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Pet Requirements

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

SANDRA's House

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40 Years Experience Caring For Dogs
I'm a retired attorney. I'm home most of the time. I live 3 blocks from Land Park and go for long walks in the morning. My 19 year old son lives at home. Our dog died three years ago and I haven't replaced her yet as I have been doing alot of travelling. I've had dogs my whole life and we miss having one. Pet sitting will help fill that void. I only take one families dog(s) at a time. I treat my guests as if they're my own dog, keeping them in the house with me unless they prefer to be outside. I give them lots of love and attention as I know it can be traumatic being away from their owner.
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86 Reviews
34 Repeat Guests
Other Sitters Nearby
  • 1 day notice required for bookings
  • Responds within 3 hours
  • Cancellation Policy:


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  • Last updated February 18, 2017


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Services & Rates

Boarding Overnight At SANDRA's Home
$35 /night
  • Watches up to 3 dogs/night
Daycare At SANDRA's Home
$25 /day
  • Watches up to 3 dogs/day
$10 each way
  • Willing to travel 20 miles
86 Reviews
Sandra was wonderful with our Lily as always. We were able to go on vacation and know she was in the best of hands. I really appreciate that Sandra sends us updates and photos. We will definitely request her again!
Sandra took wonderful care of Sophie! It's so comforting knowing our dog is in a loving home while we are on vacation. Thanks again Sandra!
Sandra truly is the best! Our Frenchie stayed for 3 weeks while we vacationed out of Country. Sandra listened to All the information we provided regarding our little girls routine and needs. We had very specific instructions and Sandra easily made us comfortable that all would go well. Muki was well cared for, happy and the pictures helped us enjoy our vacation. It was obvious that Muki enjoyed her stay and specifically Sandra because Muki was very loving as she said good-bye. Sandra is a real blessing to picky pet parents! Thank you again for loving our girl!
Sandra is absolutely awesome. She took great care of Jax. He loves her and she loves him. She took him on walks and played in house. She has a pool that pup enjoyed too. She treats her pup visitors as members of her family!!!
So nice not worrying about your pet while on vacation. Sandra sent pictures of Sophie - chasing squirrels, in the house chewing on her rope, and getting needed attention from family members. Sophie came back to us rested or tired - can't tell because she's sleeping right now. :-) Thanks again Sandra!!!!
Sandra was great in keeping me up-to-date with pics of Schroeder and I could see he was happy in her care.
This was the first time I used a dog sitter as I had just moved to the area and I was a little nervous, but Sandra did a great job keeping me informed with pics of Schroeder.
Thank you, Sandra!
Sophie had another wonderful visit with Sandra. The pictures Sandra sent showed a happy/smiling dog. Lots of personal attention. Thank you Sandra!
Sandra is great! We are so glad we found her. Our dog has separation anxiety but not when we leave her with Sandra! She warmed up to Sandra quickly, and we could tell she was very comfortable with Sandra. I would highly recommend Sandra!!
Sandra was wonderful with our Lily while we were out of the country for two weeks. Lily is very shy around men and she was very accommodating and understanding. Lily became very attached to her by the end of her stay. Sandra goes the extra mile to make sure her pet guests are comfortable, whether by taking them out for a walk if they are spooked by the lawn mower or hanging out with them in the back yard if they are nervous. I would definitely choose Sandra in the future to watch our dog. Thank you, Sandra!
Our Louie was well taken care of which made this mom and dad very happy!
There is no doubt Sandra knows and understands how to care for my dog as if it's her own! It's his home away from home!
Sandra took wonderful care of Sophie. We received daily pictures of Sophie's activities. Sophie was exhausted and promptly fell asleep when she came home from her DogVacay. Thanks again Sandra!
Sandra is absolutely wonderful! My pug does not like new settings but he settled down incredibly easily. This is the first time I've used DogVacay and I will definitely go to Sandra again.

One of the reasons I chose Sandra was because she doesn't have other dogs at her home. My dog doesn't like being around other animals.

