Pepper's Place Birmingham

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Crys W.

57 Reviews
37 Repeat Guests
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  • Same day bookings are OK
  • Responds within 2 hours
  • Cancellation Policy:

Pet Requirements

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

Crys's Resident Pets

German Shepherd Dog
5 yr 1 mo old
German Shepherd Dog
2 yr 11 mo old

Crys's House

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About Crys

Important - I build a close relationship with guest dogs and their humans. In order for all of us to have the great experience that we expect please take the time to read my profile in length!

Upfront - I do not upload photos of my home to my DogVacay profile. I have no interest in inviting an internet prowler to swindle my home. These things do happen. If you would like to see the environment that your loved one will be staying at please simply request a meet and greet.

Realistically - You know that old saying 'My dog is so stubborn he.... (fill ending sentence here).' Dogs are not stubborn. They either 1. have no idea what you are trying to communicate to them or 2. do not respect you. Dogs are certainly always super cute and while not always on their best behavior we help them learn to want to be! Dog boarding and day care can be a little difficult, exhausting, and messy at times but it's so very amusing, lively, and impelling. The fun doesn't end until my head hits the pillow.

Please consider finding another option for your fur baby if any of the below situations relate to you:

1. If you have a puppy that is not potty trained, doesn't sleep through the night, has not been socialized with other dogs, or has severe separation anxiety. Yes puppies are adorable and love to cuddle but it's not healthy if your dog needs to sit at my feet while I use the restroom or lay on the rug while I take a shower. This means that your dog spends way too much time with you and not enough time alone or with other humans and dogs. If this sounds like your dog, consider leaving it with a family member or a house host that may be able to accommodate your dogs special needs. Normal separation anxiety is ok and I have a Thunder Shirt in every size, am trained to work with SA in dogs, and can help a 'normal' case of SA be eased. However it's not a 'Vacay' for your dog or another guest dog if your dog cries, yelps, and can not be controlled. This is something you must work on at home before leaving your dog/puppy with us.

2. Your dog is not on a grain free diet. - Dogs who do not receive proper nutrition from their food often times seek out nutrition by eating other dogs stool which can cause diarrhea and vomiting. We don't want that! I do potty pick up numerous times a day however my yard is 300 feet long and I may miss a pile of dog poop somewhere. It may rain and dog poop may seep into the ground and not be detectable. If your dog is seeking nutrition from dog stool because it is not on a grain free dog food and eats stool, I will not be responsible for it having diarrhea or vomiting. If you tell me that when you walk your dog it sometimes eats 'dirt' and gets sick, it's probably eating another dogs stool. Check your food! Several dogs have stayed with us who have had this issue and each one was on Beneful. Google your dogs food to see if there have been any complains of sicknesses or death. This may help you work out some issues at home that you had no idea was related to your dogs food!

3. If your dog has not been properly socialized. - Your dogs stay should not be a full time training session with us. Dogs play and sometimes play rough. They get scratches on their nose and nearly ALL puppies tend to bite while they play. They have sharp tiny little teeth that sometimes hurt much worse and can do more damage than a full grown dog. If your dog is not properly socialized it may play too rough or not be able to pick up on common social queues from other dogs, as in when to stop playing rough. Dogs are always in my sight unless put away if I leave and I can not separate your dog 24/7 from having too much fun in fear that it's nose is going to be scratched. Things happen, they're dogs, but your dog must be socialized to stay here. We can not be your dogs first point of socialization because that would mean that I am now training your dog. That is not a boarding service.

4. If your dog is a puppy and you have not introduced it to a crate. - House hosts do leave their homes to run errands and other things. Heck, I've even tried to board my dogs with local house hosts here and was unable because they had full time jobs and could only let my dogs out on their lunch break. It didn't work out for us because my pups can't stay inside all day without mental stimulation. Puppies specifically need ongoing mental stimulation in order to not become bored and chew a hole through the door. If you have a puppy we have to be able to put it somewhere safe without traumatizing it. I do not leave any dogs unattended around other dogs and I will not shut your puppy in one of my rooms while I am gone exposing it will chewing or marking on our things, scratching a hole in the door, or leaving it exposed to potentially chewing on something that it could choke on. Older dogs I will absolutely allow them to stay in a room to nap on the bed and watch TV if I have to leave to run errands! Crates are a safe and comfortable place for you as well as us to put your dog/puppy while gone. However crate training is something you need to do, not me. If you have a stable dog that is able to be left unattended for a short time without crating we are happy to do so! Puppies not so much...

