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Larisa M.

48 Reviews
24 Repeat Guests
Other Sitters Nearby
  • Same day bookings are OK
  • Responds within 55 minutes
  • Cancellation Policy:

Pet Requirements

  • 1-20 lbs
  • 20-40 lbs
  • 40-80 lbs
  • 80+ lbs
No Puppies
Must Be Spayed or Neutered
Must Be Vaccinated
List of Breeds Not Accepted
Pit Bull - American Staffordshire Terrier, Pit Bull - Bull Terrier, Doberman Pinscher, German Shepherd Dog, Great Dane

Larisa's Resident Pets

English Springer Spaniel
5 yr 0 mo old

Larisa's House

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Children at home (5-12 years old, 13-18 years old)
Medium Yard
100% fenced & locked
Smoke-free home
Pets allowed on furniture
Air-conditioned inside
Great for senior pets

About Larisa

15 Years Experience Caring For Dogs
Special NOTE: We no longer accept new male pups - as we had a big problem with them marking things inside the house. New Female pups are welcome!

Thank you for stopping by! We are a young family of four: Mom, Dad, and 2 kids ages 9 and 13. We live in the heart of Almaden Valley - with many parks and hiking trails. We have been boarding and sitting dogs for over 3 years now and have a lot of experience with all kinds of dogs. We welcome any friendly dogs, any breed as long as they are socialized and in good overall health. Your dog must be up-to-date on his/her shots. We can only board spayed/neutered pups. We take up to 3 guest pups at the time. So your pup will get a VIP experience.

I am always home, and dogs are almost never left unattended (except for short periods around 15-30 min). Please refer to our pictures: we really do keep your pup entertained and happy. We have a mid size patio/back yard and a huge green park right in our complex - so rest assured your dog will get a lot of outdoor time with us.

Overnight Boarding rate is for 24 hour period. Extra hours can be covered as an additional time (it can be accommodated as a custom quote; please inquire). We'll be happy to keep your pup safe, entertained and happy while you’re away. Thanks & looking forward to meeting you and your sweet pup!

Why I love dog sitting
I have been around dogs my whole life since the age of 14, and very experienced with dogs. I can also provide training and re-inforce some of the common commands.

About my yard
We have a mid size patio, and a nice, big green park right outside our house.

My experience administering medication:
Yes, oral medication OK - I have been given many pups their meds; no problem.
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Special Needs Accommodated
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Larisa M.

48 Reviews
24 Repeat Guests
Other Sitters Nearby
  • Same day bookings are OK
  • Responds within 55 minutes
  • Cancellation Policy:


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  • Last updated February 1, 2017


