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Debra & Bruce D.
Farmersville, TX 75442
46 Reviews
18 Repeat Guests
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Pet Requirements

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

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About Debra & Bruce

*** We will be closed until further notice due to family health issues. ***

We are a retired couple who enjoy hosting your pets with high quality, experienced pet care in our home.
We like creating a laid back environment of playful fun. With that in mind, we can only accept dogs who mix well with other dogs.
We have a large fenced back yard for active game play and 5 acres for private leash walks. The chapperal trail is just a few minutes away for longer strolls.

Inside we hang out on couches and plenty of cushy beds for napping. We also enjoy dance hour and music hour daily. But our favorite activity is doggy massage. (Includes unlimited petting and reassurance that their Vacay will be as wonderful as yours)
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Debra & Bruce D.
Farmersville, TX 75442
46 Reviews
18 Repeat Guests
Other Sitters Nearby
  • Responds within 50 minutes
  • Cancellation Policy:


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  • Last updated June 18, 2016


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Services & Rates

Boarding Overnight At Debra & Bruce 's Home
$30 /night
  • Watches up to 3 dogs/night
House Sitting Overnight At Your Home
$75 /night
  • Willing to travel 50 miles
Daycare At Debra & Bruce 's Home
$20 /day
  • Watches up to 3 dogs/day
$10 /bath
$20 each way
  • Willing to travel 40 miles
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46 Reviews
We have left our pups with them on several occasions for up to 10 days at a time, and as always, we had a very good experience. We trust them completely with our dogs and are able to relax and enjoy our own vacation, knowing that our animals are receiving great care.
I can't say enough good about Debra and Bruce. I have left my Springer Spaniel with them several times and always have a great feeling about leaving him with them. They are simply great.
Bruce and Debra are amazing pet sitters! Our dogs have stayed with them in the past. We were so pleased with that experience that when we knew this February that we had a trip to plan for the summer, one of the first things we did is book the Deans for our puppies! They take care of your babies the way you would. You can enjoy your time away and know your dogs are in wonderful hands.
Debra and Bruce are amazing ! ! We have two little dachshunds that are very spoiled and set in their ways, and we left them along with our adult child's goldendoodle puppy for a week. All of the dogs immediately took to them which made it easier to leave, and the notes and pictures that were sent while we were gone made us all feel completely at ease that they were happy and being well cared for. There was no disruption to their normal routines, and when we picked them up it was as if we had never left. I would recommend Debra and Bruce to anyone - they obviously love taking care of dogs and all of our dogs completely fell in love with them. Will definitely be using them again !
Great Experience, would definitely leave my dogs here again. Bruce & Debra are very caring and knowledgeable hosts. Got pictures and videos every day of my happy dogs. The little one tries to get away on walks and the harness Bruce suggested worked like a charm! Can't say enough good things about these hosts, very lucky to have found them!
Debra and Bruce were amazing! We were a bit apprehensive about leaving our 3 month old puppy, but Debra and Bruce put us at ease! They kept up with his crate training and gave him so much playtime and attention. The daily photo updates were fantastic, and really helped us relax knowing Beans was well taken care of. We couldn't be happier and will definitely be returning.
I am so glad that I found Debra & Bruce for my 4 dogs to stay with over NYE. It was last minute (As in the day of) reservation and there was no problem with this. I received frequent updates including pictures of my dogs throughout their stay. It was so heartwarming knowing that they were being loved and taken care of like family while we were away. So much better than boarding them where they are stuck in a kennel for most of the day. I know they definitely had fun because the ride home and afternoon, they slept like babies! Will definitely use Debra & Bruce again! Thank you!
Awesome place! Couldn't get any better! It was so nice I wanted to stay there. My dog loved Bruce and Brenda and so do my husband and I. Complete confidence in them! Tracie
I think my dogs are more spoiled with Bruce & Debra than they are at home! Great location and great people!
This is the second time that Pancakes has stayed with Debra and Bruce. They went beyond what was necessary so that we could see our first grandchild. We came home to find a healthy, well-adjusted dog. Pancakes is a rescue dog and not very trusting around other people, but she loves Debra's and Bruce's place with its wide open spaces. They took her on walks everyday. I highly recommend them because they will care for your dog like it's their own. They are dog lovers.
I just picked Bodhi up from a 5 day stay with Deb and Bruce. They were so great, they sent regular reports during the stay and Bodhi obviously is very comfortable with them. It means so much to leave your dog with someone you are confident will take great care of him. I couldn't be happier and gladly endorse Bruce and Debra to anyone who has dog care needs in the area.
We love, love, love, Bruce and Debra. They are the best dog-sitters anyone could ever ask for, and they are such wonderful people! We have left our dogs with them on several of our vacations now, and we never worry one bit while we are away, because we know our pets are being loved and well cared for. We highly recommend Bruce and Debra....they are awesome!
They treated our dog Sid just like a member of our family.
I feel so comfortable leaving Bodhi with Bruce and Debra. They are a solid and mature couple that are very familiar with dogs. I can't say enough good about them and will use them regularly.
Aunt Debby and Uncle Bruce are Great!!!

