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Joanna M.

15 Reviews
4 Repeat Guests
Other Sitters Nearby
  • 1 day notice required for bookings
  • Responds within 4 hours
  • Cancellation Policy:

Pet Requirements

  • 1-20 lbs
  • 20-40 lbs
  • 40-80 lbs
  • 80+ lbs
All Ages OK
Must Be Vaccinated
List of Breeds Not Accepted
Pit Bull - American Staffordshire Terrier, Pit Bull - Bull Terrier, Rottweiler, Pit Bull - American Pit Bull Terrier

Joanna's Resident Pets

Labrador Retriever
7 yr 5 mo old

Joanna's House

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Large Yard
100% fenced & locked
Smoke-free home
Pets allowed on furniture
Air-conditioned inside
Great for senior pets

About Joanna

17 Years Experience Caring For Dogs

My name is Joanna, and I'm located in beautiful Santa Cruz, a doggie paradise just 5 minutes from Pleasure Point, the Santa Cruz Harbor, and close to Nisene Marks, Westcliff Beach, and Lighthouse Field.

I'm an experienced dogsitter and walker and have excellent local references. As a volunteer for the Santa Cruz County Shelter and foster for Golden Gate Labrador Retriever Rescue, I have cared for many types of dogs, and worked on basic training, separation anxiety, potty training, socialization, and leash manners.

A typical day for your dog will include a beach trip or nature hike (on or off leash - your choice), playtime with my lab Maya, swimming, fetching, socializing, napping, and of course treats & lots of love! Neighborhood walks here are safe and scenic, and I'm walking distance from Chanticleer Dog Park.

If your dog isn't fond of the beach or has social issues, we can keep walks limited to dog is a great role model for puppies and fearful anxious types.

Here, your dog will get lots of exercise and fresh air, basic training when requested, and transportation back and forth to your home if needed. They will have 24-hour supervision by me personally. I will never leave your dog unattended in my home for more than 1-2 hours. Most of the time the dogs come along with me on my daily errands, I have ample room and bedding in the car.

For safety purposes, I have a limit of 3 dogs in my home at a time, so your dog will not be overwhelmed by a large pack.

My house is completely dog-friendly with a large fenced-in yard, offering both sun and shade. They have access in and out of the house. Guest dogs are welcome on the couch and my bed, or sometimes they prefer their own crate. They are welcome to play with my dog's toys, we don't mind sharing (as long as they don't!)

Dogs are fed separately to avoid any potential food & resource guarding, and treats and toys are also monitored closely to avoid potential spats.

I welcome all friendly dogs, as long as they don't have a history of any people / dog aggression. My resident lab is well balanced and enjoys company, she is very gentle with smaller breeds and shy / submissive types, and tends to make them feel at ease. She is not a fan of aggressive play or overly hyper pups, and will correct when boundaries are crossed.


Overnight Guests:
Dogs can be dropped off anytime after 9 am, but must be picked up before 10 am the final day of boarding, or a daycare charge of $50 will apply. I can usually accommodate earlier drop offs.

Daycare Guests:


LATE PICK UPS are an additional $20.

PUPPY POLICY: Dogs UNDER 1 YEAR of age are an additional $15 / day.

HOLIDAY GUESTS: (Thanksgiving Day, Xmas Eve & Xmas Day, July 4th, Easter, New Years Eve/ New Years Day) an additional $20/ per day surcharge will apply.

I require that all guest dogs are spayed / neutered if older than 6 mos, up to date on vaccines, and flea & tick control. Unfortunately I can't take dogs with excessive barking or resource guarding issues.

Please feel free to contact me for more information and references!

I look forward to meeting you.

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

Joanna M.

15 Reviews
4 Repeat Guests
Other Sitters Nearby
  • 1 day notice required for bookings
  • Responds within 4 hours
  • Cancellation Policy:


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  • Booked
  • Last updated February 14, 2017


