The Mutt Hutt is a cage-free, homelike, social atmosphere for dogs to come, sit and stay. The Mutt Hutt understands dogs and their need to exercise and socialize. We also understand owners with busy schedules. We offer 2500 square feet of indoor space and 5000 square feet of outdoor green space. We offer daycare, boarding and grooming services. We pride ourselves in having the “Best” facility as voted by locals fans and clients who support what we offer at The Mutt Hutt.
Our facility has everything your dog could ask for and more! The Mutt Hutt staff encourages interaction among dogs of all ages, breeds and sizes. Play keeps a dog’s mind active and helps it remain mentally fit. Boredom leads to destructive behaviors such as chewing, digging or barking, and can adversely affect a dog’s willingness to obey commands. During your dog’s stay at The Mutt Hutt, your dog can expect a day rich with activities and attention and filled with interaction, play as well as necessary nap time. We provide a healthy, fun and nurturing environment for your dog while you are away. Our focus is on constructive, rather than destructive, dog behavior. Our staff is dedicated to ensuring that your pet is well cared for at all times.
The Mutt Hutt provides a safe, clean and socially centered indoor and outdoor green space environment for dogs. Each dog enrolled is sure to receive the proper time and attention he or she needs. We have a strong commitment to ongoing training and education, and maintain a staff of dog lovers and owners who are experts in canine first aid, Red Cross Pet CPR and animal behavior.
FOR THE LOVE OF MUTTS….
I am a 25-year resident of historic Tremont, the owner of The Mutt Hutt and founder of Secondhand Mutts. Animals have been a passion since I was a little girl. I grew up with multiple dogs, cats, rabbits, gerbils and whatever the cat brought in. My first dog as college student living on my own was a rescue I named Sirouk. I found her in poor living conditions as a puppy, underweight and hid her in my purse and removed her from the neglectful conditions. After I graduated from the Art Institute of Pittsburgh in 1992 I left Sirouk with my parents (they didn’t want to let her go) and moved to Cleveland to pursue my career as a graphic designer. Sirouk lived a very active life for 14 years, passing away with my parents by her side.
After an 8-year career as a graphic designer, I established Happy Tails Pet Services, a dog waste clean-up business, who is now operated by my former business partner. While running Happy Tails I expanded services and started pet sitting and dog walking in Ohio City, Tremont and the Warehouse District neighborhoods. My objective was to spend more time with dogs rather than their waste. I fell in love with the idea of spending my days with dogs and started my research. While researching the daycare industry I started to visit dog parks around the east coast and during my vacations. I thought it was such a great idea that I wanted to help Cleveland bring a dog park to the area. I worked closely with citizens in my community and the local councilman to establish Cleveland’s first dog park through a grassroots group called TREATS (Tremont Residents Empowering Animals To Socialize). The first dog park in Cleveland is located in Clark Field in South Tremont.
Shortly thereafter, I made it my mission to open the first-ever cage-free dog daycare and 24/7 supervised overnight facility. While I was researching traditional kennels for my own dogs when I needed to board them while on vacation and was not satisfied with what was being offered in the area. I wanted my dogs to feel at home which prompted me to start cage-free and staff supervised overnight stays at The Mutt Hutt.
In April 2009 ,after 2 years of rescuing and finding homes for homeless pets through my networks at The Mutt Hutt, I formed a board of directors and officially registered a nonprofit rescue called Secondhand Mutts with the state of Ohio. Since its inception we have helped find dozens of otherwise forgotten dogs homes with forever families. Secondhand Mutts operates out of The Mutt Hutt and the staff of the hutt are shining examples of volunteerism. They work countless hours taking special care of the dogs in the adoption program and even give them needed breaks in their own homes. This project has become my pride and joy and the most fulfilling part of taking care of animals in need.
History of My Animals
As an adult, I raised my first dog dogs, Bacon and Mudd Pie, since they were pups. I rescued Bacon, an 8-week old red Doberman Pinscher, from a basement back yard breeder. She lived a full life with me until she passed away suddenly on March 26, 2010. I adopted Mudd Pie, a 12-week old Chocolate Labrador Retriever mix, from the Cuyahoga County Kennel in 1998. She also lead a very full and active life until fighting a brain tumor her last two years. She passed away on June 7, 2010.
In January 2007 I adopted a 7-year old red Doberman Pinscher from the Ashtabula Animal Protective League. I named her Sizzle Lean. Sizzle originally was drug house dog and although she only spent two years with me, she had the best two years of her life. On May 7, 2009, Sizzle passed away from an aggressive cancer presumably associated with her prior living conditions.
In April 2009, I adopted a 1-year old fawn Doberman Pinscher from Secondhand Mutts whom I named Crabcake. In May 2009 I adopted a 2-year old white and cream Doberman Pinscher from Southwest Ohio Doberman Rescue whom I named Buttermilk. In August 2009 a senior Doberman Pinscher was transported from a high kill shelter in Mahoning County to be placed in Secondhand Mutts for adoption. I bet you guessed what happened next. Yes, I snatched him up and proudly named him Jimmy Dean.
