615-597-8252 - Smithville, TN

Pet Boarding and Grooming

Pet Boarding At South Paw Bed & Bath

South Paw Bed & Bath's low-stress atmosphere yields pets that are happy, eat well, enjoy their visit, and are eager to return to our kennel. Our experienced staff is trained to identify any warning signs or potential health problems. We are well educated to care for and monitor geriatric and "special needs" pets.

  • Dogs are required to have yearly vaccinations for Bordetella, Distemper/Parvo/Corona and Rabies
  • Cats are required to have yearly vaccinations for Feline Leukemia Combination and Rabies
  • All pets boarded are required to be flea and tick free. If pets have fleas or ticks we must treat the pet and owner will be charged for the flea/tick medication.

Our visitors comfort and well being is very important to us, therefore we welcome your pet's special bedding, toys and favorite snacks. We provide the food during your pet's stay unless she or he is on a prescription diet. You are welcome to send the pet's regular food if you desire.

If your pet needs medication while at the kennel, you must provide the medication with instructions, however, there will be a small additional charge for bandage/wound care or insulin injections. We make every effort to keep guests on their accustomed routines, so inform us of any special needs your pet may have such as certain feeding or exercise times.

Security cameras are located throughout our facility that can be remotely accessed at any time. The security and safety of our guests is our top priority.


DEPARTURE BATHS: Given the morning of check-out, includes basic "spruce-up" bath and light brush out

FULL SERVICE BATHS: Includes bath, de-shed, nails, anal gland & ear care





Complimentary daycare visit for any new boarding guest that has never vacationed at South Paw before and would like a trial day BEFORE the actual planned stay.

We Have A Variety of Accommodations to Choose From!

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Standard Boarding

Standard Indoor/Outdoor Kennel $18/night

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Sunroom Suites

Deluxe Sunroom Suite

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Cat Boarding Features

Kitty Condo

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In an effort to reduce stress of vacationing pets, the lobby is closed outside of the normal business hours. We understand that there may be a need for an exception and will certainly work with you.

If possible, please have your pet here by 5pm for check-in, this allows our staff to get your pet situated & settled in before closing.

After-hours business related telephone calls will be promptly returned the next business day. In the event of an emergency or special circumstance, after-hours and Sunday-scheduled services will be allowed however an additional fee may be charged for this exception.

We are at South Paw MANY more hours than the listed times. Many hours are set aside for us to take care of our most important customers - the furry, four-legged kind. We live on the property and are almost always here. However, we set business hours in order to maintain our lives outside of South Paw.

Please try and arrange your schedule around our generous hours. We appreciate your respect for our privacy outside of business hours at South Paw Bed & Bath. THANK YOU for your consideration for us and the pets we are caring for.

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MONDAY - FRIDAY: 7:00am - 9:00am & 4:00pm - 5:30pm

SATURDAY: 7:00am - 9:00am & 4:00pm - 5:00pm


What to Expect When Your Pet Returns Home After Boarding

  • Your pet will undoubtedly be happy to see you after the trip. Follow a few simple tips to ease the transition back to home life.
  • Over-excitement may make a pet pant a lot and act thirsty. He is probably not really thirsty & had plenty of water available at the boarding facility. Give him a few ice cubes to tide him over until he settles down.
  • Food: ditto. But please be aware that excessive drinking and eating may lead to digestive upsets and bloating. Do not feed your pet for at least three hours after coming home from the kennel, and then limit the food and water you provide until he has settled back into home life.
  • Walk your pet upon arrival or allow access to a yard area. Excitement may also cause a change in urination or bowel movements outside his normal schedule.
  • Give your pet some personalized attention - some play time or sitting and petting or brushing him will help get through the excitement stage & calm down.
  • Kennel life can be very exciting, and some dogs charge around barking at other dogs and have a wonderful time. These dogs often leave the kennel exhausted but happy, and sleep a lot the first few days they are home.
  • Re-establish home patterns by following a normal schedule. Pets love the following of a schedule - it makes them feel safe and secure.
  • After you pick kitty up from the kennel, be sure to keep him in the house for a few days before allowing him to go outside. Just as he had to adjust to the kennel, so will he have to adjust to being home again. Allow him to find that "at home" feeling again before letting him out of the house.