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Shelly and Emily H.

70 Reviews
43 Repeat Guests
$25/night
Other Sitters Nearby
  • Same day bookings are OK
  • Responds within 4 hours
  • Cancellation Policy:
    Flexible

Pet Requirements

  • 1-20 lbs
  • 20-40 lbs
  • 40-80 lbs
  • 80+ lbs
All Ages OK
List of Breeds Not Accepted
Basset Hound, Beagle, Bloodhound
List of Pets OK for House Sitting
Dogs, Cats

Shelly and Emily's House

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Children at home (13-18 years old)
Medium Yard
100% fenced
Smoke-free home

About Shelly and Emily

12 Years Experience Caring For Dogs
Welcome to Dundas; the 'Valley City' nestled in the Niagara Escarpment, a UNESCO World Biosphere Reserve!

****Thank you for your interest for the holiday season, but we are full for December 24 and 25, 2016.****

The summer of 2016 we welcomed guests not just from the U.S., but from New Zealand too! We are proud to be international!

Come be a part of our 'famjam'. We have been caring for animals all our lives; looking after friends'/families' pets for over a decade. I worked in a small, local veterinary clinic for a 10 years, primarily in administration, but did assist with emergencies and 'out-of-business hours' relief.

We are a mother/daughter team. Emily will be attending post-secondary school beginning September 2015, so we'll be offering pet care in 'your' home in the Guelph area. I have a flexible work schedule. We will go for a minimum of 2 daily walks, enjoy play and yard time and get plenty of attention.

Our patio door opens to private, fully fenced yard; situated in a ravine-type setting. It has a lovely balance of sun and shade.

Sit by the 'fireplace' or bask in the afternoon sun beaming in the front room.

Stay in our dog-friendly neighbourhood. Dundas hosts great trails to walk on.

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Can administer oral medicine
Can administer injected medicine
Special Needs Accommodated
  • Not yet house-trained
  • Advanced senior issues

Shelly and Emily H.

70 Reviews
43 Repeat Guests
$25/night
Other Sitters Nearby
  • Same day bookings are OK
  • Responds within 4 hours
  • Cancellation Policy:
    Flexible

Availability

  • Available
  • Unavailable
  • 1 Spot Left
  • Booked
  • Last updated November 30, 2016

Credentials

Background Checked
This sitter has passed a background check, which searches a variety of criminal databases.
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.
Pack Promoter
Pack Promoters are active members of the community who promote DogVacay and hosting best practices.
Phone Interviewed
Serious hosts take the time to talk to us over the phone, get their questions asked and introduce themselves personally.
Pay through DogVacay for:
Premium Pet Insurance, 24/7 Customer Support and Daily Photo Updates!