5. You plan to use my services as your only option. - Most of us house hosts have children, school, family outings, and take vacations just like you do! Plan to find a couple of house hosts to work with on here so that you have options if our schedules are conflicting.

6. My schedule is not planned or set in stone 6 months out. We can reevaluate dates closer to time. Often times I work around my clients schedule however I do run an international program for children with autism and travel at least 1 week out of every month from Spring through Fall. Hence my suggestion in #5 above!

As a dog trainer and dog service provider it's nice when guests take the above into consideration as a common courtesy. If you use the above guidelines no matter where you send your dog, you will build a great relationship with the provider.

A little about my dogs:
My 1 year old German Shepherd, Pepper, stays with her breeder/lead trainer and attends ACK meetings with him on most weekends. She trains in scent tracking, agility, and other intermediate skills. On weekends that he is not attending meetings or is out of town she of course stays at home. She will one day be a certified service dog.

My 3 year old German Shepherd/Husky mix, Duke, was an abused dog in a high kill shelter. I rescued him at 6 months old and started basic training with him. He trained in California with the lead trainer at DogWish and eventually became a certified service dog for my 12 year old son with autism and epilepsy. He is trained to bark a sequence of barks when he senses a seizure in my son. Because of this, his general 'dog' bark and welcoming is very loud and intense. He is not aggressive but likes to 'talk' when we have visitors.

Please call or text 15-20 minutes upon arrival so that all dogs, including guest dogs, may be put away so that your entry is not stressful on you or your dog. Dogs like to bark and I can not control guest dogs jumping on you to greet you other than my putting them in a room or out back. This will help your first visit be welcoming!

Services offered: (overnight stay)
Boarding - $25 per night per dog
** All major Holidays are $30/night for boarding - You must request a custom quote for Holiday rates **

Pepper's Place is a fun home environment where dogs can enjoy playing with other dogs during the day and sleep inside a familiar setting at night.

We have experience with disabled dogs and dogs on a raw diet.

Pepper's Place day care service offers your pet supervised playtime with other dogs. Playtime toys and a doggie pool are provided. Playtime is designed to enhance your dog’s social behavior with people and other dogs.

Pepper's Place overnight dog boarding offers playtime socialization during the day and the comfort of home at night. You are more than welcome to bring a bed, toy, treats, or food with your pets so that they may feel more at home! We offer medium to extra large crates with dogs beds and toys inside for overnight stays located in the downstairs den. If your dog does not sleep in a crate at night he will be able to sleep in a closed off room next to the owner of the home. Dog beds are available on the floor and a queen size bed is available for pups who are use to sleeping with their owners.

We do not use kennel runs but have a 100ft x 50ft fenced backyard for playtime and exercise.

Dog training is available upon request. Please speak with Crys Worley regarding your needs to receive a custom quote!

We understand that it may be new technology to use a website or phone app to book a boarding stay in someone's home that you have never met! It was new for us when we decided to use a service instead of the traditional word of mouth in our community method. We hope to see you and your fur baby soon!
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Special Needs Accommodated
  • Pets recovering from surgery
  • Separation anxiety
  • Leash Pulling
  • Advanced senior issues

Crys W.

57 Reviews
37 Repeat Guests
Other Sitters Nearby
  • Same day bookings are OK
  • Responds within 2 hours
  • Cancellation Policy:


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  • Last updated February 24, 2017