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Services & Rates

Boarding Overnight At Larisa's Home
$50 /night
  • Watches up to 2 dogs/night
  • Dogs may be unsupervised for no more than 1 hour/day
  • Dogs will have full access outside for potty breaks
  • 3+ walks/day
  • Pets can sleep wherever they want
$15 /bath
$15 each way
  • Willing to travel 15 miles
48 Reviews
Larisa took very good care of our dog with periodic updates and photos.
This was my first time using Larisa to take care of my dog, Teena. It was just for one night, but it looked like Teena was having a very nice time, judging by the great photos I received. Teena seemed to really bond with Larisa's daughter, Katrina, too. Larisa and her family are all very nice, and they have a very warm and inviting home. I was very happy that Teena just had two other dogs to get used to, one of them being Larisa's dog, Buster. He's a very sweet and friendly dog. I also appreciated the little treat bag Larisa sent home with Teena. That was very thoughtful. I will definitely use Larisa, again, when I need a petsitter for Teena.
Larisa is an amazing dog sitter! She gave me lots of feedback during Leroy's first stay with her and provided great pictures throughout the day. Leroy doesn't have a lot of interaction with other dogs so we were a bit worried that he would be too aggressive but he fit right in. Larisa also gave me great tips to help improve the way that we were walking Leroy. We look forward to having Leroy stay with Larisa again.
My dog had a true VACAY with Larisa! It was great to get regular updates and photos from her on how my dog was doing. She were very patient with my dog who loves attention. My dog had a great time playing with her kids, and he smelled great from the exit bath by Larisa. I want to thank Larisa and her family for taking such great care of my dog.
This is the second time we have had Larisa care for Max, our 11 year old dachshund. Max enjoys his stays, as he receives lots of attention from Larisa and her family. Larisa updates us with pictures and messages which is an added touch. She provides wonderful care and we highly recommend her.
Larisa understands dogs and cares a great deal about them. Our Darley seemed very contented. The pictures she sent was of a happy little dog.
Meco had a great time. Larisa gave a lot of care and attention. Several walks per day and daily photos which were fun to see. Apparently Meco was pretty vocal but Larisa checked in with us and was very willing to work with him and was able to stop much of the barking. I appreciate her willingness to handle this.
Our little darling, Cara Mia, has not been away from home often and was a bit shy about leaving. When I met Larisa, I knew this was the best home away from home possible. We received photo updates showing Cara playing with family members, eating from her bowl and chilling out with new doggy friends. Having such wonderful dog care makes our vacation all the more enjoyable!
We got message and my doggie's photo everyday from Larisa. It made our trip more comfortable. Thank for your detail care about our Chelsea even she often made a little trouble to you.
Buddy had a great time with Larisa and family. The pictures sent and updates during the day was a nice touch. I know he was well cared for and he even got a goody bag to go with a treat she found out he really liked. Highly recommend this family.
Larisa was awesome. She sent me countless photos and updates about my pup and even sent her home with a goodie-bag of treats and a pig ear! My dog is very people oriented and loves to 'be a part of the team' and Larisa and her family were so supportive of that and I was very comforted knowing Kita was in good hands!
Larisa was very accommodating. Unfortunately, one of my dogs was howling all night, because he was upset that we left him. They had to take him to the dog boarding facility instead. The other two were very relaxed and got a lot of attention.
Mowgli seemed to have been well-cared for in Larisa's care. He seemed to have enjoyed playing with her two children. I would not hesitate to leave Mowgli under her care. Thank you Larisa
Would give Larisa more than 5 stars if I could! She did a fabulous job watching my big old pup over Memorial Day weekend and I highly recommend her. Larisa is very quick to respond to messages and questions. She sent several cute photo updates and was able to pay attention to my dog's special needs and medications during her stay. She took my dog on lots of walks and even brushed her hair to help remove some of her late-spring/early-summer heavy undercoat shedding. To top if off, when we got home I saw that she had given us a cute little goodie bag with dog treats in it :)

