This is where dogs go to play when their humans go away.
Mandee Cook and her father, Ronald Wicker, started the hands-on Waggin Tails Dog Boarding in October with thee idea that no dog would just sit, bored and alone.
One Michigan dog owner drives more than two hours to board her Labradoodle, Ming, at Waggin Tails, Wicker said.
“Ming acts like it’s a sleep over,” he said.
The kennel sits near tourist hot-spots like Kalahari Resorts and Cedar Point, allowing guests to drop off their pooches while they enjoy a day of fun.
“Even hotels that are pet friendly don’t want you to leave dogs in the room while you’re away,” Cook said.
Owners can stop by and check on their dogs anytime, she said.
“If it puts them at ease, they can even call at anytime,” Wicker said. “One time I took the phone out to the dog so the owner could talk to her dog.”
Past boarding experiences with her own dogs left Cook unimpressed when she realized no one was paying attention to her dogs or playing with them.
Cook, a dog trainer with three years experience, assembled her new business when Wicker retired from Ford.
They opened the facility next to Wicker’s home, which sits on 5 rural acres along Scheid Road.
“We are both extraordinary animal lovers,” Cook said. “Dogs boarded with us have everything they would have at home. We treat them like they’re our own.”
Wicker takes the dogs on walks and plays with them.
“I just enjoy it,” he said. “No dogs get put into a cage and forgotten about.”
Owners can bring their dogs’ toys and blankets to make them as comfortable as possible, something some kennels don’t typically allow.
The dogs are housed in a 15-foot kennel run, which includes 4 feet of space in a doggie hotel and 11 feet outside.
“The dogs can choose where they want to be,” Cook said.
The attention comes at a reasonable rate of about $20 a day.
“We live and breathe dogs,” Cook said. “We know them like the back of our hand.”
As for the new business name: It came from seeing the satisfied pups and their owners.
“All pets leave with their tails waggin,” Cook said.
Waggin Tails Dog Boarding
What: Dog boarding kennel with owner on-site 24 hours a day, seven days a week
Where: 2506 Scheid Road, Huron