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Bill R.
Walnut Creek, CA 94596
61 Reviews
29 Repeat Guests
$40/night
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  • Cancellation Policy:
    Flexible

Pet Requirements

  • 1-20 lbs
  • 20-40 lbs
  • 40-80 lbs
  • 80+ lbs
All Ages OK
List of Breeds Not Accepted
Pit Bull - American Staffordshire Terrier

Bill's Resident Pets

Shasta
Golden Doodle
Female
5 years old

Bill's House

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Outdoor area

About Bill

We offer discounts for multiple dogs.We are both Dog first aid trained by Red Cross. Completely fenced in large yard, and smaller area exclusively for small doggers. Great AC for those hot days. Dogs have run of most of the house. No kennels here unless supplied by dog owner. 24/7 Supervision
Daily walks included. Free Dog photos included with all Dog-Vacay stays!
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Bill R.
Walnut Creek, CA 94596
61 Reviews
29 Repeat Guests
$40/night
Other Sitters Nearby
  • Responds within 5 hours
  • Cancellation Policy:
    Flexible

Availability

  • Available
  • Unavailable
  • 1 Spot Left
  • Booked
  • Last updated June 28, 2016

Credentials

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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Services & Rates

Boarding Overnight At Bill's Home
$40 /night
  • Watches up to 3 dogs/night
Dog Walking
$15 /half-hour
$25 /hour
  • Willing to travel 3 miles
Home Visits
$25 /visit
  • Willing to travel 10 miles
Pick-Up/Drop-Off
$10 each way
  • Willing to travel 10 miles
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61 Reviews
Bill was able to take our Teddy on a very short notice and we're so glad that he did. We received daily photos with updates on how Teddy was doing. Bill's yard is large and a great place for dogs to roam around outdoors and he takes them for walks in addition. I will definitely feel confident leaving Teddy with Bill again in the future knowing that he will be well cared for while we're away! Thank you Bill for providing such a personal and loving home away from home!
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Bill is a true dog lover!! My little Shih-poo got to play outside, take walks, and even sleep on a chair in Bill's bedroom. I really appreciated getting pictures sent to me while I was out of town, too. Great experience all the way around. Will definitely use again!
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Bill & Sue are great!
Bill was stellar! He was open to taking in both our elderly lab and our 6 month old havanese while we were away on a family vacation for 9 days. He walked them 1-2 daily depending on weather and had a great outdoor space for them to play partly covered and set up for dogs of all sizes. He even worked with the puppy while we were away. I think they were sad to leave there with their great outdoor space and loving environment. He updated us daily on their status with photos and honest feedback and we couldn't have been more thrilled. I can't say enough about him and his wife who treated our dogs as if they were their own and I felt so comfortable having them in their home. I have used Dogvacay 3 times and have had positive experiences each time but Bill is hands down the premier
Caretaker willing to care for both our large and small dog & truly spending quality
Time with them. He screened them thoroughly prior to taking them in, which I sincerely appreciated having experienced an aggressive dog cause a serious injury to our lab at a local dog park last summer while in my care. I'm happy to provide specifics if you have questions but he knows dogs, is an experienced trainer and even gave us a comb and eye drops for the havanese to prevent tearing and thus eye issues. Ten stars, Fabulous!
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This was Newtons first overnight stay and Bill was very friendly and welcoming. We provided Bill with a short list of items regarding food, sleep, etc. and he accommodated to all of them.
Bill and Sue are the best. I receive wonderful photos of Murphy enjoying himself on walks and playing w/ other dogs. He is always happily exhausted when he comes home. I totally recommend Bill R for any of your dogs needs.
Maxx is a shy puppy (1) years old and Bill took great care of Maxx. He recognized my little dog was nervous at first (first time away from me) and Bill made sure Maxx was comfortable in his new surroundings. Maxx enjoyed playing with the resident "house dog" and readily warmed up to Bill. I recommend both Bill and his wife to care for your dog(s). The other dogs were also happy and carefree. Five star dog care! Thank you.
Lorraine
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2nd time having Bill dog sit. We got a lot of great pics and the dogs looked happy :)
One of many dog vacay visits with Bill, Sue and Shasta. We love the updates and photos. Sophie is well taken care of. Thanks again!
Bill provided frequent email updates of Jack's stay, each of which included 2-3 pictures of Jack smiling and having a great time. Bill was also quite gracious in providing a day of homemade dogfood when Jack's supply ran out, and he was very flexible when we ran late with our scheduled pickup time.

