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Aiko K.

58 Reviews
26 Repeat Guests
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  • Same day bookings are OK
  • Responds within 3 hours
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Pet Requirements

  • 1-20 lbs
  • 20-40 lbs
  • 40-80 lbs
  • 80+ lbs
No Puppies
Must Be Spayed or Neutered
Must Be Vaccinated

Aiko's House

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Medium Yard
100% fenced
Smoke-free home
Pets allowed on furniture
Great for senior pets

About Aiko

16 Years Experience Caring For Dogs
I am a dog lover and fiber artist who works from our currently petless home. Our beloved Chu-chan who I often used as a model for my tapestries passed a few years ago. My high school teacher husband, Dennis, and I miss her dearly and would be happy to care for your dear house trained over 2 year old pup while you are away. Doggies must be up to date on their shots and on a flea prevention regimen and able to sleep on their own in the living room. We prefer dogs under 40 pounds but larger, mellow dogs might also be workable. Pup can hang with me as I weave in my studio or have free rein of the fenced back yard. I'm also happy to take breaks during the day for puppy walks. We are conveniently located in Walnut Creek near the Iron Horse Trail and can walk or drive to the Heather Farm Dog Park. Various open space trails are also a short drive away. Currently we do not have any animals living with us- just my husband and I- and are happy to host yours. The fee per 24 hrs. is $35 if your dog can be with other dogs- we like to have 2 to 3 dogs at a time. If your pup does not get on well with other dogs and needs to be the only 4 legger around the fee is $90 per 24 hours. In addition to overnight boarding we accept dogs for daycare in our home. For daycare during the daytime and for time over the 24 hr boarding day the rates are as follows: up to 2 hrs $20, 2-4 hrs. $25, 4-7 hrs. $30, over 7 hrs $35. Evening care after 6 pm to 10 pm latest is $30. Please check the calendar for availability as I am away leading trips to Guatemala to explore the Mayan Textile Culture several times a year. I also speak Japanese and Spanish

***Policy change notice: Dec.6, 2014

We have been hosting for a few months now and have made lots of new friends of both the 2 legged and four legged variety. We have greatly enjoyed the experience to date with one exception. Recently we made the mistake of saying yes to the owners of a super hyperactive 1 year old Welsh Springer Spaniel who did not fully describe their dog to us. Couldn't meet the dog first because it was coming up from LA. We went out on a limb a bit to do the owners a favor. The limb crashed to the ground and the house was total bedlam for the remainder of the dog's stay. The dog took to jumping from couch to couch, nevermind the floor, and terrorizing the other dogs. Damaged our screens. Almost broke the sliding glass door. No one slept at all. And then it started raining. Hard. As a dog owner you probably get the picture. It's a scenario we don't want to repeat.

We're learning as we go along and what we learned from this experience has resulted in the following policy change:

1- We MUST meet prospective guests before we will host them and

2- We no longer accept dogs under the age of 2 years or out of control/ hyperactive dogs of any age (normal active doggie behavior is fine and welcome)

Happy Holidays to all!
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Aiko K.

58 Reviews
26 Repeat Guests
Other Sitters Nearby
  • Same day bookings are OK
  • Responds within 3 hours
  • Cancellation Policy:


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  • Last updated February 21, 2017


