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!
ruff life, East Greenwich is our second location that opened in December 2012. This building is home to a small dog daycare and ruff life’s dirty dogs, grooming and bathing. The daycare is completely seperate from the grooming area and has its own indoor and outdoor play yard. Because this play area is a little smaller then our North Kingstown location, we have to limit size to dogs 30 pounds and under. Our grooming area is bright, clean, climate controlled and inhabited by our wonderful groomer Dennis Disch. Stop by, check it out and make your grooming appointment at the same time!
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 Hamilton - Jessica is the Manager, In-Home Care Coordinator and a Pack Leader at Ruff Life. 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 is currently working towards her bachelors in Animal Science/Pre-Vet. Jessica has worked as a Veterinary Technician for over 4 years. She is mom to 2 rescue pups Binxy and Tessie.
Rachel Burnham - Rachel is the Assistant Manager and a Pack Leader at ruff life. Rachel has been with ruff life since September 2010. After working with children in an educational setting for many years, she discovered her true love of working with animals after she started pet-sitting. She dreams of one day rescuing both dogs and cats.
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.
Caitlin - Caitlin is a Pack Leader at ruff life and does a lot of our sleepovers. She has been a dog lover her whole life. Having grown up with golden retrievers, Caitlin will always have a special place in her heart for the breed. She does not currently have a dog of her own, but enjoys her time at ruff life and also dog sitting for friends and family whenever she gets the chance. She thinks her cat, Mittens, would like a canine brother or sister in the near future. Caitlin works with children full time, but loves coming to ruff life at the end of the day to play and snuggle up with the pups
Elle – Elle is a pack leader at rufflife. She has been with us since the fall of 2010. She will be going to Vet school and received her Pre-Vet degree from URI. Butter is her beautiful golden sisterand she is the mom to both Button and Squirrel, 2 playful kitties.
Tara – Tara is a Pack Leader at rufflife. She has been with us since the spring of 2012. Tara is pursuing her PHD in animal science. She has worked extensively with animals and has 6, yes 6! pups of her own at home. Needless to say, her love for dogs is well received by all at ruff life!
Sydney - Sydney is an animal-adoring girl who has always had a special relationship with dogs. She has been working at ruff life since the Summer of 2009. Sydney lives at home with her 3 siblings; her sister shih-tzus Cookie and Pepper, and her brother chocolate lab Spanky. She is currently working toward a degree in animal science
Obedience Training Classes:
Ruff life is now offering alpha based training classes with local dog trainer Bob Midwood of Golden Dog Training RI. Classes are being held for puppies and for older dogs that need a little reminder on how to behave. Classes are 1x a week for 1 hour. Each class session will run between 4 or 5 weeks. Classes are kept small, so fill up quickly. Call Bob now to book your spot. 401-258-2611
Rufflife 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