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Day care solution for busy dog owners

Snuffling, tugging and romping together in K9 Playtime Inc.?s generous padded doggy play room, Buster, Calypso and Treasure seem oblivious to anything but each other.

They play so hard they fall asleep on the way home, said business owner Heather Fraser of her canine daycare charges. Their owners love that.

Buster, a brawny golden Labrador, dangles a bright rope ring in front of Treasure's face like a lure. No dice. She's busy with Calypso.

Fraser opened her doggy daycare business at 437 S. Central Ave.

Doggy day-care candidates must pass an interview with Fraser and prove they can play in a group setting before becoming part of the play group.

Those with problematic social skills are still welcome, Fraser said, but are kept in a more secluded area.

Even naughty pups get a human playmate and the same comforts as their better behaved counterparts, including rubber padded floors, elevated bed platforms, pillows and toys. Lots of toys. An outdoor play area is also provided.

Day-care play group candidates must also be spayed or neutered. All dogs brought to K9 Playtime must have current vaccination records.

Fraser's shop offers two self-serve dog washes available to the public. For $10, customers are provided with a clean and easily accessible bathing tub, shampoo, towels and hair dryer.

Prices for daycare are about the cost of child care: $15 a day for five days a week attendance; $18 a day for part time; $20 drop in. Reservations are recommended but not required.

Fraser will host a grand opening at K9 Playtime Jan. 27 with doggy games, demonstrations, trick showcase and refreshments for both pups and people.

Fraser said she learned of the canine day-care concept while living in the San Francisco area. She moved to Medford four years ago and began formulating plans for her own business.

I've always wanted to do something with dogs and somehow the idea came to mind, she said. I really wouldn't want to be doing anything different than this.

Reach reporter at 776-4463, or e-mail .

A game of tug-of-war is all in a day?s play for Buster, left, and Calypso. When their owners are at work, the two dogs join others enrolled at K9 Playtime, a doggy day care in Medford. K9 Playtime?s owner Heather Fraser, holding the chew toy above, says rates range from $15 to $20 per day. - Mail Tribune/Bob Pennell