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Looking for a petsitter in Orinda
We are looking for recommendations for a house/ dog sitter
(and chicken caretaker) for our house in Orinda over the
December holidays. Looking for someone who loves dogs (we
have four beagles!) and is willing to sleep over at the
house the whole time. In addition to feeding the beagles
twice a day, the person would have to let the chickens in
and out of the coop, feed the outdoor cat on occasion, and
that's about it. We have dog doors so they can go outside on
their own, so you won't need to walk them. The main issue is
that it's over the holiday break through mid-January. Might
be a great job for a college student home for the holidays!
Call Allison Mobley at Housepetality Petsitting (888)
498-PETS. We used her for many years, until our beloved dog
passed away. He was a special needs dog with behavioral
issues who required expert handling and patience and Allison
was our savior. She maintained all of his routines at home
and stayed overnight with him. Allison truly understands and
loves dogs and we never would have been able to travel had
we not found her. She took excellent care of our home,
communicated with us about our dog's behavior, and even had
to take him to the emergency vet once. She handled
everything with professionalism. Because she is so
wonderful, she tends to be booked far in advance, and might
not be available for the upcoming holidays. But call her
anyway so you and your dogs can get to know her and reserve
a spot for future travels. Could never have gone on
vacation without Allison
Looking for a dog sitter
Im hoping to find a recommendation for a dog sitter. We'll l
be going out of town for a week in July and we've never left
them with anyone besides family. I hate inconveniencing
the family and i'd rather leave them at a local spot but ive
always assumed it was pretty expensive. Have you used a
local place before or know of someone who would take the
I used Piedmont Pet for a couple of years. Karen is
extremely loving towards dogs and takes caring for them very
seriously. She watched my dog and I was very pleased.
I've recommended Doggy Lama on here before in a more
specific context (topic: difficult dog boarding) but Doggy
Lama is amazing in all contexts so I'll recommend them
again:) We've used Doggy Lama for dog sitting a handful of
times over the past few years and, like you, we had never
left our baby with anyone outside of the family. Our dog
stays with Molly, the owner of Doggy Lama, now when we are
away. The cost isn't bargain basement (you can save $5 a
night if you pay cash) but you can enjoy your vacation
knowing that your dog is having one too. Dogs who stay with
Molly (or any members of her team I think) go on hikes every
day and they post pictures of their adventures on flikr so
you can see how much fun they're having. For us, it's worth
every penny for peace of mind.
www.doggylamapetcare.com, (510) 434-1974
Have a great vacation!
I saw your request in Berkeley Parents Network, and I highly
recommend Pawderosa. When we go away we leave our dog with
them and they are very caring. They make sure they know your
vet, they sent us photos when we were away and even taught
our little guy a new trick!
I'm cc'ing them so you will have their email address, and
maybe they will send you info. Contact Lori Falkal
email@example.com 510-595-7328 stu
Dog sitter needed in Berkeley
I'd like to find a pet sitter who works in Berkeley. I have
a 10 year old dog and she's just not into boarding anymore
plus it would be nice to have someone bring in the mail and
generally give the place a lived-in look when we're out of
town. If you could give me a sense of the daily rate that
would be great, too.
One of the best services in the East Bay is Safe Hands Pet
Care. Their standards are very high and they truly do their
jobs for the love of the pets. They book up often and have
dog walkers/sitters in a wide variety of neighborhoods in
Oakland, El Cerrito, Kensington, Berkeley & Albany so check
with them to see if they are accepting new clients in your
area. Their website is http://www.safehandspetcare.com
Difficult Dog Boarding?
I'm looking for a place to board our two dogs in March for a
week. Dog #1 is simply old, needs meds 2x/day, occasionally
needs hand feeding to get him to eat, gentle walk, and a
warm place to sleep (like a heated dog bed, in a warm
enclosed place). Dog #2 is...ahem...a bit more problematic.
She's totally attached (overattached?) to our family and our
home, which is why I'm not looking for someone to sleep at
our house with the dogs while we're gone. I honestly don't
know how they'd get in the door without being terrified.
She's quite fearful with strangers, especially men, and
could nip if she feels cornered. She doesn't like to be
approached...she prefers to approach people herself, which
she will do pretty easily, and then if people continue to
ignore her, she will actually start to seek attention a bit
(but only a bit). A trainer thought she might actually just
be less stressed in a boarding place where she was mostly
left to her own, cared for in the material ways but not
really wanting attention beyond that. She would probably be
comforted to be with the older dog, but I'd want them
somewhat separated (right next to each other in a run?)
since she can be territorial with him over her bedspace.
Gawd. We're in Berkeley, happy to travel up to 1.5 hours
for the right place. Love my messed up mutt
We use an AMAZING dog boarding and dog walking service,
Doggy Lama. Molly (owner) helped us turn our anxious,
anti-social (non-aggressive) dog into one of the most well
adjusted social dogs around (yes we are overly proud
parents;). She boards dogs at her house and also has a team
of amazing walkers, house-vistors and boarders and would
most likely be able to work with you. She also does a 'trial
night' while you are still in town, that way when you're on
your trip you already feel comfortable and know that your
little ones are safe and happy. She's also very good at
doggie assessments and will tell you up front if she doesn't
think it would be a good fit and recommend someone else.
Good luck! www.doggylamapetcare.com, (510) 434-1974 lauren
Puppy sitter for 11 days
I'm wondering if anyone can recommend a reasonable up to
date puppy sitter while we go on vacation for 11 days in
february. Thanks, Deborah
We have used Pawderosa for a couple of years. They run their
pet sitting business from their home near Childrens
Hospital. They are very professional and are careful which
animals they allow to be together. They walk the dogs, have
a backyard for them to play in, and they even send you pix
of your pet while you are on vacation. 510.595.7328
email: firstname.lastname@example.org stu
Boarding for difficult dog
We have a difficult dog (ok with people, uncomfortable with
other dogs) that needs boarding or day care, occasionally.
