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|Three Woofs for the Derbyfield Kennel on Cape Cod|
|Written by Robyn Larson McCarthy|
|Thursday, 19 August 2010 17:52|
Unique visiting-hours policy allows pets to join in family-vacation fun
The family-run Derbyfield Kennel in North Harwich, Massachusetts on Cape Cod offers one guest feature our well-traveled dogs have seen nowhere else: visiting hours! Between the hours of 10:00 a.m. and 3:00 p.m., owners may check their dogs out of the kennel--which meant Chaucer and his sister Brontë were able to join in some of the family fun during a week's vacation in Cape Cod. (We took them out for a beach romp one day, and shopping at Hot Diggity, a dog boutique and "barkery" at the posh outdoor shopping area, Mashpee Commons, on another.) The only requirements are that you leave a credit card on file and that you're back with your dog before 3:00 p.m. Derbyfield owner Barbara Furner says that some clients just swing by for a walk or a little playtime on the kennel property; others take their dogs out for the entire time. The only concern, she notes, is when a dog leaves for the day thinking he is headed home.
If a dog seems agitated upon his return, Furner speaks with his owner about how some dogs just need a little more structure than others. This same level of personalized concern for her guests came across in the entire kennel team's treatment of Chaucer at check-in. After listening carefully to us explain how cold or damp weather exacerbates his arthritis and makes it difficult for him to stand some days--especially after a leisurely nap--one of them said, "We LOVE older dogs!" Another jumped in to assure us that they had experience with elderly guests whose ailments are even more advanced than Chaucer's. At the end of their week's stay at Derbyfield Kennel, both dogs gave three woofs for their new home away from home on Cape Cod!
This review was adapted from ChaucerSeesAmerica.com. See the Paws Awhile section of Chaucer's site for other reviews of dog-friendly B&Bs, hotels, restaurants, and shops around the United States.