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Karen K.

27 Reviews
10 Repeat Guests
Other Sitters Nearby
  • 3 days notice required for bookings
  • Responds within 40 minutes
  • Cancellation Policy:

Pet Requirements

  • 1-20 lbs
  • 20-40 lbs
  • 40-80 lbs
  • 80+ lbs
All Ages OK
List of Breeds Not Accepted
Pit Bull - American Staffordshire Terrier, Pit Bull - Bull Terrier

Karen's Resident Pets

Boo and KitKat
7 yr 0 mo old
Other Pets & Animals: Cats

Karen's House

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Large Yard
Smoke-free home
Pets allowed on furniture
Air-conditioned inside

About Karen

10 Years Experience Caring For Dogs
Note: I do work full time outside the home M-F, and have weekends off. We have two cats. I only care for 1 dog family at a time, unless the dogs know each other ahead of time, sort of like "cousin" dogs! (If you have booked with me and my calendar shows "unavailable" that is because I don't want people to think I'm available during that time frame).

I have been caring for dogs in my home through DogVacay for 3 years now. We lost our beloved family dog in 2013 when he was 14 and have not adopted a new dog yet. I love caring for different breeds of dogs in my home, they are all so special in their own way and each have unique personalities. I have also loved getting to know all the dog owners and families, dog people really are good people!

I love walking dogs and will walk your dog as much or as little as you prefer. I love having dogs around, cuddling and petting them as much as they want, playing with toys, or just lounging. Our back yard is not fenced so I will never leave your dog outside unattended.

Your dog will be a part of our family while they stay with us and we will treat them like pampered guests. They are welcome to sleep wherever they are most comfortable, even in our bed, if it is what you allow in your own home.

My family consists of my husband Ken and our two cats. Our two sons have moved to different states but visit occasionally. The cats, Boo and Kitkat, are usually very accommodating to our canine guests and are getting used to a lot of different types of dogs.

I look forward to meeting you and your pooch!
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Can administer oral medicine
CPR / First-Aid certified
Special Needs Accommodated
  • Separation anxiety
  • Leash Pulling

Karen K.

27 Reviews
10 Repeat Guests
Other Sitters Nearby
  • 3 days notice required for bookings
  • Responds within 40 minutes
  • Cancellation Policy:


  • Available
  • Unavailable
  • 1 Spot Left
  • Booked
  • Last updated February 14, 2017


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Course 101 Graduate
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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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Pay through DogVacay for:
Premium Pet Insurance, 24/7 Customer Support and Daily Photo Updates!

