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The Mindful Mutt provides 5-star service to all of our clients by providing fun, safe, clean, healthy pet care.


  1. CLIENTS FIRST: Always acting in the best interest of the dogs without hesitation

  2. INDIVIDUALIZED CARE: Personalized care suited for your pet's individual needs

  3. TRANSPARENCY: Frequent communication and updates so you never have to worry about your pet

  4. HOLISTIC PET CARE: The Mindful Mutt is built around the understanding that a dog's health is multi-dimensional. It is a combination of physical, mental, social, and emotional health that comprise your dog's happiness.


The Mindful Mutt is here to make your life easier while supporting all of the dimensions of your pet's health with professional, respectful, enthusiastic care.


The Mindful Mutt is a new dog daycare and boarding facility newly opened in Allston Village at 16 Harvard Avenue. Founded in 2018, owner and founder, Deanna Anderson, provided dog-walking in Brookline, Brighton, and surrounding areas, as well as cage-free dog boarding in her home. The Mindful Mutt’s reputation was founded on clear communication with clients and always doing what is best for each dog, even if that means referring them to a different pet care provider.


Dissatisfied with the level of transparency and professionalism in the local dog care industry, Deanna began planning to open a dog care facility that prioritizes dogs’ physical and mental well-being in 2020. The local dog daycare community at that time lacked a place where dogs were being engaged throughout the day, offered leadership and direction, and provided individualized attention for each dog.


With the support of hundreds of clients and over 70 investors, The Mindful Mutt expanded to its first brick-and-mortar location in the heart of Allston in November 2021. We currently offer structure-based dog daycare, overnight boarding, and enrichment classes. We serve hundreds of pet families from across Boston, as well as many clients traveling from the suburbs.


The Mindful Mutt is insured, trained in Pet First Aid and CPR, and committed to continuing education on animal behavior and pet care.

Our team members undergo on-site training on dog behavior, body language, group play dynamics, positive reinforcement, agility training techniques, and safety.

Team training also includes special online courses from The Dog Gurus, the #1 staff training and business consulting group for the pet care industry. The Dog Gurus focus on raising the bar of safety and education in pet care, providing The Mindful Mutt with exclusive access to new tools and resources.  Know your dog’s care is in the hands of professionals with a commitment to ongoing learning and access to the latest industry trends with the goal of keeping all dogs safe.  

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Fear Free's mission is to prevent and alleviate fear, anxiety, and stress in pets by inspiring and educating the people who care for them. Fear Free has become one of the single most transformative initiatives in the history of companion animal practice, providing unparalleled education on emotional wellbeing, enrichment, and the reduction of fear, anxiety, and stress in pets and improving the experience of every human and pet involved. 

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A Hello From the Founder

Deanna Anderson, owner of The Mindful Mutt

Deanna Anderson, FFCP

Founder & Fellow Dog Parent

  • Certified Fear Free Professional

  • Certified in Pet First Aid & CPR

  • Member of IAABC, The Dog Gurus,  and MSPCA Animal Action Team

  • Passionate about animal welfare & animal rights

  • Believes all dogs go to heaven

I think I was born an animal lover. I grew up with five tabby cats, an Australian Shepard-Schnauzer mix, and a blind & deaf toy poodle. In addition to dogs and cats, I have had gerbils, hamsters, a rabbit, guinea pigs, love birds, parakeets and fish! 

My instinct and communication with animals has always been a gift I've cherished, but being an animal lover is not the only thing that makes someone a responsible pet caretaker. Education on animal behavior and how they perceive human behavior is essential in a safe and healthy relationship with animals! I know from experience that every animal has their own personality and preferences, which is why I tailor my approach according to their needs. 

I have experience caring for dogs with special needs: diets, meds, hip, skin, and other issues. I have cared for small and large pups from "Teacup" Schnoodles to English Mastiffs and Great Danes! I am gentle but able to set boundaries when necessary. 

I love working with dogs because it brings me an incredible amount of joy to build relationships and trust with animals. I love seeing that "Ah-ha!" moment in a dog's body language when they realize they will get a treat if they sit before crossing the street. Or helping a nervous dog feel safe and comfortable while their parents are on vacation.

As an advocate of animal rights & welfare, I annually support the MSPCA, The Animal Rescue League of Boston, and Merwin Memorial Free Animal Clinic for Animals. 

I would love to chat with you about your pets! Feel free to drop me a line anytime!

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Nola Bear

CFO "Chief Fluffy Officer" 

  • Born in 2010

  • Adopted in 2011

  • Thinks she's a human

  • Snores excessively

  • Loves to sit on the tallest pile of pillows she can find

  • Passionate about telling puppies to calm down at the park

  • Will protect you from the robot vacuum

"I am the boss. I like to sleep in. Please do not wake me. Unless you have a treat... then wake me up ASAP!"


Director of Barketing

  • Born in 2015

  • Adopted in 2016

  • Rescued street dog from Memphis adjusting to civilized life

  • Hates doorbells on television

  • Loves to chase chipmunks and squirrels

  • Passionate about cuddling under the covers

  • Will jump into your lap without asking for permission

"You can take the dog out of the streets, but you can't take the streets out of the dog!"


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