Canine retreat
Your pet's home away from home, with lots of tender loving care.
About Us

My name is Mary Hession and I am the Owner of Canine Retreat, an “ALL SUITE” retreat for canines. I believe in individual attention and love for each guest. The retreat, which is attached to my home, is a small facility. I have been involved in greyhound rescue for over 23 years. While my heart was swept away by greyhounds, I am a lover of all breeds. Your pet’s safety and well being are my #1 concern. My motto at Canine Retreat is “your pet’s home away from home, with lots of tender loving care!” Please give me a call to schedule your private tour. Come see what makes me different from other facilities.   

"Words cannot express how happy we are to have found Canine Retreat.  We really did not want to leave our dog in a traditional kennel, so the services and personal touch offered at Canine Retreat appealed to us immediately.  From the individual suites, to the large fenced in play area, to the cleanliness of the facility, the dogs are in a safe, healthy environment and are truly seen as "guests".  The personal attention Mary offers each guest is one of a kind and you can tell she honestly loves what she does.  The hours are convenient, the prices are extremely reasonable, the services are beyond compare and our dog always comes home clean, well-rested and happy.  It is comforting to know that our dog is in good hands while we are away.  We would recommend Canine Retreat to anyone looking for a unique, loving, home away from home for their four-legged friend!"
The Clark’s

"We love Canine Retreat!! It is cozy, and clean with a huge outdoor play area. Bella loves her toddler bed. Mary is wonderful with the dogs and treats Bella like a princess. In the past, we never had to board our dogs, but it has now become necessary. We are so relieved that we found Canine Retreat and no longer need to worry about Bella while we're gone."
 The Dorman’s

"I fly out of Indy a lot and actually use Mary's facility over several in my hometown in Illinois. Her care and personal attention to my dogs is unparallel. My dogs hate leaving her place! I am fairly obsessed with my dogs and I admit it-she makes me feel like she cares for them in the same way that I do. Safety, cleanliness, exercise, personal attention-it does not get any better. This is a calling for Mary and I am thrilled to be able to give her 2 thumbs up and 5 stars."
The Murphy’s

"Aunt Mary loves the dogs just like they are her own. We have driven over 2 hours to board our dogs with her! It is a comfort to leave our cherished pets with someone that loves them so much."
The Dickmeyer’s

"We've never felt so good leaving our dogs to go on vacation before. Mary is great with our shy dog Luna and they both had a great time as was evident from the photos she shared with us. We'll never go anywhere else! Mary is our first choice! She is amazing with our dogs. They had a safe, stress free area to play and relax. There's no place else I would rather send my dogs."
The Hurrle/Nolan Family

"My dog loves going to the Canine Retreat! He gets to run in the large backyard, sleep on his very own bed and watch his favorite TV shows until it's "lights out!" Having known Mary for over ten years, she is a caring, loving individual and treats everyone's dogs if they were her own..."
The Ratkey’s

"Mary takes care of our dogs like they are her own. The individualized attention, love and affection she gives the animals in her care is unsurpassed. I would recommend Canine Retreat to anyone!"
The Maxwell’s

"Mary cares for my dogs like I would. They hate leaving her place and go wild when they see her place as we pull up. Her personal care and attention to all aspects of my dogs care is unreal-exercise and TVs and personal beds-I have zero worries when she is caring for them. I could not ask for a better place for them to be. Thanks Mary!"
The Hershner’s

"The facility is outstanding and Mary treats people and our little pet friends better than anyone can imagine. I would recommend her facility to anyone, any time. She treats the pets like members of the family."
The Simonson’s

"Mary loves each guest (dog) as her own & gives each of them personalized attention every day. Each suite comes with elevated dog bowls for her taller guests. Any dog would be lucky to stay with her while their owners are away!!"
The Wooton’s

"We would recommend Canine Retreat because it is a safe and comfortable place for dogs to relax when their "people" are away. Mary truly cares about the dogs and this made it easier for us to leave them."
The Haines

"From the time I met Mary I knew this was the right place to put my dog. She truly shows her love for each dog. The stress level is down so your pet won't come home hoarse from barking all day."
The Ratekin’s