Yep, I hear all of you! I don't have any "puppy playmates" in my neighborhood. Two poodles, both scared to death of him, and 2 bishon's who are old and just don't play anymore! I checked out one of the pet parks here in Sarasota. No thanks. Dirty, grungy and not a place I want Bogey. There is a beach dog park that I want to try, but we have red tide right now and I am not exposing him to any of that!
My thought was to bring him only once a week for 3 hours max. The next place I went was so totally different! The lady owner was a charming woman who owns 13 (yes I counted them) minature dachunds (sp?). They lined up against the fence in her yard barking of course, but as soon as she did one quick "shhhhsh", they all shut up! Couldn't believe it!
She has a large kennel facility with each smaller kennel having either a view of the lake, or a garden, a doggie door to go outside and beautiful property. I could stay there!
She absolutely fell in love with Bogey, as did her husband who quickly chimed in that Bogey was "his"! They are British and have an unbelievable love of dogs! The Kennel was clean, and cheery. There is a room for puppy playtime and she will socialize Bogey with dogs his size to begin with, although he picked out this HUGE dog to go up to the kennel and sniff!! He will be there for only 3 hours, one of which will be play time, then lunch, nap and then a walk on the property (6 acres). I will be doing this once a week. The other reason for this is that in the fall, I have to fly to Ct twice, both short trips, but Bogey cannot go with me. This way he will have a "home" away from home- something he is used to. I have a feeling the man of the house will be bringing Bogey in with them!!
So, our trial run is Friday! I think he's going to love it there!!