Lara's Tail Wagging Possé

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Lara L.

36 Reviews
19 Repeat Guests
Free Cancellation within 24 hours
Other Sitters Nearby
  • Same day bookings are OK
  • Responds within 4 hours
  • Cancellation Policy:

Pet Requirements

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

Lara's Resident Pets

Other Pets & Animals: Cats, Rabbits, gerbils, hamsters, or pet rodents, Caged birds or Reptiles

Lara's House

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Large Yard
100% fenced & locked
Smoke-free home
Pets allowed on furniture

About Lara

8 Years Experience Caring For Dogs
I have a passion for animals of all shapes and sizes especially dogs! I have experience taking dogs out walking, hiking, going to the parks, and the ocean, along with boarding in my home or in client's home's.
I grew up with a black lab half cocker spaniel, and a Siberian Husky pup, who I trained, raised and have done occasional breeding. At one point in my childhood we had 30 cats and 20 dogs, and being home schooled gave me the joy of being around them all day. I try to constantly educate myself in dog training methods and dog behaviors, which has helped me successfully lead the pack of dogs that I become very close to.
I have been in dog care professionally while working full time as a Supervisor and last year I decided to quit my 5 years in customer service to pursue my dream, which was to start my own dog care business. I hope to make great relationships with you and have the blessing to watch and help your pup grow.
My home has a huge, fully fenced backyard, and the pooches are supervised 24/7 and sleep in my room at night. When sitting inside your home I am clean, quiet, and respectful. I love exhausting them on outings to the beach or hikes, and love playing fetch or frisbee. I am full of energy and your pup will not even know you were gone until you return. I like to keep them busy exploring outdoors, if dog friendly I let them socialize at local dog parks, or take a trip to the pet store and find a toy they sniff and like. I do not like to just sit inside and watch TV, they need to have an adventure, and that is what I give them. I am aware of dogs that may have health conditions and if they need mellow activity, I always follow that need. After they are pooped I love to cuddle and update you with photos.
My schedule is very open and flexible. There comes times when I am only available for half of the service or already booked, so I have a work partner that has been assisting me for a year and is amazing with dogs! Kelsey grew up raising and breeding Pomeranians, and has joined me on many of my dog care adventures. She normally comes with me to greet n meets, so we all can get to know each other. Kelsey is professional, energetic, caring and very attentive with dogs, and we work and communicate well with each other.
I hope you find my tail wagging possé the right fit for you and your dog!

For Boarding
Please note that there will be an additional $5 charge for the holiday dates.

Request that you walk your dog for 30min-1br if your drop off time is after 3:00pm, because all the dogs already staying will have had exercise for 4 hours. It really helps me if I can provide a max of 5-6 hours of exercise so the dogs are not restless and unable to sleep the entire night. Thank you!

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Can administer oral medicine
Can administer injected medicine
Special Needs Accommodated
  • Pets recovering from surgery
  • Separation anxiety
  • Aggressive behavior
  • Leash Pulling

Lara L.

36 Reviews
19 Repeat Guests
Free Cancellation within 24 hours
Other Sitters Nearby
  • Same day bookings are OK
  • Responds within 4 hours
  • Cancellation Policy:


  • Available
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  • 1 Spot Left
  • Booked
  • Last updated January 12, 2017


