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Alma R.

80 Reviews
30 Repeat Guests
Other Sitters Nearby
  • 1 day notice required for bookings
  • Responds within 3 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 Pit Bull Terrier

Alma's Resident Pets

German Shepherd Dog
13 yr 5 mo old
Other Pets & Animals: Cats

Alma's House

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Large Yard
100% fenced
Smoke-free home
Air-conditioned inside
Great for senior pets

About Alma

30 Years Experience Caring For Dogs
We live on a beautiful 1/2 acre on a quiet private road with a fully fenced and dog-proof back yard. Our pool has a fully automated child and dog-proof cover, enthusiastic swimmers are welcome to jump in when supervised:).

My family and I have served as a foster home for many dogs, puppies and kittens from Second Chance Rescue and Hop-A-Long Rescue over the past 20 years. We have also had many of our own pets including two dogs we adopted as puppies. We care for friend's pets and they call our home the "ultimate dog get-a-way." Our services include walks in the neighborhood, toy chasing in the back yard, energetic hikes for athletic dogs and a warm friendly cuddle in the evenings.

Puppies are welcome, we have lots of experience with these little guys and Lidia, our dog, is a great and patient puppy "trainer." The youngsters need more time and attention so I do charge $10 additional a day for pups 1 year and younger.

We offer hosting services because we enjoy pets, our dog likes companionship, and our home is a great setting for animals.

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Can administer oral medicine
Special Needs Accommodated
  • Separation anxiety
  • Leash Pulling

Alma R.

80 Reviews
30 Repeat Guests
Other Sitters Nearby
  • 1 day notice required for bookings
  • Responds within 3 hours
  • Cancellation Policy:


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  • Last updated February 17, 2017


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Services & Rates

Boarding Overnight At Alma's Home
$45 /night
  • Watches up to 5+ dogs/night
  • Dogs may be unsupervised for 1 - 2 hours/day
  • 5+ potty breaks/day
  • 2 walks/day
  • Pets will sleep in their own beds
Daycare At Alma's Home
$40 /day
  • Watches up to 2 dogs/day
80 Reviews
Zora has spent several vacay's with Alma and her family and she always has a great time and is well taken care of.
This was the 3rd time that we left our small dog with Alma and we are very happy.
We have tried others in the past but our dog Choco seems a lot happier and taken care of with Alma.
We come all the way from Fairfax but will continue to use her because our dog now feels like he is at home with them.
Highly recommend Alma and her husband!!!
Alma was wonderful for us as new puppy parents. Even when our puppy freaked out at seeing one of her cats (which he'd never done before), she kept her cool and assured us everything would be fine. When we picked him up he was happy and tired from lots of playing. Thanks, Alma!
Alma was super nice and our dog loved staying with her. Fantastic house and big yard. We will definitely be leaving our dog with her again!
Alma and co. were my first time using Dog Vacay. I have already recommended her to my entire family and friends. Indy spent the night and was smiling ear to ear when I picked him up. That smile went away quickly when we came home because he was so pooped he went right to bed for a nap. He obviously had a great time and all the attention he could get. I was running late by several hours to pick Indy up and Alma had no problem taking the extra time to care for Indy while I was a no show. I am very grateful to have found this website and most grateful to have found Alma. It's a relief to know I can drop Indy off for another vacay when needed and know he will be in loving hands. Thank you, Alma and family!
A high level of comfort and a great setting. We will return.
Loved getting our little Luna's photo updates. She came home very tires, which means she must have had a great time playing in Alma's backyard. Thanks for taking care of our baby, Alma!
Alma R was my first experience with DogVacay and how fortunate I was to have found her. I received daily updates and pictures of my dog enjoying Alma's lovely big yard and runs through the hose. When I picked my dog up up five days later, she seemed her usual happy. Such a nice difference from a kennel. Thank you Alma R and see you soon!
Alma's service could not have been better.We received pictures and reports while we were away which reassured us that she was being cared for in a loving and professional manner. I think that she enjoyed her dogvacay as much as we enjoyed our vacation. Thank you!!!
Ruby had a great time!! Alma invited us to do a visit prior to Ruby's stay to be sure she was comfortable and compatible. Alma was gracious when we needed to have an early pickup due to travel changes. We know Ruby looks forward to hanging with Alma, Lydia, and family again.
Alma was very accommodating and was a great host. My dog came back looking happy and tired. I would highly recommend Alma and felt very comfortable leaving my dog with her.
We were reluctant to board our new puppy at just 14 weeks but had plans that could not be changed. Meeting Alma set us at ease as she clearly had a ton of experience with pups. Plus she had an older resident dog who seemed playful and tolerant. Bella stayed with Alma for 5 nights and clearly had a great time, getting lots of attention from her family and socializing with other dogs. Alma sent a photo every day so we could see how happy Bella was. She also gave us great feedback about ways to help with Bella's ongoing training. We feel totally comfortable returning for another stay and highly recommend Alma!
Parker had a great time at Almas and looks forward to visiting again. He really enjoyed the companionship of her dog and taking walks
Alma was great with our little dog Pepper. Pepper is quite shy with new people, but very quickly warmed to Alma, who also sent us some lovely photos of her whilst we were away. I would highly recommend Alma, and am really keen for Pepper to stay with her again.
Alma provided a great home away from home for our 3 dogs. Would definitely use her again. This app needs work though.
Our 4 month old Aussie was made a member of Alma's family for a week - expert and loving care plus daily progress texts and photos! It is a dog resort, and I can recommend her Dog VaCay without reservation! - Mike Wilton
This was our first time using DocVacay...and I'm really impressed. Alma was great with my dog-child Skye. She kept us informed as to how he was doing every day and Skye was happy and worn out from all the activity when he came home (in a good way!). Thanks Alma...highly recommended.
We love bringing our dog here as we know she gets lots of love at Attention. She is always happy to show up and leaves like she had a great stay. Also, Alma is a great communicator and sends pictures to let us see our happy dog. We couldn't be happier with the care she gets here!
Alma is fantastic. She's totally on top of all the details, and we know Buster is having a ball. Thanks!
Our dog loved it there and they were great to work with. We can't wait to have her go back and have an awesome time. Thanks for taking great care of her!!
The best judge of Alma is my dog, Tulip. She is always calmer and better adjusted each time I pick her up. When I deliver her she jumps up and down, wags her tail non stop until Alma opens the door and she can jump into her arms. There is no better compliment than that! I am so happy I discovered Alma as I never worry about Tulip, while she's in her care. Noreen Hook
Alma's house is like a second home to my pups, Skye and Sadie, when they need daycare or vacation care. When I went to pick them up today
they were like two kids who had just finished several weeks at a sleep over camp. I highly recommend Alma and her family. Their home is so welcoming. Lydia, their family dog, a sweetheart who can train the youngest of puppies on how to get along with other dogs and a house that has all the elements of a doggie day camp in Novato!
Thank you Alma for being their for my pups!!
Skye and Sadie had the best time at Alma's. As much as I miss them I know that they are enjoying their vacation as much as I am enjoying our vacation! I highly recommend Alma's as the best place to board your dog or use for daycare in Novato.

