Welcome to our country location!

We are thrilled to offer a truly lovely alternative in the “country” for your dogs to stay, play, and frolic! This gorgeous setting is situated on 65 acres of farmland on Sumas Prairie in Abbotsford, B.C.

Love on a Leash in the Country is headed up by our wonderful “Fairy Dogmother”, Shelly, & her husband Frank, our Vancouver & Lower Mainland dog-boarding and caregivers extraordinaire.

The facility includes two large fenced areas-offering more than 14,000 sq. feet of grassy areas that are fully fenced and ready for dog play! Shelly offers grooming services now that her professional grooming parlor is complete, so your beloved pooches can come home sweet smelling after their stay. As an added bonus, you can opt for “door to door” pick-up and delivery service, in our Love on a Leash van, for a fee of $50 for the full round trip. Frank is our daily driver!

Shelly offers more than 30 years of experience with dogs. In the past, she has shown all breeds professionally and is educated in dog psychology. She is 100% certified in “DogSafe” Canine First Aid, Levels I and II and has extensive training in canine nutrition, including internet conferences with the Washington State University College of Veterinary Medicine.

Over the years, Shelly has been actively involved in animal rescue groups and to this day is still involved in Boxer Rescue.

She works extensively with all ages and breeds of dogs. From puppies to seniors, Shelly believes that every dog “deserves his day”.

Many of our client’s dogs are “rescue” dogs who have special needs and need extra time and attention. Love on a Leash in the Country is equipped to deal with dogs that are in different stages of rehabilitation, socialization and love.

Shelly believes strongly in the principles of calm, controlled pack leadership and practices “positive reinforcement” techniques with all dogs in her care.

Shelly & Frank’s home and facility is a loving, caring place where all dogs are welcome to stay when their owners are on vacation. Their farm is a peaceful, beautiful refuge for your furry friend. This dog boarding facility welcomes dogs from all over Vancouver & the Lower Mainland & offers loads of space for dogs to run and exercise or to just hang out and rest. Let your canine companion enjoy Love on a Leash in the Country – It truly is the ideal retreat for man’s best friend!


Keep your dog happy and healthy at “Summer Dog Camp” 365 days a year! Contact Love on a Leash to inquire about any of our services today!

Please note: Our fee for door-to-door pick up & drop off service is $50 for the full round trip, on top of our regular Love on a Leash daily rates.


“LOAL in the Country provides safe, attentive and personalized care for our dogs and our clientele’s dogs. Our own Poodles, Myshkin and Gemma, board exclusively with Love on a Leash during our holidays and I have complete confidence that they will enjoy their stay with Shelly and Frank. I can’t imagine leaving our furry kids with anyone else.”

Dr. Ray and Roxanne Snopek, Ellwood Park Animal Hospital