Val looked after our dogs (5 Rough ‘Lassie’ Collies) really well with regular updates and photos on FB. They were well behaved and relaxed and looking forward to her coming round again. Diana and Tony.

October 2015

Hi Val we would recommend you to everybody everything was perfect. Thank you, everything was absolutely fabulous and the animals so well cared for. You have done an excellant job and thank you so much for the pressies, there was no need, but bless you.

We had the most amazing holiday ever, and thanks to you everything here was taken care of and our furry family were well and truly spoilt, we would recommend you to everyone and a big thank you again.

I have just woken up Alan and said we had better feed the dogs or they will be packing up and taking off to find you!

Once again thank you so very much for your good work done.

Loads of love from all the furries – Oscar, Sadie, Harley and Reno. Speak soon love Alan & Margaret S xxxxx – October 2015


Judy & Ian and Socks the Cat, Archie & Lily, the dogs – 13th September 2015

Many thanks for everything as ever – including the bottle of wine and cakes! Animals were all fine and happy when we got back.

Best wishes and thanks again.


Judy, Bob and Harry, the Bichon Frise on 15th August 2015:

”…Val is a wonderfully caring dog lover. She doesn’t just look after our dog, he has a holiday all of his own.”

”…We can’t recommend Val /Paws2claws highly enough. After many visits, we know Harry is in excellent hands and we can leave him with total peace of mind”


Desiree du Pisanie 8:51am on August 13, 2015

My dogs were extremely well taken care of!

Poor Val, as two of them were in season as well, but it was no hassle for Val, she managed to keep unwanted visitors away.

My dogs and my house was left spotless and perfect!

Monya 23rd May 2015:

Hi Val,

All animals have been well looked after extremely well and my house looks like a show home.   I have put paid to this today!  The animal kingdom in the basement looks incredibly tidy and I am almost frightened to go there.  I am really grateful for all that you have done for me and it is so good for me to know that when you are here the house and animals are well cared for, safe and happy. Thank you again.
SuzienNeil 4:04 PM on May 28, 2015
Thanks for looking after Jason at such very short notice. He enjoyed his little stay with you. Thoroughly recommended. Thanks for your help. He will be back 🙂

Tamsin Berry 7:15 PM on May 17, 2015
Thanks for the house sit and looking after Luci-Lou from Sunday 26th April ’15 until yesterday May 17th ’15.


Shirley 9:06 AM on May 6, 2015
Thank you once again for looking after Billy for us. I don’t know what we would do with out you. He always comes home so happy. cuddles from Billy xxx


Louise Atkinson 7:10 AM on May 4, 2015

First Class service! Thanks again for taking such good care of Jasper at your home. He thoroughly enjoyed his stay with you and will definately be coming to stay again. Highly recommended. A lovely lady and so helpful and kind during a very stressful time for us. So pleased you are now doing house sitting and we will be in touch soon. Cheers.


Judy 12:51 PM on April 21, 2015
Our pets have been boarded with Val before but this time she looked after them at our home. As before our 2 dogs & 1 cat were very well cared for, & were fit & happy when we returned. We appreciated the photos & the text updates on the possible strike that might have delayed us. Plus the bonus of coming back to a clean tidy house! Thanks again Val & we will see you for your next stay in June.


Monya 3:02 PM on March 18, 2015
An absolutely super job Val. Animals obviously very well looked after and the house is immaculate. I am looking forward to you being here when I am next away.


Pamela 4:25 PM on March 16, 2015
Thanks for looking after Phoebe, Beulagh and Sophie so well as always.. They are always very pleased to see you which is a great recommendation. They love the fuss you make of them. I love the photo updates too. Cant praise Valerie high enough for the care she gives to the animals.
Judy Lamb 8:40 AM on February 26, 2015
Just picked Harry from Val’s,he has a great time again with Val.I am sure if could talk he would tell us what a great time he had,and really enjoy’s the great walks he has.Val goes out of her way to make him feel a home,and takes good care of him,he had just had his teeth cleaned so was being a bit fussy with his food,Val went of her way to tempt him with food,thank you.
And the pics just prove to me his is right at home.
Thank you again Val

John & Linda Ringland 4:08 AM on February 23, 2015
We never had any doubt our 11 year old cat would be well looked after, spoilt and given plenty of love and attention for the two weeks we away and we were right. In fact we thought he wouldn’t want to come home if he had a choice! Val is such a special and unique pet loving person and goes out of her way to ensure her care is above and beyond anything we have ever experienced before with regular photo updates to keep in touch whilst we were away. Thank you Val for peace of mind and one very happy and content cat who misses you already. x x x x

Patricia Walker 4:24 AM on February 14, 2015
What a fabulous time my two dogs Alfie & Chelsea had whilst we had a short break, in fact I think they had a better time than us. Whilst away Valerie very kindly kept us in touch with some lovely photos of both of them and whereas I was worried about how Alfie (A Portuguese rescue dog) would react everything went extremely well. We arrived back to two beautifully groomed ‘well walked’ dogs. We would have no reservations of using Valerie again a lovely kind lady. Thank you Valerie so much. xxx

Tammy 3:26 PM on January 26, 2015
A huge thanks Val for coming to take care of Luci-Lou and the house. It was lovely coming home after a long trip to find everything in a sparkling clean state and to have one very relaxed kitty. Also thank you for the extra touches, they were very much appreciated. You can´t beat peace of mind!

