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Karina N.

14 Reviews
5 Repeat Guests
$40/night
Other Sitters Nearby
  • Requires Meet-n-Greet to book
  • 1 day notice required for bookings
  • Responds within 43 mins
  • Cancellation Policy:
    Moderate

Pet Requirements

  • 1-20 lbs
  • 20-40 lbs
  • 40-80 lbs
  • 80+ lbs
No Puppies
Must Be Spayed or Neutered
Must Be Vaccinated

Karina's Resident Pets

Pickles
Russell Terrier
Female
9 yr 4 mo old

Karina's House

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

About Karina

30 Years Experience Caring For Dogs
NOTE on RATES: I've had lots of requests for puppies recently, so I wanted to write something here first regarding my "Puppy Policy." Due to the nature of caring for puppies, which includes dogs under 2 years old, I accept these guests on a very limited basis. They are wonderful, but a challenge when dealing with multiple visitors. In addition, I charge $50/night for puppies (again dogs under 2 years old). Also, I own a semi-senior dog who has a hard time coexisting peacefully with many puppies because they often do not understand her signals. This is stressful for everyone, and I take care to prevent this as much as possible. A meet n greet is always required to see if we would be a good fit for each other.

Holidays and extended daycare hours (more than 10 hours) incur an additional charge. Please ask me for a custom quote if any of these situations may apply. Boarding is per 24 hours, so if your pick up time is after the 24 hour time period, daycare charges will be added on a pro-rated basis. Daycare is for up to 10 hours, so additional time will incur an additional fee.

Ok, now on to other things!

I can't even tell you all of the benefits to both you and your dog(s) when you keep them out of a kennel. The peace of mind, health, and well-being are among the top reasons I will never put my pets in a kennel ever again. It's almost a certainty they will come home sick and smelly. But when they're with me, they are a VIP guest receiving exceptional care and attention.

I've cared for my dogs and pets for the majority of my life, and my experience is with all types of personalities and dispositions. I appreciate and respect the needs of our canine family members, and will care for them as my own when they are with me. I put the needs of my dogs first. I am observant and diligent in my efforts to provide a loving and positive environment for all of them.

When it comes to aggressive and rough play, I am careful not to ever let this escalate to a point of discomfort or hyper activity for both dogs and humans. I take this seriously as it's important for there to be reasonable boundaries and safety measures in place for your pups. There will be lots of ball, tug of war, and head scratches, but I leave wrestling up to the WWF.

What's really wonderful is I just moved into a home with an amazing fenced backyard with ample room to run and play! It's tree-filled and rustic like a dog park. It's why I fell in love with this location! I wanted a home where my guests would be happy and able to exercise regularly!

One thing that may be unique about me is that I am a conscientious canine leader and strive to keep a calm balance on walks and all interactions (human and otherwise). I don't ask my canines to lead me around the block; rather, I take that stress and burden from them and allow them to just enjoy the view by my side. This not only provides positive discipline and a bonding experience, but also lets them know they can trust me to take care of them.

Your dog will enjoy a 10-15 minute morning and afternoon walk and and 2 additional potty breaks. If your dog has additional needs, just let me know. Weather is a factor, so if it's extremely hot or wet, times may vary for that sake of your dog's comfort and well-being.

We are a dog-loving family, and we each take pride in making sure your dog is content and loved from drop-off to pick-up.

A few extra notes:

I'd like to know about any medical conditions and food allergies. I offer healthy all natural home-made pumpkin peanut butter treats for my customers, but only with the owner's approval. I respect owner's wishes and needs for consistency.

Secondly, I'd like to know if your dog has any triggers or aggressive behaviors with other animals/dogs. For example, does your go bananas for rabbits or squirrels? Do they feel insecure around large dogs? This is really important for me so that I can keep your pet family member safe and feeling good.

Finally, is your dog accident prone in certain situations? I know all dogs feel embarrassed when this happens, so I'd like to do all I can to prevent this from occurring.

NOTE on RATES: I've had lots of requests for puppies recently, so I wanted to write something here first regarding my "Puppy Policy." Due to the nature of caring for puppies, which includes dogs under 2 years old, I accept these guests on a very limited basis. They are wonderful, but a challenge when dealing with multiple visitors. In addition, I charge $50/night for puppies (again dogs under 2 years old). Also, I own a semi-senior dog who has a hard time coexisting peacefully with many puppies because they often do not understand her signals. This is stressful for everyone, and I take care to prevent this as much as possible. A meet n greet is always required to see if we would be a good fit for each other.
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Can administer oral medicine
Post-surgical pets
Special Needs Accommodated
  • Pets that require medicine
  • Separation anxiety
  • Pets recovering from surgery

Karina N.

14 Reviews
5 Repeat Guests
$40/night
Other Sitters Nearby
  • Requires Meet-n-Greet to book
  • 1 day notice required for bookings
  • Responds within 43 mins
  • Cancellation Policy:
    Moderate

Availability

  • Available
  • Unavailable
  • 1 Spot Left
  • Booked
  • Last updated May 15, 2017

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Services & Rates

Boarding Overnight At Karina's Home
$40 /night
  • Watches up to 3 dogs/night
  • Dogs may be unsupervised for 1 - 2 hours/day
  • 3-4 potty breaks/day
  • 2 walks/day
  • Pets can sleep on my bed
Daycare At Karina's Home
$30 /day
  • Watches up to 2 dogs/day
Pick-Up/Drop-Off
$15 each way
  • Willing to travel 10 miles
14 Reviews
Bolton had a great time at Karina's and I felt extremely comfortable with his care while we were on Spring Break..
I cannot sing praise high enough for the love that Karina and her husband showed my little puppy. I have a 4 ½ month old mini goldendoodle. Before coming to Karina I visited 5 kennels and thought I might never go on vacation again. After leaving the last one almost in tears I spoke with my trainer who recommended looking at dogvaccy and rover.com. I found several individuals on the rover site but only one I thought would be good enough for me. She was unavailable which was perfect because I then looked at dogvaccy. And yes God lead me to Karina. I contacted her and went to meet her and her family, what a delight. I thought they were warm people, loving of pets and I could tell right away their home was filled with love. We took our puppy over to spend some time and make sure he would be confortable. He was curious and walked around as if he was home. Karina kept him for 4 nights and 5 days. She sent pics and videos of him having a good time. OMG he was having a blast. He made great friends. I felt like he had found a new loving family when his real mommy couldn’t be there. I am not a person who likes to write reviews but she is the best, I could not have asked for more for my little “Fury”. Don’t look any further she is the answer to your peace of mind!
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Karina was fantastic! She sent me videos and picture updates and Bailey was definitely comfortable with her. We will be using her again!
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