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Kathy E.

68 Reviews
36 Repeat Guests
Free Cancellation within 24 hours
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  • 3 days notice required for bookings
  • Responds within 4 hours
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Pet Requirements

  • 1-20 lbs
  • 20-40 lbs
  • 40-80 lbs
  • 80+ lbs
No Puppies

Kathy's Resident Pets

Cocker Spaniel
10 yr 0 mo old

Kathy's House

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Medium Yard
Partially fenced
Smoke-free home
Pets allowed on furniture

About Kathy

30 Years Experience Caring For Dogs
I have a three bedroom Ranch home. Partially fenced in yard. Ruby and I like to go dog parks and take walks, or just spend time together.I want to make your dog feel like they are at home. If they sleep with you, then they sleep with me. I treat them with love , like they are my own dog. My house is their home away from home.
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Kathy E.

68 Reviews
36 Repeat Guests
Free Cancellation within 24 hours
Other Sitters Nearby
  • 3 days notice required for bookings
  • Responds within 4 hours
  • Cancellation Policy:


  • Available
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  • 1 Spot Left
  • Booked
  • Last updated January 4, 2017


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Services & Rates

Boarding Overnight At Kathy's Home
$25 /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 on my bed
Daycare At Kathy's Home
$20 /day
  • Watches up to 3 dogs/day
$5 each way
68 Reviews
Kathy took wonderful care of my dog, Caramel. I would absolutely use her again the next time we are in town. Thanks Kathy!
Kathy took care of our pup like she was one of her own. Our dog felt right at home which was just what was needed.
Kathy was fantastic! Not only was she able to step in with pretty short notice, but Bigsby had a great time during his stay. Would absolutely use again!
Our boys home away from home
Kathy did a great job and Baily seemed very happy when we picked her up. We will definitely go back to Kathy again.
Our usually less than dog friendly shih tzu appeared to have a great time! When we arrived for our meet and greet, Otto seemed relaxed and curious. While we were away, Kathy sent some pictures, and Otto seemed settled in just fine. When we picked him up, he was hanging out perfectly with two other dogs. It was a relief knowing that Otto was in a home, getting some real attention; it was the first time we picked him up after a trip and he wasn't hoarse from barking nonstop. Thanks, Kathy!
Kathy is wonderful! She loves our dog, and he loves her!
Kathy was very pleasant and flexible in accommodating our schedule. Our dog had a positive experience also!
Kathy was very accommodating. At the meet and greet I could immediately tell my dog was in great hands. It definitely was comforting knowing my dog was in a safe place. I highly recommend Kathy.
This was a last minute reservation, and Kathy was quick with communication and very accord imaging with drop off and pick up. And, Virgil was really relaxed when we picked him up! Thanks!
When we first met with Kathy, her love for dogs was completely obvious! We knew our dog Speedy would be in wonderful hands while we were out of town. Kathy sent us picture texts and updates to let us know how things were going. I would HIGHLY recommend Kathy to everyone and will definitely use her again! THANK YOU!!!
We felt that our dogs we very well cared for. She even sent us pictures of them while we were gone! Would definitely recommend Kathy. Our dogs are going back in a few weeks for another away.
Blake was a happy pup when I picked him up!
Kathy was great! She's a very friendly and kind person. I can tell she genuinely likes dogs and felt my pup was in good hands when I was out of town for a few days. I appreciated her understanding when she told me my dog had two accidents (which mortified me!). My Wynnie will definitely be seeing Kathy and Ruby in 2016!
Always so accommodating and flexible. We love her!
Kathy was very accommodating to my dogs needs when she dog sat for us.
Kathy is great with our dog. He was happy and well cared for during his stay with her. She's got a way with dogs and is very accommodating.
We were very happy and will definitely use Kathy again.
Our furry one is everything to us. Naturally, when our regular dog sitter retired we were wary. Kathy was kind, patient and understanding with our reservations and quickly put our worries to rest. We saw and appreciated the extra effort that Kathy took in caring for our dog. We are so glad to have found her and will definitely make use of her services again in the future.
We're never worried when Lucy takes her own vacation to Kathy's
Kathy's the best. If we moved to Chicago we'd still bring Mason to Kathy and Ruby!
This was Toby's first sleep-over with Kathy. He had a great time! I had separation anxiety & Kathy was so sweet and encouraging. She even sent me a picture of Toby with her little Ruby. So sweet!!

