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Ralph F.

45 Reviews
14 Repeat Guests
$35/night
Other Sitters Nearby
  • 7 days notice required for bookings
  • Responds within 30 minutes
  • Cancellation Policy:
    Flexible

Pet Requirements

  • 1-20 lbs
  • 20-40 lbs
  • 40-80 lbs
  • 80+ lbs
All Ages OK
Must Be Vaccinated
List of Breeds Not Accepted
Boxer, Bulldog, Chow Chow, Doberman Pinscher, German Shepherd Dog, Great Dane, Mastiff, Rhodesian Ridgeback, Rottweiler, Siberian Husky

Ralph's Resident Pets

Chester
Dachshund
Male
8 yr 11 mo old
Sheila
Dachshund
Female
9 yr 11 mo old

Ralph's House

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Large Yard
100% fenced & locked
Smoke-free home
Pets allowed on furniture
Air-conditioned inside
Dog door access

About Ralph

30 Years Experience Caring For Dogs
** PLEASE READ MY PROFILE COMPLETELY **, this is a part time hobby for me, I MAY NOT be available WEEKDAYS for all your needs, so please READ my entire profile before making contact (click the "Read More About..." link below) . Also please check out the "rates and services" tab on my profile for my general services and price list.

NEW GUESTS OF MY SERVICE PLEASE READ THIS: We MUST have a successful Meet and Greet between our pups before I can accept reservations from new guests, so PLEASE click the "propose a meet and greet" link and request a meet and greet BEFORE requesting your first reservation with me. Thank you!

Hello! My pets are my family. Allow me to treat your pets as family too. I have two small Dachshund mixes named Chester and Sheila that I rescued from a shelter. They would love to have some friends over to play in their house and 8 foot high fenced in BIG back yard (see pictures). In my spare time I volunteer at the SPCALA pet adoption center and help find forever homes to needy dogs. I have been a volunteer with SPCALA for about 4 years now. During this time I have helped train, exercise and socialize all different breads and sizes of dogs, including puppies. I am also a member of their DART (Disaster Animal Recovery Team), which assists in rescuing and sheltering pets during disasters.

My standard service is supervised boardings and daycare that are available most weekends (Friday evenings thru Sunday nights). I have a full time job in an office M-F, 7-430. If interested in weekday boarding (I can remotely supervise via puppy cams during the workday), ask and depending on your needs we could probably work something out. I have 4 puppy cams set up through out the house so I can keep an eye them from anywhere at anytime. Don't worry as Chester and Sheila will keep your pet company :-) Boarding includes 1-2 walks daily around my block and unlimited play time in my large grassy back yard, daycare same but only 1 walk per day. Your dog will have free roam of my house and back yard. I prefer to host small to medium sized dogs at first until my little dogs get used to hosting guests. I have a small doggy door to the backyard, so your little ones will have free roam of my house and be free to go inside and out to the play in the back yard as much or as little as they like.

** Note: Rates for boarding on holidays are HIGHER, please inquire exact rates BEFORE booking a reservation during ANY holiday.

Another option would be "check up visits", where I would stop by and visit your dog(s) at your house before and after work or on weekends, feed them, play with them, and generally check up on them. This is a cheaper and less expensive option for less social dogs or dogs that can get stressed out easily.

I can also text or email you pictures and updates so you know you little one is having fun, just ask.

In addition, I will donate a portion of the service fees collected to the following charities and organizations:

SPCALA-the Society for the Prevention of Cruelty Los Angeles (Not affiliated with ASPCA)
City of Long Beach, Animal Care Services
Friends of El Dorado Dog Park

Thank you for considering my services. I appreciate your business. ~Ralph

PS IF you are looking to spoil your pups check out BARKBOX.COM, they will send your dogs boxes of toys and goodies each month. Use this link for a discount:

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Ralph F.

