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Slaithwaite Doggy Day Care & Home Boarding

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Murphy loves going to sam and playing with the other dogs and I love seeing all the pictures one happy puppy.

Fantastic door to door service. Molly always comes back fully exercised having a fantastic day with Sam and the other pooches. Highly recommended

Would highly recommend, totally reliable and trustworthy and a pleasure to deal with. Our dog always comes back tired, happy and really well exercised, which is ideal for a crazy border terrier!

What a find! Totally professional. Sam loves dogs & her work. Buddy our cocker spaniel just � loves his time with Sam at Slaithwaite Doggy Daycare. We have total peace of mind & Buddy has great fun with his friends.

Dexter loves his two afternoons out with Sam, Henry and co. He's out of the door like and shot and comes back happy as a dog in mud. The pictures and videos on Facebook just prove that they are all having a ball and are so well looked after and loved. Thanks slaithwaite Doggy day care!!!!

Dear Sam, Faye and Henry,

Thank you so much for looking after me every week, I really look forward to coming, playing and getting muddy on the moor with all my friends.

Your service is excellent and I feel loved and safe when I am in your care.

I am always disappointed to leave, but I always return home tired and happy I look forward to seeing you all next week Jenna �x� Ps Gill and Mike say thanks very much too !!

Neo our much loved labrador has attended daycare/daily walks during the week since being 3 months old. Sam is very knowledgeable and put us at ease straight away on our first home visit. Neo is now a very well rounded 11 month old still young and bold but has good social skills and manors. Sam and her team clearly teach , traine and care for the dogs in there care.

Maurice has been in daycare for 6 months since moving to the area and he clearly has the best time with Sam and Faye and the other dogs. We love seeing the photos of Maurice out and about and importantly looking happy and being with dogs.

Sam put my mind at ease as soon as I first met her and does a fantastic job looking after Maurice. Thank you so much for doing such a brilliant job

Coco adores Sam. I was extra fussy to find someone I felt comfortable with as Coco was just a pup when she first went. The way Coco greets Sam is a sure giveaway she has always been happy in her ( & Faye's) care. The photos on FB are always a giggle - one of the very important aspects of Slaithwaite DDC is that the dogs really do get out into the countryside and have a load of healthy exercise. I highly recommend Sam to any loving dog owner.

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

Slaithwaite 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

Hi Sam, 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,

from Jan and Mica. x

Hi Sam

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 without guilt!

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 you offer.

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.

Hi Sam 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 care.

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 Jack Russell. 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 pals!! 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 there dog.Marie

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 them!! 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, perfecto.

Ben & Sophie

Our beautiful dog Martha loves spending time with Henry, Sam. Another amazing experience for us all!

Martha, Jo & Family.

Our Cockapoo 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.......

Woof! Woof! 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 is. 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 likes everybody. 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 Henry ).


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!

Thanks Sam,

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 pals!

Louise Bradbury

Montys mum

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. Thanks Sam! 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 Thistle.

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!

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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 thanks.


Hi Sam,

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 their care. 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

Hi Sam,

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!


My 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 anybody either. Sam (Slaithwaite Doggy Day Care and Home Boarding) is a natural with dogs, as well as very caring and extremely capable.

When a dog like mine comes home happy, healthy AND tired, you know you’ve hit gold.