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Preston P.

48 Reviews
37 Repeat Guests
$44/night
Other Sitters Nearby
  • Same day bookings are OK
  • Cancellation Policy:
    Flexible

Pet Requirements

  • 1-20 lbs
  • 20-40 lbs
  • 40-80 lbs
  • 80+ lbs
No Puppies
Must Be Spayed or Neutered
Must Be Vaccinated
List of Breeds Not Accepted
Akita, Alaskan Malamute, Pit Bull - American Staffordshire Terrier, Anatolian Shepherd Dog, Beagle, Bernese Mountain Dog, Borzoi, Bouvier des Flandres, Briard, Pit Bull - Bull Terrier, Bulldog, Bullmastiff, Doberman Pinscher, Dogo Argentino, Dutch Shepherd, Eurasier, Finnish Spitz, French Bulldog, German Shepherd Dog, Giant Schnauzer, Glen of Imaal Terrier, Great Dane, Great Pyrenees, Irish Water Spaniel, Komondor, Kuvasz, Leonberger, Mastiff, Neapolitan Mastiff, Newfoundland, Old English Sheepdog, Pharaoh Hound, Rhodesian Ridgeback, Rottweiler, Scottish Deerhound, Spanish Mastiff, St. Bernard, Pit Bull - Staffordshire Bull Terrier, Tibetan Mastiff, Tosa, Pit Bull - American Pit Bull Terrier
List of Pets OK for House Sitting
Dogs, Cats, Fish, Rabbits, gerbils, hamsters, or pet rodents

Preston's Apartment

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Outdoor area
Smoke-free home
Pets allowed on furniture
Air-conditioned inside

About Preston

5 Years Experience Caring For Dogs
Welcome to Dogwarts, a magical getaway for your canine friends! We are located in beautiful and dog friendly ParkMerced, with plenty of open green space for your dog to explore. Whether your pooch loves to play with new friends, lounge around in the sun, or just cuddle up with people, they'll find a happy home here at Dogwarts.



THE CARETAKERS
Dogwarts is run by a young married couple, Mansi and Preston. We both grew up with canine family members, and are united by a lifelong love of pooches of all shapes and sizes. We started boarding with DogVacay in February 2015, simply out of the desire to spend more time with dogs, and to help dog owners find loving care for their pets. Within a few months, we had committed to DogVacay full time. We have even been selected to work as host representatives for DogVacay at the San Francisco Fit Expo & Marathon in July 2015.

Our goal is to be as prepared as we can be to give your dog excellent care. We place special emphasis on making sure our guests get enough exercise, helping ease any anxiety a dog might have entering a new environment, and providing each guest with a healthy supply of love and belly rubs! We care for every dog that comes through our doors as though it is our own.



THE DOGWARTS EXPERIENCE
We live in a spacious three-bedroom apartment, with a living room large enough for play time. Our building is located in ParkMerced, a residential park with plenty of open green spaces. We even have a dog park located two blocks from our home, that can be great for dogs who like to run and play off leash.

At least one of us is home nearly 24/7. The exception are short errands/appointments where we both must leave for an hour or two. As always, safety is our prime concern, and we will never leave dogs unattended if we believe it to be unsafe.

We adjust our rules and daily routine based on your input and the dog's individual needs. Our default daily schedule is four walks per day: two short (~15 minutes) and two long (~30 minutes), with plenty of impromptu play sessions in between.

We also believe communication with you, the owner, is of paramount importance, so you can expect daily photo & text updates.

Finally, our goal is to provide low-cost, high-quality care. To accomplish this, we take on multiple guests simultaneously. On the average day, we are hosting three or four dogs. We believe facilitating and monitoring the introduction and healthy interaction between the dogs is one of the most important parts of our job. For many guests, meeting new dog friends is one of the best parts of staying at Dogwarts. However, we also take care to make sure every dog is comfortable and happy, and make sure no one is being bothered with unwanted interactions.



IS YOUR DOG A GOOD FIT FOR DOGWARTS?
We want to make sure you find a great Vacay home for your dog, even with its not with us. We provide a loving environment for a wide variety of dogs, yet some dogs may find a better fit with another one of the wonderful sitters available through DogVacay.

A good way to think about how much space a dog needs is the dog's size + energy level. Our apartment is quite spacious, and we have hosted large, medium energy dogs that have been quite happy with us. On the other hand, larger high-energy dogs will ultimately feel cramped here, even with extra walks and outside playtime.

On a similar note, dogs who are used to walks as their primary form of exercise are the best fit for us. We don't take the dogs off-leash in unenclosed spaces, for safety reasons. We do take higher energy guests to the dog park once per day for supplemental play time, but walking/running on leash will be the core of their exercise routine here.

