I was considering places to board my dog for the weekend and happened to walk by It's A Dog's Life around 9:45 in the evening and decided to take a peek in the window. I saw the woman taking care of the boarded dogs that evening hitting her hands against the cages and SCREAMING at the dogs inside. I would never leave my dog with these individuals.
It's A Dogs Life Day Playcare is a great place to take your pooch for a little fun and exercise. My dog had such a great time playing here that I didn't want to leave!! They have a wide assortment of pet supplies and accessories there also. The employees were wonderful also. Definitely recommend.
These dogs look like they are having so much fun. They get to play in a big open space together. If you are wanting to drop your puppy off somewhere where it can get a lot of canine and human interaction, this is your place! So cute! When I was in they had a few staff members around. Well staffed and very clean.
I have heard 2 reliable, separate, independent eyewitness accounts of the owner of this establishment abusing and mistreating the dogs in her care. She has hog-tied dogs with duct tape and beat them. DO NOT put your dogs in the care of this woman. I have no personal stake in this at all, but I heard these reports and felt compelled to share them. Investigators have been send to this business, but they didn't have enough evidence to prosecute. Help spread the word about this place!
Cons: Owner is abusive to animals
i was over at maries returaunt/bar and saw a taller older women hitting and kicking a dog threw the fence.the dog cowwered and screamed.if i ever get a dog i will never bring it there, who knows how many times this has happened before.......please DONT bring your dogs there
Cons: owner of bussiness hits and kicks the dogs
This is a GREAT place. It is always clean and does not smell like a doggy day care! Linda is absolutely great with dogs and connects with them right away. She is a trainer, and helps me out with training my dogs and understanding why they behave as they do. My dogs love going there and they are always happy to see the staff. I've been going there for over 6 years now and have a lot of trust in It's a Dog's Life.
I appreciate Linda's standards for all dogs who come to It's a Dog's Life. I feel confident that my dogs will not be "bullied" by other dogs (they are small), and I know they won't pick up any bad habits there.
If I could give this place 10 stars, I would!!!!
Pros: Professional, clean, fun for dogs
We've been taking our boy (Bodhi) to It's A Dog's Life regularly since he was 17 weeks old, and we couldn't be happier with the services provided by Linda and her staff. Bodhi can't contain his enthusiasm whenever we approach the front door! We are very appreciative of Linda's dedication, knowledge, and love for her work. She is often able to help us with the medical and behavioral questions that come with raising a puppy, and her tips have been invaluable. She is also willing to work with us on any behavioral changes we are trying to make. Linda truly goes the extra mile for her customers. On the 4th of July, she camped out all night in her shop with "the kids" to make sure they felt calm and safe during the evening fireworks. This is a woman who has genuinely found her niche in life, and it shows! We plan to take our dogs to It's A Dog's Life for as long as we live in Portland, even if we have to drive a little out of our way. Linda and her team are well worth it!
Pros: Everything, especially the owner!
I have been taking my 2 year old dog to It's a Dogs Life since I got her - she was 3 months old. She is a VERY active yellow lab and she goes twice a week. She absolutely LOVES going there!!! We had tried another place up the road on Lombard - where they let your dog urinate anywhere they want and forced all the dogs to take a nap during the day - she hated it. This facility has an outdoor area and an indoor area - I have found them to be well-maintained and well cleaned - no smell of urine that I have ever experienced - remember I'm there twice a week - sometimes more! We've also boarded our dog there when we've gone out of town. This past Christmas - during the major storm - we were unable to get home and Linda even went and bought more dog food for our girl which was no small feat given the amount of snow and lack of plowing! Linda has gone out of her way for us several times with tips and advice on diet, training and healthcare. Even this morning she took the time to show me how to clip my dogs nails. Be assured your dog is in good hands with Linda and her team at It's a Dogs Life!
Pros: See Review - too many to list
Cons: In St. John's - If you're not close, you're missing out!
I have been using It's a Dog's life playcare for over a year now and I cannot speak highly enough of Linda and her staff. My dog is completely well played and well loved. They are strict with having healthy, happy dogs and I have not had one single bad experience with them. My dog is there once a week at least and comes home happy and exhausted! They have dogs of all different sizes and ages and the staff takes the time to play with the dogs and have activities for them. They really put heart into these dogs and it's obvious that they truely care about them all. I would recommend them to anyone.
