Santa Cruz Mountain Doggie Retreat

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Cheryl H.

91 Reviews
40 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

Cheryl's Resident Pets

Labrador Retriever
11 yr 9 mo old

Cheryl's House

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Large Yard
100% fenced & locked
Smoke-free home
Air-conditioned inside

About Cheryl

30 Years Experience Caring For Dogs
My husband, Mark, and I are dog lovers and have raised our own dogs and provided pet care for many dogs over the years. Your pet will receive personalized attention and lots of love in a beautiful, cage-free, home environment.

Our Santa Cruz mountain home sits on 6 acres and is located mid-way between Los Gatos and Santa Cruz. The property is securely fenced with lots of sunshine and space for four-legged friends to play and hang out. We are surrounded by lots of trails for daily hiking and exploring.

Our resident dog, Cheyenne, is a sweet, gentle Labrador Retriever. A "Furry Friend", she participates in pet-assisted therapy with monthly visits to a local nursing home. She thoroughly enjoys all human and pet company and makes friends very easily.

We also frequent the dog-friendly beaches in Santa Cruz with our dog and will do regular weekend beach outings for your dog as well.

We generally provide 24x7 care but occasionally your dog will need to stay at home with Cheyenne and other guest pups for limited periods without supervision.

All sizes of pets are welcome to visit as long as they are obedient, house trained, and non-barkers.

Your dog will be in excellent hands (and paws) with us and will be guaranteed to get lots of TLC.

Overnight boarding is booked in 24-hour increments. A daycare charge applies if pick-up occurs after the 24 hour window.

For our holiday guests:
For New Year's Day, 4th of July, Thanksgiving Day, Christmas Eve, Christmas Day, and New Year's Eve, an additional $20/day surcharge will apply.

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Can administer oral medicine
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Cheryl H.

91 Reviews
40 Repeat Guests
Other Sitters Nearby
  • 1 day notice required for bookings
  • Responds within 2 hours
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  • Last updated February 22, 2017


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Services & Rates

Boarding Overnight At Cheryl's Home
$50 /night
  • Watches up to 3 dogs/night
  • Dogs may be unsupervised for 2 - 4 hours/day
  • Dogs will have full access outside for potty breaks
  • 3+ walks/day
  • Pets can sleep wherever they want
Daycare At Cheryl's Home
$40 /day
  • Watches up to 3 dogs/day
91 Reviews
Our 5 year-old lab Shasta loved his return visit with Cheryl! From hanging out with his doggy pals to trips to the beach every day, we're surprised he wanted to come home with us! Cheryl was great in keeping in touch, sending us photos and updates every day. It's clear that she loves the dogs that she cares for and we couldn't be happier with his stay.
Cheryl and Mark are, and have always been the best. They are family as far as we, and Kona are concerned❤️
Last night was our first time leaving our dog Stella with someone other than family. She isn't the easiest dog to take care of (lots of energy and very attached) so we are always hesitant to leave her. Cheryl and Mark couldn't have been better. They were so kind and welcoming to Stella and us as well. They sent us picture updates throughout the night that we loved receiving. It's very clear they are genuine dog lovers. We would recommend Cheryl and Mark to anyone without a doubt!
Awesome experience with true dog lovers! very thankful to have the option to have my dog stay here!
My Moonstone had a great overnight stay with Cheryl and her husband Mark. If you want your dog to have a vacation while you are on vacation or business travel, this is the place! Very experienced with dogs and a really caring atmosphere.
Cheryl is friendly, gave my dog space and time to explore. Very relaxed atmosphere with freedom to move from indoor to outdoor without barriers. There is a lot of enclosed space to explore on the property.
My dog appeared content when I picked him up from his day visit.
Cheryl & her husband took excellent care of our puppy. She sent us photos throughout the weekend showing us our pup was happy & safe. When we picked her up she was exhausted from all the fun she had. They will be our first choice place for our pup to stay when we're away.
Cheryl and Mark took excellent care of our six month puppy. It was a wonderful experience. They sent us several photos of our dog throughout her stay, which helped us feel safe and happy with the notion that our dog was having a great time. This will not be the last time we use Cheryl and Mark's services, and we will be happy to leave our dog with them during our next trip.
My husband Joe and I never imagined that our vacation would turn out to be such a wonderful experience for our Kona-Bella! This was her first visit to Cheryl and Mark's home, but it will surely not be the last. Not only was it a wonderful experience for her but we were put at ease before we even left town thanks to Cheryl's frequent texts and photos. Kona is still young and full of energy and Cheryl went beyond our expectations to keep her entertained. There are truly kind people in the world......they are usually dog lovers??!
Cheryl and Mark cared for my two energetic (*understatement) labs (Bochy and Posey) for almost a week while my family and I were in Hawaii. I think these pups had more beach time than we did on the island! I cannot say enough good things about our experience. Cheryl texted me picture updates every day, and it was clear our pups were constantly getting exercise and affection. You cannot go wrong booking Cheryl for your next Doggie Vacay; it was peace of mind for us knowing our "kiddos" were in the best of care. Thank you so much for a wonderful experience!
Just love all three of them
I just can not say enough. Cheryl and Mark are wonderful
Great as always. Sam loves visiting Cheryl and Mark and Cheyenne.
Two paws up! Cheryl is like a second mama to Aston and he enjoys every minute of his adventures with her and the pups!
Sherman was a happy camper once again. Nothing but great things to say about Cheryl. She takes great care of our boy and keeps him entertained.
Cheryl is the best! I think my dogs had a better vacation than I did! Now I must live up to her many trips to the beach. She certainly spoiled them. Thank you so much Cheryl.
All his best friends were there. Good time for all. Came home a happy tired boy.
Heidi had a better vacation than we did. :)

