Seniors Rule in NW Austin

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Karen Y.

34 Reviews
24 Repeat Guests
Other Sitters Nearby
  • 7 days notice required for bookings
  • Responds within 5 minutes
  • Cancellation Policy:

Pet Requirements

  • 1-20 lbs
  • 20-40 lbs
  • 40-80 lbs
  • 80+ lbs
No Puppies
Must Be Spayed or Neutered
Must Be Vaccinated

Karen's Townhome

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Small Yard
100% fenced
Smoke-free home
Pets allowed on furniture
Air-conditioned inside
Great for senior pets
Dog door access

About Karen

30 Years Experience Caring For Dogs
I offer peace of mind in a calm, experienced, and loving home that's set up especially for laid-back adult and senior dogs. Your dog's safety, comfort, and well being will be my priority. My home is the perfect place for dogs needing a low-stress, lower-energy environment and owners who prefer a caregiver with extensive adult and senior experience.

I have spent over 10 years fostering and rehabilitating rescued adult/senior dogs who need training, health care, and lots of TLC. Being a foster mom has taught me how to manage all sorts of behaviors, special needs, and medical issues.

My place is set up for small or medium dogs, but larger is negotiable - just ask. :) I have a medium pet door to the small backyard, carpet for easier traction, no stairs, and ramps. I can do short walks, and always reinforce good manners.

For everyone's safety and comfort, we will not host energetic, aggressive, or unaltered dogs.

There are no cats or children at my home. It is also smoke-free.

I've taken classes in canine massage, CPR, and first aid. My home is very close to the NW Emergency Hospital and my vet.

I require a meet and greet first so that we can get acquainted and answer any questions. My goal is for you to not have a worry when your dog is in my care. Please give me a preferred time for visits/drop off/pick up in any request. Also, it is extremely helpful for me to see your dog's completed profile. :)

You can reach me 24/7, and I can give updates via text or email. I can also provide references - please feel free to ask. Thanks for your interest!

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Can administer oral medicine
Can administer injected medicine
CPR / First-Aid certified
Special Needs Accommodated
  • Pets recovering from surgery
  • Advanced senior issues

Karen Y.

34 Reviews
24 Repeat Guests
Other Sitters Nearby
  • 7 days notice required for bookings
  • Responds within 5 minutes
  • Cancellation Policy:


  • Available
  • Unavailable
  • 1 Spot Left
  • Booked
  • Last updated February 22, 2017


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Services & Rates

Boarding Overnight At Karen's Home
$30 /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
  • 1 walk/day
  • Pets can sleep wherever they want
Daycare At Karen's Home
$30 /day
  • Watches up to 3 dogs/day
$25 /visit
  • Willing to travel 5 miles
$15 each way
  • Willing to travel 5 miles
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34 Reviews
Karen was once again great with our dogs. She spends all the time necessary to learn about their specific needs and has no problem accommodating them. We always know we don't have to worry about our dogs when we leave them in Karen's care.
Karen was absolutely wonderful. One of my pup's is special needs; she needs diapers and a lot of special attention. I was very nervous to leave town because I know she's a lot to handle and I was really worried about her. Within 5 minutes of talking to Karen I knew she was going to be wonderful with Miley. Her place is clean, very friendly for older/handicapped dogs, and she is a warm and loving pet sitter. I cannot recommend her enough!
I'm so happy I found Karen and booked her for my dog, Abby. This was the first time I left Abby with someone who wasn't family but Karen helped tremendously with my worries. She really cares about dogs and loves to care for them. Abby loved staying with Karen! I can't recommend Karen enough, she takes great care of all dogs and truly loves them. I was able to enjoy my vacation knowing that Abby was not only happy but also safe. Even though I was overseas, Karen went the extra mile to contact me and give me updates. It was truly the best experience I've ever had and look forward to my next vacation so I can book with Karen!
Karen was absolutely wonderful! Extremely caring and knowledgeable. She was kind enough to send me regular updates and photos daily while I was out of town. Strongly recommend!! Thank you! -Sally
It was such a relief to findicate such a good sitter for our two special needs/senior dogs. Karen has such a way of making pet parents feel at ease while ensuring the best of care for their dogs. We received updates and pictures while we were gone, and our kiddos had the best time!
Karen is great!
Karen was the answer to a prayer for our old boy, Luke. Luke suffers from extreme separation anxiety and is very uncomfortable when his family isn't around. Karen was understanding, compassionate and accommodating to Luke's anxiety. We left him in her care for a weekend, and although he was anxious, Karen kept us updated on his behaviors and her solutions to help calm his nerves. Luke could not have been in better hands. She went above and beyond with her compassion and care for our nervous boy. If you have a senior pup, she is the perfect match!
Karen is a wealth of experience and knowledge when it comes to the care and love of older dogs. Because our 9 year old chihuahua mix thinks he's much younger than he his, she took the time to play with him, take him on walks, and even trimmed his claws!

