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'It's a Dog's Life" - Unleash Your Fun Here!

Bedrooms 3
Property type cottage
Minimum Stay 2 - 5 nights


About the property

Cottage, 3 Bedrooms, 2 Baths, (Sleeps 6)

Welcome to Harbor Country and my woodsy cottage set on a 2 acre lot; just a short drive, walk or bike to several pristine beaches. Bike through wine country, enjoy local restaurants and stroll through the best of Michigan antiquing.

The cottage is in top condition, all one level, with a doggy door accessible through the screened-in porch leading to 3/4 acre picket fenced yard.

This cozy, colorful house is fully equipped with quality linens and kitchen accessories.

Enjoy rocking on the front porch or gather on the rear deck for a bbq, croquet and marshmallow roast over the fire pit.

Lots to do in the area...or just 'be'.

Join my Facebook Page to view many more pictures of cottage and become a 'Fan': Itsa Dogslife

Keywords: Cottage, wooded,dog friendly, lake michigan

More Details

Pam Lynch
Member since: 2009
Speaks: english
Response time:
Within 2 days
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
September 24, 2017

About Pam Lynch

I live in downtown Chicago and I love the energy and everything the city has to offer; however, I live for the moment I can escape to Harbor Country in Southwest Michigan. Within an hour and a half I'm here...all the stress of everyday life melts away and I feel on 'vacation' even when I'm here less than 24 hours. I also experience great joy in sharing my home with family and friends. And now that I'm renting my home, I feel the same happiness as my guests report in and recount how much they enjoyed the home, the nearby beaches and the country setting. I feel very lucky to be the owner of 'It's a Dog's Life Getaway'.

Pam Lynch purchased this cottage in 2004

Why Pam Lynch chose Southwest

I purchased this home because of it's easy access from the highway, yet you feel completely removed and isolated. I also wanted a home that was set back from the road, had a large yard for my dogs, offering them freedom in a secure environment. I love the open floor plan with high ceilings, yet feels cozy and warm. I also always wanted to 'rock' on a front porch and have a screened in porch...I never tire of relaxing in these areas with a magazine, cup of coffee and dogs under foot.

What makes this cottage unique

Although I seek the feeling of being 'remote' while here, I love that within minutes you can be at the beach, satisfy a 'purchase' urge at one of the many boutique style shops, and find a good meal at a small restaurant for breakfast. lunch and dinner. I don't feel the area is 'touristy' or commercial, even though most people here are enjoying a vacation. A recent surprise was how fun the wineries are to visit...especially on bikes. The area is enjoyable each season and by no means is just 'a summer home'.

Guestbook comments from the owner

Hi Pam,

I'm a big fan of a local (with broader following) dog blog - two pitties in the city - they do a feature on being a tourist with your dog, and I submitted our July getaway. The feature ran today:
Jul 2011
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Three Oaks Cottage Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • cottage
  • Guests provide their own meals
House Rules:
  • Check-in: Flexible / Check-out: Flexible
  • Max. occupancy: 6
  • Minimum Age Limit for Renters
  • pets considered ...
  • children welcome
  • non smoking only
  • Air Conditioning
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Fireplace
  • Hair Dryer
  • Internet
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Parking Off Street ...
  • Washing Machine
  • Wireless Internet
  • Wood Fireplace ...
  • Coffee Maker
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Ice Maker
  • Kitchen
  • Microwave
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove
  • Toaster
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 6 people
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • Bathroom 1 -
    Bathroom 2 -
  • 3 Bedrooms, Sleeps 6
  • Queen size Beds (1), Double Beds (1) The third bedroom has a day bed that pulls out to a queen size., Twin or Single Beds (1) There are two twins in the 2nd bedroom., Sleep Sofa or Futons (1) 1 single blow up mattress available.
  • Books
  • CD Player
  • DVD Player
  • Games
  • Music Library
  • Satellite / Cable ...
  • Stereo
  • Television
  • Balcony
  • Deck / Patio
  • Outdoor Grill
  • limited accessibility
Pool / Spa:
  • jetted tub
  • cinemas
  • health/beauty spa
  • live theater
  • museums
  • restaurants
  • theme parks
Leisure Activities:
  • antiquing
  • boating
  • horseback riding
  • miniature golf
  • shopping
  • sight seeing
  • sledding
  • wildlife viewing
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cross country skiing
  • cycling
  • fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • hunting
  • jet skiing
  • kayaking
  • mountain biking
  • sailing
  • swimming
  • tennis
  • water skiing
Dogy door through screened in porch. A large portion of the backyard is fully enclosed with a picket fence so dogs are secured on property.


