Sam and Ollie's Overnight Oasis

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Samantha S.

65 Reviews
49 Repeat Guests
Other Sitters Nearby
  • Same day bookings are OK
  • Responds within 25 minutes
  • Cancellation Policy:

Pet Requirements

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

Samantha's Resident Pets

Cocker Spaniel
5 yr 6 mo old

Samantha's Townhome

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

About Samantha

5 Years Experience Caring For Dogs
Loving and cozy home available to your pups for last minute, long or short stays!

A few years ago on my birthday, I found a pup roaming the streets. After little convincing, we decided to keep each other. Ollie and I have been inseparable ever since! If I thought I loved dogs before that day, now I'm pretty much obsessed. For the last year, I've volunteered as a dog foster, giving pups a home till they can get adopted. They have become my passion!

Ollie and I would love to welcome your dog(s) into our home! We live in a spacious townhouse in Tarzana, with a front yard, and a closed-in patio with a doggy door, so they can always go outside. Ollie loves dogs, especially ones his size or smaller. Recently, he's become more scared of high energy, big dogs. My neighborhood is very dog friendly, and makes long walks easy and safe. We also have a dog park just a few blocks away to go and play, if you allow. My flexible schedule allows me to be home a majority of the day, and can give your dog the loving attention he/she deserves.


My Booking Policy:
Each sitter has their own policy when it comes to pick ups and drop offs. Since Dog Vacay charges per night, like a hotel, there invariably needs to be a "check out time." My nightly rate includes drop off as early as you want at NO extra charge. Even if it's 4am, just call me when you're at the door, and I'll come grab your pup :) My pickup time is set at 4pm. If you pick up by 4pm on the last day, there will be no additional charge besides the nightly rate. If you pick up after 4pm, a daycare charge will be added for that day, of $25. If you have 2 dogs, it would be $20/dog. If possible, please specify your pick up and drop off times in your request.

Holiday Rate is $45/night. Holidays are usually considered Friday-Sunday, plus the actual Holiday, but varies depending on the holiday. All other nights in the stay will be the standard rate.

Puppy Rate is $40-$45/night depending on the dog's temperament and behavior, determined at Meet and Greet. I LOVE puppies, but they can be a handful :-)

Extra large dogs will also be at a higher rate, to be discussed after meeting the dog during Meet and Greet.

$10 discount per night for multiple dogs from the same family

Rules and Things to Keep in Mind:
- Please make sure your pup(s) are vaccinated, flea medicated, not destructive, and get along with small dogs
- Happy to do last minute bookings if I'm available!
- Big dogs will require a meet and greet --- I only take one big dog at a time, and they need to be low energy and great with little dogs!
- If you need to pick up after 4pm on the last day, an extra daycare charge will be added ($25)
- Dogs will stay inside while I'm away, but will have access via doggy door to very secure, covered, and locked outdoor area.
- At least 2 walks a day around Tarzana!
- Allowed on couch or bed, as long as it's OK with you!
- Please bring whatever will make the dog most comfortable during his stay! If (s)he's used to a crate, please bring it! I will not crate them unless asked to. They can sleep with me, or in their own bed, or wherever they want!

Please indicate pick up and drop off times in your request if possible.

We can't wait to meet you!!!
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Samantha S.

65 Reviews
49 Repeat Guests
Other Sitters Nearby
  • Same day bookings are OK
  • Responds within 25 minutes
  • Cancellation Policy:


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  • Last updated February 18, 2017