Services & Rates

Boarding Overnight At Shelly and Emily's Home
$25 /night
  • Watches up to 4 dogs/night
  • Dogs may be unsupervised for 2 - 4 hours/day
  • 5+ potty breaks/day
  • 2 walks/day
  • Pets can sleep wherever they want
House Sitting Overnight At Your Home
$40 /night
  • Dogs may be unsupervised for 2 - 4 hours/day
  • Willing to travel 2 miles
Daycare At Shelly and Emily's Home
$20 /day
  • Watches up to 3 dogs/day
Pick-Up/Drop-Off
$10 each way
  • Willing to travel 8 miles
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70 Reviews
We were apprehensive about the size (big) and energy level (high) of our puppy-first time boarding her. Shelley went above and beyond and offered to rent a dog for ours to play with if she didn't get more pet guests for the wknd we booked! She also offered to walk her more to be sure she got enough excercise. In the end our white shepherd (1yr) had lots of playmates and was tuckered out. I was impressed that Shelley understood my concern and took the initiative to ensure we had peace of mind leaving our puppy and she was busy and happy. So happy to have found Shelley.
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Turbo had a great time with Shelly and her dog visitors, spending a beautiful fall weekend in her treed backyard chasing squirrels I am sure. It took him two days of sleep to recover from all the fun. Shelly was very flexible with her drop off and pick up times even going so far as to bring Turbo home early Monday morning as she drove past our house on the way to an appointment. We will definitely use her services again. Thanks Shelly!
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Will be coming back!
The entire experience with Shelly, from beginning to end, was fantastic. After emailing and speaking with her, we had full confidence that our dogs would be in good hands over the weekend. Shelly went above and beyond, providing us with an alternative drop-off option when we couldn't meet our schedule, allowing for a late evening pick-up, sending email and photo updates throughout, and involving another family member when she had to leave the house for a short while (rather than leaving the dogs unsupervised). It was clear when we picked up the dogs that they'd had plenty of exercise (tired dogs are happy dogs, right?). We'll recommend Shelly to others, and intend to use her service again in the future.
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I'd never left Freddie before and was anxious. Shelly couldn't have been better suited and when I went to pick Freddie up she obviously felt very much at home at Shelly's. Couldn't have been a better experience
Shelly was fantastic! She took Hunter into her home as if he was her own dog. She made sure that he was comfortable with his surroundings and the other dogs. She is very caring and knowledgeable. We received many pictures and detailed updates of Hunter during his stay. It was a great experience and we will definitely go back!
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This was our first dogvacay and we are already big fans! Shelley went above and beyond to make sure our dog's first experience was a good one. I spent the day out of town and was able to relax knowing Shelley was looking after Blossom.
Just had our first over nighter for our Golden Retriever Brooksey and we couldn't be happier. Shelly and Emily took perfect care of our boy and he was tired out from the activity when we got him home!

We were so pleased with the experience that we've already booked Brooksey's 2nd vacation with them for an upcoming trip.

Thanks Shelly & Emily!