Barb and Dave 10:07 AM on January 25, 2015
Thanks very much for caring for Jason. He enjoyed his stay very much and will be returning soon. He sends woofs ??

Pat Jeffery 1:01 PM on January 7, 2015
Another very happy stay for Buzz over Christmas. He is so relaxed and obviously very happy to stay at Valerie’s. Thankyou

Koen Spee 9:29 AM on January 7, 2015
Valerie, we are extremely pleased to having found you, our familymember Sam the cat enjoyed his stay at your place so much that he hasn’t been grumpy after our return at all, a definitive first!
Warmly recommend you to every cat or dog owner, well worth the drive from Foz do Arelho!

Judy Lamb 2:54 PM on December 16, 2014
Many thanks to you Val,as we have just moved to Portugal,it was with great relief to find your web site.
Harry had a great time with you & Billy,you really made us feel he would be well looked after,and this was the case.
Thank you for all help and advice too,Harry is looking forward to his return visit next year.
Many thanks,see you soon,cuddles from Harry

Amanda Malloy 12:33 PM on December 13, 2014
We can’t thank you enough for the care and attention you have given Holly. We had a worry-free stay away knowing that Holly was completely happy with you. We would have absolutely no hesitation in recommending your services and we look forward to seeing you again soon.

Steve & Debbie Hughes 6:17 AM on November 18, 2014
Simply can’t thank you enough Valerie for taking care of our Border Collie Star once again. Despite the short notice you were able to accommodate her in your home and Star always loves coming to stay with ‘Auntie Val’. We love that you take care of her as if she was your own dog and we always enjoy the regular photos and messages you send us whilst she’s in your care. Keep up the good work and no doubt see you again soon!!

Carolyn and David 8:27 AM on October 19, 2014
Valerie has stayed in our home twice now, and taken care of our Daisy and Millie.
On each occasion when we have returned home the house has been clean and tidy and our girls have been clearly well looked after and cared for.
We hope to use her services again in the future and would strongly recommend her x

shirley 6:54 AM on September 26, 2014
thank you so much for looking after Billy again for us. i know he loves staying with you and he comes home just as happy as when he left. we would not let him stay with anyone else but you. cuddles from Billy. xx

Zoe Stamperz 9:11 AM on September 14, 2014
Valerie came to stay and looked after my four dogs at my home near Preston, England. She was wonderful, I came back to relaxed happy dogs, a clean house and without any hesitation I would recommend her.
I hope that in the future she would be happy to come back!

Pete and Kate 5:04 PM on September 1, 2014
We rang Val in a panic early on Saturday morning as we had to go and visit a relative urgently who had had an accident. Despite her just returning from a month house sitting in the UK late the previous evening, she jumped in the car to meet us and to collect our dog, Henry. She was extremely kind and caring and for that and all her help, we cannot thank her enough. A very stressful weekend was made a lot easier by her helpfulness and concern. So glad we found you after someone recommended you! Henry will be back again for sure. Thank you again.

Jan Parkinson 12:11 PM on August 31, 2014
Well, we weren’t going to let a problem of being in different countries stop us having Val to look after our beloved Cookie! Val arrived in the UK at the beginning of August to house/pet sit for us and some other UK based customers and as always, did a fantastic job. Cookie was ‘over the moon’ to see his Mummy Val and just loved being with her as always. Thanks Val. We and Cookie look forward to seeing you in December.

Colin & Graca 10:45 AM on July 25, 2014
I’m not sure who enjoys our summer breaks more, whether it is us or our three kitties, Mickey, Minnie and Oscar. They certainly seem to love their visits to ‘Auntie Val’ and I am not surprised after all the love and attention she lavishes on them. Thank you so much Val for looking after the ‘Three Amigos’ and allowing us to relax while away knowing that they are in such good hands.

Pat Jeffery 4:39 PM on July 14, 2014
Thank you for looking after our lovely Buzz so well. He had a great holiday with you and is already looking forward to his next “spoiling” !

Maggie Hutchings 3:34 PM on July 14, 2014
Once again Val,thank you so much for looking after our two retrievers, Molly and Rudi, at our house near Leiria. It was such a pleasure to come home after 2 weeks in UK to find our much loved pets so happy and obviously spoilt, in the best possible way, of course. They always love being with you!!
We were spoilt too. The house was immaculate and the plants watered and thriving -thank you, thank you.
I can’t recommend Paws to Claws highly enough. Val, you are a true ‘star’

Pamela 12:17 PM on July 1, 2014
Once again thank you so much for taking such good care of Phoebe, Beulagh and Sophie. It’s good to be able to go on holiday knowing that your pets are beeing so well looked after. Looking forward to the next time. 🙂

Ralph Emmet 6:07 AM on July 1, 2014
Thanks for your loving care and last minute help with Jason. Very much appreciated. He will be back 🙂

Tracey 6:31 PM on May 22, 2014
Thanks for looking after Dave again, plus a mum and four kittens. They all came back happy and relaxed. Thanks again x

Sandra & Les 11:43 AM on May 17, 2014
Once again we say a big thank you to Val for looking after our Boys. This time Val came to our house, she looked after our African Grey ( Merlin ) as well. While at our house Val watered the plants in the garden & the house was clean & tidy on our return. We could not wish for better & highly recommend Paws2Claws for house/pet sitting. Thank you Val xx

Sally Kendrick 12:43 PM on April 23, 2014
It really feels like such a godsend that we found Val and that she was able to looki after Remi and Lucky while we were back in the UK for two weeks over Easter. It was clear from the outset that she really loves animals and very much knows her stuff, but couple this with her generous spirit and thoughtfulness and we don’t believe you could find better away-care for pets (and owners!) anywhere! Val provided regular picture and video updates to keep us in the loop (some lovely pics in there, too!) and when we were reunited again they were as happy, well and affectionate as could be! They’d clearly had a ball 🙂 THANK YOU, VAL! Cannot recommend your services highly enough!

