Poochie Paradise (Red Deer area)
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Sue I.
Pine Lake, AB T0M 1
70 Reviews
33 Repeat Guests
$30/night
Other Sitters Nearby
  • Same day bookings are OK
  • Responds within 3 hours
  • Cancellation Policy:
    Flexible

Pet Requirements

  • 1-20 lbs
  • 20-40 lbs
  • 40-80 lbs
  • 80+ lbs
All Ages OK
List of Pets OK for House Sitting
Dogs, Cats, Fish

Sue's Resident Pets

Destiny
Border Collie
Female
9 yr 6 mo old
Mickey
Labrador Retriever
Male
13 yr 8 mo old
Hitch
Border Collie
Male
6 yr 9 mo old
Other Pets & Animals: Cats

Sue's House

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Large Yard
100% fenced
Smoke-free home
Pets allowed on furniture
Great for senior pets
Dog door access

About Sue

25 Years Experience Caring For Dogs
Mature, reliable, dependable and many repeat guests! Summer, winter, spring or fall; swimming, running through snow, basking in the rays of the sunshine or flopping out on the couch in front of the fireplace, your pets will be looked after as well as mine.
If you think this is the vacation your pet would like to have: look no farther. Located in the Red Deer area (just southeast of Red Deer). My home offers that and so much more. Not only will your pets have full access to all areas of my home but they have a full half acre in which to run and play. With all of the freedom they have, it is imperative that your pet be well adjusted, socialized and house broken.
Along with the three resident dogs, there are three resident cats, as well.
My home is a non-smoking one and I stay away from chemical based cleaners as much as possible.
If my calendar shows that I am booked, please contact me, regardless, as the calendar may not be correct. Computer inefficiencies.
Please note that if your pets require extra care or have issues that need to be dealt with, then an extra fee may be applied. Please talk to me about it before arrangements are finalized.
A percentage of my income from this will be donated to a local animal shelter/rescue group.
Proof of recent vaccinations and/or titer testing is required.
I am home more often than not but do work part-time.
Happy home, happy pups!
For boarding in my home, the prices quoted are for a 24 hour time frame. Anything over that, may result in an extra charge:)
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Can administer oral medicine
Can administer injected medicine
CPR / First-Aid certified
Special Needs Accommodated
  • Separation anxiety
  • Aggressive behavior
  • Leash Pulling
  • Advanced senior issues
Sue I.
Pine Lake, AB T0M 1
70 Reviews
33 Repeat Guests
$30/night
Other Sitters Nearby
  • Same day bookings are OK
  • Responds within 3 hours
  • Cancellation Policy:
    Flexible

Availability

  • Available
  • Unavailable
  • 1 Spot Left
  • Booked
  • Last updated September 16, 2016

Credentials

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Course 101 Graduate
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Services & Rates

Boarding Overnight At Sue's Home
$30 /night
  • Watches up to 5+ dogs/night
  • Dogs may be unsupervised for 2 - 4 hours/day
  • Dogs will have full access outside for potty breaks
  • 1 walk/day
  • Pets can sleep wherever they want
House Sitting Overnight At Your Home
$55 /night
  • Dogs may be unsupervised for 2 - 4 hours/day
  • Willing to travel 25 miles
Daycare At Sue's Home
$25 /day
  • Watches up to 4 dogs/day
Home Visits
$25 /visit
  • Willing to travel 25 miles
Training
$25 /hour
Pick-Up/Drop-Off
$20 each way
  • Willing to travel 24 miles
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70 Reviews
My dog was very excited to return to Sue's. As soon as we pulled up it was clear he knew where we were and had had a positive experience there before. He has a blast playing with the other dogs and cuddling with Sue. She is super helpful, even when I got lost on my way there and gives helpful training tips when you pick up your pooch.
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Thank you Sue for taking such terrific care of Bentley. I was a little anxious booking sight unseen but you relieved my fears immediately by your calm and wonderful demeanor with all the dogs. And sending me some pics just confirmed that he was well taken care of. If I end up back in the area on another vacation, Bentley and I would love to come back and see you.
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Sue is amazing! Our dog Stella loves going to her house. The yard is big and walks off site are plentiful! Sue has a great love for dogs and a wonderful way with them. The text updates are always comforting to see Stella is well looked after and having a good time! The drive out to her is definitely worth the trip! We rate Sue 4 paws up ;-)
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Oakley enjoyed his stay and had lots of tlc and puppy bonding time.
JJ was comfortable enough to overcome his anxiety and eat the first night apart. I think he felt like part of a real dog pack for the first time in his life. There were good, structured activities and a clear pack leader (Sue).
My husband and I needed for find accommodations for our dog, a Golden Doodle 5 month old puppy, and we both agreed we did not want a kennel. We wanted our dog to have space to run and play with lots of love when we were away at Christmas, and Sue definitely met all those needs!

