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Barbara O.

50 Reviews
29 Repeat Guests
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  • Same day bookings are OK
  • Responds within 10 minutes
  • Cancellation Policy:

Pet Requirements

  • 1-20 lbs
  • 20-40 lbs
  • 40-80 lbs
  • 80+ lbs
All Ages OK
List of Pets OK for House Sitting
Dogs, Cats, Fish, Rabbits, gerbils, hamsters, or pet rodents, Caged birds, Reptiles

Barbara's Resident Pets

5 old
Other Pets & Animals: Cats

Barbara's House

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Children at home (13-18 years old)
Large Yard
100% fenced
Smoke-free home
Pets allowed on furniture
Air-conditioned inside

About Barbara

20 Years Experience Caring For Dogs
I love cats and offer cat sitting as well as dog sitting! I'm happy to stay at your house or visit your kitty while you're away.

Fifteen (15) year PROFESSIONAL PET SITTER! More than 800 satisfied clients; many over 10 years! Fenced in areas and exercise pens. 25 year Vet experience. Elder and unique-needs pets a specialty. Dogs, cats, aquatics, reptiles and more! Pet rescues, rehab and relocation services available. Breeder, training and groomer recommendations too! We guarantee 100% response rate. We are not 'part-time', this is our business!

My mother was a long-time breeder of smaller Poodles in the 70's & 80's in and around Nassau County's 'Gold Coast'. I grew up caring for those many litters and assisting her in dealing with the clients.

In the early 90's I began as an assistant manager of pets and property on an estate in Centre Island on the water of Oyster Bay. I had found my calling! By the mid to late 90's I started what soon became Long Island's Finest Pet Care. In January 1998 I went professional, full time! My tongue-in-cheek tag line was (and still is!): "your place or mine?..." as I had developed 'in-home clients' AND 'home service' clients.

Those were scary times AND the best of times! My business grew dramatically by word-of-mouth and superior customer service. I had affiliated myself with the local Vet while on the estate in Centre Island and continued to work closely with (and for) her (almost 15 years) gaining invaluable experience. The Vet who bought her practice is my friend and trusted team member to this day...all about a mile from my home. In addition to this primary Vet I have great working relationships with many other Vets in my service area...some recommend me regularly.

I am a Course 101 & 102 graduate and Pack Leader here at DogVacay. My references have been checked and I have been Phone Interviewed!

Check-Out Time is 10:00AM. Pick up and drop off is by appointment only; 9AM to 8PM. Your PROMPTNESS is greatly appreciated!!

Any 'off-site' errands/activities on behalf of the client are $25.00 each

Certified PSI member.

Barbara J. O
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Can administer oral medicine
Can administer injected medicine
CPR / First-Aid certified
Special Needs Accommodated
  • Pets recovering from surgery
  • Separation anxiety
  • Aggressive behavior
  • Leash Pulling
  • Not yet house-trained
  • Advanced senior issues

Barbara O.

50 Reviews
29 Repeat Guests
Other Sitters Nearby
  • Same day bookings are OK
  • Responds within 10 minutes
  • Cancellation Policy:


  • Available
  • Unavailable
  • 1 Spot Left
  • Booked
  • Last updated February 20, 2017


Background Checked
This sitter has passed a background check, which searches a variety of criminal databases.
Course 101 Graduate
By completing courses at DogVacay University, hosts learn about best practices to help them provide the highest quality care for your dog.
Course 102 Graduate
By completing courses at DogVacay University, hosts learn about best practices to help them provide the highest quality care for your dog.
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Pack Promoter
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Phone Interviewed
Serious hosts take the time to talk to us over the phone, get their questions asked and introduce themselves personally.
References Checked
Our team reaches out to each of our host's references to provide an extra level of confidence and verification.
Pay through DogVacay for:
Premium Pet Insurance, 24/7 Customer Support and Daily Photo Updates!

