Country walks and fireside lounging


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About Valerie

We've been looking after dogs through Dog Buddy for 2 or 3 years now and really enjoy it. We've had many different breeds, shapes, sizes and ages - all with their own distinct personalities. They usually settle in to their new surroundings very quickly and we make a big fuss of them when they first arrive so they feel safe and secure. 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. Sometimes they swim in the river, splash about in the sea or just get messy in puddles - we don't mind a bit of mud so long as they don't mind being hosed down afterwards! The garden is walled so totally dog safe and there is very little traffic or noise. Our house is a good size with plenty of cosy spots (especially in front of the fire) for curling up for a snooze and if we do have to go out there's a big kitchen for them to sleep in. My husband and I work mostly at home so there's always someone around for doggie chats and playing. David is a TV documentary director producer and I work in events/theatre production. Every dog has its own character and we enjoy getting to know them and generally making them part of our lives. We still enjoy the flexibility of not having our own dogs yet - but the temptation is growing! We'll send regular pictures and updates so you know how the stay is going. We love having dogs to stay while their owners are on holiday so we have the time to really settle in together and it's so rewarding when the dogs come and sit with us and tell us they think we're OK cool people!

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  • Repeat clients: 10
  • Completed bookings: 56
  • Response rate: 90%
  • Response time: within a few hours
  • Cancellation policy for dog boarding: Flexible
  • Cancellation policy for other services: Flexible
If you have special time requirements, simply let Valerie know.
Dog Boarding preferred times:
Drop-off from 9 a.m.
Pick-up before noon
Dog Day Care preferred times:
Drop-off from 8 a.m.
Pick-up before 6:30 p.m.
  • 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
  • Sue

    Thank you Val and David for looking after Billy our 22 month old flat coated retriever. He loves his stays with you and we are so happy we have found you. Billy is looking forward to many more days with being spoilt by you both!

    21st March 2019

  • Margaret

    Val is NOT experienced with puppies, in my opinion. My 7 month old puppy was left on his own in a vestibule. Val told me he damaged a doormat. She charged me £10 cash for a replacement. I had provided a selection a chew toys for him to be redirected on. He was around a dog who had just come off heat. My puppy was very disturbed on his return home. He was clearly hormonal as a result. Val did not feed my puppy all day. I had provided food and times. He was ravenous by the time I got home. This is not acceptable for a puppy. A very negative experience for my puppy and myself.

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    Valerie, dog sitter in Canterbury

    I'm so very sorry you were unhappy about Buddy's day with us. It was a very short time, but we enjoyed having him. We often have puppies and really enjoy their enthusiasm and energy. I wasn't upset about the doormat - its what puppies do if you turn your back for 5 minutes but I'm shocked and distressed that you think we would have neglected him - nothing could be further from the truth. We love dogs - that's why we do this.

    10th August 2018

  • Cherelle

    Once again my dog adored his stay with this lovely couple, was very well kept fed and walked and im pretty sure he is sulking that I've brought him home. Ten out of ten!

    28th July 2018
    Valerie, dog sitter in Canterbury

    Thanks Cherelle, Roo is such a lovely dog - we give him ten out of ten as well!

    28th July 2018

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