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Karen C.

58 Reviews
37 Repeat Guests
$45/night
Other Sitters Nearby
  • Same day bookings are OK
  • Responds within 3 hours
  • Cancellation Policy:
    Flexible

Pet Requirements

  • 1-20 lbs
  • 20-40 lbs
  • 40-80 lbs
  • 80+ lbs
All Ages OK

Karen's Resident Pets

Zoey
Chihuahua
Female
4 yr 9 mo old

Karen's Townhome

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Medium Yard
100% fenced & locked
Smoke-free home
Pets allowed on furniture
Dog door access

About Karen

20 Years Experience Caring For Dogs
Your dog will have a FANTASTICALLY fun, yet peaceful time with me and my little Chi-weenie, Zoey! My home is very dog friendly, and my pup can absolutely bring out the playful side of any dog, yet she also knows when another dog needs space. The dogs usually prefer to stay inside and run around my 1,600 square foot townhome, but they also have constant access to the securely fenced outside area. The price also includes food and snacks, if you desire, and of course, massages :). High-energy dogs will get plenty of exercise between playing around the house as well as the large, enclosed grass doggie run in my townhome complex that we enjoy all to ourselves. The more mellow pups will also enjoy their peace in my relaxed and welcoming environment.

Most importantly, you can trust me to be very respectful and loving with your baby. You would have a hard time finding someone else who loves and respects animals as much as I do. In fact, I have a non-profit all based on helping animals. I'd love it if no dog ever had to be bored at home alone. It's pure bliss to see them running around having fun or just cuddled up with me on the couch.

My pup and I look forward to making you and your pup a part of our pack soon!
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Can administer oral medicine
Can administer injected medicine
Special Needs Accommodated
  • Pets recovering from surgery
  • Separation anxiety
  • Leash Pulling

Karen C.

58 Reviews
37 Repeat Guests
$45/night
Other Sitters Nearby
  • Same day bookings are OK
  • Responds within 3 hours
  • Cancellation Policy:
    Flexible

Availability

  • Available
  • Unavailable
  • 1 Spot Left
  • Booked
  • Last updated November 3, 2016

