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Vaughan A.

18 Reviews
5 Repeat Guests
Other Sitters Nearby
  • Same day bookings are OK
  • Responds within 10 minutes
  • Cancellation Policy:

Pet Requirements

  • 1-20 lbs
  • 20-40 lbs
  • 40-80 lbs
  • 80+ lbs
All Ages OK
Must Be Vaccinated

Vaughan's House

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Large Yard
100% fenced & locked
Smoke-free home
Pets allowed on furniture
Air-conditioned inside

About Vaughan

17 Years Experience Caring For Dogs
About us:
I am a non-profit branding consultant and Mark is a photographer. We work part-time out of our home, so we are almost always around to keep your dog active, safe, and happy. We lost our dog of 17 years recently and love having dogs around. Having no pets means your dog will get all the attention! We have a large woodsy 100% fenced-in yard, as well as three large decks and patios for your dog to explore. Lots of sunny spots for lounging. We are experienced dog sitters, but have just recently registered with DogVacay.

Why your dog will enjoy staying with us:
Your dog will receive lots of playtime - ball chasing, tug of war, and other doggie pleasures. We are very active and will give your dog lots of exercise: 3 walks/day, including neighborhood meanderings and hikes, depending upon your pet's capability. Or perhaps a beach romp! And most of all, your sweet pet will receive lots of love and cuddles. All while feeling safe and secure.

Please note that rates quoted are 24 hours - if additional time is needed we charge $5.00 per hour. Also, we will happily take three doggies from the same household.

About our neighborhood:
We live in San Rafael, just off Wolfe Grade, on a quiet leafy street. Your dog can explore our neighborhood streets or a number of different trails nearby.

We are happy to send many updates with photos and videos. And please feel free to contact us with any questions.
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Can administer oral medicine
Special Needs Accommodated
  • Pets recovering from surgery
  • Separation anxiety
  • Leash Pulling

Vaughan A.

18 Reviews
5 Repeat Guests
Other Sitters Nearby
  • Same day bookings are OK
  • Responds within 10 minutes
  • Cancellation Policy:


  • Available
  • Unavailable
  • 1 Spot Left
  • Booked
  • Last updated February 16, 2017


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Course 101 Graduate
By completing courses at DogVacay University, hosts learn about best practices to help them provide the highest quality care for your dog.
Course 102 Graduate
By completing courses at DogVacay University, hosts learn about best practices to help them provide the highest quality care for your dog.
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Web Training Complete
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Premium Pet Insurance, 24/7 Customer Support and Daily Photo Updates!

Services & Rates

Boarding Overnight At Vaughan's Home
$45 /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 will sleep in their own beds
$20 /visit
  • Willing to travel 10 miles
18 Reviews
Vaughan and Mark took great care of our energetic little guy while we were out of town. The daily text updates were much appreciated, and we wouldn't hesitate to leave Lenny with them again. Thanks again!
Happy to leave our Monty with Vaughan and Mark anytime.They are caring and dedicated doggie step parents. We got plenty of photo updates during Monty's vacation so that we could relax and enjoy ours. When it came to pick up time, we collected a happy puppy who enjoyed his home from home experience . Monty is looking forward to his next stay!
Vaughan recently cared for our yellow lab for a week. She is friendly, super organized, and has a lovely and pet-comfortable house and yard. She and Mark clearly love dogs and they knew how to make our pooch feel at home right away. We will definitely use her again!
We're retired and our Jack is with us most of the time, so we were anxious about leaving him for a week while we went on vacation. The daily emails and photos put our mind at ease, and clearly Jack had a great time. There was no sign of stress or anxiety after we brought him home, and we would use Vaughan again with no hesitation. Both she and Mark obviously really care for the dogs, and give them plenty of exercise and love.
My puppy Pablo had an amazing overnight stay with Vaughan and Mark. They clearly love dogs and have a beautiful home. I was very comfortable and happy while I was away from my fur baby.

