ruff life, North Kingstown is Rhode Island’s first Dog Daycare and Overnight Boarding facility with no cages, just fun! We have been in operation since the fall of 2008. The building is home to our little dog daycare room and our big dog daycare room. Both rooms have their own, separate large fenced in outside area. These areas are used all day long for lots of playtime and bathroom breaks. At night, our big dog room becomes the sleeping area for all boarding, including the overnight staff person. If you are in the area, please feel free to stop by and check it out!
Gretchen Toorock - Gretchen is the founder and owner of ruff life, LLC. She is the mom to two lovely Beagles, Porter and Meg, once strays and adopted from local rescue networks. Gretchen was a practicing attorney for close to 10 years before deciding to leave her Washington, D.C., big law firm life, to pursue her dreams of becoming the owner and operator of Rhode Island’s best dog daycare and overnight facility. Gretchen has a passion for all animals, but especially dogs. She took a hiatus from the law and was a professional dog walker in London, UK from 2002-2004. She is a strong advocate for animal rescues. She volunteers regularly with local rescues and loves to foster dogs in search of their forever homes. In addition, she has owned and loved dogs all her life. Because of her time as a busy attorney and devoted dog owner, she knows all too well the desire to give your best buddy the best care. Not ever being completely satisfied with level of care in the current market, Gretchen decided to create the ultimate in dog care at ruff life.
Jessica Ferrara- Jessica is the Manager, In-Home Care Coordinator and a Pack Leader at ruff rife. Jessica has been with ruff life since the early days in 2008. Jess has been working with animals practically her whole life. As a child she pet-sat instead of baby-sat. She graduated from the University of Rhode Island with a bachelor’s in Animal Veterinary Science. Jessica has worked as a Veterinary Technician for over 4 years. She is mom to 2 rescue pups Binxy and Shandy.
Jessica Nalbandian- Jessica started at Ruff Life in January 2013. Mom to 10 year old Miniature Schnauzer, Shelby, she has been obsessed with dogs since she was a little girl who avidly read dog breed books and watched Dogs 101 and The Dog Whisperer. Alongside her love of dogs, Jessica has a passion for art; she graduated from the University of Rhode Island in 2013 with a Bachelor of Arts degree and a minor in English
Jill McLaughlin - Jill is the main dog walker for rufflife’s In-Home Care. Jill has been with ruff life since the spring of 2009. She is mom to the lovely Lana. Jill has had dogs all her life and has a particular love for the lab and golden retriever. Jill has said “dogs rule my life… but in the best way possible”. Ruff life is a special place, but becomes more special when Jill is in the house.
Jenna Detora- Jenna is ruff life’s assistant manager. She started at ruff life in July 2013. She is a lover of all animals though dogs are her favorite. She has been around dogs her entire life and she studied at Animal Behavior College. She recently became mom to a beautiful mini aussie named Beau!
Larissa Gay- Larissa is a pack leader and started at ruff life in March 2015. She has worked in grooming salons, pet stores and dog treat bakeries. She has also opened up her home to foster rescue pups. She graduated from the University of Rhode Island with a bachelor’s in psychology. She is a proud owner of a mini-Aussie and Siberian Husky.
ruff life is a member of:
- American Boarding Kennels Association New England
- International Association of Canine Professionals
- All Pack Leaders are Certified by the American Red Cross in Dog and Cat First Aid