Worried about what your dog is doing while youâre at work? Who suffers more from separation anxiety: You or your dog? It turns out owners seem to suffer worse. I know first hand how difficult it was to find someone I trusted for daycare for my rescue, Harry. We use Home Away from Home In Easton, where Harry’s girlfriend, Coco, goes. They send us photos of his day.
Now, thereâs a solution. In a first for dog daycare in Greater Boston, owners can keep tabs on Scruffy and gain peace of mind thanks to a first-of-its-kind live webcam at Dogtopia in Stoughton, a modern 3,000 square-foot center dedicated to quality day care, boarding and grooming. The webcams are accessible through the Dogtopia app (downloadable from the App Store) or via their website: http://www.dogtopia.com/stoughton/webcams/
According to Bill Polk, who opened Dogtopia in January, âPet parents love watching their dogs in a safe, clean environment where they have canine and human companionship, develop positive behavior, and enjoy socialization and exercise. At drop-off, dogs seem to know theyâre about to have an exciting day. And enabling owners to remotely look in at any time highlights our complete transparency.â
Some owners use Dogtopia daily because itâs conveniently located near home or work. Many owners â who live as far away as Cape Cod, the South Shore, in MetroWest, Rhode Island or longer distances – bring their dogs for boarding as they head to Logan Airport or area train stations. The Stoughton location on Rte. 138 is convenient to Rtes. 24, 1, 95/128, 139. Partial-day arrangements are also available. Itâs about 20 miles to downtown Boston or Logan.
Polk says separation anxiety is rare among his canine charges: On arrival, dogs immediately join other dogs, losing any fear of isolation. In contrast, some dogs left alone at home can experience anxiety – one of the most common causes of behavioral problems.
âItâs impossible to measure your canineâs degree of happiness or abandonment, but we make dogs as comfortable as possible,” Polk says. “Simply put, we love your dog the way you love your dog.â
Weekday hours are 6:30 a.m. to 7:30 p.m.
Polk says all breeds are welcome for daycare or overnight boarding, but all must meet certain criteria: initial screening with Dogtopia team; more than 3 months old; spayed/neutered if older than 7 months old; current on required vaccines – rabies, DHPP, bordetella; free of communicable diseases for 30 days; no fleas/ticks. The canine flu vaccine also will be a requirement starting next month, with a deadline of Nov. 7 to have both rounds of the vaccine.
“People love to watch their dogs all day and phone in, and want to know who their dog is playing with,” Polk told Snyder’s Stoughton. “We’re giving them the comfort that their dog is happy. I mean this is their child. Our priority is safety for the dogs and playroom attendants. Secondly, it’s socialization and sanitation. We like to keep it extremely clean.”
You can check out the facility, or book a meet and greet by calling 617-241-3999. Polk invites anyone to stop in anytime, unannounced, and have a tour of the facility. Single day cost is $36, but package deals are cheaper, and they can be broken up into half days, and never expire. They offer a full suite of spa services, including bath, teeth, nails, brush out, ears, but no grooming. Self wash is also available, as well.
It is located at Stop & Shop Plaza, and it’s all indoors.
RUMBLINGS AROUND TOWN
THE LAST FAREWELL IS COMING! Save the date. A number of musical legends are organizing a final farewell concert in the old Stoughton High auditorium before it is torn down. They plan on putting together an alumni band and chorus concert made up of dozens – maybe hundreds – of musical alums.Â
This historical musical event will take place at 3 p.m. on Sunday, June 16. Don’t book your seat just yet. Did you play in the Stoughton High School band or sing in the chorus? Do you have fond memories of your time in the SHS Music Department? Was that your favorite subject in school? Do you miss your old pals from the band, and have an itch to get up on that same stage again, and have a nostalgic experience overtake you? Do you want to perform in the Stoughton High auditorium just one more time?
Join your friends, classmates, neighbors and teachers. Be a part of the planning committee and have your say. It’s easy. Just email Betty Bauman (SHS Class of 2005, and current music teacher at the O’Donnell Middle School) at B-Bauman@StoughtonSchools.org.
I LOVE PANCAKES! If you do, too, then don’t forget the Stoughton Lions Club Pancake Breakfast from 8:30-11 a.m. on Sunday, Oct. 14, at the VFW Hall in Stoughton Center on Rt. 138. at 837 Washington St. Cost is $8, with seniors and children $5. Tickets are available at the door. Eat up, and support all the great Lions Club causes. Also, consider joining the Lions Club, which meets at 76 Porter St. at Club Luis de Camoes. Come to the meeting on Oct. 10 and see what it is all about. Dana Barros is scheduled to speak that night. The meeting starts at 6 p.m. and includes a free pasta dinner made by Mike Sammarco.
OPEN HOUSE! COME ON DOWN! Stoughton Fire & Rescue will hold a special Fire Prevention Week event. There will be an open house from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Saturday, Oct. 6 at Station 2 (1550 Central St.). Come meet the members of the Stoughton Fire Department, tour the Fire Station, and the firetrucks. Enjoy free pizza, courtesy of Papa Gino’s. It’s fun for the whole family. Free admission.
HAS IT BEEN 20 YEARS ALREADY? The Stoughton High School Class of 1998 will celebrate its 20th reunion from 7:30-11:30 p.m. on Friday, Nov. 23, at the Cedar Hill Golf Course, 1137 Park St., Stoughton. It will include hot and cold appetizers, entertainment and a drink ticket.
The evening is a great time to get together and commiserate, discuss the new high school being developed, all the exciting changes happening in the hometown, and look to the future as a class and group.
Registration and additional details regarding the reunion may be found at: https://www.classcreator.com/Stoughton-Massachusetts-1998/reunion.htm.
For information, contact Sherri King â98 at email@example.com or Michael Crawford â98 at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Mark Snyder, who has written more than 2,500 articles in newspapers and magazines, and published three books, is the CEO of PMPNetwork.com, the internetâs entertainment superstation. He also started the Stoughton News group on Facebook, which has over 7,600 subscribers. Have a story idea? He can be reached by e-mail via email@example.com, via toll free fax at 866-655-8234, and on Facebook (https://www.facebook.com/MarkSnyderTVRadio)