What a joy and relief to find Sam. Our two little dogs Morse
& Hugo are so precious to us and we have agonised about going on
holiday without them. We could never put them in kennels and have
previously put on family and friends in the past to look after them both
for short trips. However, after booking them in with Sam for a
whole two weeks whilst we tripped off to Italy, we have returned highly
delighted with their service. The biggest compliment we can pay is from
two highly satisfied doggies. We could tell how happy they were when we
anxiously collected them after 15 days. They were happy, contented,
well exercised and chilled out. We couldn't be happier too, what piece
of mind it gave us. Thanks Sam for allowing us to be guilt
free when we go away and thanks a million too for all the photos &
text updates whilst we were away. Helena, Joseph,Morse & Hugo x
We recently moved into the area
& one of our biggest concerns was finding reliable doggy day-care for our
lively Labrador. We were really impressed with Sam's website and the
rest is history! Right from the start we could tell that our dog was in
excellent hands. Sam is a true professionals who gives 100% to what she does and it is clear she really loves working with the dogs. She has
the ideal combination of genuinely caring for our pet as though he were her
own dog, balanced with being calm and firm, in order to retain the dog's
respect & obedience. In short, we completely trust Sam with the
welfare of our dog, and we know he has lots of fun with her and the other dogs
- he is also much fitter and slimmer now! He comes home tired and happy, and we
can relax knowing he is with friends. Thanks Sam! Lesley & Dean
Doggy Daycare came highly recommended by our neighbour when we acquired our
lively Sprocker puppy a few months ago. We've been so pleased- I really like
the personalised service which Sam provides and how she really cares about
the welfare of the dogs in her charge. I love knowing that Hamish is treated
as one of her own when he stays there. Possibly the highest compliment,
however, comes from Hamish. He is simply ecstatic when she comes to collect him
and doesn't look back as he goes off for a day on the moors with all his new
friends. Any pangs of jealousy (on my part) are negated by the fact that it is
utterly reassuring to know how happy Hamish is in Sam's care. Thank
you! Miriam and Genna
Don't put your beloved family dog in a concrete prison when you're on holiday! We did once - and never again - but then we found Sam! Our lovely Ruby (labrador gun dog) has just returned from her two week holiday with Sam whilst we enjoyed our time away. She has returned in peak condition, happy and well exercised during her break to dog heaven! We trust Sam care for our dog for holidays and also for odd days when we need to be out and about. So should you! Highly recommended. Thank you.
Andrew, Alyson & Ruby
Just wanted to let you know how wonderful you are, and how lucky
and relieved I was to finally find someone to trust beyond all doubts to
walk our weirmaraner, Mica, as you know she needs a lot of exercise and
attention and is very 'velcro' , and you went above and beyond before my
trip to make certain that everything would go smoothly. I was
definitely not going to put her in kennels,could not bear the thought of
it, and had been putting off travelling for a few years now , so you
were the answer to my prayers , taking her out for good long runs each
morning whilst my son was at work, she had a truly brilliant time
,running with the other dogs,making new doggy friends and coming back
home, happy and exhausted. You really are a dog owners dream come true,
being professional, caring ,and understanding of all my concerns. I was
able to place my total faith in you and knew for certain that Mica was
in the safest of hands. I will not hesitate in getting in touch if I get
a chance to travel again. Thank you ,once again so so much ,you
are doing a wonderful job and I am sure you are very much appreciated by
all your clients and their pets . Well done.
Best of wishes,
and Mica. x
Well - I am chuffed! I think I have found what I
have been lacking for 6 years! Someone I can ask to have my dog. Tell you
something - I wont worry now ----- when our friends come from Far East, and
want weekends away, I will be able to go. Ive been turning it down.... but I
don't think I need to any more. Of course, I understand things depend on your
calendar. However - we do also know about these plans well in advance too, and
you will be my first port of call now.
Thank you so so much!