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Services & Rates

Boarding Overnight At Samantha's Home
$32 /night
  • Watches up to 5 dogs/night
  • Dogs may be unsupervised for 1 - 2 hours/day
  • Dogs will have full access outside for potty breaks
  • 3+ walks/day
  • Pets can sleep wherever they want
House Sitting Overnight At Your Home
$80 /night
  • Dogs may be unsupervised for 2 - 4 hours/day
  • Willing to travel 15 miles
Daycare At Samantha's Home
$25 /day
  • Watches up to 5 dogs/day
Dog Walking
$20 /half-hour
$30 /hour
  • Willing to travel 10 miles
$25 /visit
  • Willing to travel 10 miles
$15 /bath
$15 each way
  • Willing to travel 10 miles
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65 Reviews
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Samantha is a true dog lover and so is her pup Ollie. Ollie loves dogs more than people, and this is a great place to have you pup stay and receive lots of play and love. Sam has a nice home and a small enclosed secure patio with a small dog-door. There is a grassy area in front of her town home to take pups out for a quick potty break. Also, Sam and Ollie like to take guest pups out for walks in her neighborhood. You'll be at ease leaving you pup here for a stay as Sam has lots of experience taking care of dogs.
We couldn't have found a better person to take care of our dog than Samantha. Throughout his stay, Samantha kept us updated by texting photos of our dog with snippets on how much fun he was enjoying. We recommend Samantha without any reservations.
Samantha was a joy and very warm. The energy of her home was positive and nurturing. Mr. Cooper (my pup) settled in immediately and I felt comfortable leaving him. Samantha sent me pics which were sweet and reassuring. She is now my "go to" for dog care when I travel or just need one night of care!
Samantha now has been caring for my puppies going on a year. She started with 1 then came 2 and she was amenable to the extra work it took with them as they were learning proper indoor potty etiquette. She has boarded and provided extras such pick ups and drop offs which make my life so much easier. She always responds to my requests promptly and addresses all my silly little questions and keeps me posted with pics and videos on how much fun they are having with Ollie and other guests. She is my go to puppy care and it is apparent from her reports how much my pups love their time with her and her pack.
Samantha is pawsome! She understood and appreciated my [as it turned out, unfounded] anxieties about leaving Carly for the first time anywhere other than in her own home. She responded quickly and sensitively to my many texts and sent photos that let me know that Carly was receiving excellent care and happy. I was impressed with her obvious love for the pups in her care and her knowledge of what they go through away from their own homes. Indeed, Samantha's many very positive reviews are well deserved. They convinced me to choose her over several others much closer to my home and I am very, very pleased I did! My hopes and expectations were exceeded in every way and I recommend Samantha without any hesitation whatsoever. I can't thank her enough for such a wonderful experience. Carly and I look forward to the next time we have occasion to DogVacay with Samantha!
We boarded our Frenchie with Samantha for a day and a half. Samantha was very easy to coordinate with, took great care of our Stella, kept us updated with pics. We feel totally comfortable boarding Stella with Samantha in the future.
Samantha is fantastic! She stayed at my home with my dog Duke while I was out of town. She even took photo's of him and sent them to me. She is a lovely young lady and very responsible. This is the first time I used dog vacay and I was so lucky to connect with Samantha.
This was our dogs second time staying with Samantha and he very much enjoyed himself! Samantha is great at sending pictures and giving us lots of updates of our dogs stay. I love that she only has a max of five dogs, that way I know that our pup is getting enough attention. Thanks Samantha!
I was blown away by Samantha's kindness and care for our dog, Frankie. I dropped him off and he made himself right at home---dog's know people and he knew right away that Samantha is a great one! :) She cared for him with love and attention---I have never felt so peaceful and trusting of anyone while we were away. When we got home Frankie was peaceful and tired from all the fun and walks in the neighborhood. I'm so grateful to have found DogVacay and Samantha!
