Mama Rhea, Pooch Pal

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Rhea Z.

70 Reviews
29 Repeat Guests
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  • 7 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 Vaccinated

Rhea's House

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Small Yard
100% fenced
Pets allowed on furniture
Great for senior pets
Dog door access

About Rhea

10 Years Experience Caring For Dogs
I'm a retired RN and I love the dogs. They also seem to like me! Bring your pooch over--you will see we are meant to be together, if only temporarily. :-) It's a nice big house here with a perfect yard for burying a bone, and no resident pooches.
I'm mostly home but go out for exercise, meetings or local errands daily, and I volunteer 1 morning a week.
Like you, your pooch deserves a 5-Star Vacay. The first step is to click on the Meet & Greet tab so we can arrange time to get together and confirm that your pup and I are a match.
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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

Rhea Z.

70 Reviews
29 Repeat Guests
Other Sitters Nearby
  • 7 days notice required for bookings
  • Responds within 2 hours
  • Cancellation Policy:


  • Available
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  • 1 Spot Left
  • Booked
  • Last updated February 22, 2017


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Services & Rates

Boarding Overnight At Rhea's Home
$36 /night
  • Watches up to 4 dogs/night
  • Dogs may be unsupervised for more than 4 hours/day
  • Dogs will have full access outside for potty breaks
  • 2 walks/day
  • Pets can sleep wherever they want
$20 /visit
  • Willing to travel 2 miles
$14 each way
  • Willing to travel 5 miles
70 Reviews
This is the second time to ask her to take care of my doggies. When I brought them to her, they ran to her and jumped on her. They really like her! I always trust Rhea! She is awesome!!
Rhea took great care of our dog and sent updates once or twice a day. It was reassuring to know our dog was in caring hands. Will definitely use her services again!
Thank you Rhea for caring for our beloved Pug, Ramon, while we were away. It gave us peace of mind knowing he was in your excellent and loving care.
Mom mom Jings nick Name for Reah. She is awesome and always took the best care of Jing when we lived in California. We moved to New Orleans and miss her so.
I asked Rhea to take care of my 2 doggies for 8 days. One needed special medication. She did fantastic job for them! I could get updated photo every day. She is amazing! I highly recommend her!!
Rhea is always amazing with my dogs! Thanks, Mama Rhea!
Rhea cared for my two dogs for almost a month. She is so caring, I was at peace knowing my kids were happy. Of course she kept emailing pics of them, so I saw they were happy. I will contact her again when I go out of town so we can all enjoy our vacation!
Mama Rhea was a great sitter! Very accommodating and responsive. Our princess warmed up to her really quickly (which is not normal for our Dane). Thank you so much! Would highly recommend Mama Rhae to watch your pooch! Frank and Juliane
Excellent, again :)
Can't say enough good things about my experience with Rhea. I was in San Pedro for a wedding and needed a dog sitter. Setting up a Skype chat with Rhea in place of the standard meet and greet was a breeze. Very easy drop off and pick up. Most importantly it seemed like Lola enjoyed her short stay with Rhea. Highly recommended!
Rhea's house is our beagle's second home. We all love her :)
My dog had a great vacation with Rhea. She obviously loves dogs. She kept us updated with pictures and short messages. I can travel knowing my dog is well taken of. I will definitely use Rhea again
Rhea was a wonderful sitter to our 4 year old Golden Retriever. She was so flexible and accommodating. Buck is a large 100 lb dog and she welcomed him with open arms. Our dog isn't used to us leaving him much so it was very important that he had a loving and safe experience. I would highly recommend her to anyone considering a dog sitter when they need one. THey are leavng their loved pet in good hands.
Mama Rhea is the best! She makes magic happen with even the most stubborn and demanding of pups (mine taking the prize!)
Arf, arf! Had a great experience with Rhea Z, lots of pics/blogs of Candy and Tatertot. Was so happy to receive them. Rhea had a panic situation not hearing from 2nd dog sitter and emailed me. I was able to respond and advised her to be patient as he would call, which he did, and transition went smoothly. Big sigh of relief that all went well! Rhea's my favorite "Mama" for Candy and Tatertot when I'm on vacay.
Arf! Arf!
Excellent as always. It's comforting to know our Rosie is in good hands while we are away.
Mama Rhea is the best!!! She loves on my baby as if he was her very own!!!!
As usual, excellent care for our Rosie while we were away. Rhea is an extended family member :)
Kichi had to share Rhea with some other dogs at this visit and she seemed to do ok according to Rhea.... Obviously, Rhea knows how to handle our "special needs" dog!
Rhea has watched Kichi a few times and I can't tell you how reassuring it is to leave "our baby" with her! She always sends us pictures and emails!
Kichi is always clean when we pick her up and she seems to have enjoyed her stay!
Our beagle loves going to stay with Mama Rhea. We all truly end up having a vacay.
Ten Reasons Why Rhea Is Awesome:

1. She allowed us to video chat for our Meet and Greet since we are from out of town. (Sasha is not allowed to stay at my dad's when we come to town to visit, so we found Rhea as a dog sitter.)

