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If you have used the services of Happy Hounds, I would welcome your feedback, please tell us about the service you have had, your hosts and any other feedback. All comments will be greatly appreciated.

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Thank you so much for placing lucky bear with such a great host and at such short notice!
[HOST] was very calm and had such a laid back vibe. Lucky settled in straight away, the whole process was stress free for both me and lucky, i couldn’t have asked for more.


Helen worked closely with us to find the perfect location and experienced and caring dog owner for Chloe while we were on holiday. I think she had at least as good a time as we did! Thank you to you both.



Wilbur looking pleased with himself because he found something he shouldn't be chewing.  He had a great time at [HOSTS] with their Jack Russel. We really appreciate all the work arranging somewhere so close and would have no hesitation in using using Happy Hounds again.


I'd highly recommend Happy Hounds to anyone looking for a host to look after their dog.  It was our first time looking for a host, we were due to go to a wedding whilst on holiday in Swanage and so we approached Helen at Happy Hounds. She was quick to reply and very friendly and soon enough she'd given us 2 options of who would be available on the dates we'd requested. As it was our first time leaving Ruby with someone we didn't know Helen had spoken with the host and agreed a meet beforehand.  The host was lovely and Ruby took to her straight away. It put our minds at rest and Ruby had a fab time going on walks, runs and bike rides (she's a very active dog!). Thank you so much for making it simple and stress free. We'd definitely use Happy Hounds again!



Our dog had a lovely time staying with her host for Christmas and it appeared she was very spoilt and was quite relaxed when we collected her after her 3 day stay.  The hosts said they enjoyed having her too which was nice to know!  We can’t thank Helen enough for finding such a good place for her to stay over Christmas which we know is a difficult time and we didn’t even ask about this until a fairly short time beforehand as we had difficulties with our already booked house sitter and had to find someone else at short notice.  Helen was very clever and found exactly the right person so we were able to go away to our family feeling very happy about our beloved dog.


Thank you so much for taking care of Mutt. I can tell that he was very well looked after and he looks very comfy on your sofa.

Tony and Tracy


I would like to say how pleased we are with the Happy Hounds service provided by Helen. first used Happy Hounds in June this year (2017) when we went to the Greek islands on holiday. Our Parson Russell Daisy was introduced to the lovely [HOSTS] and the very soon became firm friends. Daisy had a fantastic holiday with [HOSTS] who took her to so many places that Daisy really enjoyed. We received text updates as to how Daisy was getting on and where she had been. [HOSTS] even took Daisy to visit her mum in a nursing home and Daisy was much admired by everyone.We have used Happy Hounds again this weekend as we we were so impressed with the service and were lucky enough to have [HOSTS] look after Daisy again. I would have no hesitation in using Happy Hounds in the future and fully recommend Helen and her team. We will definitely be booking again next year when we hope to travel to Italy.

We are very happy with the service and the host took good care of the dogs. [HOSTS] was very nice. The dogs were happy with her, which is also a good sign of how she treated them. We will use her again.
Sarah and Sue


Thank you so much for arranging a host for Yogi and for making the whole process simple and smooth.  Yogi immediately made himself at home at [HOSTS] house and was happy and relaxed on our return.  It made our kayaking trip all the more enjoyable to know that Yogi was in safe hands



I would definitely recommend Happy Hounds. Helen went to lots of trouble to find a great host for Burt and to fit in with our slightly complicated plans.
Everything went really smoothly, Burt was happy with [HOSTS] and her family for the weekend and we could enjoy the festival with peace of mind that Burt was being well looked after.

Sid and Dylan

I simply cannot thank you enough for finding [HOSTS] for me so that Sidney could stay with her, her husband and the wonderful Dylan! They were so kind and Sid felt immediately at home. The second day on drop off he literally dragged me to the door! Please pass on my thanks - he meant so much to all of us.
Thank you for your help, you have really helped make this a wonderful holiday...Oh! and Sidney won 4th in the Margaret Green dog show so we are very proud!


Radar had a great time with [HOSTS]. They looked after him v v well including giving him his medicine and sent us loads of text with updates! Would 100% recommend Happy Hounds and [HOSTS] and will definitely book in radar again.


Muzzey the Westie and Radley the Scottie

thank you for arranging for our boys to be looked after we have never used a service like yours before, we were really pleased with the service we received and the dogs were really well looked after we will definitely be using you again next time we are in the area.



