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.

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.
* 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.

Many thanks ,
Rafaela and John
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  • Repeat clients: 2
  • Completed bookings: 7
  • Response rate: 100%
  • 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 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
  • Angie

    Buster had a great day with Rafaela, John and Rupert. Very approachable, kind and considerate to Busters needs. Through the day we also got updates of walks, distance covered and how long he was out. Even got pictures.... Thank you we will definately be back.

    28th January 2019
    Rafaela, dog sitter in Houghton le Spring

    We had a great day with Buster! He’s such a clever boy and we loved his football dribbling skills. We really enjoyed getting to know him. We are looking forward to his next visit!

    28th January 2019

  • Zoe

    Wow. What a find!! Beautiful space for the dogs and a real gem. We received pics and updates of the dogs, info on their walks and they treated them as they did their own dog! We will definitely be using the service again. Thanks

    20th January 2019
    Rafaela, dog sitter in Houghton le Spring

    Thank you again for choosing us to look after them. We’ve loved having them to stay. Such well behaved pups and so loving towards us and our Rupert too. We would be thrilled to have them stay with us again the in the future.

    20th January 2019

  • 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

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

    30th September 2018

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