Thanks, Kathy! Toby is looking forward to staying with you again in October!
Kathy is wonderful. She's so easy to work with, and so clearly understands and likes dogs. Our dog is VERY shy and he takes to her immediately. She's been absolutely great in terms of our drop-off and pick-up times, very flexible and generous. We feel so comfortable leaving our guy with Kathy.
This was Toby's first visit with Kathy & her family. He had a great time! I'm booking his next visit tonight!
We were invited to a graduation party in Milwaukee and were coming from Illinois on our way to Michigan. We were so happy to find Kathy on Dog Vacay! She was open to watching our two cockapoos for several hours. She was easy to work with and very accomodating of our schedule. The dogs were well cared for and enjoyed their time with Kathy and her cocker, Ruby. It was great to know our dogs were in very capable hands!
Kathy was great with Pickles and sent me a photo of him when I was away letting me know when he was being naughty and nice. I was greeted by a very happy dog when I picked him up. Kathy gave me a thorough update of all the activities. Pickles came home very energized, playful and happy -his regular self. I will definitely be contacting Kathy to take care of him again. Thanks Kathy!
Kathy is absolutely great. Our pup is very shy and timid, and she was wonderful with him. She texted me a picture of him in the evening and let me know he was doing great,, and he seemed perfectly comfortable and happy when we arrived to pick him up. We are very happy to have found Kathy and will definitely ask her to take Mishko whenever we leave town in the future.
Kathy was very welcoming and thorough in her questioning regarding Choco in order to give him a comfy vacation. When I picked him up he was very happy yet anxious to get home! He got a good report card.
Once again I had a stress-free vacation because I knew my dog was in such good hands. Kathy really babies the dogs she cares for, and my dog comes home very relaxed. My dog is a rescued Cairn, who spent 5 years in a puppy mill as a stud. I want to make sure he now is in a comfortable environment, and Kathy provides that I am very satisfied and will continue to use her.
Couldn't be happier with the loving care Boomer received at Kathys home. She treated him as she treated her own dog, and he settled in and was obviously related and happy in the pictures she kindly sent us. We will definitely use her again!
This is the third time I left Blue with Kathy. She is ALWAYS awesome and Blue likes to go there. Thank You Kathy for making me feel good about leaving my sweet dog Blue in your capable loving care. Ted S
Blake was very happy when I arrived to pick him up!
We made our reservation at the last minute but Kathy was very easy to work with. She answered our questions through Dogvacay in a very timely manner. It was obvious that she cares very much for all the dogs she cares for. Sundae got along well with Kathy's dog, Ruby and when we returned from our vacation, it was obvious that she was very well cared for. Kathy also texted pictures of Sundae to us while we were gone. We would highly recommend Kathy and will definitely use her again.
We absolutely love Kathy and Ruby!!! We know that when our girls are with Kathy they are treated like they would be at home which allowed us to truly enjoy our vacation!!! A true testament to Kathy is our dogs were happy to see us after we had been gone a week but I think they wouldn't have minded staying at Kathy's longer!!! Finding Kathy has really been a blessing which will allow us to have many more carefree vacations!!! Thanks Kathy and Ruby!!
Kathy is great. She takes great care of my dog Blue and he loves going there.
Our 12 yr. old schnauzer has always had the same dog sitter. We were a bit concerned when we had to find a new dog sitter. Corby had a wonderful time and came home very well adjusted. Kathy takes her caregiving seriously and thinks of what is best for your dog. We will definitely use her again!
We love Kathy and Ruby!!! They are such great hosts!! Cammy and kelly love their time there and it's a relief that we've found an awesome place to take our girls!
Kathy is absolutely amazing with Sadie. She treats her as if she were her own. I take home a happy, content and tuckered out dog. I appreciate this cuz I can get myself ready for the week ahead. I would highly recommend her. I have no worries when Sadie is in her care.
Gordon had a great time at Kathy's once again... thanks so much!
Thank you so much to Kathy for taking care of Bunny.... I would totally recommend Kathy to take care of your dog while you are away.... She certainly gave my daughter and I peace of mind..... An awesome experience for Bunny too... :)
Kathy was great and very accommodative during both the times that we had left our pup with her.
The third time, I had to cancel at a very short notice and Kathy was very nice about it.
Sparky always came back looking happily tired after spending the day with Kathy and Ruby.
We certainly will be using her services again.
I knew this was the right vacation spot for my one year old Labrador (Gordon) after my meet and greet with Kathy and Ruby. Kathy was quite thorough, answering any questions or concerns I could possibly have. I picked Gordon up yesterday after his three night stay and I know he was well cared for, entertained and a little spoiled (in a good way). He even made some friends! Kathy instills confidence that you need and she goes above and beyond to make your dog happy. Thank you, Kathy for being so wonderful...we hope to see you again!
I had to leave the country with my entire family, so this was the first time I left my pooch with someone he didn't know. And this was the first time I was so far away and unreachable. My worries were put to rest after meeting Kathy. We had a backup plan in case any emergency occurred and I was free to enjoy my son's wedding. My dog had a great time with Kathy's dog as well as with the others that were vacationing along with him. I will use Kathy in the future versus imposing on my children to care for my dog, he just loved it.
The boys are always happy to see Kathy! :-)
