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Kathy F.

60 Reviews
31 Repeat Guests
$40/night
Other Sitters Nearby
  • Same day bookings are OK
  • Responds within 3 hours
  • Cancellation Policy:
    Moderate

Pet Requirements

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

Kathy's Resident Pets

Kelley
Shetland Sheepdog
Female
9 yr 11 mo old
Luna
Shetland Sheepdog
Female
4 yr 11 mo old
Molly
Shetland Sheepdog
Female
3 yr 11 mo old

Kathy's House

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Medium Yard
Smoke-free home
Pets allowed on furniture

About Kathy

35 Years Experience Caring For Dogs
We are dog people, passionate about happy, healthy dogs. We provide a caring, safe and fun environment for your dog in our dog friendly home on 12 private, wooded acres. Plus, there are an abundance of dog friendly parks (including a dog park) and trails in our area that we explore with our “guests”. Your dog receives the attention and care you desire, whether that means lots of walking and exercise or being the pampered couch pooch he/she was born to be! Your dog is the primary focus of my day.

We have 3 very gentle (if sometimes noisy) shelties, and view our “guests” as extended family. We welcome guests of all sizes; a nice temperament is our only requirement. (note: we reserve the right to decline a few larger and more aggressive breeds).

We are a husband and wife team, with 30 years of experience loving and caring for dogs. Don is a house painter and Kathy worked previously in Human Resources. We are “seasoned” people with flexible schedules, and greatly enjoy being able to devote ourselves to caring for our furry friends. We feel very fortunate to be able to combine our passion for dogs with our business. We pledge ourselves to caring well for your cherished dog.
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Kathy F.

60 Reviews
31 Repeat Guests
$40/night
Other Sitters Nearby
  • Same day bookings are OK
  • Responds within 3 hours
  • Cancellation Policy:
    Moderate

Availability

  • Available
  • Unavailable
  • 1 Spot Left
  • Booked
  • Last updated November 30, 2016

Credentials

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Course 101 Graduate
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Services & Rates

Boarding Overnight At Kathy's Home
$40 /night
  • Watches up to 5 dogs/night
  • Dogs may be unsupervised for 1 - 2 hours/day
  • 5+ potty breaks/day
  • 1 walk/day
  • Pets can sleep wherever they want
Daycare At Kathy's Home
$30 /day
  • Watches up to 3 dogs/day
Pick-Up/Drop-Off
$10 each way
  • Willing to travel 5 miles
60 Reviews
Kathy, you are the best. Thank you so much for taking such a great care of Buddy.
Fabulous!
My pups love staying with Kathy!
Great job again!
Kathy is great with our pups. We love having them stay with her!
Kathy was a great host to my 10 year old lab. In the past he had separation anxiety with being boarded in a traditional setting that resulted in vacation ending early. With Kathy he didn't even realize we were gone. He had fun with the other dogs and we were happy to have updates with pictures while we were away. I look forward to my next vacation knowing that my dog will be happy.
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Kathy is the best. She shows our dogs as much love as she shows her own. There is an excitement in her when she talks about them all. She takes them for long walks. She takes the time to understand their sleeping and eating patterns. She sends pictures with a description of their day. This is all fact but the comfort we feel when we leave the dogs is what counts.
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Kathy is awesome. Thank you so much for taking such a good care of Buddy. Highly recommend her.
Thank you, Kathy!!
Thank you, Kathy!!
Wonderful!!!
Thank you, Kathy!!!
Kathy is absolutely wonderful!!
Sad to say, Jolene did not want to come home. She hid in Kathy's house at pick-up, just hoping for another run through the woods. Thanks for a great visit, and for all the wonderful updates!
Our greyhound Lola Bella just loves going over to Kathy's house. And when I'm out of town, I get so many pictures of Lola out on fun walks on the nearby trails! I never have to worry when Lola is at Kathy's house. I know she is in very good hands and she has a great time!
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We had to go out of the country for 3 weeks. While we were out, Kathy took such great care of Buddy. Buddy seemed to have a more wonderful vacation with Kathy than us :) She is so amazing. She took him for walks everyday as well as for car rides (Buddy loves to go in the car) to the dog park. Whenever we have taken Buddy to the dog park he would be always shy and not play with other dogs; but with Kathy he actually made a few friends at the park and enjoyed playing with them. Kathy also sent us daily updates with Buddy's pictures and she even made some very cute videos of him and emailed them to us. She was always available on the phone whenever we wanted to check in on Buddy. We cannot recommend enough how great Kathy is and we are so fortunate to have her take care of Buddy whenever we have to travel.
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Kathy is amazing!!
Kathy is wonderful!!
Kathy is amazing, we and our dog Bodie are so lucky!
Amazing as always, sent the most gorgeous photos!!
As always Kathy did a fantastic job taking care of our German Shepard Buddy. My husband and I always enjoy our trips away from home when Buddy is with Kathy because we know he is in good hands. Kathy is the best!
Kathy is amazing. We and our dog Bodie are so lucky to have found her.
Kathy took such wonderful care of our Contessa. She sent pictures and notes all the time so we know that Contessa and friends went on long hikes in the rocky woods behind her house. They played all the time. Contessa is home now and I think bored by so little action with us two leggers.