Doug & Audrey
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It took me weeks in posting my review as I was extremely busy. Anyways, Shelly had been accommodating and nice to me and Milo. She accommodated my request even for such a short notice.
We did not make it to the said pick-up time as we were caught in the traffic jam driving from Quebec going back to the GTA that day but still she granted our request to have Milo for that one more night.
Milo's stay with her had been a big change for our 9 month old puppy staying for the first time with other dogs. Since he came home, he is not "bitter or shy" with other dogs anymore. In fact, he started to be friendly with our neighbours' pets.
We received photos of Milo during his stay with Shelly and my family especially my kids looked forward to it that time. :)
Although, he became sick a day after going home, but we all survived that somehow.
Thank you again, Shelly, for all your help. Hope to get in touch with you again soon.
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Shelly was amazing! She was accommodating for drop off and pick-up times and we received regular adorable photo updates of our dog, Harper. Harper can't wait to stay again!!
Shelley is amazing!!! We have been looking for a place for our Keela for a while and the minute we met (pre visit) we felt comfortable to leave our Keela there. Shelley will take the time to answer all the questions you have and will make sure that you are not worry about anything. Keela stayed there for 4 days and we got update form Shelley every day and that was amazing . At least I was not worried and was feeling at ease that my girl was having a good time . I would recommend Shelley for sure and would definitely bring Keela there again!!!!
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Very happy with how my dog was cared for and with the communication and services that I was provided with. I will most definatly use Shelley and Emily again to watch Molly.
Brier loved his vacation as much as I did mine!
The dog friendly environment with built-in playmates will instantly put you and your pet at ease. The dog resort owners, Shelly and Emily are knowledgeable, caring dog enthusiasts. Brier came back relaxed and well taken care of. The updates while you are away will ease any worries you might have for your canine companions' comfort. Excellent!!
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My 2 dogs had a great stay with Shelly. They loved having a fenced yard to run around in and all the love and attention they got. I got 2 updates with pictures even though I was only away for one night. Very impressed and wouldn't hesitate to recommend Shelly :)
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Shelly and Emily looked after our dogs for a very long stay and they took our dogs in like they were their own family. It was heartbreaking being away from our girls for so long, but we felt comfort in the knowledge that they were safe and well loved with Shelly and her family. Everyone went well above and beyond to make sure everything worked, and we received photo updates regularly showing all the fun things our dogs got to do with them (including evenings out to sporting events!). I would certainly recommend Shelly and Emily to absolutely anyone! Our girls will miss them!
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Shelley and Emily were caring, capable and accommodating. Updates were creative and informative. Would definitely book again.
We were thrilled with Shelley and Emily to begin with -- they provided regular photo updates with great descriptions of Cooper's activities -- but were even more grateful when our dog became sick. Cooper was well looked after by Shelley and Emily; they made sure to keep us up to date. You can tell they really love dogs and it made us feel better that Cooper was being looked after so well. :)
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What a wonderful experience. Shelly is a Godsend.
She was genuine and sincere from our first meet until the day we picked up our pup after our trip to Europe.
Shelly sent emails and pictures every chance she had to keep us up to date with our pups "dogvacay".
We will and have already recommended Shelly to some of our friends.
Shelly, thank you for an absolutely incredible experience. We truly felt that Grizzly was in the tender loving care of someone who truly had his best interest at heart :)
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We continue to be pleased with the dog sitting service provided by Shelly. Koda stayed over Canada Day and is very afraid of fireworks. It sounds like Shelly did all that she could to try and make Koda less anxious. Shelly continues to communicate in a timely manner which is great considering we had the opportunity to extend our vacation by one day and needed to make sure Koda could stay the extra day.
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We left our 2 fur babies with Shelly for the first time this weekend. This is our first time leaving our puppies with someone other than family, although it was probably harder for us then them. They had a great time. made some new friends and were both completely exhausted when they got home.
Shelly was attentive to their needs and took great care of them. We will be booking with her again!
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Nice and very friendly. I have a young pup who needs some manners. They were very patient with him. He came home happy and tired. (An extended break lol) I will definitely continue to book here.
Franklin always has a fantastic time staying with Shelley & Emily. He's excited for his next visit! Thank you, Sarah & Franklin
My energetic dog had a great stay with Shelly. He loved their backyard and he really made himself feel at home. Shelly made me feel comfortable leaving my dog with her. She knew I was nervous but she answered all my questions and proved to be a great dog sitter during my meet and greet visit. She even sent me emails and pictures of my dog during his stay! Overall a great experience.
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Darcy was able to learn socializing skills with other dogs. He also learned how to climb stairs and to improve his walking skills. I was happy for the photos and updates as well as the advice re: how to handle dumping water bowls.
Shelly was very friendly and ready to accommodate for our dog's needs. Our dog is very friendly and sweet, but gets very anxious when he is not at home, Shelly was very patient with him and used techniques to help him calm down.
It was great to know that Champ was not going to be in a cage during his stay, but free to walk in the house and with open access to the big backyard.
Thank you.
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Our Boston had a great stay with Shelly and Emily! We really appreciated the email update Shelly sent us in the middle of the day and the pictures later that night! We are very happy we found Shelly and Emily and will definitely go to them again. Thank you!
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Lucky - our Cavalier King Charles Spaniel - had a great time with Shelly and Emily. He got lots of love and attention and we received regular updates and pictures. We will definitely be booking again!
Shelley and Emily were wonderful to work with. they both came to our home to meet "Java" who bonded immediately. Emily stayed at our home with no problems. All was well and we would book again with pleasure
