SHORT & LONG TERM BOARDING Plus EXERCISE, SWIMMING & PLAY DAY CARE
Client Release form (must have on file for all contact info)
(helps us to understand how your dog interacts with other dogs)
The dogs are personally cared for by Gary & Elena Lamberson, Andrea Chandler, Clem Dilligard and Alonzo Campbell, Click on each small image below more areas of our kennel and the 5 acre play lawns.
Silversmith Farm Boarding Kennel, LLC is a small (16 indoor/outdoor runs), private, upscale, unique, family owned and operated kennel on Silversmith Farm, Johns Island, SC. It is located 15 min from Charleston on a 30 acre farm, protected by an electric gate. It is basically a small kennel in a doggy park! We are open 365 days a year from 7:00 AM - 9:00 PM. We are open on all Holidays as well. Since we are not open to the public, prospective clients are required to make an appointment for a visit & tour so that they may become familiar with the services we offer.
Our kennel is unique - because it is a show kennel! We want our show dogs to exercise and never feel anxious about being confined or locked up. And, this is how our boarding clients are treated - like our show dogs!
The kennel building is a charming little cottage next to our home. We are likely the SMALLEST boarding kennel in the Charleston area, which means the dogs get loads of personal attention while they are here. But, this also means we fill up fast, so clients must plan ahead! We do not board kitties.
Our doggy clients enjoy large, climate controlled indoor rooms with their own covered outdoor porches-- PLUS, they are let out to run in large, shaded fenced in areas 4 times a day! [6:30AM, NOON, 5:30 PM & 9:00PM]. This exercise and contact with nature creates a feeling of contentment for our doggy clients. In fact, some are so happy here - they don't want to go home! Our clients bark with joy the minute their owners turn into our driveway -- the anticipation of excitement!! They know they will be pampered, comfortable and most of all, they will be played with and loved while they are here on vacation. And, more importantly (in their minds), they can see who is here, mark all the trees and bushes, dig and roll in the exercise yards and bark all they want!
PLAY DAY CARE! We offer Play Day Care on Tuesday, Wednesday & Thursday. If your dog likes to play, we will find a compatible play group for him/her. We let our compatible groups outside in large fenced in paddocks and supervise their play four times a day. Some play groups go to the pond for some great swimming and retrieving.
Here are some happy dogs during their swimming sessions or playing in the snow:
Long Term Boarding: We offer long term boarding (1 month or more) for owners who are building homes, moving or on extended vacations. There is a reduced fee for monthly boarding (see Fees & Services page)
Day Care - a number of our clients work long hours and don't have time to exercise their dogs during the week. So they bring them over here for us to play and exercise. Some are once a week and others come 2-3 days a week. Some clients have us exercise their dogs all week days so they will be more "laid back" on weekends while they are at home!
Out of Town Owners: Many vacationers use our facilities when they are renting at Kiawah or Seabrook Islands (most rentals do not allow dogs) because they can come see their dogs daily - some even come over and have a picnic lunch and play with their dogs here on our grounds . Or, they come pick up their dogs, take them to the beach for the day and bring them back in the evening.
We have a 5 acre, double fenced exercise area where obedient
go on leg stretching romps!
Our mission is to provide the very best boarding facility possible so
that our clients will be happy while away from home. We accomplish this by giving them lots
of individual attention, care and, of course, .....exercise!
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The kennel was originally built in 1995 as a new show kennel for Silversmith Weimaraners (est. 1978) by Elena Smith Lamberson. In 1999, Elena retired from Medical University of South Carolina where she served on the Faculty teaching and working in clinical microbiology. She then developed the boarding facility from her existing show kennel building. Gary retired from his law practice and loves dogs, so he is a great helper! There are 16 indoor rooms all connected to outside porches, which are covered and under shady oak trees. There is a Family Room which, when we do not have a litter of puppies, can be used for groups of 4-6 dogs in the same household with its own covered porch and exercise yard. The kennel is air conditioned and heated. We do basic grooming (bath, cream rinse, brushing, ear cleaning). There is also a laundry room where we wash towels, bedding, collars, and blankets. For photos of the kennel click HERE
The kennel is routinely cleaned three times a day - this includes mopping and sweeping inside rooms and cleaning/disinfecting outside porches. Water buckets and food bowls are washed twice a day at meal time.