About us


Welcome to K9 Cabana Dog Resort & Spa of Myrtle Beach, SC, the only Dog Resort on the Grand Strand with 24-hour staffing.

K9 Cabana was designed with your dog in mind. Our 7,500 square feet of safe, secure indoor and outdoor dog paradise includes the area’s first Dog Splash Park, as well as two outdoor play yards. Your dog will receive lots of loving attention, fun-filled exercise, and socialization while you’re away.

Our staff is trained, pet CPR certified, and dedicated to caring for your four-legged family pet.

Our Team


Ben Burke

Resort Manager

Ben moved to South Carolina in 2017 after selling a successful doggie daycare he and his wife opened in Delaware in 2004. His love of dogs caused him to pursue a career change from accounting director for a mutual fund company to the doggie daycare business. After moving, he missed the daily interaction with the dogs and their parents and decided to join the K9 Cabana team. He has a “dog first” mentality and enjoys building relationships with customers who love their dogs as much as he does. In his spare time, Ben enjoys listening to music, working on his cars and spending as much time as he can with his fur baby “Katie”.


Abigaile Burdette

Senior Shift Leader/Care Management

Abigaile moved to Myrtle Beach in 2004 at the age of ten. She has been a part of our team since April of 2011. She began as a volunteer for a school assignment, but her interest in k9 Cabana soon became her job. She is responsible for caring for the dogs as well as all aspects of our front desk operations. After work, Abigaile likes to spend as much time with her two lovely German Shepherds. She has a passion for bowling and plays on several competitive leagues, and she also makes time for her online college classes. In her spare time, she devotes hours to improving her game in hopes of going further with bowling in the future.


Jennifer Deibler

Marketing Coordinator

Jennifer has been dedicated to animals her whole life. She spent the past 6 years running a mobile vet practice in New Jersey. When she moved to Myrtle Beach she wanted to continue to work with animals. Jennifer is a Reservation Specialist. She works hard to ensure that clients know how much love and care goes into their babies while they are here.


Tim Culver

Head Trainer

Tim started his dog training career straight out of high school when he joined the US Marines as a Military Working Dog handler. After completing the patrol and explosive detection course, he was selected to attend the Specialized Search Dog Trainers Course. After three deployments, he left the US Marines for a position with the US State Department leading the K9 Diplomatic Protection Services in Kabul, Afghanistan. Tim has excelled in the most high-threat areas training dogs to complete extraordinary tasks. A decade after starting his career, Tim is here to serve all of your dog training needs. From controlled aggression, to puppy potty training, bird dog trials, or Schutzhund tracking, Tim has you covered.


Nikohl Spencer

Pet Stylist

Nikohl, our Senior Groomer, has been showcasing her attention to detail and unique artistic flair at k9 Cabana for almost two years. Her love of animals began sixteen years ago as a kennel technician. After being inspired by her mother, who is also a groomer, Nikohl delved into grooming for the following five years. She found that her specialty was in Poodles and Shih Tzus, but she can groom any dog breed and size with the utmost professionalism and skill. When not grooming, Nikohl loves to spend time with her husband and three beautiful boys at the beach and traveling back home to visit family in Michigan.


Cheryl Lewis

Pet Stylist

Cheryl started her career in NC at a veterinary office & quickly fell in love with Grooming. Following her passion, she owned & operated a grooming shop for 15 years. Cheryl also has volunteered at various shelters caring for animals & assisting with placement into furever homes. In 2016, Cheryl relocated back to Myrtle Beach, her home town, to be closer to family. When she’s not with 4 legged friends, Cheryl loves spending time with her 3 children.


Darwin Perkins

Operations Manager

Darwin has been in the pet care profession for over thirteen years with experience ranging from kennel attendant to pet care technician. He has been a huge part of k9 Cabana thanks to his love of animals and his diverse knowledge of the pet care field. Other than handling animals nearly every day, Darwin also loves spending as much time as possible with his family.


Dayonna Evans

Vet Tech

Meet Dayonna, she has been with the busines since 2015. She doesn't do many daycare shifts but is our main overnighter. In addition to taking care of the fur babies in our facility she is also a certified vet tech at an animal hospital. Needless to say she can't get enough of being surrounded by loving pets. Dayonna herself has 3 pets at home a pit bull named Pepper, a husky/shepherd named Rambo and a chihuahua mix named Jefé. All 3 of her babies were acquired through rescue. She is deeply committed to the care of animals and she is extremely good at what she does.


Chaz Soltis

Team Member

Chaz has been fascinated by living creatures, from the smallest caterpillar to the largest Clydesdale horse, since he was a little boy. It certainly seems appropriate that he chose a career involving animals. Chaz relocated to Myrtle Beach from Connecticut in 2015. He earned a Veterinary Assistant Certificate at Horry Georgetown Technical College and joined k9 Cabana Dog Resort's team shortly after completing his externship at a local veterinary hospital. When Chaz isn't working, he enjoys spending time with his family, his two dogs, and expressing his artistic side with animated drawing.


Gerard LaRosa

Team Member

Gerard joined our team in 2016 w/ a passion for dogs. He's worked w/ several trainers to build his knowledge, so he can give each pupper the special attention they need. He devotes his spare time to teaching the community about gun safety. He has a passion for firearms & making sure everyone is responsible. His knowledge to learn, ability to teach, & compassion is what makes him an asset to our team.


Drea James

Team Member

Drea has a tremendous passion for animals of all kinds and aspires to become a certified dog trainer. She has a soft spot for German Shepherds, maybe because she grew up with a Mom who trained German Shepherd show dogs. One of the best gifts was her high school graduation present—she received not one, but two German Shepherd puppies! Not only does Drea spend her time caring for dogs, she also writes and produces her own music. Last month she released her first single “Plexi Glass” and is currently working on producing her first album. Drea also has passion for Pringles and Dr. Pepper.