About Us

Our Mission at Pooch Palace Resort 

Pooch Palace Resort is Greater Lafayette’s premier luxury dog resort.  We offer the finest amenities along with a state of the art facility which provides your dog with a safe, clean and fun environment.  Our Mission is to provide the highest level of service and delight to dogs and their parents.

We employ a very loving, knowledgeable and caring staff, who make special adjustments and provide extra time as needed for each individual guest.  We are passionate about providing the TLC your dog needs for an enjoyable and stress-free stay.  By giving each dog personal attention, we get to know each dog in our care and form bonds that last from one stay to the next.

We at Pooch Palace Resort are fully committed to exceeding your expectations so you can enjoy the freedom of peace of mind. In addition to taking great care of your pet, we do everything we can to provide you with a level of service you thought only possible at 5-star hotels.


Why Pooch Palace Resort?

  • A stress-free and enjoyable experience for dogs and the people who love them.
  • A highly trained, human-animal bond focused team. The relationship you have with your dog is important to us. 
  • We focus not only on your dog’s physical well-being but also on his/her emotional and mental well-being.
  • Our staff will treat your pup(s) as if they are one of our own.  They will receive the best care and attention in Greater Lafayette, without exception!  Pooch Palace is the next best option to them being at home. 
  • A team that recognizes that a clean resort is the best type of resort. We are meticulous with our cleaning and disinfecting protocols.
  • Luxurious amenities, features, care and service that make your dog feel like royalty.
  • Convenient location to all of Greater Lafayette.
  • Online booking available!  
  • An infinitely better option to board or daycare at Pooch Palace than to leave your pet at home alone, with a stranger or at traditional kennel with small spaces and cages. 
  • Indoor and outdoor play park.  We are the first facility in Greater Lafayette to offer Pup-grass™. Pup-grass™ is synthetic turf specifically designed for dogs. It is a healthier option over other surfaces AND no more dirt and mud when you pick up your pup!
  • Fresh air exchange HVAC system.  Helps prevent smells and any spreading of germs, etc.    




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Our Team


Paul Whitehurst - Owner and Founder of Pooch Palace Resort


Pooch Palace Resort was founded in 2017 for other pet parents like myself who want only the best for their dog.   I have always been passionate about dogs and it has been a dream of mine to work with them.  My best friend of 13 years, a German Shepard named Zoey, passed away in June of 2016.  Soon after this loss, I decided that rather replace Zoey with another dog, why not replace her with hundreds of dogs and care for each of these dogs as I would my own.  Welcome to Pooch Palace Resort.  Your dog’s home away from home!

I have spent the first half of my professional life in the corporate world and will spend the next half doing what I feel I was put here to do, love and care for dogs.  Pooch Palace Resort is the culmination of over 16 years of business experience, hardcore determination and a childhood dream that never died.

I was never satisfied with options for Zoey when I traveled.  I did not like the idea of putting her in a cage or small space while I was away.  So I know that uneasy feeling of leaving your pup and wondering "will they be happy, comfortable and safe while I am away?"  When you entrust your 4-legged family member with our staff, I guarantee they will receive the same high quality, loving care that they receive in your own home.





steph3Stephanie Tjalsma - Manager of Pooch Palace Resort

I started at Pooch Palace in September of 2017.  In May of 2018 I graduated from Purdue University with a Bachelor’s degree in Animal Sciences with a concentration in Behavior and Well-Being.  I have loved animals ever since I was a little kid.  When I first saw Pooch Palace I was so excited about what Paul was doing and the amazing services provided here.  I am honored to get to take care of everyone’s amazing pups and hope to do whatever I can to make leaving your dog the best experience possible. I have 2 cats and a sheepadoodle named Oberon, so, I know how important care of our fur children is.  I can’t wait to meet you and help make your pet’s home away from home the best it can be!





HopeHope Fee - Manager of Pooch Palace Resort

Hello! My name is Hope. I started working at Pooch Palace in August of 2019. I graduated from Purdue in May of 2018 with a Bachelor’s degree in Animal Sciences with a concentration in Agribusiness. I started in the dog daycare industry in 2014 while in college, expecting to just have a job where I could work with animals and improve my resume, but quickly fell in love with everything to do with working in a dog daycare. After graduating from Purdue, I decided caring for other people’s pups and providing them with these services was exactly what I wanted to continue doing.

