RANCHO JACONA PET POLICIES


NOTE TO DOG OWNERS: If you do not take your dog to a groomer regularly, it is considered polite to take your dog for grooming prior to taking the dog visiting.

Anyone bringing a pet to Rancho Jacona is considered to have read and agreed to the following policies, which have been adopted to assure both your comfort and that of our other guests.

WE DO NOT USUALLY ACCEPT CATS OR DOGS IN BUTTERFLY, RABBIT OR FROG HOUSE, AS THESE HOUSES CANNOT BE BOTH CLEANED AND DEHAIRED IN ONE DAY. WE DO NOT ACCEPT DOGS THAT ARE UNSOCIALIZED AND THREATEN OR ATTACK OTHER ANIMALS OR PEOPLE, EVEN IF THEY ARE CONSTANTLY LEASHED. IF YOU HAVE A HOSTILE GUARD DOG, DO NOT BRING THAT DOG.

WALKING: POOP SCOOPING: Whenever your dog is out of doors on Rancho Jacona land, he or she must be on the leash except when in an "off-leash" area. While on the leash do not allow your dog to pee OR poop on gardens, lawns or shrubs. WE ARE SERIOUS ABOUT THIS! One dog "marking territory" can kill expensive plantings and shrubs during a three days stay. "Off-leash" areas include the river bottom, the fenced pastures south of Frog House, the fenced pasture where the wind sculptures are. These are wild areas requiring no poop scooping where your dog may run free. Pee on graveled areas is no problem. If your pet defecates on driveway, gravel walks or patios, clean it up. (PET CLEANING FEE: Except for animals in cages (hamsters, hedgehogs, parrots, etc.) we charge a ONE TIME $25 fee per dog in a studio, $40 per dog in a larger house, $75 per cat, as this is the approximate cost of housekeeping and laundry time to "dehair" a casita for future guests who may have allergies. Long term guests, those staying two weeks or more, are charged one full rate day in addition to their stay to allow for de-hairing of all fabrics and surfaces. We don't charge for wooly dogs, only those with hair. If your dog or cat sleeps on the bed, couch, etc., please tell us so we can provide cover sheets or slip covers. IF YOUR DOG SLEEPS IN THE BED, BETWEEN THE SHEETS, TELL US IN ADVANCE WE SO CAN USE "DOG" SHEETS AND QUILTS—They are so labeled and are run through the big dryers before washing, to remove hair.

NOISE AND DESTRUCTION: If your dog (s) are accustomed to traveling with you and accustomed to being alone without being noisy, destructive or clawing the door, you can leave them in the house without crating them. Pets are not to be left in the casita unattended if they disturb other guests with constant barking or whining. You know your dog, go with what you are sure of. You are expected to pay for extra cleaning, including professional carpet and furniture cleaning required to clean up animal excrement or vomit, as well as for replacement or refinishing of damaged or vanished furnishings, woodwork, doors or walls.

CATS: Some cats are good travelers, used to it, consistently able to differentiate between a nice new couch and a litter box. Others travel seldom if ever and consider the nice new couch to be an excellent place to pee. Steam cleaning a couch to get cat pee out of it costs around $250. Recovering and padding a couch when one can't get cat pee out of it is around $800. Buying a new sofabed is around $1500. We've had to do all three. It's your gamble. Lupe has a nose like a bloodhound. If it's there, she'll smell it. We suggest that cat owners leave the cat, bed, food, water and the litter box in the bathroom with the door shut each time you leave the house and keep an eye on kitty in between.

BLANKETS AND TOWELS: Please bring your own pet bed or blanket and ask us for pet towels if you need them. We often have to count fabrics used on pets as destroyed since providing new ones is less expensive than picking hair from terrycloth or blanket nap. Our housekeepers are very good, and they see, smell and unfold all.

THE POOL: New Mexico environmental regulations ban dogs from pool enclosures, which in our case includes all the lawn area between the gated wall or fence and the pool itself. Most of our guests and most of their pets enjoy the place tremendously. If you can’t trust your dog not to poop on the carpets and your cat not to spray in the house, please leave them at home with a sitter. We're not species profiling here; we'd say the same thing about our Uncle Phineas.