In addition to being recognized as a Canine Good Citizen, Jimmy Dean completed the Therapy Dogs International course with me. The test had 15 components for Jimmy to pass and he did it with flying colors. He and I spent the last year of his life doing therapy at visiting nursing homes, and elementary schools. The Thera-Pits Reading Program proudly accepted Jimmy Dean, and we bagan volunteering at the Behavioral Intervention Institute of Ohio, a center for children with autism. During the summer of 2012 Jimmy Dean was diagnosed with an acute hemoangiosarcoma, fought it for two months, and passed away with dignity and grace with his mom and dad by his side.
Shortly after Bacon passed and before Jimmy Dean came into my life, there was a void in my heart for a red Dobe girl. I returned to Southwest Ohio Doberman Rescue to meet and adopt a 7-month old whom I named Falafel Monster. A few months later I was called to the Cuyahoga County Kennel to pull a dog for Secondhand Mutts who’s time had run out. While I was there I noticed the pup in cage #58 – a beautiful blue male Doberman. I adopted him and named him after my favorite soup – Stilton Cheese Soup.
Respect the dog.
In the fall of 2010 I enrolled to become a dog trainer studying under my mentor, Mel McGrath of Paramount Dog Training. I have a lot of respect for Mel and how he teaches humans and dogs to interact through leadership. We have a strong business relationship and friendship and we respect one another and what we do for dogs in Northeast Ohio. I graduated and became certified to train in 2012 and will be focusing my energy and time on Secondhand Mutts as well as clients of The Mutt Hutt upon request. Giving back to Secondhand Mutts and adopting out dogs that are responsive to leadership and training is very important for the success of the adoption program. While learning more about training dogs and struggling at home with my own pack, I realized that I needed to make a change. Shortly after introducing Stilton Cheese to my pack it was apparent he and Falafel were not going to be best friends. I was working with Mel in my home, bringing the dogs to daycare, taking them on walks together to build their relationship and nothing was changing their dislike for one another. Being an advocate of “respecting the dog” and wanting peace for my home and my entire pack, I had to make the very tough decision to let Stilton Cheese go. Luckily, one person on my staff had bonded with Stilton and offered to take him home on a trial basis to see how things changed in my home before making a final decision. Thirty days later, my home was calm, my pack was back to normal, and Stilton was thriving with Anthony and his two dogs. I can’t tell you how hard it was to let him go and how I felt I failed as a dog parent, but I knew what I was doing was the right thing. And, I’d still get to see Stilton at work!
Bob Evans, a 9-month old black and tan Doberman Pinscher, was surrendered by his owner to the City of Cleveland Kennel. He had medical issues, as well as cage-aggression , was scheduled to be euthanized until Secondhand Mutts took him in. I went to the city kennel to meet him, slowly gaining his trust and was able to realize his potential. He was a malnourished mange case and had some aggressive tendencies related to his medical condition and behing behind bars. Bob spent his first six months in the Secondhand Mutts adoption program receiving treatment. We discovered Bob had some sort of trauma to his back side. He has two discs in his back that have merged together, and a missing hip socket. Gateway Animal Clinic veterinarians determined that he would someday need a total hip replacement. Over the next few months during his recovery he went from foster home to our facility to foster home and back. I took him under my wing, introduced him to my pack, became my foster dog, and included him as my project dog working with him during my dog trainers course. Because of his behavioral problems, which are clearly associated with the pain from his hip and back, and his medical history, he was no longer a candidate for adoption. As the founder of Secondhand Mutts, and someone who is committed to our mission, I decided to take Bob in as my own. I spent two years in my home and the experience was life changing. Sadly, Bob was euthanized in June 2014 due to his inability to get past the pain and aggression he suffered from. He is at peace now.
The Real Bacon
In April 2012 I full filled my lifelong dream of adopting a pig. I adopted a 9-month old a black Vietnamese Potbellied Pig from Ohio Pet Placement, a local animal rescue organization. Bob got to go along for the ride to meet “Spider Pig” who I later named “Oscar Mayer” and since then they have become best friends. Bob loves to protect Oscar ,and help him root around in the dirt in my yard, and he lso showed him how to get into the baby pool. Oscar is now 150 pounds, house trained, and a great addition to my pack.
In September 2012 I read about a 8-week old “mini” potbellied pig on Craigslist who was looking for a new home. I visited her and was immediately taken aback by her living conditions. She was underweight, hairless, living in a cage, eating gerbil food, and was never held. I had to get her out of that environment and convinced to let me take her home. I changed her name from “Bacon” to “Piggy Smalls,” introduced her to Oscar and the gang, and the rest is history. The addition of Piggy Smalls and the notoriety of Oscar warranted a name change to Notorious P.I.G. and Piggy Smalls.
The Cats Meow
In addition to my dogs and pigs I have a white, deaf cat I rescued and named Bowie. While in Wooster meeting a potential Secondhand Mutt, a blue and green eyed kitten caught my eye. I adopted Bowie from the Wooster Humane Society.
All in all, it’s a very happy home I have. I look forward to meeting you and your dogs as they come and visit their dog friends at The Mutt Hutt.
As you browse through the rest of the website if there is anything I can help you with personally please don’t hesitate to call me. You can reach me at 216-621-6888 or email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
My business and lifetime of caring for dogs is dedicated to the fond memory of Bacon and Mudd Pie
and all of those who have crossed the Rainbow Bridge. They are all truly an inspiration to me and will always be missed.