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Thomas I.

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82 Reviews
46 Repeat Guests
$45/night
Other Sitters Nearby
  • Same day bookings are OK
  • Responds within 10 minutes
  • Cancellation Policy:
    Flexible

Pet Requirements

  • 1-20 lbs
  • 20-40 lbs
  • 40-80 lbs
  • 80+ lbs
All Ages OK
Must Be Spayed or Neutered
Must Be Vaccinated

Thomas's Resident Pets

Benson
American Foxhound
Male
4 yr 8 mo old

Thomas's House

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Medium Yard
100% fenced & locked
Smoke-free home
Pets allowed on furniture
Air-conditioned inside

About Thomas

30 Years Experience Caring For Dogs
I live in a quiet neighborhood, have a fenced in yard and access to a nice dog park. I will ensure your dog will get a walk in or two each day. I live alone and am single. Therefore my dog and yours are my top priority. I usually keep a few DogVACAY guests and many of my current DogVACAY guest have been coming for a while and all get along. I usually only take 1-2 a weekend - more if room permits.

I've been around dogs all my life. I have a wonderful back yard that if we can't get walks in - your pup will get plenty of excursive - as my dog loves to play. However he's content if your dog is low key with relaxing all day. I just had the fence checked and ensured that there are no places to escape - fresh mull have laid and reg rising the grass this fall.,

When you book through me, please remember to bring the following things when you drop off your dog:

1. Enough of your pet's food for the length of the vacay, plus at least 2 days additional food. If you do not have time to procure food, please let me know and I will add it via a custom quote or you can reimburse me upon pickup. Via Square or cash. This applies if the food runs out.
2. Any medications/vitamins/dog treats. I can and have expertise in administering eye drops and oral medications at no additional charge unless it's excessive.
3. Leash and collar/harness.
4. A bed or blanket (or if you you don't have one, something that smells like home).
5. Your dog's vet information - if you have it handy - if not DogVACAY's provides insurance.
6. Please don't bring dog dishes as I have plenty unless you have a miniature dog or a St. Bernard. I wash all dog dishes after each feeding to minimize germs and keep your dog healthy.
7. A crate, if you crate your dog. - but not required - but it's like their bedroom and helps. I do feed the dogs in a crate si they don't racy each other's food and I'm nursing them back with chicken and rice. This also helps with slow eaters.
8. Dogs that use pee pads and or that are not trained - I don't accept.- meaning your dog must be free and clear of accidents. If I do please know your dog will be crated with the pee pads,bed abs food/toys.
9. I have elk and deer antlers for dogs guest to chew on as rawhides cause diarrhea.
10. I follow your house rules - so if your key gets in bed or in the couch they can here too - if they don't - I don't want to them to think its ok at your place because it's ok here.
11. I do pickups in pentagon row, pentagon city, ballston, Clarendon and Roslyn at no cost before or after work hours only and on weekends. .
12. Finally - I live close to DCA so you can leave your car parked here if you live further out - and pick up your car and dog on the way home. There is plenty if parking and a quiet neighborhood. So if your further out in VA please don't rule me out. The uber ride is 5-7 minutes.

If my schedule shows as unavailable and your dog has previously stayed with me please feel free to contact me; and I will make room to accommodate your dog. I do daycare, only when I'm off and/or if I'm teleworking. Please check with me before requesting daycare during the work week.

Ask about military discounts or federal employee discounts (I'll do a custom quote for these once I have your dates and your pet has stayed ONE time with me, with no incidents).

If you've been my customer previously and by chance I've raised my prices - let me know and I'll honer the precious price when you started having your puppy stay here with me (via a custom quote).

Notes:

Finally, I work normal 8:30-5 hours and prefer to schedule pickup/dropoff times between 6-8am or 6-10PM. Pick-ups after that - I'll bring your dog outside up till 11:30PM as to not disturb the other dogs or wake my neighbors. Drop offs can be done as early as 5AM just bare in mind I'm not a morning person. When you make a reservation, please provide your preferred dropoff and pickup times.

If you incur a delay in your travels, as long as I'm not available on my calendar, then I have no issues with extra days as I'm extremely flexible.

If you're traveling internationally I use WhatsApp to send photos, videos and updates since it accesses wifi and I've had several DogVACAY guest who prefer that app when traveling abroad. -

Finally, I do not accept dogs that are not spayed or nurtured and or any aggressive dogs, unless you can ensure me that your dog will not be in heat or spray. Aggressive dogs will require kennels, if after a meet and greet to ensure there are no issues.
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Can administer oral medicine
Special Needs Accommodated
  • Pets recovering from surgery
  • Separation anxiety
  • Leash Pulling

Thomas I.

