Luxury, Cageless Boarding


Growing up with a large extended family, I’ve had the pleasure of caring for many pet types, including dogs, cats, donkeys, and birds.  In 2016, I moved from New Smyrna Beach where I owned a Dog Walking

& Pet Sitting business to join the Dog House Lodge

team.  I currently share my home with my ‘niece’

Derby Rose, a Border Collie and our Lodge Mascot. 

Dog House Lodge has becomean extended pack for

us because of all the wonderful guests that Derby & I

get to play with.  My biggest passion is canine grooming

& hygiene because I feel the spa services we offer provide physical & emotional balance, and enhance the well-being of your dog.





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     It seems everyone associated with Dog House Lodge has ‘rescue’ running in their blood, and I am no exception.  Although I spent 39 years traveling, I was fortunate enough to settle down in Polk County where my family & I invested in a beautiful 10-acre farm.  Soon after, I left my 18-year corporate career to follow my passion of rescuing honey bees full time.  Rescuing bees from Joan’s house was one of my first bee-adventures, and when the rescue was done, I adopted my beautiful & smart fur-baby Wendy, from her.  Although bees are my first love, my passion for dogs follows close behind.   My life-partner and I are fondly referred to as the Brady Bunch as our blended family consists of 6 rescue dogs!  I am thrilled to be following both of my dreams of rescuing bees and doting on dogs at Dog House Lodge.  I especially enjoy loving on the seniors and playing with the younger pups. 

After working in corporate America in Chicago for 14 years I decided to follow my true passion; my love of animals. After a twist of fate I was fortunate enough to begin working in animal hospitals and eventually a humane society. I’ve never looked back and truly love making a difference in animals’ lives. Originally from New England, I now reside in Winter Haven with my beloved dogs Donatello and Silver as well as my furry felines Apricot, Hugo, Kieran and

Matteo.  I’m so grateful to be part of the Dog House

Lodge team; spending time with all of the dogs

makes me smile every day.

     From as young as I can remember, most of my friends had fur;     and my mom used to joke that my first words were “Look what I found, can I keep him?”  I come from a family of animal rescuers, so the apple didn’t fall far from the tree with me.  For 17 years I owned Catnip Trails Pet Rescue, saving & adopting out countless pets.  And although my wallet was always empty, my heart was always full.  I firmly believe that if you follow your passion, you will find your purpose.  So with that motto in mind, we opened Dog House Lodge to provide your beloved furry friends with the same level of care we give to our own.  I am blessed with a husband who supports my dream of being a dog butler (and owning the GRRReatest boarding facility in Central Florida).  We share our home with our rescue kitties and donkeys, and our three pampered pooches:  Willow, Hershey, and Tonka.