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Here are some of the testimonials that our customers have left for us after their pets' stay.


If you would like to leave a review, we would love to hear from you! Please feel free to contact us.


We have a puppy Daschund and have been looking at Dog Kennels for him for while we are on holiday, I visited Tollgate yesterday, a lovely lady showed me around and answered all my questions, the kennels is everything the website shows and says, I feel very comfortable and have booked our puppy in to stay. If you are looking for a Kennels I recommend that you go and have a look.


Jim Leake

We have used Tollgate kennels now for 2 years. The service is great the information provided about the kennels is spot on and the staff really do care about cats and dogs. We will carry on using Tollgate for our Ruby as she is part of the family and deserves the best and we haven't found any better for the price against service. Would recommend it to any of my friends if they were looking for kennels for long and short-term stays.

Keep up the good work guys.


Steve Miller 

Tazzi loves her visits to Tollgate. She is always well looked after in great kennels and Karen and the staff are fantastic with her. Taz has been staying there since a pup (she's 6 now) and it's really reassuring that when we have to go away she is well cared for in safe, clean kennels by people who really take a keen interest to make sure her stay is a pleasant one.


Tamsin May 

Daisy our cocker spaniel who is 11 years old has been going to Tollgate Kennels for the past 9 years.  I have always admired Karen and Ryan's professionalism, love of dogs and the way they have built up such a successful business pretty much from scratch.  The staff are kind and loving, the kennels are clean and warm and I know Daisy is very happy whenever she goes to "sleepover" at Tollgate.  The proof is that she pulls my arm off to get into the kennels (I cannot say that of the vets!)  Thank you for providing such a great service.


Tony Sygrove 

Fantastic site, great pages, and full of information about the kennels. I have yet to see a better site.


Judi Rawlinson

We booked our Golden Retriever  Cassie into Tollgate for the first time in 2010 having had some bad experiences with kennels previously.  I can honestly say all the staff was brilliant, and completely put our minds at rest.  Cassie came home happy and completely relaxed after her stay and seemed to actually enjoy her time very much.  We put her in again in summer 2011 and found Tollgate even more impressive than last time, Cassie had had a bath, her bedding was all washed and dried, and she looked so well and healthy, the staff had even trimmed her nails!  I have found the whole experience a positive one, and well worth the 40 mins drive to get us there. We have booked Cassie in for Christmas 2011, and yet again the staff have been helpful and enthusiastic about having Cassie back, I heartily recommend Tollgate to anyone as an excellent kennel with brilliant staff, and most of all our beloved Cassie is very happy.


Melanie & Roger Gavan 

We've just booked Harley our cocker spaniel in for the night in November and just wanted to say how lovely it is knowing that he will be well looked after. Stacey is great, she never makes us feel like a nuisance and always listens to our concerns.  We know Harley is fine and that it's us that worry, Stacey seems to understand that. This will be his 3rd time and although we miss him we know he'll be in a clean, comfy, and safe environment.

Thank you


Stacey and Mandy

We took both our Staffies to tollage for the first time in Sept. we had a look round before took them tho. the kennels were nice .no wee smell and the dogs that were in there looked happy to b there :)so we said yep this is the right one... the people who work there seemed very nice, storm n Georgie looked happy to be led away with them, after 6 days when we picked them up they came out wagging there tails all happy. they even looked like they had bathed them for us cuz they looked and smelt nice :0)so if u want a place that is safe clean and very presentable this is the place for u .... we will def b taking out doggies back there ....a big thank u guys for all that u do c u next year STORM  n GEORGIE :)


Beverley Nurse 

What can I say, but how fantastic Karen and her staff are at the kennels, my Sadie pops always has gone to Karens kennels since i rescued her back in April 2008. On this occasion when i dropped Sadie pops of she was not herself but we just put it down to the fact she was coming out of her season, but straight away Karen had her concerns. We were contacted by Karen on the 20th August as Sadie was not herself and was off her food, it was decided that Sadie would be taken to the vets for a check up as she was losing a discharge. OMG if it was not for all the care and attention that Karen and her staff had given Sadie we would have lost her as she had  been diagnosed with Piamitra (prob spelt wrong) a mass infection of the uterus and Sadie had to have emergency surgery immediately. Karen took charge from the offset and I knew Sadie was in the best hands; Karen kept me fully informed and completely made me feel ok about what was going on. Karen transported Sadie to the vets and back again several times whilst we were away and ensured she was comfortable when returning back to the kennels after her operation and administered her antibiotics whilst in her care. Words cannot express how thankful I am to Karen and the staff at the kennels, Sadie is part of our family and we would have lost her due this illness if she was at home. Karen has sooooooooooo much experience with dogs and I would never hesitate leaving Sadie with her again as it is like a home from home for Sadie when she goes on her little holiday there and I know she is just as much loved and cared for there as she is at home.

