Bark Break by the Beach

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Ellen H.

105 Reviews
69 Repeat Guests
Other Sitters Nearby
  • 3 days notice required for bookings
  • Responds within 3 hours
  • Cancellation Policy:

Pet Requirements

  • 1-20 lbs
  • 20-40 lbs
  • 40-80 lbs
  • 80+ lbs
All Ages OK
Must Be Spayed or Neutered
Must Be Vaccinated
List of Breeds Not Accepted
Pit Bull - American Staffordshire Terrier, Pit Bull - Bull Terrier, Cane Corso

Ellen's Resident Pets

Border Collie
8 yr 3 mo old
12 yr 0 mo old
3 yr 5 mo old
Other Pets & Animals: Cats

Ellen'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 Ellen

50 Years Experience Caring For Dogs


Your host and hostess at Bark Break by the Beach (aka "Jack's Place") will be Jack, our irrepressible Labradoodle whose great joy is to play with everybody and Magic, our very sweet Border Collie, who just wants to play ball .
We live in the Ventura Keys, a waterfront neighborhood, just a short walk to the beach. We have a nice, secure back yard so there is plenty of space for our "guests" to relax after some fun in the sand, perhaps a little doggy massage and an extra cookie.

The neighborhood is very pet friendly, quiet and safe. I am a realtor, work from home and my partner is retired and even though we occasionally go out to dinner, our "guests" are seldom alone. We love our dogs and cats and, I'm sure if asked, they would all agree that life is good. I walk between 5 and 7 miles a day, love the company of a new friend, and delight in watching them play and run on the sand and in the water.

Just a few special requests; your dogs must be cat friendly since we have a very sweet girl named Meeoh and we want her to enjoy our new friends as much as we do. A meet and greet is critical to be certain everybody is comfortable. We love having puppies but we would like them to be housebroken. And, one more request; unless your dog is of puppy age, he must be neutered.

We knew we loved dogs of all shapes and sizes but little did we know what a joy it would be hosting all of these wonderful creatures. The dogs and their families are all so devoted to each other that it is our goal to send our guests home happy and relaxed. This is their home away from home and when you're on vacay..they are on vacay!! We fall in love with every one of them!!

We look forward to meeting you and your special friend very soon.

Thanks and Best, Jack, Magic, Ellen and Lee

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Special Needs Accommodated
  • Separation anxiety

Ellen H.

105 Reviews
69 Repeat Guests
Other Sitters Nearby
  • 3 days notice required for bookings
  • Responds within 3 hours
  • Cancellation Policy:


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  • Last updated January 2, 2017


