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It is our mission to help your family improve your dog's quality of life by providing them with a nurturing, stimulating and secure environment to enjoy while you are away from home. Providing your pooch with Daycare allows them  to be a social member of a canine family, and can help to reduce or eliminate unwanted behaviors, add to socialization skills and is beneficial exercise! A well-exercised dog is a happier, healthier, better-behaved dog! We encourage you and your canine to visit our pack!  We offer over a 1/2 acre of fenced play yard and a climate controlled daycare facility with rubber flooring, for easy on the joints while playing. Many of the smaller dogs have their own days, Tuesday & Thursday's to be with dogs compatible to their own size.  

We look forward to getting to know you and your furry friend and to assist you with all of your canine's needs. Feel free to contact us with any questions you may have. If we can not directly assist you, we will refer you to an animal specialist who can! 

Bonnie Buckley; the owner of Alternative Dog has been an active part of the Animal Rescue community for over 25 years. Bonnie welcomes local rescuer's to make contact if your rescue would like to use our facility to house an "Adoption Event". Adoptive pets must be fully vaccinated and have current health certificates & originate from within MA. 


Have a friend or family member with a pooch who could benefit from one of our services? Contact us at 978-346-7266 to purchase a Gift Certificate for your 4-legged friends!

**Dogs&Storks™ offers, positive, practical and fun solutions 
for families preparing for baby. This program clears up myths,
emphasizes realistic expectations and sets families and
their dogs up for success before baby arrives!
Go visit: DogsandStorks.com

Dogs, Babies, and Expectations – Getting You Ready!

Childproofing Your Dog : Brian Kilcommons
Parenting with Pets : Christine Hamer
Raising Puppies & Kids Together : Pia Silvani



by: Pam Barbe, MT (ASCP)

What is Tick Disease?

  1. What is Tick Disease?
  2. What are the signs and symptoms of tick diseases?
  3. What is meant by the terms acute, sub-acute (sub-clinical) and chronic?
  4. Can tick disease mimic other medical conditions?
  5. What routine lab tests can be indicators of possible tick disease?
  6. How many strains of Ehrlichia are there?
  7. Which ticks in the US transmit disease?
  8. Which diseases should my dog be tested for?
  9. Where can the testing be done?
  10. What will the result of the titer tell me?
  11. How do you remove an attached tick?
  12. What preventive measures are available to avoid ticks on my dog?
  13. What is used to treat tick disease?
  14. How do you identify the type of tick?
  15. References and other Valuable Links



Canine Good Citizen Tests — Practice your skills at drop-in classes beforehand. Go HERE to see the requirements and remember your dog’s brush and rabies certificate.  Local area testing is offered by several area Trainer's & Center's



Therapy Dogs International (TDI®) is a volunteer organization dedicated to regulating, testing and registration of
therapy dogs and their volunteer handlers for the purpose of visiting nursing homes, hospitals, other institutions and
wherever else therapy dogs are needed. VISIT THEIR SITE!

**Testing Requirements

Daycare Hours of Operation:

Monday - Friday: 6:30 AM - 6:00 PM * or by Appointment.

57 Bear Hill Rd - Merrimac, MA 01860 
Phone: 978-346-7266