We came across Sue after realizing she was one of the highest rated PetVacay sitters, and now we know why! She lives approximately an hour from our home, and I swear every minute of our drive was worth it. We received daily videos and pictures of our pup playing with the other dogs and we had constant communication with Sue while we were gone. She has a wonderful set up with a separated backyard and front yard, both completely fenced and both huge, and it is clear the dogs are at home in her home.

We loved Sue and her love and affection for dogs, and we will absolutely be booking with her again! Thanks again Sue!
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Sue was amazing, would absolutely recommend her to anyone looking for care!
This was the second time Maxx stayed with Sue and once again he was well cared for! Thanks Sue
I always feel completely comfortable leaving my Boston Terrier, Zoe, with Sue. On this vacation, we also left our new French Bulldog cross, Tug. The dogs were very well cared for in a safe and secure environment. I love that it is a "home" rather than a "kennel" and that they have access to her very large enclosed yard for exercise as it mimics our home and makes it easier for them to adjust.
Oh.... and I got Tug back better behaved than when I dropped him off!! (Tug had a terrible habit of jumping up on people which Sue corrected...Big thank you Sue!!)
I recommend Sue to everyone.
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I love sending my dog to Sue -I know she is very well taken care of and always comes home exhausted from all the exercise and activity she gets with the other dogs.
Layla had an awesome weekend as usual! She came home exhausted and happy. I don't worry about her at all while she is with Sue. But it's definitely nice to get photos and text messages updating me on her vacation. I would never want to take Layla anywhere else.
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Shadow had a great time at Sues' again. No surprise. Shadow is a finicky eater and she figured out how to get him to eat. When I picked him up, he was happy to see me, but figured I should stay and join him instead of him leaving. She gets 5 stars with me.
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Sue and her crew are by far the best when it comes to Doggy Vacations. Its best to see of ahe has a spot available before even thinking of a kennel for the weekend as noone would care for your pooch like Sue will. Loads of exercise and interactions with other pooches Sue ensures every guest goes home wantikg to come back for more. Truly a summer time highlight time for our pooch Dex..even met a new buddy ;)
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I am beyond impressed with Molly's whole vacation experience. Sue was so kind and assuring. I must admit, leaving our Molly was difficult - but I knew what an amazing human Sue is. She kept us 'nervous parents' notified of her vacay. Thanks Sue!
Chase had a great time with Sue, he comes home tired from all the fun he has playing with the other dogs and when we go to drop him off, he jumps out of the vehicle and runs to her gate. Highly recommended.
Esprit had the time of her life! Thanks for the pictures Sue. She came home one tired, happy puppy!
A perfect "home away from home" for a special four legged family member! Thanks Sue
Once again, Sue has proven why I take my dogs there again and again. Not only did she completely rearrange her schedule so as to make leaving for my trip way easier, she also was exceedingly flexible on my pick up time. I was apparently enjoying myself so much that I lost track of time!

On top of everything, I had also saddled Sue with a lame dog, an old dog and my old lady who does not have much time left. I would not have left Jenni if I was not completely confident that she would be well looked after and all her needs met if something happened while I was out of reach. In all truth, she gets better service there then she does at home! Sue hand feeds her when she doesn't want to eat and gives her extras to entice her. Basically she pampered the old girl!

As for the other 2, they always come home exhausted from playing, usually soaking wet from splashing around in the pool and eager to sleep the rest of the day away.

Thanks Sue!

Stacie
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Sue was awesome from the moment we got there and will definitely be taking my dog back there. She kept us updated all weekend how our pet was doing which was great because it was the first time we had left her that long. She showed us lots of helpful hints to help with training our puppy!
Tanya
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My dogs, like many people are my world. Finding a sitter that I can trust to provide them with the proper care is not only important but crucial for me to feel relaxed myself when I am on vacation. My experience with Sue was one of the rare occasions where I can say I felt absolutely at ease my fur kids were in safe and experienced hands.

Sue allowed me to bring them a week in advance for an initial meet and greet with her and her other four legged companions. As expected all went well and as an owner I saw first hand how much enjoyment they were going to have during their stay. Sue was very explanatory with all aspects of what I/they could expect during their stay.