Cheryl and her husband were great. We were very nervous leaving our 16 month old puppy but she was very well taken care of. Spoiled in fact. Went to the beach almost every day, she sent pictures daily and our Heidi was having a wonderful time.

From here on our puppy will only stay with Cheryl and I can now be on vacation not having to worry about our little girl.

Thank you so much….I would highly recommend.

Donna D.
My Dog smiles with her. She is his second Mom. Love her
Her and Mark are too special. Hunter loves his visits
When we went on vacation for a week, we dropped off our 80 lb Golden Retriever with Cheryl and Mark to look after. Upon returning, I can't be sure who had a better vacation, our dog or us! Everyday, Cheryl would update us with a picture, or pictures, of the activities they were doing and the places they were going, from beaches to music festivals to auto shows. Our Golden was so pooped the day he returned home with us; he had so much physical and mental stimulation. Cheryl and Mark are the best, and we definitely plan on dropping off our Golden with them the next time we need to board him!
Cheryl is great! I think my dog has more fun on vacation than I do!
Sophie loves coming to Cheryl & Mark's house. She's always excited for a car ride, but when we get close, she knows exactly where we're going and gets even more excited! She always comes home absolutely exhausted from a long day of play!
Cheryl is an excellent host for our dog, Sophie who is energetic and friendly. Cheryl made sure that that Sophie would get along with the other dogs at her home. The home and property is a great playground for a high energy dog.

Thank you Cheryl for making Sophie feel at home.

