What Clients Say About Pet Recess
I take great pleasure in writing this letter of recommendation for Julia Dixon and her business Pet Recess Inc. For the last 10 months I have used her daycare and boarding services and as such I can genuinely affirm that she runs an impeccable business. Having lived in multiple cities, including London, New York, Miami, Toronto and Boston, I’ve had the opportunity to get to know many different and diverse “doggie” daycare and boarding businesses. People who love dogs tend to consider them as part of their family. As such it becomes a duty and necessity to find the perfect place to take care of “Buddy,” “Marley,” or in my case Angelo, especially when time puts a big constraint on us.
It becomes a sort of endless search. We scout various businesses, call and search, sometimes to no avail. It is a frustrating experience, and we wonder whether they will be taken care of, whether they will be loved and protected, whether they will be treated nicely, and whether they will feel as if they were at home. In a sense it becomes similar to when people look for the first school for their own children. In the end however when we find that perfect place: everything simply runs smoothly and our conscience is left calm, clean and relaxed. This is exactly how I felt when I met Julia and Pet Recess. This is why I kept leaving Angelo, my 15-month-old priceless Siberian husky in her custody.
Indeed I say custody because Julia Dixon is a custodian of animals. She is a woman who takes her business very seriously, taking part in its functioning at every stage and personally overseeing how it is run. Like many other passionate business owners, her business is not a vehicle of monetary income but rather a part of her own life. Julia dedicates her life to taking care of our priceless family members when we cannot do so. Like the ideal doctor who has a profound love for human life, Julia has a sincere love for the welfare of animals. When she receives your “Buddy” or “Marley” Julia takes an Hippocratic oath to guard them, protect them, and love them when we cannot do so.
At Pet Recess your dog is properly socialized with other pets and it receives the amount of exercise that it needs. In the daycare she has both indoor and outdoor spaces for our dogs to run around and play with each other. And if your need is boarding (which I use whenever I take a trip out of town) then your pet sleeps overnight in the facilities of her own home, and has plenty of space to run around in her large and spacious fenced backyard. Julia’s staff is lovely and she has the highest standards in terms of employing highly qualified and truly passionate individuals. Her manager, Patrick, treats the “doggie” guests at Pet Recess like they were his own. For all of those who are looking for a decent, respectable, and truly remarkable “doggie” daycare and boarding then Pet Recess should be at the top of your list. Julia and her team are always there for you and are patient with all of your requests. I highly recommend Julia and Pet Recess, and it is truly a pleasure to have the opportunity to pen this letter.
Carlo Caro, M.S.
We couldn't possibly overstate how positive our experience with Pet Recess has been. Julia and staff are wonderful and flexible with our chocolate lab Harley. We started bringing Harley to Weekend Playtime this winter and we noticed a huge difference in his disposition on Sunday afternoons. He was calm and loveable. On the days that I bring him during the week, he howls in anticipation of his arrival. He had a little anxiety the first time we boarded him, but Sarah sat with him to relieve his anxiety. Every time we pick him up, regardless of whether it is after he has been boarded or for a daily visit, the staff always gives us an update on how he was that day and who he played with. The location is very convenient and the staff is WONDERFUL.
Jeff and Karen from Marshfield
Just wanted to reach out and "Thank" Julia and her staff. On days were I have to go to the office, Brody is waiting patiently at the door ready for his day of fun filled excitement! One of my favorite parts is watching the chain reaction when other dogs join the pack. My wife and I have the comfort knowing that Brody is in trusted hands when we drop him off. I highly recommend Pet Recess!
I have an 11 month old brittany spaniel named Murphy. He has gone to Pet Recess for @ 7 months. He absolutely loves it! He can't wait to get out of the car when we drive up. He loves it! And I love that he can run and play all day and when he comes home he's a tired, happy dog. The staff id very friendly and obviously have a love for dogs. I have felt from day 1, very comfortable leaving my dog with them. Highly recommend Pet Recess!
Carol from Raynham
Pet recess is an extraordinary day care for our yellow lab Bella. She is 2 1/2 and has been going to "school" for 2 years and loves it. Bella likes to sleep in most mornings but, is very aware of her days that she goes to school and is ready before I am most mornings. Julia and her staff are very loving and display much patience with the pups. We thought about moving closer to our jobs as we travel some distance but, one of our major concerns was we wanted to keep Bella in a place that she loved and we felt certain about. So we will keep on traveling a bit so that we can have piece of mind and Bella a wonderful school. We are very fortunate to have found such a terrific place to send our Bella!