I fully recommend TOLLGATE KENNELS I can honestly say you would never have to worry about how your pets are cared for there as they are absolutely fantastic.


Melinda Needham 

I first took my springer spaniel/labrador, Benson, to Tollgate when he was about 9 months old. I was a little apprehensive as it was the first time I had used a kennels, but I needn't have been, as Karen and her staff were and still are very welcoming, professional and caring. The kennels are immaculate and Benson feels very at home with his own bed and toys. He comes home a very happy and healthy dog! I always recommend Tollgate to other owners.


Karen Bissaker 

Kovu & Kiara are looking forward to visiting for Christmas! I always feel really guilty when I have to leave the dogs at this time of year but I know they are in safe hands with Karen & Ryan so that really helps! Kovu is an old timer and has been boarding at Tollgate since they first opened - he loves it, doesn't look back just tries to rule the roost! Happy Xmas.


Nigel Turner 

i have been leaving bromley my clumber spaniel at tollgate for the past two years and am always happy to recommend them to other people, the kennels are very well maintained and spotless


Sarah Darlington

we have been using tollgate for approximately 3 years, and several times a year we leave our 2 clumber spaniels and 1 king charles spaniel, they always get excited when i drop them off and come home freshly bathed and well looked after, many thanks!


Dawn Saunders

Our German Shepherd Max always enjoys his holidays at Tollgate Kennels. Karen and her team do a fantastic job and we certainly recommend them to all our friends. Karen is very accommodating and has helped us on many occassions when we've had to put Max in Kennels at short notice.


Aline Martin 

Tollgate Kennels is the place where we choose to leave Archie, our German Shepherd, when we go away. We know that he is well looked after there, and he always comes back home relax and happy. The staff are very friendly and the place is very clean and welcoming. Thank you to all at Tollgate, and see you again soon.


Leah Day 

Tollgate kennels are absolutely fantastic: we have a rescue dog, Pedro, who is really nervous around strangers and absolutely hates going to the kennels. We randomly saw that Tollgate kennels existed when driving past one day a while back, and decided to take Pedro there as we weren't overly happy with the kennels we'd been using - Pedro always came out shivering and shaking. Anyway, they were absolutely brilliant with him! I think because of their own experience with dogs etc, they really knew how to treat him and calm him down. He has a curly tail, which is usually between his legs when he's unhappy, but when we picked him up the first time, he came trotting out with his tail held high and wagging furiously! We've not looked back since (not only that, but they'd also groomed him for us and he was sleek and shiny - at no extra cost!) We promptly went and bought a 'furminator' according to their recommendation, which is also really effective. Since then, we've been back many times and even felt comfortable leaving him there for longer. They are a very professional staff, I completely believe that the dogs do get walked and treated well, and he came to us completely washed and bathed again last time! Seriously, I can't recommend or thank them enough for treating my gorgeous dog was if he was their own! Thanks a lot, and we'll see you again soon!


Karen Cooper 

We have been leaving our 5 1/2 year old lab at Tollgate several times a year since he was a puppy. The staff are always friendly and the kennels are clean and well organised.  Toby is always greated by a friendly member of the team and always goes in happy and bouncing with tail wagging! When we collect him he is always equally as happy,! We would not be able to enjoy our holidays if we didn't know he was being so well looked after. A big thank you to Karen and the team-We always recommend you to our doggy friends!


Caitlin Tate 

my chihuahua alfie is going to stay at tollgate kennles and i am very happy because tollgate kennles is amazing!! The only thing im worried about is missing him!!! :')


Jan Marple 

Both our dogs have had holidays at tollgate and have always been happy to go and happy when we pick them up. Unfortunately Fudge passed away  at home in February, but Fletcher has had holidays there since. In September Fletcher went to stay at Tollgate for his holidays but was not well when we took him in. We spoke to Karen and she placed him in one of the front kennels to keep an eye on him.  Fletcher took a turn for the worst, but Karen looked after him, kept him close to her, cared and even cleaned him up as he struggled to get out of his bed.

We were still on holiday and so Karen carried out our wishes and contacted our son. We had to have Fletcher put to sleep. I have been to see Karen and all her staff to thank them for their love and care towards both Fudge and Fletcher They were all visibly upset.

We have and still do recommend Tollgate as Karen and all her staff love animals and its not just a job to them. So Thank You Karen and Team. xxx


Tony Bly

Having just read the guestbook for the first time I must agree with all the comments left, I have been boarding my dogs at ToIlgate good few years now,and on a few occasions that we have had to call Karen at short notice she has always been able to fit Benji & dori in, and I would like to add that if anyone is looking for superbly run ,clean and happy kennels look no further than TOLLGATE.

