A new service has launched recently called Dog Vacay.  If you haven't watched the video, the idea is simple...regular folks get paid to watch your dog.  You search by city and state and get a list of peeps in your area willing to care for your dog in the comfort of their own home.  Although, the cost is pretty high, even though the company advertises prices as low as $15/night.  Most in my area are in the range of $45-60/night.  Not too far from the Dog Hotels in SF (I reviewed them a while back).  Although, I really think this has a good chance of working.  They allow for meet and greets before you drop the dog off for vacation and it seems to be driven by online reviews.  Probably just as reliable and safe as any service out there...maybe I will try it.

See LA Times article, here.
 
 
We all have to get out of town once and a while!  And the dog can’t always come, so that means we need to find a solution that works for everyone.  If you’re not lucky enough to have a generous neighbor or family member, then finding a good place to board your dog is vital.  In San Francisco there’s an option for everyone...the frugal, the opulent, and the practical.  I have always preferred to NOT have a stranger in my home but rather drop JoJo off at a “Dog Hotel”.  There has been a surge of dog hotels entering the market lately in San Francisco ,offering more and more for your pet.  The days of locking your dog in a veterinarian kennel (although it’s still an option for some!) have been replaced with comfortable little rooms with fancy beds, TVs and access to swimming pools, group play, one on one human play and spa packages!  

Evaluating all of the dog hotels in San Francisco alone is not always easy.  In fact, its pretty time consuming!  I extracted information from websites, phone conversations and emails to create a list of the many options we have in San Francisco to board our dogs.  It’s not my goal to give you my opinion or tell you which is better...there all just a bit different.  I will give you the important facts so that you can pick a few to follow up.  I have reported 9 categories: price, yelp rating (with number of reviews), sleeping arrangements (type and size), number of walks, group play, pool, size of place, years in business and neighborhood.    

Here’s the list in no particular order...(click on image for table view)
_ Dog Hotel | $/night | Yelp Score (n) | Sleeping Arrangement | # Walks | Group Play | Pool | Sqr ft | Years in Business | Neighborhood
_ Wag Hotel | $48-85 | 3.5 (191) | Rooms: S=4'x8'x4'; M=4'x6'; L=4'x12'; XL=6'x8' | $10 each 2hr included. |  All day +$20 | $15 for 15 min |  5,000+ | 7 | Mission
_ Embarkadero Social Club | $45 | 5 (22) | Kennel (cage-free $10 xtra) | xtra$ | All day included |  No | 3,500 | 1 |Mission
_ Pet Camp |  $25-34 | 4.5(86) | Rooms: 4'x12' | None | All day +$16.95 | $25 for 30 min | 20,000 | 14 | Bayview/Hunter's Point
_ High Tail | $60 | 4.5 (24) | Cage-free | 2 included | All day included | Yes | ? | 3 | Bayview/Hunter's Point
_ Blue Cross Pet Hospital |  $24-27 | 4.5 (103) | Cage | None | Not Available | No | vets office | 90! | Western Addition/NOPA
_ Fog City Dog Lodge |  $42 | 4.5 (47) | Rooms: 4'x6'x6' | 2 included | All day included | No | ? | 6 | Bayview/Hunter's Point
_ K9 Playtime | $65 | 4.5 (69) | Cage-free | $15 each | All day included | No | ? | 4 | SOMA
_ Pooche’s Playtime | $45 | 4.5 (31) | Cage-free | None | All day +$ | No | 1,100 | ? | Bayview/Hunter's Point
_ Dog Pile Dogs | $55 | 5 (47) | Cage-free | None | All day included | No | 31,000 | 2 | Potrero Hill
_ MuttleyCrew | $65 | 4.5 (47) | Rooms: 6'x8' | None | All day included | No | 3,800 | 5.5 | Protrero Hill
_ SF Hound Lounge | $80 | 4 (25) | Cage-free | included | All day included | No | 7,000 | ? | Portrero Hill/ Mission
 

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