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Carolyn B.
Palo Alto, CA 94303
67 Reviews
37 Repeat Guests
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  • Same day bookings are OK
  • Cancellation Policy:

Pet Requirements

  • 1-20 lbs
  • 20-40 lbs
  • 40-80 lbs
  • 80+ lbs
No Puppies
Must Be Spayed or Neutered
Must Be Vaccinated
List of Breeds Not Accepted
Russell Terrier

Carolyn's Resident Pets

8 yr 8 mo old
Little Ricky
6 yr 8 mo old
Mixed Breed
17 yr 8 mo old

Carolyn'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 Carolyn

30 Years Experience Caring For Dogs

I am available for the care of 2 SMALL (up to 20 pounds, over 2 yr old),dogs at a time. I am a retired teacher of young children, and am home all day. Fun at my house is like preschool - exercise FREE(walks), interacting with friends (learning other dogs boundaries), nap time, learning new social skills (playing with other dogs), snacks (healthy) and security (always a lap to run to). I am certified by Pet Tech in dog CPR and First Aid.

A NEW NOTE ABOUT DAY CARE RATES: up to 4 hours - $35. 5 hrs and up - $40.

For the safety ,tranquility and protection of my dogs and dog guests:

I am sorry but I can't ACCEPT PUPPIES, dogs that are NOT NEUTERED/SPAYED or don't have their SHOTS OR FLEA PROTECTION.
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Can administer oral medicine
Can administer injected medicine
CPR / First-Aid certified
Special Needs Accommodated
  • Separation anxiety
Carolyn B.
Palo Alto, CA 94303
67 Reviews
37 Repeat Guests
Other Sitters Nearby
  • Same day bookings are OK
  • Cancellation Policy:


  • Available
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  • 1 Spot Left
  • Booked
  • Last updated September 24, 2016


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Services & Rates

Boarding Overnight At Carolyn's Home
$45 /night
  • Watches up to 4 dogs/night
  • Dogs will never be left unattended
  • Dogs will have full access outside for potty breaks
  • 1 walk/day
  • Pets can sleep wherever they want
Daycare At Carolyn's Home
$40 /day
  • Watches up to 3 dogs/day
67 Reviews
Carolyn and Fred are amazing. Rusty loves going over to their home and I always leave knowing that they will take great care of him. I am so thankful that I found them and Rusty always comes home very happy and excited to go back.
The perfect loving home for our small dog...will without a doubt request another reservation with Carolyn when we can't take a trip with our little one.
Carolyn and Fred always do a great job dog sitting our small maltese. We feel comfortable leaving her with them whenever we go out of town. Carolyn keeps us informed by sending daily updates with plenty of pictures. We know that she is in good hands. Also, Lemondrop is perky and happy when we pick her up. Thank you for being such wonderful dogvacay hosts! You're the best!
Maggie stayed with Carolyn 3 times. Maggie is a very shy dog but by the third stay, she was comfortable. She made a really good friends with Carolyn's husband. They are very caring family and safe place for small dogs.
As usual 5 out of 5. Carolyn and her family are great people. My dog did not do well with other dogs. After staying with Carolyn and her family a few time, she has done so much better around other dogs.
Plus she likes staying with Carolyn because of the chicken.
My dog absolutely adores staying at Carolyn's house! There are always other dogs there to play with, and he has a grand time. Thank you Carolyn for creating such a happy environment for little dogs!
Carolyn is a fantastic dog host! She's kind and patient and exactly what my hesitant, cautious dog needs, letting her interact with the other dogs at her own pace. A real find!
I was nervous leaving my 9 month old Boston Terrier for the first time with a doggie daycare, but when I had to travel to Palo Alto for work, I had to try and find a place I was comfortable with.

Carolyn and Fred welcomed Georgia and I for a visit to meet them and their doggie family.

I was still nervous, but I left Georgia with them twice this week. I am so happy that I did. Georgia had a great time. I received updates from Carolyn throughout the day.

Carolyn, Fred and their daughter, Jamie, we so nice, and you know that they love what they do!

