Camp Kathy in Collinsville, IL

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Kathy O.

52 Reviews
26 Repeat Guests
Other Sitters Nearby
  • Same day bookings are OK
  • Responds within 10 minutes
  • Cancellation Policy:

Pet Requirements

  • 1-20 lbs
  • 20-40 lbs
  • 40-80 lbs
  • 80+ lbs
All Ages OK

Kathy's House

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Large Yard
Smoke-free home
Pets allowed on furniture
Air-conditioned inside
Great for senior pets

About Kathy

24 Years Experience Caring For Dogs
Needed: your dog to accept love, head & neck scratches and massages from me! My husband and I owned a Wild Birds Unlimited franchise and were lucky to be able to take our dogs to work. Our dogs have since passed and now that we are "retired", I would love to have one-on-one dog time with your pup. We have no other pets, so your baby will get 24/7 care and our full attention. We have a $5 up charge for a puppy.

We live just off the interstate and are easy to find. Our large deck is gated and very shaded. Perfect for lounging and enjoying the breeze. Our side yard is open so your dog will be on lead at all times for walks and playtime.

Inside, we have four couches available for your dog(s) to stretch out on and feel at home. Beds are not off limits either! There are sidewalks in our neighborhood, a bike/walking path that is nearby and a park one half mile from our house.

I always loved seeing what my dogs were doing while we were away, so you will get photos/videos if needed. The closest vet is about a mile away and there is an after-hours, emergency animal hospital in Collinsville, 4 miles from our house.

Your dog will be treated like one of our family at our home. Please let me share my love with them! Contact me for a meet-n-greet or any questions.
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Can administer oral medicine
Can administer injected medicine
Special Needs Accommodated
  • Pets recovering from surgery
  • Leash Pulling

Kathy O.

52 Reviews
26 Repeat Guests
Other Sitters Nearby
  • Same day bookings are OK
  • Responds within 10 minutes
  • Cancellation Policy:


  • Available
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  • 1 Spot Left
  • Booked
  • Last updated February 2, 2017


