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 4-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.    




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.





NEWIMG 1155Stephanie 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 a cat and am adding a puppy to my family this September, 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!




chantelChantel Bornhurst

My passion for Animals started at a very young age.  Growing up I had almost every Animal you could think of from Goats, Rats, Lizards and Dogs to everything in between.  But dogs were always my favorite.  I then pursued a Career working hands on with Animals.  I have worked as a Vet Technician, an Animal care giver in the Vet industry, Animal shelter's and Boarding Facilities for the past 10 years in Northern IL. 

When moving to Indiana I was so excited and happy to find Pooch Palace.  When I saw how much they invest in taking care of everyones loved furry family members I knew they had something special here.  I am so happy I get to be apart of this rewarding place that not only I can enjoy but my own puppies get to enjoy as well.  I cannot wait to meet you and love your puppies like my own. 



kelliKelli Kirkman

I joined the staff at Pooch Palace Resort in August, 2017 because I was looking for a job that would make me happy, instead of just making me money.  I graduated from Purdue with a degree in English Literature, and my professional career has included jobs in teaching, business ownership, and the medical field.  My love of dogs brought me to volunteer at a local animal shelter beginning in 2015, where I quickly realized my passion in life.

During my time with the shelter, I have gained a wealth of knowledge about animal welfare, and my husband and two daughters happily support my “dog habit.”  At Pooch Palace, I am lucky enough to work with like minded, animal loving friends, and spend time with some of the coolest dogs in the city!



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 😊





ashleyAshley Sisson

Hi!  My name is Ashley and I love dogs! I live in Lafayette with my husband, 6 year old son and our 4 pups. I have a redtick coonhound (Phoenix), a brindle pitbull (Bo), a white pitbull (Layla), and a little pocket pittie mix (Ellie Mae). 

I have worked on and off with dogs my whole life and enjoy volunteering with animal transports and shelters. I enjoy working part time with Pooch Palace because I can spend more time with dogs and get paid for it. What more could a girl ask for?!?




alyssaAlyssa 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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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! 


20180916 002511 1Katelyn Stuart

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!




Our Groomers:


April Keck 

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"I have lived in the Lafayette area most of my life.  I have an amazing teenaged daughter that is on the Autism spectrum that I am super proud of and I have been involved in various careers working with animals for more than 25 years. I've done everything from working at the local Humane Society to Animal Control Officer to pit-bull rescuer and now pet groomer.  I graduated the Grooming School of Indiana in March of 2016 and immediately began grooming full time under the guidance of Cristy Maxwell at Klondike Kennels. Once she moved to Florida, I stepped in. I've now been grooming for about 2 years now and am looking forward to new beginnings with Paul and the gang at Pooch Palace"




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!





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.