We have a wonderful place (MetroDog) that can take care of
him, but get's booked really fast, so we would like to have
an other option. If you know of a dog walker, or boarding
place that would be able to handle our not-so-social dog,
please let us know! Thanks.
We too have a dog who is great with people and not so great
with other dogs and we are always paranoid about boarding
her. We typically board her at a vet boarding as we feel
they should know how to handle all dogs. Typically the
boarding is not fancy but she has always done fine the costs
are reasonable. We use Woodminster Vet nowadays but have
also used Animal Care in El Sobrante. Nikko
Dog Boarding and Day Care
I'm looking for a good place to board my dogs when I'm away,
as well as a good doggy day care spot. I don't like the idea
of kennels, and am hoping to find someone who boards and
does day care in their home. Any suggestions? Jill
My neighbors a few doors down have a doggy day care
business. The business is called Pawderosa, run by Lori and
Phil. They are very nice people, and just great with dogs
and cats. Lori has watched my dog a few times, and he loves
loves loves her. I would highly recommend their services.
http://www.pawderosa.com 510.595.7328 Lisette
I highly recommend Bonnie Blair at the Bow Wow Inn. She does
both boarding and day care from her home, and focuses mostly
on small dogs. My dogs love going there! Bonnie is a
complete sweetheart, her place is super clean (no dog
smells, either), and her yard is full of dog friendly toys.
Prior to finding Bonnie, I tried a few of places that had
been recommended on BPN and none of them came close to the
Bow Wow Inn. She's located in El Sobrante, just a few
minutes from the Appian Way Exit off HWY 80. It only takes
me about 15 minutes to get there from North Berkeley, and it
is so worth it. I (and my dogs) adore Bonnie. You can
reach her at home: 510-222-2844 or cell: 925-528-9889 Jayne
Teressa and Raul at Lobo Dog walks, do both off leash walks
and boarding. Our dog, now too slow for off leash pack
walks, is boarded with them when we can't take him with us.
They are great! Our hound comes back happy, tired, less
neurotic after hangning with them and their pack.
510.258.2521 Dog Love
Looking for dog walker dog sitter in El Cerrito
We have a new puppy - about 4 months old - and would like
recommendations for dog-walkers, dog-sitters, and preferred
places for boarding if we need it. The puppy needs lots of
attention and exercise, and there are occasions when we are
not able to be here all day to provide it. There are also
times when we will be out of town and may want someone to
both house-sit and dog-sit. If you have someone to
recommend, please let me know your experience with them and
how often you have used them.
Wendyann Cardwell is a terrific dog walker/dog sitter and
isn't far from you. She is a vet tech as well, so that is
helpful if your pets have any health issues. She has been
very reliable over the past 3 years, has a key to our house,
and will drop by at the last minute if we leave town.
510/223-2609. good luck, Julie
Doggie Lama has been walking my dog 2x a week for more than
a year, and I LOVE them (and so does my dog). They're
totally reliable and always wear him out. They go hiking all
over the East Bay. http://www.doggylamapetcare.com/
Also, avoid Red Rover, although they're cheaper than
everyone else. They used to walk my dog, and I fired them
the second time they forgot to pick up my dog. They also
lost their license to walk dogs in the East Bay Regional
I've recommended her before and am happy to do so again. My
friend Merrie Sennett is a reliable and conscientious house
and pet sitter. She loves animals, has lots of experience,
and is very good at solving problems. And animals love her,
too! I don't have pets myself, but she has dog and cat-sat
for my next door neighbors as well as many mutual friends
and she has had many repeat 'gigs.' You can reach her at
email@example.com or by phone at 541-729-3997. (She lives
locally despite the cell phone area code.) Sharyn
Looking for a good dog boarding place
Hello. I'm looking for a good place to board our dog.
Preferable one that gets the dog out on walks. Thanks
We have been using Pawderosa for the year we have had our
dog. Lori and Phil operate out of their home near
Children's Hospital and they have chickens, gecko and other
dogs. They take daily walks and they offer training if you
wish. He loves it there. When we were on vacation, they even
sent a photo of our little guy to our iPhone!
Judith, owner of Dogs of Berkeley is wonderful with dogs.
We leave our two with her when out of town and feel
completely relaxed about it. As a nice feature, we love the
photos she emails nearly daily to update us on the dogs'
activities and relaxed sleeping. She is also great about
special needs, which is why we use her instead of any kind
of kennel, as one of our dogs has some medical issues, which
makes anxiety hard on him. Staying with Judith, he almost
feels like he's at home. Perfect.
The dogs love the daily long, strenuous walks in Tilden.
She also watches their health and behavior carefully. For
example, on one visit, she noticed a behavior change that
turned out to signal a serious bacterial infection that was
developing in our older dog. She took the dog to our vet,
and with antibiotics, the dog quickly recovered. What a
- Dogs and kids in Berkeley
Boarder or sitter for incredibly social dog
Can anyone recommend a good occasional boarder/sitter (and
dog walker) for our one year old terrier mix? He's
incredibly social and friendly and adores other dogs and
children, and we would prefer to board him with someone who
has other dogs and takes him into their home. We don't want
to put him in a kennel type setting. Thanks much for any
Try Dogs of Berkeley. Dogs are well loved there. Guest
dogs or the owner's two, have free reign of her house, and
get long, scenic walks every day in Tilden, a stone's throw
to where she lives. -friend who knows she's a true dog
Penelope Fetsch is my chiropractor, who practices in her
home office in the El Cerrito hills, surrounded by her own
two dogs, Niles and Sophie, a regular day-boarder named
Casey, and often another boarder or two. The chiropractic
treatment room itself has a dog door, and the dogs come and
go freely. Penelope is also a fantastic chiropractor, but
needless to say, her patients need to like dogs! While
Penelope is adjusting one part of me, one of the dogs is
typically licking another part. Because she works at home,
Penelope is nearly always there for the dogs. The dogs also
have the option of a dog door to the back yard lawn, where
there are squirrels to chase, and where Penelope can and
does watch their every move through the picture window from
her office, as she works. When Penelope does go out, it is
almost always with the dogs, and there are plenty of walks,
including at least one major expedition a day, usually to
the Point Isabel dog park or to Wildcat Regional Park.
