Cozy Cats & Dogs

by Linda Archer
(Cozy Cats & Dogs, Laubertie)

Phill and I have been volunteers with two dog rescues in England - fostering dogs, fundraising and running monthly group dog-walks. I was also a volunteer at our local animal sanctuary looking after cats and dogs needs and ensuring their welfare.

We had been looking for many years for a cattery and dog boarding business in the UK and just didn't find the right place.

Then, this year, we stayed with friends in Chalais (in the South Charente) for a week and looked at properties, one of which was Cozy Cats and Dogs. We fell in love with the whole set-up straight away.

Cutting a long story short my husband and I gave up our full time jobs in England and moved to France - now living the dream. Unfortunately we have left behind our two sons who are 20 and 22 years old and work full time in England. They thought we were crazy but now see this is our dream.

We have been here for just four weeks, and have been welcomed by many people French and English.

Currently we have 10 luxury chalets for the cats and board up to 10 dogs within our home. We provide doggy day care for those who want to take a day trip and not leave there dog at home. We have started phase 1 of our new outdoor dog kennels for those dogs who prefer their own space.

We are taking pictures of each phase of the kennel block but this will be another story. The pictures are of my husband Phill, me and our own two German Shepherds. Also a lovely picture of Phill with 4 recent boarders taking their morning walk around our 4 acre field. We also have an acre paddock which is fully fenced for our boarding dogs to run free and play.

We are also promoting the dog food we have shipped in from Germany which we have fed our dogs for the last 4 years called Markus Muhler. A 15kg bag can be purchased from us for €50 see this link for the details:

If you want to get in touch or pop by, we would be happy to see you...

Linda & Phill
Cozy Cats and Dogs
Gardes Le Pontaroux

(from Villebois Lavalette take the D16 towards Gardes Le Pontaroux, you will see our Cozy cats and dogs sign by the end of our road)
Tel: 05 45 66 27 96

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Aug 21, 2014
We Agree
by: Tina & John Kidd

Would just like to say that we agree with all the above comments. Even in the UK we were not happy leaving our two dogs but - now that we know that we can leave them in the safe & dedicated hands of Linda & Phill - there is no stopping us. AT LAST a vacation without dog hairs over the car!!!
Thank you so much - you are great!

Feb 25, 2014
5 Star boarding kennels
by: Mick and Rosa

We are so pleased to have found Cosy Cats and Dogs after looking far and wide.

Linda and Phil are very welcoming and knowledgeable, and run a very professional kennels. They were fantastic with our two german shepherds, one with 'special needs', and nothing was ever too much trouble. Our dogs were very happy in their warm, spacious kennel and with all the care and attention they got.

Markus Muhler, the dog food they recommend and supply, is so much better than anything we have tried before and has turned our two dogs around.

They kept us up to date with emails and photos and we can highly recommend them. Thanks Phil and Linda.

Aug 19, 2013
Great service
by: Simon and Aliki

Darcy had a great stay. The daily photos meant we did not have to worry about how she was getting on and Linda even took Darcy to the vet for her treatment pre her return to the UK. A very professional set up that we heartily recommend.

Aug 05, 2013
by: Dee

Good Luck with your kennels and cattery and your new home in France! Our pets are very precious to us and it is wonderful when people such as yourselves look after them so well. Had to click on the picture, as spotted the Flat-coated retriever, we have two of our own :) We have found some fantastic kennels near to our home, as you are a bit too far from us, but wish you the best of luck with your own venture.

Apr 04, 2013
Hugo's favorite 2nd home.
by: Ann & Martyn

Our lively Red setter, Hugo, throughly enjoys his stays at Cozy Cats where he knows that he will be well looked after by Linda & Phil, seems to get plenty of excercise, and have a cosy bed for the night. We never have to worry about how he is, because Phil and Linda email us photographs of him enjoying himself running around the garden.

Jan 13, 2013
Just to say
by: Lin Di Stefano

I am so delighted that Linda and Phil are here, they have looked after Eddie (my very like to think he is the Boss Jack Russel).

I can leave him in their care without a worry. He is so happy staying there and they really care for him.

They have a great approach and understanding of the animals in their care.
If you have to leave your cat or dog dont hesitate to take them to cozy cats and dogs.

They really couldnt be in better hands than with Linda and Phil.

Lin Di Stefano.

Dec 29, 2012
Thank you, Thank you
by: Rouben

Hello, fellow Cozy Cats and Dogs borders, my name is Rouben and I'm a rather attractive shorthaired Fox Terrier (so my owner Bob, tells me). I wanted to write something on this page as a Thank you, Thank you and a recommendation to others, for the two very enjoyable occasions, I've stayed with Linda and Phill. During both my stays I've made lots of new chums, which, given that I'm a very friendly, sociable, fun loving dog, it suits me just fine to go and stay at CC&SDs. The quality of other borders on both occasions I've stayed has been excellent and I personally have had a wonderful time and don't miss my Bob (owner person) at all.... In fact as a little tease to him when he is away, I get Linda to email him a picture of me enjoying myself with my new chums – well, I wouldn't want him thinking he is the centre of my universe ALL the time and that I just mope in the corner, because at CC&Ds I certainly don't.

So, any of you other Cats or Dogs reading my message here, who haven't had a vacation at CC&D, tell your owners to go away somewhere, as you want to try it out.... it's great.

I hope you had a good Christmas and enjoy a spell staying at CC&Ds in 2013, as I intend to do, Bob willing...... Might see you there (it's the in place to be seen....) Love you all Rouben x

Dec 29, 2012
Perfect place for animals to stay
by: Jane & Steve

Hi Linda & Phill

We have just collected our dog from you. He's a very scared dog, having been previously badly abused, so we were pleasantly surprised to see that he has made great friends with you. We are sure he really enjoyed himself playing with the other dogs in the day, and his brand new, cosy kennel was perfect for him at night.

Thank you

Dec 27, 2012
Good luck
by: John & Sally Reed

Hi Phll and Linda

I heard from Julie that you moved to France so i searched you out to wish you all the very best in your new venture. it seems a good move to me you are doing something you enjoy in a great environment.


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