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Claire F.

116 Reviews
65 Repeat Guests
$45/night
Other Sitters Nearby
  • Same day bookings are OK
  • Responds within a few days
  • Cancellation Policy:
    Flexible

Pet Requirements

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

Claire's Resident Pets

Devvyn
Mixed Breed
Female
5 yr 8 mo old
Other Pets & Animals: Cats

Claire's House

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Large Yard
100% fenced & locked
Pets allowed on furniture

About Claire

10 Years Experience Caring For Dogs
"Ruffin' Around" is exactly what your four-pawed loved one will be doing while staying with me! I provide your pet with a structured and lengthy hike/walk/swim daily. As much as it is good for them, it is great for me... A tired pup is the best behaved pup!

Recently unemployed from a high stress Executive Assistant position... I am returning to my doggie pals for some fun in the sun!

I went to school to be an RVT (Registered Veterinary Assistant) then an opportunity came into my life to quickly switch gears. Happy I took it, learned a lot but I am ready to get back to those wagging tails.

My funnest job was working at a doggie daycare in Emeryville and my dream has always been to open one of my own.

I have a high energy pup named Devvyn, if we are not walking around Lake Merritt we are hiking or swimming at the dog beach. We love to go with our other pup friends! She is very socialized, gets along great with every type of dog whether it is her chihuahua friends or her Great Dane friends.

I cater to any dogs needs, big or small, young pup or the older and wiser, high energy dog or the ones that like to just sunbathe.

I am a very active person who love the outdoors. I have a huge backyard, great for sunbathing dogs and enough room to throw a ball.

I am excited to have dogs over for a day, or to join us for our outdoor activities or to come and have a slumber party! I make excellent frozen peanut butter treats!

*I am unable to offer boarding services to unaltered dogs.*

Amenities and activities at our 5 star resort include:
- 2 one hour walks/hike everyday
- Baths as needed (no extra charge)
- Longer hikes on weekends
- Plenty of TLC, after plenty of Ruffin' Around!
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Can administer oral medicine
Can administer injected medicine
CPR / First-Aid certified
Special Needs Accommodated
  • Pets recovering from surgery
  • Leash Pulling
  • Not yet house-trained
  • Advanced senior issues

Claire F.

116 Reviews
65 Repeat Guests
$45/night
Other Sitters Nearby
  • Same day bookings are OK
  • Responds within a few days
  • Cancellation Policy:
    Flexible

Availability

  • Available
  • Unavailable
  • 1 Spot Left
  • Booked
  • Last updated November 30, 2016

Credentials

Background Checked
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Home Checked
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Course 101 Graduate
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Services & Rates

Boarding Overnight At Claire's Home
$45 /night
  • Watches up to 4 dogs/night
  • Dogs may be unsupervised for 2 - 4 hours/day
  • Dogs will have full access outside for potty breaks
  • 2 walks/day
  • Pets can sleep wherever they want
Daycare At Claire's Home
$35 /day
  • Watches up to 4 dogs/day
Dog Walking
$15 /half-hour
$25 /hour
  • Willing to travel 10 miles
Training
$50 /hour
Baths
$15 /bath
Pick-Up/Drop-Off
$10 each way
  • Willing to travel 25 miles
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116 Reviews
Claire has all the qualities that one would hope for when leaving their pup with someone elseā€”calm, confident, communicative, and she sends great photos.

