Home Dog Boarding
Home Dog Boarding
in Derby
We are the alternative to kennels in the
Derby, Matlock, Ashbourne & surrounding areas
Your local PetStay branch
Home Dog Boarding in Derby
We are the alternative to kennels in the
Derby, Matlock, Ashbourne & surrounding areas

PetStay Derby Branch

Hi, we’re Chris and Mark and we run Derby’s branch of PetStay. Having both grown up with dogs all our life, it’s always been our aim to take our love of dogs and turn it into a career… and to be actually doing it is a dream come true for both of us.

On taking holidays ourselves it always took plenty of planning to ensure our own dog was well looked after without the need of having to go into a kennel and when Mark’s parents started caring for another branch of PetStay and seeing what they had to offer we knew we had to get involved and bring this much loved alternative to Derby.

We know the importance of ensuring you can go on holiday knowing your dog(s) is well cared for and with PetStay you get that peace of mind as well as giving your dog(s) a little holiday too. All our carers go through rigorous checks before they can start caring so we know we only have the best on board.

Based in Breaston and living on the Derby/Nottingham border, the success of bringing PetStay to Derby has been so overwhelming we thought it only right we also brought PetStay to the doggies of Nottingham! So if you know someone who lives in Nottingham who would love to give their dog(s) a holiday, please let them know about the wonderful service we offer at PetStay!

Chris & Mark, PetStay Derby.

Chris & Mark - PetStay Derby & Nottingham

Contact Details

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

Tel: 01332 489689

Mobile: 07973 912539

Email: chris@petstay.net

Areas coveredWe cover the whole of DE postcode area including:

DE1, DE3 to DE7: Derby, Matlock, Ripley, Ashbourne, Ilkeston
DE11 to DE15: Swadlincote, Burton-on-Trent
DE21 to DE24: Derby
DE45, DE55, DE56, DE65: Bakewell, Alfreton, Duffield, Belper
DE72 TO DE75: Breaston, Borrowash, Draycott, Aston-on-Trent, Weston-on-Trent, Melbourne, Chellaston, Castle Donington, Heanor

Are you worried about leaving your dog in kennels? Have you ever considered a home boarding service in the Derby area?

At PetStay Derby we’ve carefully selected many caring and affectionate people who will care for your dog while you’re away on holiday. Our dog sitters in Derby who are all fully licensed (if required by the local council) and insured provide a far better experience for your dogs than kennels because we provide a home from home environment, a real alternative to kennels.

Here at PetStay Derby we offer an outstanding dog sitting service to families who would prefer to have the peace of mind that their dogs are happy and settled in a loving environment whilst they are away on holiday.

We will pair your dog with a suitable loving carer who will ensure that your dog will receive home from home care and won’t miss out on any home comforts they are used to. Our carer will match your dog’s daily routine to ensure they remain as settled as possible.

Since 2005 PetStay have gained an excellent reputation for providing a dog home boarding service second to none, far removed from the experience of traditional dog boarding kennels. PetStay Derby are now becoming known as your local dog sitters.

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 £21.00 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.

Animal Aiders1st: 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 £192.50 per week

Please call Chris 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

Derby-Darcey

Darcey

Darcey had a wonderful time with Richard and Jane and enjoyed every minute. It really did give us piece of mind knowing that she was well cared for, we were then able to enjoy our holiday!
I have completed the review for you. I would just like to say how great it is that you really do check the carers thoroughly and ensure that they are able to care for the pets appropriately. I would have no hesitation in recommending you to others.
Please find attached photos of Darcey. I am more than happy for you to use as you wish.

Rebecca
August 2017

Derby-HenryDerby-Ethel

Henry & Ethel

Chris and Sue who had my two dogs are the loveliest people. I felt confident leaving my dogs in their care and they listened carefully to their normal routines etc and tried to replicate these as much as possible. They sent me messages and photos whilst I was away so I felt reassured that all was well. I would thoroughly recommend them to anyone looking for an alternative to kennels.

Katy
August 2017

Derby-Cody&Audrey

Cody

Highly recommend
Brilliant company. My Cody stayed with the owner of the business. Happiest I’ve ever felt leaving him with a sitter. Highly recommend. Great communication, policies and procedures. Just what you’d expect from a 5* service.

Anna
August 2017

Derby-Ruby&Zeus

Ruby & Zeus

Great Pet sitters
Amazing Pet sitters. I do not have to worry about my fur babies when I’m on holiday. A much better service than kennels.

