We’re expecting!

We’re so excited that the New Year also brought us expecting grandkids... kind of ;-) This past Sunday we took in a young, scared little Mixed Breed, we named her Coconut, who appeared to be expecting puppies. She was found as a stray in rural OH and went unclaimed. While in the shelter she started to show signs of pregnancy, although there was no veterinarian there to confirm. We took her to our veterinarian this week and they confirmed not only that she’s pregnant, she’s due soon! Unfortunately we don’t know date on conception or what kind of dog dad was, so we’re on our toes to meet this mystery puppies! Since she’s been with us we’ve been showering her with kisses, love, & treats. Her first day she was so scared she wouldn’t even take a treat from us, but now she thoroughly enjoys her treats and even gives us great face kisses. While this will be Coconut’s final litter (she will be spayed prior to finding her forever home), we couldn’t help but celebrate her beauty by having a maternity shoot for her. Who would’ve thought that a little stray dog with seemingly no hope would rock a floral crown and necklace. THAT is the power of rescue!

Introducing Our Newest Service!

We want our facility to be a fun place to stay for ALL dogs, but we know that some pets have a harder adjustment than others. That’s why we have developed our new daily calming program. Perfect for all sizes, ages, & temperaments, this is a 3 step system to help your pets adjust. 

1.) Bandana Sprayed with Adaptil Spray: Adaptil Spray is made to help dogs feel confident in new situations. Read more about it here.

2.) Calming Chew: We have assorted brands & formulas in house to accommodate any food allergies, grain allergies, etc. including top brands like Zukes, K-10+, VetriScience Composure

3.) Bonies Calming Bone: BONIES Calming Bone is a unique dog bone that uses all-natural ingredients made to be healthy for your dog's teeth and help maintain calm behavior. Read more about Bonies Calming Bones here

This is a daily add on for your pet while they stay with us, you may request it every day, every other day, whatever you think is best for your dog! 

Request this calming system for $4.99 per day during your pup’s stay!  


What We Feed Our Guests

We always recommend you bring your pet's food from home during their stay. It's easier on their tummy, one less transition, & makes everyone feel a little bit better. But, we know it's not always plausible to pack their food from home, so we want to tell you about what we feed!

We now feed all of our canine guests Diamond Naturals Adult Beef & Rice formula. We love this food. We're actually so confident in it that it's what we feed our personal dogs. It's free of corn, wheat, and soy! Diamond Naturals is also full of probiotics, so it should help keep your pup's tummy calm even with the food change. If your dog loves it while they stay with us, we offer it with free home delivery. It even comes in a convenient 40 pound bag! Check out what Dog Food Advisor says about it here

We feed our feline guests Diamond Naturals Indoor Cat (chicken) formula. Made cage free chicken, it's corn, soy, & wheat free just like their dog formulas. 

New! Does your pet need a grain free diet?

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We now offer 4 varieties of grain free food as an optional upgrade during your dog's stay. There's grain free food for whatever stage your dog is in: Taste of the Wild Puppy, Professional+ Adult, Professional+ Large Breed, & Professional+ Senior. For just $2 per day, regardless of how many meals your pup eats, we will feed any of our grain free varieties. 

Flea & Tick Season is (Unfortunately) Here!

It's THAT time of year again. Flea & tick season is upon us. Even your indoor cats need to be protected, as fleas or ticks could be brought in from outside on clothes, shoes, even the dog. Here our are favorite products to combat fleas & ticks...

  1. Seresto Collar - We love these! While most flea collars do not work, these are worth every.single.penny! Made by Bayer, these last 8 months straight, and can even get wet. They are also able to be kept on during your dog's DayCare or Boarding stay with us. Seresto Collars are made for large dogs, small dogs, even cats!
  2. Vet's Best Yard Spray - It's important to treat your yard, even if you don't already have a flea or tick problem. Deer, rabbits, squirrels could drop fleas in your yard, then being picked up by your dog or cat. We love Vet's Best because it's natural, plant based, and you can just hook it up to your hose and you're good to go!
  3. Safari Flea Comb - A flea comb is a really important tool to have in your pet supplies kit. A great time to flea comb your pet is when they laying on the couch or their bed in the evening, they will enjoy the light brushing and you'll be checking to make sure their skin & fur is clear. We chose this flea comb over others because it has a really nice handle and is well made. 
  4. Capstar - Available for small dogs & cats, along with large dogs, Capstar is a quick solution to your flea problem. Capstar is a small pill you give your pet, and over the following 24 hours the Capstar kills every flea that bites into your pet. While Capstar will not kill eggs, or fleas that don't bite in that time frame, it will help you contain your problem until you can get them in to us for a flea bath. As always, check with your vet before giving any pills to your pet that you have never given them before. 
  5. Vet's Best Home Spray - We really love how natural Vet's Best is! It's safe enough to be used on bedding, furniture, carpets, & rugs. It's even made in the USA!

