28028 Beckendorff Rd, Katy, TX | Directions 7749329.861385 -95.858447
Shelmar = A little slice of Heaven in a big city – I was in a desperate state when I called Martin and Shelly Bell. I read their website thoroughly and knew Shelmar would be my only hope.
If they could help me be a strong leader and teach my 1yr. old English Bulldog, King how to behave properly maybe I would not have so much anxiety when it came to him.
You see, I would only walk him in the dark very early in the morning, because he wanted to fight every dog that came his way. And we had to walk, he has so much energy he needed to get out for a good 45 min to an hour everyday with a big pinch collar.
They kept him for a month. I emailed once a week and Shelly replied back with his progress. Martin and Shelly really got to know him and understand what he needs in a leader. When it was time to go back to get him, I felt such anxiety.
Martin worked with me, we met three different times. I needed training too. He showed me how to walk him, how to be relaxed with him, how to enjoy him and let him just be a dog. Martin told me to name him something else. King was not a name for him. He needed a new start with a new name.
I call him Ray-ray, like the ray of hope I longed for in a companion animal. It is so wonderful to see him playing with all the dogs and running and playing in the water. And it is so wonderful walking him in a relaxed state in the cool of the early morning. He comes when I call him and he is lovable and affectionate and totally different when we meet other dogs along the way. I can actually stop and visit for a minute now and he lays down to make himself smaller so he might be approachable to a smaller dog. I will always be grateful to Martin and Shelly Bell and their little slice of heaven Shelmar Kennels and for my peace and happiness with my little Ray-ray. I will continue to board my little guy with Martin and Shelly. They run a very professional business that feels like family. I consider them my friends.
Shelmar = Honesty and Integrity First – Shelmar has been our home for our 2 dogs for the last 3 years. We started taking our Weimaraner and Choc. Lab to Shelly and Martin as puppies and continue that relationship today.
We started out as boarders (for as long as 2 weeks) and then turned to them for all our training needs, both hunting and obedience. The training stint is significantly longer and both my girls not only benefitted from the training experience, they were taken care of with regular treatments, medicines and vet visits. It can be a lot to keep up with but Shelly is an organizational machine and everyone gets 5 star treatment. This is a one stop-full service-Kennel and Burney and Rylee love to go out to Shelmar!!
The facilities are clean and spacious and the care given to my babies is unmatched. They take great interest in your pet and make sure they are put with other dogs they get along with as well as a consistent schedule that benefits both you and your beloved pet. The expectations are clearly laid out up front so there is no confusion and it is wonderful to not play the guessing game. Also, I absolutely love being able to set an appointment because I know that when we show up we will get undivided, one on one attention with my girls to ask any questions, hear all the "stories" about who was doing what, and keep the ongoing relationship between Shelly and Martin strong. It is obvious to both my husband and I that Shelmar cares about my girls about as much as we do and they sure can be knuckleheads!
Trusting others to care for my kiddos is hard, but I have 100% faith and would not be comfortable boarding or training with any other facility. If you are looking for care, service, training, facility, price, and professionalism then look no further...Shelmar is the place for you and your precious pets!!
Thank you for everything Shelly and Martin, we love you!
John, Ash, Hannah, Burney, Rylee and Arwen :)
A true home away from home for your Pet!! – We live in the Copper Village area and found Shelmar about 3 years ago. Traveling with our sweet boxer is not possible all the time and I wanted to find a place our High Energy Pup would be happy.
We hit the jackpot when we found Shelmar. Out in the country with a completely fenced in area, I immediately felt that my pet would be safe. I have sent her for just a few days as well as for nearly a week. I have sent her with meds that needed to be administered and all was perfect when we picked her up.
My boxer is always paired with another dog to have play time with during daily exercise. It is all very well thought out and organized!
I would recommend Shelmar to anyone who adores there pets as much as we do!
The best training and boarding. – Four and a half years ago my family got a Golden Doodle. Ranger needed a trainer. I researched and called several training facilities and none of them gave me a feeling that they could solve our problem.
Then I spoke with Martin Bell at Shelmar Kennels and we instantly knew this was the place for Ranger.
We discussed his training and boarding program and I felt so good about him that we drove from Sugar Land to Shelmar Kennels. When Martin and Shelly greeted us we knew this was the best decision we could make for all of us.
After the 6 week program Ranger was trained beyond our expatiations. He was a well cared for and a happy puppy.
We have since boarded Ranger there 3 to 4 times a year with never having a problem. As soon as we are nearing Shelmar, Ranger is wagging his tail and is so excited about getting there.