Would definitely reserve a future stay with Bill!
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Bill is great. Teddy and Willie both had fun and enjoyed playing and going for a walk. Bill was took good care of them. He also send a bunch of very nice pictures of Teddy and Willie. Highly recommended.
Bella had a great time as usual with Bill and Sue! She's always wanting to go back and hang out with Shasta. She loves the walks and play time and we love the great pics sent while we're away.
Bill was so great! We had just moved and didn't want to board our furbabies because of all the change. Bill came to our house so the pups could be in their own home. He sent updates and pictures with every visit. He even washed their food bowls at the end of our vacation and cleaned our litter box! I would definitly recommend Bill to anyone and will be using him again...and again....and again!
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Bill and Sue are great! Luna loves going over to their house for a vacay. The moment we get there to drop her off, she gets excited and runs to the backyard to play. It is comforting to know that Luna is being well cared for while we are away. I also love the photos and updates that get sent to us while we are gone. Bill and Sue are great and I would recommend their services to anyone!
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Bill and Sue and Shasta were all very pleasant when I did my meet and greet, I was really looking forward to my dog's vacation with them. My dog seemed to really enjoy her overall experience while in Bill's care, he was an excellent pack leader. However, there was some miscommunication regarding expectations and overall I felt that specific requests were overlooked for what he felt he thought was best. He did provide some beautiful pictures and regular updates. I just don't feel like it's the right fit for a dog owner with very specific needs and expectations.
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This was Riley's second visit to Bill and Sue's house. Bill is great with her, genuinely loves dogs and we just feel entirely secure leaving our "baby" with him. They go for walks, have a nice backyard and treat them like part of the family. Riley comes home relaxed and happily exhausted, as she plays with the other dogs and wears herself out! We can get away and not worry at all and that is priceless.
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Bill and Sue are amazing. Out two dogs, Skittles and Snowy are very comfortable with them. They cam back happy, relaxed and content. This is our second time leaving our dogs with Bill and Sue. Thank you for taking such wonderful care of them.
Loki always has a great time at Bill and Sues, and doesn't like to leave.
We were in town for one night and were not able to have our dog spend the night with us at my sister's house. Kasey is like a child to us, but Bill and Sue made us feel like he was in the best of hands in their home. Bill sent us photos of Kasey snuggled up on the couch with Sue! They were great! We would board him with them again in a heartbeat!
Thank you so much for taking such good care of our little guy!
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Amazing experience for our two dogs. Bill and Sue were exceptional. I would highly recommend.
Bill and Sue were very accommodating and willing to work with my crazy schedule. My dogs seem to be happy with their stay. Dogs seem to enjoy the dog parks and got along with the other dogs staying at his house. Thanks Bill and Sue!

PS - My daughter enjoyed the pictures you sent.
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Leaving our “Ginger” alone for the holidays was a hard decision for the hubby and me but we still had to make this overseas trip. Therefore, we really took our time to find a dog sitter that would spend quality time with our dog and not just “look” after her while we were gone.

Considering I’m pregnant I was very emotional about leaving our girl alone for Christmas but Bill comforted us every day by constantly sending us pictures and notes about her daily activities. Ginger even went to the doggie park and they put on her doggie jacket when it was chilly outside. She also made new doggie-friendships while staying at Bill’s.  Bill and his wife genuinely love dogs and truly enjoy spending time and caring for them. This is what a dog sitter is all about!

Thanks Bill! 

