Ottawa, Illinois (815) 313-9477

About Us

About Us

Play and Stay Dog Lounge offers high quality, affordable, special services and socialization for all dogs in our care. We are dedicated to working with the community to provide a better environment for all dogs and their owners.


Our Team

We are proud to say that we employ some of the top pet care professionals in the state. Our staff not only provides pet care services for a living, but also regularly volunteers their personal time to help with local animal rescue and rehabilitation. And with decades of combined experience, you can have the peace-of-mind that comes with knowing that your pet will be safe and in the hands of caring experts.

Our Story

Linda L. Marini, Owner

Opened Play and Stay Dog Lounge on November 14, 2014

Certified in Pet First Aid/CPR, Safer Off Leash Play,  and Knowing Dogs 101 and Knowing Dogs 201.

Wanted to open a dog daycare for 20 years prior to seeing her dream come true.

  • Community minded
  • Business background as a YMCA Executive for 15 years
  • Loves animals of all kinds
  • Volunteered at Hoo Haven Wildlife Rehabilitation for many years prior to opening Play and Stay
  • Understands how important our dogs are to us and will always make improvements or additions to make the dog(s) time at Play and Stay one they truly enjoy.

Jade G., Play and Stay Dog Lounge Manager

Jade began working for Play and Stay in June of 2015.

Graduate of Illinois Valley Community College and earned Bachelor degrees from Franklin University for Business Administration and Human Resources, but does not see herself leaving the animal field. 

Certified in Pet First Aid/CPR, Knowing Dogs 101 and Knowing Dogs 201, as well as Intro to Dog Training. 

  • Patient
  • Hard-working and dedicated
  • Thorough knowledge of dog behavior and body language
  • Grew up with all kinds of animals – dogs, cats, rabbits, birds, ferrets, frogs, fish, and even a snake (just to name a few).
  • Owns two American Bullies named Roman and Deebo, as well a Lab mix named Foster.

Amber G., Play and Stay Dog Lounge Supervisor

Amber has been with our small business since we opened in 2014.

Attended Illinois Valley Community College where she was certified in a medical field. 

Certified in Pet First Aid/CPR, Knowing Dogs 101 and Knowing Dogs 201, as well as Intro to Dog Training.

  • Exceptional customer service
  • Committed to dog training and socialization
  • Loves dogs of all shapes and sizes
  • Completed an apprenticeship with a local veterinary clinic.
  • Owns a Lab mix named Zeus, Shepherd mix named Merci, two Chihuahuas- Rocky and Bruiser, and a Shih Tzu mix named Bear.
  • Jade and Amber are sisters who grew up with a wide variety of animals and now both share a passion for dogs.

Jenny E., Daycare Attendant

My name is Jenny and I have made learning about and rescuing animals my priority ever since my first conscious thought as a child. Over the years I have done everything from fostering to transport, working in a veterinary office, volunteering for local shelters, rescues and even a small zoo. I have a large fur family at home including some furry tarantulas that I find fascinating. I have a dream job that I've sought out my whole life, where I get to serve, care for, teach, love and play with other peoples dogs for a living. In my opinion, it doesn't get better than that.