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For the Love of Dogs Doggie Day Camp & Boarding
By Annette Langenstein, Staff Writer
Published in the October 27, 2016 edition

It’s been a long day at the office, and you’re looking forward to going home and relaxing, when you remember that there’s a Labrador at home who’s been waiting all day to get some exercise.  Sound familiar?  Well, take heart, because there’s a new service in town that just might be the answer to your prayers.

 Jamie Comer is the owner of For the Love of Dogs Doggie Day Camp and Boarding, located at 2705 Kinney Road in Coos Bay. She’s been open since August 6, 2016, and her facility provides care for dogs during the day as well as overnight.

 I asked Jamie how she came to open this much-needed service. “I have a bachelor’s degree in organismal biology (the study of structure, function, ecology and evolution at the level of the organism) and an associate’s degree in respiratory therapy,” Jamie replied. “I was living in Portland, and accepted a position at a sleep lab in Coos Bay. When I moved here with my dog, I lived in a motel for two weeks. The first day of work I went to check on her and was told she couldn’t stay at the motel alone, so after that I had to keep her in my car while I was at work.  The sleep lab was sold to a larger company, and several months after that some people were laid off.”

Jamie continued, “I had entered the Bay Area Chamber of Commerce Small Business Challenge, and a panel of judges reviewed my business plan to open a dog day camp.  My plan won the challenge, and here I am!”

Jamie Comer with some of her day camp dogs.

So now you can find Jamie at her doggie day camp seven days a week: Monday through Friday from 7am to 7pm, and Saturday and Sunday from 9am to 5 pm. “I also do overnight boarding, and there’s somebody here at the facility at all times, even during the evenings,” said Jamie.  “I can take up to 15 dogs at the day camp.”

Jamie described her facility. “The dogs get to run around in a big room with rubber flooring and socialize with other dogs,” she replied. “They play, they take naps, they go outside on a leash.  I encourage my dog owners to provide their own dog food, but if they choose not to, I provide all natural grain-free food and treats. I have mesh beds that are easily sterilized for the dogs to sleep on during the day, and they sleep in wire kennels at night.  Owners bring the dogs’ own bedding and toys for night-time stays.”

 What about behavior problems and fighting between Jamie’s charges? “I haven’t had any problems with fighting,” said Jamie. “When the dogs first come in they’re given a temperament test because they have to be able to get along in order to be incorporated into the day camp group.”

I asked Jamie what the best part of her job was. “Playing with dogs all day!” she replied. “Plus the people who bring their dogs here really love them and want them to be socialized. They’re really excited that there’s a place in our community that they can drop off their dogs, either full-time or just if they need to run errands.  I charge by the hour, the half day and the full day. I’m located near the hospital, where employees sometimes have long work shifts. What’s great about this business is that when the owners get off work, they’re tired, but their dog is, too!”

Jamie said she decided to advertise her doggie day camp in the South Coast Shopper because she had heard it was less cost-prohibitive than other means of advertising. “Advertising in the Shopper is very affordable, and I’ve gotten new clients because of my ad,” she said.

 So what does the future hold for this busy business?  “I want to get my yard fenced as soon as I can,” said Jamie.  “And I’ve got other ideas, too.  I’d like to get have a mobile groomer and veterinarian that can stop by here on certain days so that pets can get their shots, health checks, and go home smelling and looking great!”

 If you find yourself not knowing what to do with Fido while you’re away from home, or if you just want to give your pet some fun play time, give For the Love of Dogs Doggie Day Camp and Boarding a call at 541-808-3108.

“This is a service that I really could have used when I first moved here,” said Jamie. “I get a lot of positive comments from my clients, and I’m happy knowing that I’m providing a fun, safe place for dogs!” 

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