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Julia S.

86 Reviews
29 Repeat Guests
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Pet Requirements

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

Julia's Resident Pets

American steffordshire terrier
14 yr 4 mo old
Shepherd mix
3 yr 6 mo old

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About Julia

Having owned dogs in the past for since I have been a little girl..I am super experienced in taking care of dogs and I am a true animal lover! Daily walks to the local park,snuggle on doggy beds,homemade doggy cookies will make your puppies day or night!!!!
My dogs are very friendly and playful.

I recently lost my other dog to cancer . We fought for 3 years. He was 16 years old,so I have experience with older sick dogs needs as well!!
I have recently finished a puppy training and Dogsitting course online and learning about dog psychology and cpr now . .
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Julia S.

86 Reviews
29 Repeat Guests
Other Sitters Nearby
  • Responds within 25 minutes
  • Cancellation Policy:


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  • Last updated December 5, 2016


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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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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 Julia's Home
$50 /night
  • Watches up to 3 dogs/night
House Sitting Overnight At Your Home
$60 /night
  • Willing to travel 12 miles
Daycare At Julia's Home
$30 /day
  • Watches up to 3 dogs/day
Dog Walking
$24 /half-hour
$36 /hour
  • Willing to travel 7 miles
Home Visits
$20 /visit
  • Willing to travel 10 miles
$15 /bath
$7 each way
  • Willing to travel 10 miles
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86 Reviews
Roxie just got back from a 5 day/4 night visit- 11/9-11/13. She had a wonderful visit once again. Her days and nights were filled with nonstop attention, love, walks, playtime, and the perfect getaway. As always, thanks so much. We can't wait for her to come back and visit again. XOXO
Thanks so much again! Wonderful to be able to entrust my babies with a such a loving woman!
My Lucy had a great stay at Julia's again, she really felt like home.. Thank you Julia very much.
Thank you, Julia! Meika had a great time AGAIN!
As usual, Meika had a great time with Julia. I got daily updates with pictures texted to me so I could see what a great time she was having. Can't wait for my next vacay!
We had a great experience with Julia. Our usually pet sitter was not available when we planned a last-minute vacation, so I turned to DogVacay for help. Julia was able to take our baby with just a few days notice and she treated him like family. She sent frequent photos and updates, and took extra care to make sure that my somewhat cautious and apprehensive dog was eased in gently to a new environment with other dogs. We met her entire family before dropping him off and they were all lovely. I felt very comfortable with him in her care and would definitely recommend.
Julia was wonderful. Wilson, my English cocker stayed with her and her extended family while I had a total knee replacement. She sent daily reports and pictures so I was able to see how well Wilson related to her dogs and her doggy boarders. He looked as if he was a member of the family so I felt confident in the care he was getting which made my recovery so much easier.
Julia was a wonderful dog sitter! My dogs immediately liked her which put me right at ease. She sent me pictures and texted me updates so I knew my pugs weren't missing me to much! I highly recommend Julia!
Meika had another great vacation!
I'ts been a year since our Bella visited with Julia and her wonderful family. She stayed with them for two nights and received the usual loving care and attention that we have always had from them. I am particularly impressed that we receive daily pictures and texts of Bella interacting with Julia's family. Bella becomes part of the family every time she visits. Thank you for making our vacations that much more enjoyable knowing our pet is safe, loved and happy.
Julia was awesome. We were having problems finding someone to watch our senior dog since he needs so much attention and is a lot of work. We were lucky and are so glad we found Julia.

She was not only willing to watch him while we were on vacation for over a week, she went above and beyond to make him comfortable and feel at home. We were able to enjoy our vacation without having to worry about our dog as we knew he was in good hands.