I had so much fun, I cant wait to go to camp again.

I ran around the back yard. They threw balls for me which is my favorite thing. They took me on walks and I got to see lots of things. They showed me horses, Boy are they BIG!!! and lots of other animals.
They even allowed me to guard their house. I kept a really good lookout.

Debra and Bruce were nothing short of wonderful. I was immediately comfortable levying my 22 month old dog with them. They are obviously caring people who have lot of experience with pets. I will definitely use their services again.
Bruce and Debra are wonderful! Nicest and most knowledgeable people I've ever dealt with. They care about your dog as if it was their own. I was kept up to date on what was happening. The pictures they send really show how dedicated and warm they are. I wouldn't trust my dog to any other people now that I've met them! I am a novice to the the dog world, but they gave me some tips and talked on a level that made me understand exactly what happens in my dogs head. They were very professional and your dog would be lucky to receive their care. Glad to know people like Bruce and Debra exist!
Debra and Bruce are wonderful. Pancakes is a rescue dog, so she has trust issues. We have had her for 4 years. We had to make a quick trip to Houston, and we left her with a close friend for 2 days. She was a nervous wreck when we got her back. This time she was glad to be home, but didn't exhibit any anxiety like she had before. Debra and Bruce went beyond what we expected. I highly recommend them to anyone who wants his/her pet cared for by people who care about your pet as much as you do.
Barney stayed with Debra and Bruce 12 days, not one -- from December 6 thru 18.

It was his third stay there -- Debra and Bruce have a beautiful 5-acre place where dogs can run and play and seek out bunnies and squirrels and other living things. It's a super place and Debra and Bruce are super people. We feel very fortunate to have found them -- they love dogs and devote time and care for their furry guests.

Rating? 5 stars!
Highly recommended! One of our dogs did not do well in kennels, but instantly felt at home with Bruce & Debra.They go out of their way to make the dogs feel at home and we enjoyed our vacation all the more knowing the dogs were taken care of. Bruce & Debra have a beautiful home in the country with plenty of space for animals. Its a real treat for them.
We are so thankful to have Debra and Bruce as our dog "nannies." The dogs had a wonderful time in the country and we didn't worry about them while we were gone. They gave the dogs lots of walks and lots of couch snuggling time.

