We proudly serve the Montreal region straight through to Eastern Ontario! Always providing quality care for all your boarding and grooming needs. We boast a strong history of continuous operation for some 40 years and our solid commitment to the well-being of the pets in our care ensures safety, comfort and fun for all involved!
"We promise pet owners full disclosure of all circumstances related to their pet's stay with us. We will work with you to ensure the most positive experience for your pet, and the least worrisome separation for you."
- Bill & Maria
Maria and I always had a passion for dogs and longed to leave our corporate lifestyle. In 1995 we seized on the opportunity to become business partners in what was then called Brighton Kennels. In January 2000 our partners retired and Possumplace Kennels was born. Named after our first Golden Retriever Possum, assuring that long after we are gone, Possum's memory will live on.
Meet our awesome team!
Bill & Maria Markush
Maria and Bill always had a passion for animals, that shared passion led them to marriage 26 years ago. In 1995 the opportunity arose for them to leave the corporate world and embrace their dream. Here they are 21 years later still loving it.
Monica joined the team in 1997. Nicknamed by her co-teammates as "Stealth" Monica just gets it done. Over the years she has become an undeniable extension of ourselves.
Caitlin joined our team in 2012 after completing her coop program through Vankleek Hill Collegiate Institute. She loves spoiling and caring for our campers and their families.
(We thank you!)
"Possumplace Kennles is the only place I would leave my beloved dog King. I know that when I go on vacation and leave my dog in the hands of Bill and Maria Markush he will be safe and loved. Beaconsfield, Que. Rudolf and Edith Popradi"
From: Barbara Ellen
Date: July 29, 2016
Hi Bill and Maria, I hope you will put my testimonial on your website. I can never speak highly enough of your kennel and your staff.
My successive dogs have been spending time in camp at Possumplace Kennels since it’s inception. Rufus was just 10 weeks old when he first experienced the wonderful care of all their staff. I was a little worried about sending such a young puppy there, so he
became a guest in Bill and Maria’s house, where he was allowed to sleep with them and all their dogs on the bed.
Since then he’s been back several times a year and is always happy to see Bill and to jump into his crate in the limo. And that’s not easy for him since he’s been a tripod for almost 7 years. (amputee).
The kennel has always been spotless, and the dogs receive TLC and plenty of exercise. The staff is always careful to match them with a dog of similar energy and temperament. Rufus must take heart medication and an anti-inflammatory daily, and Bill is always mindful
of this responsibility. He will never hesitate to take a dog to the vet whenever there is a problem. And the grooming is top-notch.
This is a wonderful kennel.
"We had to transport 4 dogs and 1 cat from Canada to Australia. As we had left prior to their departure we had them stay at Possumplace Kennels for 17 days. During this time Bill took our cat to the vet on two occasions and all 5 animals to the vet on a separate occasion willingly. Our animals are very attached to us and had little outside contact. We were concerned that they may not do well with other humans. Possumplace made them feel at home and comfortable so they settled in quickly. They completed all necessary requirements to enable them to fly to Australia. We highly recommend Possumplace Kennels to anybody who has a cat or dog that requires their service. We are grateful beyond words for what they have done for us. They deserve 10 stars."
From: Margaret Dolan
Date: September 18, 2016
Hi Bill & Maria, Ian and I would like to thank you and your team for the exceptional care and love you gave to Molly. We wish you every success in the future
Love Margaret & Ian xx
Date: November 12, 2017
Chers Bill, chère Maria,
Je ne saurais trop vous remercier pour avoir pris soin de la gentille Lily avec autant d’affection. J’imagine que vous vous êtes attachés à elle et que c’est avec une certaine tristesse que vous avez du vous en défaire.
Ce fût un réel plaisir de vous retrouver.
Frequently Asked Questions
YOUR QUESTIONS ANSWERED!
Please feel free to send us any questions if they are not answered here!
Question: Are the dogs kept in cages all day?
Answer: Our dogs are inside to eat and sleep only. 30 minutes for breakfast and 1 hour for dinner, then at bedtime around 7:00 pm. The rest of the time they are in their outdoor covered run with their buddy or in the play field. Essentially your dogs are outside from 7 am till 7:00 pm.
Question: How big is the sleeping area and the out door run?