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Services & Rates

Boarding Overnight At Karen's Home
$45 /night
  • Watches up to 5 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 on my bed
Daycare At Karen's Home
$30 /day
  • Watches up to 4 dogs/day
Pick-Up/Drop-Off
$5 each way
  • Willing to travel 3 miles
58 Reviews
Salty my 13+ year old poodle mix has never stayed with anyone other than immediate family so I was apprehensive about leaving him with someone he didn't know and with other strange dogs. When I returned to pick him up he was in good spirits and would have been happy to stay longer if I hadn't put his leash on him and headed to the door. He is the kind of dog that would have beat me to the door if he had not been happy. Great job thank you Karen.
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Karen was great and I would definitely book with her again.
Sadie absolutely loved her time with Karen!! It made our vacation so much nicer to see pictures and videos of her having such a good time :)
Karen was able to watch our pup as a last minute reservation. She sent pictures each day and even had a web cam so we could see what the pups were up to when they were home alone on the first day. Our pup is used to sleeping in our bed and she was able to accommodate him and let him sleep in her bed. Karen and her fur baby are friendly and her house is nice, bright and clean. I would definitely recommend Karen to friends and have my pup stay with her again!
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Stella's time at Karen's was wonderful. She provided many photos and videos of Stella throughout her stay. I could tell she was having the best time. I never worried about her, and that's the goal after all.
Karen was great with Piper and was so thoughtful to send daily videos of my girl playing and having such a fun time.
Karen is great. Patient and a real dog lover. This is the second time Rocky has stayed with Karen and it was hard to get him to come home LOL He loves it there and her dog and Rocky play and play.
Karen is absolutely wonderful. We know that Cooper is in good hands when he stays with Karen.
Karen is an absolute God sent! This was out first time leaving Rain anywhere. She is the sweetest most patient, caring and attentive person ever. We had text messages, pictures and even videos updates of our Rain. We are truly grateful to have found her!
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Raisin's experience with Karen far exceeded our expectations! She is so wonderful with her puppies. This was Raisin's first time away from home since we always have someone come in and watch him. Karen is exceptional and we plan to use her in the future.
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This is my 2nd time using Karen's service and she is just wonderful. She's thoughtful and considerate. She took the time to ensure my pup was comfortable and sent pictures and video throughout the stay to put me at ease. I also like that she focuses on watching only small-medium dogs as it makes me feel safer leaving my 10lb Chiweenie there. Thanks again Karen! You're the best!!
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i have used Karen a few times never any worries when randam stays there plus she sends pics
Great experience! Karen kept us updated with Cleo's activities. Cleo was happy and relaxed when we returned. We will definitely use Karen again.
we highly recommend using Karen to board your pets. We've been pleased each and every time with her care!
highly recommend Karen
Karen is incredible we strongly recommend her
extremely pleased
Karen is awesome! I completely trust her with my dogs and know they will not only be safe but have a great time as well. Karen updates me daily with how my boys are doing and also includes pics and cute videos of my boys romping around or relaxing on her sofa. She's the best!
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Karen was such a great stand-in mama for our pup Archimedes! She’s super flexible on drop-off and pick-up times and warmly welcomes every pup into her home. You can tell just by talking to her that she genuinely loves dogs, and that’s so important when leaving your pup with someone while you’re away. She updated me on how he was doing with regular texts, photos and video (which we loved!). Archimedes was a little nervous the first night, but Karen worked with him so kindly so that he warmed up to her (and wasn’t so sad that I left) and the rest of the weekend he had the best time! He was so well taken care of, which is great peace of mind while traveling. I definitely recommend Karen and can’t wait to book with her again!
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Amazing care and attention! I am always so happy that I can leave my dog with Karen. She is so loving and attentive. The videos and photos make me smile and feel so comforted that Prentiss is having a ball while I am away! I recommend Karen's care without reservation!
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We loved our experience with Karen! Both our dogs were so comfortable with her and her dog right from the start! She took them on walks everyday and let them sleep on her bed! She sent pictures of them and updates all the time! I would highly recommend her to any dog parent! We will definitely use her again when we need a pet sitter!
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Karen is an amazing person who gives love and attention to each animal in her care. We were very pleased with every aspect of the boarding experience from the daily videos/photos to the obvious love and affection she showered on our dog during her stay. I recommend using Karen's services whenever you need to board your dog!
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My dog loved his stay with Karen and her sweet little Zoey, and another small, also well-behaved and loving dog she was watching that day. I needed daycare on a weekend for my small dog who has separation anxiety when left alone, but does very well with other people and dogs, while I went to an event and early dinner in Huntington Beach. I had to change my arrival time and she was understanding and she kept me updated by text, photos and video which I appreciated. She was very kind and warm and made me and my dog feel comfortable right away. Her home is both dog friendly and safe, with lots of space for pets to roam. I would not hesitate to bring my dog for another weekend daycare or boarding. This is my first experience not using a larger daycare or boarding business, or close friends. I was very happy as this was a very positive experience. I would definitely recommend this type of personalized, caring time for your pups over the larger facilities with employees who may or may not love your dog or their job, though I've had mixed experience over the years (or had a business close due to overhead costs). Thank you, Karen! And give Zoey a pat from us! She is one of the sweetest and gentlest dogs I've met and I see and meet all types and sizes of dogs when I walk my dog several times a day. Zoey has a big heart and great personality!
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Karen insisted on a "meet and greet" the night before I needed to leave Rocky. It was to make sure my dog would get along with hers. That made a lot of sense and it turned out Rocky enjoyed the company.
Karen is very personable and kind. Just the type of person you want to leave your pet with. If I ever need to leave Rocky over nite again, Karen will be the first person I will call to see if she has an open schedule.
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Karen & Zoey are wonderful! I am so grateful to have found them! I've been searching for a dog sitter for over a year & I've finally found a 2nd home for my pup!

Zoey is so adorable & as sweet as can be. She's so playful & also very polite. I wish I could take her home with me!

Karen is absolutely amazing! She is so kind & considerate. She sent updates & was very understanding & kind. She's got such a big heart & it shows!

