The team at Dog Gone Crazy is wild about offering top-tier pet services at your convenience

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Sandra Jenkins, pictured here with Mister Myles, transformed a love of animals into her wildly successful Dog Gone Crazy. (Photography: Benjamin Margalit)

By Beth Newcomb

Sandra Jenkins, owner of Dog Gone Crazy, is out of her mind. Actually, she’s nuts—about dogs. So much so that, on occasion, you’ll find her curled up in one of the boarding kennels comforting a nervous pooch, or simply spending some quality time with a dog that needs a little extra attention. This elevated level of service is just part of the reason why so many people turn to her Dog Gone Crazy for boarding when they can’t be home to care for their furry loved one.

“We specialize in individual care,” says Sandra, a former construction manager who turned her passion for animals into a full-time occupation 10 years ago. “No two dogs are alike and no two dogs can be cared for exactly alike. Maybe your dog gets a treat after he or she goes potty, or maybe it needs a long hike to work out some of its energy. We can provide that.”

In addition to individual kennels with access to the great outdoors, outdoor playtime or a vigorous walk on the trail that meanders through her six-and-a-half-acre property, Sandra and her team also offer onsite grooming—with a bonus.

“Our grooming clients get a free day of care included in every visit,” she says. “If you drop your dog off in the morning and can’t pick it up until after work, it gets to play the day away here at no extra charge.”

(L-R): Tiffany Charek and Amber Murphy are the professional groomers on staff at Dog Gone Crazy, where pups can participate in doggie daycare after a grooming at no extra charge.

That level of convenience alone is enough to draw pet parents from across the area, but the skill set of the top-tier grooming team is the real appeal.

Tiffany Charek
Tiffany has been grooming dogs for the last four years, two of them at Dog Gone Crazy. “I love to make dogs feel better,” she says. “You can see their confidence change once they’ve had a bath and their nails clipped, or they’ve gotten a haircut.”

But not every dog runs through the door thrilled to hit the tub. “I’m really patient, so dogs that are more stressed out can relax on their timetable,” she notes. “We don’t rush them.”

Tiffany says she’s an expert at creating certain clipping styles, like leg shaping.

“I grew up around all kinds of animals,” says the girl who currently lives with the two family pit bulls, Rezzy and Ellie. “I love my pities, but I adore grooming doodles. They are so much fun.”

Tiffany says some dogs come for a stay at Dog Gone Crazy and their owners opt to include grooming as a convenience. Otherwise, she recommends grooming every six to eight weeks, depending on the breed and how much grooming is happening at home.

Amber Murphy
Amber has been in the grooming biz since 2013, and she’s also a fan of the doodle. “They really are my favorite breed,” she says.

Amber says she’s an efficient clipper, but she doesn’t rush the process. “Older dogs require more time and patience and I love that,” she notes.

Giving dogs a break during grooming is important to keeping the process as stress free as possible. “Most dogs will come to love grooming over time,” she says. “Until then, it’s important to make them feel calm and relaxed. We take baby steps to make sure every dog is at peace here.”

Amber has her own labradoodle, Abby, and a recently-rescued pit bull named Stella.

“Every dog can benefit from a clean coat,” she suggests. “Some breeds require hypoallergenic shampoo while others might require a deep conditioning. We have all the latest products here to bring out each dog’s best.”

Crazy About Boarding
Boarding at Dog Gone Crazy is a modest $26.50 per night, with police, fire and military personnel enjoying a 20 percent discount. Everything is included in your pet’s stay and there are no additional fees for food or potty time. There are 84 individual kennels, four family suites and nine cat condos. Every pet gets a treat at bedtime.

If you pick your pet up before noon on the last day of its stay, you won’t be charged for that day.

Sandra Jenkins’s Dog Gone Crazy offers indoor and outdoor play spaces, along with more than six acres of land on which staff members take dogs to explore.

“We have a person here 24/7,” she notes. “One of the reasons we’ve been so successful is because we have plenty of staff members to do everything from taking phone calls to walking and playing with the dogs.”

And crazy clean is the best way to describe all parts of the facility. Sandra and her team do laundry every day, and sanitize all areas every morning.

“Our customers always come back,” Sandra says. “Part of the reason I started in this business is I wanted people to have a quality place to leave their pets. I know how hard that is to come by. When a dog jumps out of the car and runs inside to greet us, we know we’re doing something right.”

Dog Gone Crazy is located at 4070 Foskett Road, in Medina. The phone number is 330-273-1777. Office hours are 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Take a tour during business hours, no appointment necessary. Visit the website at DogGoneCrazyKennels.com and find them on Facebook at the same name. Discounts are available for seniors, military personnel and service personnel.