It really felt like a vacation for both us and Charlie, who got a bunch of exercise and playtime. I definitely plan on booking with her again.
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Claire is very responsive. Claire's availability to walk and feed my dog on a regular basis has made an immediate impact on my dogs well being and my peace of mind as I balance out life with a longer commute.
Our experience was not bad, but not the best. The response time for text/email seemed to lag and sometimes just weren't responded to. Unfortunately, we were not sent pictures on a daily bases. Our pup did come home pretty tired which means that she probably had some fun-filled days. Overall, it was just an ok experience for us.
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Claire did an awesome job taking care of our older beagle. She kept us up to date with pictures of him and he was a very happy dog when we picked him up. Our dog will be staying with Claire again!
Claire and Cyrene were absolutely wonderful! This was the first time I had ever used Dogvacay and was a little bit nervous to leave my dog with someone I didn't really know. When I arrived at there house for the meet-n-greet my worries quickly went away. They assured me that Jimbo would go on plenty of adventures and when they were home he would get the structure he needs. I never worried about him when I was out of town, I knew he was happy and safe. They sent me plenty of pictures and tagged me in a bunch of instagram posts! When I went to pick him up on Sunday, Claire and Cyrene were sad to see him go but they will see him again as soon as I plan my next weekend away!
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Claire was great! My dog came home happy and exhausted from all the fun he'd been having. I know he had a good time because he didn't want to leave. I would absolutely book another vacay with Claire.
I think Claire did a great job. Her home and yard was set up nicely for caring for dogs and I was comfortable sending my dogs to stay with her. I would have liked to see more updates on what my dogs were doing, if they went on any hikes, or anything like that. I also had a bit of an issue with responsiveness trying to book dog's vacay but I am attributing this to possibly a busy time for Claire as it is summer and boarding is in full swing for many hosts. I will certainly consider Claire again for my boarding needs.
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Claire was awesome ! We did a meet and greet and brought Rosie over to meet Claire, her dog as well as another cute lil guy who was there for the day.

Claire offered to pick-up Rosie as we were leaving for a mini-vacation, which made everything that much more convenient for us.

We got a picture of Rosie while we were away and Claire was SUPER responsive to our texts. When we picked her up we forgot her bowls and toys and Claire offered to drop them off for us, which she did exactly when she said she would. So considerate.

Thanks, Claire - we'll definitely be a repeat customer : )
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Claire is the best!
My pup, Simba, loves staying with her and I feel good knowing he is going to get plenty of exercise and love. Claire really knows what she is doing and she makes my anxious dog comfortable which means a better stay for him and for her. Simba always comes back clean, happy, and tired; I always rely on Claire to watch my lil' guy when I leave town.
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Claire and her partner were awesome!!!!! She gave me really good advice about my puppy using my hand as a chew toy. I recommend them to the moon and back. Odin now has a second home when we go on vacation.
Claire did a great job. After 1 wk. my puppy looked healthy and happy. Claire also gave me some tips about how to handle her chewing everything issues. I now have a squirt bottle that is helping both of us. I will use Claire again when I have to go out of town.
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Claire responded quickly to my last minute request to walk my dog. She was professional and I felt comfortable having her come into my house while I was gone. She took a picture and texted me during/after the walk and even cleaned up a torn up box of dog treats that my dog had gotten into while I was gone. Price was right, I would definitely book again.
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Claire was great! She has a great space for dogs to run around and she is very professional and skilled with dogs! Claire helped put me at ease as soon as I parted ways with Joy by sending me pics of my dog settling in at her place.

She has a coupe dogs of her own who are well behaved and have great energy. A couple cute kitties too! She is a genuine animal lover and your loved one will be in great hands with Claire!
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Claire took care of our pug Sherbert for 2 weeks while we were in Europe. She was highly communicative and flexible and provided us with great pictures and videos of Sherb while were gone. When we got Sherb back she was relaxed and better behaved than when we left her! We would definitely book Claire again. Thanks!
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Despite stellar reviews on this site, I was unfortunately disappointed by my experience with Claire. After attending a meet & greet with our dogs at her request, I was assured by her that she would be happy to board my 2 pups. Since they had never been boarded before, I suggested that we do a day of day care before the boarding to help them adjust to the new environment & to get to know Claire. She agreed, we booked the day care & on the scheduled day I dropped them off at 10:30am. As planned, I returned at 6:30pm to pick them up. She opened the door with both of them on leash and greeted me with the statement "They don't like it here." She looked tired and frustrated and, when I asked how it had gone, or what they had done, she informed me that they were fine and she had taken them on a brief walk around Lake Merritt, and then returned home and left them with her girlfriend. She said "They just sat in their bed" and "I'm sorry, it won't work out." - Kind of surprising since she was so hung-ho before and couldn't name any type of negative behavior by my dogs. Even after I asked she didn't say anything more than that they were a little sad and just sat in their bed (which I did not find surprising... Since it was their first time being in a new person's care I think a period of adjustment is normal... Hence my suggesting we do a day of day care). Wish I understood what wasn't "working" for her with my dogs, but she wouldn't say much and didn't seem to care to explain herself.
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My dog loves Claire! He does a happy dance when he sees her. We sadly wave goodbye as we leave to go on our vacation, while he follows Claire, tail wagging, to his dogvacay.
Although we miss our dog, when we cannot take him on our travels. We know he is well taken care of, and happy while we are away.
I recommend Claire, so does my dog!
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Wonderful! It's clear immediately that Claire loves and understand dogs. I was absolutely a nervous puppy mom leaving my Frenchie there but she was great with me and even better with my nervous pup!

