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Dana G.

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51 Reviews
39 Repeat Guests
$30/night
Other Sitters Nearby
  • Same day bookings are OK
  • Responds within 10 minutes
  • Cancellation Policy:
    Strict

Pet Requirements

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

Dana's Resident Pets

Francis
Chihuahua
Female
5 yr 3 mo old

Dana's House

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Medium Yard
100% fenced & locked
Smoke-free home
Pets allowed on furniture
Air-conditioned inside
Great for senior pets

About Dana

15 Years Experience Caring For Dogs
IMPORTANT NOTE:
As of 01.10.17 I will be starting a new job at a local office (~10 mins from the house) so the pups will be alone for ~4 hours at a time. While I DO have roommates that are often home during the day, you should only consider MY schedule/availability when making a reservation(s)! THANKYOU! :)

ABOUT ME:
I've been pet sitting for nearly 15 years & enjoy having various "packs" around the house! Whether your pup(s) drop by my place for a play-date or an overnight, or whether you'd like me to walk & watch them at your place - I'm available practically 24/7!

I am female, 33 years old, and currently have a Master's degree & PhD in learning & behavior...I've worked with puzzle-solving pigeons & language trained chimps, so "working" with dogs again has been a welcome treat!

VET TECH BACKGROUND:
I have lived & worked with animals my entire life, and have held various positions in veterinary clinics around LA. I am comfortable administering medication(s) & can even monitor animals post surgery. As a result of my extensive experience with animals, I am very *patient*! I can handle rambunctious PUPPIES as well as temperamental SENIORS and everything in between!

ABOUT MY HOME:
My home is about 3,500 sq. ft. of wood floors so no worries about "accidents" if they happen (lots of dogs "mark" when they get here!). Keep in mind, though, if you have a dog that is prone to slipping, my place may not be the easiest for your pet(s) to get around.

The house itself is situated in a lovely neighborhood, perfect for long, quiet walks and it's got a great backyard with some dog beds for lounging in the sun. The entire yard is double fenced and has a strong, metal **locked**gate - I've never had any escapees!

DOG CRATES:
I have 1 medium crate but it is currently in use by my roommate's pup. Unless you instruct me otherwise your dog(s) have free reign over the house/yard! AND, if your pet(s) enjoys having a crate or is crate-trained, please bring it along for the stay so they have their "own space" here! ^_^

EASY PARKING:
I generally have space for you to park in my big, long drive-way for pickups and drop-offs - please feel free to do so.

MY HOUSEMATES:
I live with 2 other young professionals (one Male & one Female), who are equally pet-loving and happy to have your pet(s) join our pack!

DAYCARE & BOARDING:
I try to make the pet sitting/boarding experience as EASY as it can be for you and your pet(s). My schedule is relatively flexible and I am always available to keep your pup longer than you initially book, I do not have "black-out" dates that would leave you without a sitter in an emergency!

I encourage MEET & GREETS but they are *not* required before a stay with me. I also encourage you to bring anything your pet(s) enjoy using/having at home - a bed, bowl, or even something that smells like you (many people leave a t-shirt,,,HOWEVER see below...

BRING ITEMS @ YOUR OWN RISK: I *am *not responsible for lost or destroyed items (toys, beds, blankets, bowls, etc) I try my best to send you back home with everything...but SOMETIMES a bowl or a toy gets left behind. I am happy to RETURN any item(s) I find (e.g. a dog bowl that wasn't packed because it was in the dishwasher) but I will NOT replace an item(s) if it was lost/destroyed during play!

SPECIAL NOTE ABOUT WALKS: I generally do not offer WALKS to my guest pups because they tend to tire themselves out running around the yard/house. If you would like me to walk your pet (regardless of how active they have been around the house), I will send you custom quote that includes an additional fee for the WALK(s)! Thanks for understanding!

DAILY UPDATES ABOUT YOUR PET:
I email/text updates (including pictures and videos) DAILY. Additionally, if you ever want to check on your pet(s) I *always* have my phone and am happy to update you as much as you need. Lots of my Vacay "kids" are in my album! Please let me know if you do not want them added to my listing! ^_^

HOME VISITS:
I am also available to come to YOUR HOUSE to house-sit and/or pet-sit. I have reliable transportation and a completely open schedule. Please be aware, if I am watching other pets at my home, your pets may be at your house unattended for 4+ hours a day. ^-^

CARE FOR EXOTICS, TOO:
I can take care of other types of pets (birds, lizards, rodents, etc.), as I have personal experience with many exotic creatures. You're welcome to bring your exotics to my home (if they travel well). I am also available to come to your neck of the woods to sit/visit your cat(s) - but, unfortunately, I cannot board cats at my house at this time!
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Can administer oral medicine
Can administer injected medicine
Special Needs Accommodated
  • Pets recovering from surgery

Dana G.