We will be leaving Diego with Karen again at Christmas with total confidence.
Karen was awesome!! Terrific place for any dog but especially for senior or special needs dogs! My dog was was very happy!!
My dogs absolutely loved their stay with Karen. They were so happy and cheerful and the service was fantastic. They're both older dogs, with unique personalities and quirks and Karen had no problems. It's nice to know my dogs were in good hands by someone familiar with older breeds.
I am so happy that I chose to board my dog, Kirby, with Karen while I was out of town. She took amazing care of him and even helped fix a recently developed barking issue.

Being that he is older, I was worried about leaving him for a week, but Karen kept me updated regularly, including sending great photos of him having fun on his own vacation at her place. She is so knowledgeable and caring and I will definitely board my dog with her again.
Argy Bargy had a great time! I feel so comfortable leaving him with Karen. I know that he is not only safe but gets the love and attention that he's used to. When he gets home he's happy and relaxed!
I have no hesitation in recommending Karen.
In fact, I intend to book again for a longer period of time in the near future whilst away to Europe.
Karen is so awesome with Greta. My Greta is an old girl and Karen always treats her with such sensitivity. She often sends me pictures or texts letting me know how she is doing which makes me feel so good. I highly recommend Karen!
Karen is a very caring and affectionate host to her elder doggie guests. Her attention to detail and concern for their needs is top notch. I have no question in my mind that my Honey got as much love and attention as she would have gotten at home. Maybe more! Rest assured that your old dog will be safe and secure with Karen.
Karen was great! She provides updates/pictures during the dogs stay and always communicates in a timely manner. I think my dog might not have even wanted to come home!
I would highly recommend Karen for anyone needing to board a senior or quiet/shy dog. Karen has a wealth of knowledge and experience regarding senior dogs. She understands their needs and caring for them is her specialty. We had wonderful experiences both times that we used Karen. She provides a quiet, safe environment for a senor or shy dog. Karen is very personable and very responsive. She is one of the few people I trust to take care of my dogs.
Karen is great. My pup was felt comfortable quickly there and even learned how to use a doggie door! Karen made me feel at ease and asked a ton of questions so she could understand my dog. It honestly was like a senior dog resort for her since Jackie could go outside as she pleased. Karen is particular about who she sits for, and i liked this a lot too because my dog is pretty much a cat in a dogs body and doesn't like to be bothered too much. However, i wanted my dog to socialize with other dogs and Karen usually has other older dogs around (like Honey) who don't bother my dog Jackie.
Karen provides a very low keyed happy dog environment. We could not be more pleased with our tea cup Pom's care. You will not be disappointed!
Karen is the absolute best!! I was so nervous leaving my 15 year old golden retriever (Levi) for 5 days to go out of town for work, but she totally put me at ease. Not to mention, when I got back I don't think Levi wanted to leave! Karen really cares for dogs and knows the quirks of senior dogs especially well. She sent daily pictures of Levi walking around in her beautiful yard and enjoying his stay with her. She even built him an extra ramp to the backyard! It truly was a dog vacay for Levi and he even made a few new dog friends! She is a total saint! I would highly recommend Karen!
Our dog Scooter stayed with Karen for a weekend and he felt right at home. Karen really loves dogs and she is very educated in their care. I love that she handles mostly senior dogs and knows that they can sometimes be finicky. She sent pictures every day of how Scooter was doing and kept us up to date. We will definitely be using Karen for all future out of town trips!
Karen was just wonderful with our basset hound, Maggie. She sent lots of photos and updates via text, which helped us know Maggie was enjoying herself. Maggie came home rested and calm. We'll definitely be using her again.
We will always call Karen first when we need care for our dog. She took the time to talk to us and made us feel very comfortable leaving our 6 pound "baby" in her home. She has an amazing amount of experience with dogs in a lot of different situations. She was a perfectly wonderful first experience with DogVacay and we have already scheduled another stay in a few weeks.
Karen is awesome....nothing more to add
Karen was wonderful! We left our precious dog, Cabo, with Karen for a week and she was nothing short of terrific. We especially loved her daily updates and pictures showing us how Cabo was doing. Her love of dogs is clear and it really showed in how well she took care of Cabo. He was happy and comfortable during his entire stay. We will definitely be calling Karen again when we take our next vacation!
Could not be happier, my furry all was well taken care of. Good communication before, during and after.
Karen is absolutely wonderful! I am so thankful to have found her to help take care of my senior dog. She maintains a very well balanced atmosphere for the dogs and goes above and beyond to provide them with extra care. She didn't mind giving my dog his medications and even taught him to use a doggie-door within a couple of days! I felt very secure about leaving my dog with Karen and will definitely be going back! HIGHLY recommend!
We hate leaving our dog but are comforted knowing she's with Karen. Our dog has a lot of anxiety when we are away, but she loves being at Karen's and we can see that she is happy to arrive there. Karen knows a lot about dogs and provides excellent care.
Karen was wonderful with my timid pup, Olive. She updated me frequently letting me know how my dog was doing and was very accommodating with pick up and drop off times. Olive returned home happy and calm. We will definitely be using Karen for future dog-sitting.
I am so glad that we found Karen. Sparky is a 14 year old dog who really hates to be away from his daily routine (and me). I immediately felt like Karen was the perfect fit for Sparky and knew she would make him feel at home.

