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Joanne M.

45 Reviews
39 Repeat Guests
Other Sitters Nearby
  • Same day bookings are OK
  • Responds within 2 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 - Bull Terrier, Pit Bull - American Pit Bull Terrier

Joanne's House

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

About Joanne

15 Years Experience Caring For Dogs
I offer doggy daycare and night care for those who work a night shift (up to 12 hours) as well as dog boarding (24 hr. $30.) Most likely there will be other dogs here too. They all go with me on errands, visit dog friendly stores, and friends with dogs. When weather permits we go to the dog park and swimming at Lake Whatcom. In the summer I have a kiddie pool that some dogs love.

I drive a station wagon that is outfitted with a hammock over the back seat and a crate in the back cargo area. Two large dogs and three smaller dogs will fit comfortably and be able to see out of the windows.

There is a doggy sunporch at the side of my house where dogs may climb up a ramp to get on the shelf at the level of the big window or pick spots where they can look out into the yard through smaller openings. There is a ramp leading out into the yard when the main outside door is closed and a dog door that opens into the kitchen. I also have a long tunnel in the yard that some dogs like to walk through.

When spending the night (boarding), your dog is my companion 24/7. We do the same daytime activities as daycare visitors. Those who sleep here will enjoy the added attraction of watching the fire in the fireplace in cooler weather.

We all sleep in the same room, but not in my bed. There is a selection of dog beds and 2 large crates. Some dogs like the security of a cave-like enclosure. Your dog is welcome to bring his or her own bed too. Each dog has a private corner where his or her meals are served. Sneaking into another's eating space is strongly discouraged. Dogs have to work for treats. They practice basic commands such as sit, stay, lie down and shake hands and take gently, no grabbing. I also work on no-pull leash walking.

I love watching dogs who don't know each other become acquainted and become a pack that does almost everything together. I used to teach preschoolers and I find that caring for dogs is similar in many ways. If the environment is set up correctly, the dogs are secure and comfortable and rarely make errors of judgement.
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Can administer oral medicine
Special Needs Accommodated
  • Pets recovering from surgery
  • Separation anxiety
  • Leash Pulling

Joanne M.

45 Reviews
39 Repeat Guests
Other Sitters Nearby
  • Same day bookings are OK
  • Responds within 2 hours
  • Cancellation Policy:


  • Available
  • Unavailable
  • 1 Spot Left
  • Booked
  • Last updated December 5, 2016


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Services & Rates

Boarding Overnight At Joanne's Home
$30 /night
  • Watches up to 5 dogs/night
  • Dogs will never be left unattended
  • Dogs will have full access outside for potty breaks
  • 2 walks/day
  • Pets will sleep in their own beds
Daycare At Joanne's Home
$20 /day
  • Watches up to 4 dogs/day
Home Visits
$20 /visit
  • Willing to travel 3 miles
45 Reviews
Very good. When I picked Sophie up, it was clear that she had a good time. I really appreciate the fact that Joanne took her to the dog park, just as I do.
Thanks again Joanne for treating our dear dogs like your own!
Our dog stayed with Joanne for a long weekend. She was happy and healthy when we picked her up. Observing our dog's behavior at pick up, I noticed she had bonded with Joanne, which is a great sign!
Chief had a nice peaceful stay with Joanne this visit - thank you, Ms. Joanne for another great stay!
I was so pleased with my dog's stay with Joanne. She was obviously able to read my shy dog's behaviors. I was impressed with her gentle approach to provide a calm space for my skittish pup to adjust to a different environment. I will definitely use her for longer trips, knowing that Sophie is in a very good place and I don't have to worry about her. A five star experience.
Joanne was very flexible about when I could pick up my dogs. They both looked happy and healthy when I picked them up!
Joanne is wonderful - very accomodating and our dog, Chief just loves staying with her!
Chief had a great day/evening with Joanne - he was very tired when he got home - thank you, Joanne!
Joanne is great!
Joanne takes great care of our dog Chief and he loves staying with her - thank you, Joanne!
Not much space for large dogs or very active ones. Outside space was questionable. Joanne seems pleasant and attentive.
Sometimes we have to book last minute (we try not to!) but Joanne has been most accommodating. Our dog, Chief loves Joanne and she takes great care of him! Thank you, Joanne :)
Joanne was great and all went well!
Joanne is wonderful!
Joanne is awesome!
Very nice. Benny had a great time!
Joanne always tries to accommodate us and we really appreciate that. We never worry when Chief stays with Joanne, she is a gem!
Joanne was great, we dropped off and picked up at times we talked about and Abbey seemed in great spirits when we got her home. I would book with her again
Joanne was a caring person who obviously really loves dogs. She was great at introducing Pepper to her temporary pack. Pepper obviously had a great time. We would be happy to have Joanne watch her again.
Joanne was wonderful! Nico is very relaxed with her and was happy as could be. I'm so glad to have found someone I can trust who will care for my dog when I travel!
Joanne is very accomodating - this last visit she figured out a way to dog-sit for us after some creative thinking on her part which we so appreciated and which helped us out in a pinch - thank you, Joanne!
Our dog Chief loves staying with Joanne - we feel confident he is safe and cared for in Joanne's care which gives us peace of mind. We highly recommend her!
It was our dog, Chief's first stay. Communication before and after his stay was excellent. Joanne took good care of Chief and he had a great time and met new friends - we will definitely book again - thank you, Joanne!
She was friendly but disorganized. She couldn't find my leash and collar when we arrived so she sent us home with one of hers and brought ours back the next day. This was our first DogVacay but I wasn't super impressed. The lady we wanted wasn't available the day we needed so she recommended Joanne. Sorry for a not so happy review but I am trying to be honest.
Joanne is willing to take in larger dogs, and she took on our challenging golden doodle over the busy Christmas holiday. She makes every attempt to simulate a home-like environment (e.g., plenty of blankets covering sofas). Our dog came home happy from the experience. Thank you Joanne.
This is the first time we have left Cady with Joanne. Dropping Cady off went smoothly. She was able to spend time in the fenced back yard during her visit which always makes her happy. Pick up also went well. Cady was excited when we came to pick her up but she calmed quickly which is a sign that her visit went well. We will call Joanne again.
As usual, Joanne is awesome. No doubt the best sitter ever & we've used a bunch. After being with Joanne for 8 days, Stewart was completely relaxed & feeling great when we picked him up.
Jake seems happy and healthy so I am as well.
Joanne took good care of our friendly and very active german shepherd. Our dog really liked her home and we'll have no problem leaving her their in the future. She was very flexible with her schedule and seemed concerned that our dog have a great experience. Thanks Joanne!
Joanne has a very dog friendly house and yard. My 9 month old pup seemed to have had a great time there, as she was quite content after I picked her up. Joanne was also flexible. My day kept me away a few hours longer than expected and she was fine with it. I will definitely use her again.

