PlayPalace Home Boarding- 59/ Kirby

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Filipa I.

19 Reviews
13 Repeat Guests
$35/night
Other Sitters Nearby
  • Same day bookings are OK
  • Responds within 25 minutes
  • Cancellation Policy:
    Moderate

Pet Requirements

  • 1-20 lbs
  • 20-40 lbs
  • 40-80 lbs
  • 80+ lbs
No Puppies
Must Be Spayed or Neutered
Must Be Vaccinated

Filipa's Resident Pets

Blondie
Lhasa Apso
Female
3 yr 11 mo old
Koda
Pomeranian
Male
7 yr 2 mo old
Other Pets & Animals: Caged birds or Reptiles

Filipa's House

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Medium Yard
100% fenced & locked
Smoke-free home
Air-conditioned inside

About Filipa

21 Years Experience Caring For Dogs
***1 MORE SPACE FOR END OF DECEMBER HOLIDAYS!***
Holiday rate: $45/ night

We've been sitting dogs for family, friends etc for many years; however, we started boarding through the website for the last 2 years and named our service PlayPalce Home Boarding. After only accepting bookings from repeat guests over the last 1+yr for over a year, we are open again for new clients.
I work from our West University (Lower Kirby) gated community home therefore I work on my own schedule and my partner is usually available to take over whenever needed.

In my home I have personally owned and cared for mostly larger breeds, however my current dog is my first small dog. The first time I became a dog owner was 21 yrs ago. We are major animal people who have a passion for seeing happy doggies. I have volunteered in shelters and take any opportunity to play with dogs. I also have veterinary friends that I have personally assisted on a few occasions. We are caring and always attentive towards the pups and since we are also big time into Cesar Milan, we do our best to train all our guests on the 1st day of their stay to be calm submissive so they can feel relaxed whenever the aren't playing with us or each other. We allow playtime throughout the day and exercise them a quite a bit because a tired doggy is a happy doggy :-)

Our home has a perfectly sized enclosed yard and covered patio where we like spending time with the pets. However, we don't leave dogs unattended outside. Blondie, our nearly 4 yr old pup absolutely adores everyone and anything that is alive and gives her attention. She gets along great with other dogs and loves playing. She can sometimes be a little timid at first but usually warms up fast once she has observed the newbie's energy. We love being outdoors and take the pets with us wherever we can. We also have our 4 yr old baby cockatiel that's such a good boy. He is king of the house whenever we feel he is safe (otherwise he is caged); however we would prefer to be informed beforehand of any predator triggers, behavioral or temperament issues your pouche may have, as we often go to the doggy park as well. The last member to join our pack Koda. He is an older toy Chi/ Pom that has never liked other dog but over the last 6 months he has been with us we have trained him to be tolerant of dogs that respect his space. He is insecure but not agressive and avoids trouble by romivong himself from the situation. We taught him that he doesn't need to like other dogs but he has to tolerate them and he's been very trainable. Don't expect your dog to be the only guest seeing as often, especially during the holidays we host 2-5 dogs if all the previously booked owners are comfortable. We often get a helping hand from siblings too when we have more than 2 dogs per person and go to the dog park. If you would like your pup to join us when we go out by car (dog park etc), please provide a harness and non-flexi leash as I like them wearing seat belts (I don't trust other drivers! Lol). We will never leash your dog in the car to it's collar however in the harness they are kept safe and out of trouble while we are in the car. 2 x daily 20-30 min walks and 1 longer walk 45mins- 1 hr, plus often a few shorter potty walks as well. Whenever we have the chance, we go to the Houston Arboretum for long walks or to Lake Conroe for some fun by the lake and will bathe our guests if play time gets messy :-) There's no children who live in our home however we do encounter them by our house when they play on the street. All the kids love doggies too but if any of your pups is not kid friendly, please let me know. We also have a large indoor playpen for the ones that are a little more naughty or if they want some quiet time.