2. She is a retired nurse, so she absolutely knows what signs to look for in a sick pup.

3. She administered oral meds to Sasha.

4. There is plenty of outdoor space for a small to medium-sized pup to exercise in her home, and she still took Sasha to the dog park to get more running and social time.

5. Rhea is very flexible and accommodating with her drop-off and pick-up hours. Also, we picked up Sasha from Rhea's home mid-visit to take her on a hike with us. When we returned, Sasha was very excited to see her new auntie and had no trouble separating from us.

6. Rhea understands that a dog will explore and may mark on their first visit, so she initially takes dogs out to the back yard. This ensures they don't mark in her home, which means they also won't get used to marking indoors when they return to your home.

7. She gave updates on Sasha's eating since she is on a special diet.

8. You can expect pictures and fun captions throughout your pup's stay.

9. Rhea has a wonderful, happy, yet calm energy that appeals to dogs, which they mirror.

10. At pick up, you'll want to give Rhea a hug in appreciation for taking such good care of your pup. By the end of his/her stay, your worries about your little best friend will have disappeared and been replaced by trust and reassurance that your pup has been in the best of hands.
FIVE STARS! Rhea is awesome! We just moved here in the last year and don't have any family or friends that live close. We were fretting about boarding our dogs and really hesitant to go on vacation without them. Our dogs are very sweet but are anti-social with other dogs so can't do dog daycare type set ups.

Very hesitantly, I started googling alternatives for us and our dogs. Our dogs are our furry children and we worry about them and are very reluctant to board them, usually relying on family and friends. Enter Rhea! I found her on the website, went to meet her and instantly felt like she was an old family friend. She has such a relaxed zen vibe about her that my usually anxious dogs loved her immediately!

I had no reservations about leaving them in her care and was not surprised when they were happy to see us upon our return but reluctant to leave Rhea! She texted me picture updates throughout their stay - just enough to let us know they were comfortable and happy.

I can't thank Rhea enough and we will definitely be planning our future vacations around her schedule so our dear pups can stay with her again. Thanks a million times, Rhea. You're the absolute best!!
So lucky to get Jing in with Rhea for 10 days. She is such a beautiful spirit. I come home to a relaxed dog that looks wonderful and happy.Lots of walks, one on one time and updates. As I have said before Jing loves her " Mom Mom Rhea!"
Our beagle Rosie loves staying with Rhea. It's truly her home away from home. We are so lucky to have Rhea's help.
Sophie Jane loved staying with Rhea while we were on vacation! Rhea took excellent care of her and we will always feel very secure and comforted when Sophie Jane stays with her on our next vacations in the years to come!
Thank you for taking such good care of our dog Blu Mama Rhea! He is truly like our child so we always worry when we have to leave him behind. He came home happy and full of energy so we know he had his own little vacation with you. The picture updates really made the trip easier! We will definitely be using your boarding services in the future!!
It was very clear when we got home Mac was given a lot of loving care by Rhea. His demeanor was as if we never left! Happy to see us but not frantic or weird or giving us a cold shoulder (which he had done a previous time we left him)
What a great experience entrusting our pooch to Rhea!!!
Rhea is the best! Our two dogs stay with her whenever we go out of town. I know they like her, they rush right into her house when we drop them off. She is a "dog person" and they know it.
I couldn't have been happier with mama Rhea!! My pup was immediately at home and given 5 star treatment. This is my very first time leaving my pup and we immediately were both put at ease. Thank mama Rhea for being the best ever!!!
Rhea is fantastic. She has a very pet friendly layout with plenty of place to play. She is also very professional and has helped Finley and I out in a pinch with last minute accommodations on more than one occasion!
Rhea made us feel very comfortable leaving our new baby. We missed him terribly and the pictures and updates she sent really helped! He clearly had a good time, as when we picked Wyatt up he was still giving Rhea as much love and attention as he was us when we showed up. Would definitely be happy having Wyatt stay there again.
This was the first time in years that we had left our dog for a weeks time due to past experiences with kennels! We were actually worried he might go into some kind of depression. Well, it was the opposite, he had a great time and didn't want to leave when we arrived!!!
Mama Rhea sent us photos and updates daily, throughout the entire week, putting our worries at ease.
Thank you Mama Rhea not only from my wife and I but especially from Scottie!!!
As always, Rhea provided excellent care for Rosie our 18 year-old beagle. It's comforting to know that our Rosie is happy and well taken care of. Rhea is amazing.
We highly recommend Rhea and will continue to use her in our future vacation plans to take care of our rescue dog, Sophie. This is the first time Sophie has been away from home since we adopted her a year ago and we couldn't have asked for better pet sitter.