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Services & Rates

Boarding Overnight At Crys's Home
$25 /night
  • Watches up to 5+ dogs/night
  • Dogs may be unsupervised for 1 - 2 hours/day
  • Dogs will have full access outside for potty breaks
  • 1 walk/day
  • Pets can sleep wherever they want
Daycare At Crys's Home
$18 /day
  • Watches up to 5 dogs/day
$25 /visit
  • Willing to travel 10 miles
$40 /hour
$10 /bath
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57 Reviews
Crys did an amazing job with Lucy.
You can tell my dog Nala had a great week at Crys's lovely home! What I love the most is her photo updates of my 7 month old puppy. She made her feel right at home :). Thank you Crys!
as always, Crys does a great job, and gives us good tips on feeding, health, etc.
always so easy to deal with, and my dogs love it at her house!
treats my babies like her own!
The best pet boarding place! Definitely will come back again!
Crys is the best! She had her hands full with several large dogs during the holidays and from the numerous pictures and videos it was obvious that they were having so much fun. She kept us informed and took great care of our doodle. Would definitely recommend her to anyone and plan to let my doodle vacay there again!
Baxter loves going to stay with Crys. She's excellent with the dogs, always sends pictures during his stay.
My pup Moose had such a good time he slept for 2 days straight after being there! The photo updates of all the dogs playing together was great!
Crys is amazing. Could not have asked for a better experience.
Bottom line: if you are fortunate enough to have Crys accept your dog, book her and don't look elsewhere! She truly loves the dogs. Our family was blown away by her knowledge of dogs, organization, and multiple daily pictures of our pup! We booked 5 nights over Christmas week.
Details: This was our first dog vacay experience in Birmingham for our west highland terrier. He is a spoiled rotten family dog, 4 yrs old, alpha, small dog. He doesn't spend much time around multiple dogs. We were a bit nervous to leave him in a new setting at first because of this. But he quickly adjusted to his new environment and got TONS of personal attention and affection. Crys helped him get used to the other dogs the first day, and really teach him how to interact well with the other dogs. He looks so content and happy in the pics with Crys and her family. I love that he got to sit on the couch, roam around the house, even sleep in the bed if he wanted to. That's what our dog is used to at home. I also point out that we paid the same price we pay for him to stay at the kennel where he is basically in "jail" and would have a bloody paw from scratching the gate all day! Crys has spent her life around dogs and can "read" them very well. It's impressive. We arranged a meet and greet prior to our stay. It was obvious in 10 minutes that Crys is an exceptional person, in addition to her gift with dogs. I highly recommend her, and we will definitely call her again when we need a place for our dog.
Steven had a blast with Crys and her other pups. The updated pictures all day were the best! We will definitely be back. I would highly recommend Crys to watch your dogs. It's great to know there is someone home almost 100% of the day watching your pet. Very happy with our stay!
Ziggy and Bailey love spending time here!!! They are always happy and I love the updates I get.
Our pup had such a good day! I would highly recommend Crys to anyone looking for a place to watch their dog while they're away. We will definitely use her service again.
Pawsome as always! Crys is amazing. If my dogs aren't with me, with her is always my first choice.
Can't imagine anyone being better than Crys
Crys is absolutely phenomenal!!! My pet will never go anywhere else if I can help it! We recieved several updates on Harlei daily! It's rare that you find someone who really loves your pet like their own, but she does!!
She was amazing dog sitter who provided many updates on my puppies adventure! Would book with her again 100%.
Crys is fantastic!
Best thing for my dog, ever!
Crys was amazing and I felt so good knowing my dogs were being taken care off and loved!
pawsome like always! she and her family love dogs and we know our babies are in the best hands, we can travel without feeling guilty! several pictures received during our trip kept us updated
Crys is awesome and takes such good care of my dog Sage. I have no worries when she is there, and I know that she loves going to Crys' by the way she runs from the car and up the stairs to the front door when we arrive each day. It is the perfect home-away-from home :)
Crys took wonderful care of my dog Twix when I went out of the country for a month! I received picture updates every single day that I was gone. She and her family treated Twix like family--he even slept in a bed with one of her kids. Crys has a great backyard for the dogs to play and the dogs are rarely alone. I didn't think Twix would want to leave! This was my first time using DogVacay and I've already booked again for Christmas.
Crys was great! Our dog came home happy and spoiled. We could tell he loved staying with Crys and hanging out with his new friends.
Crys sent me photos everyday I was gone. I would definitely havey dog stay with her again!
I can't express fully in writing just how awesome my German Sheperd,Dustee's stay was with Crys and her family!!! From booking the reservation, I knew it was going to be an awesome place, and truly it was!!! The love, the attention, the total care, the setup she has, it was truly the most awesome experience my german sheperd could have had!!! She lets you know everyday by pictures and comments. It really had us tickled to hear the comments and the pics she was able to send us! From the beginning, I never hesitated to leave my dog here, and If I ever need another time that I would need to leave my dog, I most definately will not hesitate in leaving her with Crys!!! She is totally awesome, in every aspect!!! Thank you so much again Crys!!!