 
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Bella loved being with Bill and Sue! Great pictures during her vacation.
Added an extra night for Bella; Bill and Sue were great hosts!
Bella had a great time with Bill and Sue. They were very accommodating to Bella's "particular" needs. Bill and Sue know a lot more about dogs than I will ever; they made Bella's stay very comforting for her!
Bill and Sue are the greatest! Bella had the best time during her vacation! We were sent updated pictures as well! Bella already wants to go back! Thanks Bill and Sue!
Loki always has a wonderful time at BIll and Sue's. He is treated like one of the family, and gets lots of p;daytime with Shasta. He hates to leave their place.
Bill and Sue are wonderful! Thanks to their care, our dog, Hank, is always relaxed and happy when we return from trips. I value their service and highly recommend Bill and Sue. Thanks! Sarah
Bill and Sue are terrific with our Yorkies. They treat them as if they were their own. We have been boarding Benji and Peanut with them at least once a month for several months now with nary an issue. Bill also comes to our house to walk the boys during the day which is a great help to us given our work schedules! The photos he sends us are wonderful. We are very fortunate to have found somebody who love our needy little boys as if they were their own. Thanks guys!
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As before, we are pleased with Bill and Sue being Murphy's DogVacay home! They took good care of Murphy even though their dog Shasta had 10 puppies while we were out of town. Thanks for taking such good care of Murphy!
Joy had a great time with the walks in the park and the friendly atmosphere. We will likely have Joy Vacay with Bill and Sue the next time we need a temporary home for her.
I think the overall the experience was good. I wish we had more communication from them (I read reviews and they seemed to do it, so perhaps it was just a fluke).

My dog however is having some issues (loose stool), which probably has to do with her being a "moocher" and eating other dogs food, etc. I think this is a difficult thing to really control by them unfortunately.

It is difficult to write a review with just one stay, so I am planning to use them again and give them another try based on the experience and reviews of other people.

I think that lack of communication is what is making me doubt a little bit, but then again I am an anxious papa! :-) They seemed to know what they are doing and appear to do it quite well.
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Bill had sent us many pictures by email and that tells us our dog was having fun with him. We are really glad that we had found him through DogVacay.
Loki lives to stay with Bill and Sue. He is always sad to come home ans pines for them.
Sophie had a great time with Bill and Sue while we were away for ten days. They sent us great pics of Sophie having fun with the other dogs. We highly recommend Bill and Sue.
Our 5 month old high-energy puppy had the best time spending the day with Bill! It was the first time we've ever left her, and all went well. She came home wiped out. He also sent several pictures of her day, which were much appreciated. We will definitely book with Bill and Sue again.
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Bill was a great host and took excellent care of Herra. Loved receiving picture updates and would definitely come back anytime I need to board Herra. Friendly, caring, and truly love dogs. So glad I found them.
Charlie,our very active 1,5 border collie-lab mix had a great time. Bill and Sue were great. They kept us posted every day. We LOVE the pictures. We will be back.
Bill and Sue were great with our little boys Benji and Peanut. I could tell that they were happy and comfortable at their place and were not the least bit apprehensive returning to their place the second time we boarded them with Bill and Sue. The pictures they took of our dogs were a great bonus! Thanks and we will see you again soon!
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Working with Bill was a great experience!

He was very flexible with our previous reservation when we had to cancel at the last second.
He was also very accommodating with drop-off and pick up times.

We were a little concerned about the overnight boarding, because it was the first time we've left Foxy with someone she did not know before.
When we picked her up she did not look stressed out or eager to get out as soon as possible. Foxy seemed pretty content.

Even though Foxy spent only one day with Bill we got some great pictures of her enjoying the walk in the park.