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Services & Rates

Boarding Overnight At Aiko's Home
$35 /night
  • Watches up to 3 dogs/night
  • Dogs may be unsupervised for no more than 1 hour/day
  • Dogs will have full access outside for potty breaks
  • 2 walks/day
  • Pets will sleep in their own beds
Daycare At Aiko's Home
$35 /day
  • Watches up to 3 dogs/day
58 Reviews
Our dog Calvin had a great time staying with Aiko. We received frequent communication while we were away which was also nice. We will definitely consider Aiko in the future.
Aiko and Dennis were absolutely fantastic with Ella! They obviously love dogs and Ella was treated wonderfully the whole time I was away. I think she even pined a little to go back after I got home. There were regular updates and photographs sent, and drop off/pick up times were very flexible. I would definitely recommend Aiko and Dennis unreservedly!
Thanks for taking such good care of Bruce! He came back happy and relaxed. :-)
Sita had a great time with Aiko and Dennis :)
Aiko and Dennis took very good care of my Corgi, Winston while I was away for a week. They have a nice large backyard for dogs to wander around too.
Today was the first time we used DogVacay. Aiko really made it easy for us and our dog (Zeno) with her prompt response to every message we sent. From the first time she opened her door this morning and how she greeted Zeno, I could tell right away that she is a gentle person, she genuinely loves dogs and the dogs love her too. Zeno was happy at Aiko's place, it must have been like home for him, he seemed relaxed. We will definitely bring Zeno back to Aiko's place when we need to. Thank you Aiko for taking care of our family member today.
We appreciate the great care Aiko and her husband Dennis gave to our Great Dane Bubble while we were away for 10 days. They were patience when our dog got sick from separation anxiety. They were great at communicating with us and sending us photo update of Bubble. We are thankful for their loving care of our dog!
Prior to our 2-week vacation, our dog Penny had a Meet-n-Greet, and a one night stay to insure a successful dogvacay when we traveled out of the country. Everything went very well and we enjoyed seeing happy photo updates. Penny loved Aiko and Dennis and new found doggie friends and we felt great knowing that she was getting personal and loving attention. We look forward to future stays.
Aiko and Dennis were great! We found out our dog could swim and enjoys it a lot. I really believe Bentley felt like she was on vacation at Aiko's house. They sent photos and were excellent with communication.
They were so awesome and took great care of my pooch! She was happy and relaxed when she came home. They take each dogs needs into careful consideration. They sent me pic updates and kept me informed on how she was doing. I will definitely use them again in the future.
Thank you for taking care of our Shiba Inu!!!
Aiko and Dennis are great hosts! I really appreciated the daily photo updates. Nike had an awesome time there.
Aiko and Dennis are great--I always feel comfortable leaving my little poodle in their care:)
I loved getting pictures and comments about how Primrose was doing. She came home exhausted which means she must have had a great time!!
Thank you for a very good job
We had a very good experience. Maddie was tuckered out from playing ball. Everything was seamless and we will come back here again!
Bae seemed to be very happy and loved staying with Dennis and Aiko. I loved that they let me do a test run for an evening to make sure everyone got along well. Even with my pup having a sudden health issue prior to my trip they were very open and understanding with her medications. I would recommend and hope to have Bae stay with them again on my next vacation.
Aiko really cares about and loves dogs. She is such a sweet person.
We really felt good about leaving our Chloe with Aiko. What a peace of mind! She came home happy. And so did we. Thank you so much !
Jaxy had a great time with Aiko. She has a big backyard for her to run around in.
Dennis and Aiko are always great and caring. Couldn't recomment them more!
Bob had the best stay possible with Aiko and Dennis. He enjoyed visiting the dog park and I enjoyed the photos they sent me!
Aiko and Dennis are the best!!! Sending photos during the week and Telling us how our little guy was behaving Made us feel so comfortable during our trip. Thank you for being the best dog sitters we Have ever had.
As always, Aiko and Dennis are perfect - my Joey and Gracie love to visit. When we get close to their home, my pups start getting excited and are ready for their visit.....I never need to worry about them.
Aiko and Dennis are so nice and very very kind. They love dogs and they have a lot of experience with dogs. They took Collie for walks and dog parks. They have a great backyard for dogs to play. They made sure that Collie is good with other dogs before accepting him. I received so many cute pictures while I was gone. Collie gets so happy and excited when he sees them. I am sure he had lots of fun there. I am grateful that I have found Aiko and Dennis.
Aiko and Dennis are great host. They were taking care of my dog like their own. They sent us update photos and message everyday. I can tell my dog had a great time there. We ask them again when we have next holiday. Thanks Aiko and Dennis.
Awesome care for my little buddy, Max! Max came home happy and healthy. Thanks Aiko and Dennis!
Shiloh looks very happy when he stays with you. Thanks for the pictures you send us daily. We truly appreciate them. We are so glad to have you close to us in Walnut Creek.
Ryder had a great time and was obviously well cared for during his visit. We will be calling again soon!
Absolutely wonderful!! Shiloh seemed to have enjoyed his stay with Aiko and Dennis. The photos of Shiloh they emailed me daily assured me that he was in good hands. I would definitely take him back.
My Joey and Gracie love to visit Aiko and Dennis..they are always taken care of, and more importantly, they are loved. Don't hesitate to bring your is a very comfortable and relaxed environment.
Aiko and Dennis are wonderful hosts! They made sure to note Marlow's eating and walking schedule, and he returned a happy pup. Will definitely come back again for Marlow's next dog vacay.
Dennis and Aiko are always great.
Aiko and Dennis are wonderful dog sitters, looking forward to the next time for my dog to stay with them!
They were great with our dogs!
Aiko and Dennis are wonderful. Kenzie had a terrific time and a real vacay with them. We have had Kenzie stay at many places and this was the best experience for her and us. Thank you Aiko and Dennis. Kenzie will definitely be back to visit.
A warm, friendly and very calm environment was perfect for our 10 year old Pom mix, Mav. We absolutely loved getting cute photos and felt he was really well taken care of. We had a flight delay and they were understanding even when it was last minute and were able to book an additional night no problem. Very kind people and will definitely use them again!
Aiko and Dennis were wonderful hosts for my dog! They took great care of him while my wife and I were out of town. I highly recommend this host. I would gladly use them again.
What a time my doggie had with Aiko and Dennis! They were wonderful to Teddy taking him for walks, to the dog park and had lots of play with them.

They were nice enough to forward pictures of little boy to us every day and I could see just how content he was!!

