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Lynne W.

48 Reviews
29 Repeat Guests
$35/night
Other Sitters Nearby
  • 1 day notice required for bookings
  • Responds within 4 hours
  • Cancellation Policy:
    Strict

Pet Requirements

  • 1-20 lbs
  • 20-40 lbs
  • 40-80 lbs
  • 80+ lbs
All Ages OK
Must Be Spayed or Neutered
Must Be Vaccinated
List of Breeds Not Accepted
Pit Bull - American Staffordshire Terrier
List of Pets OK for House Sitting
Dogs, Cats, Fish, Rabbits, gerbils, hamsters, or pet rodents, Caged birds

Lynne's Resident Pets

Pepper
Australian Cattle Dog
Male
3 yr 0 mo old
Piper
Australian Cattle Dog
Female
3 yr 0 mo old
Callette the Cat
Other
Female
2 yr 6 mo old
Other Pets & Animals: Cats

Lynne's House

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Medium Yard
100% fenced & locked
Smoke-free home
Pets allowed on furniture
Air-conditioned inside
Great for senior pets
Dog door access

About Lynne

50 Years Experience Caring For Dogs
I used to travel a great deal for business and the worst was leaving my dogs. I always wanted people to send me pictures, texts, updates, etc. but rarely could get them so I GET IT!!! I probably go a bit overboard since I know how much it means to people who travel but I'm willing to text often, a lot of pictures, and even video conference with you so you can see your fur babies. I'll do everything that I used to want when I traveled!!!

I grew up on a farm with all sorts of animals and have never been without at least one dog. I'm a dog lover and if I could, I would have 100 dogs. However, instead of that, I want to help out anyone who needs to travel and wants to make sure their dogs are safe, cared for, and loved!

I'm at home a great deal (though not 24/7), have a well-fenced in property (back yard has 6 foot fence, front yard is fenced separately and has 4 foot fence). Yard is very shaded, and your dog will have some doggie companions that love to play so your dog will also get exercise.

As a Sign Language interpreter and having trained my own dogs my entire life, I can teach your dog some basic Sign Language commands (and teach you) so you will be on your way to silently requesting your dog to sit, stay, down, etc.

My favorite dogs (and humans) are those with shelter/rescue pups. Since I would love to take them all in is not feasible, this is my next best way to give them the life they deserve (while you are traveling and can't!) If you are an owner with a lot of rules, odd feeding needs, an untrained dog (barking, jumping, not leash or house trained, etc.) and if you have requirements that have little to do with just giving the your furbaby love, keeping him/her safe, and making sure he/she is nourished, I may not be the best fit.

I prefer NOT to have pure bred dogs at my house (other than those who are rescued pure bred.) I only want dogs who are rescued by being found, fostered, or shelters! If you purchased your dog, please find another sitter.

If your dog can go off-leash, we can all take a walk to the nearby park. If you want your dog to stay inside, that's ok too!!! I'm not picky with dogs but if you are and have many rules, my place might not be the best place. I know dogs and they'll have fun here.

The best fit here will be a dog that is not a barker or whiner, will play well with other dogs and can go off leash. If your dog is not house trained, I prefer not because with a new place, they will get confused and may go inside. If your dog tries everything to get out of the fence, I need to know that. While I have crates (usually for feeding separately) and you require your dog to be crated, it's not my preference but I can do that UNLESS your dog whines or barks to get out for more than a few minutes. If your dog does bark, I will use a humane bark collar (beeps only, not shocks!) If you are not ok with that, then it is best to find another sitter. As dogs are in and out of the house, I need to make sure they are not a nuisance to my neighbors.

If your dog has quirks, please tell me. I'd rather know than to be surprised. I will do my best to accommodate your wishes but you can think of their stay here as a stay at grandmas house - they will be safe, loved, and fed but maybe not exactly like you would do it. If that's not what you want, I respect that and suggest that another place may be a better fit.

I would be honored to care for your babies and will treat them as good as I treat my own (some say better!) I have many repeats which is my favorite since they start to feel as if it's their second home and we develop a bond that their owners appreciate. When they arrive at my home, they don't even look back, just bound for the backyard to play!

Also, my niece is a veterinary technician so I have those bases covered and all the love and attention they could need. She's my go-to person for questions about my pups.

I don't smoke, have a lot of various spaces for animals to stay and have fun with my 2 outdoor dogs or inside or on the enclosed deck, a small pond, and even have two crates: one very large (6'x6' x 12' high), another giant 48" plus a screened deck to keep pups contained if needed or if someone prefers that.