I have three pups of my own: a four year old boxer (Maverick), a three year old boxer (Dinozzo), and a one year old french bulldog (Adelaide). My husband and I enjoy taking them hiking, swimming, and letting them run their zoomie laps in the backyard. I have two cats as well: Smokie and Mira. All five of them are like my children until my actual human baby makes his appearance in October.

After working for another dog daycare, the services Pooch Palace has to offer and the care they put into providing your pups a safe and care-free stay is definitely the way to go when choosing where to leave your pup for the day or overnight. I look forward to meeting all of you and providing the best possible experience at your dog’s home away from home!






Emily Barrick - Administrative Assistant

Hi there! My name is Emily Barrick. I am the new administrative assistant. I was born and raised right here in Lafayette, Indiana. I’m working towards my degree in Human Services, but I have always had a huge love for animals, dogs especially! I have always grown up with Labradors and currently have a Chocolate lab named Ozzie. Together with my fiancé, Bradlee, we love to take Oz for hikes, runs, and car rides! I love working here at Pooch Palace Resort because it is nice giving owners peace of mind that their dogs are well taken care of and loved here. I also love it because I get to talk about my favorite thing, dogs, all day long! 






Grace Van Orman - Marketing Coordinator

I am a senior at Purdue University majoring in Public Relations and Strategic Communication with the Certificate of Entrepreneurship and Innovation. In the fall of 2019, Pooch Palace Resort was my client for my Entrepreneurship Consulting Capstone. While working with Paul throughout the semester, his passion for Pooch Palace Resort became contagious as I learned about the level of care and the attention to detail Pooch Palace Resort provides to each one of its guests. I am now the marketing coordinator and it is the perfect intersection of my passion for digital marketing and my lifelong love of dogs. Currently, my boyfriend and I are the proud parents of a 2 year old Golden Retriever named Bentley. I look forward to promoting Pooch Palace Resort and all of the wonderful reasons why it truly is your dog’s home away from home.






Alyssa Chambers

I’m a junior at Purdue studying Animal Sciences with a concentration in pre-Vet & also Agribusiness. I’m from west Lafayette so I am a townie, woohoo! I have loved animals since birth and my family has always had dogs (springer spaniels & Dobermans). I’ve also been riding horses since before I could even walk. My boyfriend and I have the cutest dog possibly ever, Biggie. He’s the one in my picture. I love working at Pooch Palace because it’s great to be able to have a bond with all of these dogs and to get to really know their personalities. Also who doesn’t want to cuddle and love on dogs all day?! I really hope to work with dogs in my future career after graduating from Purdue.



malloryMallory Roberts

Hello everyone! My name is Mallory! I am from the small town of Rossville that’s just east of Lafayette. I’ve always grown up around some type of animal(s) and a dog was always a part of my family. I had horses for the longest of time, cows, and some smaller pets here and there. Currently, my family now owns a deer farm (crazy, I know) and I have my Goldendoodle, Jack that keeps me on my toes. I am in school now studying to become a dental assistant as I am working here at Pooch Palace. I love my job here because it is the perfect job for me being able to show my passion for dogs and interact with them and watch them grow. 





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Hi, I’m Katelyn! I live here in Lafayette with my fiancé and our dog, Bo. I’ve loved dogs for as long as I can remember. I really can’t imagine life without them! Through high school and college, I dog-sat and I even had the opportunity to train some puppies for family and friends. I started here at Pooch Palace this past May, and it truly is my dream job. It’s so much fun getting to know and love all the dogs that come here for daycare and boarding. I love watching them play and learning all of their different personalities. My favorite part about working here is being able to spend one on one time with the boarding pups to make sure they are happy and comfortable before bedtime. I’m so proud to be a part of what makes Pooch Palace somewhere dogs are safe, loved, and treated like family.  




sydniSydni Mullett

I’m currently a Junior studying Veterinary Nursing at Purdue. I knew from a young age that I wanted to work with animals, especially dogs. Because of this, attending Purdue and living in West Lafayette/Lafayette was the best option for me. I don’t have any dogs on my own currently, but I grew up with two boxers in my house (Spencer and Duke). Being able to work at Pooch Palace has let me taken what I have learned in classes and apply them to real life situations. Working with the daycare/boarding dogs brightens my day and I am so glad to be able to get to know the dogs personally and care for them as one of my own.




