Thank you for visiting our pages. We would love it if you would Add to this guestbook we are keeping!
Duerr family would like to take this opportunity to thank you for the warm welcome that you gave to our dog Ozzy. We could tell this by the way Ozzy was jumping all over you by the time we were leaving. We are happy that we found you and anytime we travel to Ottawa, Ozzy will be happy too to visit again. Also thank for taking your time of making great pictures of Ozzy.
Ozzy and Duerr family
Thank you for taking such great care of our dogs. Cooper and Simon are completely un-traumatized from their stay at your kennel. I thought they might be a little freaked out (I thought Simon for sure) but they are the exact same as if nothing ever happened. I can’t tell you how impressed I am with that and relieved that I have a place to bring them when I go away.
Once again Dakota was impressed with his visit to camp. His excitement starts even before we turn into the laneway. We always appreciate the great care you provide for our best buddy.
Bailey and Peekachu wanted to say thank you for the great care they got while we were on holidays. Said they ate well, excercised a whole lot and slept great. In fact they tell me to take holidays more often,so they can go to the SPA!!!! As always, You did a fantastic job with my kids. Thanks again,expect to see us in August!(if not sooner,these two are begging to go back to the great kennels with the great runs,and really loving dog people).
I was very anxious to leave my little man with a kennel after having family take care of him for five years but I felt very much at ease leaving him at Matthews Kennels. Deb and Mel treated Hercules as if he was one of their very own and it is truly appreciated by his parents. Plus, Hercules appreciates the roomy kennel space and the green grass to walk on.
Thanks so much for all the care and attention. I can always leave Sweep with you knowing that she is in the best of hands.
Wanted to take a quick minute to say Thank you for the fabulous care my three dogs received while I was away. They looked great,were well fed, and were quite happy to have us home again. You did a wonderful job taking care of them,and I will certainly be booking with you again.
We were very impressed by the Matthews
kennels.....so clean and comfortable for the doggie guests. Our
dog Sophie had been at a kennel a number of times, but she
is very anxious about being left. Deb and Mel took great
care with her and she came home happy....and there was no need
to bath her!
Once again our precious Darby was given the best of care by Mel and Deb. They even took her to the groomer for us(our groomer had cancelled at the last minute) We have had no qualms about leaving Darby for extended periods of time. She had never been boarded until she was eleven years old ,so naturally we were nervous. Darby has been with Mel and Deb at least five times in the last two years and they have been wonderful with her. Thanks again- we can travel without worrying. Dan Janet and Darby!!!
We have been boarding our two Goldens with Matthews Kennels for years and have only good things to report. Our dogs are extremely well cared for and are quite excited when they arrive at the kennel. We are always confident when we are away that our babies are being well taken care of and we are very grateful for this great care from Mel and Deb.
Lots of thanks to the lovely ladies who look after our English Springer Spaniel "Abbey". She is a huge handful. I would book her no where else. She always receives lots of exercise and attention while she is there and they treat her like one of their own dogs. They always ensure that all her special dietary needs are met and are always flexible with my husband and my hectic schedule despite their posted drop off /pick up times. I would and have highly recommended them to all my friends and clients as a veterinary technician.
Been a long time! I just recommended you to a person on Facebook, and thought I'd stop by and say hello. Glad to see you're doing well and the place looks great. Homer is doing well and says hi! He still reminisces about his stay at Matthews kennels (probably not fondly as he is not too fond of dogs!) but he is glad you could take care of him for those few weeks. Hope you two are keeping well.
Take care and thanks again for taking Homer.
I can't remember who told us about Mel & Deb now,
but am I ever grateful to them! We had always had willing family
and friends who watched Bessie, our sweet but dumb Beagle mix. When
we added K.C., our too smart for anybody's good Jack Russell
mix, it suddenly became a little harder! The trips to Mel & Deb's
Holiday Resort began for the girls. They were able to stay
in the same amply-sized enclosure and exercise together and
were always perfectly happy when we returned. This was
particularly good news with Bessie, as she suffered extreme separation
anxiety from mistreatment early in her life and was already 10
when we left her for the first time. She did wonderfully and
was always willing when we went back. When Bessie died
suddenly at age 13, Mel & Deb sent condolences and
gave a donation to the veterinary college on her behalf. We
were very touched by that. Thank you ladies for your competence
and caring of both pets and people!
We just moved to Ottawa with our 3 (very active) Vizslas
and our English Setter. Finding a good kennel is difficult
at the best of times, but finding one that can deal with very
active dogs who are used to, and need, lots of love and affection
is tough. We were lucky someone referred us to Mel & Deb.
