Camp Run-A-Mutt (Doggie Daycare)

Earl and I are crazy dog parents. Well, maybe it’s mostly motivated by me, crazy dog mom. Yes, yes it was my idea to dress Wiggly up as a lion and us as her “lion parents.” Wiggly was born to be a doggie model – just look at that face in the Christmas picture!

wiggly 1 wiggly 2

Unfortunately for our little girl, Earl and I both have 9-5 jobs that get in the way of us spending all of our waking time with her. We worried about what she was doing all day every day without us at home. Turns out she sleeps. A lot. As in all day. One day we decided we needed to socialize her with other dogs so she wouldn’t go stir crazy at home or when she saw dogs out in public. Some of my previous coworkers have taken their dogs to Camp Run-A-Mutt, cage free doggie daycare, so we decided to check it out for ourselves.

With multiple locations all over San Diego, we lucked out with a location near my work making for easy drop-off and pick-up.  Registration is simple and can be done online ahead of time or at the location you desire. All you need to bring with you to register your dog is their shot record indicating they are current on the important stuff like rabies so as to not infect other campers and humans. On the day you decide to have your dog be a camper, they undergo a short personality testing as to ensure your dog is not a doggie serial killer. If they pass, you’re good to go and you can let your doggie roam free and make new doggie friends.

We took Wiggly to the Kearny Mesa location which boasts over 10,000 square feet of indoor and outdoor space including grassy area, custom waterfall/splash pond, sun deck, and cooling misters (that does not sound too shabby!). But the REALLY wonderful thing about Camp Run-A-Mutt are these livestreaming videocams that let you watch your little one unbeknownst to them. So we watched. And watched. We even got Aileen to watch. To our surprise (and dismay), Wiggly is truly an emo, loner dog. On her first day of camp, Wiggly spent her time at a specific patch of grass along the fence (see below).

wiggly loner og day 1

Well, at least when we were watching apparently! On your first day of camp, you get a report card on how your doggie did with all the other dogs. Now, I’m not saying there’s fraud afoot because I’m sure Wiggly did all the things they said she did… but we never saw it. I’m definitely not saying we all spent our 8 hour workday watching our screens in hopes of exciting Wiggly action. Not. at. all.

report card

We chalked up her first day to first day jitters and it being a hot day. Wiggly at her core is a very lazy dog and can only handle about two minutes of activity and liveliness before she plops down for the day. We hoped for more activity on Day 2 at camp.

wiggly loner

But no such luck.

wiggly loner 3

Maybe she’ll do better on Day 3. *Fingers crossed*

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