Hayes Happy Dog Day Care Boarding & Training Center

About Us
Nora Hayes MSW has owned and trained Golden Retrievers for 27 years.  her dogs are titled in : obedience, agility, field, tracking and all are working therapy dogs.
After spending most of her working career as a health care executive, Nora moved to the Berkshires of Western Massachusetts in 2004 and decided to pursue her life long hobby of caring for and training dogs as a full time career.


  • Hayes HappyDog DayCare & Training Center opened in 2004
  • Boarding Services added in 2009
Ms. Hayes has a long history of success as a trainer-----here are some of the highlights:
  • "FINN" Highview Finn MacCool, JH WC TD OA OAJ TDI was one of the dogs honored for his work with familes who lost loved ones when the WTC was struck by terrorists. Nora and Finn were so effective in their work they were chosen by the NYC community police to accompany the families on the ferries daily to visit the site of the tragedy  Finn was a founding therapy dog at Rockland Psychiatric Childrens Center and also won a national award for tracking a lost Golden in Great Barrington in 2008. (please see Finn's page)
  • "CONOR"  Goldtrak Steelecreek Classic WC OA AXJ NF was a wonderful and talented dog sadly lost to cancer in 2009.
  • BESS TDI, just Bess, a mixed breed girl, adopted after a difficult start in life (she lost an eye and a tail and was near death when she was discovered as a stray), came back all the way and visited children for years at Rockland Childrens' Psychiatric Center.  The hospitalized children, often themselves the victims of trauma and abuse, identified with Bess's story and saw how she had a tough start too but was very happy and safe now. Bess was sadly lost to bloat (stomach torsion) on January 1st 2012.
  • CARA, Comstock Honora's Anam Cara RE JH AX AXJ OF WC CCA TDI is a beautiful and talented working girl and mother of our first litter of 9 beautiful and healthy puppies. Cara's name means "dear heart" and she certainly is.  A funny, smart, athletic girl who can do it all! (update, second litter born December 2011!0. Final litter planned for end of 2012.
  • BLUE, Honora's Divine Blue Boy JH NA NAJ WC WCX CCA is wonderful--he is all that I could have asked for in my first home bred pup. He is a happy, handsome, energetic and smart boy with a terrific temperament. We are having a lot of fun together!!
  • PINK, Honora's Fabulous Miss Pink is very much her mother's daughter-beautiful, spirited, and very talented. She placed in puppy stakes and won BISS at Yankee Golden Retriever Club's Spring match. Got her WC with ease and is competing in agility.


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