I only send my Sweep (see black Border
Collie Cross in 2006 Christmas pics) to the best place when
I go away. Mel and
Deb take great care of her so I have no worries.
Hi! enjoyed your site. Very professional and user-friendly sort of a mirror image of your kennel. I was very impressed by your warmth and caring attitude towards both the animals and their owners when i visited. Yours is the best facility I have ever seen. You treat your guests as members of your own family and they flourish rather than languish while away from their fa millar environment.
We have a very spoiled dog, Dakota, and
we have been to many kennels in the past. None of them compare to Matthews Kennels! The
way he is treated there sometimes I wonder if he would rather
stay there when we go and pick him up. Deb and Mel and
wonderful hearts, and they treat all of the dogs like their own!
Just a note of thanks and appreciation
to Melody and Debbie who took excellent care of our dog "Sophie." Her
stay at Mathews Kennels while we were on vacation gave us peace
of mind while we were gone as we new she was under the supervision
of personable, responsible care givers, with a personal touch,
and compassion for dogs as any dog lover feels for their own. They
kept contact via email to keep a line of communication open between
us in case of emergency and extended hospitality and good answers
to all our questions and concerns. Thanks again, with excellent
recommendation and reference upon request.
Well, if you read my previous comments, you know that
I was about to go on a Caribbean Cruise and leave Jesse, my
14 year old Bichon Frise with Deb & Mel for two weeks for
the first time. The cruise was fabulous but let me tell
you that Jesse was even more fabulous. He followed Mel
around like a puppy. He looked five years younger, was
as clean as if he had just come from the groomer, never missed
a meal or his medication and had the energy of a dog I hadn't
known in five years. It was obvious when he got home
that he was depressed and missed the daily interaction with
Deb & Mel. So, along came a business trip and back
went Jesse for another four days. His cage was ready
and he went right to the yard and had a run. I could
see the look in his face - free again! Thank you Deb & Mel
for giving Jesse and I a little bit of peace of mind freedom
every once in awhile.
Hi Mel & Deb,
I spent 6 years alone with my Bichon Frise, Jesse
and never left him with anyone. Then I married 8 years ago and only left him with my husband
when I was hospitalized for 2 weeks. No one could take care of him
- I thought. Boy, was I wrong! I have an opportunity to go on
an all expense paid 10 day Caribbean Cruise this New Years. I haven't
been away in 30 years and my husband and I have never been away. So
the trial started at the Matthews Kennels who were highly recommended by
a fellow coworker. You can eat off the floors and I think I even saw
my reflection in them. Mel and Deb work endlessly and tirelessly to
ensure that each pet is treated for their special needs with love and kindness. They
personally attend to each pet 4 times a day instead of pulling up a trap
door and expecting them to go out on cue. They get exercise, music,
cartoons and believe me, it is like a playdate for Jesse. I have full confidence
in these no nonsense ladies who tell it like it is. That instills
trust - the most important factor in giving me peace of mind. I always
know now, without reservation, that Jesse has a second home with
people who love him, whenever it is needed!
Your kennel is the best, I like the personal attention that you take with
my dog, playing ball with him, he just loves it . I know while he's there
he has a great time.
I love this Kennel, it's fantastic! My dog had alot of fun. I really
think she had a great time with all of the other dogs that where
there. Of all of the other kennels that I have put my dog in
you guys are definitely the best!!
I didn't realize that it was possible for people to
run a kennel like this. The
kennel that I had previously kept my Annie at, as soon as I showed up they
whisked her away so fast that I didn't even get to say, "Good-bye!" and
I was never given a chance to see where she was kept. The ladies at
Matthews kennels spent probably an hour with me between the pre-stay visit
and when I actually dropped Annie off explaining to me how they were going
to look after her, understanding my preferences and Annie's special needs
(she recently had orthopedic surgery), and making sure I was comfortable
with everything. It's such an amazing feeling when you can leave your
dog behind and not have to worry every minute that they're being neglected. I
have a couple more business trips over the summer and I'm so glad
I found Matthews Kennels to take care of my Annie.
When I was looking for a kennel for Buster, Matthews
Kennels was referred to me. Like trying to find a good babysitter for your children, a
kennel for your pets is as important. The first thing I did was go
to their web site. I was very impressed with what I read. I went to
their guestbook and found names of friends that had taken their pets here. When
I made that first phone call to have a visit, I realized that the owners
where ladies I knew from past careers. I went for that initial visit
and was sold on the place. Everything that was said on their website
Matthews Kennels came highly recommended by friends but we were
still nervous. The idea of a pre-visit is a great way to alleviate those
nerves. Simba enjoyed both the visit and her stay. No question about where
Simba wants to go on her next holiday.