[HOSTS] and her family were lovely, treated Pip as their own (she went on the school run, played with the children and was even allowed to sleep on the sofa!) and she came home a very happy and tired dog!


Hi Helen,
Just wanted to say a massive thank you to you for introducing us to [HOSTS] who looked after our mad retriever while we were on holiday. He is 2 1/2 yrs old but we had never left him before. The process was great first we met you and filled in a form which explained all that there was to know about our dog Furzey, likes dislikes and little foibles. We then arranged to meet the host, who was best placed to look after an active dog who liked swimming. Within minutes of meeting [HOSTS], who we instantly got on with, we knew it would be fine to leave our boy with her. We received loads of messages and pictures which showed him having a great time. We were a little concerned that he wouldn't want to come home again!
Thank you so much this is a great service for anxious owners who would not be able to enjoy their holiday unless they knew their dog was having a similarly great holiday! Many many thanks to the lovely [HOSTS],  you are fantastic  people.
We will definitely use Happy Hounds again.
Michelle & David


We were very excited about our forthcoming holiday but worried about who we would leave Remee with while we were away (as she is unashamedly loved & spoilt at home !!). We knew that we wouldn’t be able to relax & enjoy our holiday unless we knew she was happy & safe but we also knew that kennels weren’t an option that we were comfortable with.
We found HAPPY HOUNDS by chance & the details on the website immediately appealed to us. Having made some initial enquiries we knew straight away that this was the solution that we had been looking for & we weren’t disappointed. Every aspect of the service was excellent, particularly Helen’s attention to detail & obvious affection for dogs, she really understood what we were looking for & why. We also felt very comfortable meeting the hosts, who were fantastic & we went away knowing that she was in the very best hands. The result of this was that we all (including Remee) had a wonderful time away.
We really wouldn’t hesitate in using the service again or recommending it to others.

3 Happy Dogs

We stayed in Swanage for the weekend, we wanted to do some sightseeing so I looked for a dog sitter for my 3 dogs. Helen was very helpful and responded quickly to my emails. The hosts were lovely and obviously loved looking after dogs. Thanks to Helen we had a lovely day out and are planning a return trip next year


[HOSTS] were quite charming and enjoyed having Harry for the afternoon. We left Harry in their care with great confidence.  The service you offer is very efficient and we will definitely use you again.
Very happy indeed!!

Truffle and Millie

Everything has been fantastic. So glad that I have found you and Happy Hounds. The girls clearly had a lovely time with [HOSTS] and came back looking very well and happy. No weight gain either like you get at kennels.



Just wanted to let you know that Moss had a wonderful weekend with [HOSTS] she took him out and about and he was very happy, thank you so much.  We had a great time at the wedding and couldn’t have done it without you and [HOSTS].



After realising both my Mother and Sister were out of the country all at the same time, I started to get a bit panicky about who could look after our Brutus.
I contacted Helen at very short notice and explained our situation, she came and met Brutus. He is a very big 10 month old puppy, full of energy, very loving but also doesn't realise his size. Needs lots of exercise and a firm but fair hand.
After meeting Brutus Helen recommended the host that would be suited to him, and was available to take him on the dates we needed.
We went to meet [HOSTS] and her family over at [HOSTS LOCATION] and instantly knew we would be happy to leave our pup with her.
I was very nervous about leaving him as it was his first time being away from us, but as soon as we got there Brutus didn't even bother to say good bye, straight off playing with the other dogs: [HOSTS] made me feel so at ease. I had constant photos of him on his walks, him playing with his new friends, sunbathing, and playing with [HOSTS] children. It really made me enjoy my holiday to think he was also on a mini adventure all of his own.
We have booked for him to go back to [HOSTS] house whilst we go on holiday again in 4 weeks time.
I would defiantly recommend anyone to use Happy Hounds, a convenient, helpful service run by people who love their dogs and dogs in general just as much as you do.


Many thanks too for arranging for Mikey to stay with the [HOSTS]. We could not have wished for a better stay for Mikey.

Alan and Olive

Ruby and Phoebe

Thank you so much for arranging such a caring dog sitter for our precious Ruby and Phoebe.  We would certainly ask for your help again in future.
Sue and Nigel


Helen could not have been more helpful in finding us a home for our lovely labradoodle while we went to a nearby music festival and Storm clearly had a great time at [HOSTS] who looked after her for the weekend.