It is so nice to enjoy a trip when your pup is happy. She takes him on hikes and to the beach. He comes home beat. I just love them
Kaia's stay at Cheryl's was great
Cheryl seemed to appreciate how nervous we were and sent us pictures right away that eased our minds
Kaia is on a special diet and gets medication twice a day for skin issues and Cheryl took care of all of her needs as part of her stay
We've already booked Kaia's next stay for a trip we're taking next month!
Sherman had a swell time at his slumber party with Cheryl, Mark and Cheyenne. He made some new furry friends and got to romp on the beach. The photo updates from Cheryl gave me confidence that Sherman was being well taken care of and was having the time of his life.
I picked up a happy dog
Emilio had a great time. I really appreciated Cheryl's photo updates. He came back to us happy and tired.
Our dog's experience here was wonderful! She came home from her visit so happy and relaxed. The environment was warm and friendly and our dog felt very much at home here. We will definitely book a stay here again! Thanks Cheryl!
The best!
Again I picked up a very happy tired dog. Love them.
Cheryl is the best when it comes to caring for Griz while we're away! Her home is spacious and beautiful and full of great smells, I'm sure! She and her husband are great dog parents! Griz seems very relaxed when he's in their care. I love that they go to the beach often and that Cheryl sends photos of the dogs looking very happy! I am so thankful to have found this awesome dog lover!
Aston loves staying with Cheryl and her family. I have complete peace of mind when he is in her care. Thank you so much!
Outstanding, I am sure that Sam has more fun staying with Cheryl and Mark and their dog Cheyenne than anywhere else (maybe even at home).
Daisy, our goldendoodle, has stayed with Cheryl and Mark twice now and we couldn't be more pleased. We can tell by Daisy's "smile" in the daily pictures we receive from Cheryl that she is having fun. With the trips to the beach, the hikes and the wonderful playmates, she sure is one pampered pooch. I never worry about Daisy while I am away knowing she is in such loving and caring hands.
Cheryl is the best! My dog loves it there!
Hunter had a great time. Other dogs to play with. Cheryl is his second Mom. I am able to relax knowing he is happy. He comes home tired after all the fun activaties she has for him. He is in love with her dog.
I highly recommend Cheryl and Mark! I've owned dogs my whole life and cannot possibly think of a better experience. Daily updates, photo's, great communication. You can't go wrong!!! Thanks Cheryl and Mark! Sam will be back soon.
We were extremely pleased with Cheryl and would highly recommend her services to anyone. The entire family (Cheryl, her husband and Cheyenne) are truly dog lovers and they treat your dog as one of their own family members. She is very professional, knows dogs and can adapt to your dog's specific needs and requirements. This was our first experience with leaving our 11 mos. old puppy and we had all the confidence in the world that she would be well taken care of and get lots of exercise. Cheryl is the best!
Her and her husband are the best. I fell secure when I live my Boy with her
Cheryl took extremely good care of Kurtis while we were on our honeymoon. She sent pictures of him to us, she took him to the beach and made him feel like he was part of the family. I almost felt bad to bring him home when we got back. I would definitely recommend that you use her for your next trip when you want someone you know will take the best care of your dog
I can't say enough about how great Cheryl is! This was our first time taking our pup to stay with her, and I couldn't have asked for anything better. The dogs have so much room to run around at the house, Cheryl and her husband take doggie field trips to the beach, and you get daily pictures and updates on what your pooch is up to! It really helps put you at ease when you know that someone is taking care of your dog the way that you would. We picked up our dog last night and she is pooped from playing and having fun all weekend. I'd highly recommend Cheryl to anyone looking for a dog sitter. Thanks Cheryl!!
What can I say, she is the best.
Griz' stay with Cheryl was Pawsome! We are hesitant to leave Griz with anyone, (including family) but he seemed to have had a terrific weekend while we were having ours! Cheryl sent many photos showing happy dogs...just enough to put our minds at ease! She and her husband, Mark, are definitely dog lovers! Their home is lovely and the outdoor area is beautiful and full of great smells (I'm guessing, from a dog's nose's point of smell!) They went to the beach twice so Griz was happy, happy, happy! I loved the photo with all of the dogs looking at Cheryl in the hot tub! (I'm thinking they need one of their own ?!) It was a wonderful experience and we are all looking forward to the next Dog Vacay!
So glad my pup found such a loving home away from home! :)
Jake had the *best* time staying with Cheryl! She sent pictures everyday and we could tell by how far his tongue was hanging out how much fun he was having! We would defintely book a dog vacay with Cheryl again.
Cheryl was great and the environment great for our dog. We loved the daily pictures and our dog looked like she was having more fun than us. Thanks.
Perfect stay.
Our dog loves "vacationing" with Cheryl! She gets all the exercise she needs and is in a home environment, where she gets spoiled!
Perfect stay.
Great as usual.
Totally good!
As usual, outstanding! Our dog didn't want to go home.
I can never say enough good about her and her husband. She always sends pictures of him having a good time. It means a lot to me because I always miss him.
Our dog, Jonathan is 13 and has severe separation anxiety but Cheryl and Mark knew just what to do. When we picked him up he was relaxed and happy. We couldn't be more relieved to find a safe place for him. Of special thanks to Cheryl for the texted photos.
Wow, what a great find! Lily had a good time and she even ate. Lily is a bit of a shy girl and in the past when I have left her she would not eat. Staying with Cheryl was a different story. She was quite comfortable and felt secure, which in turn made me very happy.

Cheryl was very thoughtful and sent pictures of Lily with a little update that was great to receive.

Lily will definitely go back and stay with Cheryl. It is the perfect place for her.