Penelope is very serious about health- her own, her
patients' and her dogs',- and even does dog chiropractic.
Her house is dog heaven. Peter G.
We would like to share our positive experience with
Pawderosa (http://www.pawderosa.com), which is a dog
walking/ training, daycare, and overnight boarding business
in Oakland. We adopted our dog from the NorSled rescue
organization. He had been through a lot in just the last few
months, having been found in an animal shelter in Yuba
County, fostered in the East Bay, adopted out to a family in
Fresno, then returned to the foster family in the East Bay
when Fresno did not work out. We mention his roundabout
journey because, like many dogs that have been through
shelters and multiple households, he was lacking training in
a few areas.
Lori assured us that he was a good dog who was capable of
overcoming this problem and told us not to worry. Lori was
very calm, and she first took him on solo walks, then group
walks with her dogs, then later brought him to the outskirts
of the dog park. With positive reinforcement (treats/
rewards), she worked methodically, doing a little bit at a
time, and gave us daily updates on his progress. After about
2 weeks, Lori was able to take our dog *into* the dog park
as well as to busy public areas like Jack London Square.
What she did Mon-Fri during the day, we practiced at night
and on the weekends.
Before we knew it, our crazy dog had calmed down
significantly, and we were able to take him to the popular
neighborhoods and dog parks. This transformation took only
4 weeks, and it is like the best Christmas gift ever.
Based on this experience, we wholeheartedly recommend
Pawderosa. No matter what your needs, whether you only need
a place for overnight boarding for your dog, or whether you
have training issues similar to ours, Lori knows how to
accommodate you. She runs Pawderosa with great integrity and
a commitment to her clients' needs. Lori is just simply the
Reasonably priced and quality dog boarding
We are considering boarding our 2 year old mix puppy for a
week over the Christmas holiday. We are looking for any
recommendations for dog boarding services between Oakland
and El Cerrito.
Rates, accommodations, services and any ideas of the care
for the dogs while there would be helpful.
We have used Aunt Julie's Dog Care. This is better than
boarding; it's like having your pooch stay at a friend's
house! Contact Julie at firstname.lastname@example.org. I
don't think she has a web site. She is in Albany and is
quite reasonably priced. She is a dog lover and has one
friendly small dog to keep yours company. We went out of the
country for almost 2 wks and left our dog there and he
apparently had a great time! michael
I board dogs on my own, as well as for two different petcare
companies. One is called Doggy Lama and the other is called
Fetch!Petcare. In most cases they match your dog with a
boarder and your dog stays at the boarder's house while you
are gone. There is also Metro Dog in Richmond which is a
boarding facility. You can google all of them for their
specific information but if you want additional info feel
free to email me. gretchen
We've been sending our dog to Metro Dog in the Richmond
Annex for a couple of years and have been really happy with
them - see http://metrodog.com/ for rates/services etc.
They really take care to provide individualized attention to
the dogs, with tons of exercise/play time (as appropriate
for their energy level). Our dog is kind of a manic handful
but they've done a great job handling her and she's always
excited when she realizes she's going back to stay there
again. I haven't done a lot of comparison shopping but
think their rates are totally reasonable for what they
offer. Good luck! Doggie mama
I HIGHLY recommend Metro Dog in El Cerrito. My dog has been
going to day care and been boarding there for 3 years now.
She always enters happy and leaves happy. The staff all
address my dog by name when she enters and treat her with
love and kindness. Also, they have AWESOME additional
services.. Like park walks, nail trimming and baths (which I
always get when I pick her up). If the dog can handle it,
they co-board them with other dogs, so they are not alone.
They stay outside most of the day... and the staff is
cordial and knowledgeable.
Dog boarding in Oakland
I was hoping to get current reviews/recommendations for dog boarding
facilities in the Oakland Area. There seem to be several ''doggy day care''
companies with overnight options. Just curious what experiences people have
had, good or bad. Thanks
Dogs of Berkeley http://dogsofberkeley.com/
Judith Maguire has an awesome service. See web site or
contact her at 510-525-5298
Friend of Dogs
Can anyone recommend a good Alameda or Oakland kennel for
boarding a small dog? More specifically... our first baby is
due at the beginning of April, and we are trying to figure
out what to do with our dog during
labor/delivery/recovery... we recently moved to Alameda and
don't know anyone near home who we can ask to watch our dog
for a few days... We used to use a wonderful boarding place
in Sonoma, called Happy Pets Inn... but they don't do pick-
ups in the East Bay, and we don't have much interest in
driving to Sonoma and back once labor starts...
Eddie is an aging, somewhat needy lhasa apso. We're looking
for a place that keeps him relatively comfortable, with a
good amount of outdoor time and some human interaction. But
it need not be otherwise fancy or ''pamper''-oriented... Pick
up / drop off is convenient, but not a must, assuming the
location is not too far away.
Any suggestions would be much appreciated!
For Elaina, looking for a kennel for Eddie - try Citizen
Canine! They are on Hegenberger Road near the Oakland
airport - 10 min or less from Alameda!
They did a great job caring for my older dog with health
issues, with lots of TLC and attention to his special
needs and meds. The play groups are small and size-
specific, so no little dogs in with big dogs and no rowdy
dogs in with the seniors (you can also choose ''staff
play''). They have a great outdoor yard with turf grass.
The staff are really wonderful and I highly recommend!
