About Us

Groovytown Dog Lodge (formerly Dogs Vangroovin’) is grounded in the belief that dogs enrich our lives and, in turn, they deserve rich lives too.  Dogs need a chance to be dogs – to run freely, stretch their legs, strengthen their hearts, and socialize with fellow canines. These are vital factors for a well-behaved, healthy dog – and that’s what Groovytown Dog Lodge is all about.

Established in 2001, Dogs Vangroovin’ was created by Kristen Kadis as a means of balancing the rigors of university with a healthy lifestyle. Starting with $30, a little yellow Volkswagon Beetle, and training in basic dog obedience, the dog-walking and hiking adventures began!

Since then Kristen has become a leader in canine group relations. She is often sought out for her ability to work with all types of dog personalities, and for her desire to bring harmony to human-dog relationships.

Groovytown Dog Lodge offers more than just a dog walking service or boarding facility – it’s a chance for city-bound canines to escape the restrictions of sidewalks and leashes and get back to nature while their owners are at work or play!  

In 2017 Dogs Vangroovin’ expanded with the purchase of a large acreage in Odessa, Ontario.  Along with this acquisition came a name change to Groovytown Dog Lodge and the addition of overnight boarding facilities.  The facility includes two large areas (6 acres and 3 acres), each fenced with 6′ high no-climb fencing, 6″ of underground fence for diggers, and a line of electric wire at the top for jumpers and climbers.  These fenced ‘Adventure Parks’ are enjoyed by both day hikers and overnight guests.

With door-to-door service for daily adventure hikers only and drop off for daycare and boarding, it’s time to get your dog in on the adventure!

About the Pack Leader

Kristen Kadis of Groovytown Dog Lodge.  As founder of company, she is the 'leader of the pack'.
Kristen, out cutting the trails.

Kristen Kadis launched Dogs Vangroovin’ (now Groovytown Dog Lodge) in 2001 while living in Vancouver, British Columbia.  Kristen has always been passionate about animals.  She will stop traffic to save an injured duck, or to escort a turtle across a busy road.  When she visits family her animals are always in tow, the entourage being an expected, rambunctious intrusion to any family function.  Her enthusiastic passion can be felt in the culture she has created with Groovytown Dog Lodge.

In 2002, Kristen moved her company from Vancouver, to Kingston, Ontario, when she enrolled at Queen’s University. Upon graduation she decided to remain in Kingston to build Dogs Vangroovin’ (which now operates under the name Groovytown Dog Lodge and includes overnight care) into a full-time venture. 

The expansion of Dogs Vangroovin’ into Groovytown Dog Lodge was a dream come true for Kristen.  Moving from BC, Kristen missed the freedom that dogs and their human companions had to wander and explore through beautiful spaces.  So much of the land near Kingston is privately owned or restricts dogs to short leashes.  Groovytown Dog Lodge changes all of that by boasting two large adventure parks with walking paths, open spaces and scenic woods to explore.  

What People Say

I would absolutely recommend Groovytown to any dog owners in the area! Twice-weekly walks turned our hyper handful of a puppy into the sweetest dog, and she always returns with a smile on her face and a nap on her mind. It has been incredibly convenient being able to board our dog in a familiar environment when we are out of town, and she legitimately enjoys boarding there overnight. Although we have recently moved from the area, our dog was giddy with excitement when we brought her back for a visit with her old friends. Highly recommend!

Oliver Neal  recommends Groovytown Dog Lodge on Facebook

Wonderful care and attention given to my dogs, one of whom has special medical needs. So grateful they have a safe and happy place to go when we can’t be with them.

Cathy Johnston  recommends Groovytown Dog Lodge on Facebook

Our dog Rocky loves Groovytown. It’s doggie recommended.

Patti Castro Evaristo  recommends Groovytown Dog Lodge on Facebook