Tammy
August 2017

Derby-Daisy

Daisy

Home from home
Our dog Daisy had her first holiday with Paul and Pat and had a great time. They updated me by text that she had settled in really quickly so I felt reassured that Daisy was happy. Paul and Pat were happy to follow Daisy’s normal routine.
I’ve used Petstay several times now with some different carers due to availability. All the carers have been excellent. For a few pounds more than kennels Daisy gets one to one, home from home care, so she gets a real holiday as well as me!

Ruth
July 2017

Brooke

I can’t recommend PetStay highly enough. This was the first time we had left Brooke, our nervous Spaniel, with anyone but family so we were understandably anxious. Kennels were out of the question so we needed an alternative. I had several lengthy conversations with Chris, who very patiently, answered every question I could come up with, before we were matched with Diane & Andrew. We met Diane with Brooke before our holiday and were reassured that Brooke took to her, and that she seemed quite settled in their home.
We had several texts from Diane while we were away, to let us know what a great time Brooke was having. She had a lovely holiday and consequently so did we. We wouldn’t hesitate to use PetStay again, and will definitely request Diane & Andrew’s services. A real home from home alternative to kennels. Worth every penny.

Sarah
July 2017

Barley

Great service!

The first time I have used pet stay. I was impressed with the organisation and very happy with the care given to my dog by Liz and Alan

July 2017

Louis & Bodie

Louis and Bodie Petstay

We left our dogs for the week knowing they were in a lovely home. Our dogs are still young and it was important to us that their boundaries remained in our absence. We will definitely use PetStay again a much better option for our dogs than the kennels.

Jacqui
June 2017

Angus & Bella

Amazing service!

Angus and Bella were truly pampered with Viv and Mike Thank you. Reliable and friendly team Will definitely recommend to friends and they already have their next holiday booked! Thanks again

Claire
May 2017

Derby-Paddy

Paddy

Wonderful holiday for Paddy!

We were very apprehensive about where our young Puppy would go whilst we were on holiday, he was only 5 months old & Kennels seemed to bleak & austere for such a young dog!
Petstay were great, Paddy went to Stay with Liz & Alan- & Sketch – & he had a great time, going on adventures with Sketch!
We got photos & updates every couple of days & he looked very happy.
We have rebooked already for our next Holiday in July, we can go on holiday assured he is being well looked after. Thankyou

D.Frankish
May 2017

Derby-Barney

Barney

This could be the death of the traditional kennels

From the initial contact with Chris, to picking Barney up from Odette and Ian, this was a terrific first experience with PetStay. We will NEVER use our local kennels again – it was more like a doggie Colditz.
We boarded Barney from March 8th to 15th and, though he cried a little when we left him, he soon settled in. We received text updates from Odette throughout our holiday, and Barney was fast asleep on the sofa when we went to pick him up.
We heartily recommend the PetStay experience. The small increase in fees over kennels is more than compensated for by the quality of the service. We will not hesitate to have Barney stay with Odette and Ian again.

Ivor
April 2017

Ollie

Happy “Ollie” days…

Our 9 year old Cavalier Spaniel “Ollie” is a very adaptable dog, but we could tell when we picked him up from kennels he hadn’t liked the experience much – he would cry loudly on collection and couldn’t get away fast enough. Petstay was recommended to us by another Cavalier owner, so we thought we’d give it a try. It wasn’t a lot more than kennels but the difference for Ollie was obvious when we collected him – he was pleased to see us but he was calm and didn’t seem so desperate to come home like before. We don’t feel guilty about going away without him anymore as we know he’s having a lovely time at his home from home with Liz and her family. Highly recommended.

Sally
March 2017

Derby-Beans

Beans

Beans our 2 year old Cockerpoo really enjoyed his stay with Wendy, Robert and their family. Beans loved playing with their two dogs Poppy and Toby. It was a home from home. Wendy was great at keeping me up to date with what Beans had been up to while we were away so I had peace of mind. We would definitely send Beans for a stay with Wendy and Robert again.

Edwina
March 2017

Derby-Kenzo

Kenzo

We are both so grateful to Margaret and Phil for looking after Kenzo so well. We had complete peace of mind while we were away and could see that both Margaret and Phil adore our pup as much as we love him. Margaret and Phil were both professional, helpful and very caring towards us and Kenzo – we would definitely be happy to have them look after our little fur ball again. 🙂

M. Wilson
March 2017

Derby-Ellie&Betty

Ellie & Betty

Thank you Petstay Derby for putting our mind at ease with placing my girls… in the care of Gary and Vicki whilst we had a holiday. My girls were looked after 1st class and would certainly recommend this service to anyone wanting their treasured fur babies looked after. Thank you.