A True mountain camps for dogs!
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Contessa had a great day. Kathy is so sweet and her place is dog heaven. I wish I could stay a day and play.
Kathy provides excellent care to all the dogs in her care. Penny was extremely happy. This was our first time using Kathy and Penny fit right in. We will definitely use her again and we highly recommend her.
Kathy is great. My pup came home happy and tired. We hope this is the start of a long-term relationship.
My dog Buddy was with Kathy for 8 days and everyday she would send me a cute picture or fun video of Buddy. During Buddy's stay, Kathy took him to the lake and on long hikes :) Buddy has stayed with Kathy several times and she's always been great and Buddy loves her a whole lot. I highly recommend Kathy because she truly loves dogs and takes great care of them :)
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Kathy is great. I used her services for the first time and she had my dog for 6 days. I got daily texts and pictures of him on his walks, playing with the other dogs and just relaxing. Kathy is definitely a dog person and very concerned and loving to her boarders. I would and plan to use her again.
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Bodie loves Kathy and will miss her and her family over the summer!!
Kathy is amazing!! Thank you!!!
Kathy is wonderful!!! She is so caring and yet professional and gives the dogs a wonderful amount of exercise. We're so thankful!
Kathy is so caring and wonderful - Bodie has such a great time!!
Kathy is wonderful!! We feel so lucky to have found her!!!
My dog received exceptional care and attention while I was away. It was great to know that he was in good hands.
Kathy is so kind and caring, we feel so lucky to have met her!!
Kathy is amazing, thank you!!!
Kathy was amazing - incredibly professional but also very kind and caring for the dogs. We know our dog had a wonderful time, and will look forward to the next time!
As always, Kathy did an awesome job taking care of my German Shepard Buddy. Kathy sent me updates daily and it made me smile to see Buddy was having a good time with her. Kathy is the best!
Kathy is a very caring host - our dog was well cared for!
Cisco had a fantastic week with Kathy F. He went for long walks in the forest every day. We enjoyed getting daily picture and text updates.
I can't say enough good things about Kathy. She treated our dog Brady like family. She was very responsive in my initial interactions with her and while we were away sent us daily updates on Brady's activities. I highly recommend her.
Kathy F is absolutely wonderful! We are so thrilled to have found her and have complete trust in her. Our dog had a great time with Kathy F and the other dogs. Kathy F was kind enough to send daily text updates with photos while we were away and clearly cares for our dog. We are so thankful for her and the peace of mind she gave us during our week away!
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Kathy took very good care of our dogs while we went on our weekend getaway. She took them for walks and they had cuddle time on her lap too! She was great about sending us updates with photos.
Our two Bichon Frise's recently stayed with Kathy while we were on vacation. They had stayed with Kathy previously for the day but never overnight. We were super nervous as one of our dogs has well managed epilepsy but it does require a pretty stringent medication schedule. Our other dog is quite prone to trying to escape. Kathy was super diligent with following our instructions for both dogs and asked great questions. She took wonderful care of the boys and they were happy and chipper when we returned from our stay. We loved the daily updates we received with pics and comments on how they were doing. It definitely was a positive experience.
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Emma looks like she had a great time and we loved receiving the pictures while we were away. Thanks!!!!
This was the first time we were going away for 4 nights with no family members around to take care of our 2 yr old havanese dog Sparkie. To get Sparkie adjusted to the new environment we first tried out one night to see how he did. Kathy took excellent care of him and we felt comfortable having her take care of him when we left for 5 days. She made sure we got daily updates including pictures of him with her dogs and on the walks on beautiful days. She knew of our concerns and made sure we were informed of how he was doing. Already planning on leaving Sparkie in her care for our next two week vacation coming up in a month.
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My German Shepard Buddy stayed with Kathy for 7 nights. Kathy was so wonderful because she gave me daily updates, pictures, and videos of Buddy having a great time. I will definitley leave Buddy with Kathy again because she is so sweet with all the dogs and takes such good care of them.
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My two dogs, Fresco and Cleo, stayed with Kathy for the first time and it was a really great experience for both me and the dogs. Kathy is really good with the dogs and you can tell that she really enjoys what she is doing. The dogs had a blast with all the walks they went on and it was great for us on vacation to get the updates and pictures so that we could relax and know they were well taken care of. We had used other services to watch them in the past and this was the best experience we had so far and will definitely be using Kathy's services again in the future.
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Kathy did a great job hosting Emma. They have the perfect house set back in the woods with plenty of walking trails. Their own dogs are very friendly and seem to enjoy their "visitors"! We loved the pictures that were sent every day showing how happy our dog was and knowing that she was being well taken care of. We already have our next reservation set up.
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My German Shepard Buddy spent the day with Kathy and she was so wonderful in providing me with updates and pictures. When I picked Buddy up he was excited to see me, but kept going over to Kathy kissing her hands and that reaction shows me he enjoyed his visit :)

