What People are Saying about Happy Tails Resort
Katy Likes The Pond!
I’ve had dogs all my life and always hated taking them to a kennel because they hated being there. I started taking my dogs to Lisa when she first opened Happy Tails in the spring of 1996.
My dogs loved it. For a number of years before I stepped back into retirement I took my dogs to Day Care while I worked. I go away a fair amount and they always go to Happy Tails. I don’t worry about them because I know they are having a great time and are being well looked after.
It is never a fight to get them in the car. As soon as I open the door they can’t get in quick enough thinking they are off for some more doggy fun at Happy Tails. They spend their days hunting chipmunks in the woods, and frogs in the ponds, and sleep in front of a fireplace in the dog lounge. When I pick them up to come home Katy (my golden retriever) has to every time take one last dip in the pond before she comes in to go home. She knows what makes an animal happy and is very conscientious about their well-being.
Jessie Loves To Run!
We cannot say the words “Happy Tails” in our house. If we do Jessie will run to the door and wait, quivering with excitement, trying to look like a good dog, waiting and ready to go.
Knowing that she loves the place has made a big difference in our lives. We can leave her there without the guilt we had when we knew we were leaving her for days in a cage or in a small concrete run. She’s a dog who needs to run but because she tends to run too far and for too long, she is hardly ever off leash in our care. What a help it has been to be able to leave her running free at Happy Tails – with a pond to swim in too, if she gets too hot!
Before Happy Tails became a regular part of our lives, Jessie generally regarded other dogs as competition, to be nipped into shape as soon as possible. Now, having been somewhat calmed down by the exercise she gets at Happy Tails and by lots of exposure to other dogs, she’s learned that they can be played with. It amazes us to see her racing around the property with the other dogs.
Thank-you Happy Tails.
From the Guthries – Rod and Sue and Jessie
Relic – From Shelter to Happy Home
My name is John and my ‘kid’ is named Relic.
I became associated with Happy Tails Pet Resort over three years ago, shortly after getting Relic at the Huntsville Animal Shelter. Having never had a dog growing up because of allergies in the family I quickly realized that I needed some help and contacted Lisa about obedience classes. After talking with Lisa we enrolled, and soon it became obvious that I needed to learn as much as Relic. The six week program was excellent and started a fantastic association with Happy Tails.
As a Hydro employee in Huntsville there are often long periods where I don’t get to be at home and sometimes get sent out of town (as far away as Florida) and each time Lisa has been great at accommodating my sometimes hectic and erratic schedule. Early this spring I had the opportunity for the vacation of a lifetime (5 weeks in Europe and North Africa) and even though all my family and friends wanted my “kid” so their kids could see what it would be like to have a dog, I didn’t think twice about taking him to Lisa, knowing that a familiar spot that he loves to go to would make the separation easier on him.
It’s easy to see how much Relic enjoys going to Happy Tails because he gets so excited as we pull in the driveway it almosts makes me feel guilty taking him there (almost).
John and Relic
Ontario Hydro Employee
Cargo Has A Second Home!
Our story begins 6 months ago when myself along with my husband decided to adopt a dog from the SPCA. When we found Cargo, an 11 month old, Husky/Shepard cross, we knew he had to be ours. After all, the poor pup had been tossed around two animal shelters and had two families reject him. We knew he deserved a loving forever home and we were willing to give that to him.
Shortly after bringing him home we discovered a major separation anxiety and confinement issue with Cargo. He could not be crate trained nor left alone for more than five minutes without having a panic attack. We learned that this is common among shelter dogs, especially ones that have been in kennels for too long a period of time. Luckily for my husband and I, we own our own businesses and I have a relatively flexible schedule that allows me to spend much time rehabilitating Cargo. There are times when I just cannot be with him all day so I went in search of a doggy daycare. After trying a few in the area and realizing they only offer kennels or confined areas for the dogs, we quickly realized they weren’t going to help Cargo.
