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Aunt Darlene's Pet Sitting & Dog Walking Service, LLC

Old Bridge, NJ

11 years in service

10 employees

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“NJ's Best Pet Sitters, Dog Walkers & Cage-Free, In-Home Dog Boarding”

About Aunt Darlene's Pet Sitting & Dog Walking Service, LLC

In the years we have been taking care of pets we have made a lot of friends, and relationships with people and their pets that we cherish and that mean the world to us. We are truly blessed and fortunate to do what we love for a living and without our wonderful clients we couldn't do what we love. So thank you all for entrusting your beloved pets with us and our pet sitters. We and our entire staff of pet sitters, dog walkers, and cage-free, in-home guest home owners truly love each and every pet that we meet at Aunt Darlene's Pet Sitting & Dog Walking Service, LLC

Location

22 Sherwood Lane
Old Bridge, NJ 08857

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  • 5/5 stars February 15, 2014

    I've been using Darlene's pet sitting service for years! It's so refreshing knowing I can go on vacation with peace of mind! And there's been several times I've been in a pinch (wanted to stay an extra day, husband was in hospital for longer than expected) and she was there for us! I don't know what I would do without her!! Highly recommend, feel free to contact me personally for a reference!

  • 5/5 stars February 15, 2014

    Compassionate and caring and peace is what you feel when you leave your furry family members in Aunt Darlene's care

  • 5/5 stars February 15, 2014

    I have been a customer of Aunt Darlene's Pet Sitting Service for almost 8 years now! I have nothing but great things to say about Darlene, Tom and the 2 walkers I have had for my 2 poodles. Even in a last minute emergency need of 2 walks for my poodles due to a cancelled flight they made it work and my precious pups were well taken care of until we could get home the next morning! I highly recommend!!

  • 5/5 stars November 21, 2013

    Darlene and Tom took the best care of my dog while we were on vacation.
    Darlene and Tom treated my dog like he was one of their own pets. They walked him, played with him -
    immediately knowing that he loves tennis balls, provided a clean and dog friendly environment. They have a camera to watch the dogs at all times. When I came to pick up the dog, he was playing with their dogs and totally enjoying the experience.
    I would highly recommend Aunt Darlene's Pet sitting to anyone with a dog. The experience was perfect

    Darlene S. from Aunt Darlene's Pet Sitting & Dog Walking Service, LLC replied to this review on November 21, 2013:

    Thank you Esther. Max was a pleasure. We look forward to seeing him again.

  • 5/5 stars July 4, 2013

    They have been caring for our 13yo beagle Riley for about 10 years. He likes them better than us!!! We never have to worry.
    They are extremely caring and reliable. Crystle cares for Riley and she is wonderful.

    Darlene S. from Aunt Darlene's Pet Sitting & Dog Walking Service, LLC replied to this review on July 13, 2013:

    Hi Rene,
    Thank you for the review. We love Riley! He's such a swet happy boy.
    Have a great Summer!!

  • 5/5 stars July 3, 2013

    I have been taking my dog to Aunt Darlene's for over a year now for both boarding and day care services, and I cannot say enough about Darlene and Tom Sawyer. When I first went to them, I was very disheartened and worried over my pet's care in my absence, as I had had a horrible experience at the local PetSmart Doggie Day Care center, and didn't trust that anyone would care for my dog the way the I would. Thank God that I was wrong. As pet caretakers, they are the very best in every possible way. They are true animal lovers, conscientious, kind, nurturing, structured and attentive. They take the time to get to know you and your pet, and take the necessary steps to ensure that your pet is in a safe and happy environment. They are thorough, professional, and serious about the care of your pet. They don't take any of your needs or your pet's needs lightly, and feel just as strongly about your pet's well-being as you do. It just doesn't get any better than Darlene and Tom, and I am constantly recommending them to friends and neighbors.

    Darlene S. from Aunt Darlene's Pet Sitting & Dog Walking Service, LLC replied to this review on July 3, 2013:

    Thanks Sue!
    We love Orlando. He's so handsome and such a nice dog.

