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Kim Z.

66 Reviews
49 Repeat Guests
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Pet Requirements

  • 1-20 lbs
  • 20-40 lbs
  • 40-80 lbs
  • 80+ lbs
All Ages OK
Must Be Spayed or Neutered
Must Be Vaccinated

Kim's Resident Pets

3 old
Other Pets & Animals: Cats

Kim's House

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About Kim

30 Years Experience Caring For Dogs
My wife & I live in North Park; blocks away from Morley Field & South Park. We are within easy walking or driving distance to several dog parks & hiking trails.  I am retired from San Diego School District & work part-time pre-game for the Chargers & Padres.  This allows plenty of free time to take good care of your dog when visiting.

We live in a dog friendly neighborhood; 1700 square foot house that has been our home for twenty years.

We have 2 cats & one seven year old American Staffordshire mix named Sandi. Sandi is a love bug, she exemplifies the meaning of Staffordshire's being called Nanny Dogs. She is sweet & gentle with people & dogs of all ages. Her best friends are a small poodle & a mini dachsund. Sandi has lots of energy & is the social butterfly at the dog parks.

Our days are filled with adventures: from long walks in the neighborhood, to hiking thru the canyons, a romp at the dog park or a cool down at dog beach.

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Can administer oral medicine
Special Needs Accommodated
  • Pets recovering from surgery
  • Separation anxiety
  • Leash Pulling

Kim Z.

66 Reviews
49 Repeat Guests
Other Sitters Nearby
  • 1 day notice required for bookings
  • Responds within 50 minutes
  • Cancellation Policy:


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  • Last updated February 13, 2017