Gayle
March 2017

Derby-Cassie

Cassie

Cassie stayed with Chris, Mark and the fabulous Audrey while we went for a few days abroad. Cassie is an 11month old cocker spaniel and we wanted her to stay somewhere she would be looked after as we look after her at home. Chris let us know exactly what we needed to bring, we met up to make sure Cassie would be comfortable and although I was apprehensive about leaving Cassie for a few days for the first time, I was reassured that she would be well looked after by people who obviously love dogs. Whilst away Chris sent us photos of Cassie – something which became a highlight of our youngest son’s holiday! When the time came to collect her we could see she had been well cared for and she obviously felt very comfortable with Chris. I would have no hesitation in recommending PetStay Derby and will be using them again

C.Warwick
February 2017

Derby-Ted

Ted

My dog Ted (German Pointer) recently stayed with a family at Barrow – I have to say we were thrilled to bits. He was treated like a member of the family, and settled in incredibly well – he got on famously with the owners 2 dogs. We were sent regular text messages and photos of him out on walks and he seemed to be having a wonderful time. I could immediately tell when i picked him that he had a great time, he was almost reluctant to leave! Absolutely no hesitations in recommending.

Jo
January 2017

Frankie

Very Happy Owners
We only had our dog 5months she is a rescue dog, 12months old and had been in kennels for 5 months. We had a family member lined up to look after her but this fell through. We were very anxious about who we could trust to look after her and of course were adamant she not go back into a kennel environment. Petstay to the rescue! Chris was extremely helpful and put us in contact with Diane who looked after our dog just as we do, she was happy, we were happy. We hope we now have solved our dog sitting problem for any future vacations and do hope Chris can help us out again and hopefully Diane will be free to have her. I would not hesitate to recommend Petstay to anyone.

Kay
November 2016

Derby-Rambo

Rambo

Great service
We found this service to be professional. Our hosts Pat and Paul were 1st class will use again very loving people towards our little boy

Gary
October 2016

Millie

Thank you for a happy and safe holiday for Millie. She loved it, and we had peace of mind knowing she was being cared for so kindly.
A wonderful alternative to kennels for all!
Very Happy Owners
We only had our dog 5months she is a rescue dog, 12months old and had been in kennels for 5 months. We had a family member lined up to look after her but this fell through. We were very anxious about who we could trust to look after her and of course were adamant she not go back into a kennel environment.
PetStay to the rescue! Chris was extremely helpful and put us in contact with Diane who looked after our dog just as we do, she was happy, we were happy. We hope we now have solved our dog sitting problem for any future vacations and do hope Chris can help us out again and hopefully Diane will be free to have her.
I would not hesitate to recommend PetStay to anyone

Diana
October 2016

Beatrix & Oscar

Amazing – highly recommended
The service from PetStay from the first contact to leaving my two small dogs with their host family has been exceptional. Nothing has been too much trouble. Time was taken to match my puppies to the right carers and it was spot on from the outset. Beatrix and Oscar rushed to greet their ‘Auntie Viv’ on their second stay with huge excitement. Mine are needy and at times overly so but Viv and Mike took it all in their stride despite sleepless nights to start off with. I would never use any other pet care service now I’ve found them.

Gillian
October 2016

Max

Max Holiday
Mike and Lorna looked after my Westie Max for a week while we went away, and they were wonderful. We meet them before we booked so we knew them, which meant we could relax while we were away and enjoy our holiday knowing Max was well looked after. Hence, we have booked again.

K. Allsop
September 2016

Derby-Daisy&Lilly

Daisy & Lilly

“We found the experience of using PetStay first class. Both Daisy & Lillie really enjoyed their holiday with Terry & Wendy. We think that it was just like a home from home. They were really well cared for. We were so pleased to have found somewhere that we had full confidence in leaving our beloved dogs. We would have no hesitation in using them again, & also in fully recommending them.”

Irene
September 2016

Derby-Max

Max

Max on holiday!!
When I booked my holiday I was so worried about max and where he would go, thinking he would have to go into kennels was awful as he’s my baby, but then I heard about petstay and I phoned them and they couldn’t have been nicer, they understood completely how I was feeling and put my mind at rest. They rang me back after about an hour and had chosen a host family that they thought both max and I would be happy with, and they were so right, I was put in touch with Laura who is the loveliest girl and we arranged to walk together with max and her dog and everyone just clicked. I went on holiday with no worries about max at all and I sent messages to laura whilst I was away and she let me know max was happy and settled. I shall never have worries about leaving him again and I’m sure if he could talk he would be asking me to go away again so he could go and play with his new friends again!