Online Now!
51 Reviews
39 Repeat Guests
$30/night
Other Sitters Nearby
  • Same day bookings are OK
  • Responds within 10 minutes
  • Cancellation Policy:
    Strict

Availability

  • Available
  • Unavailable
  • 1 Spot Left
  • Booked
  • Last updated January 16, 2017

Credentials

Background Checked
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Course 101 Graduate
By completing courses at DogVacay University, hosts learn about best practices to help them provide the highest quality care for your dog.
Course 102 Graduate
By completing courses at DogVacay University, hosts learn about best practices to help them provide the highest quality care for your dog.
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Pack Promoter
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Web Training Complete
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Premium Pet Insurance, 24/7 Customer Support and Daily Photo Updates!

Services & Rates

Boarding Overnight At Dana's Home
$30 /night
  • Watches up to 4 dogs/night
  • Dogs may be unsupervised for more than 4 hours/day
  • Dogs will have full access outside for potty breaks
  • 2 walks/day
  • Pets can sleep wherever they want
House Sitting Overnight At Your Home
$40 /night
  • Dogs may be unsupervised for more than 4 hours/day
  • Willing to travel 5 miles
Daycare At Dana's Home
$18 /day
  • Watches up to 4 dogs/day
Home Visits
$20 /visit
  • Willing to travel 5 miles
Baths
$25 /bath
Pick-Up/Drop-Off
$10 each way
  • Willing to travel 5 miles
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4 Testimonials
Jan 2017
My dog always leaves happy and tired. Dana is good with dogs and knows how to settle them in. She also takes care of my bird, a cockatiel, and gives him a prime spot where he gets lots of attention without distracting the dogs. She is responsible and accommodating. So glad I found her!
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Jan 2017
Left my pup Basil with Dana for a week while i was at home for xmas & he had the BEST time!!! Dana was awesome with sending me daily pics & videos which was a great comfort :)
Her place is the perfect pooch pad with loads of space & toys for them to play with - Basil even came home with a new one which he LOVEs - thanks Dana ;)

Highly recommend & will defo use again!
Thanks so much Dana for taking such good care of Basil!
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Dec 2016
I’ve known Dana in her pet sitting capacity for over five years. I’ve watched her nurse sick dogs, administer sub -q fluids, coax pills down stubborn cat’s throats, and go above and beyond for pet owners and their pets. She takes pride in her work with animals and deliberately keeps her rates reasonable - especially for animals with special needs. I’ve seen her rearrange her entire calendar to accommodate dogs with medical requirements - recognizing that owners may be unable to book a home-style, loving environment to help in their animal’s healing process.

Once, a pet owner, while already overseas, found out their current pet sitter was no longer willing to keep their animal. They contacted Dana and arranged for their friend to leave their dog at Dana’s sight unseen, for nearly six weeks without any notice. Dana, using her own funds, purchased the necessary food, medicine, and toys to ensure the dog was comfortable during their stay.

We dog owners are a special breed (no pun intended) -- often treating our furry ones like our children. There is no one that I would be more comfortable leaving my “child” with than Dana.
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Oct 2016
Dana has cared for our pugs many times and we love her! We are very very picky with who watches our dogs. She genuinely cares for our boys, and follows all of our many special instructions to a tee. When we return from our trips we find them happy and healthy, and we have even arrived late and woke them up from a happy deep sleep, which made us feel good that they were so comfortable with Dana. Dana is very responsive to texts and calls (which is very important to us when we are away) and sends pics to keep us from feeling too separated from them. Overall we highly recommend Dana.
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Dana is awesome. She is so great with animals and her customer service is outstanding. My dog Maddie was well cared for and remained happy and content for her entire stay. Dana sent pictures and text updates multiple times each day. It was so fun and comforting to know that my sweet Maddie was being cared for in a loving way.
Highly recommended!!!!!!
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Dana is such a great sitter! Our pug stayed with her for the holidays (both Thanksgiving and Christmas), and he couldn't have had better care. We received tons of photo updates while we were out of town, which we love. The outdoor space is wonderful and Dana is clearly a knowledgeable and experienced sitter. Thank you, Dana!
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Dana is THE BEST. She is very good at responding to emails, text and she is totally awesome. A few days before the actual boarding date I requested her to pick-up my 2 dogs and she was totally ok with this last minute change. It was extremely nice of her to accommodate my request. I was very happy with her level of professionalism and cleanliness of her home. Her home is super clean and very dog friendly. I highly recommend boarding your dogs with Dana. One of the best dogvacay hosts that I have known.
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Dana has dogsat for us a few times and has been wonderful! She always sends us photos of our dog, is on time, and manages our high-maintenance little guy with confidence and competence. She's always willing to help make sure our dog is taken care of when something happens. I had a flight delayed and she was willing to come back so he wasn't alone too long, and when we had a flight cancelled and we had to come home early, she didn't charge us for that night. She's been reliable and dependable, and even left us a big Christmas present for our dog when she took care of him over the holidays. We will certainly book with her again!
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Awesome pawsome and great experience! Very communicative. Easy to work with. Very helpful and sent pictures of Roadie which was nice. Happy fur baby pup, happy fur baby mom. Thank you Dana!
It was my 1st time using DogVacay, unfortunately it was not a good experience. My 9 year old Corgi, Zorro is recovering from a terrible autoimmune disease he almost died from 3 months ago, he is healthy now stabilized with daily meds & a steroids injection.