Online Now!
82 Reviews
46 Repeat Guests
$45/night
Other Sitters Nearby
  • Same day bookings are OK
  • Responds within 10 minutes
  • Cancellation Policy:
    Flexible

Availability

  • Available
  • Unavailable
  • 1 Spot Left
  • Booked
  • Last updated December 5, 2016

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Services & Rates

Boarding Overnight At Thomas's Home
$45 /night
  • Watches up to 5+ dogs/night
  • Dogs may be unsupervised for more than 4 hours/day
  • 3-4 potty breaks/day
  • 3+ walks/day
  • Pets can sleep wherever they want
Dog Walking
$20 /half-hour
$30 /hour
  • Willing to travel 10 miles
Home Visits
$20 /visit
  • Willing to travel 10 miles
Baths
$20 /bath
Pick-Up/Drop-Off
$20 each way
  • Willing to travel 20 miles
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82 Reviews
Thomas is an amazing sitter. From our initial Meet-n-Greet to drop-off to pick-up, he's a great communicator and very thorough. He sent great updates and pictures, and I never had any concerns about my pup while I was away. Thomas is terrific with dogs--he loves them like his own and is happy to pamper canine guests, but he's clearly the pack leader and knows how to maintain control! He took great care of my large-breed dog who thrives on lots of affection and attention. My dog was happy and well-exercised when I picked him up, and obviously had a great vacay of his own.
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Cupcake had a great vacay. I was worried about their being so many dogs but Thomas handled it very well so that it wasn't overwhelming. And he was very flexible and communicative too.
Thomas was the best doggie sitter ever! He is super professional, really loves and knows each and every dog, and my pup Jaxx had an amazing time. I am so pleased and will use Thomas again!
Buddy is a repeat customer.

He wouldn't go anywhere else!!!