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'It's a Dog's Life" - Unleash Your Fun Here!
average rating of 5.0 based on 30 reviews

Peaceful Retreat

  • 5 of 5

We stayed at "It's a Dog's Life" this past week. This was our second vacation here. We also stayed last summer for a week. Pam's home is very welcoming and peaceful. The house is adorable and always very clean. The yard is amazing and fenced in for your fur babies. The outdoor fire pit and seating is incredible. We absolutely love the screened in porch and the layout of the main living area. The deck is huge. Pam has gorgeous plants everywhere. The house has numerous dog themed touches here and there, which I adore. As if this isn't enough, Cherry Beach is just a very short drive across the road. Also: Pam is so responsive. If you need anything at all, send her a text and she answers you immediately. We can't wait to go next summer for two weeks!!!

  • Submitted: Aug 12, 2017
  • Stayed: Aug 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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The house is very well-kept and clean! Beautiful inside and out!

  • 5 of 5

The house is very nice with plenty of room for six people-there is a porch in the front, a screened in porch in the back, two open decks with tables and chairs and a nice fire pit in the middle of the yard. The yard is fenced in so our dog had lots of fun exploring the grounds. The house is close to beaches, grocery stores and good places to eat. The weather was perfect, so we spent every day at the beach! The nights spent at the house included cooking out and sitting around the fire - I can't wait to stay here again !!

  • Submitted: Jul 21, 2017
  • Stayed: Jul 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Great place for family, pets!

  • 5 of 5

We had a great time at this property. Very homey and well taken care of. Close to lots of things to do. The dogs LOVED the backyard. Would definitely recommend!

  • Submitted: Jul 14, 2017
  • Stayed: Jul 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Exactly as it seems - quaint, peaceful, ideal location!

  • 5 of 5

We had such a relaxing and enjoyable time at "It's a Dog's Life". Our dog had the best time running around the yard and had his first swim in the lake at Warren Dunes. We enjoyed the local wineries and loved the entire experience. It was just the three of us this time, but we would love to come back and bring a small group of friends. We could not ask for more!

  • Submitted: Jun 12, 2017
  • Stayed: Jun 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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exactly as advertised

  • 5 of 5

The home looked exactly as pictured. The only problem is that it rained our entire stay. Although it is not handicapped accessible it's not bad if you have someone who can take your wheelchair up a step in a few places. Our dog loved the big secluded yard but was afraid of the doggie door. It's a pretty good sized door because my sister crawled through it trying to convince our cowardly dog to use it. We will stay here again if we get a chance.

  • Submitted: May 30, 2017
  • Stayed: May 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Long Weekend Getaway

  • 5 of 5

We spent a long weekend at It's a Dog's Life. The cottage was adorable with a large fenced backyard for our 2 dogs. Unfortunately the weather was rainy so we didn't get to use the fire pit or the patio. However, we did spend some evenings on the screened porch. The cottage is well equipped and has an authentic lake cottage feel. One room has pictures of all of the dogs that have stayed at the cottage. We were able to visit several wineries on the Wine Trail, Four Winds Casino, Silver Beach and lots of restaurants.

Pam was great to work with. When she returned our deposit it came with a postcard picture of the cottage and a picture of our dogs with the dates of our stay. We will definitely visit again hopefully when it is a little warmer.

  • Submitted: May 2, 2017
  • Stayed: Apr 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Rates & Availability

Taxes and fees are additional

Additional information about rental rates

Cleaning Fee $100
Pet Fee $50
Damage Deposit $200


Holiday rates may apply during certain seasons and may require a 3-4 night minimum; as these dates change from year to year, they are not always noted on above pricing. Pet fee is $50 per dog. A $200 returnable damage fee is collected. If there is no damage, it is returned within two weeks of departure.

Owner's Cancellation Policy

  • 50% refund if canceled at least 30 days before arrival date.
  • 100% refund if canceled at least 60 days before arrival date.

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