Country walks and fireside lounging

Valerie

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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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    • Passed assessment
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  • Repeat clients: 6
  • Completed bookings: 27
  • Response rate: 87%
  • Response time: within a few hours
  • Cancellation policy for dog boarding: Flexible
  • Cancellation policy for other services: Flexible
Availability
If you have special time requirements, simply let Valerie know.
  • 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
  • Vikki
    Vikki

    Maggie, our 16th month old Labrador Retriever, only spent the day with Valerie and her family but we were very happy with how it went. Also, they said they would be happy to have her again! We shall definitely be signing up for more visits.

    3rd November 2017

  • Laura
    Laura

    We can’t recommend Valerie and her husband David highly enough. Our cockapoo Stella is only 11 months old and just learning the ropes of how to be an adult dog. They were were so warm and understanding of her needs and have filled us with confidence to be able to leave her again. We had some travel challenges and were late collecting her which they were so understanding about. We’ll definitely be back. Thank you both so much!

    22nd October 2017

  • Sarah
    Sarah

    Val and David are absolute superstars. They manage to ware out my crazy cocker. When he gets to their house he can't wait to be parted with me as I think he loves his time at theirs more than he does coming home!

    13th September 2017

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