Thanks Cheryl & Mark

Kathy & Lily
Based on the great photos of Sam that Cheryl sent me, I think his vacation might have been better than mine!
She always sends pictures of him having a good time. They are always the highlight of my trips. I love her and her husband. Janet and Hunter
As always, my dogs Digy and Gillie had a fantastic doggie vacation at the Santa Cruz Mountain Doggie Retreat! They got walks and best of all, trips to the beach!!! Cheryl is great about sending us pictures during their stay so we can see what a great time they are having. Cheryl and Mark are the best hosts ever; I never worry about my furkids when they're with them :-)
She is just the best.
Cheryl was amazing with our high-energy GSP. She really provides a home away from home for her guests where they can romp and play on her beautiful property, go for walks, take trips to parks, and visit the beach. Our dog had an amazing experience and we had the highest peace-of-mind of any boarding experience.
As we've experienced before, Cheryl and Mark were awesome hosts. Jesse got to enjoy the beach and the company of other friendly canine pals. They even kept a watch over a digestive problem she's been having. These guys are the best!
My pup Aston had his first sleepover last night. I have 100 percent confidence in the care that Cheryl and Mark provide. Aston receives lots of personal attention as well as time to enjoy the outdoors. They are so amazing I just wish I had found them sooner!
We were 100+% satisfied with our dog Declan's visit to Cheryl's home.
The property is a dog paradise. And Cheryl and Mark's dog Cheyenne is the perfect host.
Declan enjoyed romping thru the spacious park like setting and lounging on the deck. He came home happy and relaxed from his day away.
Cheryl and Mark are terrific. They treated Declan like he was one of their own.
What a terrific service!
Cheryl very kindly watched our dog Karl at the last minute. We felt at ease dropping him off; Cheryl and her dog, Cheyenne are so sweet! We loved the pictures she sent of Karl during his stay. Our highly energetic dog came home happy and very tired. We highly recommend Cheryl and look forward to Karl's next stay!
Ack! Can't believe I forgot to review Cheryl and family! Sorry!!! These guys are just wonderful. Our pup, Jesse had a great time with them, going to the beach and hanging out at their lovely mountain home. I would not hesitate to have her stay there again, and if fact, I'm on DogVacay right now to do just that.
Cheryl is AMAZING! Let me start by saying, I am an overprotective, first time dog mom. My little rescue pup has epilepsy (controlled with medication) and selective about his environment. I was concerned about him changing to a new daycare and how it would affect him. He absolutely loves it...2 paws up! I could not be happier and this is the perfect dog paradise!
I am a very picky person when it comes to the right person - place to board my dogs. I have visited several places and I must say Cheryl is the best I have seen...It's an 1 and 1/2 h. drive from my home (we live in SF) but sincerely it's completely worth it! I have been extremely pleased with overall experience with Cheryl. She was not only perfect responding on my emails promptly but also she was lovely during our first meeting. Their home with a huge garden is a dream for a dog. Our Golden retriever Simba is also finicky about her "vacation" spots and she loved to explore the garden and their water fountain;-) My little chiwawa mix Paris (rescue dog and very attached to me) was also very happy to follow her sister Simba around and didn't seem stressed at all staying for a 3 nights stay. My dogs had a blast on the beach, having fun on a 4 miles walk in the woods and when I picked them up they seemed happy but tired after their great wknd. I feel I am lucky to have found the right spot for my hairy girls to spend 2 weeks in August and have my mind in peace while on vacation myself. Also - their Labrador is sooo sweet and friendly! Thank you Cheryl and Mark...
Absolutely the best petcare we have ever found! Our dog probably didn't even want to come home after spending a couple of weeks at Cheryl's house.
We highly recommend Cheryl! Lola had a wonderful stay. Thank you for accommodating our last minute request and taking Lola in as one of your own. She loved her trip to the beach and running around your property with the other dogs.
The best!
My dog loves her and her husband. She plays with them. I have a year and a half lab, he needs a lot of playing. He gets so excited when he sees her.
Marshall had the time of his life! He enjoyed trips to the beach, hikes in the redwoods and hanging out with Cheyenne. He even celebrated his first birthday and had his picture taken with the Easter bunny! Marshall wants to know when our next vacation is planned!
Our dogs, Digy and Gillie, had a great time with Cheryl and Mark. They got several trips to the beach and from the looks on their faces in all the pictures Cheryl sent us, they had as good a time as we did in Maui! We couldn't ask for better hosts for our fur kids :-) Thanks so much Cheryl and Mark!
Jesse, our 13-month old Chesapeake puppy had an AWESOME time with Cheryl, Mark and Cheyenne. These guys are warm, welcoming and low-key. Their home is lovely with lots and lots of space for the dogs to play outside or lounge inside or on one of the decks. Jesse enjoyed multiple trips to the beach and came home happy and tuckered out. So glad I found Cheryl on DogVacay. I will definitely take Jesse here again if we need our own vacay from the dog. :)
