Doggie Bliss by the Beach
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Laurie R.
Carlsbad, CA 92008
45 Reviews
19 Repeat Guests
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Pet Requirements

  • 1-20 lbs
  • 20-40 lbs
  • 40-80 lbs
  • 80+ lbs
All Ages OK

Laurie's Resident Pets

French Bulldog
6 yr 9 mo old
Piper (Nickname Lula)
Boston Terrier
6 yr 3 mo old

Laurie's House

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About Laurie

If you are looking for the perfect place for “just like home” dog boarding in north county San Diego, look no further!

Bliss by the Beach, located just a few blocks from the beach in beautiful north Carlsbad, provides the best quality of care available for your precious pooch.

Rest assured that your furry kids will get tons of interaction, play, attention and love.

We live 3 blocks from Tamarack beach, and Agua Hedionda Lagoon, and walk to both often. We also love to explore Carlsbad Village, maybe stopping for coffee and some socialization at the beach park. We also visit a dog beach just a few blocks away, and go for car rides to fun places like the dog park or Petsmart to check out the hamsters and birds!

All furry guests have free run of the house, and may lounge on furniture (unless you say not to let them). I make every effort to follow your house rules for consistency...i.e. If you prefer no table food, no getting on the furniture, etc.

I know how hard it is to leave your babies behind; we HATE going anywhere without our dogs... so I make sure to send you tons of pictures and videos of your dog having fun... so that you can relax!

The house has a large side concrete lot where we chase and lounge in the sun, and a big grassy back yard with lots of nooks and crannies to explore. We converted our other side yard into a fenced-in chicken run where we have a few hens. Our doggie guests love to watch their antics.

We are on a cul de sac street with very little traffic. Our house is completely fenced in, with an 8 ft stucco wall around the entire property.

My dogs are on the Prey Model raw food diet, so I can accommodate raw feeding if you wish, as well as all other foods, of course.


All guest dogs must be:
- able to play nicely with other dogs
- non-aggressive
- house trained
- current on a flea program
- current on all vaccinations
- neutered (except puppies)

Unfortunately I am unable to accept dogs that frequently bark or howl as I need to be courteous of my neighbors.

PUPPIES (under 1 year)

Additional 10% surcharge as they
require a constant watchful eye.
(Will need to provide a custom quote)

$45 fee pertains to anywhere from 12 to 24 hours. Later pick ups would be charged at the pro-rated daycare rate. Up to 4 hrs, $15. 4-8 hrs $30

Extended stays and military discounts offered

HOLIDAY RATES: 10% surcharge added to regular rates.

The holiday rates apply for:
- Easter weekend
- 4th of July holiday week
- Thanksgiving week
- December 15 through January 5
- Memorial Day weekend
- Labor Day weekend

Knowing your pet is safe and happy will give you the peace of mind to enjoy your holiday or travel.

We can’t wait to have your babies. Cowboy and Piper LOVE having new houseguests to play with, and will provide many hours of socialization and fun!

I am happy to provide additional references if you'd like to phone some current clients for peace of mind.


Laurie Reiss
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Laurie R.
Carlsbad, CA 92008
45 Reviews
19 Repeat Guests
Other Sitters Nearby
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  • Last updated February 2, 2015