Finally, remember that we do host multiple dogs simultaneously. Therefore, we cannot take on guests who are too assertive with other dogs.



DOGWARTS POLICIES
**Holiday Pricing**
Due to the high amount of traffic we receive, and to compensate us for missing out on holiday celibrations, our rate during all official national holidays is an additional $10/night.

**Long Stay Discounts**
If your dog is staying for a week or longer, ask about our long stay discount!

**Puppies**
Due to the extra effort required to give puppies the excellent standard of care we hold ourselves to, there is an additional $10/day fee for dogs under the age of 1 year. We apologize for being unable to list this directly during your search.

**Meet-n-Greets**
Meet-n-Greets are always highly recommended, and we are generally quite flexible on meet times. For stays of five nights or longer, we do require a Meet-n-Greet before we can accept the booking.

**Neutering/Spaying**
For safety reasons, we cannot accept dogs who are not neutered/spayed. Adding hormones to a new environment and new dogs can make even the most well-behaved pooch act in unpredictable ways.

**Pickup/Dropoff Times**
We do pick-ups and drop-offs during what we call “Reasonable Waking Hours,” which are between 7AM and 11PM. Additionally, booking one night books a 24-hour period with us, with a six-hour buffer for pickup time. Beyond six hours counts as an additional day of daycare.
For example, a drop-off of 1PM on Friday and a pickup of 6PM on Sunday would count as two nights, but a drop-off of 12PM on Friday and a pickup of 7PM on Sunday would count as two nights + one day of daycare.

**Cancellation**
We offer DogVacay's most flexible cancellation policy. If you notify us at least four days in advance of your stay, we will give you a full refund. Anytime after that results in a 50% refund. We do make exceptions on this for stays longer than ten days.

**Trial Days**
Looking for a long-term care provider? We offer trial days at half price for owners looking for regular daycare or for stays longer than two weeks. As always, we want to make sure your dog will be happy with us, especially if they are going to be spending a lot of time here!


FAQS
**Would You Be Able to Book Only Our Dog?**
Unfortunately, our business model does not allow for this, unless you are able to pay about triple the usual rate. Our goal is to be a low-cost provider, but to sustain ourselves at a low price, we have to accept multiple dogs simultaneously.

**Will There Be Any Aggressive Dogs?**
No. We have put a lot of emphasis on understanding and recognizing assertive/aggressive behavior in dogs, and will not take on dogs that show signs of such behavior. This comes with the disclaimer that we do not have formal training on this subject, but we have put significant effort into learning as much as we can about this topic, as it is vital to the safety and well-being of dogs that come to stay with us.

**My Dog Has Special Needs/Is On Medication. Can You Still Take Him?**
We consider this on a case-by-case basis, but the general answer is yes. We are quite comfortable administering medication, or accommodating special needs.

**What Are Your Rules on XYZ?**
We follow your rules first, no questions asked. It is good for the dog to have a consistent set of rules, so we always keep consistent with any rules you have at home. In general, we offer the dogs a great deal of freedom around the apartment, and many sleep with us up on the bed. Our one rule is to never take dogs off-leash in open environments.

**Does My Dog Need to Be Playful?**
Absolutely not! Many dogs love having the opportunity to interact with other dogs, but guests who prefer to have their own space also do just fine with us. No dog is forced into situations that makes them unhappy or uncomfortable.
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Special Needs Accommodated
  • Separation anxiety

Preston P.

48 Reviews
37 Repeat Guests
$44/night
Other Sitters Nearby
  • Same day bookings are OK
  • Cancellation Policy:
    Flexible

Availability

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  • Booked
  • Last updated December 7, 2016

