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READER'S CHOICE AWARDS - At Bokhara Pet Resort & Grooming Spa - We love what we do, where we are - and it certainly shows!!  Once you meet our wonderful staff, tour our beautiful grounds and facility you will see immediately why we love what we do! NORTHERN MICHIGAN RESIDENTS - THANK YOU!

#1 - Reader's Choice Award by Traverse Magazine, Traverse City, Michigan

Bokhara Pet Resort & Grooming Spa is again pleased to be awarded 1st Place in the Traverse Magazine's Red Hot Best - Reader's Choice awards for the "Best Place To Board Your Dog" in all of Northern Michigan!  In very stiff completion with over 35 boarding facilities in Northern Michigan - Bokhara Pet Resort is pleased to announce that our facility was selected by our clients as being the #1 winner!

Winner Reader's Choice Award by the Northern Express Publication

Bokhara Pet Resort & Grooming Spa is very pleased to again win the NORTHERN EXPRESS Reader's Choice Award for the "Best Place to Pamper Your Pet".  From the bottom of our hearts we thank all of our lovely clients from Antrim, Kalkaska & Grand Traverse Counties for their continued confidence in our caring for your beloved family pets.

Bokhara Pet Resort & Spa sincerely thanks all of our wonderful clients for their confidence in selecting Bokhara as their 1st choice for pet boarding & pet grooming.  We are the Talk of the Town Winner for "Excellence in Pet Boarding & Pet Grooming"

PlayPal Staff Performing Fun Activities & Playtime
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Pet Care Services & Dog Cat Boarding  We accommodate ALL size dogs, cats, and exotics from the very-very small to the very-very large. Bokhara accommodates all pet guests in perfect comfort and all at very Reasonable Pricing1st Visit, Senior Citizen & Support Personnel Discounts are offered.

Whether Your Pet is Large to Extremely Large......  With our extra large, spacious and airy indoor & outdoor patio suites, plus our outdoor grounds to roam and romp in, your large (or multiple) pets will feel right at home. Our trained and caring staff welcome your pet.  All furry friends can relax and play in comfortable accommodations at Bokhara Pet Resort & Spa.....your pet's vacation resort home away from home!

SMALL WORLD - Just For Tiny Tots .....

SmallWorld is a very special wing designed completely separate from our normal indoor/outdoor larger dog lodging suites. JUST for the small dog with extremely clean ultra-deluxe CAGE-FREE overnight enclosures. Perfect for the smaller dog that is more reserved and may have more specialized needs.  SmallWorld offers FREE roaming play and FREE BUDDY PLAY for those socially inclined small pets. More SmallWorld info & Video Clips...

Pet Boarding & Lodging: Pets visiting Bokhara will have an enjoyable & rewarding experience with all of our fresh country air and the clean indoor/outdoor areas for pet lodging and exercise. Located right on Elk Lake and very close to the Grand Traverse Bay, and Torch Lake.  Bokhara has always offered Special Needs Boarding & Grooming services for those pets requiring extra care or special accommodations.

Private CAGE FREE Boarding  Each Bokhara Pet Resort canine guest will receive their very own private enclosure with their own attached outdoor exercise patio area accessed through a pet door.  All of our canine patio accommodations have both an indoor and outdoor areas with FREE access to the outside at will.  Our indoor boarding pets have access to an outside patio 4 times during the day.  Not a single Bokhara guest is boarded in a cage for we provide extremely large indoor/outdoor safe and secure accommodations. More Boarding info...

Community Boarding  We do not provide shared/co-mingled overnight pet boarding unless the roommates are members of your family household

From our long experience in the pet industry, and our extensive knowledge of dog behavior, we do not believe it is at all safe for your pet to be co-boarded with other strange dogs while you are away or the attendants are sleeping. 

We don't have issues with monitored daytime play groups, but we believe it is trying enough for your pet just to be separated from you overnight without adding the additional stress of being forced to co-board with multiple strange dogs who your pet is not familiar with,  and who are not part of your family group. We feel the safety and comfort of your pet is our most important priority.



