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Leslie A.

37 Reviews
24 Repeat Guests
Other Sitters Nearby
  • 3 days notice required for bookings
  • Responds within 4 hours
  • Cancellation Policy:

Pet Requirements

  • 1-20 lbs
  • 20-40 lbs
  • 40-80 lbs
  • 80+ lbs
All Ages OK

Leslie 's Resident Pets

9 yr 1 mo old
Border Collie
4 yr 1 mo old
Other Pets & Animals: Cats

Leslie 's House

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Large Yard
100% fenced
Smoke-free home
Pets allowed on furniture
Dog door access

About Leslie

35 Years Experience Caring For Dogs
Board your dog on ten acres of puppy paradise, 45 minutes north of Toronto, 20 minutes south of Barrie. I'm a writer/composer, so I work at home, taking frequent breaks to exercise and entertain my pets and boarders. There is a half acre fenced in area behind the house, and another nine and a half acres beyond. My home is surrounded by forests, parks and rivers, all perfect for walks, swims and romps. It truly is doggy heaven!

My love affair with dogs was sparked by my uncle, who bred, trained and showed his German Shepherds in both conformation and obedience. I grew up, moved away from home and rescued my first dog, Penny, from the Humane Society. She went on to be featured in theatrical performances and TV commercials. My next dog, Jack, followed in Penny's pawprints, and he performed in films, TV commercials and stage plays. Now I live with Lexi, a retired Agility and Disc Champion, and Maggie, a 3-year-old Border Collie who's just beginning her competitive career in both Agility and Disc.
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Can administer oral medicine
Can administer injected medicine
Special Needs Accommodated
  • Leash Pulling

Leslie A.

37 Reviews
24 Repeat Guests
Other Sitters Nearby
  • 3 days notice required for bookings
  • Responds within 4 hours
  • Cancellation Policy:


  • Available
  • Unavailable
  • 1 Spot Left
  • Booked
  • Last updated February 20, 2017


Course 101 Graduate
By completing courses at DogVacay University, hosts learn about best practices to help them provide the highest quality care for your dog.
Course 102 Graduate
By completing courses at DogVacay University, hosts learn about best practices to help them provide the highest quality care for your dog.
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Services & Rates

