Valerie, dog sitter in Canterbury

Country walks and fireside lounging


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About Valerie

We've been looking after friends dogs for a couple of years and really love having them to stay. Our house is opposite open fields and woods so we go for lovely walks at all times of the year taking different routes and discovering new places. The garden is walled so totally dog safe and there is very little traffic or noise. The house is quite big with plenty of cosy spots ( especially in front of the fire) for curling up for a snooze. My husband and I work mostly at home so there's always someone around for doggie chats and playing. He ( David) works in TV documentary filmmaking and is also studying Art History. I work in events and theatre production. Every dog has its own character and we enjoy getting to know them and generally making them part of our lives. We love having dogs to stay while their owners are on holiday so we can really settle in together and it's so rewarding when they come and sit with us and tell us they think we're OK cool people! We regularly take care of a pair of Springer Spaniels, sometimes just for the day and sometimes for a week at a time when the owners are away. This month we have a Labrador staying while her owners tour South East Asia. We love cooking and having friends round for meals and weekends. We also enjoy pottering round antique markets, visiting galleries and museums. We are currently making some renovations in the house which keeps us very busy and in the Spring we'll tackle some garden redesign. We moved to the country in 2015 from London and always intended to have a dog of our own but our daughter in law is afraid of dogs and as they have just had a baby we have decided not to take that step for the time being - I'm sure, that when our grandson is a small boy, the subject will come up again and we'll persuade her it's a totally good idea! In the meantime, dog sitting suits us very well.

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  • Number of completed bookings: 7
  • Response rate: 94%
  • Response time: within a few hours
  • Cancellation policy for 24h boarding: Flexible
  • Cancellation policy for other services: Flexible
  • Property type: House
  • Resident dogs: 0
  • Outdoor space: Garden
  • I have a car for emergencies
  • I can administer oral medications
  • I can administer injectable medications
  • Lynne

    Alice had a lovely stay, looked after really well. Great garden to wander round in and peaceful surroundings. Valerie let us know that she had settled and making herself at home. She is looking forward to her next visit. Would highly recommend

    3rd April 2017

  • Daniel

    I cannot thank Valerie and her lovely family enough for looking after my puppy Ziggy so well in their lovely home and beautiful surroundings and at such short notice, particularly as being a pup and away from me for the first time he was barking a lot and not as house-trained away from home as I'd imagined! They were amazing and he had a fantastic time in their care and was very happy and completely relaxed when I picked him up. I would book with them again in an instant and cannot recommend them highly enough!

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  • Paula, dog sitter in Canterbury

    Valerie and family were wonderful- Sancho came back from his holiday a very happy dog and we cannot thank them enough for taking such care of our boy. Will book with them again in an instant, the very best place for a dog to stay and truly excellent.

    18th March 2017