Home Dog Boarding
Home Dog Boarding
in Norfolk
We are the alternative to kennels
in Norwich, Great Yarmouth, Kings Lynn,
Hunstanton, Sandringham.
Your local PetStay branch
Home Dog Boarding in Norfolk
We are a loving alternative to kennels
in Norwich, Great Yarmouth, Kings Lynn, Hunstanton , Sandringham and surrounding areas.

PetStay Norfolk Branch

Hello my name is Sophia and I am very excited about welcoming you to PetStay Norfolk. Ever since watching James Herriot on the tv and reading all his books, I have wanted to be a vet. After graduating as a veterinary surgeon and working as a vet for a few years I started a family with my husband and found I couldn’t really combine being a vet with family life.

I started teaching Animal Management at the local college and achieved my teaching degree after 2 years. This was a great combination, I still had a job where I could take my dog to work (Seamus, on the picture, still loves coming to every lesson and the students love him) but when the children were off school, I was home as well.I was looking for a job where I could combine my love for dogs with my organisational skills and when I saw that PetStay Norfolk was available, I jumped at the chance to take it on.

Why home boarding?

Having fostered dogs for a few years, I know how dogs change when they are in kennels and how they improve when they come out of kennels into a loving family home. Having always had rescue dogs, I have never put any of them in kennels when I went on holiday, but at times it was hard to find alternatives. We usually book Seamus’ holiday before we book our own! Home boarding is the perfect solution to make sure that both dog(s) and owner are happy and at PetStay we make sure that all our carers are perfectly suited to the dog’s needs.

Why PetStay Norfolk?With PetStay Norfolk you can be assured that your dog will be in the most comfortable environment and well looked after by one of our carefully considered and handpicked carers. It is very important to me that I match your dog and the carer accordingly to ensure they are both right for each other. Most importantly I make sure that the carer can adapt to the dog’s daily routine, rather than the other way around. My carers are the most reliable and trustworthy in the area and meet stringent criteria in line with local council home boarding licence requirements, they are all insured and interviewed in their own homes.

What next?

So if you are looking for a caring holiday home for your four legged family member with people that adore dogs, are fully vetted, insured, licenced by the local council, are matched to the requirements of your dog and who will give them all their usual home comforts and routine whilst you are away, then phone me using the numbers below for a warm and friendly chat or write to me using the email address.

Before you then choose to book with PetStay, I will take great care to get to know you and your dog(s), taking full details of your dog(s) so that I can match them with the perfect carer. I will then arrange a ‘meet and greet’ for you, your dog and the carer in the carer’s home, with no obligation. After meeting the carer, and when you are completely happy with the match, I will organise the booking.

Sophia - PetStay Norfolk

We do get incredibly busy during school holidays and in the summer months so make sure you call us and arrange your dog care as soon as possible. I look forward to hearing from you and providing the very best home boarding that Norfolk has to offer.

Becoming a carer

Our service is proving so popular that we are always looking for new, dog-mad carers to join our brilliant team. If you’re interested in becoming a carer, I’d love to hear from you. You need to have experience looking after dogs, be at home during the day, have a secure garden, have no more than 2 dogs of your own and no children of 7 years or under. You can look forward to welcoming some delightful doggy guests into your home with the added bonus of earning a little extra.

Sophia Guymer – PetStay Norfolk

Contact Details

To find out more or to arrange a visit to one of our carers in the Norfolk area, please get in touch using the details below.


Tel: 01603 327326

Mobile: 07861 957551

Email: sophia@petstay.net

Areas coveredWe cover Norfolk and surrounding areas including postcodes:

NR1 to NR31: Norwich, Great Yarmouth, Attleborough, Wymondham, North Walsham, Cromer, Dereham, Fakenham, Melton Constable, Holt, Sheringham, Walsingham, Wells-next-the-sea areas.

PE30 to PE38: King’s Lynn, Swaffham, Hunstanton, Sandringham, Downham Market areas

Do you hate having to put your dog in kennels?… Well there is a better way for your dog in the Norfolk area

Home dog boarding and pet sitting services in Norwich, Great Yarmouth, King’s Lynn and the Norfolk area.

If you are worried about leaving your dog in kennels and would prefer a more personal touch, then why not consider a dog sitting service in Norwich, Great Yarmouth, Kings Lynn and the surrounding areas.

At PetStay Norfolk we have many caring and affectionate pet sitters that are fully licensed, insured and have been carefully chosen to provide a better experience than dog kennels for dogs whilst their owners are away on holiday.

The carer will ensure that your dog is treated as part of the family and will be given the same routine that they would obtain at home, making pet sitting in the Norfolk area a far less stressful experience for your dog than kennels.

PetStay have gained an outstanding reputation over many years for providing an excellent dog sitting service and now PetStay Norfolk are becoming well known as your local dog sitters in Norwich, Great Yarmouth, Kings Lynn and the surrounding area.

Home Boarding for Dogs

Home Dog Boarding

  • Your dog/s stay in one of our loving carers’ homes
  • Meet your carer before you book
  • Kinder and less stressful for your dog
  • All routines kept
  • We don’t mix different dogs together
  • We don’t walk your dog/s off the lead
  • All our carers are licensed by the local council (if required)
  • Carers are fully insured and vetted
  • We are recommended by vets and our many, many customers

Our Prices

1 Dog £20.00 a day
2 Dogs £30.00 a day
3 Dogs £40.00 a day

Prices above are per day, or part thereof, except Bank Holidays. For more information regarding those rates, please contact us.

