SWARTZ CREEK — After leaving the insurance industry and celebrating the high school graduation of her youngest son, resident Molly Wascha was looking for a new passion in life.
Wascha decided to turn her love of dogs, and people’s request to watch their dogs, into a barking business by opening Wascha’s Creekside Kennel, 7448 Van Vleet Rd., in June.
The family-owned and operated business is located on 10 acres with three ponds. The family’s residence also is located on the same property.
“We built on to our pole barn, and took a leap of faith,” she said. “So far, it’s gone very well. We’re having fun and doing well.”
The kennels are heated and air-conditioned, and Wascha’s provides blankets and pillows for pets. Owners also can provide any toys, blankets, beds, etc., that will make their pet’s stay more enjoyable. Dogs will be let outside, under supervision, four times a day in the 60- foot by 70-foot fenced-in play area. Leash walks also are available.
During inclement weather, there is an indoor play area.
Wascha’s Creekside Kennel will soon be adding additional kennels to the building. Currently, the maximum number of dogs she can take is 20. She has not taken any cats yet, but is adding on a separate room for feline friends. Mainly through word-of-mouth, Wascha has built up a clientele of at least 50 solid, repeat customers.
When a potential customer calls, Wascha has a pet profile completed. “Most people want to do a tour, which I am definitely open for that,” she said. “Then, they bring their dog here for day care before a long stay. It’s case-by-case. Sometimes, I need to see the dog first. Safety come first, and the animals’ care.”
Wascha mainly runs the kennel, but her husband, Tim, also helps out, including with maintenance. Wascha’s sons, Jordan and Aaron, also pitch in when they are home.
Kennel hours are 6 a.m.-6 p.m. Monday-Friday, 8 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturday and 11 a.m.-4 p.m. Sunday. Drop off and pick up times are 6 a.m.-noon and 3-6 p.m. Monday-Friday; 8 a.m.- noon and 3-5 p.m. Saturday; and 11 a.m.-4 p.m. Sunday. The kennel is closed on all holidays for pick up and drop off. Special arrangements can be made for pick up and drop off times.
“We will work with people on the drop off and pick up times,” Wascha said.
The cost for boarding is $20 per day, and $5 per day for the second dog in the same kennel. The cost for boarding a cat is $11 per day. Owners are charged the day their pet comes in, no matter what time. Check-out is noon and if the pet is picked up after noon, the owner will be charged for another day. For boarding, Wascha’s will feed two times a day, unless instructed otherwise. Owners can supply their own food, or the kennel uses Pedigree products. Pets will receive a treat two times a day, and there is always fresh water in the pet’s kennel. Wascha also said the kennel will accommodate for special diets. “We will do whatever the customer wants,” she said.
Owners wanting to utilize the kennel’s boarding services needs to make sure their pet(s) have the following required shots: distemper/parvo, rabies and bordatella (kennel cough). The bordatella needs to be given at least three to five days in advance. All shots must be current and owners must bring proof of shot record for the kennel’s files. Use of flea prevention also is required. If a pet is found to have fleas, Wascha will give them Capstar, which is a pill used for treatment of flea infestation. There will be a $5 charge for the Capstar.
For day care, the cost is $15 a day, $50 weekly (five consecutive days) and $150 monthly (four consecutive weeks). Wascha’s Creekside Kennel also offers grooming. Wascha completed grooming school in September, and is a certified groomer. Owners interested in grooming services need to call for appointments and pricing. Wascha also is certified by the American Red Cross in dog first aid.
While Wascha’s Creekside Kennel accepts most breeds, the kennel will not accept pit bulls.
For more information, call Wascha’s Creekside Kennel at 810- 869-1262 or 989-271-9525.