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Services & Rates

Boarding Overnight At Preston's Home
$44 /night
  • Watches up to 3 dogs/night
  • Dogs may be unsupervised for no more than 1 hour/day
  • 3-4 potty breaks/day
  • 3+ walks/day
  • Pets can sleep wherever they want
House Sitting Overnight At Your Home
$50 /night
  • Dogs may be unsupervised for no more than 1 hour/day
  • Willing to travel 25 miles
Daycare At Preston's Home
$34 /day
  • Watches up to 4 dogs/day
Dog Walking
$20 /half-hour
$30 /hour
  • Willing to travel 25 miles
Home Visits
$25 /visit
  • Willing to travel 25 miles
Baths
$15 /bath
Pick-Up/Drop-Off
$10 each way
  • Willing to travel 25 miles
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48 Reviews
Great, friendly caregivers. I got daily updates aong with pictures of my furry baby.
Preston and Mansi are extremely thoughtful and give great attention to detail. They asked thorough questions about how to take care of Coco beforehand. During his stay, they gave me detailed updates which let me know that they were paying close attention to my dog. They are such nice people and I would certainly recommend them to any dog owners!
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Preston and Mansi were great. This was our first experience with DogVacay. They were very sweet to our dog and made us feel good.
Great as always :)
Preston and Mansi did a great job looking after our chocolate lab, Caleigh who seemed to have a great time during her stay! Our hosts were also very responsive and accommodating when our flight was cancelled and we had to extend our dog's stay which we really appreciated. We will definitely use them again in the future!!
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Preston and Mansi were so sweet to Barney. They sent photos everyday, and we could tell they both enjoyed having him. They were able to administer medication for him, and check on him to make sure he was okay. They were also very flexible and accommodating. Very excellent communication. We would definitely recommend them!
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I'm the owner of a leash protective terrier who is cute but can be challenging for new people meeting him. I was so grateful that Preston and Mansi took the time to understand his nature. He came from his first day care experience excited to see me but exhausted from a day of play and socializing. Preston and Mansi have been prompt in communication with me, great about pick up and drop off times, and loving to/patient with my bundle of energy! I'm thankful for their services and will continue to use them as long as they'll have me and my pup!
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This was my first time using dogvacay. Letting our small dog stay with Preston and Mansi worked out great! I was worried because our dog can get pretty anxious in our absence but she was so at-ease and happy after the first few hours. Preston was patient with her. Mansi told me she played a bunch with another dog and really opened up to them. Preston's daily check in photos were appreciated. I will happily have them watch our dog again. Thanks!
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We are very fortunate to have found Preston using DogVacay. Stella is a rescue and is generally very shy and afraid of a lot of things, especially loud noises and heavy activity in her surroundings. Initially we were hesitant with leaving Stella with a dogsitter, but after meeting Preston, we are comfortable knowing that she's in good hands. Preston is very gentle with Stella and ensures that she is comfortable. She enjoys her time with Preston and we get updates via text/email with pictures. Preston rocks!
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Preston was very thorough and great with our dogs during their weekend with him. He sent us a photo update and when he noticed one of our dogs with a small rash, he brought it to our attention right away. We would definitely book with Preston again.
Preston was fantastic. He is extremely reliable and responsive to communications and kept us updated with photos and information about how Charlie was doing throughout his stay. Drop off and pick up were very easy as Preston was very flexible which worked out well for us as we were driving up from la with our dog to attend my sons grad and didn't know the exact time we would arrive. Finally Preston and his wife are very affectionate and understanding of dogs and their various needs which helped put a nervous owner like myself at ease! I would definitely recommend him.
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Preston was great! Communication was easy, my dog was happy, and I got pics while I was gone, which always eases my mind (and is just fun!).
Unfortunately my previous daycare host moved farther away in the city and I was looking for someone new. Preston and Mansi let me doing the half price trail day to see if Arthur would fit in the pack. The trail went great and Arthur was so excited to go back to Preston and Man . (I'm sure it has something to do with them letting him play with balls, it was outlawed at my house for our sanity). I love knowing he's having a blast and getting updates. I've found his new daycare close to home!
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Preston and Manci are, hands down, the best home away from home we have ever had for our pooch!

Our dog had stayed with them many times, and we are certain Chester is sadder when we pick him up than when we drop him off. Chester gets extremely excited to see Preston-Chester recognizes that he will be well loved (and get plenty of play time!). Preston always pays great attention to detail- when we dropped him off this weekend, he first question Preston asked was if Chester needed his afternoon walk, and he remembered to inquire about Chester's allergies, despite our last visit being several months ago. And they always send plenty of photos and updates so you can feel at peace knowing your fur child is having an amazing time despite being separated from you! Finally, with everything in the city being breaking your budget, you can not beat their extremely fair, competitive prices for the best quality dog care out there.

Needless to say, I'd recommend these fine folk in a heartbeat to anyone, so look no further!
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Lola says thank you !
My shy little Louie seemed to be very happy and relaxed with Preston and his wife! I will definitely try to book with them again! They were very professional, helpful, flexible and quick to reply to messages.
Paws up!
Preston and Mansi are awesome! I think Leah and Camila had a great time. They sent us pictures all time and they seemed to be very pampered, they returned home very happy.

I'll definitely leave Leah and Camila with them again.

