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Samantha B.

13 Reviews
5 Repeat Guests
Other Sitters Nearby
  • Same day bookings are OK
  • Cancellation Policy:

Pet Requirements

  • 1-20 lbs
  • 20-40 lbs
  • 40-80 lbs
  • 80+ lbs
All Ages OK
List of Pets OK for House Sitting
Dogs, Cats, Fish, Rabbits, gerbils, hamsters, or pet rodents, Caged birds, Reptiles

Samantha's Resident Pets

Mixed Breed
4 yr 11 mo old
Miniature Schnauzer
4 yr 11 mo old

About Samantha

10 Years Experience Caring For Dogs
Pet sitting services available in your home by former professional pet caretaker! I also provide dog walking services based on availability.

I relocated here to the Fort Collins area a little over a year ago from the Washington D.C. and Alexandria, VA area, where I owned and operated a successful pet care and dog training business for three years. I currently work full-time an an executive administrative assistant at an energy/renewables technology organization in Old Town Fort Collins and want to continue caring for pets in my spare time.

My experience ranges from dogs, cats, reptiles, birds and rabbits. I have extensive experience with a wide range of dog breeds and have provided behavioral training on a case-by-case basis.

If you would like more information and to see all of the positive reviews I have received, please check out Ruffs & Relaxation Dog Walking and Pet Care on Yelp and Facebook. Your pet's well-being is extremely important to me and you need to be comfortable with the person you choose to watch your pet!

Please connect with me for more details. I look forward to taking care of your babies!

- Samantha
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Can administer oral medicine
CPR / First-Aid certified
Special Needs Accommodated
  • Pets recovering from surgery
  • Separation anxiety
  • Aggressive behavior
  • Leash Pulling
  • Not yet house-trained
  • Advanced senior issues

Samantha B.

13 Reviews
5 Repeat Guests
Other Sitters Nearby
  • Same day bookings are OK
  • Cancellation Policy:


  • Available
  • Unavailable
  • 1 Spot Left
  • Booked
  • Last updated May 17, 2016


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Course 101 Graduate
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Course 102 Graduate
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Premium Pet Insurance, 24/7 Customer Support and Daily Photo Updates!

Services & Rates

House Sitting Overnight At Your Home
$45 /night
  • Dogs may be unsupervised for 2 - 4 hours/day
  • Willing to travel 8 miles
Dog Walking
$14 /half-hour
$25 /hour
  • Willing to travel 3 miles
$20 /visit
  • Willing to travel 2 miles
13 Reviews
I left Jack at Samantha's for 2 weeks, everything is fine when we picked him up.
The rate is reasonable and we received text and Jack's pictures for updates during our vacation, which is a very nice thing.

If we need future sitter or boarding for Jack, we will think Samantha's as our first choice.
We contacted Samantha last minute for a long weekend stay. She responded quickly , was very professional and made the booking process easy. Our dog Roxy had a lovely stay, she seemed happy and relaxed when she came home. We received updates over the weekend which was great. I would definitely have our beloved stay there again.
As a newbie to DogVacay, we were a little wary about leaving our 2/12 yr. old Labradoodle, Norma Jeane. We carefully browsed the sites and decided to give Samantha and Loren a try. At a very comfortable "meet and greet" NJ and I met our hosts and co hosts, Olivia and Reina, the resident pups. All seemed to go well, so 4 days later, NJ began her 5 day stay. When we all regrouped back home, my husband and I thought that NJ looked great, tired, from great walks, and play times, but not at all stressed or over -stimulated. We would recommend Samantha and Loren to all seekers, and look forward to rebooking!
Samantha and Loren were great! We will definitely use them again!
We definitely recommend Samantha. This was our first DogVacay experience and we will ask Samantha to watch Scout the next time we go out of town. Samantha gave us piece of mind that Scout would be well cared for by updating us during our vacation. Samantha was responsive to our request, knowledgeable about our puppy's needs & very professional. Thanks!
Sam and Loren took great care of Riley! He is a real handful and only adapts to strangers grudgingly. Despite this, he came away from his first boarding experience with a bunch if new friends. We would board Riley with this host family any time.
My dog had a great stay with Samantha. She was taken on 2 walks a day and enjoyed playtime with Samantha's dogs. She also sent me photos and emails with information on how my dog was doing during her stay. I would definitely use her again.
So much to say, this was 100% a great experience. I was nervous as this was my first time using DogVacay, but I did a meet and greet with Samantha and it she helped me understand more about what to expect as well as calmed all of my fears about leaving my pup. The meet and greet allowed me the opportunity to meet Samantha and her pups as well as see the home in which she would be taking care of Saba. Samantha was VERY knowledgeable and understood the lab breed, nutrition, exercise, dog age and emotion and was truly everything I was looking for in a sitter.

During the time I was away Samantha was responsive to my texts, calls or emails and consistently provided me updates and notes to let me know Saba was doing great. She really allowed me the peace of mind I needed to enjoy my vacation.

As this was the fist time we had used Dogvacy I was so happy to see Saba was well fed, well exercised, and all around calm when we picked her up. This was the experience I was looking for as Saba was always semi-traumatized when staying at loud, crowded boarding facilities, even no-cage facilities.

There is not a doubt in my mind that I will be using Samantha again. I have already recommended her to my colleagues at work and we are making plans for the Christmas holidays. Affordable, Professional, Caring and a great experience for both dog and human.
This was Nala's first time in a "home" other than her own...overnight. Nala is very active around other dogs. Sam has two puppy's herself and all of our dogs got along so great! Sam sent me pictures & text messages over the weekend to keep me posted, this was great!! Sam ran Nala every day for 30 minutes, that was amazing. I can't say enough great things about Sam's personalized care with Nala and I will recommend her to everyone I know that needs care for their dogs. Nala found a second home.
Samantha was very reponsive when I reached out to her for dog sitting services. Our usual dog sitter, cancelled at the last minute and we had plans out of town that we would have had to cancel otherwise. Samantha took very good care of my dog and even took him to her local community pool for a "doggie dip" activity. I would recommend Samantha.
Baxter had a great time at Samantha's house! He loved playing with her dogs and the other guest dogs. Sam took the dogs on lots of walks, too. After the dog vacay, Samantha sent me a detailed email of Baxter's stay and how it went. I would definitely arrange for Baxter to stay with Samantha again!
Lucky's first "daycare" experience (he's 6 months old) was with Samantha. He stayed with her all day Saturday and then we took him back again on Sunday. We were worried about him being away from home for the first time but he was so excited to see Samantha on the second day and he very much enjoyed playing with her and the other dogs. Thanks Samantha -- Lucky is looking forward to his next stay with you!
Samantha & Loren did such a great job with Charly as he was somewhat anxious of being in a new environment. They were very attentive to his needs and took him for walks. I will definitely board Charly with them again! Christina
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