About Us

Our Team

Picture of Dave, our Chief Pooper Scooper. Dave handles most of the boarding kennels operations and lives onsite at our Jackson, Mo boarding kennel.


Chief Pooper Scooper

Picture of Steve, our Chief Puppy Cuddler. Steve handles most of the sales and marketing of our boarding, daycare, grooming and training services.


Chief Puppy Cuddler

PIcture of Mike, our Puppy Care Manager. Mike handles most of the dog care at our boarding kennel.

David G Young III

Training Manager


At Sweet Pea Kennels, loving dogs and pets is in our blood. Before Cesar Millan, there was our father, David G. Young, Sr. Our dad loved dogs, and other animals, with all of his heart. He taught us how rewarding a relationship with a dog could be, including the true value they bring to a family. Our dad served in the US Navy and retired as a Senior Chief Boatswains Mate. He was our hero, and our inspiration behind starting our dog boarding business at Sweet Pea Kennels.

Growing up, we heard all kinds of stories about our dad that showed his true passion and love for dogs and animals. While serving in the US Navy, he once kept a pet seal and dog on the same boat. The dog and seal became so close that they could never keep them separated. Dad would set the seal free every morning to go hunt and eat, then raised it back onto the boat in a stokes stretcher when it would bark to be let aboard. Pretty sure it doesn’t get much cuter than that!

At parties, if the hosts had a dog, dad basically ignored the people and spent the entire evening with the dog. Our mom often tells us the story about how our dad taught his Labrador Retriever how to ride a tricycle. The neighborhood kids used to come to the door all the time and ask our mom “Can Dave come out and play?” Dad would line up the kids in a circle, and his dog would ride the tricycle around the circle licking each kid on the face. Can you imagine that? What a show!

The Sweet Pea Kennels team with the dogs that we love. Our love of dogs makes running the boarding, grooming, daycare and training facility in Cape Girardeau County more fun than work.
The Sweet Pea Kennels Team - Sometimes when we are not running the Jackson, Mo Boarding, daycare, grooming and training business we can be found whitewater rafting in Americas wild and scenic rivers.
Sweet Pea Kennels team on a Motorcycle ride in the Redwoods. Our team not only runs our boarding kennels in Cape Girardeau county, but we also love having adventures all over the country.

Even meal time was a special event for “Dave Young dogs” (as the family saying goes), as he would prepare their dinner every night. Dog food, table scraps, some leftover fat from the fridge, ketchup or barbecue sauce for flavor, and an egg on top to ensure a shiny coat. And don’t forget the warm water, because who wants their dinner cold?

One evening, watching our dad prepare the dog’s supper, our cousin said “When I die, I want to come back as a Dave Young dog.” Just watching our dad love, train, spoil, and care for dogs made it obvious that they were loved deeply, and their lives were easy and rewarding. In the mind of a young boy, being reincarnated as a Dave Young dog was probably a better option than going to heaven. This phrase soon became a family mantra that was repeated over the years whenever someone would watch my dad with dogs. Sometimes we thought he got along with dogs better than people.

After many years of corporate America and jet-setting around the world, the two of us brothers have decided to settle back down near our hometown and start our own kennel business.  We both manage the day-to-day operations of the kennel, with David (“Dave”) G. Young, Jr. being the Chief Pooper Scooper and Steve Young being Chief Puppy Cuddler! At Sweet Pea Kennels, we board dogs in order to provide a safe and fun environment while their loving families are traveling, and we truly enjoy what we’re doing every day. Sweet Pea Kennels is on our families land and the dogs are surrounded by constant love and affection from everyone – and it doesn’t get much better than that.

We are excited as a family for this next chapter in our lives, and to be able to grow our dog boarding business in our loving father’s memory.