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Caroline K.
Bradenton, FL 34202
63 Reviews
28 Repeat Guests
$35/night
Other Sitters Nearby
  • Same day bookings are OK
  • Responds within 45 minutes
  • Cancellation Policy:
    Flexible

Pet Requirements

  • 1-20 lbs
  • 20-40 lbs
  • 40-80 lbs
  • 80+ lbs
No Puppies

Caroline's Resident Pets

Her Royal Highness Kate
Labrador Retriever
Female
6 yr 4 mo old
Pippa
Black and Tan Coonhound
Female
6 yr 0 mo old
HRH George
Mixed Breed
Male
2 yr 10 mo old
HRH Charlotte
Mixed Breed
Female
2 yr 10 mo old
Other Pets & Animals: Cats

Caroline's House

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Small Yard
Smoke-free home
Pets allowed on furniture
Air-conditioned inside
Great for senior pets

About Caroline

47 Years Experience Caring For Dogs
Hi! My name is Caroline! I'm a lifelong dog owner (and a huge Red Sox Fan!) Been a Dog Vacay host since early 2013. My permanent household dogs are two mixed breed rescued fur babies (Her Royal Highness Kate & her fursister Pippa.) I love to take in local doggies part time for vacation coverage or daycare. Occasionally I also am a foster parent for local Animal Rescue.

We do 6 walks on the leash a day around the neighborhood and trails to compensate for my small unfenced yard. The Greenbrook Adventure Park and miles of paved walkways and shell-lined paths are a very short walk from the front door. We frequent the 4 acre fenced neighborhood Lakewood Ranch Paw Park mornings or evenings of your dog's stay (weather and interest permitting as long as you are already a Paw Park Member with a current key) to have a romping good time.

Otherwise we take full advantage of exercise on acres and acres of beautiful open space in the spacious fields and through miles of interconnected wide wooded trails. The preserve areas allow the pups to enjoy fresh air time outside on extended leash. We can do this as much (or as little) as the dogs like.

Our 2073 sq ft home is separated into various areas by SIX dog gates with plenty of room in each area to play, be silly, or lounge around. There is ample space for snoozing and napping on cozy sofas and dog beds. Our pool is also available for swimming. One of our regular guests (a much beloved chocolate Lab named Cocoa) spends hours of her stay each time swimming and LOVES it.

Popular with my many neighbors here in Greenbrook Village for years. Now looking to expand just slightly. My girls love having guests. We have quite a variety of regulars and semi regulars in our rotation and room to make a few more friends. My girls (HRH Kate & Pippa) and I all really like hosting other dogs. Old and young. Big or small. From Boxers to Bichons, Chihuahuas to Cockers, Shih Tzus to Spaniels and Goldens to Greyhounds. Had Puggles, Schnauzers, Yorkies, Collies. Mutts and Purebreds. We love them equally. ALL have a blast here.

I LOVE to take photos and videos to chronicle your dog's day. Those are sent to you via text or email, as often as you like, so you stay connected. Take a look at my extensive photo gallery to see many samples.

We live a very casual life. None of the furniture is off limits to the doggies. So lounging on my lap, the beds, chairs or sofas is totally welcomed. I sleep with my girls every night in my King-sized (dog sized!) bed. The guest dogs sleep with us too as long as they are interested in that. Otherwise I happily provide them a bed on the floor next to us or a room of their own at bedtime. Whatever makes them happy, we will accommodate. Whatever your routine is, we will follow it. Treats, toys and meals are a mirror of your usual schedule and rules from home.

I ALWAYS limit the number of guests here to no more than four (usually only one or two) at a time. If you want your dog to be the only guest that is an option we can discuss. I do this because it provides the guests a real opportunity for plenty of one on one affection and attention from me. It also keeps everyone's stress levels low.

I am able to provide comfort to dogs who have separation anxiety or hate loud noises like thunder and fireworks. Holidays are often a time when families travel. Know your fur baby is in great loving hands while you vacation or are at work for long shifts.

I am well versed in handling all ages of dogs. Have a special soft spot for the Senior dogs. Very comfortable administering medication and injections if needed.

All the dogs are fed separately to prevent any issues. I firmly believe in being proactive across the board to create harmony.