Every time we leave Ranger for in house boarding , we know he is in good hands.
There are many other places closer then the hour's drive but we wouldn't think of leaving Ranger
with anyone other than Martin and Shelly Bell. We love them.
Hillary and Ira G
Amazing transformation--Thank you, Shelmar Kennels! – Dear Shelly and Martin,
Well, we truly have not been able to lift our chins off of the ground from our mouths hanging open all day today in amazement at Aero's transformation! He is a CHANGED DOG!! His expression is so relaxed and calm and HAPPY!! He is obedient and responds to his commands willingly...(okay, he is not always bringing the ball back to us when it was tossed out to him, but you did say to just do that a couple of times a week!) He has passed so many "challenges" today already! On the way home, we stopped to get Shane a burger at Whataburger. The smell filled the car and Aero never begged, even one bit. (He was a relentless beggar before!) When we got home, we put leashes on the two dogs and walked them around the front and side of the house, and then into the house. We took off the leashes, and...NOTHING!!! Total peace and calm! Then we opened the door to the patio (made both sit before going out of the door) and out they went, peaceful as could be imagined. Aero really showed some play stances, trying to get Gracie to play with him. She ran around with him some, but is acting a bit leary of him. He keeps trying!!! She has growled at him a couple of times when she seemed to feel crowded (the guys say she is being a territorial "brat"!) and we did correct her. Aero cut a circle around her the next time he passed by her!!! We are stunned!!! He moved his little bed mat over closer to her bed, laid down and just gazed at her a bit, then went to sleep. When we went on a walk, he was not totally perfect, but took correction quickly and then settled down after passing other dogs. And the "Big Girls" (the big lab/golden mixes) came to the fence, and barked. Aero did start to wind into it, not nearly at the past volume/energy, but was quieted quickly and then just sat/laid down. (We did slip the training lead on him, but it seemed that his tail was also wagging!) Someone passed our yard with a dog and a boy bouncing a basketball..Aero did not bark until they were almost at the end of the yard, and then quieted down instantly when I corrected him, verbally!!!
We are so amazed and appreciative of your hard work, dedication and knowledge in helping to bring out the best in Aero! He is happy, and of course, we are so happy with his new behavior!!!
A couple of questions, but, I will send those on tomorrow. It has been an exciting day, and, I am ready to call it a day...a very PEACEFUL day!!!
WORLD CLASS KENNELS – Shelmar Kennels To The Rescue
We were at our wits end.
We had an aggressive “rescue dog” that nobody could (or wanted to) handle, nobody except Martin and Shelly. After a few weeks of training at Shelmar,
my wife and I had our own training session.
Martin taught us how to work with our dog and give him the opportunity to be a “solid citizen.”
We now have a happy and well adjusted dog. When we go on vacation or out of town, we sleep well knowing he is in good hands at Shelmar. I also want to mention that every time we drive through the gate, my wife and I comment to each other about how clean and fresh the place is. Thank you Shelly and Martin.
I am a true fan.
The Best Dog Care Ever – I fell in love with my dog when she was a week old, but knew that I had no qualifications to train her. I googled training facilities, was impressed with Shelmar, and called. Shelly told me about their setup, training and philosophy and I knew this was the right place. When my dog was six months old, I left her with Shelly and Martin for three weeks and returned to find that my dog was perfectfully trained - and that I could finally take her for a walk without being dragged through the neighborhood. Since then, I have left my "doggie love of my life" with Shelly and Martin for boarding on many occasions over the past several years. I know that she is well cared for and that she loves being with them. Simply put, I trust Shelly and Martin. I would not leave her with anyone else! I highly recommend Shelmar to anyone who wants their dog to receive top-notch training, and to be safe, respected and well cared for. They are the best.
Response to Review Dated 12/31/10 – We have dedicated our lives to taking care of dogs and making them better companions for their owners. The review dated 12/31/10 involves a labrador belonging to the Riersgard family who has boarded with us for 3+ years. Each time Marshall has boarded with Shelmar his family has brought his own crate with thick, heavy bedding, his own food and bowls and always plenty of instructions.