We love All About the DOGue in Emeryville. Our dog not only
gets loving and humane boarding, but we can choose various
''spa'' services for him while we are away. Our mutt, Deckard,
comes home smelling fresh and feeling happy. See
www.allabouthedog.com for the complete ''menu.'' Convenient
Try Metrodog in El Cerrito. We bring our dog there for day care services and
would be very comfortable leaving him there if we need to board him. It's the
only cage-free boarding in the area and they can probably make your dog as
comfortable as needed. The staff is incredible and their hours are very flexible,
especially for families nearing delivery of a baby. Their website is
We are looking for a good dog-boarding situation for 10 days
in April for our Jack Russell (calm for his breed). We had
two lovely dog boarding situations - in home, no crates,
experienced dog-handlers. One ceased business the other has
temporarily stopped. We are looking for the same sort of
situation. The recommendations on the site bit dated -
anyone have some good leads for us?
We use Elaine Connolly who has a wonderful dog walking and boarding business
called Fine Time Cainine (www.finetimek9.com). Our dog loves staying with
Elaine and I completely trust her keep him happy and healthy while we are away.
The dogs she boards live with her family in their home, go for daily walks and
you will get daily email updates on how your pup is doing while you are away.
No more kennels for us, both my dog and I love Elaine!
I have the most amazing dog walker / sitter. She runs the
service out of her home in Oakland and she is wonderful. We
have been using her for years and she is totally reliable.
My only complaint is that my dog Lucy enjoys her stays so
much she never wants to come home. Her name is Alesia and
the company is Doggy Style. (510)601-7753 - Doggy-style.us.
HELP!! We desparately need a housesitter in March, to stay at our home, in
Albany, over a long 4-day weekend, and supervise our 50 pound friendly dog
and 2 elderly kitties. If ANYONE knows someone they've used in the past,
or a responsible someone who might be interested in making a few extra
bucks, please have them email me immediately. FYI, we had someone booked
already, but, with housesitting not being her primary career, she just
told us that she has something else planned. Ugh!
Hello! I read your post this morning on the BPN and want to recommend
Sharon Treece. she's sat for our house & doggies several times. we
have two pit bulls, big babies really. they adore her--run past me to
get to her to give a zillion kisses! she takes them to Point Isabel &
is very clean & quiet in the house, I barely know she's been here.
Quite reasonable too.
you can email her at email@example.com
I hope it works out!
I am currently pregnant and plan on boarding my dog a week prior to my due date. However, if I were to go into labor a little earlier, and if it happens to be the middle of night (since you have no control over the timing), I worry about who is going to watch my dog since I would not be able to return home from the hospital until 24 hours later. I am new to the area and don't really have close friends here whom I can call in the middle of night. Does anyone know a pet-sitter that can be reached on-call (i.e. 24/7) to come to your house? Avi's Mom
We use RufRuf Pet care and love them. Ask for Bettina.
We enjoy having Wendyann Cardwell take care of our pets. She is great with last minute plans, and I've never had her say she was unavailable. We often go away at the last minute and she has always jumped in. I don't know her willingness to be on call in the middle of the night, but you could check with her!
Depends on where you live! Why not just post an ad on BPN or Craigslist for someone in your area? A high school age neighbor was perfect for us.
You seem pretty confident in your due date to schedule a kennel for the week before - why not the week after?! My kids were 10 and 7 days late and I was happy to go for walks to get them out!
Hello, We have a rescue dog who is the most lovable dog around
the house and with people she knows. With most strangers, she
can be aggressive although she has stayed in kennels in other
states before with no problems. She also can wear a muzzle. We
are looking for a kennel that will take dogs with bhavioral
issues in the East Bay. Any recommendaitons?
We use Bretons school for Dogs and Cats:
1455 Lawrence Rd.
Danville, CA 94506
They have individual runs for the dogs and the price is good. It's a little out
there in Danville but our dog is dog aggressive and none of the kennels closer
in would take her. I've been very happy with this place.
I highly recommend Metrodog. We have had great success frequently
boarding our dogs there overnight while we were on vacation, and
also for occasional daytime care, since the facility opened. We
have two dogs, and one is a little bit high strung and crazy, with
fear-aggression issues towards any dogs that are bigger than he.
The staff at Metrodog have been fantastic in figuring out which
other dogs to group him with during outdoor play time and how to
handle him during park walks. No incidents and he is very happy to
go there each time. I believe they may also have segregated areas
for dogs that just can't be around any other dogs. Anyway, it is an
extremely dog friendly place with caring and sensitive staff - I
wouldn't board my dogs anywhere else.
I am expecting our first baby in 2 months and I am looking for
a reliable and trustworthy dogsitter (house-sitter), local
kennel or in-home care recommendation for our dog. Since I
don't know exactly when I am going to go into labor I can't
make too many firm arrangements ahead of time- but I
definitely need someone to look after this friendly and
energetic labrador retriever! A Dog-walking service really
isn't enough care as she is not used to being alone at home
for more than about 6-7 hours a day and we have no nearby
family to take her for the 2-3 days I will be in the hospital.
I am open to a weekly paid dogwalk in the weeks ahead or a
trial overnight boarding to find the right person or
situation- plus I could use a break from walking the dog at
this point!! Recommendations appreciated!!
I would like to recommend our favor dog care in Oakland.
Doggy Lama Oakland, CA 94619
(510) 434-1974Pet Care--Dog Walks & In-Home Boarding
I truly believe she is, by far the best dog walker/dog care in the East Bay.
Check out yelp site for all the comments.
I know a fabulous dog/house sitter. Her name is Rebecca Jordan.
If you e-mail me I'll give you her e-mail and phone number. She house sat for us
for 10 days. My dogs ADORE her. She's got an amazing way with animals. She'll
stay at your house or come and walk as many times as you want. She's totally
reliable and trustworthy and her prices are reasonable.
we love MetroDog, just off 80 at Central.
our dog gets excited when we go to drop her off (makes me feel better about
they are flexible on drop-off/pick-up hours. you do need to visit with your dog
to make sure it's a good fit. you can get extras like on/off leash walks,
training etc. we usually don't, they have dog runs that they rotate them through
and it seems to be enough for our pooch.