Our active puppy Storm absolutely loves spending time at Cheryls. She is always happy and exhausted when we pick her up. We enjoy getting periodic pictures and know she is being extremely well cared for and supervised. We will not hesitate to book with Cheryl again (and again!).
Cheryl was great! I'm admittedly a crazy-attached dog owner, so the fact that she sent me pictures of Merry doing fun activities every day was amazing! He came home super happy :)
Sam had a great time staying with Cheryl. He came home relaxed and tired after spending a day racing around with her dog and another canine guest at her house. Can't imagine a better, safer place to board him!
Hunter greeted her like he does me. That made me feel real good. She has made him feel like one of the family. She is the best.
She is amazing. My dog has completely bonded with her and her husband. Her wonderful dog has been great with my puppy. It's great to have peace of mind when I am away.
She took him to the beach and on a hike. He bonded well with her and her husband and dog. She also sent pictures of him playing with her dog and the beach. It was the best.
Everything about this stay was good. While we were traveling, Cheryl emailed us lots of photos of our dog hanging out and playing with her dog and other buddies, digging holes in the sand at the beach, and obviously having plenty of fun. When we got back, our dog didn't even want to leave Cheryl's place. He and her dog were chasing each other around and around our car and snuffling each others' ears. I can't imaging a better place to leave Sam when we're not home. Highly recommended!
My dogs and I love Cheryl! Excellent care, lots of love and a safe and fun environment. Couldn't be better.
Cheryl and her husband took good care of our dog Abbie. She sent us daily updates with pictures. They also took her to the dog beach. Abbie came home happy and tired :) I will definitely use her again the next time!
Cheryl was a warm and welcoming host for my dog Pilot during his one week stay with her and her family. She sent daily emails with photos of him along with a brief description of his activities. Not only did he get to romp around her wooded property, but she and her husband took him twice to the beach along with her own dog. She genuinely enjoyed him. Five star rating for EVERYTHING across the board for our experience with her!
Great place for our dog to hang out! I'm sure he had as much fun on his vacation as we did on our day off.
My husband and I just returned from a 10-day trip and our dog Digy had a great time with Cheryl and her family - in fact I think he had a better time than we did! We were really worried about leaving Digy since this was the first time for him to be boarded since we lost our other dog, but Cheryl was absolutely great - very caring and great with dogs. She took Digy to the beach several times and sent us pictures of Digy every day. She was also very accommodating on drop off and pick up times so that we didn't have to be away from Digy any longer than absolutely necessary. Cheryl and her husband Mark are two of the nicest people we've ever met, and their dog Cheyenne is very sweet as well. We highly recommend Cheryl for doggie care!
Cheryl and Mark make great dog hosts. Cheryl is at home most of the times, so you do not have to worry about your dog being left alone. She is very good with dogs ; her lab is a sweetheart that would get along with simply any other dog. One of my dogs is a very fussy eater. In fact she even took the trouble of preparing his special meal, took both my dogs to the beach, and gave them personal attention. I do not have to worry anymore about leaving my dogs at the kennel, where they do not get any special attention, and they hate going there. My dogs love Cheryl and Mark and their house with a huge backyard :)
They are so great, that I travel from Fremont to Santa Cruz to board my dogs with them.
I would definitely bring my dog Kurtis back here. Cheryl took such good care of my boy. She took him to the beach a couple of times and also out to dinner with them. She sent pictures and he looked like he had so much fun. He got along very well with Chianne, their therapy dog. I had a few bad experiences with Kennels in the past and she made me feel so at ease while we were gone. This is the first time I used dogvaacy and it was so much better than boarding. I was able to bring my dog there for a meet and greet and make sure that I felt comfortable keeping my dog there. I kepy Kurtis with her for about 2 weeks. He was so sad to leave. They have a huge yard and my dog loved running all around it. You will not find someone better who loves and cares for the dogs. Also they are there 24/7 so you can know someone is always watching out for your dog.

Again, I would highly recommend her and know I will bring my pooch back again!

We left our Golden Retriever, Buddy for a week while on vacation and Cheryl was amazing, right from the time we connected to having Buddy over, sending us exciting pics during the stay and just being an amazing host. I would totally recommend her to other dog owners looking for a reliable, dependable and loving sitter. And, she is my sitter for Buddy for life!
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