Pros: Staff, dogs, love, energy, open both Saturday and Sunday
Our 3-year-old dog has been going to It's a Dog's Life ever since he was neutered and had enough shots to deem him ready for social interaction. This has been a great place for him to get socialized and learn to interact with other dogs. The owner of I.a.D.L., Linda, has been an ideal surrogate caregiver to our pup when we are unable to spend the day with him.
Linda and her staff truly care about the dogs in their charge. If you have a pup who could use a place that has both indoor and outdoor play areas, and who wants to play with some amazing local dogs, this is a great place.
The dogs at It's a Dog's Life are always under trained supervision, whether they are indoors or out. Facilities are very clean and thoughtfully configured. Dogs must be neutered, be up to date with their shot schedule and pass a temperament test before they are admitted.
As a long-time regular customer of It's a Dog's Life, I can tell you that this is a top-notch business, run by someone who opened this business because she LOVES DOGS.
We're really particular about the care given to our dog. He's a member of our family and his well being is incredibly important to us. If you're like us and you have a dog in need of a daycare facility, I'd encourage you to visit It's a Dog's Life and speak to Linda or her staff about their facilities and their screening process for new dogs. Linda's dogs, Morgan and Ayana, are super sweet, happy pups who are well behaved examples of the care that Linda brings to the dogs she watches.
But hey... don't take my word for it. Check It's a Dog's Life out for yourself! Your dog will thank you.
I have been going here for 1+ years and today I saw something truly scary. The owner was screaming at a dog and shaking him hard for peeing inside. I watched this for a few minutes and was so shocked I turned around and walked out, and I will NEVER take my dog back after what I witnessed. I really wish I had said something to her to make her stop because she was abusing that dog. I am really afraid that she has done something like this to my dog, who has had accidents when we've taken her before (now I know why she is nervous.. my dog never pees when she sees other people).
Pros: in the hood
Cons: animal abuse
I have had such a positive experience sending my dog for play dates here. The owner and her staff are very friendly and helpful and, most importantly, they really know dogs. I recently aquired an 8 month old large breed puppy that was completely unsocialized to humans and to dogs and had only been house trained for the three weeks I'd owned him. I called and explained my plight - if I didn't get this guy around good natured dogs quickly, my window of opportunity to have a dog that could safely go out into pubic and around other people's pets would probably be lost.
These people were awesome! They let me bring my guy for a trial run and really made sure it was a success. He loves, and I mean loves going here. Not only does he get the socialization and exercise he needs, but they have helped so much with his people skills too.
I wouldn't hesitate to recommend these lovely ladies!
Pros: Great people, clean facility, happy dogs
I boarded my dogs at It's A Dog's Life for several days and overnights. Not only was this an infinitely better experience than being at a kennel, my dogs got exceptional personal attention from the employees, above and beyond the call of duty. My ailing 14 year old dog had a veterinary problem: the owner personally took her to the vet, called me with frequent updates, adminstered multiple eyedrops and medications, and brought a cot from home so as to spend the night with the dog. During the night, she set an alarm clock and took the dog out every two hours. She hand-fed a picky eater, laundered soiled beds, and put on clean sweaters. The dogs played and played, and whine with desire every time they pass the facility window. I have never been so confident of my dogs' safety and wellbeing while I was out of town, than I was with this experience. I will absolutely go back. I offered the facility extra money for their efforts, and they wouldn't take it. A++ It's A Dog's Life!!!
Happy Dogmom on Sauvie Island
I boarded my dog there once - he was nervous and piddled on the floor when the owner came over to take him to the back. She freaked out and started SCREAMING which made him go more, and she made a HUGE deal of it and accused my dog of not being housebroken (he is) and insinuated I was dishonest about that. I mean, I know it sucked and I was embarrased, but this IS a doggie daycare - I gotta expect similar things have happened before. I didn't like the way she interacted with the dogs, and she was fake-nice to me. Plus, her labs (kept in the front) repeatedly growled at my dog, and she kept telling me they didn't mean it, but my poor pup certainly wasn't happy about that either.
Pros: nice facility, convenient hours
Cons: owner high stress, owner's dogs growl, bad atmosphere