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Dotty C.
Santa Monica, CA 90405
71 Reviews
28 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

Dotty's House

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Large Yard
100% fenced & locked
Smoke-free home
Pets allowed on furniture
Dog door access

About Dotty

25 Years Experience Caring For Dogs
We are so happy to share our home with your dog. We have a big, fully fenced in yard with a doggy door for easy access all day long. We are in the Sunset Park neighborhood of Santa Monica with nice parks to walk to and lots of neighborhood dog friends.

I am a substitute teacher and may be working a few days a week. Because of this, I cannot take dogs that are in need of 24/7 care. Before joining our family, I need to set up a meet and greet with you before the actual vacay begins. You and your dog will feel more at ease when you come to stay after having been here for a first sniff.

I am very accommodating as to drop off and pick up times, however I will no longer accept dogs before 7:30am without an additional fee.

My family and I enjoy meeting and playing with your dogs!

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Dotty C.
Santa Monica, CA 90405
71 Reviews
28 Repeat Guests
Other Sitters Nearby
  • 3 days notice required for bookings
  • Responds within 3 hours
  • Cancellation Policy:


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  • Last updated August 18, 2016


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Services & Rates

Boarding Overnight At Dotty's Home
$48 /night
  • Watches up to 3 dogs/night
  • Dogs may be unsupervised for 1 - 2 hours/day
  • Dogs will have full access outside for potty breaks
  • 3+ walks/day
  • Pets can sleep wherever they want
71 Reviews
Dotty was fantastic with my pup as usual! I always feel at ease when he's with her even when I'm half way across the world. She sends great photo updates and I can tell he's getting a lot of love and attention. Cannot recommend her enough and will continue to keep using her!
Dotty was fantastic with my dog! She sent lots of updates, took him for a hike - he came back exhausted. Also love that she has a great back yard for dogs to run around in. Would definitely recommend her and use her again!
Dotty was an awesome host. She was very communicative and sent daily pictures of Foz, who undoubtedly had a great time with Dotty. Foz can't wait to stay with Dotty again.
Dotty C is the best. Pictures, love, family and dog friends to play with. As usual doggie had a terrific time! And is soundly sleeping his Thanksgiving fun off.
Great host.
Dotty is always great. texts lots of pictures and gives lots of doggy love. She's are go to when we go out of town.
Sacha always loves staying with Dotty--always something fun going on, lots of great walks--park, beach, dog park--and sometimes other doggie companions to liven things up. We are kept up to date on Sacha's activities with daily photos--sometimes it seems she's having more fun than we are! Great to be able to travel knowing your dog is getting such good care and companionship. Dotty is the best. L&C
As always, Dotty was wonderful for Patches and us! Thank you Dotty!
It's always great with Dotty!
Dotty is fantastic! Callie and Buddy love spending time with her! She sends photos to update us on their visit. I highly recommend her!
Sacha stays with Dotty regularly and we are so grateful that while we are on vacation, Sacha is also having a great time with her fun, caring hosts, who keep her busy and active all the time. Dotty and her family are absolutely the best!
This is our third or fourth time with Dotty. Our dog, Percy, has such a great time, and he usually has a friend to play with which he doesn't have at home. Dotty is a fantastic pet caregiver and a truly wonderful person!
Doggie had another wonderful vacay at Dotty C's. Trips to the beach, play dates with friends; puppy came home tired and very happy. Dotty is a sensible and extremely caring vacation mom. I can't recommend her and her family highly enough. (And you'll get stellar photos daily as an extra bonus.)
Dotty is great! My pups had a wonderful time and Dotty did a terrific job keeping me updated and easing my dog mom worries. Her pictures are great and she is always available to answer any questions. We are looking forward to another vacay with her soon!
