Award Winning Dog Boarding in Santa Cruz

Little Pup Lodge is recognized consistently as an award winning dog boarding service. We have received community awards for Best Dog Boarding from the Good Times, Santa Cruz Weekly, and Woofers & Walkers. It is our philosophy and mission to continue to provide the environment and services recognized by these awards.

On this page, you’ll find the awards Kelly and Little Pup Lodge has garnered as well as the words from our wonderful clients. Try Little Pup Lodge and discover why it’s an awarding winning dog boarding service.

Good Times 2017 Runner Up

Good Times 2016 Runner Up

Good Times 2015 Best

Good Times 2014 Runner Up

Good Times 2013 Best


What Our Customers Say

“Little Pup Lodge has been our first choice to board our dog Bruno, a miniature dachshund, the past 8 years. Kelly and her staff know little dogs and give the same loving care we give. When I drop Bruno off he jumps out of my arms when he sees Kelly. We believe it’s a sleep over party for our dog. The daily Bruno gram videos help us stay in touch and I feel confident that Little Pup Lodge is as safe and fun as having Bruno home with us.”
Bill W.


“When we started planning our dream family vacation my only worry was what we would do with our little dog Ziggy. Ziggy had been in our family less than a year and he was turning out to be a high-energy, high-maintenance little guy so I knew it was too much to ask a family member or friend to care for him. That’s when a friend recommended Kelly at Little Pup Lodge. Kelly was great with him from the start and it put my mind at ease knowing he would be in a place where he could run and play all day. He looked so happy when we picked him up after our 30 days away that I felt like he actually had a vacation, too! Now I know that we can travel without worrying about Ziggy. Thanks, Kelly!”
The Bravermans

Little Pup Guest Ziggy


“This is the first time we didn’t have to take Molly to the vet like we did when we left her at a kennel. We are pleased she came back all spoiled and well taken care of. Little Pup Lodge is the best!”
Stephen K.


“I wanted to thank you so-o-o much for taking such good care of Cody. I had cancelled several trips out of town when my family wasn’t going to be around to take care of him. At your place Cody was able to be part of your family and made new friends with all the other small dogs there. He was spoiled with all of the fun walks and I know he wore you out playing ball with him! When we go on vacation, now he can go on his own fun vacation!”
Gina & Mitch

Little Pup Guest Cody


“I know without a doubt that my doggy is getting the best care possible when I’m away. There’s no one else I trust more.”
Kimberly M.

Little Pup Guest Lilly


“Our pug Lenny loves his visits to Little Pup Lodge! He gets lots of attention and loves going on walks with other dogs. We are fortunate to have such a nice, caring environment to leave Lenny when we can’t be home.”
Gustav & Robin G.

Little Pup Guest Lenny


“I highly recommend Little Pup Lodge due to their loving care and cleanliness as well as the peace of mind I had leaving Harry for the first time. I had researched other boarding facilities but wasn’t happy with what I had heard about them. Needless to say, Little Pup Lodge was a blessing. Harry really enjoyed his stay!”
Sheila M.

Little Pup Guest Harry


“We can’t thank you enough for the great care you took of Eleanor while we were away. We were able to enjoy every day and not worry about her as she was so well cared for and loved when we were on vacation. Thanks a million!”

Rick & Marian A.

Little Pup Lodger Eleanor


“We had an excellent stay today at the Little Pup Lodge. True loving care, great insight into what dogs need and want. I can’t recommend them enough for small breed dogs. Great hours from 7am-7pm and in a gorgeous setting in the redwoods. I am very picky on where my dog goes…..and I know he is in excellent hands at Little Pup Lodge.”
Lesley G.

Little Pup Guest Bob


We love bringing our dogs to Little Pup Lodge. Kelly is the best. She sends us video and picture updates and takes our pups on beach walks. The best part is our dogs’ stay is cage free! We have used Little Pup Lodge four times and each experience has been wonderful. We definitely recommend Kelly if you want to come home to happy dogs.
Austin W.

Little Pup Guests Bear & Kona

Bear & Kona

“Eddie was such a happy girl when she came back from her last camp/spa time at your Lodge. Thanks for taking such good care of her. It made our time away restful and enjoyable, knowing we didn’t have to worry. She can’t wait for another howling good time at Little Pup Lodge.”
Sibille T.

Little Pup Guest Eddie


“I’m so grateful to have found Kelly and Little Pup Lodge! When I showed up with my dog Manny for the initial meeting I was instantly comforted by the setup with everything specially suited to little dogs. I could tell Kelly really loves little dogs as well as her job taking care of them. Manny was comfortable and became part of the pack in no time. For the first time in years I’m able to take longer trips (as well as really enjoy my time away), knowing that the little Man is well cared for and having just as good a time (and often better lol) as me. Kelly updates me often with photos and short videos that let me know without a doubt that the little guy is doing great. When I return he is always well rested and full of energy, which was not the case whenever I left him at a place that also catered to larger dogs. The Little Pup Lodge has been a real answer to my prayers! Thank you, Kelly!”
John M.

Little Pup Guest Manny


“Thank you Kelly and Little Pup Lodge for being there and providing the service you do. We honestly couldn’t imagine leaving Petey with anyone else when we’re traveling. Between how excited Petey is once he realizes we’re enroute to the Little Pup Lodge and the videos and photos of him playing with the other pups, we feel we’re lucky Petey will even get in our car to ride home. No doubt this is due to the love and attention he and the other pups get and the safe environment you provide.”
Katherine & Monroe

Little Pup Guest Petey


Woofy Award

Santa Cruz Weekly Gold Award

Santa Cruz Weekly 2011 Gold Award