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Services & Rates

Boarding Overnight At Kathy's Home
$30 /night
  • Watches up to 3 dogs/night
  • Dogs may be unsupervised for 1 - 2 hours/day
  • 5+ potty breaks/day
  • 3+ walks/day
  • Pets can sleep wherever they want
Daycare At Kathy's Home
$25 /day
  • Watches up to 3 dogs/day
Dog Walking
$15 /half-hour
$25 /hour
  • Willing to travel 5 miles
$20 /visit
  • Willing to travel 6 miles
$15 /bath
$10 each way
  • Willing to travel 20 miles
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52 Reviews
Kathy and Pat are the best friends a dog can ask for. They have kept our 2 senior labs on several occasions over the past year including a few extended stays of 7 to 10 days. They provide love, attention, exercise and compassion to our pups' wants and needs as well as sensitivity to their different quirks and personalities. We've felt a strong sense of trust and security with Kathy and Pat since our first meet and greet. We are moving away from the area soon and they will be deeply missed by all 4 of us! They are the best!
Kathy is absolutely amazing! Because she has sat for my dogs now several times, she knows their needs and personalities so well. She is always so calm with them and spoils them as if they were her own. I feel so comfortable leaving them with her any time, which allows me to have fun while I'm away. She's the best!!!
Bentley was well taken care of and worn out when he came home!! Kathy took him on walks and he got plenty of couch time. His stay was great!
Kathy was great with our dog, Bentley! She sent us a lot of updates and photos, which I particularly appreciated (we miss our pup when we are on vacation!) Kathy took Bentley with her for morning coffee and took him to the dog park and on walks. Couldn't have asked for more. Thank you, Kathy!
Great support to me and my doggies! No worries and no issues. Thank you Kathy!
Karhy is a gem! I know my dogs are well cared for and spoiled when they stay with her. They've met some new friends too. She is very calm and loving. It's nice to see the pictures she posts and if anything out of the ordinary does happen, she is in immediate contact. I feel comfortable and relaxed when I'm away from my kids cause I know they're in good hands.
This was the first time we had to leave our little rescue dog and it was an overwhelmingly positive experience! Kathy did a great job taking care of our dog and keeping us updated with photos and videos. We will be back!
What a wonderful weekend for both my husband, myself & our babies, Maxx & Macy! Kathy & Pat were amazing with our dogs! They were treated like members of their family! So great to have found them & they practically live next door! I would highly recommend them & look forward to having such great caretakers while we are away! They truly love what they do!
Kathy and Pat were amazing with our little pup Tali Rose! We had to leave her for a few days while we attended a wedding in Pennsylvania and hated the thought of leaving our girl in Illinois. But we were so happy to find Kathy's warm and inviting home. Kathy sent lots of photos and funny videos of Tali playing around the house and enjoying herself. She was always having a blast! In fact, I think when we came to pick her up she was a little sad to leave. We are already planning on using Kathy again and recommend her to anyone looking for a loving home for their pup while they are away!
Lizzie loves her stays with Kathy!!!
Absolutely wonderful dog sitters, my dog and I can't recommend them enough!
Kathy and Pat were great, Lucy had a great time going for walks, dog park and car rides!!!! Kathy sent pics daily as well which was nice to see :)
Perfect, as always!
It doesn't get any better than a stay with Pat and Kathy. The atmosphere and roomy areas they provided for our pup is second to none. It became obvious very quickly that we were in good hands after visiting and seeing our pup's reaction. Our pup also became very comfortable and trusting in the surroundings that they provide in such a short time. We have had repeated visits now, so they are highly recommended. Lots of pictures and dog walks are always a standard. They are very flexible, accommodating and deserve every bit of a five star rating. Simply the best!!
Pat and Kathy were great! Lots of pictures and communication. The dogs loved it and didn't want to leave.
Teddy loves Kathy & Pat! He jumps over the seat to get to them for his play dates!
Excellent as always!
Thanks so much for another wonderful experience!!
Great experience!!
Kathy was so wonderful! We got daily updates and pictures of Bear and it really helped to relax and enjoy vacation knowing that he was in good hands. We will definitely be using Kathy again!
Teddy William Bear adores Kathy! I am a little jealous when I drop him off, because he wags his tail and licks and jumps on her....LOL! She is the BEST!
We keep coming back because it feels like Kathy loves our dog almost as much as we do.
It doesn't get any better than Camp Kathy.
Bridget seemed to enjoy it and she got along well with the other dogs. I will definitely return!
Kathy and Pat go out of their way. They care for Stella like she was their own. They are wonderful!
Many thanks for taking such great care of Quincy! He seemed to really enjoy his stay. I think he missed his friends today because he seemed a little sad to be just spending the day with his mommy and daddy. We loved the pics you sent us. It really helped us know that he was in very good hands and enjoying his vacation also!
It was so comforting to know that our fur babies were in wonderful care while we were on vacation. Thank you for spoiling them! We will definitely be using your services again in the future!
This was our first experience using Dog Vacay so we were a little apprehensive at first. We did a meet and greet with Kathy and her husband (Pat) before scheduling an appointment and our dogs fell in love with them right away. After talking with them, my husband and I felt very comfortable leaving our dogs with them for the weekend. While we were gone, Kathy sent us several updates on our dogs via text messages and pictures. They took our pups on walks each day, gave them extra cuddles, bathed them and spoiled them with homemade treats. We were originally going to put our dogs in a kennel for the weekend until we heard about Dog Vacay and read the reviews on Camp Kathy. We could not have asked for a better couple to watch our pups and look forward to using them in the future. We highly recommend using Kathy and Pat as your dog sitter. They are awesome!!
Kathy O's efforts, energy and enthusiasm all exceeded our expectations. Bridget apparently enjoyed a great deal off attention and exposure to new experiences not available from traditional kennels or even prior in-house (ours) dog sitter. Kathy's photos documented Bridge enjoying a broad variety of activities including a visit on a lake boat lounging on a large outdoor deck, napping in a secluded corner, etc.

