Bark & Play-Gainesville

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Karen H.

40 Reviews
24 Repeat Guests
Other Sitters Nearby
  • 1 day notice required for bookings
  • Responds within 5 minutes
  • 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

Karen's Resident Pets

Mixed Breed
5 yr 0 mo old

Karen's Townhome

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Small Yard
100% fenced & locked
Smoke-free home
Pets allowed on furniture
Air-conditioned inside
Dog door access

About Karen

30 Years Experience Caring For Dogs
I have retired from the medical field last year and now have plenty of time to pursue my real passion: Pets. I have owned and cared for dogs and cats for over 30 years. My home is in an ideal area for long walks , I have a sunny deck for lounging and a dedicated playroom with outdoor access. A typical day at Bark & Play will include long walks and lots of attention.

PLEASE NOTE: All pets must be dropped off BEFORE 9 PM and picked up no later than 9 PM. At Meet and Greet please have proof of vet visit within last 6 mos. Fees are for 24 hrs.. Late charge of one day for late pick-up.
HOME VISITS; I can only do home visits (for cats only) in my neighborhood of Crossroads Village.

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Can administer oral medicine
Can administer injected medicine
Special Needs Accommodated
  • Pets recovering from surgery
  • Separation anxiety
  • Leash Pulling

Karen H.

40 Reviews
24 Repeat Guests
Other Sitters Nearby
  • 1 day notice required for bookings
  • Responds within 5 minutes
  • Cancellation Policy:


  • Available
  • Unavailable
  • 1 Spot Left
  • Booked
  • Last updated February 26, 2017


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Course 101 Graduate
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Course 102 Graduate
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Disaster Relief
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Services & Rates

Boarding Overnight At Karen's Home
$40 /night
  • Watches up to 2 dogs/night
  • Dogs may be unsupervised for 2 - 4 hours/day
  • Dogs will have full access outside for potty breaks
  • 3+ walks/day
  • Pets can sleep wherever they want
Daycare At Karen's Home
$30 /day
  • Watches up to 3 dogs/day
$25 /visit
  • Willing to travel 1 mile
$10 each way
  • Willing to travel 5 miles
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40 Reviews
Karen did a great job caring for Toby. Would definitely recommend her.
Karen is a super dog sitter. We left our puppy with her for his first experience away from family. When we picked him up it was clear that he had loved his time there. When we ran into an unexpected emergency situation we had to ask Karen to keep him for another, unreserved day. She graciously did so. We couldn't have asked for a better situation.
Karen is the absolute best. Prior to Teddy's stay with her we had a couple puppy play dates to get him aquatinted with her and her dog. While he stayed with her we received multiple pictures and updates per day about how he was doing! I feel she went above and beyond what was required and am so grateful for her love and attention to our pup. I'm so glad to have met her and will definitely book with her again.
Karen took excellent care of my two girls while I was away for the Thanksgiving holiday. She was very flexible with the pick up and drop off times, sent me updates with photos every day, and my girls seemed very happy and content during and after their stay. I got to meet another guest of Karen's and her sweet pup before the stay, and was very impressed with the environment and attention that Karen provides the animals in her care. I will definitely be trusting Karen with my girls from now on and highly recommend to anyone who is looking for a caring and responsible pet sitter.
Karen was wonderful!!! She really seemed to love my dog Rusty and sent me several messages and pictures each day. Her home is set up to accommodate dogs very easily She also does doggie daycare. Rusty had a great time and I will definitely use Karen again.
Yoda was right at home and had a real good time.
Amazing person and amazing service!!!!!!! So incredibly lucky we found her!
Very high marks for Karen. My dog Oliver had a terrific time there. Got lots of updates and photos. Highly recommend. Will definitely take Oliver there again when I go out of town.
Experienced. Treats all animals as if they were her own. . Lots of love
Karen was so good with my 3 month old puppy. Lots of walks and playtime, and a dog friendly home and yard!
Karen is amazing! She took care of my dog and cat before for some days and this time again for another 6 days, they just love her! I received pics updates everyday! I totally recommend Karen.
Karen is lovely! She really loves our little friends! Our dog and cat stayed with her for days and they both had a great time there. Karen sent me pictures updates everyday! I was abroad and was very fortuned to have found Karen to take care of them! I totally recommend Karen.
Karen is fantastic! The entire process and experience has been nothing but wonderful -- from her immediate response to my initial request, the meet and greet where she showed us around and meeting her sweet little dog, Holly to the actual day care services she provides for my yorkie/bischon mix, Pip. Pip gets so excited when we pull into Karen's development because he knows he will have such a wonderful time. I am so grateful to have found Karen to care for Pip. She is loving and has such a gentle spirit about her. Her love for animals is so genuine and shines through each and every time we see her.
My regular dog sitter was unable to complete my booking at the last minute, so Inhad to scramble to find someone trustworthy at the last minute to care for my toy poodle. Fortunately, I discovered Karen in the nick of time. She understood my concerns, and carried out my instructions carefully, including carrying my dog up/down the stairs because of my dog's luxating patella. She sent wonderful photos with captions daily, and clearly cared for dog. I recommend her without reservation!
This was my first time using DogVacay and being away from my dog for more than a few hours. My family and I went on a week long vacation and my German Shepard mix Jackson loved his stay with Karen. Karen was amazing with Jackson and made him feel like he was at home. She sent me continuous status and picture updates everyday while Jackson was in her care. She truly gave me peace of mind while I was away. I will definitely be booking with Karen again if I go out of town and need someone trustworthy to look after my big guy.
We've had Molly go to Karen's for two "play dates" in preparation for leaving her with her while we go on vacation and we were very pleased with how loving and caring Karen was. We plan to book her soon for a full fledged vacation!
Karen did a great job taking care of our Lucy. You can tell that she really cares for the dogs in her care. Karen sent us many pictures throughout Lucy's DogVacay. We will definitely use Karen the next time we go on vacation.
Karen did an excellent job watching our dog (Snickers) during a recent vacation. She cared for our dog as if she was her own pet! Couldn't ask for a better experience! Highly recommend!
We loved Karen H., and so did Missy. We felt completely confident in leaving Missy with Karen. Missy get separation anxiety and was just fine. She also neededspecial medical attention for a skin issue. With Karen's medical background, it was no problem. She kept updated with pictures and notes. We definitely will be asking for Karen H.tTo care for our pet again! i
My dog loved being at Karen's and she was great at sending lots of pictures. I think my dog really misses her since coming back home.
Karen made the process very simple for me. It was the first time I used "dogvacay" and I was very happy with it. Karen took very good care of Ruffles. She send lot of pictures and updated us daily. I would definitely us Karen again, if she is available.
What can I say. My first time dog boarding for our quick out of tow trip for 3 days.

