About Sonja

Sonja & her dog, Ellis, welcome you to The UltiMutt Inn & Pet Resort, and hope that your dogs enjoy their stay!

Sonja has been taking care of animals at some level most of her life. As a child, she did pet sitting during the summers. In high school and during college, she always had 2-3 boarding horses at her backyard barn. After college, she worked at several office jobs but realized that she did not enjoy being cooped up indoors, away from her animals all day.


In 1994, she bought her property in Burton and decided to start a horse boarding operation. In the winter of 2006, however, she decided to convert the one of the farm buildings into a luxury dog hotel.

In the starting phases of this business, Sonja went to various kennels and pet-care facilities over the course of a few months. She was not impressed with some of the facilities she visited.

While some were clean and very well-run, she felt that she wouldn't want to leave her pet there. Cramped conditions, caged-environments, with only 2-3 "potty-breaks" was not something Sonja would not feel comfortable with for her own pets.

So, the idea of designing a place that dogs will WANT to stay at began. The construction and renovations on the building previously used as a horse barn began in May 2006. The UltiMutt Inn & Pet Resort opened for business on Sept. 25th, 2006. In 2015 construction of the second story of the hotel began, adding an additional 6,000+ square feet of space.

Sonja is committed to always improving the care at the UltiMutt Inn & Pet Resort. She travels throughout the country visiting other facilities and attends pet boarding conventions several times a year to connect with other dog-care facility owners to be able to provide your dog with the best, most modern care available.

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13501 Butternut Road
Burton, OH 44021