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Our 8 month old Groodle pup had a fabulous 3 week holiday with Lena and her family. She loved socialising with all the other dogs and thoroughly enjoyed the regular visits to the beach. 
Lena was excellent in providing regular photos and updates and took such great care of her. 
Tori has already been back for a second stay and is locked in for a third. It’s such a relief to know that she’s always in such great hands. 

Michell Boyall Williamstown, Victoria 3017 June 15, 2019


We had our very shy Zala stay with Lena and her family for 3 weeks and couldn’t be happier with the care that she received.
I would highly recommend Lena as she has the knowledge and experience to meet the needs of your dog.

Tanya Cerato Niddrie, Vic, 3042 April 30, 2019





Lena has looked after our boy twice now and both times he has absolutely loved it! And we have too. She kept us up to date with pictures and text messages throughout his stay. You can really tell she is a dog lover and treats the dogs as if they are her own. Will always use Lena now when we need our boy looked after. Great service

Pam Kane Port Melbourne, Victoria March 20, 2019

Padm’e, Tiggy, Rey Rey, Asoka & Khaleesi the Chuhuhua”


Massive thank you to Lena for taking such amazing care of our fur babies whilst we went away for 5 days!

After having a negative experience with our last pet sitters, we were nervous about trusting someone again but Lena’s personal, hands on care put us at ease and meant that we were able to enjoy our time away knowing our babies were having a great time too!!

Thanks again Lena, we’ll definitely be booking you again for our next trip!


Kayleigh and Mark Downes Altona, Victoria March 18, 2019

Hamish, Pickles & Oscar


Our three dogs had a fantastic time with Lena and her family. They catered wonderfully for our energetic one year old Dachshund and older Scottish Terriers. She sent regular updates and photos – we felt very relieved that they were in such good care. Would highly recommend!

Sam Sperling Williamstown, 3017 November 19, 2018




Highly recommend Lena to anyone needing their dogs looked after. Bailey was welcomed into their home for over a week while we were overseas. Lena sent photos & updates during her stay which was appreciated�


Tanya Harris-Sortino Altona, 3018 November 19, 2018



Hi Lena,
I would like to thank you for looking after Dixie over the past long weekend.
We have in the past, for weekends away etc., left Dixie with a boarding kennel – something that I never felt quite comfortable with. As you know, on a friends recommendation, I contacted you and Dixie & I met with you, Stuart & Connor, and I immediately felt like she would be looked after like she was at home (& probably better!!!)
I can tell that she was genuinely looked after as if she was your own – a big ‘Thank you’
I wont hesitate to recommend you to friends & family, & we look forward to our next holiday knowing there’s a loving, safe home & family for Dixie to stay with.

Michael Albanese (06/11/2018)

Michael Albanese Maryibynong November 19, 2018

“Pepsi, Max & Bonnie”


Thank you so much Lena we never had to worry about our dogs at all while we were away!

Tanya Brae Altona, Victoria September 1, 2018




Izzy stayed with Lena in April. As empty nesters we have become besotted with our 5 yr old Cavoodle Izzy. Lena came highly recommended by a neighbour however we were still uneasy about leaving our little girl.
Lena and her family welcomed our girl into their home, giving her love and attention I thought she would only get from us.
Izzy had beach walks, trips in the car and went on Lena’s family functions.
I received daily photos of Izzy having so much fun of which I can’t express our gratitude enough. We were delayed in our return due to illness but this was not a problem, Lena gave us endless reassurance she would care for our little one until our return.
Lena has become our saviour. I will never use doggy centres again!!  I would highly recommend Lena and her family to anyone wanting to give 5* care to their precious pet.
Thank you Lena from the bottom of our hearts.



Sue & Colin Riley Altona, Victoria July 30, 2018

Thank you Lena and your family for taking such wonderful care of Ozzie.  He came to us from Pet Rescue not too long ago, and he can be anxious at being left or in new situations.  But he was really relaxed and happy staying with you.  He clearly had a great time.  We are very pleased to have found such a caring, genuinely dog friendly place for Ozzie over our future holidays.

Garry Hardy Altona, Victoria June 20, 2018


My two dogs had a lovely time with Lena and her family over the weekend. Our little one gets particularly anxious, but she had a great time. Highly recommend!

Robbie Taylor Altona, Victoria April 25, 2018

It’s a pooch paradise at Best Paw 4ward! Lena & her family have now cared for our dog Yuki on two occasions. You couldn’t ask for a more safe, nurturing & homely holiday haven for your canine companion!

Helen Dixon Williamstown, Victoria April 25, 2018



After hearing such great things about Lena we booked our cavoodle (Arlo) in at Easter and we could not be happier. As soon as we met her and visited her home we felt so comfortable knowing our dog would be treated exactly how we treat him. She updated us everyday with pictures and seeing how happy he was made us so much more relaxed while away. Would highly recommend Lena and I know Arlo is already looking forward to his next visit.