Julia is an extremely caring person and we would recommend her to anyone needing a sitter for their dog.
We couldn't be more pleased to have discovered Julia, she is an amazing host!!! This is the second time Julia has watched our beagle, Cosmo. She updated us all the time via messages and photos. Needless to say, Cosmo, had a great weekend and we had a piece of mind! We highly recommend her. Thank you Julia and see you soon in June :)!
Wonderful as usual! Julie always makes my pup feel at home. She sends me pics each day and gives me piece of mind while I'm away.
This was the first time Maya stayed overnight, we were very nervous about how it was going to go. By the afternoon we received our first pictures and updates and it made us feel so much better. We daily received pictures and cute words from Julia on how Maya was doing. In the end Maya made a new BFF and we were able to really enjoy our vacation without having to worry about Maya at all. Is showed she was being very well taken care of.
Julia is caring and professional. She cares for my older westie at least twice a year for a week at a time. She is consistent with her pet updates via texts. My dog looks gets excited when we drop him off and has gotten along with her other dog/s.
Julia as always was amazing! Our girls were so well taken care of that the little one didn't want to leave. Julia has a beautiful family that also gave big hugs. I never will place our girls with anyone else.
Julia is the best. She's fantastic with dogs, and the only one we trust with our Lucy. We met Julia through Dog Vacay and are very happy we did so.
Julia is wonderful! She makes herself available last minute and always keeps me informed of how my maltese is doing.
Once again Cleopatra had a wonderful stay with Julia and her family. We received lots of photos and text updates on what she was doing. They welcomed her into their home and treated her like family.
Our dog Stanley had a great experience with Julia. He had a lot of fun and he was well cared for. We appreciated the updates and photos that Julia sent us during his stay. We will definitely use her again and would recommend her with great confidence.
Roxie had another amazing stay with Julia. She feels right at home with all the love, care, and attention she receives. I know she's in great hands when she stays at her paradise vacation resort at Julia's. Thanks again for everything!!!
Julia was great with Lulu , she has never been away from anyone in my family and she will be 13 on 1/03 so was very happy and grateful to find Julia she was awesome in her updates and care for my Dads dog and he is in a home now where Lulu visits weekly my Mom originial found Lulu as a rescue pup 1 yr old Mom passed 2012 so Lulu has issues
Julia takes care of Tommy everyday for daycare when we leave for work and she's excellent. We get daily updates, rapid communication. Very recommended!
Julia is dependable and caring. We have been bringing her our 11 yr. old dog several times now since April and she has proven to be extremely loving to all under her care.
I had a family emergency come up and needed to leave for Long Island ASAP. Julia was able to take my dog right away. She is the best!!!!
Teddy just visited Julia for the third time around, for a short stay. Julia observed her closely during the re-adjustment period, which she reports was about two hour. Then Teddy felt right back into her element and the comfort of Julia's home. Thank you Julia for making your home a second home for our Teddy!
Our sweet Mumbo greatly enjoyed his time at Julia's. He is gentle giant who is usually nervous away from home and family. Julia helped Mumbo feel at ease. She sent us lots of pics and updates on Mumbo which was wonderful. We will definitely use her again.
Our two little pugs are used to a lot of love and attention, and this is exactly what they received with Julia. A great experience.
We are very happy with the weekend our dog, Cleopatra, had at Julia's house. Cleo was nervous when we met Julia but Julia put her at ease. Throughout the weekend, Julia kept us updated with texts, photos and videos. Julia welcomed Cleo as a part of her family, and Cleo was clearly very comfortable staying with her.
My dog had another wonderful experience with Julia. She keeps you up to date with lots of pictures and cares for your dog like it was her own. I cannot thank her enough!!
Julia did a wonderful job taking care of Sweetie. She administered medication, endeared Sweetie to her kids and emailed us updates and photos every day we we're away (12 days). She did a fantastic job and we were very comfortable with her. We plan to board Sweetie with Julia next summer. She is the "best"!
Thank you Julia again for accommodating us on such a short notice and being most understanding with our timing! Teddy loves being in your caring, safe and playfull home! It truly is a vacation for her !
Julia was wonderful! She kept us updated throughout my dog's stay with pictures and this was very reassuring that she was being well cared for while we were away. I highly recommend Julia for a great home away from home for your beloved dog!
As always, Coco had a happy and safe stay with Julia and company. She was pampered and had lots of playtime. Coco is happy when I need to go out of town because she gets to visit her happy place!
