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Joan C.

79 Reviews
42 Repeat Guests
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  • Same day bookings are OK
  • Responds within 25 minutes
  • Cancellation Policy:

Pet Requirements

  • 1-20 lbs
  • 20-40 lbs
  • 40-80 lbs
  • 80+ lbs
All Ages OK
Must Be Spayed or Neutered
Must Be Vaccinated
List of Breeds Not Accepted
Pit Bull - American Staffordshire Terrier
List of Pets OK for House Sitting
Dogs, Cats, Fish, Rabbits, gerbils, hamsters, or pet rodents, Caged birds, Reptiles

Joan's Resident Pets

10 yr 4 mo old
9 yr 0 mo old

Joan's House

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

About Joan

25 Years Experience Caring For Dogs
Dogs play while you're away! I'm a newly retired Critical Care Registered Nurse looking forward to providing a safe, loving home to your best friend while you're away.
I live in a comfy home with 2 fun loving doxies waiting to meet and greet your best friend. Our neighborhood is side-walk lined, safe, and quiet. I enjoy a fairly large fully fenced and gated backyard with lots of space to run and play safely. If your best friend's not too large, the doggie door is open for anytime indoor/outdoor play or rest.

My dogs are healthy, not aggressive, and current with all vaccinations. Please, no aggressive dogs.
I welcome elderly, timid dogs. I have cared for blind, deaf, and slow moving handicapped dogs with no problem.

YOUR DOG WILL NEVER BE CRATED! If you instruct me otherwise because of your dog's routine, I will gladly oblige.

Lots of room to play, relax, and even have some alone time, if your dog prefers.

Sleeping arrangements are very flexible here. Your dog's night time routine is important, and will be respected. Everyone is welcome to share one big bed, or we have several comfortable beds throughout the house. You are welcome to bring bedding, blankets, toys, anything your dog loves. We have lots of safe toys. Beatrice and Oscar have no problem sharing.

Meal time is also important, and your dog's routine will not be interrupted. My dogs are given a mini carrot after every meal, and a freshly baked (by me) healthy cookie. No other snacks during the day unless the sound of me cutting up an apple is overheard. Yes, I share small bits of an apple to any takers. If this works for your loved one, we have plenty to share!

A strange home, new dogs, and an unknown babysitter can be uncomfortable. I will take the time to gain your dog's trust, and give your dog lots of love and attention. Your best friend will be safe and well cared for with me. Pictures of your dog's stay with me will gladly be sent to you on a daily basis.

A 10% surcharge will be added for puppies 10 months and younger. Dogs with special needs such as diapers, assistance with mobility will be charged a 10% or more surcharge depending of the needs of the dog.

I will be happy to host YOUR dog only. To ensure your pup is our single special guest, please book early. Charge for requested single dog guest is $70 a night. No extra charge for early drop off and/or late pick up.

Day Care service is offered every day! Drop off and Pick up times are usually between 7am and 3pm. Puppies 10 months and younger will be charged 10% more than my standard rate. If your dog wants a change in his/her routine; playing at our house is an affordable option. We LOVE having friends over!

Overnight care in your home is available too! Anywhere from Sherman Oaks, north to Newbury Park is our in home range. Beatrice and Oscar will accompany me and share in the fun caring for your best friend.
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Can administer oral medicine
Special Needs Accommodated
  • Pets recovering from surgery
  • Separation anxiety
  • Advanced senior issues

Joan C.