Here are the few simple stages of booking with PetStay.

1st: Ring or email your local branch to discuss your dogs requirements and dates.
2nd: We will explain all about PetStay and what your next steps would be.
3rd: We then take all details about your dog and then match them to the most suitable carer.
4th: A meeting will be organised for you and your dog to meet the carer.
5th: If you are 100% happy with your carer you would then be ready to book with PetStay.
6th: No later than 5 days after your initial meeting, complete our on-line booking form and pay the booking fee.
7th: An email confirmation will be sent to you.
8th: You’re all booked in and don’t have to worry about anything.
9th: When you drop your dog/s off for their holiday you then pay the remaining balance to the carer.
10th: Go away with complete peace of mind and have a wonderful holiday.

Become a PetStay Carer

So you want to work with dogs and be home based?
Have you ever thought how wonderful it would be to work from home and be able to work with animals? If you’re a dog lover and want to have a flexible, home based job that lets you work with dogs, then maybe you will love being one of our carers looking after dogs in your own home.

Earn from £80.50 to £196 per week

Please call Sophia for more information and an informal chat

Carers Walking Dog

Frequently Asked Questions about becoming a PetStay Carer

What are the requirements of becoming a carer?

You must be a genuine dog lover, have experience of looking after dogs and you need to be home during the day so you have plenty of time to give to the dogs you are caring for. You must have a secure garden and agree to abide by PetStay guidelines. You are allowed to have a dog of your own as long as your dog gets on with other dogs.

How are your carers vetted?

If you meet all the requirements listed above, we will come and visit you at your home. We will check the security of the garden, explain PetStay procedures and show you the guidelines each carer needs to follow. If you are happy with everything and we feel you would make a suitable PetStay carer, we would follow up a reference and arrange public liability insurance for you.

Do I need to be licensed?

If you are successful then you would apply to the council for a home boarding licence (if required by the local council), we can help you with this, it is a straight forward process.

How many dogs can I look after?

Our service is on a one-to-one basis, so only dogs from the same household will stay with you. You are allowed to take up to three dogs from the same household, BUT you choose what you are happy with. We will ask you how many dogs you would like to look after and what sized dog/s you would be happy to care for.

Do I have to provide the food?

No, the owner will bring any food or treats for the duration of the stay. Any toys, bedding, medication and leads will also be brought.

Does the dog/s have to be vaccinated?

Yes each dog MUST have up to date vaccinations, have been wormed and treated for fleas. Proof of the vaccinations will be brought to the meeting and shown to you.

What about walking the dogs?

All dogs should be taken out each day for walks. When you have your meeting with the owners all routines, including the number and length of walks, will be discussed. The dog is only ever walked on a lead.

What if the dog becomes ill?

We/you would endeavour to contact the owner or the emergency contact. The owner or the emergency contact would be liable for any expenses incurred in taking the dog to the vet.

How am I paid?

Your fee is paid as the dog is dropped off. This is a self-employed home-based position, is very flexible and fits around your lifestyle.

What happens next?

If you are interested in becoming a carer, please ring us for an informal chat and ask any questions or email us with your details and we will come back to you. You can also use the contact form on the ‘contact us’ tab. If we feel you are suitable we would then arrange to visit you at home.

Apply to be a carer

Please fill in the details below, and we’ll get back to you as soon as possible.

Our Reviews



“My dog Chester went to stay with Jessamy. We had a pre-stay meeting which went very well and I felt he would be happy staying with her whilst I was away. It was very re-assuring to get photos and messages. He had lovely new walks and lots of fuss made of him and I would definitely use her again.”

March 2018

Jess - Norfolk


“Jessamy looked after our lively springer spaniel, Jess for a week and then a long weekend in February. We were quite nervous as we’ve never left her with anyone unknown to us before and she’s quite a sensitive dog. Jessamy exceeded our expectations. She went out of her way to welcome Jess, gave her lots of exercise and play times. She kept in touch sending us photos and when we took Jess back for her second stay, she was so excited when she realised where we were going and went straight in to Jessamy’s house without any hesitation. Jessamy made a real effort to replicate Jess’ normal routine. I would happily use Jessamy again.”

March 2018

Harriet & Gypsy

Harriet & Gypsy

“This was the first time Harriet and Gypsy had been to stay with Adrian and Christine, with PetStay.

Having had a meeting visit a few months ago, Harriet and Gypsy had no hesitation going in the door on a very snowy morning, the day the snow came down in Norfolk.

Adrian welcomed them in along with their box of tricks, and that was it! Get comfy on the sofa, get out a ball and hold Adrian to ransom for the never ending game of ball ball!

On our return a week later, the girls were so relaxed and chilled out, but hopefully pleased we had come to take them home! They were obviously looked after extremely well, and hopefully Adrian and Christine are happy to have them again in the year when they are booked in.

Highly recommended doggie sitting service”

King’s Lynn
March 2018



This is the first time my dog Cara has stayed with PetStay. Following a very bad experience with a previous house sitter. Garry and Sandra made myself and Cara very welcome. They were keen to get to know as much about her as possible. The regular photos were very reassuring. When the time came to collect my dog she was completely happy and relaxed. I will certainly use PetStay again.

February 2018


Our beagle Toffee was looked after by Karen. We were nervous as this was the first time we had left her. We got to meet Karen and her dog Jasmine before the stay which was great. Karen kept us updated with photos and messages showing us that Toffee was having a lovely time. We found PetStay easy to use and would recommend them, we will definitely use them again.