Services & Rates

Boarding Overnight At Barbara's Home
$48 /night
  • Watches up to 4 dogs/night
  • Dogs may be unsupervised for no more than 1 hour/day
  • 3-4 potty breaks/day
  • 3+ walks/day
  • Pets can sleep wherever they want
House Sitting Overnight At Your Home
$65 /night
  • Dogs may be unsupervised for more than 4 hours/day
  • Willing to travel 20 miles
Daycare At Barbara's Home
$35 /day
  • Watches up to 3 dogs/day
$30 /visit
  • Willing to travel 10 miles
$50 /min
$65 /max
$25 /bath
$15 each way
  • Willing to travel 15 miles
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50 Reviews
Barbara was great with Lucky and Rocky. We could tell that she loved animals right away! We felt happy knowing that they were having a good time while we were away.
Thank you so much for coming and staying at my house with dolly and pumpkin. It was a huge relief to know my animals were happy at home with someone to keep them company. Thank you for also looking after my house. I will definitely use you again for my future vacations!
My dog came home after a few hours of a trial visit drinking 2 1/2 bowls of water. Was rushed on drop off, so I thought I'd get to see yard & house area on pickup. Barbara came out with my dog & toys & met me at my car. Clearly , did not want me to come inside or see the yard. She talked about herself, did not touch my dog or speak about how she did during trial visit.
Seems like her priority is the money, not the dogs comfort or care. Something felt very wrong in my gut...cannot recommend.
Being new to the Glen Cove area, and not really knowing our way around the doggy-care world in our new neighborhood (nor time between moving, working, unpacking - you get it) - we took to DogVacay as we had a last-minute overnight in NYC that we could not bring our dog. First contact was Barbara O. Within minutes, we we talking about events in the area that 'newbies' needed to go to. Being fall, it is the perfect time for outdoor stuff, so we'll take her up on it. As for Jake - he loved it. He had a yard to play in, came home in a great mood and seemed to genuinely have had fun (you can just tell he liked it). We'll definitely use Barbara again.
We were very happy with the 5 day stay that our dog Asia had with Barbara. This is the first time we left our 9 month old golden and it worked out just fine. We would use Barbara's dog vacay for future trips
We needed somewhere for our little boy to stay while we were on vacation over the holiday weekend. Barbara is very quick to respond, and her communication is great. She has a beautiful house and you can tell she really loves what she does. Rocky had a great stay and we will be back for sure!!
My dog had a wonderful experience staying with Barbara. She treated Jax like he was her own pet. I was always able to reach her to find out how he was doing. I already booked my next vacay with Barbara because I know that my doc will be fine. I highly recommend her to anyone!
Barbara was great with my two older dogs. One of my dogs recently got diagnosed with diabetes and needs shots of insulin twice a day. Barbara made me feel very comfortable leaving her for the first time. She is very knowledgeable about animals!
Barbara is a great host for our dogs Benson and Chloe. We have used her services numerous times and highly recommend her, as she is kind and quite knowledgeable about pet care. Our dogs seem quite happy during their stay, as Barbara sends frequent texts, photos and videos to update us while on our vacation. We are very grateful for Barbara!
Barbara is terrific. Snowball always does well with her -- she enjoys her vacations as much as we do. And we have no worries at all about Snowball's well being. A
So I had an issue because my dog was unable to stay at his regular place because of a neck strain and coughing issue. In a complete emergency situation Barbara came through not in a few days not in a few hours, that exact second. It was a long stay needing 3 weeks and I was so nervous. She took care of my dog and was ready to send to a vet if necessary. She also helped his neck feel better by buying a new harness for him. Barbara is a great host and now a friend. She truly took care of my dog in the best way possible. she will be the only host I use moving forward. 100 percent recommend highly.
Best experience I've had with a dog sitter! So glad that I found Barbara on DogVacay! She knows dogs... I could tell right away that my dog (Labrador retriever), would be well cared for and was able to go on vacation without a worry. She sent us a video and texted to let us know that our dog was happy and doing well. When I picked her up she looked great and it was a seamless transition back home. We were very happy and would highly recommend Barbara
It's never easy leaving our dog with someone else, especially since he's a rescue and has anxiety that we'll "never come back." But everytime I received an update from Barbara on how Buddy was doing, there was always a photo of him smiling ear to ear. It always makes me feel better being away knowing that he's happy.
We were very pleased with the care Barbara gave our Becky while we were away for a week. The pictures and video she send made us feel great and eased our minds. When we picked up Becky she was very happy, healthy and went right back into our routine. Barbara is a very kind and caring person. We surely will use her again.
Barbara took great care of our ten-month-old Doberman while we were away for the weekend. She was professional, accommodating, and was kind enough to let us pick him up after hours after we got stuck in traffic on the way home. We look forward to working with her in the future!
Barbara was an excellent host. Her home was warm and inviting. I couldn't believe she has a dog run and dog fenced in area in her backyard making it even more fun for my dog. She gave constant updates and my dog always seemed as happy as can be when I got them via text/email. I recommend Barbara 100 percent.
AMAZING! That was how our vacation was because our precious dog Daisy was in such great hands. Barbara took such great and loving care of our dog and even went above and beyond by sending us pictures and videos. HIGHLY RECCOMEND !!!!!!
This was our first time with Barbara, and we will surely be back. Our dog Darwin had a great time. Barbara was very responsive and sent us videos along the way so we didn't him too much. Thanks Barbara and DogVacay!
Barbara is a one of a kind dog sitter! She knows what she is doing and what she is talking about when it comes to dogs. She babysat my puppy Ava super last minute and Ava was very happy when she returned and I was thrilled with the care she received. I whole heartedly recommend Barbara because she really does give your dog the finest pet care!!!
Another great stay with Barbara for Shamu! Barbara is always very accommodating and she takes great care of him. Highly recommend her.
Knowing that our dog was being cared for by Barbara made our vacation even more stress-free!
Shamu had a great time with Barbara and I would definitely recommend her to anyone that is looking for someone to watch their dog. She was attentive and stayed in touch with us while we were away. We will use her again.
This is the third time we booked a dogvacay stay with Barbara for our dogs Benson and Chloe and we were extremely satisfied. Barbara is a very caring and responsible dog sitter and our dogs were very happy, as evidenced by the many photos and videos she sent us during their one week stay. We had complete peace of mind while we were away and will be booking with Barbara again for our future vacations. Thanks again,
Barbara and we'll see you soon!
We have used Barbara once before and she did such a great job that we decided to have her take care of our 2 boxers while we were out of the country.