This was truly a wonderful experience as far as dog sitting is concerned and I will definitely be booking with Larisa again. Knowing my dog is in such good hands while I'm away makes traveling much less of a hassle - - thank you, Larisa!!
I found Larisa to be a very caring and compassionate dog lover. She posted daily pictures of my Norfolk Terrier, and provided email correspondence. I felt my dog was very well cared for and would trust her to watch my dog for any future boarding & care needs.
Excellent care. Larisa loves dogs and she is a very warm person. Her whole family loves dogs. Her children play with our dog and love him. Once our dog injured himself while walking with her. We were out of town. She took a great care of him and nursed him like her own dog. She is also flexible with dropping and picking our dog. Kole is always very happy to go to her house. I wholeheartedly recommend her.
Larisa was very interactive with messages and photos during Joplin's stay. She was able to work with Joplin when a new dog arrived that Joplin didn't initially mesh well with.
Larisa was amazing! She treated my dog like her own and he had such a good time at her house. I wasn't nervous at all leaving him with her and I loved all of the updates and pictures. He even came home with a goodie bag! Thank you so much!
Larisa was amazing! She came highly recommended by a family member, and certainly impressed us! Snoopy had a wonderful vacay with Larisa and her family, and came home to us happy and relaxed. We are thrilled to have found her, and plan to have both our pups visit again very soon!
Thank You Larisa! Again you & your family gave Lola exceptional care! It made our vacation more relaxing knowing she was with you. Looking forward to having Lola stay with you again.
Larisa has been caring for my pup Snoopy (6 yr old lab/retiever) for over a year now. We travel frequently and Snoopy often stays for up to 2 weeks. I can't say enough about Larisa and her family. It's like a second home for Snoopy. Lots of walks and play and a wonderful loving environment. Snoopy is a very independent dog but has become so much more tolerant of other dogs since spending time with Larisa's family. The resident pup Buster is adorable and Snoopy and him have become best buddies. I can tell she really looks forward to going in when we arrive (and not always too keen to leave!!!). Larisa has also been amazing with treating Snoopy with her medical requirements which have been somewhat time consuming. I absolutely love the daily photo updates which I always get on her stays. Larisa is always my first point of call for Snoopy's vacays.
Larisa is a wonderful caregiver. Skipper was very happy at her house. She is very good with handling the dogs and was able to manage multiple pets staying over. Once when Skipper was misbehaving, she was able to handle him and help him calm down. Larisa sent us many pictures and regular updates. Skipper came back happy & not stressed out (like he is when he goes to a commercial facility). I highly recommend Larisa & would use her again without hesitation
Awesome as usual! Keeps me informed with my Buster and sends pictures of him having fun!
Larisa is one of the best dog sitters we have ever had. She is so patient with my dog when she barks a lot. We will definitely use her services in future.
Our dog Riley had a wonderful time with Larisa and her family and we enjoyed the frequent photos of Riley that Larisa sent to us while we were away. We are planning to schedule his next stay with Larisa very soon.
Larisa and her family took great care of Jake! There were other pups there, too, and I don't think Jake slept all week because he was so excited to play - he loves other dogs. She was very patient with him. She even recommended a new harness (EasyWalk) which changed our lives - Jake doesn't pull at all anymore. It was a miracle! I would definitely recommend Larisa to watch your pup.
We are very happy with the care given to our golden doodle 'Lola' while on vacation. Larisa is great with keeping us informed and sending us photos! Lola received lots of attention and excellent care! We will definitely use her again! Thank You Larisa.
Excellent care as always. Kole loved going to her house. Her whole family loves dogs. We have boarded Kole with her several times. Every time we have been very satisfied. We will definitely board kole again with her.
Our dog Kole loves to go to Larisa and her family. We have boarded him there three times now. Every experience has been great. She takes care of Kole with affection. Her whole family gets involved in playing with Kole and other dogs. We love the pictures of Kole she sends everyday. We will board him again there. We highly recommend her.
Larissa has provided excellent daycare for my young dog. She is knowledgeable about diog behavior and provides a clean, loving environment in her home. My dog can't wait to get to her door when we drive up. I feel extremely fortunate to have found Larisa and trust her completely to care for my dog.
Larissa is always very attentive and I alway like that she sends picture so we an see our dog playing and having a good time!
Larisa was an excellent person to leave our dog for one night. She greeted us very warmly. Kole (our dog) seemed to have liked her instantly. She continued to send Kole's picture every few hours doing different activities. She let her children play with Kole. When I went to pick Kole, he seemed well taken care of. Larisa's home was very clean and she was very organized. I will absolutely leave Kole with her again and I strongly recommend her to others who may need to board their dogs.
I have no words to express my gratitude to Larisa. We had to travel outside the country for 10 days, and unexpectedly we had a 7 days delay in out return date. I'm so glad Larisa was taking care of Trixie!, She gladly accommodated her schedule to keep Trixie in her home, and toke excellent care of her. Trixie had a blast during those days, and Larisa keep us update with daily pictures and emails. I felt like my dog was in my sister's home. I highly recommend her!!
Our experience with Larisa was excellent. Larisa is not only great with dogs, but she is extremely responsible and truly makes the well being of each dog a top priority. Before our visit, Larisa arranged for a meet and greet to make sure all of the dogs (she was already boarding another's clients dog who was a bit timid) got along. During the visit she sent pictures along with a message letting me know how our dog Max was doing. Larisa's dog Buster is just about the sweetest, friendliest dog that you could ever meet. Max loves Buster and at the end of the trip I brought home a happy dog. We will definitely use Larisa's services again.
Larisa has provided prompt response, it is so easy to confirm the reservation. During the stay, she provided lots of photos and real time status update. I know my dog has been taken care nicely, it is really help.