Carolyn and David 6:50 AM on April 9, 2014
Val came to stay in our home and looked after are girls Daisy-May and Millie, Her being here made our visit to the UK more enjoyable knowing everything was being taken care of. Both Daisy and Millie were happy and relaxed when we got home. Thank you Val for your TLC.

Jamie Holland 4:33 PM on March 23, 2014
Thanks for looking after our Rex at very short notice. It may have only been a very short stay, but I know he enjoyed it and will definitely be back to stay again later in the year. Cheers and ta for your help, you made a stressful situation a lot better for us.

Debbie & Steve Hughes 10:13 AM on March 14, 2014
Dear Val, just a quick message to say ‘thanks a million’ for looking after Star so well again. She loves coming to stay with you!
Thanks too for all the smashing emails and photos while we were away.

Hannah & Ethan Matthews February 27, 2014
Of all the boarding kennels we have used, either in the UK or here in Portugal, Val has provided by far the best service.

Our dog can be a little nervous around people he doesn’t know but he loved Val from our first visit.

Throughout the stay, Val sent us regular images and videos of our dog and he looked so happy. He had been well walked and looked after. When he returned home he was his usual happy self, something he has never been after returning from a boarding kennel.

We are extremely grateful to have found Paws2Claws. We are due to travel a lot this summer and I cannot tell you how much of a relief it is knowing our dog is in the safe hands of Val.

Thank you so so much.

Julie and Mike 11:29 AM on February 12, 2014
Thank you, Val, for looking after Daisy and for managing to take her out for walks despite the rotten weather. She’s always extremely happy to see you, which is a load off my mind. I know she’ll be well-looked after and given lots of love and treats.

Tracey Sutton 6:15 PM on January 30, 2014
Thanks very much for caring for Dave at short notice, he certainly looked comfortable and well looked after. Lovely pics, thanks again. x

shirley 6:24 AM on January 28, 2014
Thanks again Val for looking after Billy for the weekend. I know he love’s staying with you as it is the second time and it will not be the last. I would not leave Billy with anyone else now. I know we can go away and not have to worry about him. So thank you so much, keep up the good work.
Shirley and Jeremy. And of course Billy xxx

Steve & Debbie Hughes 11:21 AM on January 15, 2014
Thanks a million for looking after Star (our Border Collie) during December. It gave us great peace of mind to know she would be cared for over Christmas in a loving home environment.

Ruby Atherton 1:59 PM on January 11, 2014
Thank you for your such good care of our little poppet, Angel. she enjoyed her stay with you immensely.

It is so nice to find someone so reliable and thoughful as yourself to care for my special little girl and I would never leave her with anyone else now that I have found you. All the little extras you provide free of charge are up and beyond what is expected and is very much appreciated. Thanks again…..

Thanks so much again and big sloppy kisses from Angel.

Steve Hinchliffe 7:28 PM on January 8, 2014
Highly trusted individual who has cared for our dogs over several years whenever we have had need to be absent from our home in Portugal.

Peter and Steph 8:48 AM on January 8, 2014
My border collie always enjoys his stay very much. I would highly recommend your caring service.
Thanks so much again. See you later in the year.

Jenny and Adrianna 4:40 PM on December 14, 2013
Dear Val

I just wanted to say a huge thank you for caring for our Oliver at the last minute due to a family emergency. You are a lovely lady and Ollie loved staying in your lovely home in beautiful countryside.

He had a great time and I was thrilled to have found you and you certainly helped us out of a tight spot indeed! He will be coming to stay again, that’s for sure! Cheers and thanks again. Your service is outstanding and we can highly recommend you to anyone.

Pamela 3:50 PM on November 17, 2013
If you want 5* boarding in a home from home situation for your beloved pets then this is the place for you. My beloved dogs Phoebe and Beulagh and cat, Sophie have just returned home after spending a month with Valerie in her home. It was lovely to be able to enjoy our holiday knowing that they were being well cared for in a home rather than kennels. We know they were happy because we had no problems when they came home whereas in the past one of the dogs in particular has been unsettled for a few days after being in kennels.

Thank you so much, Val, and rest assured we will be using your great services again. Many thanks for all the photos while we were away too. xx

Mary 4:10 AM on October 15, 2013
Thanks for giving Charlie a real holiday while I was away recently. I could see from the photos of him duing his stay that he was happy and relaxed in the comfortable, peaceful environment you create for the animals in your care.

AnneSophie 7:17 AM on October 13, 2013
Our 5 female dogs are such an important part of our family. When dashing to the airport, usually cutting it close, leaving our dogs just adds to the stress. Knowing that they will be cared for by another canine-loving family like ours, leaves us with no worries and the freedom to travel guilt free! Knowing they were loved and exercised while away, as opposed to being cooped up in a kennel is a weight off our minds. They look extremely happy!