No more worries when traveling! Wonder is in loving hands & paws!
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She is the best! Really gets to know your dog and has a great heart and attitude of patience.
This was Cooper's second stay with Karen and he was very excited as we arrived at her home. He couldn't wait to get inside and start his vacation! He will definitely be back! Thank you Karen for your great care of Cooper!
This was Cooper's first stay with Karen and we were very impressed by her caring nature and her home layout. The daily text updates were much appreciated and Cooper really felt at home while he was in Karen's care. After only 1 stay, Karen is #1 on our list for sitters in the future. We highly recommend her for anyone with a small dog. No big dogs here to worry about!
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She did an outstanding job! Love the daily pictures and videos!
This was our first experience with Karen. I needed a sitter for 3 days and just met with Karen 2 days before I was scheduled to leave on my trip. I am always a little nervous when I leave my girl with a sitter but Karen was very reassuring that Bella would be in good hands and she really was. Karen kept me updated throughout every day which made me feel at ease. I didn't have to worry about her at all. She played with other dogs and seemed have lots of fun. Karen was very understanding about Bella being nervous at first and gave her extra attention.
Bella was very happy and very content when I picked her up. I will definitely leave my dog with her again.
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This is our second time having Sammy stay with Karen. He just stayed 2 weeks with her and we couldn't be happier with his stay! We received daily videos/texts about how he was doing. We will definitely use her again!
I just moved to California from NJ and had to quickly find a pet sitter for my 3 year old Schipperke so I could return to NJ for a business trip. I did not want to leave him in a boarding facility and happened to find this site and Karen. Karen is so fantastic and so is her adorable dog Zoe. Both welcomed my dog immediately and he had a blast the entire vacay! I received daily videos and updates and knew that my boy was happy and in a safe and loving and healthy environment.
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Karen was incredible..We've already made our next reservation with her.
I highly recommend Karen to care to your pup while away or just for daycare. She possesses both friendly and nurturing qualities, and interacted well with my dog. I rarely travel, so I had anxiety about leaving my six month old puppy. I felt so reassured and secure while on my trip. She provided two nights of care and kept me updated via texts, videos and pics. It was evident my dog truly enjoyed his stay, as she took him on walks, took him to her dog run, and even allowed him to sleep with her. This was a big concern for me, since my dog has separation anxiety, and has a tendency to follow me around. Karen had no problem accommodating. You will not be disappointed!
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Karen is Awesome! So professional and personable. Wonderful with our boy Licorice, he had a great time. When we need a dog sitter we will be calling Karen.
Karen was wonderful!! She was so loving and caring to our 21 week old Maltese that had never been away from me for that long!! I already have Karen reserved to watch Jack for a weekend in August!! Geri G.
Oogie had a great time with Karen and her dog, Zoe, and other friends he met at the dog park. Thank you Karen. Myrna & Ira
Karen took such good care of our baby! Our puppy was exhausted for about a week after we got back after playing with Zoey for 2 weeks. She spoiled her as well by cooking her gourmet food and walking and playing with her all the time. She sent us videos every day so we weren't worried while on vacation. I'm hesitant to write a good review because I don't want to share her :).
This is the first time we've left our our puppy (10 months) and traveled for a long period of time. I was so nervous to leave her, and I interviewed a lot of different people to watch her. Karen turned out to be the best choice and did a great job. Will definitely be using her every time we leave town in the future.
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Karen was great with Timmy! I could see by the pics and videos she sent daily that he was having fun, was well-taken care of, and happy! I will have her take care of my precious dog anytime I need a sitter.
as always randam had a great time got pics through the weekend got along great with the other dogs too.i will use karen again.
Karen was extremely flexible and took in our FOUR fur-kids last minute without a meet and greet. She is very informative, caring, and PAWSOME!! Our babies came home happy and worn out (perfect after a long day at Disneyland for us). She also made sure to send me videos and photos throughout the day to ease my mind :) We will definitely be asking her to watch our fur-kids in the future. Thank you Karen!
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Karen and resident Pup Zoey are the best! Our Ms. Penny has stayed with them numerous times and each visit Penny comes home happy and healthy. She loves her BFF Zoey... We have peace of mind when leaving Penny with Karen - she really loves dogs...
Karen is the best dog sitter ever! Our dog Clover is so happy when she goes there, she sometimes doesn't even want to come home! Karen treats all the dogs like they are one of her own. She takes them out to play everyday and gives them so much love and attention. I wouldn't take my dog anywhere else!
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Karen - Penny and I can't say enough about her wonderful stay with you. Your passion and love for dogs are obvious in the great care and concern you gave my Penny. She had so much fun playing with her new BFF Zoey. I absolutely loved the pictures and videos you sent me, it was a mind ease to know she was in good hands and safe. Penny is looking forward to her next overnight stay soon. Thank you again for the awesome service Karen.
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Once again, Karen and Zooey were just terrific. Our dog Otis was so sad to leave, that he refused to get in our car! Karen however was a trooper. She lifted 60 lbs of dead weight and got him in our car, even though she was dressed up to go out for the evening. Now that is service! Thank You Karen!
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Otis had a great time with Karen and her dog Zooey. Karen's open floor plan was perfect for nonstop Ring Around the Rosie. It brought smiles to watch the daily videos. Otis also loved the easy access to her back patio and the near by dog park. But most importantly, Karen was happy to continue Otis's training using the commands we use. That was a big relief as Otis is only 1 year old. Best of all, Otis snuggled all night long with his new friend Zooey. No wonder he didn't want to leave! Karen is a treasure!
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When we met Karen & Joey I could see right away their interaction with Ziggie was great and I
felt very much at ease. My Ziggie requires some special needs so I have always been reluctant to leave her having had some bad experiences before. I can't put into words how wonderful it was to go on vacation and not worry rather she was going to be well cared for. Karen sent text and great videos and photos twice a day that I so enjoyed. I could see Ziggie was having a great time and was very happy. I can not express enough my appreciation for the love and high quality care Karen gave my dog. We both had a fantastic vacation. Thank you so much Karen you're the best.
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I am so happy we found Karen! She took wonderful care of Zander! With daily updates and pictures I knew he was in great hands and having a wonderful time while I was away. Thank you Karen! Zander loves you and we love you!!

