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05/23/2011Provided by Citysearch
I've been bringing my beloved dogs to Robert and staff at Bayside Animal Lodge Ltd for many years now, and I can honestly say they receive the best care I can ever imagine. To say I am picky about where I board my dogs is an understatement. I tried 4-5 local kennels before I found Bayside - and have and will continue to fully recommend them. I totally trust them to deliver great care with compassion, skill, love, and a high degree of integrity and committment.
""Crushed""- I am so sorry for the loss of Sierra to bloat. I myself lost a much loved Mastiff mix to the same horrible malady years back, so I know how it feels. I found him near death in my home very early one morning. Despite veterinary intervention within 30 minutes and two rounds of surgery, he slipped away. We were stunned with grief and blamed ourselves for a long time. ""What had we missed?"" The answer was ""nothing"". The point is that bloat is a terrible situation that can strike quickly anywhere and sadly has a high mortality rate. It can happen in your own living room as quickly as it can in a boarding kennel.
The situation with Cookie's eye is very sad and distressing as well. I know it was difficult for you and I'm sure both situations were extremely tough on the Bayside staff as well. They truly care! Anything less than a healthy happy dog going home is a tragedy for all.
I will continue to trust Bayside Animal Lodge with my precious dogs. They have earned that trust over the years by faithfully caring for all our family dogs in a highly professional manner: from puppies to fragile seniors, healthy dogs and those with chronic illness, shy dogs and yappy outgoing ones, mellow dogs and hyper dogs.
Thanks for many years of wonderful service - Robert and staff. We will see you this summer!
05/20/2011Provided by Citysearch
I would like to express my experience of boarding animals. Being a former pet technician, I can say I have seen many breeds come and go and love every single one of them. Compassion and respect of all creatures is a prerequisite of employment. The owners instinct of who is right for this kind of job is essential. It is unfair for a patron to come to a new facility to board their beloveds and expect them to be stress-free. Some animals cope well, and some never do. It is our responsibility as pet technicians to comfort our new friends, treat them with respect, and take care of them to the best of OUR ability. We do not have degrees that state ""we know why your pet is sick"" and ""here is what you can give him to ease his pain."" Our only way of easing their stress is our company, individual attention, love and respect of them. Every single person who works in this type of job is sincerely saddened and humbled when a death occurs. We are animal lovers, not killers.
Bayside Animal Lodge Ltd is very well known in this community as the best place to board your pet. I will continue to support and recommend this facility.
05/16/2011Provided by Citysearch
We left my 3 dogs here on may 3rd, 2011. My bernese mountain dog Sierra, age 7, excellent health. She died alone in her kennel on May 13th. My cocker spaniel Cookie had glaucoma and had one eye with vision enough to only see shadows and shapes. Her eye was punctured somehow while at the kennel and she received no medical treatment. We had left the kennel 3 numbers we could be reached at and we had left my daughters 3 numbers including her work number. No one called until the day we were coming home, they then called to tell us that Sierra was dead and cookie injured. The infection from the puncture was massive and the hole went throughbthe cornea into the back of the eye. She had her only eye removed today.
Sierra died of gross bloat. Both dogs were vet checked before they went to the kennel. Other than Cookies glaucoma both had no health problems. Cookie was in a kennel alone and written instructions were left for her to be only taken out on a leash and carefully guided so she would not hurt her eye. Before they would let my daughter pick the living dogs up we had to give them a credit card number to pay for the boarding.
This has been horrible, 2 dogs in one kennel visit.
I can't say how hurt I am and how guilty I feel for leaving my beautiful loving Sierra to die alone and that my cheerful cookie now has no eyes. Please take your dogs somewhere else.
I wanted to update my 2007 review of Bayside Animal Lodge with a report of my recent experience with Robert (owner) and the B.A.L. staff. While I was on a recent business trip, my elderly Lab became ill (GI distress) right before my return. Robert immediately consulted with my Vet and then provided my pet with focused, compassionate care. Fortunately, she did not require a trip to the Emergency Vet Clinic (although B.A.L. was prepared to take that step, if necessary). When I went to pick up my girl, Robert was waiting for me with a detailed report of exactly what was done (and why) and he had a vet appointment already made for me.
My girl has made a full recovery and I want to thank Robert and the B.A.L. staff for taking such excellent care of her. We will be back again next month! Thanks Robert and your great staff….you are the best!
12/14/2007Provided by Citysearch
Bayside Animal Lodge is a wonderful, warm, welcoming, safe & fun place to leave your pets. I have tried all the other kennels in the Gig Harbor area and Bayside Animal Lodge is the best, by far..... Robert & his staff have created a terrific environment for their 'guests' that include walks & play times. Robert knows each dog by name & provides a 'report card' of their stay with him. Their groomers are great, too. My dogs return home after a stay at Bayside Animal Lodge relaxed & not all stressed out. We wouldn't go anywhere else.
Phone: (253) 851-9170
Address: 12615 134th Ave NW, Gig Harbor, WA 98329