  • 5/5 stars July 3, 2013

    Darlene and Tom have been taking care of our Abbey for two years. They love her like she is one of their own and Abbey loves going on vacation at Aunt Darlene's. She gets excited when she sees her bag packed knowing that she is going to be spoiled by Aunt Darlene and Uncle Tom. We feel very blessed that we've found two people who love our Abbey as much as we do.

    Darlene S. from Aunt Darlene's Pet Sitting & Dog Walking Service, LLC replied to this review on July 3, 2013:

    Thanks Kim! Abbey's a doll. We really enjoy having her stay with us.
    Have a great Summer!

  • 5/5 stars January 9, 2013

    I highly recommend Aunt Darlene’s Pet Sitting & Dog Walking Service! I have left my Morkie, Misty with them several times. Each time I picked her up, I was very pleased at how well kept she looked. Darlene and Tom brushed her long hair and made sure her eyes were clean, etc. Misty comes home exhausted from having so much fun! I rate them a 5 star pet sitting service!
    Roshell R. Manalapan

    Darlene S. from Aunt Darlene's Pet Sitting & Dog Walking Service, LLC replied to this review on July 3, 2013:

    Hi Roshell,
    Thank you for your review. We can't wait to see Misty again!
    She's a sweetie!

  • 5/5 stars November 14, 2012

    We have now been to Darlene and Tom twice for care of Oliver. They treated our long hair chihuahua as their own. We were very scared about leaving our dog with Tom & Darlene however seeing them interact with the dogs under their care and Ollie, all our worries were put to ease.

    Darlene and Tom are very vigilant and advises of any issues they note while our pets are under their care. I heartfully recommend Darlene and Tom to our friends and family.

    Sunil & Gincy, Old Bridge,NJ

  • 5/5 stars May 14, 2012

    Gino watched my minpin, Sisko, for almost a week, and I could not be happier with the service. Sisko was happy and safe, and I know he had a great time while I was away. I highly recommend this service. Gino even texted photos while I was way, to show me that my dog was doing well. I will definitely be using this service again! Thanks guys!

  • 5/5 stars April 18, 2012

    We've boarded our puppy with Gino of Aunt Darlene’s twice now. On both occasions, he comes home happy and tired. He never seems overly excited to leave and the last time we picked him up, he gave Gino kisses before we left. Gino is so amazing, with the puppy and with my constanty texting to make sure all was well. We are grateful to have found someone we trust -- it's great peace of mind when you need to leave town. I'd recommend Gino to anyone!

  • 5/5 stars April 11, 2012

    I just picked up my dog from Gino's house. She had a wonderful time! She played with the other dogs and met lots of new friends. It was great to know she was so well cared for while we were away! I will definitely be using this service again, and would recommend Aunt Darlene's to anyone! THANK YOU!

  • 5/5 stars October 30, 2011

    Aunt Darlene's has been a life saver for us. We have 2 small papillons and one is a puppy mill rescue. Whenever we went away it broke our hearts to put them in a kennel especially the rescue, since he spent 7+ years in a cage without contact, except to breed. Their home is like your own and they love your pet like their own. Their beautiful 2 dogs, Pebbles and Buddy, make all visiting dogs feel welcome and calm.

    We can't say enough about how much attention our dogs get and how well they are taken care of. If your pets are part of your family like ours are, then Aunt Darlene's Pet Sitting is the best service to use.

    We hope they are around for a long time. We recommend them to anyone who loves and cares about their pet. You cannot find better care anywhere!!!

    Thanks Darlene and Tom,

    Gayle and Ernie
    Teddy and Higgins too!!

  • 5/5 stars February 15, 2011

    Aunt Darlene and Uncle Tom are the BEST.

    My husband and I relocated to NJ from Texas a little over a year ago. We had always left our 'bundle of Mini-Daschund joy',Duncan with our beloved family and friends who were able to watch him if we were to go away-and we never worried a BIT about how he was doing because he was in the care of our closest companions who loved him like he was their own.

