When you’re searching for dependable pet boarding and sitting services, look no further than SWAT Pets. Based in Lydbrook, Gloucestershire, our approachable company draws upon more than 50 years of experience to capably care for your pets as though they were our own.
Boarding, Not Boring
When your pet boards with us, they won’t be cooped up in a yard kennel. Instead, they’ll be supervised with the care and attention we afford our very own animals. That means they’ll have the freedom to roam our house and garden. A comprehensive walking service is also included, where we’ll exercise your pet with or without the lead depending on your instruction, and our specific location.. Whatever your pet experiences at home, they’ll experience here. For example, if they sleep on the bed at home, they’ll do exactly the same here.
Visiting Your Property
A limited house sitting service is also available during evenings and daytime at the weekend. We also offer what we call a "Quick Sit", and it is exactly that; a 1 hour visit to your home, for when hen you’d prefer your pet to stay at home. We’ll simply visit your property for an hour to perform any necessary tasks. This includes changing litter, laying out food, and even opening and closing curtains to make your house look inhabited while you are away.
Swift Transportation Services
Whether you have an appointment with the vet, a pamper parlour, or have any other need to convey your pet to any location, allow our friendly company to lend a hand. Working diligently, we’ll gladly take your pet to its appointment before returning it to you safe and sound. Deliveries are made on local and national scales, so don’t hesitate to get in touch with the details of your requirements.
Eliminating Stress for Pets
Moving home is often a distressing time for animals. When you’re moving property and are worried about your animal, we offer to collect your pet and take them to our house. While you get on with the logistics of moving, we’ll take excellent care of your pet. Then, we’ll bring them to your new home at a time that is convenient for you.
Making Holidays Effortless
Are you visiting the Forest of Dean, Ross-on-Wye / Wye Valley area on holiday? Don’t hesitate to bring your pets! In cases where you want to go out on the evening and are not permitted to leave your animal alone in your accommodation, we’ll happily visit to care for your animals while you enjoy a night on the town. When you’re out for a late night, we’ll collect your beloved animal and bring them to stay at our house for the evening. Then, we’ll return them in the morning so you’re free to carry on with your holiday.
The license we hold from the council limits us to caring for just six dogs at any one time. That means it’s important that you call ahead to discuss our availability. Working with you, we’ll try to get you booked in at a convenient and suitable time.
Going the Distance
Naturally, SWAT Pets is well-equipped to recommend excellent dog-walking routes in and around our area. Whatever your needs are, simply drop us an email and we will work to accommodate you.
Passionate about Pets
At SWAT Pets, all of the services we offer are informed by a sincere love of animals. That’s why we work so hard to take excellent care of your pets. Pet owners are welcome to visit our home and see exactly where their pet will be staying. Customers are free to phone us directly, at any time (within reason), to check on their pets.
One time, we had a dog stay with us over Christmas whilst his Mum went to Australia. We waited up until midnight on Christmas Eve (UK time) to give Mum an unexpected Christmas present - Face Time for Mum & Dog! Both loved it, but the one thing I hadn't taken into account was that although he could hear his Mum, he kept looking behind the screen to find her! When he couldn't, he went back to sleep as, to be fair, I'd had to wake him and it was a long time past his bedtime.
The Company We Keep
Please note that, unfortunately, there are some pets that we are unable to accommodate. Typically, we board small dog breeds. The largest breed we house is about that of a collie (20 inches to the shoulder, to be exact - my knee height). One of the guides that we use is that of "Pets Own Us" who have a very useful guide for the size of your dog. As we specialise in the smaller dogs, we don't want animals that're too 'bouncy' all the time - we'll leave that to TIGGERZ! So dogs that're on the go all the time might not be suitable - you know your dog, and if you think that it's got too much 'bounce' in it, then it's up to you as to whether you think your dog should come to us or not. Don’t hesitate to contact us when you are unsure whether your dog is suitable.
We would never leave it to chance that your dog was going to get along and fit in with all the other guests and our dogs too. Prior to staying with us, we insist on a "Meet & Greet" where you bring your dog(s) along to ensure that they get along with our dogs - and that they fall within our requirements too. We are happy to arrange further meetings to ensure that your pet will feel comfortable alongside our own animals, including trial days, etc.
The decision as to whether your dogs would be suitable would be discovered at the meet and greet. We could all think that they would be at each other, and then they meet and just lay down together!
Once we've had the "Meet & Greet" we will then all be in an informed position to say as to whether they will be welcome or not.
We do have a blanket ban on certain breeds of dog, most of which would be precluded by the 20" rule, but just to make sure it is clear - and this is not a slur against your dog in any way - but we have had too many bad experiences to go against it:
Any Bull Terrier, Staffies, Australian Cattle Dogs, Australian Shepherd, Border Collie (unless short or elderly), Brittany Spaniel, Any "snow dog" ie Huskies etc, Any "fighting dog" eg Akita & Akita Inu, Any on the dangerous dog list, Any Mastiff, Cane Corso, Bully Kutta, Korean Jindo. English Setter, Irish Setter, Vizsla.
As we get a more defined list of dogs we will not accept together, they will be published on a separate page. You may come across some dogs from the banned list when you come to see us. That may be because they've been coming since before the ban was in place, and have shown themselves to be suitable to stay here anyway. It's also possible that they're getting on a bit, and just want to potter around the garden swapping 'tall tails' with their friends. These dogs are on a one strike system, so if they mess up once (act aggressively towards dogs or humans), cause a fight, etc. then they will be ejected from our care and back to the owner's to find another place for them. With most of our guests being smaller, we look after them like worried parents.
If in doubt, call and ask!