I would strongly recommend them.
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Preston took great care of Paxton and sent lots of photos! I could tell he was well exercised and cared for after our trip.
Our pug and cairn will be staying with Preston and Mansi for a third time now. The first time our girls stayed with this amazing couple was for 10 days during our vacation, followed by a weekend for when we were out of town.

We cannot feel more fortunate to have found sitters who are dedicated to providing the best care for our dogs and who are located nearby. Preston and Mansi are incredibly accommodating, will work with you on the best times for you to drop-off and pick up your pet, will update you often enough on how your pet is doing, and go above and beyond caring for them and making sure they are comfortable and at ease. They maintain communication with you at all times, and we know our girls are in great hands.

I cannot emphasize enough that we are set on have Preston and Mansi as our go-to sitters for our girls as it's obvious they have an awesome time with them and get plenty of attention, love, and are kept active.

Thank you, Preston and Mansi, for caring so much for our girls!
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Preston was awesome! We had a rather long vacation (11 nights) and I usually get a little nervous leaving our pup Milo with new people because he gets separation anxiety. With Preston, I felt 100% comfortable when we left that our dog would be in good care. Preston and his wife handle dogvacay like total professionals. They were reliable, flexible and very responsive. We received many updates on Milo and tons of cute photos. I would definitely recommend leaving your pup here!
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Really nice place
I couldn't have asked for more from a dog sitter. Preston was flexible on the drop-off and pick-up as I encountered traffic problems, and my dog was very well cared for. I would definitely leave my dog with Preston again.
Mocha had a great time and returned home happy! I will definitely be sending Mocha on Vacay with Preston again soon!!
My dog Bob, seemed to have lots of fun!
Preston and Mansi were awesome. They were accommodating with drop off and pick up, and very responsive when I text. They even meet me at the door to pick up and drop up Kai. I could tell Kai felt very comfortable with them. I will definitely have Kai stay with them again.
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Preston and Mansi both love dogs and take the extra mile to care for Chanel.
Chanel stayed with them almost 2 months. Not many sitters are available for the duration of time.
They were able to take Chanel 1 week before I am gone on vacation.

During the stay, Chanel had diarrhea. This is my fault because Chanel has strict diet and run out of the kibble. Preston and Mansi did told me and asked where they can get the kibble. It is Science diet kibble and are only sold in some pet's store. So, I told them to just skipped the kibble and finish the wet food.

They took Chanel to the vet and cook for her. It is not easy tasks to care for a dog with diarrhea. I am grateful that they took care of Chanel when she was sick. Chanel has recovered when I am back.
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Preston is great as always. We use him whenever we go out of town. I have complete in him!
Thank you Preston and Mansi for taking such excellent care of our 9 month old puppy Maggie!! Loved the frequent picture text updates and she looked like she had such a great time! She was so tired from all the play she slept the entire rest of the day upon returning home. See you in October, thanks again.
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Preston and Mansi were the best!! They were very thorough and clearly very responsible with all those in their care. Its always a little scary leaving your pup with strangers but they put me at ease very quickly. Additionally, they not only sent us pictures throughout the week but they included updates about our pup too! I had a great feeling about them from the beginning but I knew we had found gold when our pup didn't want to leave them when we came to pick her up! She has been with multiple other sitters and I have never seen her act so attached to anyone! We hate leaving our pup behind but it's a little less sad knowing she's happy!! We hope they will always be available when we need to leave her behind!!!
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They do great job
Preston watched our two fur-children - one who is toy possessive. He did an exceptional job with communicating with us and making sure the dogs were happy. We felt he went above and beyond to make us feel comfortable and keep our pups happy. Would strongly recommend him.
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Pup seemed to have a great time. He usually is a little neurotic without us around, but they really took care of him well. He even slept on the couch with Pup that night :) If you ever need a sitter, I would definitely recommend them.
Our 2 dogs stayed here for almost a week and they had a blast. We received picture updates whenever we requested and everything went great. They are very close to a dog park and kept our boys active all day. We will be having them dog sit again anytime!
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First of all, I would like to say that Preston took care of my 11th month old puppy, Rusty, really well. He sent us pictures of Rusty every once in a while, to show us how Rusty was doing. Also, Preston had no problem giving my pup his medication and for doing it for about a week. Overall, I would say that Preston would be a really good sitter to take care of your furry friends. I would definitely give him a double thumbs up for taking care of Rusty.
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Preston and Mansi were great hosts for Stanley. They were very flexible since we booked them last minute. Stanley isn't used to staying over other homes, but they helped him ease the transition to a new space. We're glad to have found Preston and Mansi, and Stanley will definitely be seeing them again whenever we're back in SF!
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It was a great stay; though they seem to have been hosting quite a few dogs at the same time. This was our second time back! This time, they didn't respond as quickly to text on how our dog was. It seemed they were really really busy.
Preston and Mansi were amazing hosts to my dog, Amber. I could see from our meet and greet that they were caring hosts and wanted the best for every dog in their care. They asked a lot of questions in advance in order to be knowledgable about the particulars of my dog. They informed me in advance of other dogs staying with them at that time, and were very flexible with drop off and pickup times. They communicated often with me during my trip, and at least a couple of photos a day. Amber seemed happy and tired when I got her back, both good signs! I would most highly recommend them to anyone!!
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Preston was fantastically flexible with pickup and drop off time! I know Buffy had a great time there because she slept all the way home!
Preston and Mansi were excellent hosts and took great care of Ceci. They sent me daily updates with pictures. Ceci can be skittish with new people but she immediately felt comfortable with them and had a good time. She came back home happy, relaxed, and very tired from all the playing. I will be definitely be bringing Ceci back in the future!
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Preston and Mansi did such a wonderful job taking care of Magnus while we were out of town. They sent us lots of photos so we knew he was having a great time. When we picked him up, he was tired and happy and clearly didn't want to leave his new buddies! We will definitely have Magnus stay with Preston and Mansi again.
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I typically don't do reviews, but my boyfriend and I felt so reassured after leaving our dogs with Mansi and Preston that I wanted to let other people know how great they are. We always get nervous leaving Ollie and Leah with new people because of their energy levels. Both of them are a little over a year so it takes awhile for them to be worn out. However, Mansi and Preston did a great job taking Ollie and Leah to the dog park and sent me pictures of them playing with the other dogs in their apartment. Preston and Mansi did a great job keeping my boyfriend and I informed while we were away. Also, they were nice enough to assure us that they enjoyed watching Ollie and Leah. Leah is pretty attached to my boyfriend and I, but I couldn't tell if she was just tired when she came home or a little sad she wasn't back at Mansi and Preston's house playing with the other dogs.
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Preston and Mansi