Regards Benji & Dori two very happy boarders


Chris Hemmings

I agree with all the comments from all other existing customers. My bulldog Sidney is well looked after and always looks fit and well when we collect him. We have used the kennels on numerous occasions and would highly recommend them to anybody. Extremely clean and all other dogs boarding there the same time as Sidney seemed very content. Keep up the excellent work.


Rachel Bodsworth 

a big thakyou to karen and staff for looking after my gsd maddie for 2 weeks she was happy and healthy when i picked her up. i would recomend  everyone to tollgate as they are the cleanest ,nicest kennls i ve seen in a long time with the bonus the dogs do get to go for walks


Dawn Brady 

Having just collected our dog Sugar after a week in the kennels I feel I must write to say how much we appreciated the care taken by the staff here. We will definitely use them again. We also really could not believe how nice she looked when we collected her and would like to take this opportunity to thank you all for your care.


Sarah Irvine

Our three dogs, Mable, Jade and Homer have just spent the last 2 weeks with Karen and Ryan..We had a family emergency and Karen helped us out to accomodate the dogs at short notice...It was a huge weight off our minds to know that the dogs were being so well looked after..Homer had his nails cut and bedding was retuned clean and fresh without having to ask..Lovely surprises!..I know they had a great time as once home were out for the count!!..Throughly recommend Tollgate 100%...Many Thanks and see you again soon..Kind regards, Sarah and Hounds!!..


Gina Pedley 

Going on holiday is always a great joy the only negative is leaving Sadi our  Staffordshire behind.  We have used various kennels claiming to be luxury only to find when we have picked her up she has lost weight and/ or smells unpleasant. Thankfully we found Tollgate kennels, Sadi has had her holidays with Karen and her team for many years now and we are always delighted to find Sadi has been cared for as we would, as a family member. Tollgate Kennels has always exceeded our expectations, as Sadi does like her own treats and cuddles. We wouldn’t hesitate in recommending Tollgate kennels! Good job, keep it up & thank you



Ben our black , 14-month-old labrador , stayed for 15 days at Tollgate Kennels. This was his first-ever time in kennels. He has come home the same dog as he went, happy, fit and healthy. He has settled at home so quick, like he has never been away. He obviously had a good holiday like we did!!!!.and i definitely recommend Tollgate kennels.Tollgate kennels are very clean and look like a dogs holiday home!!! What also attracted me to these kennels is the daily walk Ben received around the field at the back of the kennels. Better than any of the other kennels i looked around.

Plus the staff i met were very kind and reassuring. Will definitely use again



Just a quick note, These kennels are awesome, from the first second i felt welcome, the staff were really friendly and my rotty seemed completely relaxed on its return to us. will certainly use tollgate again. Thanks



These kennels are the best I have had contact with, they are so clean and Karen and the staff are all so kind helpful and professional  I am more than happy to leave my two dogs in their care when we go away, when the dogs are collected they are clean, happy, and have very waggy tails.  I would recommend these kennels to anyone, they are the best.



Best maintained kennels by far, kennels are clean and staff are friendly and very helpful :) . My dog came to Tollgate about 2 years ago now due to hearing horror stories about the kennels he used to go to. He always comes back just as happy as he went in, if not happier. would recommend to everyone! thanks


Andy Djuritschek 

Dogs were well looked after, great staff, really friendly, i even got to look at their show dogs which were ace, i recommend these kennels to anyone and all.


Mark and Joanne 

I put my dog in for a week at tollgate, on arrival kennels looked clean and staff were friendly,

we collected the dog a week later and the dog seemed very happy and content they had bathed the dog and fed her well, this is definitely 1 of the best if not the best kennels for dogs in Northamptonshire, we will be using the kennels regularly from now on thanks again to tollgate.


Ky-lie and Dave 

hi guys just wanted to say what a fab kennels you have i will say one of the cleanest tidiest and well-run kennels i have ever seen the way you care for other peoples dogs is outstanding keep the good work up xxxxxx


Joanne Smith

Just a quick note to say a Huge Thankyou to Karen and the staff for looking after our "Furry Children" while we were away.  Unfortunately, my husband and I had a death in the family and had to leave at a moment's notice to fly home to South Africa.  The staff at Tollgate Kennels couldn't have been more understanding and accomodating at this difficult time and I truly felt that our dogs were in the best care.  When we picked them up, they seemed happy and content like they had never left home and cleaner than they have ever been before.   I would definitely recommend using them again as well as to other people.


Lesley Watts

I would like to add my praise to your comments page. Never before have I experienced such clean kennels and such wonderful care shown to the dogs.  My labrador came home totally relaxed and cleaner and far more groomed than when she went in'!  I would give these kennels 5* and highly recommend them.


Aline, Chris & Aymon 

Hi - just a little note to say thank you very much for looking after Archie so well. When he got home he was relaxed and seemed so contented. His fur looked great, it was obvious that he had been looked after really well. Thanks again, until next time ...