79 Reviews
42 Repeat Guests
Other Sitters Nearby
  • Same day bookings are OK
  • Responds within 25 minutes
  • Cancellation Policy:


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  • Booked
  • Last updated January 17, 2017


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Services & Rates

Boarding Overnight At Joan's Home
$36 /night
  • Watches up to 3 dogs/night
  • Dogs may be unsupervised for 1 - 2 hours/day
  • Dogs will have full access outside for potty breaks
  • 1 walk/day
  • Pets can sleep wherever they want
House Sitting Overnight At Your Home
$125 /night
  • Dogs will never be left unattended
  • Willing to travel 20 miles
Daycare At Joan's Home
$28 /day
  • Watches up to 3 dogs/day
Home Visits
$20 /visit
  • Willing to travel 10 miles
$20 /bath
$18 each way
  • Willing to travel 20 miles
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79 Reviews
So happy we met Joan! Harley was happy and we loved the reassurance and pics. Can't wait for our next stay with her. Already booked!
Joan provides an ideal setting for my best buddy. Being a senior dog who only wants a warm lap and to be petted, the set-up is great. Plenty of bed and couch space. In addition, he got along fine with Joan's dogs. I received many pictures during the stay to see that my dog was making the most of his vacation, too. In addition, Joan was flexible with drop-off and pick-up times, which made my return home even better.
My dog absolutely LOVES Joan! She has an amazing space for the pups to play, both inside and outside. She's always very accommodating and sends lots of great pics of my dog, Moonshine. I always know she's in good hands when I drop her off... and that gives me peace of mind while I'm away. :)
Joan was amazing. She constantly kept updating us about our dog's doing. She sent us videos and pictures, which helped us realize how much cared and loved he was by Joan.
There aren't enough stars on the Hollywood Walk of Fame to give to Joan (or Auntie Joan as we now lovingly refer to her!!) for taking such wonderful care of our pup. We were lucky to have found her. She sent lots of pictures and videos of our boy having fun with Auntie Joan's dogs and other visiting doggies. It's so apparent that she just loves dogs. She keeps a very close eye on them and has a wonderful home and yard for them to feel comfortable. She is also very cautious about introducing the pups who are coming and going.
We will definitely be dropping Shadow off for future trips and even some play days when we're busy at work. He came home happy (and exhausted!).
I am so glad I found Joan. We just left our senior little dog with her for almost 2 weeks. When I picked her up after the stay, I think she didn't want to leave! She kept looking back at the house and then me. Joan made sure she was fine and sent me pictures or video a couple times a day to see how she was doing with her own two dogs and a various other dog visitors. After the first day, my dog decided Joan was my replacement and started to follow her around everywhere, even sleeping with her and cuddling on the sofa next to her in the evening. Joan treated her like a member of the family and told me she fit in beautifully. I couldn't be happier. THANK YOU JOAN. I've already made arrangements to leave her again in the future. Joan provided excellent care for our precious little one. I highly recommend her to others.
What a gift that we found Joan so close to home. She is truly a dog lover and makes their care her priority. She spends time, all day, with them and I can tell she loves it. Her backyard is safely enclosed and fenced and dogs have the freedom of going inside or outside to the grassy yard anytime. We left our almost 2 year old German Shepherd, who has never been boarded or away from home, with her for 8 nights. Every morning, noon and evening Joan sent wonderful pics and videos of our Roxy playing and hanging out with the other dogs there. We said it was like Doggie Disneyland for Roxy ! I will never need to look for another dog sitter...it will be Joan, whether for a day or week ! Thank YOU Joan !
My dog Kona spent three days with Joan, every picture she sent showed he was having a great time. Joan makes her home inviting and safe. I used to leave kona at larger facilities when I travel. No more!!!! Thanks Joan and we wil lsee you again.
Joan was an excellent dog sitter...we will
continue to have her dog sit in the future.
She communicated with us during our time
away and kept us informed on how our dog
was getting along with others in the house.
It was a marvelous feeling to know Joan
was doing such an excellent job of taking
care of our dog.

Thanking you Joan.

