DOGGIEVILLE Mtl, UNLEASH THE HAPPINESS!
As a doggie mom, I always want to provide the best for my baby Ruby, but it can get tough. Whether grabbing a coffee with her, finding the ideal nutrition in the city’s outskirts, dropping her off for grooming or daycare… I found myself driving miles to get it all done. And I can only guess I’m not the only one who felt overwhelmed. On top of that, the winter months make it challenging to have Ruby around given the limited accessibility to the outdoors. Even in the summer, conditions aren’t always ideal, and I felt restricted with where to bring her to socialize. This is when I recognized the need for an all-in-one doggie complex. This was the very inspiration that ignited us both to open a place that we’ve always dreamed of… DOGGIEVILLE Mtl!
Welcome to this unique space for doggie lovers,
you won’t believe it until you see it!
Tatiana & Ruby Custode
Founder & CEO
MEET OUR FURRY FAMILY MEMBERS
At DOGGIEVILLE Mtl, we’re all about family & doggies. So much so that all our services are named after our family pups. We find it adds to our love for animals and gives our furry kids the recognition they deserve. Check out their stories to find out which service is named after who!
I always imagined myself with a little white furry doggie who would be my partner in crime and follow me on my adventures. In December 2005, my best friend made my dream come true. Ruby was the most beautiful gift I ever received; my beautiful baby came into my life as a Christmas present.
She was as I always imagined her, a beautiful Bichon Frise, white as snow, affectionate, sensitive, playful and with a big belly! She was already five months old and changed my life for the better. I became a dog mom and Ruby taught me what real love is, the meaning of compassion, loyalty and patience, and helped me to find a path in life. Ruby has always been there, through the good and the bad times. Every time I needed a hand, I always found Ruby’s paw.
During so many years, Ruby accompanied my whole family and inspired in them the desire to adopt a furry companion. Now all of them are proud doggie parents and Ruby is part of a lovely pack!
Ruby has always been pretty picky when it comes to food. It has never been easy to satisfy her fine palate. When DOGGIEVILLE Mtl was created, I named our restaurant after her. If Ruby approves the chef’s creations, it means the food meets her high-quality standards. Now Ruby’s Café is delighting doggie parents and furry visitors with a wide variety of nutritious and tasty options.
In 2015, my brother and his wife were looking for a fur baby to adopt. They visited some animal shelters in New Jersey but didn’t feel a connection with any of the dogs. Over the Christmas holiday, they were visiting family in Pennsylvania and decided to check out a shelter in Quakertown. The first pooch they met at the shelter, Lola, jumped into their arms, kissed their faces … and the rest is history!
Lola was exactly what they were looking for: small but not too small, furry and lovable. Lola changed their lives and they are so grateful for her. They were looking for a dog just like her but would never have imagined that she would be the one to choose them by jumping into their lives! At the beginning, she had several health issues but after 6 months, with a change in diet and some well needed grooming, she became a new doggie.
Lola is a Paperanian – half Pomeranian, half Papillon. She is a country girl at heart but has quickly adapted to city life in New York. She is her parents’ shadow and loves following them around the house and traveling on trips to Montreal, Woodstock and the Hamptons.
Lola considers herself a fashionista – she has an outfit for every type of weather and holiday – raincoat, puffy jacket, winter hoodie, birthday party dress, Halloween costume, Easter shirt, etc. and don’t even talk about the number of toys she has at home. She loves especially her furry frog, her Care bears and bone. Her favorite treats are anything made with sweet potato! For all these reasons, the DOGGIEVILLE Mtl pet store was named after her. At Lola’s Corner, you can find a premium selection of clothing, toys, accessories, treats, you name it! No doubt it has become Lola’s favorite spot during her visits to Montreal.
In 2016 my cousin was browsing rescue doggies online to adopt her own little furball. When she saw Yoda’s pictures, it was love at first sight; he looked like a little mouse in need of love. He is a mix between Schnauzer, Maltese, Poodle and another unidentified breed.