Pet Recess has been such a help to our family! We have a 2 1/2 year old beagle corgi mix named Marley who loves to get into mischief at home. When we first adopted Marley, she needed socialization with other dogs. Julia, Amy, Lauren, Sal, and the rest of the Pet Recess team has done an amazing job helping Marley "make friends". We recently had a baby girl, and Marley was feeling a bit jealous of her new sister. Pet Recess is a great outlet for her to go and get some extra love and attention! Marley has even stayed with Julia while we went away for a weekend. It was such a relief to feel so confident that our "furry baby" was safe and having fun at her home away from home while we were gone. Julia and the Pet Recess team truly enjoy what they do, and it shows everyday when I go to drop Marley off or pick her up. Someone is always available to answer a question or give advice when needed. It's such a great feeling knowing that Pet Recess takes such good care of Marley and her friends!
Pet Recess is a the BEST place for your pup. You will never find another place like it. I have an old english bulldogge, and she LOVES it there. The staff is exceptional, attentive, friendly and it is apparent that they whole heartedly love working there which makes for an all around great experience for pups and their owners. There are more than enough things for your pup to play with, from toys, to swimming pools, slides, tunnels, huge play yards, an indoor play room for bad weather days, even a large trampoline which is not uncommon to see one of the staff of the owner herself out there jumping. I feel more than safe having my dog stay there, and even more so with how personable and SINCERE the owner is. She knows each and every dog on such a personal level and has gone above and beyond for the care of our pooch. I can't say enough about this fantastic place, and wish every dog owner had an opportunity to let their pup play at Pet Recess.
We have so appreciated Julia and her attentive and caring staff at Pet Recess for our 2 yro Yellow Lab Miles! We started bringing him at about 6mos old, knowing he would need a TON of exercise and socialization, to avoid being just another hyper Lab. And they succeeded!! He is exhausted when he gets home, and very happy. He knows exactly what days of the week he is going, and stands by the door,wondering why it is taking his parents so long to get him to his favorite place in the world?! We truly appreciate the kind attention he gets, even down to the staff noticing if he is having an "off" day and alerting me in case there may be something medically I need to pay attention to. That type of care you cannot put a price tag on. Thank you for everything.
Shannon and Jim
Our energetic chocolate lab, Moose, has been going to Pet Recess for 1 1/2 years now. He's excited to get there and exhausted when he leaves. Julia and staff do a great job and the cost is very reasonable. I also appreciate the fact that, if something comes up and I can't get there before closing, Julia can accommodate by taking him to her home. It's a great daycare.
Pet Recess has been great for us and our185 lb English Mastiff, Dudley! When he was a puppy, we were concerned he wasn't getting socialized enough and knowing how big he was going to get we knew it could be a big problem. A year and a half later, Dudley is a super friendly, well socialized, happy (huge) dog! I am also comfortable that Julia and her staff are aware of the special care our giant breed "babies" need! Thank you Pet Recess!
Sue and Dave Willens
We can't begin to thank Julia and the staff at Pet Recess for taking our new puppy Stella and for providing such good care of her. We were going to put Stella in for just a couple of days but in the few short weeks we have had her we have realized that as a yellow lab she needs lots of activity. The dog walker we hired was charging $15.00 per visit and needed her twice a day on the days Stella wasn't at Pet Recess. Not only is it cheaper for us to have her at Pet Recess but we know she is getting much more love and attention throughout the day. Stella is now going 5 days a week and we can go to work and not feel guilty about leaving her crated all day. Julia, thank you so much for the great service you are providing. Your staff members have been very accommodating and professional from the moment we checked out your facility. We are so glad we found you and appreciate that you've given Stella a home away from home! In addition, we used your boarding facility over the weekend and were just as happy with the accommodations for Stella! So happy you will be there for her when we go on our 10 day vacation.
