Holly-Woof Hotel in West Hollywood

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Derek K.

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

Pet Requirements

  • 1-20 lbs
  • 20-40 lbs
  • 40-80 lbs
  • 80+ lbs
All Ages OK

Derek's Resident Pets

8 yr 8 mo old

Derek's House

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Outdoor area
Smoke-free home
Pets allowed on furniture
Air-conditioned inside
Great for senior pets

About Derek

8 Years Experience Caring For Dogs
Hi and welcome to the Holly-Woof Hotel!

Buddy and I would love to host your dog's vacation. I work from home so I will be with your dog pretty much the entire time. Buddy is 8 years old and super chill. He has a lot of experience hanging with all different types of dogs, and is very easy going. I'm sure your dog, Buddy and I will get along great!
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Can administer oral medicine

Derek K.

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


  • Available
  • Unavailable
  • 1 Spot Left
  • Booked
  • Last updated February 20, 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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Premium Pet Insurance, 24/7 Customer Support and Daily Photo Updates!

Services & Rates

Boarding Overnight At Derek's Home
$30 /night
  • Watches up to 4 dogs/night
  • Dogs may be unsupervised for 1 - 2 hours/day
  • 5+ potty breaks/day
  • 3+ walks/day
  • Pets can sleep wherever they want
Daycare At Derek's Home
$25 /day
  • Watches up to 4 dogs/day
$30 each way
  • Willing to travel 5 miles
82 Reviews
Derek was super responsive and made the entire overnight process very easy. I felt comfortable knowing that my dog Vinnie was in really responsible hands. The photos updates were awesome too! I highly recommend Derek...and Vinnie looks forward to his next stay with him!
Amazing host. Very communicative and trustworthy.
Derek was great! Kodak had a great time. Derek treated her like his own dog! He sent photos--which made me happy. I altready booked in again.
Derek was wonderful. I will definately come back for future visit. Great job on responding.
Derek was great with my dog. I can tell Norman was well taken care of and Derek sent me pictures and updates the entire time. It couldn't have been an easier vacation for my dog. Thanks Derek.
Derek is a perfect dog sitter! He's very kind to dogs even the ones who misbehave sometimes (like mine). He sent me pictures of my baby every day and kept me updated on how he was doing. I will for sure use Derek's services again when I'm out of town and need a place for my dog to stay.
We left our 9 month old puppy for four nights with Derek and felt like we were dropping him off at a friend. Derek treated Bowie like his own dog, send us daily texts and photos which showed bowie happy and well-which made our trip a success. Derek's place was warm and dog friendly and we would definitely leave Bowie with him and Buddy again!
My husband and I needed to leave town very last minute and we luckily found Derek to watch our pup! He was extremely responsive and friendly. We could tell right away that he would take great care of our little guy. Butters had so much fun playing with the other dogs and got all that puppy energy out. Thanks so much, Derek!
Derek was great! Thank you for taking such good care of Malcolm.
Great place, very attentive
Derek is super responsive and professional. You can tell he loves looking after dogs and gives them the care and attention they need. I was a little nervous leaving my dog Charlie with a stranger, but all the reviews about Derek are true. I had nothing to worry about.
Derek was friendly and very accommodating. He sent pics and updates regularly and has the perfect temperament for my little baby. Thanks so much! Highly recommend!
Derek watched our beloved dog for almost two weeks while we were on our honeymoon. We were very anxious to be gone for so long, but once we met him we knew things would be fine. And Derek really came through! We had no problem getting updates and pictures everyday, even with the time difference of international travel. Our dog came home happy and healthy. Everything went without a hitch. You can trust Derek 100%. Thanks so much :-)
Derek was so accommodating and awesome with my Benji! Sent me pictures and was super responsive anytime I asked for updates. I felt super comfortable with leaving Benji in such good hands!
Derek is a wonderful sitter - highly recommend. His house is very dog friendly, with a nice yard, and he also takes them on walks. He sends photos so you can be assured that your baby is doing fine!
He was amazing and so nice!
Ozzy had a great day playing with his new friends and lounging around. We will be back soon
Derek watched our pup for two nights. She had a great time playing with his other doggy guests and came back to us happy and tuckered out. I would absolutely board with him again.
