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At Susie Q Boarding, my number one priority is to provide quality service for all the fur babies in my care. I want you to rest easy knowing that I will take care of your dog as if they were my own. I understand that dogs are not just dogs, they are an integral part of our lives and our family. My goal is to create a "home away from home" experience for every dog.

Meet Susan

I have always loved animals and grew up in a home with dogs and cats. I currently have seven dogs and one cat, ranging in age from one to 15 years old. An avid volunteer with Foothills Humane Society and Heart of the Foothills Animal Rescue, I am an active foster mom of over 35 dogs (mainly puppy litters) with a few "foster fails" along the way. I am a member of the International Boarding and Pet Services Association and earned my certification as a canine pet services specialist.

I hold a Bachelor’s degree from Gardner Webb University and a Master's degree from South University. After a fulfilling career in criminal justice both teaching and working as a probation and parole officer, I decided in 2021 to turn my love for animals into an opportunity to create an exclusive retreat for dogs on my property in Polk County.

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What Your Dog Can Expect

My goal is to provide a home away from home experience for your fur baby.

  • One-on-One Attention
  • Gourmet Meals
  • Private Bedroom
  • Complimentary Bath
  • Taxi Service
  • Special Activities
Your Dog’s Home Away From Home
Hours Open daily by appointment
Location 727 Tanner Road Rutherfordton, NC 28139