I was originally concerned about leaving my 5 month old puppy with anyone. Puppies have their own energy and unique needs. Kathy and her dog Ruby were great hosts. Sukari, although happy to go home, appeared to have enjoyed her visit. I thoroughly enjoyed getting pictures while I was away and enjoyed the one Kathy had just taken the day before with the dogs actually snuggling together. I hope kathy will be available to dog sit in the future. Sukari will no longer be a puppy, but I'm sure she will remember her experience.
Lucky for pet owners in Milwaukee... Kathy is a superb sitter that you can entrust your pets . She took care of our dogs for weekend and she treated them like her own. She was very accomodating and very friendly. Thanks Kathy for taking our dogs in... You will surely be our go-to sitter when we're in the area.
Another great experience with Kathy. Molly came home happy. I was able to relax on vacation knowin that Molly was being well taken care of and not left alone or stuck in a crate for most of the day.
Kathy was awesome! Very accommodating, incredibly reasonable with price, and Kato had a nice vacay. I would recommend her to anyone. :)
This was our first time boarding thru Dog Vacay and it was a great experience. Both our dogs loved Kathy and we could tell they were well cared for while we were gone for an extended weekend.
Kathy was GREAT!! I have never left Charlie with a non relate before. He is actually a certified support animal and usually travels with me. However for this trip I was unable to take him. I stressed out looking for someone to care for him as I live in a city without available immediate family. I stumbled across this site and am so happy I did. Kathy made me and my wife feel very comfortable leaving Charlie in her care. She even posted a pic for us on Facebook while we were gone. I would not hesitate to leave him with her again if need be.
Very nice and flexible. Lucy had a great time, and I will definitely be coming here again.
Kathy was very warm and welcoming and I felt I was leaving our dog in good hands. Kathy really treats the dogs like members of the family. I appreciated the easy communication leading up to drop off and pick up times and would definitely have our dog stay with her again.
Kathy is the dog whisperer! :-) When I dropped our dogs off they ran right in and made themselves at home. She is super friendly and flexible. We will definitely be using her again!
Kathy was very kind to Penny. It is clear to see why she is such a popular host!
Kathy was very professional taking the time to arrange a meet and Greet and making sure that the dogs involved would get along well.
She saw past my dogs breed and size to his true gentle a loving nature. My dog Blue is a 75 pounnd Blue Nosed PitBull. He is very kind and gentle and Kathy took the time to find that out. Blue got along very well with Kathys dog Ruby and Kathy and Blue seemed to love each other by the time I picked him up I would trust Kathy with any dog I would own. I will use her services again this winter when I leave town and I know Blue will look forward to it.
Gizmo always has a good time in Kathy's home. I can have fun, while knowing he is in good hands! Kathy is so sweet and good with dogs!
Kathy was very easy to work with - flexible with drop-off & pick-up times. Maggie seemed to have a great time and it was nice to know she was getting personal care rather than being in a kennel all week. :)
Kathy was a great host! Both of my Labs had a great time and they were returned happy and healthy. Also - very good communication before and during the stay, I was not concerned a bit while we were away. I would recommend Kathy in a heartbeat.
Chompy had the best time staying with Kathy! She is a wonderful person to leave your dog with. Very responsive with communication, and my pooch is usually quite unhappy when she spends time away. This time she was happy. I would highly recommend a stay with Kathy!
Again, great care for Gizmo. He was very happy and content with Kathy!
Kathy was a great host and I would recommend her to anyone! She has a large yard and was very accommodating. My dog had free range of her house and enjoyed the company of her dog, Ruby. Kathy was friendly and flexible with drop-off and pick-up times as well. I would use her again!
Kathy is super low key about the dogs and loves to see how her guests interact. Reggie's making new doggie friends and I'm confident he's not getting keyed up and overwrought like he does if he's home for a day alone.
We had a great experience with Kathy. I felt that Molly was in good hands the entire time we were gone. Molly doesn't like to be left alone so it was comforting to know that Ruby was the same way and there would also be someone around to keep them company. Molly even got to meet a couple new doggy friends! Kathy was very flexible with pick up/drop off times. I think both Molly and I would feel good about her returning to Kathy's on our next vacation.
I was concerned because Gizmo has severe separation anxiety, but Kathy handled him wonderfully! She kept him calm and content. It was a totally different experience from using a kennel!
Kathy was an excellent host for Reggie. Very easygoing with a super dog friendly home and attitude. Her extended family was around too, they loved the dogs and pitched in with Reggie and another dog who was over for the weekend.

Ruby was very friendly to the guests in her home.

She called him her little shadow. He does that to me too, I guess I just take it for granted.

GREAT experience, I hope our schedules work out for more visits in the future!
Kathy was great with Murphy. He was a happy pup.
Kathy is an extremely super person to care for my 2 kids. She is warm, loving and very very caring! I never thought twice about the safety of my two while I was on vacation. I was able to access the internet at the resort in Punta Cana and was pleasantly surprised to receive a picture of my two cuties. That gave me a very warm feeling and put a smile on my face so far away from them. I am hoping that even though they were a bit mishievous and sassy while in her care that she will consider sitting for them again in the future. What a wonderful person I was able to meet on DogVacay. Would not have managed that without learning about this site! Thanks to petfooddirect.com for putting the advertisement in my shipment.
Griffyn loved his stay with Kathy, very warm and inviting. He felt at home and relaxed. thanks for letting him stay.
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