Willa Meller
We love Joan!!!
It was a very pleasant experience. My dog was very happy. Joan is an amassing, caring person.
Joan is the best! We have left our dogs with her several different times, and it is a toss up who enjoyed the vacation more-- us or our pups!
Joan is awesome! We have two dogs (one elderly) and went on an eight day vacation. We received many updates daily and our pooches were so happy all week! I was worried about our "old man" but Joan is amazing and we are very comfortable with our pups staying there in the future. Her dogs are also great and friendly! Very happy, thank you Joan.
Joan is wonderful. Our baby Teepu is so happy to be with Joan - he gets so much love and affection. Joan is a wonderful host - she sends so many pictures and videos so we always know how Teepu is. Just so very happy to have found Joan ??
As always we can trust Joan completely with our boys - they do not want to leave at the end of their vacation.
Joan is lovely and she is so sweet to my dog. I think my dog likes staying at her house better than living at our house. Joan is trustworthy and a true dog lover. Don't hesitate to board your dog with Joan. She is a wonderful person and she is dedicated. I always know my dog will be safe and loved while staying with Joan.
Joan is always amazing! We decided to do an impromptu trip to Disneyland and I texted her right before we left to see if she had any available spots since she was booked on dog vacay and she was able to take in our little princess! She did everything she could to make sure we were able to go on a much needed trip. Nubee as always had a blast and I got many pictures and even a video of her playing! Highly recommend Joan, she has been so awesome and amazing every time Nubee stays with her.
Once again our dogs had a wonderful time. They stayed with Joan for 10 days and when we picked them up they didn't want to leave.
Joan was absolutely wonderful with my 9-year old golden retriever. He stayed with her for 2 weeks while I was overseas, and I never had any concerns about how he was doing as she would post pictures of him everyday having a great time. He misses her dearly, but I'll be sure to have them reunite on my next trip.
Another great stay for my dogs and Joan's. This time our new puppy went too and Joan did an excellent job taking care of her. My two doxies are very happy and settled when ever they stay and now think of Joan's as the second home!
Joan is absolutely great! Our Jack loves her resident pups and Jack is always hesitant to leave her home when we go to pick him up! Joan is extremely flexible and always great to work with. Two thumbs up!
Joan is very kind and loving with the pets she cares for. They backyard is large and completely enclosed with ample water available for the doggies. Our senior dog is the nervous type so Joan gives her extra TLC which we so appreciate.
A great place to trust your dogs are safe and happy.
Susan H
Another great stay for my 2 Doxies! Joan is always keeping me updated with photos and messages while we are away and both my dogs seem really settled at Joan's home.
Joan is the best ever!! Our dogs are returning guests at her home and she always treats them like loved family members. Thank you, Joan, for all of the great care and special attention you give to all of your boarders. We love you!
Joan is a sweetheart, she took a great care of Milo for the 3 weeks we were out of the country. Joan sent us pictures and updates everyday on Milo. I love how clean and neat her home is and Milo was very happy spending time with her two dogs. I highly recommend Joan and I would for sure use Joan's services.
This was Poppy's second visit to Joan's. It was an awesome visit for her. She totally bonded with Joan, who took wonderful care of her, making her feel at home. Joan is the best dog sitter I can imagine - we will use her over and over. Joan goes out of her way to follow the instructions left for each dog. She sends multiple photos of the dogs in action daily and we could tell from these photos how much more comfortable Poppy was this visit. I highly recommend Joan C!
Joan is such a great person. She is so caring and full of love. She has been updating us about milo with little messages and pictures. I would for sure use her services agin. Thank you Joan
