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Dawn B.

59 Reviews
35 Repeat Guests
$40/night
Free Cancellation within 24 hours
Other Sitters Nearby
  • 1 day notice required for bookings
  • Responds within 2 hours
  • Cancellation Policy:
    Moderate

Pet Requirements

  • 1-20 lbs
  • 20-40 lbs
  • 40-80 lbs
  • 80+ lbs
All Ages OK
Must Be Vaccinated
List of Breeds Not Accepted
Siberian Husky, Vizsla

Dawn's Resident Pets

Sable
Labrador Retriever
Female
9 yr 3 mo old
Sienna
Labrador Retriever
Female
4 yr 10 mo old

Dawn's House

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Medium Yard
100% fenced & locked
Smoke-free home
Pets allowed on furniture
Great for senior pets
Dog door access

About Dawn

20 Years Experience Caring For Dogs
I work from home which gives me lots of time to hang out with my pack. Daily activities are weather dependent and range from hiking trails, dog parks, or beach swims. I transport the pack in the safety of my truck with an enclosed camper shell. On hot summer days we chill at home and throw a ball in the pool (the pool is fenced). Every night we have snuggle time on the leather couch.

Dogs have access to the entire house and backyard (we have a dog door). There is a designated 'pottt-run' on the side of the house. At night everyone sleeps on their beds in our bedroom. We are sensitive to dietary needs, homeopathic remedies, and supplements.

Things to Note:
* We only accept one NEW client at a time, meaning one household of dogs. If I'm already booked with a new I will NOT accept additional new dogs, likewise, if you are a new client I will NOT accept any new dogs while yours is with me. This ensures that all dogs in my care will have a fantastic experience here.

* We only accept dogs over 50 lbs.

* I am now requiring that NEW clients bring their pup to the house for a meet n greet.

* If your male dog lifts its leg to pee, don't even think about requesting to book with me. I'm done having my house used as a urinal. I have at least 12 txt messages from owners staying "I'm so sorry, my dog has never peed in the house"

Drop off
After 8am, and Before 7pm - the dogs need the chance to get to know each other before bed

Pick up:
No later than 8pm, after 8pm plan for the next morning
No earlier than 8am
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Can administer oral medicine
Can administer injected medicine

Dawn B.

59 Reviews
35 Repeat Guests
$40/night
Free Cancellation within 24 hours
Other Sitters Nearby
  • 1 day notice required for bookings
  • Responds within 2 hours
  • Cancellation Policy:
    Moderate

Availability

  • Available
  • Unavailable
  • 1 Spot Left
  • Booked
  • Last updated December 3, 2016

Credentials

Course 101 Graduate
By completing courses at DogVacay University, hosts learn about best practices to help them provide the highest quality care for your dog.
Course 102 Graduate
By completing courses at DogVacay University, hosts learn about best practices to help them provide the highest quality care for your dog.
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Pay through DogVacay for:
Premium Pet Insurance, 24/7 Customer Support and Daily Photo Updates!

