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 15 minutes from 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 Golden Gate Labrador Retriever Rescue, I have fostered many different types of dogs, and worked on basic training, socialization, and leash manners. My resident dog is a sweet, well-balanced female lab who enjoys lots of water time as well as lounging around!
A typical day for your dog will include a beach walk 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! Walks are customized for your dog depending on their needs - it could be the dog beach, a nature hike in DeLaVega or Nisene Marks, or a romp around the Santa Cruz Harbor and to Frederick's Street Dog park. Neighborhood walks are also 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 on-leash...my 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, and 1:1 attention. 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 grassy yard, offering both sun and shade. I am here almost all day, and 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 can customize a rate package to fit your needs - discounts for longer term stays, dogs with special needs, and regular bookings for example.
I welcome all friendly breeds, as long as they are socialized and don't have a history of any people / dog aggression. My resident lab is well balanced and enjoys the company of other dogs, she is very gentle with smaller breeds and shy / submissive dogs, and tends to make them feel at ease...she greets each dog with a play bow!
For 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 $40 will apply.
For Holidays (Thanksgiving Day, Xmas Eve & Day, New Years Day) an additional $20/ per day surcharge will apply.
I also require that all guest dogs are up to date on flea & tick control.
Please feel free to contact me for more information and references!
Joanna & Maya
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