Our home is just like your home.

Just Like Home is conveniently located 1 mile east of Hwy 169 on 257th Ave N.  and just two miles out of downtown Zimmerman.
Just Like Home is conveniently located 1 mile east of Hwy 169 on 257th Ave N. and just two miles out of downtown Zimmerman.

Just Like Home Staff

About the Top Dog


Susan Engelsman

Owner of Just Like Home Canine Bed & Breakfast Inc. has been a dog lover and owner all of her life. She has trained dogs and had her own dog grooming business for many years.


The kennel was designed by Sue's husband, Andy, and opened in May of 2011.  Since that time, Sue has been hard at work making her canine bed and breakfast the best it can be for the dogs in your life.


Experience Counts

  • Business Owner
  • Dog Trainer for 9+ years.
  • Dog Groomer
  • Raised 10 puppies to completion for Can Do Canines Service Dogs, and fostered many puppies for them 'short term'. 

The Engelsman household is home to six 'animal kids'  - Cowboy, a mixed breed; Knight, a black german shepherd; Janie, a little beagle/terrier mix, Jodi, a doberman, and Vinnie, a collie.  Jodi was recently adopted in July 2015.  She was a rescue who was badly abused to the point she needed a leg amputated.  In January of 2016, Vinnie, a smooth coated collie joined the family.  He had been a regular daycare dog at JLH, and when the owner had to move out of state, Sue eagerly welcomed Vinnie into her family.  He has been a great addition and loves playing with all the kennel guests. Last but not least, there is "Meany" the cat, who enjoys having the house to himself during the day when everyone else is at 'work'.

Susan Lehr


Susan and her family live in Princeton, Minnesota where she spends her free time working with kids in 4-H.  She helps them train their own dogs in showmanship, agility, and ralley obedience to prepare them for participation in county and state fairs.  She has shown her own Great Danes in showmanship at many dog shows. Susan has several pets of her own, to mention just a few - ferrets, goats, dogs, cats, a snake, and a guinea pig.  Susan loves spending time with all the dogs here at Just Like Home, making sure they get all the love and attention they deserve to make them feel at "home" and insure they have a great experience while here.




Sara Donnelly


Sara has been on staff with JLH since the fall of 2014.  She and her husband, Pete, recently moved to Elk River, after living in Princeton for 10 years. They have one 14 year old son, 2 very active dogs, and one lazy cat!  She has always loved "anything dog" and really enjoys caring for and playing with the dogs here at Just Like Home.  In her free time she enjoys walking, fishing, snowboarding, 4-wheel riding and anything outdoors! 

Ann Sheehan


Ann joined our staff in the fall of 2014.  Her knowledge and love of dogs is a great asset to us.  She is the proud parent of 7 dogs, 5 horses, and 1 potbelly pig!  In the summer, she donates one evening a week of her time where she and her horses work with kids in the special olympics.  In her spare time, Ann enjoys many outdoor activities, including running.  She and her dogs have competed in many races.  She also loves square dancing… and practical jokes!  : )


Justine Walker


Justine has lived in Big Lake for the past 10 years and has recently moved to Zimmerman.  She is enrolled in the Vet Tech program at MN School of Business.  Her goal is to work with exotic animals in the future.  She has 3 spoiled dogs, Swiper, Cody, and Susie, and one spoiled cat, Penelope. She loves spending her free time outdoors with her family, friends, and pets.  Justine joined our staff in January, 2016.  



Cowboy has been on "staff" since October 2011.  He came to Just Like Home as a rescue dog with MARS (Midwest Animal Rescue), waiting to go into a foster home.  After a month of waiting and no one stepping up to foster him, Sue and Andy adopted him.  Cowboy helps all the doggy guests feel at home here.  He loves to play with all the dogs, big and small, and returning dog guests are always happy to see at least one familiar face. He enjoys his "job" and is happy to work for 'kibble'!