My dog (10 months) stayed with Derek for 10 days. He was kind, relaxed, and professional. I felt very comfortable leaving my dog with him. Derek sent me updates and responded to my requests for updates/questions almost immediately. My dog came home happy and healthy. It looked like he had a great time playing with Buddy and other dogs there for daycare. I would book with Derek again.
My pup is not an easy one to understand, but Derek figured him out pretty quick. I appreciate the extra effort he put in to get to get my pup to take his medicine and get him to go on walks. I will absolutely have Derek watch Diesel again :)
My new regular sitter! Derek is amazing. Sends me photos everyday and is prompt at replying/accepting last minute requests. He has a front yard which is great for my pup who doesn't like long walks in the afternoon. Highly recommend
Derek was great. Chumley loved playing with all the other dogs and was excited to go every morning. Derek would send pix every day and updated about how he was doing. We will be back.
It was our first time using dog vacay, and Derek ensured it was a good experience. He was very responsive, he took care of our dogs' few special needs, he let us know his hours ahead of time in case our flight was delayed, and our dogs took to him and his dog immediately, which is always a good sign.
Fantastic, everything went smoothly and I appreciated the updates. Layla seemed really happy!
Derek was fantastic to my pup, Cashew. She is a little aloof (aka cat/dog) but I could tell she had a great time while she was there through photos from Derek and the fact she wasn't stressed when she came home from his place. Derek was so patient with us on pickup/drop off times as well which helped tremendously for our last minute trip.
My pup came back happy and tired :)
At first, I was nervous to leave my little pup because she usually cries when I do...but she happily left with Derek.
He sent me updated photos and messages on how she was doing.
she also made some new friends.
I would highly recommend booking with Derek. Thanks again!
He took great care of my baby!
We have been using Derek since December 2015 and are so grateful to have such a thoughtful care giver take care of our sweet pups. Derek is a great communicator, sends photos of our dogs while we're away, and I rest easy knowing they are in great hands. I highly recommend Derek!
Easy, communicative and a safe environment. Didn't have to worry about the pup at all.
Not only did Derek accommodate on short notice, but when my flight got delayed 8 hours coming home, he was extremely helpful in keeping her past the scheduled date. Thank you so much! Will definitely be using Derek again.
This was my first time leaving my pup overnight with someone she didn't know. It was really hard for me to leave her but Derek was great! He responded super fast and sent pics for me occasionally. She seemed to adjust pretty quickly.
Everything went very smoothly. Derek was readily available and dealt very confidently with my pooch. I will be returning.
Derek was super accommodating with our last minute booking. He sent pictures of our pup while we were gone, and when we picked him up he seemed to have had a great time. Would definitely use him again.
Derek was phenomenal. He was flexible, even at times when he didn't have to be. I was returning from Coachella and ran into crazy traffic. I took so much longer than expected, but he was very understanding and patient. Great communication.
The neighborhood is very pedestrian and dog-friendly. I'm glad he was my choice. Also, Clark socialized well with the other dogs at the house.
Thank you Derek. I'm sure Clark and I will see you again.
Gatsby had an absolute blast with Derek and his pup. Everything was super easy to coordinate and I would absolutely recommend Derek to anyone.
Amazing!!! Bummed when he books up
Phife had a great time handing w/ Derek and can't wait for his next DogVacay!
Booked last minuted (for the first time with dogvacay). Everything went well. Best part my dog was able to hang out and socialized with other dogs at Derek's house.
Derek was very easy to reach and schedule time with. While we were away he sent us pics and updated to let us know how she was doing. Would definitely use him again!
Brownie was safe and happy when we returned. That is always a great relief. Thank you, Derek.
My baby Albus had a lovely stay with Derek and Buddy! Derek sent me pictures of and updates on Albus while I was away, and was very accommodating. Highly recommend Derek and Buddy!
Derek was very professional and polite even though my dog behaved terribly at times! Derek is also great at communicating which made the scheduling process very easy. I highly recommend Derek!
Thank you!
Derek was outstanding with Poppin. Couldn't ask for better care.
Derek was awesome!!! Very frigood friendly and greet environment!!! I would highly recommend him for Boarding!!!!☺️
Derek was an amazing host! He was very easy to communicate with and was great about sending pictures. Would definitely recommend him.
Easy to communicate with. Derek was very flexible with regards to drop off and pick up times.