Georgia is looking forward to our next trip to Palo Alto, and I will definitely be booking again with Carolyn!
I forgot to review. I feel bad. Carolyn has puppy watched our dog twice. She is my to go to doggie sitter now. Carolyn and her family clearly know how to handle small dogs. Because of the interaction mine has received there, she has become less scared around other dogs.
Carolyn's house is doggie paradise. My little guy got so much attention and love there. Whenever Carolyn had to leave the house for some reason, she got another dog lover to watch (after checking with me first!) so my little guy never had to be alone. This is a family of really kind people and a great environment for little dogs, with plenty of dog friends and freedom to roam around the house, courtyard, and back yard. I got tons of updates and Sam was definitely happy to return for a second day. Highly recommended! Thanks Carolyn!
Moxie had a fantastic day with Carolyn and her dogs. She got to go for some walks, play with some toys and followed Carolyn around when she did laundry. Carolyn texted me pix of my pup'a activities throughout the day; I really appreciate that she does this.
Toolie had a good time with Carolyn as usual. She is comfortable at her house and knows where the dog treats are kept! It is a great place for little dogs to get the care they need!
Lady recently had two excellent daytime stays at Carolyn's. We have no hesitations about leaving Lady in Carolyn's care
As always, Carolyn's been a wonderful host. She's the first to send me the text to keep me up to date. My dog didn't want to leave at pickup... We had forgotten to pickup our dog dish, and she had taken time to drop it off. Thank you, Carolyn!
Hello, this is Gabby, the Chiyorkie, Queen of All Chiyorkies. My loyal subjects, Dan and Rebecca, saw fit to supply me with a vacation at Lady Carolyn's house while they left to do something trivial like get married. Lady Carolyn did a lovely job catering to my needs--she supplied many laps, fresh chicken, lots of cuddles, and a number of other dog subjects to rule over as well. Her estates are delightful, with ample acreage (at least from my 8-inch-tall perspective) to roam and many toys to chew and bite and...ATTACKchompshakegrrr.

*ahem* Pardon me.

Suffice it to say, I heartily recommend Lady Carolyn's estates for any smaller dog that wishes to enjoy a relaxing vacation.

(Note: Gabby's dog mom Rebecca here--Gabby clearly enjoyed her stay, as she spent a couple of days afterwards sleeping off her partying. Carolyn clearly LOVES dogs and takes care of them with love, attention, and care.)
Carolyn and Fred are about the nicest couple you'll ever meet. That is not an overstatement. They made our dog Sandy feel right at home and sent us lots of great pictures during her stay. We'll definitely be back and would recommend Carolyn and Fred to anyone looking for a welcoming home for their four-legged friend.
My dog LOVES staying at Carolyn's house! Her tail starts wagging as we start up the walkway. I don't worry one bit about my dog when she's under Carolyn's care. And I really enjoy seeing the photos that Carolyn sends to me.
Carolyn B has been a wonderful dog sitter for our 6 year old Havanese, Max. Our family had used the another doggie daycare facility for 6 years so we were worried about how Max would be able to make the transition to a new in-home environment. No problems whatsoever. Carolyn and her husband are very caring and loving towards Max and to our whole family. Carolyn is very flexible, a great communicator, responsive and obviously loves little dogs. She is very experienced and appears to be unflappable. I didn't write this review until Max had multiple visits with Carolyn both for daycare and overnights so that I could write with confidence and accuracy. I would trust Carolyn implicitly and am so happy we found her through Dog Vacay.
Carolyn is absolutely wonderful! I felt completely at ease asking her to babysit Theodore. I highly recommend Carolyn & Bob to everyone!
Carolyn is the best!! She always takes care of my lil Lucky! He is a tiny lil guy(4lbs), so I am very picky when it comes to choosing a sitter. I always feel comfortable leaving Lucky with her! She is the sweetest woman, even sent us an xmas card last year! Thank you Carolyn
Fatzel usually can't wait to get there and is looking forward for an extended stay in August Xaver
We recently used Carolyn and Fred's dog sitting services through DogVacay.com and were extremely satisfied with the love they gave our dear Nellie. We already have two more dates booked with them knowing full well that she will be given the greatest of care and attention. Highly recommended!
Carolyn does a fabulous job caring for my older dog. She is able to administer all of my dog's various medicines and I am grateful for that. My dog is happy and engaged when there. And I love receiving the pictures of my dog and her "dog friends". I very highly recommend Carolyn to care for your precious dog!
My little dog Ginger loved her recent weekend with Carolyn. Ginger whimpered for about one hour after I left (which is typical when I board her) then apparently calmed down. Through the weekend, Carolyn sent me a couple of photos showing Ginger making a new friend, sleeping on a couch with two other dogs, eating, and looking content. I was super thrilled that I found such a fantastic dog lover who can look after my baby while I am away!
Carolyn's house was great for my dog. There are a lot of little dogs there at any time (3 of their own, plus whoever they're watching), and Carolyn and Frank spend all day with them. My dog seemed to have a great time, and I got many pictures of her to prove it :)
Fatzel's favorite Airbnb incl dinner
Carolyn and Fred were so easy to work with! They loved Ace and treated him as one of theirs. We couldn't have asked for a more caring, fun stay for our beloved dog!
Carolyn was a wonderful sitter for our dog, Finn. He settled in very well and she was very patient and understanding of his idiosyncrasies. She understands dogs very well and provided a loving, caring environment. We enjoyed the daily updates and pictures.
Fabulous! Toolie has a new step mom that she loves as much as her real one! Lets put it this way Toolie bonded with Carolyn. Any dog that meets her will!
Toolie runs right up to the door when she gets there and this time she came home with her hair brushed and a red elastic to hold up her hair in front of her eyes.
She is great with our dogs!! Patience, loving and caring.
As always, Carolyn provided wonderful, loving care to my dog. We also truly appreciated her help when my dog wasn't feeling well.
Lady had a very positive experience with her first overnight with Carolyn. And Lady's parents are very happy to have found a good home-away-from-home for Lady.
Carolyn is fantastic! Not only did she take phenomenal care of our little senior, blind little guy, but she also provided some doggie wraps for him to sleep in (sometimes he leaks a little when he's having doggie dreams). Hugely above and beyond! And so sweet and flexible!
Toolie adapted had a wonderful time with Carolyn. We left Toolie feeling apprehensive as she let out a blood curdling bark as we got in the car but with all the photos and notes that Carolyn sent we knew she was in good hands and would be just fine. Carolyn knows and loves little dogs and Toolie bonded with her.
Carolyn even put a ribbon in Toolies hair and she was brushed when we picked her up!!!!
Wonderful experience. My dog Toolie was a little shy and apprehensive. She followed Carolyn around. She was just starting to relax when we came to get her. Carolyn knows dogs and suggested we leave her a little longer next time so Toolie gets to be comfortable and know her before we leave her for an overnight. I appreciate her understanding and getting to know the dog. We will definitely use her again!
Carolyn and her crew were great as usual. She sent me daily photos of my pup and little notes about what they did! She also washed Holly's puppy pajamas, which is a small gesture that means a lot to someone coming back from vacation. We will see her again next week for our weekly Monday meet-up!
At the last minute, I needed to be gone for a majority of the day and evening. Of course Carolyn came through to save the day! And of course Holly loved it!