I have plenty of clients who would happily talk to you about any of that. Most of my regulars have been here at different times with almost all the others. We provide a stress free setting . They are a friendly, loving and silly bunch.

I'm currently semi-retired and work from home with an online business . That affords me the advantage of being here almost all day and evening most of the time. My family, and houseguests who often visit, love the dogs too so they get plenty of extra individual snuggles, playtime, socialization and cuddles from the entire household.

All we expect is that the dog guests get along well with others, are spayed or neutered, on flea control maintenance, aren't bossy Alpha's, are up to date on all vaccines and are thoroughly housebroken. Please. And if you are a Red Sox fan?... Pretty sure we will all be lifelong paw pals. ;)

I do this as a part time gig both for extra income and a genuine love for pooches. Can't wait to meet you and your canine companion(s) to see how this could work well for all of us. Woofs & Wags!!!

Please just propose a Meet & Greet as a first step before I accept any booking. That is my policy to ensure it is a fit for everyone. So let's get introduced!!!
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Can administer oral medicine
Can administer injected medicine
Special Needs Accommodated
  • Pets recovering from surgery
  • Separation anxiety
  • Leash Pulling
  • Advanced senior issues
Caroline K.
Bradenton, FL 34202
63 Reviews
28 Repeat Guests
$35/night
Other Sitters Nearby
  • Same day bookings are OK
  • Responds within 45 minutes
  • Cancellation Policy:
    Flexible

Availability

  • Available
  • Unavailable
  • 1 Spot Left
  • Booked
  • Last updated September 23, 2016

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Services & Rates

Boarding Overnight At Caroline's Home
$35 /night
  • Watches up to 4 dogs/night
  • Dogs may be unsupervised for 2 - 4 hours/day
  • 5+ potty breaks/day
  • 3+ walks/day
  • Pets can sleep wherever they want
Daycare At Caroline's Home
$25 /day
  • Watches up to 4 dogs/day
Dog Walking
$10 /half-hour
$15 /hour
  • Willing to travel 3 miles
Baths
$15 /bath
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63 Reviews
Caroline is amazing. We board our dog with her all the time. I would not use anyone else. Our dog loves her and Caroline loves him. Years ago when we would board our dog with a different sitter, we would come back home and our dog would be so upset he would get colitis. Now that we have Caroline our dog does not get upset and when we come home he is happy and no colitis. Caroline is a natural. She pours her heart and soul into caring and loving animals. She is one of the most caring, honest, kind, trustworthy, and loving people that I have ever met. We are so lucky to have her take care of our dog.
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So nice that we have Caroline & the girls. Pyper loves going & always was a blast playing! Thank you so much for taking care of our girl!
Caroline is always great with Jack. He's not a big fan of being away from home without his "mom". Caroline always goes out of her way to make him feel secure and comfortable. She sends lots of photos and videos to keep you informed . She's my go-to pet sitter!
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Great experience! very accommodating--very sweet and kind. Highly recommend.
Paper loves to go over to her 2nd families over at Caroline's. She loves the dogs, walk & attention. Caroline is the best
The only bad thing that I can say about Jazz's time with Caroline and her pack is that he sometimes seems a little sad to leave them to come home!
Caroline has been great Gizmo luvs her!!!¡
As usual, Jazz loved his time with Caroline! She had a full house for the holiday weekend and made sure to give each of her furry guests the individualized attention and time that they need. Caroline is truly wonderful!
Caroline always provides excellent care with love.
Jazz loved his time with Caroline (as usual)! Caroline went above and beyond during this visit when Jazz wasn't feeling well to make sure he was as healthy and comfortable as possible. She also made sure I was informed about how he was doing while out of the country and worried about my sick pup.
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Gunner had an awesome time with his "auntie" Caroline on his vacation :-) He got lots of love and I was a happy mom knowing that he was in such good hands.
Gunner has found a home away from home with his "Auntie" Caroline. She is incredible with animals and Gunner immediately felt comfortable and part of the pack. We did a meet-and-greet on a day prior to dropping him off for any stay. He got to meet and walk with others, explore the surroundings and I think he just loved her and the others right away - he was so comfortable, I had not experienced that with him before.