Thanks, Debra and Bruce. We appreciate you so much.
Doogie is always so very much at home at Bruce
and Debra's home-he even scratched at the door to
get in! Not that that is a good thing scratching doors!
We love getting updates and pictures and cannot say
enough good things about how happy we are with
Doogie staying with them. They really are like family.
This was our 2nd time to use Bruce and Debra this year, and just as the time before, we were thrilled with the care our dogs received. One of our pups wanted to go back home with Bruce and Debra when they dropped them off with us after our trip! We highly recommend this wonderful couple...they are loving, caring and very knowledgeable when it comes to taking care of animals. We will definitely use them again in the future!
Bruce and Debra are always amazing with our girls. I never have a feeling of worry when we take our dogs to them. They are always our go-to for pet sitting and will continue to be!
Debra and Bruce were amazing hosts for our dog, Sadie. She spent the week with them while we were on vacation out of the country and she was happy and healthy while we were away. She got to go on car rides and walks around the yard and her own spot by the fireplace. They were great! We'll be checking their calendar before we book our next vacation to make sure she can stay again! Thanks Bruce and Debra!!! You're amazing!
Bruce & Debra were great caregivers for Judas. A very caring & loving couple. They were recommended by our friend, Pam and we knew from the get go we would not have to worry about Judas. They confirmed that when they sent us a video and a couple of pictures of Judas, which was very reassuring. We highly recommend them.
Bob & Debra Oldham, Blue Ridge, TX.
If you are looking for a place where your furry babies will receive the same love and attention you give them at home, you need to call Bruce & Debra! Our dogs were very well cared for at Merit Pet Retreat. The photo updates during our trip were little reassurances that the puppies were doing very well. We highly recommend the Deans!
Debra and Bruce are great! Some friends recommended them, and we are so happy and pleased with Addy's care. They took her on several long walks, and sent some really cute pictures throughout her stay. She was happy to see me when I picked her up, but also seemed a little sad to leave! Debra and Bruce said they loved Addy and really enjoyed her, which is always nice to hear as a "pet parent." Thanks D & B!!
Angel seemed to enjoy her time. I think she almost enjoyed her time to much. LOL... They were great with her and she is looking forward to her visit on June 8th.
What can you say when your pets aren't ecstatic to see you? They were happy to see us, but I think they'd have been just fine staying with Debra and Bruce. Debra and Bruce wanted as much information as we could give about our Uma and Eddie so they could maintain their schedules and routines. They knew just the right things to say and do to keep our babies happy.

That sounded pretty serious. Our pups were hap, hap, happy!! We won't hesitate vacationing our pups there again and it was well worth the 2 hour drive.

Debbie and Tom
Another great experience with Merit (Debra & Bruce) Csinszka loves them and they even picked up and dropped her off. She didn't want to see them leave!
Debra and Bruce were fantastic. Bentley came home and was kinda sad for a day because she missed them. GREAT PEOPLE, GREAT EXPERIENCE. Anne Marie and I highly recommend using these fine people.

Pictures they provided were awesome. and it really helped our vacation to know that Bentley was being taken care of so well.

We will use Debra and Bruce on all our next vacations.
Debra & Bruce the best! They are our go-to hosts when we need someone to watch our dogs. They are always super flexible with their schedule and are always excited to have our girls... As are our girls when they see Debra & Bruce. I would recommend them in a heartbeat!
Bruce & Debra are obvious dog lovers. They are kind, professional, and take care of your pets as if they are their own. They are very knowledgeable about dogs, and give them tons of love and attention. Their home is lovely, clean, and is a very safe environment for pets. They have a large backyard as well as tons of walking space for fun and adventure. We highly recommend Bruce and Debra and we will definitely use them again in the future. We had such a relaxing vacation knowing that our dogs were in such great hands.
This has been the BEST dog boarding/vacay experience that we have EVER had! DogVacay was an amazing find, but Debra and Bruce really put the icing on the cake. We were 100% confident in them to take care of our VERY big puppy Cricket. They even drove to Frisco to pick her up for a small fee. They provided us with daily photos and updates that were so much fun. I cannot say enough good things about these two! We picked up a healthy and happy dog. We couldn't have asked for more! Every vacation we take without our girls from now on, we will be enlisting the help of Debra and Bruce.
I cannot put into words the amazing experience that we had working with Debra & Bruce and I'm sure Csinszka would feel the same way! They are truly an amazing couple, caring, helpful, and very compassionate with our little girl. They will be our first choice whenever we need to leave town. They have a beautiful clean home and plenty of safe outdoor space. I don't think Csinszka wanted to come home!
We feel SO incredibly lucky to have found such an amazing resource- DogVacay was a lifesaver. And most importantly we feel so happy to have found Debra & Bruce! We recently moved to the Dallas area and don't have any family here, which would be the best option to take care of your furry babies, of course! And I can honestly say from the bottom of my heart that Debra & Bruce were the absolute closest thing to family our pups could have had- just like godparents!!