Tina Mc
Thank you, Alma and family for taking such a good care of Choco! He is so used to you guys, that he might think you are also part of the family!
Alma was amazing with our dog Sully. She sent us photos of him, letting us know he was having a great time. We will only use her now, and am so glad we found her.
Alma is kind, reliable and flexible. I always feel completely at ease when I leave my dog with her, knowing that she will be physically and emotionally well cared-for. She has a lovely yard and takes the dogs for good hikes on trails in the area. Shadow is always in good spirits when I pick her up - and perhaps most tellingly, always happy when I drop her there.
Alma is kind, reliable, and flexible. Our dog had not been there for some time, but she happily rejoined Alma, and has now returned home healthy and happy. I have boarded Shadow with Alma for years and have complete confidence in her. It is a wonderful thing to know your canine family member will be loved and well cared-for while you are away!
Choco was so happy when we got back to Alma's house! So cute how he remembered the place and ran to the front door waging his tale!
Tis makes me go on my trips feeling good about leaving my "baby" behind. I know he is on his own vacation too :)
Thank you, Alma!
We'll probably see you soon again!
From Meet-and-Greet to drop off and pick up, Kirby's and our experience with Alma was wonderful. Alma is professional and warm and we could see immediately that Kirby would be in good hands while we were out of town. Kirby is a senior with limited hearing and some ailments, but he was like a puppy again enjoying Alma's backyard. Lidia is a gentle host and gave Kirby space to explore. This was important to us as Kirby has been picked on at times by aggressive dogs. Kirby was relaxed when we dropped him off and picked him up as if no time had passed. We easily communicated with Alma via text messaging so there were no worries during Kirby's doggie vacay. We highly recommend Alma!
My dog had only been to Alma's once before, but when he got out of the car and saw where we were, he got very excited and ran right up to the door. He had a very happy play day while the rest of the family went to work. Thanks Alma!
Our dog had been having severe anxiety whenever we went away, even with family and friends watching him. He was immediately comfortable with Alma and her dog, Lidia. When we picked him up from his very first sleep over ever he acted like it was no big deal. He was calm and happy and took the whole thing in stride. I can't thank Alma and Dog Vacay enough!
This was the first time Choco stayed with Alma and everything went well! Alma kept me posted about my little guy, she replied my e-mail quickly to answer my questions and made me feel very comfortable about his stay with her. Thank you, Alma!
We are so lucky to have found Alma. She takes such good, loving care of our dog that we never have a moment's worry when we are away. Tulip ( ( (Our dog) runs to her arms when she sees her. Tulip has special needs re; tear stains and grooming and Alma lovingly obliges. We are officially adopting Alma and her family as our extended family and look forward to boarding Tulip with her whenever we travel. We couldn't be happier with her care. Noreen, Ben and Tulip
Our dogs always have a wonderful time with Alma and Jon. They run to their front door from the car and don't look back!
This was the third stay with Alma for our 15 month golden retriever, and we are again so very pleased with the total experience. Alma has a wonderful manner with her guest dogs that showcases her depth of caring and competency in hosting and understanding pets. Our golden retriever is happy in Alma's wonderful yard and enjoys playing with other dogs and people who visit and live there. For us, one of the strongest indicators of how well the stay with Alma went is the calm and rested behavior displayed by our dog at home once again. She is calm, affectionate, and relaxed. We can't thank Alma enough for the professional and affectionate care during the 2.5 weeks our beloved golden retriever stayed there. Alma has our highest recommendation!
I left my two Rhodesian Ridgebacks here for the July 4th holiday weekend. My pups looked happy and worn-out (a good sign!) when my husband picked them-up upon return. They can be a handful, so I'm always a bit nervous about leaving them at a new place. The host was very communicative and sent us great pictures of our pups while we were away.
I always feel completely comfortable leaving our dog with Alma. She is calm, responsible, and clearly cares about Shadow. Shadow herself provides proof of this, leaping and yelping joyfully whenever we pull up to her house. When I pick her up she is happy but not in a desperate way, and looks healthy and well cared-for.
We generally always leave our pups with friends and family, but with the addition of a brand new puppy we knew we needed professional help. Alma is the most perfect situation for us. She watched both our 11 year old chihuahua and our 3 month old frenchie (crate training and all) and seemed to be completely comfortable with them. Her home and family are amazing... In fact we joke that it's doggie paradise. She will be our number one choice moving forward. The dog vacay app is a wonderful convenient way to book and contact sitters. Love it.
We can't give high enough praise for the loving care by Alma given to our almost one year old puppy. Our puppy is very people-oriented, and we appreciated Alma and her family taking our golden retriever into their home/family circle in the evenings during her stay. The large, open backyard was an ideal place to play, and the frequent walks provided the exercise our puppy so greatly enjoys each day. Alma demonstrated patience and affection, but with healthy boundaries for our puppy in her care, and it's evident she knows a lot about dogs. Our dog came back from her two-week stay relaxed and obviously very well cared-for. We would love to return and give highest recommendation for Alma.
Five stars. It's so hard, don't you think, to find someone who will genuinely treat your pet like a member of their family? Dash is one lucky dog because thanks to Alma, Lidia and the rest of the clan, he has successfully found his home away from home.
Another awesome dogvacay with Alma! Chico was happy to go in and very playful when my MIL pick him up. Thank you, Alma!
Our dogs love staying with Alma and her family. They are well cared for and get lots of attention.
Our dogs love visiting Alma, Jon and Julia; they start barking with joy four blocks away. They feel very secure and happy during their DogVacay stay. Highly recommend Alma R. and her lovely family.
