About Rafaela

We are Rafaela and John. We have always loved and cared for dogs from a young age and are thrilled to offer our service in looking after your pooches too. We have a Lhasa Apso (Rupert) who is a gorgeous boy with lots of energy and a big heart. He spends a full day every week socialising with other dogs and is fantastic with all dogs big and small. I pride myself in dog discipline and have ensured my dog is highly trained and well socialised.

John and I are very active and our weekends are packed with long walks in the surrounding countryside and regular trips to the beach. We are also lucky enough to have an expansive dog friendly nature reserve ( Rainton Meadows) on our door step.

We are happy to tailor to your dogs needs and we will welcome them into our family as though they were our own. We will ensure they are given the same privileges or boundaries which they would have in their own home.

I track all of our walks and will keep you updated with photos and messages if you would like to receive them during their stay. After every walk your dog will receive a body and paw check and we are happy to administer any oral medication required. I am also happy to comply with any specific grooming requirements as my own dog has given me a lot of experience in this area.

Extra Info:
* We live in a 4 Bed detached property with a large enclosed dog freindly garden.
* We have a large SUV car for fun day trips or emergency trips to the vets.
* Rupert is energetic and playful but also respectful of older dogs too.

We would love to hear from you and answer any questions you may have so please do not hesitate to contact us.

Thanks ,
Rafaela and John

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Credentials
    • Address Verified
    • ID Verified
    • Passed assessment
    • Approved by DogBuddy
  • Repeat clients: 1
  • Completed bookings: 4
  • Response rate: 100%
  • 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 Rafaela know.
Dog Boarding preferred times:
Drop-off from 12:30 p.m.
Pick-up before 2 p.m.
Dog Day Care preferred times:
Drop-off from 6:30 a.m.
Pick-up before 7 p.m.
  • Property type: House
  • Resident dogs: One
  • Outdoor space: Garden
  • I have a car for emergencies
  • I can administer oral medications
  • Andrew
    Andrew

    Thank you so much for having Storm it was his first time staying away from us and he loved it. I will be using your services in the future

    30th September 2018
    Rafaela, dog sitter in Houghton le Spring
    Rafaela

    We’ve loved having Storm come to stay, Ruperts new best friend! Thanks again, we look forward to the next visit!

    30th September 2018

  • Silke
    Silke

    Thank you so much for making Frunza's first ever stay from home so enjoyable. She's been ine happy dog all day. Will definitely use your services again in the future :-)

    12th August 2018
    Rafaela, dog sitter in Houghton le Spring
    Rafaela

    We’ve had a brilliant weekend with Frunza! Thanks again, we would love to have her come stay with us again. Rafaela

    12th August 2018

  • Joanne
    Joanne

    Our dogs Buzz and Buddy had a fantastic time with Rafaela and John and their dog Rupert. They kept us up to date with how they were with messages and photos. We would not hesitate to recommend them to anyone!

    1st July 2018
    Rafaela, dog sitter in Houghton le Spring
    Rafaela

    We thoroughly enjoyed having Buzz and Buddy come to stay, what lovely boys they are! We look forward to future visits! Rafaela & John

    1st July 2018

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