I live very central (on the east side) and look forward to pampering your loved ones and providing them with a ton of exercise and companionship!

Top 10 things I prefer not to have:
1. Dogs that are overly needy and bark/whine incessantly especially if they need me around 24/7 - my nerves and neighbors won't like that! I spend a lot of time at home but I do have a life and can't spend every waking moment - if your dog doesn't get beyond the typical acclimation time and still whines or barks when I leave his/her sight, a better placement might be somewhere with someone who literally has nothing else to do. My dogs keep all guests company but if your dog is in need of constant human interaction and whines or barks otherwise, this won't be the best placement.
2. Dogs that hate cats and would kill them - I can deal with it but the neighbor has many that roam and if a dog hates cats and barks at them, then it will end up barking a LOT!
3. Any animal that needs a lot of medical attention. I don't mind giving a vitamin or pill daily (as long as it isn't a battle!) but if an animal is very medically challenged, I may not be the best fit.
4. Aggressive dogs - my dogs have zero aggression and are all about play. If your dog has any aggressive tendencies (apart from the normal growling to jockey for alpha position), this would not be the best place. Any aggression toward one of my dogs or me will result in my calling you to come get him/her.
5. Dogs that mark or pee in the house. If your dog is not house trained then I won't keep your dog in the house. If that's ok and as long as your dog won't jump or dig, then I can keep dogs outside in my safe yard with my dogs! This happens more when dogs are not fixed, I do require your dogs are fixed (over the appropriate age for that.)
6. Dogs that need to be crated. Worse, dogs that owners want crated but then they whine and bark while in the crate.
7. Dogs that chew and destroy things (fences, pillows, shoes, etc.) If I know about some things, I can proof the area but if I don't and your dog destroys something, you'll be responsible.
8. Dogs are difficult to walk and that can't go off leash (we go to the park down the road and if your dog can't go off leash, he/she won't be able to go with us.)
9. Dogs that are generally hard to control (especially if they are very large and untrained). I'm fine with high energy, I'm fine with large, I'm not fine with unruly and difficult to manage.
10. Last but not least, owners with many rules or requirements or don't honor the times agreed for drop off/pick up (I understand travel and extreme weather issues.) I make plans around those times and ask that you honor the times agreed upon for drop off and pick up within 15 minutes at the most, otherwise, I might not be able to keep the commitment. I'll respect your time and ask that you respect mine as well.

I also prefer dogs that are spayed/neutered and on heartworm & flea treatment. My home is on a small creek and though I treat the yard, it's impossible to curtail all pests. Dogs who are not flea treated may not be able to prevent fleas anywhere.

I've been a successful sitter for a while and this list is the result of only a few very bad experiences. However, by and large, a very high % of dogs are joys to have here, have a great time, and are repeat stays. If you think we're a good fit, if your dog is pretty chill and loving, I look forward to meeting your animal babies. Last minute bookings are usually ok too!!!

Meet my pets
I have two very sweet and playful pups, both strays, and neither with an aggressive bone in their bodies. Many people with dogs who initially nip, growl, or show any type of aggression are always pleased that my dogs simply ignore them and avoiding potential situations leading to a fight. All have commented on how it ultimately helps their dogs to be better socialized to be around my dogs because it teaches their dogs tolerance and acceptance in a safe and patient way.

I also have one cat that is mostly outdoor. She's very dog savvy. I can keep them separate but prefer pups here get along with cats.

What to do to prepare for a stay:
No need to bring anything but food and treats (in a bag, not in a big container if possible) - I have leashes, bowls, beds, crates and everything else. The less you bring, the less to keep track of. If you have a long-term stay, you can bring a shirt with your scent, a favorite toy, etc. If your dog is a ball fiend, bring some balls! It's easiest to put all of your pup's things in a bag with your/pup's name on it. It's best if you include a note with any special instructions as well as feeding instructions or write it directly on the bag.

After you confirm, please text when you are on your way (to give me about 15 minutes notice since I kennel my pups so they don't overwhelm with excitement at first and I don't want to kennel them longer than necessary). Please text again when you get close (when you turn on my street) and I'll come out to the road to meet you. My house is sage green/mustard with a matching mailbox and a HUGE wine bottle tree in the yard. Make sure and park right in front of my house, not the neighbor's.

PLEASE try to stick to the times you give me for drop off and pick up. I plan around what you tell me (in some cases we have to figure out other times depending on what's on my schedule.) But if you give me a time for drop off, please stick to that time. I have had stays as long as 1 hour late when dropping off. Please respect my time and I'll respect yours! I understand about flight delays and travel woes that can't be helped but in the case of inclement weather, please plan a drive back accordingly to shoot for the time we agree for pick-up. I make other plans, I have other dogs being dropped off, etc. I appreciate that.