I just picked her up after several days and found an incredibly happy and comfortable puppy. So wonderful to know I have an option that my dog will love when I need the care!
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Our Francis loved his time with Claire! He has a lot of energy, so we loved that she took him out on hikes and to the park with a pack. We appreciated her ability to know how to adjust to our dog's needs. He usually sleeps on his bed in our room, so being crated overnight was not his cup of tea (he has a serious case of FOMO). No problem, she brought Francis into her room and he could sleep soundly. When we picked him up, he looked happy and healthy. We will definitely have Claire watch Francis in the future!
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Thumbs up as usual!
I continue to use Claire's services for my puppy's dog walks and play dates. I love how accommodating and knowledgeable she is. Montgomery loves spending time with her and the friends he makes!
Monthly review - Claire is always easy to contact and that's another reason I have been using her dog care services for nearly a year.
I love Claire, and so does my pup Montgomery! We consistently work with her monthly for walks, playdates, and overnights when I have trips.
We leave Heidi only with Claire! Heidi has anxiety and can be difficult sometimes, but Claire is patient and loving. Heidi jumps out of the car when we get to her house. We are so lucky Claire is Heidi's human!
Claire is the bomb!!!! This was the first time we left Thor for 4 days and he had so much fun. He loves Claire! She's got a great yard for him to run around in and she definitely makes him feel loved. Can't say enough good things about her. Feel 100% comfortable and would highly recommend her to anyone that loves their pups.
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Clair watched or dogs over thanksgiving and then agreed to keep them a few extra days when we extended our trip. Another great experience with Claire! I really like that she sends pictures of them while she has them.
Claire is wonderful! I know that when we have to leave our pups, they are in the best hands possible. My husband and I highly recommend her.
We have had the best experience with Claire...we always prefer to hire her over anyone else. She is super flexible, helpful, and will care for your animal as if it were her own. She has loads of experience and training so she really knows what she's doing as far as the care she provides. Thank you, Claire!
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Daphne loves Claire, and had a great time as always!
We were really glad Claire was able to squeeze Cooper in for a week - he's always thrilled to get there and never seems ready to leave!
Cooper had an awesome vacation at Claire's and will be back!!
We would change our travel dates if she is not available. She is that good. Our our dog stays with her for the last 5 yrs . He loves Claire literally lol.
Claire was awesome. Very professional and flexible. She had a huge yard for the dogs and it was clear that she had a lot of experience. It was very nice to not have any worries when leaving our pup with a new person. I would recommend Claire to anyone and will be using her again in the future.
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Claire was able to take care of our boy last minute! He had a great stay and we were glad he was in good hands while we were away.
Claire was great, and put us completely at ease from the moment we met her. It was great to get photos throughout and in each of them our pup looked tired and happy! Claire was flexible with drop off and arrival times and even took the time to give Georgie a bath before sending her back home. We couldn't have asked for a better vacation for her.
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Claire is awesome!!! Dropped all 5 dogs off for an overnight and they had a great time. Love Claire!!!!
:) Montgomery loves spending time with Claire and friends!
Claire helped me out in a really fast turnaround as we were moving apartments, and I didn't want my puppy stressed out for the day. As always he had a great time with Claire :)
Claire is fantastic! She's great with our large puppy, responsive, and communicative (she even sent us a video of Lucy while we were gone). We'd highly recommend her!
I can't believe it's been almost 2 years since we first met Claire. She has been wonderful to us and especially the furry ones. Thank you Claire!
Great as always!
Claire was great! Really friendly, and she really cares about her guest pups. My dog loved spending time with her, and she really put my mind at ease when I was a few thousand miles away.
Claire took great care of Archie - he was excited to see her and came back happy and clean!
Love having Claire look after my Montgomery! He always has a good time, and I have a happy - played out - puppy when I pick him up. :)
Claire was super sweet;)!! From the moment my son and I met her we knew Sprocket was going to love her! She was very respectful, and very knowledgable with dog stuff! Sprocket really liked her because he followed her around when we picked him up. Claire kept us updated while we were away and sent us pictures of our sprocket. We were very pleased with the service she provided us. I will definately tell all my friends about her and have sprocket hang out with her more often. Thank you claire!
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Claire was great a always. Peter and Oliver love her and I totally trust that she takes really good care of them. She is even helping Peter lose a few unwanted lbs! Lol. thanks Claire!!
Bear always has a great time and comes home exhausted...I'm sure from playing non-stop!
Great as usual! My puppy had a fun time. Would definitely have Claire board again!
Claire was great with Keppy! He came back healthy and happy =)
Claire was great with our dogs! One of them is a very shy rescue and Claire handled her needs perfectly. Thanks Claire!
Stay was extended by one day. Claire was great at communicating with me during my trip, and sending me photos of my puppy. He had a great time as I mentioned in my previous review. Can't wait for have Montgomery stay with Claire again in the future!
We always love bringing our dog to Claire to watch!
Bella had a great time, as usual, with Claire. Thanks so much for your good care of our dog.
Our dog, Bear just spent a full week with Claire. He had such a good time going on different adventures while he was there. Bear feels very comfortable and at home when he is at Claire's house and we feel comfortable going away when he is there with her!
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Zoe, our elderly golden, was happy to stay with Claire, who treated her gently and kindly. We have every confidence in Claire and always use her services. Thank you, Claire!
We left our dog Archie with Claire for 3 days and he was very happy at her house - didn't want to leave!
Claire has been awesome! She's very responsive, flexible, and trustworthy. It never seems like our puppy wants to leave her house when we come back to get him. Will definitely have her look after our pup many times again.
Just picked up Bella after her first stay with Claire, for a whole week. She was happy to see us, but sad to leave Claire. She looked like she had been very well taken care of, well fed and well exercised, as well as looking well groomed! Very happy with Claire and will definitely be using her again.
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My puppy Montgomery had a blast with Claire! He had so much activity that he came home pretty tuckered which was so sweet to see. He made friends, and Claire was great at providing me with updates while I was away. I plan on booking with her again, and I'm more than happy I found someone I can trust with my puppy.
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Our recent rescue Snowy just came back from stay with Claire.
I was looking for different options for his stay ,but he was always very stressed and anxious after a trials. Meeting Claire wend well and he took instantly to her. When it was time to return for a week stay he was more then happy did not even blink an eye, just walked away with her.

