A dog may be man's best friend, but before he can be best man at a wedding, he must learn to stop slobbering on children and giving toasts that are nothing but barks. Teach your dog the rules of gentlemanly conduct with today's Groupon: for $21, you get three days of doggy daycare at Dog Days of Sommer at its new location in Old Town (a $42 value).
Inspired by her childhood spent rescuing stray animals, Kellye Sommer, owner and operator of Dog Days of Sommer, left the medical-technology industry to care for and groom furry familiars. Pack pooches with their favorite tennis ball or season of Friends on DVD before sending them off for up to 11.5 hours per day of personalized daycare from the doting staff. Dog Days of Sommer has both indoor and outdoor canine-carousing zones, complete with toys and plenty of opportunities for dogs to socialize with other pups and try on one another's neckerchiefs. All doggy clients must be up-to-date on shots, and pups more than 7 months of age must be spayed or neutered. Call ahead to schedule three play dates.
Dog Days of Sommer
Kellye Sommer lived closely with nature in her hometown of Seminole, Oklahoma, and spent the early years of her life deeply fascinated by the creatures around her. Her deep empathy, fostered by tolerant parents, led her to adopt and rehabilitate injured and orphaned animals found around their home, and she assembled quite a menagerie. When not bottle-feeding a baby raccoon, bathing a skunk, or teaching a crow to speak Spanish, she and her brother cared for cats, dogs, and a host of other critters. After a pit stop in the horticulture department at Oklahoma State University and 12 years spent working in the medical-technology field at a local hospital, Kellye returned to her first passion—caring for animals.
Today, Dog Days of Sommer makes clever use of Kellye’s surname to describe the substance of her days, which involve caring for pups whose owners are at work or out of town. Beyond the warmly lit lobby of her facility lies a massive indoor play space equipped with toys and large kennels for private sleeping. Throughout their stay, dogs are lavished with myriad pampering services, including baths, full grooming, walks, and supervised romp sessions in the attached yard. Dogs return home clean and sleepy, which is often more than their owners can say, unless they tame wild bars of soap for a living.