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Who We Are

We are the amazing dog boarding kennel alternative that thousands of owners are raving about.

We welcome your dog into the home of a local dog lover just like you. We have carefully-screened minders all around Australia and, for your complete peace of mind, all our minders are fully insured.

Our Mission

Hi, I’m Jenny Brearley. If you’re feeling anxious about finding someone to look after your dog while you are away, I’m glad you found this website, because 23 years ago, I had the same problem. That’s why I started “Don’t Fret Pet!” — holiday dog minding.

You see, I felt terrible taking my eccentric Ridgeback, Sophie, to dog boarding kennels. I wanted a more natural and homely alternative to concrete floors and wire cages. I hated the thought of Sophie having to cope with the barks and behaviours of a hundred other dogs of all breeds and backgrounds. There was no way I could enjoy my holiday. I felt guilty.

On top of that, it was inconvenient driving to the outer suburbs (where most dog boarding kennels are located) to drop Sophie off at times that didn’t suit me while trying to get ready to go away.

Friends and Family?

I’d tried leaving Sophie with friends and family but I always felt like I was asking them a favour. Although they meant well, they weren’t really used to looking after dogs so I was always worried about Sophie.


I also tried having neighbours feed and keep an eye on Sophie, but again, I felt like I was putting them out. I was also afraid they would forget her… or Sophie would get sick… or… 100 other things that could go wrong.

Take Her With Me?

I considered taking Sophie with us on holidays. But dog-friendly accommodation is almost impossible to find. Long car rides often cause terrible stress for dogs (many get car sick). And then there’s the question of who looks after them while you go on a day trip during your holiday. You can’t very well leave them alone in a strange holiday apartment.

The Solution

That’s when I came up with the idea to start “Don’t Fret Pet!” and created a network of dog lovers who could offer dog minding services in their own homes. I screened potential minders to make sure they had experience caring for dogs and I provided them with information to ensure we could provide consistent, professional care to every client.

Our Difference

We’ve won a whole swag of awards and we’ve been featured in heaps of newspapers and magazines. The proof of our success comes from over 10,000 wonderful clients who have sent us messages.

  • You Meet The Minder First
  • 24/7 Support For Minders
  • No Other Dogs Minded By Your Minder
  • Experienced, Professional Staff
  • All Minders Insured & Background Checked
  • Operating Since 1993


Jenny Brearley

Owner & Director

It seems like only yesterday I was looking for a boarding kennel alternative for my dog, Sophie. That's when I started ``Don't Fret Pet!`` in 1993. Since then we have helped over 12,000 dogs and their owners enjoy their holidays.

Margaret Ash

Margaret has been finding wonderful homes for your little furry friends for a number of years ensuring all parties are happy!

Brent Carter


Brent joined the “Don’t Fret Pet!” family in 2005 after many years in the marketing industry and now owns and manages north and south east Brisbane and the Gold Coast areas. Brent and husband Paul have a band of adoring staffies who accompany them to the office every day to assist in any way they can (usually by sleeping under the desks)

Tony Holmans


Tony has been with Don't Fret Pet since May 2011.
Tony is married to Julie and they have 3 grown up children aged 25, 21 and 19.
Tony likes nothing more than finding a lovely family home for your dog to stay while you’re away on holidays.
Gracie the family Pug spends most of her day asleep by Tony's side or following him from room to room.
They love spending time with family and friends or simply curled up on the coach with their favourite pooch.

Jenny Crompton

Hi, I am Jenny and I have been working with DFP for three and a half years. A highlight for me is when a minder sends in a photo or feedback of their four legged boarder having a good time at their home away from home!

Paul Carter


Paul joined his wife Brent at “Don’t Fret Pet!” two years ago after deciding to leave his government career to work in an environment surrounded by fur babies. Paul can often be found chatting to Vets, Groomers and Minders and doing home visits.

Carole Ciechanowicz

Carole has been with “Don’t Fret Pet!” since 2009. She manages our ACT, Newcastle and Melbourne areas, after previously owning and managing a “Don’t Fret Pet!” franchise. She has the pleasure of being mum to 4 rescue dogs, a rescue cat, a couple of goats, and birds too numerous to count. Carole is also a minder for “Don’t Fret Pet!” having welcomed many visiting doggies into her home since 2007.