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Nadia N.

7 Reviews
5 Repeat Guests
Other Sitters Nearby
  • Same day bookings are OK
  • Responds within 3 hours
  • Cancellation Policy:

Pet Requirements

  • 1-20 lbs
  • 20-40 lbs
  • 40-80 lbs
  • 80+ lbs
All Ages OK
Must Be Spayed or Neutered

Nadia's Resident Pets

6 yr 11 mo old
Mixed Breed
5 yr 11 mo old

Nadia's House

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Children at home (13-18 years old)
Large Yard
100% fenced & locked
Smoke-free home
Pets allowed on furniture
Air-conditioned inside

About Nadia

23 Years Experience Caring For Dogs

1) I can only accept little dogs that are 15 pounds or less, spayed/neutered, vaccinated, clean, potty trained (used to regularly going potty outside instead of using indoor wee wee pad), current on flea prevention, crate trained (Each dog will be sleeping on a "doggie bed" inside his/her own crate at night), well-socialized with other well tempered dogs and people, non-aggressive, and not too dominant (or "alpha" temperament) for the sake of high compatibility with other little dogs.

2) I have two little "canine kids" at home. In order to give much individualized attention to each dog I accept, I prefer to take only one guest dog at a time. This is how I make sure each beloved pup that stays with me receives the highest standard of attention, care, and respect. (I may possibly make an exception for previous guest pooches).

3) More than two weeks of boarding will require a bath as an "add-on" for your dog (one bath for every 2 weeks), unless you have indicated to me a preference for no bath during your dog's stay, or your dog has a fear of bath. During bath and afterwards (blow drying), your dog will be handled with utmost gentleness and expertise. At no additional cost, I do a daily eye cleaning (with purified water, cotton pad, and eye comb) and a regular light combing &/or brushing for all long-haired breeds in order to prevent and minimize matting.

4) All pick-up/drop off must be scheduled in advance, and it must take place between 8am in the morning and 10pm at night. 10pm is our family's bedtime, and it's important for me to honor that. If you cannot pick up your pup by 10 pm, you'll need to board your baby an extra night and pick him/her up next day.


I specialize in training and caring for TOY and TEACUP breed dogs and puppies. Thus, I ONLY accept little dogs 15 pounds and under. Tiny dogs have numerous specialized needs that require extra caution, gentleness, a first-hand experience, and a specialized knowledge in regards to feeding and poison control (i.e., All foods that are toxic to dogs are far more toxic to tiny breeds), bathing, grooming, leash walking, playing, and socializing. For example, it's critical to protect them from objects, young or rough children or unaware adults, and bigger dogs -- as tiny dogs can easily get accidentally injured just because of their size.

Over the past 23 years, I have been a doggie parent to four little dogs ranging from 3.5 pounds to 15 pounds. I've raised each of them since they were puppies, and one of them came into my life with a terrible abuse history. She was in such horrible shape that we expected that this rescue would very well be a "hospice" case. I thought, well maybe we can at least help her to die in peace, surrounded by love. I dedicated myself in healing and rehabilitating this tiny abused pup, and within a year and a half, she has become the most trusting and sweetest dog ever. In fact, she is now on her way to giving even more love to the world as a therapy dog.

I am a devoted mother of two wonderful teens (13 yrs old daughter & 15 yrs old son), a loving wife, and a retired psychotherapist, as well as a natural health & healing advocate/consultant. It's been amazing to see just how profoundly helpful my psychology training and background have proven to be in connecting, understanding, rehabilitating, and working effectively with both dogs and people from all walks of life. As I have done in therapy and coaching, I've successfully helped many little pooches and their owners from all the cities/towns we have lived in over the past 23+ years. It's tremendously rewarding to utilize what comes totally naturally to me to actually benefit others, both people and animals!