We will continue to leave them in the professional hands of Paws2claws boarding in the future knowing they will receive top quality care.

john kilcline 1:31 PM on March 20, 2013

what a fantastic place for our cat to stay, we can now go away more often, in the sure knowledge that he is is safe, caring hands!! THANK YOU very much

Maggie and John 5:24 PM on March 14, 2013
Thank you again Val and Gary for the love and care given to Molly and Rudi. We don’t know what we would have done without you! Both dogs adore being with you and obviously had another wonderful holiday. We can’t recommend Paws2Claws highly enough. This is not a kennels, more a luxury hotel for the lucky animals! Molly and Rudi will see you again in June.
Love from us all, Maggie and John xx

jan parkinson 4:45 AM on February 28, 2013
Cookie once again came to stay with Val and Gary and as always, had the time of his life. I cannot put a price on how wonderful it is to be able to go away on holiday knowing that your treasured pet is being loved and cared for, enabling the owners to enjoy their time away completely stress free. I alway’s feel guilty fetching him home!
Thanks once again Val and Gary. I cannot recommend you highly enough.

Sandra and Les 7:17 AM on February 5, 2013
Thank You Both Val & Gary for looking after the boys for us. It was short notice we know but you were so kind to help. Yoshi and Bernie send woofs XXXX
Julie and Mike 12:20 PM on January 4, 2013
Daisy is exhausted after having so much fun with your other doggie guests this Christmas. She’s always happy to stay with you and we’re relieved that we can leave her with you and relax, knowing she’ll be well-cared for. Thank you!
Lynn Smith 8:58 AM on January 2, 2013
Hector and Hunter my two Rag Doll cats, have just returned to us, after spending two weeks over xmas ,with Val and Gary,
It was their second visit, and would only consider leaving them at this excellant cattery, which includes the most excellant care, spoiling, photos and prawns!
Hope to see you again later in the year.
Lynn and Harry Smith

Steve Hinchliffe 6:57 AM on January 2, 2013
Once again Val and Gary came to my rescue as i needed boarding for our Border Collie, Banji at pretty short notice.
We have used Paws2Claws on a few ocassions, knowing that we will have total peace of mind, and I would not ‘board’ Banji anywhere else.
It is so obvious that Val and Gary enjoy looking after Banji, and all the pets they take-in, nearly as much as he enjoys his ‘holidays’ there.
We have nothing but praise for everything Paws2Claws provide, and to anyone thinking ‘Should I, or should’nt I’……………..yes you should!!

Sharon & Des Hallam 11:42 AM on December 10, 2012
Best place in Portugal if not Europe!

We have a new puppy who is full of energy and more than a little stubborn and had to leave him at the last minute with Gary and Val at PawstoClaws as we had a family emergency in the UK. What can I say? They are both extremely helpful, very professional and put up with all his antics with good humour not to mention picking him up free of charge which helped tremendously when we were so stressed trying to make travel arrangements.

They were very patient with him and loving and caring and their pet boarding service is second to none. Highly recommended to everyone. We are very pleased to give this reference and suffice to say, we will never leave Sam with anyone else now!

Kate & Mike Oldershaw 5:16 PM on November 26, 2012
Thank you for the super super photo’s — Hattie and Potter obviousy had a great time with you and Gary. It’s lovely to have them home but also knowing they were safe and happy with you. Thank you again and again xx

Julie & Dave Robinson 9:22 PM on November 21, 2012
Thank you so much for looking after our 2 cats recently.

You are such lovely people and we felt so relaxed knowing that we were leaving our babies with people who would give them the same care and love that we do. In fact, if the truth be known, you probably gave them better care as you were able to be with them 24 hours a day (unfortunately, we both have to work). It was apparent the moment we spoke to you both that you are passionate about animals and their welfare and we felt completely confident about leaving our little bambinos with you. Thank you once again.

Jan Parkinson 3:44 PM on November 7, 2012

Well. As you can see, Cookie is a regular visitor to Paws2claws pet boarding and he just LOVES it there. I can’t stress how important it is for us to know that Cookie is being loved and cared for whilst we are away and he most certainly is!
Val and Gary are two of the kindest people I have ever met and thier love for animals is so evident. Can’t recommend enough. Thank you once again Val and Gary.Kind Regards, Jan Parkinson

dave ewles 6:02 PM on October 29, 2012
Our 2 CKC’s stay for 10 days with Val and Gary, and they loved every minute of it. We were kept upto date with lots of pictures and status updates throughout the stay. I would recommend this to anyone as the perfect alternative to normal kennels
Colin & Graca 8:01 AM on October 18, 2012
We cannot thank Val and Gary enough for the wonderful care given to our cats Mickey, Minnie and Oscar during their recent stay. They clearly enjoyed themselves and did not want to leave as they cried all the way back to Coimbra.

Thanks too for the lovely photos that clearly show that they thoroughly enjoyed the cat house along with all its toys.

Val and Gary clearly love and care well for all the pets that stay with them and we cannot recommend their service highly enough.

Love and cuddles from Mickey, Minnie and Oscar and a special MEEEEOOOOWWWW from Mickey (the noisy one!)