February 2018



Jack was so settled and happy with Kevin and Margaret just before Christmas, that I have booked him in again in December and they are more than happy to have him. They followed his routine to the letter; he is an anxious dog and sometimes doesn’t eat if he is uncomfortable but that was not the case this time. Would definitely recommend this lovely couple.

January 2018

Norfolk Logo

First time with Christine and Adrian and very satisfied with their care of our dear dogs. They came home very trim and healthy. We were away for three weeks and would have liked email updates. We intend to book again soon!

January 2018


Never want to put my dog in kennels so We managed to book PetStay Norfolk at very very short Notice and can’t thank Sophia enough for that. The process was really easy. Sophia was very clear in every way with explaining everything. We had daily updates with pictures and videos which put us at ease. My dog came back so happy she was walked twice a day. Service was amazing my first experience with PetStay home-stay and will 100% use again. Already booking in the next holiday. Very very highly recommended if you’re looking for home-stay. PetStay, Thank you again.’



January 2018

Norfolk-Joey & Buster

Joey & Buster

This was my first time using pet stay. Jessamy was our chosen Carer for my dogs, buster(border terrier x ) and joey (patterdale terrier). Jessamy was friendly and was keen to get to know buster and joey. I was a little unsure how I would feel leaving them with someone new and I didn’t really know, but Jessamy understood and was really reassuring. Buster and Joey stayed with Jessamy for 4 days, during this time I received messages and photos which was great. I felt totally relaxed knowing they were both well looked after. Thank you.


Great Yarmouth
January 2018



Holly is a 7 year old Terrier Cross who has never faired well in kennels so when I saw an advert for PetStay this looked like a perfect alternate. Jessamy was brilliant from the moment we first met to the time we picked up Holly 14 days later. The pictures we received whilst away were brilliant and I had no doubt that Holly was in a good pair of hands. We will definitely be using this service again!

January 2018



My cockapoo puppy of 6 months went to Sandra and Gary in Attleborough for 18 days. I found them very professional and friendly. They ensured that she was well cared for and Poppy got on well with her dogs and cats. I would have no hesitation in using PetStay Norfolk again.

Great Yarmouth
December 2017


Daisy (owners own picture)

My dog, Daisy, was very happy to stay with the carer. I met the carer, Hilda, before the stay and we went through all the key and relevant information. The first meeting went really well. When we picked up my dog after her stay, I could tell she had been looked after well and had received care of the highest quality. We will definitely use PetStay again.

December 2017



I spoke at length to Sophia at quite short notice about my dog who had never been to kennels or a strange dog sitter without his ” doggie brothers” . She was able to take on board all my concerns and place Fudge with an ideal person for him and he clearly had a super time as he wasn’t at all stressed or overly excited by our return.
Can’t thank the joint efforts of Sophia for placing him and Julie for looking after him enough


November 2017



A fantastic a friendly service that stayed true to every promise and then some!
Our dog was introduced to the carer’s animals in an open and neutral space before being taken to the house to check the place out. We talked over every aspect of our animal’s medical and personal history as well as her behaviours. It felt as though our cared really wanted to make our dog part of the family.
During our time away, we received regular updates via WhatsApp showing our dog having a great time and being really well cared for.
All this for a price comparable to the cold, unfriendly kennels we’ve seen but felt uncomfortable using in the past.
Could not have been happier


November 2017



When my son picked up Sam from Angeline he wondered if he had picked up the right dog as Angeline said that it was a pleasure to have him and he is very welcomed to go an stay again.
Thank you

November 2017

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Bonnie, Trigger & Buster

We have just come back from a 3 day break, having left our three re-homed dogs Bonnie, Trigger and Buster with Mike and Geri for the first time. They were made very welcome, walked daily and had plenty of exercise playing in the large garden. They were looked after very well even spoilt a little. Mike and Geri are so friendly you couldn’t want anyone better to trust to look after your pets.

Erika, Fakenham
October 2017

Norfolk-Sammy & Cooper

Sammy & Cooper

Sammy and Cooper have just come back from their first stay with Kerry at PetStay. They have only ever stayed with family before so we were a little worried how they would get on and whether they would behave themselves. Kerry was very warm and welcoming and the dogs loved her straightaway. Kerry was lovely and kept putting my mind at rest that they were doing fine and behaving themselves, she sent me pictures of them looking very comfy and relaxed on the sofa. The whole process of booking with PetStay was very easy and we couldn’t have been more pleased with how it all went. We’re already trying to sort out our next trip away with the help of Kerry and PetStay.

Katherin, Norwich
October 2017

Norfolk-Chralie & Alfie

Charlie & Alfie

Our Dogs, Charlie(aka Naughty) and Alfie have just had their second vacation with Angeline and Stephen in Sprowston. They seemed very happy there with their new pal Sherlock. I am sure they would be happy to stay there again.

Mark, Norwich
October 2017

Norfolk-Honey & Sophie

Honey & Sophie

Booking up at short notice with PetStay Norfolk, Sophia was very professional in finding the right people to look after our two six year. old sibling sister cockers Honey and Sophie. Kerry and her family in Norwich, were perfect carers for the week we were away in Devon. Made us feel relax on holiday with photos and updates of how the dogs where getting on and pampered them as if they were their own. My wife, being very anxious of how her ‘babies’ where going to be looked after, had her mind put at ease while away.
I highly recommend PetStay Norfolk and Kerry and her family after our experience and will definitely be using the service again.