I can not say enough good things about Sue and her facility and I foresee using her and referring her to friends time and time again. She has a generous acreage with lots of space, apparatuses, access to a lake, trees and fields; there is no shortage of things for these animals to do. More importantly She is a kind and generous person herself who really knows dogs and treats yours as her own.

BTW I have two full grown Cane Corso and they are not the easiest breed to understand or in lots of circumstances not a welcomed breed at kennels. Sue never flinched at the thought of taking them in and when it came time to pick them up a week later I thought I may have to bribe them to return home home with me.

Thanks Sue for taking such good care of Bad & Badder.
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Always a wicked experience with Sue!! :) Onyx loves Sues house!
A fantastic experience.
Sue had my puppy Layla for the first time this weekend, and I wasnt sure how Layla would do on her first "vacay". She did amazing, and its all thanks to Sue. Her knowledge of dogs, as well as her good nature, and accomodating property make for a great place to call a home away from home for your furry friend. We will be returning to Sue's for all of our dog vacation needs :)
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Our boys had a fantastic time! They came home extremely exhausted and happy. Thanks again Sue!
Sue was fabulous! After our initial meet tp introduce our dog to Sue and her dog family, we knew that our dog would be well looked after. Sue pays such careful attention to all the dogs behaviours and needs. She even sent regular updates throughout our dog's stay
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Another great stay for Haylee with Sue. It's so wonderful to have someone we can trust to take good care of our furry family member while we're away. Haylee clearly enjoys her time at Sue's and as a high-anxiety dog who doesn't take quickly to most people that's saying A LOT. We can tell how much Sue cares about the animals in her care and we love the frequent e-mails and pictures- it makes such a difference in our comfort to be able to SEE that Haylee is doing great.
It's invaluable to know that our dog is in such great hands and it allows us to enjoy our time away without worrying.
Thanks again, Sue.. and we look forward to next time!
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I can't remember how many times Mowgli has stayed with Sue, all I know is that we won't be leaving him with anyone else! With her knowledge of dog behaviour and ability to control a pack of wild beasts (or cute puppies), Mowgli comes back to us exhausted, happy, and better behaved than before (and he's already an amazing dog!). I've passed on her name to everyone I know.
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Kota had an amazing stay with Sue and the bunch!! I will bring her back anytime!! She slept for a couple days when she got home from all the running and playing!'
Excellent! I have no doubt's they loved it.
Was so nice to go away and not have to worry about my furry friend!
We had a meet n greet before I had to leave her and it went well, introduced all of the dogs and I knew she would be fine. I appreciate Sues expertise and training help she gave us, and Jaspen had a great time!
Will definitely be booking with Sue again :)
Crystal
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My dogs, Dusty and Tony, spent 2 great weeks with Sue. She took them on many long walks, and Dusty got to sleep on Sue's bed. Both dogs were in great shape when I picked them up. I will definitely leave my dogs with Sue again.
Another great vacation with Sue!! Thanks for always going above and beyond with Onyx and accommodating us as well!! Thanks Sue! Xo Onyx!
Another awesome expierence... Sue comes highly suggested for a good reason. Only place i will take my pups for their vacations. Thank you Sue
Sue took great care of my dogs while I was away for a week. They had a good time with her dogs, and were well exercised. I have made arrangements to leave them with her for another 2 weeks. Bob
Sue broke my dog...and I couldn't be happier! He comes back from Sue's exhausted and happy and we love knowing that he has been treated like family in Sue's house while we've been gone.
Our dog, Haylee, is very timid and does not take to most people right away. The last (and only) time we sent her to a "sitter" she ran away and was missing in the dead of winter for 3 days (and that was with family!), so I was nervous to say the least.
Sue was very comforting in letting me know that her yard has been checked and secured so my little escape artist would be safe. She has a large property that is great for the dogs and she takes them for walks whenever the weather allows for it. Her dogs were very accepting of Haylee, even though she can be a little saucy when she feels overwhelmed. She has a sweet clan of doggies.
Sue's animals, including those she is watching, are clearly not just treated like pets, they are treated like part of a family and are free to come and go, sleep where they are comfortable, and they receive lots of yummy, healthy treats.
Sue emailed both myself (although I was unable to receive them where I was) and my mother, daily, often including stories and pictures.
I know that Haylee was comfortable and happy because she actually ate an entire container of her food, and she will not eat if she is at all stressed. She will not even eat a treat from a stranger or at the vet's office.
Haylee was happy to see me, but I could also tell that she was enjoying herself. She gave Sue a kiss goodbye and we were on our way.
The entire process was simple and stress-free. Sue is very flexible and clearly takes her responsibility seriously.
We will be using Sue in the future and HIGHLY recommend her.
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Gunny stayed with Sue and her delightful crew once again for 5 nights. Gunny returned home very exhausted due to all the adventures and socializing he had during his stay.
We love and appreciate the fact that Sue keeps us updated with texts and photos so that we know Gunny is doing well.
Thank you Sue!
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Zoe loves to stay with Sue, and it is now her "home away from home". I never have to worry about the care my pet receives, and I can enjoy a stress free vacation. I love the huge fenced yard and the daily walks. Sue is also awesome in posting pictures of Zoe on face book when I am away so I can see how she is doing.
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Sue look after my dog for three weeks. I could not have taken him to a better place She treated him like one of the family His stay was alot better than If I had taken him to a regular kennel. I am not sure he wanted to leave. I would definitely go back
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We have an 11week old German Shepherd and Sue took her in - last minutes notice. As our puppy hasn't been near any other dog she let Onyx check her place out and then slowly introduced her dogs one by one, so Onyx wasn't completely freaked out. She treated Onyx like her own, taking her to the lake and working with her on her obedience. Sue is an amazing dog lover and takes great pride in taking care of your dog. I am very sure Onyx was sad to leave but we will surely be bringing her back for another stay soon! Thanks Sue!! :)