There's a a lot of doggie energy and love in Samantha's house! I believe my fur babies made themselves comfortable quickly.
Samantha was fantastic! She responded to my request within an hour, allowed me to drop off Maggie super early in the morning (5am!) so I could catch my flight, and was great with communication. She even provided a couple of updates and photos of Maggie throughout the vacay! Maggie came home happy and tired after spending a great weekend with Samantha and the other dogs -- we will absolutely be staying with her again, and highly recommend her to others! Thank you, Samantha!
Samantha was very gracious in working with me for drop off and pick up times. She was available and responsive to questions that I had. She was kind enough to send me pictures of the pugs during the day. I felt very secure in having them spend an overnight with her. I highly recommend her to anyone who is looking for a responsible and fellow pet owner to care for their precious possession.
Samantha was great! We will be taking our dog back to stay with her again!
Samantha as an excellent solution for our dog Charleee when we were away. Initially we were quite apprehensive leaving him elsewhere as he was ever away without us, the experienced turned out to be awesome. Highly recommended
So loving to my cockapoo!
Great experience. Samantha was super flexible with drop off and pick up times!
Samantha was great! She was easy to work with and very flexible. Jake enjoyed him stay with her. She sent me a text and pictures to let me know they had fun. I highly recommend her for someone with dogs.
Samantha is a great option for your dog when you're away. She has a flexible schedule and her house is perfect for accommodating your pet. It's good to have a sitter you trust, and even better to have one that is so friendly and understanding of the dogs and responsive to your messages.
Highly recommend Samantha as she took great care of our dog while on an extended out-of-town stay. Even though it was her first time visit, our dog felt right at home. Frequent photo check-ins helped our daughter feel at ease about leaving her for college. You can't go wrong with Samantha!
We called on short notice and Samantha was extremely quick to respond and schedule. It could not have worked out better. I would call Samantha anytime!
Samantha, Was everything we hoped for and look forward to our dog Nellie returning soon. Thank you!
Samantha was very nice to work with. She sent us photos of our dog which were nice to see. Our dog displayed some potty issues that were very out of character and she handled it with care and calm which was great since we were out of town. Would recommend her any time.
My 14lb, 9 month old puppy is always trepidatious around new people and surroundings. So when I asked for a meet and greet for an introduction, Samantha welcomed us over prior to accepting our request for boarding. My puppy loves other animals so when Lola met Ollie and the other dogs, it went very well. After a few days during the stay, and plenty of photos and message updates by Samantha, Lola seemed to settle right in with their routine of playing and cuddling. Lola will be staying again and with my other new 5 month old puppy, Samantha has accepted the challenge and willing to care for both of my pups. Thank goodness!
Her clean friendly environment was my first positive impression. Her home was so set up for the comfort of my dogs. She was calm and personable. My dogs loved her and so did I. I will definitely be using her again and again.
In the past when we had to leave our dog Sammy, all the time it was a struggle and Sammy was often sick and depressed. As we went to Hawaii for some vacation, we decided to use Dogvacay. Among a lot of possibilities, we selected Samantha. Best decision ever. We received pictures and news almost every day and It was very reassuring to see Sammy happy and in a very good shape. Samantha thank you so much for taking care of our dog as he was your own and for the late pick-up. You are the best!
Samantha was awesome! She definitely came through on a late reservation My dogs aren't the easiest to deal with and she handled them perfect. Thank you again for everything !! !.