45 Reviews
14 Repeat Guests
$35/night
Other Sitters Nearby
  • 7 days notice required for bookings
  • Responds within 30 minutes
  • Cancellation Policy:
    Flexible

Availability

  • Available
  • Unavailable
  • 1 Spot Left
  • Booked
  • Last updated December 1, 2016

Credentials

Background Checked
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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
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Disaster Relief
This sitter has completed training for the DogVacay Disaster Relief Program and volunteered to help displaced pets in the event of a natural disaster.
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Services & Rates

Boarding Overnight At Ralph's Home
$35 /night
  • Watches up to 3 dogs/night
  • Dogs may be unsupervised for 1 - 2 hours/day
  • Dogs will have full access outside for potty breaks
  • 1 walk/day
  • Pets can sleep wherever they want
Daycare At Ralph's Home
$25 /day
  • Watches up to 3 dogs/day
Home Visits
$20 /visit
  • Willing to travel 15 miles
Pick-Up/Drop-Off
$10 each way
  • Willing to travel 15 miles
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45 Reviews
Ralph was a wonderful host for our terrier. He is an excellent, attentive, kind and professional caregiver who obviously loves dogs and knows how to take care of them. He has two well-mannered, fun dogs of his own who played nicely with ours. He has a perfect doggy yard with lots of room to play and a very dog-friendly home where my pup could be inside or out and sleep inside. Very comfortable and clean. He responded quickly to our inquiries, accommodated all our requests and kept in touch while we were away. We are picky about caregivers for our dog and give Ralph the highest rating. We will definitely use him again and enthusiastically recommend him to others.
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Thanks again Ralph for taking such good care of Lacey this weekend! She came home and slept most of the day...she was worn out from playing with Chester and Sheila! I just saw the pictures you sent me today, and appreciate the time and care you give our pets! I highly recommend you to all my friends and family, but as long as they dont book the same weekends I do. Take care and we'll see you again soon!
The Hess Family
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Awesome as always! Ralph take such good care of his pets, and I so glad we a place we can leave our dog when we go out of town and not have to worry about her. Thanks again Ralph for being there!
Ralph is easy to work with as far as scheduling drop off and pick up times. He has two sweet dogs of his own, so Rocky is always happy being dropped off there. I love that Ralph sends me pictures of my dog and lets me know how he is doing. I know he has a beautiful yard to play in, a person who loves dogs, good care and play mates.
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Our experience leaving our recently rescued dog, Dalai, with Ralph and his 2 cute dogs was nothing but positive. I have only wonderful things to say about our DogVacay with Ralph. He is a loving and knowledgeable dog owner himself. Ralph was especially sensitive to the unknown fears Dalai might have had being left at a new location. He reassured us that although he saw some initial separation anxiety, Dalai quickly adjusted to her vacation spot. Ralph's home is completely dog friendly and clean with a huge backyard outside and doggie door, doggie beds, and ramps inside. He sent pictures and comments throughout Dalai's stay that reassured us she was happy and well cared for while we were away. We will absolutely use Ralph's services again. Thank you, Ralph!
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The pups had another excellent stay at Ralph's. It is so nice to pickup happy dogs instead of stressed out dogs from the kennel. We highly recommend Ralph for your pets!
Thank you Ralph for taking good care of our little Lacey while we were out of town this weekend. Ralph's home is beautiful with a huge back yard and he has 2 very lovable dogs of his own and I could tell Lacey was sad to leave...He took them to the dog park and sent us pictures which was very nice to know that she was doing okay. We are booking him for our next getaway in July. We would highly recommend Ralph to our friends and family! Thanks again!
The Hess Family
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Ralph's house is like Disneyland for dogs! There are dog beds, balls, toys and a huge backyard for romping. I am so thrilled to find Ralph because my 13 year old Afghan Hound gets so stressed out if she has to go to a boarding facility. Both dogs came home happy and with their tails wagging.