GPS - Lat: 44.51.59N Long: 85.24.14W

Bokhara's Owners Live 24/7 on the Premises..... Though we have open and closed office hours, the owners live right on the property and oversee the welfare of our resort guests during and outside of  the normal office hours 24/7.  Active monitoring is in place at all times with physical bed checks performed several times each evening and during the night.  Our goal at Bokhara is to provide an environment that nurtures both the emotional and physical needs of our guests while keeping them SAFE and secure! Yummy snacks & treats are provided during bed checks and  good night kisses are always FREE!

Veterinarian Recommended! - Tours Are Always Welcome!

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OPEN ALL HOLIDAYS - 365/7  Bokhara is open on ALL holiday days for arrivals & departures from 9:00am-12:00pm Only on the following holiday days -  Easter Sunday, Memorial Day, July 4th, Labor Day, Thanksgiving Day, Christmas Day, and New Year's Day, etc. for your convenienceWe are open 7 days per week - 365 days per year

AFTER HOURS arrival & pick up can only be arranged by a confirmed pre-appointment at an additional fee (but not on any actual Holiday Dates).  Confirmation of an after hours arrival or departure requires an advance one night non-refundable deposit at least 3-5 days prior to that pre-confirmed arrival or departure so Bokhara can schedule time and staffing for that early or late arrival time.  Please review our After Hours Policy page.

Because your pet is special... we think you'll both feel
better about your next vacation!

Our Feline Guests are not boarded in small cages nor in the same areas as dogs such as your veterinarian or other kennels may use, but our purr...line guests are quartered in large suites all containing play and climbing toys, comfy sleeping beds and extra large litter boxes - all within a completely separate, quiet, very quaint, and unique antique late 1800's era guest cottage.  Bokhara provides CAGE-FREE feline boarding in our large suites (Library & Playroom), and in our Standard 8' x 8' feline accommodation suites located in an old Victorian cottage. More Feline info...

Fun Activities:  We have over 14 acres of play areas for the enjoyment our our guests - offering Play Time, Garden Strolls, Hugs n Cuddles,  Full Mile Walks, 1/2 Mile Walks, 1/4 Mil Nature Woods Walks, Swimming, Swim /Day Camp, Treadmill Jogging, and Group Buddy Play  More Activities info...

Location:  We are NEAR TRAVERSE CITY, Michigan, and just a few short minutes north of the Grand Traverse Resort  & Casino in Acme, Michigan 49610, very close to Torch Lake, and we are located right on the West Shore of Elk Lake, in Elk Rapids5 miles from the Turtle Creek Casino in Williamsburg, Michigan 49690. 

We are also just one mile South of the Village of Elk Rapids, Michigan 49629 on Elk Lake Road. We are located on the West Shore of Elk Lake and very close to the sister lake - Torch Lake (Alden / Eastport / Torch River Bridge, Michigan. 

Bokhara Pet  Resort & Grooming Spa has been providing family operated premium Dog & Cat Boarding Service to the Grand Traverse, Antrim & Kalkaska Counties for over 30 years. More Direction info...

Bokhara enjoys 300 feet of  private Elk Lake shoreline all for the enjoyment of your pet and you the owner.  We are proud of our commitment to maintaining a lovely facility for our pet and human guests to enjoy.


"The greatest pleasure of a dog is that you may make a fool of yourself with him
and not only will he not scold you, but he will make a fool of himself too!"

Bokhara Pet Resort & Spa
A Premium Northern Michigan Dog & Cat Boarding Kennel
Offering Quality Pet Services Serving the Greater Traverse City, Williamsburg & Elk Rapids Areas

Grand Traverse County - Antrim County - Kalkaska County

Under Ownership & Management of Richard & Shen Smith, Since 1973
11535 S. Elk Lake Road - Williamsburg, Michigan 49690
Mailing Address:  PO Box 175, Elk Rapids, Michigan 49629
Phone - (231) 264-5855  Fax - (231) 264-6667
Email -  er-pets@bokhara.com

The Dog & Cat Boarding Kennel of Number One Choice for our Summer Residents on
Elk Lake, Torch Lake and the Grand Traverse Bay


Offering Dog & Cat Pet Boarding, Dog & Cat Grooming, Doggie Day Care, Doggy Play Groups
Very Near the Grand Traverse Resort & Turtle Creek Casino,
Near Traverse City, Near Elk Rapids, Near Williamsburg, Near Torch Lake, and Located Right On Elk Lake


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