StayPet Hotel now owned by ‘3 Dogs’

StayPet Hotel, popular for its ‘Waggin’ Wagon' mobile playgroups, spacious play yards and summer Paw-Tays, has been sold by Kim Hormby, who began the business 10 years ago, to 3 Dogs Boarding and Daycare owners Anne Graves and Mike Lauria. Graves and Lauria started 3 Dogs in 2008. The pair has more than 30 years combined experience in the pet industry.

In an announcement of the change, Hormby said, in part: “It has been so wonderful to get to know you all over the years and travel some of your dog journeys with you. Thank you so much for the trust, loyalty and friendship over the years. I will miss you and your dogs so very much!!! For those wanting to keep in touch, I'm on Instagram, please track me down and keep in touch. My own dogs will continue to board at Stay, so I hope to bump into you all over the years.” 

Kim Hormby

Kim Hormby

Mike Lauria & Anne Graves

Mike Lauria & Anne Graves

Pdx is raining cats and . . . more cats

Long celebrated as one of the dog-lovingest cities in the nation, Portland might soon lead the rankings for being feline-friendly as well. Businesses such as Cats in the City have been joined by Mittens Motel, Meow Haus, Purrington’s Café, Pounce Play and Stay in March, and a second location for Cats in the City in April.

Touted as a "deluxe cat hotel," guests at Pounce Play and Stay, located at 2808 NE MLK Blvd, enjoy a rotating schedule of play time, brushing, and snuggles, and custom mini-condos outfitted with toys, heated beds, custom scratching structures and music and videos designed for cats’ comfort and entertainment. Pounce also offers in-home care and dog walking in NE and NW Portland, and is currently seeking new members for its team. Learn more in a future issue of Spot, and at

Cats in the City, which originally opened in 2007 in Sellwood, is celebrating a second location at 415 NE 80th Ave in NE Portland. The newest space boasts a catio, a 125-gallon aquarium, a grand staircase converted into a 2-story playhouse (“The Mountaineer Room”) featuring windows, landings and steps, and plumbed fountains to please a kitty’s love of drinking from faucets. The 4,000 square-foot resort offers 22 furnished guest rooms with private beds, windows, cubbies, towers, stairs, and perches. The medical-grade floors and air scrubbers.

Services include play and cuddle time, and calming music and television. Learn more at

Holiday tips for the pros


With the arrival of the holidays come plenty of cautionary tales about ways to keep pets safe around the tree and the dinner table, but one organization offers a little advice to those at the other end of the leash:  the trainers, walkers and sitters who are in high demand this time of year., based in Sixes, OR, recently sent out its newsletter, The Dog Pro Monthly Minute, with advice for pet pros such as urging clients to make boarding reservations early, hosting holiday doggie socials, and offering gift packages of training and other services.  Sign up for more great tips at

Tips from the Top - Daycare & Boarding


Tails R Waggin'

Juli and Charlie Gilbert

1.  Check out different types of facilities.

Do you need a place where your dog can play all day to burn energy so he or she will sleep?  If so, a daycare / boarding environment would be best.  Is your dog older and/or non-social and with less need for play time?  Then you may need a place that does leash walking a few times during the day or provides traditional boarding.  If your dog has medical issues, ask your veterinarian to board your dog so they’re right there to provide medical attention if the need arises. 

2.  Vaccinations must be current. 

Usually these include Distemper / Parvo, Bordatella (kennel cough) and Rabies.  Most places want your dog to be on monthly flea and heartworm preventative as well.  It is important for your dogs to be vaccinated well ahead of being boarded.  If administered right before, sometimes the stress of boarding or a weak immune system can trigger sickness. 

3.  Visit ahead of time.

After passing the daycare interview process at our facility, we always encourage a dog’s owner to bring the dog in for one or two short visits to acclimate him or her to our facility before their boarding visit.  This gives the dog time to get comfortable here with our staff, and also for us to better get to know your dog.  It also helps us address any separation anxiety or other issues your dog may have.

Personal Note:  Tails R Waggin' Doggy Day Care opened in August of 2008 and is owned by Charlie and Juli Gilbert.  We provide a safe and fun place for your canine companions to play while your family is busy at work or away.  Charlie has over 20+ years' experience training and handling dogs with behavior issues.  Juli has worked in the veterinary field for over 20 years and is a licensed CVT.