As I was picking up him today just saw how he adored her. Im so glad I found someone who makes him feel safe and happy while we are gone.
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Our puppy Bear had a wonderful stay with Claire and her dog, Devvyn. She took him out on lots of great walks...despite the nasty weather, and sent pics of him to us as well.
Claire is very caring and knowledgeable and Bear learned some great things during his stay.We felt very comfortable knowing he was in wonderful hands while we were away.
Bear looks forward to staying with Claire and Devvyn again!
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My old friend and dogsitter announced they were suddenly moving away only 2 weeks before my trip, and I was so worried about somehow finding a replacement trusted-friend-sitter with no time at all. So I tried DogVacay for the first time, and Claire F. for the first time, and I can't express strongly enough how relieved, unworried, and happy I was after a weekend out of town. Claire made me feel confident about her ability to take care of my gigantic friend while I was away, and she even sent photos, videos, and texts throughout the weekend to update me on their activities (and on how much fun they were having without me). My dog got great exercise, personalized care, and pretty much the red carpet treatment all weekend. The next time I have to travel, I'm calling Claire F!
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Claire was the perfect host! It takes a lot to tire out Fozzy, but after a 3 week stay, our dog was exhausted. Claire took him out on plenty of hikes. Fozzy got tons of fresh air in her backyard playing with many different guests. She knew exactly what he needed! Sometimes Fozzy has a mind of his own. Claire had the right balance of structure and dominance so that Fozzy would be best on his best behaviour while being able to enjoy his new surroundings. I highly recommend Claire for any of your dogsitting needs. Fozzy can't wait until his next visit!
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Cooper just spent his first long weekend with Claire and he's already looking forward to his next vacation!

Between long hikes and playing with the pack Cooper was a super happy camper. Claire sent us pics of Cooper "luxuriating" on his bed after a long day of fun and games so we know he was well cared for and enjoyed his stay.