Ray and Jackie Fox 7:37 AM on September 17, 2012
Once again many many thanks for looking after Jasper. He is 13 today and wishes you and his doggy mates could be here to celebrate.
Best wishes, Ray and Jackie
Maggie Hutchings 5:24 PM on September 10, 2012
We are so grateful to you Val and Gary for caring for Molly and Rudi again. They love their visits to you, as is so evident by their delight when they realise they are back in Miranda at Paws2Claws. The photos you send are so reassuring. We know our dogs are loved, well cared for and above all happy.
Lucky dogs, they will be back with you early next year for more fun and frolics!
Many, many thanks,
Maggie and John
Cuddles from Molly Malone and Rudi xxxx

ann david 5:32 AM on August 29, 2012
Thank you for looking after our rabbit, Bob, so well. You kept us well informed with photos etc. during his stay. He is very happy and obviously was well cared for. He is looking forward to his next ‘holiday’ with you. Ann and Tim
Ros & Den 4:43 PM on July 18, 2012
Thank you Val & Gary for looking after Molly so well for us when we recently had to return suddenly to the Uk. She looks so happy and healthy and obviously had an amazing time with you both and the other dogs too. We would highly recommend your services to anyone wanting peace of mind knowing that their pet is in the very best of hands. We loved the photo updates during out week apart and we have no hesitation in recommending your services to our friends. Cuddles from our ‘Little Miss Molly’ and a very big Thank You from Ros & Den xx
Ray and Jackie Fox 4:05 PM on June 12, 2012
Thank you both again for looking after our old Jasper so well. He looked so happy and healthy when he came back that we don’t think he missed us one bit.
Many many thanks.
Ray and Jackie

Harry & Barbara Whitehead 7:16 AM on June 10, 2012
Hi Valery,
On behalf of Daisy and ourselves we would like to thank you for giving her such a lovely time whilst she was with you.It’s a great relief to know that she is happy to be left with you and we shall definetly bring her back for another holiday.
Love Harry,Barbara and Daisy
Maggie Hutchings 11:09 AM on May 29, 2012
Molly and Rudi have again been fortunate guests at wonderful Paws 2 Claws. We are so, so grateful to Val and Gary for taking them at such short notice this time. From the many photo updates throughout their stay, it was more than evident just how happy our dogs have been.
Yet again, they came back beautifully groomed and smelling sweet after their showers – difficult with hairy retrievers!
They are going back soon – lucky dogs – for more fun and a lot of spoiling.
Thanks again Gary and Val. We just can’t recommend you highly enough.
Lots of hugs from ‘Molly Malone’ and ‘Rudi’ xxxx
See you soon
Maggie and John
Steve Hinchliffe 5:23 AM on May 22, 2012
This is what I wrote 3 years ago………..

“I’m not sure how we can expand on the previous testimonials to Gary & Val’s unique service, but here goes. At very short notice Val & Gary were more than happy to look after our Border Collie, Banji and our 7 year old Great Dane, Esther.
Everyone who loves their pets, feel a little apprehensive, leaving them with ‘strangers’, but after speaking to Val on the phone, prior to dropping the dogs off, I honestly knew they could not have been in better hands.
There is absolutely no doubt in my mind that both Banji & Esther fully settled and enjoyed their ‘holiday’ with Val, Gary, Sky and Felix.( Well o.k. maybe not so much with ‘The Guvnor’ Felix:wink:).
It is without doubt that we will use Paws2Claws again, if for nothing else but the total peace of mind Gary & Val’s care for the dogs gives you. ”

……………….and it applies every bit as much today (apart from the absence of Esther and Sky).

Thanks, once again for caring for Banji.

lynn smith 6:41 AM on May 14, 2012
Sending luv to Val & Gary on our tenth Birthday today, and thanks for a lovely
holiday break with you, we are all fluffy and sparkling white from your grooming,
ready to enjoy our prawns!
Dont miss us too much, we will be back. Hector & Hunter x
Barbara 8:33 AM on May 13, 2012
Thank you again for looking after Jade and Gyzzy whilst we were on holiday. Gyzzy is an adventurous youngster and Jade is a 17 year old lady and they both enjoy their stay with you. You clearly provide a “home from home” for all kinds of cats so we are able to enjoy our holidays without worry.
Barbara xxx

Jan Parkinson 4:26 PM on April 20, 2012
Once again, Cookie had an absolutely wonderful two week stay with Val and Gary. He is overjoyed when he see’s you both and loves being with all his canine friends. He looks very ‘disappoiinted’ when we fetch him home. I think if he was able to he’d cross the days off the calender until his next stay!! Thank you so much for all the wonderful pictures too. We will always treasure them. See you soon. Jan and Rich.xx (And huge cuddles from Cookiexxx)

Paulette.Scott 4:33 AM on April 4, 2012
Many thanks to Valerie and Gary for their care of our two cats, Puff and Kanga, while we were away. Both came back on top form and Puff the Persion was clearly well groomed, no mean feat in the spring and autumn, and very time consuming. It was good to know that they were safe, as both are indoor cats from choice.
Thanks again, Adele Scott.
David & Ann Marchant 5:12 AM on March 18, 2012
We cannot say enough good things about Millie’s stay here. A wonderful place, Val and Gary are some of the nicest people we have met and made Millie one of the family, lots of photos and updates whilst she was there to us.
A very big thankyou from ourselves and Millie-Dog. xxx
Margret 7:48 AM on February 27, 2012
Ua our black lab had the best stay away from home ever. She was so happy and content. For us getting the nice updates and pictures of her playing with her new friends and being able to be outside during the day was so wonderful. She has been complaining a bit since she got back home as she wants to have a garden like at Valerie and Gery?s 🙂
She was taken care of with so much love and all her needs were met, and the responsibility Valerie and Gery show in their care is precious.
Now she has a home away from home and that means the world to us.

