Sandra Jenkins, owner of Dog Gone Crazy, is just plain nuts about caring for your pet

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Sandra Jenkins, owner of Dog Gone Crazy, is pictured here with Fiona, a guest at the facility. Rates start at just $26.50 per night. (Photography: Benjamin Margalit)

By Beth Newcomb

Sandra Jenkins, owner of Dog Gone Crazy, Inc., 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. And that’s another thing worth mentioning. Sandra’s facility is in such high demand, planning your boarding in advance is as important as planning your vacation.

“If you’re planning your summer vacation right now, it’s also the time to reserve space here for your pet,” she advises. “We had a four-page wait list for spring break.”

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.”

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.

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

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

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.

While you’re there, you’ll notice the smell—or the absence of one. Sandra and her team sanitize all areas of Dog Gone Crazy two times each day, so your pet enjoys the safety of boarding in a clean environment.

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.”

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 and find them on Facebook at the same name. Discounts are available for seniors, military personnel and service personnel.