Simon Pannell , Norwich
October 2017

Norfolk-Hugo and Harry

Hugo & Harry

We used pet stay in Norwich and we are very happy with the service. They are very friendly and professional, our dogs Hugo and Harry absolutely loved their sitter Hilda as she gave them lots of cuddles on the sofa. We would highly recommend this service and we will be using them again especially Hilda.

Shane Jordan, Norwich
October 2017



We have used PetStay a couple of times now and the service is always excellent. Barney had such a great time and was so well looked after I don’t think he wanted to leave his 2 new mates. Will always use PetStay when we go away.


Mark, Norwich
October 2017

Honey & Lottie

We would like to thank you on your first class choice of pet carer. Our “Girls” , Honey & Lottie had a wonderful time with Julie, obviously thoroughly spoiled and well looked after. Should we need a pet carer, we would definitely ask for Julie.


Margaret & Peter
October 2017



I would like to say an absolute massive THANK YOU to pet stay, we recently used them in August and I could not have asked for a more loving home for my Sasha and the care she received while staying with PetStay, I will most certainly be recommending this company to other people and I would use them again if needed, Again a personal thank you to Sophia xx from the Manuel family xx
(Sasha, the little black one, pictured here with Sophia’s own dogs, ready for a walk)


Manuel Family
September 2017



Poppy really enjoyed meeting Sophia and her 2 dogs a couple of times before her stay, and a visit to Sophia’s home. As owners we were very happy whilst away, knowing Poppy was safe and enjoying herself, and not lonely as she was on a previous kennel experience. We were sent lots of photos of Poppy whilst we were away too. On return Poppy greeted us warmly and Sophia reported back on her stay in detail before we returned home. We will use Pet Stay again in the near future and recommend Pet Stay to all dog owners.


September 2017



Just leaving feedback from my dog Bessie visit to Sandra and Gary’s in Attleborough
She had a great time was well looked after and was even allowed to sleep on their bed with them like she does at home
One happy dog and one happy customer thankyou

September 2017



Sorry this is so late, but I just wanted to say a massive thank you for arranging Millie’s stay with Jane in August. Millie had a brilliant weekend with Jane and sulked for a day when she came home! We are delighted to have found someone so caring to look after Millie. As my family live in Ireland we visit several times during the year and I will definitely be in contact with you in the future to arrange Millie’s care. The service you provide is fantastic.

Please pass on a huge thank you to Jane.

August 2017



I’d just like to say that Adrian and Christine at Long Stratton took great care of our rescue dog Pixie. She was so calm and well behaved when we collected her after 17 days. She was in rescue kennels for 7 months before we found her so we didn’t want her to go through that again.

I would recommend Adrian and Christine as carers and will use Petstay again without doubt.

Thank you Sophia.

August 2017



Kerry and her family welcomed Badger into their home, where she had excellent care. Kerry kept us informed by sending us pictures and texts, although we did not ask for these.
We felt very confident that she would be looked after well in our absence.

August 2017


Bertie & Benji

‘We were apprehensive about leaving our dogs with carers as one them was just a year and half old, with no experience of being away from us. The older dog had bad arthritis so had exercise restrictions and a regime of medication. We shouldn’t have worried. The boys were so chilled out when we came to collect them nearly a week later. They were never left alone and were included in their carers’ living area, even on the couch. Not only did they eat well and exercised well with walks, chasing birds and playing football, but obviously LOVED as well. We couldn’t look after them any better.
As a result, we will be booking them in for more holiday time with their carers, and have no hesitation about recommending this site to any dog owners who love their pets like a family member.’

August 2017


Happy & Ani

Tanya and Lee looked after our dogs wonderfully. They sent regular photo updates and made the whole process very easy. Both Happy and Ani came home seeming to have been very settled and without any stress so thank you very much for your help at such short notice!

August 2017



We left our 5 month old puppy ‘Poppy’ with Kerry for three very happy days. It was Poppy’s first overnight holiday away from us and we were naturally worried but had absolutely no need to be. Poppy was the only dog in the house and was treated as one of the family- she enjoyed a trip to the beach, lovely walks and visits to the park. From start to finish Kerry was only concerned that Poppy would enjoy her stay and be well looked after- we were left in no doubt that Kerry and her family would look after Poppy as if she were their own. I received updates on how Poppy was doing during her stay. We will use Kerry again in the future without hesitation.

August 2017



This was the first time we have used PetStay but it certainly wont be the last. Max was very well looked after by Angeline, Steven and Sherlock. They sent us pictures everyday so we could see how happy Max was. We were very pleased with the service and will certainly recommend PetStay to our friends.

John & Jackie, Norwich
July 2017



Hilda did a fantastic job looking after Mia. We were very happy with how well she bonded with our very nervous dog

Robert, Norwich
July 2017



‘Our rescue dog Lucy requires many needs she is quite a complex dog having not had a good start in life. Sophia provided the best care we could ever require for our dog. Thoroughly recommend Petstay.’

Angela, Norwich
July 2017



Following Jewels stay with Anne Marie I would like to say how pleased I am with the way Jewel was looked after during my holiday, Jewel was extremely well looked after.

