Lilburn >Pet Boarding & Sitting > Funnybones For Dogs
4 Killian Hill Rd Sw, Lilburn, GA | Directions 3004733.890761 -84.126571
Mon-Fri 6am-12pm, 2pm-8pm
Mental Health Issues – I had the same experience as myangelj . I have not had my dog here for quite some time so maybe they have addressed their issues. I am guessing that at any facility for dogs that at any given time you could find a dog that is having a good time and getting extra dirty, or an aggressive dog that had not been dealt with appropriately yet. Also, employees everywhere become disgruntled from time to time. However, during the time I used Funnybones, these problems seemed to be constant rather than random. The older male that myangelj speaks of is likely the same one with whom I had friction. If so, he is the owners father and possibly a co-owner. I also witnessed friction between she and her father on several occasions. Due to having mentally ill parents myself, I understand far more about mental illness than I would like to. I believe that the instability I experienced at Funnybones has to do with mental illness. I sincerely hope that if mental instability is the problem that they will find help to better cope. For the past two years I have used a facility called Camp Bow Wow in Duluth. It is more of a drive for me, but well worth it. The cost is about the same. Aggressive dogs are not tolerated, not even mildly aggressive ones. Dog owners are allowed to see what is going on behind the scenes with no accusations of being overly involved. Also, owners may monitor their dog 24/7 by way of the many on site cameras at Camp Bow Wow. I feel that the temperature both inside the luxury cabins provided for the dogs, as well as the indoor play areas is better controlled for the comfort of the dogs at Camp Bow Wow than it was at Funnybones. I have never seen Camp Bow Wow understaffed for the number of dogs present. It seemed understaffed at times at
Funnybones. I don't know if there is an industry standard for staff to dog ratio. I feel that Funnybones would be perfect for someone who has a mildly aggressive dog that won't be tolerated elsewhere. That is, of course, if you don't mind dealing with overly aggressive staff who can not and will not accept constructive feedback.
Dog dirty and injured – The first few times that I picked up my dog, he was happy to be there. After a while, I started to worry because he was afraid to go to one of the older males who works there. He actually acted fearful. When I dropped him off the last time, he was clean. I came back earlier than they expected and he was filthy and smelled really bad. After I bathed him, I discovered that he had a scab on his chest that was not there when I dropped him off. I have found some of the staff to be very rude as well. I will never take my dog there again. You might think they love your dog, while you are there to observe, but you do not know what goes on when you are gone. My dog's fear of this person says something. You can not talk to the owner or staff. They can do NO WRONG and in fact, get upset if you ask them to do anything special. I agree with the other reviewer on here, that if they had better management skills", they would realize that the "customer is always right" The Last time I needed boarding for my dog, I took them to the Pet Lodge, which is in the same general area of town. They have a completely different attitude towards thier customers and dogs!
Funnybones ROCKS – I bring my dogs here at least once a week. All the dogs are welcomed by name when they walk in the door, which is awesome. I don't know how they keep all the names straight. Every dog I've seen there gets so excited they make a beeline for the outdoor play area and leave their owners in the dust! Mine try and jump in the car with me every morning hoping it will be a funnybones day. The staff are all really nice and they sincerely care about dogs. I'm always hearing about dogs that they rescued, so I know that my dogs are in good hands when I leave them at Funnybones. Funnybones is also an excellent alternative to standard kennel or vet boarding. Before I discovered Funnybones I left my dogs at the vet when I had to go out of town. When I got back they just weren't right after being left in a cage for days at a time. At Funnybones you know that your dogs are able to play outside and get exercise with other dogs. I have total peace of mind when I go out of town and have to leave my dogs at Funnybones. I know they'd rather be there than wherever I'm going! The special events are also totally awesome, especially the Poo-au (luau for dogs). On some holidays the dogs even do art projects that you get to keep!
I don't worry about the safety of my dogs when they're at Funnybones. I have confidence in the owners and staff to keep them safe, and I trust their judgment when they interview dogs for trial visits. When I first went there I doubted they would turn dogs away, but I learned that some dogs do actually fail the evaluation.
Also, the owner/staff respond to email, so if you're like me and prefer email over phones this is the place for you. They also take a ton of pictures and videos of the dogs playing that they post online. Prices are good, we spend about $75/month for two dogs to go once a week.