Boarding Overnight At Leslie 's Home
$40 /night
  • Watches up to 5 dogs/night
  • Dogs will never be left unattended
  • 5+ potty breaks/day
  • 3+ walks/day
  • Pets will sleep in their own beds
Daycare At Leslie 's Home
$25 /day
  • Watches up to 3 dogs/day
$20 each way
  • Willing to travel 25 miles
37 Reviews
Our dog had so much fun at Leslie's house for the week. The pictures that she sent were great and it showed all the different activities our dog was engaged in everyday. It was evident that our dog was loved and a part of the family while she was there. I am glad that we chose Leslie's place and I am sure our dog can't wait until she can return again!
My dogs had an amazing time with Leslie! I wouldn't hesitate to recommend her to any other dog owner. I was able to go away and know they were in good hands. Thank you Leslie for showing them a really fun time. Looking forward to seeing you again.
She loves being there! Lots of fun and runs comes home pretty tired and takes long naps! Thank you again:)) we will definitely return!
Amazing, she loved being there.
I am so glad to have found this wonderful place! A loving home away from home and a perfect setting for a dog that is used to getting lots of exercise. My Golden Retriever was obviously happy and well taken care of. It is a relief to know that he is in good hands for the times I have to leave him.
Leslie was amazing!!! After having the same person to care, walk and groom Creemore since he was a puppy we were nervous leaving him with someone else. But Leslie eased all of our concerns and took wonderful care of Creemore. The pictures she sent daily were fantastic!! We were able to relax and really enjoy our trip. Creemore had such a great time and we felt so comfortable with her we can't wait to plan our next vacation.
I feel extremely lucky to have found Leslie. She is very easy going and most pleasant to deal with. My dog seemed very well adjusted and happy when we picked her up to take her home, as she did the days to follow. I am convinced that she had an even better holiday than we did. Leslie is a true dog lover and it shows. Not only is she a loving person, but the photos that she sends to you are outstanding. I am the worst person when leaving my dog, because I love her so much that I need to know that she is in the care of an intelligent person who understands a lot about dogs. Leslie was great, as I was able to enjoy my vacation with a piece of mind that she was being well taken care of.
Hershey had so much fun with Leslie. We felt perfectly comfortable leaving him in her care and received lots of fun photos to keep us updated while we were away. We've already booked Hershey's next vacation with Leslie!
Jagger had more of a holiday than the family did!
Highly recommend Leslie's loving retreat. The pictures were such reassurance that Jagger was having a delightful experience meeting all his new friends. The only part we felt bad about was how bored Jagger was going to be when he came home.
Thanks Leslie for excellent care of our baby!
Jacquie Strauss
Everything we are looking for in a dog sitter. We were very concerned our dog Fine would not want to leave! Highly recommend and will use again.
Jager is a busy boy! His time with Leslie was absolutely wonderful. He was well cared for and had lots of play time with the other dogs in the yard as well as walks with Leslie. I appreciated the photos of him playing with his new 'friends'. He came home and had a nap! Jager is looking forward to his next visit!
Leslie is a wonderful hostess! Jager loved his time there. He came home and proceeded to have an afternoon nap! He's already looking forward to his next visit. Thank you so much for the wonderful care Jager received. It's so reassuring knowing he will be well cared for when we have to be out of town.
Their very first vacay and Ellie and Jessie had a fantastic time! Both dogs were treated like royalty and made to feel part of Leslie's pack. I would definitely recommend Leslie and will be leaving my dogs in her loving and capable care again. So glad I found her!
Leslie and her dogs (lexie and Maggie ) were excellent host. Worm wellcoming, huge back yard and friendly doggy friends.
My dog Marley had a wonderful day, met new friends and busy fun time. I loved photos she sent me, I could tell Marley was really having fun.
Leslie is a terrific host. She has taken care of my dog many times now, and he comes home happy and tired every time. Her home has lots of space where he runs around with her dog and any others she is watching. And she often takes them for excellent outings.
Our golden had the best vacation of her life! Leslie is wonderful and warm. Their house and garden (both are accessible for the doggies) are beautiful! She genuinely cares about the animals in her care. I feel so lucky to have found her! Thank you!
Leslie is a very flexible and conscientious dog-sitter. She has a beautiful property for the pups that included a great little pool for our lab Kipper on those hot days of summer. Kipper was relaxed when we came to pick her up and seemed to like the location. Kipper obviously had plenty of exercise as she slept most of the day the next day at our campsite.
Rocket enjoyed his 2 nights vacation at Leslie's place very much seemingly! He got so tired when he arrived home. :) Our family will definitely come back to her for boarding again!
Leslie's place was a haven for Coco. She was so happy there! Lots for her to do and keep her occupied. Many thanks for your wonderful care at your beautiful property!!!
Leslie was absolutely amazing! Miley has been sleeping for the past two days from her weekend away! Leslie took such great care of our lil girl. The pictures and updates that were sent to us brought smiles to our faces! We can't wait to book again with Leslie ??
Leslie took great care of my one year old Yorkie, Walter, and my six year old Kuvasz, Harley, when my husband and I went to Jamaica for a week.

We had gone for a 'meet and greet' before our trip so when the boys got dropped off, they already knew the Leslie and the other dogs!

This was our first trip without our dogs. We were thrilled to see the pictures sent to us throughout the week. We also liked knowing that the dogs were not put in kennels and that they were kept inside the house (when not out on an adventure). Leslie and her partner work from home, so there was always company/supervision for the dogs.

Harley has food allergies and he came home with no issues.

I know that they were well cared for and got a lot of exercise. Both dogs looked fit and happy when we got back home.

