About Us

Quality of Care is Our Hallmark!

DogWood Kennel offers individualized, premier care for your family pet. We have created an environment where dogs and cats feel as if they have a second home. DWK is a place pets pull their owners back into our lobby. We want you and your pets to be excited—every time they come.

DWK’s staff is exceptional. They are compassionate, fun-loving and animal-centered. Meet the 2023 staff and their pets in our Gallery DWK Staff 2023 collection.

Get to Know Pat


Pat Brettnacher is an animal enthusiast: her dogs make her life fun and furry! She and her husband, Chuck, are farmers who enjoy camping and spending time with their family. Pat taught English at Delphi Community High School before retiring to build and manage DWK. Her master’s degree from Purdue University is in English Education, so along with her love of animals, she brings an understanding of learning, communication, and organization to the business.

Dogs have given us their absolute all, we are the center of their universe. We are the focus of their love and faith and trust . ~ Roger Caras

Meet Ann

Ann Shallenberger is busy with five dogs, a cat, and three children. Ann’s husband, Bill, created the waterwall feature in our lobby—come see it!  When you visit, you are likely to find one of their offspring greeting guests. They are Brynn, Will, and Lanie. Ann’s master’s degree from the University of Chicago is in Social Services Administration, and she is a healthcare administrator for a hospital corporation. Along with her enthusiasm for animals and people, Ann adds leadership, training, and management skills to the DWK mix. 

Once you have had a wonderful dog, a life without one is a life diminished. ~ Dean Koontz

Ann & Sparkles

What People Say About Us

“We have had dogs in our family for the last 15+ years. Over those years we have used a lot of different boarding/kennels services and none of them even come close to DogWood. I 100% trust that when we drop our dog off at Dogwood that they will treat her like their very own pet. Their staff is always very friendly and accommodating to any special requests that we may have. We will continue to use Dogwood for as long as we are in the area.”

Matt & Katlyn Baker

“Dogwood was recommended to me by at least 4 people and did not disappoint. My dog loves all the staff. It’s great to not worry about my dog while I’m gone.”

Dog Mom of 5 years

“We had several bad experiences when boarding our dogs at kennels in the past, so we were hesitant to take our dogs anywhere. But from the very first moment I walked into Dogwood’s lobby, I felt very comfortable with the staff realizing and seeing the obvious love they had for our pets. When I call to schedule their stays, the staff remember and use our dogs’ names. When I had to tell them that one of our dogs had become ill and died, I could sense the genuine sympathy in her voice, and we promptly received a sympathy card. We love to get the photos they text to us, and we miss them while we are separated, but we have never been concerned about the level of the quality of the care that our dogs have had and will receive in the future at DogWood Kennels.”

Stuart, Mary Lee, Mr. McDuff (posthumously), Aaylish & Saoirse Bollock

Contact Us

DogWood Kennel, LLC.                         
4050 East 300 North
Lafayette, Indiana 47905

Email: info@dwkennel.com
Phone: 765.429.4050
Fax: 765.420.9612

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