Boarding Options and Alternatives

Attention: Effective January 1st, 2014 we will no longer be offering Overnight Boarding services. New and Improved Dog Day Care services will continue! For more information read the 2014 South Paw Acres Newsletter.

Here are some places I would recommend for boarding your dog: two are in the Columbia area, one near the Kansas City airport, and one near the airport in St. Louis. I am also noting two excellent pet sitters that will come to your home to tend to your fur-babies. 

The Crate Escape

The Crate Escape is located in Ashland, and is run by Nancy Bass. She has been in business about 5 years. She and I are old friends, and she patterned her business style after mine. Her place is a little smaller than mine, but she lets the dogs play together inside and out, and to sleep freely in the dog house if they are getting along. She only keeps 10 dogs, as do I. She can be reached at 573-657-5569. Her website is

Countryside Pet Retreat

Countryside Pet Retreat is east of town, near Fulton. I recently visited and spoke with Jill, the owner. CPR would be a good choice for boarding, especially for longer visits. She sometimes allows one or two dogs to play together in an enclosed grassy area, provided they like each other. Interactive day care, per se, is not provided. It is clean and quiet, in a pretty country setting. Her website is  Phone: 573-642-8561  Email:

Pete & Mac’s

Pete & Mac’s is a small chain of kennels located in the Kansas City area. I’ve toured one of these facilities in its entirety, and feel it is a top notch place. Check out their website at (The location near the airport is at this web The Northland phone # is: 816-587-3900.

No Leash Needed

No Leash Needed has two locations in the St. Louis area. Their web site is The Rockhill location is closer to the airport, but may fill up more quickly than the other location, Valley Park, which is a little farther west. My new assistant Laine has worked for No Leash Needed, and highly recommends them. The Valley Park phone # is: 636-333-9700, and their email is:

In-Home Boarding

If you feel in-home boarding might be a better fit for your dog, SPA recommends two local businesses:

Creature Comforts of Columbia

Jill Swain is an experienced pet caretaker, with several years of working in a vet clinic as part of her background. She offers in-home pet care for all types of companion animals, as well as doing small chores such as picking up the mail, watering the plants, etc. Whether your dog just needs a daily walk or you are planning an extended visit away, Jill can be there to see that your animals are well cared for in the comfort of their own home. Call 816-807-7523 or find on her on Facebook at

Four Seasons Pet Services

Melissa Vogt has been operating Four Seasons Pet Services since 2009. She has many years experience caring for all types of farm animals, in addition to her daily routine of tending to smaller pets in the home. FSPS offers transportation to and from home for pets to vet appointments, doggie day care, and more. Call her today for a free in-home consultation. She can be reached at 573-424-5614 or online at

More Information

For even more information on all things pet related in our community, check out the new Pet Project Magazine, available FREE at various stores around town. You can also see what’s happening on line at

I hope you will find one or more of these boarding options suitable to your needs.

Thank you for trusting South Paw Acres with your dog’s care all these years. We hope to see you in 2014 for lots of fun in our new and improved Day Care Program!