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Cathy L.

44 Reviews
25 Repeat Guests
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  • 1 day notice required for bookings
  • Responds within 25 minutes
  • Cancellation Policy:

Pet Requirements

  • 1-20 lbs
  • 20-40 lbs
  • 40-80 lbs
  • 80+ lbs
All Ages OK
No Male Dogs
Must Be Spayed or Neutered
Must Be Vaccinated
List of Breeds Not Accepted
Affenpinscher, Afghan Hound, Airedale Terrier, Akita, Alaskan Malamute, American English Coonhound, American Eskimo Dog, American Foxhound, American Hairless Terrier, American Leopard Hound, Pit Bull - American Staffordshire Terrier, American Water Spaniel, Anatolian Shepherd Dog, Appenzeller Sennenhunde, Australian Cattle Dog, Australian Shepherd, Australian Terrier, Azawakh, Barbet, Basenji, Basset Hound, Beagle, Bearded Collie, Beauceron, Bedlington Terrier, Belgian Laekenois, Belgian Malinois, Belgian Sheepdog, Belgian Tervuren, Bergamasco, Berger Picard, Bernese Mountain Dog, Black and Tan Coonhound, Black Russian Terrier, Bloodhound, Bluetick Coonhound, Boerboel, Bolognese, Border Collie, Border Terrier, Borzoi, Boston Terrier, Bouvier des Flandres, Boxer, Boykin Spaniel, Bracco Italiano, Braque du Bourbonnais, Briard, Brittany, Broholmer, Brussels Griffon, Pit Bull - Bull Terrier, Bulldog, Bullmastiff, Canaan Dog, Cane Corso, Cardigan Welsh Corgi, Catahoula Leopard Dog, Caucasian Ovcharka, Central Asian Shepherd Dog, Cesky Terrier, Chesapeake Bay Retriever, Chinese Shar-Pei, Chinook, Chow Chow, Cirneco dell'Etna, Clumber Spaniel, Collie, Curly-Coated Retriever, Czechoslovakian Vlcak, Dalmatian, Dandie Dinmont Terrier, Danish-Swedish Farmdog, Deutscher Wachtelhund, Doberman Pinscher, Dogo Argentino, Dogue de Bordeaux, Drentsche Patrijshond, Dutch Shepherd, English Foxhound, English Setter, English Springer Spaniel, English Toy Spaniel, Entlebucher Mountain Dog, Estrela Mountain Dog, Eurasier, Field Spaniel, Finnish Lapphund, Finnish Spitz, Flat-Coated Retriever, French Bulldog, French Spaniel, German Longhaired Pointer, German Pinscher, German Shepherd Dog, German Shorthaired Pointer, German Spitz, German Wirehaired Pointer, Giant Schnauzer, Glen of Imaal Terrier, Golden Retriever, Gordon Setter, Grand Basset Griffon Vendeen, Great Dane, Great Pyrenees, Greater Swiss Mountain Dog, Greyhound, Hamiltonstovare, Harrier, Hovawart, Ibizan Hound, Icelandic Sheepdog, Irish Red and White Setter, Irish Setter, Irish Terrier, Irish Water Spaniel, Irish Wolfhound, Italian Greyhound, Japanese Chin, Jindo, Kai Ken, Karelian Bear Dog, Keeshond, Kerry Blue Terrier, Kishu Ken, Komondor, Kooikerhondje, Kromfohrlander, Kuvasz, Labrador Retriever, Lagotto Romagnolo, Lakeland Terrier, Lancashire Heeler, Leonberger, Lowchen, Manchester Terrier, Mastiff, Miniature American Shepherd, Miniature Bull Terrier, Miniature Pinscher, Mudi, Neapolitan Mastiff, Newfoundland, Norfolk Terrier, Norrbottenspets, Norwegian Buhund, Norwegian Elkhound, Norwegian Lundehund, Norwich Terrier, Nova Scotia Duck Tolling Retriever, Old English Sheepdog, Otterhound, Parson Russell Terrier, Pembroke Welsh Corgi, Perro de Presa Canario, Peruvian Inca Orchid, Petit Basset Griffon Vendeen, Pharaoh Hound, Pointer, Polish Lowland Sheepdog, Portuguese Podengo, Portuguese Podengo Pequeno, Portuguese Pointer, Portuguese Sheepdog, Portuguese Water Dog, Puli, Pumi, Pyrenean Shepherd, Rafeiro do Alentejo, Rat Terrier, Redbone Coonhound, Rhodesian Ridgeback, Rottweiler, Russell Terrier, Russian Toy, Saluki, Samoyed, Schapendoes, Schipperke, Scottish Deerhound, Scottish Terrier, Sealyham Terrier, Shetland Sheepdog, Shiba Inu, Siberian Husky, Sloughi, Slovensky Cuvac, Small Munsterlander Pointer, Smooth Fox Terrier, Soft Coated Wheaten Terrier, Spanish Mastiff, Spanish Water Dog, Spinone Italiano, St. Bernard, Stabyhoun, Pit Bull - Staffordshire Bull Terrier, Standard Schnauzer, Sussex Spaniel, Swedish Lapphund, Swedish Vallhund, Thai Ridgeback, Tibetan Mastiff, Tibetan Spaniel, Tibetan Terrier, Tornjak, Tosa, Toy Fox Terrier, Treeing Tennessee Brindle, Treeing Walker Coonhound, Vizsla, Weimaraner, Welsh Springer Spaniel, Welsh Terrier, West Highland White Terrier, Whippet, Wire Fox Terrier, Wirehaired Pointing Griffon, Wirehaired Vizsla, Xoloitzcuintli, Pit Bull - American Pit Bull Terrier, Alaskan Klee Kai, Black Mouth Cur, Blue Heeler, Goldendoodle, Jack Russell Terrier, Japanese Spitz, Labradoodle, Mountain Cur, Plott Hound, Puggle, Red Heeler, Schnoodle

