Happyhounds Boarding Kennels

Welcome to Happyhounds Dog Boarding Kennels

We provide a professional, caring, personal, reliable and safe service to dog owners of County Meath, Dublin and the surrounding areas. Happyhounds aim to provide an excellent quality service not driven by profit but by a love for all animals and this is to be promoted through a respectful and caring attitude towards the welfare of all dogs which are boarded here.

My name is Kay Palmer, and I have been fortunate to live in County Meath since June 2000. My lifelong ambition has always been to work with animals, and in particular dogs. My devotion to animals is total, and through my own personal experience of taking care of my own dog a golden retriever called dudley and through taking care of friends dogs I am only too aware of how much they mean to us all.

Through further learning courses, The Diploma in Kennels Management and Animal Psychology I have gained further understanding.

Happyhounds offers:

12 spacious kennels and runs

Individual kennel heating

Three large field runs and three gravel runs for exercise and play

Excellent food and complete care.

The Kennels is professionally constructed, with full planning approval in place.

Happyhounds is based in the beautiful, scenic County Meath countryside on a two acre site:

All bedding is provided for your pets, but we advise you to bring your pets favourite toy or something that reminds him of home All food is of the best quality or you can bring your own if you wish! Just let us know what you want your pet to have and we will do our best to provide it!All pets will have regular exercise under supervision in the outside field runs as often as possible.

Please note that all dogs boarding or in our daily creche, must show proof of up to date vaccination certificates, including kennel cough, upon their first day at kennels. If we do not see up to date vaccination records including the kennel cough vaccination we will refuse dog/s for without exception.

Our Creche Service :

We are proud to announce our daily creche service for dogs. This service is provided for the dog who spends a lot of time alone while their owners are out. This includes all adult dogs and puppies over sixteen weeks. All the owners have to do is drop their pet off and pick them up later in the day when convenient. Times vary according to need!

Frequently Asked Questions

Q)  Are dogs mixed at anytime during their stay in the kennels?

 A)  We never mix dogs throughout their stay.  Dogs that live together are kept together at all times All our boarders have interaction through the fencing and are next to each other in the individual outside runs

 Q)  Do the kennels have heating during the winter?

 A)  All our kennels have heating lamps

 Q)  Are the kennels totally secure?

 A)  We have double perimeter fencing around the kennels and an alarm and cctv in place The kennels are never left unattended and I live on the premises

Q)  Do the dogs go for a walk?

A)  We do not take any of the dogs off the premises Instead we have six large outdoor play areas where the dogs go outside at least three times a day weather permitting

Q)  Do you provide a grooming service?

A)  Yes we do - on site. Please see the Grooming parlour page on the website

Q)  Do you provide a collection/delivery service?

A)  No we don’t.  We feel, and recommend, that most owners should and like to see where their dogs will be staying

Q)  Can we come and have a look round before we book?

A)  We would be delighted to show your around the premises Inspection times are between 2pm and 4pm - seven days a week

Q)  Do you provide any other services?

A)  Yes we do.  Please look at the Other services page on the website

Q)  What do I need to bring with me for my pets stay?

A)  The most important item is the vaccination records. These must include their up to date booster including kennel cough. In addition a piece of clothing or personal toy that contains the owners scent also helps your pet settle. We do provide bedding and bowls.

Q)  Can I bring our own food?

A)  Yes - of course. Very helpful and essential if your pet has a sensitive tummy.

Q)  Do you take dogs of all ages?

A)  There is no upper age limit however we do not take puppies under sixteen weeks old.

Q)  Is there a vet on call should my dog take sick while at Happyhounds?

A)  Yes - We would immediately contact our vet should your dogs health cause us any concern. If

      necessary we would either call the vet out or take the dog down to the vets as quickly as possible.

     Our number one priority at all times is the dogs health, safety and security.

Q)  Do you take dogs on medication?

A)  We do take and administer drugs to dogs on medication. We would require written instructions for

     the administration of the medication. We do not take diabetic dogs.


"A pure treat for our Scottie and  total piece of mind for us. If there was ever a five star Deluxe kennels for Pooches – Happy Hounds ticks all the boxes.
We have been using Happy Hounds for the last 4 years and we drive 40 km.
There are a lot of kennels closer to us but our dog only comes back happy when staying with Kay".

