I’m a Dog Lover, Owner, Trainer, Handler, and Certified Canine Rehabilitation Therapist. For over 10 years, I was the Co-Owner and Rehabilitation Therapist at Aqua Dog Rehabilitation. I have since purchased the old Woof and Purr Inn and have brought my amazing staff along with me! I have a brand new, state-of-the-art rehab facility called Aqua Paws Rehabilitation, LLC. I combined all of my passions and experience to create Playful Paws at Petra’s. A Boarding Kennel, Doggy Daycare and Dog Training Facility that offers highly specialized care. We personalize each dog’s care and our highly trained staff spends quality, individual time with each guest. Our indoor kennels are a spacious 5’ by 5’ and our outdoor runs are 5’ by 15’. Please follow our progress on Facebook as we upgrade the entire facility to meet our high standards.

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My vision is to create a home away from home. A facility I would trust with the care of my own dogs. Our building is climate controlled, equipped with an air purification system, soothing music and overnight staff on property. Every dog has indoor and outdoor runs and one-on-one time with staff. We also offer fun add-on activities providing mental and/or physical stimulation.

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Special Needs Boarding

We know how challenging it can be to rehabilitate your injured dog. We all lead busy lives so we understand how hard it is to find time to bring your dog to rehab and carry out the home exercise program. Keeping them quiet is always very difficult. Whether your dog is recovering from surgery, a soft tissue injury, a neurological injury or requires conditioning we can rehabilitate your dog.

Rest & Rehab

Whether your dog is recovering from surgery, a soft tissue injury, or requires conditioning we can provide intensive care during their stay. Dogs can receive scheduled rehabilitation sessions as well as “home exercise programs” carried out by our trained staff.. 


Health & Wellness

Over the years countless clients asked us if we knew where they could board their injured dogs. These dogs need very special and specific care. I am happy to say that we are now able to offer this to all of our clients. We WILL adhere to all restrictions and instructions such as pottying only on leash, no jumping, no running, etc. We also offer scheduled rehabilitation sessions with Petra and her staff so there is no loss of continuity in your dog’s care while you are away.


Lady has been adopted! Even better…she’s back with her brother, Rico!

When I purchased Playful Paws, I also inherited Lady and Rico. Lady and Rico were surrendered approximately two years ago and have lived in the kennel ever since. The prior owners weren't sure what to do with them when we took over. We told them they could stay. We would do what we could to get them adopted.  Rico and Lady have both been the vet, were updated on all of their shots and had a full workup done. Rico was very skinny and we were concerned. But both received a clean bill of health. We provided them with collars, toys, chews, beds and walks. Most importantly, Patty and all the girls at Playful Paws provided them with lots and lots of love and attention. But our primary goal has always been to find them forever homes. We found Rico a forever home recently, but Lady was still up for adoption. We were worried that Lady would spend the rest of her years here. While our kennel is a beautiful, happy place to spend a day, a week, a month, we wanted our precious Lady to have a Forever Home. Then, lo and behold, the very same wonderful man that adopted our Rico agreed to adopt Lady too! Can you believe it?! We are all so thrilled that Lady and Rico, sister and brother, are back together again, in a loving home, with a loving family!

Rico has been Adopted!!

We are excited to announce that Riko has been adopted!!!! His "before" picture (above) is how he looked when we took over the kennel. Patty, Carol, Sara and all of the staff members at Playful Paws at Petra's took wonderful care of him. Under their care he gained weight, was socialized and loved. The "after" pictures are of Rico in his new home! I was able to witness the sheer joy Rico exhibited when he jumped into the car, met his new family and explored his new home. We love happy endings!!!

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