We would recommend this Dog Vacay location and proprietor without reservation.

Bridget (Two Paws Up), Colleen & Al (a total of four thumbs up)
Our dog Brooklyn wanted to write this review himself: "Second time see Kathy so happy! Have to lick her face show love. Pat good man pet scratch go WALK fun! New friends, tiny dogs and big dog good smells. Sometimes scared of stranger dogs but not at Kamp Kathy! Send pictures to my parents so they see fun I have. Want to go again see Kathy make more friends."

We're still working with him on his writing, but he's come pretty far.
Had another great experience with Kathy and Pat. They have been wonderful with the dogs and the dogs are right at home there. Highly recommend!!
Thank You, Kathy & Pat. We have a 4 1/2 year Weim that has a lot of energy and Kathy and Pat where able to wear her out. Kathy kept us informed with texts, pictures and video's that we enjoyed, knowing that Ella was enjoying her vacation with them- probably more that us! They where great host and we would recommend them and have plans on using them again when we need a pet sitter. The Willard Family.
We've used dogvacay several times and this stay,by far, was Junebug's best stay! Kathy was absolutely fabulous. We got daily videos and texts updating us on how Junebug was doing. Walks and car rides and fetching sessions. Communication was fantastic. We were traveling a long way and needed a place for Junie. They were very flexible about drop off and pick up times. We'll go out of our way to use Kathy again. All paws up for this stay. Thank you!
Bowie's first experience with Kathy and her husband was so wonderful. I felt completely at ease while he was under their care and they were truly the most accommodating and kind people ever. I will definitely be using Kathy again in the future next time I'm in need of an awesome caretaker for my, Bowie!

Thanks again so much Kathy!
Kathy (and Pat) are the best!
This was the first time we tried Dog Vacay.
It was fabulous! Kathy spoiled my dogs with a couple of walks a day, chasing tennis balls and lots of snuggling and loving. Kathy kept us in the loop with pictures every day.
We definitely recommend Kathy and Dog Vacay!
We did a meet and greet with Kathy and her husband before making an appointment for her to keep the dogs for us. The dogs took to her readily and we were very comfortable after talking with both of them. We left the dogs for six days while we were out of town, and they sent pictures and humorous texts to keep us up to date while we were gone. They did a great job for us and we are quite sure the dogs will love staying with them again sometime. They were more than accommodating as far as the initial meeting and getting the dogs back to us when we arrived at home from our trip. We look forward to seeing them again soon!
Kathy was awesome to work with. We have a new dog we rescued only 2 weeks before needing to go out of town. She was great with him, even though 10 months old and a chewer and an exuberant boy. We cant wait until he gets another trip to Kathy's in July. In 2 days, they taught him the sit command and lay down. Overall, an excellent experience!
To put it nicely my dog and I are somewhat co-dependent and he has some health issues so I'm always nervous when I have to leave him but Kathy is amazing. She loves him like he's her own dog, took him to the car show, made him rice for an upset stomach and it is clear he was very well taken care of and loved. I'll have no worries going out of town in the future. And beyond that she is very sweet and willing to work with your schedule. My flight got in later than anticipated and she actually brought my dog back to my house so we wouldn't have a late night. Couldn't have asked for a better experience and highly recommend Kathy.
Teddy loves going to Kathy's....she is now my preferred pup sitter, and I hope she continues with Dog Vacay for years to come!
I don't even know where to start. Kathy is not human. She is an angel sent down from doggy heaven to look after our furry friends.

