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About Us

Established in 2004, Dog Tales Daycare and Boarding began as Maddie & Ellie's House, owned by Michele Melius and Melissa Marker. Their dogs, Maddie and Ellie, were the inspiration behind the original name of our dog daycare in Chantilly, VA. Both of our owners worked long hours at a local animal hospital together and were unable to take care of their beloved dogs during the day. They found out there was a nearby dog daycare and quickly took advantage of their services. The wheels began turning, and from that point, they decided it was something they could do, and it was needed in other locations.

Why the name change? The reason for changing the name was because Maddie & Ellie's House was confusing people, and it really didn't describe what we do. Sure, it was cute when you found out that Maddie and Ellie are dogs, but even after nine years, it still continued to perplex people. Rest assured, we are the same Maddie & Ellie's House employees and company—just under a much more descriptive name.

What Your Dog Can Expect at Our Center

Dog Tales Daycare and Boarding has access to a large grassy common area where dogs are frequently walked outside during the day for no extra charge. Besides outside walks, we offer a variety of additional services like canine massages, extra walks, baths, and nail trims.

Not only is our staff experienced and caring, they are required to take pet first aid classes, pet care classes, and other continuing education courses to keep their knowledge up to date. We take great pride in the excellent care we provide for your fuzzy family members. We are honored to be your dog’s home away from home!

More about Our Staff

Ashleigh with Dog

Ashleigh’s Bio

Ashleigh Shade is our general manager. She has been working at Dog Tales Daycare and Boarding since September 2012. She has three dogs of her own, two of which she rescued while she has been working at our center. Not only has she become a “crazy” dog lady in the process, she has made it her goal that every owner and their pets that come to Dog Tales feel as though they are part of the family.

Rob & Robyn with Dog

Rob’s Bio

Rob and Robyn Rickenbach started taking their new Goldendoodle pup, Bear, to Dog Tales in early 2012. By July 2016, Bear convinced them to buy Dog Tales because, as we all know, dogs actually run the house. Their goal as owners is to always have Dog Tales be the place that cares for every dog as deeply as they know Bear has always been cared for.

Jess with Dog

Jess’ Bio

This is Jess and her fur baby, a six-year-old Yorkie named Tanleigh. Jess has been working at Dog Tales Daycare and Boarding since November 2012. Even though Jess currently only has one dog of her own, she would love to adopt another one in the near future. Jess recently graduated from GMU with her BFA in art and visual technology, and she loves going hiking with her dog and painting in her free time.

Dog Tales Daycare & Boarding, Team

Contact us if you need to board your dog while you’re away. We proudly serve pet owners throughout Chantilly, VA, and the greater area.