About us

I am Philip Ruston and I own Paw Power Home Dog Boarding. I also work in design and I.T. I live with my wife, Frances, who previously owned Paw Power Dog Walking in and around the Barugh Green area for quite a few years. Frances now works as a customer advisor for public transport.

I was born in Barnsley and raised in Mapplewell. I lived in Durham for 10 years before moving back to Barnsley in 2015. As you would expect, both myself and Frances love dogs.

A couple of months before writing this, our best friend and third member of our family, Charlotte the Staffie-Boxer, passed away. Charlotte had been our hero for 11 years and, as I am sure you can imagine, this left us heartbroken.

Following Charlotte’s passing, a neighbour and friend asked if I would look after their dog while they went away. I didn’t really think about it and just said ‘yes’. This was the little acorn that became the rebirth of Paw Power.

We both look forward to meeting and spoiling your four-legged heroes!


The Disclosure Form must be completed in full before the day you bring your dog(s) to stay with us. If this is not done, we will be unable to go ahead with any boarding arrangement. Completed forms can either be dropped off in person or posted to our address (contact us for this).

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