Dash had a 9-night stay with Lidia & Alma this time and all went very well as usual. If you are reading this and nervously trying to decide where to leave your cherished pup, I can't recommend Alma highly enough. When Dash gets dropped off, I relax and know he's in good hands.
I couldn't be happier leaving my little dog, Tulip, with Alma. She is so caring, experienced and understanding of many different breeds that Tulip was actually better behaved when I picked her up then when I delivered her! Alma has the most wonderful way with animals. Her home is lovely with a big fabulous yard and gorgeous walking trails, which Alma indulges the dogs in at least twice a day. Also being sent pictures of Tulip to see how she was progressing, really reassured us. We hope Alma will become part of our extended family and always take Tulip when we are away. Our minds and hearts will be very much at ease, knowing she is in such good and loving hands. Thanks so much for finding her for us and for our dog. Noreen and Ben
I feel very relaxed when Alma has Daisy Dog. I know she is getting the right amount of care and attention.
Our puppy Ellie loved her stay with Alma. Her backyard is big and dog friendly and she sent us picture updates of Ellie while we were away :) When we picked up Ellie, Alma could not locate the food bowl we left with her, but found it after we were gone and offered to mail it to us. We will definitely be back if we need a place for Ellie to stay in that area again!
Our dogs have been visiting Alma and her family for almost a year now. They LOVE going to Alma's and can hardly wait to get out of the car when we pull into the driveway. They come home happy and worn out . . . all that fun! But in addition to the fun, Alma takes good care of our three dogs, making sure they have water, don't go without treats or dinner, and much loved human attention. Alma even found a lump under our one dog's arm while giving a belly rub. Thank you, Alma.
Zora absolutely loves staying with Alma and the family. They take great care of her, she has a wonderful time and comes home exhausted from all the fun she has. We are so pleased to know that Zora is in such great hands when we are out of town.
My puppies stayed with Alma while I was out of town. I received pictures and updates each evening and came home to happy, healthy dogs. Alma and her family make my dog's feel like they are in a home away from home. She also provides daycare so I don't have to keep my puppies crated for long periods. It is an exceptional experience.
As always as day at Alma's is a wonderful treat for Skye. In September Sadie, our 12 week old labradoodle puppy (Skye is 11 months) will join him.
Tucson had a wonderful time and will be back many times in the future!
Always a wonderful experience for Hector & Pedro! They run up to the front door!! This is how I know they love it at Alma & John's.
I can see from the posts that Alma and Lydia have become popular hosts. Bad news for me as Cody loves to stay there. Great stays for little Cody...
Another awesome dogvacay with Alma! Chico was happy to go in (his 3rd visit) and very playful when we pick him up. We got updates daily and fun photos of him over the weekend. Alma is super sweet and very attentive to the dogs that stay with her. We happily recommend Alma for your next DogVacay! Thank you Alma!!
WOW!!! Alma is the bomb. Our yellow lab Sophie had the time of her life for ten days while we were out of state. She got to play with Lydia, Montana her good buddy and a few other pooches. Needless to say the swimming pool was Sophie's favorite activity followed closely by daily walks , playtime in a big yard and nap time. Alma is so attentive and thoughtful and we were updated daily with emails and pictures. We got Sophie home and she fell asleep immediately, a good sign she was kept active. We highly recommend Alma to anyone looking for a better alternative to a kennel. We now have a great environment we can leave our dog when we have to be away, Thanks again Alma!
Hector & Pedro have now been many times! We are still thrilled with the loving care they get. We will be having an overnight stay in a few weeks. We could not be happier with Alma!!
Our dogs had a brief but nice stay with Alma and John. Thank you. We'll see them again real soon.
It took a minute for Hattie to realize someone was there to pick her up she was so happy at Alma's. I came home to a relaxed dog who was clearly well taken care of. And I was able to relax while away because Alma sent me multiple updates with pictures. Will definitely reserve with Alma again when the time comes and will certainly recommend her to others.
It is always a pleasure to take Skye over to Alma's. Today he has several doggie companions to play with. He arrives first checking out the kitty to see if this time they get to meet. The kitty gives him a look that says absolutely not and Skye moves on to see that there are two new friend waiting to play. It's like going to the very best puppy play date when Skye stays with Alma.
We use Alma's services for occasional Day Care (as opposed to boarding) and it's been the perfect place for our rescue dog Dash (McNab/Border Collie) to hang out. What a great backyard, secure and beautiful. Her house dog Lidia is a charmer and Dash, who likes to be by himself, interacts very well with her. In fact, one bonus of staying at Alma's "DayCay" is that Alma carefully watches how her guests blend with one another, making sure that each dog feel comfortable and safe. Dash, who still has a few separation issues, already has made Alma & Lidia a part of his pack and when he greets Alma, his rather short tail wags like crazy.
This was Skye's first visit to Alma's house. Skye is an 8 month old labradoodle that needs to spend doggie down time. Alma has a 9 year old Shepard mix named Lidia who is wonderful with puppies. Skye came home tired, happy and ready to go back the following week. We highly recommend Alma and Lidia. This way Skye will already be at home when we need a place for him to stay overnight.
Alma and her family were very inviting and took good care of our bassets. They have a nice open backyard for them to lounge around in. She sent pics of the dogs as they played around.
Our golden spent a week in doggie paradise at Alma's house. She spent the week sunbathing, running and playing with Alma's sweet dog Lidia.
Alma was so sweet to send us pictures of Montana throughout the week-- which made all of us so happy to see! Best of all, Montana was happy, clean and had clearly been well loved when we picked her up.