I appreciate her thoroughness and thoughtfulness in approach to getting him acclimated, making him feel at home and giving him lots and lots of love. I cannot express the peace of mind I have now, knowing Gunner is in such good hands. His anxiety about being away from home (and my anxiety in leaving him) are gone.

Cannot thank Caroline enough for being so loving and taking such wonderful care of my boy.
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Caroline is beyond fantastic! She's responsive, caring and WONDERFUL!
Caroline was great with Kubi! This was our first experience with dogvacay or any type of dogsitter other than friends or neighbors. Kubi is 9 months so we were a bit anxious like dropping a child off at preschool for the first day. Caroline was wonderful in sending videos and updates throughout the day. So happy to have found her.
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Outstanding experience once again!
My dog, Cooper, had an incredible experience at Caroline's house. She kept me updated with pictures, videos, and texts. Cooper can be a bit nervous is new environments and Caroline made him feel right at home and part of the family.

I would strongly recommend Caroline for your dog's housing needs.
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Caroline is a true dog lover - she is extremely patient and knows how to read doggy body language. My dog can be temperamental but I could tell right away that he felt safe and comfortable with Carline.
Jazz had a wonderful holiday visit with Caroline....no surprise there! She truly cares for all of her guests as if they are her own!
Caroline is the best, she definitely loves dogs, and they love her! She made Gracie feel right at home.
Great as always!!!!
Always a great visit for Louie!
I LOVE Caroline...as does my dog Louie! He is always so happy to be with her, and I know that he's well taken care of..aside from the fact that she is a wonderful and caring woman.
Caroline is great!!! Louie LOVES to go to her house! I'm so glad I found her!!!
Karoline has been wonderful, Snorkels loves going and is much happier since her weekly social visits. So glad we found this great service.
Caroline took amazing care of Jazz during this stay - as always. She is so caring, even following up on how he is doing on some of his health issues in between stays. Jazz loves going to stay with his girls!
Louie LOVES going to Caroline. And I'm always comfortable knowing he's well taken care of, and having a good time with his "friends"!
Caroline is always so awesome.
Louie's visits to Caroline are always good. I can't tell him where we're going until we get there because he can't wait to get in the car to go.
It's so nice to have Caroline & her fur babies take care of our Pyper. She loves going there & always comes back happy & tuckered out. Which makes us happy as well. Pyper is definetly treated like family, so we don't have to worry. Thank you so much :)
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Always a good time for Louie!
Caroline is the best! She sent me pictures and short videos of my sweet puppy playing with the other guests. I just love that when I'm away having fun, so is my Curry girl.
As they say Caroline is "Pawsome!" I have left my 2 golden boys with her on a couple of occasions and they always seem happy to be there and are delighted to see Caroline. She is obviously a "dog person". She has 2 dogs of her own and is diligent about how they interact with other dogs. There's lots of room for them to run and play and lots of love and cuddles to go around. We will definitely use Caroline again.
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Jazz was literally drooling with excitement as he hopped out of the car at Caroline's house! He loved his time with her girls and other guests as usual. Caroline also was wonderful to help Jazz with some new medications that he had just been prescribed that day!
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Caroline was so awesome. She sent me videos and pictures during my vacation. My dog had so much fun, I was afraid he wouldn't want to come home. I was very relaxed knowing he was taken care of. I was having some behavioral problems with my puppy and she helped me with that, too. I will use her everytime I go on vacation.
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Louie LOVES Caroline! I don't tell him where he's going until I'm ready to leave the house because he gets so excited when I say her name. And I love the photos she emails to me. I'm lucky to have found her!!
She is great! She understands dogs and knows how to make them comfortable away from home. Her house is set up for having dog friends come over to visit, no matter what their temperament. She watched our two dogs and they settled in and had a great visit. I highly recommend her.
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I have known Caroline for over 6months now and have used her services non stop. We have always found her to be an extremely compassionate and conscientious pet owner and pet sitter. She truly cares about animals and their well being. I would not hesitate to recommend her as a pet sitter. Thank you so much Caroline K for taking such amazing care of our two bichons. The peace of mind knowing they are well taken care is priceless! Thank you for your outstanding service :)
Jen and James Connolly
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Just got a happy and tired dog back from a mini-vacay at Caroline's. He is already excited to be going back next week! We are so lucky to have found DogVacay and especially Caroline!
Caroline was an amazing host! She took exceptional care of my Sam and Gigi even though Sam required a little more attention. I would highly recommend her and hope that if the need be, Sam and Gigi would be welcome back to visit with her and her furred family. She goes over and above to make her four legged guests feel at home in her home. I was able to totally relax knowing they were in good hands. Thanks Caroline!
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Caroline is truly a dog person + great communication (with humans) skills too! My dog didn't want to leave. She took him out on walks, to the woods, and cuddled up with him. Definitely, the best ever!
As always, Louie seems to love going to Caroline's house. He makes a mad dash for her door as soon as I take him out of the car. It certainly is a good feeling to know that he's so well taken care of.
I love Caroline K and DogVacay!! My husband and I have been using her since Sept 2013 and we can not recommend her enough. If you are looking for a reliable , trustworthy and caring pet sitter and walker , look no further and contact her.
Caroline K. is extremely easy to work with and very responsive and flexible. I've had nothing but stellar experiences. Recently, I had to fly out of town for a emergency in Texas. I texted Caroline the previous day before my departure.Wow!!!! She made it so easy and told me not to worry about my 2 pups, and everything would work out !! She again , went above and beyond!!! My 2 bichons Emma and Bristol love her and Caroline K's 2 dogs Pippa and Kate!!! I would recommend her to anyone !!! She loves my 2 fur babies and takes such great care of them ! I am never worried and content leaving them in her care :) Thanks Again Caroline K. for everything you do and more!