This dog always arrived a nervous wreck until we incorporated him with a group of buddies to relieve the tension and help him relax. He seemed happy each time he was collected by his family. We have had very little issue with this family until this past summer when the mother made an appointment for a follow up lesson, 3 years later than her initial instruction but not an issue, for 10am one weekday morning. 10am came, no show, no communication, then finally she arrives at 11am wanting her instruction. I told her she missed her appointment as she was meant to be here for 10am. She did not think it was a big deal that she was not here when expected. Marshall boarded with us twice more in the fall. The last time he did pee in his kennel for some reason. He did not let either Martin or me know he had to go. I removed the bedding, but did not have time to wash it, so I put replacement bedding in his kennel and put the others off to the side. This is the filthy crate that is mentioned in the review. Marshall may have left Shelmar with a bit of dirt on his coat but they make it sound as if he was covered in feces. For Christmas boarding Marshall was to be dropped off in the morning 8-11am window. I waited to leave the kennel at 11:05am to run errands, no communication from the Riersgard family to say they were still coming.I returned to the kennel to find 3 phone messages from the mother demanding that I open the gate for her teenage daughter who was running late to drop Marshall. I emailed the mother to let her know that they would have to drop Marshall between 4:30-6pm. At 5 pm Marshall arrives with the daughter, Mariel, who is sporting an attitude. She immediately begins to grill me concerning Marshall's schedule, demanding to see where he is housed, etc. In all my dealings with this family I have never been treated with such disrespect and attitude. She even argued with me over the receipt of an email that her mother had sent at 10:52am that morning to let me know that she would be running late. We are in the country, do not have high speed internet, so the receipt of emails is delayed by a good 15 minutes, but she said that did not make a difference. We went into our office where she continued to ask questions and I did suggest that there may be another boarding facility that would make them happier. She assured me that we were the experts, whatever that meant, and left the office with a flippant attitude. She drove off only to return minutes later to collect Marshall. I emailed her mother to let her know that Marshall would no longer be welcome at Shelmar. I was threatened with spreading unkind words about our facility and services through a private email from her mother. Add to it the drama of the aggressive handling skills and you have greater impact from an angry child who is attempting to ruin a business. I am quite shocked that it took the Riersgard family 3+ years to come to the conclusion that we are unsuitable to care for their dog or anyone else's for that matter. Very sad to think that I have spent any amount of time responding to the ranting of a teenager when in the past I have only ever dealt with her mother with issues concerning Marshall. Shelly Bell
AWESOME HOME AWAY FROM HOME – I first became introduced to Shelmar Kennels in Dec 2007 when I suffered from a house fire. Thankfully my dog survived and while my house was being rebuilt I wanted Shelby to be in a setting that she was used to, with plenty of playing room. I randomly googled kennels and came across Shelmar Kennels. When I spoke with Shelly she was very friendly and when I dropped sShelby off Shelly and Martin welcomed us into their fold and they have been our family and home away from home ever since. I recommend anyone to take their pet to them; not only will you get the training but also tender loving care and friendliness that is rare to find, they are definitely a blessing.
Best Place Around! – My fiance and I first brought our 1.5 year old Boston Terrier to Shelmar in July of 2010. We had rescued our pup from a neglectful owner and at around 8 months he had started showing signs of aggression towards strangers. In December of 2009 it had reached its breaking point when he attacked his vet. At the vet's suggestion we took Rudy to an overpriced unhelpful behavioralist in Sugar Land. By the summer of 2010, after seeing little progress, we took Rudy to Shelmar where he stayed for four weeks to work with Shelly.
It was a tough four weeks, Rudy had never been away from us for more than week and I didn't know if I had done the right thing. When we came to pick up Rudy in August, I almost cried when I saw Shelly take Rudy right up to a stranger who leaned down and pet Rudy. It was amazing.
Since then it has been a lot of hard work on our end. Shelly will always be upfront with us, and the reality was that we needed to change some of our habits to be better dog owners for Rudy. We are still working with Rudy, but now we can take him to our friends' houses, to PetSmart and other places that were off limits in the best. The biggest thing was that last week we took him to the vet and we left without a single growl or incident. It was amazing to see all this hardwork pay off.
My only regret is that I did not find Shelmar earlier. Rudy is 100% better and living an amazing and calm life because of the work Shelly and Martin have done. We are so happy with Shelmar, that anytime we have to board him we drive the 45 minutes so he can board there. This summer when we leave for a month to get married and go on our honeymoon, he will be at Shelmar. I used to be that owner that worried about my pet when he boarded at a kennel, I don't ever worrry about him at Shelmar. I'm totally confused about the last review because I have never seen Rudy treated with anything but the utmost care, he loves Shelly and Martin and loves their house because he gets to run, play and swim all day long. He also gets to board with them in their home, so I know he is getting cared for around the clock!
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