July 2017



This was Luka’s second stay with Margaret and Kevin. He was very happy and contented, in fact he loved his stay there in their lovely home and beautiful garden. We hope that the next time we are unable to take Luka on holiday with us that he can return there as we know we will not have any concerns about leaving him. Full marks to Margaret and Kevin.

Brenda & Barry, Great Yarmouth
July 2017



I’m happy to review our experience of Petstay. “Our dog had a lovely time with his carers, Margaret and Kevin. They have lots of experience with dogs and knew how to help him settle. He seemed very happy and relaxed when we picked him up. Margaret sent me some photos whilst we were away so I could keep up to date with his antics! They were very considerate and happy to follow our dog’s normal routine. Booking through Petstay was easy and it was very reassuring to know that carers are licensed and insured. I would definitely use this service again. 5 stars!”

June 2017



Our beloved Jack Russell Tara stayed with Delna in Norfolk for a few days at the end of May. The situation was perfect for Tara who is blind. With a lovely house and garden to play in she soon made herself at home.
The attention she received from the carer couldn’t have been better and she was still the same happy little dog when we picked her up as she was when we left her.
We wouldn’t hesitate to use Petstay again, the service was excellent from the franchisee and they communicated promptly to any queries I had.

June 2017

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Max & Ruby

I was extremely worried & nervous about leaving my beloved fur babies, Max & Ruby, in kennels while we were on holiday. I looked at so many on the internet but couldn’t bear the thought of them in a ‘concrete cell’. Luckily I came across Petstay. It sounded perfect & would stop me worrying on my holidays. The booking process was easy, yet personal.

My dogs got to stay with Jessica. We went for a visit beforehand & they seemed right at home instantly. Jessica kindly agreed to send me photos & updates regularly. They looked like they were having the best time, I was worried they wouldn’t want to come home.

I cannot fault the service at all. I highly recommend Pet stay & will definitely use them again.

June 2017


Chase & Rufus

Brad and I would like to thank Gerry and Mike for taking excellent care of Chase and Rufus. Especially when Chase was poorly. We will not hesitate to recommend them to other to owners who want to ensure peace of mind when leaving their dogs in their care

May 2017



Good service, quickly arranged with good communication. My hound appeared to have had a whale of a time! Would use again

April 2017



We have only had friends look after our Welshie Wilby before as he did not like kennels at all and got very stressed. But having found the Petstay website we were delighted to be introduced to a lovely couple who cared for Wilby as if he were there own and he was so calm when we collected him we could see he had had a happy stay which made us very happy too. We would definitely recommend Petstay and thank you to Gerri and Mike. Wilby looks forward to staying with you again very soon!

April 2017


Dave & Molly

My husband was going into hospital and it was necessary to look for care for our very spoilt and valued dogs. I found Petstay on the internet and from the time I contacted them I was impressed by their professionalism. Immediately I felt I had found the right company. At our introduction to our dog carers we were both immediately reassured that our dogs would be well looked after. Molly and Dave stayed with Margaret and Kevin for 4 nights where they were spoilt and cared for as if they were at home. I cannot praise them enough for the care they have to the dogs and the support they gave to me following my husband’s operation and feel I have made good friends. If you like us and reluctant to put your dogs in Kennels then this is the right service for you. Thank you PetStay


Honey & Rosie

We were very pleased with David and Sheila’s care of Honey and Rosie last week – definitely will want to use them again!

Mary, Norfolk,

Bella & Bess

Bella & Bess

Just to let you know how absolutely wonderful your carers were with Bella and Bess last week. I was a little worried when I took them back after the long week away, but their condition was first class and I wouldn’t hesitate to leave them again with PetStay.

Maxine, North Walsham



Just wanted to say thanks for looking after Alfie so well. He must have thoroughly enjoyed his stay because he was very depressed about being home for the first 2 days. I think he missed you!
It was really nice to be able to leave him in such a loving home without any worries while we were away. I will definitely use PetStay again. Once again, thank you very much

Linzi & Steve, Norwich



We have an 18 Month Italian Spinone called Augie. He’s a gentle giant and a bit of a handful. We had a couple of holidays planned and I wanted to find a caring home environment which would suit his character as he is a very sociable dog and likes to be around people and other animals. Spencer and his family and their dog Oreo were absolutely wonderful. He did a short stay at first to see how it would go. Spencer and family couldn’t do enough for him. They followed the daily routine he has already for walking, feeding and sleeping and he was so content when I picked him up I don’t think he wanted to come home! He then did a second longer stay and I was so impressed by the outcome of the first visit I knew I didn’t have to worry at all and I was right. For me and Augie, Pet stay has just the right balance of professionalism within a caring family environment and I fully recommend Spencer at Petstay to anyone.

Vanessa & Chris Bandy, Norwich

Please meet some of our PetStay carers:

Norfolk-Nicola carer

Nicola,Brian, Lily & Autumn

My name is Nicola. I live in Attleborough with my husband Brian and my daughter Lily aged 9. We have a Labrador called Autumn who is very friendly and loves a friend to play with.
I have had dogs all my life. Up until recently I have looked after guide dogs during their last 3 months of training just before they are matched to their prospective owner.
They all loved staying with us and some used to hide up when the trainer came to collect them!
I absolutely adore dogs, they make life feel complete.
Due to my husband’s change of work I was fortunate enough to leave my part time job and look after dogs. This is something I have dreamt of doing for a long time.
I totally understand how difficult it is to leave your dog and assure you we look after them like our own and ensure they are happy and relaxed.”