Joan was absolutely amazing! First, she helped me and my husband out with a last minute request. and took in our one year old lab pup and treated her like part of the family. Both of us were really anxious about leaving Austin for 6 days, but Joan made us feel really comfortable and at ease by letting us know how our puppy was doing and sending us really cute and sweet picture updates that showed us what a great time Austin was having. Will definitely use Joan again (so long as she'll take our pup again!).
Happy that she was able to take care of her on short notice. She helped me out that day with care as I was going to my Granddaughter graduation only coming back that nite.
Our dogs had a great time and were well taken care of.
This was our first time with Joan and our dogs loved it. They were recently rescued and we were concerned about them but they were so well taken care of. Our puppy had a broken leg in a cast and Joan took such good care of him
we left our Doxies for 3 nights while going away for a long weekend, Joan was great and sent frequent photos and video updates on their progress. Even though they couldn't wait to get home I really think they enjoyed their time at Joan's and will definitely use her again in the future.
Bella had a fantastic time as always!! :)
Excellent! Will definitely do it again!
very satisfied
Very happy to have found Joan, she is welcoming, flexible & friendly. Joan provided me with plenty of videos and photos of my two Doxies while they were with her in daycare. Both my boys are not sociable and are timid around other dogs but Joan let them find their own way and I am happy now to leave them for boarding when we vacation in May.
Joan is the best! I feel so comfortable leaving my little baby with her & she always takes the best care of him!
This review is long overdue! Joan is absolutely AMAZING. My husband and I were in a bind during our out-of-state move and initially had no place to house our Newfs (It's not easy to find sitters to take in giant breed dogs!) We are so fortunate to have found Joan, she was so accommodating to our situation! She has a great personality, is calm and patient, responsible, and LOVES dogs. She treated our sweet, but very rambunctious, Newfies as if they were her own. During Bella and Ralph's two-week dogvacay, I came over several times for a visit and I could tell how much they adored her. I'm moving to Denver at the end of this week and I am really sad I did not find Joan sooner but I think everyone needs to know how great she is. Your furry loved ones will be in great hands with her! :)
My doggie's stay at Joan's was as amazing as always! No one can care for your dog better while you are away!
When I first met Joan she was extremely friendly and welcoming and took the time to get to know my dog, Copper, and show us around her home and yard. Her two little dachshunds are adorable and the got along well from the beginning. She kept me posted throughout the day and sent me a bunch of pictures so I could track Copper's progress. When I picked him up she gave me a full report and even had some homemade treats for Copper to take home.
Our dogs' stay with Joan was fabulous as always! They love going to sleepaway camp at Joan's house-- she is fun, nurturing, responsible and shows them so much love and attention. They always come home very happy! Thank you, Joan!!
I was so happy!!! I am so glad I found Joan. Lola is very timid and at first I was worry that Lola would be scare. But fortunately she loved. She played with the other dogs and was so happy. I am taking her back to Joan again. Thanks Joan.
Joan is a great person to leave your dog with when you are away. She is very knowledgeable about dogs and takes great care of them.
My dog seemed very happy throughout the stay and when I picked him up, despite being very attached to me.
I can't recommend Joan enough.
Joan is wonderful to work with and very flexible, and we know Josie is always in good hands with her! Highly recommended.
Josie always has the best time with Joan! We feel completely comfortable leaving her there and love seeing videos and pictures of her while we're gone.
