Planning a vacation? We are pleased to offer petsitting services to our friends and family. At Camp Timbreblue, your dog will be cared for 24/7 by whippet owners/breeders with over 15 years of experience with all kinds of whippets and other dogs.
Petsitting in our home -- Camp Timbreblue
Derek and Johannah are based in South Carolina (at Timbreblue South) and provide pick-up and drop-off service all along the East coast. We will travel up to 6 hours from Columbia, SC for pick-up and delivery. For Camp Timbreblue, we charge $25 per day per dog1 for round-the-clock care (discounts available for two or more dogs), which includes the cost of food2. You are also welcome to send your own food if you prefer, or we can pick up a bag for you2. We can even handle raw food if that is what your dogs prefer3. Pick-up and drop-off fees vary slightly depending on the distance and gas used, but it is usually around $40-60 for each trip. Ask us about discounts for extended stays.
More about Camp Timbreblue
Johannah is a work at home web designer, so she is pretty much always home 24/7. Our household is very dog-friendly and we only use crates occasionally -- for the most part we are crate-free. We have five whippets of our own of various ages, so playmates are always available. We make it a point to maintain an atmosphere in our home that is relaxed and happy. We are NOT a kennel but a family environment, so your dogs will be pampered in our home with our own dogs. We do have indoor cats, but they have their own "cat suite" so we can keep them put away while your dogs are staying with us, if your dogs are not cat-friendly.
About Our Home:
Our yard is fully fenced, with a 6' secure wooden privacy fence. We perform weekly fence checks to ensure the integrity of our fencing and to check for any digging. Our yard is mostly open with a few large trees for shade. We generally do short monitored outside times (we have a variety of tennis balls, frisbees, and other outside toys). It's pretty warm in South Carolina during much of the year -- of course fresh cool water is always available in a HUGE filtered water drinking fountain and is changed frequently.
Inside is very dog friendly. We allow dogs on all of the furniture, all covered with soft blankets and slipcovers. There are also cozy caves and dog beds throughout the house. At night your dogs have options. They can sleep in the bed with Jo and some of the other whippets, or sleep in a cozy cave or big fluffy dog bed on the floor. We have carbon filtered water drinking fountains in every room which have fresh water changed daily.
We also keep several giant sized crates which are always open in case your dog wants some "alone time". The crates have big fluffy dog beds and water buckets changed daily. We DO NOT crate dogs unless your dog prefers to eat or sleep in a crate. If any personality conflicts arise, our home is large enough to divide dogs into different rooms. We have baby gates in nearly every doorway!
Toys and Chewies:
We keep a large variety of chewies, treats, and bones on hand for the dogs, and can accommodate your dog's preferences.
We can also restrict certain treats if you have rules for your dogs. We generally allow our dogs access to various treats and chewies throughout the day (such as hooves, knuckle bones, and larger twisted rawhide bones) and offer one "special" treat at night after dinner such as a pig ear, rawhide bone, cow ear, raw bone, etc. We can divide the dogs into different rooms for treat time if any of your dogs is "protective" of treats.
We also have a huge assortment of stuffed squeaky tones, cloth toys, Nylabones, rope toys, etc available in baskets throughout the house. You can send along toys of your own if you'd like, and we'll inventory your toys and belongings when they arrive to make sure they go home with you.
Food & Supplements:
We feed the dogs twice a day and can keep your dogs on their regular schedule for feeding times. We generally feed the dogs loose, and divide them into different rooms using tall baby gates. We can separate your dog if she/he is protective of food or a picky eater, or feed in a crate if she/he is accustomed to that. We have available a variety of supplements, vitamins, and there is a specialty dog food store five minutes away so we can get a bag of any specialty dog food that you prefer to feed2.
We have an excellent veterinary practice located 15 minutes from us who we trust implicitly. We also have an AAHA accredited 24/7/365 emergency veterinary practice less than 10 minutes from us. We are also experienced with providing medications or special care for your dogs if needed (Jo has experience as a vet tech and Derek is very adept at convincing dogs that pills are tasty in Pill Pockets, cheese, or peanut butter!). We can administer monthly medications such as heartworm pills or flea/tick preventative at no additional cost unless you need us to purchase the medications for you.
Safety & Security:
We put a stretchy velcro collar on your dogs upon their arrival with a flat tag containing our address and phone number. These collars are safe in the yard because they are designed to stretch pull off easily if the dogs grab each other by the collars. We live in a quiet neighborhood on a side street with very little traffic. We have an extra-tall baby gate protecting the front foyer against dogs trying to rush the door. Our back yard is securely fenced with a six foot tall wooden privacy fence on all sides. We inspect the fence weekly.
Keeping in Touch:
You are welcome to call or text anytime to check on your dogs, or we can set up a time for a phone call at regular intervals to check in. We can even Skype! We will send a daily text or email (or both) with an update. We also take lots of photos and videos of the dogs and will be happy to send them to you as well as posting them online for access 24/7.
Please contact us (
) for doggy care references or if you are interested in finding out our availability for your dogs' care. We generally keep only one family's dogs at a time, or dogs that are known to get along together (such as family friends) so availability is limited.
1 -- Pricing: We offer discounts for 2 or more dogs, please ask. Timbreblue/Marnay Family Members: Check with us for special discounts. We also have discounts for stays of 7 days or more, and additional discounts for 3 weeks or more.
2 -- Dog food: We can feed Purina ONE, Purina Pro Plan or similarly priced foods at no additional cost. Please feel free to send along your regular food and we'll return the unused portion. If you need a specialty dog food, please contact us to arrange it, we have a high-end specialty dog food shop 5 minutes away and can pick up a bag for you at your cost.
3 -- Raw food: We can also feed raw if you provide the food, or reimburse us for the cost. We have access to raw food easily available. If we need to supply the raw food, there is a $2 per day fee for raw food, plus the cost of the food itself. We always follow safe handling guidelines for the safety of your dogs and our family.