Cathy's Resident Pets

Bichon Frise
13 yr 11 mo old
Bichon Frise
13 yr 11 mo old

Cathy'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 Cathy

40 Years Experience Caring For Dogs
We are accepting FEMALES ONLY at this time.

We provide luxury dog care in our home so you can have a worry-free vacation!

I am a retiree who loves our two bichons and will provide cuddles, safety, and luxurious comfort for your dog while you're away.

We care for dogs 20# and under in order to keep harmony amongst our dogs and guests.

We cannot accept puppies.

We cannot accept aggressive dogs for the safety of our guests.

Boarding rate is for 24 hours.

I'm lenient and provide a 4-hour window after the 24 hours for you to pick up your pup.

After 4 hours the daycare rate will be charged.

Please book a daycare day if you plan to pickup your pup after the 4 hour window.

Our home is a warm, happy, serene retreat for your dog. We provide:

24 Hour Care
Therapeutic Mattress
Oral & Topical Medication Administration
Doggie Door
Dog Friendly Fenced-in Yard
Foster Care Experience
Over 40 years Caring for Dogs
Daily Walks
Daily Photos of your happy, safe dog
Complimentary Belly Rubs, Hugs & Love!

We ask that you provide:
A Housebroken and Spayed Female pup.
Up to Date Vaccinations
Flea-free doggie
Food/Treats/Favorite Toy/Blankie/Bed
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Cathy L.

44 Reviews
25 Repeat Guests
Other Sitters Nearby
  • 1 day notice required for bookings
  • Responds within 25 minutes
  • Cancellation Policy:


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  • Last updated November 28, 2016