As always, Dotty's place is fabulous . . . our dog, Percy, began wagging his tail as soon as we got to her house, and he immediately ran to the big back yard where he's idled away many a happy afternoon. Dotty knows so much about caring for dogs, she's the best. Thanks, Dotty!!!
Anybody who has a dog who is active, large, challenging, and pushy would be very very fortunate to have Dotty and her wonderful family take care of their hound. Our big labradoodle is an impossible pain in the a** for most people, but he's just one of the family at Dotty's. She is amazing, and my dog is as happy with her as he is at home. The long walks he gets with Dotty are great. The pictures Dotty sends from the various activities really show how much good care he receives.
thanks Dotty.
Dotty is terrific! This was our dog's second stay with her. She is a responsible dog lover and is concerned about the well-being of her canine guests. We love that she frequently texts photos of our pup on vacay, and we enjoy her witty captions as well. I highly recommend her for anyone looking for a great and caring dog sitter.
Venus was well cared for and had free range of the house. Dotty is a wonderful companion and generously shares her home with her dog guests.
10 STARS for Dotty! This was Patches' third vacation at Dotty's. Dotty arranged play dates; sent us photos and texts everyday. Patches was very happy and so were we. Thanks, Dotty!
Pup had a wonderful time playing in Dotty's terrific backyard with other doggie friends. Dotty is responsible and responsive. Leave your dog with Dotty for great peace of mind.
As usual, Dotty was amazing. My dog loves her, and does not mind going on his vacations. She sends me frequent updates and lets me know that he is doing ok. I won't go to anyone else!
Dotty is GREAT! This is our second Camp Dotty for Patches. He loves his vacations with Dotty. Dotty sends us pictures of Patches as his visit goes on........very nice and reassuring.
Dotty was great with my lil pug Pixel. I received constant updates and pictures of her stay and she seemed right at home with Dotty and her family. Dotty was very flexible with pick up and drop off times and I would highly recommend her to anyone looking for a great sitter for their lil ones.
When our dog sitter told us she'd be moving out of state we panicked, but Dotty immediately put us at ease. She sent photos, updates and was always easy to get in contact with. We're so grateful to have found a new, wonderful sitter!!
Dotty is awesome, Bob had a great time and had obviously connected with her. They made him a part of their daily life and had him with them when they were doing things. She sent me numerous pictures per day and it was great to see him having a good time. I travel a couple times a month and will use Dotty whenever she is available
Dottie and her family are real dog people and make our dog comfortable at their lovely home. We vacation infrequently, but Dottie really knows our dog and his needs to the point we are very comfortable when leaving him for a couple days or longer.
Thank you Dotty!
Our pups have stayed at Dotty's place many times. They love her, and so do we. Aside from Dotty, her husband and sons just being wonderful, fun people who love dogs, they are completely trustworthy and leave us feeing very confident that our babies will be well taken care of. Oh, and the pictures and videos she sends daily are priceless. On the downside, I'm starting to feel really bad every time I pick them up from a stay at her place... I have a sneaking suspicion that they don't want to leave!
Dotty was great! We received lots of pictures on a daily basis. Zooey seemed to be immediately comfortable running around the house. She definitely enjoyed the yard and made a couple goldendoodle friends during her stay. Overall, great experience.
As usual, I am so happy with Dotty. She sends regular photos of my dog and Beans gets so excited for every visit. Highly recommend!
Our dog Teddy loved every minute of her stay with Dotty. Teddy looks forward to staying with her again soon...