Wow - feel liberated! Can have a dog and a life
When we came
across Slaithwaite Doggy Day Care and Home Boarding we were looking for
somewhere for our much loved 'Jim-Bob' to stay as the whole family were going
away on holiday for the week. As you can imagine we were highly anxious about
leaving Jim-Bob anywhere, we particularly didn't want to send him to kennels
for the week and so were delighted when we stumbled across the service which
Sam offers. From the moment Jim-Bob met Sam and Henry we knew he
would be safe, and most importantly happy whilst staying here. Sam was extremely professional and more than happy to let me and family members
look at where Jim-bob would be staying and took great care in ensuring that not
only he would be happy but that he got along with Henry and that they could
meet his needs also. Its an added bonus that Jim-Bob can take his bed, and
favourite toys, just in case he misses home - which we now think is becoming
less likely as he seems to be right at home here too, which makes us even more
at ease when we go away. Jim-bob now visits regularly, and has just returned
from his second 'holiday' with Sam and Henry. He gets so excited when we
tell him he is going to see them, and has also made lots of other
friends...Floyd and Daisy to name a few! Jim-Bob has also become lots more
obedient since his time spent at Doggy Day Care, which has also given us the
courage to let him off the lead when we walk him - we would never have done
this before. We are so glad we found you and the friendly, professional service
Angela & Jimbob
We have three dogs which we love very much, and going away without them
has always been a wrench. Do you put them in kennels, or lean on busy or
ageing family members to help with dog sitting in your absence?
Well, for us the answer is Sam!
Flexible, reliable, and with dogs kept safe and returned in great shape -
what more could you ask. You only have to see their excitement when Sam
collects them to know they are in good hands.
Book early to avoid disappointment!
Gavin & Dawn
Poor Rosie.... I should never tell her 'Sam's coming' This morning she
was waiting at the gate from 7.30am, tail wagging like crazy. Tonight,
after spending the day with Sam, she is snoring very loudly in the
corner with a little doggy smile on her face, much too tired to wag her
tail any more!
If you want a happy dog, a dog that grows in confidence, a
well socalised dog, and a dog who is tired at the end of the day, then I
highly recommend Sam for doggy day care (Rosie loves a sleep over
too!). Fantastic, easy, honest, reliable service - invaluable. Sophie.
what can I say wow! What a wonderful home you have, a perfect country
retreat. I could'nt have wished for anything more for my Labrador Tilly. A real home from home with a lovely warm calm environment full of love
fun and relaxation. On deciding to have a family holiday the worry started! Who can look
after my girl shes never left my side since she came to us at 8
weeks old .it had to be someone pretty special.
When i found your impressive website I just knew it was the right place
for Tilly. When I met Sam she was so warm and caring with great love for
dogs,Tilly was so relaxed and happy I knew I could leave her in her
On returning from a wonderful eight day holiday with my family i picked
up a very happy tired but very fit dog who had been extremely well
cared for and been given lots of exercise, fun, hugs and cuddles. Sam
gave me lots of updates and pics of Tilly while I was away but most of
pf all plenty of reassurance for me to that Tilly was happy and fine. Sam is wonderful person and I wouldn't hesitates to leave Tilly
with her thank you so much for looking after her.
Rosie and Tilly x
I have been searching for
awhile for a kind, and caring dog walker/pet sitter to look after my energetic
As she is slightly nervous
with the initial meeting of other dogs, I have found it hard to trust anyone to
take good care of her.
Finding Slaithwaite Doggy Day
Care & Home Boarding has put my mind at ease knowing she will looked after
very well, and have a wonderful time frolicking with her new found canine
She went for her first week
end away, but Sam was very calm, and reassuring, even keeping me posted with
text’s to let me know Annie was having a fantastic time.
What a relief to know my long
search has paid off.
When I collected Annie, she
was calm, and I wasn’t sure she wanted to come home with me, as she’d had such
a wonderful time in Sam’s capable and professional hands.
Now both myself, and Annie
are happy, as we both get to go on holiday!!!
I would not hesitate in
recommending Slaithwaite Doggy Day Care and Home Boarding to anyone who loves
We had given up on holidays abroad as I couldn't find anywhere I
considered good enough for my two labradors. They are not used to being
left alone for any length of time and need plenty of free-running
exercise to keep them happy. Boarding kennels would definitely not suit
A friend had met Sam, passed her details to me and the rest, as they
say, is history. We went abroad in February and I was totally relaxed
knowing that the dogs were having the time of their life with Aunty Sam.