Yvonne
August 2016

Derby-Huxley

Huxley

“We have recently come back from a wonderful 3 week holiday. It was made more wonderful by the reassurance that our crazy 3 year old Hungarian Viszla, Huxley was being well cared for. We got texts throughout our holiday to say how he was settling in which was very important to us. When we picked him up he looked fantastic. We could tell he was happy as, although he was pleased to see us, he was in no hurry to leave. We will definitely be using Derby Petstay again as it gives us the peace of mind that our furry family member is having as good a time as us.”

Helena
August 2016

Derby-Rocco

Rocco

“Thank you so much for Rocco’s little holiday. It was the first time we had left him but he thoroughly enjoyed his holiday too! He settled in really well and when we picked him up looked like he had a great time too! The service was well organised, great communication and I love the way you get to meet the people first to make sure everyone gets along!

I will definitely be using this service again and will certainly be telling all of my doggy friends about this excellent service too!

Thank you so much, will be in touch soon as soon as we book our next holiday!”

Cara
August 2016

Derby-Daisy&maisie

Daisy & Maisie

“This was the first time I have ever used this type of service and Chris was so helpful and understanding seeking a home for Daisy and Maisie at very short notice during this busy holiday season. I was very nervous about the whole thing as our usual dogsitter was unavailable. Thankfully he found a lovely couple not far away. We took both the girls to meet them and they settled in their home and garden instantly. They clearly love dogs and had plenty of time to walk and love my babies. I was delighted that they had no other animals as my girls are not used to sharing their space, which is something I mentioned to Chris in our first conversation. We were so pleased with the match that we extended the stay as the girls were going to be with a friend for the first half of our holiday, however I felt much happier with them staying for the whole duration even though it would cost us more. It was just the right thing to do.
There were further complications in the run up to the due day but Chris went beyond the call of duty to help out and reassure me everything would be fine.
When we got home and collected the girls, I could instantly see how much they had enjoyed their little doggy holiday. They have been home for a day now and show no signs of being insecure and clingy which for me is a really good sign. If I need to I would happily use this service again, preferably with the same couple.
Please be reassured I would not use this service if I was not happy with it.
I am extremely fussy about who looks after my girls.
Chris was professional, patient and understanding even when I got in a fluster.”

August 2016

Bella

We are completely happy with the care Bella received at Jane and Jeff’s .
They made us all very welcome when we visited and asked for relevant information to ensure Bella had a home from home and usual routine.
Jane kept us informed, by email ,how she was doing and even a picture showing how relaxed Bella was ,which reassured us we had made the correct decision as it was the first time she had been left with strangers .
On return, Bella was happy to see us but her body language with Janet and Jeff showed how she had become attached to them also (Jane and Jeff’s did too).

We will have no hesitation to return to use your service in the future.

Jane & Mark
August 2016

Lottie

Lottie’s Holiday
Pat and Paul were amazing, they really took the time to get to know Lottie our 7 month old Border Collie puppy. We were concerned about leaving such a young dog while we were away but we did not need to worry. Lottie was looked after fantastically, Pat and Paul were brilliant. We would definitely use Petstay Derby again. Thanks Chris for taking the time to find the right home for Lottie, we had a great holiday knowing she was staying with people who really cared for her.

Tracey
August 2016

Derby-Blue

Blue

Blue’s holiday
How can we thank you enough, Chris you couldn’t have chosen a better couple than Wendy and Terry for Blue. He was so happy with them , well looked after and spoilt, he came home well behaved on the lead from the walks they had taken him on.
Wendy and Terry kept us informed while we were away , and sent messages and photographs, so I had noworries at all , only praise for them and yourself.
Look forward to booking again, and would recommend you to anyone .
Many thanks once again.

Mr & Mrs Carmichael
July 2016

Derby-Teddy

Teddy

Having used PetStay twice whilst away on short breaks, I have the peace of mind that my dog, Teddy, will be well cared for on my next break which is for two weeks. Teddy was just a puppy when he first had a PetStay holiday so I was obviously apprehensive about leaving him…I shouldn’t have been, as he seemed to have the time of his life!! He was well cared for and the regular updates Odette sent completely put me at ease and allowed me to relax. Living so close to Odette, he now gets excited every time he sees her or Ian and their dogs Henry and Lennox. I couldn’t imagine using an alternative or kennels for him now as there’s nothing better than coming home to a happy little face and wagging tail.

Lindsey
July 2016

Derby-Zippy

Zippy

Zippy over the rainbow…
From first meeting Kate and her family and of course Archie,I just knew the high standard of care and love Zippy would encounter.Knowing that he would be with another dog to help with his social skills and and a family that would help with his separation anxiety, allowed us to go away with no concerns.
The communication and daily updates from Kate really were appreciated and the photos of Zip just looking relaxed and happy.
I would highly recommend the is service to anyone who wants their dog to adjust easily to you not being there-very professional and grounded people put your mind at ease.

