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Philip Martin

An avid animal enthusiast since childhood, Powderhouse Pet Resort owner, Philip Martin, certainly knows how to pamper a pet! He has created a resort that blends loving care with luxury worthy of a   “5 Paw Pet Resort” status. Powderhouse Pet Resort boasts a caring staff, some of whom have been with Powderhouse since 1986.

The opportunity to purchase what was formerly known as Powderhouse Kennel came at the perfect time. In previous years, Philip owned and operated the highly successful, Home Place Bed and Biscuit outside of Charleston,  South Carolina, which he sold in order to relocate to Fort Lauderdale, Florida. There he dedicated his time to raising and showing Dobermans.

Philip has bred and exhibited over 50 AKC Champions, including 5 Best In Show Dobermans.   One of Martin’s top winning Dobermans, CH Phillmar X-Static (a.k.a. Stat)  took multiple Best In Show awards.   Stat is one of only two Dobermans in the history of the breed to be in the Top Twenty Conformation AND Top Twenty Obedience in the same year (2007).  To date, the Dobermans Philip has bred have earned  fourteen top 20 awards in the past fourteen years: 2003, 2004, two in 2005, 2006, two in 2007, 2009 (three top 20 finalists), 2010 (two top two finalists) and 2011 (obedience) and 2012 (obedience).

As a special personal highlight, Philip is an AKC licensed judge.   He judged the 2007 Argentinian Doberman Nationals with the largest entry to date. Philip was privileged to judge the NSW Specialty Show in Sydney, Australia in April, 2009 with an entry of 110 (also the largest for that show to date). In December of 2011 Philip judged The Doberman Specialty in Mexico City.

Mr. Martin is honored to have been chosen to judge at both the 2013 Doberman Pinscher Club of America National Specialty and  the 2014 Brazilian National Specialty.

In addition to the Dobermans, Philip has owned and/or bred AKC Champion Affenpinschers, Chinese Cresteds, Cavaliers, and Afghan Hounds.

When Philip was ready to re-enter the pet-care industry, he was delighted to find that his friend Kandy Boatwright (the original owner of Powderhouse Pet Resort) was in the market to sell her reputable kennel. It was a great fit for both Kandy and Phillip. Kandy did not have to “retire” with the sale. She is happily grooming Powderhouse pets part-time and Philip has been able to realize his vision of the luxurious pet resort.

The people of Powderhouse Pet Resort are what truly make our resort extraordinary. They are all fantastic, loving, caring individuals ,who really enjoy spending their days with our four-legged friends.

Philip is ecstatic to have such reliable individuals staffing the Pet Resort. Kandy, began this venture in 1986 with coworkers Sha Tice, Donna Toole and Donnette Baldwin. These ladies have been here since the beginning and are fabulous examples of the friendly, caring, compassionate, detail-oriented people who staff Powderhouse. Consistency is a huge part of the comfort we provide. Our clients are welcomed by name; and many have been coming to Powderhouse Pet Resort since 1986. Pets and their owners alike appreciate the helpful and loving atmosphere that surrounds them when they enter our resort.

The incredible staff at Powderhouse Pet Resort have enabled Philip to continue pursuit of his passion of dogs. Philip’s love of animals is what inspires him to raise and show some of the country’s most highly recognized and award winning Dobermans. He continues to be a force in the world of championship dog breeding. Several of his show dogs have obtained and maintained national championship recognition for several years running. He travels around the country competing in select dog shows. His website, www.PhillmarDobes.com   can give you insight into this highly competitive world and show you the achievements this one man has made in the field.

Philip and the entire staff of Powderhouse Pet Resort invite you to stop by to tour the facility and take a peek at our grooming salon or the vast array of amenities we offer.

Philip Martin with one of his Champion Dobermans BIS BISS Ch Phillmar X-Static CGC CD ROM


Philip Martin judging the 2007 Argentinean Doberman Nationals


Philip Martin judging the 2009 NSW Specialty Show (Sydney, Australia): The largest entry to date – 110 Dobermans


Philip Martin judging in Mexico City in December of 2011


Philip Martin judging at the 2013 US DPCA National

2014 DPCA National

Kandy Boatwright – our founder – coming full circle in the pet care business

Back where it all began and still loving every minute!

“My Mother taught me the art of Dog Grooming,” Kandy says with a remembering smile. “When my sister and I were little we were put to work washing the dogs as a way for my mother to keep an eye on us kids.” Fast Forward to 1986, Kandy with the help and support of her husband John, relocated the Kennel from downtown Aiken, South Carolina to its present location on Powderhouse Road. Designed with years of practical experience in pet boarding and grooming, Powderhouse Kennel opened for business. Surprisingly much of the staff that opening day in 1986 is still caring for and grooming Aiken’s Pets over 20 years later. The staff like Powderhouse’s reputation is reliable, solid and still going strong. Kandy has found a kindred spirit in Phillip Martin, his drive for success coupled with his love of animals made the transition easy for her. An added bonus for both Phillip and the clientele is that she stayed on at the resort in the role of part time Groomer. I have come full circle in this business and I could not be happier with the way everything turned out. Kandy has come full circle in the business world of pet kennels. After the selling of Powderhouse Pet Resort to the very capable Mr. Philip Martin, present owner, Kandy has been able to return to her first love – pet grooming. From the very beginning of the business, dog grooming has been the cornerstone foundation of Powderhouse Pet Resort’s success. The Resort has had the fortune to groom so many wonderful dogs and created a true family of the many wonderful pet owners throughout the years. Over the years, it has been Sha, Donna and Kandy that have groomed some of the regulars from those cute puppy cuts to the adult dogs that they are today, each with their own personalities. Since doing grooming on a part time basis now, Kandy has been allowed to stay in touch with all her friends, both furry and human. She says it feels so good to have scissors in her hands again, which is returning to her original.

Breann Staubs

Breann originally came to us for a summer job back in  2008,  helping in the kennel and playtime. She stayed  on part-time while attending school full-time at the University of South Carolina at Aiken.  She has now graduated from the University of South Carolina at Aiken and is with us full time.  Breann has grown with the job and now knows most every  aspect of our kennel. She has become a jewel for  Powderhouse.

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