are the kindest, most understanding, and loving hosts I could have ever imagined for my girls. My dogs had not been "babysat" before other than by family, and one of my dogs manifested some insecurity/behavioral problems the first few nights--peeing on their bed!--but Preston just took it in stride with an incredible degree of compassion and understanding. My other dog is a senior bulldog who needed daily medication and attention. For Preston and Mansi, that wasn't even an issue. They were able to bring back the playful puppy in her which I have not witnessed since she was under 2 yrs old.
Almost everyday, I received updates and wonderful pictures that showed me what an amazing time my girls were having; it definitely looked like they were the ones having a great vacation filled with fun, friends, and love. I would go back to Preston and Mansi in a heartbeat; I know my dogs are not low-maintainance, and it takes very special people innately endowed with the necessary patience, dedication, and respect to give them the tailor-made treatment each of them deserves.

If you book with Preston and Mansi, you will get two down-to-earth, easy-going, but vigilant and devoted individuals who will watch over your dogs with the essential attention, care, and love you know your "kids" need.
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Twinkie was very well taken care of during her visit with Preston. When I picked her up she was very relaxed and happy. Preston also sent several pictures of Twinkie while I was away and gave thoughtful updates. Your pup will be well loved here:-)
Preston and Mansi are great with Picasso. I feel very comfortable dropping him off with them. I get updates along with pictures. They are very accommodating with bookings, pick up and drop off times. I definitely recommend them. Picasso gets so excited when we are pulling up to the Building and when he see's Preston. The apartment is large and lots of grassy areas to walk the babies! I know Picasso is well taken care of when he's with them.
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Preston is an awesome host. He was very responsive to both my original request and my follow up questions. He was also very diligent in asking all the care questions upfront and texted us photos of our doggie girls, and I could see that they were very comfortable clinging to both Preston and his girlfriend. They have very large, clean lawns every where around the area and our doggies certainly enjoyed the walks. I can tell that Preston took very good care of our girls and we will definitely send them to him again next time we need help.
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Preston and Mansi were terrific hosts for our small Yorkie. They totally saved us, it was a last minute trip, they were kind enough to board our Yorkie on the same day as our request. Took careful notes of what our Yorkie needed (lots of belly rubs, no-no's he's not allowed and things that upset him).

They asked permission to board a second much larger dog, but the other dog on one of the days.

Our Yorkie plays well with others so that didn't bother us.

Preston and Mansi share a flat so, our Yorkie, I'm sure got lots of attention from others in the flat as well.

They also took regular pictures of our Yorkie and responded within minutes to any text messages we had during the trip.
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