Chateau le Bark - SF Bay Area

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Ralf Travis M.

187 Reviews
63 Repeat Guests
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  • 3 days notice required for bookings
  • Responds within 30 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

Ralf Travis's House

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

About Ralf Travis

40 Years Experience Caring For Dogs
At Chateau le Bark your dog will be pampered Euro-style! A wide array of toys, a spacious, fully fenced-in back yard, and comfortable doggie beds will help your best friend miss you just a little less. Who knows h/she might just come home barking in a foreign accent :-) There is plenty of fun and exercise including 3-4 walks each day, including outings to a nearby dogpark, special treats, and lots of play time. A stay at Chateau le Bark provides an experience your dog will never forget!
I also accommodate dogs on special diets and administer medication. I completed a 6-week "Leash Monster" course on curbing leash aggression (a great course offered at Metro Dog in El Cerrito, CA). If need be I'd be happy to teach my vacation boarders what I learned (Hint: there are lots of treats involved - Yum!).
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Can administer oral medicine
Special Needs Accommodated
  • Pets recovering from surgery
  • Separation anxiety
  • Leash Pulling

Ralf Travis M.

187 Reviews
63 Repeat Guests
Other Sitters Nearby
  • 3 days notice required for bookings
  • Responds within 30 minutes
  • Cancellation Policy:


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  • Booked
  • Last updated February 15, 2017


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Services & Rates

Boarding Overnight At Ralf Travis's Home
$45 /night
  • Watches up to 4 dogs/night
  • Dogs will never be left unattended
  • 5+ potty breaks/day
  • 3+ walks/day
  • Pets can sleep wherever they want
Daycare At Ralf Travis's Home
$40 /day
  • Watches up to 4 dogs/day
Dog Walking
$25 /half-hour
$40 /hour
  • Willing to travel 5 miles
$10 each way
  • Willing to travel 5 miles
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187 Reviews
Thanks again to Ralf for a wonderful stay for our pup Otis.
Moxi had a great time as always! Ralf is amazing with a rescue dog like our's.
We always return to Travis, he and Lucas are the best there are. They are close living in our neighborhood, and our Moxi tends to pull back toward their house each walk after we pick her up from a trip. Needless to say, she loves staying at Chateau leBarc
Wonderful place for my dog. He was happy with Ralf and gang!
Ralf is a very congenial host, obviously likes dogs and seems very calm. The house is set up for a dog's comfort and there is a good-sized yard for dogs to romp.
Travis and his family is wonderful with my fur paw. My dog is as usual wagging his tail during drop-off and pick-up.
As usual, Ernie had a great time at the Chateau. My dog is always wagging his tail when I pick him up.
Ralf was fantastic! My dog immediately bonded with him and had a fun stay at his place. Ralf is kind, easy to work with and will take great care of your dog. Highly recommend and will definitely book again!
Andy was well cared for the week we were away! It's a great feeling to leave on a vacation knowing the doggy is in good hands!
Ralf is the best!! He was my pooches' secret Santa - they adore him. I can't drive around his home without them begging for me to drop them off.
Ralf runs a first class dog hotel! My dog, Daystar, was happy and healthy and I suspect she would have liked to hang out at Ralf's for another few weeks with her new canine friends. A great experience for me and my dog, all around.
Travis is always the best!
Our dog Cocoa had a wonderful stay with Ralf. It was our first time using Dog Vacay and we are most pleased. Ralf is a very calm, quiet and friendly host and clearly enjoys his role and the dogs in his care enjoy him very much. I arrived to pick up Cocoa and Ralf was returning home from their morning walk, clearly all 4 dogs having enjoyed themselves. When our dog is happy, we are happy. As a member of our family, we want to make sure that Cocoa is well cared for and happy with her vacation too. Thank you Ralf for a wonderful stay. We will return.
Our first time using DogVaycay and we are most pleased. Ralf has a lovely, calm personality and manner, and clearly loves dogs and caring for them. Ralf has a comfortable home where it is clear that the dogs can move about freely, a large backyard for play and a quiet neighborhood for walks. Cocoa was one of 4 dogs for her first stay, of varying sizes and personalities and I could tell did well with this crew. When I arrived this morning to pick up my dog, Ralf was returning from a morning walk with all four dogs. All the dogs, including Ralf, seemed happy, content, pleased with their stroll. Cocoa was well taken care of during our absence and nothing makes me happier. We hope to use Ralf again, and soon. Thank you!
Travis and his son have been excellent hosts to Bodie when our pack is out of town. Love that our big boy is content and pooped when we get home - gives us all a little re-entry time...
once Duckie settled in, he seemed to be comfortable and Ralf and he got along well.
Ralf is just an awesome person! A gem of a guy. I left my 1 yr old shih tzu - Olive (who was very tentative around other days) in Ralf's care for 8 hours as I had meetings. He was caring for a few other smaller dogs that day. He made both me and Olive very comfortable. He sent me pictures and updates. You can tell he is just a caring soul and genuinely kind person. Olive got along with the other dogs and was tired but very happy. I will return to Ralf next time I need to. Thank you Ralf!!
Ralf is the absolute best! I learned of him from my roommate; for over two years he has taken care of her dog when she is away. I am so glad my pup finally got a chance to go stay at Ralfs! I have never had her stay at a more perfect place! He is professional, kind, and clearly knows - and loves! - dogs. My pup is not the easiest of dogs, since she is leash reactive, but Ralf was up to the task. Plus he has truly created a dog oasis at his home with an incredible fully fenced in backyard space, the dog friendliest living room I've ever seen, and toys and beds galore! And since he works from home, the dogs have access to the backyard and love and snuggles all day. Ralf keeps you up to date with regular photos and videos. Most importantly, I was really impressed by how much of my pups personality he had learned in such a short time. Ralf is amazing and will truly care for your dog
Ralf is a WONDERFUL host! My pup, Archie, took to Ralf and his son right away, and I immediately felt comfortable leaving him for a long weekend. Ralf sent me a few photo updates every day I was gone—I saw Archie playing with other dogs in the backyard, basking in the sun by the living room window, and hanging out at the beach. Archie had just as much of a vacation as I did! Ralf was also extremely accommodating to Archie's needs (he struggles with separation anxiety) and was willing to work with last-minute changes in my travel schedule.