Answer: The individual indoor runs for eating and sleeping are 36 sq feet. The outdoor runs which are shared with one buddy are 120 sq feet, they are fully covered and have 32 sq ft skylights and ventilation fans. The play field is approximately 1 acre.
Question: How much human contact will my dog get?
Answer: We are a very social kennel. Obviously we need to touch our dogs to let them in and out at the beginning and end of day, for meals, we do walkabouts every 30 minutes to check on our dogs while they are in the outdoor runs, our mid day scoop is done while our dogs are in their runs, all our dogs are brought to the grooming room for brushing, nail clipping, ear and eye cleaning at least twice during their stay. Supervised group playtime runs from10 am till 4 pm ,7 days per week.
Question: Will my dog be dirty when he comes home?
Answer: All our boarders partake in our maintenance program which is done at arrival day, departure day, weekly, and if other occasions necessitate it. Maintenance regimen is listed below. Ears and eyes are cleaned, they are brushed,a coat conditioner is applied, feet are trimmed, we attempt to clip nails ( positive experience only, we do not use muzzles), they are weighed.
Question: Why won't you muzzle to clip nails?
Answer: Did your favourite Aunt and Uncle force you to do something you didn't want to do?
Question: Why weigh the dogs?
Answer: When you see a dog all day,every day, it is harder to notice weight gain/loss, especially for longer stays. Weigh in and weekly weigh ins help us adjust the feedings to keep our boarders at their optimal weight.
Question: What if it is too cold/hot outside?
Answer: The indoor portion of the kennel is equipped with central air conditioning and heating. Our outdoor runs are equipped with roof mounted ventilation fans to circulate the outside air. Our outdoor runs have thermometers to help us monitor temperature. If any dog seems uncomfortable in the summer we bring them in where it is nice and cool, once comfy we bring them back out. Conversely in winter the outdoor run walls are covered with a layer of builders plastic, insulation and another layer of builders plastic. This prevents wind and snow from entering the runs while still permitting light in. Again, if any dog looks cold when we do our 30 minute walkabout we bring them in to warm up.
Question: When do the dogs eat and get water?
Answer: Breakfast is 8 ish, Dinner is 5 ish, there is fresh water in the outdoor runs and play fields all day long.
Question: How often is water changed?
Answer: Water dumped and refilled daily, buckets washed and changed every 3 days, or when a new boarder arrives ( whichever comes first). Water policy " if i won't drink it neither should my dogs"
Question: Why the 30 minute walk-around?
Answer: We walk around all our outdoor runs to maintain the following standard, clean drinking water, clean blanket, good stool condition, regular temperament of our boarders, temperature in runs, if any of these items is not to our comfort level we correct it.
Question: What if my dog needs veterinary care while boarding?
Answer: We have a vet on call 24/7, i have bills from Christmas day to prove it!
Question: When you pick up and deliver are the dogs loose in the van?
Answer: NO, every dog is transported in the appropriate sized vari-kennel . This is for their safety.
Question: Does it get hot/cold in the back of the van with all the dogs?
Answer: No, the van is equipped with rear heating and air conditioning.
Question: Why do you require a confirmation call from our home to deliver back?
Answer: We understand that things happen when travelling, we need to know you are actually back home, that way I wont be schlepping your dog home and then back. A text or cell phone call from the airport just wont do.
Question: What if we arrive at 2 am?
Answer: Call us and leave a message on our machine, otherwise I will be waking you up at 7 am with my morning call only to tell you that I won't be there till 11 am.
Question: Why is payment at departure?
Answer: We are caring for a treasured member of your family nuff said.
Question: What form of payment do you accept?
Answer: Cash, Check or Interac email transfers to firstname.lastname@example.org
Question: Your rates are per calendar day, what does that mean?
Answer: You are charged for the day your dog or cat arrives and leaves regardless of time of day. IE. Arrives Monday ( any time of day), and, leaves Tuesday (any time of day), you are charged for 2 calendar days + H.S.T.
Question: Why is the tax 13%?
Answer: Our side of the street is Ontario, hence we charge HST
Question: Did you build this amazing website and Facebook page?
Answer: Heavens no! I'm too busy with the dogs to figure this stuff out! This site was built by an amazing young client of ours. Many thanks to Joel & Günnar @Ideas2market - so proud of them :)