Find out why pet owners from all over Northeast Ohio are making the trek to Medina's Dog Gone Crazy

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Tiffany Charek is a professional groomer on staff at Dog Gone Crazy, where pups can participate in doggie daycare after a grooming at no extra charge. (Photography: Benjamin Margalit)

By Beth Newcomb

Sandra Jenkins, owner of Dog Gone Crazy, is out of her mind. Actually, she’s nuts—about dogs. So much so that, on occasion, you’ll find her curled up in one of the boarding kennels comforting a nervous pooch, or simply spending some quality time with a dog that needs a little extra attention.

“One of the reasons we’ve been so successful is because we have plenty of staff members to do everything from taking phone calls to walking and playing with the dogs,” she notes. “Another plus is that my husband and I are always here, so you never have to worry about your pet being left alone.”

This elevated level of service is just part of the reason why so many people turn to her Dog Gone Crazy for boarding when they can’t be home to care for their furry loved one.

In fact, the kennel is open every day of the year, with holidays being the only time they don’t allow pick-ups or drop-offs.

“We specialize in individual care,” says Sandra, a former construction manager who turned her passion for animals into a full-time occupation over a decade ago. “No two dogs are alike and no two dogs can be cared for exactly alike. Maybe your dog gets a treat after he or she goes potty, or maybe it needs a long hike to work out some of its energy. We can provide that.”

In addition to individual kennels with access to the great outdoors, outdoor playtime or a vigorous walk on the trail that meanders through her six-and-a-half-acre property, Sandra and her team also offer on-site grooming—with a bonus.

“Our grooming clients get a free day of care included in every visit,” she says. “If you drop your dog off in the morning and can’t pick it up until after work, it gets to play the day away here at no extra charge.”

That level of convenience alone is enough to draw pet parents from across the area, but the skill set of the top-tier grooming team is the real appeal.

Tiffany Charek
Tiffany has been grooming dogs for the last four years, two of them at Dog Gone Crazy. “I love to make dogs feel better,” she says. “You can see their confidence change once they’ve had a bath and their nails clipped, or they’ve gotten a haircut.”

But not every dog runs through the door thrilled to hit the tub. “I’m really patient, so dogs that are more stressed out can relax on their timetable,” she notes. “We don’t rush them.”

Tiffany says she’s an expert at creating certain clipping styles, like leg shaping.

“I grew up around all kinds of animals,” says the girl who currently lives with the two family pit bulls, Rezzy and Ellie. “I love my pities, but I adore grooming doodles. They are so much fun.”

Tiffany says some dogs come for a stay at Dog Gone Crazy and their owners opt to include grooming as a convenience. Otherwise, she recommends grooming every six to eight weeks, depending on the breed and how much grooming is happening at home.

Crazy About Boarding
Boarding at Dog Gone Crazy is a modest $26.50 per night, with police, fire and military personnel enjoying a 20 percent discount. Everything is included in your pet’s stay and there are no additional fees for food or potty time. There are 84 individual kennels, four family suites and nine cat condos. Every pet gets a treat at bedtime.

If you pick your pet up before noon on the last day of its stay, you won’t be charged for that day.

Sandra Jenkins’s Dog Gone Crazy offers indoor and outdoor play spaces, along with more than six acres of land on which staff members take dogs to explore.

“We have a person here 24/7,” she notes. “One of the reasons we’ve been so successful is because we have plenty of staff members to do everything from taking phone calls to walking and playing with the dogs.”

And crazy clean is the best way to describe all parts of the facility. Sandra and her team do laundry every day, and sanitize all areas every morning.

“Our customers always come back,” Sandra says. “Part of the reason I started in this business is I wanted people to have a quality place to leave their pets. I know how hard that is to come by. When a dog jumps out of the car and runs inside to greet us, we know we’re doing something right.”

Covid-19 Update
“We understand that these are challenging times and that this is uncharted territory for us all,” Sandra notes.

“It is our practice to disinfect our kennels daily, and we will continue to do so. At Dog Gone Crazy, please know that we are adhering to information as it is given to us, and that we are taking all advised precautions so that we may continue to serve our customers now and well into the future.”

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. Take a tour during business hours, no appointment necessary. Visit the website at DogGoneCrazyKennels.com and find them on Facebook at the same name. Discounts are available for seniors, military personnel and service personnel.