Kirsten, Sebastien & Haggis.

"We have boarded our dogs at Happyhounds for the past 4 to 5 years. Having assessed other establishments we have always been impressed by
the level of hygiene, health and safety observed there. We are confident in leaving all three of our dogs in their care.
We know they will get all the individual attention that they need in terms of their health and well being, and we get the peace of mind we need on our travels.
Apart, of course, from being excellent carers, Kay and Nick are 'doggie people' and to us that is just as important".

Sharon Donohoe & Diarmuid O'Brien, Kildalkey, Co Meath.

Dear Auntie Kay,

Its me, Baggio, dropping you a note to say thanks for minding me when Mary and Finbarr go away.
They think that I don't know I am going to stay with you but I know it when they turn down the road at Skryne. I am very happy to stay with you because you look after me so well and you know how to play ball. As you know I was named after a famous footballer due to my ball skills or lack of them - ( I had a visit to the vet once. )

I have organised with Mary and Finbarr to book in again in June for a short stay and I am looking forward to seeing you all. It is a pity they do not go away more often, but I suppose someone has to pay for my lifes little pleasures.Say hello to Dudley and tell him I will see him soon.

Woof woof - Baggio, Mary and Finbarr Brown.

When we go on holidays, our dog does too. Lady ( by name and by nature ) our cocker spaniel goes to pay a visit to her boyfriend Dudley, who treats her with gentlemanly care as all good dogs should. We, on the other hand, go away on our break knowing that Lady is well looked
after and not just by Dudley. Kay and Nick are her second family. We know that because it's the second place on earth, after our own home, where she will leap out of the car and run towards. It is home from home for her and we could not recommend it highly enough. We tried other boarding kennels previously but we could not begin to compare them to Happyhounds.

Lady, Marion & Martin Cooke - Ratoath, Co.Meath.

Going away on holidays or for weekends was always a worry for us and we wanted our King Charles Cavalier, Molly, to be well looked after. Having used other kennels in our area we found Molly came back to us distressed and would take a few days to return to her normal self. Happyhounds have changed that experience for us. Kay provides a welcoming, friendly, well run service that gives the dogs the attention they require during a boarding stay. We even enjoy bringing our 18 month old daughter to collect Molly as she can visit Shrek and Fiona, the resident donkeys at Happyhounds. I would recommend Happyhounds to any prospective boarders and Molly also rates it as a tail wagging experience.

Trevor, Karen & Ella O,Toole, Johnstown Village, Navan.

Ben is a Shar-Pei and does not take to everyone but loves going to Kay’s
and when he arrives his reaction tells you he's in his second home.
I would not go away if Kay could not take Ben, as I wouldn’t leave him
anywhere else but at Happy Hounds.
I would recommend Kay to everyone I know as I know that Kay and Nick love
Ben as much as we do and the name says it all
Ben arrives happy and leaves happy.

Linda and Christopher Smart, Celbridge, Co. Kildare.

Molly our 7-year-old Springer Spaniel had never been in kennels prior to our move from the UK to Dublin in October 2007.  Relatives or close trusted friends had always looked her after.

As you can imagine we were very apprehensive about finding a home for her while we were away on holidays.  Luckily we were recommended Happy Hounds and Kay and her wonderful staff who clearly love their jobs and the dogs who attend the kennels.  Molly is always pleased to see them all again and to date she has stayed at Happy Hounds on five occasions – the last visit for a three-week period.  We chose Happy Hounds for its space, the great staff and more importantly, the fact that Molly always returns home happy, contented and most importantly healthy – we know she has been well cared for and it shows!

Andrew and Hilary Rodgers, Malahide – very contented owners.

Hi auntie Kay, its me Lou the beagle, just wanted to say thanks for looking after me last weekend, again, I have come to you know for over 3 years and always have the best fun, my kennel is always spotless,warm and comfy, I think I have been with you 7 times now and I always make great friends when I am there, so looking forward to coming back in July for more fun.............

Bill, Aedin and Lou Brooks

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