Pet Boarding in Gurgaon

Kennels, last updated 07th, Mar 2008, Sunny Saurabh

Kennel clubs have it, and some vet clinics do too. But pet boarding at Kennel1 from the start sounded very exotic to me. First was the Hindustan Times article on it, that put it at par with five star treatment. Second, was the website itself, kennel1.net, designed well but looked too good to be true.

So when the first opportunity came to fly abroad, I was suspicious on putting Bruno at Kennel1. But lack of choices, and a curiosity over this flamboyant kennel, made me make the call.

The first response was positive. The owner asked me to get Xerox copies of the dog’s vaccination records with me for boarding Bruno. Charges are minimal at Rs. 250 per day. He even offered me a pickup from my place, but that came at a cost of Rs. 200.

But I wanted to see the place for myself. So I sought directions, packed Bruno’s bags, and started off on the Delhi-Jaipur highway.

My first doubt rose when the owner asked me to reach a certain Petrol Pump, where someone would meet me. I said, I wanted to reach the place myself. He was adamant. Someone would guide me.

Wasn’t there a landmark or something, I wondered? After a few twists and wrong turns, I finally made it to the Hero Honda Chowk petrol pump.

I was told to wait there before someone would come in 5 mins. 5 mins didn’t sound too long, but in the scorching sun, it seemed like 1 hour!!! I asked the Petrol Pump guys, if they knew Kennel1. They said “yes!” I asked for directions. One simply said, it is better to wait, I won’t be able to make it on my own. I was puzzled. What, no right, left, and then right even… ??? How far could the place be? Soon the guy arrived. I expected him to come on foot, or a bicycle, but surprisingly, he turned up in a Santro. Wasting no time, he asked me to follow him. We turned left from the petrol pump, went straight turned right, and then left and right… I could see industrial land give way to greenery. But then, all of a sudden, the Santro ahead of us, turned to a direction that didn’t have a road! It had been raining for a few days, so driving down pools of water of what didn’t even vaguely look like a road, just barren land, looked a bit worrisome to me. I almost made up my mind not to keep my dog at Kennel1.

 

Soon, we turned to a ‘road’ and surprisingly it was tarred. We arrived into an area that looked like farmhouses. We made it to a gate, and the santro honked.

What lay in front of us was a huge lawn, and at the end of the lawn, was a posh residence, full of about 20 dogs residing at the moment.

Three were playing outside, carefree! I loved the place immediately. I had kept Bruno leashed, the caretaker asked me to set it free.

Bruno ran towards the three other dogs playing, and the foursome started exchanging pleasantries. By the time I finished the formalities, Bruno was friends with them. And had forgotten that I existed!

I bid Bruno goodbye, which he didn’t reciprocate, or probably he didn’t even bother.

I drove back, relaxed, knowing that Bruno is bound to have a good time among his playmates. Returning a week later, I called up Kennel1. Bruno was at my door in 2 hours. He looked happy, and I promised, I will send him to Kennel1 at least once every two months, irrespective of whether I was home.


Comments

Aanchal Malhi
I think its a must read for anyone who is considering to leave their dogs there

By: Aanchal Malhi | 30 May 2008

Vaibhav Gadodia
I have also had an overall good experience, barring the last time we sent Trinity (my dog) to Kennel1. She came back all thin and had hair missing all over the place.

It took almost a couple of weeks before she got back to normal. And that link in the previous comment now really scares the hell out of me.

By: Vaibhav Gadodia | 12 Aug 2008

phaedrus
look guys i have dogs with me since ages and like all of u i love them lik my own kids... i can understand that one of u had a nice experience and i personally feel saurabh that not only ur bruno was happy cos u were back but also u r one of the lucky ones to survive that place.
u shud have gone to the insides and seen where they keep the pets and u mit have had to take ur dog with u on vacation.
next time ask ard on this site n u may get better info.
have fun

By: phaedrus | 30 Oct 2008

Rana
I know sunny and bruno personally when he left Bruno at kennel1 one it used to be a nice place..
however post this we never got good reviews for kennel1

By: Rana Atheya | 30 Oct 2008

Subhajit
People...i left my dogs (G.dane & a Lab) couple of times, the 1st time was okay..they were healthy and fit even after 5 days...this was the time when Sunil was there. Later this Sep,08 when i left them...it wasnt that pleasant. My dane came back with lumps all over the body (insect bites) and an awful lot of ticks (all over his body). I took 5 days to take them off (this is inspite of have a new tick collar on). I would probably think twice before leaving them again. I read about "Alfa11" here.....nice review from Rana....anyone like to share their experience? (I gotta leave my dogs again for few days :-()

By: Subhajit | 01 Dec 2008

snolomjul
I am not sure what I should say about kennel 1.. I have a mixed feeling. My parents left 3 of their dogs at kennel club last year & within few hrs we lost one of our lovely dog.. this happened due to lack of immediate medical assistance.. Unfortunately in our country we are not yet equipped or rather wanted to make dog shelter fully equipped w/ medical assistance center, immediate availablity of the vet... Though people & owner are very nice.. but the loss we got was too big... our dogs are like our kids.. unfortnately we dont have good enough shelter places where we are assured if our dogs will be kept in a well perfect manner the way we keep them.. I myself have 3 dogs & whenever I have to travel.. which i try to avoid.. i have to do arrangements at home.. since i dont trust any shelter house.. infact i have seen places where people will charge you heavily for the a/c room & they dont provide once you leave the premises... I am waiting for good shelter house w/ fully equiped facilities where we can have good caretakers who can take care of dogs like a baby...