I will definitely use them again and am extremely relieved they are our go to sitter for Teddy!
My little puppy Milee stayed here for a week, and I had no doubt that she wouldn't have a great time! We were updated a couple of times with cute pictures and messages of her. We definitely recommend Aiko & Dennis, they take great care of all dogs they see. My dog came back with a big smile, and had the best of time making new friends.
Great time - Aiko watched Duke with another dog Max and they seemed to have a wonderful time together!
Duke was very happy after staying with Dennis and Aiko! Thanks for a great stay
My Ryder likes people much more than he likes other dogs so this was perfect for him. He was the only border on this trip and he loved the back yard and apparently made fast friends with the family. We will book here again, they are very nice people to deal with!!
In January, I left my two small dogs, Joey and Gracie, with Aiko for 18 days while on a "vacay" of my own. I knew they would be well taken care of because this was their forth visit with Aiko. They went for walks and to the doggie park where they met new friends. Aiko and her husband Dennis provide so much love and attention that I don't worry about them while gone. I receive really cute pics of their daily activities. Their love of dogs is very real. They also received Christmas stockings with healthy treats to bring home!!
Aiko & Dennis, Thank you so much for taking such good care of our dog Fons! It was also very nice to get pictures! With kind regards, Benjamin, Ione, Ina & Mia
Aiko and Dennis were amazing hosts for our Frenchie Reba. We were heartbroken when we realized we wouldn't be able to bring both our pups with us on our vacation and know how particular Reba can be about who cares for her. After our meet and greet, we felt a lot more comfortable. We had a bit of separation anxiety the first 24 hours but Dennis and Aiko's updates made us feel like we made the right choice for our little girl. Reba had a blast playing with the other dogs and going on walks. We picked her up a happy and rested pup. We will definitely use Dennis and Aiko again!
Interested and caring, would return again.
Aiko and Dennis took very good care of my girl, including her medication and feeding schedules. Micki was relaxed and happy when I picked her up, just the way I want her to be. I would definitely board her with Aiko and Dennis again!
Aiko and Dennis were great hosts for Kuma. We couldn't be happier!
I would not recommend you use Aiko if you have a puppy or a larger dog with energy. They were overwhelmed with our Welsh Springer Spaniel and put him in "isolation" until we came and picked him up a night early which seriously affected our vacation. They accepted our dogs knowing our younger pup is active and needs walks.
Aiko and Dennis were wonderful hosts for our Shih Tzu! They were completely reliable, very flexible, and provided a safe and happy home for our dog while we were away. We would definitely recommend Aiko and Dennis and will use them again for sure.
Aiko and Dennis were wonderful hosts for Sasha. They were very loving with her and took her for lots of walks. We would definitely have Sasha stay there again! Louise and Joe!
Absolutely wonderful Hosts!! We were traveling to San Francisco from Los Angeles, when at the last minute our plans for our little girls, Motley and Liela, fell through. We were panicked, and our Thanksgiving was saved by Aiko! :) They were incredibly kind and welcoming, and our girls truly enjoyed staying with them! I will always go to them for my little ladies when in the Bay Area. We highly recommend!!! Thank you so much for being amazing and taking care of our girls like they were your own! :)
Aiko and Dennis are wonderful dog sitters...our Max had a great time sniffing around their backyard and enjoying the sunshine.
Our cheerful little Shihtzu clearly enjoyed a four-day vacation with Aiko. He had plenty of run-around space in the back yard and cozy indoor places to relax. He was also taken on leashed exploration walks through the neighborhood. He seems to have been a very happy vacationer there. Aiko also kept us up to date with photos and notes.
What a great experience for my two dogs, Gracie and Joey. I am so happy to have found such a loving family home for them while I'm away. Aiko and Dennis were terrific - playtime, walks, and much affectionate hugs and "belly rubs". A nice back yard that they could feel comfortable in. I brought food, kennels and a blankie so they would have familiar smell and feel. I'm bringing them back for an 11-day stay while on a cruise and I have no worries at all that they will be well cared for.
We decided on a rather last minute trip so I was frantically looking for a reliable dog sitter. I contacted Aiko & Denise and they were very accommodating to my need. When I brought Austin, our dog over for the meet and greet, and to drop him off, both Aiko and Denise made Austin feel very comfortable. They posted pictures of Austin for us, so we can "see" how he was doing during his stay. All went well, thanks to Aiko & Denise!
Aiko & her husband Dennis are the best!!! really really great people & genuinely love dogs.

i appreciated how thoughtful they were for our meet & greet and when i brought Winston back for his actual stay, he was super excited and happy to be there. they have a nice backyard with tall trees, so Winston was able to keep busy, running around and barking at squirrels during the day.

they were really good about sending me daily updates to reassure me that things were going well - i also appreciate how they took him on multiple walks each day. i'm so happy i found them thru dogvacay & highly recommend them to anyone looking to board their furry ones.

even though i live in oakland & there were plenty of hosts closer to my home, it was well worth the drive to walnut creek for Winston to stay with them. will definitely stay with them again!
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