This was my first time using DogVacay, and also my first time leaving Archie in someone else's care overnight. Couldn't have had a better experience, and Archie can't wait for his next visit at Chateau le Bark. Thank you, Ralf!
Lucy is always happy with Travis. His home is her new 'second home'!
I was very appreciative for Ralf’s kindness and generosity towards me and my dog. From Meet-and-Agree to drop and pick up, he’s very friendly, professional, and very considerate with convenience of my schedule.

I could not get an image out of mind: a group dogs following him from yard to living room, and a dog jumped onto the couch flat-down on its back…Ralf made his home for those dogs to have a wonderful vacation experience. No wonder, he is a very popular sitter.
Otis is our very new giant puppy and this was his first time spending time outside of our house since we adopted him from the rescue. Ralf made the whole process easy and worry-free. He sent a video and photo of Otis with comments on how Otis was doing. We were happy to have such a turn-key, worry-free caretaker for Otis while we were visiting family. Thanks Ralf! Otis would love to stay with you again.
We HIGHLY recommend--We had a great experience using Ralf as our dog sitter. Our lab Fannie seemed a "happy member of the pack" in each photo Ralf sent along. Knowing she was comfortable helped us relax, and enjoy our time away. Thanks Ralf!
My dog stayed with Ralf a couple days a week over several weeks. He offers a great environment and loves his 4 legged guests. Ralf took them on walks, sent us photos and I felt so at ease leaving my "boy" with Ralf each time. I highly recommend!
Ralf is simply the best! I have a four years old German Shepherd whom never was left with a pet sitter before. My husband and I were quite nervous to leave Wolfy in a day care since once we took him to the Metro Dog daycare and he couldn't handle that place for even 30 min. Ralf is a great guy with gentle personality. He is an experienced and knowledgeable dog sitter who you really can trust to.Ralf did take care of our dog very well. He sent us pictures of our dog walking and exploring new places. That really made us feel calm and relieved that our dog was having a good time. Wolfy came back home really happy. We definitely use Ralf's service again. Thanks again Ralf!
This was Cassie's 4th stay at Chateau Le Bark, and she loved it. When we pulled up to the curb to drop her off, she looked out the window and immediately jumped up and started wagging her tail in anticipation! Very reassuring for Cassie's owners :)
I feel confident that my dog is going to have a lovely visit when he is with Ralf. Ralf is professional, responsive and so sweet with my dog who has some separation anxiety. I appreciate the videos and or pictures he sends for each visit! Bailey comes home smiling each time!
Kyoko was so excited to play in the backyard and enjoy all of the attention she gets during her stays.
Once again our big boy Snickers had a wonderful time. It is great to know he is in such a loving environment when we are away. He always comes home calm and tired!
My girl Frida had to stay for 4 weeks with Ralf. Ralf sent me photos of her while I was away, that was a nice touch, it looked like she was having a good time. He took care of her while she was under medication for couple of fox tails....
Thanks so much!
I will for sure bring her again to him!
Travis took great care of our big (80 lb) puppy for a full two weeks! Regular photo and video updates kept my nervous (and dog-sick) son from pining away too much. The "chateau" and yard were perfect for accommodating our dog and the ever-changing pack, and regular walks and games of tug-o-war clearly kept this overgrown pup busy. Thank you, Travis! Bodie looks forward to seeing you again soon!
Andy had a relaxing time at Ralf's home. He enjoyed his visit with a fun group of doggies!
Our big boy, Snickers had a great time with Ralf and the other doggy friends. This was his first time at Chateau Le Bark, but most certainly won't be the last as he came home happy, tired and zen from the garden and regular walks. Ralf was very accommodating and responsive to requests.
Ralf rocks!!! Everyone was relaxed and mellow when we got home and we will definitely use him again.
Ralf is a great guy! He is a very kind and patience man.
This is our first time leaving my SHY dog with someone beside family. I was nervous and of course my dog was too.
She was shy around Ralf all day but it was a great experience for her. She needs to learn how to trust other people/dogs and Ralf gave her a chance to do that. She will going back to have more daycare before her first sleepover!