Larisa is wonderful, we are impressed on her service and we definitely will come back to Larisa for any future dog boarding.
This was the 2nd time we had Larisa take care of our dog during an extended vacation and once again it was a great experience for us. Our Annie was spoiled with lots of walks and attention and was always safe. We didn't worry even for a moment. She spent play time with other dogs and was always supervised. Larisa is a true expert as a dog owner and I highly recommend using her.
I have left my dog several times with Larisa and her family. She is always well cared for and gets a lot of personal interaction. Great communication. I would highly recommend Larisa.
We had a great experience with Larisa. As a matter of fact she far exceeded our expectations. It started with a meet-n-greet and Larisa was very patient to answer our questions and make us comfortable with leaving our dog with her. During our vacation we received daily updates and lots of photos which really made us feel that our dog was doing well. Larisa was always available and responded to my emails right away. She is also very knowledgable about dogs, especially handling multiple dogs and allowing them to play together, but also knowing when they need a time-out. She provides an excellent environment (lots of exercise and lots of love) and she pays attention to the little details - she taped her own address and phone number to our dog's collar in case she got free. And when we finally picked up our dog, Larisa sent us home with a goodie bag full of dog treats. So unexpected but a wonderful touch. You will be really happy and secure with Larisa and you'll be worry-free on your vacation.
Larisa is awesome!!!! She treated our puppy like it was her own. I felt comfortable the entire week+ I left my dog with her. She provided udpates and pictures. I absolutely trust Larisa and would recommend anyone who considers their dog their child (like i do :) ) to anyone!
Larisa and her family took great care of Timber while we were out of town. Their dog, Buster, was a great doggy companion. When we picked up Timber after our vacation, she was having so much fun with Buster that it took her a few moments to even notice that we were there. We will definitely use Larisa's dog sitting services in the future!
Our 11-year old corgi stayed over Memorial Day weekend with Larisa and had a great time. She was patient with Pringle and really worked with him to make sure he was taken care of and had a good time. Along with regular updates by messages on Dogvacay, Larisa also took beautiful photos of Pringle and his buddies during his stay and uploaded them for us to view while we were away. She is a very patient, kind and conscientious host and we would recommend her to anyone. Thank you again Larisa - and thanks to Buster too for being such a great host-doggie!
This is the second time we have used Larissa to watch our dog. Both times have been a very positive experience. She was well cared for and received plenty of attention and exercise throughout her stay.
Larisa was very easy to work with and communicates really well. She sent pictures via text during Buster's stay with her. It was helpful to know how Buster was doing. She also gave me wonderful pictures on a CD afterward. Definitely leaving Buster with her and her family again!
Larisa and her family were great for our dog. We booked our reservation the day before we left on our trip, and we had a confirmation within the hour. They let us drop off and pick her up at our convenience, and she got plenty of exercise while staying here. We received text updates during our trip, and even some high quality photos, as it looks like Larisa is a professional photographer. I recommend leaving your dog with Larisa and her family.
We made a last minute booking, and we couldn’t have been happier with our choice to go with Larisa. Larisa was very friendly, accommodating, and knowledgeable. We had Larisa look over our two German Shepherds, Kodee and Sasha. Both Kodee and Sasha got along great with Buster. She gave them walks, administered their medication, and went the extra mile by sending us text updates and pictures of our dogs while we were away. We give Larisa our highest recommendation, and will be using her services in the future.
We were very pleased with our dog's stay with Larisa this past weekend. Both
Larissa's dog and my dog are very active and seemed to have worn each other out. She seemed well cared for in a clean environment. I was kept informed of her status via text messages and photos. I will use Larisa again.
Our dog, Tanya, had a wonderful stay with Larisa and her dog, Buster. Larissa was very accommodating and kept us informed about how Tanya was doing, including sending us pictures. We really appreciated the personal attention and communication from Larissa and would not hesitate to have her watch Tanya again when we need to go out of town.
Larisa is nothing short of an awesome host! I found Larisa since she's very close to where I live. Our first meeting was for a meet and greet. She brought along her two daughters and Buster(her dog) and off to the park we go. She lives in a nice quaint neighborhood in Almaden. Throughout my trip she sent constant updates of Abby and how she's coming along. I was very worried since Abby is dog reactive ever since I adopted her a few weeks back. This is also the first time I'll be away from her so i didn't know what to expect. Larisa went out of her way to make Abby comfortable. Abby and Buster are two very high energy dogs so they're constantly playing. I didn't bring over a crate for her and Larisa was having a difficult time controlling them. She went to borrow a relatives crate to separate them when they're playing too rough. Abby is excited to see me when i picked her up but i can kinda tell she's sad too at the same time for having to leave her new friends. I recommend Larisa 100% and who ever is considering her for your pet sitting needs!
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