When Cara and I adopted Bailey, our 3 year old basset/beagle mix, she immediately bonded with us and settled right into our home. But we quickly noticed that she did not deal well with strangers, and would not let anyone that she did not know pet or handle her. This, unfortunately, made finding someone to watch her when we were out of town very difficult. After trying several kennels and a couple of local craigslist ads, we were discouraged after everyone said they could not watch her. So I put an ad for help, describing our situation, on craigslist.
I got an e-mail from Marcela describing her home, her experience with animals and a story about a dog that reminded her of Bailey. While everything seemed promising, we realized that Marcela lived about an hour away from us; which was less than convenient. But we decided to take a chance and drove out to their home. After meeting Marcela and Cynthia, we realized that they really understood Bailey’s behavior and made us feel comfortable leaving her with them.
When we got home from our first trip, Bailey was doing great and they taught her how to shake!! Over time Bailey grew quite fond of Cynthia, and would actually “cry” when she saw her after a long absence. This is how I knew that Bailey loved Marcela and Cynthia as a second family, and while we missed our dog while away, we knew she was being well taken care of.
We recently had to move out of the area, and one of our biggest disappointments in our new city is that we don’t have Marcela and Cynthia to watch Bailey. They are caring, sweet, and knowledgeable and you could not find a better home for your dog to enjoy while you are away.
Ryan Oder and Cara Garfield. Arlington, VA
I have had the great pleasure of leaving our pet Maggie with Marcela several times. She had made Maggie feel like one of the family right away. Maggie had never before been boarded with someone and is very demanding to say the least. Maggie proved to be no match to Marcela way with dogs. Maggie bonded with Marcela right away like they were best friends. I believe this to be true because dogs have a few good sense as to whom they can trust. Marcela provided us updates on Maggie during her stay which calmed our anxiety of leaving her for the first time. Marcela is a true professional with the handling of Maggie and took great care of her. I would recommend her to any dog owner, who wants their pet to be boarded in a safe and loving environment.