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Services & Rates

Boarding Overnight At Ellen's Home
$34 /night
  • Watches up to 5+ 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 can sleep wherever they want
Daycare At Ellen's Home
$34 /day
  • Watches up to 3 dogs/day
105 Reviews
very good host, highly recommend
We are very comfortable leaving our puppy with Ellen. She is a doggie expert and has her house set up to accommodate all of her doggie clients. Our puppy had another amazing stay and we were treated to videos of her playing on the beach.... lucky doggie.... :)
Ellen was amazing..Our dog Stormy was as pleased as we were. She made it possible for us to enjoy our trip knowing Stormy was in excellent care. We highly recommend her.
Not only is Ellen the nicest person on the planet, but she has a superb knowledge of dog behavior and care. Finding her was the best luck ever. My two dogs came home happy, secure and balanced. She said they would sleep a lot...and she was right which was perfect I needed rest after my trip, too. I am so relaxed now that I know Ellen and can trust her with my canine babies. Hurrah for the great and fabulous Ellen. And a big thank you to her for the great care.
Due to a move, my three Basset hounds spent a month with Ellen. They are all rescues, and I was concerned how they would deal with the sudden change of environment, especially since they have an acre at home to run around. Ellen put all concerns to rest the moment I met her. She truly is the head of the pack, so to speak, and has a lovely home with a fenced backyard that the dogs are free to roam. My three even had the comfort of having their beds from home (I am not a fan of crating). I received many photos of the pups on walks, playing at Little Beach, and naps afterwards. Ellen was very responsive to any texts I sent, with humor. I was greeted by three very happy, healthy dogs upon my return. I cannot recommend Ellen highly enough!
Ellen is great with dogs and Sandy fit right in with the canine crew! I couldn't ask for more.
Ellen and her husband were warm and loving and made my tiny little dog (who has some separation anxiety) feel right at home. A wonderful experience. Knowing that Princess Ciccone was so safe and cared for helped me greatly enjoy the day!
Wonderful, caring, and a FUN "home away from home" for our dog. Our dog is 10 pounds, but she has the best time with Ellen and all of the big, medium, and small "guests!!"
Ellen definitely is a bit of a dog-whisper. Daily walks to the beach. Our small dog loves playing in the surf with the other dogs, and all the dogs seem to look our for each other. And it's great getting pictures and videos almost daily from Ellen of our dog playing with the other dogs.
Our dog is always happy to see Ellen, and when we return, she is happy, content, and exhausted from all of the playtime with the other dogs. Highly recommended.
It is so wonderful to go on vacation and not worry about our pet because when we leave him with Ellen we know he is in a loving environment.
First off I must say that Ellen is the best dog sitter I have come across. She is very knowledgable about dogs and their behavior. She is the epitome of a pack leader and dogs with instantly know that she is the alpha. She is great with dogs and great with the dog owners. I have a pup that we adopted and is shy but very playful. Our pup felt very at home and comfortable with Ellen from the start. She is very accommodating to my special requests and does everything in her power to make the experience great for the dogs and the dog owners. A+++
Ellen is an excellent dog host!
My pup has been staying with her when I am out of town for more than a year. He always comes home and happy and he is excited to see her when I drop him off.

He gets lots of great exercise and plays with the other dogs. I have total peace of mind when he is with Ellen.

