Pooches Palace Pet Sitters Laguna

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April B.

104 Reviews
56 Repeat Guests
$38/night
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  • 1 day notice required for bookings
  • Responds within 2 hours
  • Cancellation Policy:
    Flexible

Pet Requirements

  • 1-20 lbs
  • 20-40 lbs
  • 40-80 lbs
  • 80+ lbs
No Puppies

April's Resident Pets

Sophie
Parson Russell Terrier
Female
8 yr 5 mo old

April's House

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Medium Yard
100% fenced & locked
Smoke-free home
Pets allowed on furniture
Air-conditioned inside
Great for senior pets

About April

20 Years Experience Caring For Dogs
Celebrating 3 years at Dag Vacay. We give special thanks to all our Wonderful Clients and their Great Furry Friends!

Hi and thank you for considering our small slice of heaven for your dog's vacation. We have been active in dog shows with Terriers and now provide your dog/s with a caring and fun environment while you're enjoying your vacation. This is an excellent value for peace of mind while you are away.

I work from home as a regional manager for a large insurance company and offer 7x24 hour dog sitting. We are long time dog owners and have been doing sitter services for several years. We will be delighted to let your small dog/s (under 30 pounds) enjoy our hospitality while you are on vacation. Our little dog Sophie gets a little intimidated by large dogs, so we can only accommodate small to medium dogs. All guests pups will be honored, exercised regularly, walked twice daily, and spoiled.

Don't forget to check out the photos of our happy past guests and reviews by their parents.

Three night minimum.

No puppies or daycare.

Unexpected cancellations: Full Refunds

Late/Early drop off and pick up: No Worries.

Pick up / Drop off available

Two walks a day and a fun happy environment.

Please check the calendar for available dates and our reviews. Feel free to email us for more details, questions, or if the calendar is full on your desired dates. April

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Can administer oral medicine
Can administer injected medicine
Special Needs Accommodated
  • Pets recovering from surgery
  • Separation anxiety
  • Leash Pulling

April B.

104 Reviews
56 Repeat Guests
$38/night
Other Sitters Nearby
  • 1 day notice required for bookings
  • Responds within 2 hours
  • Cancellation Policy:
    Flexible

Availability

  • Available
  • Unavailable
  • 1 Spot Left
  • Booked
  • Last updated December 8, 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.
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Pay through DogVacay for:
Premium Pet Insurance, 24/7 Customer Support and Daily Photo Updates!