Knowing how stressful it can be for both doggie parents and doggie "kids" Claire is a welcome resource who really knows how to properly care for our four-legged friends and we are so happy we found her here on Dogvacay! We would recommend her without hesitation and plan to return in the future.

Thank you Claire!!
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Clair was AWESOME! I was out of the country for a week and left my two rescue pups with her. I have never left my dogs for as long as I did and had a lot of anxiety around it. Luckily, once I met Claire I knew she was going to be great and I wasn't worried at all. Her place is super clean and big, plus she is really active and brings the dogs on lots of adventures. My chihuahua is a recent rescue and has some issues. Claire was super patient and has a great sense of humor about my crazy dogs.

I noticed that my pups were exhausted the day I brought them back, which I love! I know Claire provided them with a busy and exciting vacation while I was gone.

I love Claire and have total peace of mind when I leave my dogs with her.
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Claire was fantastic as always!
claire is always awesome!!
My dog Summer had a great time with Claire! I could tell she was treated very well. Claire sent me some amusing photos and a video while I was away and she was flexible on my pickup and drop-off times.
claire is the only one I leave my boy! he's always happy to stay there. he loves her.
Our dog Taz is always so excited to go to Claire's house! He gets to hang with other dogs, go on group walks, and snuggle after he is worn out. A tired pooch is a happy pooch! It's clearly his second home. He gives her six paws out of five!
Great as usual!
Taz always has such fun with Claire! He gets to socialize with a small group of dogs, has lots of play time, and gets to go on long walks. The added exercise is terrific, as pugs need activity and stimulation or they get fat.

Taz is excited to visit and clearly loves his snuggle time too.
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Awesome, as always! We can rely on Claire to be a loving caretaker for our dog, who wags her tail with a great vigor whenever she sees Claire. Very responsible and accommodating - just a friendly and enjoyable experience overall.
Claire was wonderful with our dog. He has a special diet, and she was fabulous in making sure that he followed it. He clearly fell in love with her and enjoyed his stay.
Claire is great with dogs! Our pup loves staying with Claire! We left her there twice and she loved it! Claire has a medium size back yard and takes dogs hiking, so dogs exercise a lot. After such vacations our pup sleeps for a week to recover. :)
Thank you Claire for taking care of our baby!
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Claire as always, is awesome. She accommodated our late plane arrival by keeping the dogs a few more hours, feeding them dinner and helping us get our house ready for when we got home, since it would be so late.
We really like Claire and feel so lucky to have found her to take care of our two dogs.
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Claire was great, as always!! Our two dogs love staying with her and we feel secure knowing they're in good hands.
Rawley loves going to Claire's and she's been nothing but great and flexible. Thanks Claire!
Claire is the best. She is so attentive and smart when carrying for our two very different dogs (one is a rambunctious hound mix and the other is an old terrier).
She really knows what she's doing when it comes to taking care of dogs and is able to handle a multitude of situations very well. We trust her 100% with our pups and we feel grateful to have found such an amazing person to care for our dogs.
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Claire was great with my pups. They seemed relaxed and at ease with her. I would definitely recommend Claire.
Claire was absolutely wonderful with our big old golden Zoe, and Zoe had a great time and came back happy and exercised. Claire is very, very experienced with dogs of all ages and sizes, and it shows. She also exhibits lots of affection and care. We will definitely bring Zoe back into Claire's care next time we go out of town. Thank you, Claire!/Joanne and Gerry
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awesome as always every week!
We love Claire, she is the best. We have two very different dogs (a rambunctious puppy and a sleepy old terrier) and she knows how to handle their varying needs. She is communicative and very active, always taking the dogs on hikes and to dog parks.
We hate leaving our pup behind, but sometimes it just can't be avoided. Claire was awesome! She sent pics, and even a short video of the fun Caira had on one of their hikes. It is still tough being away from her, but knowing she was getting lots of love & attention made it so much easier. We would definitely use Claire again for future trips
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As usual, Daphne loved her visit with Claire!
always great
awesome as always!
Claire is very sensitive to dogs, and dogs needs. I am also impressed with her business-like approach to making the arrangements and dealing with the logistics.
Claire, Lafia and the other dogs were awesome as always!!!!
I always feel so comfortable leaving my baby in the super amazing and capable hands of Claire. He is always excited to see her and I know it's because he has a great time with her and her other pups.