Our dog always leaves happy & tired! Definitely a frequent service for us :)
Shelly and Emily went above and beyond accommodating me and my sweet (but quirky) dog, by meeting with me twice prior to our reservation so my guy could get use to them. His first time alone wit them went very well and I couldn't be more pleased. Looking forward to using them as a sitter again in the future.
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Indy is almost 19 years olds and requires some special attention. Shelly was wonderful with him. He seemed happy and spry when I picked him up. I will be taking Indy back to Shelly's soon.
Many thanks to Shelly for taking such great care of our girl Callie. So glad we have you so close!
Found Shelly and Emily on DogVacay and went for a meet and greet. She had the house totally setup for the dogs. She is a welcoming, warm and very intuitive woman. She left me with the impression that I would not have to worry about leaving my Riley for the very first time. While I was away I received updates and pics of him showing he was having fun with the rest of the pack which made me relax more. When it was time to pick him up, Shelly had all of Riley's stuff out on the porch waiting for me. How organized is that? I could not thank her enough for a worry free vacation and Riley will return in the future. Thanks again for everything Shelly. Michelle
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Shelly and Emily were incredibly accommodating, and they made my Rosie feel very at home!
They were able to accept my dog with very little notice when my dogsitter had to unexpectedly cancel at the last minute.
They sent frequent updates with photos, and made sure Rosie had everything she needed to feel comfortable.
They were patient with Rosie's anxiety and timidity, and understanding and accepting when Rosie was always underfoot and needed their constant attention and affection.
I'm definitely going to become a regular with Shelly and Emily!
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Excellent experience. Shelly and Emily are extremely capable of "reading the dog" to ensure the conditions are optimal for the dog's stay. The main thing I look for is that the dog returns home non-stressed. And that is what happened - a completely seamless transition when coming home. You can't go wrong taking your dog to this house!
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We are so happy we found DogVacay and more importantly, Shelly & Emily. Mabel had a great time and was tired for two days after so much play time. Shelly was a great host, we loved getting updates while we were away. We can't wait to book Mabel's next stay! Thank you :)
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Shelly and Emily are fantastic! I've used them a few times with my dog, Nika, and she loves them too! Nika can be fairly high energy, but always comes home exhausted from the many walks, and exploring the big back yard.
They are incredibly accommodating, and I have no concerns when Nika is in their care.
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Very caring for Willie and accommodating through my schedule. Well treated and taken care of. Had more walks then I even give him. You can tell a real love for their guests (dogs).
We were extremely happy with how things went.We had never left lily for that long with anyone and they regularly faves us updates and pictures. With all the attention she was shown it was like she went on vacation too.Thanks again
Shelly and Emily took good care of my 1yr old st.bernard (Happy) . They are wonderful sitter.Shelly was flexible with pick up and drop off.They are caring and provides pets with the care and play time they need with the same comfort as they get at home.
This was our first time leaving our pup and we are very satisfied.
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Hi Shelly! Thank you for having Franklin stay with you again this past weekend. He seemed to have a great time - as he slept all day Sunday. Too much fun! We look forward to seeing you again soon! Sarah and Franklin
Shelly is a wonderful sitter. She was flexible with drop-off and pick-up schedules and made it stress free to leave our fur-baby. She provided frequent updates with pictures. We were looking forward to reading her detailed updates and they always made our day. We highly recommend her!
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Shelly was really great with Whiskey and Whiskey loved running around the backyard and meeting her fellow furry boarder. I suspected Whiskey may have some issues with sleeping away from home at night and Shelly confirmed there was whining through the night and chewing on her crate. Shelly was amazing about this. We talked for an hour about it when I came to pick up Whiskey. I felt bad for Shelly not having a great night sleep and she reassured me that it's not abnormal and some dogs take a few nights to really settle and that she would happily have Whiskey back as it was no big deal. She is patient and loving with the dogs yet firm (in a loving way - verbal correction followed by praise) when they need to a reminder to be a good doggy. I 100% trust my dog with her and will be bringing Whiskey back for sure.
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This was our first time leaving our pup Ruby with someone other than family but we're so happy we left her with Shelly! Shelly responded to all of our messages right away and gave us the opportunity to have our pup come over and meet her prior to the vacay date. Shelly sent us photos and updates while we were away which definitely put our minds at ease. Ruby had such a great time playing at Shelly's, she slept for 2 days when she got home! We would definitely recommend and use Shelly again!
Thanks Shelly!
Meredith, Sean & Ruby
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Could not be happier, Hunter had a wonderful time and was well taken care of. He is looking forward to visiting again soon. It was just like being at home. Thank you for the photos and updates it put our minds at ease to see him happy.
This was our first experience leaving Luna with someone and her first night away from home. We we're confident in Shelly right from the meet and greet. We're so happy we found someone who we know will take care of Luna so well.
Echo joined Shelly and Emily's family for 10 days. We received many updates and photos of Echo playing with his new friends or sleeping after a good romp. He was walked daily and had lots of play time. He was a well taken care of dog!!
This experience was great and I have already recommended these ladies to several friends.
Shelly her family members are such wonderful people. they are very nice honest and loving people. i was welcome and feel comfortable. I have good felling that Shelly will take care of my dog. and i was right ! Shelly email me almost every day to report what was going on and how was Rex doing there. She sent pictures too. by the look at my dog in the pictures and reading her messages that tell me they take care if my dog well, they gave him care and love, pay attention the his behavior as is their own dog. First I booked Shelly to host my dog for 1 week but it end up that i kept extended my and Rex vacation to 4 weeks. I would highly recommend Shelly. We had a great vacation. Thanks a lot to Shelly and Emily H.