Shelby & Greg
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This was our boys' second stay with Sue within a month and a half, and as with the first stay, I'm pretty sure the boys really didn't want to come home! They are completely spoiled with Sue, having the run of the entire house and yard at any given time, getting regular brushings, and getting just a whole lotta love in general! I feel 100% comfortable leaving my dogs there and know they truly are probably better looked after there then they are at home! Sue gives no stress to the situation of leaving your dogs there, be it long or short term. I can't recommend her enough!
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Sue is awesome! Mowgli felt right at home, exploring her huge yard and playing with her dogs. I got daily updates with pictures and she taught him some valuable things! I came home to a much more polite, attentive puppy! Thanks, Sue!
Thanks again for a great doggy vacay Sue! Sarah and Gus had a great time, as evidenced by the fact they have been sleeping all day since coming home. We will be back!
My dogs loved it! They were treated just like they were at home, spoiled and well exercised. I got picture updates that eased my mind. Wonderful setting, great experience.
My boys Jax and Jake spent almost 3 weeks with Sue and her mutley crew. The boys are a bit high maintenance and Sue was able to provide an environment where they were comfortable and very much loved. The dogs stay had to be extended and Sue was very flexible and understanding. I received frequent photos and updates of the dogs adventures. They were out daily swimming in the lake, running in the field, gathering sticks and getting cuddles. Not to mention the 1/2 acre yard which is fully catered to dogs with 2 swimming pools and an agility course. Sue is very trustworthy and I know the boys received wonderful care. We will defiantly be back and I recommend her home to anyone. Thanks Sue.
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Sue treats your dog like it's her very own, probably with more exercise and play than he gets at home. I highly recommend Sue and I'm sure Chase (the dog) thinks she's his newest bestest friend. I feel better leaving Chase in her home based environment rather than a kennel for extended stays.
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We had to extend our boys' stay with Sue for a couple more days, and not only did she work with our schedule, but we feel so good knowing that the boys probably have it better with her then they do at home! We are so thankful for finding someone as trustworthy as Sue and will be using her for boarding services for years to come! :)
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Gunny is a little Maltese Shih Tzu cross who visited Sue for 6 nights. He had a terrific time running around with the ‘big boys’ and got the chance to cuddle with Sue. He was a very exhausted and happy boy when he came home. Thanks so much Sue!
Gunny is a little Maltese Shih Tzu cross who visited Sue for 6 nights. He had a terrific time running around with the ‘big boys’ and got the chance to cuddle with Sue. He was a very exhausted and happy boy when he came home. Thanks so much Sue! 5 Pawsome!
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Sue is amazing Jake loves her and her dogs we were gone for three days he came home so happy and tired right out. We got photos of Jake running around with the dogs he just has such a great time there and we feel so comfortable leaving him there
As usual, my kids loved their visit to Sue's and came home to lay in exhausted little fur piles around my house! LOL. Sue pampered them and they always love to stay with her for their little holiday. I got a pile of picture of them out on a walk and having a blast frolicking around in a pond they had found. I am surprised that they ever want to come home with me!