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Caroline is wonderful with my dog. He knows when I say we are "going to Caroline's" so I only tell him when we are ready to leave because he gets so excited.
Caroline's in a "home away from home" for Louie. He loves to be there!
Jazz loved his stay with Caroline so much that he has already booked his next vacay! Caroline went beyond just taking great care of Jazz and developed her own personal relationship with him…even embracing his very unique personality quirks. Her communication is excellent, I always felt informed and very comfortable with how Jazz was doing. I even worried that he was getting spoiled with more regular walks than he gets at home!
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A great place for your dog!!! He came back healthy and happy :)
There can never be enough good things I could say about Caroline K, and DogVacay. I will use their
services forever and will always recommend her! I found her to have a genuine love for my 2 bichons. She is very organized , prepared, experienced and truly understands the bond that forms between people and their fur babies. She will communicate as much as you like, with pictures or videos. Thanks Caroline for making it easy to leave my girls in your care :)
Jennifer Connolly
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I would love to give my fullest , glowing recommendation and praise to Caroline K with DogVacay. I completely trust her with the care of my two bichon babies, Emma and Bristol. Caroline is not only honest, reliable, flexible , and has great availability, she also shows enormous love and compassion for my girls! Often taking the time to sit and love them after a walk in the neighborhood. She will send me pictures and video's of Emma and Bristol. This is a blessing , because I know they are happy, healthy and playing.My dogs love her , and look forward to their visits. Her rates are very reasonable for the services she renders. I love knowing they are safe ,and are taken well care of. Caroline will go above and beyond your expectations! I will continue to board with her again and again! I can not recommend her enough:)
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Louie LOVES Caroline! He must have a ball there as I can barely keep him in the car when we arrive at her house!!!
Caroline was spectacular! Our little Rosie has many health concerns (15 food allergies, recent surgery, 3 medications, and very deteriorated hips) but after meeting Caroline and her own pups, I felt confident that Rosie wouldn't just be taken care of, she would be loved on.
From the first afternoon through the week, Caroline made Rosie right at home and even sent us daily photos and videos! I never had to wonder how Rosie was doing, Caroline kept us updated at all times.
She went out of her way to make Rosie feel included -- even switching the bedroom she and her pups sleep in so that Rosie could have a bed low enough to the ground so as not to hurt her hips! Rosie was truly on vacation and I would HIGHLY and confidently recommend Caroline to anyone looking for a home away from home for their pet.
We spend many weekends away during the summer and I'm so relieved to have found such a wonderful person to care for Rosie while we're gone!
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Once again I have to compliment Caroline for a great job taking care of June Bug. I never worry about anything because I know she is in good hands. Will be booking next trip shortly !
Once again I am so happy that Caroline is such a wonderful dog sitter that she goes the extra mile to send picutres and videos of my sweet girl while I am away. JuneBug loves to go to her house and play with the other doggie friends ! Caroline has given June her meds for me and introduced me to the easy way of using peanut butter to administer the pills easier !! I never worry about my girl and that is such a great feeling. June is in very good hands. I am using Caroline again in a few days for another trip for a few days and I know JuneBug will be excited to go back and play with her friends. Love this whole program !! Thank you so much !!!
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My dog, Matty, spent each day with Caroline for about a week, ending with a sleep over the last day. He had a great time. Caroline is always positive and creates a fun environment for the dogs. The best part of the day for Matty is when he gets a chance to run off all his energy at the dog park. He comes back, tired and very happy. Thank you, Caroline, for loving and caring for my Matty as I do.
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Matty has been with Caroline and her girls most of this week. Everyday has been a great day for Matty. As we near her home in the morning, he gets so excited because he knows he gets to have fun with the other dogs. I'm so happy that Matty has someone that I trust will give him the best of care.
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Matty loves to visit Caroline. She takes him to the dog park to run and play, everyday. She walks him many times during his visit and provides plenty of entertainment. He comes home happy and happy!
Caroline is wonderful with pets ! I am so lucky she lives so very close to me. I will use her for all my needs in the future. Received texts and pictures throughout my trip of my very happy little girl. I never had to worry about anything for one minute. June was in good hands and I have already booked my next trip on Doggie Vacay in 2 more weeks. I have already recommended Caroline to others. She is the best in my book !!
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Matty had a great day with Caroline and her dogs. He came home happy and tired.
My 1st time using DogVacy and already a huge fan! Animals are our family and I would never leave them alone with someone I could not trust 100%.Caroline,has exceeded my expectations with her care of my bichons, Emma and Bristol. My husband and I were visiting family and we pleasantly surprised to get a video and pictures from Caroline , on what our two pups were up to , just to reassure us everyone was just, "fine." All in all, I would have to say, Caroline is dependable, compassionate, professional and efficient . My husband and I give her our fullest recommendation! I would definitely ask her to sit again for us : ) thanks!! The Connollys
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Caroline took excellent care of my Wheaton Sophie, and gave her special attention during the storms when Sophie totally wigs out! Thanks Caroline!
I have to admit, I am very protective and paranoid when it comes to leaving my little Milo with strangers! I am guessing all dog owners are the same since after all they are our children?!?