Ralph is our go to pet sitter from now on!
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Ralph is amazing! His home is immaculate and his passion for animals is above and beyond .He treats every dog like it's his own. Mollie gets so excited when she sees Ralphs house knowing she will be playing with Chester and Sheila. Ralph you are the best! Thank you for being their for our family.
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Ralph, We really want to thank you for being a great dog sitter for our little Louie
Ralph and his pups are the best! Always so easy to work with. I am very appreciative of them. :)
we are so thankful for ralph and his pups. he is so easy to work with and i feel super confident leaving my dogs with him for long periods of time. they always seem to have had fun.
ralph is great, cannot ask for a better dog sitter!
I thought I had already reviewed this trip, then realized that I did have to add a night, so I wanted to make sure again to thank Ralph for taking such good care of my Rocky.
As usual, Rocky had a good time with Ralph and his dogs. Ralph always goes out of his way to be accommodating and helpful. I also love that he sends me pictures of Rocky and lets me know that he is doing well. Rocky seemed depressed that I was leaving, and now seems depressed that he is home as he misses his friends......:-).
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Ralph is our 'go to' sitter...his home is specially equipped to handle pups and our dogs (6) just saunter in like they own the place. Ralph is just perfect for our puppies and we're so grateful he's willing to watch our little furbabies!! This time was no exception. Thanks Ralph!!
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Ralph is our 'go to' sitter...his home is specially equipped to handle pups and our dogs (6) just saunter in like they own the place. Ralph is just perfect for our puppies and we're so grateful he's willing to watch our little furbabies!! This time was no exception. Thanks Ralph!!
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Ralph is great! He has a fantastic home perfect for four-legged friends! His backyard is bigger than our local park and Roxie and Niko were treated like family. Our dogs have separation anxiety but I'm sure that over time, they'll learn to love their getaways with Ralph, Sheila & Chester!
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I have worked with other dog sitters before on DogVacay and they have been good experiences, however, Ralph is by far the best dog sitter we've been lucky enough to work with. It's so easy working with him- availability, drop off, pick up, sends us updates. We appreciate his care and flexibility and his big backyard! We will continue to book with him until he gets sick of us. :)
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Ralph has a lovely home, big yard, and two great dogs that my dog likes to play with. I always know Rocky is being well cared for and having fun on his "Dog Vacay". Ralph also sends me pictures so I can see what Rocky is up to.
Great communication and super flexible! One of our dogs can be a challenge, especially with strangers, but Ralph handled her expertly! Awesome experience!
Louie's weekend stay was great. First, Ralph is professional and cares a lot about the dogs he will be hosting. He takes the time to meet your dog and to bond well with his dogs. His home is dog friendly and has a lot of room for running in the backyard. He sends picture updates and gives feedback. Louie came back happy.
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ralph is great! very experienced and knowledgeable via dogs, which made me feel very comfortable leaving my two dogs with him. easy meet n greet, easy drop off and pick up. we really appreciate his flexibility with us. totally vouch for ralph, chester, and sheila!
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Ralph was responsive and very helpful and made Rocky feel welcome in his home with his dogs. I know I don't have to worry about him when he is there. Rocky also has Ralph's sweet dogs to play with.
As usual, you were ready for us and the pups were thrilled to go to Ralph's. You're the best there is!! Thanks so much!!
Dependable, reliable and a true dog lover. Every time we use Ralph to watch our pups we know we're getting the best. Thanks again Ralph!!
Ollie has stayed at Ralph's place several times and loves, loves, loves it. Ralph is very responsible and his dogs are very well behaved. Overall a great experience.
Ralph was easy to contact through the site and always responded right away. He has sweet dogs and a huge back yard, so my dog seemed very happy there when we had our "meet and greet". As a huge plus, Ralph also lives in my neighborhood. Ralph sent me pictures while I was gone, and let me know that Rocky was doing well. It made me very happy to have Ralph check in and to see pictures of my dog. Rocky had a good time with Ralph, Chester and Sheila, and we will definitely have him stay there again. The house is lovely and, as I already said, very large and dog friendly back yard.
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Thanks a million Ralph. Our 4 pups are beginning to view your house as their home away from home. You take such great care of them. We're so fortunate to have you so close by to watch them so we can get some people time in. You're a treasure!
