There’s a website which allows you to leave your dog with caring people while you go away instead of putting them into kennels.

DogBuddy, which launched in 2013 has several people across Plymouth who will look after your dog in exchange for a small fee.

There are a selection of Plymouth residents ready at the click of a button to offer a homely environment for your pooch while you’re away from them.

The online dog-sitting community has more than 500,000 dog lovers registered in eight countries across Europe.

Dog walkers and doggy day care can also be found on the website.

Marie Macphearson, 47 who lives in Milehouse started offering to look after dogs via the website three years ago.

Diego
Diego

Speaking to The Herald, she said: “I started it because I worked full time and never wanted to commit to having a dog.

“My neighbour told me about DogBuddy, it’s not about the money it’s only around £15 a night.

“It’s a great scheme – we get people who will only drop their dogs to us now.

“All the dogs we’ve had are quite pampered and I think putting a dog like that into a kennel would be very traumatic for them.

“We send photos of their dogs whilst they’re away so we can keep the owner updated.

“We’ve made friends from it and I’ll only take well behaved dogs.”

The company was founded by passionate entrepreneur Richard Setterwall after he struggled to find a sitter for his own dog.

Not wanting to leave his dog in a kennel, realising there were lots of willing dog sitters out there he came up with a sufficient way of connecting dog owners to dog sitters.


You simple log onto the site and enter your location, days you need doggy care for and it provides you with a list of sitters who are available in your area.

Amy from Plympton has been a sitter on DogBuddy for three years.

The 28-year-old said: “It’s all insured so you know it’s safe. They search the area and I think it comes up with the best reviews and it gives you a profile on the dog walker.

“Both owners and sitters can message through DogBuddy, I usually arrange a meet and greet so the dog and owners are familiar with where they’re going.”

Amy charges £15 for a day visit and £20 overnight for one dog. Owners have to provide the dogs bed, food and anything else to comfort them during their stay.

Amy says she treats each dog ‘as her own’.

Treat your pets instead of the stress of kennels
Treat your pets instead of the stress of kennels

He said: “We want to offer a service to provide minimal stress to dogs and their owners. We carefully vet every sitter and on average accept only one in 10 applications based on their assessment, experience and capabilities of caring for dogs.

“We encourage our sitters to send daily updates and pictures, minimising anxiety and stress often associated with leaving your beloved pet behind.”



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