I have to have a copy of Up-To-Date Rabies Vaccination Certificate. Not just a receipt showing that you paid for one, but the actual Certificate. By Law, anyone (you, me, or anyone) has to be able to present a valid Rabies Certificate for all dogs under their care – at all times. It will look like this:
I also must have proof of these Vaccinations: the routine “5-way” or “7-way” vaccinations which cover : Canine Distemper, Canine Adenovirus Type 2 (CAV-2), Canine Parainfluenza, and Canine Parvovirus Type 2b, propagated in cell line tissue cultures. The CAV-2 fraction cross-protects against respiratory infection caused by infectious canine hepatitis (CAV-1). This is the regular “shot” your vet gives your dog.
To stay in close contact with other dogs I also need your dog to be up-to-date on Bordetella Vaccination, and I need proof that he/she is. Your Vet may not automatically give this one – you have to ask for it. All groomers and day care facilities, etc. will require this. It’s for Kennel Cough. Kennel Cough is similar to a cold in humans; it is very contagious, fortunately, it is rarely dangerous, unless it leads to pneumonia.
I will need a Photo of your dog, showing his/her face, before committing to a Stay.
I do not accept Pit Bulls, Cane Corsos, American Staffordshires or other dogs of Fighting Breeds.
I do not accept dogs who are not Spayed or Neutered. Possible exception for very young dogs.
Your dog has to be able to get along well with other dogs. There are no cats, kids or men here, however.
If your dog has ever escaped from a fence, please tell me.
I have a Dog Care Agreement Form that I will send you by email to be filled-out before the Stay begins.
Your Dog’s Luggage: Please advise your dog not to bring bowls, toys, or beds…I have lots of stainless steel bowls (cleaned for each meal) and toys get lost in the woods, and beds get torn-up in play and often other dogs feel the need to pee on another dog’s bed! I have lots of toys, blankets and cushions for them, mostly they are on the furniture, anyway. DO bring treats that work well for your dog and don’t upset his/her tummy. I use treats a lot – when I call them to come in from my woods, I reward for doing a Good Come. If my Gravy Basted Milkbones and Peanut Flavored biscuits will not make her/him sick, then they are welcome to mine and don’t need to bring any. DO bring your dog’s food, or they are welcome to what I feed my dogs, which is medium-quality kibble and medium-quality canned. DO NOT bring a large, trash-can sized dog food bin! I don’t have space in my kitchen for those. Totes work well.