Here are a few words from some of our grateful clients.

Dog: Charley
Hula & Charley

Hi Tammy and Shelly,

Thank you very much for looking after our beloved Charley for us, for such a long period of time, and at such short notice! He really enjoyed his stay and came out a better dog for it. Shelly thank you very much for grooming him so beautifully and giving his paws such a good trim – it was a great pleasure to pick up our clean, healthy, happy dog.

Douglas, Monica & Ivy

Dog: Penny

Hi Tammy and Janet,

I just wanted to say thank you for ensuring Penny was so well cared for by Janet. It was wonderful to see those little pictures of Penny while we were away; I see how very happy and calm she is and I just know what a great, loving time she had.

We will definitely feel comfortable going away again in the future, and wouldn’t even think twice about having Penny stay with you – in fact, I’m sure she would be thrilled!!

Many thanks – we’ll be sure to recommend you to our friends.


Dog: MYA

Hi Tammy,
I wanted to say we are beyond thankful for finding Love on a Leash and what a wonderful experience we’ve had with your service. From start to finish…Thank you for connecting us with Ryley, she was and is, the perfect match for Mya, and for us, too!! We look forward to using your service again in the future.

Tanya, Sean & Mya

Dog: Ollie

Dear Tammy, Shelly and Frank,
Thank you so much for taking such good care of Ollie during the Christmas holidays. It was reassuring to have such professional, warm and kind care for him. And if you don’t mind, please tell me what soap you bathed him with when you groomed him, Shelly. He smells so good!

Linda Quennec

Dog: Cody

Hi Tammy

I wanted to let you know that we were very happy with the care that Cody got from Ryley.
We were able to enjoy our trip to Hawaii knowing that he was being taken care of in a warm caring home with Ryley who clearly loves dogs. I could tell that Cody had a great time with her.
Thank you for setting our Cody up with such a great person and home to stay in.
The next time we go somewhere that we can’t bring Cody, we would love to have him stay with Ryley again, if she is available.

Ann, Eric, Raine and Cody

Dog: Noah

Hi Tammy,

Thought I’d drop you a note to say how much Noah loved his stay with Shelley, in the country! We picked him up yesterday and he looked like he was settled in and quite at home there. Shelly was great – she even sent me a couple of texts during our trip to update me on how Noah was doing. Noah made some good pals there it sounds like. Noah loved Shelley! – he was very happy around her.

Thanks again, and we’ll certainly keep Love on a Leash in mind for our next trip!


Dog: Shaggy

We’re just starting to get back to normal but had to let you guys know that our Shaggy Boy LOVES Shawna so much! We are just thrilled at the special care he got and wanted to make sure that Tammy knows what a great experience this has been for all of us. Sometimes, I have to wonder when we have an older dog who actually has separation anxiety…the dog or the owners, lol! We are just so happy, grateful, and relieved to know that Shaggy Boy has a great ‘auntie’ now 🙂
Can we request Shawna for our next vacation?

Nina, Mindy, and Shaggy!

Dog: Winnie The pooch

Hi Tammy!

Just getting back to you and Denice from back home in San Jose, CA., to say thanks so much for the wonderful care Winnie received from you in Vancouver. Made our stay and visit to the city so enjoyable, knowing she was in good hands.
Special thanks to Denice for the photo ops, walks, and convenience to downtown Vancouver! Please pass this message on to her! We will give Love on a Leash a great review and recommendation to anyone who asks!

Les & Bobbie Miller (Winnie’s Mom & Dad)

Dog: Boten

Dear Ellen and Tammy,

Thank you so much for the excellent care for our poodle, Boten. Leaving Boten for the first time with someone else was not easy and we were very anxious, however, we were so reassured when we met Ellen. We received updates and photos and met a happy and pampered dog when we came back.

Rachel & family

Dog: Fergie

Please send along my profound thanks to Steve, Shelly and Frank for all the care Fergie received — it is such a relief to know she was happy and in good hands while I was gone. And although I would have preferred she not have needed it, we kept chuckling at the picture of her in her diaper. I hope in the future Fergie can go back to LOAL in the Country — we keep referring to it as her ‘rehab’ as she seems almost better behaved than a week ago. Thanks again for everything.