As a special treat they were also sitting for a very sweet and well trained German Shepherd who kept my puppy very busy. He had a nice long sleep when he got home :)
Thanks to Vaughan & Mark, even though I was the one who went away for a week, it was my pup Roxy who had the actual vacation! Daily texts, photos and video showed her having a blast in their care. They even found an indestructible ball for her to play with that now goes with her everywhere. I can't say enough good things. There's no price tag on peace of mind!!
Vaughn and Mark are the best doggie parents! They are caring, fun, careful. Vaughn requested we bring the dogs over as early as possible as she had to go out for about an hour. She wanted a chance to bond with our Bill and Dune (our dogs) before she left. I so appreciated that. We were gone for four days. By the time we returned, my needy Dune had bonded with Vaughn. They were happy dogs when we picked them up. It was clear they'd been well cared for. I highly recommend Vaughn and Mark!
I have found the home away from home for my dog! I wish I could keep Vaughan on a permanent retainer so I get first choice of dates! I just adopted a home rescue dog and Vaughan was willing to dog sit her without question. She also was flexible in the various family members dropping off and picking up our dog. Our dog was so relaxed and exhausted when she came home I knew she was getting plenty of exercise and attention. Our dog loves attention and Vaughan sensed that and gave it to her. Vaughan's house is very calm with enough outside area for sunbathing and playing with toys. Perfect location with loving caring attention. Mark and Vaughan make a great team, you have two dog sitters in one!
The best! I booked accommodations for my dog, Pepin, rather last minute. They were able to accommodate me in both my early drop-off time and my late pick-up time. They even helped me put my dog's crate together, since I was in a rush to get to work. They periodically updated me throughout the weekend to let me know how Pepin was doing.

Their house is gorgeous. It has a big porch and outside area where the dogs can play, and everything is fenced in, so there is no possibility of your dog escaping.

I would definitely recommend these hosts!
My wife, Louie (our dog), and I are thrilled to have found Vaughan and Mark to look after Louie when we are out of town. They give him lots of great attention, have a fantastic place to host our pup, and know what they are doing (having been dog owners for many years). We have booked with them a couple times now and they always keep us informed on how he is doing by sending us pics, videos and email updates. You can tell how much Louie loves it there (probably more than being home!) due to how excited he gets when we pull into their driveway. We feel very confident and relaxed when we are out of town for our pup to be in such great hands and getting great attention, playtime, and the right amount of freedom.
Vaughan and Mark took great care of our pups! Prior to the stay, Vaughan was very responsive to questions, and it was easy to set up a meet and greet. During the stay, we received frequent emails with photos and updates. You can tell that Vaughan and Mark really care for their furry visitors, which is extremely comforting for us. The dogs had a blast and would gladly stay again!
We dropped our dogs off with Vaughan at 8:30 am and picked them up the next day at the same time. Vaughan made it really easy to drop them off and our dogs went right with her into the house. The next day she had all their things ready when we picked them up. Our dogs were happy and seemed as if they enjoyed their stay. We would use Vaughan again if we are in the area.
Vaughan is so warm and friendly. She took wonderful care of Ruby for us. We received updated texts and photos and she even graciously allowed us to extend our stay last minute. We're happy to have found her!
I felt that Vaughan and Mark took the responsibility of caring for my dog Teddy very seriously and went out of their way to make sure he had a good experience.

In my rush to get everything done in time for my trip, I ran out of time to give Teddy the special deodorizing bath I'd planned on (he was really musty from not drying out fully after being in the creek), and they ended up having to buy a special spray to make him more tolerable. :-( However, they were very gracious about it.

He also was refusing to go on walks at first for some reason, but they kept trying, and were able to coax him into it after a couple days.

They kept in contact by text and asked questions when they weren't sure how I would want them to handle something, and sent photos of Teddy looking relaxed and like he was having a good time.

When I got back after almost 2 weeks, Teddy was happy to see me but not insanely happy--he seemed like he was quite content there, and in fact while we were talking, he went and laid down in their living room!

I didn't notice til several days after picking Teddy up, but Vaughan had also slipped a really nice card into the pocket of his harness, with a photo of a polar bear cuddling a baby polar bear--and if you saw my dog, he looks a lot like a polar bear, so I was impressed she went out of her way to pick out that card, and write a kind note about him.

All in all Teddy and I would both recommend Vaughan and Mark! :-)
We were gone for 2 weeks and felt so comfortable having Maisy in your care! We llooked forward to receiving the pictures and updates that you sent on a regular basis! We would definitely love to have Maisy stay with you in the future!
We are so thrilled to have discovered Vaughan. She is a lovely person, and has a true touch with dogs. He may not have been able to tell me in words, but Moses clearly had an amazing week under her care. Vaughan sent me photos and updates daily-- so fun and reassuring to receive. She was extremely flexible and accommodating about arranging the initial meet and greet and about pick up and drop off. Moses, an energetic young dog (19 months) got plenty of exercise and plenty of love. I could not recommend Vaughan more highly and I will definitely send Moses to her anytime we go away.
Vaughan was easy to communicate with and took great care of my dog. She was also able to assess and manage any doggy conflict that came up between my dog and the other dog she was sitting. I would absolutely use them again!
Our dog Cody had a wonderful stay with Vaughan and Mark. They were both delightful and gracious, and made Cody's stay very comfortable. Their home is very dog friendly with ample space and proper fencing. Cody looks forward to his next stay with Vaughan and Mark. Thanks for a great stay!
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