When we got our Labrador Ben, we decided that we didn't want to put him into kennels when we went away and our family were not in a position to have him for a long period if time. We were fretting for a little while as there didn't seem to be an easy solution. Then we came across K9 Ventures!
We contacted Karen and took Ben to her house for a trial night. Ben absolutely loved it, especially as he made friends with Karen's dogs. Ben became part of the family whilst we were away and was very unimpressed when he had to come home, as he had such a lovely time! Karen texted us every day whilst we were away to let us know how Ben was, which really put us at ease. As Karen is a veterinary nurse, we knew Ben was in very safe hands.
There is no other option when it comes to Ben staying with someone when we are away, he is loved and cared for as if he were Karen's own, and knowing that is invaluable.
Ruth and Oli
As the owner of a new golden retriever puppy (Zander) one of my priorities was to find a loving and caring "home from home" environment for him for when we go on holiday. When I spoke to Karen for the first time I was immediately put at ease. She was friendly and chatty and clearly had a love for dogs having two of her own as well as being a qualified veterinary nurse and dog groomer. Who could ask for more!
I arranged to bring Zander to meet Karen and whilst we chatted in the kitchen, Zander played happily with her dog Vera in the garden. In fact he was reluctant to come home!
Since then Zander has boarded with Karen on a number of occasions - despite having chewed part of her stair carpet on his first overnight stay! Each time he can't wait to reacquaint himself with his dog pals and become one of the pack again. He loves his daily walk in the woods and the fact that he has dogs to play with 24/7. Zander is a cream retriever and he often comes back from his walk a muddy brown colour. However when I pick him up he is always so clean and fit looking - I know he has been well looked after.
Zander loves Karen and her son Ryan, both of whom spoil him with lots of cuddles. It is so reassuring to know that he is in such capable and trustworthy hands. I would have no hestiation in recommending Karen to friends and indeed have done so already.
When we were looking for someone to look after our new cockapoo puppy "Sky" we visited a bunch of dog day care services, until we finally met Karen. Not only she was happy to take in a young pup but she also offered the most charming, inviting and comfortable setup for the dogs under her care. For instance, she does not use kennels, instead having dog beds around her house so that all dogs feel part of the family. Karen has a dog of her own and when we met Vera and observed how polite and lovely she was, we knew then that Karen was the right person for us.
My husband and I work full time and Sky was still a young puppy, therefore, we wanted to know that our pup would be in good hands all day long. Karen helped us to toilet train Sky, taught Sky to walk off the leash, come back when called, providing structure and discipline while also giving her plenty of love and affection. Karen has truly provided a "home away from home" for Sky, and we consider her much like a member of our family.
The services Karen provides include day care, training, and grooming and have given us the confidence to go away on holiday and know that Sky will be happy, healthy and looked after.
Karen is excellent with dogs, with a deep understanding of them. She gives them firm, but kind discipline and has been instrumental in Sky developing into a lovely, well-adjusted, good-natured dog. In addition, Karen has experience as a veterinary nurse which we have found to be invaluable as we have often asked her questions about Sky's health, which has saved us some trips to the Vet.
Do not think twice before deciding to leave your pup with Karen, this was one of the best decisions we have made, your dog will be in excellent hands!
Andrea and Will
I first met Karen in February 2016 when I was looking for day care for Bonnie, our 4-month-old poodle-cross. From our first meeting it was obvious Karen was very experienced with dogs of all shapes and sizes and I was confident she would be perfect for Bonnie. We were also fortunate in that Karen is a qualified veterinary nurse and first aider which was very reassuring. Bonnie was a particularly nervous puppy, scared of more or less everything from a young age! With Karen's expertise and patience we worked together to gradually acclimatise Bonnie to different situations and build on her obedience. She was soon able to be off lead when out walking with the pack as Karen quickly established the recall 'rules'. As I was new to dog ownership I tended to let Karen suggest the best commands to use and this worked out really well, avoiding any confusion in the dog's mind.
Bonnie has now been day-boarding with Karen for over 2 years and is always very excited when I drop her off; it is obvious she adores her and I never have to worry about her during the day. There have been numerous occasions over the past couple of years when I've asked for Karen's advice as I face yet another challenge I wasn't expecting! Karen always takes the time to share her knowledge and make helpful suggestions to modify behaviour. When indoor training didn't suit Bonnie, Karen was able to recommend other types of training/outside classes. She has also been a great support to me as I have struggled with certain aspects of Bonnie's behaviour, making me see that sometimes despite my best efforts, it is just the way Bonnie is.
K9 Ventures are based in Pinner, West London, UK