Dog: Baxter

Hi Tammy
Just wanted to drop you a quick note of thanks for taking great care of Baxter. He was in top shape when we picked him up.
You and Shelly have a great setup, we will use you again and are happy to recommend.


Dog: Juneau & Guido
Juneau plays with balls

Hi Tammy, Shelly & Frank,

I am sure you are aware of the terrible story in the news about the loss of 6 dogs, perishing in the truck of someone who called herself a dog walker. It’s so devastating.
It’s made me realise that I need to tell you to tell you how much Bruce and I appreciate you all, and how fortunate we feel to have you care for our furry kids. We trust you implicitly; it’s wonderful to know when we leave Juneau and Guido that they are in such capable hands. You have been there for us for 4 years, going above and beyond, and that gives us great peace of mind.

Thank you for all you do, you do it so well!


Dog: Murphy

just a note to let you know how delighted we were with your services! Steve is a great guy who was superb with Murphy… I’ve known him for at least 10 yrs, just from a different context. Will definitely work together again.


Dog: Julio
Julio goes for a walk - Mar 7

Hello Tammy!

Julio got back to us today and i’m very happy with the service!
Thank you very much for your help, Shelly was awesome with Julio. I’m really glad I choose Love On A Leash. We’ll probably need you again in the future and i’ll recommend your service for sure.


Dog: Bijou

Tammy Preast goes above and beyond when taking care of my precious Bichon boy, Bijou. She actually sent me pictures of him 3 times even though I was gone only 2 days. The best test was that my dog didn’t want to leave. I highly recommend Love on Leash.

Gabriele L.

Dog: Bowen

I met Tammy & her sister Shelly about 6 years ago, when I was searching for a special place to leave my dog for 2 weeks. It is difficult to find dog care that with truly reflect a proper family, home environment. After searching we found “Love on a Leash“ and have been grateful ever since. As you may well know, Weimaraner’s can be fairly needy and it takes a very special person to understand them. Once again “Love on a Leash” knew exactly what to do and what not to do with our Bowen.
Their ability to understand & care for dogs is of the highest caliper. They accommodate Bowen’s raw diet with great ease. It is something they understand and appreciate. I would highly recommend “Love on a Leash” to anyone looking for quality dog care in a warm comfortable environment. Bowen is a very special part of our family and we would not leave him with just anyone.
You’ll be in amazing hands with Tammy & Shelly & the Love on a Leash team!!

Dog: Sugar

I have a small, 9 pound dog, who had a bad history, before I adopted from the SPCA. She was very aggressive with other dogs. I did not want to put Sugar in a kennel when I went on vacation or other times when I needed to go out of town. I was trying to find a good pet sitter when I came across “Love on a Leash”. I read with interest Tammy’s background, as well as testimonials from her clients, and decided to give her a call. I explained to her Sugar’s issues with other dogs, but Tammy assured me she would find the appropriate match and she suggested Shelly from “Love on a Leash in the Country”. I asked her if Shelly had big dogs and she said she had 2 Boxers, but that Shelly had 30 years experience and Sugar would be safe and secure there. I was a bit reluctant and fearful. I went to visit Shelly in her beautiful home in Abbotsford, in a peaceful area surrounded with trees and lush green space, and found out that Shelley babysits the dogs in her home. They sleep with her and her husband, have walks and plenty of play time, love and cuddle, as well as living in beautiful surroundings. I left Sugar for three weeks while I went to Europe and Shelley sent me pictures and updates on Sugar, she got along great with the other dogs including big dogs!! I didn’t believe it until I saw a picture of Sugar with Shelley’s Boxer, sleeping on the same mat. Since then Sugar has returned every time I go away. She is well loved and taken care of and I can leave in peace when I go away. Every time they pick her up she goes happily, her little tail wagging. She loves both Shelly and Frank her husband. Tammy and Shelley have also been very accommodating with last minute requests when I unforeseen circumstances required last minute travel. This was the best phone call I ever made and that was 5 years ago!