Mairead
July 2016

Derby-Grace

Grace

My Golden Retriever, Grace, is 11 years old and is a very special part of my life. I was initially nervous about using Petstay as she has not previously been left with people she doesn’t know. However, Chris at Petstay does a wonderful job of choosing hosts who genuinely care about dogs and it is great to be able to meet the hosts beforehand to see if Grace is going to like it there. It is so reassuring for me to drop her off knowing that she is going to be looked after by someone who I trust. I can tell Grace has had a good holiday too by how happy and relaxed she is when I pick her up!

Mrs Wells
June 2016

Paddy & Murphy

Paddy & Murphy

Hi, just thought I would drop you a quick line about our dogs (paddy and Murphy) stay last week with Gary and Vicky at Mickleover. I have to say what a wonderful caring family they are and it was a great relief to us when we picked them up, how happy they were, to the point where I was wondering if they actually wanted to come back home with us. So we are extremely pleased and relieved as this is the first time they had been in care. We will definitely use your service again.

Steve
June 2016

Bailey&Bella

Bailey & Bella


Bailey and Bellas Holiday

Having booked a last minute week away we contacted Chris at Pet Stay Derby who was fantastic from start to finish in finding a lovely home with lovely people (Chris and Sue) to look after Bailey and Bella. Nothing was too much trouble. A lovely feeling knowing we can go away knowing our babies are being loved and cared for as if they were with us, a home from home. Thank you PetStay Derby Chris & Sue

June 2016

Dillon

Dillon on vacation!

Have a elderly Collie Dillon who has never stayed in kennels so this is the perfect answer for anyone worried about leaving their pet while on Holiday. Mike & Lorna looked after him really well and kept us informed about how Dillon was doing and that he had settled in. Meet them before we went away so they were fully aware of his needs and little foibles. He was very happy and well cared for and would not hesitate to use this service again

June 2016
Derby

Lola

Definitely use PetStay Derby again!
I was so worried about leaving our rescue Staffie Lola while we were away for 10 days. We have only had her 10 months and didn’t want to put her in kennels .
So I got in touch with Chris at pet stay. After putting my mind at ease he found us a lovely couple, Vivian and Mike to care for Lola while we were away.
we met them a couple of times before hand and they were happy to help with Lola’s needs.

Thank you PetStay Derby for your help and especially to Vivian and Mike who looked after Lola so well. We will be back in touch for our next holiday.

June 2016
Vicki & Trev, Derby

Charlie

Charlie’s fantastic holiday
Well where do I start we have never left our dog Charlie so when I was told about PetStay Derby I didn’t hesitate but contact Chris & his partner the owners of the company he found us a lovely carer for our 3 legged jack Russell with a lady an her husband (Diane & Andrew Charlie and I went for a meeting with the carer a week before we went on holiday to Greece the minute I met her I knew that this was where I wanted Charlie to stay with piece of mind that he was going to be well looked after with lots of love and affection would not hesitate in the future to have PetStay Derby look after our precious little dog would definitely recommend thanks to PetStay Derby and their carers

June 2016
Debbie, Derby

Alfie

Couldn’t ask for better care for my dog

I was so worried about leaving my 7 year old dog with someone else, as I normally have a family member to care for him when I’m way. But I couldn’t be more please with the care he got. Firstly I got in contact with Chris via a web site I found. He was so helpful and lessoned to me regarding Alfie’s needs and put me in touch with a lady, who I visited with my dog before my hols. She was so caring and was happy to help with any needs Alfie as. When I went on my hols she texted me to confirm that Alfie had had a good first night and part way though the hols texted me again to let me know he had settled in really well. I was so please that she contacted me, as it put my mind to rest and I could enjoy my hols. Thank you Pet Stay for all your help and to Jane for the care that Alfie received, I will be using you again. One happy customer

June 2016
Amanda, Derby

Derby Poppy

Poppy

Poppy’s vacation
I can not speak too highly about the service we have received from Chris from PetStay and the host couple John and June. It made our holiday knowing that Poppy was being cared for within a loving house. She is used to lots of human company so the two separate nights she had previously spent in a very good kennel were not what she was familiar with. The match was perfect and we had the opportunity to meet, with Poppy, the host family twice before we left her. They were so understanding and made us very welcome. June sent us “a whats app” complete with photo of Poppy and an update of how she was settling in. The personalised care and good walks were just what we were looking for. This made our holiday and was so thoughtful. This will now be a regular booking and one to recommend.