Services & Rates

Boarding Overnight At Dawn's Home
$40 /night
  • Watches up to 3 dogs/night
Baths
$20 /bath
59 Reviews
Dawn has a great set up at her house, and she makes sure her visitors are well exercised.
Dawn was amazing with my pup Lucky. She took him on many hikes and always updated me with lots of pictures. Lucky came home happy and tired. I would highly recommend Dawn to others. I plan to use her again in the future!
Dawn was great! She sent us pictures throughout the weekend of our lab having a great time with her two labs! We will definitely be using Dawn in the future!
Dawn is so nice and welcoming. I immediately knew that my dog would feel comfortable in her home. She was also very flexible with my unexpected schedule changes. Cooper had a great time!
My Labradoodle had a great stay with Dawn. Dawn sent plenty of pictures so my husband and I could see our pup each day. She also included our dog in plenty of fun activities such as hiking, swimming, and good old games of fetch. Our dog came home well cared for, happy, and tired from all of the fun!
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I was a little nervous in the beginning that Zoey wouldn't get used to the potty run Dawn has, but she adapted and did just fine! She came home exhausted and I loved the constant photo updates from Dawn. Zoey had a blast with all the dogs :)
was very accommodating for short notice booking! my puppy loved the multiple dog play time!!
Dawn is the absolute best! Our 8 year old lab absolutely loves staying with her. I love getting all the pics of him having fun and I never worry at all. The dogs swim, hike, play, cuddle in the evenings, etc... It's an actual doggie vacation.
This was our first time using dog vacay, and I couldn't have been any happier with our choice of sitter. Dawn treated our dog Chief like he was one of her own. When I picked Chief up Dawn had the dogs out back swimming and playing fetch in the pool. I will definitely use Dawn when I need a sitter again. I highly recommend her, she's worth every penny!!
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Dawn was amazing with my very energetic puppy Carlos!!!! I loved the pictures she sent us of the doggy pool party!! He came home thoroughly exhausted (which is not always easy with my pup lol)!! Carlos will definitely be going visit her again.
Dawn is awesome. She was very assuring that my dog would be taken good care of while my wife and I were out of town and she was right! She also sent pictures every day which helped me with being apart from my fur baby. She gets it.
Bentlee has a great time with Dawn and her crew. Thanks for taking good care of our furbaby!!!
Dawn was great. Gave our dog Professor a lot of love .. He had a lot of fun & we also got periodic photo updates . I highly recommend. Michael S.
Very easy to stay in touch. Our puppy loved his Vacay!! Will definitely book again!
Can't thank you enough for loving our big bad puppy for over a week. We enjoyed receiving the photos of all the outings and fun Chowder was having during his stay. Not certain he wanted to come home! If you will have him again, he will be back!.
Dawn did an amazing job taking care of my 11m old chocolate lab Goya over the weekend while we were gone! She had so much fun she has been sleeping since we picked her up! Thanks Dawn! Dawn also sent lots of pics during our vacay which was wonderful.
Amazing! So happy we found Dawn. At the end of each day of our vacation we would look over the pics Dawn sent of Hawk's adventures. This guy was living the life. It was hard to determine who was having the better vacation. Thanks for making Hawk one of the pack!
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My dog had a wonderful time at Dawn's house . I will ask her to take care of my dog again for sure for a number of reasons. My mind was at ease during the two weeks I was gone and that's not easy to do. While my dog was happy to go home, she loves Dawn and her family. Dawn is one of the kindest people I know, she truly cared for my dog like she did for hers. She is a professional and clearly educated - dogs are happy at her house because they are well cared for and she understands dog behavior. I have had to ask other dog sitters for pictures, Dawn sent lots of them helping me to be at ease. Thank you for taking such great care of my dog
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Dawn sent us many photos and Daisy was very happy to stay with her.
Dawn does a great job with my Labradors, taking them for wonderful walks, playing games with them and the rest of the pack, and cuddling with them on the couch or floor. They get a lot of attention and really enjoy the pack atmosphere. She also sends plenty of pictures showing their antics, so I know they are well taken care of. Highly recommend!
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Dawn is the best!! Our pups had a great time going on a hike with her and her dogs! She was very accommodating with our last minute booking request and takes great care of our dogs as if they were her own! We always take our pups to Dawn when they need somewhere to stay or even if they just need a fun play date to tire them out!
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Mocha appeared to have a great time while she was staying with Dawn. She had lots of company and was never alone. Dawn took Mocha and the others to an open space park and let them run and explore. Dawn took great care of Mocha!