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Boarding Overnight At Kim's Home
$30 /night
  • Watches up to 4 dogs/night
$10 /bath
66 Reviews
Kim and Sophie are the best! They pamper the dogs and are great with both my special needs senior as well as my little puppy. Importantly, they are also great about keeping in communication. Highly, highly recommended.
Kim and Sofia were great! We actually booked with them before just for a long weekend and we decided to do it again for our trip to my hometown. The reason we did it again was because our girls, Ruby and Violet, loved them! When we picked them up they are glad to see us but also run back to Kim and Sofia! (Which they NEVER do!) We will definitely continue to use them for our dogs!
-Amy & James
Kim and Sophia are the best! My dogs have never been happier and it is really great that they are home almost all of the time to baby and pamper them. THANK YOU
My dog was very well cared for and I truly appreciated the photos that were sent to me of her. They took the time to get to know my dog at a meet and greet and answer all of my questions. I was very satisfied with their service.
Lots of love here and appreciated the pictures of Tashi and her new friends.
My dog Jacques-imo had a great stay at Kim and Sophia's place! At first he was a little shy, but Sophia helped him feel right at home. I appreciated that they sent me several picture updates, as well as a video update. They were also very easy to communicate with and flexible with my drop-off/pick-up schedule. Would definitely recommend!!
Our dog Pepper stayed with Kim and Sofia for a week when we went on vacation. They spent a lot of time with her and sent us pictures almost every day. Pepper wants to go back to visit!
Our dog has had at least three visits with Kim. She loves it there, and it is obvious that Kim loves our dog, Ruby, and dogs in general. It is very reassuring to go away and know that my furry friend is well taken care of.
This was my first use of "Dog Vacay". Kim and Sophia were the perfect hosts for Mabel and Joey. Communication was great including photos each day. I will definitely be reaching out to Kim the next time the kids need boarding. Thanks ladies!!
Kim was awesome! She send tons of pics and updates. She is really a dog person, and genuinely cares about taking good care of the dogs. I will definitely use her again!
Kim and Sophia were excellent hosts and pet sitters for my dog. I could tell right away both are extremely kind folks and knew immediately that they are dog people. This was my first experience with DogVacay, and my dog was a bit of a disaster at their house during our initial meet and greet and drop-off, but Kim and Sophia just rolled with it, and i knew right away they were a good fit. They sent pics every day and i could tell Sam was right at home. Will definitely use Kim and Sophia again!
My little guy had a great time during his almost week long vacay. Kim provided picture updates every day and took great care of my boy. He was so worn out from playing with the other dogs that he passed out asleep as soon as he got home.
Kim was fantastic! She took such great care of our pup and sent frequent updates and pics. Highly recommended!
We were really nervous about leaving our Miss Figgy with a total stranger while we visited a Tijuana Clinic for 28 days, but, we really had no choice. She has not been apart from us since she showed up on our doorstep about 5 years ago. We left her with many, many tears. We were so upset about it that we managed to get a 24 hour pass about 10 days in so we could come back and check on her. While she was really happy to see us, what did our hearts good was seeing her wagging her tail the next day when we brought her back to Kim and Sophia's. We were much more comfortable with leaving her for the rest of our stay. She obviously had a great time! We will have to return for more tests and a follow up visit in a few months and will not hesitate to leave our baby girl with them! We know that she will be happy to see them again, and we won't worry about her happiness and wellbeing at all.
Great. Thanks.
My dog Pepito had the best time staying with Kim and Sophia! It's obvious that they truly love dogs and they go above and beyond to make your pet a part of their family. My little guy sometimes doesn't like bigger dogs, but their sweet, patient dog Sandy won him over immediately. I would recommend them to anyone!
This was Roxi's second stay with Kim and Sofia. We totally felt comfortable leaving her in a loving home. She needs a lot of love and attention and they totally treat her like their own.
Our Bibi has stayed at Kim and Sophie's house several times, and she always loves it. There are other dogs for her to play with and she gets great attention from her hosts.
Kim and Sophie have been able to accommodate us on short notice on more than one occasion, and they always express how much they love taking care of our little dog. They have a great location close to the park. We would recommend them to any dog owner.
Marshall had a great time with Kim and Sofia as always. Thanks so much!
Kim and Sofia are awesome!! I was nervous to leave my baby but I knew he was in good hands the moment I met them! I almost think he wanted to stay there longer :-p. I would absolutely recommend them and now consider them my "go to".
We had a difficult time deciding what we wanted to do with our baby when we were gone for our destination wedding for two weeks. We had never left Luna for more than a weekend before, so we were very nervous about leaving her, even more so with someone we didn't know. But, from the minute we arrived for our meet and greet with Kim and Sofia, we knew that we had found our place. Luna started playing with another dog that was on vacay right away and got along great with their dog Sandy. They were so warm and welcoming and let Luna give them hugs and kisses almost immediately. While leaving her was hard, Sofia was great with our tearful goodbyes and held Luna until we left. While we were gone, we got photo and video updates almost daily and looked forward to our daily dose of Luna from afar. She was playing with her new doggie friends or snoozing on the couch in all of the pics and seemed to be having a great time. We will definitely be bringing Luna back the next time we go away and can't bring her with us. Thanks Kim and Sofia!
Ruby seemed to love it.
Our second extended vacay with Kim and Sofia was a great success. We have tried many other dog sitting situations in San Diego and now I don't need to look any further. This works best for both me and my dog. They have a comfortable home, treat my dog like one of their own, send me tons of updates and communicate with me clearly and often. My dog doesn't come home with any new bad habits either - just tired and happy from all the playing he does at their house. Top recommendation from me and my dog.
It is clear that Kim and Sophia love dogs and understand their behavior. Our dog settled in immediately and enjoyed the lap sitting and walks!
Kim and Sofia took wonderful care of our dog Bailey while we were out of town. We loved the daily pictures they sent to us and we know Bailey had a great time with them. She got lots of love, attention, and walks during her time with them. We were so glad to know our dog was in good hands. Highly recommend Kim for dog sitting!
Great! Gokuh loves to stay there and we also love to leave him at her house since both Kim and Sophia take such good care of him.
Perfect and easy. When I met Kim I could tell right away how much they love dogs and have a comfortable home. They sent me pics every day and were very flexible with my schedule. We already booked them again for our next vacation!
Kim, Sofia and Sandi were great, as always. Gokuh loves to stay at their house and he always has a great time. They take such a good care of him. This is out third vacay and for sure it´s not gonna be the last one.
Kim's home was a great home away from home for our Britney Jax. Mayer of fact, I think Jax misses all the play time he had with the other dog (2 of her own and other guests) and Kim. We will definitely be using Kim again.
We had 2weeks long trip, and were very nervous to leave our dog for long. But Kim & Sofia were fantastic!! They took care of him very good, taking him for runs, giving him loves and sending us lots of updates with photos and news. If we asked them how he was doing, they always sent us updates in 5 min! We were so relieved to see that everyday . We'd definitely recommend them, and will be bringing our dog back while we are traveling next time.
We LOVE Kim and Sofia, and so does Tucker. I highly recommend them. I wouldn't trust just anyone with our sweet pup, but they are fantastic. We are happy to know we have them when we need to leave our dog with someone outside the family.
Our dog (Fen) enjoyed his week-long stay. He was a bit tired from playing with his new friends, but did not seem too stressed from his time away from his family.

