Lucky Dog & Lucky Sitters is owned by O'Fallon natives, Paul & Gina Stroh.  Paul & Gina have been in the pet care industry since 2005. 

Lucky Dog is managed by Kelsey Tipton & Antonia Threlkeld.  Kelsey has worked with Paul & Gina since 2008 and Antonia has been with them since 2013.  

All of the Bark Park caregivers and pet sitters are trained in animal first aid.  

At the Bark Park, we believe that exercise and socialization are very important to a dog's health and happiness.  A tired dog is a well-behaved dog.  You can rest assured knowing your 

COVID Protocols

For dogs who are more comfortable at home, for cats, birds, hamsters, guinea pigs, fish, lizards, turtles, etc., we offer in-home pet sitting services which include:

  • Feeding
  • Providing fresh water
  • Taking for walks
  • Cleaning up (the yard, the litter box, the cage, etc)
  • Watering plants
  • Bringing in the mail and/or packages
  • Concierge services (for an extra fee), such as dropping your pet off and picking them up from the vet or daycare service

We don't base our fee on the number of pets.  It's based on time spent and our basic rate is $20 for up to 30 minutes of care.  For anything over 30 minutes, please contact us. We can stop by as many times per day as you would like.  General is two or three times per day for a dog and once per day for all other pets.  
Our pet sitting staff is fully insured and has been trained in pet first aid.  We will provide a FREE consult so that we learn about you and your pets prior to the first visit.  

To arrange for in-home care, contact Paul at 618-803-9247 (call or text).


To join the Lucky Dog Barks & Rec family, your dog must meet the following requirements:

  • Be at least 4-months-old
  • Be spayed or neutered if 6-months or older
  • Current on Rabies, Distemper, 6-month Bordetella, & Canine Flu
  • Must be healthy
  • Flea/tick free
  • Dog-friendly
  • Generally love to play
  • Pass an interview/socialization/temperament test

If your pup meets these requirements, then complete the application form and call to schedule your interview/socialization/temperament test - 618-277-2275.

Bring the application with you to the interview or email it to

Interviews are conducted Monday through Friday, by appointment only.  We will spend 20-30 minutes with you, the owners, getting to know you and your dog(s).  Your dog(s) will then stay with us for a minimum of 3 hours to make friends, have some time to explore and settle in.  

Want to Bring in Your Dog?

Our lobby is open with the following protocol in place:

  • Masks are required to enter
  • Entrance & exit doors are marked
  • No more than 4 people in the lobby at one time
  • Social Distancing ~ 6-feet apart

dog is well taken care of at all times whether you are gone for a day, overnight, or for a nice, long vacation.

‚Äč We also believe in giving back.  Throughout the year we run fundraisers benefiting Randy's Rescue Ranch.

Dog Daycare, Boarding, & Pet Sitting Services

  • Indoor/Outdoor play areas - 4 play yards where dogs are separated by size
  • Supervised play time
  • Bunkhouses for naps & overnight stays
  • Cozy cots

Every Dog Receives

  • Lots of love and attention
  • Up to 8 hours of exercise each day
  • Socialization with other dogs & people
  • Safe, clean, and fun environment

Why Lucky Dog?

Holiday Hours! 

On Thurs., Nov 26th & Fri., Nov 27th, NO DAYCARE is available & we'll be observing holiday hours for our boarding clients.  8:00am-11am and 4:00pm-7:00pm

At the Bark Park, we cater to each dog's personality and daily routine, so you can be sure your dog is in good hands.  Stop in, meet our team and tour our large, clean dog daycare and dog boarding facility.  And, we have COVID-19 protocols in place.

It's no secret, dogs make us smile!  We keep their tails a-wagging while they play the day away with other dogs of their size.  

We Guarantee

With our Lucky Sitters in-home pet sitting services, your pets will have true animal lovers taking care of them just like they were their own.  You can enjoy your time away knowing that your animal family members are being care for by professional pet sitters.


Lucky Dog Barks & Recreation

Paul & Gina

Looking for a Pet Sitter?

129 Corporate Dr.

Swansea, IL 62226

Hours of Operation:

Weekdays: 7am to 7pm

Weekends & Holiday: 8am-11am.  Closed from 11am-4pm.  Reopen from 4pm-7pm

  • One family member per dog
  • Boarding ~ only bring your dog's food, treats and medications.  You may also bring 1 blanket/bed and 1 toy.

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If you notice an error on this site, please send an email to

Lucky Sitters

Paul Stroh: 618-803-9247

call or text to get more information or to schedule a free consult.