RobinRobin Smith

Hello! My name is Robin and I'm currently a sophomore at Purdue. I'm majoring in Animal Sciences with a concentration in Pre-Veterinary Medicine. I've always loved dogs and at my home in Fort Wayne I have a Boston terrier named Annie and a puggle named Jessie! I have dog sat a lot and also worked at other kennels so I'm definitely used to taking care of dogs (and I love it!). I love coming into work and being able to play and form bonds with awesome dogs. It makes my day seeing the dogs playing and enjoying their time at Pooch Palace!





Alessandria Aikerson Russell

I have always had a love for animals. I remember spending summers going to Columbia Park Zoo for camp and when I was old enough, volunteering and completing an animal care internship. Taking care for animals is one the most fulfilling tasks I believe that I could do and I can not imagine doing anything else. In 2017 I graduated from Alcorn State with a BS in animal science (pre-vet) and I am currently taking more biology and psychology related courses at Ivy Tech before attaining a Masters in Animal Behavior. Afterward, I plan on going to vet school and specializing in zoo med and animal behavior. I look forward to meeting you all and providing a happy, safe place for your pups to play! 



ChloeChloe Morris

"Hello everyone! I’m Chloe Morris. I’m currently a junior at Purdue studying Veterinary Nursing. I have been around animals my entire life. Growing up my family always had cats, but in 2016 I got my first personal dog Max. I’ve always wanted a golden retriever and well I finally got one! I come from Klondike Kennels where I worked as a Kennel Attendant and Assistant Manager. The past year and a half I’ve also done pet sitting. I’ve always loved working with animals and when I heard about Pooch Palace I couldn’t think of a better place to be a part of. I love coming to work everyday and seeing all the dogs excited to be there and having a good time. I look forward to meeting your dogs and giving them lots of love at their home away from."




BrittanyBrittany Miller

Hi, my name is Brittany! I graduated from Purdue and have worked in social work and with children for 7 years. I currently decided to change careers, fulfill a lifelong dream and work with animals. I started at Pooch Palace in November 2019 while getting my Veterinary Technician degree. I have 2 children, 2 dogs, 2 cats and 2 leopard geckos. There is a lot of love at my house and even more at Pooch Palace where I get to spend my days with your pups! Pictured is my dog Booger. He has a very special place in my heart. My best friend passed away when I was 24 and her mom gave me Booger a few months after. I know how important your pups are to you and I promise to give them all the love and care just as they were my own. 






HannahHannah Leveridge

"Hey, I’m Hannah! I graduated from Purdue in 2017 and recently moved back to the Lafayette area. I’ve always loved animals and wanted to pursue a career focusing on them. I hope to work with marine animals one day! I’ve got three pit bulls and a lab at home, and I love taking them on adventures! I’m excited to meet your pups and give them the best daycare and boarding experience!" 







SummerSummer Petrow

"Hi! My name is Summer. I started working at Pooch Palace in August 2019. I am a current student at Purdue University and  my major is Animal Sciences with a concentration in Biosciences. I am hoping to go to graduate school once I get my bachelor's degree to pursue some type of research to benefit companion animals. After I started my freshman year, I quickly realized that something from my life was missing, and that was puppy kisses!! I really missed my German Shepherd named Jaxon, who is my absolute best friend. So being able to show love to other people's dogs while they are away makes me feel so good inside. Working here has given me so much knowledge on animal behavior and how to handle all different sizes and breeds of dog. Not only that, but it is so nice being around people who have a passion for dogs as much as I do! I have the absolute best job!!"





carolinaCarolina Provines

Hello there! I’m Carolina. I grew up in a small town in southern Indiana called Vincennes. I am a senior at Purdue working on a sales & marketing and communication degree. I started at the Resort in the fall of 2019 and love watching your fur-babies in the daycare room! I was raised in the livestock industry (cattle, hogs, sheep, you name it!) and have always had a passion for taking care of animals of any kind. It’s very nice to take care of animals that don’t weigh 1,000 pounds HA! I have a pup of my own, Peaches. She enjoys coming to daycare with me and keeps me busy in her spare time. We love going home and chasing sheep or getting lost in a corn field. Aside from her, playing with all of your dogs’ brings me so much happiness!






