Catherine has been looking after my black Labrador (Thimphu) when I have had to travel for the past seven years. She loves going to Catherine and is looked after as if she was at home. In fact, probably better than she is looked after at home! She always comes back fit, well and happy. Our combined love and care has resulted with preparations for her 15th Birthday being well in hand for a month’s time. Thank you Catherine (and Simon!)

Simon Thorley

Home Animal Care has been looking after my bulldog Luna for a few years now and I can’t recommend them enough! They are always very prompt and responsive in our communications. They are extremely attentive with Lunas needs, walks, play and cuddles! We often receive updates and photos too during her stay, which is always lovely.

They are highly experienced and knowledgeable in a home from home environment. As soon as Luna knows she is going on ‘holiday’ she is super excited which is so comforting, she is just as excited for her holiday as I am for mine ?? I can completely forget about my fur baby, knowing she is in good hands.

Gemma Batson


Catherine’s professional approach to boarding our dog proved to us her caring nature towards all animals. Not only does our chocolate Labrador come back to us groomed and well exercised, she can’t wait to return and leaps out of the car excited to be back!! We love the fact that Catharine lives close to wide open spaces where the dogs can run free and together, enjoying each other’s company. We would highly recommend Catherin and Home Animal Care to anyone who wishes their dog to be cared for in a friendly family environment with plenty of exercise, whilst they are away.

Jane and Jonathan Ungemuth


I have been boarding my dogs with Catherine for over 14 years now and cannot recommend her highly enough. It is a complete home from home environment and they come back having been loved cared for and smelling beautiful!! They are so excited when they get dropped off and the regular updates and photos we receive whilst we are away are very reassuring.

I now make sure Catherine has availability for them before I even book a holiday as I would not send them anywhere else as we get an absolutely amazing and reasonable service




Professional, dependable and friendly

I cannot recommend Catherine highly enough for anyone in need of a caring and trustworthy dogsitter. My Labrador Isla has been visiting Catherine for the past 6 years and whether it’s for a day, overnight or a week, Isla always enjoys the time she spends there with the other dogs.

Catherine creates a warm and welcoming environment for dogs of all shapes and sizes and has plenty of space for them to roam and play. What sets her apart is her genuine love for animals and her dedication to their well-being.

Every time I drop off Isla at Catherine’s house, I know she will be in good hands. Catherine provides regular updates with photos and videos and it’s evident that she goes above and beyond to ensure that each dog in her care feels happy, comfortable, and loved.

Overall, I couldn’t be happier with the service Catherine provides. She has become an integral part of Isla’s life, and I consider myself very lucky to have found someone who cares for her as much as I do. If you’re searching for a dogsitter who will treat your dog like family, look no further than Catherine.



We have a Cavalier King Charles Spaniel (Dash).
We had planned to go on holiday quite a while before we had Dash and so when the time arose for our holiday we were naturally very concerned as to where Dash could go. The breeder had advised us that Cavaliers do not like kennels and that a home environment would be far better. We found Catherine's details on the National Petsitters website and arrangements were made to visit with Dash.
Dash is part of our family and it was clear to see that Catherine's own dogs and those she looks after are very important to her, this made us feel very confident to leave Dash with Catherine knowing that he would be very well cared and loved, even allowing him to sleep on the family bed just like he does at home.

The last site we saw of Dash when we went on our holiday was him being carried in Catherine's arms with his tail wagging away -
he didn't even look back at us, much to our dismay. On his return home he was very quiet, after so much dog company at Catherine's we think he was lonely and missing his holiday home. Now whenever we go near Catherine's house in the car Dash becomes very excited expecting another adventurous weekend. In short we have no hesitation in recommending Catherine as a petsitter.
She is a genuine animal lover.