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Services & Rates

Boarding Overnight At Cathy's Home
$40 /night
  • Watches up to 2 dogs/night
  • Dogs may be unsupervised for 1 - 2 hours/day
  • Dogs will have full access outside for potty breaks
  • 2 walks/day
  • Pets can sleep wherever they want
Daycare At Cathy's Home
$30 /day
  • Watches up to 4 dogs/day
$10 each way
  • Willing to travel 10 miles
44 Reviews
As dog hosts ourselves, we expect a lot of our dogs host! Cathy was great and certainly lived up to our expectations! She took such good care of our Frenchy. Our dog takes several pills due to some health issues, and Cathy had no problem giving them to her. Plus, she didn't charge any extra. While our dog was there, she ran out of pill pockets and Cathy had no problem getting more for us. She was so easy going about the whole thing. On top of the pills our Frenchy takes, she had just had some tumors removed and had staples. Cathy watched her to make sure she didn't go at them, and was regularly telling us how she was doing with them.
Cathy also texted us several times a day with pictures and updates. We never worried about her and felt so comfortable that our baby was in good hands. We couldn't have asked for a better host and am looking forward to using her again! Thanks Cathy
The meet and great went very well. So I felt Comfortable when I dropped Snickers off for a whole day. Cathy is calm and collect with the dogs I could tell she has great control over them. I highly recommend her.
Cathy was a great babysitter for my little Maltese Alfie, he usually gets anxiety when I leave, but she gave him lots of love and care and made him feel at home. Took him for walks, let him sit on her lap and pet him, he got to play with her two little dogs and hang out with them. She sent me daily pictures and updates, she did a great job taking care of him and made me feel at ease. I would most definitely use Cathy again to watch my little guy.
I booked the first stay for my two dogs with Cathy about five days ago. I have a bichon that is 7 years old and a mixed poodle that is 2 years old. Both are rescue dogs. My younger dog is very skittish so I was not sure how he would fare, being away from home, and being with people and dogs that he does not know.
After the Meet and Greet, I feel very comfortable about leaving my two dogs there with Cathy. Cathy has had a lot of experience fostering dogs for a rescue group (BFK). In fact, she came to inspect my house when I applied to adopt my bichon. And, Cathy's place is spotless!
Cathy sent me pictures, videos and text updates of my two dogs everyday. My dogs do look like they are very happy and are enjoying themselves
In fact I have booked another mini stay with Cathy for my dogs already.
Cathy & Mike were so sweet to Bella and made every effort to make her comfortable. This was a first for Bella and as a 10 yr old Chi mix she's pretty nervous and a mama's girl. We left her for a long weekend and she had a great time! Thank you for taking such good care of her and us by sending videos and pics of her throughout the weekend!
Cathy and her family are absolutely the best hosts! Snowball had so much fun playing there all week. Cathy sent us videos and photos and really took great care of our playful pup! Snowball loves to go on the walks and to play and romp in the backyard. Cathy even played fetch with Snowball.

This was Snowball's second week-long stay with Cathy and it was just as great. Cathy is our go to dog sitter from now on!
We love Cathy! We have left our little guy with her numerous times now and would highly recommend her to anyone. She keeps us updated during visits with photos and fun stories. We can tell how much she cares about her guests!
Cathy is my go to for all dog sitting needs. I have used Cathy repeatedly, for anywhere from one night to three weeks at a time. My Pomeranian adores Cathy, her husband, and Cathy's two dogs. My dog is shy and skiddish, but she runs to Cathy and plays with Cathy's dog as if they are her family.

