Sign In

Doggieville Resort

September 18, 2020

What a party! The Dog Pérignon flowed. Vanity Fur was there. So were Rolling Bone and the Hollywood Retriever. The puppy-razzi hounded the exclusive Mutt Gala, a high-society opening at Doggieville MTL, a boutique hotel that has brought canine chic to the Lachine Canal area.

Doggieville MTL is so posh, it has already hosted royalty such as a King Charles spaniel, as well as international jet-setters including a British bulldog, a Siberian husky and an Australian shepherd. They all awarded the hotel a five-paw rating for its décor, cuisine, cocktails, indoor pool and play spaces.

Doggieville MTL is a full-service canine resort at the heart of muttropolitan Montreal, with all the facilities named for dogs belonging to the family of owner Tatiana Custode.

Sam’s Lodge is a deluxe kennel with 37 so-called Condos for small and medium-size dogs and 11 Suites for large dogs. Lola’s Corner is a gourmet shop and boutique for furry fashionistas.

Café Ruby serves brunch and drinks on Saturdays and Sundays for both dogs and their owners. Chloe’s Spaw provides grooming services like mani-pedis, blueberry facials and shaggy-to-chic hairstyling. And the pièce de résistance, Yoda’s Splash, is a three- by six-metre indoor swimming pool, used for hydrotherapy, water workouts and just plain fun.

This hotel for hounds also has chauffeur service, two outdoor dog runs and an indoor playground, complete with plastic fire hydrants.

“I wanted something with canine class,” said Custode. “Everyone wants the best for their pets if they have to leave them during a vacation.

“And we also are a gathering spot for dog-lovers — and their dogs.”

Custode’s first career was as an interior designer, and she harnessed all her talents to realize her new passion. With a stylish, contemporary look inspired by the French countryside, Doggieville MTL is fresh and bright, with pure white walls and striking black canopy stripes. It also incorporates original industrial elements of the 1919 building: exposed ceiling pipes, bare brick walls and a ramp that once led to horse stables.

Café Ruby is decked out with rich leather banquettes and marble tabletops, as well as leash hooks for patrons’ canine companions.

Dogs from the same family can share lodgings. All guests get potty breaks and indoor or outdoor playtime. Operating in a restored building, the accommodations are equipped with a cutting-edge ventilation system, and COVID-19 sanitation procedures have been instituted.

The large Suites are luxuriously appointed with amusing wallpaper and sturdy wooden mini-bed frames topped with mattresses. Flat-screen TVs stream movies like Citizen Canine, Dog Day Afternoon and The Great Catsby, and guests take home a video of their stay. Slightly smaller, the Condos pipe in classical music (Beethoven is on the playlist), and include a welcome treat and a written report after a five-day stay.

Incoming guests are logged in the VIP (Very Important Pet) register, which notes their requests and characteristics. For example: Léopold is labelled small but destructive; Xany’s description includes “pees everywhere”; and Chinook sings a lot.

Café Ruby serves gourmet cuisine and drinks for all.

Brunch features fancy coffees by Illy, juices, pastries, omelettes, a sweet potato and kale salad, avocado toast and lobster Benedictine, as well as a children’s menu of pancakes or eggs.

Drinks include mimosas, Prosecco, wine and sangria, as well as signature cocktails like the Ruby-licious, with amaretto; the Pisco Pooch, with rhubarb and lime; and the piquant Doggy Mary, with gin, Clamato and Tabasco.

For dogs, there are Bosco and Roxy’s cookies, frozen yogurt popsicles from Boss Dog, kibble by Fromm and dinner by Stella’s Stew.

Lola’s Corner carries fashion-forward accessories like diamanté collars and parkas by Canada Pooch, as well as grooming gear, eco-friendly poop bags, travel satchels and toys.

Always inclusive, the boutique also has a section for cats.

Register Your Dog

  • Most Recent News

    Students Get Therapy Dog

    When middle school students return to class on Jan. 11, they’ll find a new face at the door: Daisy. Daisy is a therapy dog and the personal pet of Rob Kreger, principal of the Rock L. Butler Middle School. The five-year-old golden retriever is not a school pet or mascot, but rather a working dog […]

    Read more

    Therapy Dogtor

    Last March, Caroline Benzel, a third-year medical student, began to notice the stress and discomfort her nurse friends were feeling from the pressures of the ongoing Covid-19 pandemic. “[Personal protective equipment] can be really rough on the skin,” Benzel, 31, tells PEOPLE. Benzel and her 3-year-old Rottweiler, Loki (who’s also a therapy dog) hatched a […]

    Read more

    Therapy Dog Pups

    When Stanley the miniature fox terrier’s owner passed away, the little dog started a ‘paw-some’ new role – bringing puppy love to some of the Gold Coast’s oldest residents. After Carinity Cedarbrook Diversional Therapist Julianne Staff adopted Stanley, he began visiting the aged care community at Mudgeeraba as a therapy dog. Therapy dogs help to […]

    Read more

    Puppy Cams

    A nonprofit is providing an unusual form of therapy for those on the front lines of the coronavirus pandemic – puppy cams! “You spend five minutes with a puppy and try not to smile,” said registered nurse Robin Lingg Lagrone. Lingg Lagrone says watching little furballs wag their tails and prance on their paws helps […]

    Read more

    Pet Committee

    When Moore County’s school doors were abruptly closed earlier in 2020, two- and four-legged volunteers from the Moore County Citizens’ Pet Responsibility Committee (PRC) were in their 12th year of presenting a six-session Pet Responsibility Education Program for fourth-graders. The PRC quickly shifted gears and placed its program materials online as part of a home […]

    Read more

    The Right Rescue Dog

    If your New Year’s resolution is to add a canine family member, good for you. Somewhere out there is the perfect puppy or adult dog for your family. You have a lot of things to think about when you begin to look for that new family member, puppy or dog? Large or small? Purebred or […]

    Read more