Happy Tails is the only doggy daycare that allows the dogs to run freely, sleep together in one room, and not feel confined in the least. I was fortunate enough to get the grand tour one day recently when Happy Tails had an open house. Lisa, who has become a very good friend over the last 6 months, showed me the grounds and exactly where Cargo spends his days. I was in awe over this place! It is heaven on earth for dogs! There is no wonder why Cargo begs and pleads to go there! He even jumped right out of the car window and bolted for the front door when we arrived in the Happy Tails parking lot one day!
Having a large breed dog, it was nice to see the segregated areas for small dogs, older dogs and large dogs to play and run freely without a worry. Happy Tails is clean, maintained, and certainly Cargo’s second home without question. My husband and I can drop Cargo off any day during business hours and go about our lives without worry.
Happy Tails has helped us tremendously on the road to rehabilitation with Cargo! Without a place like Happy Tails to help us, we wouldn’t have been able to keep him.
Erin Monett & Brad Trott
Parker Is Safe and Happy!
“Parker is a 9 month old Bernese Mountain Dog/Black Lab cross who has the time of his life at Happy Tails. He’s made many new dog-friends and loves to play with them. The concept of having lots of space to run and “be a dog” is perfect for a big boy like Parker. It’s wonderful to know that he’s safe and happy when we leave him there.”
Grandmother – Lorna Walkling
Relief to Have a Place like Happy Tails!
We picked up Crosbie from his first stay with you this weekend and Ian and I wanted to thank you for taking such great care of Crosbie!! Over the years, Crosbie has been kenneled a number of times but never has he been so relaxed and happy away from us. We were thrilled to see that all of your staff were very knowledgeable and have a genuine affinity for dogs. We can’t express how much of a relief it is to leave our Crosbie with people who are as committed to Crosbie’s well being and happiness as we are.
Thank you so much!
Ian Busch and Shannon Loader
Reese Is A Regular Guest!
“Our dog Rosie is a high energy three year old Border Collie/German Shepherd cross who absolutely loves to go and stay at Happy Tails. She’s been staying there regularly since she was a puppy enjoying day care. She always gets very excited and can’t wait to get through the door when we arrive. There is no doubt in my mind that she is cared for in a loving and knowledgeable way while she is there.”
Buddy Enjoys His Space
Thank you so much for your gracious hospitality to our energetic Buddy. We appreciate your care and efficiency and your obvious enjoyment of our pet. Using your facility for the first time we had some anxiety, but your enthusiasm set our minds at ease.
Buddy obviously enjoys himself with the wonderful large area to run and the comfort within. Whether we are off for a weekend or an extended period, we are assured that he is well cared for and appreciated for the character he is.
Enid & Don Powell
Port Carling, Ontario
Bronte’s Quality of Life Improved!
My dog Bronte has been a regular at Happy Tails both for daycare and overnight stays for the past 6 years. He started out as a sedentary, overweight, young dog and has become a lively, fit senior. As a town dog, it has been a wonderful opportunity for him to run, swim and play with other dogs, rather than to be restricted to a kennel and the occasional walk. The experience is more authentic dog. I believe that Happy Tails not only improved the quality of his life but has helped extend his life. The staff has alerted us to some health issues that we might not have noticed.
Bronte loves going and is disappointed if car rides don’t end there. I fell no qualms or worries about leaving him there for a week or more because he is happy and well taken care of. Everyone enjoys their holiday! I am an elementary school teacher so my dog is a very regular visitor. I am impressed with the rapport Lisa has with her furry clientele. I am very happy with and reassured by the consistent level of care given to my beloved pet, both physical and emotional. Happy Tails is truly his home away from home!
Knew We were at a Great Place
Our work requires us to travel out of the country, sometimes for extended periods of time. At first, this caused me great concern as we have 2 small dogs. The idea of putting them in a kennel broke my heart. Leaving them in a cage for 9 weeks was something we would not do. They’re happy little dogs who require cuddles and kisses and like to sleep under covers and we could not leave them where they would surely be unhappy. We checked out many places where they do not leave the dogs in cages but found out that none of them were willing to take small dogs as they did not separate the big dogs from the small dogs and could not provide a safe environment for them.