Services & Rates

Boarding Overnight At April's Home
$38 /night
  • Watches up to 2 dogs/night
  • Dogs may be unsupervised for no more than 1 hour/day
  • Dogs will have full access outside for potty breaks
  • 2 walks/day
  • Pets can sleep wherever they want
Pick-Up/Drop-Off
$10 each way
  • Willing to travel 20 miles
104 Reviews
April, Steve & Sophie, did a great job of looking after Max. Calm, professional & caring. I felt completely at ease leaving Max. It was also lovely to receive photos & updates on his stay. Thank you for looking after him so well, I think he is missing you all!
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We left our two small yorkies with April and her husband for a week. The experience was wonderful. Their house is super clean and their yard is very secure for small dogs. We received pictures every day. They took the dogs for a walk and had clearly spent some quality time with our dogs because they knew very specific things about my dogs personalities, their "likes" and "dislikes". We would definitely leave our dogs with April again.
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April is awesome! I was very pleased with the love and care she gave my dog Nani. Her home provides a comfortable environment. I will definitely use her dog sitting services again!!!
My dog Lulu was so well cared for. I am truly grateful for the attention and tlc she received during her stay. Thank you!
I loved April immediately. She sent me pictures of my 8lb Havanese several times during my vacation. My dog came home clean, happy, and well-fed. I hope to have April watch my dog whenever we go away.
Pooches Palace Sitters is awesome! April is a fantastic sitter who took great care of Lexi, made sure she was comfortable around the other dogs in the house and sending me updates. I highly recommend April for your dog sitting needs. Kathy
I am so happy to have found April. I feel confident leaving my pup with her and her husband. They provide a safe loving fun environment for my dog.
Our dog had a great time staying with April and Steve! They did a great job of getting her out for walks, and kept us well informed of her stay through daily text messages and photos. We highly recommend April and Steve!
Thanks April and Steve for taking such great care of Paisley and Molly. They had a great time and I was relaxed knowing they were getting first class treatment at your home!
I was so glad to find April to take care of my dog while I was away. Ruby is timid and can be nervous, but April sent me updates that made me feel confident and at ease. I think Ruby is looking forward to my next trip so she can see April again!
April was absolutely amazing!! She took great care of our dog. We could go away and not worry at all. When we got home, our dog was happy and clearly relaxed and well cared for. April gave daily updates too, which was very helpful.
Our 2 pups Teddy and Twinkle stayed with April and Steve for one week. It was our first time away from them so we were quite worried before our vacation. Based on April's good reviews on DogVacay, we decided to book the pup's vacation stay with April. We love the daily update and photos April sent us to let us know the pups are doing good. They always look happy and well taken care of in the photos. They get to have nice walks, go to the park, and play with other dogs everyday. April and Steve are very warm and friendly. We are so grateful that we found them. We definitely will book with April again next time we go on vacation. Thank you, April and Steve.
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We are so happy to have found this wonderful home away from home for our pet. The stay was perfect and we received regular updates while we were away. HIGHLY recommend this provider and their wonderful home.
Leaving my babies with April and Steve gives me peace of mind on my vacations. I've had them as hosts several times, and they've always done a marvelous job, I never worry about the dogs when they are there. I also get daily updates and photos, which is s reassuring. I plan to ask April again, the next time we go away.
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April is the best. Lilly is so happy at her house. Thank you, April!
Our frenchie stayed with April for a week. She and Steve were wonderful! Our dog has a great time and is always eager to return. April and Steve continue to send pics each time he visits. They even took him out and about with them. They continue to be our first choice for Max when we travel!
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Annie is always so happy when she sees she is going to April's house! She has a great time and we get pictures showing us just what Annie is doing every day! Thanks April for your great care.
We have a quiet delicate dog, that needs a lot of love. She loves being with April as it's her home from home
April and her husband are lovely. She treats the dogs as though they are her own. She even cooked one of my boys scrambled egg because she was worried that he wasn't eating his dinner (he's just a picky eater!) she had to administer ear drops and was happy to do so. They even dressed the boys (my 2 dogs!!) up on New Years Eve and sent me pictures!! I almost don't want to write this review as it means other people are going to book her, and she's hard enough to book in with as it is, as she's in demand! I would recommend April and can't wait to use her again
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April (and Steve) are the best! Our terrier mix, Murray, absolutely loves going over to their house for overnights! They are always so accommodating and flexible, which we appreciate very much. They send photos of Murray so we can see what he's up to during his stay. Can't say enough nice things about April and Steve!
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April & Steve were wonderful hosts for our two dogs this last week. They sent photos every day and kept them busy with walks and a lot of play time. Thanks for taking such good care of them while we were on our trip!
As always, Jackson's stay at April's was perfect. Thank you!
