Throwback: A place for a pet

This week five years ago, Stephanie Wilcox took a look at Groomin N Roomin Kennels on Route 66. Come back next week for more Throwback Thursday! – Charles Kreutzkamp

Any time, - any day ... a place for your pet in Middlefield

Town Times (Middlefield, CT) - Friday, July 31, 2009

Ever since Groomin N Roomin Kennels opened six years ago on Route 66 in Middlefield, customers have been requesting a dog day care center. It was also something that Nancy Hersey had in her mind to start when she opened the kennel.

“We wanted to eventually make a place where you can take dogs to socialize and exercise,” said Hersey. “There are lots of places that have stuff for dogs indoors, but we knew we wanted them to get outdoors, too.”

On June 29, that image finally came to fruition with the opening of Doggy Day Care Center behind Groomin N Roomin Kennels.

Indoors, dogs can take part in activities and use agility equipment and dog treadmills. Outdoors, there is a big fenced area, a section for big dogs and one for small dogs, a playground and Hersey’s favorite feature: an in-ground swimming pool made for dogs.

“I’m especially excited about the pool because it’s hard to find a place to take your dog to swim,” said Hersey, adding, “Sometimes you just want to take your dog swimming instead of walking. The dogs love it.”

Hersey’s own dogs, a Saint Bernard, Siberian Husky and two American Eskimos, love to swim in the Doggy Day Care pool. It’s 14 by 34 feet, four feet deep and has stairs at each end. There are dog floats and life savers for those that prefer to use them with their dogs, and eventually the pool will have a greenhouse-type cover for use year round. After all, dogs need time for fun and activity every day of the year.

“The concept of Doggy Day Care Center is to have a place to bring your dogs just during the day,” explained Hersey. “It’s primarily for socialization and also gives them something to do since lots of dogs chew when they have anxiety or get restless in a cage all day.”

Doggy Day Care Center is open 7 a.m. until 6:30 p.m. Monday through Friday, and Saturday mornings from 9 to 11 a.m. Dogs can be enrolled for half days or full days, and the pool and treadmill are extra services. On Saturdays, dog owners can pay $10 for social time from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. where they can stay with their dog to watch them have fun and socialize and for them to meet other nice dog owners. Doggy Day Care Center also allows people to schedule a half hour to bring their dog to swim alone between 7 and 9 a.m. for $10. It is offered again from 4:30-6:30 p.m. The center is closed Sundays and holidays, and package deals are offered.

Hersey said there are some requirements before a dog is allowed to come in, including a behavior questionnaire to learn the dog’s dislikes or if it’s had a problem, etc., prescreening to see how well they get along with other dogs, updated vaccines and dogs must be spayed or neutered by seven months old. “The safety of every dog is our number one priority,” said Hersey.

Hersey’s daughters Jodie and Jeannine, who also own part of the kennel business, thought she was crazy for opening a day care. “They said it would be lots of work, but I wanted to do it for the dogs,” she said.



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