Thank you, we had a very nice time  at Corfe Castle, [HOSTS] was very very good, when we arrived J went straight into her house , [HOSTS] text me next morning to say J had a good night and they were just back from a long walk. This put my mind at rest.

Thanks again, Very much!

Don + J

A & C

I would like to thank you for the wonderful way you were able to meet my needs when I needed my dogs' boarding.  They had never been away from me and I was a little worried about how they would react to being left.   However, I need not have worried, the wonderful sitters who looked after them in their own home made sure that I was not missed as the attached photo shows.
Happy hounds were also very flexible I wished my dogs to be boarded so I could be there as soon after my grandchild was born as possible.  this meant I was unable to give an exact date.  However, when my daughter phoned at 9 am to let me know I had a granddaughter I was able to contact Happy hounds and have the dogs with the people they were to board with, travel the 250 miles to where my daughter and grandchild were all by 4 p.m. the same day!


Just to let you know that we had a good time in Corfe Castle and [HOST] was excellent with Ouzo, who thoroughly enjoyed himself too.  very many thanks


the service was great.  Thanks for accommodating on short notice.  It was great to be able to bring Belle from London for the weekend since our hotel didn't allow pets.  She was able to spend the nights with [HOSTS] while we took her with us during the day to walk on the beach and explore Swanage.  [HOSTS] are very nice and and they have a great property.  I'm sure Belle enjoyed the weekend in the countryside.



We found Happy Hounds Dorset an excellent service. [HOSTS] gave Jarvis all the love and attention that he needed for a great holiday.  We certainly would recommend this service to anyone looking for a holiday home to send their dog.
Tess and Bob and of course Jarvis xxx


A couple of days ago we were walking in Studland when Taco noticed a walker in the distance, he kept watching her and we tried to keep him away so as not to be a nuisance. Eventually the walker overtook us on a different path through the dunes and Taco spotted her. He galloped ahead to greet her, jumping around excitedly, obviously pleased. When we caught up we realised he had recognised one of your Hosts who had looked after him. It shows how well she had cared for him to make him so pleased to see her.
We feel very lucky to know you have such good Host Families on your books.
Thanks again


I can recommend ‘Happy Hounds’ with no reservations whatsoever. 10/10 Stars!

Soon after we moved down to Purbeck in Dorset we brought our wee Border Terrier, Robbie, into our lives.  He was only 8 weeks old and we completely and utterly fell in love with him.  Eventually we realized that we needed to have someone to look after him when we wanted a holiday or days out on our own.  Kennels were completely out of the question and so the search began.  I interviewed all sorts of people and organizations but said no to all.   You will realize already that as far as I was concerned, if the person I was going to leave my dog with wouldn’t have been good enough to leave my child with then it was a no go!   It took a while but lucky for us and for Robbie, Helen had just started ‘Happy Hounds’ and when we met her I realized very soon that this was going to be OK.

Helen went to so much trouble and detail about everything from my point of view, Robbie’s point of view and the Host point of view.  She leaves nothing to chance and takes a lot of trouble to match dog owners and hosts - a very rigorous vetting process.   Only true dog lovers and experienced sitters are approved and they are insured.

Lucky for us the Host is still available and as far as Robbie is concerned it’s really home from home.  In fact I think that sometimes when we go to pick him up he would like to just stay with the Host!  There are a couple of other Hosts that Robbie has been to from time to time and they are dog lovers too and Helen makes sure they know exactly what is required for Robbie.

‘Happy Hounds’ is a very professional service run with consideration and kindness and by a true dog lover.  Nothing seems to be too much trouble and believe me I have really pushed the boundaries at times when there have been emergency situations.

Corfe Castle

Bella in an attentive mode


Both Clare and I found your service friendly and efficient, the host family Bella stayed with
obviously loved dogs and Bella was happy to stay with them. I wouldn't hesitate to recommend Happy Hounds.

David & Clare



Charlie and Brandy had an excellent day with [HOSTS] and were totally worn out. They seem to behave perfectly for them! Typical of one's 'children, ' better than they are at home. We had a super long day in near perfect weather on Brownsea Island and will certainly return for more birdwatching. [HOSTS] are very nice people and we feel very relaxed with the dog care they provide.
I can't fault your service! Thank you very much.


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