Sun Prairie's Premiere Place For Dogs
Greg Altman founded Lucky Dog Daycare™ in 1998, with a handful of dogs and a dream: give our furry friends something to bark about during the day while their owners are at work. Today, that dream has become a reality and then some. With approximately 40 campers each day, Lucky Dog Daycare™ has become Madison, Wisconsin's premiere place for dogs to socialize, exercise, and basically have good old-fashioned fun. Lucky Dog's staff of counselors is committed to providing a safe, supervised, and (most of all!) stimulating environment for dogs of all breeds, sizes, and ages. In addition, Lucky Dog Daycare™ makes an ever-growing list of services (from conveniences such as nail-trimming up to fun stuff like treats and training!) available to their campers.
Camper of the Month
Each month, Lucky Dog awards one lucky camper the coveted title of Camper of the Month. We give this award each month to the camper who displays the best attitude, has the biggest grin and (most of all) has the most fun! Your four-legged-friend could be our next Camper of the Month: look here each month for our latest honoree! Each dog who earns this award receives a free day of camp and a yummy Kool Dog Ice Cream Treat.
Jasmine is our very special Camper of the Month. She was planned to be our June “Camper” and very recently passed away. We still desired to honor her and we wish she was here to receive her full month of pamper. Jasmine was a young-at-heart 12 year Shepherd mix and joined us for play for 6 years! Each visit her family celebrated her like she was “Camper of the Week”! They always got her a Kool Dog with Peanut Chips and she was always thankful, yet patient to receive it. Jasmine had always been an active dog while here for play; it was extremely rare to see her lay down and relax. She spent every visit chasing the other campers around and keeping everyone busy. In Jasmine’s last year, she branched out with the campers she played with and learned new play styles. She absolutely loved rolling on the ground playing and cuddling with her “boyfriend”, a 1 year old Teddy Bear named Toby. Jasmine loved to be free from rules while with her dog playmates; although, at home and during our lunchtime, she never needed commands because she somehow already knew what to do and where to be. She would always find her crate and wait for the staff to close her in to receive her Kool Dog. When she was “off the clock” she was a people pleaser to the best of her abilities. Jasmine was always gentle and loving with her human siblings, and was a wonderful dog-sister to have. We all deeply miss her and wish she was with us this month to celebrate her life and love. Jasmine will be remembered at Lucky Dog by her family’s unique “unit of measurement”. Being a Shepherd mix, she was known to shed A LOT; after a brushing they would ask, “About how many kitties worth of hair?” It immediately became a staple here.
As Camper of the Month, Jasmine’s family will receive a special and unique gift from Lucky Dog to continue the memories they shared. Jasmine will be forever in our hearts.
Greg Altman's qualifications and experience include:
- Certification from the Volhard Training School for Dogs in Syracuse, NY.
- Assisted in training at the Badger Kennel Club
- Trainer for Dog's Best Friend for 2 years.
- Dog Day Care manager and private trainer at Camp K-9 for 2 years.
- Certified in Cardio-pulmonary resuscitation for animals through the Academy of Dog Grooming Arts.
- Certified in pet first aide through the American Red Cross.
- Has achieved a wide variety of American Kennel Club and Herding titles through the years with his dogs.
- Has had several of his dogs certified by Therapy Dog International and visits nursing homes with them.
Read more about our staff members below, who are all posing with customer dogs in their photos.
Megan, Operations Manager - “I enjoy nearly every aspect of working here. The dogs are always happy to come play and happy to go home to their humans. Not a day goes by that I don’t enjoy what I do. I love to hear people tell me they can see how all the staff, including myself, absolutely loves what ‘they’ do. Working with the dogs each day reminds us that we don’t do this just for the dogs, but their owners. Everyone should get the opportunity to let their dog play and stay at a place that makes both humans and animals feel like they have a second home or a safe haven for their 4 legged family members. I have always known I have wanted to work with animals. I have a middle aged chocolate lab, named Gunner, who attends daycare here, even with having had surgery on both legs. I have enjoyed learning about the processes of the surgeries and the exercises during the recovery stages. I have attended UW-Madison Small Business Development Center for their Leadership Series and their other small business classes. My boyfriend is a chef in Madison, but my favorite food is frozen pizza! In my free time I enjoy animal sitting, bad SiFi movies and reading leadership and mentor books.” (Megan has been with Lucky Dog since 2011.)
Justin - “If I had a tail, mine would always be wagging here! There are no bad days here because the dogs always make me feel better. I lived overseas in Asia for 8 years and graduated in Pusan, South Korea in a graduating class of 11! In my free time I like to antique shop, watch cartoons and eat food! I am young at heart and love anything that makes other people laugh. I have been known to paint my face and relax in the yard with the dogs.” (Justin has been with Lucky Dog since 2014.)
Kylie - “I love to cuddle and play with all the dogs. When it is hot outside I will hop in the pool with them! I am drawing all the time and mainly it is of dogs. You will find my ‘doodles’ all around Lucky Dog. I currently have a leopard gecko (Smudge), a corn snake (Candy), and a rescued Chihuahua mix (Rose). I attended school for Graphic Design and then decided I enjoyed Illustration more, and I hope to someday go back to finish.” (Kylie has been with Lucky Dog since 2014.)
Helaina - “I enjoy learning all of the dog’s personalities, playing fetch and giving out belly rubs. Outside of work I like learning about chemistry and zoology. I am currently attending school for my Veterinary Technician degree. I have a 10 year old beagle named Rodney and a 19 year old cat name Stashu. A couple other fun facts about me are that I have a black belt in karate and I am the eldest of 6!”(Helaina has been with Lucky Dog since 2015.)
Emily - “I love playing with the dogs and practicing tricks with them. It makes me happy when they are excited to see me and it amazes me that they begin to recognize us! I am currently learning grooming through an apprenticeship. I have 4 dogs, 3 cats, and 2 birds of my own! Outside of work I enjoy reading, watching movies and science fiction shows.” (Emily has been with Lucky Dog since 2015.)
Cindy - (Cindy has been with Lucky Dog since 2010.)
Carley - (Carley has been with Lucky Dog since 2014.)