Sylvie Gelinas and Sugar

Dog: Alli-Gator

Hello Tammy,

Love on a Leash is by far the best experience we have ever had with a pet sitter or kennel.

Kari was the perfect choice to take care of our little Alli while we were on our cruise for a week.
She sent us pictures of Alli every day, introduced her to a new dog friend, Chelsea, and even
called our vet to get advice and medication when Alli was scratching too much. She treated
Alli as if she was her own and when we picked her up it was obvious she had been well
taken care of.
We were very apprehensive about putting Alli with any sitter or kennel for a week as she hadnever been away from us that long in her 5 years. I can tell you that if we are ever in Vancouver
again and need a sitter, we will call Love on a Leash.

Please give Kari and Darren our sincerest thank you for taking such good care of Alli. I have
included a couple of pictures as we continue our journey through Alaska.

Take care and knows that we appreciate the outstanding service you provide.

Rusty and Diana & Alli-Gator

Dog: Denver

When we first moved to Vancouver and discovered LOAL, our boy was still suffering from bad PTSD. He is a rescue that was neglected / abused with pretty severe paranoia and a variety of other issues. We knew when we adopted him that it would be an uphill battle, and it was, but I firmly believe that finding LOAL and sending him there whenever we traveled (which is quite often) has been instrumental to his recovery.

Not only did Tammy and Shelley reassure me that everything would be fine (I was highly skeptical), every time we got Denver back from his vacation, he would be a new and improved dog. Because of the LOAL family, Denver has more confidence and he is much better at playing with “the pack”. I also think those moments away have taught him to be a dog again, which is the greatest gift of all.

When we first got Denver, he was completely terrified of men but now if we get his dog bed out and put his leash on, he knows where he is going and runs downstairs looking for Frank, not even paying any mind to the fact that his mom and dad aren’t coming with him!

I would recommend LOAL to anyone looking for a reliable, loving and responsible caregiver for their dog.

Ashley, Rob & Denver

Dog: Ruby Caruso

The dynamic sister team of Tammy and Shelly who own and operate Love On A Leash are advocates of everything dogs…. they are awesome on all levels and have created a wonderful service for those of us who have to occasionally leave our furry friends behind while we go off and travel the world! I have left my dogs in the very caring and trustworthy hands of the Fairy DogMother (Shelly) at Love On A Leash in the country. She comes and picks my dog up and drops her off (minimal drop off/pick up fee) and while I am away I receive updates on how my dog is doing via emails including pictures of their escapades!! I am delighted that I can go away and not have to worry at all about how my dog is making out in my absence. I give two thumbs up all the way…..!!!

Mary C

Dog: Luke

I am very happy to recommend Love on a Leash for their caring, attentive, and professional dog-boarding services as well as customer service. In 2015 I used LOAL twice to take care of my little guy Luke (a mischievous, but sweet Maltipoo pup) while away on holidays. On both occasions, I was able to book Luke’s stay with ease by e-mail, then send my pup to his ‘Fairy Dogmother’ out in the countryside with no hassle at all because of LOAL’s door-to-door pick-up service, and then receive personalized updates by email (including action photos!) so that I could see how much fun my dog was getting up to. Moreover, Luke has returned from both of his ‘doggy holidays’ in a tired but happy state, which is proof to me that he received beneficial care and exercise while I was away. I have no hesitation at all in recommending LOAL and will be sure to contact Tammy again whenever I travel and need a second home for my best buddy!


Dog: Caileigh

We have absolutely no hesitation in recommending Love on a Leash. Our Caileigh has been going for her “vacations” to LOAL in the country for the last 7 years. She gets so excited when she sees the LOAL van pull up for her pick up that she jumps into the crate without a backwards glance at us. She comes home happily tuckered out from playing. No matter how long we are away, we have no worries knowing she is in great care with Shelly and Frank.

John & Charlene

Dog: Buddy

“Finding Love on a Leash was a relief for me. For several weeks, I’d spent a lot of time worrying about who would take care of our beloved Labrador, Buddy, while we were away. Tammy and Shelly came to the rescue and put my worries at ease. I knew I could rely on Love on a Leash to take care of everything, which gave me and my husband the chance to enjoy our super fun Montreal vacation. I would not hesitate to recommend Love on a Leash for anyone who is looking for a trusted doggie care service”.