Awesome!
My dog had a wonderful time with April and her husband. Everything is done in a very professional way. I highly recommend this family.
I am a Dog Vacay host and have never left my two bichons with anyone. April made me feel completely secure in knowing she would take good care of my girls. She sent updates a couple times a day with pictures. I came home to two freshly bathed happy girls after being away for 10 days. She truly made my vacation complete by letting me go off knowing my girls would be happy and safe. She is truly wonderful and I can't thank her enough for the loving care she gave my girls.
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This was Lacey's first time at April and Steve's home and she did great. She had other dogs her size that kept her company. Lacey even slept with them, like she does me. Lacey will definitely go back and stay with them on our next trip. You can't go wrong with April and Steve.
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I hadn't left my 2 little dogs with anyone before so I was really nervous. April made me feel very comfortable and had a lot of knowledge about dogs. During my trip she sent photos and let me know they were doing great! I would highly recommend April and will be using her for all my pet care needs!
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I've never left Lila alone that long while going on vacation. April took very good care of my dog. She sent pictures of Lila almost daily to assure me that she was doing good. I highly recommend April as your dog-sitter.
Went out of town for a couple of days and for the first time left the pooch behind. Cooper stayed with April and I was nervous leaving him since he has never stayed any place before. April did exactly what she said she would do. Kept me informed with photos and text to let me know my dog was doing just fine! Highly recommend this family. They are very accommodating and it is comforting to know your dog is being well taken care of. Thank you April!
Connie Meyers
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April is a very gracious and accommodating host. Our dog gets very nervous and anxious while away from home and she knew how to work around his personality to make him feel comfortable. We really appreciated getting pictures of him while we were away!
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We have taken Max to April several times now and we love her!!! Max is so happy when we get there and just starts playing right away. While we are gone she sends pictures and videos to let us know what he is up to. We could not be more pleased with how she treats him and how safe he is with her. I do not worry at all when we gone because I know he is in excellent hands!!!!
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it was a great experience for us and our dog!
I was apprehensive about leaving my dog for 10 days as she has special dietary issues and I never leave her overnight with anybody, but I needed to go on a business trip. April sent daily photos so I could see my dog was happy and well, which set me at ease. She was so happy in fact, that after greeting me upon my return, she tried to go back into April's house. That behavior tells you more than I can put into words. Thank you, thank you, thank you.
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This is the second time Max has stayed with April. He came home happy and tired. I can tell he played a lot with her other guests. We have two more reservations with her and it is a great comfort to know that Max will be a happy dog while we are traveling.
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April B. is the warmest and the most considerate person in the world. When my Sofie is with her, she follows her around like a little shadow. April sends me daily email reports and photos of what Sofie is doing. Even gave her a bath on the day I picked her up! She is the best. I would never hesitate to have this sweet, thoughtful lady take care of my little Yorkie.
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April is kind and loving. She goes the extra mile with my elderly dog. Chester loves coming here. April takes Chester out for great walks and sends us great pictures. Debbie
They're dependable and send updates each time. Chalie loves it here!
As always, lots of love in this home! :)
Charlie always loves it here! We have him pup-sit by April and Steve often. :)
Amazing as usual! Wags says, "Doggone woofderful!"
Woof, Perfect!
April has looked after my pooch many times now! She had always provided me with the feeling that my dawg is in the best care possible. Thank you April, Will
April was perfect for our Max! He is 8 months old and full of energy. This was the first time we had ever left him with someone and her warmth and kindness made it easy for us. Her husband takes unbelievable pictures and we could tell that Max enjoyed him as well. She sent e-mails, pictures, and texts to let us know he was having a great time. When we picked him up, it was so sweet to see how much Max liked both of them. We will definitely request her again!
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Matt had a great time with April! He enjoyed finding spots everywhere in her house to sleep as well as hang out in the back yard. I think he was a bit hesitant to leave :)
Max loves it here! Very clear communication, prompt and thorough! Looking forward to the next time Max can visit.
awesome!
April and Stever were great. I was a first timer dropping my girls off and they texted me photos and made me feel at ease. Their home is perfect for dogs, secure yard and downstairs perfect for the pups. My girls quickly adjusted to hanging out at their home as if it were their own oerching on chairs and hanging out. Can't thank you guys enough and will definitely be booking again in the future.
Theresa from Aliso Viejo
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My boys enjoyed their stay with April. She was proactive in sending messages to let me know how they were adjusting. Her home is lovely and a perfect playground for the doggies.

