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LIBERTY, NY — Dog owners in Sullivan County can now treat their best friends to a fun-filled and active day at the Liberty Pet Ranch owned by Tina and Matt Johnstone. Located at 15 Oak St., in the Village of Liberty, this recently opened daycare facility for dogs provides spacious play areas indoors and out to allow for exercise and socialization with other canines.
Designed to improve your pet’s quality of life in a safe, and nurturing environment, the facility provides dog owners the comfort of knowing that their dog is being cared for while they are at work or running errands.
“It’s like sending your dog to day camp,” said Tina. “Our play areas allow for maximum fun and the chance for your pet to burn off pent-up energy and come home relaxed and ready for bed.”
Matt is a retired NY State Trooper who worked in the K-9 unit for nearly 17 years. The couple still has a Belgian Malinois named Jed, who worked alongside Matt during his years with the state police. Matt used to teach dogs at the Canine Training Center in Cooperstown, and may eventually offer dog training at the ranch if there is enough interest.
Housed in what was once a storage building, the Liberty Pet Ranch underwent extensive renovations, turning the space into a 1,300-square-foot indoor play area with heated floors and crates for downtime. Outside is a 7,000-square-foot yard for playing and running in the fresh air. The yard even has a fire hydrant for potty breaks.
To ensure that everyone is happy in the space, new dogs are carefully screened before signing them up, making sure that they are comfortable and socialize well with other dogs.