Thanks Ralf and see you soon!
Once again Hendrix stayed with Ralf and had a great time -- he gets excited when we turn on his street. Ralf has become our go to dog sitter as we know Hendrix will have fun and will be well taken care of. I also love receiving picture updates. Can't say enough nice things about Ralf, we already have our next stay booked.
Our dog felt right at home at Travis's house. Both Travis and his son were exceptional with Rambo. Many thanks!!
This was our first time leaving our fur paws with someone that is not a relative. We were so delighted with Travis. He was very accommodating to our travel schedule. Lastly, and most important, our fur paws was wagging and playing when we picked him up from Travis.
It's no surprise that my dog had another funtastic stay with Travis!
Two weeks! Left our fur babies with Ralf for two weeks ... and our boys seemed to love every minute of it---as shown by the much appreciated pictures Ralf sent us throughout our time away. Talk about peace of mind! We hugely missed our boys, but the pictures gave us deep comfort knowing the munchkins were being well taken care of (fed, exercised and loved). Thank you again, Ralf!!! We'll certainly be back.
My experience with Ralf lived up to all of my hopeful expectations. Luci bonded with him from the first meeting and it's clear that he cares for each and every dog. Ralf's demeanor is calm and comforting. Luci really approves; she runs up his front stairs to be with him. That says it all!

I appreciated Ralf's timely communication and update of Luci's day. I'm happy to have someone reliable that I can count on when I have day care or boarding needs.
As always, Andy had a great time at Ralf's house with the full euro-pup experience! Andy now barks with a German accent!
Cassie had a terrific stay with Ralf. The minute we arrived she was excited to see him, and it was clear she would be in great hands. We very much appreciated the regular updates with pics and video. We felt at ease knowing Cassie was being well taken care of and will definitely be asking Ralf to take care of Cassie for us again.
This was my first time with Dog Vacay, Ralf and boarding my dog with strangers. Ralf was great at sending pics of Frida with other dogs. He also took Frida for walks...I am sure she appreciated that...she's a trooper and is used to lots of walks. Overall I am happy, it looks like she's got a great time. Thanks Ralf! am sure next time she will not feel at stranger's home.
Ralf is very knowledgeable and caring with the dogs. I would highly recommend him.
Another great vacation for Cooper with Ralf and Lucas! Knowing that Cooper is so well taken care of gives us peace of mind whenever we travel.
Chateau Le Bark is a doggy paradise of care and fun for Atticus. He got to hang out with Cooper, another Aussie. From the photo that Ralf sent me, Cooper and Atticus found a strong connection through a thick tug rope.
Magy always enjoys her stay at Chateau le Bark and this last visit was no exception. Travis and Lucas are the best!
Riley gets so quiet at the sight of suitcases but as soon as we pull up to Ralf's house he gets his bounce back. He loves being there and we know we never have to worry about him when we travel. Once again, he came home happy and tired. Five stars just doesn't seem like enough!
Ralf's home is wonderful for Sadie! I have been bringing Sadie here for a couple of years... And Sadie always loves her stays. Ralf and Lucas give her exercise and love, she comes home with a smile. She's already packed her bag for her next stay! Thanks Ralf, Lucas and dogvacay.
This is my second five star review for Ralf and I would post a higher review (10 stars, 100 stars, etc.) if it were allowed.

Ralf and his son cared for Gwen at a level above and beyond anything I could have expected. In our last visit, our couch potato mutt got more exercise and personal attention than she gets at home.