I couldn't be any happier with the care that my dog received while staying with Julia. She truly loves dogs and understands how uneasy it feels to leave your dog (child) with a stranger. She made me feel so at ease and sent me updates with pictures along the way. She is a great communicater and makes the process so easy and painless. I will definitely be taking my pooch back to her in the future. I highly recommend her services!!!! A++++++
From the moment my dog met Julia I knew it was a perfect fit. When I dropped him off and went to leave he actually ran off to sniff and play in the yard. My dog rarely leaves my side. Every day I got pictures of him playing with the other dogs and just relaxing. I have never been so comfortable leaving my dog anywhere. I will definitely use her in the future. In the past my dog would come home and be out of sorts, but not this time. Julia really treats the dogs like they are her own.
Fantastic! Tommy had a great time, and we got daily updates about his stay.
This was Finn's fifth fantastic stay with Julia and her family. He has such a great time at her house. Thanks Julia for taking such good care of him and for sending updates all week long.
Julia was amazing for our Teddy! She knows how to handle dogs. She reminds me of the dog whisperer. She kept us updated on Teddy's daily status with texts, pictures and videos. Her home is very conducive of the pack life. We are very happy with Julia's care and will not hesitate to send our Teddy to her home anytime we need to go away. Thank you Julia!
Coco had another happy stay with Julia and company. She loves Julia and her little helpers and having other dogs to play with is the cat's meow.
Another wonderful experience with Julie! She saved the day and was able to watch my dog at the last minute. Thank you!
Julia treated Roxie like a little princess the WHOLE week from morning till night. Roxie immediately became part of the family. She received nonstop attention with hugs, kisses, walks, and lots of LOVE!!!! While away, our family enjoyed the twice a day doggie updates (videos, photos, comments) and will definitely return.
I am thrilled to be a returning customer. I am so grateful for all Julie does when she cares for my dog. She sends me daily updates by text including adorable pictures. She has 2 adorable, well-socialized dogs of her own that play with mine on each visit. Julie even takes my dog on walks. She is the perfect dog sitter for me.
My dog Amelia, an 8 year old Bichon Frise, spent her second vacation with Julia and her family. Once again Julia proved to be a true professional and reliable dog sitter. I received regular texts with pictures documenting daily events that included walks to the park. One night my dog had an anxiety attack in the middle of the night. Julia stayed up with her all night comforting her until she finally relaxed and went to sleep. That kind of attention certainly wouldn't happen in a kennel. After that incident Amelia adjusted and enjoyed her visit with Julia and became part of her loving family. My dog has special feeding instructions that take time to prepare. Julia followed all of my requests. It's reassuring to know that I have found a place that will care for my dog in the same way that I do while I am away. I highly recommend Julia to care for your pet.
Lots of space for dogs, great people and very knowledgeable. Our dog was very relaxed and well nourished when we picked her up, at times she is pretty nervous, I could tell she had been at ease during her stay.
As always I had no worries because my dog was with Julia n her family. she sent me many photos n updates n my dog loves to go to her house. Actually, I think she is depressed being home,she misses Julia. Xonia
So happy I found Julia and her family to care for my dog during those days I'll be away. She regularly updated me with pictures of my happy dog. highly recommended !!
This was our third vacay for Bella with Julia and her wonderful family. It was just for overnight but we still recieved texts, pictures and videos several times. A tremendous and professional job as usual. Bella has gotten to love her vacations in Hawthorne and I'm sure she's looking forward to the next one.
Julie was wonderful! She was completely accommodating with my drop-off and pick-up times, and she sent me pictures of my dog every day. She is clearly extremely experienced with caring for dogs and I felt so safe having her watch mine while I was out of town. This service was a fantastic find. I'm so relieved to have this option available.
Just great! Julia was always very aware of our old dog and kept us informed about how he was doing multiple times a day. She was also easy to contact and extremely agile to return our messages.
We recently left our elderly beagle Bella with Julia and her family while visiting Chicago. It was the first long stay for Bella and it could not have gone smoother. As usual, Julia and her wonderful family took excellent care of her, not just as professionals, but with love, attention and genuine interest in her. I believe that all her boarded dogs truly become part of her family. The constant texts, pictures and videos were very welcomed and reassuring. It feels great to know that there is a safe, caring and loving place to leave our precious Bella when we want to enjoy our lives. Julia and her family are special people and we are so grateful that we, and Bella have met them.