Mrs Dakin
May 2016

Derby-Ruby & Sammy

Ruby & Sammy

Sammy & Ruby’s break!
Sammy & Ruby have had 2 breaks with Petstay to date – 1 of which was at very short notice but the level of care and commitment is the same regardless. Both hosts (Karen & Sheila) have taken the girls into their homes and made them part of their families from the off – pictures and messages sent regularly letting us know what fun (and mischief) they’re up to so we have no worries when we’re away from them. Can not recommend these guys highly enough – will definitely be booking with them again.

Mrs Wilkinson
May 2016

Derby-Sonny

Sonny

Sonny had a wonderful time with his ‘borrowed’ family whilst we were away. He had clearly been well cared for and was happy, but tired from his long walks in the park. I would be happy to recommend PetStay to anyone looking for a loving alternative to kennels.

Mandy
May 2016

Derby-Duke

Duke

Perfect Match
Finding the right care for our boy Duke is so very important to us, and one of the reasons we don’t actually go away without him very much.
I stumbled across PetStay on Facebook and then after looking at the website decided to make that call. From the moment I spoke to Chris – who was just as big a dog lover as us – his approach and questions were just what I wanted to hear. Duke is a lovely boy and an important part of our family, but as a rescue and a Weimerarner Cross he is very high maintenance and he is nervous of change. Plus he loves to be around people and get lots of fuss.

Chris wanted to know every detail about what he likes and what he doesn’t and he matched us with Sue, Steve and Otto who were the perfect carers for Duke. I got text messages everyday with pictures of him looking very content playing with their dog Otto in their fabulous garden! This helped put us at ease from the very start.

Sue and Steve were so understanding of Dukes specific needs and really went out of their way to make him feel at ease, we actually think he would have been happy to stay there!!

PetStay is such a well organised and trusted organisation I wouldn’t leave my boy anywhere else, their knowledge of dogs and the carers is just perfect. Thank you!

Sharon
May 2016

Brooke


Fantastic Experience

From start to finish Pet Stay Derby offered a high standard of professionalism and customer care. They found a convenient and lovely holiday home for our five year old Labrador and we are delighted we have somewhere for her to go when we are on our holidays

May 2016
Katrina,

Derby-Otto

Otto

Otto’s Holiday
Pet Stay with Ian and Odette has been brilliant.

Otto came home a happy dog and wasn’t in the least bit stressed by his experience away from us.
He seemed to have really enjoyed himself in his home from home and got on with the other dogs who were great company for him.

We had reassuring updates twice a day, by text, as to how he was getting on and he seemed to be having his every need catered for as well as plenty of fuss and walks.

This meant that we could relax having left him in good hands.
We are so glad we came across PetStay and would definitely use you again and recommend you to others.

5 stars

April 2016

Jack

Jack’s holiday

I would thoroughly recommend Pet stay, Jane who Jack stayed with is a really lovely lady. She text me next day to let me know how Jack was and he was happy and settled with her for all the time I was away. I will use pet stay again when I go away.

April 2016
Ms Danvers, Derby

Oreo

Oreo

Oreo’s Holiday
Thank you so much to Petstay helping us out with Oreo’s care at short notice! Since Oreo developed epilepsy a year ago, we have been reluctant to leave her in kennels and wanted a more personal environment where we could be confident she would be well looked after. Oreo is also a very energetic & social dog so it was much better to know she had someone around most of the time & had plenty of exercise. We will definitely hope to use Petstay again!

April 2016

Isla & Obi

We decided to try PetStay as our dogs were not completely happy in kennels, they came home subdued and all you could hear was dogs barking which in turn made our dogs bark and gave them a bad throat. With PetStay we had Diane, she went through everything with us and made sure it would be a home from home stay. On collecting the dogs they ran up to us pleased to see us and I could tell they were happy, hadn’t been barking and had enjoyed the company which they’re used to. They’d had plenty of walks which ours need. I know now we can enjoy a holiday and not worry about the dogs.

April 2016
Costello, Derby

PetStay Derby-Bruno

Bruno

Bruno’s Stay
PetStay was the perfect solution for us to go on holiday worry free and Bruno to have loads of attention in our absence.
We got Bruno when he was about ten months old and he didn’t have a nice beginning. He was living outside on a roof top, tied up and was very undernourished.
It took him a few months to relax with us and to go out in the garden on his own for fear of being left out in the cold on his own again, so kennels wasn’t an option, we didn’t want to cause him any stress and he loves a bit of fuss now and then.
Bruno stayed with Chris and Mark, communications were great and they even sent us a few pics of Bruno chilling out. When we collected Bruno he was his normal relaxed self.
We will definitely be using PetStay again, thank you.