It was his second visit with Kim, and will not hesitate to have him vacation there again.
I was very comfortable leaving my pup with Kim and Sofia. They're my #1 sitters!
Kim and Sofia are so fantastic!!!! It makes our time away much more relaxing to know Scout is being taken care of and having so much fun. They always give us updates and send pictures of how she is doing. They live close to the park and Scout gets lots of time to play and walks and is spoiled like she is their dog while we are away. She is always tired and happy when we pick her up. THank you ladies for taking such great care of our baby!
Kim & Sophia took wonderful care of our yellow Lab while we were in Europe for 2 weeks, sending photos every few days to show us how comfortable she was with them in their home. Could not have been happier; 5 Paws/Star service!
We took a long trip of three weeks, and were very nervous to leave our boy for so long. Kim & Sofia were wonderful aunties. In addition to giving him love and attention and helping him to socialize with other dogs, they went above and beyond by taking him for runs and sending us nearly a dozen updates with photos and news of how he was doing. It really helped set our minds at ease, knowing he was with such caring people.

I'd definitely recommend them, and will be bringing Rony back for another visit with them the next time we travel.
Kim and Sofia are wonderful! I ended up not being able to pick up my dog at the time I planned and they were very flexible in working with me to come get her when I arrived back in town!
Amazing, as always! They are in love with Gokuh and Gokuh is in love with them! Kim and Sophie are Gokuh´s favorite hosts :D
They were amazing and sent pictures every day! Gokuh is super happy there!! We will repeat again for sure!!
Once again we were thrilled with Kim and Sofia. I feel so fortunate to have found such caring dog sitters so close to our house. Tucker loves to visit them and we plan on boarding him here whenever we have a need to. Kim and Sofia are both wonderful caretakers and I can't recommend them highly enough. If you're looking for people you can trust with your pooch, this is the place for you.
Kim is absolutely the best. She clearly loves dogs and does everything possible to make it easy and pleasant to board your furry pal for your time away. We plan to board with her whenever we need someone to watch Tucker.
Our 10 month old golden was left in good hands for two weeks while we traveled through Europe. We got frequent updates and pictures which left us with no worries. Thanks ladies!
Kim was great. I was confident that Lizzy was taken care of and had lots of love.
Great hosts. Kim and Sofia were warm, welcoming, and very willing to sooth our anxiety about leaving Rony for a long weekend. Between reassuring text messages and pictures to let us know he was doing well, we felt very confident he was taken care of and being loved.

I would definitely recommend them, and plan to bring our boy back for another visit during our next vacation.
I am so happy that I decided to leave Branson, my 11 month old puppy, with Kim and Sofia over the holidays. It was my first time leaving him for an extended period of time and I was literally crying when I dropped him off. Kim assured me that he would be fine and even followed up with a picture of him happily playing only 30 minutes after I left.

I got pictures and updates daily, and Branson was clearly happy and well cared for. They had no problems administering medicine at the last minute, and had no problem accommodating him for an extra night at the end of my trip.

I can tell that both Kim and Sofia genuinely cared about Branson and will definitely be leaving him with them the next time I go away.
Snowball had such a great time with Kim and Sofia. They were kind, accommodating, and truly care about the dogs they watch. I will definitely be bringing Snowball back to them and I know she will be happy :)
Chloe loved her stay and I was so glad to know that she was with loving, caring people and other pooches to play with! I highly recommend Kim's services. 5 stars!
These ladies are SUPER AWESOME! They were super helpful, and were able to accommodate an extra few days since my vacation had to be extended. I would definitely leave my pooch with them again, they were great and sent many videos/pictures of my dog having a fun time.
Kim was more than flexible to meet and very accommodating to my schedule. That's not easy to do and I really appreciated her being so easy going. Our flight was delayed and she helped out spontaneously by letting us adjust the schedule. She is very loving with dogs and took a lot of time during our Meet-N-Greet. Thank you Kim!
Kim was absolutely amazing! She is very accommodating and really enjoys getting to know your dog. Her 2 pups are super sweet and loving. I highly recommend booking Kim Z!
Kim Z and her little family have a warm, cozy home. Dalai loves them, and though we miss her, we know she's in good hands! We're really picky about who Dalai stays with (she's a "daddy's girl"), so we're so pleased to have loving caretakers like Kim and team!
R&C - Dalai's parents
Kim and Sophia were amazing and I could not ask for anything better. They took great care of my Lola and sent tons of pictures as well as video. Kim and Sophia worked as a team and made me feel 100% comfortable that Lola was in good hands. My pup got sick the day before the stay and I was worried, but Kim and Sophia assured me that they would take good care of her and they did. They administered meds as directed and sent me updates often. My dog came back to me happy, healthy and tired from all the playing.

