OK. So my dog gets to go to Doggie Daycare every Friday (unless I’m broke). Sometimes I let her stay overnight, because hell, it’s only $1.50 extra. As an added bonus, I get One Night of Peace in my home this way, because I’ve recently “adopted” my mother’s dog, who pretty much hates my dog (though we’re working on it).
Anyway. Recently the Overnight rate has gone up to $4.00. Not a huge deal, but still a significant enough increase that I think twice now before leaving the pooch there for the night. I mean, you can’t get much with $1.50 (so you hardly feel the loss), but with $4.00 you can get dinner at Taco Bell (which possibility I am now forced to weigh against that One Night of Peace)!
So last Saturday morning when I went to pick up my dog, I happened to strike up a conversation with the owner/operator of the joint, and commented on the rate increase (not to complain–these people do great things for my dog, and $4.00 is certainly not unreasonable–but more out of curiosity)…
Well. She told me that what’s basically happening is:
a) Boarders from all over the city are taking in dogs for boarding, and then bringing them to her place to stay overnight. I mean, what better deal than to charge someone, say, five bucks to keep their dog overnight, then take the dog somewhere else to stay, pay the $1.50, and pocket the extra $3.50?
b) Because she (Doggie Daycare Lady) doesn’t have the manpower to keep more than, say, 50 dogs, she then has to turn away individual customers who’ve been loyal for years, because thanks to the groups of dogs being brought in by the other boarders, she’s filled to capacity.
So basically she had to raise her rates in order to be able to hire the extra person (or people) who will allow her to take in more than 50 dogs.
This just seems a little screwed up to me. Again, I don’t have a huge complaint about the extra $2.50 I have to pay, because I quite honestly wondered how they were making it, offering such a good deal! I’m just kind of peeved about the reason I have to pay the extra $2.50.
Of course, I guess the business she gets from the other boarders is good for her, otherwise couldn’t she just tell them where to shove their dogs?
OK. Thanks for listening.