When my cousin met Yoda’s rescuer, she learned about his story of abuse and abandonment. Yoda was rescued in a bad part of town; he’d been beaten and abused by different gangs. It was almost impossible to touch him; he was so scared even when being offered food. He was dirty, smelly, full of fleas and mites. When she took him to the vet, he was diagnosed with anemia and stomach problems. However, the biggest challenge was to heal his emotional issues. He didn’t trust anyone, neither people nor dogs, and was always ready to bite. It took a long time to win his trust, but love, patience and perseverance were the key to success. Finally, Yoda understood that my cousin was his mother and wanted to take care of him for the rest of his life. Since then they have been a blessing to each other.
One year later everything seemed to be normal – he was the happiest dog on earth, but sadly a new chapter of his life began… he couldn’t use his back legs anymore. The vet found a spinal compression and seven herniated discs. Yoda was immediately taken to the surgery room. The diagnosis: a degenerative disease. After the surgery, he required treatment such as acupuncture, physiotherapy and hydrotherapy. The journey hasn’t been easy. Yoda’s legs never went back to normal; sometimes he can’t stand up on his four legs. What remains the same, though, is the strong love his mom has for him.
In honor of Yoda and his strength to move forward despite adversity, we named our hydrotherapy services “Yoda’s Splash”, where all doggies in need of rehabilitation or those who just want to work out and have fun are always welcome.
I always grew up surrounded by doggies of all types of breeds, from Chihuahuas to Dalmatians. My grandma and parents taught me how to love them and take care of them. When my siblings and I grew up and left home, my parents remained alone without the company of a tail-wagging partner. However, they were helping to taking care of Ruby and Lola, the new members of the family. I suggested they adopt a four-legged kid, but they weren’t sure about taking a full-time responsibility.
Back in 2016, a friend of my mother showed her a picture of a 4-year-old Shih Tzu, Sam, who was up for adoption. His family needed to move, and the new place didn’t accept pets, so they were desperately looking for a home for him.
When my mother saw his adorable face, she fell in love. Who can say no to such a cute doggie? Their hearts were touched, and it was only a matter of weeks before Sam was part of the family. They took him to the vet immediately and found out he had several health issues that nobody mentioned – we believe this was the real reason why they gave Sam away. First of all, he was older than they said he were, and had a thyroid disorder that requires consistent medication and follow up. He also has chronic inflammation and infection in his left eye that has reduced his sight considerably. However, none of these issues have stopped us from loving Sam and making him the most spoiled family member.
Making Sam happy made my parents happy, they can’t imagine their lives without him. Sam gives them company, reassurance, and love. He is not only obedient, loyal and protective, he is also a smart angel. He learned to fetch his leash, throw it on my parents’ feet and bark to be taken for a walk – he is the boss of the house, no doubt. Once he returns home from a walk, he is the Sleepy King. He has managed to get into the sheets of all the beds in the house and sleep for hours… That is the reason why we gave the name “Sam’s Lodge” to our boarding service. We can assure you that Sam has tried all of the beds in the Suites and Condominiums, giving a 5-star rating to our facility.
Since the loss of her furry kid, my sister didn’t have a doggie for 13 years, but she knew there was an important part of her life that wasn’t fulfilled. She needed the love and company of a four-legged angel. In 2017, she started her search in different shelters and on Facebook pages until she saw the picture of a sad but cute fur ball.
Chlóe is a poochon – half Poodle, half Bichon. She was a street dog and was rescued by two girls. Her rescuers posted Chlóe’s pictures trying to find her owner, but after a month, nobody had claimed her. During the day she was staying in an office and every night she slept in the patio of a neighbor. This instability wasn’t good for her, so the decision was made to put Chlóe up for adoption.
My sister applied for the adoption and after a few weeks, she had a visit from Chlóe. As soon as Chlóe entered the apartment she felt at home, running into the living room, jumping on the bed and sniffing the balcony. The rescuers decided my sister would be the perfect mother for Chlóe. Both fell in love with each other immediately: now Chlóe is her whole life, her lovely daughter. Chlóe changed my sister’s existence and became her travel partner wherever she goes. Now my sister wonders how she survived all these years without such unconditional love, that makes her life richer and happier.
Chlóe’s favorite thing is sniffing around: she’s very curious, thus her face is always so dirty. Considering Chlóe is in need of a good bath all the time, we named the grooming salon after her as “Chloe’s Spaw”. She has become a VIP client and gets her blueberry facial every week to keep her gorgeous look. At Chloe’s Spaw, we welcome not only doggies but also kitties who want to be pampered in style by our behaviorist-specialized groomers.