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About Hearthside Boarding Kennel

Hearthside has been boarding small numbers of dogs with an excellent repeat client base since 1980. All our staff are highly experienced in the field and share my philosophy of gentle animal handling.

My 40 years of experience include 20 years of nursing and emergency care at three veterinary hospitals; 40 years experience in show training dogs of many breeds, and the successful nutrition and conditioning of show animals; 18 years experience as a professor of equine studies, stable management and equine behavior; and a lifetime of devotion to studying animal behavior and improving the human-animal bond with training methods that are positive and loving.

Our kennel facility offers comfortable year-round boarding and grooming for your family member when he or she can't remain at your side.


Hearthside is a home-based, full-service boarding facility offering:

  • Large indoor heated runs

  • Spacious, secure outdoor play yards

  • Personal attention and supervised playgroups

  • Limited reservations for a lower stress environment

  • Pick up and delivery available

  • Cats and exotics too!

Additional services include 

  • Grooming

  • Emotional and medical requirements of special needs pets

  • Day care


Betsy Atkinson, owner of Hearthside Boarding Kennel and Hearthside Aussies

Our Staff:



Brandy is one of our groomers, and comes to us with experience grooming at multiple facilities, including six years at a local large facility.  She has always loved animals as if they were her children, and has 2 dogs and a cat at home that are her everything. She takes great pride in her work and care of animals, and always vows to love and care for them as her own.



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