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Camp Saugapup welcomes big dogs


Camp Saugapup, “where dogs can be dogs,” has opened on 10 wooded acres at 6243 136th Ave., Sauga-tuck Township.
Diane Pastor Benson offers dogs 40 pounds and larger freedom to roam, explore, play, run or just take a snooze under a shady tree in a safe, off-leash environment.
She and her husband bought their home there, needing a safe environment for their eight rescued Weimaraners to roam, in 2013, securely fencing in six acres. Recently they decided to open their doggie oasis to the community.
Safety, said Benson — certified in pack management through the dog*tec Academy and in canine first aid/CPR — is a camp foundation.
“Although many small dogs like to play with the big dogs,” she said, “it’s not always the other way around. There is a lot of unpredictability in playgroups with a size difference of more than 50 percent. That’s a risk we are not willing to take here.
Camp Saugapup requires a behavioral evaluation prior to campers being accepted on the grounds.
Chemicals and pesticides are not used on the property. Amenities include chew-proof toys, agility equipment, a doggie pool and 576-square-foot outdoor sandbox for dogs who can “dig it.”
There is also a custom, temperature controlled play barn for scheduled naps and inclement weather.
For more information, visit campsaugapup.com or call (269) 355-2504.