She accommodated us at a last minute notice and even offer to keep them longer if needed, as we were in the middle of a state move. Very flexible with the schedule!

I know my boys will miss her.
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April & Steve were ABSOLUTELY FABULOUS! This was our first reservation with Dogvacay and as new pet parents of a rescue with dietary needs we were nervous about leaving our dog for 13 days. Our fears were put to rest during our "meet&greet". April & Steve kept us updated with photos of Lola enjoying her vacation and feedback on how she was doing! We look forward (& so does Lola) to our next booking with April & Steve.
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April is the most thoughtful and caring person. She sent me emails every day I was gone with pictures of my little Yorkie including a brief message of what was happening she was doing. Her home is so clean and comfortable. It is a pleasure to know how happy my dog is when I have to leave her. She even gave my dog a bath before I picked her up. I look forward to using her services again.
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I cannot say enough good things about April and Steve - they are the BEST dog sitters that we have ever used. We treat our pups Charlie and Betty like our children and we always want to make sure that they are in good hands when we travel. They have stayed twice for long periods of time with April and Steve and we have never worried about them at all. The daily emails (with adorable pictures!) gave us such good piece of mind knowing that our babies were happy. We have just recently moved out of the Laguna Niguel area down to San Diego but will still continue to use April and Steve when we go out of town. The extra drive is worth it to know that our dogs are in the BEST hands.
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Love you April and Steve! Woof!
My dog Jackson and I love Pooches Palace! April and Steve are kind and conscientous hosts. I can rest easy away from home on business or pleasure knowing Jackson is in a loving home and in capable and caring hands. I look forward receiving daily text and email updates including cute pictures of my boy having fun while on his Dog Vacay!
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Delightful experience. Our very first experience leaving our Maltese with someone other than family for five days. April stayed in touch the whole time and we got great pictures of Georgie - feeling like she is right at home. Already planning our next vacation knowing that April will be there for us!
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Woohoo! Max had so much funnnnn!!! Walked, fed, play, rest! What more could a jrt want? Great day!
Very kind and reliable. I am content when Briggy is happy.
Bella seemed very happy and loved playing with her buddys. Thanks
Yowzer, Wowzer, Bowzer!!!! Excellent as usual!
April and Steve are the best! I'm always worried about leaving my Peek-A-Poo Kirby but they made me feel so comfortable with daily up-dates and pictures! Kirby had a wonderful time and I will use them whenever possible! I HIGHLY recommend them!
Wags says, "It was great seeing you again, Sophie! You're my best gal pal!" Wags' Mom says, "As usual, April and Steve are the best! Thanks!"
Wonderful experience!
Loved the almost daily messages and pictures of Wags! Got a full report of how he behaved when I picked him up. April even gave him a bath before pick up!!! Awesome experience! Wags wants to go back for more!
Our pug Junior had an absolutely amazing time with April. This was the first time we had left him with someone we didn't know, and we were a bit nervous. However, April emailed us pictures and updates so we always knew how our little guy was doing. He had lots of fun with her dog, as well as the other little visitors who were there at the same time. I really appreciated how dog friendly April's home was. She had a perfect backyard and so many places for Junior to just hang out and relax. He came home happy and exhausted! We highly recommend April, and will definitely be using her services again!
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Still as great as ever!
We are always happy with April and Steve, and their care of our pup Charlie. He comes home well-exercised and happy. They are also pleasant and personable.
April and Steve are wonderful! Very reliable and loving. Briggy was very happy.
There is only one thing I don't like about traveling and that is leaving my dogs. Because they are Jack Russell Terriers, they are energetic and not everyone values their quirky personalities as much as I do.

April is kind of like a Jack Russell dog whisperer and it is also a dividend that her husband is a fantastic photographer. He took the best picture i have ever seen of my Dunkin.

