the facility. Make sure you’re comfortable with the safety, security and service the staff provides. Leaving your canine kids with someone can be worrisome, especially if it’s their first time. Some kennels offer webcams so you can watch your pet online throughout the day. Our customers really enjoy the webcams. They provide transparency so people know what their pets are doing.
“We have group play, and dogs are separated based on size and temperament. Dogs that are more hyper may play longer than older dogs that need more rest. You can bring a favorite toy for your dog, but most dogs don’t play with their toys. They’re usually worn out from playing with the other dogs, and when they go to their room or crate, they’re content to just rest. You can also bring your own bedding if you’d like.
“We have a flat boarding fee of $35 per night for all size dogs, which includes day care and food. Customers may bring their own food if they prefer. We offer both doggie suites and crates. The suites are completely cageless and there’s plenty of room to move around. However, if your pet is crate trained at home and you feel they’d be more comfortable sleeping in one at night, we have crates available. The price is the same for a suite or a crate. Overnight guests are only up in their rooms to sleep at night, and to eat and rest during the day. Their rest may vary in length depending on their age and energy level.
“We require dogs to be current on vaccinations — rabies, distemper and kennel cough. They also need to be spayed or neutered. We board about 40 dogs on the weekends, much less during the week. There are many boarding options. If your dog suffers from a medical condition or separation anxiety and it turns out that we aren’t the best option for your pet, we can offer alternatives to kenneling your dog.”