Ralf is kind, receptive and easy going. He has a natural connection to animals that is apparent from the moment I first met him. I genuinely cannot say enough great things about him.
Ralph is the person I check with first when finding a sitter for my little Boston Terrier, Bug. Bug lets me know when he has enjoyed his stay at a sitter--sometimes he looks sheepish and guilty if he has gotten into a fight, or been yelled at, or is wondering why I have abandoned him in a place where he is not happy. When I pick him up at Ralph's place, he is really not interested in coming home. That tells me that he has had a great time. Ralph is a terrific host.
Our three pups stayed with Ralf for two weeks, and our dogs had a great time! Ralf took great care of them, was super flexible with my husband & I's strange schedule, and was a pleasure to work with!
Travis takes good care of Kyoko while I'm away. She enjoys the hikes and makes herself at home as soon as we arrive for a stay. We'll be back for sure.
Ralf was nice and I think our pups had fun, I just wished he would have told me that there were going to be other dogs he was hosting along with our dogs. Our guys are small and the other dogs were a lot larger and more aggressive. It was hard to relax the entire time on our trip not knowing if they were really ok.
Hendrix loves spending time with Ralf. On our last visit, he started the "I know where I'm going dance" a few blocks a way and simply couldn't wait to see his friend. Thanks for taking such good care of our energetic pup.
5 awesome stars! We were referred to Ralf by a neighbor who had used him multiple times and had nothing but great things to say about him. He has a great set up for dogs with a secure yard, He takes them for several walks. Him and his son are very nice and most importantly reassuring. We will definitely be using his services again. Thank you for taking care of our fur baby!
Thank you, thank you, thank you! Singe had a great time.
Ralf has been fantastic, having been very flexible and accommodating. This visit was due to my need for surgery that would keep me from taking care of my pup, Singe. When I was unable to drive to pick Singe up, Ralf willingly fought awful traffic to bring her home. After, realizing it was a bit too soon for me to try to take care of Singe on my own again, Ralf was more than happy to care for Singe again for a few more days. So thankful.
Singe loves Ralf and his son, Lucas....and so do I!
Ralf is fantastic! My Singe loves her visits.
Ralf is fantastic! My Singe loves her visits.
My pup, Singe, always has a fantastic time with Ralf (and his son, Lucas). She loves to sit with Ralf each morning and help him read the morning paper while he enjoys his coffee.
Singe gets lots of attention and love, never failing to come home happily exhausted from her visits.
Singe loves Ralf and Lucas!
Luna had a great time! This is her home away from home. We wouldn't leave her with anyone but Ralf.
Ralf is our go-to for our Viszla when we have to leave home without her. We know she will be in good hands, and comfy at Chateau Le Bark! We got lots of picture updates from Ralf, and we know Luna is having a wonderful time.
Luna had a wonderful time as always! Thanks Chateau Le Bark! We will be back.
This is probably Luna's 5th or 6th time staying with Ralf and Lucas. They have been wonderful, and Luna always feel at home at Chateau le Bark. She is getting older and Ralf is sensitive to all her needs. She will definitely be back!
we left willow with ralf for a week and we received lots of pictures while we were away. Ralf is always accommodating with pick up and drop of times which we really appreciate!
Great experience as always!
Willow spent a whole week with ralf - she went on many walks and had a great time.
Ralf did a great job with our doggie Miso. We could tell she was well taken care of the two nights she stayed at the Chateau and we will definitely be back! Thanks, Ralf!!
I had another great stay with Travis at the Chateau. While my family was falling and swooshing on the white cold stuff that tastes cold, I was sunning on the deck. I met a new friend. Travis took us around the neighborhood. I marked a couple of bushes that I missed during the previous stay. I definitely sniffed a couple of bigger dogs since I had to strain my neck to reach the bushes. It was good to sniff and catch up on the neighborhood news. I look forward to my next stay!
Our dog Moxi wishes she could live with Ralf and Lucas all the time. They make her feel right at home. We never have any concerns of her care when staying at Chateau La Barq. As a matter of fact, we've discussed how grateful we are to have such great care.
Ralf and Lucas are the only sitters Moxi wants to stay with. That says it all, we wouldn't bring our dog to hosts she didn't LOVE...
Ralf and Lucas are amazing, our dog Moxi looks forward to staying with them. Walking her around our block she pulls toward their home when we get close. She is so happy staying with them, we wouldn't consider anyone else
As usual, Baka had a wonderful time with Ralf. It is his home away from home. He is looking forward to his next visit.
In the car ride, I heard my mom say Travis' name. My one ear perked up. When she opened the door, I knew exactly where my nose was going to take me! I played with my friends and slept over for 2 fur-tastic days!
Travis and Lucas take great care of Magy when I'm away and keep me updated with photos to let me know that she's having fun. Thanks again guys!
We had to leave town the last week in Dec during the holidays---a very bad time for booking anything, let alone doggie care ... but Ralf came to our rescue!!! He kindly juggled his own holiday plans to accommodate ours--who does that!!!

The pictures Ralf sent of the boys "hanging out" during our time away were comforting and put us at ease; when we initially dropped them off, the boys had great anxiety (thanks Ralf for your understanding and experienced handling!). Ralf and Lucas offer a caring and supportive nature--this was reflected in the happy wags and sparkling eyes of our dogs when we came to pick them up. Our assurance to anyone considering placing their "fur-baby" under Ralf's care.
Ralf and Lucas saved the day for us! Just before we went on vacation, Cooper was badly injured requiring medication and crate rest. In spite of his injury, Ralf and Lucas were willing to look after Cooper and took excellent care of him. We felt at ease knowing that Cooper was in such competent hands. Chateau le Bark is his home away from home.
I've left my dog willow a couple of times with ralf and each time I felt that my dog was having a good time. I love that ralf takes out willow for long walks and I appreciate the update photos he sends each time.
Lily, my elderly, fussy terrier, doesn't like anyone, but she loves Travis. She has been staying with Travis the week of Thanksgiving every year and each visit she comes home from her stay happier than the year before. This year was no different. Travis kept her happy, gave her medication every morning, and put up with her demanding, idiosyncratic personality.
As always, Rosie had the best time with Ralf. I appreciated all the photo updates and Rosie enjoyed being spoiled by Ralf, Lucas, and everyone! Looking forward to Rosie's next stay!
As always, Moxi is so excited to stay with Ralf.

When we walk in the evenings and happen to pass by the house, she pulls and pulls because she loves to be there so much.