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Services & Rates

Boarding Overnight At Laurie's Home
$45 /night
  • Watches up to 4 dogs/night
Daycare At Laurie's Home
$30 /day
  • Watches up to 3 dogs/day
$12 /bath
45 Reviews
Please see review for 6/16/14
We had a rough start when we brought our Italian Greyhound, Dash over to meet Laurie and her dogs at her house. She was very nice and accommodating, but when we first arrived somehow the gate behind me was left open, I unleashed my dog and at the same time her 2 dogs came out, plus 2 more she was watching. Then all of a sudden the chase was on, one of her dogs started chasing my dog down the street and all the dogs followed with my dog in the lead, of course ,since he was the greyhound. It took us a while to get the dogs back home. She was of course apologetic, but it was pretty upsetting. She assured us that this type of thing does not usually happen, which it probably doesn't. She was able to separate her dogs and the other dogs from mine and told me she would keep them separated until she felt it was safe. We were in a bind, since we had non refundable tickets to legoland, so after I calmed Dash down, I did end of leaving him with her, but he was not happy. She put in alot of effort to make it up to him. She sent me updates and gave him special treats, but he is a sensitive dog, so he never really warmed up to her. We did end up using her 2 days later, but only because it had been prearranged and she promised to keep him separated. Her dogs accepted him and there was not chasing this time, but my dog Dash did not enjoy himself, but it's possible he might not enjoy himself anywhere but his own home.
This was Delcie's 2nd visit with Laurie. What a treat to know with absolute certainty that your much loved and treasured 4-legged family member will be taken care of with joy and love. Delcie hadn't been in awhile and was a bit anxious. Laurie knew just what to do to make Delcie's stay as easy and as fun as was possible. Thanks so much!!
This is our second time using Laurie while we vacationed in Carlsbad. Based on the happiness of our 10-year old puppy, we are very confident that he had a great time and that he got lots of attention from Laurie and Kirby. We thank them both and will definitely use her in the future.
We had our dog stay with Laurie for over 2 weeks. Our dog had an amazing time. Laurie took her on several walks to the lagoon and played with her and even bathed her twice! Happy had a blast playing with the other 2 dogs Laurie has. Laurie had sent us plenty of videos and photos of our dog. It was very clear the our dog was in a dog loving house hat cared deeply about our dog. We will definitely use Laurie again. In fact, I already had recommended her to several of my friends. Thanks so much Laurie for everything. You are the best.
I'm so glad I found Laurie on DogVacay. She makes us feel so comfortable leaving Lucy. She spoils Lucy with love and attention. We will not use anyone else.
Laurie was just awesome. She was easy to communicate with. Her place is great, her dogs are friendly and fun and they treated our dog like a princess. She sent us lots of great photos and videos. Thank you so much.
Laurie was great and treated our dog like one of her own! Sent daily pics and photos! Would use Laurie again!
"We are very happy with the service that Laurie provided for us. We were surprised at how much of a good time Joy was having at their house. Services like this help us to not have to just put her up in a kennel for the week. Instead she got to spend the week running around with other dogs and having a blast.
Pearl and Walnut had a wonderful time at Laurie's. Her two dogs welcomed mine so happily/playfully. They all must have played the whole two days I left my guys with Laurie. My dogs were very happy and tired when I picked them up.