Carol Biancardi Eaton
Can't live without Pet Recess! My little guy Finley only has an old crabby cat to play with at home so he LOVES his days with his friends at Pet Recess! He comes home tired and is so excited when I drop him off for "school". Plus, he loves staying with his Auntie Julia when his Mum is on vacation or away for Reserve weekends, he gets spoiled rotten! Thanks to Julia and crew for taking such good care of my little guy!
I HAVE BEEN SENDING CODY TO PET RECESS FOR ALMOST 4 FOUR YEARS HE LOVES IT I LIKE IT CAUSE HE IS SOCIALIZED WITH OTHER DOGS HE COMES HOME WIPED OUT HE LOVES TO PLAY AND THE STAFF IS GREAT I REALLY LOVE JULIA AND AMY THEY ARE GREAT WITH ALL THE DOGS AND CODY IS A VERY HAPPY DOG.
We love Julia and the entire team at Pet Recess! I believe they love every dog as if they were their own. Maxwell, my Australian Labradoodle gets so excited when we tell him he's going to "Doggie Daycare". Drop offs and pick ups are so easy and when I do pick Maxwell up, he's absolutely exhausted and asleep in the car before we leave the parking lot. When we get home, he's so tired that I'm actually able to get so much done around the house. You've got to see the dogs in action at Pet Recess, they're just like a bunch of good dog friends running around and playing with toys and the staff for hours - and they even have their snack and naptime - just like real daycare! I've also placed Maxwell in with Julia's Boarding Program and for the first time, I've felt that someone truly cares for my boy while we're away. I know that Maxwell is well cared for and that makes my being away from him much easier. Julia is amazing - I've often called her the "Female Dog Whisperer" :)
Madigan my 4 year old boxer LOVES Pet Recess as I do too..I have recommended them to many friends and co workers..It is awesome. They are clean reliable and most of all loving and trustworthy..Our dogs are our four legged children and I could not imagine bringing Madigan to any other day care..They are the best!!!!
We are so happy to have found Pet Recess for our dog Kona. We started bringing him at 6 months old to help socialize him & we could never imagine taking Pet Recess away from him. It is such a great outlet for him to exercise, learn social skills & just be a happy dog. Kona's tail starts wagging the moment we turn on the highway toward Pet REcess. After picking him up at the end of the day, he's asleep in the car within 5 minutes. He seems to have had the perfect day & I have the ease of dropping him off around my work schedule. It's a win-win for dogs & dog owners!
Our puppy (Fudge) loves Pet Recess and so do I. It's great knowing he's well taken care of while I'm working and that he'll be mellow and content after a day of play with his daycare friends. It's also nice that he has a second home to go to when we're out of town. I never worry about Fudge when he's at Pet Recess. Thanks Julia, Amy & Sal!
Scout is a husky shepherd mix who has a bit of separation anxiety. Before we started sending him to Pet Recess, he was also a bit of a "wild child." He has been going to Pet Recess for about 3 1/2 years now and we noticed that he began to calm down instantly and was like a totally different dog. He is so calm now and his anxiety has decreased tremendously. The staff at Pet Recess treat him so wonderfully that we never have to worry about him while we are at work. And we know he has a blast there- when we drop him off he runs in and doesn't look back. When he gets home, he plops on the floor totally exhausted. Pet Recess was the best find we have ever made and we have recommended them to everyone we know who has gotten a dog and is looking for doggie daycare. Thank you Pet Recess for loving our dog as much as we do and enriching his life! (:
The Benyue Family
I've been taking my black lab Rylee to Pet Recess for 2 days a week for over 2 years now and she just loves it and I love picking her up those two days and having a tired, satisfied dog. Julia & staff are absolutely wonderful with the dogs. Due to a recent surgery Rylee hasn't been able to attend day care and she definitely misses it and can't wait to return. Though I haven't boarded Rylee overnight at Pet Recess I will probably be doing so in October and will feel 100% comfortable that my dog will be in the best hands!!!
We have been taking our Shih-tzu Precious to Pet Recess for almost two years now, since she was four months old. Julia and the staff are very flexible, which is great with my unpredictable work schedule, and they are endlessly patient and sweet with the pups. There are a good number of small dogs for her to play with as well. I know when I drop her off at "school" that she will be safe, socialized, entertained, rested, fed, and exercised. Precious is much calmer, more affectionate, and willing to listen when she goes to Pet Recess at least one day per week. It's wonderful and worth every penny.