We will definitely board our dog with Bill again if we need to.
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Bill and Sue hosted my beagle Murphy for the first time this past weekend. The pics they sent me showed what a fun time he was having. They are clearly dog lovers and I would definitely take Murphy there again. He got lots of exercise, and a tired dog is a happy dog!
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Murphy had another great time with Bill and Sue! And Bill posted some fantastic pictures of Murphy having fun playing at the park. He had so much fun that he came home and slept for two days! Thanks again Bill and Sue! Hope to see you again soon. :D
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Bill and Sue are great hosts. We always feel safe leaving our three little guys with them while we're away, and know they have a great time on vacation!
Bill and Sue are absolutely the best people you could leave your dog with! Our pooches were so well taken care of. We could not ask for more. We loved the picture updates while we were away! We will definitely use them again the next time we go on vacation! We would highly recommend them to everyone!
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Bill and Sue were great,. Our dog had fun and got lots of exercise and playtime. I wouldn't hesitate to bring him back. Thanks!
My dog has separation anxiety but always does well with Bill and Sue. We'll be back for sure.
Griffin, our rather active 2 year old golden, had a wonderful time! Bill is great and I would recommend him to everybody!
Bill and his wife were great. They sent us photos every day, and our dogs seemed very happy. They were also extremely flexible and accommodating with pickup/drop-off times. I was very happy with their service and will definitely use them again.
Sophie enjoyed her second stay with Bill and Sue. Shasta is a good playmate and she enjoys her walks and time at the dog park. We get detailed feedback too. We would definitely recommend Bill and Sue.
Bill and his wife were very inviting from the moment we arrived with our dog, Jax. They invited us in, gave us a tour of the common areas of their home and showed us their well maintained backyard. Bill was very knowledgeable about dog interactions and helped Jax get comfortable right away. He sent me a picture from the walk he took my dog on and I've never seen Jax "smile" the way he was in that photo. I would highly recommend them for your dog sitting needs. Great experience! Heather E.
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Bill and Sue were amazing! They are so nice and definitely treated my little Foxie like one of their own. I loved all the photos they sent. It was nice to know my dog was having such a wonderful time while we were on vacation. I think I will schedule all my vacations around their availability from now on, because I can't imagine leaving my dog with anyone else!!
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As always, Loki had a wonderful time and Bill and Sue treat him like he was their own. Loki always pines for them for a day or two afterwards.
I am thrilled to find out about Happy HikeDog. Kora loves her time with Bill and Sue. I have left her there for doggy day care as well as boarding overnight. I went to pick her up today and she didn’t want to leave. Now, that’s a good sign! They take dogs for walks daily. Today, they took Kora to the dog park. Kora comes home from doggy care pooped, which is quite desirable (and impressive!) for a dog mom of a high energy pup. Bill takes great photos and sends them to dog parents every day. Sometimes he posts a video of your pup’s play on YouTube. Their yard is completely fenced in and they host large and small dogs. They have a 2 year old Golden Doodle, Shasta, who is a built-in playmate for your dog. Dogs can come in and out of the house as they please. There is 24/7 supervision which is a plus for Kora since she doesn’t like to be left alone. There are no crates (unless your dog likes one and you bring it) which is a must for me since Kora does not like to be crated. I recommend Happy Hikedog Pet Sitting for both small and big, as well as active and inactive dogs. Thanks Bill and Sue for taking such good care of Kora. She will be back!
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Loki had a wonderful time at Bill and Sue's. He loved playing with Shasta and going for walks. Our only problem is he doesn't want to leave and really misses them when he comes home. Bill was great about sending us photos of Loki so that we could see what a good time he was having. We love knowing that Loki has a great vacation too!
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Bill & Sue welcome Murphy into their home with open arms. He gets along great with the "big dogs" and gets lots of attention from the Vacay family. We are thrilled and Murphy was so excited to see them when we arrived on Friday. Thanks!!
Bill was a great host, very easy to work with. We booked a dog vacay at the last minute & he worked with us to accommodate all our needs. He made sure to send us photos every day that our dog was with him which ensured our peace of mind. Tasha had a great time playing with his two dogs. We will be back for sure!
Urmila
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Bill and Sue are such nice people and our small dog fit in just fine with their dog Shasta. Murphy had a great time and seemed very settled in when we arrived to pick him up. We ended up returning earlier than planned and they were okay with our change in plans. Looking forward to his next stay over Labor Day weekend! Thanks guys for making Murphy part of your family! :D
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Loki had a great time on his sleepover with Shasta. He felt at home immediately and loved playing in the backyard with Shasta. Bills home is really dog friendly, and he sent some great photos of Loki. We are happy to have found such great sitters.
Cemil and Mujde had a great time with Bill and Sue and Shasta--they hiked more than when they're with me; Cemil is a "Tripawd" and they were also completely sensitive to his needs. If you have a dog who likes to get out, this is the place for you!
Yet another great vacation for our puppy.. She was happy to come back for a weekend visit.
Very responsible and friendly sitters and I would highly recommend their services.
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