We highly recommend Paws2Claws with confidence.

Thank you again Valerie and Gery you are wonderful people:)

Sandra & Les 11:47 AM on January 9, 2012
Gary and Val looked after the boys over Christmas once again they returned healthy and happy.

The boys know them both well and are always happy to go with them when we leave them which shows they must be happy there.

Gary and Val are both loving and caring and love animals.

We highly recommend them
Jan Parkinson 11:34 AM on December 29, 2011
As always, Cookie had a marvellous time staying with Val, Gary and all his other fluffy friends!! I think he feels really disappointed when he comes home but he will be back very soon. Couldn’t imagine leaving him anywhere else but with Paws2claws.xxx
Maggie Hutchings 6:22 PM on October 25, 2011
Biggest thank you to Val and Gary for looking after Molly and Rudi again. Both dogs obviously had a wonderful two weeks and were in superb condition when we collected them. We are so impressed with the professional and caring approach of Paws2Claws.
Molly and Rudi look forward to seeing you again soon xxxxx
Jan Parkinson 4:11 PM on August 23, 2011
We had the best holiday in ages knowing that Cookie was safe and happy with Val, Gary and other Canine friends. He had the time of his life! We are so very happy we found you and despite the distance involved, we shall definitely be back again. A million thanks. You are very special people. xx

8:09 AM on July 7, 2011
adrieannelies says…
Hello Valery

Here manny greetings from me. My bosses have me bring at home savetly and I can smell my own places at home. I have had a loverly time with you and I look for for the next time.
It was a long way to travel too and I have slept a longtime in my bench.
The surrounding looks a little bid as yours. Many forrest and good ways for running. I miss the other friends to play with and share the supper.
And not to forget the wonderfull shoulders of my second boss in Portugal.

Untill the next hollidaytime

Manny greetings of me and my bosses

love Sara

The dutchies
Hello Annelies, Adrie and Sara the Cavalier King Charles Spaniel aka cutie pie!

We are so glad that Sara enjoyed her stay with us and we do hope that she has settled in well back at home in Holland. We look forward to seeing you again next time you are travelling around Portugal! Cuddles to Sara and thank you again for leaving her with us, she is a little star xxxx


Maggie Hutchings 6:55 AM on June 25, 2011
Maggie and John
Thank you so much, Val and Gary for looking after our two young retrievers, Molly and Rudy! They came back looking great and had obviously thoroughly enjoyed their ‘holiday’ with you. We will definitely bring them back again! Paws2Claws is to be highly recommended as a safe and very caring environment for pets. Lots of licks and cuddles from Molly and Rudi. Thanks again. xx

Jenny and Ian 5:26 PM on June 22, 2011
Thank you so much for looking after our 2 boys. They came home well groomed having obviously been well looked after and indeed spoilt rotten. We would be very happy to give you a glowing reference if you need it, you only have to ask. Jim and Lolly send cuddles! They will be staying with you again soon. All the best to you both. xx
Barbara 5:22 AM on April 24, 2011
Thank you so much, Val and Gary, for looking after our 2 cats whilst we were away. They came home in lovely condition and had obviously been very well cared for .We are currently looking after a stray so next time there may be three ! Love, Barbara x

Katrin 6:07 PM on February 17, 2011
Blaze and Tazzy had an amazing holiday as always. When everyone asks what we do with our dogs when we travel, we say that they always stay at a nicer resort than we ever do! They miss you and send hugs and kisses. Ate ja!

Helen and Andy 8:14 PM on February 8, 2011
Excellent. Thank you for taking such good care of our two ‘babies’! You did a great job looking after our two highly strung corgis, we will be booking them in again soon. Thanks also for the great CD full of lovely pics. Highly recommended. Judi and Ludi send wet kisses 🙂
Sarah & Neil 2:44 PM on January 3, 2011
Highly recommended! Val and Gary did a great job looking after our very highly strung rescue dog – having never left him before it was very reassuring to know that he was in such good hands and to receive regular updates on his progress. Alf was definitely not the easiest customer but Val and Gary put up with all of his antics with huge amounts of patience and good humour – your hard work was much appreciated! Alf returned home a very calm and happy dog and I wouldn’t hesitate to use the service again. Thanks again for everything. Sarah & Neil
Tony Truss 3:04 PM on November 22, 2010
Dear Val and Gary,

Thank you very much for taking such great care of our Cody and Josie.They came back looking very well, nicely groomed and happy.It is very reassuring that on the times we have to travel back to the UK we know that we have somewhere for Cody and Josie to stay which is very much on a home for home basis, in the full knowledge that they will be treated as one of your family and not locked up in kennels for hour on hour or tethered by a rope.We will see you again next year. Tony and Sheila.

