in the beginning......

The Gilford Family have been operating 'It's A Dog's Life' since 2001.  Adhering to our philosophy, we have worked together to build strong relationships with our clientele to see them return time and time again.

'I mean who better to look after your family pets than another family.'

Our family moved to the farm back in 1988.  As a family, we grew up with the same common interest where our love of animals and pets evolved into a desire to work together to create what we think is something very special.

Our Dad built a kennel when we moved onto the farm (pictured above).  This kennel housed our first family pets, two adorable and mischievous Beagles named 'Ben & Sheba'.  Our continual dedication and and many years of developing our business, this kennel still stands prominently and proudly displayed in our car park garden. It is our family's constant reminder of our humble beginnings.


  • We are located close to the surrounding suburbs of Caroline Springs, Hillside, Taylors Hill, Taylors Lakes, Plumpton, Fraser Rise, Melton, Derrimut and the new Woodlea estate.

  • Only 25km west of Tullamarine International Airport and within a 30 minute drive to Melbourne CBD.

  • We also have the 'DOGRUN Mobile' for convenient transportation of your pets.

Compassion & Empathy

  • At 'It's a Dog's Life' we always endeavour to go that extra step. Our team treat all their guest with the upmost care and attention they deserve, showing them love, affection and respect.

  • Caring for pets has been our passion for over 20 years, our family have secured the best staff who also share our passion and most of all, our high standards.

  • We understand the needs of you and your pet.

Quality and Hygiene

  • We pride ourselves with stringent safety and hygiene standards

  • We use only the best cleaning equipment and Veterinary grade products, specifically designed to keep your pet hygienically safe.

  • With daily kennel clean outs and maintenance, your loved one will be given the best of care at 'It's a Dogs Life'.

Safety & Security

  • Kennels are equipped with a 24 hour closed circuit TV surveillance relayed to our Home & Office.

  • Member of staff onsite 24 hours a day

  • On-call veterinary assistance available 24 hours a day

Food & Medication

  • As our selection of food we supply and serve your pets our range of high quality premium Purina ProPlan kibble. The kibble is married up with Prime 100 Naturally Cooked Chicken, Beef & Vegetable rolls.

    For our cat guests we also stock and serve the Purina Fancy Feast range of wet food.

    This selection of food ensures your pet get the very best quality, and that all of there nutritional requirements will be exceedingly met.

  • As part of our standard diet we also include a Sensitive Skin and Stomach Formula for both cats and dogs requiring for those that may have some skin and stomach issues. The standard cat kibble used is an opti-renal formula as many cats have renal issues.

  • In addition to this we can accommodate specialised diets for veterinary reasons or owner's preference diets. So if your pet need any special dietary requirements, don't forget to mention it to one of our friendly staff.

  • If your pet requires any medication, including tablets, injections etc. please bring them along and we will be more than happy to administer them when required. There is no extra charge for this service. It's all part of the care we provide.