Ann Kanitz of Mendocino loves dogs, loves organic farming and loves her land. Combine the three and you have a unique dog day camp on a working organic farm with heirloom plantings. At Last Farms is located on a sprawling piece of property with redwoods at the end of Gurley Lane, just one mile from downtown Mendocino Village.
When you come to drop off your dog, you feel as if you’re entering a mountain retreat. Ann greets you at a small, shingled hut that offers big, comfy couches for you and your pups. Within the confines of fenced areas, the dogs run free — unless, of course, a dog has a social problem and then they get comfortable digs for the day that keep them from run-ins with other animals. While we were there the dogs were all friendly and having a great time doing what dogs do until exhaustion — run and play.
I owned two beagles, Mac and PC, and took them with us in the car when we ran errands, but usually boarded them at our vet’s office/kennel when going away for the weekend. I wish there has been an At Last Farms when we’d come here for a weekend. I know we would have included them in walks and other activities, but also would have brought them here for the day to hang out while we were hiking and shopping.
On occasion, Ann takes a dog overnight, but it’s usually a small one that gets along with her own dogs. Like the dog which arrived in a limousine and curled up next to her when she started playing classical music.
Otherwise, you can leave you pet with her during the day, 7-days a week. However, she will care for dogs during dinner hour so you can enjoy a meal at the places where dogs aren’t allowed in the dining room.
You’ll find that the Mendocino Coast is very, very pet-friendly with many places to go that includes your four-legged pal. But when you want a little time alone on vacation, think At Last Farms. Finally, there’s one potential complication you should know about: the property is so beautiful you are probably going to spend the day roaming the grounds, enjoying the gardens with your dog!
Some vital details:
Hours: Weekends, 10am-6pm; weekdays, 9am-5pm
Contact: Ann Kanitz
Reservations: required (half or full day)
Agility and Obedience Training: available