John, Fiona and Samuel Johnstone

Last year we moved into the area and suddenly found we needed to find someone to walk our dog Billy, luckily for us Catherine was advertising in the parish news. We made a quick phone call to her and she arranged to visit us at home and meet Billy. On this visit she explained all about her service, costs etc. and introduced her sister Nicole who also helps out sometimes. The very next day Catherine started walking Billy and has done so two or three times a week ever since.
Catherine has proved to be both flexible and reliable during this time and often leaves me little notes about Billy and his walks, showing genuine concern over his welfare. If Catherine needs for any reason to make changes to our arrangements eg she may need to come 15 minutes earlier she always asks if it is ok giving as much notice as possible.
All in all both Billy and I would recommends Catherine's service as being friendly, reliable and flexible.

Melinda Sprigge and Billy

Catherine has been our pet-sitter for nearly three years and, in that time, has cared for our two cats Albert and Ellie many times. She has shown her obvious love for animals and when we go on holiday now, we do so in the knowledge that our cats will receive the same care and attention that we give them. Catherine devotes time and love to the pets in her care and can be relied upon in any emergency situation.
We whole-heartedly recommend her.
Brian and Brenda Jones

I can highly recommend Catherine of Home ~Animal Care she has always been accommodating, even at short notice, is reliable and very professional. Our two dogs are always well cared for and are very happy to see her. She even had to deal with a case of diarrohea last time she came to us, cleared up the accident and did not complain at all!!!

Christine Beadle

Since Larson (my seven year old chocolate Labrador) has been ‘holidaying’ with Catherine I have been able to go on holiday without any worries! When we first met, Catherine took great care in learning about Larson’s likes/dislikes, dietary needs, health problems and funny habits – of which there are many! He never looks back when I leave him and is always tired and happy when I collect him. The fact that I know he receives the same carefully monitored off-lead exercise as he does at home is very reassuring and I know I won’t return to the very ‘hyper’ dog that greeted me following a stay in kennels. Larson loves the home from home environment Catherine and her family provide with the added companionship of Lucy, Harry, Bella and the adorable Florence. I cannot thank her, or indeed recommend her enough!
Heather and Larson

Catherine has walked Rupert our Afghan Hound for the past four years, starting when he was a young puppy. Catherine is totally in tune with Rupert, his funny habits, such as, stopping dead when a twig has got stuck in his coat, trying to fly when he spots a pigeon on a telegraph pole, but also knowing when he is off colour. As far as we are concerned, Catherine has done over and above the call of duty since being introduced to Rupert.
Catherine is totally reliable and trustworthy, If ever we need to change our plans or add some extra visits, we have always found her very obliging and flexible, Catherine gives us peace of mind and confidence that not only Rupert and our cats, but also our home, is in safe hands. There is also the knowledge that any problems which may arise, will be dealt with calmly and responsibly.

Jenny & Rupert

Since discovering Catherine’s wonderful “dog hotel” we can go away without worrying about our lovely cockerpoo “Boris”. He has a great time and Catherine always lets us know that he has settled in! It really is home from home but with friends to play with!! He comes home looking great and very happy! Definitely 5 star rating!

Liz & Boris

When we first contacted Catherine we were impressed by her professionalism and the attention to detail regarding our dog and her particular needs. Tully (our 5 year old Chocolate Labrador) took to Catherine immediately and I had little doubt that she would experience a home from home. Tully has been to Catherines several times now and is clearly well cared for and regularly walked. I think if Tully had her way she would never leave!!

Jane & Tully

Our border terrier, Janner, thanked his lucky stars the day that I discovered Catherine whilst searching online. She combines professionalism with her genuine love and understanding of animals. Janner is relaxed and makes himself completely at home; he is very well cared for, loves the different walks and enjoys the company of the other humans and dogs. Now he gets excited when our suitcases appear as he knows he will be going to stay with Catherine, so that's a recommendation from him, too!