They have also been for Doggy Day Care and come home tired and happy.
Sam, you give a fantastic, professional service and Milly and Blake
think you're the best thing since tinned dog food!! There is no higher
recommendation than that!!
Helen (Milly & Blake)
I was looking for an alternative to kennels that would give me peace of
mind "Slaithwaite Doggy Daycare" is the best, Lulou came back with
more manners than he went with fit and happy its fair to say he's got a new Mummy's and lots of doggy mates. Sam gave us regular
updates when we were away and looked after our Loulou like he her there
own, what a relief meant we could have sangria a la Playa guilt free,
Ben & Sophie
Our beautiful dog Martha loves spending time with Henry, Sam.
Another amazing experience for us all!
Martha, Jo & Family.
puppy Duncan has been coming to Slaithwaite Doggy Day Care from the age of 8
weeks and we could not be happier with the love and care he gets while we are
at work. He has a whale of a time and jumps out of my arms into Sam's as soon
as he can see her. He has a great day walking with his doggy
friends and then a nice relax at 'home' after where tummy rubs and a game of
tug are the order of the day. We could not be happier with the care knowing
that our dog is in safe, knowledgeable and caring hands. We cannot thank you
enough, Gemma, Mark and William - and Duncan of course.......
Hi folks! Milly and Blake here! When we heard that Mum had been using
our names on this website we decided we wanted to tell it like it really
Staying at Aunty Sam's is Brill 'cos we get long walks, and we can play
ball if we want (Milly) or just potter along doing lots of sniffing
(Blake) AND we don't get told off for getting muddy!! When we are back
at the house we can have lots of cuddles and in the evening we can lie
in front of the fire for a good snooze.
AND, don't tell anyone else, but Milly and Henry have great fun
together as he really likes an older woman....! Well, to be honest, he
So to all you dogs out there, if you hear the word 'holiday', and get
the feeling it might not include you, make sure your humans have booked
you in to Slaithwaite Doggy Day Care and Home Boarding. It is the only
place for discerning dogs. Woof!
Milly & Blake!
After a bad previous experience with day care, it has been a great
relief to me to find Sam to care for my lovely dog, Floyd. Sam is
extremely reliable, has a really calm manner and genuinely loves her
work. She looks after Floyd exactly as if her were her own and I know
he receives the highest standard of care at all times. I regularly see
Sam walking other dogs at the weekend when I am out with Floyd, and have
even joined her on treks across the moors. Having spent so much time
watching her work, I am completely confident in Sam's ability to care
for a wide range of dogs with all kinds of personalities. She treats
them all with great love and respect and they respond really well to her
calm, positive leadership. Thanks Sam, for all your hard work. Best
wishes from Zoe and Floyd.
It took such a long time to find somewhere that I was happy with, I work
long hours and I needed to be sure that my little dog, Daisy, was being
properly cared for. As soon as I met Sam I knew Daisy would be ok,
every week when I bring Daisy to Sams, Daisy is so happy to see her. I
pick her up every Monday morning and I know she doesn't want to leave!
She comes home happy, well exercised, well socialised and most
importantly not stressed because we haven't been together. I highly
recommend Sam, a fantastic, professional, dedicated person, would be
lost without her!
Jane & Daisy
Thanks Sam for looking after Candy so well and giving her so
much fun and activity with you and all the other dogs. She slept for
almost two days! I won't feel so guilty leaving her next time around
knowing she's having so much fun and of course those swims she so loves.
I'm sure you'll see her again!
Heather & Candy
The biggest commendation and recommendation comes from our 6 m.o. puppy,
Jeb. Whenever Auntie Sam and the gang come to collect him, she gets the
biggest, bounciest greeting with lots of tail wagging. He's even knows
when she's going to arrive and sits outside waiting.
We were worried at first as to how a puppy would fit into our lifestyle,
with us both working full time, but the service and care provided by
Sam mean that we are guilt free and have a happy, well socialised (and
by the time evening comes, tired) little guy. It's very easy to tell how
happy he is.