Sacha has just returned from her third stay with Dotty and her wonderful family. She always has a fabulous time, with great beach walks, playtime, and family interaction; Dotty also has a great back yard, which we don't have, so it's a special treat. It's wonderful to go on vacation knowing that Sacha will be having a good time just as we are!
Dotty and her husband were great companions for our 2 dogs who got plenty of exercise, socializing and ball throwing. Freckle and Venus Love were sad to leave their vacation.
Dorothy and John took great care of our two cockapoos whilst we were away over the New Year. Dorothy sent us lots of pictures of their adventures each day, which included long walks, beach fun and even a visit to Dorothy's mums house on NYE!
They looked after them as if they were their own and i even think our two were a little sad to leave them.
We won't hesitate to use them again, as it is wonderful to find a home that will look after them and love them as much as we do.
I would highly recommend them.
This is the second time we've left our Percy with Dotty C. We couldn't have asked for a more responsible, experienced and caring person to watch over our pooch. Percy had a great time in Dotty's big grassy back yard with other dogs to play with.
We highly recommend Dotty to take care of your furry friend while you are away! From the start, Dotty made us feel at ease, by inviting us into her home for a meet and greet and engaging with Rex. Upon drop off, she immediately sent us pictures and each day we received pictures of the fun Rex was having. He came home happy and tired! Dotty's personable demeanor and the great care she takes of your pet is amazing! We will certainly use her again on our next vacation!
Dotty is Great!
We had two visits with Dotty before our vacation. Dotty and Patches and my Wife and I got to know each other and became very comfortable. Dotty even introduced Patches to neighborhood dog(s). What a good idea.
During the vacation, Dotty texted us and sent photos a couple of times each day of Patches and his adventures in her huge back yard with neighboring dogs and how his day was going.
That allowed us to see Patches and feel very relaxed. She even sent a couple of short videos!
Patches loved his visit at Dotty's Home......He had his own vacation.
Dotty is Great and Great with dogs.
Dotty and her husband John are outstanding guest-dog-parents. We left Clover, our 14-month old Springer Spaniel, with them and she had a terrific time. She had play dates. She went to the beach. And most important, she was made to feel loved in our absence. I'm a big fan of in-home dog boarding over kennels because the customized experience is a lot less stressful for your pooch when you find good caregivers. Dotty and John are terrific.
Dotty and her family looked after my dog for the past 3 weeks while I was on vacation. She had stayed with Dotty for a few days earlier in the summer and was quiet happy to return. Dotty kept me posted by email and photos. My dog had a wonderful time and was so looked after she wasn't even mad at me for leaving town.
Dotty is Beans' new favorite place to go.
Dotty and her family are amazing! This is my first time using dogvacay and she was nice enough to tell me how the whole process works. Dotty took a last minute reservation and we had a meet and greet. They have a nice grassy backyard for Ella to run around. The next day I dropped my dog daughter Ella off and left for my one night trip. I received text picture messages that were adorable and put me at ease. I picked Ella up the next day, she had a free treat from Dotty and was exhausted! I will definitely go to Dotty again because of how well she took care of Ella!
Dotty and her family are great, and her house and yard provide a pleasant environment for our large labradoodle, who is hard to please. He hates being alone, but he had plenty of interaction with Dotty and other dogs. While we were out of town, Dotty often texted with photos showing our dog having a good time or chilling, and we were confident he was in good hands. Dotty also took him for walks, and at 85 lbs, he can pull anybody, but she managed well using her own harness, so everybody was happy. It's not easy finding people willing to put up with a big neurotic labradoodle, so we are thankful that Dotty is willing to have our dog stay with her next time we are out of town, and we are very appreciative of the thoughtful and kind care she provided our dog. Highest recommendation!
