21 Jan

Has your dog seen you naked?

I was having a conversation with a Pet Camp counselor and was more than a bit taken back when they said they didn’t get undressed in front of their dog. I had no idea what to say, but my mind was racing.  I knew that the dog and the counselor were of the opposite sex […]

14 Jan

Dogs and Your Next Dental Appointment

Hate going to the dentist?  The sound of the drill give you the willies?  Well, if you’ve got really good dental insurance a visit to a dentist in Norway might be the answer. Researchers at the Uit Artic University of Norway (they play in the Artic Circle league for you college sports fans) are exploring […]

7 Jan

News Flash: More than 1 Dog Goes to Pet Camp at a Time

The other week we had to fire a client. I hate when this happens. There is the obvious business reason for not firing a client: it costs money to market a business and in the pet care world the first few visits (until we get to know the pet and the pet parent) are the […]

24 Dec

Dog Beds at Pet Camp

Since we opened in 1997, Pet Camp has allowed pet parents to bring in bedding from home for their dogs and cats while staying with us. For several reasons, we must reevaluate our dog bed policy. Reason number 1: The San Francisco Fire Marshall has told us to! While pet care facilities in San Francisco […]

20 Dec

Some Things are Better Without Glitter!

I know, most people love glitter, but not me. When my kids were little and the construction paper, glue and glitter came out I was gone. I would do almost any chore to avoid crafts at the kitchen table and especially glitter. Now I’m no prude and I appreciate that, notwithstanding my craft aversion, there […]

17 Dec

Come Fly Away with Your Emotional Support Animal

Nope, not a remake of that amazing Frank Sinatra song but rather the wonderful Department of Transportation (DOT) document “Guidance on Nondiscrimination of the Basis of Discrimination in Air Travel”. This guidance was issued after several issues of support animals causing disturbances at airports and on airlines, including biting flight attendants and travelers.  DOT’s guidance […]

10 Dec

Old or Experienced? Maybe Both?

I am old and grey, my back hurts on a regular basis and most would say I’m crotchety too. These are not, to say the least, the most positive things to have to admit about oneself.  But along with all those years, the grey hair (mostly on my beard since there’s so little left on […]

3 Dec

Every Day is Hump Day at Pet Camp

No, we don’t mean because we operate every day of the year every day feels like Wednesday, we mean really there is the potential for humping every day at Pet Camp. It doesn’t happen often, but at times there is a camper (so far no counselors) who decides to strut his (or occasionally her) stuff. […]

26 Nov

San Francisco Wades into the Politics of Veterinary Care

It’s no secret that almost everything in San Francisco is political; now that list includes veterinary care. Over the past several years there has been an explosion of corporate veterinary care (where a corporation owns the practice rather than the veterinarian on-site). The largest of these corporations is Mars Inc. (yup, the candy company). The […]