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We can't thank you enough for providing such wonderful care to Coco and Ginger! Both dogs are rescues and spent time in kennels and not ideal conditions and we were hesitant to board them in that kind of facility. Discovering you on Doggie Vacay was a blessing! Absolutely wonderful experience and from the moment we had our meet and greet, we knew girls would be better than fine with you..:) When we dropped them off, they were excited to see you again and they just scooted off to get on with their "vacay" - I don't think they even looked back when we closed the door! The daily updates and photos were great and it was clear the three walks a day, backyard exploring and home environment were to their liking and they were not stressed out - we even joked they may not want to come home! No doubt, they loved all the attention given to them and we learned a few things about the girls we had no idea about....ahem...climbers! Your knowledge and experience was very evident and the dogs knew it too - I get the feeling they may have been behaving themselves better with you than here at home! :) When we got home, they just carried on as if they hadn't been away, just seamless from one place to the other. Without doubt, we would not plan a trip unless we first know pups can stay with you and Emily! We are delighted that Coco and Ginger are welcome to come back as we know they will get the best of care and enjoy themselves.
Carla and Mike
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We (and Koda I think) had a great experience with Shelly once again. Email updates and photos let us know all was well when we were away. Shelly is prompt with communication and accommodating with pick up and drop off times. Koda returned home relaxed and content.
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I recently found Shelly and Emily's dog sitting services on Dogvacay and really glad I did. When i dropped my older dog off they were very friendly, professional and caring about making sure that both owner and pooch were comfortable with them and any other dog they may be watching. It was quickly clear how much they knew about dogs and the importance of making sure the dog was okay when away from its family. I drove away feeling extremely confident my dog was in good hands and the updates Shelly sent through validated my thoughts. I would highly recommend Shelly and Emily's service if you are looking to board your dog. Thank you
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This girls home is our most favourite. We are coming back soon. Thank you for making my vacation worry free.
We had a wonderful experience with Shelly and Emily! It was our first time leaving our 10 month old Lab puppy (Bentley), and we were a little worried. He is a wonderful dog but a high energy Lab. At the Meet n' Greet we were very impressed by the level of knowledge and caring. We felt confident that we’d be leaving Bentley in a good place. Shelly was flexible with an early drop off time, which allowed us to catch our flight. The email updates we received showed that Bentley was getting the best care possible and having a good time! Shelly and Emily work as a team. They were amazing! We’ll definitely be using them again.
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We had such a great experience with Shelly and Emily! Our 4 month old puppy seemed to have a blast from all the updates we received. They were great about accommodating his needs and took excellent care of Charlie.
In every way, and with every stay, your care exceeds excellent . With multiple stays I have also appreciated the added convenience of quick (if needed) drop-off without excessive explanation, because you already know Chester so well. Also, with just a mention of your names, his ears perk up and he's happy to go. Thanks again Shelly and Emily for your consistent quality of care! Truly, you are such a gift to us (and Chester :)
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If I could give Shelly more than 5 stars, I would! I was on a working holiday in Florida - that kept getting extended - and Shelly and her family were incredibly flexible while watching my English Bulldog, Mac Daddy. He is a very sensitive guy, with some health issues, and they were so accommodating and reassuring that I had no concerns leaving Mac with their family. Shelly sent me almost daily updates with photos and hilarious stories about Mac and her other dogs. It definitely kept me sane while I was missing my guy for so long. Mac had a healthy, happy stay for nearly a month with Shelly and I wouldn't hesitate to send him to her house again!
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We had a great experience bringing our dog Koda to stay with Shelly and Emily. Communication before and during koda's stay was stellar. We loved getting photos and detailed updates via email. Shelly really seems to take the time to understand each dog and their needs. Consequently, she does her best to meet a dogs unique needs to make them feel as comfortable while away from home as possible. We were very impressed and will bring Koda to Shelly and Emily next time we are away.
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Laika had a great first visit with Emily and Shelly. They took great care of our young puppy, who is quite a handful. We greatly appreciated knowing that she was well looked after and getting lots of attention and activity. She was quickly comfortable in their home and came home happy. Thanks so much!
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This was our first time leaving our dog Lizzy with someone other than family. We were concerned with leaving Lizzy in a Kennel because she really enjoys human interaction and lots of exercise. When we discovered DogVacay and specifically Emily and Shelly we new it would be a great fit. They treated Lizzy like their own and walked her 3x per day! They gave us detailed updates while we were away which put or minds at ease that Lizzy was in good hands.
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Shelly and Emily took great care of Watson! It was great to know he was with a family and well looked after while we were out of town.
This was a great experience for me and Lacey (our little Jack Russell). There is no comparison between leaving her with Shelly and Emily in their loving and caring home versus leaving her in a cold impersonal dog boarding kennel. I will ask Shelly and Emily to take her in to their home again in August...Thank you to both for making my vacation worry free.
Wendy
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Shelly and Emily took on the task of watching our great dane puppy Boris and took great care of him! He always comes home happy and the updates ensure we are comfortable with his stay away from home.
Chewie one more time had a wonderful time with Shelly and Emily! Thanks again!
Shelly and Emily were absolutely wonderful with Princess. They sent us pictures keeping us informed of how well Princess was doing every day of her visit. We highly recommend Shelly and Emily to care for your dog while you take a break as they are both very caring and responsible "Foster parents".
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Shelly and Emily were great hosts for Bo while we were away. From the meet and greet to picking him up they made the process easy and left us feeling comfortable. While we were away we got constant updates which also helped put us at ease and enjoy our vacation.

