Leslievilla Pet Retreat

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Sarah W.

18 Reviews
8 Repeat Guests
Other Sitters Nearby
  • 3 days notice required for bookings
  • Responds within 2 hours
  • Cancellation Policy:

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 Pets OK for House Sitting

Sarah's Resident Pets

3 yr 11 mo old

Sarah's House

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Medium Yard
100% fenced
Smoke-free home
Pets allowed on furniture

About Sarah

10 Years Experience Caring For Dogs
Welcome to the Leslievilla Pet Retreat - Where dogs go to feel the WOO in WOOF!

Your hosts Sarah & Johnny are the extended family you never knew you had!

What can we say? We love having the company of pets in our home and get such a kick out of getting to know the many personalities in this big city. If your dog's an athlete she can come for a run with us to the beach or try some doggy yoga. Your pet will become one of our family and have full run of the house, where they will discover one of the many hide'n'go seek places to curl up and dream sweet dreams. We have a fully-fenced, medium-sized back yard and are a short stroll way also from an enclosed off-leash dog park, and the beach boardwalk!

Johnny grew up with dogs and Sarah (a true blue Aussie) has traveled the world volunteering in animal shelters including Nepal, Turkey and Malaysia. Together we spent the 2012 summer in Toronto as professional dog walkers and have experience with many breeds from Chihuahua's to Cane Corso's with every energy level and temperament in between.

In May 2016, after many years caring for other fur babies, we finally added to our own pack by adopting a retired greyhound, Starblazer. He is a gentle, friendly, curious pooch who is enjoying life beyond the track and loves to play as much as he loves long naps and cuddles in his retirement.

Our home is available for short to mid-term stays plus we can also come to you. We would love the chance to care for your furry family members so please do get in touch with us!
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Can administer oral medicine
Special Needs Accommodated
  • Pets recovering from surgery
  • Advanced senior issues

Sarah W.

18 Reviews
8 Repeat Guests
Other Sitters Nearby
  • 3 days notice required for bookings
  • Responds within 2 hours
  • Cancellation Policy:


  • Available
  • Unavailable
  • 1 Spot Left
  • Booked
  • Last updated February 8, 2017


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Services & Rates

Boarding Overnight At Sarah's Home
$40 /night
  • Watches up to 1 dog /night
  • Dogs may be unsupervised for more than 4 hours/day
  • 3-4 potty breaks/day
  • 2 walks/day
  • Pets will sleep in their own beds
House Sitting Overnight At Your Home
$70 /night
  • Dogs may be unsupervised for 2 - 4 hours/day
  • Willing to travel 10 miles
$15 /visit
  • Willing to travel 5 miles
$15 /bath
$10 each way
  • Willing to travel 10 miles
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18 Reviews
Sarah, John and Starblazer are wonderful! They took such great care of our pup while we were away over the holidays. We couldn't have asked for more. She came home tired and happy! I highly recommend them!
My 6 month old pup had a fantastic stay. Highly recommended!
This was my first experience with Dogvacay and it was smooth from start to finish. I would highly recommend Sarah and John! Thank You!
Our dog loves visiting Sarah and it is so good to know that she is with someone we trust while we are away.
Max came back super exhausted and happy. Sarah just seems like a wonderful person and great with dogs. She has a beautiful space for dogs that backs onto a ravine. I would recommend her for sure.
Sarah and Johnny were such fantastic hosts for our two wee Chihuahuas, Zoe and Gus! They were treated like family and completely spoiled! Sarah made every effort to ensure both of them were comfortable, setting up a play area with lots of blankets and toys and having lots of cuddle sessions. One of our little ones, Zoe, is super anxious, and they even managed her quite well, using lots of positive reinforcement. I would highly recommend Sarah and Johnny – thank you so much for watching our furry kids and putting up with grumpy pants Zoe!! :)
Sarah and Johnny are the best! Dreley had an amazing stay, with lots of outings, jogs, and excursions including a visit to Sarah's office :)

It's clear she had a good time b/c what's normally a 6 am wake up call ended up being let mommy sleep until 8am this morning, a clear sign she was exhausted from all the fun.