These are our favorite flea & tick products. Some are before fleas, some are if you already have fleas, but we think all will help you. We have personally used all of the products on this list, we would only recommend the best.

Disclosure: Some of the links above may be affiliate links, meaning at no additional cost to you, we earn a commission when you make a purchase through those links.

Is Doggie DayCare Right For Your Dog?

Does your dog have an endless amount of energy, or is getting into mischief at home, or is having trouble making new doggie friends, or maybe all of the above?? Than Doggie DayCare may be the right choice! Doggie DayCare has a lot of great benefits that your pup can benefit from:

  • Exercise: Dogs need a lot of exercise, even the one's who aren't very hyper! Exercise is very important to help build & keep a healthy immune system. We can help your dog exercise during the day when you're busy with work or family. 
  • Interaction: Your dog will meet tons of new dogs & people when they spend the day with us. Between our DayCare and boarding guests, we have a lot of friends for your dog to meet! We always start them out slowly, one-on-one, and if your dog does well we will move them up to a bigger group. If your dog doesn't like other dogs, don't fret! They will still receive plenty of interaction with our highly trained employees. 
  • Stimulation: Dogs, like people, need stimulation. Keeps their brain sharp, it's fun, & it helps them come home tired. Doggie DayCare provides constant stimulation, especially if your dog is used to napping during the day. 
  • Energy Release: More than anything else, we help your dog release their energy! With 5 acres & a pond, we have plenty of room & time to help your dog really run wild and do dog stuff with their doggie friends!

Doggie DayCare at Francis Kennels is 6 AM-6 PM Monday-Saturday, no appointment necessary. You're welcome to pack your dogs breakfast/lunch/dinner if you'd like us to feed them during the day. We provide the bowls & toys. All are welcome at our DayCare, regardless of temperament, breed, or age. Your pup just needs to be up to date on their age appropriate vaccines & you're good to go!

If you think Doggie DayCare is right for your dog, or you have more questions, give us a call at (937) 374-1636. You can also check out our Doggie DayCare information here.

All new clients receive their first day of Doggie DayCare FREE! 


Will You Take a Short Survey for Us?

We are hoping to add training services to our facility this year. We would love to hear your feedback!

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Thank you for taking the time to give us your opinion! We value & appreciate you!

Meet Our Most Interesting Furry Guests!

Did you know we have a family of goats that resides with us? Brutus, Buckeye, George, & baby Flurry! Our goats help keep the property free of pesky weeds, chemical free! We have had goats about 10 years, with our original goat (literal OG) Billy passing away last year. You may see them around chewing on some long grass or wandering around when you drop off for DayCare, but they won’t hurt you! Feel free to ask us for some goat food if you want to give them a treat.  They also enjoy leftover veggies in case you have any extra ;-)  

Adoptable Pet of the Month: Lenny!

Meet Lenny! Lenny is a cool dude. He’s a handsome orange cat, and let me tell ya, he is ALL orange cat. The personality, spunkiness, & ‘tude they are known for, he’s got. He’s playful, happy, loves toys, loves attention, loves people. He would love another cat to play with, or older kids to keep him entertained. He’s even cool with dogs! Lenny came to us when his former owners left him & his K9 brother Louie behind when they moved. They left the poor boys outside but they didn’t leave their house they knew, hoping their people would come back for them. We took in both little guys, & Louie has found an awesome home. Now it’s Lenny’s turn! Lenny is around a year old, already neutered, vaccinated, & ready to go!

If you are interested in adopting Lenny, please contact us at (937) 374-1636!


It’s Adopt a Shelter Pet Day!

April 30th is National Adopt a Shelter Pet Day! In case you’re looking for a new family member, here are our local shelters:

Greene County Animal Control - 641 Dayton  Xenia Rd. Xenia, OH 45385 

Montgomery Co Animal Resource Center - 6790 Webster St. Dayton, OH 45414

SICSA -  2600 Wilmington Pike Dayton, OH 45419

Humane Society of Greater Dayton - 1661 Nicholas Rd. Dayton, OH 45417

We know they’ll have plenty of dogs & cats, hopefully one fits your needs!


Exciting Changes are Coming...

You may have already noticed that our Cat Room is looking a little different... That's because big things are happening!

Our Cat Room is getting a TOTAL makeover! New paint, new kitty condos, maybe even some shiplap (cue our inner Joanna Gaines) :-) We're revamping this space to make it more comfortable for our guests & their parents, making it more relaxing, & even more fun!

We have some big things planned so stay tuned for the final reveal! 

Bean is very excited for his new room!

Bean is very excited for his new room!