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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. Unlike some carers we prefer to be exclusive to you and your dog or dogs. We do not encourage multiple bookings although occasionally there's a need to agree an overlap of dates. In such examples we always consult both owners.

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: 14
  • Completed bookings: 81
  • 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.
  • 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
  • Martin

    Just a quick overnight stay, but as before everything was fine and we feel very comfortable leaving our dog Minx with Stan and Helen. Thanks again for looking after Minx.

    25th February 2018
    Stan & Helen, dog sitter in St Albans
    Stan & Helen

    Thanks Martin. We love having Minx. She's not as young as some but has such a great nature; fun to have in the house and fun to take on walks, a real character :)

    25th February 2018

  • Rachel

    Stan was great to take on Lotta, our five-month-old, and gave her a wonderful stay. She had daily walks with lots of socialisation, plenty of play in the garden and we even got some video footage to put our minds at ease. Plus Stan had a smile throughout, despite the occasional (but frustrating!) toilet accident. Thanks Stan! Highly recommended.

    4th February 2018

  • Pete

    Roly has just returned home after 10 days with Stan and Helen, He had a wonderful time and we can't recommend them highly enough. Stan sent us updates and videos and completely set our minds at rest. Many thanks for looking after him.

    3rd February 2018

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