I enjoyed all the photos that were sent to me.
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Dawn made sure the love of my life lab received love, cuddles and lots of play time! She was great at keeping me updated with texts and lots of pics.
When travel plan, is the first that I have in mind to leave to my baby. is always on the lookout for them. and lisa always this very happy. Thank you Dawn by exist.
Dawn is our #1 choice of dogsitter for Rusty and Sadie. We appreciate her care for special needs. Rusty and Sadie will be back!
Dawn and her husband did a great job taking care of my sweet Molly. She has a large home (very clean!) and a big pool for the pups to play in! All of her dogs were very friendly and loved to play with my dog. When I picked up Molly she was completely exhausted from the weekend. Plus dawn had given her a bath too! great stay, thanks again Dawn!
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Dawn is the best dogsitter! Repeat customer. We will continue to have Dawn sit for our dogs! Thank you Dawn!
We love Dawn and her family!
We got to Dawns house and there was a lab pool party going on. Right away our pup was playing in the pool with the other labs. When we picked her up she fell asleep in the car before we were out of the drive way...couldn't be happier.
We will use Dawn whenever in San Diego.
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Dawn is the best dog sitter for Rusty and Sadie. Thank you!! Exceptional host!
Always the best! Dawn give my Koa a great vacation full of lots of doggie play and he always comes home happy. When I go to drop him off at her house he leads the way!
Made Barley feel right at home with her lab pack. Dawn understands the needs of larger, active dogs and keeps them busy with hikes and trips to the dog park. House and yard is spacious and dog friendly. Dawn gives frequent photos and updates. Highly recommended.
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kona had another great stay with dawn and the lab pack. constant companions, long walks, photo updates and lots of love. perfect.
Another great stay with Dawn and the lab pack!
Dawn is fantastic!! We are repeat customers :)
Dawn is fantastic! Koa loved his stay with her and her dogs, went for a hike and passed out cold from great play!! We will definitely be a repeat customer!! Dawn was even willing to keep Koa an extra day so we could have more fun at Disneyland. Very nice person and very dog knowledgeable.
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Dawn is the best host. Our dogs became apart of her dogs pack. Her dogs got along great with our dogs. Dawn kept our dogs active. Our dogs really loved Dawn. They enjoyed their dog vacay!! Look forward to more visits!
Audo loved his 2nd stay with Dawn. He enjoyed the beach, dog park, hike, and couch! I could tell because Dawn sent plenty of pictures so we could keep up with him and his lab pack friends. About to book his 3rd stay...
Dawn was awesome!! Bella and Baloo loved their stay and will be missing all of their fabulous outings! We only wished that Dawn wasn't booked for our next vacation!
This review has taken me awhile to write…And it shouldn't have!!
Dawn and her husband were fantastic to our dog Chester. He is getting older and just doesn't cope well with the standard kennel experience anymore so we decided to give dogvacay a try for our last family vacation. Chester was so happy with the experience-swims, hikes and lots of love. To add some excitement to Dawn's life, Chester decided to have a seizure while in her care. She handled it like a pro! Since we were in Hawaii at the time there wasn't much we could do, but she made us feel comfortable that Chester was taken care of and just fine. Can not recommend her any more highly. I'd give 10 stars if I could!
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Dawn and her lab pack were great. Our dog fit right in and chilled out with the group. Dawn was easy to correspond with. We had no problems scheduling drop-off/pickup times.
Roscoe had a great time staying with Dawn and her 3 labs. He came home and promptly hit the zzzs, so I know he had a fun time over the weekend and stayed cool in the pool. Dawn posted some hilarious pics of Roscoe and took good care of him.
Dawn is professional, down to earth, easy to communicate with, and was super flexible with scheduling. She handled a minor medical issue that cropped up with my dog calmly and expertly, and is clearly highly experienced with all things canine. I honestly have never encountered a better, nicer dog sitter and would recommend her to anyone. She will be my go-to for sure every time I am in the San Diego area!
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Dawn was so awesome and accommodating! She and her husband were so interactive with my 12 week old puppy and I couldn't be happier with the care Hana received. I got daily photos and videos on what Hana had been doing. She took her to go shopping, hiking, and attempted to teach her how to enjoy the pool and the water. We are so grateful we found such awesome people to watch Hana!
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With my husband and I both in the military, it can be difficult finding a sitter for our 2 GSDs. Dawn is a God send! Frequent pics of the furbabies enjoying her "waterpark" and cuddle time put my mind at rest so I could focus at work.
We'll definitely use her again and again!
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OMG, we returned from our people vacay only to find that our dog's experience was just as grand, and truly lived up to the dogvacay moniker. He was rested, happy, and worn out from so much fun and love. Dawn and her pack were awesome, and so good for our single child. Return visits, indeed! And it wouldn't be too soon for Kona! Three paws up!
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Dawn was great! Even though our dog ended up being a bit of a pain, she was very understanding and worked with him to alleviate his anxiety issues. Thanks, Dawn!