Karen was so sensitive to his needs and even trained him to use the doggie door! She helped work on his manners and trained me on a few things too! I can't thank her enough!

Karen sent daily updates via email and texts to let us know he was fitting into their routine. I am so thankful to have found her and look forward to future vacations knowing he will be well cared for!
This was Scarlett's first time to stay with Karen, and it went great. Communication with Karen was excellent from the very first inquiry about a meet & greet, all the way through our trip. She sent us daily photos and updates, and you can tell that she is a true dog-lover and canine advocate. Great experience. We will definitely book with her again. Thanks so much, Karen!
Karen was super with our Jaenie! She really cares about doing a good job and being responsive. We felt confident that our senior dog was well taken care of. Jaenie is shy, but took to Karen quickly. We have already scheduled another DogVacay with "Aunt Karen".
Karen was awesome! I really appreciated the daily photos and updates she sent. She even did research on my dog's breed to make sure there weren't any surprises. My dog had a great time and highly recommends her too.
I was impressed with Both Karen's care and attention of Argy. Being a Dachshund Argy can be a bit wilful but Karen had him ' eating out of her hand' and his subsequent behaviour was actually better than when left with other sitters too.
I have had trouble getting him it to 'Sit ' forever but she managed it effortlessly.
She obviously has had great experience with dogs and loves them so you know she will take the best care of them.
I have no hesitation in giving her an A1 rating!
I am extremely pleased with my first go-round through DogVacay and with Karen/Seniors Rule! Karen's home is dedicated to the comfort of our older pets with ramps everywhere, and a wonderful outdoor space for relaxing in the sun! She has tons of toys (as evidenced by the pic she sent me) and Greta enjoyed them all! I was impressed with Karen's calm demeanor and way with Greta...her influence brought about a sense of ease for Greta (and for me, too!). Give her a try! You will not be sorry!!
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