Farm Stay - Frequently Asked Questions

 

  • Will my dog be in a kennel?  We reserve the use of box stalls for occasional rest periods, emergencies, or individualized feeding. Other than these times, pets are not kept in box stalls.
  • My dog is crated at home. Can they be crated with you? Yes. Although we are free-range, we are happy to accommodate owner requests with regard to their pet's normal routines. You are welcome to bring your pet's crate, or we have several available on site. 
  • I have more than one dog. Can they be together?  Yes. Additional pets also receive  a $5 daily discount on overnight stays.
  • Do I need to bring my pet's bed?  We have several raised beds with cushions available for rest and sleeping. Couches, benches and chairs are also available for those pets allowed on furniture. You are welcome to bring whatever you feel makes your pet comfortable, including their bed.
  • Should I bring food? Yes. Bring enough food for your pet's stay. Provide feeding instructions on the boarding form. Supplements, treats and chews are also okay.  No worries if you forget! We have a variety of kibble and wet food available on the farm, including our farm's own SITZENS products.
  • Will my dog be alone?  No. All pets are given dog or human companions suitable to their temperament throughout their stay.
  • My dog doesn't always get along with other dogs. Will that be a problem? Rarely. We appreciate any information regarding your pet's behavior with humans and other animals. We are able to accommodate a wide range of temperaments. Unless your pet is overly aggressive and prone to fighting, we find that the activity and stimulation of the farm environment lessons most dog's stress.  On the occasion that a dog is "snarky" to another dog, we will make slight accommodations, such as not feeding treats when together, or exercising at different intervals.
  • Do you have A/C? Yes. The east wing of our facility is equipped with central air. 
  • How to you take care of ticks? We recommend your dog be treated with topical medication or flea/tick collars during their farm stay. We perform daily coat checks, and hand pick for ticks. Our personal dogs are not chemically treated for fleas and ticks, and we do not require this of your dog. Please be aware that our rural farm environment is not a tick-free zone. 
  • How do you keep dogs from running away? In general, dogs enjoy being on the farm and simply enjoy staying with us!  Eight acres of the property is wooden post and woven wire fenced. Within this eight acre enclosure, there are additional post and woven wire enclosures, making the dog areas "triple fenced". Dogs are always under the watchful eye of a human companion when enjoying the farm. "Skittish" dogs are encouraged to stay with us by initialing staying on lead when outside, if necessary. Our farm's healthy SITZENS treats are used as rewards when asked to recall off leash.
  • Will my pet be with livestock?  Dogs are kept separate from livestock. Often, if a dog has stayed with us over several farm stays, and shows adequate temperament to not harm, they may be allowed to interact with our dairy goats, sheep and chickens. This can be particularly enjoyable for herding types! Although not allowed in the enclosure, dogs may be allowed to "meet" our horses and piglets at the fence line.
  • I live in Newton (enter your town here). Is that in your pick-up and drop-off area? Yes. We are happy to offer our flexible pick up and drop off service through out Massachusetts. Those areas over 1 & 1/2 hours away from our farm in Ashby may incur an additional charge. In addition, we offer free pick up and drop off service from our pet farm store located in Lowell, MA when arranged to coincide with open store hours. 
  • Can we visit your farm? Oh my gosh, of course! You are not a bad dog owner if your busy schedule prevents you from seeing our facility on the first few occasions. If your pet is happy with their farm stay, you're certain to see where they vacation while you're away, eventually! We've several word of mouth clients that did not have an initial visit. Several clients also met Clarke at their local farmers market, and trust was established there. We also keep a dedicated boarding page with photos and video of pets currently in our care. These photos and video are an honest representation of what a typical farm stay looks like. With that being said, a visit to our farm is the best way to find out if our farm stay is the right fit for you and your pet! A visit offers you both the chance to see the indoor accommodations and see the open space where your pet will spend their days. We do not offer a complete farm tour, as time rarely allows. Please contact Clarke or Ginger directly to arrange a time to visit. Visits are typically coordinated on Sunday, Monday or Tuesday late afternoons.