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Mara H.
Laguna Niguel, CA 92677
32 Reviews
22 Repeat Guests
Other Sitters Nearby
  • Same day bookings are OK
  • Cancellation Policy:

Pet Requirements

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

Mara's Resident Pets

Golden Retriever
10 yr 8 mo old
Golden Retriever
1 yr 2 mo old

Mara's Townhome

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Children at home (13-18 years old)
Medium Yard
100% fenced & locked
Smoke-free home
Pets allowed on furniture
Air-conditioned inside
Dog door access

About Mara

34 Years Experience Caring For Dogs
Our dogs are part of the family and we want the best for them. We know you feel the same way about your dogs, so we will care for your dogs like they were our own.
We live in a 3-bedroom town home with a medium-sized yard and a park right behind the house.
Our dogs, Dusty, and Baron, are friendly, lovable golden retrievers. They have the run of the house and the fenced-in yard. Your dog will be a member of the family while he or she is here and he or she will also have the run of the house. Here's what else you should know:
-we will only book one dog family at a time so we can devote plenty of time and attention to your dog
-will will send daily updates with text photos or email
-I am a stay-at-home mom, so I will be here with your dog all day, with the exception of school drop-off and pick-up and occasional errands
-you provide the food, we provide the treats, with your permission, of course!
-daily walks, playtime, and cuddles are included
-we are perfectly comfortable and experienced with giving your dog any medications or injections they may need
Thank you!
**August 2014 makes two years hosting on dogvacay.com
Our rates are a great deal at $30/day and $10/day for the second dog, but we will be charging $40/day and $15/day for the second dog on the following holidays: New Year's Eve and New Year's Day, Presidents' Day, Easter Sunday, Memorial Day, 4th of July, Labor Day, Thanksgiving, Christmas Eve and Christmas Day.
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Can administer oral medicine
Can administer injected medicine
Special Needs Accommodated
  • Pets recovering from surgery
  • Separation anxiety
Mara H.
Laguna Niguel, CA 92677
32 Reviews
22 Repeat Guests
Other Sitters Nearby
  • Same day bookings are OK
  • Cancellation Policy:


  • Available
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  • 1 Spot Left
  • Booked
  • Last updated June 14, 2016


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Services & Rates

Boarding Overnight At Mara's Home
$39 /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
  • 2 walks/day
  • Pets can sleep wherever they want
32 Reviews
Mara and her family are amazing with my dog. He is a large weimeraner and can cause trouble sometimes. However they love him and take great care of him. We have left him as long as 12 days and we never have to worry. You will not want anyone else to watch your dog after Mara and her family watch him or her
Mara and her family do a great job taking care of Lexie. We never have to worry.
Mara and her family do such a great job with Lexie. Lexie seems to love going to their home.
Mara and her family are amazing caring kind people. They give Dusty so much love, as if he was one of their family. I can't thank them enough.
As usual, Mara and her family took great care of Dusty. I feel so blessed to have found them. Thank you so much!
This is our third time leaving our dog with Mara. Mara and her family are incredible. Our dog is so excited to stay with her.
This was my dog Dusty's first time with Mara and her Family.
I was very relieved to get text messages every day with cute pics.
I know he was loved and spoiled,and that this beautiful familly did all they could to make my doggy feel good.
My Dusty loved playing with Mara's Dog Dusty (yes).

Patty B
As always, Mara and her family took such great care of our dog. He was a happy little pup when I picked him up. I would highly recommend Mara. They give him so much cuddles and love.
As always, Mara and her family are the best. She always sends us notes and pictures of how our Taylor is doing. Her home continues to be Taylor's second home. Thanks again.
Mara & her family were awesome with our dog this past weekend. They sent several photos and a video and kept in touch multiple times during his stay. We'll definitely use their care again soon. Thank you!
Wow, what a great dog vacay spot! This was my Bubba's first time with Mara. From the first minute of our meet & greet, Mara, Gary, Hannah, Noah, Dusty & Baron made us feel like we were part of their family. During his stay I received regular updates with fun photos of my Boy having such a great time. This truly is a Home Away From Home, and we will be going there often!
Mara was awesome. She sent us emails and photos everyday and kept us informed of everything our dog was doing. She treated her just like one of the family. Most importantly, she enabled us to have a relaxing vacation without any worries. Thank you Mara.
I can't say enough good things about Mara and her family and how they treated our 2 dogs. We had a meet-n-greet with her first and when we left, we felt very comfortable with her. Our dogs take medications, which I let her know about ahead of time. She had me write them all down, how often, etc... When I dropped the dogs off, there were no problems. The dogs went with them with ease and seemed to have a good time. Mara was very good with sending text message updates with pictures on a regular basis. She was having phone issues while we were gone, and she was able to figure out a way to post message on the dogvacay website so we could still see them. She really treats the dogs as if they were part of her family. There were tons of pictures with our dogs in her bed lounging or on her children's beds hanging out with them.
With us feeling at ease, we decided to extend our trip and she was so flexible about the whole thing. She happily kept the dogs a bit longer so we were able to stay longer.
Mara and her family are great hosts and truly make your dogs feel like they are home.
Our America Eskimo had great vacations
Mara, is perfect host. All her family were taking care of my little fury evil. thanks for everything.
Mara and her family were excellent hosts for Turbo while we were away on vacation. Mara sent regular updates and pics letting us know Turbo was very well looked after and getting lots of love. We also felt good knowing Turbo was in good company with their Golden Retriever, Dusty, who apparently was a great match for Turbo's playful energy. Mara is highly recommended and will definitely consider her for a future dog vacay.
Mara such sn amazing host. My little pepper was ib good hands, while I was out for my wedding and hhoneymoon. Thank you a lot.
Again Mara did a fantastic job of watch our dogs Sunny and Seabrie. They always seen so happy when we pick them up. Thanks so much Mara Mar and Dave Goodrich
Mara was great!!!
My one dog ran to her front door to see her.
We are using her again this weekend and the dogs could not wait to get into her house. It is such a wonderful feeling knowing there with people that love and care for them.
Thanks Mara
Mar and Dave
Great experience. Our pups were very well cared for and loved. Mara is awesome!
I am trying to leave five stars, but I am having a problem getting my stars to stay yellow.