Sue Battison 

A big thank you to Karen and her staff for taking great care of Suzy while we were away. It was our first time using kennels after only recently rehoming her. You were recommended to us and we will definitely recommend you to all our friends!  Beautiful, clean kennels with lots of happy dogs.Thanks again.


Report from

"Understanding Professional Owners How many times have you found your dogs are smelly or wet or look unkept and unhappy that you have left them upon collection. WELL THIS IS WHERE IT ALL STOPS. I have found Tolgate Kennels owner Karen and her work team very friendly, can-do-approach, no problem attitude, very caring for the inmates and compound secure and safe. The kennels are scrupulously clean and hygenic. The in-mate sleeping area is off the floor and heating is available if its a chilly night. No pongie dogs or dirty dog beds when ready to be picked up. Dogs brushed, kept clean, well exercised and all equipment brought in accounted for upon collection. Lovely greeting upon arrival in/out. Dogs always look as good as they went in. No mud/dirt or smell. Karen and her oh yes Hubby certainly work hard with their team and are a very professional knowledgeable couples. Highly recommend these kennels and have never experienced such high friendly Professionalism and cleanliness in any other kennels within Milton Keynes over the 37 years of living here and have experienced most as always had dogs in my life."


Mark & Jo

The website is much better looks great. Ben has a wonderful time and is very much looked after. No sulky looks as I leave or strops when I return, he treats it just like a holiday too! Thank you to u both & the staff for taking such good care of him and he looks forward to staying with you all again very soon.


Steve & Sue Miller 

Hi Karen & Ryan, great new site! You can't beat these kennels. Our GSD, Tazzi, has been staying at Tollgate from a pup and loves it! We always walk away after dropping her off feeling a little guilty, as you do. While Taz is having the time of her life! She's always well looked after, in clean and pleasant kennels, with caring staff and I'm sure looking forward to her stay later this year.


A pleased customer 

My dogs are always looked after well and kennels are always so clean with staff always so friendly and helpful. Thank you and look forward to my dog's next holiday with you.


Karen Brown 

Hi Karen & Ryan, Website looks fantastic!!!!!. Thank you for looking after my  3 GSDs last year, they always love coming to you especially Bracken. When we pick them up they always look fantastic. will see you again sometime in the new year. thanks again to you and your staff.


Jeff & Gemma

A great kennel, well built and maintained. I couldn't ask for a better place or better people to look after my GSD when he comes to stay.


Stephanie Harris

My puppy Staff Kilo, is just about to have his second time at tollgate and he loves it there, He also made a girlfriend last time he was there.....

I would say to anyone who is looking for kennels for their dogs or cats, bring them to Tollgate, a great friendly staff and I am always certain my puppy will get looked


Sue Williams 

This is the first time I have used Tollgate, my puppy Dylan has recently stayed and had a marvelous time thoroughly spoilt but most importantly he has been well looked after. I would highly recommend it, it is exceptionally clean and in my opinion super deluxe. Many thanks, Karen and staff will see you again


Alison Michalski

My two chocolate labradors recently had their first short stay at Tollgate and I was really impressed with the cleanliness of the premises and the politeness of the staff. I work at a local veterinary practice and will certainly recommend Tollgate to any of our clients looking for a boarding kennel.  I will also be booking the labs in again, who incidentally seemed to love it too.


Martin Leech 

I have been using these kennels for a number of years with my working dogs and have always found everything spot on, the dogs love visiting.

I would highly recommend Tollgate Kennels.


Chris and Ian 

First-time visitors to your Kennel in October excellent so much so we are back at the end of Nov 07, very clean in fact exceptionally clean with very friendly staff.


Philip and Kerry

No better kennels then Tollgate Kennels.  Put all our dogs in there and they loved it, very clean and well looked after.  Don't ever sell your beautiful kennels.  We always recommend you.


Stephen Cox

Super kennels, very good staff, my dog came out in better condition than it came in, so I am happy to recommend you anytime.


Andy Djuritschek

Hi guys, thanks for taking care of my 2 Giraffs Ben & Jill.Will use you guys again, Nice Gentle man is Ryan. Thanks again


Tania Deane

Great kennels mine always stay here, so clean and dogs love it with all the attention they get. Glad you like the website Karen & Ryan. It was a pleasure to do it for you. Couldn't ask for better friends.


Heather Reid

Thank you so much for looking after Hogan. Its the first time for me to put a dog in kennels but I can highly recommend Tollgate and I will use them again


John Young

I have used this kennel before and my dog was well looked after


Joyce Stephenson

Have had the pleasure of visiting these kennels, they are immaculate both in cleanliness and hygiene and are a credit to their dedicated owners Karen & Ryan.I would have no hesitation leaving my dogs here, and believe me, I am very fussy only the best will do.

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