I really appreciate the photos and videos highlighting their day that Claire sends.

She is super friendly, happy and just a great person!
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Claire is awesome! Matilda played with her dog Devyn and loves hanging out over there. Claire sent me pictures and a video of Matilda while I was away which put my mind at ease and brightened my day. Claire is very professional, accommodating, knowledgeable and clearly has a passion for animals. I highly recommend her! Matilda can't wait to go back!
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Claire was wonderful! She was great with our dog and even sent us a video of him while we were away. We felt so comfortable and will definitely leave our pup with her again!
Claire was amazing and my dog felt right at home immediately. She hit it off with Claire's Dog and I could tell that Matilda would be in great hands!
Claire was great! Took great care of our dog Charlie while we were out of town, and he really enjoyed his visit. She is very active with the dogs, and was very responsive to our schedules and keeping us updated.
She was really nice and gave us a couple of picture updates while we were gone. We were also happy to know that our doggie was getting a good work out since she took him on a hike twice a day. He came back to us happy and relaxed.

Will definitely be back for more doggie sitting!
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This was our first time using DogVacay and it was an even better experience than we were hoping for. Claire was incredibly responsive from the beginning and, from the outset, setting up our dogs' stay with her was easy and seamless.

She watched our two dogs, one of which has some medical issues. As we should have expected, that dog came down with additional issues just before our vacation, but Claire assured us that this was no problem for her. She has training as a vet assistant so she's comfortable administering oral medication and was familiar with our dog's condition. The dogs had regular walks, constant attention, and seemed to be part of Claire's family. She even bathed them before we picked them up! We had regular photos and updates throughout our vacation.

We definitely feel comfortable having our pooches stay with Claire again, and feel so fortunate that we can go on vacation without guilt or concerns.
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Claire took great care of our two boxers! We were relieved to find a good place for them to stay. They got plenty of exercise and care. At the end we had two very happy puppies and I'm happy to say they have been sleeping soundly since coming home. Thanks Claire and we look forward to seeing you again soon!
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Once again, Claire took our high-energy cattle dog, George, on last minute. George leapt out of the car and ran up to the house, he was so excited to be there. He came back healthy, well-excercised, socialized, and even better trained. Another successful stay with Claire!
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Claire is helpful, available, and caring. She gave treats to Daphne when we did our meet and greet, and now has Daphne wrapped around her finger.
Claire puts her time and effort to make sure the dogs she watches are comfortable and confident in staying at her place. I've been back, and will continue to go back to Claire.
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Claire is wonderful! She instantly put me at ease with her timely communication, friendly manner, and by answering all of my questions. She is clearly experienced in working with dogs and knows how to create a well-behaved, happy pack. Claire sent me text messages and emails with little updates and washed my dog for my return after a week. My dog was clearly happy and comfortable there, and even rolled on her back for Laifa to pet her tummy. I was really impressed and would certainly take my dog there again.
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5 Paws!!! (high 5 from Frankie)

FRANKIE LOVES YOU!!!


This is only the second time for us!!
So check it out! When we pulled up to the house my dog was so Excited! He literally ran full speed up to the door barking, wagging, waiting, head tilting, scratching, SNIFFING!! He was stoked! and He wanted IN!! (i admit i felt a lil jealous hehe ) =)
I Never feel Guilty leaving him here because he has fun!!

We went camping in Yosemite 3 days & 2 nights
(this was before the fire) and we did lots & lots of hiking. The mist trail all the way to half dome in 1 day. We were pretty sore (like walking like zombies sore for a day) but we were able to all rest together because Frankie was goood and tired from the walking/hiking he did on HIS vacation!! =)

*****When we got back to town we hit traffic and Claire totally understood!

*****Also, My boyfriend noticed that Claire was doing dog training with one of the dogs in the back yard!! That impressed Us!