I open the door and he runs directly to Thom's house with his tail wagging and ready to spend time at the Puppy Play Palace. He doesn't even look over his shoulder as we leave. He is in the groove and having fun.
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Wrigley had a great time! He came home exhausted for his stay with the other dogs...which I think has helped with his socialization (he's a rescue). Thomas was also very flexible with changes unneeded because of a booking error on my part. Definitely would recommend and next time I need to travel--I will be checking to see if he is available.
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Thomas was very easy to work with. He responded quickly, drop off/pick up were easy and dogs were well cared for. Would use him again!
Teddy had a blast staying with Thom and all of the other doggies visiting. He played all day! Thom sent daily picture and video updates. You can tell he is a true dog lover.
Buddy pines for days afterwards. He always wants to be with Thom and his buddies. He gets totally spoiled and pampered and bosses the big dogs around.
I won't go to any other Puppy Palace!
Can't say enough great things about Thom and the menagerie. Five star all the way!
From start to finish the process to send our dogs on a vacation with Thomas was easy and comforting. He knows everything about the dogs he has at his house and genuinely enjoys having them. I don't even have a slight con to our experience with Thomas it was literally perfect.
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Thomas was great. He was able to accommodate our dog with little notice and we loved getting pictures while we were away. We would definitely recommend him to others and plan to book with him again.
Thomas was very responsive and helpful. It was our first dog vacay and he helped make it a very good experience. Our dog, Chloe, was very happy at his home. We will definitely use Thomas again.
I found dogVacay when my friend had to back out last minute, and it worked out great! Thomas got back to me very quickly after I sent a request and responded to all messages very quickly. When I dropped my do off he seemed to know what he was doing and enjoy doing it and I loved all the picture updates of the dogs playing. I won't hesitate to rebook
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Thomas was so awesome with Duke! He was very accommodating when I had to book a trip last minute and needed someone to take care of my dog. My buddy has lifelong anxiety and digestive issues- both which tend to flare up when he gets stressed. Thomas handled it like a pro and even gave me a coupon for a discounted teeth cleaning!
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Benny is truly on vacation when he goes to Thom and Benson's and he stayed with some of his friends as well. Small world. Thank you Thom for being such an amazing person to my Benny.
Benny loves going to Thom and Benson. As soon as we approach the house, he gets very happy and runs up the stairs. A true home away from home.
Thom was great! Loved that he had so many other pups there for the boys to play with. He asked all the right questions when we dropped the boys off and sent great picture updates. They loved their stay!
Thomas was excellent! It was Abigail's first time staying with him. I'm always nervous about how she is whenever staying somewhere new however he provided continuous picture updates and status updates (she ate all of her food etc). I felt very comfortable with her staying there and would certainly book again! During her stay there were lots of other dogs staying at his place as well which was great for my dog for socializing however this may not work for everyone's dogs. I did not feel this took away from her quality of care though. Definitely looking forward to booking again!
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No issues at all! Thomas has lots of other dogs stay at his place which is great for my dog who likes to play and run around.
Thom was great (as was Benson
Thom looked after our two dogs during our relocation from Canada. He kept us up-to-date on our dogs' stay with lots of photos and messages. The dogs received excellent care and knowing they were well looked after helped to reduce our stress during a stressful time. He also gave great recommendations on veterinary care in the area as well as family-friendly tours and attractions. We will definitely use Thom's services in the future.
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Thom is always great. Extremely responsive, and Berkeley loves staying at his home.
My dog Avon had a great time with Thomas for daycare. He introduced her to the other dogs in his care slowly, as my dog is a little slow to warm up. She had a great time and I even got pictures of her throughout the day. I would recommend Thomas to anyone!
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Thomas was extremely helpful! He picked up and dropped off my dog for day care. This was extremely convenient for me as I do not have a car. Highly recommend.
This was Chocolate's first time at Thom's place and he came home happy and tired! Thom was super nice and flexible, he also sent plenty of photos of Chocolate while he was there for the night. Thanks again Thom!
Thomas was very flexible and responsive which made my life much easier, especially on a holiday weekend. The dogs came back happy and wiped out from all the playing!
Thom was extraordinary. He truly went above and beyond what any pet owner could reasonably expect from a boarding experience. This was our first time working with Thom and it will certainly not be the last. Our schedule was a mess immediately prior to and during the stay due to a family emergency. Thom was exceedingly patient, accommodating and supportive the entire time. We were unavoidably high maintenance due to the challenging circumstances yet Thom was nothing but proactively supportive the entire time. And Java had a wonderful time staying with Thom - which is ultimately he most important thing.
I cannot recommend Thom enough. The prior reviews we read for Thom helped us choose him and we're very glad we did. I hope this review can help someone else searching for the right home to board their precious pet.
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Very caring person, personalized care for the dogs.
Thom has been great and treats my dog as his own. She has such a good time there that she doesn't want to come home! Definitely a great vacay spot for my Paz!
Everything was ok. Thomas kept us updated all the time
Thomas is a great host. He is patient, flexible and very knowledgeable about dogs. He took good care of our 1.5-year-old hound who came home happy and tired.
Thom was great. He communicated with us while we were away with daily pictures and text. He made our guy a very happy boy! We'll be back.
Thom is awesome! He is a true dog lover and took great care of my 12 yr old Lab! I would definitely recommend!
Succinctly put, Thom's care for my two Labradors is exceptional, comforting and well above my lofty standards. Thom was also gracious enough to extend my dogs stay an extra night so I could deal with an unanticipated event.
Thom is great with our dogs! We have a rescue pup that can be a little skiddish and hesitant, but she always has fun at Thom's. Our other lab is a huge cuddler, and he gives her lots of attention. We get cute update photos, and well exercised pups when we return. He's a great host!
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Our Great Pyrenees, Aslan, had a great time at Thom's place. Thom was very flexible, accommodating, and sensitive to Aslan's needs being away from his herd. Thom was good about sending daily updates and photos as to how Aslan was doing during his 4-night stay. If your pup gets along with other pups, then I highly recommend Thom's place for your pooch. Thanks again, Thom!
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Thom was wonderful! Our little pup Freddy had such a great time playing at his house for the day. He was kind and sent updates of him throughout the day. Freddy was able to run around in the yard and play with other dogs safely all because of Thom. When he got home we had a very relaxed and tired pup on our hands which is nice after a long day at work. Thanks Thom!
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Thom is awesome. He will be my first choice every time. He is organized, easy to connect with and my dog loves him. She followed him around like a shadow the entire time.
Thom was great! Lots of helpful tips :)
Our dog Bear had a great vacay with Thom. Bear loved the other playmates and we enjoyed getting pictures to see how Bear was doing while we were away. Thanks Thom! We would definitely use your services again.
Thom was amazing with my pups, Pippin and Ripley! He took really great care of them for 2 days. Thom was incredibly responsive and even gave me a daily status of how they were all day and if any issues arose.