Please understand that just because your dog is friendly and gets excited when seeing or meeting other dogs, it does not mean they are completely socialized. Some dogs can trigger others by not respecting personal space (both with dogs and humans) therefore we have to correct that behavior so they know how to act the next time that scenario occurs. We also want to be consistent with the boundaries and structure you as the owner have provided in order to keep your dog balanced in this new environment. Most of all, please be honest about your dog's habits so that we can be prepared to best care for your pouche. Please understand that the less time we spend correcting them, the more time we spend giving them love and fun. Our goal is to make sure all the doggies have a blast; however, beyond that our priority is their safety and that they are a good fit for our pack. Therefore if it is not a last minute request then I always require a meet-and-greet. However please note we rarely do last minute requests but we are happy to see if we are available to assist.
We have no breed preferences but we do not host any aggressive dogs, and they must be fixed, socialized and shots up to date. The better trained your dog is, the more it will enjoy it's vacay. We do our best to enforce the same rules on our guests as we would expect from our own dogs whiles keeping the structure they are used to. If your dog is not well-balanced (and you know your dog and it's behaviors better than anyone else, both good and naughty), then it will spend the first few days of it's stay learning the basic house rules.

We can demonstrate to you in person what training techniques we use on our own dog and find out which ones you are comfortable with us using with your dog. Most dogs pick up pretty fast and are able to fit in well with the calm submissive pack, others require a little more training. That being said, we also give them plenty of one-on-one tlc throughout the day when they are calm submissive. No dog is perfect, they all need a little extra tlc in some areas and it's all connected somehow. We truly believe that the perfect cocktail to having a well balanced dog is a combination of exercise/ (mental) discipline/ affection + calm assertive human= calm submissive dog. Then we can provide them with more play and less training once they are conforming more the the pack.

If your dog is older than 2 and is still a strong leash puller we will charge $5 (daily) as well as it can be a lot more physical strain on us to walk a dog that pulls strongly and does not walk well with a pack. Often this results in requiring us do extra walks which takes playtime and tlc away from all the dogs. We want to enjoy walking your dog as much as the dog therefore please also be mindful that they type of collar and leash you use plays a huge role on how your dog walks and whether you can make it heel for you. Therefore if you can, please make sure you always provide sitters with the correct tools for your your specific dog (and behavior) which means an appropriate collar or harness. I am happy to provide suggestions and give you some options.

Dogs that are not from the same family are never left unsupervised together. We have plenty of room in our home to separate the doggies if we need to leave home. When we have multiple guests (which we would inform you about) we may prefer to crate them if they are crate trained (of course with your consent) although this may not be necessary. However we will crate your dog (or leave in the playpen) if it's not completely potty trained or if it has a history of indoor marking, therefore please be honest and understand we may need to crate if for up to 4-6 hrs max (usually less). It's not right for any sitter to have to clean up after a grown dog and if you are honest with us about potential issues you are aware of then we can be pro-active in preventing accidents. If your dog is not usually crated when left unsupervised then we will leave it loose in the living room or other rooms so long as it doesn't have destructive habits.

I am very flexible with drop/off/ pick up times however the boarding fee covers a 24hr window so if pick-up is much later than drop off then I will charge a boarding extension fee which is 50% of the daily rate. And on holidays we charge an additional $10/ night/ guest.

As you see we put a lot of our time into the well being and mental balance of our guests to make the experience as enjoyable as possible for everyone involved so I hope you feel this could be a good fit for your babies. We can't wait to have your pouches over so we can love on them one-on-one and keep our princess entertained.
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Can administer oral medicine
Can administer injected medicine
Special Needs Accommodated
  • Pets recovering from surgery
  • Separation anxiety
  • Aggressive behavior
  • Leash Pulling
  • Advanced senior issues

Filipa I.

