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OUR STORY

At The Hound Lounge, we understand that your furry companions are more than just pets; they are cherished members of your family. Nestled in the heart of Barrie, our family-run dog daycare provides a safe, nurturing environment where your dogs can play, learn, and thrive.

The Hound Lounge was born out of our deep love and passion for dogs. As a family, we've always shared a special bond with our canine friends and wanted to create a haven where dogs could socialize, exercise, and receive personalized care throughout the day.
 

Founded in 2015, our dog daycare has grown from just an idea into a beloved establishment known for its warmth, expertise, and unwavering commitment to canine welfare. 

What Sets Us Apart

  • Family Values: As a family-run business, we prioritize trust, compassion, and personalized attention in everything we do. When you entrust your furry friends to us, you become part of our extended family. We pride ourselves in our transparency and honesty with all customers. Never wonder what your dog is up to during the day. Check out our social media stories to see all the fun they get up to while you focus on your busy day.
     

  • Safety First: Your dog's safety is our top priority. Our facility is equipped with state-of-the-art security measures, supervised play areas, and trained staff members who are dedicated to ensuring a secure environment at all times. Your dog's health and well-being are our utmost concern, which is why we maintain a clean and sanitized environment at all times.

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  • Exceptional Care: Our daycare services provide dogs with a stimulating and social environment where they can engage in supervised play, exercise, and enrichment activities throughout the day; giving your dog a safe space to just be a dog.

 

Join Our Pack

At The Hound Lounge, we're more than just a daycare – we're a community of passionate dog lovers dedicated to enriching the lives of our four-legged friends. We invite you to fill out our daycare application or contact us to learn more about our services. Thank you for considering The Hound Lounge as your trusted partner in caring for your beloved canine companions.

MEET THE TEAM

True Pet Lovers. Hover over our images to learn more about us!

Charlene the founder of The Hound Lounge

Charlene Anderson

Founder

Charlene started her career in Commercial Real Estate and had her Real Estate License but she knew she had a passion for working with animals, especially dogs. Her love for dogs inspired her to raise, show, and breed Shiloh Shepherds and she even went back to college for the Veterinary Technician program. After that she went back to Georgian College and graduated with honours from the Business Marketing program. The Hound Lounge was her major project in college, which she brought to life in 2015. When not at The Hound Lounge Charlene likes to spend time with her family and her puppy Merlin and read a good book. We are so grateful for what you have built Charlene!

Maguire with her dog

Maguire Boucher

Maguire grew up in Oro-Medonte and went to school in Barrie. She graduated with honours from the Advertising and Marketing Communications program at Georgian College. Maguire has been around dogs for as long as she can remember. Growing up she would help her mom, Charlene, in raising, showing, and breeding their Shiloh Shepherds. She has been at The Hound Lounge since the very beginning and is excited to combine her love for dogs with her knowledge of Advertising & Marketing. When she is not at The Hound Lounge, Maguire likes spending time with friends and family, going for hikes, and reading a good book. We are excited to see what your future holds at The Hound Lounge!

Sam at dog daycare

Sam Walmsley

Sam has always had a love for all animals. She graduated from the Veterinary Admin and Assisting program from Loyalist College in 2017. Through the years she has volunteered at Furry Friends, the SPCA in Barrie, and Precious Paws. While she was there she helped with dog walking, feline care, and small animal socialization. Sam has also worked at Charing Cross Cat Clinic in Brantford and Big Bay Animal Hospital. When not at The Hound Lounge Sam enjoys hiking and playing with her kitties Walter and Willy. She is always on the lookout for new hiking trails. Sam loves being outdoors embracing nature. We are so happy you are a part of The Hound Lounge family!

Amanda with Golden Retreiver

Amanda Ryan

Amanda grew up in Barrie and has lived here her whole life. She has a bachelor of business from Laurentian University but has since decided to take a different path in life. Amanda volunteered at Furry Friends for 5 years and continues to foster cats. Amanda has always loved animals and knew she wanted to work with them one day. The Hound Lounge allows her to combine her passion for animals with her job. Who wouldn’t want to play with dogs for a living, right? Amanda also has a passion for animal welfare and rights. When not working Amanda is taking care of her rescue animals full-time.  We're so glad you're here, Amanda!

Tatum King with her dog

Tatum King

Tatum graduated from Eastview Secondary School. She has primarily worked in the customer service industry but has volunteer experience with various rescues like the OSPCA, Just N Time Rescue, and Precious Paws Rescue. Tatum’s love for all animals is what brought her to us and we couldn’t be happier to welcome her to the team! Tatum has 2 of her own dogs at home. In her free time Tatum enjoys spending time with her friends and a hobby of hers is photography. Welcome to the pack Tatum!

Ella with dog

Ella Savard

Ella has always had a passion for working with animals. She has attended Georgian College for their Veterinary Technician program and volunteered at Animals Hospitals but decided to branch out and look for other pathways of working with animals. Ella was unable to have a dog due to family members allergies which made her want to make the change into a dog daycare setting. In her free time Ella volunteers at a Wildlife Rehabilitation Centre. She even fostered two raccoons named Mikey and Marty! Ella is also an avid reader, knitter, and loves to spend time outdoors with her friends, family, and kitties. As you can tell, Ella loves all things animal related and we’re so pleased to welcome her to the team! 

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Merlin

Merlin was born in Ohio but gained his Canadian citizenship at a young age. He has been working at The Hound Lounge since he was 3 months old! He excels at treat and toy testing and has even been promoted to our Senior Greeting Professional. When not at The Hound Lounge Merlin likes to lie in his pool and cuddle his family. Merlin’s favourite part of his day is when he can come to The Hound Lounge and play with all his friends!

"Until one has loved an animal, a part of one's soul remains unawakened."

Anatole France

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