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Bob & Ginger A.

32 Reviews
26 Repeat Guests
Other Sitters Nearby
  • Same day bookings are OK
  • Responds within 25 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

Bob & Ginger's Resident Pets

Shetland Sheepdog
11 yr 1 mo old
Miniature Pinscher
7 yr 1 mo old

Bob & Ginger's House

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Medium Yard
100% fenced & locked
Smoke-free home
Pets allowed on furniture
Air-conditioned inside

About Bob & Ginger

40 Years Experience Caring For Dogs

We are a family business. We have been providing pet care & exercise in and around the northwest Chicago and bordering suburbs for over four years and have worked with over 200 dogs.

One of the services we offer is home boarding. Our home is modest (1200 square feet), but we have a 6ft fence, and our home is the liveliest on the block. Our boarders are guaranteed:

Lots of love & attention!
Never to be left alone
Socialization & play with other dogs
Cage-Free environment
Lots of backyard play time, secured by 6ft fences and double-locked gates
Pics and texts/emails

Be rest assured, that your dog quickly becomes one of our pack. We do everything together and no one is ever left alone in a room, in a cage or in the house. Everyone in our house loves dogs. Boarding your dogs with us is as much a vacation for them as it is for you!

The following is a list of FAQ which may answer a few of your preliminary questions:

Tell us about your history with dogs:

We have decades of experience as dog owners and have worked full-time with dogs since August 2012. We have worked with dogs of all sizes, ages, temperaments, and special needs. Many of the dogs we've worked with had never been boarded in a kennel or a home.

Do you have any breed/age/size preferences?

We welcome all sizes, breeds, and ages. However, we do have a few requirements:

Dogs weighing over 20 pounds must be able to climb up and down the stairs by themselves;
All dogs must be up to date on rabies and flea protection; bordetella protection (flu shot for dogs) is highly recommended;
All dogs must be clean and free from odor; otherwise, a $20 bathing fee might be assessed.

In order to provide our guests with the best care possible, parents are asked to complete a detailed questionnaire that helps us develop the best individualized care plan for their pets. This questionnaire is available at our website:

How many dogs do you board at a time?


What items should I bring?

As few as possible. The basics are


We have several dog beds, bedding, toys, and bowls. If you choose to bring a dog bed, toy, or other item, we cannot replace it if it gets torn, soiled, or destroyed.

How do you handle puppies and rambunctious dogs?

Like most humans, dogs need structure, consistency, and clear boundaries. We remain calm and assertive when unwanted behaviors occur. We use the key words and actions that you use to discourage or encourage behaviors.

In addition, like humans, need lots of attention and exercise. Rambunctious dogs, therefore, may need more than a walk; they might need the challenge of jogging and running. Puppies need to play and socialize. Our sheepdog loves to play with puppies, and we almost always have at least one canine guest to help your dog feel welcome.

How much time do you plan on spending with my dog each day?

Your dog will never be alone, so the answer is "every waking moment."

Do you have reliable transportation in the event of an emergency?

We have two vehicles and two licensed drivers. We can transport even very large animals safely and easily.

Where will my dog sleep?

Your dog will sleep where you think is best. Some dogs prefer to sleep in a crate (we have 1 crate in the living room). Your dog is welcome to sleep on our couches or on bedding in the living room or bedroom floors.

Do you offer discounts?

We are limited to boarding 3 dogs at a time and this site charges us 15% of our rate; therefore, our standard rate is $35 per 24 hours. However, we offer a 10% for stays exceeding 7 days and a 10% discount for 2 or more dogs.

PLEASE NOTE: unlike other hosts, we do not charge for a "night"; we charge for a 24-hour period. Therefore, if your pup checks in at 8 a.m. on a Saturday and checks out at 8 p.m. the next day, Sunday, we would charge for an extra half day.

Are you comfortable administering medication and supplements?

Yes. We have worked with clients who need ear drops, eye drops, pills, and injections.

Will you keep me informed of my dog's stay/progress?

Communication is vital, and, fortunately, in this day and age, it is easy. My wife and I both have Android cell phones. We send texts or emails with pictures. Feel free to call me or text me anytime. I quickly respond to text, phone, and email messages.