Thanks again! This was Mac's first time in a kennel and you made it very
easy for him and for us! Mac seemed like he had a great time and we had
no problems's when he came home. We will definetly use Matthews Kennels
When it comes to our pets I am very well known by my friends as Mr. fussy.
Having a VERY bad experience quite some time ago I swore that I would NEVER
leave my pets with ANY kennel from that point on. If I couldn't get friends
to look after my pets I would not go on vacation.
Once again we are very pleased with the
care our precious Darby received at Matthew's Kennels. Darby
is 10 years old and had never been boarded until last Sept
when we were going to Hawaii for 3 weeks. She was so contented
that we didn't think twice about leaving her again in Feb for
3 weeks when we went to Florida. Both times she has returned
home happily without any problems. She is such a baby that
we know she was very well taken care of. Thank you so much!What
a wonderful kennel or should I say "Doggie
Mel and Deb and their operation are FANTASTIC. Lexi loves
their homey, friendly, personal style and their "treats" of
course. Knowing she is in excellent, caring hands allows us
to have relaxed holidays. If there is any way any request can
be accommodated, it will be. They go "above and beyond".
Peggy, Dave, Tyler and Lexi say "Thanks"
Your website looks great, and the photo album is alot of
fun. Syd always is happy to go to Mel and Deb's kennel and
we really appreciate the care she receives. Good luck in 2006.
I never hesitate to leave Diesel in the care of Mel and Deb. It is great to go on vacation knowing he is in great hands.
Our good ol' girl, Roxy (13 yr old Dalmation), has been going to Mel & Deb's "camp" for almost 5 years now and she always comes back very, very happy and re-energized! Thanks for your love for Roxy and for all of the other dogs/puppies that stay with you!
Ottawa, ON Canada - Monday, January 16, 2006 at 20:21:53 (CST)
Great website Ladies! and yes, wonderful pictures of Bogart. To anyone who is wondering if this is a good place for your dog to stay, I'll let you know that Bogart chose it himself. We had gone to two other kennels, looking for the right spot, and he had run to the car from both of them. When we came to Mel & Deb's place, I had a hard time convincing him it was time to come home! Think of it as puppy camp - swimming pool, tennis (well the balls, anyway), treats, TV, radio, constant attention...it's a resort for dogs. One time, when I was away for a week, Bogart became very ill. Not only did Mel and Deb take him to the vet (several times), but they had him all cleaned up and groomed for me to take home. They kept me up to date with how he was and I realized that he was getting 24 hr care that even if I was home, I would not have been able to give him. Yes, it's a great, safe, place for your baby.
Richmond, Ont Canada - Thursday, January 12, 2006 at 19:05:17 (CST)
Both Mel and Deb would agree...our little Molly is special. Before finding these amazing ladies we could only leave Molly with family and that is not always convenient. She is very nervous around strangers but Mel and Deb have been fabulous with her. It is easy to take care of a dog that is friendly and loves people but it takes real skill, love and dedication to take care of dog like Molly. We love her dearly and know that Mel and Deb are an extension of our family! Thank you so much for all you do for her and us! The Website is awesome! Just like the two of you! Happy 2006 .... you know we will be seeing you soon. P.S. I have to say it....$15.00 a day is a bargain for the care you provide!
Appleton, On Canada - Thursday, January 12, 2006 at 07:43:37 (CST)
You are the best. Barkley and Honeybun always love their time at the "Spa". The thing that I always appreciate is that my dogs come back home relaxed,clean and fit. Every other place we have sent them they come home stressed and dirty. I know that when I am away you look after my guys as if they are your own. Keep up the good work and thank you for all your care.
Nepean, Ontario Canada - Wednesday, January 11, 2006 at 19:27:38 (CST)
Hi Mel & Deb, great website. You guys are the best!
I wouldn't leave my three sibe heads with anyone else. I know they are getting excellent care & they
always love their visits:) A million thanks! Lynn
You guys were great with Peyote. When ever I would drive by the kennel, he'd get all excited. He loved going there. It's hard to believe he's been gone for a year and a half. I'll be seeing you this spring with my new pup Draco.
Ottawa, On Canada - Wednesday, January 11, 2006 at 11:51:13 (CST)
You know your dog is in good hands when you're the one leaving with a feeling of separation anxiety! Thanks Deb and Mel for giving Jake all the comforts of home!
