About Happy Dog Acres


Happy Dog Acres is a veteran-owned dog boarding, training, and daycare facility outside Roscommon, Michigan, conveniently located just off of US-127 and I-75, north of Higgins Lake.  The Happy Dog Acres property has a rich history as a dog boarding facility since the 1960's.  James and Kelly took over in December 2019 and have been working to renovate and update the buildings and kennels.  You might see their wolfhounds or their two grown daughters around the farm.  Currently the Happy Dog Acres property includes:

    • 21 acres
    • 4 completely enclosed grass play yards
    • 21 temperature-controlled kennels ranging from 16-48 square feet
    • 9 outdoor potty yards
    • Training barn

We know that it is tough leaving furry friends and family in the care of strangers…especially if it is the first time.   Here at Happy Dog, we are dedicated to making sure that all of our guests are able to get the best care which includes a fun, friendly, clean, and safe environment.  Our staff are on the property 24-7 and want make your pet feel as at-home as possible.  We love dogs, and pride ourselves on the care we provide your dog—each pet is treated just like they are our own.

About Our Staff


Kelly Kendall

Owner and Lead Trainer

Kelly is a life-long animal lover.  She is a certified Pro Dog Trainer through Absolute Dogs, and absolutely loves her job!  Helping dogs and pet parents to achieve their real-life goals is Kelly's passion!

Working with animals is a dream come true and Kelly loves her job every day.

Kelly and her family have 7 dogs of their own - 3 Irish Wolfhounds,  and 4 All-American dogs. Each one has their own special characteristics, and she loves hanging out with them! You might see some of them around our farm, or on our Facebook page posing, working, or training.

James Kendall

Owner and Maintenance Champion

James served in the Army.  His specialty at Happy Dog is continually improving our facility and fixing anything that breaks. He has a great vision for Happy Dog.  You will also often see him helping to check in and check out dogs, take dogs out to potty, or spending time snuggling with our guests.

Sarah V

Kennel Assistant

Before coming to work at Happy Dog Acres, Sarah worked for 2 years at another boarding and daycare facility and has lots of experience with monitoring off-leash play.  She loves playing with all our four-legged guests and enjoys getting those great pics you might have seen on our social media!

Sarah and her husband have a teenage dog, Bentley, who loves coming to work with his mom and making all the friends.  When not at work she loves baking, kayaking, taking care of her plants, and generally being outdoors.


 "Nice open space with a real country atmosphere. Very friendly owner and staff. Our pooch always comes home looking healthy and wise.

Chai's Dad
David