Dogvacay is incredibly easy to use.
Ellen is absolutely amazing. This was Honey's first time staying somewhere else and with someone else. Ellen made us feel very comfortable and I felt that Honey was safe. I can not thank Ellen enough for caring for Honey. I highly recommend Ellen.
Ellen was fantastic for our first night away from Zuma (our 10 month old lab). We did a meet and greet the week before which was great for him to meet her dogs and just visit the house once before we left him there. She was great with sending picture and video updates as well. Would definitely recommend her and will be using her again soon!
Ellen was amazing! I received updates ever day with photos and videos. Knowing that Maximus was in good hands and having so much fun was the best part of my trip
I took my pup to Ellen for a test night to ensure my pup was comfortable for a longer trip I'm taking this week. My pup fit right in and was very happy when I left her. Ellen even sent me a video of how well she was doing; my dog and all the others were loving Ellen. It brought great peace that my pup was in good hands while I was away.
Thank you again Ellen.
Ellen loves dogs and they love her! Biscuit had a blast hanging out at the beach with her new dog buddies. I highly recommend her. Tina White
I'm so happy I met Ellen, and Stella is able to socialize and play while I'm away. She was immediately comfortable, and I could tell Ellen's other guests were equally happy. Highly recommend.
My two dogs were happy and comfortable with Ellen. She took them for walks...a handful. She sent me picture updates which I love. She and her home are perfect for a "dogvacay"; Far more dedicated than most sitters. A++.
I was completely comfortable leaving my best friend with Ellen over a long weekend. He was very well cared for and loved playing with the other dogs. I especially appreciated the photos and the flexibility in drop off/pick up times! Ellen is clearly a wonderful person and she will be my first choice for Rizzo's care in the future. Thanks again!!!
So great to have found Ellen. Raji loves her and her home:-). It's comforting to know I have a 2nd home for him when needed!
Ellen is "Pawsome", My 2yr lab loved her and all the residents. My dog has never really been away from me and Ellen & company were the perfect solution. See you all again soon... ~Korro Moana M.'s mom
Coming from an only dog home, where Macy had our undivided attention, I had strong reservations about not leaving Macy with a family member. This is my first time with DogVacay. All my fears where put to rest when meeting Macy's care giver, Ellen. Ellen showed me all the arrangements, how to get to the backyard, sleeping where ever Macy wanted to,where they would walk,etc. Ellen has 2 dogs and seeing Ellen interact with all the dogs she was caring for was amazing. For Macy being with other dogs,she was in heaven...she had a peer group to hang with and a Vacay mom who cared every bit as much as I did. I would highly recommend this service to anyone and Ellen for being a great "substitute mom". THANK YOU.....darlene in Ventura.
Another fine stay for Max and Gracie with Ellen. She was very accommodating in working around our travel times. Thanks again and we will see you next month.
great service and care for our Berner! We can't thank you enough!
Great experience for Millie. Very flexible, great care!
Desmond our border aussie was in superior hands! Ellen is top knots, a gracious hostess and fairy dog mom for a day! Excellent communication, style, and class. Highly recommended. Hope to see her again when we kayak Santa Rosa island!
Hey You's new home away from home!
Max and Gracie had another good stay with Ellen. They were glad to see us, but are looking forward to the next visit.
Cant beat the location. He had a great time with good exercise and rest.
Awsome sitters!
I only have one word for the care and love Ellen gave to my Tank. AMAZING!! She is so good with him, giving him walks and loves all the time. He is pretty shy, and a lazy head, but he had a great time, coming back to me happy and healthy. I've had a few troubling experiences with other care givers I had used in the past, and now I have found someone who really cares for the welfare of my pet I will always call for Ellen when I travel again.
Like always amazing!!!!! My girls love her!!! Thank you, thank you, thank you
Ellen is awesome! It is nice to feel comfortable sending your dog somewhere overnight while you are away. I will be using her again in the future! She is very quick with text and e-mail responses. I even received texts and videos of my Moly while on vacation!
Ellen was amazing. She sent me updates, photos and videos while I was away. I had zero worries about my little dog while i was gone because I knew he was in good hands. She has a good secured back yard and my dog came home happy and exhausted.
Ellen was a perfect host for Millie. She took her to the beach each day - Millie's favorite thing to do and sent us the cutest videos. We feel so lucky to have found the perfect suited for our beloved family member. Thanks Ellen!
this was our second time with Ellen and it was such a relief to see Jitsu leap into her arms in excitement when he saw her :) As usual, he came back exhausted and happy. Thank you Ellen!
Ellen and her husband were fantastic! Nala had a great time, probably just as much fun as we had on our vacation! She sent pictures and videos of Nala enjoying herself with other dogs. And when we picked her up she was clean and oh so soft! This was our first time using dogvacay and we will most definitely use it again! Especially Ellen! Thank you so much!! :) :)
Great experience. Ellen is a natural with dogs, and Whitney seemed very happy there. Enjoyed the photo of Whitney she texted to me.
Another good stay for Max and Gracie at Ellen's. They enjoy interacting with the other dogs and are well taken of. We appreciate Ellen's flexibility regarding drop off and pickup times.
Ellen was great to work with! As a first timer with DogVacay I was very nervous leaving my 5 month old Morkie puppy. Ellen's home is very dog friendly and you can tell the moment you walk in the door that Ellen and her husband are true dog lovers and the dogs rule the roost! I was a bit nervous because both of their dogs are large and Jitsu is only 5lbs. I did a "Meet & Greet" to make sure it would be a safe environment for Jitsu and he wouldn't be trampled over... Jitsu immediately made himself at home and LOVED the big dogs and they loved (or maybe put up with!) him and I immediately felt comfortable leaving him for my 3 day trip. Ellen sent me daily photos and videos which I looked forward to and it was obvious little Jitsu was having a great time and in good hands. My husband and I travel frequently and we will definitely be using Ellen again whenever we need a doggy sitter!
My dog Bello's stay at Ellens was wonderful!
He had 5 playmates and Ellen would send pics/videos of their playtime together.
It truly was comforting to know Bello was in good hands with Ellen.
I used Ellen last year when my granddaughter was born so Bello was familiar with her home and her dogs.
This year was like home to Bello.
I will definitely continue to use Ellen's dog vacay on my next trip.
Bello loves her!
My baby Yorkie was well loved and well cared for with Ellen. I got daily photos and videos of my happy little girl and all her doggie friends that enjoy the care and love at this home.
My biggest fear is that too many locals will see the five stars and booking her will be impossible!
I am so glad I found doggie vacay and Ellen!
We picked up Max and Gracie and they were glad to see us, but were tired which means that they were having fun with the gang at Ellen's.
They always are well taken care of by Ellen and we get updates from her during their stay.
Thanks again,
Ellen was wonderful. The meet and greet went better then expected...and I say better then expected because the day of drop off my dogs ran straight to her door. Thats always a good sign.

