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Subject: Wayworn Pet Resort, McGaheysville, VA
Location: McGaheysville, Virginia, United States, North America
Title: Wayworn...never again!
My dog stayed here January 6th to January 7th 2007.
First of all, I am writing this review as a biased pet-owner. We are completely attached to our dog...yes, he sleeps with us. So with that said, I will attempt a solid review of our experience.
I called ahead to ask what the "conditions" would be like for my dog and also what type of interaction with other dogs was available. I was told that he would be "out with us and other small dogs in front" but at night he would be in a kennel. Uh-OK but I wondered how long was "night." Next, the woman asked me if my pet had all his shots including a Bordetella annually and told me I would have to bring proof with me-this made me feel semi-OK. Since they did not have a website I did not really know what the place looked like.
This is the closest place to the Massanutten Resort so I made a reservation for my pet to stay two complete days and nights.
We arrived on a Saturday afternoon as scheduled and then immediately were greeted by two giant Bull Mastiffs barking and growling from behind a 4-foot wooden fence - very scary! I carried my 9 lb Maltese/Havanese into the "resort." I quickly found out what "resort" means in McGaheysville....
Just so you know, this is NOT a pet resort. It is a boarding kennel where your pet will be in a kennel except a couple times a day. Yes, even after my shock at seeing other small dogs obviously caged (albeit humanely and pretty clean I might add) I decided to leave my dog. I filled out an almost illegible form and was never asked to show my shot records. I brought my own food, bowls and bedding then explained his feeding habits to the woman who was only half paying attention. I had to leave right away. Still, I reminded myself that it looked clean and well kept.
The next day when we returned to visit it was obvious that our dog was not let out of his cage for any length of time. He was very lethargic and scared but still happy to see us. He smelled and looked and felt like he had been laying in his urine all night and his cage was cleaned up for visiting hours - his coat could not be cleaned so easily. We were only there to "visit." After getting him into the car, we decided not to put him back for the second night. We paid for one night and left. The owners were not even slightly concerned that we were unhappy with the care given versus the care advertised.
Even though I would never leave my dog there again - the larger dogs, who were kept in outside areas, seemed to be doing fine. The place was as clean as it could be and the owners were knowledgable animal friendly people - that just do not "pamper" pets the way I wanted my dog pampered.