19 Reviews
13 Repeat Guests
$35/night
Other Sitters Nearby
  • Same day bookings are OK
  • Responds within 25 minutes
  • Cancellation Policy:
    Moderate

Availability

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

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Services & Rates

Boarding Overnight At Filipa's Home
$35 /night
  • Watches up to 2 dogs/night
  • Dogs may be unsupervised for more than 4 hours/day
  • 5+ potty breaks/day
  • 2 walks/day
  • Pets will sleep in their own beds
Daycare At Filipa's Home
$30 /day
  • Watches up to 2 dogs/day
Dog Walking
$20 /half-hour
$30 /hour
  • Willing to travel 10 miles
Home Visits
$20 /visit
  • Willing to travel 10 miles
Training
$35 /hour
Baths
$15 /bath
Pick-Up/Drop-Off
$10 each way
  • Willing to travel 10 miles
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19 Reviews
Filipa took good care of our elderly lab/mix while we were away!
Filipa and Safi took great care of Dixie! Thank you!
Cissé spent 5 nights with Filipa and her fiancé. He was very happy. Thank you.
Filipa was a fantastic host. We came back from our vacation to an extremely happy and exhausted dog from all of the time spent at the park. Filipa clearly shows great compassion for all of the dogs in her care, and our pet can't wait to visit her again.
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The Buffy and Jody had another great stay with Filipa. They came home happy, healthy, and shiny clean from their go-home bath.
Filipa offers a home environment where our dog is safe and well cared for while we are away. We won't hesitate to use her services again.
Filipa was a terrific host. She was very responsive to our requests and helpful with the reservation process since it was our first time. The other dogs in her pack were very friendly and her house was quite dog friendly. Our big Chessie was very happy when we picked her up. Thanks for everything!
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We've boarded our two young dogs at some of the most reputable commercial places in town and decided to try a Dog Vacay stay for our 9 day trip to France. Filipa was very conscientious about wanting to meet our 1 year old pups before we reserved to observe their temperaments and be sure they would be a good mix with her own dog. As it turned out they got along very well.

While we were gone, she sent us pics and videos of Buffy and Jody playing and their trip to a dog park. We were delighted to see they were getting plenty of exercise and having a good time.

Filipa's house is spotless and the pups came home clean and well tended. She gave us great feedback about how our dogs interacted with other dogs, humans, and each other during their stay and even worked a bit on some basic training. We were very happy with the care she took of them and will definitely send them on "vacation" with her again.
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I can not say enough about Filipa as a host. They did such an excellent job with Bella. They went above and beyond as far as making sure Bella is happy, safe and in good hands. They were also able to train and teach her some crucial behaviors that I have not been able to successfully do i.e. walking without pulling on the leash. I highly recommend Filipa as a host and I would use them again without any hesitation.
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Filipa is great! She loves dog and is experienced in boarding dogs (big and little). She is professional and easy to work with. My dog gets along well with the house dog Blondie. Thank you for boarding my dog.
Filipa did a great job with our two energetic pups! We were very nervous leaving our dogs for the very first time. It was so great having photos and updates sent to us throughout their stay. We have already booked another stay with Filipa and are confident they will be taken care of as if they were at home.
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Filipa was awesome! My wife and I were out of the country and it was great knowing both our pups were in great care. Highly recommended!
Filipa was great with my dog. I was very comfortable leaving him with her for over a week. From all the photos and updates she sent me, I could see he was enjoying his time with her and the other dogs. I will not hesitate to book with Filipa again.
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Filipa treated my dog like her own and was honestly concerned about my dog's health. Blondie is such a sweet dog who was happy to share her space with other dogs.
It is always hard to leave our 13 year old lab with just anyone. Filipa was very compassionate and careful with her. We would leave her again knowing that she was taken care of the way we take care of her.
She took good care of my dog
Filipa took such great care of my pups, Karma & Oliver, while I was out of town for several days. She's a true dog lover and caregiver, which is greatly appreciated for peace of mind when you're away from your furry kids. She also took so many pictures and took the time to send them all to me even after the vacay was over.
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Bella seems to have had a great time this weekend. She had lots of friends to play with and came home happy and tired from all her adventures!
Leaving Lucy with Filipa was so great! Lucy clearly had a fun time with Blondie, who is such a sweet pup. I was uneasy about the whole boarding situation, and this was such a fantastic alternative! It was so nice to know Lucy was getting cuddles and felt comfortable while I was away. Filipa was great with logistics too. She asked all the question I never would have thought about! She's in a gated community in a safe neighborhood, so I knew Lucy would be safe if she tried to bolt. I'm really happy with my first DogVacay experience.
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