Holiday pet care at Dog Gone Crazy

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When your pet isn’t invited to the party, Dog Gone Crazy is there for overnight furry fun. (Photography by Benjamin Margalit/Margalit Studio)

By Beth Newcomb

The holiday season can be as stressful for pets as it is for people. Sans shopping and decorating duties, your pet is typically charged with the task of behaving like a good boy or girl during in-home events.

While you’re busy scrambling in the kitchen, making sure the turkey doesn’t overcook and there’s enough ice for drinks, your furry family member is trying to navigate a constantly ringing doorbell, a myriad of different smells, unfamiliar voices and Uncle Joe complaining loudly about the current political state of affairs.

Okay, maybe your pet doesn’t have to deal with the last one, but you get the idea.

The strain of the season can also bring out bad behaviors in your pet, like snapping, biting or even defecating in the house.

Instead of spending your energy during family gatherings trying to get the dog to stop barking or begging for table scraps, why not give yourself and your pet a break by paying a visit to Dog Gone Crazy, a canine and feline funhouse, suggests owner Sandra Jenkins.

“If your pet isn’t invited to the party, there’s a party going on right here. Your pet will be happier and you can focus on your other loved ones,” she says.

“We get a lot of people who use our service over the holidays to help make their gatherings less stressful. And their pets are happier because they get pampered here.”

With the exclusion of major holidays, pet drop-off and pick-up is available seven days a week during business hours. If you book a stay that includes grooming, the last day of your pet’s visit is free of charge. Prices for boarding start at $24 and grooming at $25. And unlike some other boarding facilities, cats are welcome.

As a “Thank You” for their service, Dog Gone Crazy offers a 20 percent discount for military, police and firefighters. They also offer a 10 percent discount for senior citizens, called the ‘wisdom discount.’

If you’re planning to travel over the holidays, Dog Gone Crazy is a perfect place to leave your furry loved one for an extended stay.

“Some people tell us they’re afraid their pets will like it here so much they won’t want to come home,” Sandra smiles.

“It’s beautiful here,” inserts Pat Ott, a Dog Gone Crazy customer for the past seven years. “I like the people and the service is great. I like to go away on trips and am able to relax better when I know my dog is here.”

Part of the reason people put their trust in Dog Gone Crazy, Sandra says, is because she’s fully staffed. Calls are answered and customers attended to by Christie Benke, and the supervision of all pet services is handled by Kaitlin Kall. Sandra, who bought the business seven years ago, lives on-site with her husband and dogs.

“People appreciate the fact that someone is always here,” she says.

On a typical day, most of the 84 individual kennels and four family suites, as well as nine cat condos, are practically filled to capacity. Pets are watered and fed with the food you’ve provided or the food Sandra includes with each stay. There are several exercise times during the day and there is one-on-one playtime with staff members.

“We can also take pets on an extended walk around the property and back into our adjoining woods,” Sandra says. “There are a lot of options here.”

Every pet gets a treat at bedtime and pet parents are encouraged to include a favorite blanket or toy for their fur baby’s stay.

If you’re considering giving yourself and your dog or cat a break this holiday season, it’s best to reserve your spot at Dog Gone Crazy early. Spaces sell out closer to peak times.

Dog Gone Crazy is located at 4070 Foskett Road, in Medina. The phone number is 330-273-1777. Office hours are 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Visit the website at and find them on Facebook at the same name. Discounts are available for seniors, military personnel and service personnel.