This was our first time leaving Cosmo with a stranger. As such, we were a little apprehensive and nervous as our dog is a little spoil and used to one on one attention. But I have to say, Julia and her family were great with our dog! They were caring, loving, attentive to our dog's needs, and offered a family home environment. The best part was that they sent us daily updates with lots of pics. After the first status update, we knew we had left our beloved Cosmo in a good loving home..... and the pics spoke more than words!
Julia was absolutely AMAZING and we will definitely be using her again. Thank you Julia!!!!
Julia was fantastic! Our beagle had a difficult time being away from home and julia made special accommodations to help her. She lets the dogs play and takes them for walks. I would definitely recommend Julia for anyone who is looking for someone to treat their pet like their own.
Julia is amazing with my big goofy 1 year old lab I had her watch him and extended my stay after having a baby and she made me feel so comfortable sends updates and loves my dog as her own. She even takes your dog for walks and had a fenced in yard and has an endless supply of toys. Couldn't be happier.
As always great!
I would give Julia 10 stars! I am very at ease leaving my Lucy at her house. She can't wait to get out of the car and go in Julia's house.
Julia and her family are excellent. They have two sweet dogs that keep ours entertained and exercised. Our dog clearly enjoys being there. We feel very comfortable with leaving Skip at their place.
Julia and girls and pups took great care of Coco yet again. They are the best pup sitters ever!
I was a bit apprehensive in my search for a new place to board my westie but after meeting Julia, my worries were put to rest. She was very accommodating from the initial meet and greet to the daily updates while I was away. I was pleasantly surprised with the photos and details of their days filled with walks and rest/playtime. My dog quickly became a part of their family. I am very satisfied with the care they provided in my absence and I have found a new home away from home for Bear.
Bella is our elderly, deaf beagle who is very dependent on us. So it was a hard and anxious decision to leave her with a sitter overnight. Those fears are no longer there because of Julia and her wonderful family. Bella fit in perfectly at Julia's and we were constantly kept up with her progress with texts and pictures. Julia's comments and reassurances were very comforting. It's easy to see why Julia is so popular on Dogvacay and why she has so many loyal clients. I could not have asked for a better sitter experience and a better person and family to care for our very important pet.
Being a retired couple who love to travel, having a dependent dog makes those travels difficult and anxiety-filled. Not any more. Julia has given us freedom!!!
My miniature poodle Kobe spent a week with Julia and had a great week. He was nervous when I first dropped him off but calm as a cucumber when I picked him up. Julia was very good about sending updates and the family took Kobe for walks every day. I would definitely use Julia to take care of Kobe again.
We left our 2 precious pugs with Julia for 5 days. They were loved every minute of the day and night. Julia updated us with pictures and texts or entire trip. I am usually nervous when we leave our girls, not this time!. Amazing experience.
Julia was great, and offered a lot of flexibility for our complicated schedule!
Coco had so much fun that she's still recovering from the festivities. I guess you could say she's a party animal! Seriously, though, Julia, her pups, and the other "guests" all made sure that Coco had fun and was loved.
In a word GREAT!
Julia was fantastic! I loved the photos and frequent updates. Princess really loved playing with the other dogs. Great experience and we will use Julia again. Princess stayed with her 3/1-3/2.
Coco had a lot of fun today....and by all accounts she is now in love with one of Julia's pups. They played together and snuggled at nap time. I guess love is in the air with Valentine's Day around the corner.
Happy and sleepy pup tonight. Thank you Julia for another great daycare stay for Coco...and a peaceful Friday evening for me;-)
Julia is such an amazing dog sitter. She loved my dog like it was her own. She updated me several times a day with photos and even went out and bought him food when we ran low and had to extend an extra day because our flight was canceled. I highly recommend her !
Another great stay with Julia and her family. Even though the weather was bad, Finn had a fun weekend. Thanks Julia!
Coco had a marvelous day; far better than spending 8 hours alone at home. She told me that she enjoyed playing and napping with Julia's pooches. Julia and her little girls provided lots of love and attention for Coco and many texted photos that I enjoyed throughout the day. Best of all for me; Coco was happy and tired out for an evening of peaceful bliss;-)