We made the decision last minute (less than 24 hours) to not put Brooklyn in a kennel for a one week vacation, and Kathy was very quick in responding and telling us to bring him over. She sent pictures and messages about our guy every day, which was such a joy for us while we missed him. He had actually gotten into a little bit of chocolate the morning we took him over there, and Kathy was his loving nurse through his tummy troubles. She was so happy when he took a solid poop she even sent us a picture of it! That's how much she loves dogs. She walked him and fed him homemade treats and gave him massages and bathed him. And instead of picking up a shell-shocked kennel dog after our vacation, we got to pick up a happy excited healthy dog who clearly LOVED his Aunt Kathy. If we have our way, Brooklyn will never again have to stay anywhere but with Kathy.
Just one word - "AWESOME"!
The Proof is in the Puppy!

I can't say enough about Teddy's first day at Kathy's! He was hesitant to leave Mama at first, but when I picked him up at the end of the day, he was relaxed and happy! He even laid down at Kathy's feet while we chatted before leaving. This is the BEST experience I've had with a pet sitter for Teddy! I will be using Kathy again...Happy Pup, Happy Owner! Thanks, Kathy, and DogVacay!
Kathy and her husband were simply excellent caregivers for our two dogs-and incredibly accommodating to take them on short notice. I wouldn't hesitate to leave my dogs with Kathy again.
Bowser loves Kathy and Pat! He comes home tired and happy. We could not be more pleased..wonderful dog people.
Sunny loved her second visit to Camp Kathy even more than her first. They walked her so much - 6 miles! - she couldn't have been happier about it. When Sunny finished the rawhide we left with her, Kathy gave her a new one. Really wonderful to know she's so cared for and having a great time while we're gone. Kathy goes above and beyond.
Kathy and Pat were so wonderful! They spoiled our dog beautifully: she got so much walking and outdoor time, home made liver treats, and even learned a new trick. Their house was completely dog-friendly, they were so happy to have her and Sunny came back tired, which is the sign of a happy dog. We couldn't think of sending her to stay with anyone else.
Kathy is a wonderful caring person - your dog is in very good hands with her! This was my first experience with a pet-sitter, and I will NEVER go back to boarding thru a traditional kennel again. Kathy came over for a "meet'n greet" a few days prior and met my pomeranians, so they would be at ease with her when they went to stay at her home. They LOVED her!! She genuinely cares for dogs and she is very knowledgeable about the separation anxiety your pet is going through. She also sends you photos of your pet(s) while you are away, so you can have peace-of-mind that your babies are doing fine :)
Surprisingly, pet-sitting costs just about the same as what a traditional boarding place charges ... but treats your dog like they are at a "bed & breakfast" vs being in a fenced-in kennel. And your pet is even covered by accident insurance too! If you are near Collinsville, you should have Kathy pet-sit for you. She is simply amazing!!
Kathy and Pat are the best. They are dog lovers through and through. I received daily updates with pictures of Jax on a walk, playing or just hanging out. Their house is a 10 on the dog friendly scale. Lots of room and places to sleep with not much being off limits to the dogs. Jax was able to roam as he would at home. I left my Jax with total confidence and was able to enjoy myself while away with my family.

Thanks Kathy and Pat for taking such good care of Jax. And thanks for the homemade doggy treats. He loves them.
We have an almost-11-year-old Lab that does not like to be away from home (even with our family). In addition, he now has daily medicine that needs to be administered. We had Kathy stay at our home with "Shadow", and felt totally comfortable and at ease in knowing she would take care of him. Fortunately, it was a beautiful weather weekend - they got out for several walks and enjoyed just being outside. - we received daily photos of his well being. All meds were administered as expected, and we came home to our house just as we had left it - and more importantly - to a very content, tired dog. Kathy also took great care to pick up waste and dispose of properly. We would highly recommend Kathy to take care of your pet; it's obvious she has a special place in her heart for dogs, young and old!
We just could not be happier with Kathy and Pat! Bowser had a great time and we were sent many pictures of him 'in action' during his stay. Kathy and Pat are terrific, very highly recommended. Bowser's new home away from home.
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