Great care, loving people, friendly dogs – Funnybones is a lifesaver for us. We have a year-old Lab mix and no fence, so Sirius is an inside dog who goes to the dog park almost daily and goes on walks, but whenever I'm going to be busy or out of town, off he goes to Funnybones. Sirius started off in the small dog area as a five-month-old puppy, then "graduated" to the big dog area when I found that the little ones didn't tire him out any more. Kenya, her father Kenny, and their staff really know their clients. They have been flexible during an emergency, when I needed to leave Sirius overnight unexpectedly. He knows the people, knows the dogs, knows the routine, and loves being there. We are about to move and will really miss Funnybones. Kenya does rescue as well, and she is keeping an eye out for us for a "sister" for Sirius, to keep him company when he has a backyard with a fence.
BEST DOGGIE DAYCARE, PAWS DOWN!!! – If you had told me a year ago I'd be eagerly racing out the door in the morning so I could take my dog to "doggie day care", I'd have laughed......but we LOVE Funnybones!!! The owner is wonderful -- giving personal attention to both owner and pooch, and knowing each and every dog at a glance from the first day. My dog now LOVES riding in the car, because -- as often as not -- that means she gets to go to Funnybones! She is growing up into exactly what I wished for from her "doggie daycare" experience -- a well-adjusted social animal, who gets along well with humans and other animals. She is thoroughly self-confident and happy-go-lucky, and I strongly believe it's largely due to the great care and stimulation she and her "friends" get at Funnybones. I've already recommended Funnybones to several freinds and will continue to do so every chance we get...we've been at least a couple dozen times and not ONCE has there been an even slightly "bad note" in any way. Mom and dog are completely satisfied!
My little one can't wait to go! – Funnybones is a wonderfully caring place to take your four-legged family member. Kenya and her staff care about each dog. My dog, who is a rescue dog and VERY shy, will race around the house in excitement if I say any of the staff's names or "day care". They know about Gracie's shyness and work, not only to make her comfortable and happy, but more social with people and other dogs. When she comes home, she is happy and tired and her tail won't stop wagging. I drive 25 miles out of my way to take her here, although there are closer chain play places on the way to work.
By far the best dog care in Atlanta! – I've been using Funnybones for several years now and can only comment that they operate with perfection. This is not a naive evaluation, but one made after using over 5 other centers. All of the areas of customer service are given attention - value, convenience, courtesy, cleanliness, friendliness, professionalism, knowledge of animals/dogs, creative and attentive staff, flexibility, and most of all a dog who comes home happy and ready to go back. I hate to admit it, but I believe they actually provide better care to my pup than I do! Great job! Great place!
The Best Place to Leave Your "Fur" Child! – We can't think of a better place to leave our 2 1/2 year old golden retriever, Maximus, when we need to leave home without him! I like the fact that I can call Kenya, the Funnybones owner, to check in anytime and when she can't answer, I hear from her right away. I love the fact that this business is family run and when we drop Max off, he can hardly contain himself when we turn off the Indian Trail exit. But what I love about it most, is that Maxie is smiling and exhausted from playing with his buddies when we pick him up! Funnybones is not the easiest place from us to travel to from Smyrna but the peace of mind is worth the ATL traffic!
Exceptional Doggie Daycare/Kennel – My two very, very energetic labs have been going to FunnyBones on a regular basis for over a year and a half. They love FunnyBones, and nearly break the door down to get in! When I pick them up they are happy and tired (a good thing), and sleep all the way back home on our 45 minute drive. Kenya, the owner, and her staff are incredibly caring and ever-watchful. We have boarded our dogs at FunnyBones several times while out of town. I love the fact that they get to run and have fun with the other dogs all day while they are boarding, instead of being cooped up in a kennel as at other boarding facilities. I always have peace of mind knowing I have left my dogs in the best of care while I am at work, or while we are on vacation.
Excellent Facility with Carrying Owner – While we no longer take our "kids" to Kenya at Funnybones, it is not that we don't want to. We took our kids to funny bones for 6 months which included an 8 week boarding situation. Everyday that we brought the kids home from "school", they were exhausted. Our Yellow Lab would get so excited to "go to school" that once we were about a mile away, he knew where we were going and would start to cry to be let out of the car. Kenya and her staff have always been great.
The reason we no longer go to Funnybones is that we moved to Las Vegas on 1/1/2006. Since we have been here, there has not been any "schools" that are good enough for our kids until recently. We found a school here that is very similiar to Funnybones which is named "Doggie District". However, it is still not the same as Kenya and her staff. If we ever move back, we will take our kids to Funnybones even if we were to live in Marietta. It is well worth the experience for the kids and it keeps them young.
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