Derek is always calm, confident and in charge. Great qualities for a dog sitter.

My dogs had a great stay. Would definately use Derek's services again.
Thank you
It was a very comfortable and stress-free experience. Whenever you leave your little one with someone there is a certain level of angst involved, but not with Derek. I had no hesitations at all. He even sent me photos which I endearingly call "Proof of Life" so I felt completely comfortable without even the need to ask, how my baby was doing. I highly recommend Derek for your care and trust. I'd give him 10 stars if they'd let me!
Happy Dog! And flexible with my erratic schedule!
Great host!
Derek is awesome and very accommodating! Darwin's generally a shy dog, but staying with Derek seems to bring him out of his shell. Derek is also very flexible about drop-off/pick-up times which is great for a hectic schedule like mine.

I'd highly recommend having your puppy him.
Wonderful Derek took care of Lady Agatha for the last two weeks. He is totally brilliant, I have recommended him to everyone I know that has a fur baby. It was the first time I had had to leave Agatha with a sitter and because she is quite elderly it was a worry. But Derek was so understanding, caring and gentle that I had not one moments doubt that I had found the perfect person for her. He sent updates and photos while I was away, and he REALLY listened to my concerns and worries about leaving her and always put my mind at rest. When I came to pick up Agatha, I saw that he had gone above and beyond in caring for her. In my mind there is no better sitter than Derek, I will always leave her with him in future in the knowledge that she will be safe and loved while I'm away.
Derek is totally brilliant. I dropped Agatha off just for the day as I was going away for 2 weeks later in the month and I just wanted to see if Derek and Agatha bonded together. They absolutely did, it left me in no doubt that Agatha could not be in safer hands and I was a 100% comfortable that Agatha would be given the best care ever. Derek is gentle, kind and really listened. Wonderful experience.
Coco had a great time, she looks forward to returning. We owe Derek a dog toy, Coco's strong teeth destroyed one of his
Easy process!
Derek was absolutely wonderful and both our dogs were calm and happy when we picked them up. He kept in touch with us while we were away and even sent pictures of them. Will definitely be using him again.
Derek went above and beyond as a host. He was very easy to coordinate with and seemed to really care about my dog. He was very knowledgeable on the differences of dog energy levels (which is a concern for me because my dog is very lethargic and lazy and gets anxious around high-energy dogs) - in fact, he volunteered his approach to handling dogs of different energy levels without my asking. He sent pictures through out my dog's stay there - which is great for me to see how my dog is while being away from him. He also sent little captions with the dogs and status reports here and there detailing what my dog was up to and how he was doing. BUT - the thing that stands out the most to me - is how he cared for my dog during a small medical crisis. My dog had a growing benign cyst on his back and it unexpectedly ruptured the first day away - it was bleeding throughout the weekend - Derek not only went out to get him a cone for his head but cleaned/tended to his wound all weekend long. He went way out of his way to care for my dog. I am so grateful Derek was as great as he was. Thank you Derek!!!!
Thanks to Derek for taking great care of Bonkers. We can tell she had a great stay and came home happy and well rested. Hope to bring her back for a future visit.
This was my first time leaving my pup with a stranger and I walked away feeling comfortable enough to do it again thanks to Derek!
Butters settled in quickly and seemed to have a great time. Will definitely be using again (this weekend, in fact!)
Derek is a great host, very attentive and really involved. He took care of my dog adora twice and both times he was great
Derek is great. He was very understanding when I was later than planned to pick Bennie up, due to a rough travel day, which I really appreciated. Also, Bennie has some separation anxiety stuff, which has gotten much better, but apparently there was an episode while he was with Derek where he had some, er, stomach issues all over the kitchen floor. I, of course, felt horrible but Derek said it was no big deal and easy to clean up. Thanks again for taking care of my little ball of nerves!
Derek is great at communicating and easy to pick up and drop off your pup to.
Derek was super responsive, flexible and great to work with!