***** Thank You for the RED BANDANA!!!!
He looked so Cute in it (he was kinda showing off too!!)

We are very happy!! (He is Really Happy) that we get to have him in a place that he enjoys so much!!! He get's to play with other buddies!! and we know he gets his needs met!!
We All sincerely Thank you for what you do!!
See you Again!!
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Claire watches my 1 year old yorkipoo while Im at work on Mondays and she does a great job. When I pick him up he is always tired and I can tell he had loads of fun.
Five stars as usual, Claire is the best and Rawley had a blast!
Claire took excellent care of Buster. She gave him lots of love and took him on some great walks. Buster was totally happy and very well cared for. I will definitely have Buster stay at "Camp Claire" again!
Claire was awesome host for our dog. She's experienced and really loves what she does (even makes her own dog treats)! She has a great space with an large enclosed backyard. Claire always maintained great communication throughout the whole process from meeting request to confirming our drop-off. While our dog was there she took him on an off-leash dog hike and even sent us a video of him having a great time! We really felt comfortable leaving our furry guy with her and will definitely use her again in the future.
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Claire was awesome! She was super cool and easy to get in contact with/book with. I just picked up Lola after a long weekend away, and yes she was excited to see me, but she was also exhausted. Claire is super responsive and communicative, she even sent me some videos of the digs hanging out together and adventuring. She even sent me home with some home made treats! I would not hesitate to book with her again, everything was fantastic.
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Claire is the best. Our dog, Rawley, feels very comfortable with Claire and Devyn (the very welcoming host dog). We have a few trips planned coming up and we won't hesitate to send Rawley on a vacay with Claire.
This was our first experience with Dogvacay and it could not go better for us. Claire and Lafia were super understanding and kind. The house is great, huge yard and their dog, Devin, seems to be getting along with everyone. Claire sent us daily updates with photos and videos, which made us feel so much better about going on our vacation without stanley, our dog. She was accommodating to last minute changes and completely flexible with drop off and pick up hours. Claire and Lafia take the dogs on long morning walks to keep them active and make sure everything is OK at home by never leaving them home alone. Stanley got back to us after a bath (!!!!!) and with a bag of home made treats.... When we came to pick him up, he sat near Claire and seemed completely in love :) Bottom line is that we found people that we can trust and rely on when we need help with Stanley, and you, dog owners, will know how much it means....
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Claire is absolutely great! This was the first time we left our very energetic pup (7 mos) with someone we don't know, so we had reservations - both for him and them! But Claire was professional from the get go, had our dog meet the other dogs to make sure he'd be happy, and even left us with a little "doggy bag" of home-made goodies when we left!! Not to mention the text updates and photos that kept us in the loop and gentle training and tips - this is an easy 5 star rating. Thank you Claire!
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My wife and I were leaving on a two week vacation and were very worried about what to do with our 8-month old hound mix, Tommy. We are first time dog owners and did not really know where we should board Tommy, but we did know we did not want him isolated in a kennel or in one big room with numerous dogs and only one caretaker. We wanted our dog to have human interaction and care, and be able to play with another dog (or two). We came across Claire on DogVacay.com and decided to have a meet and greet; from the moment we met her we could tell how much she loved dogs. She is well trained, knowledgable and energetic. Best of all, Tommy adores her; and Claire's dog and Tommy get along like best buddies! During our vacation we received daily emails with photos, which put us at ease. She was really flexible with her schedule so we really appreciated that. Tommy had a great time; lots of exercise at Lake Merritt and her big backyard, and even received some training! We will definitely use Claire again; I highly recommend her.
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Great, Warm, Welcoming & Friendly
Frankie liked Devvyn =)

we had a meet & greet at the lake and Claire showed me her home. Great vibe beginning to end!
Thanks for the take home treats!! (p.s sorry my phone went missing, hope i didn't miss your updates)
My dog is rescue dog 5-6 years and i just couldn't have him boarded in a kennel he gets too nervous
Thank for Having Frankie! in your home! We will see you again!!! Thank you!
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This was my first time using using DogVacay and I was very nervous about using it for my Corgi. I set up a meeting with Claire and from then on it just got better and better. Through the entire time I was away I was kept up to date with how my pet was doing with pictures and texts. She cared for him as if he was her own. Not only did she care for him but she helped me with some training issues he was having using a leash. And if that was not all enough, she bathed him and made him treats to go in a doggie bag. We have both found a new friend. This is someone you should try. Both me and my Corgi are very happy!
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Claire is really nice , she took my boy in the last min. I m really particular with who I leave him, and he liked her of the bat. When I picked him up he was happy as always and she kept me posted the whole time. Thanks Claire .oh she made him homemade cookies too!!!! Soo nice of her.
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Leaving our six year old Havanese Terrier mix with Claire was the most positive experience we could have hoped for, and we would recommend that anyone considering her do a meet and greet. We hadn't spent much time away from our dog, Coco, who, after being abused in a previous home, had been making progress with some fear and separation anxiety issues. Almost instantly after meeting Claire and her friendly dog, we felt at ease, relieved to see how comfortable Coco was with them both and how clearly she knew what she was doing. It was reassuring to hear her approach to caring for our dog and to see how well they interacted. As difficult as it was to leave our dog, we were confident she was in good hands.