Sandra's home is very clean and organized and I felt like my little guy was very safe and well cared for!
BB love Sandra ... She is very take good care of BB .. Sleep togather .. Walk for 3 mile (BB like it) I'm sure BB fell like home.. I going back for her for sure .. Thank you Sandra...^_^
Sandra had Sophie for a quick overnight visit. So nice to have familiar and safe place for our dog. Sophie always has a great time with Sandra. Thanks again Sandra!
Our elder labradoodle, Piper, loves Sandra. Piper runs up the walk way to Sandra's house as she remembers visiting her before. Piper always gets a walk there which is important as Piper has arthritis and needs to keep moving! When we need a place for Piper to stay, we will always think of Sandra.
Theres just no better person for me and my dog than Sandra M……..shes as good as they come.
Sandra takes such wonderful care of Sophie. Sophie was just exhausted from her visit and prompty fell asleep once she got home. Thanks again Sandra!!!
So that was great she took my puppy and last minute. I dropped him off early morning and did what I needed to. She was super understanding when I got stuck in the rain in the bay. She was great to my dog, I full heartedly recommend her to everyone; her home is beautiful, she was so attentive and I will definitely be coming back w Buddha
Our 7 1/2 year old Alaskan Malamute – Max, stayed with Sandra for the first time and it was our first experience with DogVacay – and it was an “excellent experience”! Everything worked out wonderfully. Sandra provided a home away from home for Max. She took him on his walks, fed him his very specific diet and sent pictures to us daily of Max relaxing like he was at our house, playing tug of war with her goddaughter, hanging out with her grandson and walking at the park. When it was time to go home and we showed him the leash, he wasn’t sure whether to go to Sandra or with us. That told the story right there that he felt he could count on her and trusted her. Thanks Sandra for making Max’s stay a great experience and giving us peace of mind that he was being well taken care of.
Another great stay with Sandra! Appreciate her care and patience.
I loved knowing my dog was in good hands with Sandra and getting photos of my dog while I was away!
Sandra gave lots of love, attention and walks to Airdrie :) Looking forward to having her watch the dog again sometime
It had been a long time since we last left Sophie with Sandra. Sandra did not disappoint. Pictures were sent every 2 days - evidence of Sophie's activities / exhaustion. Sophie had a excellent vacation. The highlight was receiving pictures of Sophie on Halloween - dressed as the Hippo in a tutu from the Disney movie.