Connye B.
I wish there were more than 5 stars. From the very first meet n greet to Crys saying goodbye to Mandy (who kinda didn't want to leave ) everything was fantastic. Crys has a very keen understanding of dogs and what makes them feel 'at home'. Mandy is a severely traumatized rescue and usually takes days to be comfortable with new people or environments. Crys had her running around her whole house within a day. She is patient and gentle, while being a firm guide to positive behavior. She is also well versed in nutritional needs. The yard is huge and well fenced in and all the animals there get along really well. A clean, relaxed and comfortable vibe and you can feel the happy energy running through the place and all the puppies. Thank you for everything Crys, we will most certainly be back!
She was awesome and Sasha loved staying with her! I got constant updates with pictures during Sasha's stay and I will definitely be using Crys again (:
Crys is perfect- I don't know who is happier to have found her, me or my dog. My dog is a member of my family, and I completely trust Crys. I couldn't recommend more enthusiastically.
Crys did such a great job with Rudy as always. She even helped me find a way to fix his "butt scoot" with some scoot bars after she noticed him doing it frequently during the visit. He's been doing that for 6months and I now I finally have a way to help with it! Thanks Crys! Rudy and I love you!
Crys was an excellent host!! My dog was so happy and exhausted from all the playing when he left. I also got daily text updates with pictures. We will definitely be staying at "Pepper's Place" again! :-D
excellent like always! she send daily pictures and updates. our dogs are seniors and need medications and she is very thorough with that. even takes to the vet if necessary! our lovely dogs are in the best hands and we can really enjoy our vacations.
The dog didn't want to leave. That says enough!
Crys was GREAT with our babies! Very knowledgeable about dog health and behavior, and her love for dogs is so evident! My doberman and pomeranian both loved playing in the huge back yard and being pampered with her and her family. They got tons of love while they were there :) We were new and usually have someone come to our home to petsit, so we were a little apprehensive at first , especially about being around other dogs - but Crys kept up updated with pictures and texts throughout the day and evening, and my babies seemed at home with her and her pets and kids. They loved it and I now trust her completely. Using the DogVacay was also so easy to make reservations and payments.
Crys is awesome with our dogs! They come home's like they just went to visit their 2nd home.
Hands down best house host ever! House dogs Duke and Pepper are very good with small dogs. Mickey can be a little 'in your face' to other dogs at times and both house dogs were very tolerable to him. They didn't even bark or grunt for him to calm down. Mickey had a great stay! We were sent lots of photo updates and could tell that he was treated like one of their own. Mickey slept in his usual spot, on a bed with a human, and was so tired when picked up! He didn't want to leave. You can tell that this home has a lot of experience with dogs. Very happy and will absolutely use again!
Ziggy and Bailey had the BEST time! They were so happy when I arrived and exhausted the next day. Thank you for taking such good care of them.
My first time using Dog Vacay.My pup spent 2 1/2 here.Crys was very friendly and provided lots of update pictures of my pup which really appreciated.But when we came to pick him up we found him a bit lifeless, he hardly reacted to seeing me and did not look himself.Turns out he was sick- lots of vomiting and diarrhea.Also a dog bit him there and left him with a deep puncture wound through his nose.In all honesty although there are some things I appreciated I cannot recommend especially for pups.
3 thumbs up
500 stars. Great experience!!
Layla and I sure are lucky that we met Crys and her family! Not only are they all so welcoming, but Layla has the BEST time when she visits! She did not want to leave both times that she stayed! Layla was going through some stressful weeks following our move and being in another new atmosphere, her first visit started off a little chaotic. Crys was really amazing with Layla and gave me a lot of advice on how to help Layla in a stressful situation. She helped her come such a long way and I will most definitely continue to take Layla here! I highly recommend looking here before taking your pup anywhere else!
Crys was an outstanding host and our dogs have never been so happy to be boarded!! Highly recommend.
This was the first time I've ever boarded my puppy - or any puppy for that matter so I wasn't sure what to expect. Crys was awesome! She uploaded pictures of the puppy, sent updated texts, and even recommended several helpful training / nutrition tips. I will definitely be using Crys again!
Crys was awesome! She sent photo updates throughout his stay, which we loved! And the next day, she told me about his stay. He was nervous and she told me how she helped him feel more comfortable and gave me tips for his next stay. He was exhausted after his stay from playing with all of the other pups. I know he had fun! We will definitely use Crys again if she will have Max back!