If you are the type of dog owner that is very apprehensive about leaving their beloved dog with anyone while on vacation, then Julia's home should be a strong consideration. Julia provided love and individual attention to my dog Amelia which allowed me to finally relax and enjoy my vacation. Julia sent regular texts with pictures throughout every day constantly updating the activities and reactions of my dog. She also sent videos of Amelia playing with other dogs and even sleeping next to family members. She did not just "let the dog out the back yard" like so many other dog sitters. She provided daily walks to the local park. This was of particular interest to me since this is what my dog is used to. Again, pictures of all these activities were regularly sent to me. Julia also paid attention to very individual feeding instructions as well as special grooming needs. The regular texts with pictures was comforting to me. It provided evidence that my dog had adapted and had become an accepted member of a very happy family. I was very pleased knowing my dog was well cared for and feel very fortunate in knowing that I have finally found a boarding situation that I would not hesitate to use again.
This was Finn's third stay with Julia and her family and it was once again a great experience for both him and us. It was only for one night, but Finn had a ball playing with the other dogs and we were able to host a party and not be worried about him. Thank you for taking such good care of our dog Julia, we hope to see you again soon!.
My first experience with Julia proved to be extremely satisfactory. After I dropped my Bichon Frise, Amelia, at her house for the day, I worried that my dog would have severe separation anxiety. Julia kept me posted throughout the day with numerous texts about the activities of their day together as well as pictures of Amelia's reactions. It was obvious that Julia spent quality time with my dog-- keeping her active with several walks, belly rubs and anything that would make my dog comfortable. Being able to actually see pictures throughout the day reassured me that my dog was in good hands. When I picked my dog up at the end of the day, she was calm and relaxed. Julia takes her job very seriously and cares for dogs with a genuine sincerity. I feel more comfortable now leaving my Amelia with her next week as I leave for vacation. I give high recommendations to anyone considering her services.
Best dog sitter / host ever
I am a host myself and I used Julia for my own dog and couldn't tell you how professonal she was and went over the top with everything perfectly, there was many pictures even videos to view I know my dog was safe, walked, played with and loved by Julie's entire family !
Julia and her family are wonderful. It is obvious they are dog lovers. I felt very comfortable leaving my Lucy with Julia and would do it again. She kept sending me pictures and texts about how she was doing.
I was apprehensive about how this whole process would work and particularly leaving my dog with a stranger but I'm beyond happy about the entire experience. Julia was extremely quick with her response to my request and we scheduled a meet-n-greet the very next day. She has two dogs and two young daughters so understandably she wanted to see if we all would be a good fit for each other. My dog took to her family immediately and I was instantly comfortable with the care my dog would receive while I was away. We discussed care, eating habits and other necessary information. I received emails every day with pictures and messages about play time and snuggle time and I truly felt at ease and happy to see him so comfortable. He became part of the family and would have never received that much love and attention at a kennel. I will absolutely be using Julia in the future and will never go back to leaving him in a kennel. Julia and her family are exceptional and the care she provided surpassed my expectations!!!
Our Dog Skip had a great time with Julia and her family. Her dogs kept my dog active and engaged. I could tell from the numerous pictures he was happy and having a very good time. We intend to request Julia and her family watch Skip in the future.
Our dog enjoyed another great vacation with Julia and her family. He was so excited to see her again when we arrived at the house. During the week he had a wonderful time playing with Julia's dogs and we looked forward to getting photos of his activities each day. It is reassuring to feel that your dog is enjoying his vacation as much as you are enjoying yours. Thank you Julia!
I needed a place for Mika our dog with very short notice. Julia met Mika the same day and she and her lovely dogs accepted her immediately!! Mika had a lot of fun playing, Julia's family and dogs are wonderful, very welcoming and gave me great feeling.
I want to recommend Julia for both fair price and wonderful family and home for Mika during my absence.
Our dog loved his stay with Julia and her family. I think he enjoyed his vacation as much as we did! He was spoiled with long walks and non-stop playtime with Nico. We looked forward to receiving photos each day with a quick note on how he was doing. Julia's house and family are very dog-friendly and she was able to manage our high-energy dog without any problem. We would leave our dog with her again without hesitation, confident that he was in good hands.
The stay for Lucy was great. Julia and her family are very loving and caring. I could not be happier. We'll definitely use Julia again.
I can't say enough about Julia S.....From the day we had our first meeting, then Julia coming to my house and then her walking Harley....The pictures I received while I was away were wonderful. He seemed happy and Julia said he was excited to see her all the time...Today is my first day home and he seems a little sad, probably because he is such a people person dog, he wonders, where his company is....I will surely use Julia again.