Thanks again for being a DogVacay host and allowing me to have peace of mind!
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I want say first off that it me a long time to find this site. If I had not been looking book another I never would have found the place. Our experience was wonderful. ZOÉ was happy to come but I could that enjoyed her stay.
This was the second time I have used the services of April and felt very relieved to have gotten her! Originally she was booked for the two weeks time I needed her but, lucky for me, she had a cancellation and was able to take my pooch. I know Lulu is getting the best treatment possible when she is with April. :-)
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April was an excellent doggy sitter. Her home is very clean, safe and nurturing. April is very accommodating and sent me a lot of pictures of Mochi while I was on vacation. She returns messages/emails very quickly. I definitely recommend April to anyone looking for a sitter.
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Ashby's stay with April was great! She updated us with pictures while we were away. We were very comfortable leaving Ashby in her care and would do it again.! ;)
As always, it was our best experience leaving my dog with April. She is always informative and a kind loving care person.
My Yorkie Sofie had a wonderful time with April B. She was by her side all the time -- walking and sleeping. I loved it too, because April sent me pictures and an email every day. Sofie also came home nice and clean. I highly recommend April. She's great.
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April is amazing! This is the second time I have left my dog Daisy with her for a little less than a week. Her house is a great environment for dogs to socialize and the backyard is nice for the dogs to hang out. My favorite part of having April watch Daisy is I get at least one picture a day of my dog which puts a smile on my face and makes me feel at ease. I trust her with my dog and will continue to have April watch her in the future!
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April gave Bogey such loving care. April sent pictures of Bogey relaxing and basking in the sun. We could have not found a better place for him. Kenneth Palmer
Snowflake enjoyed her stay with April and we enjoyed the daily (and multi-daily) updates we received on her and how she was doing.
April and her husband were wonderful hosts. From the first time we met them at the Meet-n-Greet, we felt very comfortable and at ease with them. The dogs did too!! They made themselves at home and very comfortable right away.
Both our dogs take medications and once we gave them the "meds schedule", there were no problems with administering them. April is the pill giver and she didn't seem to have any issues.
Almost every day, we received an email with at least 1-2 pictures of the dogs and a very short description. April's husband has a photography business and while we were gone, we received a few professional pictures from them too. These were really nice and a nice change then the typical phone pictures. On occasion I would email them, and always received a response that same day.

All-in-all, we really enjoyed April as a host and it seemed like the dogs enjoyed them as well. When we picked them up, the dogs were happy to see us, but almost seemed sad to leave them too!

Thanks guys!
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April took excellent care of our 10 year old Beagle who seemed to be right at home with April and her dog Sophie. So glad to find such a nice family to board our dog when we travel, thank you, April.
April B is an exceptional DogVacay host! She is a pleasure to deal with and my two dogs are very happy to stay with her. I feel very comfortable leaving town knowing they are in a warm and loving environment. Thank you again!
April is amazing! And the house and yard are wonderful. April took great care of Daisy Mae and even sent me frequent photo updates. I will definitely be taking her back in the future!
April was great with our dogs. She gave us peace of mind when we went away and even emailed us pictures to show how they were doing. I would definitely use April again and recommend her to everybody.
April provided a loving home for our little Bogey. She kept us updated on his activities and provided him with plenty of exercise and loving care.
Our dog is used to round-the-clock attention and interaction with people. He is not used to be confined in crates nor being left outdoor unattended. April and Steve had provided the same, if not more, of the care we as dog owners could possibly provide for our beloved family member.

One sign of assurance to our dog's quality care staying with April and Steve was that our dog's consistent behavior after arriving home by being playful as always. It is a very comforting feeling that we know our dog feels secure staying with them.