Best experience ever! Our dogs got a lot of love and company, and now they are more friendly than before. The interaction with people and even big friendly dogs helped them to be more social. Daily pictures made my vacation just perfect. I knew they were doing great. .
Pandora is a high energy working line German Shepherd Dog and not just anyone can handle her. Crys already having two GSD's of her own helped me make the decision to use her and I am SO glad I did. Never again will I board with the vet where I worry about her being left alone for hours in a run. Crys treated her like family and she had so much fun playing! I picked up a tired, happy dog! I highly recommend her to anyone who wants quality care for their dog in a home environment.
We had a last minute, out of town trip open up and Crys was extremely helpful in setting up a reservation for us. She kept us updated on the status on our dog and how our dog was adapting. I was very pleased with her services and I highly recommend Crys.
Outstanding!! Crys and her family always makes our 2 children (WIllie & Libby) at ease in their home! They are very well taken care of & the constant text updates makes us feel their happiness while with Crys. The enviornment is dog friendly. Our pups are a part of their family. Thank you again
This was my first experience with DogVacay, but it will not be my last. Our dog Billy has found a second home with Crys and her family. She sent me pictures and emails detailing Billy' s time at her home daily. I can not recommend her highly enough.
Peggy Lee
Kit had a fabulous time with Crys. Crys even let Kit sleep under the covers with her (that is one of Kit's favorite things). Crys kindly sent photos and updates of Kit's stay. Kit was very calm and happy when she returned. Thank you, Crys!! xxoo
Crys was fantastic with Thor! We had just gotten him and he was having some separation anxiety issues and Crys agreed to keep him during the day for a week until we could get something figured out. She played with him and gave him so much attention while he was there. I could always tell that he was having fun when I would go pick him up. She's very knowledgeable about training and was even able to help out with that! Would definitely recommend her to anyone looking for a fun place for their dog to stay!
We really appreciate the way Crys and her family took care of our children this past weekend. We had a short meet and greet about 2 weeks prior where our Willie (2 year old Yorkie) & Libby (6 month old Dachshund) met Crys, her family and their 4 bigger dogs. They were happy to see our 2 little ones. We left our children with Crys on a Friday afternoon and were almost immediately sent a text message that all was well. The amount of text messages we received throughout the weekend along with pictures really made us feel comfortable about them while they were away from us. Crys kept them coming!! Very satisfying to have that type communication. It surely made us at ease and allowed us to enjoy our time on mini-vacation. All went excellently and we communicated our pickup time for Sunday which completed the back and forth dialogue making our children's time at Crys' place a very happy one for all!! Thank you to Crys, Sasha, Fallon, Peter and his twin girls - Hope & Trulee!!
Harry had a wonderful time on his dogvacay!! I loved getting the pictures of him playing with Crys's dogs and he even slept on one of the beds in the house! He is an only dog and I was worried that he wouldn't play well and share with the other dogs but Crys sent me several messages about how well they all got along. I know he is going to miss playing with Pepper! Crys and her family took care of him as if he was there own and it made me feel good knowing he was having such a great time.
Crys is absolutely great! She has tons of experience with bigger dogs and even gave me some pointers for training our new dog. She really spent time with him and he got a lot of play time with her three dogs! I got several pictures while he was there and he looked like he was having a blast. He was relaxing comfortably when I got there to pick him up. I will definitely be using her services again!
Pepper's Place is a great set up with lots of love and experience with dogs needs. It's not just a place to send your dog for a home setting to board. It's a dog haven. Will use again and again! Received lots of photo updates and she was so happy to be there she didn't want to leave! Love this place!
Alex had the BEST time at Pepper's Place! All 3 of Crys's dogs are extremely well trained and tolerant to every type of dog that was there for the night including mine! I love that the dogs can sleep in a crate, on the floor/dog bed, or in a real bed depending on what they are use to in their own home. Crys is very good with training dogs and showed us a few things to help with our dogs pulling while he walks. The back yard area is HUGE and has a split fence so that small dogs can be in a different area then big dogs if necessary. She really has amazing control of everything and it's like dog heaven there. Pepper's Place is a 5 minute drive from downtown so when I need to send for a dog daycare I'm coming back here! I'm really excited at how affordable this is because not everyone has the financial option of sending their dog to a place like this and have the comfort of knowing their dog is taken care of and not in a kennel all day and night. This is more then just a house where you can board a dog overnight or send to a dog daycare. This is a dog whisperer that you are sending your dog to. She also has a son with autism who is 12 and just as amazing with dogs as she is. She doesn't let him care for the dogs being boarded but you can see the discipline he has with his own dogs. Incredible family. Incredible place. I'll never use another boarding or dog sitting place again!
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