I will definitely have Kathy watch Buddy again!
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From the minute my dog and I met Kathy, I knew it would be a perfect match. Her love and knowledge of dogs is quite apparent. Just as Kathy clearly displays this love and affection with her own dogs, her boarders get the same treatment. The environment in her home works perfectly for humans and dogs to share. The outdoor setting is perfect also because Kathy has a large pen where the dogs can be safe and relieve themselves. A big plus is that her house is surrounded many acres of woods and trails that give the dogs the freedom to run and play. My dog, Carly, had the best time and came back happy, clean and healthy. Every day while I was on vacation, Kathy would send an informative and witty text with pictures of my dog interacting with the other dogs. I never had a single concern about my dog's happiness or safety. I would recommend Kathy to anyone whose dog needs a great place to stay for either a short or extended stay. My Carly stayed with Kathy for 9 days. I missed her, but never had any concerns, ever!!!
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Once again our Great Dane Mosi had a wonderful stay with Kathy and her husband. They are such a great find and it is so reassuring to know that you can drive away knowing that someone will look after, and treat your dog as well (if not better!) than you would. Mosi has never gone anywhere and not pined for us, but she now goes to Kathy's house as if it is her second home. She eats and sleeps as if we weren't even away and she has NEVER done that before. I can not thank Kathy and her husband enough for the love, care, and attention they give to our precious dog when she stays. Also,the amazing communication and photos WE get to reassure us that Mosi is fine.....you will never find another dog sitter like Kathy ( I shouldn't rave too much or she will become too busy to take Mosi!) but I have to be honest....she is the BEST!
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Kemba always has a great time with Kathy and her dogs. She sends us frequent pictures of all the hikes and playtime that the dogs have.
We have never found someone that we felt comfortable leaving our big baby ( our Great Dane) with before because she pines so much when we are away. We have tried everything before now, including moving into our house but nothing was right for Mosi. As soon as I took Mosi to meet Kathy, I knew something was going to be different. She was like the dog whisperer. Mosi was immediately calm - she checked out Kathy's house and then calmly lay down. From the moment we went away Kathy sent us updates and photos to reassure us of how well Mosi was doing. She is without doubt the best and most conscientious dog sitter, I have ever come across. Both her husband and her are kind hearted people who make visiting dogs feel like part of their own family. I would wholeheartedly recommend her to everyone in the world, they are a hidden gem.....I just hope they don't get too busy to have our Mosi again when we go away! They are the BEST!
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Dogs did very well during their stay. They were walked everyday, well looked after and seemed very happy. Despite there being several dogs staying there with them (both resident and boarders), it was a very calm and relaxed atmosphere, which suits our dogs well. The owners were very caring and co-operative to our dogs specific needs. Have already rebooked for another week long stay. Highly recommend.
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Kathy was super nice! Dash had a wonderful time. He was very happy and completely exhausted when he got home. She sent up updates very regularly. We really like her and would recommend her.
I found Kathy on a whim. I love that she treats my dogs just as I would - like a spoiled brat :)
Our dog loves to be outside & explore the woods. When she is inside, she loves to plop in front of a window to bird & squirrel watch. Kathy's house is prefect for this. I know Zoey is safe & enjoying herself when she stays at Hill Top.
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Kathy is such a warm, loving person - she treated our dog as her own. It was so fun to get photos texted to us showing us how happy our dog was. She was free to wander all over Kathy's lovely home and enjoyed the companionship of her beautiful dogs. Our only fear was that she wouldn't want to come home!
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Kath is absolutely wonderful - very welcoming and it's clear she absolutely loves dogs. After meeting her, I had no qualms about leaving Jasper in her care. He had a wonderful time playing with her dogs and snuggling with Kathy on the couch. She treats all "vacationing" dogs as if they were her own, and I would not hesitate to leave Jasper in her care again.
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We were looking for temporary dog daycare just for one week in April, while we were going to be vacation. By pure accident I discovered Dog Vacay network of dog owners who were willing to host other people dogs.It is a wonderful concept and hopefully it will be a way of the future.
We are very happy to have discovered Kathy, because our beloved 2.5 year old samoyed Rafa spent 5 wonderful days in her beautiful huge house on a hilltop. We visited her house before we left and liked it very much and Rafa immediately got friendly with her beautiful shelties. Kathy sent us frequent updates about Rafa, and photos of his activities which helped to ease our own separation (from Rafa) anxiety. It was evident that Rafa was in very good and loving environment, had lots of exercise, was properly fed and enjoyed company of Kathy's dogs.
We are sure to stay in touch with Kathy in future and will definitely ask her again to take Rafa in when we need to go away.
I would not hesitate to recommend Kathy's help because your dog(s) would find a very warm and welcoming temporary home you you will have your own peace of mind.
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