Franktown, On Canada - Wednesday, January 11, 2006 at 08:50:12 (CST)
Hey Mel and Deb. Happy New Year and congratulations on your sixth year in business! Your new website is great and our dogs have always enjoyed the amenities of your excellent boarding facility. See you soon :)
Martha & Arnie
Carleton Place, ON Canada - Tuesday, January 10, 2006 at 18:04:04 (CST)
Great idea setting up the guestbook. Kim and I have used Matthews kennels since they took over from Wilf and we would not leave Cody with anyone else We highly reccommend Mel and Deb. They give fantastic care. Cheers
Kim and Kim
Prospect, Canada - Tuesday, January 10, 2006 at 17:46:13 (CST)
We recently had the task of trying to find a kennel for our 1.5 year old shepherd Baron who is really an important part of our family. As we were travelling for 13 days around Christmas we were nervous about leaving him for such a lengthy time but when we found Deb and Mel we were immediately at ease. They recommended a couple of overnight stays prior to our longer trip in an effort to get Baron comfortable with the idea of us leaving and then returning and that worked out great. He really seemed to love his stay and was happy and content when we returned after our 13 day absence. Thank you both for taking such great care of him. We were able to enjoy our vacation knowing that he was being well taken care of and loved as he would have been if he had been at home.
Richmond, Ontario Canada - Tuesday, January 10, 2006 at 17:32:45 (CST)
I didn't think it was possible to leave Bentley overnight anywhere without worrying about him every second...BUT was I ever wrong! Mel & Deb were recommended to me, and after the 1st visit, I knew they would love Bentley as much as I do. I feel so secure when I leave Bentley at the Matthew's doggie resort! I never have to worry about him because I know he is well cared for and given plenty of hugs & kisses to make him happy! You gals are the best! Thank You for providing such a warm and loving environment for our basset Bentley...Sincerely, Bentley's mom & dad... Lots of puppylicks!
Scott, Tracy & Bentley
Kanata, ON Canada - Tuesday, January 10, 2006 at 16:07:36 (CST)
This place is 'Dog Heaven'. We have three dogs and every once in a while need to board them. Have you ever been away on a holiday in the back of your mind you keep wondering how your babies are making out? Call Mel and Deb and your worries are over! Seriously, one of our dogs is very timid and we wondered how he would make out. When we went over to check the place out, all 3 of them just walked in and felt like they were at home. Even the nervous one --- McCloud, absolutely loved Mel and Deb. We have boarded the dogs a few times and wouldn't go anywhere else. You can go away and enjoy your holiday with complete peace of mind. They even have a baby monitor on in the kennels so they can hear if any disturbance is going on throughout the night. A huge thank you from all of us -- especially Jiggs, McCloud and Princess. Your new site looks fabulous.
Joe & Jacquie
Carleton Place, ON Canada - Tuesday, January 10, 2006 at 15:18:56 (CST)
Like the new website. Thank you both so much for taking care of our 'Kate' at Christmas - we knew she'd be in good hands and have a great Christmas. Happy 2006, see you in March.
Richmond, On Canada - Tuesday, January 10, 2006 at 10:17:53 (CST)
The new site looks great guys! Best of luck to the kennel in 2006!!
Vancouver, BC Canada - Tuesday, January 10, 2006 at 07:20:31 (CST)
WE HAVE LEFT OUR TWO OLD ENGLISH SHEEPDOGS,WINSTON AND BEATRICE WITH MEL AND DEB ON TWO OCCASSIONS AND WE CAN'T THANK THEM ENOUGH FOR CARING SO MUCH ABOUT OUR BABIES.IT'S A HUGE COMFORT KNOWING THAT OUR DOGS ARE IN A SAFE AND LOVING ENVIRONMENT.MEL AND DEB ARE WONDERFUL PEOPLE WHO REALLY CAREFOR ANIMALS AND GIVE SUCH GREAT PERSONAL SERVICE.WE SHALL ALWAYS LEAVE WINSTON AND BEATRICE WITH THEM EVEN THOUGH WINSTON IS A BARKER.
HELEN AND AL HANNA
perth, ont Canada - Tuesday, December 27, 2005 at 05:00:11 (CST)
Thanks so much for looking after Dudley. He was only left one night elsewhere in his ten years and I was nervous about leaving him again but he obviously had great care and was happy. I wouldn't hesitate to leave him with you in the future and will certainly recommend you to others. Thanks so much.