Both Ralf and Lucas have an amazing approach to caring for dogs. It is their natural talent.
Andy was given outstanding care during our week of vacation. Ralf and Lucas are wonderful and caring of the dogs in their care.
Kyoko was instantly relaxed and happy to stay with Ralf and play with the other puppies. Being able to go in and out all day was an exciting prospect for my pup. I was able to relax and enjoy my trip knowing that Kyoko was in good hands and the pics sent reinforced that notion. I returned to a happy and tired puppy. Will certainly look to Ralf for future dog vacays.
Great as always! Thanks for taking care of our girl!
Excellent last minute service. Thanks again!
Another great stay at Ralf's. Norman is always well taken care of. Thank you Ralf! Barbara
First time staying with Ralf, my 2 doggies got to spend cuddly time with Ralf, and weren't too sure about leaving their sunning spot by the window when I picked them up. They just had their 2nd stay with Ralf this past weekend.
Great stay as before! Not sure our girl even wanted to come home with us!
Norman had a great 11 day boarding with Ralf. Thank you for all the wonderful photos!! My XL puppy had a great time and was well taken care of. Will be back again!!! Barbara and Norman
Cooper was well taken care of. He is a young, active boy who needs lots of exercise and attention...Ralf and Lucas made sure that Cooper received plenty of both! I'll definitely have Cooper stay with Ralf again.
Hendrix loved his time with Ralf!

He was very excited when we arrived at house. You can tell Ralf really loves and understands all those that stay with him. He is very responsive. Plus I loved the frequent picture updates. It's great to know your pet is enjoying their stay when you are away.

Hendrix will definitely be staying with Ralf again!
Andy had a fabulous time with Ralf!
We recently had our 9 year old chocolate lab and 7 year old boxer spend 15 days with Ralf, and I am so grateful! Ralf is wonderful! He has such a calm energy, and he helped our dogs feel safe and at home very quickly. I can't imagine a more perfect home away from home. We will definitely call upon Ralf again for any future dog vacay needs. I wholeheartedly recommend him to anyone who is nervous about leaving their doggies like I was. Our dogs aren't used to being away from home, and do have some separation anxiety, and they require a special diet and daily medications. None of this posed a problem for Ralf; he handled everything perfectly! He also sent us lots of photos complete with hilarious captions, and even a video, and this allowed us to feel connected and know that our babies were enjoying themselves and in good hands. Thank you Ralf! You allowed us to actually quit worrying and enjoy our trip!! We look forward to seeing you again!
Great stay for Kody as always!
Travis was easygoing and professional. We were apprehensive to be away from our new dog for 6 nights but we immediately felt at ease when we dropped her off. The photos and video of her sent while we were away reassured us that she was having a fun time with Travis and the other dogs.
Travis and Lucas are always great with Magy. Her tail starts wagging we we get there - it's like her second home!
Cachou knows Ralf. He always have a great time with him. He is always happy to go there.
I know Magy is being well taken care of when I'm away and she always comes back happy and relaxed!
What a great experience! We set up a meet and greet with Ralf, and had a really pleasant conversation. As we chatted, my dog played and explored the large backyard with the other dogs at the chateau. My dog stayed for 3 nights. The two pictures and a video Ralf sent me, showed me how much fun my dog was having.

If my dog could talk, I think this is what he would say, " was fun playing chase...woof.. cuddled and relaxed with my dog friends by the large beautiful window..woof, woof.. I want to do it again!"
As always, Andy enjoyed a frisky day at Ralf's house!
Magy came back happy again! She always loves her time with Travis and Lucas. :)
Travis was very accommodating for this last minute request to give Magy a break during a very hectic week. She always enjoys her stays at Chateau le Bark!
Our pup Zhanum LOVES Ralf and she never wants to leave Chateau Le Bark when we come to pick her up. Ralf's care is the greatest gift to my wife & I, because while we're away we never have to worry about how our beloved dog is doing. So grateful for Ralf!
Great time for Kody as always!
We had a bit of trouble locking down our vacation time. Through that anxious time, Ralf was extremely accommodating for which we were extremely grateful. Our apprehension at leaving our two fur children under a new caretaker were quickly dispelled as the boys acclimated very quickly upon dropping them off, and as noted via the various pictures Ralf provided throughout our time away. Thank you Ralf for taking such good care of our pawed babies! We recommend Ralf without reservation to anyone seeking a safe haven for their beloved pups :-)
I am hesitant to write a review here because I am worried that if Bay Area pet owners find out how great Ralf is, I will never be able to get another reservation. But here it is: Ralf is unquestionably the best pet sitter in the area.

I am a helicopter pet-parent and normally stress out when I am away from my elderly mutt. However, Ralf has a natural gift for connecting with animals and Gwen loves to spend time at his house. Ralf gives my dog plenty of attention and exercise and she always comes home happy.
Travis and Lucas are the best!
Magy had another fantastic stay with Travis. The photos were great this time!
Our dog Moxi is so happy staying with Ralf and Lucas. This time due to a death in the family, we had about an hour to book a flight back east, pack and take care of doggy care. Because of Ralf's ease to work with, we had the doggy care all taken care of.

We wouldn't bring Moxi anywhere else!!
Ralf and his son Lucas were wonderful hosts to Grace. I think she's depressed to be back home and not with all of her new friends. We will definitely have Grace stay with Ralf again – thank you!!!!
We cannot say enough positive about Chateau Le'Barc, Ralf, and Lucas. We didn't ever have a worry about our Moxi's care knowing that she was in great hands.

Our dog has some fear aggression issues which we discussed prior to leaving Moxi off and Ralf was well prepared to love Moxi and keep her safe and happy.

