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About Us

Dogwood Dogs is a small business dedicated to the happiness and safety of your pet. My name is Lisa Stewart-Decker, and I am the owner of Dogwood Dogs.  The business belongs to me, to my fellow pack leader Shayla, to my dogs Posie and Lincoln, and to every dog who becomes a member of our pack. Our business relies on forming strong relationships with your dog and with your family. We know that your dog is a part of your family, and promise to care for him or her as a part of ours. I believe that social play is important for healthy dogs. Dogs form lasting relationships and friendships, just as humans do. Dogwood Dogs is all about creating the best possible environment for dogs to engage in natural social behaviors and get lots of great exercise at the same time. Our pack is consistent, and dogs usually stay with us for years, until they move or get too old for active play. I have been running off-leash playgroups since 1999 and hope to do so for many years to come.  Many of the dogs in my pack are second generation in their family. 


When I'm not out with the dogs, I enjoy hiking, gardening, reading, word games, live music and time with my family and friends.  -Lisa

Lisa and her co-pilot, Posie


Shayla in the woods with the pack

Meet Shayla Ward, a dedicated member of the Dogwood Dogs team since the summer of 2022. Shayla’s passion for animals led her to embrace the role of pack leader with enthusiasm. Dogwood Dogs marks her second venture into the world of off-leash packs, building on several successful years of experience in the dynamic environment of doggy daycare. Shayla’s commitment to fostering a positive and enjoyable experience for our furry friends is evident in every step she takes with the Dogwood pack.
During her downtime, Shayla finds joy in the company of her close friends and her cherished canine companions, Kilo and Lyra. She loves being an auntie and her moments of tranquility involve watching the sunsets with a cup of tea, creating the perfect balance between the joys of family, furry friends, and serene reflections.

Shayla and Kilo

Happy dogs playing off leash
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