Thank you Sandra!!!! We promise not to wait so long between Dog Vacay visits!
Airdrie enjoyed his time at Sandra's just like last time. She even sent us pics of their walks in the park. We're so glad we've found someone that takes such great care of our dog when we're away. Already have booked her for another weekend away!
Daisy loves staying at Sandra's home. When we arrive there her tail is wagging and she crosses the threshold like its home. We love Daisy staying at Sandra's because she is in her own neighborhood, has great company in Sandra and her family, we get pics of Daisy's vacation and of course we know Daisy is in Sandra's great care. Thank you Sandra!!
Sandra was wonderful to our babies. She cared for them as if they were her own. She sent us photo updates which we enjoyed. We felt comfortable leaving them with her and will definitely go back again. Thank you, Sandra!
Your kindness is appreciated.
Bentley had a fantastic time! He had a play date with a visiting dog, cooled off in the pool, and came home exhausted. So, he kept busy and stayed happy! Sandra was really wonderful.
What a gem Sandra is. We are so thankful we found her. She is such a wonderful caring person. Our two mini doxies are so full of energy & have no manners. Sandra deserved a vacay after they left. She was more than accomodating with our last minute changes. Based on the photos she sent we knew they were happy.
Sandra is perfect for my dog because my dog loves being the only dog and Sandra really seems to love dogs!!
Sandra took great care of Sophie. Sophie must have had a great time because she crashed out (slept for hours). Thanks again Sandra.
We are very pleased we found Sandra! We have boarded Daisy at three kennels and each time we found that when we returned Daisy was anxious, grouchy and extra barky. Not the case with Daisy's stay at Sandra's where she was the only pet guest, treated like family and was able to stay in her familiar neighborhood. We enjoyed Daisy's Vacay pics, too! Big peace of mind for our vacation, too. Sandra is our "go to" now!
Sandra always takes wonderful care of our Sophie. It's so nice to go away on vacation and know that our dog is in a safe, caring, fun household. Thanks again Sandra!!!!!
This was our first time using your service and we feel we stuck gold!
Sandra could not have been more accommodating. She made every effort to fit us in her schedule, then we had to move dates around.
Sandra was wonderful with us and especially with our Heidi. She went for walks and rides, and seems to have enjoyed her stay.The photos of Heidi were unexpected and very welcomed.
Thank you Sandra for caring for our girl. She is happy to be home, but I think she was happy with you as well.
Regards, Albert and Andriana
Sandra was an amazing host! This was our first time ever leaving our girl with a stranger, but Sandra sent pics daily to let us know that Lucy was having a good time while we were away. Will absolutely trust her to watch Lucy again.
Sandra took great care of my dog! I would use her again and again.
Sandra was great. I highly recommend her on dates that Asa isn't visiting. We just picked Asa up and he was happy and content! I really appreciated the quick response on texting and the pictures provided great piece of mind. Thanks Sandra!
We adopted Timmy in mid-December and had to travel in mid-January, so you can imagine how nervous we were leaving him alone. Timmy is only now learning to socialize with other dogs, and we wanted to find a host without dogs living in the home full-time. I did a meet-and-greet with Sandra, and was instantly relieved! Timmy got along great, and Sandra had so much space for him to play. Sandra is laid back and just puts you so at ease. When I dropped Timmy off he was nervous or anything, and it felt great to be able to visit my in-laws without the anxiety of wondering if our little man was ok. The photos were fantastic, and when I went to pick up Timmy on Monday he was running around the backyard with her son's dog. That alone made my day! Seeing Timmy make a friend and play and bounce, it was fantastic. Sandra is 100% my go-to person! I cannot recommend her and her home highly enough. She's so easy-going and can easily adapt to your dogs schedule and habits. Thank you so much; Timmy can't wait for another vacay!