Jo Tee Altona, Victoria April 25, 2018



For the first time ever I left my fury little baby with BestPaw4Ward (Lena). I can honestly say once I met Lena I felt totally comfortable and at ease to leave my dog with her. I received updates and photos every couple of days so I knew how my dog was going. He looked so happy and he had interactions with other dogs staying there also, all in the comfort of a home. I highly recommend this service to anyone wanting to leave their dogs in a safe home environment ���

Danni Tsolakis Werribee, Victoria January 22, 2018

A close friend recommended Lena at Bestpaw4ward to me as we were going overseas for an extended period and were anxious about leaving our Spoodle, Nutella with just anyone.  There are so many dog carers online and I just didn’t know who to trust.  When I met Lena I was immediately drawn to her as she is friendly, welcoming and so relaxed (no wonder the dogs love her).  Her house is clean and gorgeous and just a stone’s throw from the beach which was a huge bonus as Nutella loves the water.  Lena is very professional, there is documentation to fill in with all aspects of the dog’s routines, their daily needs and their personality.  For us the best bit whilst we were away were the photos plus captions-it was so reassuring to see our Nutella happy and being included as part of their family.  I would highly recommend Lena and Bestpaw4ward to all and I personally would not hesitate to use her service next time we are away.

P.S I know Nutella is missing Lena and her family plus their dog Bob! xxx

Caroline McMaster Brunswick, Victoria January 10, 2018

My 11 year cavoodle Martini had her first stay with Lena at BestPaw4Ward last night. Such a wonderful place to send your beloved ‘pet’ as I know Martini was being looked after with as much love & pampering as she receives at home. Lena took her on great walks to the beach & kept me updated with photos. Definitely highly recommend Lena & BestPaw4Ward!!!

Pia Fonsboel Williamstown, Victoria December 18, 2017

I rarely, if ever write testimonials.  In the past twenty-five years, have maybe written five.  In this instance, believe it necessary, given the level of service that Lena and her family offer my dog DD.  DD is one of the most temperamental older dogs (nearly 12) there is.  However whether she is going for day care or overnight boarding, Lena, Connor and Stuart take exceptional care of her.  She is always happy to make the trip to Lena’s!

Matt Chistophersen South Bank, Victoria December 10, 2017

Thank you so much Lena!  The dogs had an amazing time!

Em and Toby Mills Newport, Victoria October 16, 2017

Fabulous service, flexible and friendly! Home away from home for our dogs! I love that the dogs visit the beach and enjoy their holiday as much as we did.  Thanks for being amazing!

Julie Du Plessis Williamstown, Victoria October 9, 2017


Lena and her family were wonderful in taking care of our two doggies and our cat.  I received photos and updates every day which made me very happy!  The doggies loved their visits to the beach and the cuddles on the couch. I can only hope that she will always have availability when we need to go away as I know how happy my pets were in her care!

Carlotta Petti Williamstown, Victoria September 7, 2017

Thanks Lena and family for giving Buddy and Daisy a fabulous holiday while we had a break away.  They totally loved it and were very much made to feel at home.  Thanks very very much.  Will definitely be back! 🙂

Berny and Howard Betram Altona, Victoria August 29, 2017


Thank you so much for taking care of Harvey.  I could tell from our first visit he was going to be well cared for.  I will be definitely leaving him with you again when we go away!

Christine and Peter Goodin Williamstown, Victoria August 9, 2017

Thank you for feeding and walking Reef and Po while we were away in Japan.  It made all the difference to our trip knowing they were very well cared for and walked. Thank you again and I’ll be in touch when we plan another trip!!

Donna Russell Williamstown, Victoria August 9, 2017


A big thank you to Lena and her lovely family for taking care of our two whippets Ruby & Dodge for over a week in July. They were so well taken care of and we wouldn’t hesitate in recommending Best Paw4ward,  to anyone needing their dogs minded.

Ruby got an injury 2 days before we left them with Lena , so Lena even took Ruby to a Vet appointment to have stitches removed and cared for her brilliantly,  keeping her quieter and adjusting the walking regime to accommodate her injury. Our dogs loved having other Doggie companions and Lena even took them on a Doggie day out at the You Yangs. They came back to us really relaxed and so much better behaved on- lead and off-lead than they were before. The photos and comments Lena sent were very reassuring – as we’ve not been away from them for that long before.
We are so pleased to have found Lena.
Many Thanks

Jenny & Gavan Peace Newport, Victoria August 9, 2017

Thank you Lena and family for looking after Ollie whilst we were away in Europe, we couldn’t be more happier with our decision. This was the first time leaving Ollie, however, we immediately felt comfortable and reassured he would would be taken care of. We loved the daily communication with photos and messages, it was always nice to see how he was traveling. Ollie enjoyed having a lot of company during the day and going on daily walks. We can’t thank you enough and highly recommend your service to anyone looking for a loving place for their furry friend. Ollie will definitely miss his stay with you 

