fun, frollics, friends, riverside walks, swimming & gourmet meals

Our Dogs

Elderly Dog
: Old age pensioners in the winter of their canine lives are also catered for. These old girls and boys are exercised lightly and rested often according to their energy levels. We adore the "old folks" at Happy Paws, offering immeasurable tender loving care. These guys and gals have been so loyal and faithful to their owners all of their lives and definitely deserve huge respect.

The Puppy: Puppies require equal spurts of play and rest while their soft little bones form. Watching two puppies play together is a real joy. Couch care in Yvonne's home is enjoyed by the nervous little dog or the resident with special requirements.

The Nervous Pet: Yvonne is a Reiki practitioner, practising her skills on nervous dogs. This has a proven calming effect on the little dotes, enabling them to socialise somewhat and enjoy their holiday. A one on one walk on the lead always works a treat for these guys. Happy Paws Hotel caters for all doggies with good social skills.

Neutering Policy:All male dogs over the age of 1 must be neutered. We can't accept females in season as it drives the boys wild.

Tasty Meals & Treats

Tasty Meals
: Top quality breakfast and evening meals are freshly prepared daily. Our guests enjoy top quality food mixed with a premium quality nut/kibble. We in Happy Paws favour the "Royal Canin" brand.

Treats: On miserable wet days, our four legged friends are kept amused, chomping on safe small raw hide chews or tasty butcher bones if permitted. Quality treats are enjoyed at rest times and before bedtime, of course. Classical music plays 24 hours for the ultimate relaxation.

Vet Cover & Vaccinations

Vet Cover
: Happy Paws Hotel has 24 hour on call veterinary cover with the award winning Thomastown  Veterinary Clinic - Richard Brennan MCB MRCVS and his daughter Helen Austin.

Dogs on regular medication i.e. heart tablets, insulin injections; anti-inflammation drugs etc. are administered as per individual requirements. At Happy Paws we treat this aspect of dog care very seriously.

Vaccinations: All dogs must have up to date vaccine record, confirming;
Booster, Kennel Cough, Worm Dose & Flea Treatment

Rates per day - 24 hours

Small Dog - Medium: € 18 per day
Large - Giant Dog: € 20 per day

Discount offered on Long Term Stay

Meals are included (except for perscription or vet diet)

Blankies and toys are encouraged


Our seven year old border collie, Beowulf, has stayed with Yvonne many times now, over the last three years. When we lived elsewhere, we used other kennels, where we had to cajole rather hard to get him even to enter the premises and went away feeling very guilty because we knew that how he would be treated for his stay would be nothing like how he was treated at home.

So, it was a total relief to meet Yvonne and the team at Happy Paws and to see the wonderful set-up that they have organised for the 'guests'.

The proof of the pudding is in the eating: when we bring Beo over, he becomes very animated and wags his tail wildly as we drive in, impatient to jump out of the car and head straight for his entrance gate, with nary a backward glance, as he romps in! :-)

So we know that he really is having a real doggy 'holiday' when he's there and we feel very relaxed about his not being able to be with us, and at home, when it's not possible.

Since he's such an active dog, we're thrilled that he can be outside a lot, playing with other dogs, and that Yvonne even brings him for walks and paddles in the river. We're also glad that he eats well.

We love our dog and so we're really grateful that the wonderful Happy Paws exists to help us out with his care, when we need it. Thanks so much, Yvonne!

Siobhán Armstrong
Owner Beowulf