Ralph is our go-to sitter. We have 4 pups and Ralph is always ready for us. His house is a playground for pups and ours love it. He has a huge backyard and the pups can go in and our as they choose. It's Disneyland for dogs. We are so lucky to have found Ralph. We recommend him to anyone who wants his or her pups to be treated like family. 100 stars!
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Wow! Ralph was excellent..his visiting service exceeded well. I'm happy to have found him for my area and need on weekends. Tlc , fetching and walks !
Ralph is AWESOME! The house is very clean, safe and super dog friendly, the backyard is grassy and big. Plenty of space for a big dog to play and explore. My dog was happy all the time and enjoyed playing with the toys and with his dogs Chester and Sheila ( both are great dogs, sweet and friendly). Ralph took excellent care of my labrador, he treated my dog like his own dog and sent us pictures and updates every day. He is very professional and careful with every detail. I totally recommend Ralph, he is the BEST.
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100 stars! Ralph was not only a Goddess-send, he was kind, loving and tender with our pups and we loved him. We will definitely call him the next time we need a sitter and recommend him to all of our friends. His house and backyard are like amusement parks for doggies and he welcomed our pups with opened arms. He has pups that look just like ours so he had a houseful of small red dogs all evening. We were more than an hour getting back because the movie was 3 hours and Ralph didn't give it a second thought. He was prepared, very dog oriented and we will use him again and again. What a find!!! Thank you Ralph for saving our bums and loving our pups. You're a treasure!!!! I gave you 5 stars but I'm not sure they came up correctly. You deserve 100 stars!! Our pups are our children and you were wonderful with them.
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Ralph was very friendly, easy going, and quick to respond via email or text. Mochi got along very well with Ralph's doggies, which made it comfortable for him to stay there for day camp. He also sent pictures via text message on updates of Mochi. Would love to have Ralph watch Mochi again if I'm in the area =) Thanks so much!
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Ralph took such amazing care of our 9 year old beagle during his first overnight experience at someone else's house. Ralph is very knowledgable in all things "dog" and it leaves us with a sense of calm and confidence leaving our beagle with him. Our dog always rushed through his door without looking back and always returns to us in great condition. We interviewed and visited quite a few hosts until we found Ralph. He is truly a genuine and caring dog care taker and we are so fortunate to have found him!
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Ralph's home is dog heaven with a beautiful, large, fenced yard and Ralph is a gem with doggie care. he sent pix and gave reassuring updates regarding eating and getting along with other pooches. Will readily use again.
Ralph is very knowledgable about dogs and so I feel very safe leaving my beagle with him. Ralph is super friendly and accommodating and always sends us updates on our dog during his stay. We are very lucky to have found a home away from home for our beagle! Thank you Ralph!
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AWESOME!
Foxie had a great vacation!
I am very happy leaving my dog at Ralph's place. she settled down quickly and comfortably. She slept on his couch and making herself at home. She was taken to the dog park. She played with his two dachshunds. Ralph also sent me photos of her while I was oversea. Overall, I feel Delta, my beagle was in good hand when I drop her off. I will definitely use Ralph's service next time when I am away.
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Ollie had a great visit with Ralph. Ollie loved playing with Ralph's dogs in the backyard. Ralph treated Ollie like one of his own. Thank you Ralph
It was my first time leaving Allan with Ralph so I was a little nervous. After Greet and Meet, however, I could be much relaxed and comfortable about that. Sheila and Chester, his adorable sweet dogs, seemed to really know what the manners are( in dogs way). When I picked up Allan after 2 nights, he was happy and Ralph explained briefly what happened etc. I liked getting Allan's pictures while I was away. Thank you Ralph and looking forward to Allan's another stay with you and your amazing dogs!
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Ralph and his two companions were good hosts to our dog Ruby. His house and yard was very dog friendly. His two dogs were very friendly and welcoming. Ralph took adequate time for our meet-n-greet and made us feel welcome. We knew that he would make Ruby feel the same way. Our contact prior to the meet-n-greet was done in a timely manner. Ralph gave us a quick informational sheet to fill out and leave with him which made us feel that he had everything necessary in case of an emergency. I would recommend Ralph and would use him again without reservation.
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Great place to board our dog
Ralph was extremely professional and caring. I had no worries or concerns leaving my dog with him. He kept me updated with photos. I would leave my dog with him again the next time I travel. Its was nice knowing your dog was left with someone who is a animal lover! Thanks!
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