4925 NW Fruit Valley Road, Vancouver, WA  *  360-258-0986  *


Mittens Motel

Brandy Slack

1.   Check out the culture and communication.

Will that facility treat your furry family member like family?  When we have a boarder at Mittens Motel, we make sure we either send texts or a picture of their babies to let them know how they’re doing.  We're very open with our communications.  When considering a facility, ask what services are available for keeping pet parents in touch while they’re away.

2.  How does the facility ensure comfort?

Talk to the boarding facility about how much interaction your pet will have with other humans.  At Mittens, getting our boarders to trust us is an important part of ensuring their stay is a comfortable one.  We will sit with our boarders or entice them with a little wet food to help them get acquainted and feel comfortable.  This usually works with cats who are very shy or who tend to be less comfortable with being boarded.  We want their time with us to be calming so their stay will be less stressful next time. 

3.  Do they get to come out and play?

We want our boarders to feel like they're home, so we allow them out of their rooms to play or mingle!  If you feel this would be important for your kitty, ask the facility if this is allowed.  This would also be a good time to discuss your own cat’s temperament when it comes to other cats.  

Personal Note:   We are an all-cat boarding facility in NE Portland, the only cat boarding where cats are let out of their individual rooms to interact with us and other cats.  We don't allow any fighting - most of the time the cats just want to play or sleep.  Our Home Away From Home Atmosphere is conveniently located in NE Portland.  Proprietors: Brandy Slack and Denise Struzan  

6025 NE Sandy Blvd., Portland, OR  *  503-718-5937  *

3 Dogs Boarding & Daycare

Anne Graves

1.   Do your homework.

Take your time, do your research.  Portland is home to a tremendous variety of boarding kennels, so give yourself plenty of time to explore your options.  And even with all of these choices, kennels still fill up quickly during busier times; avoid last-minute shopping, especially around major holidays.  Research prospective choices carefully; read reviews online, call and visit any boarding kennel that you’re considering.

2.   Visit the facility and ask questions. 

Look for these things during a tour:

•           A clean, spacious environment with plenty of natural light.

•           Constant access to fresh water.

•           A secure outdoor area.

•           Excessive barking that could indicate stress.

•           An adequate staff-to-dog ratio.

Ask plenty of questions, such as:  What are the vaccine requirements, What happens in the case of injury or medical emergency, and Are the dogs ever left unattended.

3.   Get to know the staff. 

Look for a kennel with professional, friendly, experienced staff.  Observe them while they interact with the dogs, and ask how they deal with problem behaviors.  Keep in mind that the person at the front desk may not be the one actually taking care of your pet; you have every right to meet those who will be.  Be very selective in choosing people with whom you feel comfortable.

Personal Note:  3 DOGS offers cage-free boarding and daycare in a climate-controlled, 4000 square foot facility, with staff on-site 24 hours a day.  We have over 5000 square feet of securely fenced outdoor space, making our outdoor play area one of the largest in Portland.  Located at NE 42nd and Killingsworth, just minutes from the airport.  Convenient shuttle service available.

5430 NE 42nd Ave., Portland, OR  *  503-206-3028  *

Top Dog - Boarding-Dog


Winner: Tails R Waggin Doggy Daycare

Proprietors: Charlie and Juli Gilbert

4925 NW Fruit Valley Rd., Vancouver, WA

360-258-0986 ∙

Est. 2008

Philosophy/Mission:  Lead the Pack, it's what we do!  It's our mission.  Dogs love the pack, they find joy in the pack, and when they spend the day with us — their Tails R Waggin!  At our doggy daycare, we don't just socialize your dog and play a few games, we introduce your dog to the pack.  And whether it is a pack of two (you and your dog) or 20 —  to a dog, pack means family.  Pack family and Alpha leaders (our human staff) is what makes our daycare different.  The pack defines the dog experience - always has, always will.  Come experience the pack life at Tails R Waggin and see how leading the pack makes all the difference, not just for your dog, but for you — your dog's pack leader.