What's your cancellation policy?

We have a very flexible cancellation policy. We do not require advance notice to cancel a reservation. We will give you a 100% refund even if you cancel on the same day your reservation takes place.

Help! We need someone right away!

Same-day service is often available.

Can we drop by anytime to visit?

Sure! We have an open door policy. But call us/text us before you come over; we might be walking, at the park, at the pet store, at the beach, at the forest preserve... well, you get the idea!

Besides boarding, what other services do you provide?

We offer:

Overnight pet care in your home
Dog walking
Pet taxi

Thank you for reviewing our profile. Best wishes to you and your family!
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Can administer oral medicine
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Special Needs Accommodated
  • Pets recovering from surgery
  • Separation anxiety
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  • Not yet house-trained
  • Advanced senior issues

Bob & Ginger A.

32 Reviews
26 Repeat Guests
Other Sitters Nearby
  • Same day bookings are OK
  • Responds within 25 minutes
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  • Last updated February 16, 2017


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Services & Rates

Boarding Overnight At Bob & Ginger's Home
$35 /night
  • Watches up to 3 dogs/night
  • Dogs will never be left unattended
  • Dogs will have full access outside for potty breaks
  • 3+ walks/day
  • Pets can sleep wherever they want
House Sitting Overnight At Your Home
$35 /night
  • Dogs may be unsupervised for more than 4 hours/day
  • Willing to travel 5 miles
Daycare At Bob & Ginger's Home
$20 /day
  • Watches up to 3 dogs/day
$10 each way
  • Willing to travel 5 miles
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32 Reviews
Buster had a great stay at Bob and Ginger's and was treated like part of the family. I would highly recommend them!
My wife and I hate having to leave our dog, but we felt so much better after meeting Bob and Ginger. They were extraordinary flexible with our schedule, sent photos of our pup having fun, and were extremely accommodating with everything. We were even joking that he may not want to come back home with us he looked like he was having such a great time. Anytime we have to travel now, we'll definitely return to Bon and Ginger!
This house is very professional in terms of their business, and Chase apparently likes stating there!
Our dog Rusty had a wonderful stay. Bob and Ginger really do take care for all dogs in their care well and my dog had a lot of fun interacting with other dogs. When i came to get him he was happy, ih a good mood and just overall well. I could see he was in a good care.
Our dog Chloe can be very protective and at times has trouble playing nicely with other dogs, so we have a difficult time finding someone to watch her. We hired Ginger to stay at our house overnight and watch Chloe. She did an excellent job, took Chloe on walks and kept us updated the entire time. She even came over twice before her stay to visit and acquaint herself with Chloe. I would definitely recommend her to anyone looking for a dog-sitter.
It's taken me forever to write this review but Bob and Ginger were awesome! They were really great with my high energy border collie, Loki. He came back to me tired and happy! I had never boarded my pup before and was really worried about it. Bob and Ginger explained everything carefully and were incredibly helpful. They really helped put to rest my fears.
They were also some of THE nicest people. They even helped me out when I had car trouble!
Bob was extremely responsive and we were able to schedule meet and greet on a very short notice. He runs his dog sitting business very well so we were impressed and booked right away. During our vacation we got plenty of photos and updates so there was never any doubt that our little guy was having lots of fun at Bob's place with the other dogs! I would definitely use Bob's services again in future!
Thank you.
Sincerely, Roman.
Bob & Ginger took great care of our dog. They were friendly, helpful and on top of all details. Would definitely work with them again!
Because I'm fussy about whom I have take care of Dundee, I wanted to meet 'n greet with Bob and Ginger A. I ended up going with Dundee on a very busy day. They had us go into the backyard for a non-confrontational meeting. Just as should be done. Dundee was a little overwhelmed, by the other dogs, but got along with them all. Most were bigger then him, but all seemed well mannered. Bob took care to watch and make sure. Then we went into the house. Closer quarters but again Bob handled them. They allow the dogs to be on furniture, something Dundee is very use to. He slept with Bob and was his buddy.
Dundee had his walks, ate his food and came home healthy and happy. Their rates are reasonable and they are very close to where we live.
