Sweet Retreat Puppies

Pet sitting and dog walking

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Mission statement

To provide outstanding care and service for you and your pet when you cannot be there. Whether you are at work or out of town, your pet will be cared for in the exact manner that you request. We may not be you, but we can be the next best thing for your pet.

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Signs that your dog is overweight:

  • Does your dog get stuck in his doggie door?
  • Does your dog get "tight around the collar" and not just after a big meal?
  • When you throw a ball to your dog , does he roll over and play DEAD?

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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.

Arlene Black

Arlene Black

Our Services

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.

Dog Walking

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

Dog Sitting

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.

Other Services

  • 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
  • Home Security
  • 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

Get in Touch With Us

Sweet Retreat Puppies

Jenkintown, PA 19046

Phone: 215-421-1151

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The following resources may help you develop a greater understanding our animal companions. There is much to discover!

Animal Organizations and Agencies

  • Pennsylvania Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals.
  • Women's Humane Society
  • Animal Rescue Site

Local Pet Resources

  • Animal Chiropractic Care-Dr Mike Burak
  • Animal Behavior Specialist-Mike Carr
  • Poopiescoopersr-us.com