1412 Windsong Lane
Escondido, CA 92026
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The Lemon Grove Kennels Legacy
Forty years ago Jack and Marion Dougherty built and opened Lemon Grove Kennels, which became one of the three largest in San Diego, along with Mission Valley Kennels and Fon Jon Kennels. Michael Dougherty and his brother Steve worked alongside their parents for ten years at the kennel while still over achieving in school. Besides active involvement in school sports, they also became involved in the professional world of purebred dogs.
After receiving degrees from Stanford and USIU respectively, Steve and Mike left San Diego to pursue their careers in Los Angeles. Jack and Marion continued to run a successful and profitable kennel until twenty-five years ago when the 125 Freeway was built over the site of the Lemon Grove Kennels. Jack and Marion retired and moved to a condo in La Mesa. Mike continued to be very involved in dogs and started judging at AKC events in 1987. In 2001 he met the love of his life, Michelle.
In 2004 Mike and Michelle left Los Angeles and also moved to La Mesa. After carefully considering all the cities in San Diego they decided Escondido had the right feel for a new pet care business. Instead of building in the old kennel style, the new business would be a resort, but have the same welcoming and caring atmosphere of the original Lemon Grove Kennel. The Windsong Resort for Pets provides much more luxurious accommodations. The concrete runs are now travertine tiled “suites” and the exterior is now a lush and green park-like setting. In the Spring of 2008, Mike and Michelle will open the Windsong Resort for Pets and carry on the tradition of fine animal care and service established by Jack and Marion at their Lemon Grove Kennel in 1965.
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