He was truly awesome and I highly recommend him for any DogVacay needs you may have!
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Thom took good care of Belle. :) He sent us daily photos or updates which kept us and our 2 kids happy. She returned home tired so I am sure she played a lot!
Thom is a true dog lover. Cooper absolutely loved his vacay at Benson's Puppy Play Pad. Thom went above and beyond by referring great pet products and training tips for me to use with Cooper.
Thom was great. He responded super fast to my initial request for daytime care for my dog. She's developed separation anxiety, so needed all-day oversight. He was completely understanding and handled her so well. She loved playing with the other dogs--came home happy and exhausted, and ran up the steps when we came back the next day. Thom was also really flexible with drop off and pick up times, which was a huge help with a hectic work scheduled. Dog vacay and Thom were lifesavers, and we'll definitely be back again.
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Our dog always has a great time at Thom and Benson's house! This was his second stay, and once again Thom took great care of him while keeping us up to date on how he was doing. Strongly recommend :)
I can always tell if Waffles loves being somewhere by how hard he pulls on his leash to get there; and let me tell you, he almost pulled my arm off on his latest visit to stay with Thom and play with Benson. Thom watched Waffles for a few hours on a sweltering day and gave him a good balance of play and cooling off. Waffles came home having expended all of his puppy energy, but without being over-exhausted. Thanks again, Thom! Waffles can't wait for his next visit!
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Our dog probably likes Thom better than us in the mean time. That should say it all... Fair pricing, never need to wait for drop-off or pick-up, they play all day, we get videos and pictures, Thom has a fenced backyard, George comes home totally calm and sleeps to recover for the next day.
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Thom was great. Kobe said he had a wonderful time, very easy all around.
Thom was great! He sent me multiple photos a day of my dog and assured me she was doing well and enjoying her time. I'm already planning my next vacation and will absolutely book with Thom again!
Thom did excellent with Porkchop! She didn't want to eat much when she first got there and Thom literally got down on the floor with her while she ate to make her more comfortable! Highly recommended!
Thom was an amazing host for our pup. He sent daily pictures and updates and I have never seen teddy look so happy and exhausted! He had the best time playing with the other DogVacay visitors. Thom himself is obviously a huge dog lover and I felt so comfortable leaving teddy in his care. Will absolutely use Thom for future stays!
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Thom is great and really goes the extra mile!! He was more than welcoming during a meet-n-greet and was more than happy to show us around. We hit some travel related issues coming back to town and Thom was extremely flexible and understanding about it, it was great to know that our dog being cared for was one less thing we needed to worry about. I really can't say enough nice things about Thom or our dog's stay with him!
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Thom took a great care of our 3-year old German Shepherd Dog. This was our first time leaving her somewhere other than our house. We typically arrange for a dog walker to take care of our dog when we go away but this time I decided to try dog vacay. Someone mentioned it in the dog park we frequent and it sounded like a fun and safe place for our pup.
Thom's house was easy to find, he was super accommodating with drop off and pick times. Most importantly, our dog loved her stay. She got lots of quality play time with other dogs, Thom walked her in addition to the backyard play time and sent us lots of pictures every dway to let us know how she was doing.
Overall, a great first experience with dog vacay. Definitely will go back to Thom for our future vacations.
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Thom was extremely kind and attentive to Sadie. His photos and videos of her were much appreciated by the entire family. We highly recommend Thom to care for your pet. We will definitely call on him again.
Buddy loved his Vacay!! New to staying in a place with lots of dogs, Thom was great about allowing Buddy free reign of the house and yard - inserting himself when only necessary. Buddy was too happy to even eat, so Thom let me know right away - making certain to get the tasty morsel that would make Buddy pay attention to his food. The pictures and videos were priceless too! On the down side, Buddy was in wistful withdrawal from his new friends and Thom for 2 days. He really, really loved Thom's house.
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Thom was excellent and I would absolutely recommend him. I had a late need for a weekend request and he was prompt to respond and super helpful with scheduling drop off and pickup. He sent me videos and photos while I was away, which I loved! Thom's backyard and other dogs made for a super fun weekend for my Lab who needs to burn energy. Gia was so happy and so so tired at the end of the weekend, I couldn't be more pleased. Thanks again:)
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Lucy had a great time hanging out with Benson and friends this past weekend. Thom keep me up to date with great pictures and videos and went the extra mile to make sure Lucy was happy and ate!! Will definitely use him again!!