He's been attending since he was 3 m.o. and Sam has helped with
everything from basic training to socialisation. The service and care
are second to none and Jeb insists that we will be using the service
for a long time to come and who are we to argue!
Tina & Antony
We've just returned from a lovely 2 week holiday in Crete feeling
relaxed and refreshed. We thought very carefully about whether we should
go, leaving our year-old Cavalier King Charles Spaniel ( who's a bit
special!). We couldn't bear the idea of leaving her in kennels, so,
having used Sam previously to look after Sally when we had a weekend
away, we decided that Sally should have a holiday with Sam. It was
exactly that for Sally. She was very happy on her hols at Slaithwaite
.Well fed, exercised, and most importantly cuddled, loved and kept
amused. Sam was great, keeping me updated with texts and photos and
enabling us to relax and not worry about our little Sal. I would not
entrust her to anyone else now when we go away. Thanks again Sam ( and
At last, after trying many other dog care option I found this fantastic place for my 2 much loved Boarder Collies Harry and Dylan, I can't believe how much it's changed our lives and given us the freedom to go away without a single worry. When I take the boys to Sam's they are so happy to see her, tails wagging straight in to her well organised, clean, beautiful home with no hesitation.
Sam is friendly and accommodating and regularly updates me whilst I'm away with photos and messages.
Most definitely a holiday for all of us!
Jayne Ross xx
Monty has just returned from a two week stay with
Sam. This is the first time we have left monty and as a much loved
part of our family we wanted to make sure that he was happy and well cared for
while we were enjoying our holiday. Sam adores dogs and provide a home
from home environment for any dog that stays with her. This environment has
the added bonus of the most amazing walks that any dog could dream of and
plenty of them! We were sent regular updates while we were away of monty having
the time of his life swimming, running over the moors and playing with his doggy
pals. On one of the pictures monty looked that happy he actually looked like he
was smiling! Our only concern while we were away was that monty wouldn't want
to come home! Monty is home now but will visit Sam once a month for
the day just because he enjoys it so much and so he can catch up with his doggy
I met Sam initially whilst out walking my dog. I was immediately
impressed by how she was exercising and entertaining the dogs with her
that day. I knew straight away I’d found someone I’d feel more than
happy to leave my dog with.
Heidi is a Vizsla with loads of energy and masses of stamina and would
not be content with a quick trot around the park! Fortunately for Heidi,
Sam has also loads of energy and bags of stamina too, so coupled with
having Henry to romp around with; Heidi has a fantastic time in Sam’s
care which means I can now leave her without a worry and return to find a
relaxed and happy dog. Fantastic!!
I wasn't able to take my lovely springer Rosie with me at Christmas and
was relieved when Sam agreed to care of her. Rosie visited Sam a few
times to make sure everything would be ok (she always came back tired)
before I left her for four days and nights. I was happy that Rosie was
in a comfortable home and was well taken care of and I'm sure she had a
much merrier time than in a boarding kennel. I'd happily recommend Sam
to take care of any dog.
We have a very tiny teacup yorkie and could not bare the thought of
putting him in traditional boarding kennels whilst we were on holiday.
Thankfully we found Sam and could go away without worrying. Sam treated
Nemo as if he was her own, he slept in her lovely kitchen and she gave
him all the cuddles and attention he needed (I think she enjoyed it as
much as he did)!! She completely put our minds at ease, ensuring that
all his requirements were met, including brushing his teeth!
She kept us updated whilst we were away with texts and lovely photos of
Nemo and her boxer, Henry who became best friends (little & large)!
Sam is a true professional and clearly an absolute dog lover and we will
not hesitate to leave Nemo with her in the future.
Laura, Mark & Nemo
When my husband and I finally found the time to visit friends in West
Sussex I needed someone to take Thistle my elderly lurcher. Boarding
kennels were out of the question and not all home boarding places are
prepared to take elderly dogs. Luckily Sam took Thistle , and has had
her back twice since then. Sam takes great care of her and makes sure
that other dogs coming to stay don't upset her. Thistle thinks Sam is
great, she likes Henry too. According to Thistle the place is
comfortable (I've been in the house and know this to be true), she gets
nice walks and to potter in the garden.