Claim to Fame/Signature Product or Service:  A Dog's Pure Joy!  The dogs love the pack and increasingly in our society the dogs don't get to run with the pack.  Dogs find comfort and security once they know their place in their natural dog pack.  This is what we provide at Tails R Waggin . . . pack training.  When they know comfort and security and they are among their friends, this equals "pure dog joy.”

Community Involvement, Special Notes:  We support the SW Washington Humane Society, the West Columbia Gorge Humane Society, Beaches Howloween Barkfest, Dogpaw, 4H, Salmon Creek Little League and Battle Gound Barkery.

2nd Place: 3 Dogs Boarding & Daycare

5430 NE 42nd Ave., Portland, OR

503-206-3028 ∙

3rd Place: Lazy Dog Crazy Dog

8805 SE Stark St., Portland, OR

503-477-7334 ∙


Top Dog - Boarding-Cat

Denise Struzan and Brandy Slack of Mittens Motel

Denise Struzan and Brandy Slack of Mittens Motel

Winner: Mittens Motel

By a Landslide!

6025 NE Sandy Blvd., Portland

Get to know Mittens Motel - Feature Story.

2nd Place: Meowhaus

5244 NE Sandy Blvd., Portland, OR

3rd Place: Arnold Creek Cat Retreat

2020 SW Arnold St. Portland, OR

Your Cat is Our Cat


It’s the “your cat is our cat” philosophy that earned Mittens Motel First Place in both the Cat Boarding and Cat Daycare categories this year.  Three years in business, owners Brandy Slack and Denise Struzan emphasize comfort, kindness and care for their kitty clients, giving their cat owners peace of mind.  Boarding cats with cats is much less stressful than placing them with dogs or other animals as some facilities do.  Spacious custom rooms with windows, window sills to lie on, hiding spots, and even privacy curtains make Mittens Motel the cat’s meow.  Special care and accommodations are available for senior or ill kitties — whether they stay for a week or just a day while cat-unfriendly things — like home repairs or service calls — are happening at home.  Perhaps the most unique and winning feature at Mittens is that once acclimated, cats are free to mix and mingle in a common area if they like, returning to their rooms in the evening.  And, yes, assures Slack:  they know which room is theirs.  Purrfect. - Gail Krueger

Popular doggie hotel expands


Sniff Dog Hotel, a popular Portland doggie daycare and boarding “hotel,” will break ground this fall on a four-story addition adjacent to their existing property, doubling the already spacious 10,000 square foot business to become the largest canine hotel in the Northwest.

The new space will offer two outdoor play areas and additional suites, allowing the business to serve more guests.  Sniff currently sees approximately 100 dogs a day, and often has a waiting list for daycare.  “We’re basically full right now,” says Sniff co-owner Corey Murry.  “This will allow much more flexibility for our guests.  We’ll have more play area so we can put dogs with different needs and personalities together, giving them all a little more variation throughout the day.”  Sniff will also be upgrading its already swanky digs.  Business won’t be affected during construction, and the expansion should be complete by spring 2013.  Learn more at

Clark County’s #1 Daycare


Thousands of Clark County residents voted Tails R Waggin’ Doggy Daycare and Boarding Facility #1 in the “Board Your Pet” category of The Columbian newspaper’s annual Best of Clark County Awards.  At just over three years old, Tails R Waggin’ fetched the top honor for its emphasis on care and nurturing the pups under its roof and providing a well-balanced experience.  Among comments posted to the Columbian’s website, one voter said, “Juli and Charlie really care about the dogs in their care and it shows in everything they do.”  In addition to boarding and daycare, Tails R Waggin’ offers training and obedience classes and grooming services.  Check ‘em out at

Lazy Dog Crazy Dog: Smiles Guaranteed

Top Dog Winner Lazy Dog Crazy Dog is reinventing doggie daycare and boarding in Portland.  Its owners, Pete and Jackie McClellan, are also inventing a new language for their industry.  For example, “tommy and taddy,” meaning “temporary mommy and daddy,” refers to them and their eight employees.  The McClellans maintain the philosophy that a dog “is more than a family member.”  Says Jackie, “We treat our dogs like they’re somebody’s kids.  Like they’re our kids.”