My boyfriend Ray and his dog "Marley" live in NJ and I live in FL. Ray had made a decision to surprise me
because we would not see each other from August to end of December, when
I would be going up to NJ for Christmas. So on the Thursday before Sandy
hit the northeast Ray decided to surprise me and flew down to FL - for
what he thought would be a few days. Meanwhile, he had found out about
Aunt Darlene's from his neighbor because he did not want to fly with
Marley since he was only coming for a few days. Ray went to meet Darlene
and the facility and he was immediately impressed because of the care
and love they showed for the dogs and because of the environment. Long
story short - the storm hit and Ray got "stuck" in FL for about 10
days.... I was very happy. But he was very worried about Marley and when
he spoke with Aunt Darlene to let her know about the situation and that
he would need her to keep Marley longer - she was very amenable and
gracious. It so happened that the stay extended even longer because of
the severity of the storm. However, Aunt Darlene & Uncle Tom were very
accommodating and very pleased to help out with Marley.
Both Ray and I were very happy and very satisfied to see how caring and
wonderful Darlene & Tom were with our dog through a very trying and
We highly recommend their services, their warm and affectionate attitude
toward the pets put in their care and thank them very much for all they
Ray S, Monroe
I just wanted to take a few moments to thank
Darlene for setting me up with Gino and his wonderful family to watch
our Australian Labradoodle, Dexter. He is an anxious guy and I wanted
him to be boarded in a cage free environment. I met Darlene on our meet
and greet and she was wonderful. Gino and his family are such
extraordinary people and so caring. We left Dexter for 5 days for our
vacation but then we were stuck in Florida due to Hurricane Sandy and
had to keep Dexter with Gino for an extra 5 days. Gino and I spoke via
text daily and informed me that Dexter was having a wonderful time under
the circumstances. We already have dates booked for Thanksgiving and
Christmas week. Dexter had a blast and can't wait to spend more time
with his new friends.
Thank you so much!!!!
The Cohen Family
We read a large number of excellent reviews about
Aunt Darlene's pet-sitting and dog walking services, but were still
nervous dropping our dog off for a two week vacation; it would be the
first time we left her with anyone but family and she has some
attachment issues, to put it mildly.
Any concerns we had about whether our girl would be happy at Aunt
Darlene's were put to rest the minute we entered their clean,
pet-friendly home for the initial meet and greet. Tom and Darlene
clearly love animals and know how to care for them, but what sets them
apart is their ability to put people--as well as pets--at ease. They
cared for our girl as if she was part of their family, and when we
picked her up two weeks later, she was happy to see us, but sad to say
goodbye to Darlene and Tom and her new doggie friends.
I'm so glad all the positive reviews turned out to be accurate, and
we're relieved to have found a wonderful place where we can leave our
dog and know that she'll be happy, taken excellent care of, and treated
These guys are truly great! We've also used their Dog Walking service
and Crystle, one of their walkers, did a great job with our pet and our
These guys really are wonderful and I recommend them whole-heartedly.
Aunt Darlene's is simply the best!!! Darlene and
Tom are wonderful people who love dogs and know how to care for them...
Our Morkie Roxy has been "sleeping" over for a year now....Sometimes for
a night or 2 and other times for a week. but regardless of the time.. We
know that Roxy is well cared for, comfortable and happy at Aunt
Darlene's. Like going to a home away from home! The dogs have a schedule
which includes naptime, indoor and outdoor playtime. Our Roxy makes many
friends and has fun...Now how do I know this? Tom has sent me videos of
Roxy's antics running in the yard and playing with the other
dogs.....happy and funny stuff!...which makes me even more comfortable
and secure that Roxy is in good hands and having the time of her life on
her mini vacations.....Which in turn allows my husband and I to enjoy
our vacations without worrying if our " dogter" is alright!! Thanks
Darlene and Tom for running a business with attention to detail,
intelligence, kindness and caring !!! Roxy looks forward to her visits
for years to come!!!