By: snolomjul | 21 Jan 2009

Vizal
snolomjul:

By: Vizal | 21 Jan 2009

snolomjul
YEAH I READ ABOUT THIS ONE IN DOG SPOT.. FOUND THIS INTERSTING... CAN YOU GIVE ME MORE DETAILS... WHAT KIND OF FACILITY YOU PROVIDE.. YOU CAN WRITE TO ME IN DETAIL ON MY PERSONAL EMAIL ID... NIDHISOOD57@HOTMAIL.COM

By: snolomjul | 18 Feb 2009

snolomjul
rEG KENNEL 1 NOW I FEEL THAT WE DID A BIG MISTAKE LEAVING OUR BABIES THERE... IF I KNEW ABOUT ALL THE CASES EARLIER WE COULD HAVE SAVED OUR BABY... BUT THE LOSS IS DONE... BUT DEFINATELY I WILL NOT REF THIS PLACE TO ANYONE... IT IS SHOCKING THAT AFTER TAKING MONEY AS WELL PEOPLE DONT GIVE THE SERVICES... SHAME...

By: snolomjul | 18 Feb 2009

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By: your pets care center , kolkata | 01 Jul 2009

Discover Dogs Lanka
you cant judge a book by its cover.

Some kennels are good, are are horrible. it is always worth having a visit before taking your dog there.

By: Discover Dogs Lanka | 02 Jul 2009

Dr Saurabh
well in cases of livestock ( dogs here) change in health status is just one stress factor away. leaving ur dog when u are out is always a tricky proposition.some times they respond well,sumtimes they dont ,it can be due to no of factors inc. improper care from boarding facility but it is never the only cause .why wud any boarding facility illtreat their pets when they knw it is their primary buisnss and owner wud be able to gauge d diff in its pet within a matter of seconds.nobody wants to hurt their own buisness.these are all combinations of diff. factors like dogs immune status,his psychological state ,any deep seated infection which gets flared up due to change in environent and food.so it is not fair to blame.

we started holiday boarding way back in 1989 on request of our clients.they leave their dogs wid us on TRUST .that shd be the benchmark only.

By: Dr Saurabh | 16 Feb 2010

Gerald
My wife and I just visited Kennel One in Guraon because we need to leave our dog in a boarding for two weeks and was highly dubious with what I saw.

Firstly we had to wait at the petrol pump because I suspect the place was very interior and tough to find. There are no signs for Kennel One. So someone came to pick us up and we had to follow this person to the kennel. I must say the location of the kennel is very interior with industrial areas around and the area seems hotter due to the lack of greenery.

On reaching Kennel One, we parked outside and we taken in. The place is essentially a huge lawn with a double story house where the dogs are kept.

We were told to wait outside for about 10 mins in the sun while the manager was explaining us things. There was a pregnant Labrador alone in the shade and we were wondering what she was doing there alone in the heat. The manager explained us a few things such as timing, food etcetc. That 10 mins getting the summary could have been done inside the house. I imidiately suspected something dubious. WHY IS HE TRYING TO BUY TIME? WHAT IS HE TRYING TO HIDE?

We were then taken in and saw 4 very sad looking dogs. I asked if they keep any dog, and it seems all the dogs are boarders. The whole space seems very hot even though it had air conditioning. I suspect that they just turned on the AC before we came in to save on electricity after all the manager told me that they do not have electricity and run on generator. The manager also SCOLDED one of the dogs for no reason, and I got an eerie sense that the dogs might be MISTREATED when no visitors are around. There is no way on verifying this but by the way the manager shouted at the dog , the general pathetic look on 4 dogs faces and the secretiveness of the employees, I could see something is not right...

They then showed us one sleeping room, again very hot in spite of the AC being on, that I suspected it has just been turned on. The manager said that 5 dogs share a sleeping place.

He said that there were 26 dogs at that time, but we only saw 4. I wonder were the others were and if they were OK.

We left after that and even before we drove off and before we said anything to each other, we were clear that there is NO WAY THAT OUR DOG WILL BE KEPT THERE. The main reason is TRUST! I don't trust that they are taking good care of the dogs, AND I sure hope they are not being mistreated!!

By: Gerald | 22 Jun 2010

Ranjana Mangalagiri
Guys these are horrifying stories. I live in Mumbai and had a similar experience till I started boarding dogs with me. However as a matter of principle I board only one dog at a time at my home - so that I can give that personal attention that any dog requires and that is what is lacking in these commercial kennels.

Poochmatters

By: Ranjana Mangalagiri | 16 Feb 2012

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