Michael Haikal Point Cook, Victoria July 30, 2017


I have no hesitation recommending Lena who checked in on our two cats while we were away. The daily updates were great and Lena was able to accommodate an extra day at short notice and even did an extra drive by when one of our cats escaped on the morning we left! Really great service. Thanks Lena (and Connor)

Amy Greene Altona, Victoria July 18, 2017

“Jessica and Beau stayed with Lena and family for a home stay.  They had such a good time that I’m thinking of checking in there myself for my next holiday!  Lots of walks, company and love.  And what about that couch? “Move over thats my spot!” says Beau.  Beau stood up in the car today and wagged her tail as we drove past the end of Lena’s street!

Anne Rogan Altona, Victoria July 14, 2017

 Dear Lena & Family

We can’t thank you enough for the love and care you showed to our fur baby Coco. We could see from the photos and updates what an amazing time she had. This is the first time we have left her with anyone and we couldn’t have asked for a kinder, more amazing family than yours to look after her, take her on walks to the beach and give her lots of cuddles.

Can’t thank you enough.

Nikki, Lexi, Evie and April xxxx

Nikki Vitiritti Williamstown, Victoria July 13, 2017


Winston had such a good time with you guys and we felt really happy knowing he was in good hands. We could tell how much you all love dogs and would give him the same love and care as we would. Winston will definitely be staying with BestPaw4Ward again soon – he especially misses Bob and Conner! Would highly recommend – love Heather, David & Winston

Heather & David Seddon, Victoria June 18, 2017

“This service is amazing, our dog Cicco was given the best of care in a lovely home with lovely people – thanks so much Lena, we’ll be back!”

Donna Lee Williamstown, Victoria June 12, 2017

We feel like we have struck gold! Lena and her lovely family will take great care of your pet and make them feel so loved. A true home away from home!

John & Denise Trickey Williamstown, Victoria June 5, 2017

“Our Malamute Rocky loved his daily visits from Lena and Stuart and we loved the daily updates showing us how much he was enjoying himself!”

John Reynolds Williamstown, Victoria May 25, 2017

“We cannot thank Lena and her lovely family enough for looking after our miniature Dachshund recently. Chilli was not well (bladder stones) and our family was in great need of a short break to catch up with each other after a long time apart. Lena was more than accommodating! She took Chilli and nursed her so well and kept us up to date on her health and happiness with text messages during our 3 days away. When we returned Chilli had clearly made herself at home and was looking loved and well cared for. I would highly recommend Lena and family and would have no reservations in sending Chilli for a holiday with Lena in the future.”

Alison Armstrong Williamstown, Victoria April 15, 2017

“A big thank you to BestPaw4Ward for looking after our cat Cherry while we were away on a short camping trip. It gave us peace of mind that Cherry was  fed and looked after without the stress of getting her to the cattery and having her confined to a cage for that period of time. When we arrived home she was relaxed and happy!”

Carol Challis Williamstown, Victoria March 20, 2017

“Archie stayed with Lena and her family for 2 months in Singapore whilst we were waiting for a place for him in quarantine in Melbourne.  We received many photos and updates of Archie and were so happy with the kindness and care Lena provided to our beautiful boy.  He was treated just like one of the family and we are so glad Lena has returned to Melbourne and started her own pet minding business here.  Although we live over the other side of the city, we have already booked Archie in to stay with them during the June school holidays and have recommended her to many families near us.  It’s well worth the trip over the bridge for us to know Archie is getting such great care and attention.”

Sarah Clarke Black Rock, Victoria March 18, 2017

“Lena, thank you for taking such good care of our boys whilst we were away.  The attention and care you provided them was second to none and it was so good to see how happy they both were when we came back from our holiday.  We definitely would have no hesitation in leaving the boys with you again and we are glad to have found someone that understands our needs.  Would highly recommend you to anyone looking for a personalised service.”


Ayako & Dom McPhail Melbourne, Victoria March 18, 2017

“We have a very old boy with special needs (he is blind in one eye and requires 3 sets of drops twice a day), so going away for the weekend or any break is always tricky – but thanks to BestPaw4Ward we can now leave our two dogs in the great care of Lena. Both Toby & Dakota came home happy and tails wagging wildly. Usually our old boy Toby comes home hoarse from barking, but not this time! We will definitely be regulars now! Thanks for the great care you took of our two spoilt dogs.”


Lisa Andrews Altona, Victoria March 18, 2017

Thank you so much Lena!  The dogs had an amazing time!

Em and Toby Mills Newport, Victoria October 16, 2017