We are most fortunate to be neighbors only a few blocks away. Now, we know of a wonderful option for dog care when we take trips (at least those we don't bring Moxi on...)
Andy loves his visits with Ralf! I am so happy with the care Andy gets while we are away.
Another great stay for Kody!
Magy really enjoys her stays with Travis and Lucas!
My dog, Sadie, enjoyed her visit with Ralf. I picked her up relaxed and happy. Each time I walk away knowing that she will be loved, played with, cuddled with and well exercised. Home away from home! I've recommended Ralf to two other people, and they both were very pleased with how everything went. Thanks for doing all you do!
Another fantastic visit!
Pawsome as always! Thanks Ralf!
Another fantastic visit with Ralf!
Bonjour! What can I say about the château which hasn't already been said. Ralf and Lars are the very best! My elderly ladies always come home with a smile. Ralf's attention to detail in all aspects of care reassures me when I am away. They have become a trusted part of my life. I can't recommend them enough.
Another amazing visit!
Ralf took excellent care of our dog, Andy! Knowing my dog had personal attention and cuddling in our absence means so much to me. Many thank you's to Ralf and his son!
Murphy had a great time! He was pretty tired when he came home from running around in Ralfs backyard. We also really enjoyed the pictures updates that we got.
Elsie had another great visit with Ralf and Lucas. I know it was good when she isn't over the moon to see me when I pick her up which is what usually happens.
This was a first time one day overnight for Andy at Ralf's house. Andy seemed very relaxed and happy when I picked him up this morning. Ralf is a very mellow easy-going man who really seems to love dogs. I am so happy to have found a caring home for Andy when we are on vacation. I look forward to having Ralf care for our dog when we leave on our next trip.
After spending a whole week with Ralf, I think I saw a tear coming down Magy's cheek as we drove away. She loves it there!
Another fantastic stay with Ralf!
Bear had a fantastic stay with Ralf and his family. He got lots of attention at home, and he even got to go to the beach. He also really enjoyed having a couple of other big dog guests around, and having a yard to rest and play in. Frankly, Château le Bark is a tough act to follow!