My dog LuLu is an Old English Bulldog that absolutely loves Pet Recess! As soon as we drive into the parking lot, she starts to wiggle with excitement, and continues wiggling all the way through the door. She can't wait to play with her dog friends. Julia and her wonderful staff give so much attention and love to all of the dogs. It is very comforting to know that when LuLu is at Pet Recess, she is being well taken care of and is enjoying every minute she is there.
My puppy Piper LOVES Pet Recess! She just started going and we couldn't be happier! She gets to run around and play all day while my husband and I work. The staff is amazing and take such good care of her, any questions we had they answered. We are even having a birthday party for Piper there in April! I would highly recommend Pet Recess to anyone who loves their pet as much as I do!
Jackie and Johnnie Stark
I have been bringing my Dane, Merlin, to Daycare for a little while now and am thrilled at the changes. His life is more interesting and he is so happy to go. His behavior at home is so much more relaxed. After a long day at work and his day at daycare, we are both ready to relax on the couch for a little while and unwind. It has been so great that when I adopted another dog, Samantha, I didn't even hesitate to sign her up as soon as she was able to be active. It feels great knowing that this is enriching all our lives. Julia and her staff are wonderful, the dogs are happy, and I can relax and enjoy them. What more could a person want :)
Someone I know asked me...why do I take my Daisy to a doggie day care? I had to think about this, I answered...did you ever actually closely watch a dog? A dog is a loving animal. A dog is a very instinctive animal. A dog is so loyal to their human parents that they will let there instinctive qualities be put aside to please we humans. We teach it where to do is business. We teach it to act like we want. A dog is instinctively a pack animal. There can be nothing more refreshing to a dog than to be back in a pack.
Take time someday to watch Julia's pack. There are leaders...there are protectors...there are vocal ones, but more importantly they are in their loving pack. Daisy loves her four legged friends, she has learned how to play... rumble and tumble and most of all when enough is enough. At Pet Recess, Daisy runs and runs and runs...she plays and is absolutely exhausted after her days there. Most of all Julia keeps an ever watching over the pack. I feel so happy for Daisy, that a few hours a week she can be what she is, a dog in her loving pack.
Thank You Julia and staff.
I Love...Pet Recess...It is the best thing since sliced bread...We have a 1 1/2 yr. old black female lab w/lots of energy...after a day at Pet Recess...she is so well behaved because she is tired out...The pups have slides, jungle gyms, kiddie polls, and plenty of love and attention...We can't even mention the word "Doggie Daycare" around Sammie, if it is not her day because she cries to go...
Pet Recess saved our sanity! Last November, one week in to having our kitchen renovated, it became apparent that Princess, our sweet 10 year old collie, could not tolerate the nail gun. We passed by Pet Recess on our way out of town and I made a note to stop on the way back to see if she could enroll until our kitchen renovating was complete. I met Julia who said they didn't usually take attendees on a temporary basis. She must have sensed my despair and said "let me see the pup." The rest is history! Julia slowly and carefully assimilated Princess into the group. Princess attended every day until the kitchen was complete. Princess now attends on Tuesday - that makes Tuesday her favorite day of the week! The socialization has been great for her - at home, in the neighborhood and at the times when we take her to a kennel. The staff is observant, knowledgeable and caring. Pet Recess is awesome!
Chris and Judy Wicks
It is always a pleasure to drop "Sparky" off at Pet Recess and she loves it more than I do! When I pick her up she has that satisfied look in her eye as she falls to sleep in the back seat. You and your crew are the best. Thanks
Hi, I have a 16 month old Great Dane. Pet Recess has been my savior, my puppy was so uncontrollable I didn't know what I was going to do. Then I learned of Pet Recess a doggie daycare. I started bring my puppy when she was 8 months old and within one week she stopped jumping and biting. She absolutely loves it, and she gets to run and play all day and when she comes home at night I actually have to pull her off her chair to eat and go outside at the end of the night. All Dana Marie wants to do is cuddle and relax. My life is so much more enjoyable since Dana has been going to daycare. At Pet Recess I know Dana is being very well taken care of, they are all very attentive and take loving care of my Pup. I feel so good and at ease when I drop Dana off in the morning that she is in good hands.
Dr. Kelly Martin