While we were away, one of our dogs became very ill and Barbara acted quickly in contacting us and transporting my dog to the vet for an emergency procedure. Barbara kept us informed and helped to keep our dog calm to mitigate any undue stress.

Because of Barbara's professionalism and passion for dogs, both of our dogs were back to their normal selves upon our return home.

Thank you Barbara.
We were very happy with Barbara! Barbara has a lot of experience with dogs & gave us some good training tips for our Milo. We will use her again.
Sophie had a fabulous stay with Barbara! She spent her outdoors time in an immaculate wood-chip fenced -in area. And she slept and had pleasant dreams in her doggy bed at the foot of Barbara's bed.

We received daily videos of Sophie and her tail wagging indicated a very happy dog.

We would highly recommend Barbara to anyone who wants a first class, caring and nurturing facility.
Dexter had a great visit with Barbara. She is extremely knowledgeable about dogs and made the separation easy and anxiety-free for him (and for us)!
This was my first time using Dogy Vacay and I chose Barbara after doing a meet and greet. I had my 2 Boxers stay with Barbara when I was traveling and she took great care of them.

Barbara and her family has a true passion for animals and they provided me with a great sense of comfort knowing that my Boxers were in her care.
Barbara is a true professional and quick to respond to any questions. I was updated with photos and video clips so that I would know how things were going.

We had such a great experience that Barbara will be hosting my 2 dogs later this month while I am out of the country on holiday.

Thank you Barbara for your attention to detail.

