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Joanna M.

16 Reviews
4 Repeat Guests
Other Sitters Nearby
  • Requires Meet-n-Greet to book
  • 1 day notice required for bookings
  • Responds within 4.6 hrs
  • 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
Rottweiler, Pit Bull - American Staffordshire Terrier, Pit Bull - American Pit Bull Terrier, Pit Bull - Bull Terrier

Joanna's Resident Pets

Labrador Retriever
7 yr 8 mo old

Joanna's House

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

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
Post-surgical pets
Special Needs Accommodated
  • Pets that require medicine
  • Pets recovering from surgery
  • Separation anxiety
  • Leash Pulling

Joanna M.

16 Reviews
4 Repeat Guests
Other Sitters Nearby
  • Requires Meet-n-Greet to book
  • 1 day notice required for bookings
  • Responds within 4.6 hrs
  • Cancellation Policy:


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  • Last updated April 27, 2017


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Services & Rates

Boarding Overnight At Joanna's Home
$60 /night
  • Watches up to 1 dog /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
16 Reviews
We couldnt ask for a better vacation for our Golden. Joanna is easy to work with, flexible, and most importantly she loves our dog amd our dog loves her. Her house and yard are set up perfectly. Her own dog is adorable and loving. Our dog is very happy to see Joanna. Our dog pretty much ignores me in favor of Joanna when I pull into her driveway.
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.
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