Airdrie's stay with Sandra went really well. He got lots of love and attention from her and her family. Sandra herself is super easy to deal with and she was really flexible with us in regards to pick up and drop off times. We'll look to book her again for future trips. Thanks!
I was a little nervous leaving my dogs with a stranger, but Sandra was so nice, patient and caring with them! Loved the photos that were sent and helped ease my mind that I knew they were being well cared for.Dogs were calm, relaxed and well fed when I picked them up. Highly recommend Sandra!
Sandra, consistently good host……...
Sandra was a gem once again!!! Sophie had a wonderful time chasing squirrels in Sandra's backyard. Attention galore!!!! Sophie got lots of QUALITY attention from Sandra's family who came for the holidays.
Sandra was awesome with Sophie again. Sophie spent hours and hours chasing squirrels in Sandra's backyard. Many pictures showing her exhausted, intently searching / playing with the squirrels, and wishing for the rain to stop... (where is the sunshine?!)

Thank you so much Sandra! Sophie is chillin' in the backyard - so comforting knowing she is safe / secure with you.
I can always tell if Louie was relaxed on his vacations. When I pick him up if he sleeps on the way home all was well. I've picked him up from kennels and he was bouncing out of his skin. When I picked him up from Sandra's he didn't seem to want to leave. After I got him all packed up he laid down in the car and was content. Yay! Vacay successful! Thanks Sandra!
Sandra is beyond amazing! We took our dog Hildegard to her because we loved the idea that she would be the only dog Sandra would be watching at the time. She has a great back yard and Hilde could run in and out when she wanted. Sandra was also great at accommodating Hilde's raw food diet, which involved thawing food and mixing things together - not a simple kibble diet! We've lost count of how many times we booked with Sandra, but at least four. We recently moved from the area and one of the things we will miss the most is the excellent care Sandra provided. You can't go wrong with leaving your furry kid(s) with her!
Sandra is an absolute jewel of an individual and took wonderful care of our Sophie!!!
My husband and I were very happy that our dog was with with Sandra. She said she would be willing to take him again and we plan to have him stay with her again if we are away. He seemed very relaxed and content when we picked him up and the pictures she sent showed him having a very good time. He was well taken care of! We are very happy to have found someone we trust and feel completely comfortable about leaving our dog with. Carolyn
Sandra took excellent care of our two young and energetic dogs for a week while we traveled out of state. We are always nervous when leaving our dogs in the care of someone else, but Sandra gave us daily updates on our girls, and we could tell our dogs were kept busy and happy. We are so happy to have found Sandra and will definitely use her again for future trips!
Once again Sandra took wonderful care of Sophie. My dog spent the entire weekend watching the squirrels in the backyard. As soon as Sophie came home she promptly "crashed-out". Thanks Sandra!!!
Piper loves Sandra and Piper does not always like to be left behind. But, we can tell that Piper (a 70 # Labradoodle) is well cared for at Sandra's home. Sandra walks Piper who is leash trained and Sandra is patient and understanding when Piper will lunge for a squirrel if she sees one. Sandra is super responsible about feeding Piper and giver her the medication she needs. We highly recommend Sandra.
As always Sandra was great. Lucy always enjoys her time.
Sophie went running into Sandra's arms when we dropped her off! Our dog didn't even say good-bye to us. When we arrived to pick-up Sophie - she was in the backyard doing what she does best -- chasing squirrels! A good activity since she does it at home.
Sandra once again took terrific care of our dog.
Sandra was wonderful with caring for our German Shorthaired Pointer Sophie. Pictures and message were sent to me just a few hours after Sophie was dropped off for DogVacay. The action snapshot was fantastic. Several more pictures and updates were sent to us while we were on vacation.
Sandra was great when we were delayed in returning to pick up Sophie (cancel plane flights 2 times / 3 day delay getting our dog). She was easy to contact by both phone and DogVacay email for figuring out an alternative solution of having Sophie stay at my relatives until we could pick her up.