My little monkey Simon (an actual dog) had so much fun with Thom, that I'm pretty sure he was considering staying there and playing with the other pups, Thom made sure to keep me updated throughout the weekend with pictures/videos. He made my family feel like our pup was being well taken care of. I'd def keep Thom as reference for future vacays.
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Very good, home almost all day, dog gets to play outside, other dogs to play with. He comes home very tired. Tired dog, happy dog, happy owners! Also very price friendly and punctual. Thom is out go to guy!
I can't say enough great things about Thom! Lucy had such a great time playing with him, Benson, and the other dogs! I really appreciate the messages, pics, and video he sent of Lucy while I was gone and I certainly felt she was in good hands. I would definitely recommend him, and plan to book again if we are ever out of town in the future!
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Thom was amazing! Krash had so much fun playing with all the other dogs while he was there. Thom sent me several updates and lots of pictures and videos while he was there. Krash will definitely be going back (we've already set up other dates) and this will be his home away from home anytime we need to go out-of-town. :)
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Apollo seemed to have a great time on his vacation with Thom!
I have used multiple sitters on dog vacay & Thom is hands down the best. He is very friendly & caring. He kept me updated & sent pictures of Ralph every day without me having to ask! His fenced in backyard is awesome. Benson is adorable & got along wonderfully with Ralph. Would not hesitate to book with Thom again & I know Ralph is anxious to go back!
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Benny had a amazing time with Thom. Last minute booking and I do believe that everything happens for a reason. Thom is an amazing person and host that cares about your dog as much as you do. Benson is a sweetheart. I believe we found a forever home away from home. That is if Benny is welcome back. Thank you.
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Murphy enjoyed his stay and I had to re book since a last minute extension with no problem, he had a great time playing with benson and was updated throughout the week!
Murphy had a great time and constant updates from Thom which was awesome. Good to know he was in good hands and happy throughout my trip out of town. Would definitely recommend!
Thom is great! He communicates very quickly, has a nice yard for the dogs to run around and really goes out of his way to make sure your dog is comfortable.
My Black Lab, Bentley, stayed with him for a week and had a great time!
I highly recommend Thom!
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Our energetic goldendoodle can be a handful, but Thom took such wonderful care of him and sent us a few updates along the way for peace of mind! He was flexible with drop off and pick up and very responsive to messages. We've already booked our next visit with Thom!
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Rocco had a great stay! Thom is an excellent care giver! He sent a pic so I could see Rocco was enjoying his time there! I will definitely go back to Thom in the future. Highly recommend!!!
Our 11 year old lab always gets anxious when we leave him behind, and usually won't eat for days while we are away. Thom and Benson took such good care of him, I don't think he even noticed we were gone, and all of his food had been eaten we picked him up! Thom also was very accommodating with several crazy last-minute schedule mix-ups. We look forward to having Frisbee stay again!
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Thom was great! My dog really enjoyed her stay. She was exhausted from the weekend and she really warmed up to Thom. Will definitely use him again.
Thom was great - he was able to take my dog last minute for the weekend. I loved that he sent a picture and an update on how she was doing - as a pet owner, it's hard not to worry when someone else has your dog! She did great though, and I think she'll stay with Thom again.
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Thom is great. Cayenne adores him and Benson. When we pull up in front of his house Cayenne jumps out of the car and runs and sits at his door.
Thom was very accommodating for a last minute drop off and made Bella feel right at home.
Thom was a great dog sitter.. he handled Lady and Gotti as they are his own. At the same time, tending to 2 other dogs. He's definitely good at what he does and I'd recommend him to anybody
Thom was great! Waffles had a good time - he came back thoroughly worn out from all the play time he had with Benson!
Both our dogs had a great time, and Thom was very responsive and sent us some cute pictures of the dogs hanging out. Made us feel great knowing they were well taken care of while we were away
Easy experience and a great host
Thom did a great job with Cooper! He was very attentive and sent a lot of updates. Would definitely recommend him.
Thom was a great host! He was very responsive and provided us with regular photo updates while we were away. He and Benson went out of their way to make sure Madzoun had a comfortable and fun stay. We are happy to have found Thom and hope we can use his services in the future.
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We just picked up Lucie today, and we could not have been happier! Lucie was as happy as ever when we picked her up. It was clear she had a happy stay, and Thom was awesome while we were out of town. He provided pictures and updates regularly. We will absolutely use him again the next time around! Thank you, Thom!
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