Ralf provided plenty of photos to assuage my separation anxiety, too. I would definitely take Bear to stay with him again next time I travel.
Another fabulous stay with Ralf!
Elsie seemed to love her time with Ralf and Lucas. They sent daily photos which my co-workers and myself loved. I really like that he only takes a few guests at a time.
Once again, Baxter had a wonderful time with Ralf and Lucas. The ease of the reservations, communication, customer service and friendly atmosphere is consistently above par. Can you give 10 stars?
Magy and Raney's first visit with Ralf was a great success! Very happy to have found him. The girls will be returning soon for another visit.
This is Baxter's second stay with Ralf and Lucas and he LOVED it. Baxter immediately recognized where he was and started exploring his favorite spots. He really enjoys playing with his hosts/ 2 legged friends and making new 4-legged friends. It's comforting for me to know that he is in such good care.
This was Farofa's first stay with Ralf, and she seemed to have a great time! Ralf was very accommodating of our ever-changing schedule, and even offered to drop her off at our house as he passed through Berkeley, which was very generous. He sent us a few photos of her in the backyard and in the park, so we knew she was doing okay. Our girl doesn't adapt quickly to new situations, so we were nervous for her (and a bit for Ralf!), but he said she was a sweetheart so he must have a great touch with anxious dogs. We look forward to boarding Farofa with Ralf again sometime soon! Can't thank him enough for taking good care of our dog-ter :)
Ralf is a great host! Louie was calm when he came home. I received good updates each day. It was an excellent situation and I'd have Ralf and his son host again.
This is the first time we have used DogVacay and we are thrilled at how well it worked. Riley has always been left at home with a house sitter but some construction work at home meant that he had to be out of the house. Our meet and greet immediately put us at ease. Ralf and his son were clearly caring and competent and not at all intimidated by Riley's size and enthusiasm. Because our lives were being controlled by the construction schedule, Ralf's ability to be flexible with pickup and drop off times made everything easier for us. Most importantly, Riley enjoyed his stay. When I picked him up he was happy, healthy and exhausted from playing. I can't imagine any way this this visit could have been any better! We will definitely be using this service again.
Ralf Travis hits high notes again! Not only do I feel completely confident that my dog Koobi is safe and looked after, Koobi has a great time and gets lots of loving. It's the perfect solution when you have to leave your dog behind.
This was Baka's second stay with Ralf Travis - he was very happy & excited to return to Ralf's, and when we picked him up he was relaxed and happy, just a little sorry to leave his new friend.
Ralf took the time to do a meet and greet to make sure that Asha would be comfortable in his home. She ample room to sniff and play. His son is very sweet and I'm sure made great company for my girl. She came home happy and healthy. I would highly recommend Ralf.
I had never left my dog with anyone in the past 8yrs. Ralf put my mind at ease from the start. He is definitely a dog person with mellow energy. Koobi had so much fun looking for tennis balls in the big back yard and going for multiple walks every day, I was afraid he wouldn't want to come home. Ralf is good about sending photos and updates. He also handled Koobi's antiseizure medicine without any problems. I highly recommend him!!!!
Baka had a great time - he came back cheerful and relaxed. We will definitely have him stay here again.
I wish I would have known about DogVacay years ago. More importantly, I wish I would have met Ralf years ago. He is the perfect host for your dog(s), pays attention to the details, follows-up if there are any questions or concerns and includes pictures with the updates. Both dogs enjoyed their new "pack".
Another great time for our dog with Ralf and his son. It's nice to know he's always happy and we can enjoy our vacation time without being worry for him. Our girls are always happy to see pictures of him while we are away. Thank you Ralf !
Ralf provides Izzy with his official home away from home. Izzy comes home relaxed, and obviously has had a wonderful time! We'll be back!!
Emma seemed very happy to show up at Rolf's door and the pictures he posted of her while we were away were something we looked forward to finding in our email. We feel completely confident that she is lovingly cared for while we are gone, even with her medications and somewhat unusual diet! We very much preciate the peace of mind we have knowing we are leaving our beloved pooch in such good hands!
Mattie loves staying with Ralf. She is treated like one of the family and gets to go on lots of walks. She loves hanging out in the sun on the back deck. She doesn't even come to the door when I pick her up, I have to go get her in the back yard. She is that comfortable in Ralf's home. I know she is happy there which makes me very happy.
So grateful to Ralf for not only taking Oscar at the very last minute but also for showing him such a good time for a couple days. He was well taken care of and we will definitely ask Ralf to host again.
We will definitely be back. Thank you Ralf!
Ralf took fantastic care of Nala during her stay. She was so happy and relaxed when we picked her up. Also, Ralf sent up pictures and updates of Nala during her stay so that we were happy and relaxed too. Thank you Ralf!
Another fabulous "spa" experience for our dog at Ralf's...we didn't have a worry from drop-off to pick-up...and appreciated the sweet photo we received of Izzy's stay. We'll be back...
Ralf and Travis are fantastic! My sweet Singe has stayed with "the boys" several times and is clearly comfortable and happy being with them. Lots of walks and hikes.....and even beach time. She's on her own little vacation!
Ralf was great with my dog, Annie! She seemed happy and right at home once I picked her up after the weekend. Ralf sent photo updates and I never had to worry about her during my vacation. Thank you, Ralf! We look forward to coming again.
Ralf communicated with me promptly about my inquiries. It was a pleasure meeting him. I also appreciate that he sent photos occasionally. I would not hesitate to have Murray stay again with Ralf.
Just as we hoped, Emma was a happy exhausted dog when we picked her up ( exhausted from a trip to the beach that Rolf took her on!). Cannot recommend any dog-caregiver more!!!! Rolf is great with pooches and clearly loves what he is doing, which makes us happy and secure in Emma's stays there . Please consider this loving home when you must leave you beloved pooch for a spell. You will feel so much better knowing how well cared for and how attentive to your dog's needs both Rolf and his son Lucas are.
We took Emma just for a trial day before going out of town and leaving her for the weekend. We knew it would be great because we had a meet and greet earlier. Emma had a fine day, no anxiety just happy to be there. Now we have complete confidence that her weekend stay will be just lovely. Rolf, his son and the home they share with peoples beloved dogs are so welcoming and caring, I can relax and have a good time knowing Emma will be well cared for.
It was Cachou second time with Ralf. What surprise me the most is, Cachou recognized the area and the house even before I parked the car. He was really happy to come back. He went directly in Ralf kitchen to ask for a treat !!! He never did that before ;-) So we were more than relaxed to leave him for our 9 days trip. Ralf send us some pictures, and Cachou had a great time.
Ralf and his son are the best. Roxie absolutely loves to stay with them and any 4-legged guests they might have..THANKS
As usual Bug had a wonderful time with Ralph. Whenever we start climbing the stairs up to Ralph's house Bug breaks into a run.
It's was first time week end trial for our small dog. Who is normally shy and anxious when we leave him. But as soon as we were in Ralf's home he found a ball, played right away and almost didn't even react when we left. He came back home happy to see us again, super relax. Ralf send us pictures during the week end, we can tell our dog had a really great time, and sure enjoyed his time.
Travis is always wonderful with my dog
We were thrilled with our very first Dog Vacay experience with our host Ralf. From
beginning to end he was responsive, clear, friendly and just great to work with. Our dog was happy throughout his stay (we loved receiving photos of his experience), and came home relaxed.
We would not hesitate to call Ralf again!
Singe loves her visits with "The Boys"! She's looking forward to my next she can go back and visit her friends! Woof!!
Ralf and. Lucas had my med small sadie for 4 days. She came home happy and relaxed - she clearly enjoyed her stay! I'm happy because Sadie is happy! Thank you!
Singe seems 'right at home' with Ralf and his son. She clearly had a most excellent time playing over the long weekend....and is presently recuperating from all the fun with a nap!
Thank you for taking such good care of my monkey girl! So very glad to know she is happy and comfortable!
See you next month!!
Bug loves Ralf, and gets so excited every time he realizes he is going for a "vacay". Ralf is gentle, attentive, and gives Bug lots of play time-just what a hyper little Boston Terrier needs.
Ralf and his son Lucas are great care takers. Our dog Niki is extremely shy with strangers. Ralf and Lucas were very patient, sensitive to his personality and had gained Niki's trust when we picked him up. We will definately send Niki back the next time we travel.
My pup, Singe, had a great time with Ralf and his son, Lucas! She took to them quickly and was immediately comfortable in their home....and loved their back yard to play and sniff in!
We've already booked two more visits with 'the boys'...and suspect there will likely be many more beyond!
Thanks, Ralf and Lucas, for taking such good care of my sweet monkey girl!!
I reached out to Ralf when my scheduled dog sitter cancelled two days before I was to travel abroad over the holidays. Fortunately, Ralf was available and willing to take in my best buddy at the last minute.