And I must of been visually upset because she walked right up to me and have me a hug. I've never left my dogs to strangers before and I has nervous. But not anymore she made it a wonderful experience.

Thank you so for all the pictures and videos they were really appreciated. We look forward to more visits.
Fabulous, I love that she sent photos, I would recommend her absolutely!
I was so nervous leaving my dog Molly for the first time! We did a meet and greet and it went fantastic! Ellen immediately introduced Molly to her dogs and they were have fun playing around the yard. I got constant updates and video of Molly and felt assured she was in excellent hands. They even brought her to the dog park and the beach. I am definitely using Ellen again and Molly can't wait to go back to her doggy vacay spot! This is a great service and so easy to use. I recommend dog Vacay to find your local dog sitter and stop being anxious about boarding your pup.
Gracie had a grand stay with Ellen. She was glad to se us, but I am sure she want's to go back to the harbor for future visits. Ellen is great and sent us updates and photos during Gracie's stay.
Ellen took great care of Max, he was relaxed and unstressed as we could tell from the photos she sent us.
My experience was great! It was my first time leaving my little one and using Dogvacay. Ellen was my host and was/is amazing. My husband and I met with her a couple months before and were treated with the upmost respect and confidence that kuky would be in good hands. I was extremely worried and scared of leaving kuky, as I have never done it before. Ellen kept in touch and made sure to make me feel comfortable that kuky was doing fine and was in good hands. I would receive pics and videos daily of kuky on walks, sleeping etc. love the connection I had with Ellen, she was great! I would most definitetly use her again and highly recommend her services.