Not only does Carolyn love on the pups, but she engages them. They all go on walks at least once a day, and she will take them on outings, too, if she can. One day my pup Holly had a brunch date with Carolyn in San Mateo!
We loved Carolyn so much that we decided to come back again & again! Holly spends every Monday with Carolyn, and maybe another day as well. She loves going, Carolyn treats her as if she was one of her own pups, and I have peace of mind while at work on my long days! Highly recommend.
Carolyn is great! I just moved from Dallas, and had to turn around and leave for 2 weeks - I was nervous about leaving my dog, Holly, with anyone since I was new to the area. I didn't think anyone would be able to hold a candle to my dog sitter in Dallas - but Carolyn did! She took great care of Holly, and sent multiple pictures a day and updates. Holly is pretty small (8.5 pounds) and the other dogs there were small as well. Carolyn also did a meet & greet before Holly's stay - I appreciated that, as other sitters had wanted to completely bypass that part of the process. Holly had a great time and was nice and tired from all the activity :-)
Carolyn and her husband are great! They took the time for a meet and greet with their dogs, and I could see their love for small dogs and their house was set up for dogs. I loved how dogs could choose their own bed! And she sent photos of my Skeeter every day!
Carolyn provided a loving and affectionate home for Coco. Her pictures and updates made us feel at ease while we were away and her attention to his diet, his personality, and interaction with other dogs, were so heartwarming. Coco came home even sweeter after spending time with Carolyn. She is like a dog whisperer - just a wonderful woman with a big heart. We are so grateful to her for caring for Coco like he was part of the family.
Our dog Bubbles had an awesome time with Carolyn. Carolyn sent us several pictures each day of what Bubbles was doing. He had lots of toys available, friends to play with, and a large garden to run around.
Thanks Carolyn, for taking care of Fatzel she feels just like home in your house. it must have been her fourth stay already X.
5 star
Carolyn is wonderful. Our dog was happy and well cared for. She sent us photos that let us know how happy he was. I am always sure Owen will get the best of care when he stays with this wonderful lady.
Carolyn is awesome. Owen, our dog, loves her and Fred along with their dogs. He is content and happy when he is there. He gets lots of attention and play. Carolyn sends lots of pictures so I do not miss Owen as much. I never worry about Owen when he is with these wonderful people and dogs.
Carolyn is a sweet and understanding. She genuinely had the best interest of our anxious puppy. I would definitely recommend Carolyn to care for your puppy.
Carolyn is amazing because she is genuine and so caring to the little guys. I am so glad I left my lil Lucky with her! I knew from the moment of our meet & greet he would be in good hands. She sends plenty of pictures and is very easy to communicate with. She was also very accommodating with the drop off & pick-up times. Lucky went for walks every day, was well fed and went out with her during the day! Although my little guy isn't the most expressive, I could tell he did not want to leave after being with her for a week. Thank goodness I'm not the jealous type!