I cannot say enough great things about Samantha! She was the perfect sitter for our dog Irie and sent us plenty of updates and adorable pictures! He truly enjoyed himself with the other dogs and will be back to stay again! Samantha was a great sitter and highly recommend her! :)
Samantha was great! Very professional and patient with our older dog( 15 yrs old). Reuben did not want to leave. Pretty sure he would have moved in if he could
Bonkers had another great stay with Samantha. As before, she came back well rested and happy. Thanks again, Samantha!
I am grateful to have found Samantha on DogVacay. Her communication is excellent and I know Teddy had a good time. I've already mentioned her to other dog owners in the area. I would not hesitate to recommend her and she will be my first choice for dog sitting when we need one.
I was sooo nervous to leave my dog Halo for 17 days, but Samantha was great and sent me updates and pics and texts while I was gone, and when my phone wasn't working because I was out of the country she even texted my best friend to let her know that Halo was doing great. I would highly recommend if you are going out of town you book with Samantha.
Thanks to Samantha for taking such great care of Bonkers for a whole week. Samantha was very friendly and made us feel very at ease from the very beginning. She was very understanding and flexible with our dropoff/pickup schedule, which was a huge help. Throughout the week she kept us updated with pictures of Bonkers. Bonkers came back happy and well-rested. We look forward to future stays!
Samantha kept me up to date on how my pet was doing. She's great, and I'll definitely use her again in the future.
I love Samantha and Ollie! They are both sweet and beautiful and make Jackson's stay full of fun and safety. I only use Samantha cause she's simply the best.
Samantha was awesome. My dog looked well cared for and came home happy and healthy. She me some pics of him while I was gone. She is very nice and I would use her again in a heart beat.
Excellent attention and care was given to my sweet girl Teena. Samantha sent lots of picks and also gave her a bath for $15.00. She had lots of fund playing with the other dogs who were equally living and friendly. Tamar
Samantha was great! Nubee had a relaxing time in her beautiful town home. We got text updates about once or twice a day for our peace of mind. She was also very flexible with her times.
Samantha and Ollie were so amazing with our Miss Havana! She is our first baby girl and was hard leaving for our extended trip but Samantha treated her like her own, including snuggling in bed and couches, long walks and hikes. Havana even found a great friend on her stay, Max. Samantha took photos often to show how happy Havana was. We will be using Samantha and Ollie again for caring for our baby girl, Havana!
Very nice
Very loving and intuitive. Super communicative. Excellent!
Love her! So kind and warm, sends me updates and takes such good care of my baby.
Samantha was amazing!!!! We had never left our puppy before so we were a bit nervous! Samantha kept us updated with pictures throughout our trip. Luna was so well cared for and happy when we got her! Samantha is truly a blessing & we are so lucky to have found her!
Dogs were well cared for with constant updates. Samantha was the consummate host.
Samantha was amazing! I have a 5 month old golden doodle who eats everything! Samantha was very attentive to my dogs needs and was very careful with leaving things around the house. I felt very safe leaving my baby with Samantha. I also got picture updates from her everyday which made me feel much better about leaving my dog. I knew my puppy was in great hands. She was also very flexible with the drop off and pick up times which was very helpful. Samantha took my dog on walks daily which I know my dog loved. I have already used Samantha twice and I will continue to use her every time we go out of town.
This was my first time using DogVacay and everything about it was fantastic! Samantha is amazing - so nice/sweet and was always available to answer a text when I was checking in, even sharing pics and videos which my kids LOVED to see while we were away. Her cute little dog Ollie was a great friend to my dog during his stay as well.