Mara was a great caretaker to my two dogs. You can tell she loves dogs as she caters to their every need. She and her family treated my boys like they were a part of her family. Every day I received updates and pictures which helped me greatly when I started to miss them.

I highly recommend Mara to anyone who wants their dogs cared for in a loving home. I have already told my friends and acquaintances about Mara and the DogVacay site. I look forward to future dog care from Mara; she did a fantastic job :)
This was a wonderful experience for my dog to have other retriever friends.It was truly a vacay for my dog.
Great place leave our dog. Email updates with pics each day. Our dog was tired from playing with the other dogs and very happy. Highly recommend.
Mara and her family are like my dogs home away from home. The love and care they provide for our fur-babies is unmatched. We couldn't be more happy with the wonderful experience they provide for our pups!
We were very happy with our dog Vincent's stay with Mara. He had some great dogs to play with. A safe environment to play in, and nice caring people taking care of him. We got daily updates with photo's of how he was doing. We would highly recommend Mara to anyone who needs dog sitting.
Mara and Gary + the kids (both human and animal) took awesome care of Grace during her 3-day visit!! She was on medication, which they handled with ease and also kept me current on Grace's daily activities. It really is such a stress reliever to not have to worry about your pup's well being....especially when on vacation and trying to relax!! I took advantage of their transportation services - have Grace delivered to the house was icing on the vacation cake!!
Mara, her family and sweet, loving dogs could not have been more perfect to watch my precious Deuce & Sadie for me. I have not been able to take trips in the past because I couldn't find anyone who would give them the kind of loving care that I do. I now feel confident that i can actually book a trip in the future without wondering who will watch them for me! Mara kept me updated with photos, text messages and even phone calls.
Mara and her family are the best! Our little TJ is treated so well and it makes going away and leaving him so much easier. I know he is loved and cared for and happy. I would highly recommend Mara.
Words can't even being to describe the amazing experience we had with Mara and her family. She rescued us, and our beloved fur-babies, by accepting a last minute reservation so we could go on our family vacation in Hawaii and rest easy. She took our babies into her home and treated them as her own. She snuggled, played and loved them just as we would. She sent emails almost every day letting us know how our babies were doing and was SO responsive and accommodating. We can't recommend Mara's home, and HUGE heart, highly enough. And, while we'd love to keep her to ourselves, we just KNOW she will give any and all guests the same wonderful experience. Thank you from the bottom of our hearts Mara and fam!! Love, The Simards (Carly, Nick, Dylan, Shelby & Mr. Wilson)
Mara was fantastic! We made our reservation based on her location to our home and the other reviews on this site. Her and her family were so nice and accommodating! We met beforehand and I knew immediately that it would be perfect fit as my dog and her dog played together really well. She was also very flexible with any quirks our dog had (i.e. she is a picky eater). During our vacation, she texted and emailed us pictures and updates frequently which made our vacation that much more relaxing. We would absolutely use Mara again!!
Mara made the process simple and worry free. We recieved regular updates via email (including the occasional pic) letting us know that our puppy was safe and sound! The only thing we had to worry about while on vacation was what we were going to have for dinner! We will definitely use her services on our next trip and would recommend her to anyone.
Thanks Mara & Family!!!!

Allie & Josh
Mara and her family love dogs, and it really shows. They took great care of my little guy, and he loved all the attention. He's a bolter, and they were diligent in making sure they didn't open doors without first making sure he was contained (in someone's arms!) He's a small dog, so they didn't let him go in the backyard unless a human went too(no coyote worries.) I was a little nervous leaving him with strangers, but they texted updates and sent pictures so I knew he was in good hands. I'll definitely book with Mara again.
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