    We had NEVER, EVER boarded Duncan before we moved here and when we realized that we had to do so on our first trips being up here alone I nearly had a panic attack. Not having any recommendations or initially doing deeper research to discover such a service as Aunt Darlene's-we set Duncan up at a doggie/kitty hotel near our house-yes it seemed nice on the outside but the way our dog came back petrified when we picked him up was absolutely heartbreaking. Yes, there are those people that say "dogs are just dogs and that it shouldn't be that big of a deal-they'll get over it", but I am one of those people that consider my dog like a child (there are many that feel the same!) and you'd want nothing but the best for them because they bring so much specialness to your life... and seeing Duncan's reaction when he jumped into my arms after being boarded at the one place made me sick to my stomach.

    Many trips and nightmares later I made a serious effort to do better
    research and found Aunt Darlene's. I knew something better had to exist-SO TRUE!! All the testimonials on her page say everything perfectly about the level of service and love that they provide your pet. We will use no one else as long as we live up here. It says it all when Duncan knows the moment you pull up to Darlene and Tom's house and he is about to jump out of the car to make a run for Darlene,Tom and their two dogs, Buddy and Pebbles. It makes your heart want to burst when I pick him up and to see how he is so happy to see me, but sad to leave them-Duncan seems to go through a slight withdrawl with all the fun he had and now it's back to the boring mommy and daddy. :)

    *****HUGE RECOMMENDATION-YOU AND YOUR PET WILL BE SO PLEASED!! Thank you again!

    Kimberly and Parker B., Shrewsbury, NJ

Question and answer

Q. Describe the most common types of jobs you do for your clients.

A. At Aunt Darlene's we have been providing Central New Jersey's pet owners with peace of mind knowing their pets are being cared for by pet sitters, dog walkers, and home dog boarding guest home owners since 2003.

Q. Describe three recent jobs you've completed.

A. Pet Sitting for two short haired tabby cats while the owner was on vacation in Florida.
Dog Walking for a dog named Jake since August 2004 and continue to walk him today.
Cage-Free, In-Home Dog Boarding at my house and at my contractors houses as well. I employ 4 pet sitters and 5 dog boarding homes including my own.

Q. What advice do you have for a customer looking to hire a provider like you?

A. When hiring a pet sitter, dog walker or boarding your pet you should always be offered a free consultation and make sure the person or service that you use is insured and bonded. If you don't feel comfortable with the person you interview you should trust your gut instinct and check out someone else. This is a person you are going to rely on to love and care for your precious pets and you should feel comfortable with that person, or you'll always have that uneasy feeling when you're away. Another thing I would look at is how the pet sitter/walker reacts to my pet, and how my pet reacts to them. Meeting your pet should bring a smile to your pet sitter's face. If not, find another sitter.
It's also a really good idea to look up online reviews for the person, or service you intend to use as your pet sitter, dog walker, or dog boarding service. Read them all and look at the posting dates. I have seen reviews online that were so obviously faked it was ridiculous. One company listed reviews on a website that were all listed in the owners first name with 4 different initials for the last name, and they were all posted on the exact same day. Sometimes it easy to tell when the reviews are not real, and sometimes it's not. Use your own instincts to make sure you are 100% comfortable with the person you trust to care for your pets. It's worth taking the time to do your homework.

Q. What questions should a consumer ask to hire the right service professional?

A. As a professional pet sitter, dog walker and in home dog boarding service I would ask the following questions when hiring someone to care for my pets.
How long have you been in business? Are you insured & bonded? Can you provide references? Always remember to check online reviews to see what other people are saying about the person, or company you are considering to watch your pets. Your pets are your little furry dependents that depend on you to love them and care for them properly. You owe it to them to make sure you are choosing someone who adores animals and not just pet sitting for the money.

Q. Why does your work stand out from others who do what you do?

A. We have been pet sitting & dog walking since 2003 and established ourselves as Central Jersey's Best Pet Sitting & Dog Walking Service. In 2007 we added Dog Boarding and now it's the vast majority of our business. We love what we do and it shows!

Q. What do you like most about your job?

A. I love everything about my job. My day is filled with happiness. The pets are always happy to see us and we love seeing them too. The owners love us because we love and care for their babies. There's no job like it in the world plus I always wanted to work with animals and now I do every day, and I'm my own boss. What could be better?

Q. What questions do customers most commonly ask you? What's your answer?

A. If we are insured and bonded and the answer is yes we are.

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