As usual, Dotty and her family were AWESOME. We feel so lucky to have found them. Dotty sends pics and video almost immediately, and the looks of outright joy on our pups' faces is priceless. They have a blast in the yard, get to go on walks and hikes, and really become part of Dotty's family for their stay. We feel bad picking them up, because life is more fun on vacation at Dotty's place. Thanks again!!
Dotty & her family were fantastic. I knew the minute I met them that our dog would be in great hands. They are true dog lovers and that is exactly what we were looking for in a host. The daily updates were so fun for us & our kids. He came home happy & tired!
Duke came back happy as always when staying with Dotty, her husband and sons. We had some great pictures of his walking the beach and romping around the back yard with fellow guests. He loves Camp C!
Beans had a great time and she was very responsive throughout the whole process. We will definitely be bringing him back again. Great backyard!
I was having work done in my house and it would have been difficult for my dog Maggie to stay at home. Dotty and her family really welcomed her into their home and kept me updated with emails and photos of her playing with the family and new dog friends she met while staying there.
I am so glad to have met Dotty and hope she can take care of Maggie again in the future when I may be out of town. I know she will be well taken care of.
We are so happy to have found such a perfect home away from home for our dog Sacha. Dotty had several other dogs staying with her as well, and Sacha had a blast running around with new playmates in the spacious back yard and ending every day happily exhausted.We received daily updates and photos (lots of great action shots) and were delighted that Sacha was having as good a time as we were. We will be boarding her with Dotty again on our next trip. This was our first experience with DogVacay and we are grateful and thrilled to know that such a great, worry-free resource is available. Many thanks!
My dog Sgt. Pepper became part of Dotty's family. The pictures of all their adventures together came often and I always knew he was doing well. I could not have had a better experience! Thanks for everything!
A+++. Accommodating in all ways. For me, my schedule. More important, for my dog. Brightened her initial sad hours with a trip to the beach, gave her many walks, much TLC at home. Dotty facilitates my being able to take more trips.
AWESOME! I have had my two pups for almost 7 years and never left them with anyone we didn't already know. Just a few weeks before going out of town, my originally planned dog sitter and friend told me they were no longer going to be able to help me out. I'm still fairly new to the city and didn't have a clue as to what to do after visiting some of the boarding places and leaving completely disappointed and uninterested, but someone told me about DogVacay. I was hesitant to try it at first and met quite a few of the sitters, but Dotty just made the greatest first impression, and my dogs seemed totally at ease from the minute we walked in the door for our meet-n-greet. She told me there would be a small dog staying at the same time, which was my only hesitation because mine are both bigger and one can be a little feisty when stressed, but with the other positive reviews and her calming, sincere reassurance along with many years of experience, I felt comfortable that they were in good hands... and they definitely were!!! She was great with them, sent me texts, pictures and videos throughout their stay and made accommodations for my oldest dog with hip, joint and arthritis issues. They played great with the smaller dog, which they always do when I'm around, and even sent me pictures of them cuddling on the couch, so I know they felt comfortable while I was gone. I absolutely recommend her for your pet's home away from home and am so glad I now have someone to call!
Dotty and her family took such good care of my little girl when I was away that she didn't want to come home! The same dog who was pulling me out of the house when I dropped her off (because she didn't want me to leave), was pulling me back into the house when I came to pick her up (SHE didn't want to leave).