If your travel plans have you leaving or arriving before 7:30 a.m. or after 8:30 p.m., please book one more day. My own dogs have feeding/walking routines which will allow me to get that done before you drop off and I'm not a night person so prefer not to stay up waiting too late. Thanks for your understanding.

If your criteria doesn't match what I have listed, no hard feelings. There are many sitters and someone will better meet your needs as I meet the needs of those who are mostly shelter/rescue dog lovers, who understand dog behavior and are looking for a great home for their dog to get a ton of TLC, get a ton of pictures and videos, and someone who loves dogs - then I'd love to have your fur baby/ies as a guest!

Rates are based on a 24-hour period. If your stay requires much more than that 24-hour stay, I'll adjust it accordingly during the booking process. Also, first stays will be charged $40 per 24 hours for the first stay. After it has been determined we are all a good match, that cost will be reduced for $30 per 24 hours for all subsequent stays other than holidays. Holiday rates are $10 more per hour since I limit the numbers of dogs at my house to 4 and they are sometimes very competitive slots with my regulars. When you book, I'll change that rate accordingly.
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CPR / First-Aid certified

Lynne W.

48 Reviews
29 Repeat Guests
$35/night
Other Sitters Nearby
  • 1 day notice required for bookings
  • Responds within 4 hours
  • Cancellation Policy:
    Strict

Availability

  • Available
  • Unavailable
  • 1 Spot Left
  • Booked
  • Last updated January 17, 2017

Credentials

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Course 101 Graduate
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Services & Rates

