About Arlene and Sweet Retreat Puppies
In 1993, Arlene Black became acquainted with a dog behaviorist who introduced her to the dog sitting industry. The demand for Arlene's services grew by leaps and bounds and Sweet Retreat Dog Sitting Service (which is based in Jenkintown, PA) was born.
It was at that time Arlene’s life with dogs began. Whether it was caring for an eight-week old woodle puppy named Zoe, whose paws nearly exceeded the width of her puppy body; or tending to a 19-year old deaf, blind poodle named Ruby, with incontinence issues that required daily medication, the breadth of Arlene’s experience continued to develop and expand through the present. With a wide range of canine clients and the occasional feline client, Arlene’s customer base has expanded to include dogs of all ages, sizes, temperaments, and levels of physical and emotional need. In addition to caring and nurturing her canine charges, she also provides a high level of security for the owners while she stays in their home during their absence.
Our services include making sure your dog gets regular exercise and fed the right amount of food. The following is a list of some of our more popular services. If you have something in mind that you do not see here, please feel free to ask about it.
Daily walks, once or twice a day, weekends or all week, ask us if you have any scheduling questions. Monday-Friday daily walks for working families or for those who are physically challenged
One time or multiple visits on those occasions when you will be out of town or away from home for the entire day. For those of you who would prefer multiple daily visits while on vacation, with no sleepovers, Sweet Retreat offers this service as well.
Overnight stay in your house while you are away. Daily, Weekly, Monthly schedules available for your convenience.
Pick up or deliver you pet back home
Administering oral medications
Giving insulin shots
Taking your dog to the Vet
Taking your dog to the groomer.
Applying salves for ears and eyes
Take in the Mail or newspaper
Water the lawn or plants
Turn lights on or off
Help you get to and from your appointments
What people say about us
"Spirit is almost l5 years old and Arlene has been her dog sitter for almost her entire life. Wouldn't trust anyone else with our old gal."
"Arlene has been walking our dogs Buster & Gordie every day for over 3 years. We trust her completely with them - she is always reliable & careful with our little boys & most importantly, they adore her. I would highly recommend Sweet Retreat to anyone."
Meghan & David B.
"Arlene has been taking care of our dog Aden for 2 years - we would never put our puppy into a kennel and without Arlene we couldn't leave home for more than a few hours at a time. She loves dogs, takes her responsibility as a dog sitter very seriously, we trust her in our home while we are away, but most importantly we trust her with Aden - we know that he is safe and happy when Arlene is with him - she is wonderful!"
"Arlene has been sitting for us for 9 years. Through all kinds of weather, she shows up to walk our precious long haired dachshunds, Dudley and Oliver. We would never think of putting our precious "children" in a kennel. Finding Arlene was a Godsend. She keeps our dogs healthy by walking them throughout the week. She is conscientious, wiping their feet and their bodies if they are wet. We trust her in our home. She has become like a family member. We would recommend Sweet Retreat wholeheartedly!"
Renee & Jerry