Our Services

"Our Mission is to keep your pet happy, safe and healthy and treat them as part of our family."

Dog Boarding

All Breeds Welcome!
- Climate Controlled
- Indoor & Outdoor Runs
- 4 Beautiful Acres

Cat Boarding

Yes, we board cats too!
- Away from dogs
- Special cat play area
- Windows, ledges, toys

Grooming

All breed grooming!
- Expert hand scissoring
- Bath and Brush
- Fleas, Nails & more!

Photos of our place!

Kennel Blog

Training and Behavior Tips

Keep in mind these are short descriptions of techniques. For more detail do further research, consult a trainer, or ask us any questions you might have. Below are some of the most common issues we see. There is not a one-size-fits-all approach to correcting some behavior issues. It can be important to know the dogs

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Old Mother Hubbard Was Right – Give Your Dog a Bone

Dogs are carnivores. They have teeth and a digestive system designed to eat meat and bones, whether they are Chihuahuas or Great Danes. Your dog will greatly appreciate being given REAL, RAW bones. Just remember to never give your dog cooked bones. Raw bones and marrow are digestible, full of nutrition and help clean teeth.

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Which Breed of Dog Should I Get?

This is a very good question that people with little or no experience with dogs should but often do not ask. If you have decided to get a dog there are some important questions you should ask yourself and issues to think about to make sure you get a breed that’s right for you. First

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Your Dog Doesn’t Like Bathing/Grooming?

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Some dogs do not like to be bathed, brushed, combed, have their nails trimmed or grooming. This almost always has to do with the way they were raised and how they were introduced to a bath, brush, comb, nail trimming or grooming. An exception to this might be a dog with physical problems, where grooming

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Canine Nutrition

Our parents and grandparents and their parents and grandparents before them fed their dogs what was left from the table or from cooking around the fire. There were no commercial dog foods. Think back. There was also not the rampant chronic disease that is all too common today in our beloved companions, in the form

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Want To Enter Your Dog in a Dog Show?

While it is fun, can be a great family venture, can teach children good sportsmanship and the proper care of dogs, it is not for everyone. Some people think that because their dog has AKC papers, they must be good! My mantra is “AKC is to dogs, as the DMV is to cars.” They simply

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What Our Customers Say

Part of the Family has an experienced, caring and loving staff that has met my every need. Although there are several grooming services in my area, and roundtrip from Sun City Center is over 50 miles, I prefer Part of the Family where my expectations of service are met. Overall, Part of the Family meets my expectations for quality grooming and caring boarding services. The staff is professional, dedicated, and personable. I recommend your facility all the time and will continue to do so.

David Gary Tucker

( Sun City Center, FL )

Have been coming there since 1979. Often recommend you - always say you're well worth the peace of mind!

V. Parsons

( Brandon, FL )

It is the best place to take pets! We feel like its Bella's "home away from home". We recommend you every chance we get. We tell them about the special attention Bella gets each day. We also get compliments on Bella's grooming, and we tell people where we have it done. We are so grateful to have Part of the Family for our Bella.

Kim & Joe Mikula (& of course Bella!)

( Plant City, FL )

The facility is always very, very clean. Most important, my dog likes it there. I am very happy that we found you guys. Thank you for taking care of our Sanka when we are away.

Josie Otero

( Brandon, FL )

Just wanted to let you know how blessed we have been to have you guys care for Brenna & Reese over the past few years. It saddens us to move out of the area and we will certainly miss you all. We appreciate your advice over the years and your patience with our "girls". Please express our gratitude to your staff as well. Praying blessings over your family & your business.

The Waldroff Family

( Plant City, FL )

While we've never boarded a dog, we have confidentially left our exotic bird in the care of Part of the Family. 'Downy' never has an unkind word to say about her stay and we know she is nicely being taken care of. Thank you!

B & B Bauer

( Tampa, FL )

Originally-because you are close to home. Secondly-clean facility, staff very friendly, accommodating, great service. Boarding-great! Nice clean fluffy, good smelling-friendly, bathed dog. We really appreciate that. We do feel that you treat our dog like a part of your family. Perfectly named facility.

Denise & Tom DiGeronimo

( Dover, FL )

I have been coming to this kennel for 27 years and would not go anywhere else. My chihuahua loves Terry and doesn't mind staying. I never worry because they are very caring and knowledgeable and I know he gets good care because he likes to go there. He thinks he is part of their family!!!

Bob & Kitti Hutchinson & Fast Freddy

( Plant City, FL )

About the owners:

The owners, Terry and Debbie Vaught, live on site so you can rest easy knowing they are protected around the clock. They have been raising dogs for over 30 years and also bred champion show dogs for many years. In addition, Debbie was a pet groomer and was in the medical field for over 25 years and is very experienced with any health issues that might arise. Terry has managed a variety of different businesses at the store level as well as at the executive level and was the owner of another company before acquiring POTF in 2004. He has had dogs all his life and is always pursuing dog-related education. He is very knowledgable about dog behavior. Together they have an exceptionally broad based knowledge of dog related medical and behavioral issues.