Boarding Overnight At Lynne's Home
$35 /night
  • Watches up to 5 dogs/night
  • Dogs may be unsupervised for 2 - 4 hours/day
  • 5+ potty breaks/day
  • 1 walk/day
  • Pets can sleep wherever they want
House Sitting Overnight At Your Home
$50 /night
  • Dogs may be unsupervised for 1 - 2 hours/day
  • Willing to travel 5 miles
Daycare At Lynne's Home
$30 /day
  • Watches up to 4 dogs/day
Dog Walking
$15 /half-hour
$25 /hour
  • Willing to travel 3 miles
Home Visits
$20 /visit
  • Willing to travel 5 miles
Baths
$15 /bath
Pick-Up/Drop-Off
$15 each way
  • Willing to travel 5 miles
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48 Reviews
Lynne was perfect! She made everything very clear leading up to Bunk's visit, and sent me tons of updates and pictures throughout his stay. Bunk clearly enjoyed his time with Lynne, and he'll be going back to her in the future.
Lynne is wonderful. Extremely organized and very clear about arrangements, and so affectionate with dogs. My timid rescued lab x was treated like a princess and I will definitely be booking with Lynne again!
Lynne was great a communicating and I know Mr Buddy had a blast hanging out with all his new dog friends. Thanks Lynne!
Lynne took amazing care of my dog. She kept him safe, ran him A LOT everyday, and was very flexible with my schedule!
Lynne is awesome! I've had her watch my dog on three separate occasions the last two months and couldn't be more pleased. She is an excellent dog sitter and incredibly easy to deal with. I highly recommend Lynne!
This was our first experience using Dogvacay. We really enjoyed Lynne's picture and video updates. We have a young boxer that can be a handful. When given dogs to play with, Roxi will go nonstop. Lynne appeared to roll with the energetic boxer punches without complaints. I know Roxi had a good time because she had the customary 24-hour post boarding coma. We will using Lynne again.
Thanks Lynne!
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It was our first experience using a dog sitting service and we were getting a little nervous as we didn't know how Bruno would do in a new environment. However, we could not have found a better person to take care of Bruno. Lynne truly loves and knows dogs, and we very much appreciate that she kept us updated with many messages and photos with lots of details so that we knew (and saw) how Bruno was doing. Thanks again!
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Lynne took really good care of Jack and we won't hesitate to send her a new request if we need! She sent us pictures of Jack, it was really thoughtful and we loved it. She is definitely an awesome dog sitter, Jack can approve it !
i used to take Kalli to a traditional boarding place that was really nice. Large pens (not crates) and was run by really nice people that loved her. But, she was still mad at me for taking her there every time I picked her up. After staying with Lynne for a few days, she's still mad at me but I think she's mad that I make her leave! I can tell she had a great time and Lynne even sent pictures so there was no doubt! Highly recommend Lynne!
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We continually use Lynne, I'm actually about to request her again! She loves dogs and spoils them while they're staying with her. She frequently has other dog-guests so our dog will always have friends to play with.
Lynne is AWESOME! I would give her 10 stars if I could. She is so in tune with the animals she cares for --my Bella was sooo happy. Lynne had another "guest" that bonded with Bella and the two had such a great time I was jealous! I can't imagine a more caring host for my fur child than Lynne
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Absolutely awesome. The Puppers can't wait to hang out with Lynne again!
Such a great experience! We loved the photo updates of our pup getting walked, playing, and meeting new friends while we were away. Lynne has such a cozy, loving home. We will definitely be returning when we travel next!
Jay had a blast and it was so fun seeing all the pictures Lynne took. I would definitely recommend her!
We're booking all of our vacays with Lynne from now on. She's wonderful!
We left our dog with Lynne for more than a week, the longest we had left her behind, and Lynne was fantastic. She put our minds at ease by sending photos and notes regularly. She was very well cared for and this made all the difference for us. We would absolutely recommend Lynne and use her again in the future.
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Great host. Great environment.
We had such a good experience, we booked her again!
My dog was happy, and had a better vacation than I did.
Lynne was perfect for our fur babies. They were well loved and came home happy and calm. She also sent photos throughout the weekend and treated them to rawhide bones. Normally I'm a bit of a "helicopter mom," but I didn't have a single worry leaving my pups with Lynne. Will definitely be booking again!
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Lynne took great care of my dog while I was away! Lynne was very responsive to texts and emails, and provided frequent updates. My dog came back happy and healthy, and I will certainly leave her with Lynne the next time the need arises.
Lynne was a great host! Our dog came back from a long stay very happy, and very tired. Plenty of pics while we were gone, as well. Highly recommend!
Lynn was an exceptional host. She sent lots of photos and videos so that I knew our dog was doing well and having a blast. I'd send Pacha back in a heartbeat.
Lynn was great! She picked and dropped off Mowgli for me then sent me pictures while he was at daycare. I felt very comfortable leaving him with her!
Lynne is the best! She takes great care of our precious pup and keeps us posted throughout our time away. We are so thankful for Lynne!
Lynne is the best. She has been a Godsend to our family. She takes good care of our Tasha and keeps us posted throughout the stay. Our kids love seeing the pictures and videos Lynne sends, and we know Tasha is in great hands. The Yorkie side of Tasha makes her high maintenance at times, but no challenge has seemed too great for Lynne. She is truly the best and we appreciate her more than she knows.
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Lynne was amazing with our 5 month old puppy. Sugar had a blast and was very well loved. We will definitely be using Lynne again. I highly recommend her!
Lynne was absolutely wonderful with our bulldogs. Each of them has a bit of health issues and diet restrictions (hey, they're bulldogs after all!) and Lynne had no trouble with separating them for feedings. She also was able to deal with my pup's snoring which isn't an easy feat. They were literally smiling in all of the photos she sent our way and I could tell they were loving her backyard. Lynne even was so kind as to give them a bath and send them home with treats. I can't recommend her enough & I'll definitely be sending my pups her way the next time I leave town.
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I have left my pup with Lynne over ten times now and every single time, I never have to worry even a little bit about if he is in good hands or having a great time! Lynne is great with Hobie and he gets more excited when he sees her than anyone else (even me sometimes haha). I would recommend to anyone and everyone to bring their dog to Lynne... you and your dog will be happy campers for sure!!!
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This was our first time leaving our 7 month old shepherd mix alone and we were a little nervous about how she would be. Lynne kept us updated and sent pictures of our puppy having fun playing outside with the other dogs. She is ultra high energy and came home happy and tired- we couldn't be happier and will certainly be booking with Lynne again!
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My dog always has a great time with Lynne! It is a huge load off my mind to know that she is so well taken care of.
Lynne is just amazing! She is great with the pups and with their families. We loved getting frequent updates and always felt like our precious Tasha was in the best of hands.
I'm fairly certain that my dog is going through a bit of depression today after I picked him up from his month's stay with Lynne. There is no one better in all of Austin-town for doggy care and I could not recommend her more highly. I was in S.E. Asia and he sent me photos regularly, allowing me to see that my boy was in 7th heaven with her and I was able to enjoy my trip without a care. Thank you Lynne for taking such good care of Bug. We will see you again I am certain!
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I had Lynne take care of my 3 1/2 year old Lab when I was going to be out of town for three straight weeks on vacation, the longest I've ever left the pup with anyone else. When I brought Nerys over to drop her off it was easy to see right away that Lynne was a dog person. Both her own dogs were very friendly and well behaved and the other dogs she was taking care of seemed good humored as well. During my trip Lynne sent me constant photo and video updates of the great time my dog was having and the couple times there were questions she replied quickly. I'd definitely go with Lynne again even for a shorter trip than this one.
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My pup has a fabulous time with Lynne. She gets to play with a fun doggie friend, sleep on the couch, and take walks at the park. It is a home away from home for her. I can't recommend Lynne highly enough:)!!!
A great experience for us both! Lynne really understands dogs and their behavior. I knew our sweet rescue was in great hands. Also, her communication is outstanding with pictures, updates and quick responses. We'll be back!
Lynne goes above and beyond with my Hobie and he LOVES going over to her house!! He knows when we are pulling up to her house and literally jumps out of the car with excitement to see her. I never have to worry about my pup because Lynne is great at keeping me updated with pictures and videos.