Dawn was a SAINT! Her house is made for dogs and her pack of dogs could not have been more welcoming to my pup.
There was even an accident while I was away (another dog at a dog park attacked my pup slicing her ear in half). Dawn and her husband Mark took unbelievable care of my girl! Brought her straight to the ER Vet, which dog vacay paid for, and kept her comfortable until I came home.
I would recommend Dawn to ANYONE looking for peace of mind and their dog to come home tired and happy. Beta loved the packs company.
Thanks again Dawn!
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My dog Kona was with Dawn for 11 days! He had his own vacation for sure:) She took him on hikes, dog parks, and on hot days they played fetch in the pool. Kona likes to eat everything so I made Dawn we'll aware of his bad habits! She sent me pictures and videos daily which was so comforting knowing he was in good hands! Once I picked him up he slept for 2 days! He loved her labs and he can't wait to go back for more fun! Thanks Dawn:)
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Another great stay with Dawn! She is the best! George has been asleep ever since he got home. He has so much fun with Dawn and her dogs. Dawn really loves dogs and is caring, fun, easy to communicate with, reliable… I can't say enough great things! I don't worry about George at all when I am away.
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Dawn and her husband are great dog hosts!! They send lots of pictures to keep us updated on the dogs' activities and they let my lab swim until his heart is content in their awesome pool! Definitely check out Dawn's house as a place to leave your pup!!
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Dawn was a wonderful host for my chocolate lab Sassie. She sent photos everday so I knew Sassie was well taken care of and having fun. Sassie is a shy dog but was at home with Dawn and her family. I would definitely call Dawn in the future.
Dawn is an incredible host! I feel so lucky to have found someone so great to take care of George. He truly had a doggie vacay. He went hiking, played ball, went to the dog park, played in the pool, lounged on the sofa, and enjoyed the company of her two labs. She even cleaned his ears after swimming. I would very very highly recommend her to anyone.
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Chulo had so much fun at Dawn's house with her pack. She is wonderful and I don't worry about chulo while he's there. He gets lots of love and lots of play time!!
Dawn was amazing with our 16 month-old Pup, Peyton! We had used a kennel once previously, and this time wanted to find a home sitting service instead. Dawn was very good at calming my concerns about leaving my dog in someone else's hands. Once I got to her house to drop Peyton off, he immediately hit it off with her two Labs! Dawn let me stay and watch them play for a little while, as well as showing me their daily routine. While I was gone, Dawn sent me daily photos of Peyton (including a video of him playing tug-o-war with her dog Sienna) and kept in touch via text about his hikes and adventures. When I picked him up, he went straight out to her truck like he was ready to go with her on a new adventure! Dawn was amazing! She is such a great dog person that really cares about your pet and enjoys their company. I will never use the kennel again when there are people like Dawn to love your Pooch while you are away!
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Dawn did a terrific job of taking care of our dog. We immediately felt comfortable leaving Rusty with Dawn, and knew he was in good hands. She sent us photo's of him running on a trail, and smiling on her "snuggle couch". Rusty is very attached to people, so it's nice that Dawn works from home. He was wagging his tail when he thought he was getting back into Dawn's truck to go for a ride with her dogs. We will definitely call Dawn for future DogVacay's. Thank you!
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Dawn's house is a doggy paradise! She has a nice yard that the dogs always have access to via multiple doggy doors and a tennis ball launcher that I'm sure amused my dogs for hours. She's also taken care of all hazards - there is no way a dog could escape the yard and the pool has a fence around it. Dawn's dogs are super sweet and I don't think my babies missed me much! And most importantly - Dawn sent me plenty of photo updates which made me feel rest assured that my dogs were fine. She is also very responsive and accommodating. Oh, and when my dogs harness broke Dawn *Made* him a new fancy collar which he loves to this day! I highly recommend her!
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Where do I start? Dawn, her husband and their 2 sweet Labs were the best hostesses for our 10 day vacay! I knew from our first meet n greet that they were friendly, caring people and very knowledgeable about dogs and their care. Because of them, we were able to enjoy our time away, knowing that our dogs were being well taken care of AND played with. Dawn was great about sending daily updates as well as pics of all of them and their daily activities - pool, park, walks, quiet time in the house, whatever it was - Dawn kept me informed the entire time. One of my dogs takes several medications and vitamins and Dawn was great about making sure she got what she needed. I couldn't have asked for anyone better to leave my dogs with.
I look forward to planning my next vacay now that I know my dogs will be happy too. Dawn is the best - very accommodating and helpful - 5 stars for her! I would recommend her to anyone I know who is in need of a doggie sitter. :)
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Dawn is wonderful and very natural dog person. Our shy Amelia took to her and her dogs very quickly. Dawn also was extremely pleasant about our trip getting extended a day and worked with us to make it easy. Her house is set up perfectly for a Doggie Vacation and I will definitely use her again any time our pup needs a sitter.
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