Will definitely be booking again!
Kim takes such good care of our little Dalai! And Dalai loves her. Their home is so peaceful, and it's obvious that Dalai feels comfortable there. We're happy to have found Kim!
From beginning to end, our experience with Kim was 5 stars. I had no reservations in leaving my two doggies with her, as she took over an hour to talk about their stay with her and for me to get to know her. Even though it was only a long weekend stay, she sent me pictures of my pups. Then, when I picked them up, they were calm and tired, and it was very clear they felt at-home with Kim.
This is the second time my luna has stayed with Kim and Sofia, and as always they are fabulous. I'm very picky when it comes to where she stays, and I have to truly trust someone. Kim and Sofia are just two wonderful ladies that you trust instantly. They go above and beyond to accommodate, I will be using them for all my needs with luna!
To be completely honest I believe I have worse separation anxiety than my dog does to me and the pictures and updates that are sent are always appreciated! They are quick to respond as well as wonderful at remembering who you are and just little details that make you feel like family!
Thank you so much Kim and Sofia

Katie and luna :)
This is a great dog-friendly home. Kim took wonderful care of my 11-year old beagle, and my house-mate's 2-year old pitbull terrier. Kim and Sophie promptly responded to emails and texts, and were very friendly in person. Kim even sent me some photos of the dogs, so I could see how much fun they were having! I'll be boarding my dog with Kim again for sure.
Ruby really enjoyed her stay with Kim, Sofia and her new bff...Sandi!

I received email updates with pictures of the two of them playing tug of war and later on getting ready to fall asleep for the night.

This was the first time leaving Ruby anywhere and I am very happy to have found such caring animal lovers so close to home that I can leave my precious girl with and know she will be well taken care of and happy!

Thanks Kim and Sofia!!
Kim and Sofia we're wonderful. Milo is very young and I was I little bit scared with other dogs but their Sandy is so loving and calm, I think he had a great time. They sent me pictures everyday and were both so loving with milo. I will definitely come to Kim and Sofia next time !
My fur-baby, Rambo, stayed with Kim over the Christmas holiday. He is a dog who needs company or he gets very sad and depressed. Kim was fantastic with him. She uploaded pictures almost daily of him, with updates as to what they had been up to. He got lots of time at the park, went for long walks, and got lots of cuddles. I felt at ease pretty early in our trip knowing that Rambo was receiveing such great care and attention. I would definitely leave him in Kim's care again. Thanks agian Kim!!!
Kim and her partner were very kind and accommodating. They took great care of Oz and sent photos regularly during our vacation. I would definitely recommend them to anyone looking for a dog sitter and our dog came home very happy.
Kim and Sofia were fantastic! My Aussie spent Christmas with them and then went back over New Years ... as soon as we pulled in front of the house she couldn't stop wagging her tail. She was so excited to go back to play.

This was my first dogvacay experience and it was terrific! I would highly recommend them! They even sent picture updates to show how much fun she was having :)
I am so happy I found Kim and Sofia. Their compassion for their doggie guests is unmatched! They go on hikes and to the dog park and constantly send picture updates. They are reliable and super reassuring.

A dog isn't just an animal or a pet. Dogs are family members- they need more than food and water and walks. They need love, companionship, and security. Kim and Sofia understand this wholeheartedly. I'm definitely sticking with them.
Our little shitzu-yorkie seemed conformtable and at home when we picked her up after 2 weeks away! We had some special requests for Dalai, and Kim followed them as closely as possible! We're really pleased that everything lived up to expectations. We expect to use Kim again:) Thanks for caring for our little sweetie, Kim!
Itsy and Pawlie had a great time at Kim Z's cuddling and hiking and playing with her dog Sandi. Will use her again. Thank you!
Quick response on my request for a meet n' greet and boarding. Great communication throughout the process and accommodation to needs. Her dog Sandi was very friendly to a new face and my dog got along well. I will definitely look to her for any future boarding that I might need.
Kim, Sofia and Sandi were AWESOME! This was our first dogvacay experience, so naturally I was nervous leaving Jack with strangers. But after meeting them, I felt immediately at ease. Kim is very warm and it is clear she is a dog-lover. Sandi, their dog, got along so well with Jack they were instantly best friends. Sofia sent me daily messages and photos so I knew Jack was having a fabulous time, getting lots of love and plenty of exercise! I would recommend Kim, Sofia and Sandi to anyone!
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