Mary Ann Mandia
Mama Rhea is the reason we feel relaxed and worry-free about leaving our dog...she takes such good care of him! Her house is his home away from home!
Mama Rhea is absolutely awesome. She accepted our last minute reservation and that helped us out immensely. We had to make a last minute trip up north and we contacted her with a reservation request, which she replied to with in minutes. This is our second time leaving our fur baby Mia with Mama Rhea. I love the updates she gives us that puts us at ease. Mia made herself at home as soon as we walked in. She was happy to be back for a second time. We picked up Mia and she was as happy as ever! She was well taken care of. We will definitely use Mama Rhea again and again. I want to thank you very much Mama Rhea for taking such good care of our Mia!
Reah was wonderful as always. Big Thanks.
I think Kichi is getting more comfortable with Rhea (Kichi doesn't get along with a lot of people) was evident by the pictures that were emailed to us! It is so comforting to have someone care for our dog as much as we do! We will definitely use Rhea again! She is wonderful!!!
Winston had a great stay with Mama Rhea...just like last time!
Mom Mom Reah (as Jing has renamed her) was wonderful and our baby JingXing had a wonderful stay. She was relaxed and happy when we came to pick her up after a 3 day stay and when she got home she really missed Mom Mom Reah , which I thought was cute. Jing requires meds and special diet which we taken care of as were walks to accommodate her abilities. So glad we found Moma and will use her again real soon ; )
Rhea recently provided thoughtful and compassionate care for Rosie, our 18 year old beagle. Rosie was completely comfortable with Rhea and was very happy to be with her. I highly recommend Rhea and will definitely use her services in the future.
Rhea was great, friendly and reliable. She really took well care of my dog and I felt absolutely safe leaving my dog with her. I will definitely use Reah again, next time I'm in a need of a dog sitter. Thanks again!!!!!
Rhea was fabulous! We were in a bind to get our dogs picked up from our vet, and she came to our rescue. We loved her enthusiasm and will definitely be booking her for future vacays.
Mama Rhea was great with our dog! Our dog has a "unique" personality and Rhea knew how to handle her. She sent us multiple pictures and daily emails to let us know our dog was doing fine. Pictures show how a dog is feeling; when our dog is lying "belly up" , she is totally relaxed and trusting in her environment. This was such a relief to us! Our dog was also clean which hasn't always been the case when she has stayed with other dog sitters/boarding hotels. We will definitely use Rhea again!
Rhea was an excellent host as usual. She sent me daily photos and updates and responded quickly to all my messages. She was happy to give my pup his medication and gave him some great walks. When I picked him out she spent time with me to give me updates on his entire stay. When we were pulling out of the driveway my dog clearly showed that he would miss Rhea. I would leave Winter with Rhea anytime.
Rhea is great as always!
This was my first time using DogVacay, and my experience with Rhea was top notch. I had to leave my 2 fur babies for 2 weeks while I visited relatives overseas. Like any good pet parent, I worried about how things would go, but I shouldn't have. Rhea was great with keeping me updated with pictures and emails. She also took the time to get to know my dogs and was willing to work with their personality "quirks". They got walked everyday and Rhea kept to their usual daily feeding & snack routine. I came home to happy tail wags and stinky dogs (which Rhea warned me about - but I was totally fine with that as it was a sign my dogs stayed active!). Wouldn't hesitate to use Rhea again.
From the moment we meg Rhea, we knew it would be a love connection! She was warm and inviting and very professional too. Winston loved his visit...we will always turn to Rhea for all future vacay needs!
Let me start by saying that we had never left Mia to go on vacation. I was very anxious and worried. But thank goodness for Rhea she put me at ease as soon as we met. Right away Mia seemed to like her and her home wagging her tail everywhere she sniffed. Rhea sent us messages and pics almost everyday. She would answer my emails quickly and kept reassuring me that Mia was ok. Yes a little sad and confused at first but with Rhea's love she was ok in no time. When we went to pick her up Mia was as happy as ever. The next few days I could tell that Mia missed Rhea and Gail. Rhea is awesome and so is her sister Gail! I feel so much better that I found someone like her. I will definitely use her again as my pet sitter. From the bottom of my heart thank you Rhea!
Rhea was great with my puppy. This is my 2nd reservation with her and was my puppy's first night away from me. There were no problems, my puppy was happy when I picked him up after clearly having a good stay! Rhea sent me a beautiful photo while I was away and updated me by email as well. Great experience, and I'll definitely be booking again!
Rhea is an awesome host--my Gigi always comes home relaxed from her doggie vacay!