Maggie & Janner

Catherine has been supporting us with our two dogs for a few years. She is an absolute Godsend, helpful, supportive and happy to text info and photos just to make us happy. We look forward to many years with Catherine and would recommend Catherine as a wonderful dog carer in this area.
Our Vizsla experienced a slipped disc earlier this year. I reported a concern with Catherine early in the morning and she responded asap upon her visit. Between us our beautiful Vizsla was at Dick Whites and all sorted within a week. Catherine stayed with my Vizsla until I managed to get home. All above and beyond the call of duty.

Andrea Maclure



I love Catherine and so does my dog Bracken! I feel completely confident leaving Bracken with Catherine when we go away, and know that Bracken will be loved and cared for just as well as when she is at home. Bracken went blind very early on in her life, but Catherine handles her special needs brilliantly, and makes sure she feels comfortable and secure. The way Bracken charges up the garden path to Catherine's house is all the proof I need that she thinks of it as a second home.

Jane Shaw


Catherine has been looking after Alfie since he was a puppy - she is an animal lover and you know when your dog is with Catherine it is in very good hands. I would highly recommend her.

Gill & Alfie

We have been taking Tango, our Cocker Spaniel, to Home Animal Care twice a year for over 5 years now and it has been one of the best decisions we have made for her. After two traumatic trips to kennels in her first year, we wanted somewhere where we could leave her knowing that she would be as settled and as cared for as she would be at home. Catherine provides all that and so much more - she even sends updates on how she is settling in each time! Tango literally drags us up the path to Catherine's front door on day one (quite a contrast from the kennels!) and comes back energised and happy after a week of brisk walks and lots of doggy company. We now never worry about her when we're away and certainly wouldn't dream of leaving her anywhere else. Thanks so much Catherine for providing Tango with a home from home.

Ian & Jane Marshall


We first met Catherine when Tilly our Jack Russel was just a pup and very much our baby so were very dubious about leaving her. We found Catherine and on our first meeting walked our dogs together and we just knew that Tilly would be fine. Catherine was professional, knowledgeable but most importantly very affectionate with Tilly. That was 13 years ago, Tilly still has 3 or 4 holidays a year with Catherine and absolutely can’t wait to get there. So much so as soon as she sees a packed suitcase she whines until we get there, we have now taken to hiding our packed suitcases!! Four years ago we wanted to introduce another dog into our family and with lots of advice from Catherine about breeds and temperaments decided on a Giant Schnauzer. Catherine how now been looking after her too for the last few years. They could not be happier in fact are a little sad when they get back.

Although Catherine has moved around an hours drive away from us now we would still rather do the two hour round trip to know that our dogs are so happy. They do always come back looking and smelling absolutely gorgeous too.

We now consult with Catherine before even booking a holiday and fit in with when she can have the dogs as we would not send them anywhere else!

Carl and Veronica Valente

My dog Bramble loves going to stay with Catherine. She takes such good care of him and takes the dogs on some lovely walks. She had also taken really good care of my previous ageing dog Sam. Its a real home from home.

Pat Williams

I can’t quite put in words how grateful I am to Catherine and Nicola for looking after my Boris. Myself and my husband travel a lot and when we go I know I am leaving him in the safest hands. He’s always excited to see them both and gets quite upset when he leaves. They are both wonderful people and great at ensuring my Boris is safe and happy. I can’t recommend these ladies highly enough. If you have any doubts, don’t because it’s wasted. Book with Catherine and Nicola and I’ll guarantee you won’t ever have to worry again about your beloved pet. Thank you so much ladies. Boris sends him love too.

Sara & Boris

Stan my dog really enjoyed staying at Catherine’s so much that when he came home that evening he was really sad to leave, Catherine home is so dog friendly for Stan is was like moving from one home to another.

Chris & Stan

Catherine has been looking after our Springer Spaniel Ollie when we go on holiday for the last five years. She is very knowledgable about dogs, especially Spaniels, and clearly loves her work. Ollie comes home fit and relaxed with a lovely shiny coat. I couldn't ask for more.

Nicola Kearton








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