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Services & Rates

Boarding Overnight At Lara's Home
$43 /night
  • Watches up to 5+ dogs/night
  • Dogs will never be left unattended
  • Dogs will have full access outside for potty breaks
  • 3+ walks/day
  • Pets will sleep in their own beds
Daycare At Lara's Home
$30 /day
  • Watches up to 5+ dogs/day
Dog Walking
$15 /half-hour
$30 /hour
  • Willing to travel 10 miles
Home Visits
$20 /visit
  • Willing to travel 15 miles
$10 each way
  • Willing to travel 15 miles
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2 Testimonials
Nov 2016
Lara has been watching my mini-poodle, Maeby, for about 5 months now, since Maeby was 4.5 months old. In this time, Lara has proven herself to be an incredibly responsible and caring dog sitter. She is excellent with Maeby, making sure she is exhausted and happy when I pick her up. From walks to the beach to play dates with the other dogs Lara and her partner, Kelsey, watch, Maeby has very full and active days while I am at work. Lara is also very considerate of my time, letting me drop Maeby off early or pick her up late if my schedule gets out of control. On the few occasions this has happened, Lara even fed Maeby so she wouldn't be hungry while she waited. And, it should be emphasized that Maeby is in agreement with this review - she loves her days with Lara and Kelsey and eagerly awaits her next visit. If you need some one to watch your dog who will provide all the activity and affection that a pup needs, Lara is the best!
Oct 2016
Since I got my puppy 2 months ago, I have had Lara watch him at least a few times a week while I am at work. She has been the most wonderful dog sitter I could ask for! My dog Ernie is so excited to see her each time he gets to her house. He gets lots of exercise and socialization because he's playing with other dogs all day long. I feel very confident that I am leaving Ernie in good hands whenever I drop him off. Lara is also super flexible and understanding about drop off and pickup times which is really nice for me cause my work schedule is a bit unpredictable. Lara has taken wonderful care of my pup and is basically his second mom. I would highly recommend her to anyone who is looking for a reliable, responsible and overall awesome dog sitter!
36 Reviews
My 1 1/2 yr old lab mix , Luna, stayed with Lara over the holidays and had a great time. Luna has lots of energy so it is really great how Lara takes them on outings to the dog park etc.. It was great to receive all the photos of Luna playing and making friends with the other dogs.
What a nice person! She took care of my 1-year-old small dog very well. We were gone for a long 2 week holiday break and our dog did just fine. I'd definitely go back to her again.
Our dogs Bella and Bebo spent an afternoon with Lara so they could get acquainted. Soon we will be leaving them with her for a week so we wanted to see how they would do in a new place. This is the first time we'll be leaving our dogs with someone other than a family member so I've been more than a little nervous about the whole thing. Lara was so nice and put me at ease right away! She sent us photos of our dogs which really put my mind at ease. By the second hour, they were fast asleep on their backs - a sure sign they felt comfy and safe! We feel good about leaving them with Lara for a week. We know they are in good hands.
I took Heidi, my 4yr old Jack Russel Terrier/Maltese mix to spend a couple hours with Lara so they could get acquainted for an upcoming, longer stay. Heidi was very well treated and spent most of the time playing with other dogs. During her stay, Lara sent me a few pictures to show me how well Heidi was doing. And when I arrived to pick Heidi up, Lara showed me the backyard and the house. I am happy I found Lara and have already scheduled another DogVacay!
This was our very first time with Dogvacay, and my husband and I were very pleased with how easy the process was to find someone trustworthy and affordable for our dog sitting needs.

Lara was an outstanding surrogate for us while we were out of town for 4 days! She was kind and loving towards Hedy, and she knew exactly how to care for all the animals staying at her house. She even sent us pics every day to ease any worries we might have had! We also noticed our dog behaved better than normal after staying with Lara! She has a big back yard for the dogs to run and play and she keeps consistent with feedings and bedtimes, and knowing when to separate the animals according to their needs. We will definitely ask Lara to watch our pup again soon!
Lara was great with our two small maltipoo's. She sent daily pics with updates. Here care and compassion were greatly appreciated!
After a few bad run-ins with more aggressive dogs years ago, my dog, Sophie, has cowered in the presence of other her canine peers. Therefore I was nervous about leaving her with a sitter who would be simultaneously caring for other people's pups. But after talking to Lara I decided to give her a shot. In the end, Lara exceeded all my expectations. She was not only able to ease Sophie's fears, she eventually had Sophie interacting with her other boarders and enjoying her time. I can't even begin to say how pleased I am! I will definitely be using Lara again!
We had a great experience with Lara! She was flexible and accommodating when we booked the same day we needed her. We were in LA at a conference and she communicated with our son regarding him dropping Oscar off at her place. She was great at staying in touch with us, and sent us photos of Oscar. We recommend her to others!
Lara was a fantastic host, I felt so safe and comfortable leaving my puppy with her. She has a great home and clearly very focused on the dogs and their wellbeing. Lady Q had a great vacation. Thank you Lara!
Lara did such a good job with our dog. Lara texted us photos from a beach trip that we're sure the pup loved it---she came home so exhausted. I will definitely be taking the dog back for another vacay soon!
This is the first time we have left our 2 year old Aussie Shepherd, Buddha, with a stranger and for 2 weeks so we were worried he may fret. We had stopped worrying within the first 24 hours! Lara sent photos immediately and all we saw was a very happy dog playing with other other dogs. In fact, by the end of the stay we were worried Buddha was going to miss Lara! When we arrived to get him he actually turned to Lara and gave her a few kisses before we took him home. Buddha seemed a little quieter that night and I really believe he was missing Lara! I think Buddha had a fantastic dog vacation with so much to do as all the photos show.
I am so so grateful and happy to have found Lara and I know Buddha is too and I would give her 10 stars if I could.
I've used DogVacay for many years and our normal sitter is so booked now, I needed a backup.