They sent us daily pictures and/or videos of our pups having a blast which made us feel all the more comfortable away from our pups. Their home is welcoming and beautiful- as is the area surrounding it with acres of green and wildlife.

We even had to extend our stay due to flight issues and they were more than happy to accommodate us, which was beyond amazing! We could not give a higher praise for this amazing couple! We know our dogs were loved and came home sleepy from their vacation, too!
Amazing hosts! Our Teva was happy to see us when we got there but didn't want to even get back in the car because she had so much fun!

They sent us pictures to me and my husband of all the silly and cute things that Teva did (per our request) and were amazing to even offer our 90-pound girl to share the bed with them!

Seriously, the best boarding possibility we could've ever had!
Debra and Bruce are just amazing!!!! Jettie is with them now and is having an absolute blast! They send me lots of pics and updates of my baby boy all throughout his Vacay :) it really makes me happy knowing he is having such a good time and being soooo well cared for while I have to be away! He sleeps in Bruce's chair and they take him out on lots of walks on their beautiful property so he can watch for his favorite animal... Squirrels! He's having so much fun I don't think he'll want to come home with me tomorrow !
Debra and Bruce were wonderful to my senior dog, Daisy. I wanted to find someone who would treat her with "kid gloves" as I did, caring for her arthritic knees, etc. There is no doubt that Daisy was well cared for with Debra and Bruce! Both are such warm, friendly people, they felt like extended family when I met them. An added joy: they texted pictures of Daisy every day. Thank you Debra and Bruce!!
It was my Buka who ended up getting to stay at Debra's and Oh my gosh what an awesome time he had! They spoiled him so much I don't think he wanted to come home :) they sent me pictures and videos of Buka throughout his stay and he was just having a blast!!! He was treated like one of their family... He got tons of love just like if he was at home! I think next time I'll stay with them to be spoiled :))) I can not put into words how grateful I am that we found Debra n her Hubby.... Simply put they are awesome! I know Buka and Jettie will be fighting over who gets to go there next time :))))
What can we say? Doogie has a second home at
the Dean household. Since he was there in July
he walked right in on Aug. 23rd and made himself at
home. A great time was had by Doogie and his
parents! We will definitely be asking them to keep
him in the future. Thanks again Debra and Bruce!
Our energetic goldens enjoyed their week long stay at the Deans! With the morning walks, plenty of room to run and lots of pampering, our boys slept for a full day after they came home. Debra was super-helpful, and they went way above-and-beyond in caring for our dogs. We would not hesitate to recommend them and use their services for future breaks.
Doogie considers Debra and Bruce's home as his second home. He is showing no signs of having been left-everything is totally normal-he's not even mad at us! This program is the best and we feel as though the Deans are family!
Doogie was so comfortable with Debra & Bruce-they followed his routine perfectly, making him feel right at home. We hope to use them exclusively if they are available in the future.
This was the most wonderful, positive experience ever!!!! We LOVED Debra and Bruce. They not only babysat....our dogs (and they kept 2 rowdy ones) but they made the time they spent with them truly a vacation for our dogs. We were in Punta Cano, but we could talk to them anytime we got homesick for them. We also got soooo many cute pictures. This made our own trip so much more enjoyable just knowing our babies were so taken care of. Thank you, Debra & Bruce!!!! We will recommend you to all of our friends.
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