Ottawa, ON Canada - Wednesday, November 30, 2005 at 18:14:28 (CST)
Jackson & Maverick love their "Doggy Spa" or what seems like a spa. We have never in our lives met two people like Deb and Mel who manage to be so caring. The boys have had no problems and seem to love going to the spa as well as returning home when it's time. The personal touch is what seems to make it much easier to leave our boys when we do. ***You guys should take a much needed vacation for taking care of our "children"!!*** Thank you!!
Jenn & Nigel Emaman
Carleton Place, on Canada - Monday, November 21, 2005 at 09:41:47 (CST)
I wish to thank you for taking great care of our puppies. Apollo came back clearly less afraid of other dogs, he actually walks up to them on the street now! Athena also came back very content.
Gloucester, Ont Canada - Thursday, October 20, 2005 at 08:01:15 (CDT)
We have used other kennels in the past and when we visited with Mel and Deb last year, we knew we had found some trustworthy "keepers" for our three dogs. We love the amount of space the dogs are allowed and we are so impressed with the additions they are making to accomodate larger breeds. We have a 180 lb Rottie, BEAR, who will love the additional room!!! We have boarded our dogs several times over the past year and not once have we had any reason to question their care. Thanks for loving animals as much as we do!
Kirsten and Jason
Richmond, Canada - Monday, May 31, 2004 at 11:03:03 (EDT)
My Rotti, Peyote has stayed @ Mathews Kennels a few times over the past year. It's great having someplace I can leave him, and not have to worry if he's ok. I think he likes his puppy vacations with Deb & Mel...even if he has become prone to barking when he's there.
Carleton Place, ON Canada - Friday, March 14, 2003 at 12:47:29 (EST)
Our dog Phoebe has stayed with Mel and Deb several times now, and we are really pleased with the quality of care she receives. They are obviously very attentive to the dogs' individual needs and traits, and are exceptionally professional, yet laid back. I would not hesitate to recommend Matthews Kennels to anyone. (so.....where is Phoebe's picture??!)
Nepean, Canada - Thursday, January 16, 2003 at 17:21:43 (EST)
Matthews Kennels is Phoenix's home away from home. It is conforting to know that Phoenix is well cared for. It makes going away easier for the whole family. I can not begin to thank Mel and Debbie for being there for Phoenix and the rest of our family when unexpectly we found our selves in quite the turmoil. It was very conforting to know that Phoenix was not lacking in the attention and love he was used to getting at home. Again, THANK YOU BOTH SO MUCH !!!
Claudette Carignan and Gary Hartmann
Munster, Ont Canada - Sunday, December 01, 2002 at 19:18:26 (EST)
Stanley loves coming to the kennel, his doggie daycare days are his favorite of the week. Thanks for the great care and fabulous personal service given to myself and Stanley.
Smiths Falls, Ont Canada - Thursday, November 28, 2002 at 15:53:35 (EST)
What a treasure we have found in Deb and Mel at Matthew's Kennels. To have such a welcoming place for all those "big scary rotties" (including our two babies)and know that they'll be spoiled just as much as at home. We can't thank you enough for your personal touch,true love for dogs, and recognizing how much a part of the family those four footed creatures really are!
Canada - Tuesday, November 26, 2002 at 12:29:41 (EST)
Bear is very happy staying with you and I will recommend your kennel to my friends. Debbie and Mel are great with the dogs.!!
Smiths Falls, Ont Canada - Tuesday, November 26, 2002 at 08:27:47 (EST)
Ruby's home away from home!
Richmond, Canada - Tuesday, November 26, 2002 at 08:24:23 (EST)
I cannot say enough about the great care that my two dogs receive at Matthew's Kennel! I have 2 very large dogs and one is very frightened of adults --to the point of not letting any stranger touch him. When this particular limitation was outlined to the staff, although cautious, they were not intimidated (afterall he is a rottweiler - they both are). They worked to make my pet as comfortable as possible and to my amazement, he now lets them handle him as if it were me touching him! Both dogs are very excited to go to "Puppy Camp" for either an overnight stay or a weeklong vacation. I get a full report at the end of every stay about how each dog did during their stay. I know that my puppies get genuine care and attention, so my time away from them is never anxious. The dogs love the staff and go running to meet them when I take them to drop them off. I try to take the dogs up every couple of weeks, even if I am not going anywhere, just to let them have fun. The dogs are the best judges of this place and they give it 5 stars.
Canada - Monday, November 25, 2002 at 18:22:15 (EST)
Just checked out the website. Noticed that there is no picture of Jett. What's up with that? Joking. The site looks good. A good way for booking. See ya!
Carleton Place, Ont. Canada - Monday, November 25, 2002 at 15:44:05 (EST)