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About us

We are celebrating 13 years in business!

We would like to thank all our clients for their years of trust and support in us. We hope to have many more wonderful years ahead. Also thanks to our awesome staff for their loving and dependable care. Thanks again, Lily.

Top Dog Grooming and Boarding is located just beside Saunemin, Illinois. It started out very small and has grown into a wonderful place to bring your pets for Grooming or Boarding. We now hardly ever advertise. People hear about us from other people. We work with all local vet clinics to be sure pet records are up to date. We have a wonderful staff whom are all trained in the proper care and needs of our client's pets.

Lily Stevenson, founder of Top Dog Pet Grooming and Boarding, was born and raised in Cali, Colombia. In 1993 she got the title of Zootecnia (Bachelor degree in Animal Science with a major in Animal Handling) from University National of Colombia Palmira South America. During her career she has been working with different animal farms and with dogs and cats over the last 18 years. In 2000 in America, she started working in Dwight Veterinary Clinic for 6 years as pet groomer. After grooming at Dwight Vet Clinic, she quit to be with her growing children. A few people asked her to still groom. So that led to grooming during the winter of 2007. Lily said it is crazy to open a grooming business during the cold winter season. It is like opening an ice cream parlor in winter. Things started out very slow. But Lily decided to put her heart into her business. She wanted the care of her guests to be a priority and wanted everything to be very clean and friendly.  Some of the clients later asked her if she would be available to take care of their pets while they would be on vacation or away from home. That soon led to boarding and the beginning of Top Dog Grooming and Boarding. The facility initially started with one room for grooming and an area for boarding, using the double and half garage that was adapted prior with large windows for a play area for her children. Then in 2011 she added a new room for boarding, to separate the small dogs and the big dogs to prevent the small dogs from being intimidated by the big ones. A small reception/grooming room was added and finally in 2015 a third boarding room was added to board medium and big dogs. All the rooms are air conditioned and heated with air purifiers added to keep air fresh and clean. It is a family business in a quiet safe rural area. Our pets that come to us are our guests. We treat them with the best care we can in a very clean country setting. Our helpers are trained to treat our guests with care and respect, they are also trained in animal care and sanitation.  Our guests are monitored to be sure they are doing well during their stay. They are walked outside 4 times a day with supervision during the individual outdoor walks where the pet can interact one on one with the staff in a large fenced in exercise area. The outside fence is 6 ft tall to keep our guests in a very safe play area.


Top Dog has been running since 2007, offering animal care and building great relation with our clients. We would like to thank all our clients and guests for their support. 

Meet the Team





- Pet Groomer Since 2000 - Current
- Kennel licensed operator - Current
- Volunteer Groomer Livingston County Humane Society since 2000 -Current 

- Certified Canine Massage Practitioner 2004

- Specialization in Systems engineering. Universidad del Valle - Colombia 1998
- Bachelor Degree on Animal Science with Major on Animal Husbandry Zootecnia -University National of Colombia 1993 ​​

-Coordinator on Canine Exposition- Fair of Roldanillo - Colombia 1991 -1993

Hi! My name is Lily. I've always loved animals and dreamed of a career that allowed me to work with them. I have spent most of my life working with farm animals and in the last 18 years in animal care and dog grooming.                                                                                                                                                                                                             More ......

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  Kaitlin Byrne

- Pet Groomer Since 2016 - Current

- Graduate from a grooming Academy in Indiana. 2016
- Associates in Business management - graduated 2015

- Kennel assitant at a vet clinic in High School


Click here to see some of Kaitlin's dog grooms

Assistant Manager


Hello, my name is Kathryn and I have been working for Top Dog since 2018. I was raised here in Saunemin, but now I currently reside in Pontiac. I have always had a huge heart for all animals. It brightens my day to see animals being well taken care of. I come from a strong background in the healthcare field. Being a care taker for animals and people has been very rewarding to me. I am excited to work with your animal and make them feel at home during their stay. I look forward to meeting you and your pet soon! 

Animal Care Attendant

Hello, my name is Ashley and I have been working at Top Dog for 9 years. I have lived and grew up in the country of Saunemin. I have grown up on a farm and have worked with animals my whole life. I grew up with dogs and currently have 3 dogs, and knew this is what I wanted to do for a job. This job has given me many experiences learning about animal care, how to groom, and social interaction skills. My job is to provide care to your animal, but my goal is to make your animal's stay a happy and fun time. I am happy to have this opportunity to care for your animal and I will be looking forward to seeing you here soon!

Animal Care Attendant


Hi My name is Maddi and I have been working at Top Dog for about 2 years . I grew up surrounded by animals constantly. I have always had a certain love and passion for all animals, especially dogs. Whether I am working with my sheep for a county or state fair or playing with my boxer, Romo, I always take special care of my animals. This job has helped me to learn how to care for many different types of animals with different personalities, how to wash and groom different breeds and sizes of dogs, and how to interact with our customers. I strive to treat your animals like they are my own, so that way they feel welcome and calm during their stay at Top Dog. Thank you for your business and I look forward to seeing you and your pet at Top Dog soon!

Animal Care Attendant


Hi! My name is Abby and I've been working at Top Dog since the summer of 2014. I'm from Pontiac, and I am currently finishing up my junior year of college at Illinois State University pursuing a Bachelor's degree in Parks and Recreation. I still work at Top Dog over the summers when I am home from school. I absolutely love my job at Top Dog. I've been an animal-lover my whole life. My dream career is to work for a non-profit like National Geographic or the World Wildlife Fund, which both focus on the well-being of all kinds of animal species. I hope that my experiences at Top Dog and my latest internship at Miller Park Zoo will help me reach that goal. At home, I have a 2-year-old collie mix named Mowgli who I love to death. I strive to take care of your pets as well as I would take care of my own! I hope to give your pets lots of love very soon!

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