Thanks again Ellen! You are the best

I know my dog is loved and well cared for the entire time he is with Ellen!
We could not have chosen a better host for our Bella. She has never stayed away from us and were concerned about how she was going to react.
Well that feeling didn't last long. We when arrived we were invited in and Bella met all the other dogs and started making friends. Originally we had planned on picking her up during the day to go with us, well that changed, Bella was having so much fun and was so happy at Ellen's we decided to leave her all day for the rest of the week. We were so comfortable with her care and Ellen sent us videos and pictures everyday. She was taken for walks and to the beach and loved every minute of her stay and fell in love with Jack. When we got in the car to come home she sleep all the home. You could ask for a more caring host.
Thank you so much for taking Kota, everything went so smoothly and we loved the pics and videos you sent us throughout the weekend! It made me happy to see how well he played with your other doggy. Thank you again!
Such a warm and loving environment Ellen sent me pictures and a video it made feel better about leaving Sadie I was so thankful for their kindness. Sadie hasn't been left with strangers before and she is very happy Thanks again
Rocket had a great time, and seemed a little mopey to be back with his boring owners! Highly recommend Ellen and the dogvacay experience.
As always Rosie was well cared for by Ellen. Rosie seemed to have a good time with playing with Jack. She came home happy and relaxed.
The girls stayed for nearly two weeks with Ellen and could not have been better cared for. With all that I had to do on my trip, I was grateful to know that I didn't have to worry about how my furbabies were doing. Ellen sent updates during the week and, while they didn't always behave in the best possible way, she adapted their care to keep them safe when they tried to get into trouble. Thank you, Ellen.
My girls love to visit Ellen.
I'm always nervous leaving my dogs with a sitter but Ellen really did make me feel a little better. She sent videos and pictures of them while I was away!
Thank you Ellen once again for looking after Rosie and the great video and picture of her and Jack. I am happy Jack and her get along well and play all day. She always comes relaxed. Rosie will see you soon.
Ellen makes sure Rascal is well cared for and has plenty of play time with her dog! I think Rascal thinks that he's on a play date! Ellen sends me pics of Rascal having fun! Rascal comes home happy and relaxed! (worn out!) Thank goodness!
Excellent care. Rascal came home relaxed and happy! Thank you!
Staying overnight with Ellen is the perfect doggie vacay. This was our second visit so we knew what to expect. We don't mind those cats one bit.
Great place to stay! Very comfortable with Ellen and her husband. Srappy had a great time playing with Jackson and his "brother"! Came home He will stay there again. Thanks so much for taking good care of our little pup!
Ellen ROCKS! My 2 boys have never been left with someone they do not know. I was really nervous at first but Ellen eased my mind with her love and homemade peanut butter doggie treats. I knew the moment of our meet and greet that they would be well cared for. I got daily texts, a few videos of them on the beach, and pics. My mind was at ease my whole week away. Kenney and Cooper loved it there. I will use Ellen again for sure! Thanks so much Ellen!
My dog Rosie has been to Ellen's house many times to stay. Rosie is always well cared for and looked after by Ellen. I am happy that Jack and Rosie have a great time playing together. When Rosie gets home she is always relaxed and happy.
Our dog has been at Ellen's house several times now and he always come home happy and content. We're so thankful our dog enjoys being at Ellen's and that he's well taken care of!
Since this was a first for all of us — me and my two babies — there was a bit of separation anxiety for all of us. What I was never worried about was Ellen's ability to care for my dogs while I was gone for three days. Ellen was able to adjust their diet so that they would eat, created areas for them to feel safe, and presented them back to me a little more well behaved than when I left ... a good thing. Thank you.
Leaving Bello with Ellen brought comfort to us while we were away. We got daily videos of him playing with other playmates which also was nice. We would definitely use Ellen again. Thank you Ellen for everything. Maria and Tim
Ellen always does a wonderful job caring and looking after Rosie. I am so happy Jack keeps Rosie entertained during her stay. Rosie always comes home happy and relaxed. She looks forward to her next Dogvacay with Ellen.
Our pug has stayed with Ellen 4 times over the past 2 months, including a couple of long stays. Ellen does a fabulous job taking care of him. He is always excited to go to her house and well-adjusted and happy when we pick him up. Ellen is very confident and competent caring for dogs. She is also extremely flexible and accommodating with schedules, which we greatly appreciate. Her house is set up well for dog care and her own two dogs offer lots of fun and amusement.
Ellen is a kind-hearted and accomodating host. She was a perfect choice when we needed to board our dog for a trip to Channel Island National Park for a couple of days. Thanks so much, Jamie
Rosie stayed at Ellen's house for 17 days. That is the longest Rosie has been away from home. Ellen did a wonderful job looking after her, even though Rosie was chasing the cat and not getting along with another dogvacay client, which is unusual for her. But Rosie did have a good time being entertained by her friend Jack. Thank you Ellen for understanding Rosie and her peculiar ways at times as she can be a lot of poodle handle. Rosie looks forward to coming back soon.
Very good experience ! Very good contact with us and with our dog. We deeply recommend Ellen as a dog sitter.
Rosie had a great time at Ellen's house playing all day with Jack. I got a video of the 2 dogs playing together. I am glad Rosie is comfortable at Ellen's house. She comes home happy and relaxed.