I know that the next time we go on vacation and whatever situation might will be a breeze!!! Thanks Sandra!!! You really made this experience worthwhile and will be leaving Sophia with you in the future!!!
Toby came home happy and content. We even got a photo update while we were gone!
Saundra is awesome.
Thank you so much, Sandra, for taking such good care of Doug! He clearly felt comfortable with you and was so well behaved when we picked him up. Thank you, as well, for your flexibililty with our arrival time. We truly appreciate the care and attention you gave our precious pup!!
As always, Love, Love, Love this host. Sadie has been with Sandra 4 times now and I can honestly say I did not think once about her. Sandra is amazing!!!
Sandra is fantastic! My sweet Kona was well taken care of and well loved by Sandra.
My wife and I recently had a great vacation in Kauai. Our only worry was leaving Butch, our very vocal, high spirited, acrobatic ten month old Jack Russell behind. Butch was simply too much for most of the dog boarders we approached. But not Sandra. After meeting her, my wife and I knew Butch would be in good hands. We were able to relax and completely enjoy ourselves, and judging by the by the pictures she sent us, so did Butch. We were especially amused by the Halloween costumes Butch was fitted with. Butch can’t wait to stay with Sandra again.
Our 8 year old Labradoodle has stayed with Sandra twice. She was happy both visits. Because our dog is a large dog, Sandra made sure she had lots of exercise which is instrumental with a 75 pound dog. Sandra is very aware of dogs and how they feel and I doubt you could find anyone better than Sandra to care for your pet. We spent 2 weeks in New York never worrying about our dog at all which is new for us. We will use Sandra again!!
As always, Sandra was great. Bogart knows her house and can hardly wait to get there. I always feel secure when he's with her.
Sandra's home is like the second home to Toby. Thanks, Sandra for another pleasant stay at your home. Ritsuko
What a perfect place for my new puppy. Lots of people won't deal with puppy antics, but Sandra was great. Hopefully I'll have him more trained for next time. He had a great time and I could relax. Thanks so much to Sandra!!
Just want to say thank you again, Sandra, for letting my dogs vacation with you. I never worried about them during my travels because I knew they were in loving hands. ;~)
Sandra was a wonderful host. George came home mellow and calm. Sandra was great and very accommodating. Would definitely use her again!
Sandra lets us feel very calm and confident about the care of our furry family members. We trust her and appreciate her.
I never worry about my most precious friend when shes with Sandra.
Sandra was beyond my expectations. I felt very comfortable and worry-free leaving my dog Buddy with her. I'm sure he was very happy with her. I will never use a kennel again even though Sandra is more I feel she was well worth it knowing Buddy is happier and well taken care of. I highly recommend Sandra.
Our 5-month old PomChi was just recently spayed and my family had to take a trip for the weekend. Sandra had no qualms in agreeing to take care of Daisy even though she saw how hyperactive she is. She sent us updates and pictures. Daisy clearly had fun. We probably missed her more than she missed us. We were initially thinking of placing her in a dog hotel, but she would only have 2 hours of playtime a day and would stay in her kennel the rest of the time unless we pay a fee for her to get extra playtime. Sandra only takes one reservation at a time and that's what we liked most about her. Daisy got all her attention and she took excellent care of her, including giving her medications. We found a very reliable and caring host for our pet and we would certainly entrust her with our Daisy when we take a trip again. Thanks Sandra, you gave Daisy a fun vacay!
Sandra is awesome and genuinely enjoys what she does. This was the second time in less than a year that I left my dog with Sandra. I was surprised at how content and calm my dog was when I went to pick her up. Sandra thats because of you, Thank You. Sadie and I will see you again next year!
so appreciative of Sandra's good care and flexibility, taking Nikki at the last possible moment, and Nikki glad to see his friend.
Dog Sophie seemed relaxed with Sandra and even went to her to say "goodbye". If Sophie hadn't enjoyed her stay, she would have clung to my side until we left thru the door. Instead, after greeting me, she turned back to Sandra as though to say "thanks, I had fun here today!" Then with a happy dog smile on her face, she was ready to come home. When we got home she was totally relaxed and ready for bed. Sophie was in good hands and I didn't worry at all. Thank you, Sandra.
Sandra took care of our little Lola for two weeks when we were on vacation. She did an awesome job giving her all her medications daily which were A LOT! She sent us pics of Lola having a good time as well. Also she didn't hesitate to communicate with us when she had questions. We would definitely recommend her! Thanks Sandra!!!
Lucy now knows where Sandra lives. She starts barking in the car when we get to the Zoo. As always an awsume time with Sandra and friends.
I really appreciate Sandra's willingness to go the extra mile to make things work. Our family feels lucky to have met her and made a gr\ eat connection between her, her son, and our maltipoo Nikki.
Sandra took care of all three of my small dogs for a week. She was the perfect fit for my dogs because my dogs want a companion, but since they have each other to play with, they don't really need an environment to play with other dogs. Sandra walked my dogs every day. She sent me a pix and a short positive story about what they had done that day. I was so happy to receive that, I knew they were in loving hands. I think it was good for my dogs to stay with someone else, like Sandra, someone besides me, someone loving and caring. . Thank you, Sandra. See you next time!
I know my dogs were happy staying with Sandra because when it was time to leave, I had the dogs off leash in her front yard as I was loading up the car, and my dogs ran back inside her home!
Our Nikki, a frisky 12-year old maltipoo susceptible to anxiety, had a grand first stay with Sandra and her son Javier. Both of them lavished care and positive attention on Nikki, which he soaked up. They took time to understand our concerns and his needs. I'm grateful that Nikki can visit them again during the holidays.
Sandra was wonderful with our 2 schnauzers. I am thrilled to have found someone so caring and competent. It has set us free to have a real 'vacation' without our precious pups! Thanks Sandra!
Sandra is amazing and a blessing to those of us
who are crazy about our dogs. I chose Sandra based on her profile and other reviews. Everything her reviews say about her is true. Upon meeting Sandra on our first visit together she made both myself and my dog feel comfortable and one can tell after talking to her that she has a genuine love for dogs. I will call upon Sandra each and every time I need a safe place for my dog when I am traveling. Thanks DogVacay and Sandra
This was Lucy's third time at Sandra's. She was there for two wonderful weeks. She learned to swim this time. Sandra sent us some great pictures and Lucy was very relaxed and happy. I can't say enough about the great care Sanddra gives our dog. Thank you Sandra and we will see you soon
This was the second visit for Toby and just like the first time, he looked completely relaxed and happy when we went to pick him up. Sandra is a great host. We can go away without worrying about Toby. We feel lucky to have found Sandra.
Sandra is a very nice lady and our dog Toby instantly warmed up to her. When we did our meet and greet, Toby even put his head on her foot and fell asleep while we were talking.
We boarded Toby for three nights and when we picked him up, he looked happy and relaxed as if he had been living there for all his life. This experience far surpasses a stay in a kennel where he would have spent most of the day in a cage. I strongly recommend Sandra to anyone who needs a great place for their pet.
Sandra was amazing! I have a high maintenance dog due to her history before she came to us. Sandra didn't refuse us, but took the time to get to know her and won her over!!! My boys were so excited when we got pictures on our vacation showing how happy the dogs were. great find...we will definitely call Sandra again!!
This was Lucy's second visit. She was very excited to be back. She was able to play by the pool (she does not swim) . Sandra took a video of her and sent it to us. Had great walks with both Sandra and another one each day with her son. I recommend this host!!!!!!! We have already book more time.
Great host! She walked, played, spent time in yard with our dog. She was just finishing a walk when I picked our dog up. I have made more reservations for our dog.
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