Lara no-showed to our first meet & greet. She was apologetic saying she wrote down the wrong day, so we rescheduled. She showed up late to that appointment, but I shrugged it off. She assured us she could look after our friendly older dog and he'd be okay with her and her partner.

Lara wasn't even home the evening we were to first drop AJ off though she had confirmed the time that morning so we waited 15 mins for her to show up.

Lara seems good with the dogs and passionate about working with them so we continued to overlook this. She sent detailed daily updates. We thought she was kind and thorough.

When my husband went to pick AJ up, he rang the doorbell to no avail. Apparently she can't hear the doorbell ring from her room so you have to call her. This wasn't mentioned so he stood outside waiting a long time.

The 2nd and last time we used Lara's services, she had started watching 10 dogs/day and there weren't daily updates. She did respond when I texted her. We agreed to pick him up at 9pm on the last day. We arrived before 9:05, called her, and waited 10 minutes outside in the dark for her to gather up AJ's things and search for his blanket in her car.

I think if you have a young, energetic dog, Lara and her roommates' house could be a good place. You'll also need to be flexible and have excess time to spend which isn't usually the case for us when we travel.
Bochy seemed very happy to be dropped off on the second day, so I know he had a good time.
Lara was wonderful! I was extremely hesitant to leave my pup with a stranger, but everything turned out great! She was communicative and sent photos throughout the stay, which was reassuring. Mowgli had a great time with the other dogs and came back exhausted, even with his endless energy. I would absolutely bring my pup back.
Great sitter. I'm sure my pug was Ginn lots of love and care
As a first-time dog-mom, I've been wary about who I leave my pup with. I found a great local business for his daycare but their boarding fees were through the roof so I started searching for more affordable options. My prayers were answered when I found Lara. She even dealt with my new-mommy frantic millions of paranoid questions. She had great reviews and tons of pictures of her loving on dogs which was a great sign but I knew she was good by our first communication. Not only was she professional, detail-oriented, and responsive, but she was extremely re-assuring that my miles-from-mellow pit mix puppy would by only be loved on but also exercised and entertained. He's a little rascal but Lara'a very clear knowledge and experience with all different dogs was awesome. She was very flexible with meeting times for the initial interview and her home is a doggie heaven, with nice open rooms, plenty of toys, and a big backyard. The final check mark in my book came when we picked up my boy after our two day trip and not only was he happy but also worn out. Lara and her associate, Kelsey, were awesome with Dre and sent picture updates on his weekend of fun. They really know their stuff and helped put my mind at ease while I was away. Thank you so much to the both of you!
Lara was awesome! Kiko had a blast running in her back yard, and playing with the other sweet dogs. We'll definitely book with Lara again. She's kind, considerate, and loved our Kiko like she was one of her own. Thank you, Lara! We hope to book with you again soon.
Lara took great care of my 3 dogs. I got pictures through out the day. I loved that. It was their first time at sitter, and they were well taken care of and even taken to the dog park to play!
We always feel good about leaving our dog with Lara! She gives great updates and sends photos while we're away. We know our dog Luna is in great hands!
Bubba had a great stay with Lara, he came home nice and tired. Also, Lara kept me updated throughout the day! Flexible and active, I would recommend her to my friends,
Button took to Lara, she sent me text pictures on Button daily, she really loves dogs and Button has to take meds. I will definitely will be bringing Button back to Lara...she did great, and Button had no issues in returning...thank you did great! I would highly recommend Lara folks, she really loves animals.
Lara was great and we were happy to have our dog spend the day with her.
So glad I found Lara! I was visiting Santa Cruz and needed a safe place for my Australian Shepherd while I did some kayaking and mountain biking. I was a bit aprehensive about leaving him with someone I had never met, but felt good about Lara because her responses to my emails were so prompt and friendly. I couldn't have been more pleased. The house has a beautiful large back yard.......I think he would have been happy just exploring there. But in addition, Lara brought him on walks, to the beach. and to a dog park. She sent me lots of photos of him having a terrific time. I will certainly use her service next time I visit Santa Cruz.
