BRISTOL - Camp Canine offers a clean, safe and fun environment for pet owners to bring their dogs for day care, overnight stays, grooming and training, said owner Dawn Hubeny.
Camp Canine moved to its current, expanded location at 74 Broderick Road six years ago after initially opening on Route 6 in 2003. Hubeny employs a staff of 20 people which include trainers, dog handlers, and people who cuddle and play with the dogs so that they enjoy their stay.
Over the years, Hubeny said that the response from the community has been “very good.”
“Our dogs can come here to play all day and we can combine day care services with grooming and bathing and nail trimming,” said Hubeny. “Our staff have received lots of education and our space is constantly cleaned; it is probably one of the cleanest in the area. We also have overnight options for dogs that aren’t dog friendly. The dogs play outside on and under structures designed for dogs and we also put pools out for them to splash in. We also have special canine grass that keeps dogs dry and clean and stops them from being able to eat dirt or gravel. It is also great for their pads.”
Hubeny added that she uploads pictures and videos to Facebook every day so that pet owners can see their dogs at play.
“We also encourage people to come down, take a look around and see our kennels and play area,” she said.
Hubeny said she was inspired to start Camp Canine after being laid off from her previous job at The Hartford. Shortly after, she got a Jack Russell Terrier whom she formed a strong bond with. She said that she wanted her next job to be one where she could be with her dog all day.
“Camp Canine gives people the peace of mind to know that their dog is safe, well cared for and having lots of fun,” she said. “It helps people who have hectic schedules and don’t always have time to walk their dogs. It allows them to come home to a happy, tired dog after a long day.”
Camp Canine currently has enough kennels for 70 dogs and Hubeny said that the facility has reached its capacity. She hopes to expand into an adjacent property within the next couple of years.
“Kennels allow dogs to have a private area where they can go to relax and recover after a full day of play,” she said. “Overnight we have our staff put on Light 100.5 so that they have soothing music to sleep to.”
Camp Canine is open from 7 a.m. to 6:30 p.m. Monday through Friday. They are also available on Saturday and Sunday by appointment.
For more information, call 860-582-6847 or visit campcaninect.com or search for Camp Canine, LLC on Facebook.com.
Brian M. Johnson can be reached at 860-973-1806 or firstname.lastname@example.org.