I've been hesitant to review Buddy's Chance because it's small, and I'd like to keep it that way. This is my first review of anything, and my fear of Buddy's growing into an enormous ""pay us to pet your dog by the minute"" esque company is trumped only by the obligation I feel to add a positive review due to the exemplary experience I've had with Cara and Brittany. Initially, I consulted Buddy's Chance for a Board and Train, before I went out of state for a couple of weeks, and saw no other choice but to board my pup or put all 55 pounds of her into cargo for a 12 hour flight. It was the first time I had to board her, and her congenital deafness, on top of my overprotectiveness, sic., made the process of finding a suitable boarding facility arduous. After breezing through the ""dollar a day to feed your own dog food"" (I mean really? How about the dogs with food allergies? Or the fact you have to acclimate a dog to new foods (especially low grade Wal-Mart kibble) which means buying a bag of the junk first simply to mix in portions so your dog won't spend the whole time in boarding with diarrhoea, versus, pay a dollar a day - off track, however, I've been disgusted with that policy since reading it on another facility's website, and felt the need to complain to someone, thanks!). Back to Buddy's Chance, the boarding policies I read online were up to par, and I contacted Cara for referrals from clients who had utilized Buddy's Chance Board-and-Train. When we spoke on the phone, Cara was great; her wedding was a mere month a way, but she nonetheless made the time to provide me with the contact information from previous clients. Great referrals from said clients, so I proceeded. The 2 week Board and Train was great, and remember, my dog is deaf, so her training requires a bit more thought and effort than does that of hearing dogs. In truth, I was more concerned about my dog receiving adequate attention while I was away, than with training, and I didn't' mind coughing up the additional dough to ensure she wasn't shoved into a crate and ignored for two weeks. I hypothesized that with the Board-and-Train package, she would be guaranteed attention and play time. In the end, her training had tremendous results and I was very pleased with the whole experience. Since then, I've used Buddy's Chance for boarding while on summer vacation and weekend trips that my pup could not attend (i.e. I'm still waiting on Companion Airlines to get going, there's no way in hell I'd stick my mutt in cargo). Buddy's Chance specializes (from what I've gathered via the website) in training, aggression and the like, however, it's the only place I'll take my pup for boarding, and; if you stumble upon this review Cara, I'll gladly pay higher boarding fees if you'll keep expansion of Buddy's Chance, LLC. to a minimum.
Pros: small, prix fixe boarding, no fee to feed your own food
Cons: Pick-up/Drop-off hours coincide with rush hour