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Samantha Burns

"Hello! My name is Samantha Burns. I am a Junior at Purdue University majoring in Animal Sciences with my concentration in Behavior and Well-being and minoring in Fisheries and Aquatic Sciences. I got involved with dogs by being part of 4-H dog obedience and agility for 10 years. My interest in dogs and other animals I worked with in 4-H is what helped me with my decision to study animal sciences.

I started at Pooch Palace in the fall of 2018 as a volunteer in the dog daycare. And I am now working for Pooch Palace in the dog daycare. I have also done dog sitting for families back home over the summer. I have two Doberman Pinschers, the one in my picture is my 14 year old, Rodeo who I did dog agility and obedience with. And my other Doberman is Indy who is 6 years old. I have had such a great time at Pooch Palace and have learned so much more about dog behaviors and truly enjoy getting to know each dog individually. I look forward to meeting you and your dog!"




JordynJordyn Price

Hi! My name is Jordyn Price. I'm a junior at Purdue Univeristy studying Veterinary Nursing.  I've been around animals my whole life, large and small. I just got engaged! Right now between at home and here at school we have 3 dogs, a I mixed breed, a cavapoo and a yorkie. I also have 3 cats, so they keep my on my toes! Before moving here, I worked at a grooming and boarding facility and absolutely loved it. I'm happy I get opportunity to work at another one while I'm here at school! I can't wait to take care of your animals!






emilineEmiline Riggs

Hi everyone! My name is Emiline, and I am from Lafayette. I have always loved animals, and I’ve always had a special place for dogs in my heart 🐾 I have always been around dogs, either from dog sitting or having a dog in my family. I love working here at Pooch Palace because I just love the atmosphere, I know what we are doing here is completely different from what anyone else offers and is really what every dog needs and deserves. I can’t wait to meet you and your sweet doggies 😊





mckinleyMcKinley Flinders

Hi, I’m McKinley Flinders and I have been a member of the Pooch Palace team since September 2019! I am currently studying Animal Production at Purdue, with a focus on cattle management and agricultural hospitality—but am from Portsmouth, Ohio, where I was an avid 4-H member and livestock showman. I have worked with animals of all shapes and sizes, and appreciate that I can continue doing what I love while working toward my degree. 

I live with my my cat, Vada, in West Lafayette and intend to pursue an MS degree in Animal Production following graduation! My favorite thing about working at Pooch Palace has been getting to know each dog on an individual level, recognizing them as more than just “Fido” or “Sparky.” They all have their own personalities and quirks! 




Emma Weber

Hello, my name is Emma! I am a sophomore at Purdue University studying Animal Sciences. Animals have always held a special place in my heart and knew that I wanted to have a job in the veterinary field ever since I was young. I have two dogs, Brandy (gold retriever) who’s 18 years old, and Winston (Yorkiepoo) who’s 3 years old. I’m from Kokomo originally but moved to West Lafayette for school. I have job shadowed at grooming facilities, doggy daycares, and worked at veterinary clinics. My dream job is to work in a clinical setting because I cherish the personal interactions with the animal that come along with it. I can’t wait to take care of your animals!



IMG 3358Jen Fee

My name is Jen Fee and I started with the Pooch Palace in September 2017. I’m originally from Kokomo and transferred to Lafayette 15 years ago. I’m married and have a stepdaughter that just started at Purdue. I have a black lab -Mr Bear-who is 7 yrs old. He was a farm puppy we picked up 7 years ago. Within the first year we quickly realized he has terrible anxiety- mostly a sensitivity to noise. I worried constantly when we had to board him. 

I attended the grand opening at the Pooch Palace and immediately fell in love with the facility and the people. I decided to board Mr. Bear for the 4th of July weekend in 2017. I watched him constantly on the webcam and for the first time in his life-he was able to relax while fireworks were going off that weekend-because he couldn’t hear them. He was safe and sleeping and I was grateful. 