Thank you April and Steve! I wish we had known you much sooner.
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Our dogs had a vacation of their own with April. She kept us informed about them, every day that we were away. Also, she sent pictures, which helped to make our trip more relaxed and enjoyable. When we picked them up, they were clean and happy. Good job April!
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This was Coody's second time to stay with them, we got a lot great pictures and Coody was so lucky to have a wonderful vacation with them, very appreciate!! :-)
I am so impressed with the care April showed my Yorkie, Sofie. She sent me an email every day with at least one picture of my dog having fun outside in the yard or at the beach. I was afraid my little dog wouldn't want to come home, because she was having such a good time. I feel this is the best experience I have had leaving my dog with someone. When I picked Sofie up she had just had a bath, too! I will definitely take her back to April the next time I have to go away.
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April & Steve are great! They love doggies and our pup Charlie always comes back happy and tired (from playing with their pup Sophie). He is happy to go there as well.
So glad we found Steve, April & Sophie! My husband and I were on vacation for almost 3 weeks which was the longest we have been away from our dog Monte. I was a little apprehensive, but our worries were put at ease with updates/pictures of Monte throughout her stay with them. Steve & April treated Monte like family and she had a great time with their dog Sophie. Would highly recommend!!
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Chester had a wonderful time. April has a backyard and fenced in areas so Chester can run around and be safe. He gets to sleep on the couch which he loves.April sends us pictures during Chester's stay
Excellent. Our dog had a great time and for the first time, he is not afraid to leave us
Steve & April were the first sitters I have used on Dogvacay! I was sooooooo impressed, I find no reason to ever try anyone else! Two very delightful people with a beautiful home, yard, and pup of their own. They were both so accommodating and reassuring; I felt more comfortable leaving Lulu with them than I would have with a member of my own family. The daily texted photos were a huge plus . . . put a smile on my face every time.
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Halle & Dunkin loved their Dog VaCay at April's lovely home. I really appreciated the cute photos they emailed to me during the time as well. April & her husband are dog lovers and have Sophie who got along well with my dogs. Highly recommend them and will be booking again next time I travel. Thank you so much for your excellent care and kindness!
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We were very happy with April and Steve + Sofie. Our Bella was tired and had lots of fun with her playmates. Thanks
We looked into several different places to board Roxy, but would have cancelled our vacation rather than leave her with any of them. Then we found April and Steve. They are great! We had no worries leaving Roxy with them. They emailed us photos every day so we could see how comfortable she was there. I think Roxy misses her new found friends. Now we can look forward to our next vacation with no regrets. What a relief.
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I was apprehensive at first but April & Steve put me at ease almost immediately. My little dog had a wonderful time, and it was great to know that she was well cared for in a safe environment.
April and Steve are the best!!! My husband and I are so pleased with the care our shy, little terrier received. What a relief it is to know that we can leave our Annie in a safe, secure home where she receives lots of love and attention.
They were great! Charlie loved staying with April & Steve. They sent lots of pictures, and updated us as to how Charlie was adjusting. They also have a cute pup of their own (well dog, but looks like a pup), and he was kind and Charlie liked him! They played non-stop. I will call them again when Charlie needs to be taken care of while we are away.
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I am very particular about who my Bean Bean stays with. During the meet-n-greet I knew that my Bean would be safe with April, Steve and their dog rfoSophie. You can tell they love dogs and know how to care for them. They sent e-mail updates with pictures and a video to let me know how he was doing when I was on vacation. They have a great sized yard for small dogs and Sophie is the perfect playmate for any dog.
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This was the second time my dogs stayed with April and Steve. Again, a great experience.
Lexie loved staying with April, Steve, and their dog Sophie. They have a wonderful house and a backyard that's perfect for small dogs. This was Lexie's first time being away from home and it was nice knowing she was with such caring people.
April and Steve went above and beyond to care for our mini Schnauzer Cruiser in their home. I can tell they love dogs, and Cruiser blended right into their happy family. Sophie was a pawsome hostess and shared her toys and yard with her new friend. Cruiser came home happy, healthy, and well-exercized. I selected this host because they only take one other small dog (or dog family) at a time, so they can give yours plenty of care and attention. I completely trust this host with my precious furball and would definitely leave her with them again.
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April (and husband) were great. From the meet-and-greet, to getting a custom quote, to communications (replies to questions), to the actual stay of the dogs. Sophie (host's dog) was also awesome and apparently all the dogs got along well. Highly recommended.
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Thankful for April,Setve and Sophie to give a wonderful vacation for Coody.

Coody spent 5 days with them. They had a long walk in the park with Coody. Steve was so nice to email me Coody's life photos and words every day during this vacation. Sophie is a good girl, smart and very cute. Coody gets along great with Sophie.

Besides, Coody always likes to mark territory inside the house. Steve gave some training for Coody and it is really useful...wow~

A friendly family, a green yard with sun shine and a warm house, I thought Coody will miss them.
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Wolter and Otto spent 8 nights with April, Steve and Sophie. They had a wonderful time and you could tell they adjusted well and felt safe and loved while they were there. Steve was nice to email me pictures of them playing and lounging around in very comfy surroundings. Both Wolter and Otto had special diets and April was more than accommodating. I will be planning to have the boys stay again with April and Steve the next time I have to travel. It is very comforting knowing that they are treated so special when you have to leave them.
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