Thanks again Julia, for spending time with my guy.
I am so happy I found Julia through DogVacay. She is very kind, flexible and professional. She responded to my inquiry right away. We met up at the local dog park where I also met one of her pups and her daughter. I felt very comfortable leaving my dog in her care since she is a dog lover like me. Julia came to my house before the trip so I could show her around and explain all of my dog's favorite things and routines.
While on vacation, I received so many photos of our dog walking, playing, running, jumping, chewing bones, getting treats and playing fetch. We felt that he was also having the time of his life while we were away. We joked that he wouldn't be as happy to see us since Julia spoiled him like a prince.
I would definitely recommend Julia to take care of your pet. She is flexible and will work with a schedule that suits your needs. I feel completely confident that I have someone like her and I can relax knowing I can call her in the future while we are away. This was a hundred times better than putting our baby in a kennel. He was able to enjoy the comforts of home without disrupting his regular schedule while having the time of his life!

Jackie H.
I would strongly recommend this sitter. My dog was walked at least 2 times per day and had plenty of attention and playtime. She doesn't do well alone and Julia was able to provide for these needs. My dog got along well with her two dogs and two children. My dog has never been so relaxed upon pick up and actually ate her food during the stay. Pick up and drop off were smooth and easy.
We were so happy to find Julia to take care of our two furbabies! Seeing that she has experience with large dogs, having two dogs herself, one of them a pittie mix, we felt comfortable contacting her to take care of our two adopted pit bull mixes while we were going to be at a wedding two hours away this past Saturday. She responded very quickly to our inquiries and was more than happy to accommodate us and provide care in our home the entire day and most of the evening. We knew our dogs would be in great hands when she came over for a meet and greet because they took to her right away. We could tell how much she loves dogs and the special connection she makes with them. We asked her if she minded splitting up the walks because our one dog is dealing with some lameness in her hind leg and cannot go on long walks and she assured us she would take care of both of them. Our dogs take some time to calm down when visitors come so she offered to arrive early so the dogs had a chance to get their yayas out before we left. When we were walking out the door, all three of them were nice and cozy on the couch together. She kept us posted on how everything went that day/night and even sent a picture of them with her. We are very happy that Julia took such great care of our two dogs, our older boy made a new friend in her. We highly recommend Julia for providing dog care and will definitely get in touch with her for any future events that require us to leave our "babies" at home!
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