The updates she sent us were just great, and it was encouraging to see how much fun Coco was having with them. I was only a little surprised to see just how fast they developed a loving relationship. She was very accommodating and responsive in coordinating our pickup, so I can't really imagine the situation going any more easily. Claire seemed so genuinely sad to see Coco go because of the connection they established, and the same could be said of her dog. For that reason alone we would be happy to have our dog stay with her again, with her accommodating and responsible qualities she demonstrated making things that much better. I know Coco will be looking forward to vacaying with Claire again soon.
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I am fron out of town and needed someone to watch my dog. I felt nervous on the way there because I had just stumbled onto this site. Claire quickly got back to me. From the moment I dropped off my dog Charley, I knew she was going to have a great time! Claire was welcoming and was very sweet! I was glad she took her to the park and had a chance to be social. When I came to picke her up, she acted like she didnt want to leave. I would most definitely leave Charley in the care of Claire again!
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This was my first experience with Dog Vacay and whether or not it was 'Beginner's Luck' or if there was Divine Intervention involved, I have to say this web site was a great find, to say the least.

Our little guy had just been diagnosed with diabetes so he needed to have insulin injections twice a day. We had made reservations at a hospital boarding facility in the East Bay but at the last minute realized they would be isolating him, so no doggy playmates at ALL (diabetes isn't contagious for Heaven's sake!) plus, he'd be crated except for 20-minutes every four hours. I'm sure the facility is wonderful and has competent people but I was ready to pull the plug on the whole trip because there was no way I was going to leave my dog to be crated and only brought out every four hours for almost SIX days! Once that reservation was cancelled, I was then in need of finding a suitable place for him to stay - one that had someone who could administer his injections ... and it all had to be done and confirmed within a couple of days or cancel the entire trip. Ugh.

My husband and I were road-tripping from Seattle to the Bay Area and then taking a side trip to Houston (flying, not driving) so needed to board the pup while we were in Texas.

Thankfully I found Dog Vacay and connected with a lovely woman named Claire. We talked on the phone, I explained my predicament and voila! she was able to take my dog even with the short notice.

Claire lives in a house with a large backyard in a very eclectic, fun-loving, funky part of Oakland. She's warm and funny and the INSTANT she met our dog, he took to her. The connection was instantaneous on both their parts and although I was a nervous wreck due to the impending separation anxiety I knew I would feel the minute I left him (isn't that how it always is with us 'Moms' and 'Dads'?); I immediately felt a wave of relief when I saw the two of them touching noses and his tail a'waggin' with sheer glee (the dog's tail, not Claire's)

Claire was kind enough to send a few pictures while we were in Texas and we texted a few times, all of which left me with a very good feeling that our little man was being properly cared for and having a good time.

When we went to pick the stinker up he was excited to see me, but I think he would have stayed had there been that option. He was perfectly happy, looked great, a little dirty but boy dogs LOVE that and I was actually relieved that he WAS a little less than clean because that just confirmed to me that he really did have an EXCELLENT adventure!

We've already told Claire that if we do this kind of travel again and need a babysitter that we'll most definitely be calling her. She's absolutely wonderful and I would highly recommend her to anyone who asks.

I'm a VERY happy client ... can you tell?
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Claire was awesome, I felt really good leaving Trigger with her. She has had extensive experience with dogs which made me feel very comfortable. Additionally, she reinforced all the commands/training he has been taughtr. I initially feared that by leaving him with someone I didn't know he would learn bad habits and all the training I had paid for would go out the window but that wasn't the case at all with Claire. She sent me updates on how he was doing and was very accomodating. I would def. leave Trigger with her again!!
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