Raspberry Ridge Dog B n B, Vacation for the Pooch
"Paw"sitively Rave Review for B n B
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Taking a vacation and leaving behind Fido can be a stressful situation.
Pets are a part of the family and it pays to know they’re in good hands.
A local business is getting “paw”sitively rave reviews near Silver Bay.
For years Angela McWilliams was a business consultant.
Always looking for a way to stay ahead of the pack, she decided to open Raspberry Ridge Dog B n B, something she felt there was a need for on the North Shore.
“I love dogs and dogs love me,” said owner of the Dog B n B McWilliams.
You could say McWilliams is a local version of Cesar Millan.
“I started doing “rent a dog”. If people needed to have dog care for a hockey game or a tournament I would take in dogs,” said McWilliams.
She started opening her house to other dogs after her two rescue dogs passed away.
The business would soon flourish into a full-time B and B.
“I had heard that she took in dogs and that it was something more than just locking them in a crate and leaving them there until you came back,” said client Jim Lukken.
The dogs are pampered while at the B n B.
“There’s things like massages and walks to the river so we can go swimming. They can on regular play sessions, hard sessions,” said McWilliams.
Two of her most common guests are Tess, an English Setter and Riley, a 4-year-old mutt.
If wagging tails and slobbery kisses are any indication of happiness, Tess and Riley feel right at home at the B n B.
“This big valley just has a lot of scents and trails that they just love to smell, sniff and explore,” said McWilliams.
She offers her services on a first-come, first-serve basis.
“I don’t have any prejudice towards any breeds,” said McWilliams.
She keeps the packs small, no more than six dogs at any time.
“Coming here he is outside all the time, he gets to sleep in her bed with her, so that is awesome. He is excited to come here and is kind of bummed leaving sometimes,” said client Kristin Napper.
It’s a dog-gone good time.
“She is loving to her animals and she treats them all equally,” said Napper.
“They’re not just locked in a cage for the 3–4–5 days that you’re gone. They get exercise and they get the attention that you give them at home,” said Lukken.
The B n B officially opened for business this past spring, reservations are welcome.
McWilliams is finishing building her home where she houses the dogs and hopes to someday open a full pledge Bed and Breakfast for more than just four-legged guests.
For more information: http://www.raspberryridgedogbnb.com/