I'm very grateful to have her as my dog's sitter! I would highly recommend her to any of my friends.
Cathy, her husband and her two little angels are the best dog hosts you can imagine, Gertie gets a ton of love, fun and exercise each time she stays with them and comes home happy as a clam, more confident and tired from all the playing. Highly recommend!
Cathy and her husband are amazing hosts and took such great care of our dog. We highly recommend them!
My girls love Cathy and Mike!! I'm not sure about most doggie parents, but my girls don't believe they're dogs. They aren't the "dog park" type and don't hang out with other dogs. They're people! When we go to a dog sitter usually, they hide, pull away and won't go inside unless I pick them up and take them inside. Then, they'll hide by my feet! At Cathy and Mike's, they jumped out of the car, went right in and outside to potty and that was it! It's like when my first son went to his first day of school and I was thinking it would be hard and he just wanted to go have fun! They made themselves at home and I never had to worry once! Love it at Cathy and Mike's Doggie Vacay!!! I would recommend to everyone!
Cathy and her husband are terrific hosts with a warm and friendly home for their guests with paws. They are warm and welcoming and are great to send pictures and updates daily. Cathy is so comfortable around our dog that she puts all of us at ease! Our Sally loves spending time playing with their other dogs but especially shadowing Cathy. Sally comes home happy, healthy, and tired from all the fun. Thank you for making Sally feel so loved and welcome and we will definitely be visiting again!
Cathy and husband, Mike, are the most good-hearted, accommodating, dog-loving people that you'd want to watch your doggies. My Doxies always have fun while "vacationing" at their house.
Cathy sends pics, updates, and videos of their time during their stay. They are good people and have become dear to me.
Try them out once and you'll go back! I promise!
Cathy was great!! She made us feel so comfortable and confident that our little guy was happy and safe. He gets so excited to see her whenever we pull up to her front door. You can tell that she truly loves all of her guests! I would 100% recommend her to anyone.
Our pup loves her visits to Cathy and Mike! We are very protective of our bichon/poodle mix-she was a rescue, and we never want to do anything to traumatize her, as we kind of assume she had a rough life before. So, needless to say, we are a little particular about where she stays, and were so happy to find Cathy and Mike. Kealia has stayed with them 3x now, and they provide a safe, caring and fun environment for the dogs, and they always send photos and updates, which excite my kids, and make us comfortable seeing that she is happy! I would highly recommend them to small dog owners.
I'm sooo excited we found Cathy and Mike! From the time we spoke on the phone, I knew we found our trusted sitter for the girls!! She has two little ones of her own and they were perfect hosts to my two. One of my dogs was attacked by a white dog when she was 6 weeks old, so it always concerns me when she's around new friends! I received several updates while I was gone to show my girls were truly comfortable and in their happy place! All I can say is AMEN!! Thanks again to Cathy and Mike!
My Shuggy was delighted to be part of Cathy's and Mike's family for 3 days and 2 nights. This was my first experience with DogVacay, and my husband, doggie, and I could not have been more pleased. Cathy and Mike treated Shuggy like one of their own. He was given a comfy bed to sleep on, walked twice a day, and given a lot of affection and attention. The home is exceptionally clean, and Cathy is very organized. Throughout our trip, Cathy texted me pictures of a contented Shuggy getting along with other dogs, snuggled on the couch, and playing outdoors. In addition, she even made Shuggy a wonderful Halloween bandana, and surprised us with photos taken of our little guy. This was truly a vacation for Shuggy!!!! I highly recommend Cathy L.!

Arlene T.
Duke stayed with Cathy and her husband while we went on our honeymoon recently.. I am very picky about my dog and maybe a little paranoid about something happening to him...I must of looked at 30 plus profiles before I came across Cathy. This was my first time using dog vacay so i didn't know what to expect. Right when I met Cathy at the meet and greet I felt 100 percent comfortable leaving Duke with her! Her house is clean, safe, and she has a great, secure backyard. I didn't worry about him once, because they kept me updated with many pictures and videos of him being loved on and playing with other dogs. Thank you Cathy for taking such great care of my baby!! :) highly recommend.
Really happy we found Cathy! Maui was well taken care of. We LOVED the daily updates with photos. It appeared from the photos that Maui took full advantage of every doggie bed at Cathy's home. :) Maui also enjoyed socializing with the other dogs.