Sam and her service is a real Godsend. Many thanks from Sarah and
This is the first time we have left pepper (our cheeky cocker as we
call him) with anyone other than family, and he will be coming back to
Sam rather than the family. She has taken
excellent care of him and us by sending us pictures and updates she
really helped put our minds at ease so we could enjoy our holiday. Pepper has come back just as happy as when he left which tells me he felt at home. Thank you Sam we will be back.We definitely will , I don't think I could do what you do but I'm really glad you can and that we found your service.
Charlie loves staying with Sam, I couldn't wish for a better person to
look after him when we go away, so professional, caring and someone you
can trust to look after your dog how you would look after him. It
really makes for a happy holiday when you don't have to worry about
those you leave behind. Thanks Sam!
Andrea Owner of www.maidfortails.co.uk
Hi Sam, Many thanks for having our two again this week. We love the
fact that they are so pleased to see you and don't even give us a
backward glance when we leave. I know they appreciate the fact that each
dog has it's own 'cuddle time' so they don't miss us at all!!
When we picked them up from you they just managed to stay awake long
enough for their tea and then crashed out for the rest of the evening.
Two happy and contented dogs and two relaxed and grateful owners. Many
I have recommended your services to various friends so hopefully you'll
be inundated with enquirers. We have previously placed the dogs with two
other boarding homes but for different reasons have not been totally happy with
You have given us complete peace of mind to know that in
future our dogs will be well looked after in a lovely environment enjoying
plenty of country walks & cuddles. They certainly look like they made
themselves at home.
When we got them home they were so contented
they both just curled up and slept for hours. I think they will be
looking forward to coming again. We go away fairly regularly & hope
we can place them both with you.
Jill (Flash & Leo)
We boarded out two Labradors. We were moving house and so at the most
stressful time we needed somewhere we could temporary place our two. We
went to meet Sam and felt instantly reassured that our dogs would be
well cared for. We were not totally sure of dates and Sam was wonderful
in extending their stay. Our dogs are happy and healthy and we now would
not put them anywhere else. As a rule I generally don't recommend
business, I would not hesitate in recommending Sam! We are so happy with
the care and attention they received that we are going to put them in
with Sam once a week, as our two miss her and her gorgeous dog Henry.
Thanks again Sam you made a stressful moving time less stressful!
Marie & Jo
Finding Sam was like an answer to my prayers! When I
learned that I needed to go into hospital for surgery and I wouldn't be able to walk Scooby or drive for some time, I was devastated. How
would I cope? Having been a rescue dog from a rescue organisation where
he 'd been for a year, I knew boarding kennels wouldn't be
suitable. He would think he 'd been abandoned again and pine for me and
his forever home.Then Sam was recommended to me and I met her and my
mind was at rest! Scooby loves to go out for walks with Sam and enjoys
staying in her cosy comfortable home. The only problem I have is that
when I walk him and Sam is nearby he runs away from me to join her, I
think he prefers her company to mine, but Sam modestly says he only
wants to play with the dogs!
Hi Sam, Thank you for
looking after Charlie so well while we were on holiday. Hope he behaved
for you and we would love to use Doggy Daycare again in the future.
Thanks again, The Marshalls and Charlie
Lucy has definitely been calmer since
she got back, and has not been
pulling on the lead as much, which is great!! She slept most of Monday and we've given her some good long walks to
keep her well exercised! Thanks again for looking after her so well - we're so
pleased to have found you so close by, you do such a great job! Lucy will definitely be visiting you and
Henry again soon!
Hi Sam- love the pictures! Many thanks and you will most definitely
be seeing Molly again!
dog is my pride and joy. A young Dalmatian, she is high in energy and stamina,
so not everyone can cope with her. And I certainly wouldn’t entrust her to just
(Slaithwaite Doggy Day Care and Home Boarding) is a natural with dogs, as well
as very caring and extremely capable.
a dog like mine comes home happy, healthy AND tired, you know you’ve hit gold.