Thank you so much for watching over our dog child while we hit up LA!
Sarah was *so* incredible with our dogs - two weimaraners (one is enough of a handful, but two?!). Incredibly gentle and caring, the dogs were well cared for over the Thanksgiving weekend and were definitely included as part of the family.
My two super high energy weims are 60mph couch potatoes right now after picking them up, which is a huge kudo to anyone who knows this breed.
Thank you, Thank you! - everyone is so happy about this trip/DogVacay :)
Lulu had a great time during her second stay with Sarah and Johnny. The photos they sent me showed just how much she felt at home with them. When we arrived she rushed upstairs to see if anything had changed since her last stay, then she settled in for a good visit with her friends. I knew all would go well while I was out of town. Thanks Sarah and Johnny
Our 2 dogs loved their stay with Sarah and we were very pleased with it as well. The meet and greet went very well and she was very patient in answering all our questions. Our dogs were very comfortable in her warm home and Sarah sent us photos to let us know just how much the dogs were enjoying their time there. I will definitely be bringing the dogs back here when we need a home away from home.
Sarah W was a really great host. We felt safe leaving our puppy there and her constant communication and sending of pictures made us feel at ease aNd secure. We highly recommend her and look forward to return vists. JandL
Lulu had a great time, lots of walks and cuddles. She wants me to go away again so she can stay with Sarah and John another time.
Sarah was prompt in responding to my initial inquiry email and very friendly, professional and accommodating; my dog was welcomed with open arms into her space and made right at home immediately. Sarah is obviously good with animals and Circe, my dog, was happy and stress free when I picked her up. The daily personal updates were a great way for me to be sure that I could enjoy my time away, knowing that Circe was enjoying her vacation too. Good job!
Sarah and John were just great, we knew from our initial meeting that they were good people. They looked after our dog as if he were there own, he came home relaxed, contented and very sleepy :)

They went above and beyond to make sure he got his correct feed amounts after we had mixed up our quantities when packing (it's a specialized feed so they really did go out the way). They sent us lovely pics while we were away and I could Prince was getting lots of cuddles and was really happy there. I'd recommend these guys to anyone without hesitation.
Thanks so much! You guys were very nice and Fitz seemed to enjoy his day and came home exhausted.
First experience with DogVacay and first time leaving our beloved "dog fambly", Basset Hounds Juliet and Louis, with "sitters". What could go wrong, right? Well let me tell you what did: Absolutely. Nothing! Working with DogVacay was fast, efficient and easy, easy, easy. And the hosts we chose, Sarah W. (and her partner Johnny) were...A. MAZE. ING! In every possible way. At the meet-&-greet (in their immaculate Leslieville apartment) it was immediately obvious from the smart questions they asked (!) that these two not only love dogs, but "know" dogs inside out. And the daily e-mail updates (including fantastic photos) we received throughout our trip not only confirmed that, but also left us completely thrilled to see that they seemed to be having as much fun with our pooches as our dogs were clearly having with them! Will this delightful couple be our first (and hopefully only!) call the next time we need help with our hounds? Oh yeah. Absolutely. And would I recommend them to all of my other dog-loving pals? Ab. So. Lutely! Now forget everything you've read here because I don't want them to be booked up next time we call! ;-)
Sarah was absolutely wonderful with my two cats. While I was away for an extra long weekend, she made daily house calls to take care of my little guys, stopping by early each morning to administer medication to one cat. She even sent photos to show me how they were doing while I was away, which I really appreciated. Since my boys are older and fairly skiddish around strangers, I was worried about leaving them alone. But after Sarah came by for a visit, I could tell they were quite comfortable together. I was able to go away knowing they would be well cared for. I would certainly use her services again and would recommend her to others.
Sarah was fantastic with my two demanding dogs!! She was personable, friendly and thorough. Returned home to two very happy dogs!!
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