March 2016
Michele, Derby

Jasper

Jasper

‘Jasper had a very good stay with Jane, and from what she said she really enjoyed having him. I have been very pleased with the service offered by yourself – very timely responses and professional. Thank you for your help, and I hope PetStay Derby will thrive as a business in the future.’

March 2016
Derby

Chloe

Chloe

Chloe’s happy holiday home!
Chloe stayed with Chris for 12 days. She had never been in kennels before and we didn’t want to start when she was 15 years old when none of our friends were available to have her this time. Petstay was therefore an excellent option for us. She was welcomed warmly and all the arrangements worked well and without hitch. Chris even texted us a photo to show us how well she was settling. She obviously had a relaxing holiday as she was very calm when we collected her, and had obviously been well looked after and enjoyed her stay. She is getting on a bit and quite lively for her age, but does have the odd accident as the back end isn’t working as well as it used to! We were honest with Chris about this, and he dealt with it straightforwardly and without fuss. All in all this was a great service for us and we would definitely use it again if needed.

March 2016
Derby

Murphy

We were extremely happy with the service provided by PetStay Derby. We were a little anxious at first since it was the first time we’d used the service and also because we were leaving Murphy for 4 days which we’ve never done before! However, we were completely reassured upon meeting Kate. She was very welcoming and Murphy seemed happy being in her company. She sent regular updates by text whilst we were away to keep us up to date with how things were going. Upon our return and on collecting Murphy, Kate was really complimentary about him and his behaviour. Again she was incredibly friendly and had clearly enjoyed having him to stay. Usually when we go away, Murphy comes too but if we needed to leave him behind in the future, we wouldn’t hesitate to use this service and we would request Kate’s availability first.

February 2016
The McLeans

Derby - Alfie

Alfie

Just to say a big thank you for looking after Alfie last weekend. We went away feeling very happy with who we had dropped him off with and it was clear when we got back he had had a great time with you.

We would have no hesitation in bringing Alfie to stay with you in the future.

Thanks again and see you again.

January 2016
Chris, Derby

Holly

Holly

I can’t tell you how comforting it is to finally have a place for Holly to go and I feel relaxed knowing she was safe.

After the death of my mother two years ago I haven’t had anyone to look after Holly. I had a friend look after her once and they did a really poor job and I did nothing but stress and have to come home early from visiting relatives far away.

After this happened I chose to research for a pet sitter online. I think it’s wonderful that not only do you meet the carer, you can see their home and you don’t feel you have to say yes to anything you’re not comfortable with.

I can clearly see from Holly coming home today that she’s happy and healthy. She clearly has been walked and taken care of well as she’s settled and happy.

I would recommend Pet Stay 100% and I know I would be happy going away in the future in the knowledge that my little girl is safe and happy.

I am so happy she’s been well looked after.

I look forward to talking to you next month in regards to July when I’m next away.

Thank you so much again!!

January 2016
Alex, Derby

Diesel&Jasper

Diesel & Jasper

I am writing to thank you for the support I received from yourself, when I contacted you regarding the possibility of leaving both my boys with one of your host families whilst I was away overseas on business.

From the outset, you were confident that you would be able to find a home that would be just perfect for the boys- You listened to my concerns and requirements and confirmed that a host family would be found.

True to your word along came two wonderful people by the name of Lorna & Mike, the boys and myself were allowed to meet our host family prior to the stay, which enabled the dogs to familiarize themselves with their holiday surroundings and myself to be sure this was the correct situation to put the boys into.

Guess what IT WAS!!!!!!!

They did as I asked and on collection found both boys fit well and very happy.

I will without question use PetStay again and will pass on your details to anyone looking for an alternative to kennels.

Thanks again Jules, Diesel (Bear) and Jasper

January 2016
Jules, Derby

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Wendy & Terry

When I saw the advert looking for Carers with Petstay I knew immediately this was something i’d love to do. Chris visited us and I have to say he is thorough and puts a lot of effort into making sure he has the right people for Petstay. As carers we have been fully supported and have enjoyed and loved the dogs we have taken into our home for their holidays. It is testimony to the success of Chris and Mark that we are matched perfectly to the dogs we care for as we have had several return visits. We are now nearing the end of our first year and are looking forward to meeting up with old friends (dogs and owners) and welcoming new friends to our home.

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Mike & Lorna

A PetStay leaflet drops on our door mat. This looks interesting says Lorna. I agree says Mike on scanning through The PETSTAY leaflet.

In response to our enquiry Chris arrives and explains what is expected of a PetStay Carer. A variety of breeds and personalities to look after while Mum and Dad go on holiday or attend to business. A dog of our own for a few days or a week or longer to love and spoil and walk and play without the cost of food, injections, chipping and all the other expenses associated with keeping a dog as a family pet.

