Desperate Dogs is an all inclusive canine resort located in 11-acres of beautiful parks and woodlands providing a unique and wonderful dog hotel vacation experience as well as doggy daycare and rehabilitation swimming pool complimented by home made gourmet food in a cage free environment designed and run by a canine behaviorist - the facility is manned 24/7 and after a hectic day guest dogs relax with his or her own sofa in cage free luxury watching TV and getting plenty of cuddles (at no extra.. cost!!!) - prices are all inclusive of walks, food, administering of medications and all other itemsVIEW MORE »VIEW LESS »
Desperate Dogs is on 11 wooded acres with a running creek and salt water pool for dogs of all sizes and ages. They also have a cabin for rescued senior dogs . These dogs visit nursing homes and senior centers weekly , giving lots of love to the residents. The owners ( who, by the way are fabulous) do not use cages for the overnight guests, but instead have couches, chairs and cozy bedding to sleep on. Meals are home cooked with fresh organic veggies and meats. Pictures are posted daily on facebook of all the dogs playing with funny captions for each picture. I have taken my dogs here, for a day or two , and sometimes for a week or so while on vacation The only problem is they don't ever want to leave. I highly recommend Desperate Dogs to anyone searching for a place that your dogs can run free outdoors while supervised at all times
Lucas, Cooper, and Angel, here, to give a huge shout out for the Desperate Dogs Ranch in Winder, GA. We love the freedom to be US at the Desperate Dogs Ranch! We are dogs (among many) who live to chase critters in the woods, take a dip or two in the onsite pond, roll in the sand or dig at the Desperate Dogs "beach", interact with our Canine pals in the meadow, and, especially, get belly rubs from Aunt Penny, Uncle Pete, and the rest of the Desperate Dogs staff. They often know us better than we know ourselves and anticipate our every need. We also love--now get this--the HOMECOOKED meals Aunt Penny fixes for all of us when we get to stay overnight! Whenever our hooman mom and dad go out of town, we know Desperate Dogs is in our future and our tails can't contain themselves! Plus, Uncle Pete takes the most amazing pictures of us so our hoomans can see all the fun we're having while they're away! Desperate Dogs is just the BEST in Canine experiences!
Area Buford, GA
Desperate Dogs USA is the only place I bring my dog for vacation stays! He is a busy bird dog and loves the freedom to sniff, swim, run, and explore. My dog has better vacations than I do ! Penny and Peter Miller and their Staff (which includes dogs) are truly amazing.
Area Winder, GA
Cost Less than $250
Date November 2016
Desperate Dogs is home away from home for our dog. Penny and Pete go above and beyond any other boarding facility and love your dog as if they were their own. I don't worry one bit when our dog, Hank, is there and am confident that he's having a wonderful time while we are away. They take the time to match the dogs that are staying at the ranch to make sure that they will get along well...you can rest assured that your pup is having a ball playing all day with other dogs that they enjoy. He eats delicious homemade food, swims daily, lounges outside in the sun, and sleeps on plush furniture. His vacation rivals ours! We are blessed to have a second home for Hank to visit when he can't go on vacation with us!
I say "boarding" because it's really so much more than that. It's more like Doggy Six Flags. My wife and I will never use anyone but Penny to take care of Ruger when we can't take him with us. 100% off leash, many many acres to run and home cooked meals are just a few of the things we love about this place. It truly is TOP NOTCH. Penny is super knowledgable , firm and understands your dog. Talk is cheap. Go check it out yourself.
There is not enough stars for this place. Heaven for our Rocco, he loves it and he is the happiest boy there, you can see his pics. DD and Family are the best and truly love their job.
Posted: 12/03/2015 • Link to this review
Desperate Dogs is everything you would hope for of your dog's boarding experience, and then some. The personal and individual attention that each dog receives is exemplary. They are not just pushed into cages or crates and left there except for a short exercise period. They have supervised, free range of the acres of wooded land replete with streams, obstacle courses, ponds, a lovely swimming pool and, of all things, a highly popular mud spa. Indoors the luxury treatment doesn't stop. All of their food is prepared in house from fresh wholesome ingredients. They sleep on couches...dorm style, sharing their resort vacation, just as you would wish for them. To have photos posted to Facebook while we were gone, gave me a great sense of ease. My TJ looked so happy and free! If I were pressed to do so, I could not think of a single thing that is missing from your dog's experience at Desperate Dogs. They even have a concierge named Levi on hand to lend a thoughtful doggie ear to any pup who just needs to talk. I can't express what that means for my peace of mind!
Area Dacula, GA
Cost $250 - $499
Date December 2015
Posted: 12/03/2015 • Last edited: 11/14/2016 • Link to this review
I drive almost an hour to drop my dog, Trebek, off with Penny and Pete and it's totally worth it! Trebek gets the best care imaginable... Home-cooked meals, tons of playtime with new and old friends, massages, exercise, etc. While he's there I get to enjoy loads of pictures, witnessing all of the fun he's having! It's great to be able to see how happy he is while I'm away... Totally puts me at ease! I never worry about my dog when he's with Penny! Desperate Dogs is the best... Hands down!
Posted: 12/03/2015 • Link to this review
The Millers are committed to giving dogs the utmost freedom to run and play, get messy, have the very best food all while looked after with love and understanding. The only place that I have ever felt 100% comfortable with. Penny's ability to analyze behavioral issues, and integrate troubled dogs into a group without dominance and bully tactics is phenomenal.
Penny, Pete and their staff at DD are the absolute best anywhere!! Their deep love of dogs is obvious from the moment that you meet them. I had never boarded my dogs until I met Penny. I trust everyone at Desperate Dogs completely with my furry kids!!
Desperate Dogs is hands down the best. I know that my dog Lady is taken care of as if she were their own. This place is a true haven for dogs and staffed by the most knowledgeable, caring, attentive, honest and hardworking people! They take the time to really know their 4 legged clients and 2 legged ones as well!
I have never boarded any of our dogs, ever! We were always scared to. What a huge relief to have found Penny, Pete and the fabulous ranch! Words cannot express how great of a feeling it is to have found a place for our fur baby to stay when we are away! They are very accommodating and the daily pictures are amazing! They have went above and beyond making me feel comfortable leaving our baby. Highly recommended! Our pup loves the ranch.
This is the BEST place for dogs, EVER. My dog loves his stays here and gets to run and play and receive amazing care, so I get to enjoy my trip more. They truly love each soul that comes through their doors!
We would have no hesitation recommending Desperate Dogs to anyone looking for Dog Boarding or Doggy Day Care services and if you live in Atlanta it is well worth the drive up 85 to Braselton - Penny is a great behaviorist and with my hectic travel schedule for business they are very accommodating for early drop offs and late collections which reduces stress and saves money too !!! We also love the fact that they only take a limited number of guest dogs at any one time in order to make sure every guest gets the very best attention 24/7 - the swimming pool is a blast and our dog always sleeps for two days after a stay at Desperate Dogs - makes our vacations and out of town time so much more enjoyable knowing that our dog is having a great time too - always used to hate the thought of leaving him somewhere caged and left alone but know now that he is sat on a sofa watching TV with Aunty Penny - awesome !!!!!
Posted: 4/22/2012 • Link to this review
2012, 2015, 2016
Run by a certified canine behaviourist, specialising in fear and socialisation issues. Dept of Agriculture kennel licence. Association of pet dog trainers member. Fully insured.
* By Appointment Only
* 24-Hour Service Available
Pesticide free premises. Fleas and ticks repelled by cedar oil. Locally sourced food ingredients and organic produce where possible.