I am the definition of paranoid and so the fact that I wasn't the slightest bit worried about Martin staying at Derek's for the weekend is really saying something.

I would totally recommend Derek to anyone looking for someone to take care of their fur baby, and will absolutely be reaching out to him the next time I'm in LA!
Derek was a fantastic host!!! He was very accommodating with the drop off and pick up times, easy to reach and communicate with and asked all the right questions to make sure our two doggies were taken care of! His doggie was so sweet and got along great with our two chihuahuas! He took them for frequent walks and made sure they got plenty of exercise. Would recommend him to anyone!
Derek was great!
We needed someone to look over our dog while we attend an out of town wedding and Derek came to the rescue. He was accommodating with last minute requests and very flexible with pick-up and drop off times. Thanks again!
Derek was a wonderful and communicative host! When our Beans was becoming sick, he was very communicative and brought him to the vet immediately. It turned out to be nothing, but Derek definitely gave the extra love and care you would want for your pet!
Derek was an awesome host! 10 out of 10 stars! He sent us updates on how our pups were doing each day and night, both photo and text updates which were awesome. Anytime we wanted to know how they were doing he would get back to us right away with additional updates throughout the day. We even picked up our pups a bit later than we had initially anticipated and Derek was totally okay with it, he is extremely nice and has a very warm home. We'll definitely be coming back to host with Derek in the future if we need a safe place for our pups to stay! Thanks again Derek!
Derek Is Amazing!
2nd time having Finn hang out with Derek and Buddy for the weekend, and it couldn't be better. Finn is always so happy when he gets back, and completely pooped. I think he has too much fun. Derek is very responsive and I trust him fully to take good care of Finn. Finn was jumping up and down when he saw Derek, so that just shows me he was happy to see a good pal. :) Thanks again, Derek!!
Derek is AMAZING! Derek and company took sweet, loving care of my two little guys. Derek was my savior when my trip was extended and with complete ease, extended Stoli's and Bailey's stay with him as well. Thank you again Derek!
First time DogVacay user and had a great experience. Good communication and good space for dogs. My pup was well taken care of and probably wanted to stay longer. ;-)
Derek is truly a five star dog sitter! He was extremely accommodating in scheduling a meet and greet before I booked my dog's stay, and was very flexible on drop off and pick up times. He took wonderful care of my dog while I was away and kept me updated as well. I'd definitely take my dog to Derek again the next time I'm away and highly recommend him for all of your dog sitting needs.
Derek was great! I felt very comfortable leaving my newly rescued pup with him and his sweet dog. They got along great, and she also had another friend to play with who he was also watching. He also sent me a picture of her cuddled with fellow doggie friend. I'll definitely be taking her back to him. Thank you Derek!
Derek was great! I needed to board Finn last minute, and Derek was more than accommodating. Quick response and super nice. Finn came back happy and is currently knocked out probably because he had so much fun. I would definitely have Derek take care of Finn again!!
Derek and Buddy were wonderful hosts. When I picked Pencil up, he was so happy…it was obvious that he had a great time. Derek was super flexible with pickup and drop off. He was also very attentive to Pencil's needs, as he is recovering from a paw injury. Pencil will definitely be a repeat customer. :)
Derek was a great host for my dog Timber, he and his dog Bud made Timber's doggy vacay an excellent vacay. Would definatly recommend to anyone!
Derek was great! He gave our pup Sunny lots of love and attention and was there when he said he would be. He was so forgiving of all of her little hiccups and was very flexible about drop off and pickup which was so helpful. And his dog Buddy is a real sweetheart and got along with Sunny like they were siblings. Thanks for everything Derek!
I felt confident that my dog was in good hands and well taken care of while I was out of town.
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