Try Hot Diggity Dog Premium Pet Pampering. When our dog was alive, we used them
regularly for middle of the day walks after our child was born and we always used
them when we traveled. We had an older dog who did not deal well with changes in
her environment and they offer overnight service, where one of the dog walkers
will stay in your home with the dog. They never let our dog go longer than a few
hours without a visit, and although it was more expensive than a kennel we felt
it was much better for the dog than a kennel would have been. And they were on
call until I went into labor. They are based on Oakland; you didn't say where
you were located.
Our dog caregiver is the best. His name is Kelley Rabun, and his phone number is
510-526-1891. We have left our dog in his care many times, and she loves her time
there. Kelly lives in N. Berkeley, near Indian Rock.
We are going away for two weeks this summer and just found out our
usual dog-sitter will also be gone during the same time. We are
looking for a recommendation of someone who takes care of dogs in
their own home rather than coming to mine or boarding in a kennel.
Our dog is small and relatively easy, gets along well with other
animals. Looking for someone who would make my dog a part of the
sitter's home while we are on vacation.
We have found a great place for boarding our dog (a Fox
Terrier-Corgi mix). It is a drive from the Bay Area, but the
care is, in our view, well worth the trouble. The place is
called the American Canine Institute and Kennels and is located
outside of Dixon, California, at 8424 Wild Rose Lane. The phone
number is 800-559-PETS.
The place is owned and operated by Robert J. Vance and his wife,
who have been doing this (as well as training of dogs) for
years, and you have the option of having your dog live in their
home, or out in the separate kennel area (there is a small extra
charge for living in the home). The Vances love animals and our
Bella has enjoyed her stays (up to 2 weeks) at ACI.
Give them a call and feel free to mention our name.
I highly recommend our dog walker/sitter. His name is Kelley
Rabun and we have left our young golden retriever in his care
for several weeks, plus he walks her each week. Kelley is
honest, trust worthy and my dog loves him. He can be reached at
510-526-1891 in North Berkeley.
Based on a BPN recommendation, I boarded my dogs for two weeks
with Leslie Hollis, owner
of Animal Works in Oakland. While driving home after picking
them up, I noticed that my
small, 12 year old, 13 pound dog's eye was caked with a greenish
substance, as though she
had an eye infection. Once home, I looked more closely. The area
was very tender, and I
notice well-healed scabs both above and below her eye, as if
she'd been bitten. The area
was also very swollen.
I gave both my dogs a bath, during which I noticed that my other
dog's back side was
covered in dried feces--and I mean covered, as though he'd had
diarrhea for a few days.
This is a young healthy dog who has never before had diarrhea.
I called Leslie and asked her what had happened. She stated that
she kept a very close
eye on all the dogs in her care and wasn't aware that anything
I took my 12 year old to the vet the next morning. The vet
agreed she had been bitten by
another dog. He put her on antibiotics and told me to return if
it didn't improve.
Unfortunately, it only got worse. She developed a huge abscess,
her entire face swelled
up with fluid, and she was in terrible pain. I returned to the
vet, and he drained the
wound by pulling off the scab and then rinsing it out. With the
scabs removed, it was
clear just how serious a bite this had been, and the vet
couldn't believe it went
unnoticed for so long.
I feel horrible that I left my dogs there for two weeks.
Needless to say, I do not recommend Animal Works.
I am going out of town for a wedding and must leave my older dog
who requires a high level of care (including medicine) behind.
Due to circumstance, a house sitter is not an option, but I am
not familiar with any East Bay boarding facilities. Can anyone
give recommendations for a kennel with attentive,
My senior dog was wonderfully cared for at Citizen Canine for many
years. It is a small, high end boarding place near the Oakland
airport, and it is staffed 24-7. By his last few stays with them,
he was deaf, partly blind and very wobbly. He was also taking a
ton of meds and food supplements, and needed to take extra potty
walks, none of which was an extra charge. He did well with all the
attention he got from the staff, and he "played" in the "senior
sniffing" group (I still have the report card). I felt very
comfortable leaving him there, although I always called every day
to check up on him! We had to bring both our dogs in for
"interviews" before they could stay -- they will ask about all your
dog's health issues then. Good luck!
Citizen Canine is the boarding facility our vet. originally
recommended to us (3 years ago), and now I can't recommend them
highly enough. We wouldn't leave our 15 year old dog with anyone
I HIGHLY recommend Metro Dog in Richmond. My dog was recently very
sick and I was on vacation. They took great care of her with
special attention and love. Additionally, they were responsive to
my phone calls and concerns. Great place, friendly people.
Happy Hound, in Emeryville/Oakland is great. Although they
specialize in doggy day care, they can keep your dog in a comfy
more one on one situation. I'd also recommend private care, as in
doggylama -- do a google search. Doggylama is WONDERFUL in-home
care (Molly, the owner, is just such a wonderful doggie person!).
For boarding your older dog - I would try Citizen Canine on Hegenberger
in Oakland. It's expensive, but a very nice facility with indoor rooms
and sleeping cots. The play areas are nice, and you can leave a dog that
needs medicines administered on a regular basis. You can even arrange
for extra ''cuddle'' sessions (for a fee). My dogs are always happy to
go there, which isn't their usual response to kennels. Call them at
(510) 562-1750 and explain your situation.
www.homedogboarding.com France Kozlik MA LCSW 510-350-8443
She's nice! She didn't get a new pet when her's passed away, she just
started taking care of friend's pets and now, it's her business. She was
a therapist...anyway, she has them in her home or, I know her because she
comes & cares for my neighbor's dog & she wrestles the green can up &
down the steps for them as well as everything else. She's very nice.
We are looking for a responsible dog sitter for our energetic vizsla. Does
anyone know of a good dog walker in Berkeley?
I use MetroDog in Richmond when I go out of town. They are GREAT! It is
also a doggy-daycare, so they let the dogs play during the day as well as
pamper my dog, love her and they even offer walks in the afternoon. When I
pick her up from being away, they will even give her a bath! They co-sleep
dogs and are a very very GREEN business! I highly recommend them!