Ralf was proactive and very quick to respond regarding setup details. Once I arrived at his home, I knew Bruno would be in good hands. Ralf and his son Lucas were very welcoming and the fenced in backyard was a great treat.

During my trip, I received numerous captioned photos of Bruno, putting me at ease.

I'm really grateful to Ralf for saving my trip and providing an excellent home away from home for Bruno. I hope this is the first of many stays to come!
Fantastic stay for Kody as always!
My little Boston Terrier, Bug, and I are so thrilled to have Randy available. He is patient, professional, knowledgable, and provides a stable, happy home away from home for lucky dogs.
Ralf and Lucas were very patient with my little dog.
Leaving her with someone else is a new experience for her and they handled it very well. I am looking forward to a long relationship with this family.
I tried to give them 5 stars but had trouble with the site.
Ginger was a very happy dog when I picked her up. And a very tired dog! Ralf had given her good long hikes and she loved it! We appreciated receiving photos of Ginger during our vacation. This was Ginger's second stay with Ralf and we didn't have a moment's worry while we were away.
Ralf and his son Lucas were great with our Buddy. He is a very high energy dog and he seemed to get all of the exercise he needed. He actually got skunked while he was there and they bathed him at midnight to get rid of the smell. When we picked him up, he was fresh as a daisy!
Ralf was super friendly and easy to work with. Our pup had a fantastic time and was clearly very happy when we got him back. We'd definitely work with Ralf again!
At first I was worried because there were no other dogs staying there the weekend we went away. But Ralph and his son kept Gracie busy. They even took her for a long hike in Marin the day we returned. When we picked her up, she seemed happy and tired! She had met him on a meet-n-greet first, and when we took her back she followed Ralph into the kitchen right away, and after a couple of minutes, seemed to be really calm when we left. I wasn't expecting that. We didn't worry at all, knowing Ralph would take good care of her. It was a really positive experience. I highly recommend him if you need someone to take care of your dog.
Roxie had a Great time making new friends and staying with Ralf and Lucas. They are the best
I found Ralf couldn't have been happier with my experience.
I am relieved to have found someone so honest, trustworthy and so wonderful with animals. What I really liked about Ralf is that my dog, Woody, was treated like his own - even though it was his first time with him. He even emailed me some adorable photos of my dog during his stay, and who doesn't love pictures of their pet! ;)
I had never left Woody with anyone but my inlaws while I went away on a trips, and any concerns I had about leaving him behind were completely mitigated by Ralph's caring nature. He sent me updates via picture messaging, emailing, or texting of how Woody was doing. Woody was never alone and I could tell upon picking him up that she was very well looked after!
Woody had some seperation anxiety at first but Ralph handled it well. I will definitely use his services again and would recommend any pet lover to do the same.
Finding someone like Ralph is priceless.
Travis is the best! Thanks!
Travis was great! My dog came home happy, healthy, and most importantly, tired! Sounds like he had a ton of fun running around the big backyard. I highly recommend Travis.
Wonderful!!! Ralf and his son are absolutely the best. Roxie made a new friend and with her tail a wagging it was easy to see what a wonderful stay she had. I'm sure she looks forward to staying again next month. Thanks Ralf and Lucas
Ralf took very good care of Norman we were very pleased and will take him back for a return visit soon! Debbie & Barry
From what we gather, our dog Kody had a great time with Travis and his son, Lucas. Travis responded quickly to our meet & greet and reservation requests and was very accommodating to Kody's particular needs. Although Kody was only away for a couple nights, it was great to get a photo and message about the great time he was having (eating grass in the backyard). Eased our minds and let us know he was in good hands. Thanks Travis!
Travis (and his son, Lucas) did a great job of caring for our two older dogs. The photos he sent were really cute and the by-lines that accompanied them made us smile. We were especially confident leaving our older dogs with them after hearing about their touching experiences with their dog when it was older.
Bug was very tired when he got home, and slept through the night and dozed the next day. An indication of the amount of activity he had during his stay. Which is great, as he loves to play. He also seemed very comfortable in the vacay house and in no hurry to rush to my car. Another indication that he had a good time.
I was looking for a large quiet home with a host that was attentive and took time to get to know my dog, and was very pleased to see that was the case.
The moment I met Travis, I knew he was the right person to take care of my dog for 2 weeks. His calm and friendly demeanor immediately put my dog at ease. She is a nervous dog, but Travis has the ability to understand exactly what she needs. My dog absolutely adores Travis, and she is very picky about the people she hangs out with. They went for walks in Marin County, and Point Reyes. Chateau Le Bark is in a quiet neighborhood, close to an off leash dog park. The back yard is secure, private and peaceful. If I could give 6 stars, I would. We would definitely be back to Chateau Le Bark!
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