I came across Caroline through a dogvacay.com search and reached out to her. As a first time user of dogvacay.com I had my doubts, but Caroline put me at ease from the time I messaged her. We spoke on the phone and arranged for an initial meeting. She made sure I was very comfortable with the situation, but better yet, made sure that Milo was comfortable with her and her dogs Kate and Pippa!

Caroline, Kate, and Pippa were perfect. They are more than I can ask for as Milo gets the care and attention she needs from Caroline, PLUS the great interaction with other dogs Kate and Pippa! Furthermore, Caroline is a living database of knowledge when it comes to the neighborhood! She has made great recommendations on restaurants, sites etc to visit during our visit here!

I highly recommend Caroline for any other dog owners, and I am sure you will see why once you sign up with her! She will also send you pics on a daily basis to show you how your pup is doing!
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Once again, Caroline was great and I would not hesitate to use her services in the future. My dog does not take to strangers very quickly but with Caroline, she was comfortable within 10 minutes. Caroline takes great care of Jesse, sends lots of pictures and updates throughout the day, and with her own two dogs, Jesse gets some playmates!
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Our second day with Caroline and Jesse had a great day. We feel very fortunate to have found Caroline and plan to continue using her sitting services on a regular basis!
I had never used a dog sitter before and feel VERY fortunate to have found Caroline. From my first communications with her to the "meet and greet", culminating with our first day in Caroline's care, it's been a great experience.

She made me feel very comfortable, answered every question, and was very professional. But even better is that my DOG was put at ease very quickly - even though she's typically more comfortable around other dogs than she is around humans she doesn't know.

On that first day, I received SIX pictures of my dog throughout the day, giving me assurance that she was doing fine. And when I picked her up, Caroline gave me a run-down of the day - how many walks, behavior report, anything she thought was important. We will definitely be back!
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