Joan is awesome!! My lil boy always has a great time when I drop him off and I am happy that I can trust that he is in good hands!
Joan is absolutely wonderful! If in my next life I come back as a dog, I want to be taken care by Joan; and if for some reason I retun as a human, I want to be her family! Oh my Dawg. Love her.
Why isn't there 10 stars available for a host like Joan?! I cannot say enough wonderful compliments about her and I know my Andy would agree with me. Everyday, multiple times a day, I received pictures (keep 'em coming!), and she was very prompt to respond to calls and texts as I'm a bit of an overbearing, neurotic mother. My Andy came home exhausted and I believe a bit lovestruck with her Doxie, Beatrice. The only concern I have is that she will continue to become the most popular sitter in the SF valley because of how awesome she is, rising up to celebrity sitter status! ;-)
Had to leave town last second, Joan came to the rescue. She's had my dog 3 times now and it's very comforting knowing he's so well taken care of.
She's always great and I can leave home knowing my dog is in the best of hands..
Joan is awesome, always sending pics and updating you with how your dog is doing. I've left my dog with her multiple times and each time it's been a wonderful experience. I've recommended her to family and friends.
Everything went smoothly from the beginning. Joan made sure our dog had fun during his stay with her! I would recommend Joan to any dog owner.
Joan is a wonderful host! We had never left Poppy with anyone but our daughter before. Poppy can be shy with new people and we were not sure how she would do with a "stranger" for 5 days. Our "Meet and Greet" went very well and we decided to try leaving her with Joan. It was great. She sent many photos daily and even a video of Poppy in action to us. Joan seems to go out of her way to find what each dog needs and she provides that. She responds to emails, calls, or texts, very fast and communicates well. We will definitely feel comfortable leaving Poppy with Joan again!
Joan was amazing! We had to go out of town for the weekend & could not have left Joey in better hands. Thank you Joan!!
Joan is the best! Bella always comes home happy and can't wait to go back for another visit!
Joanie is so great with Missy. Joanie's house is Missy's second home. She is a dog lover for sure. She is the best!!
Joan is the best!!! This is our second time leaving our pups with her and we all couldn't be happier. We call Joan's house "camp"!!
Joan is wonderful! Josie had such a great time at her place that she didn't even notice we were gone :-) Joan was very flexible for us with pick-up and drop-off times and send adorable pictures and updates, we'll definitely be using her again!
I use Joanies service a lot! My dog Missy loves going there and she makes herself comfortable like she is at home. This is her home away from home. I used to doggie day car places but this is so much better.
I needed Joan to dog-sit my 15 year-old dog who needed some supervision while visiting my friend who has a 14 year-old dog. Joan came over and took great care in getting acquainted with the home and dogs, so we could get out for some desperately needed R&R. Joan was joyful, flexible, responsible, communicative, accommodating, personable, highly professional, attentive to detail, great with both dogs who responded to her beautifully, and just instilled great confidence by us in her at all times. I cannot possibly rate or recommend Joan highly enough and will appreciate being able to use her services again!
I needed Joan to dog-sit my 15 year-old dog who needed some supervision while visiting my friend who has a 14 year-old dog. Joan came over and took great care in getting acquainted with the home and dogs, so we could get out for some desperately needed R&R. Joan was joyful, flexible, responsible, communicative, accommodating, personable, highly professional, attentive to detail, great with both dogs who responded to her beautifully, and just instilled great confidence by us in her at all times. I cannot possibly rate or recommend Joan highly enough and will appreciate being able to use her services again!
I am so happy I met Joan...She is the perfect host for you!