Treva and Scott Sidel
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Karen was wonderful! We arranged a "Meet and Greet" with her first and she was very warm and welcoming. She answered all of our questions and it was obvious when meeting her that she really loves dogs. Our dog, Max, hasn't stayed many places, but we were unable to have him at home during the day due to construction on our house. After the first day, he ran inside as soon as she opened the door! She even texted me a few pictures throughout the day to let me know how he was doing. And, she is very flexible.
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Great as usual!
Karen was awesome! Sophie had the pleasure of staying with her for a couple days, and I got plenty of pictures and updates letting me know how she was doing. Karen's little pup is adorable and a real trooper - a great temperament for both playful dogs and those who have only-child syndrome (like mine). The house set up is great: large, clean, sunny, a good sized patio to hang out on, and close to a dog run/park.

I was really happy Sophie got to stay over at Karen's house. I would definitely recommend her and will certainly use her again.
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This was the first time I have had to leave Charlie. I was quiet anxious about it, but I had no need to be. Karen was great! I could tell she really loves dogs and was so good with Charlie. He really liked her and her dog too. She was so good about sending me updates on him and pictures of him playing and having a great time. It really put me at ease to know how much fun he was having. I would definitely recommend Karen and contact her again if I ever need a vacay for Charlie again!
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Karen took wonderful care of my dog Layla... She also sent photos and videos to update me throughout the day. Now, Layla is fast asleep so I know she had a great time :)
Awesome!
Awesome Experience. Very flexible! Wonderful dog lover!
Karen did a wonderful job caring for Ruby. I would highly recommend her for daycare or boarding. She treated Ruby like her own!
Our 5 month old cocker spaniel, lab puppy spent 3 nights with Karen and Zoey and had a wonderful time. Karen sent tons of photo and video updates which put our minds at ease and our little guy came home tuckered out from all the play. We would certainly use Karen again and be confident our baby would be in good hands. Thanks again Karen!
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I could not be happier with my choice of Karen .She sent me pictures and video every day and I can clearly see how happy Lucky is. The hard part is taking him away from Karen and her adorable dog who Lucky loves so much. I will be taking him back for play dates often. Once you meet Karen you will know right away that she is the perfect choice. I recommend her highly and never had a moments concern that my Lucky would be anything other than in a loving home and treated as family.
5 stars....my perfect choice! Jody Duncan
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