All About Us!

I think dogs are the most amazing creatures; they give unconditional love. For me they are the role model for being alive.
Gilda Radner

There is a need for a facility that caters to the wants and needs of not just dog parents, but DOGS!  Our highest goal is to create an environment that facilitates HAPPY, HEALTHY, and SAFE dogs, by building into our model of care, attention, affection and mental and physical enrichment.  We hope to create a haven, ensuring both dogs and their parents always feel confident they will be exceptionally well cared for and genuinely LOVED, with no worries or stress.  Client-centric service (both dog and parent) is our top priority.


Lucky Dog Resort Inc. is THE luxury overnight dog boarding and daycare facility in Middletown Rhode Island, servicing Aquidneck Island and beyond.

Laurie Ruttenberg

Lucky Dog Resort w/ Laurie Ruttenberg + Ham, Newport, RI

Laurie Ruttenberg

President and CEO

President/Owner Laurie Ruttenberg is the ultimate animal lover. She has spent a lifetime caring for animals and currently has a menagerie of beautiful beasts (dogs, horses, cats, a bird and a 15 year old Son). She has extensive training and experience in animal care (behavior, obedience, daycare management, Pet First Aid and CPR Certification). She is active with animal care organizations whose missions are to provide education, training and certification for animal care givers (Professional Animal Care Certification Council, PACCC, and the International Boarding and Pet Services Association, IBPSA). Laurie spent the first half of her professional life as a healthcare executive with a Fortune 500 company, and will spend the next half spreading her wings doing what she was put here to do, love and care for animals. Lucky Dog Resort Inc. is the culmination of a childhood dream that never died, hardcore determination, decades of business experience, and the call of the wild.

Kim Cipolla, Trainer


Kim Cipolla has been working with dogs and their humans for over 10 years, and has extensive experience with all sizes, ages and temperaments. Her focus is on developing the relationship between the dog and their handler through the use of clear, consistent cues and body language.  With an emphasis on rewarding “good” behaviors and ignoring and redirecting undesirable behaviors, Kim shows you how to communicate with your dog effectively and thoughtfully to achieve your goals.  Kim is a Certified Trainer through the Certification Council for Professional Dog Trainers.


Brendan,”BigB” has spent his life growing up with dogs. His family had a big part in taking-in rescued pups, rehabilitating, and placing them in loving families. Having worked with both small and very large pups, he has a wide range of experience that has only gotten wider since coming to work for Lucky Dog Resort. BigB is certified in Pet CPR and First Aid and has also taken classes on Dog Behavior, Body Language, and Safe Group Play.

Morgan grew up with her family owning dogs her entire life and has worked at previous daycares in the past. She is Pet CPR and First Aid Certified and is trained in Dog Behavior, Body Language and Safe Group Play.  While she wants to eventually work in the field of teaching young children, she has found a whole new kind of fulfillment in her everyday life caring for pups at Lucky Dog Resort.


Greg comes from a family of Dog lovers.  When he heard about Lucky Dog Resort, he packed up his things and moved from New Hampshire to Rhode Island to do what he loves, caring for Dogs. Greg is certified in Pet CPR and First Aid and has taken courses on Dog Behavior, Body Language and Safe Group Play.

Mariana has been working with dogs for six years, and is a full time student aspiring to be a Respiratory Therapist. She is Certified in Pet CPR and First Aid, and trained in Dog Behavior, Body Language and Safe Group Play.  She has one Dog, Biggie, named by her little girl. Dogs have been a big part of Mariana’s life since she was a child and her dream in life is to travel more and do good along the way.



Lucky Dog is a highly social model of care.  Dogs must be spayed/neutered after 6 months of age in order to participate in our social overnight boarding or daycare options.  Unaltered dogs over 6 months of age are welcome to board overnight in our beautiful suites.  Females must not be in estrus (heat).  Thank you for your understanding.


All guests must be current on the following vaccinations (Rabies, Parvo, Distemper, Bordetella) and have had a fecal screening within four months of their stay or play at Lucky Dog Resort, with negative results for intestinal parasites (Giardia, Whip Worm, Hook Worm, Round Worm, etc.).  Documentation must be uploaded to their profile at the time of their reservation.


Dogs with recent contagious diseases or parasites are not allowed at Lucky Dog Resort 
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