Jessamy lives in a small but lovely end terraced house in an area with some lovely walks. She has a small, very secure garden. This is what Jessamy says about herself:
I was bought up with dogs, had my own and always knew they would be a large part of my life. Since I moved to Norfolk in 2016 I have volunteered as a dog walker for a rescue centre – which I now try to fit in when I can – around being a pet Carer which I absolutely love. I’ve done a couple of Kennel Club approved courses and am going to be starting a pet behaviour course in 2018. Can’t wait!



‘My name is Marion and am retired and live on my own with my two elderly cats. I have had pets all my life including dogs in the past. I would love to care for and befriend dogs again and PetStay is a way of doing so. I have been helping recently on some puppy training classes and this has updated me on the way dogs behave with each other and with humans! I am quite new to this area of Thorpe Marriott (officially Taverham) and have discovered that there are lovely dog walks nearby and lots of dog owners too. I couldn’t be happier or more excited!’

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Adrian & Christine

Adrian and Christine live in a bungalow in a rural village with lovely dog walking areas nearby. They are semi-retired and have their hours sorted in such a way that one of them is always at home so the boarding dogs will never have to be left on their own. This is what they say about being part of the team of PetStay Norfolk carers.

‘My name is Christine and I have been looking after animals, mainly dogs, for the past twenty years. Recently my husband, Adrian, has joined me, and together we have experienced the joy of caring for other people’s dogs, and sometimes cats, especially after our own lovely dog passed away nine years ago.

We decided not to have another pet of our own but to continue looking after other peoples dogs whilst they were away. Recently we saw an advert for Pet Stay and decided to give it a go, and we have really enjoyed the experience.

Our aim is to ensure the dogs that stay with us are well cared for and enjoy a Home from Home experience so that when they return home they are relaxed and stress free.’



Kerry is a hair dresser and works from home, she lives in a semi-detached house in a lovely green village near Norwich with some really nice walking areas close by. Kerry lives with her husband and 8-year-old son. She is used to both large dogs and small ones.

‘I have grown up with dogs all my life until I lost my last dog 3 years ago, so thought that being a carer would be a lovely way to get my doggy fix without the heartache. I missed my walks and having a dog around the house also my 8 year old boy loves it too. I have looked after some lovely dogs so far and look forward to many more.’


Tanya & Lee

Tanya and Lee both work in education, their grown-up daughters and their partners also live at home and also work in education so they are only available during school holidays. Any dog would be thrilled however as it will have adult company all the time and will be thoroughly spoiled. They live in a lovely area with plenty of walks. This is what they said after their first guest and here is Tanya pictured with some other guests ‘Happy and Ani’.

‘We have just recently joined PetStay as we love having dogs around the house. We have had two Cairn Terriers, Buster who was 14 when he passed away & Sparky who was 11 when he passed away.

We both work full time & felt it wasn’t fair to a new puppy. When I saw PetStay on Facebook I felt this would be the perfect opportunity for us to have another dog / dogs during the school holidays.

We have thoroughly enjoyed having our first little visitor Harry. He has settled in really well, giving his owner a well-deserved holiday knowing her little man is in very safe hands.

We have had some lovely walks & he has enjoyed trying all the beds out!!
Looking forward to our next little visitors.
Tanya & Lee’

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Margaret & Kevin

The lovely Margaret and Kevin. Pictured here with 2 of their guests, Maisie and Jen. They live in a detached bungalow on the edge of a village with a lovely large garden. This is what they say about being carers for PetStay Norfolk:

“Kevin and I have had dogs all our married life, usually rescue ones! When our last little dog Monty, a jack Russell x Lakeland terrier, passed away, at the grand age of 17 years, we were devastated. We decided that we wouldn’t have another dog as we were both past retirement age and were afraid another dog would outlive us, plus the fact that losing all our dogs has been so painful each time.
When we saw the advertisement for PetStay it seemed that was a perfect way to get our “doggy fix” without the long term commitment of owning another dog, it has been brilliant, we have met some wonderful people and wonderful dogs! We have repeat bookings so we get to see them on a regular basis which is very rewarding, if you are thinking about joining PetStay, they will give you all the support and information needed.”

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Gerri & Mike

Pictured here with one of my dogs, Mary, you see the lovely Gerri and Mike. They have been carers for PetStay Norfolk from the start. Gerri and Mike live in a detached house in a rural setting with a lovely large garden. They are very popular carers, with quite a few repeating customers and get booked up very quickly. They say this about being carers:

“We are carers for PetStay Norfolk and love doing it, making a fuss of the dogs and stroking them is very therapeutic.

Dogs just makes us smile more & feel happy,the nice people we meet who bring their dogs to us, are lovely. Also it’s such good exercise, dog walking. It’s amazing how many people we have met on our walks. Now we have retired it’s such a great thing to do.”

Sandra & Garry

Sandra & Garry

Please meet Sandra and Garry.

