Hi stranger! Signing up for MypetMD is easy, free and puts the most relevant content at your fingertips.

Get Instant Access To

  • 24/7 alerts for pet-related recalls

  • Your own library of articles, blogs, and favorite pet names

  • Tools designed to keep your pets happy and healthy



or Connect with Facebook

By joining petMD, you agree to the Privacy Policy.

Better Life For Dogs

2111 Tjossem Road
Ellensburg, WA 98926
509-925-2200

User Reviews (11)

  • 1. Best doggie resort we've found!

    by: madgrace

    This is the only place we feel comfortable boarding our 2 large dogs when we leave town. The owners are compassionate, skilled, and flat-out love dogs! The dogs have their own heated area and their own runs, but the staff let the dogs out for play-time several times a day. The dogs are matched by temperment, so compatible dogs get to play together. The rate is reasonable, too.

    Pros

    Very knowlegeable, friendly, trustworthy staff

    Cons

    Sometimes hard to get reservations, because they're so popular

  • 2. Amazing boarding!

    by: debbiemetzler

    I love this place, and they love my dog too. It's so nice to feel so comfortable leaving my dog with them -- I don't worry about him at all! They really have so many nice "amenities" (like a hotel) for instance, in the summer they have kiddie pools in each of the runs so the dogs can cool off. In the winter, they have heaters on in the indoor parts of the run and can shut off the access to the outside part so that the dogs don't freeze their butts off! Really, they take the dogs' needs into thorough consideration and are really great kennel owners.

    Pros

    clean, great amenities for the doggies, lots of attention given, and plenty of room for playing!

    Cons

    nothing.

  • 3. Very caring and good care for dogs

    by: funkiemunkee

    I have used this facility to board my two small dogs. They can be pretty high maintenance at times, one is a high strung chihuahua terrier mix. They have always received excellent treatment. I fully trust the abilities and knowledge of the owners and staff. I had complete peace of mind when leaving my dogs. I think this is a great place to board dogs and would recommend any of the services they offer. The only reservation I have is that it can be expensive to board animals here. However, sometimes you get what you pay for and they definitely were happy when they stayed at Better Life for Dogs, so it was worth it!

    Pros

    great care to be found here

    Cons

    on the pricey side

  • 4. Comes highly rated

    by: audine

    Client ratings rank this facility as tops. I have not had a pet stay there, yet, but have certainly recommended it to others. The feedback from those others has been excellent. If you need to board a pet, give them a call.

    Pros

    Excellent care

    Cons

    none

  • 5. Nice boarding facility

    by: evensongpaints

    This gal has a very nice boarding facility with reasonable rates. Kennel is clean and well set up. Only trouble was finding the manager--not an obvious "front door" or office.

    Pros

    air conditioned

    Cons

    Yard is cluttered

  • 6. The best in the 'Burg

    by: katemcc

    I am certain that my dog looks forward to our going away, simply because he gets to stay at Better Life for Dogs. He loves playing with other dogs, and Wanda allows this using her discretion and years of experience to pair dogs of similar energy level and disposition together. Our puppy plays so hard that he loses his puppy-fat when he's there - and that's not a bad thing! Wanda and Co. are committed to taking care of all dogs in the best way possible, and are accommodating to owners as well - they treat their clients in a very friendly and professional manner. If I ever leave Ellensburg I'll miss these guys, and our dog will, too.

    Pros

    Dogs can play together, and the owners love dogs.

    Cons

    Drop-offs sometimes go slowly.

  • 7. Great Boarders

    by: tiffanysspaz

    This is one of the only boarders that I will use for my dogs. They are experienced and I know my pets get lvoing care when we are away.

    Pros

    Great facility

    Cons

    no cons

  • 8. Can't say enough...

    by: Trudy21

    I can't say enough about Wanda and Better Life for Dogs. She has gone above and beyond for shelter animals and always has a great attitude. I would not hesitate to take my dogs to her and I really appreciate her!

    Pros

    Great help with shelter animals, cares for all animals, big heart

    Cons

    None

  • 9. Very personable with your pets

    by: thebillpayer

    We use to use this groomer years ago for our poddle cross. They were very kind. Our dog always looked marvelous.

    Pros

    Will love your pet

    Cons

    None

  • 10. caring person caring for your dog

    by: vadam

    This facility is run by a very knowledable and caring person. Wanda loves animals and it shows. She always trys to give the very best care. I would recommend her to my friends

    Pros

    caring person

    Cons

    small

  • 11. the best!

    by: hollyellensburg

    My kids (pets) recieve great care and I have no fear leaving them at Better Life For Dogs. they even get a pool to play in during the summer, they loved it!

    Pros

    wonderful staff!

    Cons

    not one, my pets and I love the care they get