Bo came back to us healthy and happy. We will definitely be using them again (in the very near future!) and feel very fortunate to have found a trusted caregiver.
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Shelly and her family took care of my Chewie like he was a member of their family. He felt like home. Lots of attention, walks and meets other dogs. They send nice pictures to us every day.
It's far away from our house but definitely each mile is worth to there. Now We know Chewie has a nice and safe place to stay when we are away. Thanks again Shelly and Emilly!
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Shelly and Emily were fantastic 'foster parents' to my labradoodle, Franklin. He loved staying at their house and going out for lots of adventure walks! I loved the daily pictures and emails from the ladies about Franklin's stay - kept my mind at ease while away.

Thank you ladies!
Sarah and Franklin.
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"Hostess- with-the-Mostess", putting both dog and human (us) at great ease!

Shelly and Emily extend themselves so much beyond what was written. No kennel or dog daycare can give such individualized care. They have a great balance of diligence in the details and capable, common sense relaxing with the rest.

Our dog is very friendly, but as he's gotten older, at times, he can more quickly get on edge with other intact males. Two other male dogs overlapped parts of our dog's stay, so I really appreciated Shelly's ability to assess the undercurrents of doggy interacting. She maintained harmony and they got along marvelously. I also really appreciated her integrity and thoroughness in prep time - that with each of these or any changes, she'd check in with me, troubleshooting any potential issues, always valuing my feedback.

A++++
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Our lovely Golden Nemo spent more than 3 weeks with Shelly, Emily and Grandma while we were on vacation. He had a great time and was very well looked after. The daily email updates and pictures kept us connected to him. We are very happy with the entire experience and highly recommend the drive to Dundas!
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