We would be thrilled to have Montana go back to Alma's place!!!
Alma is the perfect sitter. We met her & Lidia and knew our boys Hector & Pedro would be in great hands. My boys went for day time care. Alma was accommodating to my need for day care. The yard is large, clean & secure. House also nice & clean.
Alma made sure she let my dogs out on their schedule. She even carried them out the day it rained. They do not like rain. I highly recommend Alma & her husband! We will be back. I have refered my friend also.
Guinness had a great time! Alma was very accommodating and Guinness came home tuckered out. Will definitely be coming back.
Our dog Shadow returned from her week-long stay with Alma relaxed and happy. Alma had walked her regularly, in spite of the rains. She looked healthy and well cared for. I plan to call Alma next time we are going away, and would definitely recommend her to anyone looking for a good home to leave their dog.
We loved everything about Alma and her taking care of Bailey while we were on vacation! Our pup is like our child, and we wanted to find a loving, fun home for her to stay. Once we met Alma during our Meet n Greet we felt very comfortable leaving Bailey with her.
Her backyard is any dogs dream... plenty of space to run, grass, pool, and a lot of toys! It was great knowing that her friendly dog Lidia was going to be there and that Bailey would have a friend to play with while we were gone.
Alma sent us updates with photos throughout the week. It made us so happy to see she was having such a wonderful time. Bailey had such a great time, we were worried she wouldn't want to come home with us. :)
We highly recommend Alma and will continue to bring Bailey back to her when we are out of town. One thing is for sure... Bailey definitely misses Alma and her friend Lidia.
Thanks Alma!!
What a wonderful experience for both Zora and us! It was the first time we had left Zora and since she is a little shy, I was concerned as to how well she would adapt. I needn't have worried. She did fine, Alma let me know within a few hours of dropping her off that she was already adapting. She sent pictures during her stay so we could see how much fun she was having (most definitely having a good time). Alma's dog Lidia was a great mentor to Zora, teaching her how to be a dog. When I picked her up, Zora jumped into the car (I always had to coax her in--she learned that going in a car was a good thing). Since she has been home, she has been all tired out--a very good sign that she had a great time. The next time we travel, we'll be sending Zora back to "Camp Alma".
Alma and her husband were wonderful, and they calmed all my fears about leaving my dog overnight. Her dog is so friendly and adorable. She sent me updates and photos of my dog throughout his time there, and she was always quick to respond to any text I sent. Thank you so much!
Alma and family was great! She even sent us e-mails and pictures of our baby when we were away. I would recommend her to anyone. Thanks Alma! Marc , Melissa , daisy
My dog Chico just spent 5 wonderful nights with Alma and her husband. I am so glad I found her as she took wonderful care of my baby. She kept me updated with emails and adorable photo. I will absolutely use Alma and DogVacay again!
My wife and I were nervous to leave our puppy Sasha at a new house with new people, especially for a week long vacation. However, the minute we met Alma we knew there was nothing to worry about.

