About Boggs Doggs

Our Story

Andrew and I have been living and working on our smallholding in Pencaitland, East Lothian for the last 11 years. We started out doing livery but as Andrew had always wanted to farm, it wasn’t long before we found ourselves adding some pigs and a flock of rare breed sheep to the mix. 

And the dogs? Well we’ve so much space that over time, friends started asking us to look after their dogs. A day here, a day there. It came pretty naturally to us. When he was younger Andrew worked in kennels of up to 100 dogs, where he was responsible for exercising and cleaning them. I grew up in Zimbabwe and we always had dogs - a grand total of 10 in our home at one point! So we have always seen dogs as a natural extension of our family.

As a family-run business we know dogs aren't just animals but important members of their owner’s family and that’s how we treat them!

Looking after people’s dogs worked really well. We loved it, the dogs were happy and our friends were over the moon that they weren’t having to leave their beloved dogs alone in the house all day. And the idea for Boggs Dogs was born!

We have three very sociable dogs (a French Pointer, an English Pointer and an American Bulldog) as well as three children. The whole family takes a very active role in looking after all the animals.

Meet our team

We all love dogs here. Each one of us grew up with dogs and now we all have one or two (or three or four!) of our own. That’s what makes Boggs Dogs such a great place for dogs. When we come to work here we’re not just doing a job. We’re doing something we really believe in. You can see from the fun we have with them, the kindness we show them and the care we give them that we always have their best interests at heart. That’s why we’re here.

Claire

We got our first dog, Sas, for my husband’s 30th birthday, and that’s where my obsession with dogs began! We now have three border collies and a working cocker spaniel. I love working breeds and a dog that is a challenge to train, hence working at Boggs Dogs gives me satisfaction as we look after all kinds of wonderful and fun temperaments.  When I’m not with dogs I spend every spare minute throwing myself down steep trails on a mountain bike!

 

Jane

I’ve always had a passion for animals and wildlife. We had dogs when I was growing up and now my partner and I have four dogs. Our newest, Nico, is elderly, partially sighted and only speaks Spanish (though his Scottish is coming along nicely!). I believe every dog deserves a loving home and at Boggs Dogs we provide a safe caring environment for them. We’re a home away from home for your dog and we honestly look after them as if they were our own.

Aga

I grew up with German Shepherds and Labradors back home in Poland. I got my own dog, a German Shepherd cross, Thiago, five years ago and when I moved to Scotland last year, I arranged for him to join me of course! He suffers from separation anxiety so I understand dogs who show similar behaviour. We have seen dogs progress from severe separation anxiety into fully-fledged confident dogs at Boggs Dogs. It's so rewarding knowing we have helped in their journey to confidence.

Fay

I love all dog breeds but the one that steals my heart is the Labrador. I have two of them, Molly, a black lab who’s 13 and Flynn a fox red who’s 9. My main hobby is walking trials and I’ll compete with Flynn until his retirement this year. I’m now looking to add a puppy to our family – a Labrador of course! At Boggs Dogs every dog is treated as an individual and dogs and staff quickly become part of the Boggs family.

Testimonials

Boggsdogs was our first experience leaving our dog Breagha so it was a big deal for us  Mel and her excellent team were so friendly and welcoming it made it so much easier knowing our dog would be surrounded by such warmth. The dogs have a lovely environment to eat, sleep and play in - it looked so much fun! Our dog came home tired and happy and settled back in without any problems at all. Mel's updates were really considerate and much appreciated. I cannot thank the team enough and will definitely be using Boggsdogs again soon.

- Adaoma Wosu

Boggs Dogs has been amazing for our Springer, Lola. When she was a puppy she was nervous around other dogs but the team at Boggs are great. They were supportive and consistent with her and in less than a month of being there her behaviour around other dogs transformed. She loves Boggs and all the exercise she gets there. I love all the space and the family feel. A real find.

- Alexandra Borthwick

Couldn't recommend this place enough, great workers very friendly and my dog always comes back knackered. They even brush him so he looks so good when he gets dropped off

- Danni Anderson

We were delighted to find Mel and Boggs Dogs. The space available for walks and play is huge so Orla, our young Vizsla was very well exercised. It is the perfect place for an energetic dog. We’ve enjoyed the photo and video updates. I can't recommend Mel highly enough.

- Graham McCormack

Both my Newfie’s love it at Boggs Dogs, they’re so well cared for and come home worn out after a lovely day of walking and playing. The communication is great and any questions I have are quickly answered. It’s an amazing place and I’d recommend to anyone.

- Lisa Macdonald

Our wirehaired Hungarian vizsla goes on his holidays to Boggs Dogs and I know that he has an awesome time and is in amazingly good hands. I can't decide if he's just exhausted when we pick him up from all the playing or if he's actually a bit sad to be back at home, he loves it that much! Couldn't recommend Mel and her team more highly.

- Lorna Dale

Our dog Spot has been coming here since Boggs Dogs was born and he absolutely loves it! Mel and the team are great - and their facilities are getting swankier year on year.

- Peter Jinks

Amos our whippet is quite sensitive but has settled in so well with Boggs. He really enjoys his days there and the ladies are all fantastic. We know he's in good hands when we can't be with him. We loved that there was a mix of walks, playing outside and some room indoors when needed. Amos loves his cuddles and gets plenty! Only thing I would love even more would be some more pictures and videos

- Magali Anne

Winnie attends Boggs Dogs 5 days a week while we work and she absolutely loves it! The safe space they have to run and play is fantastic. Mel & all the staff are lovely and clearly genuinely love dogs. I have often said to friends that if I was to return in another life - I would want to be a Boggs Dog! Thank you for caring for Winnie so well.

- Ruth Chandler

Very warm and welcoming environment for all breeds of pooch. I visited today with all the snow and it was just beautiful. Acres of space with woodlands make this a doggy paradise.
Alistair (Pencaitland)

- Shelia Mackay