So I would recommend Bob and Ginger A to everyone.
Thanks Bob + Ginger for taking such good care of our boy!
This was the first time I ever boarded my boy Apollo. I have put off going on vacation for 2 years because I just couldn't figure out what to do about our big boy. He gets along with most dogs, but he can be dominant with them, and he barks and pulls on the leash. I looked around at a couple of kennels, and though they were nice, I was afraid they would keep Apollo in a crate too long. Then someone recommended this site. Bob and Ginger's profile was great, so we met with them. It was immediately clear that Bob was very experienced with dogs and was a strong pack leader. They had several dogs there when we visited, but that worked out well for Apollo because he needs socialization and exercise. Bob sent us funny pics and texts while we were away. Our kids really liked that. Our flight got in pretty late, but they let us pick him up on the way home from the airport to save us time and money. Apollo had such a busy time playing with his new friends, he slept most of the day after we all got home.
Bob & Ginger are just great. I never worry about my dog Casey when she is with them. They really care about my pet's well being. A++++++
Bob and Ginger's place is a doggy wonderland. Rufus is a rambunctious 60lbs of pure slobbery energy and after a week at Bob and Ginger's house he was healthy, happy and well-socialized. No cages needed, just good, professional referees. Thank you Bob, Ginger and Justin.
My dog had a great time at Bob & Ginger's place. They were really nice with us and we realized since the very beginning that they love dogs. I strongly recommend them.
Ginger and Bob are really awesome and wholeheartedly taking care of the dogs. Our puppy is a spoiled princess and it was her first time to leave her without us anywhere. We have been looking for the right solution (dog boarding, other dog vacays) for a while because her safety and happiness are both really important for us. Our puppy`s "brother" passed away recently and she is still a bit sad, lonely and scared with other dogs. She also never slept without us, so we were really concerned about her well-being at another house. Ginger and Bob were good listeners from the beginning and understood not only our puppy, but also our needs for our puppy. They sent updates at the beginning and then when we asked them for it. We are sure that we will use Ginger and Bob`s service next time as well. We got back our puppy as happy and as healthy as she was and another good point that it looks like that they did a great job working on her socialization with other dogs.
My dogs were happy and I would use them again.
Our dogs are treated great with them. They're the best!
Ginger and Bob are the best! Casey loves staying there and it is reassuring to us that we know she is safe and well cared for.
My husband and I don't like to leave Revi alone for more than a few hours so when we have commitments that will take up most of the day or evening, we bring Revi on an overnight to Bob and Ginger's. We figure that if we get to go off and do something fun, why shouldn't she? And believe me, she LOVES it there! She pulled me to their house this time when I dropped her off. Not only does she know which house it is, but for the first time, she didn't whine at all when I left. She was only there for one night, but the next day, she was so happy and exhausted, I was able to clean the house and the 10 month old puppy didn't budge at all!
Revi has been here numerous times now, and we love to bring her. It is very apparent that all of the dogs are in good hands here. They have a yard (a rarity in Chicago), take the dogs on outings to the parks, on walks, etc. It is fantastic! Revi will be back whenever we need an overnight.
Our corgi puppy stays with Ginger and Bob whenever we need a loving family to take over for a few days. They are great and always have great pictures and stories about her adventures while we are gone. They even take the dogs to the park and on nice long walks.
We absolutely love Ginger and Bob and their family. Our dog loves them as well. She is 8 months old and always comes back better behaved than when we dropped her off. They are fantastic with our puppy and we would recommend them to everyone!
I had to leave town at the last minute and needed someone to pop in and take care of my big guy in the early mornings. He is hard to walk, so I needed someone who was experienced, strong and assertive. Even though they were very short visits, Ginger's help was tremendous. Finding someone so qualified at such a decent price was a miracle.
Ginger and Bob are the best! Our American Bulldog, to put it nicely, lacked social skills, and we were concerned about leaving him with someone else, especially with other dogs present! However Bob, who we call the "dog whisperer" was able to teach our dog the social skills he needs and when we picked him up, he was very well behaved.