Laurie is wonderful. She seems like such a lovely person. She takes boarding dogs very seriously and in a very easy going manner. She asks the the perfect questions about one's dog's needs and habits. She provides a loving and safe environment for the dogs she boards. Her yard is amazing! Lot's of room to play, roam and explore. I highly recommend Laurie.
Our big hound dog had so much fun at Laurie's place! She was like a doting aunt and sent us videos of him playing with her dogs and the other campers. They even took a trip to the dog park. We highly recommend Laurie!
After reading the reviews on kennels in the north county SD area, I knew I couldn't leave my baby at any of these places. Thankfully I found Laurie on DogVacay. From the first phone call I immediately felt at ease. I just picked up Lucy from a 5 night stay at Laurie's house. I could not have been happier and more comfortable with my decision. I was pleased with the photos and video updates while we were away. I knew that Lucy was being loved and cared for the same way she would if she were at home. She was spoiled to say the least. I would recommend Laurie to everyone and will definitely be using her services again.
Laurie is absolutely wonderful, we couldn't have asked for anyone better to leave our little frenchie with. She even keeps us updated while we're away with pictures and video's on how our pup is doing. I swear sometimes our dog has more fun with Laurie than with us :-)
It's always a little scary leaving your pup with someone you don't really know, but our 5 month old puppy Finn was in good hands with Laurie. She sent tons of videos and photos to put our minds at ease, and we could tell that Finn had a lot of fun playing with her own dogs, going on walks and getting lots of cuddle time. I highly recommend Laurie for both overnight and doggie day care.
Having never left my dogs with strangers, I was anxious. We'd moved 4 times in 3 months. We needed a temporary home for Bandit and Delcie while we had a wedding and went on our honeymoon. Bandit (15yrs old) had emergency oral surgery 3 days before the scheduled stay. Stress levels were high.
Laurie began sending video clips and photos immediately. We could instantly see that our "kids" had blended right in and were having a great time!! We stopped worrying and had a great wedding and wonderful honeymoon! Thank YOU Laurie!
As a first time dog owner, I was somewhat anxious to leave our 1 year old Golden Retriever for 12 days. We were so fortunate to have found Laurie! Any trepidation we had quickly dissolved after our first encounter with her. As an obvious dog lover, she immediately put us at ease. Daily videos and updates we received were wonderful testament to the great experience our pooch had. Laurie's the best!
Our 12-year-old English Staffy, Abby, stayed with Laurie for 5 days while we were away on vacation. Being older, Abby is quite set in her routine, and also hates not having us around her. We were concerned that she would pine for us and be totally miserable. It turns out we had nothing to worry about. In fact, I think she's a bit bored now that she's back at home! Laurie was amazing. She kept us updated with photos and videos every day. That really put us at ease. We could tell Abby was happy, content, and having fun hanging out with Laurie, her 2 dogs, and a couple of other dogs that were there for day care on different days. Laurie's place is perfect for dogs--they can sit on the living room furniture (Abby spent a good deal of time on the couch!), roam freely around the house, play in different yards, sun themselves on the patio furniture, and generally just make themselves right at home. Laurie also takes the dogs for regular walks to the lagoon and the beach. It truly is Bliss By the Beach. I wish I could stay there too! We will certainly be using Laurie's services again.
Laurie was fabulous! So much communication we felt as though we were connected to Satchmo the whole time we were away. We could see every day that he was happy and engaged with his doggy friends and we felt free to enjoy ourselves knowing that. Thanks again, Laurie for the wonderful care you provided for Satchmo and for us!
We have a 6 year old lab and were going to Hawaii for 10 days. We have used kennels and house sitters before but both have disadvantages. We checked the DogVacay site and found Laurie. All of her reviews were great so we booked the dates. We had a meet and greet a few days before we departed and were impressed. It was obvious that Laurie loves animals and does her best to create the perfect environment for her temporary furry guests. During our trip we received numerous videos that helped reduce our guilt of leaving our best friend. The only problem was that it didn't look like she missed us that much. The cost was more than a kennel but it was well worth it. We will definitely use Laurie whenever we need a dog sitter in the future. We would highly recommend her to anyone who loves their pets.
It was the first time we had someone other than family care for our Labrador Retriever. We chose to board our dog with Laurie and Kirby, as we wanted to take him on vacation with us, but our timeshare was not a pet-friendly resort. Not only did they provide excellent care for our dog, they also accommodated our requests including a daily pickup and drop-off in our desire to take him with us on beach excursions. On a day we did not pick him up, Laurie and Kirby took him for an excursion along with their dogs. Furthermore, they would send us pictures/videos of his interactions with them and other dogs in their care. Laurie and Kirby are genuine “dog people,” and we highly recommend their service to pet parents who are particular about the care and comfort of their dogs.
Our minpin's first stay away from home. I would definitely use her again
Laurie is a very gracious host who is quite attentive to her charges.
In our case, being from out of town we felt very comfortable leaving our little dog at her home. She presents everything, as advertised. If the occasion arises, Laurie can expect to hear from us. We certainly recommend her service.
Laurie is great. My husband and I needed to travel for a few days to a conference and are very happy to have left our dog under her care. We did an initial meet-and-greet earlier in the week to see how our dog and her dogs would get along, and all went well. Laurie listened carefully to understand our dog's routines and needs. Our dog is older, and Laurie was mindful of this when she took her for walks and the dogs were together playing. Our dog came home very happy and well cared for. We also appreciated that Laurie sent daily updates, photos and videos. It made our trip much more relaxed knowing our dog was having a good time (better than us, it seemed like!).
Laurie was amazing with my pup! I am very neurotic when it comes to leaving her and Laurie put my mind at ease! She was very calm and reassuring and I felt comfortable leaving her there. Her home is dog friendly and Laurie sent me photos and videos several times a day. I definitely will use her again when we travel to Carlsbad, she was very close to the resort I was staying at so it was very convenient. Thank you Laurie!
Thanks for all the flexibility on dates and the videos that always crack me up.
Fabulous as always! Jules always has the best time.
Laurie is so awesome! We were a little bit nervous about leaving Rosie for the first time. Laurie send pictures and videos everyday to keep us update on how she was doing. Rosie seemed to fit right in and looked like she was having a great time. When I picked her up Laurie was concerned about Rosies ear,(most likely ear infection) and asked if I would just let her know what the vet had to say, she wanted to know that Rosie was ok. We will definitely call Laurie again when we travel or maybe even a day stay. Highly recommend Laurie for your fur babies!
Another great stay. Thanks Laurie!
Laurie is amazing & I could not say enough positive things about her. My 8 year old pug can be a bit anxious at times & Laurie was so patient & loving that it didn't take long for him to feel at home.
She kept me updated & sent great photos while I was out of town. It is so reassuring to know that your furry child is in a safe, loving & fun place when you aren't able to take them with you.
Thank you Laurie! I am so greatful to have found you!
Laurie and her family were absolutely perfect for our little guy Chuck! Laurie would send us pictures, video and message me to let me know how he was doing. We don't leave him very often so I was a little worried at first, but seeing how well he was doing and the fun he was having with his other "friends" put us at ease. I would definitely recommend Laurie and plan on booking with her in the future.
You can't go wrong by choosing Laurie! She was super flexible in planning and absolutely fabulous with Jules! Love the text messages and videos!
Laurie, cowboy, piper and her husband are amazing!
Made me feel very comfortable in the first meeting with her. She sent many videos and pictures of my dog taking walks and having fun. Even told her I thought my dog was having more fun on vacation than I was! Thank you Laurie for being so wonderful!!
Laurie was awesome and our dog Maggie did great on her 6 day stay while we vacationed in Hawaii. Laurie even sent us text, video and photo updates of Maggie's Vacay, which my kids absolutely loved. I highly recommend Laurie.Thank you so much!
Laurie was AMAZING with Heidi. Laurie's place is perfect for any dog. There is a ton of outside space, and ample inside space too. She is close to the beach so that Heidi got to play in the sand too. I would highly recommend Laurie for a play date or overnight stay.

