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In preparation for our upcoming family holiday I have been researching boarding kennels like a mad woman possessed. Why? Well I feel a little guilty leaving behind our beloved little dog Lady and want to make sure her first experience at a boarding kennel isn't one likened to being locked in a pound for a week.
You see our little dog Lady is a little spoilt, don't get me wrong she is not a pampered pooch, she doesn't have her toenails painted or bows in her hair (though my daughter does ask) but she does laze about on the leather lounge and sleeps on whichever bed she chooses for the night and always has children to entertain and perhaps annoy her throughout the day and night.
But what separates an average kennel from a great kennel and what price should that cost? It seems the top price of $80 a day gives your dog the presidential suite with flat screen T.V, premium food, complimentary bath, twin luxury designer beds, a view over central bark and all the mod cons at Port Melbourne's The Pets Hotel or for a very reasonable $14 a day at Eastside Boarding Kennel near Traralgon where they get a country experience with nearby cows and chickens. The average rate for a small dog within an hour of the CBD seems to be around $32 a day.
So what to look for and how to choose which is most suited?
Some well renowned kennels nearby are the Dogs Country Club and Kennel Resort at Baxter which came highly recommended by our veterinarian to which they are on call for 24 hours 7 days a week. Prices vary depending on size, temperament and medical needs along with the different types of accommodation required ie: luxury penthouse, premium suites and so on.
Mornington Lodge has long been a stand out for premium accommodation on the Mornington Peninsula. Enter through the gates to the manicured gardens that looks more like a B&B than a kennel. There is a menu board at reception with the nights dinner and as you look out over the dog yards you will notice many pugs that call Mornington Lodge home after being rescued. Prices here are on application.
Vern Ryans Pet Resort is listed as being the Victoria's only gold accredited kennel. Vern Ryan is a dog behaviorist with 33 years of experience in dog training and working with dogs. He offers accommodation for cats and dogs with the starting price for dogs being $38 a day. This kennel is located at Balliang East but collections can be arranged at veterinary surgeries in Inner Melbourne, South Eastern, Eastern, Northern, Western suburbs along with Geelong. A full list of collection points are available on his website here.
I couldn't help but notice Dogs Bed & Breakfast, a company that matches dogs with familys across Greater Melbourne and the Mornington Peninsula to stay with whilst you're away. This may be an option for pet owners that are anxious about leaving their furry friend in a kennel or want their pet to have a more relaxed holiday. Price is $38 per night.
For a full list of dog boarding kennels around Melbourne click here.
As for me I have chosen to send Lady to a kennel that is on route to our destination, offers flexibility in drop off/pick up, is reputable and prices are reasonable. I will name and do a full review on the kennel after she has visited.
Do you have a favourite boarding kennel to share with WeekendNotes readers?
The Pets Hotel(for very important pets) - If you really love your pet, and they are used to being inside, try The Pets Hotel, they are in Port Melbourne. Really easy to get to! Staff are amazing! They even have Web Cam so u can watch your pets playing in the Central bark play area!!http://www.thepetshotel.com.au/
What about the RSPCA? I've seen Burwood and also Pearcedale. I bought my black rescue cat from Pearcedale 15 mths ago and both were very clean and there were volunteer walkers out and about walk in the dogs at both. Vets are there all the time and prices might please you. Check them out. Also if you bought an animal or rescue from them they might have better prices. But don't quote me as something like that I filed in my brain, somewhere. I'm nervous about leaving my cat too but I think the RSPCA where she was well cared for for so long would be my first go to thought.
Hanrob Kennels. Hanrob will even come to your vets to pick up and drop off Lady at no charge. More time for you to organise. Lady comes home with her own report card from her carer to let you know how she went whilst you were away. Lady can also have one on one playtime daily as well as a bath before returning home for an extra charge. We love our holiday as well to Hanrob whilst Mum and Dad are away Paris and Paige.