Finally while searching on the internet we came across Happy Tails, it sounded too good to be true and I’m a firm believer of “if something sounds too good to be true, it usually isn’t true” so I made the phone call and Lisa and I were on the phone for close to ½ hour talking about the facility and our dogs. Just from talking to her I felt glad because I knew she truly loved animals and we hoped our dogs would like Happy Tails. Our girls spent 9 weeks at Happy Tails this summer. Throughout our absence, Lisa kept in touch with us by emails and pictures. Although we missed them we knew they were at a great place and they were being loved and who can ask for any more. Since this summer, the girls have been back to Happy Tails a few more times, for short and sometimes longer visits. Each time we go there, they run to the door before us and wait for us to let them in. Sometimes they don’t even look back at us before they leave us. When we left them in the winter we called to make sure they weren’t cold in their room and Lisa told us not to worry as they were on her couch under the covers!!
We love Happy Tails and appreciate Lisa for the great work she does and for the love she gives each and every dog. By providing a safe, secure and loving environment for the dogs, she gives us the ability to travel without worry and that means the world to us.
Arzu & Walter Wakulowsky
Lou Loves Happy Tails
Ever since my family and I arrived in Huntsville in 2008, we have been sending our dog Lou to Happy Tails.
We brought Lou to other daycare centres in the past but it’s clear that we’ve picked the right place for our pet. It’s obvious he loves it there because just at the mention of the place he perks up and gets excited.
Lou loves going to Happy Tails it is his home away from home.
Lisa the owner is great with dogs and has a talent for reading them.
Thank you so much Lisa for taking great care of Lou when were away. He always has the best time at Happy Tails and I always know he’ll be happy and safe with you.
Happy Tails is my peace of mind when it comes to my pet Lou.”
We strongly recommend Happy Tails
“In the past 10 years my wife and I have lived in a number of foreign countries including South Africa, China and Uganda to name a few. It’s been great for us to see the world but difficult for our two very loving and energetic Miniature Schnauzers because we’ve had to leave them behind on a few occasions for lengthy periods of time.
“Thank God for Happy Tails! Lisa and her team at Happy Tails have been fantastic with our two boys and have given us the peace of mind that they were being properly and affectionately being taken care of while we were away.
“We strongly recommend Happy Tails to anyone considering long term care for their pets. In beautiful surroundings and with the personal attention of the people at Happy Tails, rest assured your pets will feel just like they were at home!”
Chief Operating Officer (COO)
Well-Fed, Loved and Healthy!
“I feel very lucky to have found Happy Tails and its unique long term lodging experience for dogs in Ontario. The ‘resort’ provided my dog with wonderful access to a natural environment from the fields to the pond, that kept her happy, engaged and fit. Plus she had a family in the staff at Happy Tails that ensured she was well-fed, loved and healthy.
“It was hard to leave my dog for 5 months, I missed her. But if I am honest I think she had a great time and was maybe even a little disappointed when she had to say goodbye to her new friends and the good times she had found at Happy Tails.”
Two Happy Beagles!
Our names are Shiloh and Walker and we live a quiet and calm life with daily walks and daily hunts in our backyard oasis.
And then came a time where our favourite friend Greg married the love of his life and we weren’t invited to the wedding. Our mom and dad are the parents of the groom and they had to find a place for us to spend the weekend. As the wedding was in Algonquin park they decided to try out a place called Happy Tails. What a good name for a weekend getaway. We love to wag our tails all the time and it sounded good to us. When we were dropped off they took off our leashes and collars and left them with mom and dad. What a great idea. We love no collars. Then we got to hang out in an enclosure that was 10 acres. What an amazing thing that is.
We ran and ran and sniffed all the time. We are beagles of course and that is our favourite thing to do. We also were allowed to sing as much as we wanted which is also a great thing. We found a great section of the enclosure which smelled as good as it gets and we decided to stay there with our new friend Ludo for the entire weekend. It was even so hard to leave the smells that our new friend Lisa had to bring our dinner to us. We just loved the smells so much it was too hard to leave, even for food.
All too soon it was time for us to be picked up and we had to go back home. We took a few days to sleep and sleep in order to get back to our old selves but we are hoping that mom and dad take us back there again some time. We didn’t know being a dog could be so much fun!!!