Clean home, doggie door, comfy doggie beds and loving hosts! Thanks Cathy and Mike!
WOW! What a great first experience with DogVacay! Cathy and her husband and their two Bichons were fabulous hosts for Snowball! I received daily texts and video updates of my 2-year-old Poodle having fun and romping around. She is a rescue that we have only had for 6 weeks so we are still learning about her. Cathy took her in and treated her as one of her own. This will be our "go to" place for Snowball when we need to leave town without her. Thank you Cathy!!!
Cathy and her husband took care of my older dog Toby just like he was their own. They have the house neatly laid out for pet safety yet plenty of freedom. You can tell they are dog lovers, and I will certainly use them again.
Cathy is fantastic..My puppy Sunny runs up her driveway so excited to see her. Cathy also takes out the time to send adorable pics/videos of Sunny (which are priceless) Sunny is one happy boy under her roof and I feel lucky to have found her and her loving family
This was a longer stay than usual. Had to go out of town for my daughter's wedding. I knew the dogs would be well cared for so I could enjoy my time celebrating the special occasion.
I never have to worry when I leave my pups with Cathy.
Cathy was the perfect sitter for our two dogs. She has a spacious, clean yard with plenty of room for the dogs to play and get some exercise. She sent pictures and videos, along with updates while my little boys were her guests. She is very professional, responsible and gives lots of loving care to your beloved pets. Book her for a worry free stay, great experience!
Snowball had a wonderful stay here and loves Cathy and Mike. They provide wonderful care and our dog has made friends and came home rested, clean, and happy. Furthermore, they sent pictures and videos of our pup's vacation while we were on vacation. We will definitely keep using this reservation.
Cathy has been excellent with our puppy Oreo! Oreo enjoys their company a lot and loves their two resident dogs! Cathy and her husband have a very caring attitude towards all dogs including Oreo and regularly updates us with cute photos and videos. I would highly recommend Cathy to all the concerned small dog owners who have yet to find a good, caring daycare/boarding home for their dogs.
Cathy and her husband are very kind and trustworthy. The first time we brought our dog Snowball to their house, he fit in right away. I will definitely let Snowball stay with Cathy for any future vacations.
Cathy and her husband are godsends. I have never left Leah (my 12 year old Shih Tzu) with anyone outside my family., however from the first time Leah and I met Cathy at our "Meet and Greet" I felt very comfortable and Leah felt right at home. You can feel the love both Cathy and her husband have for all their guests. Her daily updates and pictures are a great bonus. Thanks Cathy for a great experience.
We love Cathy! From the moment we met her at her "Meet and Greet", I knew we had found the answer to all our concerns!
We have a 12 y/o Bichon named Angel who is NOT used to being away from us. She almost always travels with us and, being from the east coast, we don't have any family around to watch her if we are in need of a sitter.
I found DogVacay online and, after reading some reviews, we contacted Cathy...she is EXACTLY what we were hoping for in a pet sitter!
She accepts mostly smaller dogs (20 lbs or less) and she has two small Bichons who are 12 y/o also. She has a lovely home that is clean and warm and friendly. Her love of animals was evident from the moment we walked in her door! She asked all the right questions about what our dog was used to and she caters her care to the needs of your pet.
Being an older dog, Angel needed lots of extra TLC...she is not used to other dogs, her family being away, etc. Cathy and her husband went above and beyond to make her feel at home - even sending photos and videos to put my mind at ease! By the time we went to pick her up, she was so happy and comfortable with Cathy - she seemed like she was sad to be leaving her! :)
In the end, I have to say having my Angel stay with Cathy is even BETTER than family! She is truly a lover of dogs who has a kind and gentle heart!
I wouldn't hesitate to recommend her to anyone I know!!
I also have to add that my lucy requires a lot of exercise and attention and Cathy really provided great amount of exercise, love , and attention . I am so so happy i found her . Thank you for everything :)
I have to start by saying that Cathy and her husband are very kind and welcoming people. They love dogs and really put their all into taking good care of their guest dogs . They are also very experienced.Their home is beautiful and cozy which makes everyone feel right at home. Cathy would send me updates and pictures everyday which made me feel not only calm but also happy to see my pup so well taken care of and happy. I highly!!!!!!!!!!!! recommend Cathy . :)
I was so lucky to find Cathy through DogVacay! My dog Gracie clearly loves staying with her and has her own special relationship with Cathy now. Cathy and her husband welcomed her in as one of their own and sent me daily pictures, videos, and updates so I wouldn't worry.
Cathi and her husband are awesome people and avid dog lovers. I will definitely take my Doxies to stay with them again.
