St Albans and beyond

Stan & Helen

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About Stan & Helen

Following the loss, in 2011, of our boxer after 12 wonderful years, we felt it would be better for us, now that our children are grown-up, not to own our own dog but to provide a sitting service for others. We have now been doing this since early 2012 and have enjoyed the company of many wonderful dogs, some who are now regulars.

I previously worked from home and, at the end of 2016, took early retirement. Having a dog around the house provides wonderful company and a great excuse for a long walk. My wife Helen, works three days a week only so your dog is unlikely to be left alone for any period of time. We have a large secure garden, a spacious house and are just a couple of minutes from a number of parks and green spaces.

Full sitting service; from one night to one month. Whilst we do not encourage multiple bookings we now have many regular customers whom we hate to let down so it is likely that, particularly in the summer months, your dog will be sharing with another for some or all of their stay. Of course, we are careful to ensure that in such instances the dogs will be compatible and that owners are aware. In practice most prefer this as it provides great social company for their dogs

Pick-up and return, walking (if local to AL1 5SU), dog-sitting at your place. We aim to be flexible.

Special Offer : we have a beautiful two-bedroom rental apartment by the sea in Duquesa, Costa Del Sol. Free doggy care for you if you book a stay - please enquire for details.

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  • Repeat clients: 17
  • Completed bookings: 101
  • Response rate: 98%
  • 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 Stan & Helen know.
Dog Boarding preferred times:
Drop-off from 8 a.m.
Pick-up before 6 p.m.
Dog Day Care preferred times:
Drop-off from 7:30 a.m.
Pick-up before 5:30 p.m.
  • Property type: House
  • Resident dogs: 0
  • Other Pets: none
  • Outdoor space: Garden, Terrace / Patio
  • I have a car for emergencies
  • I can administer oral medications
  • Julie

    Arnie had a great day with Stan and the other dogs which were there - he always enjoys other dogs' company and is friendly enough - thanks for having him and putting up with his mischief! Stan contacted me in advance to agree arrival time and also flexible with collection time as well and kept in touch during the day with pics and updates. He was also very keen to get to know Arnie and gain an understanding of his personality as this was his first visit and that was reassuring. Thanks Stan - we hope you enjoyed his company!

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  • Kate, dog sitter in Saint Albans

    Monty had a wonderful time with Stan and Helen, getting to socialise with many other dogs during his stay. Stan and Helen provided a great level of communication throughout , very quick responses left us feeling at ease whilst away.

    25th August 2018

  • Katie

    A big thank you to Stan and Helen for having Ted for two nights. A little dog with big attitude but Stan soon had the measure of him. Very professional and obviously experienced with all kinds of Dogs.

    15th August 2018

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