COVID-19 Update

NOTICE: Effective November 1, 2021, we are “back to normal”. What this means is that we have resumed normal operations in a “normal” but “aware” mindset. We continue to maintain and clean throughout the day, and we ask that you use your own judgement as to things like if you should wear a mask or otherwise. We do not require them. We do continue to maintain reasonable distance when interacting with you at drop off and pick up times with your pet. And if you wish for us to receive your pet out at your vehicle, we will gladly offer that service at no charge to you. We want you to do what is best for you, and we want you to make those decisions without any pressure from us. We want to continue to serve you and care for your pets in a way that is best for your pet, while also suiting your needs. We strive to offer the best pet boarding in Sumter. Thanks so much for choosing us! We love your pets!

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As you are likely aware, there have been government ordered shelter in place orders, washing hands frequently, hand sanitizer sellouts, social distancing guidelines, and just a list of things done in effort to combat the COVID-19 pandemic. This pandemic has almost certainly affected everyone in some way. In the wake of all this, we are taking measures to ensure the safety of your pets and our staff members. The following is information about COVID-19 and what we are doing.

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4 Sad Guilt Myths of Pet Boarding

4 Sad Guilt Myths of Pet Boarding

So what are 4 Sad Guilt Myths of Pet Boarding? There are many, but we will touch on four of them today.

Do you feel guilty whenever you board your pet?  Have you actually never boarded your pet out of some deep feeling of guilt? 

Despite the fact that there are many wonderful pet boarding facilities in existence today, it is still not unusual for some pet owners to consider that boarding their pet is cruel.  I once had a very kind pet owner tell me that she always felt that boarding her dog would be similar to mandating a short prison sentence for him. 

In talking with people who have been hesitant to board their pet for the first time, I have found that often they imagine cold, dark, small kennel cages, bugs and other pests running rampant, and ill pets spreading germs and disease.  Well fortunately, professional boarding facilities couldn’t be more different from this bleak picture.  But being a pet owner myself, I can also understand and relate to “fear of the unknown” that we can have whenever we don’t really know what to expect.  So hopefully I can dispel at least some of the misconceptions in this post called 4 Sad Guilt Myths of Pet Boarding.

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4 Sad Guilt Myths of Pet Boarding

I think it’s safe to say that no pet owner relishes the idea of spending time away from their home and their pets.  However, with the reality of life, there are just various circumstances in life that make this a necessity at some point.  It is both your right and your responsibility to ensure that your pet receives the absolute best care possible while you are away, no matter if it be on a vacation or even a work-trip.  

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Choosing the Correct Dog for Your Lifestyle

Literally thousands of years have passed through time with humans and domesticated dogs sharing in life.  We are surely only starting to understand the extent of the remarkable bond between people and dogs.  Bringing a dog into your life can be a wonderful idea at any age, but it is a decision not to be taken lightly.  If you are looking for a new dog for yourself or for a family member, it is very important to take your time to find the right dog to properly be suited for your age, health, and lifestyle both now and possibly for over the next decade or beyond.

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Crate Training

Crate training has long been accepted by professional trainers and veterinarians as one of the quickest and least stressful ways to mold desirable behaviors in dogs. Although many new dog guardians initially reject the idea of using a crate because they consider it cruel or unfair to the dog, a crate helps satisfy the dog’s instinct to be in a den while alleviating many problems dogs and their people experience.

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Separation Anxiety

Dogs with separation anxiety exhibit behavior problems when they’re left alone. Typically, they’ll have a dramatic anxiety response within a short time (20-45 minutes) after their owners leave them. The most common of these behaviors are:

  • Digging, chewing and scratching at doors or windows in an attempt to escape and reunite with their owners.
  • Howling, barking and crying in an attempt to get their owner to return.
  • Urination and defecation (even with housetrained dogs) as a result of distress.

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