They live in a lovely house with a small but very secure walled-in garden in a lovely green area. Sandra and Garry are very dedicated to animals and used to medicating animals, having had/still owning cats with diabetes, Roscoe with only 3 legs. The two cats they still own are very chilled and used to dogs and Roscoe and Millie are very friendly and sweet. This is what Sandra and Garry say about being a carer for PetStay Norfolk:

Hi, we’re Garry and Sandra. We live in Attleborough with our two Bichons, Roscoe who is 5 and Millie, 2 and a half. We wouldn’t like to put our two into kennels when we go away and thought there must be many more people like us, so when we saw the opportunity to board dogs we thought this is something we would enjoy doing. So we signed up. We are at home all day and have plenty of time to give to your fur babies. We look forward to meeting you

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Angeline & Stephen

Please meet another new set of carers, Angelina and Stephen with the lovely Sherlock:

“We are Angeline and Stephen. We have a bichon frise called Sherlock. I am retired and Stephen works for the NHS as a support worker. Sherlock is 2.5 years old. He is playful and loves playing with his doggy pals. We live in a bungalow in a quiet estate in Sprowston, Norwich. Nearby we have Mousehold Heath, a very popular woods for dog walkers and an enclosed recreational park all within walking distance.”



Julie is also one of our more recent recruits. She lives in a terraced house with a typical lovely deep ‘terraced house garden’. She loves all dogs, from small to very big dog and has had experience with all of them.

“Hi my name is Julie and I have just joined Pet stay. I live in Dereham for several years after returning from the USA. I have had several dogs in the past and I have volunteered and worked in an animal shelter. I love dogs and am looking forward to looking after other people’s dogs.”

Newsletter Winter 2017

Hello to all our lovely customers, both current and prospective,

The winter is well and truly here now, time for another update.

Our team of carers has now grown to a healthy 13 carers! We lost Julie as a carer as she is going back to the States for a while. Hopefully she will join us again after her return, as her customers will certainly miss her! We have also lost our weekend carer, Jane, who decided not to renew her license due to personal commitments.

Our team of lovely carers now exists of the following:

  • Gerri and Mike in Lower Southrepps who have been with PetStay from the start
  • Margaret and Kevin in Horsford who have also been with PetStay from the start
  • Sarah in Sprowston who owns a lovely calm Labrador
  • Hilda, Sarah’s mum, who lives on her own, also in Sprowston
  • Tanya and Lee in Hevingam who, due to working in education can’t have a dog of their own and so care for dogs in the school holidays
  • Sandra and Garry in Attleborough, who own two lovely little Bichon’s and 2 very calm cats
  • ngeline and Stephen, also from Sprowston and supported in their caring duties by Sherlock their Bichon
  • Kerry in Taverham doesn’t own a dog but is very used to the larger variety as she used to own a Pyrenean mountain dog
  • Adrian and Christine from Long Stratton, who are semi-retired and very experienced dog lovers. They currently don’t own a dog of their own.
  • Nicola, who lives in Attleborough and owns the lovely cheerful Labrador Autumn and used to foster guide dogs for the blind during their training.
  • Jessamy, who lives in Long Stratton and adores dogs. She doesn’t own her own dog however used to volunteer to walk the dogs at Hillside animal sanctuary.
  • And last but certainly not least: Marion, who is from Thorpe Marriott. Marion owns two cats, and to brush up on current dog training techniques, as she hasn’t owned a dog for some time, has been helping out at training classes in Companion Carer, in Pet’s at Home.

The North and West part of my area (King’s Lynn, Hunstanton, Downham market, Swaffham, Fakenham) are a bit of an issue at the moment. I have no carers in that area at all. We are working on that and it will be the focus of my attention in the new year.

In all honesty, the last few months have gone so fast, it seems only last month that I took over the business and I am genuinely loving the job! In January, currently reasonably quiet for my carers, I am going to run a first aid in dogs session for all the carers. We hope they never have to use it but it is always good to be prepared and a large part of the session will cover prevention so that will benefit every boarding dog.

We have had some really good feedback from customers, please find a few below. The rest you can find in the ‘reviews’ section on the website:

DaisyKaren Bunning, Norwich
December 2017

My dog, Daisy, was very happy to stay with the carer. I met the carer, Hilda, before the stay and we went through all the key and relevant information. The first meeting went really well. When we picked up my dog after her stay, I could tell she had been looked after well and had received care of the highest quality. We will definitely use Petstay again. Thanks.

FudgePat and Alan Powell, Carbrooke
November 2017

I spoke at length to Sophia at quite short notice about my dog who had never been to kennels or a strange dog sitter without his “ doggie brothers” . She was able to take on board all my concerns and place Fudge with an ideal person for him and he clearly had a super time as he wasn’t at all stressed or overly excited by our return. Can’t thank the joint efforts of Sophia for placing him and Julie for looking after him enough.

Andrew Wilson, Dereham

November 2017. A fantastic a friendly service that stayed true to every promise and then some!

Our dog was introduced to the carer’s animals in an open and neutral space before being taken to the house to check the place out. We talked over every aspect of our animal’s medical and personal history as well as her behaviours. It felt as though our cared really wanted to make our dog part of the family.

During our time away, we received regular updates via WhatsApp showing our dog having a great time and being really well cared for.

All this for a price comparable to the cold, unfriendly kennels we’ve seen but felt uncomfortable using in the past.

Could not have been happier


We also have a Facebook page where we share some funny pictures, some important advice and from time to time run competitions. I invite you to have a look and see for yourself.

As some of you are aware, we have recently run a competition on Facebook, you were to share a picture of your dog, the share and like our page and get as many people as you could to like your dog’s picture. The one with the most likes won a gift box (see the main website if you are interested in purchasing one), There were 3 groups: small, medium and large.

Facebook Competition

We have advertised in numerous magazines: East Life, Live Life, Let’s talk, Village voice, South East Times, The Pet Care Guide, East Coast Recorder, Pet and Animal Directory on line, Pet and Animal Directory paper copy. So you may have seen us there?