510. 524. 3647
Oh do I have the best dog sitter EVER! Doggy Llama, run by Molly, one of
the warmest, dog lovin'-est people I've ever met. Go to
www.doggylamapetcare.com or call Molly at 510 530-3099. I can't recommend
Doggy Lama highly enough. Check the Yelp.com reviews (mine is there, as
are others), call her, have your dog do a few of their daily 5 mile
marathons, you'll be convinced this is the BEST place for dog sitting/dog
A friend has a very energetic viszla and she recommends her dog walker:
Sounds like they communicate well about how things went and take them on
or off-leash for some good romps.
We will be traveling for a few weeks this summer. We cannot take
our dog to her usual wonderful kennel because she is sick and on
immunosuppressants (we cannot vaccinate her and any standard
kennel requires this). And all of our backup family and friends
that often watch her are unavailable. Are there any special care
kennels in the Bay area?
Even though she cannot mingle with other dogs we want her to have
some free roaming space during the day. Also, we are highly
reluctant to have someone we don't know stay with her at home.
Any good leads greatly appreciated. Thank you!
I don't know of a special care kennel but the folks we use for
off leash excursions and boarding seem very knowlegable and
resourceful. If they don't know, they might know someone who
does. Try contacting Stacy at woofwalks.com.
Loving the dog!
We are going away for 2 weeks in April, looking for a good,
inexpensive place to board our 15 pound dog. Just moved from
LA and don't know where to go. Thanks Alice
I have taken my dog to Maranda Ranch Kennels in Sonoma for longer vacations. It takes 45 min-1
hour to get there from Berkeley but it is much cheaper ($25/day) than the kennels I've found
closer in. Maranda Ranch is a family business (they live on the property) and the owners clearly
love animals (they keep horses as well as a few goats and chickens). The dogs get their own
''rooms'' that include outdoor runs and they have group playtime 3 times per day. Our
high-energy dog Greta comes back completely tuckered out. The drive is an inconvenience but well
worth it if we'll be gone more than a few days -- I know Greta is safe and having fun while
I don't know what your price range is, but when we leave for
longer vacations, we send our black lab to Anderson Acres up in
Santa Rosa. They charge around $30/day last time we used them. Anderson Acres is a big farm
where the dogs can play, play, and
play all they want. The owners and their staff are very friendly
and take pains to find good playmates for your dog among the
other dogs staying there. Before you pick-up your dog, they will
bathe your dog and write up a ''report card'' for you. If you
don't mind driving an hour out to Santa Rose, I highly recommend
Anderson Acres (www.andersonacres.org). Carolyn
We have not had great experiences with dog boarding, so now we have someone come to the house.
If you go to local vets they usually have cards for people who can be trusted to dog sit for a
modest fee. We like to have someone actually stay n the house as our dog is used to company.
Right now our house cleaner stays with the dog. Think about people like this that you already
know who might like to move in for the time you are away. It is so much easier on the dog and
often less money.
I am looking for a dog sitter and/or kennel for my 12-year-old German Shepherd.
She has paralysis in her back legs, so she does not need walking. However, she
needs someone who can assist her in standing to eat, pee, etc. Does anyone know
of a pet caregiver who works with disabled pets? Thanks.
Denise Christopher of Pawsitively Pet Sitting is the best person
to contact. she is licensed and bonded, specializes in problem
such as this. She takes the dog into her home and it becomes a
member of her family while you are away. She can administer
medications and is lovely with the animals. Her number is (925)
202-7422, and I believe she is in Alamo.
Wisdom's Gate Norfolk Terriers
My friend Janice boards her elderly mostly blind and totally
deaf cocker spaniel with the same in-home boarder I use, Molly
Kenefick, at Doggy Lama Pet Care (www.doggylamapetcare.com).
Janice has told me that Molly especially enjoys working with
elderly and special needs dogs. My dog isn't special needs but
he is an older guy and I can tell you that she's very loving,
responsible, and our dog has a great time with her.
Molly can also be reached at (510)530-3099.
I wanted to share that we have found a great dog walker -- we got his
name off of a very old posting to the Berkeley Parent's Network. He
takes our dog on walks on the trails of the various Berkeley area
parks while we are at work/school. He has also stayed overnight with
our dog while we have been away on vacation. He has been very
dependable and flexible -- he clearly loves the dogs that he cares
for. His name is Dan Kuklo and he can be reached through his website
at http://www.bdwps.com/ or at (510) 866-6194. Our boxer loves him
and we really recommend his service. Good luck.
This message if for the individuals in Richmond/Pleasent Hill looking for a pet sitter/walker. We used Doggy Detail Pet Care who are located in the Vallejo area. We used them over Christmas, and they were great! I am not sure how far they will travel but their phone # is 707-297-1020. I found them on the internet, and was also pleased with their affordable rates vs. kenneling our two labs.
Are you in a quandry about what to do with your pet when you go out of town? Or would you like your dog to have more exercise but don't have the time to take her/him for walks yourself. If so, please check out Safe Hands Pet Care as an option:
Safe Hands is an East Bay pet care company which covers the areas from El Cerrito through Oakland as well as Alameda. I have been working for them for a while now. There are approximately 15 pet-sitters and dog-walkers employed by Safe Hands at the moment. The owners, a wonderful animal-loving couple, are dedicated to providing exceptional care and expect the same level of quality care from their employees. All of their employees have extensive animal experience. There are even folks very experienced with reptiles and birds. Please have a look at their website and then feel free to call them with any questions. You can tell them Joan sent you through the BPN.
Great Pet sitter/walker recommendation
I use a terrific dog walker/pet sitter. His name is Dan Kuklo and he is the sole owner and proprietor of Berkeley Dog Walk and Pet Sitting. He walks and cares for all pet on his own. He does not have anyone else working for him. He is a sensative, attentive and caring person who clearly loves animals and loves what he does. He takes our dog on LONG walks in Tilden and other great parks, but I know he does neighborhood walks for older or less mobile animals. His rates are reasonable and he is completely reliable. Here is his information:
(510) 849-2642 home
(510) 866-6194 cell
snowbird7 AT operamail.com
Best of luck!