Lara was very attentive to my dogs needs. She made sure he had plenty of exercise and also sent me pictures and updates over the weekend.
Lara took great care of our pups and sent daily pics while we were away. We'll definitely call her for our next Vacay!
Amazing experience! The pups (2 very active retrievers) loved their vacay and were happy and exhausted when we picked them up. Lara and Kelsey took them on daily adventures to the dog park, the beach, the trails...
We will most definitely use Lara again!
Lara and Kelsey (her associate) were so wonderful with our pup Lloyd. He was with them for two days and when we dropped him off on the 2nd day he was so excited to see them, wagging his tail (that was definitely a good sign they were good to him!). They were taking care of other dogs also which was great because Lloyd got to play with them all day and they all went on hikes and to the park. He was tired and happy afterwards which we were so thankful for. Lara also sent photos throughout the day which was so nice. If we're in the area again we would most definitely book her, we know Lloyd had a blast.
Lara is awesome! My 3 month old puppy had a great time at her house for the day! He had the opportunity to play with other dogs and when I picked him up he was super tired, which is great. Lara sent frequent pictures and updates throughout the day, making me feel certain that he was getting good care and having a good time. I will definitely bring my dog back here.
Lara was able to take my dog on very short notice. She gave me updates about how Luna was getting along with the other dogs and sent me multiple photos a day! Luna was constantly engaged and having fun with the other dogs during her stay. I definitely recommend Lara!
Lara is the best! We could not have asked for a better place for our dog to be while we were out of town. Lara is so attentive and loving. Our dog had a great time with her. The communication was great; she sent texts and photos to let us know that Cotton was doing well. We will absolutely be using Lara again!
We felt very comfortable leaving Sunny with Lara. She texted us several times a day and sent photos of her on walks, at the dog park, relaxing with the other dogs and playing at the beach. Lara even gave her a bath when she picked up too much sand at the beach. It is obvious that Lara and her housemate Kelsey love dogs! Sunny came home relaxed and happy.
Wow! We couldn't have asked for a better dog sitter or for a better experience. I'd give 10 stars if I could. It's clear that our sitter LOVES and understands animals. We received photos of our pooch playing at the beach, making new friends and having tons of fun. Our sitter was also very flexible and accommodating with our schedule and with pick up and drop off. My dog loved her and was so excited to see her on our second visit. He even whimpered and looked for her when she dropped him off after our last visit.
Lara and company took exceptional care of our pups. We were traveling through the area on vacation and needed a sitter for the day while we saw the sights with our family and couldn't take our 2 miniature australian shepherd puppies with us. Lara sent us multiple photos of our pups throughout the day chronicling thier adventures that included hikes, beach walks, down time and free time. Our pups came home and immediately passed out into a peaceful slumber like never before. I wish we lived closer so we could take them to Lara again. Highly recommended for anyone who needs thier pet to be well looked after by a loving provider. A+
Lara was very quick to respond and very helpful when we needed daycare for Banjo. We adopted him from a shelter a year ago, and he had never been alone with strangers since then, so there was a little anxiety all around when we dropped him off after a meet and greet the day before.

We soon got photos of him tearing around the yard with a new buddy, so all was good. He was exhausted and relieved at the end of the day, as were we, but we'll be sending him to Lara again should the need arise.
Lara took wonderful care of our 5 month old puppy, Maeby. She kept her busy all day and even took her to the beach. Laura updated with pictures and texts so we knew how Maeby was doing. I'll definitely contact Lara again when we need daycare. She is a caring and trustworthy dog sitter.
Lara was amazing with my doggies! She took our dogs for a really LONG hike, took pictures of their adventures and was quick to reply to any of my questions. I will be using her next time I need a sitter!
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