She was so caring, and loving to our Doxie, Frankie...In fact I think Frankie came home a bit more spoiled. It was Frankie's first time away from home, and we were so nervous...but Joan made us feel so comfortable, sent us daily pictures of Frankie's interactions and every picture was a 'happy/content" picture, which simply put us at ease.

I would highly recommend Joan to anyone. Joan is exceptional...

PS: I think Frankie (our girl) had a crush on Oscar!
Thanks again for showing so much love to my Bella! She misses you already!!
Joan was fabulous as usual. Lily seems quite at home in her home. I think she even forgot about me while I was gone. She gets the best care. Wouldn't use anyone else.
Joan is the best! This is the second time our Valentina has been with Joan and we were beyond satisfied with her time there. From picture updates to personalized emails with questions and more updates, we were comforted to be kept apprised of what was happening during the entire visit. She takes time and effort to make sure to make each pet feel welcome and comfortable regarding their specific needs and likes, etc.

Her clean and loving, pet friendly environment is a testament to the special person behind this pleasant Vacay we were fortunate to experience again with our little angel!
Our dog is part of the family and in Joan's house we could see he was treated that way as well. She has a sizable backyard and was open to any special request we had. We also received countless pictures each day with funny captions. What a relief it was knowing our dog was in loving hands. Thanks Joan will be using your services again
Our doxie has never been in better hands! He had an amazing experience in Joan's care for the week. Regular photos and updates were so reassuring; Joan is a warm & wonderful human being who took fabulous care of our dog (who loves constant attention and got it at Joan's!). I couldn't recommend a better option for your doggie when you leave town!
I have been using Joanie for about 2 months now and my dog Missy feels so at home with her and her 2 dogs. In fact, Missy thinks she is queen of the household. When I pick her up, she doesn't want to come home. Joanie's is like Missy's second home.
Joan is an extreemly caring and enthusiastic dog lover. She has a great propety for dogs and always in the company of other well behaved dogs. Her daily photos always made me feel good about where my little pooch was, even if I was half way across the world.
This is our first time using Dog Vacay and we couldn't be happier to have found Joan! We had some last minute changes to our weekend plans and she was flexible with us by letting our pup stay with her 1 extra night. She sent pictures of our little guy throughout the weekend -which we loved! Our 8 year old maltese has some separation anxiety and can be very timid, but he was very happy and comfortable with Joan when we picked him up. She even sent homemade treats with him. We are so excited we found someone we can trust! He's going back to Joan's next weekend.
Joan is the best ! I had a wonderful sitter for 25 years and she moved away in 2012. It has taken me two years to find someone with whom my dog is comfortable and can trust, as she is a bit fragile and needs special medical care. And Joan sends the most hilarious pictures to keep you in touch.
Great. Loving. Sending photos & video of Jody (not necessary as frequently but I enjoy & appreciate them).
Joan is absolutely amazing! Our dogs (each with their own special needs) stayed with her for two weeks and were so loved and well taken care of! I cannot more highly recommend Joan to anyone who loves their pets. She is truly dedicated to making the experience positive for both the dogs and the owners. For example, my kids were puppy-sick during our vacation and Joan's photos and videos of our dogs really helped the kids enjoy their time away because they were not worried about how the dogs were doing. We now call going to Joan's doggie sleepaway camp! Thank you, Joan, again and again!
Joan was amazing!! She sent us the cutest pics of our sweet Sophie :) She was wonderful to work with and incredibly quick to respond to my messages! We would definitely recommend her to others, and we will definitely be using her again in the future. Thank you, Joan!!
Joan was such a great hostess to both myself and my teacup poodle, Lily. Our meet and greet was so easy that I knew immediately this was the place I could leave her without worry. I lost my dogsitter two years ago and have not had a vacation since. So when I left Lily with Joan for the weekend, she attended to her needs as if she were her own (and even spoiled her a lot). She was very inviting and kept me abreast of Lily's "vacation time". Joan has a nice yard with lots of space and two cute and compatible doxies that made Lily feel right at home. I have a reputation for being very difficult to please, but I can tell you I would not hesitate to book all my future dog vacays with Joan. Thank you so much, Joan, for your kindness and expertise.
100% my dog sitter from now on. Joan and her dogs and grand kids are AMAZING! I was worried about leaving my dogs but Joan made me feel zero stress at all. She even sent us home with a bag of homemade dog treats! Absolutely love her.
I first met Joan in our meet and greet. I immediately felt comfortable with her. She is super friendly and outgoing. I was able to tell right away i would feel comfortable leaving my babies with her.
I scheduled and then I had to change my initial plans of 2 days (overnight included) and add another last minute overnight and she was really flexible with that. That for me is very important, so i will continue to use her services. Plus, she gives them home made healthy treats!!
Happy customer i am ;)
Breaker had a great time with Joan and her pups, Oscar and Beatrice! I felt at ease leaving Breaker with her for a long weekend. She asked us a lot of questions to get to know Breaker and his routine which I really appreciated. I knew he was in good hands! Joan sent us a ton of pictures of Breaker having fun and doing cute things. It was great to come home to a happy dog. Joan even sent us home with some of her home made dog treats. We are thrilled to find a reliable dog sitter for the future!
Joan was great and her pups are adorable. So glad that Bella could have playmates and a fun yard all weekend. We are so thrilled she had a good time!
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