We have had great luck with our dogwalkers, Phil and Laurie, also known as "Pawderosa." Www.pawderosa.com
They offer trail walks, neighborhood walks, dog boarding, pet taxi services and more. They're great with our dogs, and have worked on their training a bit as well. They're bonded and insured.
We have been very happy with Brian Sullivan of Pied Piper
Dog Training. He takes our dogs on really long off-leash
walks up in the hills and on the trails, and because he is
also a dog trainer, really works with them on their
(sometimes) aggressive behavior. His email is
brian AT piedpiperdogtraining.com and his phone # is 430-8726
In response to the posting requesting a reccomendation for
a dog walker. We work with a fabulous, kind, concientious
and flexible dog walker named Brian Pierce. He takes our
16 month old, very lively, puppy out two afternoons a
week. I met him at Ohlone dog park when I was 9+ months
pregnant and loved his sense of humor and the attention
and care he gave the dogs in his charge. He was on call,
and came to walk our dog every day when I went into labor.
After my son was born, we started the 2x a week schedule
and continued it after I returned to work. I was home with
the baby for the first 6 weeks he worked with us and saw
how excited Shayda (our dog) was to see him and how happy
AND TIRED she was when she returned. He would have her out
for 2 hours, including travel time and with at least one
other dog, which was fabulous for her socialization. Also,
her recall improved to the point that we were able to
safely take her to Izzy and let her run off leash! We had
taken her to Puppy training and worked with her, but it
was the consistency of training and being with Brian that
I feel really got her to her present level. Brian is also
felexible around schedule changes and just an all-around
BriCoPie Pet Care
brian AT bricopiepetcare.com
I'd like to recommend Carol Anderson of Oakland Hills Pet
Care. 510-220-2463. She does pet sitting for cats & dogs,
drop-in visits, and on-leash dog walking. She's a member
of the East Bay Pet Sitters Assoc. and insured. She loves
animals and is really easy to work with.
When my pet sitter cancelled at the last minute, I called
Lucky Dog Pet Store, and they gave me the name of Camille
the Holistic Petsitter! Camille turned out to be wonderful.
A former social worker, she took notes re my pets when she
came to get the key, was friendly and responsible, took the
dogs to Pt. Isabel almost every day, kept the house clean,
and left fun notes re the week.
At $50/day, it wasn't cheap, but I feel it was worth it and
I highly recommend her. She also does dog walking and
holistic pet care. Camille can be reached at (h) 525-3828,
I'm trying to find either a quality boarding facility or good
pet sitter for the christmas holiday. marin's camp k9 is full,
citizen canine in oakland requires a full 7 days, anderson
acres is taking recommendations for 2005, and i can't get ahold
of anyone at camp 4 paws. anything else out there i should look
at? i refuse to leave my dog at the vet - he is not a cage
oriented dog. as for pet sitters, we're looking for someone who
will basically be with the dog full time, not just someone who
comes for the night. I'm willing to pay up to $45/night for the
right person. any leads are much appreciated!!
Try Pet Camp in San Francisco, off of Cesar Chavez Dr. on the
way to SFO. They were terrific with our shepherd.
My pet sitter is Lynda Hodgskiss of Fur Sure! Pet Care. She's a
veterinary technician, a huge pet lover and great with my hard-
to-get-along-with dog. She lives is Concord. While I'm not
sure how far she's willing to travel, I know that she will
consider keeping your pet at her home. Her phone number is 925-
We use Happy Pets Inn in Sonoma and have been very happy. They
let the dogs out (small dogs and big dogs separately) for 2-3
play sessions a day. I think they're about 25-35 a night and
will pick up and drop off in San Francisco/Marin for a small
extra fee. Often, our dog doesn't want to leave when we pick her
Looking for a clean, reasonably priced kennel with nice personnel to
take our two adorable labs while we're out of town in Aug for a week.
We typically use Dublin Creek Kennels in Dublin and love them but they
We have used Citizen Canine near the Oakland Airport. They were
clean and the staff was very sweet. When we went to pick up our
dog the entire staff came out to say good bye. They were
clearly a bunch of dog lovers. It wasn't cheap though. But we
knew he was well cared for.
For daily dogwalks or cat visits at your home, Mother's Love for
your Pet is run by an extremely caring woman named Wendy Burch.
She has a website at www.ourpetsitter.com and a voicemail at 531-
1954. She's become like family to us over the past seven years -
- extremely reliable, trustworthy, and committed.
You can find other sitters (perhaps one geographically closer to
you) through the East Bay Pet Sitters Association website; visit
www.ebpsa.com. Note there is a difference listed there between
sitting and boarding (sitters come to your house whereas
boarders take in dogs).
Can anyone recommend a great place to board a friendly dog while
we are on vacation? I am hoping to find a place that allows the
dog in the house and does not kennel him. He is friendly with
other dogs and cats. Thank you.
You can find sitters (perhaps one geographically closer to
you) through the East Bay Pet Sitters Association website; visit
www.ebpsa.com. Note there is a difference listed there between
sitting and boarding (sitters come to your house whereas
boarders take in dogs).
I am looking for a dog walker to walk my dog 3 times a week. I
live in Albany so someone who walks other dogs nearby would be
Our Dog walker is John, of John and Mary Beth's Pet services,
526-7029. John is absolutely, hands down, the best dog walker
ever. He has been walking both our dogs in Albany for 3 years.
Although we have two dogs, they both have special needs as our
shepard limps and our labx is very active--so he walks our
shepard first and then takes our labx to the leash-free park.