I reside in a beautiful street in Central Menlo Park with my very loving family of six (including our two canine kids) in an inviting, down-to-earth, and idyllic ranch house with a spacious, securely fenced backyard and a plenty of soft grass to run around on. My peaceful neighborhood is safe, well-maintained, aesthetic, and is perfect for walking dogs. We so appreciate living in an easy walking distance to trails, multiple parks, two wonderful downtowns (MP & PA), Stanford University campus, and Stanford Shopping Center. With your approval, we can even take the pooches to our vacation home in West Santa Cruz and walk along the gorgeous West Cliff Drive. Just like most humans, pups love the "gourmet air" and they savor the view/sound/smell of the ocean. Just like us, they stare at the spectacularly mesmerizing sunsets with great appreciation. Our lovely SC house also has a securely fenced backyard and a spacious lawn.

I work from home, and my sweet husband who works outside of home is also amazing with dogs. In fact, I've never met a well-adjusted dog that did not fall in love with my fun-loving, compassionate, kind, and considerate life partner of 23+ years. Our two teenagers are also true animal lovers. They are truly the most gentle, loving big brother/sister to our two little pooches. Our two sweet-tempered, well-socialized pups are wonderful with other little dogs, and they love getting to meet all the new doggie friends and guests. We also have a very caring and responsible part-time assistant who comes over to assist with errands, kids' pick-ups, groceries, and the smooth running of our household. Our trustworthy assistant has worked for us for 15+ years and is also a huge dog lover.

I am known by my family and friends as extremely trustworthy, highly responsible, considerate, empathic, very patient, wise, insightful, authentic, intuitive, highly sensitive, and fierce in advocating for the well-being of all those in my care. Whether it's for training or daycare or two months of boarding, you can rest assure that your precious fur baby will be in a "doggie paradise" (physically, mentally, and emotionally) whenever s/he is entrusted in my care.

For added assurance and knowledge in caring for dogs, I am also Pet CPR/First Aid Certified (from American Safety & Health Institute). I usually take only one (or two at the most) guest pooch at a time for boarding so that I can provide a plenty of individualized attention and the highest quality of care. I am not doing this for profit or need. Instead, I am simply following my heart and taking time to pursue my many passions, callings, and dreams that were postponed for many years for the sake of complete dedication to raising healthy, happy kids (they are in their teens now and thriving), establishing financial security, and prioritizing the well-being of my beloved family. I feel truly blessed and deeply grateful to finally be where I am in my life right now.


If you need any type of dog training for your precious pup, please inquire about my dog training service that is specifically tailored to small breed dogs/puppies and completely customized to your/your dog's specific needs. I have had many years of training and extensive professional experience in utilizing behavior modification theory to shape and condition behaviors and have successfully incorporated this into dog training. I can work hourly with the dog (and owner) or you can add the training to the pup's boarding or daycare. If your pup is not yet reliably potty trained and needs potty training during boarding or daycare, it can be provided with an advance notice and an additional fee of $20 to daily boarding/daycare rate.
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Can administer oral medicine
CPR / First-Aid certified
Special Needs Accommodated
  • Separation anxiety
  • Leash Pulling

Nadia N.

7 Reviews
5 Repeat Guests
Other Sitters Nearby
  • Same day bookings are OK
  • Responds within 3 hours
  • Cancellation Policy:


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  • 1 Spot Left
  • Booked
  • Last updated February 20, 2017


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Services & Rates

Boarding Overnight At Nadia's Home
$60 /night
  • Watches up to 1 dog /night
  • Dogs may be unsupervised for 1 - 2 hours/day
  • 5+ potty breaks/day
  • 3+ walks/day
  • Pets will sleep in a crate
Daycare At Nadia's Home
$60 /day
  • Watches up to 1 dog /day
Dog Walking
$40 /half-hour
$60 /hour
  • Willing to travel 5 miles
$50 /visit
  • Willing to travel 5 miles
$100 /hour
$30 /bath
$25 each way
  • Willing to travel 5 miles
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7 Reviews
Jasko's stay with Nadia's family was an amazing experience for him. We can't get over how lucky we were to find Nadia on DogVacay. She is the kindest, most thoughtful, most conscientious, most fun host for a little dog that we could ever imagine. Her adorable two dogs, Colette and Satori, were wonderful companions for Jasko. The adventurous walks (and even a run), the fun outdoor play time, and the happy coziness inside were all shared with us via photos and messages while we were away.