We thing that all parents of active and not so active dogs should try out Happy Tails. It is sure to make your dogs of any kind very very happy.
Thanks for the fun Lisa. We loved it.
Shiloh and Walker ( We had mom write this down for us)
Wayne and Cathy Gilmore (Furkid’s parents)
Happy Tails Saves Lives!
In 2010, I was offered the opportunity to go to Afghanistan for a year for work. This was the dream moment I had been working towards for 12 years. With so many years of effort, this moment should have been uplifting, but the decision to go was heart wrenching and only for one reason- what to do with my cats, Lily, 10, and Piper, 9. These girls have been an important part of my journey and my home and I had made a commitment to love them and give them the respect and kindness they deserved. I spent months agonizing and searching for a solution. Everyone in my life loved them but circumstances just weren’t right for placing them with anyone. I drove to towns within a 5-hour radius checking out boarding facilities but every time I drove away crying. I could not bare the thought of my cats being in a tiny cage for 12-18 months with maybe an hour a day of exercise and cuddles. They deserved more than that, they deserved to be in a home where they would be loved and cared for.
With the clock ticking, I did one last Google search and stumbled upon Happy Tails Pet Resort. While it was a boarding facility primarily for dogs, it did have a Kitty Camp that caught my eye. I emailed the owner, Lisa Brooks, right away for information and she responded promptly offering to speak with me. We had a few phone conversations but I knew instantly that Lisa genuinely adored animals, and with her track record for training, grooming and caring for dogs and her wish to expand into cat care and boarding, I was hopeful. A year ago, a made the 5 hour road trip to visit Lisa and see Happy Tails Pet Resort and upon arrival I was met by a lovely lady who greeted me with a big hug, and over a bowl of homemade soup we talked for hours about my concerns, and needs and she patiently answered every question I had. I toured the Pet Resort and saw lots of happy dogs, enjoying the great outdoors and some quietly snoozing after lots of exercise and fresh air. I even wished Lisa had some space on her resort for people to get away! Lisa also showed me her home and explained how she would settle my cats, welcome them and promised they would eventually have the run of the place. After 9 months, they certainly do!
Leaving was excruciatingly painful and Lisa respectfully let me take my time to say goodbye and settle them in. That was 9 months ago, and since then I adopted a street dog from Kabul, Leo, and have sent him to stay with Lisa. Without Lisa and her facilities, including a discounted boarding rate, I would never have been able to save him. Lisa regularly sends emails and pictures with updates of my trio and they are all happy and thriving. Leo has been transformed into a clean, beautiful and respectful dog, and Lily and Piper rule the roost- just like they did at home.
Knowing that over the next 9 months, my pets will continue to receive love and care allows me to be doing what I need to be doing at this point time. I am truly grateful to have found Happy Tails Resort and I highly recommend it for anyone who needs a weekend get away or long term care for the pets you love.
Jodi’s cats Lily and Piper will be joining her November 2012 after living at Happy Tails for 2 years. They enjoyed my home as their home and flourished in their times spent enjoying their fully fenced patio (30×30′) and cat park with lilac and cedar hedges (80×200′). And I enjoyed some seriously good mousers… Jodi’s friend Karen adopted Leo in July 2012 after he lived with us for 18 months. He is such a joy ! Jodi was amazing to send him to live with us in Muskoka. He went from being a street dog living in front of the Canadian Embassy in Kabul, Afghanistan to a cherished house guest at Happy Tails a few days later.
With infinite gratitude,
Kabul, Afghanistan / Canadian International Development Agency
Now relocated to Bejing, China –
Leo is In Pet Heaven!
In 2010, I served with the Canadian Embassy in Afghanistan and had the pleasure of meeting Leo, an amiable homeless dog who had made our compound his refuge. Though covered in dust, somewhat timid and often limping, Leo would always greet me in the morning with friendly acknowledgement and walk with me to and from the gym or dining hall. By the end of my post, I was sad to say farewell to Leo; however, through the generosity and compassion of a colleague, the door to peace and safety for Leo was opened with a one-way plane ticket to Canada.