Thanks Laurie!!!!
Laurie is fantastic! I could not recommend her more, she helped me and my wife when we were in a pinch and it was a God send. She was not only professional and resourceful, but she was also very personable and put our minds at ease right away. When we got our furry little buddy back he hardly wanted to leave. we've always had a difficult time leaving our dog with other families, but the worries melted away as soon as she unloaded a list of questions on us about how to care for him best as an individual. She also sent multiple pictures and videos every day and called with questions for him as necessary. We WILL be asking for her services again! Absolutely a 10/10!
Laurie and her family were awesome hosts to our dog Archie. They were able to accommodate my schedule with very little notice and I felt comfortable leaving Archie with them as soon as I got there. A wonderful vacation spot for any dog.
Laurie was great, as always. I highly recommend her, as long as your reservation doesn't prevent her from being able to watch our bulldog Dottie!
What can I say about Laurie and Kirby? They were awesome! They were very patient, kind and loving towards our crazy little puppy. Our dog was so welcomed in their home. Their home & yard is perfect for doggie daycare. There was plenty of outdoor play & fun time with their two wonderful dogs. My dog enjoyed walks on the beach and had the time of her life. Laurie sent us videos and pics everyday. She was also so accommodating when my little girls wanted/needed to see their puppy. Laurie went above and beyond in taking care of our dog. I would highly recommend Laurie! It was the best experience for both my dog and my family. We knew that she was in good hands. Laurie has a great big heart and will take excellent care of your dog.
We were traveling from Canada and needed a place for our dog Ruby to stay for 2 weeks while we stayed in a hotel that was not pet friendly. The hotel recommended DogVaCay where I found Laurie. She was very friendly and helpful so that our vacation was relaxed and not worried about our dog. She is a very dog affectionate and caring person, sent us pictures of Ruby with her dogs. I wish she lived closer to our home I would like to be able to leave Ruby with her on other occasions. I felt completely confident that Ruby was getting good care and having a holiday too.
Diane and Don
British Columbia, Canada
Laurie is awesome. Our bulldog Dottie had a great time. We'll definitely be using Laurie again!
Our 2 dogs are full of energy and require a lot of attention! Laurie did a wonderful job of taking care of them :) We got many text message updates and pictures during their stay!
My husband and I work a lot and occasionally go out of town, so we needed someone to watch our little Lulu. We met Laurie and her dogs and felt instantly at ease. The house has plenty of room to run and explore, and Laurie takes the dogs to the beach regularly. My shy little Lulu loved the resident dogs and did not want to leave when we picked her up the next day. We are really glad we found someone we can trust with our dog.
We are soooo happy to have found this service and especially Laurie! We left our 3 month English Bulldog for an overnighter and she had a blast. Laurie is so sweet and her dogs treated our baby like she was part of the family. We originally had a reservation with another host, but that host had to drop for personal reasons. Customer Service was awesome in taking control and contacting Laurie. They even gave us a 15% off coupon for the inconvenience!! Amazing service and a very positive experience all the way around. Ellie can't wait to go back to Laurie's again and play.
This was our 2nd stay with Laurie as Shadoe really has a great time playing with her 2 pups the first time.

Even though it was for only 1 night, Laurie took her to play at the beach and I really think Shadoe wanted to stay longer!

Thanks Laurie and Kirby for the super care!!

Sue M.
This was our first time using DogVacay, and I have to say it was very positive! Laurie was really wonderful and Shadoe was treated to her own vacation while we had ours. She got to play with Laurie's 2 other dogs and had a ball with them. I really think Shadoe would have loved to stay there for longer!

Laurie was kind enough to send us daily pictures of Shadoe's escapades and we really appreciated it.

When we go away the next time, we'll choose Laurie again!

Sue & Quinto
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