Thank you again Ellen for letting Rosie stay for the day. So happy that Jack and Rosie played non stop the entire day. As always Rosie came home very relaxed. She looks forward to coming back soon.
Ellen took care of Jake three days a week for ten weeks and was absolutely WONDERFUL. He loves being at her home and misses his surrogate pack when he comes home! I highly recommend Ellen as a caretaker. She's fabulous.
Rosie had another great vacay with Ellen. She stayed for 9 days, and was well cared for. Rosie is treated very well just like a princess. I enjoyed all the videos and pictures of Rosie and Jack playing together and getting along so well. I think Rosie misses her little friend. Makes me happy to see Rosie come home relaxed.
Our dog Willie really liked his two visits at Ellen's place. And we were happy to have Ellen's newsy updates about her time with him (including photos!), we would definitely return when we need a nice place for Willie to hang out when we have things going on in the Ventura area.
Who said: "You can't teach an old dog new tricks"? Ellen taught our 13 year old dog a few new tricks. Also he came back nice and happy. He loves it at her house. If he could talk he would say the same thing.
Bay gets excited to go to Ellen's and then hardly wants to head home! She has a great time romping around the yard, going to the beach, and playing with Magic (Ellen's dog). She has fun, receives a lot of attention, and is well-cared for. Thanks, Ellen!
Rosie says thank you to Ellen for taking care of her for one night. She had a good time playing with her dog friends once again. Rosie came home relaxed and happy:)
Ellen is the best ever. Jake always has a nice time there and is completely calm when I pick him up. He gets plenty of exercise and he's part of the family. They really take wonderful care of him and I can rest easy when I have to be away.
Rosie stayed one night at Ellen's and had a good time. She got a lot of attention and was well cared for. I really enjoy getting the videos and photos of Rosie having fun with her dog friends.
great experience, as usual! thanks Ellen
Jett could not be happier. I have always used large boarding facilities, however, a family member introduced me to I found Ellen and my dog, Jett, is thrilled. When Jett stays with Ellen he gets personal attention and feels like he is at home. He was always anxious going into large boarding facilities and when we arrive at Ellen's house, he runs right to the front door. I have used Ellen twice and I will be using her again this month.
Rosie stayed for 8 days with Ellen while I went out of town. I got videos of Rosie playing with her new dog friend, she seemed to be having fun. Rosie was well cared for and was happy and relaxed when she got home. I think she may miss playing with Magic. I'm so happy to be able to bring Rosie to Ellen's house where she can be in a home environment instead of a kennel. Where she gets extra attention and care as Rosie can be a handful at times. Rosie looks forward to her next vacay.
The environment at Ellen's house is very conducive to doggy fun! Bay was well taken care of, had some other fun dogs to play with, and just seemed to be having a great time! We definitely recommend Ellen for your pup.
My poodle Rosie stayed 2 nights at Ellen's house. She came home happy and relaxed. Rosie had a great time playing with her new dog friends. I am really happy that when I go out of town my dog is well cared for by Ellen. This vacay has been a successful one. Rosie looks forward to staying with Ellen again in a few weeks.
Rosie had another great Dogvacay with Ellen. Rosie only stayed for the day, and was well cared for. Rosie's next vacay is in a few weeks she looks forward to coming back to stay at Ellen's house.
Ellen is an excellent host. Jake came home after 9 nights completely relaxed, happy, and content. I give her the highest recommendation. It's an added bonus that Magic throws balls for Jake to catch and that they go for long walks and to the beach daily.
Ellen was very nice to take my poodle Rosie at the last minute while I had to go out of town. Rosie had a good time playing with her new dog friends. Ellen did a great job caring for Rosie as she can be a real handful. I feel much more comfortable leaving Rosie at Ellen's house than in a kennel. Rosie looks forward to coming back for another vacay soon!
Great host who took good care of Jake. He was very relaxed and calm when he got home. It was his first time and he loved it. I highly recommend.
We are new in town and never had to rely on strangers or boarding our dog until this year (he's 8 1/2). After learning that the boarding facility we used (and liked) was booked for Memorial Day weekend, we took a chance w/ DogVacay and Ellen. We are soo glad we did! Ellen reassured us that our dog would be well taken care of and texted picture updates too! Her home is clean and comfortable--so we knew our dog would be happy and content. Ellen also took our dog on long daily walks (which he's used to) and our dog had a great time playing with her dog. We would definitely use Ellen again!
We could not be happier with Merlin's vacay at Ellen's house! Merlin got to go to the beach every day. Ellen sent us little movies of Merlin that showed how much fun he was having. We could tell he was truly happy and enjoying himself. We know that Merlin can be a handful, but Ellen's great experience with many breeds of dogs has made this a very successful vacay. After we picked Merlin up, we was so relaxed and content; this means more than words. Thank you so much, Ellen... Merlin is looking forward to his next vacay with you :)
Great experience! I had peace of mind, knowing my dog was well taken care of.
We needed someone to watch our two dogs while we took a whale watching cruise and we were so happy with Ellen. She texted me during the day to let me know what the dogs were doing and the dogs had a wonderful time. If we ever need a dog sitter while we are visiting Ventura again we will most certainly call her.
Penny enjoyed her stay with Ellen. She was very well cared for and was treated like royalty! Ellen took her on a walk at the beach where she met new friends. We were updated by text message on how she was doing in our absence. We were even sent a photo of Penny and her new found friend.