Before I wish you all a very merry Christmas and a paw-some new year, I would like to share some important wintry advice with you:

Please find below the advice the Dog Trust put out for dog owners:

Let your dog’s winter coat grow, and particularly if you have a puppy, short-haired or old dog, buy him a sensible winter coat – a high visibility coat will ensure your dog can be seen in the dark.

  1. Keep your dog on a lead if it is snowing heavily. Snow can be disorientating so he can easily become lost.
  2. Make sure your dog is wearing a collar and an ID tag and is microchipped. It is important to ensure your microchipping database is up to date with your address and contact details
  3. Make sure you wipe your dogs legs, feet and stomach when you come indoors after a snowy walk as the grit from the roads can irritate their feet.
  4. Never leave your dog in a car during extreme weather, hot or cold.
  5. Do not let your dog walk on frozen ponds – the ice may not be thick enough to take his weight.
  6. If your dog does fall through the ice never be tempted to go in after him. If possible encourage him to swim back to you and call the emergency services.
  7. Antifreeze is highly poisonous but tasty to dogs. Keep it well out of their reach and mop up any spills!


Then it just leaves me to wish you all a very Merry Christmas and prosperous new year and don’t forget to keep that chocolate and those raisins away from your boarders!  Remember:


News 2017

Hello to all our customers, their four legged friends and the brilliant carers

The summer is well and truly over and what a wonderful summer it has been. Our team of carers has grown to a healthy 11 carers! We lost Ann-Marie as a carer over the summer which was a real shame as she was a brilliant carer. We gained and lost Karen and John which was also sad but Jasmine, their own pooch, really didn’t enjoy all the dogs and it does need to be enjoyable for all involved. The team of lovely carers now exists of the following:
Gerri and Mike in Lower Southrepps who have been with PetStay from the start,
Margaret and Kevin in Horsford who have also been with PetStay from the start,
Jane in Wymondham, who is our only ‘weekend only’ carer,
Sarah in Sprowston who owns a lovely calm Labrador,
Hilda, Sarah’s mum, who lives on her own, also in Sprowston,Norfolk-All about dogs 2
Tanya and Lee in Hevingam who, due to working in education can’t have a dog of their own and so care for dogs in the school holidays,
Sandra and Garry in Attleborough, who own two lovely little Bichon’s and 2 very calm cats,
Julie, who lives in Dereham and used to work with rescue dogs in the USA,
Angeline and Stephen, also from Sprowston and supported in their caring duties by Sherlock their Bichon,
Kerry in Taverham doesn’t own a dog but is very used to the larger variety as she used to own a Pyrenean mountain dog,
and last but definitely not least, Adrian and Christine from Long Stratton, who are semi-retired and very experienced dog lovers. They currently don’t own a dog of their own. Please visit the ‘meet the carers’ section on the website to meet some of the above carers.

We went to the All About Dogs show where we met lots and lots of lovely dogs and their owners. Some existing customers with their dogs and lots of potentially new customers and their dogs. We also had quite a bit of interest of people wanting to become one of our carers, even some people from the King’s Lyn area in which we desperately still need carers! Fingers crossed!

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I participated in a Dog First Aid course as it is always good to update your knowledge and I am hoping to set up a first aid session for all our carers and wanted to ensure I was giving them the most up to date information. I am hoping to set that up soon.
I have really enjoyed the first (nearly) 6 months of running PetStay Norfolk, have met some wonderful people and dogs and certainly hope to continue doing so for many years to come. It is great to read the reviews our customers write (see the ‘reviews’ section on the webpage) about their dogs’ stay with our carers.
The Facebook page is also up and running, I am enjoying the interaction that takes place. Especially the ‘guess the breed’ posts appear to be getting a lot of reactions 😊
Currently we are already taking bookings for next summer so please book early to avoid disappointment especially if you want a particular carer!
Please feel free to call me or e-mail me if you would like to know more abNorfolk-All About dogs 4out our service or if you would like to join our team of fantastic PetStay carers!


Hello to all our customers, their four legged friends and the brilliant carers

It has been a busy few weeks. I took over the franchise at the end of March, we are now about 2 months later and things are going well. We have had lots of regular customers booking their lovely dogs in with their ‘own’ carer, but also new customers who, initially nervously, met with the carers that we picked for them and after realizing that their dogs would be very well cared for and even pampered while they went away, left the dogs in the carers’ capable hands.
We have been so busy that it was clear I needed to actively look for more carers and so I did. Several adverts on Facebook, leaflets in shops, vets, dog walking areas, an advert in the WI Gazette and signage on my van (see pictures) have already been very effective.


We have welcomed several more carers in our team: Sarah (Thorpe St Andrews), Hilda (Sprowston), Sandra and Garry (Attleborough) and Ann-Marie (Great Yarmouth). Two more sets of carers (Hevingham and Spixworth) are currently waiting for their licences and once they are approved they will be raring to go as well.
I am still interviewing carers at the moment so, watch this space, there will be new additions soon, I’m sure. If you are interested, or you know someone who might be interested in becoming one of our carers, please don’t hesitate to get in touch.
We will soon add a ‘meet the carers’ section to our site so please do visit again soon.

Kind regards,
Sophia Guymer MRCVS with SeamusNorfolk-Sophia


PetStay Norfolk will be attending the All About Dogs Show at The Norfolk Showground on 28th and 29th August 2016.
We look forward to seeing you there!

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