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 Story

We are proud to say that we have a dedicated, trustworthy, and reliable team of pet care professionals. 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 Team

Linda, 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, Manager

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

Certified in Pet First Aid/CPR, The Healthy Salon: Sanitation and Disease Prevention, Canine Massage, Knowing Dogs 101 and Knowing Dogs 201, as well as Intro to Dog Training. 

Graduate of IVCC and earned Bachelor degrees from Franklin University for Business Administration and Human Resources, but never plans on leaving the animal field. In 2021, she began a small business known as Tricera Designs - Biothane Dog Gear. Be sure to check out her shop on Etsy or Facebook!

  • 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, chinchillas, and even a snake (just to name a few).
  • Owns two American Bullies named Roman and Deebo, a Lab mix named Foster, and a rescued cat named Koda.


Amber, Supervisor

Amber has been with our small business since we opened in 2014. Her and Jade are sisters who grew up with a wide variety of animals and now both share a passion for dogs.

Certified in Pet First Aid/CPR, The Healthy Salon: Sanitation and Disease Prevention, Canine Massage, Knowing Dogs 101 and Knowing Dogs 201, as well as Intro to Dog Training. 

Attended IVCC where she was certified in the medical field. 

  • 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, Poodle mix named Creed, and a cat named Cloud, who after growing up at Play and Stay, now thinks he is a dog.


Jenny, 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 been with Play and Stay since 2018.
I have a large fur family at home including some furry tarantulas that I find fascinating. My dog pack includes a hound mix named Moonshine, a Border Collie named Willow, a sweet old gal named Dixie, and a Lab mix named Peridot (litter mate and best friend to Jade's boy Foster). 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.

Maddie, Daycare Attendant

(Bio to come)

Maddie joined our team in Spring of 2022.

Sami, Daycare Attendant

Sami joined the team in Summer of 2022.  

I have 3 fur monsters myself. My pack includes Sabrina, a mix of everything, Halo, a Great Pyrenees/Lab mix, and Denali, a Husky/German Shepard mix. In addition to my pups, I also have 2 cats named Jupiter and Saturn. They are also little monsters that aren't fans of people or pups and will charge them. They I have always loved dogs and wanted to work with them. I have previously worked at a dog groomers for 2 years and did a 12-week long internship at a training facility. One of my dogs, Halo, is people and dog reactive. Through consistent training, she is learning how to coexist with my other dogs and be comfortable around new people. Having so much diversity with my pups and the dogs that I have worked with, I have a lot of experiences with different dog types and personalities!

Candice, Daycare Attendant

(Bio to come)

Candice joined our team in winter of 2022.

Skye, Kennel Worker

(Picture and bio to come)

Skye joined our team in beginning of 2023.

Kayla, Groomer

A little about me: I have been grooming for over 2 years, joining Play and Stay in summer of 2023, but I have loved animals my whole life! My fur family includes two dogs, an Italian greyhound and a Shih Tzu, a domestic short hair cat, and two guinea pigs. I love dogs of all size, but I have a soft spot for large dogs. I love working with dogs and building bonds with them and their families.