From Chihuahuas to Alsatians and Rottweilers; they are all different but all lovable. Mannerisms to get used to – a Shih Tzu that circles 3 times to tell you it is going to have a poo, a Colley that carefully picks out all the meat or chicken, leaving the dry biscuit until later when he realises there is no more of the tasty stuff, and if he isn’t to go hungry he better eat the biscuit. Differences in animal behaviour that make life interesting and worthwhile. People you meet in the street or on the park, with and without dogs, stop to talk and pass the time of day adding to the tapestry of life.

In 10 months Lorna and I have boarded 14 dogs giving us 10 months of loving pleasure. OK! So some TV or reading goes on the back burner and you get wet and cold some nights but at nearly 80 we are no longer stuck in an arm chair nodding off. Life has a purpose once more. So young or old, if you love dogs this could be for you.

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Lennox & Henry

Ian and I have been PetStay carers from January 2016 and we are loving every minute of it, we ourselves have been dog owners for 30 years mainly having Labrador dogs, At present we own Lennox who is nearly 14.5 years old and Henry who is 8 years old,having dogs to stay for their holidays is both enjoyable and fun (plus earning some pocket money is nice too) We have made many friends through boarding dogs for their holidays, and had lots of laughs from the dogs who have each had a different personality to the one before. If in doubt give it a go I have talked to many people who would love to do this work!

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Jane

“I’ve been a dog owner all my life but sadly lost my own dog in the summer of 2014. Since then I’ve always toyed with the idea of having another dog, but now I’m retired I have to admit not having a dog has meant I’ve been able to go on holiday more and have days out without the worry of having to get home to be there for a dog.

So when I saw PetStay’s advert asking for carers it immediately jumped out at me. I rang Chris straight away and after a chat over the phone he arranged to come out and see me at my home.

The first thing that was very evident was not only how professional Chris was from the start but more importantly how the dogs and their welfare are his main priority! After Chris had done his checks on my home, he sat down with me and went through what was involved with being a carer. After our discussion, I was delighted when Chris said he’d love to take me on as one of his carers.

And so, I applied and got my boarding license from my local council at the start of 2016 and I’ve just boarded my first doggy for a week!
I can’t tell you what a pleasure the whole experience was. Chris really looks after you as a carer and makes sure you’re happy to proceed once you’ve met the dog and their owners. When my first doggy boarder Sam was dropped off with all his worldly goods, we spent a really fun week together. Lots of walks and doggy cuddles and gosh he made me laugh! With his quirky ways and little rituals…they really do tickle you! And after my week with Sam his owners picked him up and it was great to see how happy they were that he’d had as good a holiday as they’d had.

For me the flexibility of being a carer fits my lifestyle perfectly. Having a dog come and stay gives me all the benefits that a dog can bring, and as any other dog lover will know, the company of a dog is second to none. There’s also the exercise of walking a dog, which ensures I stay active. And of course I should mention, whilst it isn’t about the money, the money I do earn from PetStay goes towards my spending money for my next holiday!”

PetStay Derby – Business of the Year!

I’m sure you will have seen our post sharing with you the news of our accolade of Business of the Year from the Good Vet and Pet Guide. What an awesome morning it has been and we can honestly say we have spent the day with some very big smiles on our faces.

PetStay Derby Badge

Launching PetStay Derby at the back end of 2015 was one of the best decisions we ever made and think it showed just how much we loved it when we extended our services into Nottingham, with the launch of PetStay Nottingham in October 2016. Working with dogs has always been one of our dreams so the fact we’re doing it, and being recognised for the work we do by receiving this fabulous award makes it an absolute dream come true. We count our blessings everyday…!

Pet Business of the Year

So what’s new for 2017? We’ll continue to bring this lovely service to you in Derby and look to grow our offering throughout Nottingham. Carer’s play a huge part to our business so we recognise the importance they play and we’ll be actively recruiting carers over the coming months. Events also remain a priority for us this year, with a number planned keep an eye out on our Facebook page to find out where we’re going to be. We love meeting you all and of course your gorgeous pooches so events are the perfect opportunity to do so.

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We’re also committed to raising awareness of the importance of dog boarders being licensed by their local council. It’s so easy for someone to set themselves up as a dog boarder without the necessary license and insurances in place so we’re absolutely committed to making sure dog owners know of the need to ask to see a dog boarder’s documents. We will continue to shout this message from the rooftops and remain resolute to our saying of “you wouldn’t leave your child with an unlicensed nanny, so why would you leave your dog with an unlicensed dog boarder?”

Contact PetStay DerbyContact Details

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

Tel: 01332 489689

Mobile: 07973 912539

Email: chris@petstay.net

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