I was so impressed by the care he received that I wanted to be a part of what I had witnessed that weekend. I work in the corporate world and that job comes with a ton of stress. To say working at the Pooch Palace is a stress reliever would be an understatement. I have learned so much about dogs -things I never expected to learn. Because of my own dogs issues-I am especially sensitive to the dogs who are scared or anxious. There’s no better feeling than snuggling with a dog who misses their owner, or throwing a ball to a dog who has tons of energy, or just sitting with an older dog who has no desire to play but will happily take an extra treat. “Your dogs home away from home” is the best way to describe the experience your dog will have with us! 


Our Groomers:


Destiny Loft 

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"I have lived in Lafayette my entire life.  I have always been a huge animal lover and Grooming gives me an opportunity to work with something I have a passion for.  Currenty I have 5 cats and 2 cattledogs.  My pups names are Mylo and Copper.  I love seeing all the happy wagging tails at Pooch Palace everday!  I am a certified Groomer through ABC College and have been grooming at Pooch Palace since August.  I am very excited for what the future holds for me at Pooch Palace!





mandyMandy Burris

"Hey everyone! I’m Amanda Burris. I’m the proud mother to a perfect baby boy. I’ve been a huge animal lover my entire life and currently have 6 cats and 2 dogs. A Great Dane mix named Moe and a German Shepherd named Kona. I was a hairstylist for 6 years but decided to follow my heart to work with animals. I traded 2 legs for 4 and became a groomer. I’m a certified groomer through ABC College and couldn’t be happier I made this switch. I’ve been working with animals since January of 2017. And have been a groomer at Pooch Palace since March of 2019."




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"I started at Pooch Palace in January of 2019 as a dog groomer.  Dogs have always been my favorite animal. Growing up, the dogs in my family have always been treated as our kids.  I have amazing husband who supports me in any thing and have two amazing kids.  I have one dog currently, her name is Malla and she is a golden retriever chow mix.  She is always by my side. Everyday that I walk into work I cant wait to see what I will be grooming and working with!  I am so excited to see what Pooch Palace has to hold for me in the future. I am looking more forward to meeting all of you and your wonderful dogs!" 






Nicole Miller

"Hey everyone, I’m Nicole! I currently have a beagle named Kali, (who has been in my life since I was 7 years old) and a black cat named Felix that my boyfriend and I adopted just last February. I just recently started at Pooch Palace in August of 2019 and I can honestly say it’s one of the best decisions I’ve made. I absolutely love working with and getting to know all of the dogs. It’s different everyday and I never know what to expect, which is part of why I love my job so much! Here in the next couple of months, I plan on training to become a groomer, and it’s all thanks to Pooch Palace for giving me the amazing opportunity to train on the job. I’ve been around dogs pretty much my entire life, and it’s been a dream of mine to work with them in some type of way for as long as I can remember. Really looking forward to meeting all of you and your precious pups!"



Our Trainer:  McKenzie Henk          mckenzie1


 McKenzie is a professional dog trainer who helps dog owners build and maintain a positive relationship with their pets. She uses a “balanced” training method and believes every dog and situation is unique and so the training for every dog should be unique as well.

McKenzie started training when she was eleven years old by competing in 4H and State Fair competitions with her dogs. In high school, she started working at a boarding kennel and assisting with puppy care, breeding, Conformation showing and training. She competed in several trials with her dogs and performed very well. After high school, she attended an Obedience Instructor Course at a facility in Illinois, became an instructor there and trained over 200 dogs in Obedience, Conformation, Rally, Canine Good Citizen, Agility and Service dogs. McKenzie started at Pooch Palace Resort in April of 2018 and heads up our Daycare program as well.

McKenzie has a Kerry Blue Terrier named Alistair and a working line German Shepherd named Hector. In her free time McKenzie volunteers as the lead instructor for the Vermilion County 4H Dog Obedience Spin Club.



Resort Tour

You are welcome to visit our facility anytime and ask as many questions as you would like.  We are conveniently located at 35 Beck Lane Suite 101, Lafayette, IN 47909.   

Pooch Palace Resort supports local animal rescue and adoption organizations. We hope you will consider opening your home to an animal friend in need, and encourage you to learn more about the organizations we proudly support.