We recommend Leslie and will definitely be back!
Leslie's home was the perfect fit for our dog Mitts. We can now go on vacation without any worry about the care our dog receives. The wonderful yard is perfect for the dogs to play and Leslie loves dogs. The many photos she posted made our vacation more enjoyable. We would recommend Leslie to anyone and will hopefully have our dog vacation with her many times in the future.
We love Leslie! The very first time I took our dog Niki to her place I just had the sense he would be well looked after. He was on a number of different medications at the time which caused me some anxiety. After talking with Leslie about my concerns she immediately put me at ease and I realized very quickly he was in excellent hands. I would highly recommend Leslie to any of my friends.
Leslie is simply the most pawsome host! Our whoodle Bella LOVES being with Leslie, she is currently there again, while we are in Europe for 9 days, and will be back again later next month. Arden's Garden is a warm and loving place, and best of all is all the outdoor space where the dogs run and play. Today we received the most wonderful pictures of our Bella running with joy on the farm that is now her second home. The only bad thing is that she may not want to come home!
Leslie was a great host for our 3 year old Boxer. She was very flexible and accommodating to our wishes. Spike got lots of personal attention, play and exercise judging from the great pictures she sent us.
As usual, our girl had the best time ever with Leslie and the gang! Until next time!
Leslie was fantastic!!!

We were very happy with our decision to leave the dogs with her.
We left on vacation feeling very happy that our dogs will be loved and traken care of.
We received lots of pictures and emails letting us know that they were ok.
Actually i think they were sad to to come home ... they dogs had a great vacation.
Thank you Leslie for taking such good care of the dogs...will keep in touch
Leslie A has done a great job watching over our Weimeraner dog, Merlin. He was there for two days and settled right in with her family and other furry friends. Merlin is very excitable and she didn't mind receiving many kisses from him. Thank you Leslie for being so kind to Merlin.

Jackie, Rob and Cameron Long
This was Charlie’s first time away from home (and it was for a month!) so I was a little nervous. But it was immediately apparent how much Leslie loves dogs and how good she is with them. Leslie and her dogs welcomed Charlie like he was part of the family and thanks to Leslie’s frequent photo updates — of Charlie running in a lavender field, romping with his new friends, swimming (or attempting to), and sleeping on his back (which he only does when he feels perfectly safe and comfy) — I was sure Charlie was happy and healthy and having a blast on his vacation. I highly recommend Leslie.
Woody had a great time with Leslie and her dogs. Great location, great host, and I highly recommend her. I know I can leave Woody with Leslie and know that he is in excellent hands and is having a great time.
This was Bandit's first time away from home so I was a bit nervous but Leslie was great and welcomed Bandit in as though he was part of their family. The update pictures were great and I could see that he was having a great time and certainly put me at ease. I would definitely use her services again.
Smudge loves going to Leslie's home. He is very content and tuckered out when he returns home. I think it's all the playing with other dogs and long walks. We really appreciate the photos you send to reassure us during his stay. Thanks Leslie See you soon. Kathie and John
Abbey had a great 3 day visit with Leslie and her dogs and cat. It is a relaxed environment with a large fenced in backyard. Abbey enjoyed doing her favorite things - running around playing and then sleeping! Highly recommended.
Leslie was a fantastic host for our 10 month old girl. She was treated with the best of care and enjoyed her stay immensely...perhaps a little too much :) We had frequent pictures sent that made us feel confident we chose the right person. We will not hesitate to send Toffee to Leslie again and recommend her to anyone who's looking for an absolute great host for their pet.

Thanks again, Leslie!
Polar had the most awesome time with Leslie and her dogs. As a one year old border collie mix he is fairly cautious around new people but he bonded with Leslie very quickly. Polar almost didn't want to come home with us after 9 days :) Leslie has a genuine love for dogs and her experience with dogs is invaluable. We are so happy to have found her and plan to return for future stays. I highly recommend Leslie.
Our dog, Cooper, just spent 10 days with Leslie and it was the perfect place for him. Cooper was very well taken care of...went for many walks, had other dogs to play with and learned to catch a frisbee. Leslie has a huge, fenced property and she sent us photos of Cooper to update us on what he was up to! Leslie is very caring and we went on holiday with a peace of mind knowing our dog was well taken care of.
Leslie A. is a treasure and our dog loves being in her care. This is the second time we have asked Leslie to take care of our beloved 14 year old
BL/GS cross dog in 2 months and we intend to continue to ask for her. While we were on holidays, Leslie e-mailed pictures to us of our dog romping round + swimming, and kept us up to date of his behavior and adventures. What a find!!!
We highly recommend Leslie and
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