Rhea was so friendly and my puppy immediately bonded with her at our meet and greet. Her yard and house were very dog-safe even for a curious puppy. She was very dog-knowledgeable and recognized the breed characteristics of my (rare) breed of dog. I wasn't worried at all about my first stay tonight even though it was the first time my 11 wk old puppy was going to be away from me since I've gotten him, and my first time using the dog vacay site. I've already booked with Rhea for a second visit.
The reservation process was super easy. I needed a dog sitter super quickly and keeping that in mind Rhea made sure she was available that next day for a meet and greet. The minute I went to her home I knew our pooches would be in great hands! Rhea took great care of our 2 dogs, sent me pictures while I was gone and eased my mind about them being doggiesat! If you are in need of a caring person to watch your pups Rhea is the way to go! ;-)
Rhea took very good care of Jazz while I was at my nephew's wedding. When I picked Jazz up he appeared quite content and happy. I will definitely ask Rhea to help me out again.
Was looking for dogsitter w/no dogs and Rhea, retired RN fitted the bill. Rhea was lovely w/dogs on first meet. Tatertot (Chihuahua/Dashund) took to her wanting her to rub her belly. Candy (Akita/Chow) is an older dog w/aging problem and Rhea managed to handle her when she was uncomfortable. Have never left dogs w/dogsitter before so was a little anxious but Rhea's pics. and email that Candy was sitting closer to her made me feel better. Fully recommend Rhea to other paw can vacation w/no worries knowing dog(s) will be lovingly taken care of. Definitely will leave dogs w/Rhea again should I go on vacation.
Being new to the LA area, we didn't know very many people and needed to find a caring, healthy and enjoyable place for our big fluffy german shepherd. I researched options, many expensive, and then found dogvacay and Rhea's profile after doing a meet and greet with another person who we ended up feeling less than 100% comfortable with. We met with Rhea and everything came together wonderfully, even though we were a little last minute about the arrangements. Rhea took great care of Strider, was attentive to his routines and idiosyncracies (like giving him chunks of cheddar as a snack), and kept us updated. She took him on nice ocean view walks (can't beat the view from her back yard -- who was going on vacation or him?) and we had peace of mind that he wasn't being warehoused or getting sick or going crazy in an unfamiliar place. And then our dog made a wall-leaping escape to chase a cat, but she got in contact with us immediately and was able to track his location and get him back safely. She did everything you would hope to take good care of our rascally, but affectionate, dog. I recommend Rhea to you without any hesitation. Bon voyage!
Rhea is so awesome, every time I drop off my dog I feel very comfortable and I can also tell that my dog Chanel is also very happy too. Thank you Rhea! :)
Again, Rhea was an amazing host to our Bella. We left Bella with her for 10 days which was the longest length of time we've spent away from her. I don't think Bella was ready to come home. She was having so much fun with Rhea and her new companion, Chanel.
Thank you again,Rhea! I'm sure Bella is already looking forward to her next visit with you.
Always the best!!! Thanks Rhea!
My two little terrier chihuahua mix dogs are sitting on my lap telling me what a great time they had at Rhea's while lounging on her deck or sitting on her lap. I am so grateful that a caring person like Rhea took such excellent care of them. My only fear is that in giving her high marks it might be harder for me to book another vacay with her :) But really, she's great!
I would highly recommended Rhea to anyone looking for their pet to stay in the comfort of a home.
She is truly an amazing host. Our Bella settled in quickly and made herself right at home. We had peace of mind knowing that Bella was in wonderful hands!!!
It was the first time to be away from home for such a long period for my dog, Chanel. She seems happy with Rhea, and Rhea has been taken care of Chanel very well. It will take some time to get used to be home again. Chanel was walked everyday and had a chance to meet new friends at Rhea's place. Rhea was sending us the pictures of Chanel time to time and we were happy to have Chanel to stay there.
Always the best - Our babies appreciate the special attention and love once again.
The dogs are happy again as always :). Will repeat.....
Rhea was awesome. My dog Salvador had a great time, I think so much so that he was unsure whether he even wanted to come home. She is great with sending daily updates and pictures. This was my first time boarding Salvador with her, but I will definitely be bringing him back.
Once again Rhea always goes above and beyond to make sure our babies are well taken care of!
My dogs always have a great time and Rhea is the best. That's why they will come back.
Rhea was an awesome host for Gigi! Took great care of her for me!
Fantastic experience for our two spoiled jack russell terriers. They love their new surrogate mom! 8 paws up... Thanks!!
Rhea is an excellent host, way above expectations! My dog loved her at first sight (not easy). Highly recommended AAA+++............
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