Thanks again Sue!
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Chase looked like he had a great time and seemed quite at ease with your dogs. We will definitely be using you in the future.
This was a last minute booking Sue accepted right away we were so happy he was going back there he always comes home and sleeps for a good hour and a half. We love that when we pull up to the house we see him running around and loving life with all the other dogs!
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Jake had a great time with Sue and her dogs! She is a great lady she welcomed us into her home and insured us everything would be alright we spent a while there making sure Jake would get along with the other animals and we felt so at ease leaving him there for the night
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Berks had a great time as always.... totally trustworthy! !
Great vaca with sue dogs came home happy healthy and pooped out Thanks again sue Monica
Whenever we leave our dogs with Sue we never have to worry. They are so loved there and Sue treats them as her own. Both boys come home happy, stress free and VERY tired!!! I would recommend Sue to anyone who wants peace of mind while away.
As usual Sue was fantastic with Berkley, and I felt 100% safe leaving Berkley in her care :-) Am booking again for February!
Initially I was a little concerned about how Izzy would handle his first "vacation". Well, I had nothing to worry about. Sue made him right at home and he had a blast.
Was a great experience for both my wife and I and our dog Mia. Sue updated us with photos and a write up of there day and it made being away from Mia a lot easier. Defiantly suggest Sue to others
Sue is fantastic, she is so wonderful with the dogs she watches.... Goes above and beyond...Berkley adores her. Would recommend her to anyone
This experience was great to hear feedback as Bree is a current Foster. Seeing her with Sue's pack and being given the opportunity to have another opinion on Bree's temperament and behavior was great!
I have previously left another dog of mine with her and received a much more confident pooch upon pick up. Sue lives for her interactions with animals and I certainly trust her with our furkids!

Bree came out of just the meet and greet played out. Had the weather been warmer (her stay consisted of -40 to -50 cold), I don't doubt she would have been having a huge snooze after coming home.

I'd definitely seek her accommodations again if we require.
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Maddy and Sue hit it off! We will call on Sue again!!
Once again I picked up my very happy and contentedly tired puppies. They seemed to have a blast and fit right in with Sue's pack. I hear my big 90lb baby even got to snuggle in bed with her in the evenings!

Sue is very accommodating with drop off and pick up times as well so we had no problems with making our flights and more importantly, sleeping in the day after our return.

Thanks Sue!
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I would like to thank Sue for the excellent care and attention she gave my little Boston Terrier while I was on holidays. This was the first time I had ever left my spoiled little princess with anyone and was a little worried about how my dog would adjust. Sue provided me with pictures and updates by facebook & e-mails which really re-assured me while I was away. Zoe was cared for, exercised and loved just as if she was at home. I would recommend Sue to anyone.
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Our dogs had a great time at Sue's! We have a golden retriever and a yellow lab that we have been hesitant to leave at just any kennel, and always leave with family and friends - this time away that wasn't an option and we were happy to be referred to Sue by a friend - love the idea that they live in the home with her and her pets, they got to play, run and swim everyday! Our lab had cruciate surgery a couple of years back and we were confident leaving him with Sue due to her personal experience with the surgery and rehabilitation - our dogs had a great vacay while we were away, and we loved getting the picture updates to see what they were up to! Next time we are away we hope to send them to visit Sue and her crew again!
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Sue was Fabulous... We were gone for 9 nights, I received updates every couple days with a few photos attached each time. It was such a relief to know that Berkley was taken care of so well, he looked like he was having a blast. I will most certainly be using Sue - Poochie Paradise again for any extended vacations in the future.. 100% :-)
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Thank you so much Sue, Cooper and Tucker had and awesome time and we didn't have to worry about them while we enjoyed our holiday. You have such a great way with pets, so patient and carrying!! We will DEFINITELY bring them back as soon as we need you again. Anyone in the Red Deer area should take the opportunity to give their pets a fun, safe place to play!!
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I had sue look after my 3 dogs for 6 days
I was very very pleased with the care she provided for them
They were walked everyday, had a huge enclosed yard to play in and really were treated like they were her own dogs
One of my dogs needed medication everyday and it was no problem
Definitely a 5 lick experience for everyone
Thank you sue for making this a wonderful worry free vacation for all of us
Monica
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Our dog Stella was well looked after at Sue's house. She is a true dog lover, and her dogs were extremely welcoming and friendly to our Stella. We received regular updates during our trip to tell us and show us - via an e-card :), of the fun they were having. I highly recommend Sue and her Poochie Paradise and we will definitely be returning Stella there for a visit when the need arises.
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