She also has other cute lil babies that were very beneficial to Lucky's stay since he needs to socialize more often. I would recommend her 100% and will certainly be sending Lucky back even just for fun.
Five stars! Carolyn is awesome with dogs; Daizy comes back relaxed and happy. Highly recommend her!
Again, 5 stars for Carolyn B Thanks Xaver
Buddy had a wonderful time at Carolyn's home. So much to do and he had fun with all of the other doggies. It was wonderful getting pictures on my cell phone from Carolyn about his time with her. She is a very caring and helpful doggie sitter...
Our dog had alot of fun and was well cared for!
Carolyn and Fred are so awesome. Our little girl came back more well behaved and social than before. The took very good care of Grizzly and showed her lots of affection. They texted us everyday with updates and pictures. Carolyn and Fred are clearly doing this because they love dogs and not for the money. A++++
Teddy and Daisy had a great dogvacay with Carolyn! They were nervous at first but Carolyn quickly calmed them and they settled in. She knew I was anxious about leaving them there for the first time so she texted pics right away and sent several updates throughout the day. She was so pleasant and so flexible--I'll certainly book her again!
I'm happy when my dog stayed over with Carolyn. I was hesitate to leave him with someone we didn't know but she has made it easy during our meet. Our dog somehow got infection during his stay but Carolyn took him to our vet to care for him. She is a good host and will take care of dogs that's in her care.
Carolyn is absolutely fabulous with dogs and people! She understands how much we love our dog, Owen, because she loves hers that much. She was kind and nurturing to Owen. She kept us informed on his well being by sending notes and pictures. Carolyn, along with her husband Fred, and their dogs made Owen happy and safe. What a wonderful experience! We will schedule more stays with her when we are going away.
Again, a wonderful experience for our dog.....and for us, as we had complete confidence that she was being so well cared for. Loved getting the pictures while we were away, too!
Five stars! Our dog is very well cared for with Carolyn.......couldn't ask for more.Carolyn and her family are very attentive and obviously know and love dogs. We are delighted to have found her for our vacation needs - and so is Daizy!
Fatzel was a very happy camper for 3 weeks at Carolyn's house. Thank you, Xaver&Silke
Carolyn is excellent, I can't say enough! I'm so happy I found her! K Nelson
The three days Daizy spent with Carolyn ( and her own dogs and other visiting dogs) was awesome. Carolyn's love and understanding of dogs was very evident. It was also very easy to make arrangements with Carolyn. It was also helpful that Carolyn's has a dog door, as that is what Daizy is used to. We were very pleased with the whole experience and have made a reservation for a return visit later in the year.
Carolyn is excellent!! I felt comfortable with her from the first time I met her and completely at ease when I dropped off my two little dogs. She took excellent care of them and sent me text messages to report how they were adapting. I highly recommend her, she is wonderful! I
Carolyn is great! She is sweet and funny, and has a genuine fondness for the dogs in her care. She specializes in small dogs, which I appreciate since my chihuahuas are easily intimidated by big ones.
Carolyn is great! She loves little dogs and makes them feel right at home in her house with her own little dogs who are ADORABLE. My two boys had a great time there and are looking forward to visiting again!
Carolyn is so sweet, loving and attentive. My dog came home relaxed and happy. I will definitely be booking time with Carolyn again soon. Thank you!!!
My Fatzel was in good hands while I was on vacation. Just picked she up and it looks like she misses Carolyns place already. Next time I'll use the same address for sure. Xaver
Simply wonderful. Big house and yard, cool hardwood floors, great companion dog buddies, long walks and devoted hosts. Teddy can't wait to go back!
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