Lisa & Ron S.
This was the first time I ever left my dog
overnight for a week. Gino was WONDERFUL and treated my dog like it was
his own. He also kept me posted by answering my e mails and
sending me pictures of my buddy having fun. I HIGHLY recommend them.
Our puppy, Gordon, just came home after 10 days at
Gino and Carly's. We are so pleased with the service and the great care
he received. I could not bear the thought of leaving him alone in a
typical kennel setting. He is used to being around people so he adjusted
nicely! He played with other dogs and had a blast-I know this from the
text message pictures Gino sent! Thank you again!
Go away with peace of mind!
We went on vacation for the week of July 4th. This
was the first time our Boxer, Bella stayed away from home. She stayed
with Gino and Carla and they were wonderful with her. She was treated by
them as part of their family. I was worried that she would be lonesome,
but boy I was wrong. I E-mailed Gino and he sent me a picture of her
playing with the other dogs. She was having so much fun! This quickly
eased my mind and we were able to enjoy our vacation without worrying
about her. They are so good with dogs, and it is clear they enjoy what
they do so much. I actually think Bella missed them! I will certainly
have Gino and Carla from Aunt Darlene's pet sitting. Even for a few
days. Aunt Darlene's is top notch! 5 stars!
I would love to give "Uncle Gino" 5 stars but I'd
rather not only because I want to keep him for myself, HAHA! Gino is the
best. From the first time I met him, I Knew he would be perfect for my
babies! My Siberian Husky, Ice, is afraid of men, but Ice didn't even
think twice n went right to Gino. My boys stayed with Gino for over two
weeks, with my Ice becoming Gino's shadow and my lil MoMo being the
little mascot that all the other dogs loved! Gino kept me up to date
with texts and pictures. It was such a huge relief to have such peace of
mind knowing my boys were in great care! I would pick Gino over family
to watch my boys from now on :-) *****
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
As a first time user of Aunt Darlene's pet sitting
service I can happily say I am already planning our next trip. We have
two Siberian Husky mixes who have never been boarded before! Upon
meeting Gino Gambino and his family we were immediately relieved. Gino
and his family were extremely welcoming and warm. You can tell they
really love animals! Gino even emailed us with photos of the dogs
hanging out while we were away! I truly felt our dogs were on a vacation
of their own! Darlene was very thorough with our dog's food instructions
and even took into consideration each dog's personality and behaviors.
Gino was kind enough to brush our dog Shadow (she was shedding) and when
picked her up she looked great! I feel such a sense of relief knowing we
have a wonderful family to leave our dogs with when we travel! I have
already begun to recommend Aunt Darlene's pet sitting service to friends!
I just wanted to write a note of thanks and
appreciation to Aunt Darlene's.... This past weekend was the first time
I had used someone outside of my family/friends to watch my dog
(Norwegian Elkhound). When I met with Darlene and Gino prior to my
vacation, I knew Dakota would be in good hands. When I picked Dakota up
I could tell she had a great time with Gino and his family (and the
other dogs), so great that she slept the rest of the day! Bottom line, I
would absolutely recommend Aunt Darlene's and would definitely take
Dakota back to Gino's the next time we go on vacation. Thanks Gino!!
Hi Darlene and Tom,
Just wanted to say "Thank You Sooo Much" for taking care of Sox for us
last weekend. You two are very special people to take other people's
pets into your home and love them and treat them like they're your own.
This was the first time we've left our "Baby" with anyone other than a
family member and we were very apprehensive about doing so. After our
"meet and greet" I felt totally comfortable leaving Sox with you. When I
dropped her off she was quite nervous but Tom said he just held her til
she calmed down and then they fell asleep together on the couch! How
sweet is that??? Whenever we've left her in the past, she comes home
with sort of an attitude and acts like she's mad at us for a few days,
but NOT with you guys!! We picked her up, brought her home and she was
perfect! Thanks again! Looking forward to her stay in July!
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