I've already booked Lynn for other trips and don't know what I'd do without her!!!
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Randy stayed with Lynne for 7 days (June 30- July 6) while I flew back home to visit. She took him to her ranch property to get him out of the noise from fireworks in town where he was safe, happy and had other dogs to play with. Lynne was great with providing me with pictures and videos all through out his stay, and made him feel right at home right away. I will definitely be using her again for future trips!!
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Lynne was fantastic!

This was the first time I have ever used DogVacay and we had an awesome experience.
My goldendoodle Leo spent a long weekend with Lynne and her pups and had the best time. Leo is a bigger dog with lots of energy that loves being around other dogs so it was perfect.

Lynne was great at keeping me posted with pictures and videos of Leo playing with the dogs and snuggling while resting. Her backyard is a dog paradise with plenty of space a pond and a secure fenced in area for safety.

I am so glad we found Lynne!
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Lynne is absolutely amazing! I had to be out of town for 8 days for work trips and Hobie was in great hands with Lynne. She kept me up to date with pictures and videos each day and I could tell my little guy was having so much fun!!!

I have already booked Lynn again for my next trip and am so lucky to have found someone as reliable and caring as her!!
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Buddy once again had a great time at Lynnes! Shes always good about keeping us updated. I know buddys safe when with lynne!
I have used another service for my pet's entire time with me. Almost 5 years now. A recent relationship issue created a last minute emergency for me. Lynne was very accommodating and young man was well cared for. I appreciate the accommodation of my crazy schedule and I have already re-booked.
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Again, Lynne was amazing!
Lynne was SO amazing and accommodating during Darryl's stay. I was traveling out of country and had VERY limited connectivity, and Lynne kept me updated with plenty of pics. She also was amazing when our flight was cancelled and we were stuck in Mexico City overnight!!!
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Lynne babysat our 2 dogs for the day and was very helpful and professional throughout the entire process. She replied promptly when scheduling and was very flexible when I ended up booking the wrong date by accident. She provided updates and pictures throughout the day and the dogs came home happy, well fed and exhausted from a full day of playing with her dogs. I wouldn't hesitate to recommend Lynne to other dog owners and hope to use her services again in the future!
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Lynne was absolutely amazing with Oliver and Annie! I love that we all got to meet her and her two pups, Piper and Pepper, before booking, at which time Lynne and I agreed that the four of them were two sets of two-peas-in-a-pod. My husband and I were gone for 5 days and throughout our entire trip Lynne sent many wonderfully hilarious photos of all the dogs playing, snoozing, and hanging out watching the Oscars together. :) Lynne was also waiting outside to greet us and help us bring things in when we dropped the dogs off in the wee-hours of the morning on the way to the airport, and when I picked them up she had all their gear packed up and ready to go so she and I only had to put it all in the car - talk about service!

I am very discerning about what we do with our fur-babies when we leave town and would absolutely recommend Lynne to anyone. She is quick to respond, incredibly communicative while you're gone, and just an overall trusting, kind, and responsible dog-loving person. Thanks Lynne for taking great care of Oliver and Annie! They can't wait to visit again!
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Lynne took great care of my dog. Worked hard to meet my scheduling needs and keep me posted on how the stay was going. She has 2 sweet dogs that got along well with my dog. I will definitely use her again for dog sitting.
Lynne was absolutely wonderful! It was our first experience on the website and I was worried sick. When we met with Lynne, she made me feel 100x better and buddy just loved her. I requested buddy's stay the night before I needed her and she got back super quick and had no problem my last minute request. She sent me pictures of the dogs playing and was great at keeping me updated. We picked buddy up and he slept the entire way home and is still resting! I would definitely recommend her and buddy will go back!
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