Tom / Sheila 4:39 AM on November 18, 2010
Thoroughly recommended. We have used Paws2Claws three times now and are very happy with the service provided by Val and Garry. Our two labradors always come back happy and very well groomed. I am sure they would be happy to stay with them. Thanks very much Val and Garry I am sure you will see us again.

LES & SANDRA 8:04 AM on October 21, 2010

We left our 2 boys Yoshi and Bernie, and again the service was exceptional,both the dogs were happy and well looked after. When we dropped them off they, obviously remembered Val and Gary and were more than happy to go with them, they could not wait to get in your car.

Our Boys are very precious to us and we can go away and relax knowing shut in a they are being treated as part of your family in your home,and not just in a cage like in a kennel. You are both special people and a pleasure to know.

Julie and Mike 8:50 AM on September 19, 2010
Thank you so much for looking after Daisy again, especially for the extra days at short notice – it really helped us out. As always, Daisy was really happy to be with you, evidenced by the way she jumped into your car without hesitation when Gary came to meet us.

vivien susan smith 9:15 AM on September 6, 2010
Thank you both for taking great care of Molly and Megan at such short notice, they were really well looked after and they both really enjoyed there stay. We cant fault the sevice, once again thanks from Viv Phil Molly and Megan,

Marilyn and Harry 6:27 AM on February 7, 2010
Our pets, a 12 year old Lab and a 6 year old cat have just come back from a wonderful stay with Auntie Val and we cannot recommend them highly enough, they picked us up free of charge and took us to their wonderful home where our pets would be staying and showed us round, the service was really good and the price was excellent, they gave us a good discount for both our pets and it came out to less than half what we paid in the UK! They gave us a lovely photo cd and they obviously spent lots of time with our babies for which we are so grateful.. We are so glad we found you after being recommened by another client you have. Our pets came back very well groomed and the pets were spoilt rotten and didn’t seem interested in coming home, always a sign that they have been really well cared for. Thank you once again, hope you have room for Holly and Jess next time! Holly and Jess send xxxxx

Jennifer & Olivia de Santos 2:45 PM on January 2, 2010
Thanks so much for taking care of Blue over the Christmas holidays. She tells us she had a ‘ woofing’ wonderful time and I’m sure she’ll miss you and her new furry friends. It was well worth travelling the distance for the first class service you provide and knowing Blue was in safe hands while we were away. I’m so glad we found you recommended on an expats website forum. Now we wouldn’t want to leave her with anyone else! Thanks once again and Blue sends lots of wet ‘beijinhos’. At? a prox?ma, Jen & Liv

Julie and Mike 1:32 PM on January 2, 2010
Thoroughly recommended. We have used Paws2Claws three times now and are very happy with all aspects of the service. Daisy comes back happy and healthy and seemed a little sad to say goodbye when we picked her up this time. Thanks, Val and Gary. Daisy will be back with you again, I’m sure.
Helen and Andy 5:08 PM on December 27, 2009
Top Class Service. We would not hesitate to recommend this excellent pet boarding service. Our dogs and an elderly cat had their first stay over Christmas and had a wonderful time being spoilt rotten! They were given xmas pressies and even had a little xmas dinner. They looked really healthy and fit when we picked them up and we would highly recommend this service to anyone, the prices are excellent and extremely competitive for what is a really wonderful personal service. Our pets will definitely be staying again, we cannot praise Val and Gary highly enough, they treated our pets like kings and our pets thoroughly enjoyed their holiday! Thank you again.
Ray and Jackie Fox 8:36 AM on December 18, 2009
Thank you so much for looking after Jasper while we were away. He looked so happy and well when we picked him up, not to mention being beautifully groomed. We would not hesitate to recommend Paws2Claws and Jasper keeps asking when he can visit Val and Gary again.
P.Warren 7:30 AM on November 29, 2009
Our pets, a dog and an old cat, have just had their 1st stay with Val & Gary and had a great time. No more being locked up in a pen with an allocated 1/2 hour slot on a circle of grass instead all the comforts of home and lots of attention and walks.We had a great c.d. of photos which showed how happy they were.Would not hesitate to recommend this very warm and caring environment.

Sheila Dempster 4:49 PM on November 24, 2009

Thank you very much for looking after our Labradors ( Murphy, Molly and Dennis). The service provided was excellent. It was so good the dogs did not want to come home. We will be more than happy to leave our pets with you in the future and thoroughly reccommenf Paws2Claws to anyone looking for pet boarding in Central Portugal. Sheila & Tom
James Martin 10:11 AM on October 11, 2009
They did a grand job of collecting our little rescue dog and building up his health and confidence. They sent us nearly daily reports and hundreds of photos keeping us up-to date. They went more than the extra mile and we would recommend them to any one needing a dog cared for, rather than merely looked after. A valuable service at a reasonable rate. James and Jenny
LES AND SANDRA 9:14 AM on October 11, 2009
Dear Val & Gary,
I cannot thank you enough for your help, with looking after our boys Yoshi and Bernie, they looked so well cared for and relaxed they must have enjoyed there holiday, very much.