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Services & Rates

Boarding Overnight At Joanna's Home
$60 /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
Daycare At Joanna's Home
$50 /day
  • Watches up to 3 dogs/day
Dog Walking
$20 /half-hour
$30 /hour
  • Willing to travel 10 miles
$30 /visit
  • Willing to travel 10 miles
$40 /hour
$10 /bath
$10 each way
  • Willing to travel 10 miles
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2 Testimonials
Sep 2016
Jo is a FANTASTIC dogsitter. We have known her for years and she has looked after our high energy lab many many times. She sends us pictures, showers him with affection and takes him on lots of fun trips and walks. We are always totally confident that he is being looked after incredibly well, and even though we have sometimes had to use someone else (she is in high demand,) we always prefer to leave our dog with her, as she is the person we trust most with our furry family member :)
Sep 2016
Joanna is an awesome sitter. I suspect our dog prefers her place to ours, which is understandable as he always gets lots of outside & beach time. Highly recommend
15 Reviews
Joanna & Maya were the best team to look after our two dogs when we went away. We were sent loads of updates & pics to ease our minds, she was an immediate hit with my dogs & Maya is the perfect dog when welcoming new dogs into her home - calm, confident & oh so sweet. Was a huge relief having my dogs stay in this warm home away from home.
Joanna is a very detail oriented and friendly caretaker. My dog had a great time while at her care. She happily acccomodated his special needs like medications and diet.She made sure that my dog got along with the others by making him comfortable at her home. Regular updates and photos helped with having peace of mind. She also took the dogs for hikes and long walks to keep them active. In all she is a great person to leave your dog with.
My large Old English Sheepdog mix had a great time hanging out with Joanna for the day. He came home happy and tired from playing and a hike. Joanna sent me a photo of Finn and stayed in good communication with me. She takes her job seriously and obviously cares a lot about her sweet Lab and about the dogs she is caring for as well. Her home is dog friendly with a nice backyard that is fenced for them to play in. I am confident she takes good care of the pooches and we will be back!
Joanna clearly loves dogs! Great way with animals, very responsive and easy to communicate with. Highly recommended!
Throughout the whole process of meeting Joanna, dropping our puppy off at her house for 4 days and picking her up we felt very positive. Joanna has a kind heart and it shows in her interaction with us and our puppy. Her home is clean and has plenty of yard space for dogs to play. She even sent us pictures of Ruby while we were on vacation which meant a lot to us!
Joanna was awesome! I had a last-minute day-care need, and she responded right away - met me that same day for a meet-and-greet. She obviously really knows dogs and is very diligent in their care. We did a short walk with my dog and hers so they could get a non-head-on meeting. The next day she came to my house for the day care and took my dog Izzy on a nice long walk (Izzy slept the rest of the day away - so nice). Joanna kept me informed throughout.

Joanna was just great. I will definitely contact her again when another day-care need arises.
I have a high anxiety Vishla, which in turns makes me a little anxious leaving her anywhere. Joanna and her sweet Maya, made us both extremely comfortable. Ginger has two wonderful new friends. Her space is wonderful. And Joanna is so active your pooch will get plenty of exercise, treats, and love. Highly recommended.
Rocky loved his stay with Joanna and Maya. Joanna was very responsive and flexible. She updated me with texts and photos of his visit. Rocky seemed super relaxed when I went to pick him up, which is very unusual for him since he has pretty bad separation anxiety. I'll definitely be bringing him back!
Joanna was great with desmo, and communicated frequently with us, allowing my wife and I to travel stress-free for the holidays. Desmo had a great time, and really enjoyed both Jo and Maya's company. The daily pictures and updates were excellent, and we will definitely utilize her services again in the future. SHe is a great caregiver, and a truly warm and wonderful person.

Tim and Sarah R.
Joanna is simply wonderful and Mia loves to spend time with both her and Maya. She spoils Mia with lots of walks, treats, and most importantly with love and attention. We couldn't ask for a better home away from home for our girl!
Johanna and Maya, her peaceful lab are wonderful! Our Chesapeake, Jesse had a great time with them on the beach, at the park and on the couch. We even got to meet up at the beach (we couldn't keep Jesse at the house we were staying at) and have a little dog/owner vacay together. Johanna did everything in her power to make sure Jesse had a good time and that we were comforted in her absence. Great DogVacay-er!
Joanna was responsive to all of our concerns about leaving our dog. Our plans changed due to a family illness. Joanna was very flexible. Joanna clearly cares about dogs and tries to make the experience fun. Joanna sent e-mail updates and photos throughout the stay. She was attentive and Maya is a wonderful playmate.
So happy we found Joanna to sit for our newly adopted 2 year old dog, Pali! From the initial email to our good-bye she was amazing! Joanna worked with our last-minute boarding request and our desire to see Pali while we rented a house in the area that did not allow dogs. Pali loved being with Joanna and Maya and enjoyed her off leash beach trips and walks around the neighborhood. Joanna met us at the beach so we could play with them too and she sent pictures, videos, and updates daily. Her house is great for dogs and Pali felt at home right away digging in her doggie basket of toys! We wished the we lived closer to Joanna. We highly recommend her to anyone in the area looking for someone to care for their dog!
Joanna was a great host and caretaker of our dog while vacationing in Santa Cruz. She was extremely helpful in working with our schedule and even referred me to another caretaker for the day she was not available. Overall, I had an excellent first time experience in finding someone to care for our dog while on vacation....thanks Joanna!
We have a high energy Vizsla and while he is a real cuddle bug, he can also be a handful. He came home happy, tried and calm, which is a testament to the amazing amount of play and exercise he got. Usually, when we leave him with someone, he comes home a bit wired and clingy. This trip, we brought him home and after a quick nuzzle, he walked right back to the car and looked expectantly. I think he wanted to go back to play with Joanna and Maya.
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