May 2021

If any of you dog and/or cat owners out there are even remotely similar to my household, your pet is considered part of the family. The old adage, “If Brody ain’t happy, ain’t nobody happy,” is certainly applicable at my house. And in that regard, Sandra Mazurek at Home Away from Home Pet Spa (100 NE Mill Street), is there for all of your pet-pampering needs.

“We specialize in total pet care for dogs and cats in a lovely park-like setting,” Sandra said. “We offer boarding for dogs and cats, along with ‘Doggie Day Care,’ bathing and grooming, with a gentle touch. If your dog is slightly more ‘active,’ we have a behaviorist/trainer who can evaluate and set you up with a training schedule among our listing of classes, private lessons, and play times. We also cannot forget our agility training!”

Sandra and her husband came to visit friends in Grants Pass 43 years ago and fell in love. “We bought our home on the river,” she said. “Our visit brought us from Kwajalein, Marshall Islands, as we were on a government contract. I am actually a retired music teacher, mainly with band and choir at Hanby Middle School in Gold Hill. It has been a joy to see many of my then students, now adults, come in with their pets and their families as well.”

Sandra’s summer vacations were spent rescuing animals. I rescued mostly cats at first,” she said. “Then it went to rescuing puppies and onto adult and senior dogs. Retirement allowed me to follow my love of pets and create a pet care business 22 years ago.”

Customers at Home Away from Home can expect a staff who will welcome their fur babies with open arms.

“We know all of our guests by name (even if we forget yours),” Sandra said. “We treat each of our guests as a member of our family and are happy to provide our love and care for each one of your four-legged family members. If your fur baby is here for a ‘stay,’ we have play times and TLC’s available, as well as providing medication if your baby needs it. Our play yard offers a variety of settings.

“We also have a Hydro therapist available for rehab conditioning and weight loss. Debbie Erb also does massage. Her techniques are very soothing and popular with all dogs rehabbing from surgery or injury, and the doggie athletes.”

The spa offer tours from 9am until 4pm daily, except Sundays. Appointments are not required. “We are proud to show off our staff and to share the services we all love,” Sandra said.

For more information, the phone number is 541-471-8775, and the website is You can also like them on Facebook.