What should we bring?

Pet Items

We encourage you to bring as many of your pet’s favorite toys, beds, blankets and treats!  Please label all of your pet’s belongings.  If your dog is used to sleeping in a crate, you may bring it to set up in his cabin as the cabins are very spacious.  Each pet has their own cubby to store any additional items.

Companion Camp is not responsible for any damaged or lost toys, blankets or other items of personal property that belong to your pet.  We encourage you to bring an old blanket or t-shirt that has your scent on it as well, your pet will love you for it!

Bowls are not necessary.  However, if your dog uses a raised bowl or a slow feeder you are welcome to bring it.

Food

WE HIGHLY RECOMMEND BRINGING YOUR PET’S OWN FOOD when they come to stay with us to ensure they have no digestive issues during their stay.  We also recommend bringing extra in case your trip gets delayed.   All food brought from home must be clearly labeled, in a rigid food storage container with pet’s name, amount and any applicable feeding instructions.  For those of you who do not bring food from home, we provide Pet Pantry Holistic Chicken/Rice and Low Fat/Weight Control for our campers.

Medications

WE DO NOT CHARGE TO ADMINISTER MEDICATIONS.  Our staff is experienced in administering nasal, oral, and injected medications.  Please bring all medications in their original containers with full veterinary instructions including specific directions showing dosage, what time(s) to administer and also how you administer it (i.e. put in pill pocket, bread, wet food, put down throat, etc.).

Special Needs / Geriatric Pets

We appreciate and cater to guests with special needs.  Geriatric pets, physical handicaps, medical conditions, separation anxiety, special diets or allergies, fear of thunder or fireworks…the list goes on and on!  We understand they all have their quirks and special traits!  We are not only accustomed to this here at Companion Camp, but we appreciate their uniqueness!  Please discuss any special needs your pet may have with us prior to your visit. 

Additional Guidelines / Suggestions

Roommates

Dogs in the same family are welcome to room together.  However if they have difficulty getting along, we reserve the right to house them in separate facilities at the individual boarding rate.

Transitions

Arrival

To ease the transition to Companion Camp, do not feed your pet or give more than small quantities of water for at least four hours prior to arrival time. 

We highly recommend not packing your luggage in front of your dog before bringing them in to stay with us. Witnessing you pack can induce stress in your dog for many reasons.  The most common reason is a correlation with you being gone for long periods of time.  Naturally, a dog who is relaxed about boarding is more likely to enjoy a stress-free stay at Companion Camp.

Also, parents of our campers sometimes need to be reminded that it is not beneficial to lament over their pet in the lodge before leaving.  This can lead to unnecessary stress for both pet and parent.

Departure

We do not feed your pet prior to pick up to help prevent car sickness on the ride home.

Excitement might cause your dog to pant a lot and become thirsty.  Give a few ice cubes or small quantities of water for the first four hours after pick-up.  Gradually re-establish home patterns by following your pet's normal schedule. Again, in a happy and excited state, excessive food and water consumption can create problems.

 


 

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  Newsflash

We hope you're all staying safe and healthy during this difficult time.  Should you need to travel for any reason, or just want to bring your pets for daycare playtime, Companion Camp remains OPEN and accepting reservations!  We do still have availability over both Thanksgiving and Christmas holidays, but expect to fill up unless there are major changes with the COVID situation.  In addition, please be aware of the following changes:

We are no longer offering gift certificates but will most likely bring them back around the Holidays.  Thanks so much for taking advantage of these while they were offered!

We are also no longer offering nail trims, but will continue to provide baths and ear-cleaning upon request.  We recommend Hair of the Dog in Chapel Hill, NC for all your professional grooming needs.

As always, if you need anything at all, please don't hesitate to contact us.

Stay safe out there!

Best,
Tim and Jess

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