This was our first time to leave our dog at someone's home. We were immediately comfortable and secure having our dog in Nadia's loving care. Thank you to Nadia for treating Jasko as part of her family and for taking such excellent care of him. I know he will be excited the next time he stays with Nadia, as this visit was like a vacation at a resort for him! We will be completely confident that he is receiving the very best care.
Nadia and her family are the best! While we were out of town we didn't worry about our dog even for a second. She kept sending us photos and giving us updates every couple of hours. :)

I can say that our dog had the best time with Nadia. He was treated as a part of Nadia's family. She took her for long walks which I am sure our dog enjoyed. He had his favorite treats and many many toys and more importantly two cute buddies to play with.

I cannot say enough good things about her, but let's just say our dog is waiting for us to go out of town, so that he can go back to Nadia's. ;)
Colby spent another lovely “vacation” with Nadia and her family, for it is truly a treat for him! Nadia sends multiple photos daily and videos as well - complete with comments - and Colby looks very content, happy - like he’s part of the family. The sparkle in his eyes and his smile are dead give aways! He is so well cared for and loved, we feel very comfortable leaving him with her, assured that with her experience and knowledge, anything that may come up will be handled in the best way for Colby. Nadia is a clear communicator and pleasure to work with! I’m sure Colby is looking forward to us taking more vacations!
Button stayed with Nadia for daycare and it was great! Button loved staying with Nadia and she was extremely well cared for. Button was made to feel comfortable immediately and it was obvious how delighted Button was throughout her stay. Nadia gave a tremendous amount of care and attention to Button and we absolutely would recommend her to anyone. Thanks Nadia! Hope to have Button stay with you again in future.
Nadia is very nice, loving, and caring. Our dog had so much fun playing with Nadia's dogs, running around in her beautiful yard and house. We felt like he was actually a part of Nadia's family.

She sent us updates and photos of him several times each day. This was extremely thoughtful of her because it made us miss our little pooch less.

We are happy that we found a new sitter that we can trust.
As a first time dog owner, taking my 4-month old puppy to daycare for the first time I couldn't imagine a better experience!

From our conversations before Tater's stay and the thoughtful questions she asked, I knew he would be in great hands! When I dropped off Tater, he and Nadia had an instant connection which made me at ease leaving him with her. This is my first time, so it was pretty difficult. But Nadia spent some time talking to me and it was really me having the separation anxiety not Tater!

During the day, Nadia sent me updates on his well being (how he ate and what he was doing). She sent me photos and videos of him having a blast playing with her dogs and learning his doggy manners.

I cannot thank Nadia enough because this was also a last minute request and Tater had an amazing time. He was socialized, happy and most importantly tired when I got him home each day!

She is great with pups/dogs and understanding how they feel.
How wonderful it was to have Colby boarding with Nadia! He clearly had an instant rapport with her when we all first met. She & her family have a warmth, kindness and friendliness which made me feel at ease as well. I felt very comfortable leaving Colby in her care. She also asks you detailed questions about your pup's routine, preferences, & temperament. Nadia is quite knowledgeable about dog care & is wonderful communicator with both people AND dogs! Their well-organized home is clearly set up with doggie safety, comfort, and fun in mind: a large, completely fenced in yard, doggie gates within their home, many toys from which to choose & two small, adorable resident pups who were easy to get along with. She sent multiple photos every day, along with detailed descriptions of his activities. He always looked well groomed, so it was clear that she brushed him daily. In every photo Colby had a look of contentment and happiness. We did wonder if he would want to come home again! Colby was lucky enough to also go to the beach, as we, of course, agreed when she asked if Colby could join them on a day trip to their lovely vacation home in Santa Cruz! It was an all-around pleasant experience having Colby boarding with Nadia. Her energy, conscientiousness & trustworthiness do give you the peace of mind to truly enjoy your vacation. We were delighted to find Nadia and as long as her schedules work with our vacation schedules, we will be booking more "dogvacays" with her!
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