Sandra Jenkins and the staff at Dog Gone Crazy are passionate about caring for pets

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Sandra Jenkins (shown right with Mister Myles), owner of Dog Gone Crazy, is nuts about pets. She and her team, that includes manager Sara Buzzard (with Capone), provide an elevated level of pet care. (Photography: Lynn 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. 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.

“We specialize in individual care,” says Sandra, a former construction manager who turned her passion for animals into a full-time occupation nine years 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.”

Part of the reason, she says, is that Dog Gone Crazy is generously staffed, allowing for undivided attention to the more than 110 dogs currently in residence. A rarity in the biz, Sandra employs a full-time customer service manager, Christy Benke, who does nothing but cater to pet owners.

Rates at Sandra Jenkins’ Dog Gone Crazy start at just $26.50 per night, and discounts are available for seniors and military and service personnel.

“Our pet parents really appreciate our dedication to providing excellent customer service,” Sandra notes.

Sandra’s facility is in such high demand, planning your boarding in advance is as important as planning your vacation.

“If you’re scheduling a fall weekend getaway, or you’re firming up your plans for Thanksgiving, now is the time to reserve space here for your pet,” she advises. “We’re gearing up for our busiest time of the year and typically have a waiting list.”

Dog Gone Crazy is unique in that Sandra and her husband live right on-site. The property boasts a generous six-and-a-half acres, with walking trails that meander through the woods.

“We’re with dogs 12-14 hours a day, and having a working owner on-site is key,” Sandra notes. “In fact, we have a person here 24/7. 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.”

Pet parents are encouraged to bring the things their dogs and cats love, like beds, blankets, and toys. But Dog Gone has an ample supply of its own if you prefer.

Dog Gone Crazy offers indoor and outdoor play spaces, along with acres of land on which staff members take dogs to explore. Every pet is treated to an individualized experience.

And crazy clean is the best way to describe all parts of the facility.

“We do laundry every day, and sanitize all areas every morning,” Sandy says. “You can’t even smell dog when you come here.”

People look for different things when they’re thinking of boarding their pet. Some appreciate cleanliness while others place an importance on affordability. And safety, without question, is at the top of everyone’s list.

“Like choosing a babysitter for your kids, you should consider who will be watching your pet while you’re away,” says Sandra.

Dog Gone Crazy understands the importance of everything mentioned above—and more.

Here Kitty Kitty
In addition to dogs, Dog Gone Crazy also cares for cats. Sandra has created a feline play area that rivals some of the best hotels.

Grooming
If you elect to have your pooch groomed by one of two full-time groomers, there is no charge to leave your furry friend in the care of Sandra and her staff for the day.

“A lot of people drop their dogs off in the morning before work and then pick them up after,” she says. “We don’t charge for that.”

Grooming is available seven days a week and can be added on to a regular stay.

Take a Tour
“We welcome dog and cat owners to visit us for a tour seven days a week, any time between 10 a.m. and 6 p.m. No appointment is necessary,” she says.

What it Costs
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 playtime, 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.

“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.”

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. 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.