Services & Rates

Boarding Overnight At Karen's Home
$30 /night
  • Watches up to 1 dog /night
  • Dogs may be unsupervised for more than 4 hours/day
  • 3-4 potty breaks/day
  • 3+ walks/day
  • Pets can sleep wherever they want
Dog Walking
$10 /half-hour
$15 /hour
  • Willing to travel 5 miles
$15 /visit
  • Willing to travel 5 miles
27 Reviews
Another FABULOUS stay with Karen!! Karen has become our "go-to" dog-sitter. She takes such good care of our dog, Bentley. A lot of people aren't comfortable watching large dogs, but she does such a great job with our 100lb boy. It's always such a comfort knowing Bentley is in good hands while we're away!
This was the first time we left our Buddy since we moved to Minnesota and we could not have found anyone better. Karen sent me constant updates and pictures throughout Buddy's stay. We could tell that he was given a lot of love and attention. He came home exhausted after a long weekend of fun and walks Thank you Karen!!
We requested Karen's help again for a variety of reasons, some of which are her relaxed and personable approach, her flexibility, and prompt communications. Mabel was gleeful about returning and we know she enjoys both Karen's attention and the neighborhood/setting. Thank you, Karen!
sometimes I have to wonder if my dog likes staying with Karen more than she likes staying with her real mommy. Thanks to Karen I know my pups are having a vacation of their own!
Karen was WONDERFUL!! It was our first time leaving Bentley with someone other than a friend and she made it so easy by texting multiple photos and updates each day! Bentley takes medicine every day, so his mealtimes take a little longer than they do for most dogs, but Karen didn't seem to mind at all. She was very sweet and very knowledgeable about dogs! I felt very comfortable knowing Bentley was in great hands!
Scout enjoyed his Thanksgiving stay with Karen. She was flexible with pick up and drop off times for us. She gave Scout lots of love and kept us updated. We will continue to be repeat customers.
Karen was positively wonderful in so many ways - with attention to Mabel's needs, to long walks in the neighborhood, to sending frequent updates (pictures and video included!) while we were traveling, to reaching out with questions, and more. It seemed apparent that Karen enjoyed having time with Mabel. And the best measure of all - that Mabel looked great when we picked her up and returned to our home calm and relaxed. We really appreciate every effort. Thank you!
Ellie was tail-wagging happy to see Karen and Ken again! The only hard part was convincing her to come home with me when her stay was over. It is so awesome to know I have a great alternative for Ellie's care. Thanks, Karen & Ken!
Karen was really great with Spencer. She sent pictures while we were away. That reassured us that Spencer was in good hands. We will definitely have Karen watch Spencer again. Harald and Sue
Noche had such a nice stay with Karen. He seemed very at ease in her home and was so calm when I arrived for pick up. I will definitely contact Karen again when we need a loving place for Noche to stay.
Ellie's first stay with Karen included walks and hanging out in her beautiful back yard. Karen is clearly an animal lover and I was completely confident that Ellie would be well cared for. Ellie made a new friend staying with Karen. I even had to coax her into the car when it was time to leave!
My dog had another great stay with Karen. I really feel great knowing Meika is with her while I'm away. I know she's in good hands. Thanks Karen!
Scout had another great stay at Karen's. That's why we are repeat customers. Thanks, Karen!
My dog Meika had a great time staying with Karen and I knew she was being treated like a member of their family (which is how I treat her, so I was really happy!) by the photo updates I received daily. I think this was a much less stressful situation for her to be in while I was away. Meika is very much a "people" dog, and Karen and her family really provided a comfortable, loving environment for her. I am happy to say I have a great place lined up for Meika when I have future trips away from home. This was my first time using and I couldn't be more pleased. Thank you, Karen!!
Another great stay at Karen K's! Thanks for the pics and for taking good care of Scout for us.
Biskit had a wonderful time with Karen! We received pictures during the stay so we could see that Biskit was settling in and enjoying her stay. Karen's home is very relaxing and the yard is terrific for a dog to run around in and explore. Karen is a gracious hostess and really cared that Biskit was comfortable. Our dog was relaxed and happy when we arrived to pick her up. We will definitely be having Biskit stay with Karen again!
Whiskey had a great time with Karen! After a meet and greet my husband and I decided to try it for a night. We worried about her while we were gone, but based on the picture that Karen sent it looked like Whiskey was enjoying herself. When we picked her up she wasn't sure if she wanted to come home with us or stay with Karen longer!! I say that is a successful trial. We will use Karen again when we need a sitter.
We could not have been more thrilled with the care that our dog has received. Karen sent us several photos during our dog's stay which was a pleasant bonus and put a smile on my face! We had a last-minute change over a holiday weekend and Karen was very accommodating. We've already made our second reservation!
Lucky had a great time on his vacay while we were away. They were very flexible and sent us lots of pictures. I would highly recommend Karen and Al. Thank you for taking such great care of our little guy!
Drake had a great time over the weekend with Karen. He was well cared for. The pics of Drake were fun to see while we were away.
Karen, Ken, and their sons once again took great care of Scout while we were out of town for 8 days. Karen was great working with us for an early dropoff when our flight time got changed. Hopefully she got a nap later! Loved all of the pictures she sent. Scout really does enjoy staying here. He even had a tough time deciding whether he was staying there or going home with us! Thanks again, Karen!
Sandy & All
Wow! I was very pleased with EVERYTHING. I had an emergency come up, and needed somebody pronto. It was a total of about 45 minutes between submitting my reservation and dropping Cody off. Karen was very flexible and made it happen. She posted a number of photos during Cody's stay, and gave him lots of time to play and walk outside (which he loves!). Highly recommend.
I had total confidence leaving 2 of our dogs with this couple. Karen was most attentive to every detail of their care. She responded quickly to my messages. One of our dogs is very active and would have enjoyed a fenced yard to run in, but I didn't see it being a problem . The dogs seemed to enjoy their hosts !
Riggs and Henry had a fabulous time with Karen and her family. I had a great time traveling without worrying about Riggs and Henry while I was away. I diffenently felt as though I had hit the jackpot by finding the best possible family to care for my dogs. She walked them daily even when the weather was not great, gave me daily updates and photos and was so incredibly flexible and accommodating. She cared for them as if they were her own, I just can't say enough about her. To sum things up: I would give Karen my highest recommendation.
Scout loved it at Karen's house. We visited first. When we met Karen and her husband, we could tell that it would be a good match. Scout felt at home right away. Karen was easy to work with, answered all of our questions, and was flexible with pick-up and drop-off times. We really enjoyed the photos she sent us. When we picked Scout up she told us about Scout's habits and stay at her house. We would highly recommend Karen.
Karen was so easy to work with and very friendly and accommodating. Tucker was very well taken care of and we'd definately call Karen again!
Karen was wonderful and most accomodating! She took the extra time to understand our dog's medications and routine. Their home and yard is perfect for a large dog like ours. Karen loves to walk dogs and took our dog on long walks. We would love to have our dog stay in their home again!
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