Joanne is awesome, wouldn't leave sensei anywhere else.
Piper is a newly recused dog and we wanted her to feel secure while we were gone. Joanne is very kind and Piper seemed very comfortable with her. Piper especially enjoyed the wood stove!
Joanne took excellent care of my two border terriers. I'm grateful for her deep knowledge about dogs and for the attention and care she gave to mine while I was away.
Ms. Joanne is great. McFee likes to stay with her. She is always pleasant and accomodating. Highly recommended.
Our dog is always happy to go see Joanne and loves the opportunity to meet new friends while having someone to hang out with all the time while we're away.
Joanne was an absolute lifesaver. We plan on taking Pepito back a lot!
Whether it is an extended stay or for a day, it is what I have been looking for in giving me peace of mind that my companion is well cared for.
My little dog stayed with Joanne for 3 weeks! When I picked her up she was as happy or happier than when I left her. I am so glad to have found this wonderful woman and leave my furry with her with absolutely NO reservations at all.
I couldn't be happier with the care & professionalism shown by Joanne in watching my dog. I will not hesitate to use her in the future or recommend her to others in caring for their dear pets. Such a relief to find a safe & loving abode in my absence.
Even though my dog Aggie wasn't the ideal guest, Joanne was patient and so willing to help her and me. I wouldn't trust my little animal to anyone else!
Toby's stay with Joanne was everything we hoped it would be. Joanne understands dogs and knows how to help them adjust to their new surroundings. We are very happy we found Joanne.
I was very pleased with AnnaBelle's stay with Joanne. She seemed right at home and I felt very comfortable leaving her in such a loving environment. Thank you, Joanne!
My puppy came home relaxed and happy. Joanne and family did a great job with her. I especially wanted her to be in a cozy supervised environment because she is still healing from being spayed. I'm sure she was a challenge with her puppy energy and personality. Joanne took that on gracefully. I am so appreciative.
We were extremely happy with our dogs visit. Joanne was very flexible and understanding regarding our goofed up schedule. Our dogs felt very much at home at her place. She even took them for walks.

Thanks for the great experience Joanne !

Joanne's place was easy to find off the !-5. She was very welcoming without being overwhelming, had everything set up on her computer in advance for me to register as a new member and took charge right away. I left feeling that my dogs would be well taken care and when I returned found that they had indeed been. This is my first experience not only with Dog Vacay but with leaving my dogs in someone's home so I was truly nervous about it. So far this feels great and I'm looking forward to Joanne being my dog's regular home away from home
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