A very stressful time was made better with your quick help with the boys, and put our minds at rest, knowing they were being cared for so well, and the texts you sent were great

Thank you
Emma Crabtree 4:55 AM on August 11, 2009
Dear Val & Gary,
How lovely to be out of the rain! Thank you so much for taking care of Trotsky. I was a little concerned as he’s not stayed away from us since we moved to Portugal & I wondered how he would react. But he’s happy, healthy, large & loud! It’s great that we now have some one just up the road that will take care of our loud, purring machine. We’re planning 3 weeks away next year..! Thanks again, Emma, Lawrence & Trotsky sends dribbly miaows.
Maggie and Neville 7:28 AM on July 16, 2009
Dear Val and Gary,
Soo sorry we havn’t written earlier. Had a lot of problems with the internet since we got back from America. We just wanted to say thank you soo much for looking after Frank. He settled straight back in at home (like he had never been away). Still the same lively, vocal Frank. Also I cannot thank you enough for looking after him for the extra couple of days because of the missed flight connection. We have now been fully reimbursed for this. I hope you are both well and we all look forward to seeing you again in the near future. Thank you and regards and a big hug from Frank 😀
Katrin 5:20 PM on July 13, 2009
As noted below, our dogs looked so happy and healthy when we returned from our two week trip. They are both rescues, and one has trust issues with new people, but it was obvious that Val and Gary gave him the patience and understanding he needed, and he was completely at ease when we came back. We will definitely use Paws2Claws again next time we go away. Thanks! Katrin and Dan
Blaze and Tazzy 5:17 PM on July 13, 2009

We just got home from a wonderful two week stay with Val and Gary, we got to play in the river and go for nice walks every day. Our humans got to see great photos of us relaxing and enjoying ourselves, and they thought they were the ones going on holiday! Little did they know what a great time we would have without them! Though we were happy to go home, we can’t wait to go back to see Val and Gary next time our humans go away. Blaze and Tazzy (with help from their human Katrin)
Steve 6:19 PM on June 15, 2009
I’m not sure how we can expand on the previous testimonials to Gary & Val’s unique service, but here goes. At very short notice Val & Gary were more than happy to look after our Border Collie, Banji and our 7 year old Great Dane, Esther.
Everyone who loves their pets, feel a little apprehensive, leaving them with ‘strangers’, but after speaking to Val on the phone, prior to dropping the dogs off, I honestly knew they could not have been in better hands.
There is absolutely no doubt in my mind that both Banji & Esther fully settled and enjoyed their ‘holiday’ with Val, Gary, Sky and Felix.( Well o.k. maybe not so much with ‘The Guvnor’ Felix:wink:).
It is without doubt that we will use Paws2Claws again, if for nothing else but the total peace of mind Gary & Val’s care for the dogs gives you. Steve, Linda, Esther & Banji

Andrea Jellicoe and Doug Allan 2:25 PM on May 23, 2009
Our dear little rescue dog, Reilly, was barely 10 months old when we had to return to Canada for two weeks. However, we stopped worrying about his care the moment we found the Paws 2 Claws site and began corresponding with Val and Gary. Their friendly and professional manner was confirmed when they met us, showed us how Reilly would spend his “holiday time”, and helped us on our way by driving us to the railway station. We had lovely emails complete with pictures while we were away, and when we returned, although it was obvious that Reilly was completley comfortable with Val, Gary and their dog Sky, he gave us a wonderful greeting that could only come from a happy, secure and well-cared for dog. If we need to go away again, we sincerely hope that Val and Gary will have room for Reilly, and we cannot give a higher recommendation.
Andrea Jellicoe and Doug Allan

Denise 11:38 AM on May 23, 2009
Returned from our 2 months in Australia and Bosco was as happy as a pig in poo. I am sure to some degree Bosco would prefer to be with Gary Val and Sky than us sometimes. Anyway thanks to G & V again for their great pet sitting service.
Denise 12:55 AM on March 23, 2009
Eric and I have left Bosco our dog twice with Val and Gary. The first time was for five days and the second time is currently for 2 months. They are the best. Not only did they return Bosco to us at 11pm at night, they gave us a CD with photos of Bosco’s vacation. Also Bosco didnt really look that interested in coming home with us. He was just so happy and healthy. Presently we are in Australia and Gary and Val regularly send us emails and photos of Bosco. It really is reassuring and certainly above and beyond the call of duty. One criticisim would be that Gary and Val WONT LET ME BOOK IN FOR A WEEK AND GET THE SAME TREATMENT. No complaints only accolades to Val and Gary.
Rita Martin 8:25 AM on March 17, 2009
I returned to the Uk recently and left not only my dog and two cats but a newly rescued dog with Val & Gary. during their holiday there My new dog experienced an uncomfortable first season and V&G were fantastic with her. I cannot recommend them enough. All my animals were well, fit and seemed to have a great time. V&G spent all their time with the animals in their home and when I return to the Uk I will book them in for their holidays without hesitation. Rita
Jane Pring 6:31 PM on January 22, 2009
When we returned to the UK for our daughter’s wedding last year we were able to enjoy our time there without worrying about how the cats were getting on. The service provided was excellent and I’m not sure that Jade & Jasper had even noticed we’d been away and left them! We have no hesitation about recommending Val & Gary’s service to anyone and should we plan to go away again will certainly be straight on the ‘phone to book the cats’ holiday. I can honestly say it was the first time that the cats didn’t sulk when they returned home from a “residential stay”.
Christine Allcock 11:37 AM on January 22, 2009
Excellent pet service, you can go away with peace of mind that your animals will be cared for in a loving environment. Very reasonable rates.
I wouldn’t hesitate to recommend Paws2Claws.



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