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Friday, June 13, 2008

Dogs Dig It

If we weren't such a litigious society, I might have been allowed inside the fence at I Dig My Dog. But I understand. Even if you love dogs as much as I do, feeding-time rush can be intimidating. But I witnessed no dog fights, no biting, nor did I hear a snarl, even when a herd of dogs charged the gate, all ready for dinner.

I Dig My Dog is a cage-free boarding, training and day-care facility for pooches large and small (separated size-wize for safety). Added luxury: the bone-shaped swimming pool (not too deep), so California pooches can splash around to their heart's delight. They can also lie about in the shaded areas, or they can just sunbathe.

Full disclosure: though I had stopped in the adjacent shop to buy treats, Boz is not a customer. He's a fan of water, but not of crowds. But it looked to me like these guys were having a rousing good time, and getting plenty of lovin' in the process. (Click on the photo to enlarge it and catch the love scene in the background.)

26 comments:

USelaine said...

Dogs are such wonders, and that Weimaraner (is it?) looks adorable.

Dina said...

So it's like doggie summer camp?
Nice idea. Things and ideas American never cease to amaze me.

freefalling said...

Well done on the dog bum photo.
It ain't easy to get a dog bum photo without including the specific dog bum part that's not particularly attractive!

KnowwotImean?

lynn said...

Ha! What a great photo!

Miss Havisham said...

HAha at first I thought they were cows.

Knoxville Girl said...

I love all those dog tails in a row!

LindseyMM said...

Hehe I was going to say, what's with the dog bums?

LindseyMM said...

You know, my doxin makes an excellent drummer, especially when she's happy. Place a drum by her tail, get her agitated and her butt plays a nice beat on the drum.

Petrea said...

uselaine, I got some charming close-ups when they came to the fence to find out what the heck I was doing. I agree they're wonders. Knowing a dog is an amazing thing.

That's the idea, dina, but it's year 'round, with much barking. (They go inside at night to quiet down.)

All in the angle, freefalling. Plus the guy nearest me put his tail down at the right moment.

Thank you, duchess.

Miss Havisham, you need a trip to the country.

knoxville girl, I had one with them all wagging, but I liked this because they look determined, and because of the kissing in the background.

Hi lindseymm. Well, we did say that dogs are wonders, didn't we!

LindseyMM said...

Oh yes indeed!

LindseyMM said...
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LindseyMM said...

By the way, you claim "cage-free", yet you're photographing from behind a fence, which sort of resembles a cage.

Just thought I'd point out the humor in that.

Bernie K. said...

Wait … they're not cows—?

Petrea said...

Good point, lindseymm. The pool and grounds are fenced in so the dogs don't run into the street. But they're free to roam about the grounds, and not caged within the property.

Bernie, I'll come pick you up and we'll go get Miss Havisham for a little trip to farm country.

USelaine said...

Petrea - You're not far from Cal Poly Pomona, are you? Might be a good place to start on the field trip... You could even call ahead to, ah, warn them.

Lindsey M said...

I know that. I guess I fail at humor on that one. Heheh

Lydia said...

I loved this picture and the close-up view that showed just how beautiful the fur was on all those dogs. Sounds like a great place, but our shy Standard Poodle would consider it hell I'm afraid!

Christie said...

I'm still very much laughing at the whole idea of day care for dogs!! I'm not much of a pet person, (love fish for the easy upkeep), and I haven never gotten this.

"Butt", a great photo Petrea! Hope Boz had a nice treat!

Petrea said...

USElaine, I was thinking more like the San Juaquin Valley, but okay. Cows in Pomona, really?

It's okay lindsey, sometimes it's hard to get jokes across in courier 10.

Thanks Lydia. Some of them had just been swimming, so they had a nice sheen.

Christie, I know what you mean. As a Midwesterner, it was at first unthinkable when I arrived here. Now I'm used to it. It's partly because life is so urban here. Also (and this is an educated guess), our local culture is one of work, work, work--both spouses. A lot of actors and other freelance types, so some days you work, some days you don't. Unless you have a yard, you need an alternative for the days when that dog's going to be home chewing the furniture.

Then of course, there are the people who farm them out because they have nothing better to do with their money, but that segment of the population is dwindling fast!

Bernie K. said...

Scared of cows.

Dina said...

I'm back. And just followed your link. $30/day, $40/night??!!
Oi veh's mir!

USelaine said...

I didn't realize you are Hindu, bernie k. But at Cal Poly, you wouldn't find any sacred cows harmed in any way. Honest.

Petrea said...

Dina, I've seen worse! But that's only where the dogs sleep on plush beds and their play area is grassy and lush.

Awright you guys, we should probably stay away from religious stuff, especially when we're talkin' about Pomona.

Miss Havisham said...

Come and get me, PB. Let's git our dungarees on and scream out to picksnap among the buttercups.

Lily Hydrangea said...

I love LOVE LOVE this photo! I am glad you mentioned to enlarge it. The love scene is beautiful.

Bernie K. said...

And snakes.