John always leaves reports if the dogs look sick or are acting
funny. He also leaves cute pictures from time to time that he
takes of them on their walks. He has also come through for us
in a pinch since he has a key when we needed something
desperately in our home while on vacation. He loves our dogs
and our dogs just adore him and wait eagerly for him everyday.
When I was on maternity leave and often breastfeeding he would
discreetly knock before coming in to get the dogs. John is
almost a member of our family and he makes our life and our dogs
lives so much better. You could not get a better dog walker, I
guarantee you that. You can contact me further for even more
glowing stories about him.
I use Chris Matthews at Pawalkers to walk my dog. She comes to
the house and picks up the dog and takes her to Point Isabel for
a couple of hours. She always makes sure that my dog is washed
off and dry (if she played in the bay) before putting her back
in the house. Chris can be reached at 701-1824. We highly
We LOVE our dogwalker, Larissa Martin. Her number is 652-
6435. We were her first client about a year ago, and she
really loves and takes care of our dog.
Our neighbor and friend has a dog walking, pet care business. I
cannot recommend her too highly. She has a wonderful way with
pets (our reclusive cat responds to her as well as our
rambuncious ones). She is scrupulously honest and
conscientious. Her email is:info AT safehandspetcare.com and tel is
Any recommendations for kennels in the East bay? We
have a small dog (a corgi) but prefer places where the dogs
have their own runs and get outside once a day.
I've checked the past recommendations, but they aren't very
current. Any suggestions appreciated.
We have a two year old Border Terrier and recently had a great
experience with Happy Pets Inn in Sonoma((707) 939-1919). Its a
farm in Sonoma and kind of a far to drive, but Happy Pets Inn
does a daily pick up in San Francisco. Small dogs are allowed
out 3-4 times a day to socialize with other small dogs (which is
unusual for a kennel). I believe we paid about $25 per day to
board our dog over the weekend. The owners are a very friendly
What about a dogsitter....somebody with a big backyard, lots of
love, and other dogs?
We use the expensive but amazing Citizen Canine on Hegenberger
Rd in Oakland right near the airport. We started taking our
dogs there after they started shaking at the old kennel when we
took them there because they hated it so much.
At CC, they are greeted by name (Everyone knows and loves our
dogs), somepeople even recognized them at pt. Isabel 1 month
later because they really play with and love the dogs there.
They have a nice room and get out 4-5 x/day. 2 for playgroups
and the other times just for ''relieving'' themselves. Whenever
we drop our dogs off there they eagerly run to the front door
because they have so much fun there. We have no guilt about
leaving them because of this.
It is VERY expensive though and my husband always jokes that it
is the same price as our hotel rooms. (about 35-40/night). But
we can't say enough good things about it. You must interview
first though adn they always fill up so book early!
A great kennel and well worth the drive out to Danville.
Breton's School for Dogs and Cats
1455 Lawrence Road
Danville, CA 94526
They offer play time, yard time and training. They are nice
people and we've been going there for two dogs over 20
We began using Leslie Elliot (Animal Works) about a year ago
from a post on this listserve. She is great and boards dogs in
her home - up to 2 at a time. She does dogsitting, dog daycare
and training. Her number is 653-7765.
I'd like to recommend Citizen Canine as a great place to board a dog.
Our dog is very skittish around other dogs, so we were hesitant to
place her in any kennel. The staff sets up an interview ahead of your
first visit, where they can observe your dog and talk to you. They
take careful notes, which they seem to adhere to. Lilah was allowed
into a group play situation, but only with dogs that were very mellow.
It worked out great. We came back from our two-week vacation to an
untraumatized dog. She is happy and excited when we go back -- what
better recommendation is there? The prices are steep, but I can't say
enough nice things about them. Their website is:
We use Happy Pets Inn in Sonoma. They pick-up and deliver (at least in SF).
The couple that owns it are the most animal-loving kennel owners I've ever
met. They smother our dog with love and plenty of play time. Our dog used to
come home from kennels looking haggard and very unhappy. From Happy Pets
Inn, he comes home looking happy and pampered. Their full name is Happy Pets
Inn - Bed and Breakfast for Dogs.
I have researched this issue a bit and have found two kennels that are
tolerable. I am currently using Danlos Kennel in Crockett, 925 228-6582
(on Highway 4, about 20 minutes from Albany). They charge around $14 per
day for a Golden Retriever and are slightly lower or higher for dogs of
other sizes. I guess it is based on the amount of food they estimate the
dog will eat. They charge extra if they have to give the dog any medicine.
I don't know anything about their policy on keeping 2 dogs in one kennel.
Their runs are partly inside and partly outside, and are about 12' x 4'.
The dogs get moved individually to an exercise pen for about 15-20 minutes
I used to use a kennel in Lafayette called Waiterock Kennels( I don't have
their number any longer). It was approximately the same cost for basic
service, but they offered a personal exercise session in which one of their
staff would take your dog out of the run and play with it for I think about
half an hour. I believe this was an extra $5 per session. Waiterock also
had a terrific groomer. I have found that after about a week in a kennel,
it's nice to get the dog groomed on the day you pick it up.
I once boarded my dog at a place called K-9 down near the Dumbarton bridge
in Hayward. What's special about the place is that the dogs are not isolated
in cages but are grouped together in small groups. So if your dogs like to
be social, it might be a good option. I liked the place very much, and
thought it seemed well run. I must add, though, that my dog didn't happen
to like it at all, and we never returned him there. I think it reminded him
too much of the pound from which he had recently been rescued. The place
where had been "vacationing" since then recently went out of the dog-keeping
business, but I think I recently saw an ad in the Berkeley yellow pages for
a similar place--just someone's house where they take in a few dogs at a
time. I liked the idea of a homey atmosphere and lots of people contact.
regarding a kennel: we've had almost 10 years experience with waiterock
kennels in lafayette, and have always been pleased. the women there have
clearly become attached to my 2 dogs and are caring toward them while also
accomodating toward us. they even have a policy where they will take your
dog when you go into labor, not requiring advance notice. sweet Meg
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