What a wonderful spot for my two very large rambunctious boys to spend a week while I was away. Lots of trees around the secure yard, means a very natural, woodsy environment and easy access for the dogs to come and go from their indoor area, which is a replica of my living room (TV, couches, blankets, toys etc). I LOVED the regular updates, photos and videos. Plenty of space for my Brixton, a border collie/pit mix to run and play, while Buddy, my mastiff/pit did his usual hanging out under shade on the porch with Barbara. Most importantly Barbara has tons of experience having worked with vets and dogs! It was the first time my rescues have been with a dogsitter and the experience could not have been better. I could never consider putting my dogs in a kennel, when they had a wonderful time at Barbara's. Will definitely use again on our next getaway. Thanks Barbara and thanks DogVacay!
Another great stay with Barbara and her family. She sent videos and pictures throughout the week. Looks like Sammie had a great time.
Our golden retriever was just with Barbara for day boarding. She took very good care of him - he got to play with the other dogs and she sent us videos. I would definitely recommend her
Everything worked out well. Barbara was flexible and available on short notice and took good care of Stella for a night.
Barbara was great with my two dogs and made us feel comfortable with leaving our dogs in her home. She is very knowledgeable, passionate and accommodating. She sent videos, texts and pictures to us while we were away. Both of our dogs were happy and we will be using Barbara again.
We are all very happy with Barbara as our dogs sitter. This was the second time we made a reservation for our dogs Chloe and Benson to stay with Barbara and her family. They were happy to see her when we arrived there, and she sent us photo and video updates frequently. She is quite knowledgeable and very caring, treating our dogs as her own. She even called us to see how they were doing and readjusting after we brought them back home. We highly recommend Barbara's services, and looking forward to the next time we book our dog's stay with her. Thanks again, Barbara!
Nikki had another wonderful stay with Barbara and her family. Barbara asked me in advance to make a list of problems that she could work on with Nikki. I am happy to report that after a week with Barbara she is no longer peeing on my rugs!
I always have peace of mind entrusting my beagle girl to Barbara when I am out of town; I know she is cared for with love and returned to me an improved dog.
Barbara was a great doggy host. I felt very comfortable leaving my dogs with her for the weekend. She sent several videos of the dogs. We would definitely have our dogs stay with her again.
Thank you Barbara and Paul for taking good care of Hunter on short notice. When I picked Hunter up He was sound asleep on your couch and feels very comfortable. Thank you again!
Barbara provided EVERYTHING I was looking for in a dog sitter. I contacted about a dozen others on DogyVacay and they either had a list of questions they wanted me to answer, wanted to meet me a day before or some didn't even bother getting back to me. Whenever I need a dog sitter from now on I'll be using Barabara and recommending her to all my dog owner friend. She even texted me a video of my dog while he was at her house which was much appreciated !!!
Another great stay with Barbara and her family. Nikki had a wonderful time and Barbara kept me up to date with daily photos and videos.
My dog's second stay with Barbara went as well as his first. I trust her to keep him safe and to be an attentive and affectionate care giver.
Thank you Barbara for taking good care of Hunter for me on such short notice on a holiday! Your the best!!
I was confident that Hector was safe and happy while he stayed with Barbara. I've already booked his second visit with her for next month.
This was my dog's first stay with Barbara, and after our meet & greet, I was sure that she'd be great with our dog. She stayed in contact with us at all times and pictures of our dog came daily. We even met her great kids who took adorable pictures for us. She treated our dog like she was her own, and that's all you can ask of any pet sitter. We had a terrible trip home because of a snow storm and flights being delayed, and Barbara went above and beyond to make sure our dog would return to us when we got home.
I would not hesitate for a moment to have Barbara take care of our dog again.
We were extremely happy with Barbara, as were our dogs Benson and Chloe. Not only is she very knowledgeable about dogs and the care of them, she and her family seemed to "adopt" them during their stay. She was also available at the last minute, as we booked their stay only days before our vacation. Barbara sent us many updates and photos of our dogs throughout our vacation as well.
We will definitely use Barbara as our dog sitter in the near future!
I was nervous about leaving my 4 month old beagle puppy for 2 weeks while I was out of the country; she was not house broken and frankly I didn't think I'd find someone willing to take on that tremendous responsibility. I was thrilled to find Barbara and her girls on dog vacay.

We set up a meet and greet and Nikki immediately fell in love with Barbara's daughters. It was clear to me that the feelings were mutual. Barbara was undaunted by the prospect of caring for an untrained puppy and I knew right away it was a good match.

Nikki was cared for with love and I had peace of mind while I was away.

Barbara kept me up to date with pictures and videos and gave me useful training tips. Nikki learned to go to the bathroom outside during her stay!

I am so happy that I found Barbara and her family. I know that every time I am out of town there will be a safe, loving home for Nikki to stay.
Thank you B.O for taking Hunter in a pinch. I feel very comfortable leaving my Hunter .
5 Star Experience
Barbara knows what she's doing. Just minutes after making the reservation through dogvacay, Barbara was contacting me for a meet & greet. She is very easy to work with and confirms the drop off/pick up through text and responds almost immediately with questions. We loved that Barbara sent lots of pics & videos of our 'boy' throughout his stay.
Thank you Barbara,
Jill & Ivan
Oliver, my cavalier King Charles spaniel puppy had a great time at Barbara's. I was a little concerned, since he can be a picky eater. Barbara was very patient preparing his meals and making sure that he ate. Oliver had lots of fenced in space to play outside, which he enjoyed, and I could tell by the video and photo that Barbara sent me that Oliver was well cared for and loved. Now, every time Oliver gets in the car, he's hoping that he's going on another vacation to Barbara's. Plus, the next time I go on a trip, I can relax in knowing that Oliver is staying in a home where he is in loving, expert hands. Thanks again Barbara, Oliver and me are so fortunate to have found you!
Barbara (and family) are the greatest dog sitters and we are so happy we found them through Doggy Vacay. Our one and half year old pit bull Montana has stayed with Barbara five times so far, and she is the best. She is extremely knowledgeable about pets, has great advice, is very easy going and often available. Montana loves to go over to her house for a visit. He has never hesitated to run into Barbara's home and yard and always has a great time staying there. Our dog has a lot of energy and Barbara can handle his strength and energy really well. She has a perfect fenced in yard for dogs to play and run. She is very professional and thorough. We do not have enough great things to say about her!! We highly recommend Barbara to dog sit, you can confidently leave your pet in great hands knowing they will be happy and healthy with Barbara and family.
Rocky had a great time. Barbara knows a lot about dogs,& Rocky got along well with her daughters. Good experience!
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