When I heard that Leo had arrived safe and sound in the Muskokas in the Winter of 2011, I was both happy and relieved. Soon after, I wanted to know where he was staying and how I could visit him at the nearest opportunity. My colleague at the time, Jodi, provided me with the contact information of Happy Tails Pet Resort & Camp, Leo’s new home in Huntsville, Ontario. Lisa Brooks, the owner, was exceptionally friendly and welcomed the idea not only of a future visit, but suggested a small reunion with Leo, myself and another friend and colleague who served in Afghanistan.
It was not until the fall of that year that I was able to make the journey to Happy Tails to finally visit my friend. When I arrived the Sunday morning, I was greeted by Lisa who then escorted us to meet Leo. Leo was immediately excited to have visitors and whether or not he fully recognized me was peripheral at the time. I was just amazed and satisfied to see such a vibrant, healthy and energetic dog ! With his bright teeth and shiny coat, he had literally been transformed from Hobo to Prince thanks to the care and attention provided by Happy Tails. What impressed me most was how Leo had learned to interact amicably with the other dogs, a habit he had not acquired on the rough and solitary streets of Kabul.
As I bid farewell to Leo once again that afternoon, I left feeling even better than when I had arrived because I knew my friend was blessed to be in the closest thing to a pet heaven on earth. With the open spaces, fresh air and natural green environment, Happy Tails is literally a 5 Star paradise for any dog or cat. Like any establishment of that caliber, credit invariably lies with exceptional management, commitment, and a love for animals. Lisa Brooks embodies all three and I would recommend Happy Tails without hesitation to anyone who wants the absolute best for their pet.
Senior Analyst / Canadian International Development Agency
Spa Bath Recommended!
Chance loves Happy Tails. As dog trainers, we are able to have insight into what makes a good place to leave our dog when we are away. We are so happy with Lisa and Happy Tails that we travel up from Toronto just so Chance can have the best experience and fun at his “Camp”.
Lisa provides the utmost care and responsibility for Chance while he is with her. When he arrives he cannot wait to get inside her 10 acres of fenced area, play in the ponds and play with the other dogs. When we pick him up he is very tired and with a big grin on his face. Happy tails also provides full grooming services thankfully.
Chance recommends the spa bath! We have recommended many of our clients give their dogs this experience.
Tony Mursic & Lucinda Dennis
Bark Busters; Servicing Brampton, Caledon, Bolton, and North Mississauga
Providing Best Care Possible!
As a busy principal in an elementary school, I know how important it is to provide stimulation and fun in the lives of our furry kids as much as our two-leggers.
When our family decided upon Hudson, a Golden Retriever puppy, I did all my research first. I arranged a visit at Happy Tails and brought along a good friend from the city who owned a pet business. My friend has a lot of dog knowledge to what makes a great pet care facility.
We both left feeling totally pumped Hudson was going to have the best ever puppy-hood by attending regular daycare at Happy Tails. Hudson is now into his second year of regular attendance. We use Happy Tails’ daycare five days a week. I was provided a convenient secured, private access to accommodate my early morning drop offs. I prepay for the year in advance and get an excellent savings. Whenever we have to be away, Hudson simply stays over with his best friends.
He’s a great dog! I think he might be the best dog in the world. His veterinarian says he’s in perfect condition. I owe it in part to providing him with the right opportunities in life.
I highly recommend Happy Tails to anyone who is serious about providing the best care possible for their dog.
Proud Principal of Watt Public School,
Peace of Mind!
My Casey is a big fan of Happy Tails. He is always excited when we pull in the parking lot, and jumps out of the car and pulls hard on his leash until we are inside. Sometimes he rushes in so fast I don’t even get a chance to hug him goodbye.
I have taken Casey to Happy Tails many, many times, so I know from experience that Casey is having a great time when he’s there. When it’s time for me to pick him up he eagerly meets me at the door, we hop in the car, and he quickly falls asleep. Whether for daycare or overnight stays I am confident in the facility and staff at Happy Tails, and having Casey there gives me peace of mind that he’s having fun, and that he’s happy.
That’s what matters most to me when I have to be away, where will Casey be happiest?” I highly recommend Happy Tails to anyone who is considering.”
Virginia Hastings, Film Maker