Working with Alma was great. We easily found time to meet each other before hand. Her home is beautiful and has more than enough space for a dog to run around.

When we picked Sasha up a week later, she was lounging by the pool, surrounded by Alma's family and family dog. I think she had had a better vacation that we did!

We've already made another reservation with Alma!
It was a great relief to us that Romeo was with a dog-loving family with good experience caring for many breeds and sizes. The spacious yard gave Romeo the chance to enjoy himself too. We really appreciated Alma's responsiveness and flexibility as we were travelling out of state.
Alma was great - very caring, very accommodating and responsive to the needs of my dog. I recommend her highly.
Alma was welcoming and very accommodating with my dog's older timid personality. The back garden is very big, well cared for, and has lots of sun and shade. The house is spacious and comfortable and Alma and her family made my dog as welcome as possible. The resident dog was friendly and seemed used to accommodating different temperaments of dogs. I couldn't imagine a better place for my dog while I am away.
Alma and her husband were warm, welcoming, and patient with my concerns as a first-time dog-owner and Dog Vacay user. They have a huge enclosed garden, which my puppy loved, and they made sure she received the exercise a young labradoodle needs. I wouldn't hesitate to recommend Alma - this was a great first Dog Vacay experience.
I had the opportunity to use Alma's services through DogVacay website. I
knew as soon as I saw her backyard that Cody would be in doggie heaven
rather than the usual four walls that he experienced at his previous
facility. The backyard was spacious and Cody had a great playmate (Lydia).
When I picked him up, he didn't want to leave so I knew he was a happy
camper! I've already booked Cody's next stay with Alma and know he will
be in good hands.
Alma gets two paws up!
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