I highly recommend Samantha to anyone, and know that our dog will be staying with her many more times in the future.
Samantha was great! Our dog Cooper loved staying with her and over the course of his stay even became more friendly with other dogs. We are so impressed that we have already booked with her for our next trip. Samantha responded fast to all messages and sent us daily updates which is more than any $40 per day dog kennel would ever do. Knowing that your best friend is in the care of someone kind and caring like Samantha, allows you to enjoy your trip a little more and not have to feel so bad about leaving them behind.
Our pup enjoyed daycare with Samantha - we got a couple picture updates and could tell he enjoyed a walk and spending time with her and the other dogs she had with her.
Samantha is awesome. She has taken Max on really short notice and helped me out a lot when I was delayed getting back in town. Plus, Max is always in a great mood when I pick him up. He loves it there. Highly recommended.
Lila just loves coming to Samantha's place! She gets to meet news friends of all size, shape and color and play all day and late into the night! What more can you expect for your pup?(:
As you can tell from my previous reviews, Samantha just takes things to the next level (In a good way of course!) and makes you just want to keep coming back to her! Rock on Samantha!
This was the first time we booked with Samantha and did not know what to expect. None the less, she was extremely accommodating and even was nice enough to take Lila on a nice little adventure!
Samantha went above and beyond to make sure Lila was well taken care of! Highly Recommend:)
Samantha and her dog Ollie were such wonderful hosts for our two 11 year old dogs, I felt bad taking them home at the end of our vacation. Samantha's townhouse is warm and clean and very hmey and Sam took amazing care of them. nd of us too: everyry day she sene pictures od all the dogs relaxing around the house.She bathed them. Snuggled with them. Gave them their medicine diligently. She works at home so they got constant attention and love. We were extremely lucky tohave found Samantha. The sweetest and nicest host you can imagine.
11 out of 10!
Robert and Danielle Fox and
Sometimes we can't take our dog along on our adventures, but we never worry cause he stays with Samantha. She is warm and attentive to his needs. He gets lots of exercise and love during his stay. When we travel it is such a relief to know he feels comfortable and is enjoying his time.
Amazing service! Samantha by far has been the best sitter we've had. She kept is informed, would send us updates daily, she even took our baby hiking and sent us pictures of the adventure. Simply loved how involved and caring she is. Thank you again Samantha!
Samantha was terrific with Sophie! Sophie is a very shy dog at first but warms up very well and Samantha knew how to manage a shy dog having a rescue herself. Very glad to have found her!
My little Shelbee had a blast! I also appreciate the daily updates with photos. Definitely will have Samantha watch over our pup again in the future!
Samantha is so great! She really cares about Deen and wants the best for him. I trust that when I leave my pup with her that he is in good hands. Thanks, Samantha!
Samantha was amazing with our dog Sammy. We were leaving the country for 2 weeks and our dogsitter had to cancel, so we contacted Samantha last minute and she made sure to make the time for us to meet and get everything we needed settled for Sammy before we left. She sent photos of our dog and kept us updated as to how he was doing while we were away. I would definitely give Samantha 5 stars and plan on using her every time we leave town.
I just moved to the area and was really nervous about leaving Ollie with someone new while I went on business trips. I came across Samantha's and Ollie's profile and decided to try it out, especially since her dog has the same name as mine! It was a great experience and my little guy seemed very happy when I picked him up! So glad I have somewhere to take him when I travel rather than boarding!Thank you, Samantha!
Samantha was sweet and flexible and very easy to work with! Our dog Walter was welcomed into her home and we received frequent communication while we were away -- texts and photos and updates as to how he was doing. Thank you, Samantha! The next time we leave town, Walter would love to stay with you.
Samantha S was great with our dog Noodles. It is clear she loves dogs. Noodles is a large dog and sometimes he has separation anxiety, but Samantha handled him like a pro and she made sure he got the attention he needed while he stayed with her. We were not worried because Samantha made sure we got multiple updates, and she even sent photographs of Noodles, so that we could see our boy. We had a great experience with Samantha and we would not hesitate to leave our dog with her again. We highly recommend her.
Samantha was great! She was always within reach and very responsible. She put up with my early morning work schedule without any complaints and my pup came home tired and happy.
Samantha is a very sweet, serious and responsible girl. It seems clear that my dog, Bubble, loved her. She sent me texts and photos during the week. Everything went very well. Do not hesitate to use Samatha to look after your dog.
Samantha was fantastic to my dog Koo! I had to change a couple of times my dropping off schedule and ended up really early (5am!) but she willingly accepted. She is really flexible on schedule. Thank you Samantha!
Her dog Ollie is a sweetheart and Koo and he had a great time together. She has a nice place with an open patio and nice size rooms, good for a large dog.
I definitely recommend Samantha and will use her again! :)
Samantha was really great with Angel! Sometimes I worry when she's around smaller dogs because they can be intimidated by her size and become aggressive but Ollie was perfectly sweet. They seemed to get along perfectly. Samantha has a great house and lives in a good area, so I'll have no worries bringing my pup back again! Would recommend. Thanks Samantha!
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