The Hairy Kids Inn is Open for Business!

The Hairy Kids Inn is officially open for business, and we just finished a successful Open House weekend!  We are thankful to have been blessed with such lovely weather, and a consistent flow of visitors for 2 days.  In this post I'd like to thank all that contributed, and share some pictures from the open house, along with a little background on our journey. 

The Hairy Kids Inn was inspired while helping my friend Shirley of Woodleigh Ranch.  Also, earlier in my career I had a fun part time job working at an animal hospital, and we adopted our first “Hairy Kid” from a client of the animal hospital.  Dogs have always been part of our lives from adopting, to finding new homes, to picking up lost or stray dogs on the road, or intercepting one before going to the humane society.  We have owned several canines of which we provided forever homes, over our 30 year marriage.  

Paul and I also owned a successful Bed & Breakfast several years ago.   Then life changed after nursing for 25 years, and The Hairy Kids Inn seemed like the perfect opportunity to embark upon.  My husband Paul embraced the idea, and since April, the planning, studying and creating has resulted in what you are seeing at the Inn today.

The boutique inn will accommodate a maximum of four dogs.  Each will be provided complete, focused and structured attention from intellectual stimulation, exercise, play, TLC and relaxation.   The Inn is also a sanctuary where the owners can relax with their dogs, and enjoy a peaceful setting.

We tried to think of everything for your hairy kid, from hide away sleep places to a fun activity park, a ramp to accommodate older dogs, a comfy window seat for watching outside, a heated fire place, and a therapy bed for arthritic dogs ...

A mountain of gratitude to my Husband Paul, the architect of all the custom furniture, the whimsical dog house, and the activity park for hairy kids, and their owners to relax and explore. He worked tirelessly, enthusiastically, and late nights to finish this amazing project.


We are so grateful to all who helped us create what you see!

The fence was designed and installed by James and his team of Atlantic Fencing.                             

The renovation was done by John Stetson and his team.                                               

The electrical was by Wayne Bernard Electrical and the team.                                                 

Beautiful website and photography by the talented "Virginia Doyle" and her team at GoingOn Media.            

Tops to Floors, Thanks to Linda and Troy for consulting on the Reception counter top, window sills and stonework.                                                               

Pins and Needles (Sylvia and her team) great custom fabric work.                                             

The fine people at Kent, Castle Building Supplies, and Callbecks.                                                        

Sue Humpy of “Splendid” for the artistic handmade delicious Chocolates.                                                     

Justin Drummond talented artwork  from JN Carvings for the custom tree carving , fox carving and treehouse carving.                                            

 Rona Burt, for the window coverings and dog duvet.                                                   

Shirley of Woodleigh Ranch for her mentorship. (Thank you so much)                                 

Brent Drummond of Rogers Electrical, we love our lights!!                                                        

Dan’s Muffler and Decals for our beautiful signs and wall talk.

Grafton Cole for the great cement work.

House of Excellence (Summerside). Louise and Eric for their superior paint expertise.

Penny Coughlin , for your direction and support with my business plan and business transition.

Justin Perry of Sites and Bites for the installation of our Smart TV, and GPS consultation.

J&L Concrete  for the beautiful concrete dogs, bird baths and walking stones

Special thanks to my mother in law Nancy, Manon, Jorden Cameron of Eathship PEI, and Jacinta Ramsay who came out to help with painting, gardening, cleaning and furniture assembling and carpentry to help prepare for our open house.  They are amazing and we are very grateful. 

Thank you all, 

Susan Marchbank