I highly recommend Cathy for a safe, loving environment for your dog. Cathy is wonderful with them and treats them like her own. I receive daily pictures while I am away to put me at ease that they are happy and in good hands. They get plenty of exercise and lots of love and affection. I could not have found a better home away from home for my dogs!
We could not have hope for all we found at Cathy' home ! Our palmerainian has been through a lot of changes lately. She lost her beloved dog buddy,we had house guest for six months, she was very attached, they had just left ,and was really missing them. It was now time for us to leave for two weeks. We visited other potential hosts ,unsucessful in finding a fit. We visited Cathy and felt we had found the perfect home. Cathy was not only perfect , teddi came home a more wonderful dog than we left! We could not had imagined how wonderful Cathy and her husband were! They sent many wonderful pictures and included messages, showing Teddi happy as could be, living great! We are so thankful we found Cathy and her husband!! I absolutely in courage you to use Cathy and know your pup is having a wonderful, secure vacation !!
If you love your puppy more than anything else, please choose Cathy! She was an absolute godsend!!! We had the most amazing experience and I am still in awe how she managed to make me feel so at ease with boarding our little Gertie with her. We rescued our 18 months old Maltipoo girl from a shelter when she was 8 months old, she had been found in a trashcan and was in terrible shape, not potty trained, then went through several families until we finally found her. Gertie is very timid and just as afraid of dogs than she is of humans, and at the first meeting with Cathy and her two dogs she was very scared as usual, even though Cathy's house is like a warm, safe haven and her dogs are absolute sweethearts and very welcoming and loving. I was 7 months pregnant at the time and incredibly anxious to give Gertie to someone else while we went on our babymoon for a week. I almost did not wanna leave at all after we had a meeting at a different boarding place, where about eight dogs were boarded at the same time and it was very chaotic, which was perfect for my super active Golden Retriever but definitely not for my little Maltipoo. She is like my child and I am very over protective and terrified of losing her. Cathy was an absolute delight, she has a very calm aura and is incredibly sweet. She is super careful and very knowledgeable since she has been fostering shelter dogs for years. I probably came across as very anxious and nervous and she immediately made me feel like I found the perfect babysitter. She even exceeded our expectations! We got the cutest pictures of Gertie every day and I was looking forward to them every evening, it just made the trip so much more beautiful and I could actually enjoy it. Gertie seemed super comfortable and relaxed in every picture, and when we got her back I knew she had a great time, she seemed balanced and even more confident from playing with Cathy's dogs all day! And that is exactly what I had hoped for - so if you are looking for a very safe, peaceful and loving environment, Cathy, her husband and her dogs Chloe and Jolie are your first choice! ps: We got a beautfiful printed out christmas picture of Gertie as a present, since Cathy's husband is great dog photographer, and we love it!
Everything was just perfect !!!
Another wonderful time for Diesel!
I found Cathy at the last minute, and was immediately comfortable at our "meet and greet" in her well kept home. My dogs ran right in as if they had been there many times before and made themselves at home. When I picked them up a week later, they were relaxed and happy, obviously due to their doggie vacay!! My boyz will be return customers if I am unable to bring them with me on my future travels. I highly recommend Cathy and her family, they understand the companion breeds and cater to their needs.
The hosts were friendly, and you could tell they were dog lovers. They were warm and affectionate to my dogs. Their home was lovely and immaculate. The dogs had freedom to enjoy the house, inside and out. The hosts' two little dogs are friendly and adorable. I received daily updates and cute photos while I was away. I would surely use this family again when I travel. My babies were clean and happy when we picked them up. Good job Cathy!
Our experience leaving Sophie with Cathy and her family could not have gone better. I felt extremely comfortable leaving her and knowing Sophie would be cared for and loved. The messages and pictures that were sent to us on a daily basis left us worry free and allowed us to truly enjoy our vacation! Thank you Cathy!!!!!!!!
Cathy and her husband exceded every expectation! They were exactly what we were looking for in a pet sitter, and we will be using them again for our next trip. Thank you for loving our puppy!! Diesel loved it!
Cathy is amazing! Im glad i found her and her husband. She was very flexible and attentive from the first interaction. I just knew he would be happy and comforable during his stay especially since they have a lot of experience with Bichons. I loved the multiple pictures that she sent to me everyday. One picture she printed for me to bring home is probably one of my favorites of my pup! Thanks Cathy!
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