Believe it or not there was a time not that long ago when no one had heard of doggie daycare. That changed for local dogs and their owners when All Good Dogs opened its doors 12 years ago, making it the first of its kind in the area!

All Good Dogs is owned by Carole Lini, who has been in the pet care industry for over 20 years. She is a veterinary technician and runs a successful in home pet sitting service called Whisker Watchers. Lini realized that while pet sitting was a great choice for many dogs, there was still something missing when it came to exercise and socialization; they are pack animals after all.

She set out to open a facility that allows dogs to be dogs — to romp and play with other four-legged friends all under the watchful eyes of doggie counselors. Dogs are grouped according to age, size, temperament, and activity level. They need to be up to date on all their vaccinations and be neutered when of age, and they must pass their temperament evaluation before becoming a member.

Lini feels that the benefit of a doggie daycare is a well socialized and exercised dog that goes home tired at the end of the day. Instead of being home alone, dogs are enjoying their time with friends, and that is a good thing!

What sets All Good Dogs apart from its competitors is that it caters to clients who don’t want their dogs left alone at night in the confined space of a cage, cabin, or crate. All Good Dogs is the only 24-hour supervised facility in the area and that offers cage-free boarding.

The doggie slumber parties provide pet parents the peace of mind of knowing their dog is getting round-the-clock supervision in a happy, healthy, clean, and safe environment. The outdoor yard space also sets All Good Dogs apart, with extra-large play yards with a park-like setting.

All Good Dogs is a kennel alternative and also provides grooming, bathing, and in-home pet care if needed. In the 20-plus years Lini has been in the pet sitting and day care business, her first and foremost passion is for the animals. She has rescued/adopted quite a few herself and strongly recommends that those looking for a pet do the same since so many are waiting for good homes.

Whether a long-term stay or just for the day, All Good Dogs has three facilities in South Brunswick/Plainsboro, Lawrenceville, and Cherry Hill, all conveniently located but away from busy thoroughfares, which Lini says is very important.

And Lini hasn’t forgotten the kitties. Whisker Watchers is bonded and insured to come to clients’ homes and provide pet care for cats while their parents are away. Cats do better in their own environment, and depending on their needs Whisker Watchers can provide one, two, or however many visits are necessary. It can also dispense medicine, insulin, and sub-q-fluids.

Needless to say Lini has found her niche. Lini loves what she does. It’s a tough business to be in, it’s a 24/7/365 business, but it’s a labor of love.

All Good Dogs Daycare. 113 Schalks Crossing Road, Plainsboro 08536, 609-275-7177; 160 Basin Road, Lawrence 08648, 609-587-3535; 2306 Church Road, Cherry Hill 08002, 856-667-4059. See ad, page 19.

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