I would highly recommend Ellen. You can tell she is a dog lover. She'll take excellent care of your dog!
Psst, don't tell anyone because we want her all to ourselves!!! Just kidding, She was great. Our dog was relaxed and pampered the whole time. She sent pictures via text messages throughout our trip. Very nice setting with a backyard. She has two dogs and a cat. One dog is very old and very laid back. The other is young and likes to play ball. Ours is in between so it worked out great. Cat could care less about the dogs. We will use her again and will recommend her to our friends.
At the risk of booking up her home and losing availability for ourselves, I can't say enough positives about Ellen and her husband, Lee. Our labradoodle loved the socialization and exercise at the park and beach with other dogs. They are friendly, personable people with a lovely home in a great neighborhood. I know our dog will be excited to return. It was truly a doggie vacay for her! ....and we enjoyed the photos Ellen texted us of our dog at the beach. Very thoughtful. Thank you Ellen and Lee!
We were so grateful to find Ellen! Upon meeting her, it was obvious she loved animals and could handle anything. She took great care of our dog, Izzy, and sent me pictures and messages every day. It truly was like a vacation for our dog -- Ellen has two other dogs and a cat or two, and our pup loved all the company. Her home is totally set up for pets. Also, she was so flexible and nice when our plane was late -- an excellent experience! I would highly recommend her!
Ellen gave my puppy a second home when I had to leave town for a conference. Frankie (the pooch) loved Ellen's pets and had a great time chasing birds on the beach!
Ellen provided the best service we could have asked for, in so many ways. It made our vacation away so much more enjoyable knowing that Mollie was taken such good care of. Ellen sent us many pictures and notes of Mollie during our vacation.When we arrived to pick her up she was well groomed and all of her "stuff" was all cleaned and packaged for us to take. We hope Ellen never stops dog sitting so that we can use her services for a long time. We highly recommend her to anyone.
Very happy with the service from Ellen. Will surely use her services again.
Ellen was awesome and Joey was so well cared for!
I received several photo updates daily, showing Delphie in the middle of great fun and attention from her hosts.

Ellen provided a fabulous vacation getaway for Delphie, with walks to the beach, around the neighborhood, playing with her resident dogs.

I give them a 5-star recommendation for any pooch!!!

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