PS: The pick up & drop off service was especially convenient.

Thanks Tammy and Shelly!
Nicole and Bob Green”


Nicole and Bob Green
Dog: King & Toba

Thank you for taking great care with my two Labradors while they were with you. Both dogs came home happy and bathed (nice touch), you have a comfortable and safe environment and I would definitely recommend your establishment.”

Don Byers
Kamloops, B.C


Don Byers
Dog: Mom to Sadie and Max

My two senior dogs, Sadie and Max, had such a good time in the care of Shelly. I was assured they would be well taken care of and I wasn’t disappointed ….my babies were happy and completely rejuvenated by the caring attention they received from Shelly.

Thank you, Shelly, from a very grateful mom!
Patricia McCarthy, Mom to Sadie and Max


Patricia McCarthy
Dog: Stella

We want to thank Shelly for the care she has provided our 8-month old Catahoula “Stella”. Before Shelly even met Stella, she had already researched the breed and was aware of the needs and tendencies that she might encounter with Stella. That was a huge indication to us of Shelly’s commitment and care for dogs. Shelly’s knowledge, skills, and experience do not only provide Stella with a great experience but also provide us with peace of mind that Stella is well taken care of.

The best part of the experience at Love on a Leash in the Country is that, with some helpful hints and Shelly’s influence, Stella has even picked up some good habits. We would highly recommend Shelly to anyone who wants their dog to be cared for by the best.


Tat and Tress
Dog: Oaf

Having only adopted 7 year-old Oaf in May 2009 we had not been separated from the moment we met! So, having to travel at Christmas was a tough one (bit of separation anxiety on my part!) but what a little holiday Oaf had out in the country with Shelley! She treated Oaf as one of her own and he came back from his vacation in the country happy like we hadn’t missed a day together! And to top it off, Oaf slipped right back into his home routine without a blink of the eye!

At the same time, Penny and Christy, Oaf’s walkers, checked in on my cats everyday and gave them lots of love and attention which gave me great peace of mind. All of the staff treated my animals like they were their own. Penny and Christy are so kind and loving to Oaf and leave these great little notes every day letting me know how he was on his walk which is such a nice little bonus to come home to!

Overall, I enthusiastically recommend Love on a Leash to everyone – nothing beats the quality and care that goes into their service!

Nancy, Oaf, Mamma-Chunks & Buddy


Nancy Nasso
Dog: Jesse

We took our dog to Love on a Leash in the Country while we went away on vacation. Suffice to say, we got an extremely tired and well balanced dog back in return!!! He looked happy, loved and well fed!! He is a little guy with aggression towards bigger dogs, but as soon as we got him back, we noticed a change in his behavior. He definitely seemed more at ease with bigger dogs near him. We love how our ritual at home is the same ritual he gets at the Love on a Leash program, right up to the comfortable spot on our laps that he loves!! It gives us so much comfort knowing we can travel and have Jesse so well taken care of.

Thank you so much for the wonderful care!! We will be bringing him back any time we travel 🙂

Jodi and Andrew
PS – Thanks again for your wonderful care. Andrew


Jodi and Andrew Parks
Dog: Stitch

Thank you so much for setting Stitch up for dog care with David. We cannot express how much we value the service that David provided. My husband & I are overjoyed with your business and next time we come to Vancouver, we will definitely look you up again.

Many thanks


Lan & Gene Syniak
Dog: Winston

Thank you Shelly, Frank and Tammy for all the care and attention you give to our boy, Winston every time he comes to visit. He now knows the signs that he is coming to see you (packed bag, food etc), and waits with anticipation for Frank’s arrival at the door. We LOVE the door to door pick up and drop off service. Winston doesn’t look back, from the moment Frank arrives to collect him, as he heads off to his personal “Doggy Disneyland.” We especially appreciate the attention given to his health needs, as he can be relatively high maintenance with medications etc. Winston will look forward to all the fun he will have on his next visit, and we feel secure knowing he is always in such good hands.

Warmest thanks,
Tim & Shelley Brown