Needless to say, I highly recommend Dotty. She sent me pictures throughout my dog's stay to reassure me that she was happy and in good hands!
Dotty and her family were terrific! Sadie had as great a vacation as we did and we got to see lots of pictures!
Duke had a great time as always. And Dotty sent cute pictures from the beach!
Four paws up! Duke always has a great time!
I found Dotty via the map search on this website; she was close in proximity, available, and already had good reviews. I arranged a "meet and greet" that went well. No resident pets to worry about. She has a dog-friendly home and a large backyard. I really loved receiving text with pictures keeping me updated as to what my dog was up to; very special. Everything went flawlessly, so I hope to use her services again in the future.
Dotty and her family took amazing care of my great dane Zeus while I was on a trip to Europe. Before I was through security at the airport she had already sent me photos of him playing in the backyard. I continued to get photos through out my trip assuring me that he was having as much fun as I. They cared for him like he was their own, and it truly was a vacation for him too. I know he was happy to see me when i returned, but I'm pretty sure he didn't want to go home.
Dottie and her family are amazing. We are thrilled to have found her. We just got back from a 2-week vacation, and while we missed our pups immensely, we knew they were having the time of their lives! Dottie and her husband and sons welcomed our boys into the family, snuggling and playing with them, and taking them on hikes and long walks/trips tot he park. We received multiple pictures every day, and even some videos of them playing with the other dog staying there at the time. I looked forward to getting these every day. As excited as we were to pick them up, we were a little sad for them, too, because their vacation with Dottie and family was so much more fun than everyday life with us! We will most definitely ask Dottie to host them again next time we go away. Thanks, Dottie and family!
Another fantastic stay with Dotty C and her family! I honestly feel like she and her family have become part of our family and Peanut is as excited to see them and spend time with her as she is with us. Thanks Dotty for alleviating any potential stress of leaving our much loved dog with someone. Can not ask for a better experience for Peanut or someone to trust as much as we trust you! Thank you so much!
Duke had a terrific time! Dotty and her family took him to the beach and for long walks--and regularly sent pictures! A wonderful place for him!
Dotty and her family were great! Our dog, Casey, was well cared for and Dotty sent us many pictures and texts of him during his stay. I highly recommend her and her family.
Dotty and her family loves dogs and treated our Duke like a king--or at least as well as their teenage son, who regularly played and lounged with him! He was taken on frequent walks, and we received pictures periodically throughout our 2-week trip. An ideal situation for a larger dog.
dotty and her family are awesome!! boss hogg loves all the attention he gets at her house. dotty goes above and beyond and always cares for my dog like he is her own. she always sends lots of photos too which is much appreciated.
I can't say enough good things about Dotty. She and her family were great and I knew Buster was having so much fun while I was away. She also takes great pictures and sent me them throughout the day. I highly recommend her.
This is my dog's 2nd stay with Dotty and I cannot express how thrilled we are to have her and her family in our lives. Peanut is able to enjoy herself beyond anything we can provide--she's running on the beach, splashing in the ocean, getting love from lots of family around the house...a true dream for all of us and a very very happy dog in return. Thank you Dotty and family!
Dotty is a great host! She has a wonderful house with a big yard to play in.
Dotty is absolutely amazing! My dog had a great time for almost 2 weeks and really enjoyed all the walks and the backyard! I got pictures and updates of my dog every few days, which was much appreciated, especially because I was out of country. I would definitely use Dotty's services again and would highly recommend her!
I literally just picked up my dog and raced home to review Dotty and Peanut's stay. She was beyond amazing. She and her family is everything (and more) that you want when you leave your dog with someone. I never had a single worry, I always received awesome updates and clearly Peanut was having the time of her life and getting tons of love. I can not say enough good things about choosing Dotty and as we left I told her that I'd hope we'd see her soon. Going on vacation always had a bit of stress and anxiety when we had to figure out where Peanut could go--and that is all gone. Thank you Dotty! We are so lucky to have met you and can't wait to see you again! Best, Andie & Peanut
Dotty was fantastic! She was incredibly responsive to emails, phone calls and texts! She was extremely welcoming to our two little guys and she sent the most adorable photos while we were on vacation to show us what an amazing time they were having! I would highly recommend Dotty!
Dotty and family are absolute stars. Little Rosie was comfy from the moment we went for our meet and greet- she was exploring their garden and having a great time.

Dotty was incredibly sweet and attentive- sending me all sorts of pictures of their time together- in the house, walking outside, at the beach... I was 100% sure that Rosie was having a great time, which allowed me to be able to fully relax for a couple of much needed days!

I would recommend you sending your pooch for his/her holiday with Dotty. She will look after your little one beautifully!
We couldn't be more happy with our experience with Dotty C. Our puppy had a really great vacation! Thanks, Dotty!!!
Dotty is simply the best..from every aspect, her home, her yard, her family, her love of animals and her ability to take care of animals. She also sent us follow ups with photos of our dogs and updates on their stay. We were so lucky to have our dogs stay with Dotty and be worry free leaving them with such a great family. She is awesome!!!
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