Karen was wonderful letting us how our puppy was doing 4 or 5 times a day with pictures. And she was very pleasant and great to work with.

It's been a couple days since my pup return to our home and I think my pup is missing Karen and his other friends he played with.

I'd definitely go back to Karen should I need dog boarding anytime.

Again, she did an excellent job taking care of my puppy and making us comfortable while we were away. Thanks Karen
Karen took very good care of my old man. Shiloh stayed with her for a few days and would send picture updates throughout the day and was very communicative. I know she makes sure the dogs get plenty of exercise and love while at her place. I'll be using her for future dog care :)
Karen was wonderful! We were delighted to see that Oscar was very happy and comfortable at her house. We will definitely book again.
Karen is great! Every time we drop offour 2 yr old Maltipoo she is genuinely happy to see him. She always keeps us informed sending lots of pictures of them taking walks and napping on the deck. Very convenient location to our Haymarket/Gainesville home. I would highly recommend.
Karen is awesome and I would 100% recommend her!
Karen took excellent care of my Ginger. Ginger loved her. I was instantly at ease when I visited Karen's house for a meet and greet. We will bring Ginger again to hang out at Karen's.
Ginny is a new pup to us, but we had already a vacation booked before rescuing her. We did not want to board Ginny at a dog farm, and found Karen H through DogVacay. At the meet and greet, we we're not quite sure to expect, but Karen assured us everything would be fine. We left Ginny for 5 days and she had a blast! Karen sent us pictures with status daily, which we shared with the children. We are already making boarding plans for the next trip!
JJ was so lucky to have Karen and her pup, Holly to stay with for 19 days and nights. She had a home away from home !!!!!! I got several pictures a day which was so comforting to see. I think she loved the walks, tummy rubs, and special attention she got when Karen had to take JJ to the vet as she developed a UTI. I knew that she was being well cared for and got her medicine that was prescribed. I know that JJ and Holly bonded and were each others shadows, that made me feel so good that she had a buddy to be with. I am grateful that I found Karen to care for my precious pet and will recommend her to everyone I know. Yes, of course, I will use her again without question.
We've used dogvacay a few times now--this was our first with Karen. She is the most loving host! Our dog had a few spots she was really itching at, and Jaren went out of her way to make her comfortable. She sent a few pics with brief notes daily. She also took her on a number of walks daily--more than she gets at home. I think our dog misses her! we will definitely use Karen again.
Karen was so great with my elderly basset hound. She sent me several pictures during his stay. Took him for several walks and generally seemed to love dogs. Mulligan had never had an overnight visit like this before and I feared he wouldn't eat and would cry. He ate all his dinner and seemed to really enjoy himself. I will definitely rebook with Karen. GREAT EXPERIENCE
My puppies had a great time staying with Karen and she texted us tons of pictures everyday.We can't thank her enough.
Very nice experience!!
I would highly recommend Karen for dog sitting. It was very clear that she loves dogs! She kept me updated on what my dog was doing and sent me pictures. Brody enjoyed playing with her dog and a foster dog she was taking care of. I will definitely use her again!
Karen is a wonderful lady. Kind hearted and caring for Oscar, my Golden Retrever. If I'm in the area again, (I'm a full timer rv'er) I'm gonna ask for her!
Karen provided Lulu a great place to stay while we were on vacation. She gave Lulu lots of walks, playtime and love. Karen also shared lots of messages and pics of Lulu while we were away. We will definitely use her again.
Ping├╝ica and Canito had a great time with Karen. She is very loving and took good care of my loved girls. We will visit her shortly.
Our dog Sadie had a wonderful vacay with Karen! She confirmed our reservation quickly, drop off was a breeze, and she kept us updated with texts and pics while we were away. Sadie enjoyed lots of love and attention, and she was taken on several walks a day. We will be booking another vacay with Karen very soon!
Harry had a great time with Karen and her other furry friends! She has a nice fenced in area with stairs leading up to the deck for extra fun. Harry would definitely like to vacation with Karen again!
My little Sammie loved his stay with Karen and her little ones. Karen is very warm and friendly she made me feel so welcome in her home by showing me every room. She allows the dogs to roam freely, they have access to her fenced in back yard as well as the deck on the upper level. Although it rained just about the entire time she was able to still give Sammie walks when it was not pouring. I absolutely recommend her if you need someone loving to watch your little fur ball. Sammie is sulking around the house now because he misses Karen, Holley and the other dogs, he had so much fun with, we can't wait to go back. If Karen were available I would use her everytime I needed a sitter for Sammie.
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