We appreciated the daily updates from Ginger on how our dog was doing and what activities he was doing around the house with Bob. Our dog was walked every day, and had so much interaction with the other dogs, that he pretty much slept the entire day when we brought him home!

We will definitely board our pup with Ginger and Bob again, and have already recommended them to a friend. It's nice to know that your pup will be tended to and cared for instead of being placed in a kennel and forgotten.
Once again I returned to find my dog happy and healthy. Ginger comes by to feed him and let him out into the backyard three times a day. She even brings in my mail. It's so comforting to know that he's in good hands while I'm away from home.
We just picked up our family dog, Clarence, after a 9 day stay with Ginger and Bob. He had a bath in the morning so he looked and smelled great! We loved getting pictures of Clarence running next to Ginger's trike and hearing about the walks with the "rest of the pack". They warmly welcomed Clarence into their home and even were okay with him sleeping on the couch.
Our 5 month old Corgi pup had a fantastic time with Ginger and her family. They were very good about taking her out frequently and sitting with her while she ate since she has some separation issues. She had so much fun with the other doggies that when we brought her home, she lounged for the rest of the day. We had updates throughout her one day stay and even a picture of our little pup hanging out with some other dogs. We are really happy with Ginger and her family and plan to use them for our upcoming vacation in a few weeks.
Ginger was an amazing host. I felt very comfortable leaving my dog there. She was great with updating me every day as well. Will definitely use again!
Our experience with Ginger has been top notch! She is an excellent communicator, which is one of the most important qualities we were looking for when recruiting someone to come into our home to care for our puppy. We are delighted to have found an individual who takes so much pride in the services she provides.
Ginger cares for our new puppy as if she were her own. She has been flexible with scheduling and more importantly seems to have great intuition and sensitivity to the needs of our new puppy. I trust her in my home and with the newest and most vulnerable member of our family, our puppy! Ginger is a true professional.
Angie, Steve and Baby Lucy Lu
Ginger and Bob were great with my dog Penny. She's extremely shy, but she quickly warmed up to their dog, Vin. Penny stayed for 4 days and Ginger and Bob were very accommodating with pick up and drop off times. Thee kept me updated with photos of Penny while I was away. I know she got a lot of exercise and play time with Ginger and Bob. They were even generous enought to replace Penny's leash after she chewed through it. I'll definitely be bringing her back in the future. Thanks for opening up your warm home!
My dog, Bam Bam, stayed with Ginger for 10 days while I was on vacation. That's a long time to be separated from your BFF, but I knew he was in good hands. Ginger and Bob are great! Bam Bam was taken on walks and jogs in the neighborhood. I enjoyed getting updates and photographs of his daily activities. Give them a try- you won't be disappointed. They have very affordable rates and your dog will be well cared for
Words can not express my gratitude for Ginger watching over my 4 month old Pit Bull name Gargamelle at the last minute, when I had to go out of town. Ginger and her husband were able to properly administered the prescription for Gargamelle and help her to recover from her illness. She routinely sent me tons of photos of Gargs. In addition, her dog Vin a 7 year old sheepdog was able to provide reckless Gargamelle with more direction and guidance! Ginger is a great dog sitter and highly recommended!
When I adopted a puppy three and a half weeks before a holiday trip to California to visit my aging father, I knew the timing was not ideal. The puppy was growing fast, her house training was anything but complete, and the baby teeth were live and ready.

I was very fortunate to have Agave stay for the eight nights I was gone with Ginger and Bobby, "the puppy whisperer." They took on this challenge with great aplomb and Agave came home not only bigger (!) but better socialized and exercised and calmer than she went to them. They maintained her house training schedule, showered her with attention and affection, and exercised her canine instincts in romps with the other dogs staying with them.

Not only that, Ginger emailed me during my trip with entertaining updates on Agave's activities and with photos to match. She even responded to a special request from me to capture my new puppy's first encounter with snow.

This is a 100% dog-centered household!

I appreciated being able to pay attention to my father's needs during the trip, knowing that Agave was so well cared for in every way. I also appreciate Ginger's flexibility. I highly recommend her service.

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