Phone: 515-457-RUFF (7833)
Fax: 515-457-7834

Our History

We have been chosen by as one of the top 20 dog boarding places in Des Moines.

Thanks to all of our wonderful friends and customers, we have been selected by the experts at as one of the best dog boarding places in all of Des Moines.  Read more about our selection on their website:

We're proud to announce that we have hired a professional dog groomer!

We've been working hard to help our customers find us.  If you're in Clive, look for our new It's a Ruff Life sign. 

We have finally got our door, car, and window swag.  Honk if you see us or our cars out and about in the Clive or Des Moines areas.  

After many long hours of preparation and hard work, the Clive Chamber of Commerce welcomed us to the neighborhood with our official ribbon cutting ceremony on March 12th.

The look and feel of our main welcome area is important to us so we decided to use a mix of classic white picket fences with vibrant wall colorings to give our day care a playful, welcoming feel.

The brutal winter of 2014 with snowfall of over 6 inches, bone chilling temps of under -25 degrees and wind gusts of more than 15 mph finally kept us inside.  With the arctic Des Moines weather this January, there was no better time to complete some of our indoor tasks including putting together our wash station.

We braved the freezing cold weather and winter snow to build a new outside play area for our guests.

After many months of weighing the pros and cons of starting a doggie day care, we finally decided to follow our hearts and open It's a Ruff Life.  We took the plunge, and made it official by finding the perfect building on 81st in Clive.