One of the most important reasons I hired Dana was because she had a veterinary tech background & is comfortable giving oral & injected meds. I gave very specific detailed paper instructions when I left Zorro with her. He was supposed to be given 2 cans of food/day, I gave Dana 6.5 cans for a 3 day/2 night stay, he came home with 4 cans left. Additionally she didn't give Zorro the 2nd injected medicine. Missing any med can have severe consequences, I'm very disappointed in her service.

I wanted to give Dana an opportunity to explain what might've happened before I leave a review, she never bothered to call me back. I actually pre-booked another stay with Dana for New Years, of course I cancelled it.

I will never find out if she followed any other med or food instructions I gave her. If your dog is low maintenance & doesn't need supervision, I guess Dana is good enough.
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Dana is the best! Reagan always has a blast.
Where to start? Dana is absolutely WONDERFUL. She is dedicated, organized, and experienced when it comes to dogsitting and providing a warm, loving, and comfortable environment for our precious pooches. Let me say that I have never hired a dogsitter for my Chihuahua. In the past, she has always stayed at my mom's in Orange County when I would go on vacation, but due to unforeseen circumstances, I had to find someone else, here in LA. I was so nervous about the process and that I wouldn't find someone that I could totally trust to look after my dog. Thankfully, I found Dana. We traded messages for a few days, then set up a meet and greet at her house -- and all my anxieties were quelled after seeing her beautiful, safe, and secure home, meeting her and her dog Francis, and just discussing everything openly. She is a true dog lover and it is a totally dog-friendly house and environment. I am thrilled to have found my go-to dog sitter. Dana is a gem!
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Reagan had a great daycare experience!
Dana is the absolute sweetest. She was so easy going and accommodating to changing plans. Her home is like a doggie retreat! Having free run of the house and yard with a protected fence around the property put me at complete ease. My little guy had the best time on the three bookings that we've had so far. I could tell by the smile on his face when we left and the greeting he gave her when we came back. Can't wait to come back to see her again soon!!
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dana was very flexible on the drop off/pick up times, very polite overall, and responsive to my texts. she also sent me videos and pictures of my dog during my vacation. very awesome!
Dana was great. We did the meet and greet first and then my pup went to her house the next day. She was great all around and Rocky had a wonderful day. I got pics and updates and felt comfortable leaving him in her care. Definitely going to have him stay there again.
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Dana was a great host! My dog Henry made himself at home at her place so quickly. I don't think he had any separation anxiety this time.
Dana's house has spacious nice outdoor space and Henry loved being there. Her place is perfect for the dogs love to hang out with people.
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Dana was very accommodating to my traveling schedule and knowledable about dogs. We had a great meet and greet and the dogs seemed tired and happy after their stay!
Dana was very welcoming to Bitsy. She has a lot of space for dogs to roam inside and outside the house. There are tons of dog beds! She got along with the other dogs too.
The best! Dana was very accommodating for my odd work hours to schedule the visit, drop-off and pick up. More and most important, Ptaxi! was super well cared for and as far as I can interpret her barks, she had a great time. The house is large, happy, with other dogs, all friendly. And despite that, clean, every time i was there. Dana sent me periodic updates with photos. My only concern was whether Ptaxi! would opt to stay there instead of coming home :) We'll be travelling again in January, March and June - all of which will be easier knowing Ptaxi! has a 2nd home.
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Dana was very accommodating to my travel schedule, which was a huge help. She sent daily updates and my dog seemed very happy and comfortable the entire time. I would definitely recommend her.
The best sitter in LA!
Dana was a wonderful doggy sitter! She sent me daily updates including photos. I am always scared to leave Mini for a long period of time because she tends to not eat, but Dana made sure she ate and sent me a video of her chowing down. Thank you Dana for taking great care of Mini and giving me peace of mind!
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Dana was amazing with my dogs! I had complete peace of mind leaving my dogs in her care. She sent lots of pictures and updates of them. They loved her!
Dana was friendly, and very accommodating with my two pups. She texted me photos every day, and kept in touch throughout.
Amazing. Always posted pics to me. Very kind and loves animals
Dana is awesome! Her place is great, lots of space to run around and lay out in the sun. She is very sweet and sent pictures throughout the vacay. Will definitely be using Dana from now on.
Dana was extremely easy to work with and I definitely had an amazing experience with her. Couldn't recommend more.
Dana took great care of Loki and sent us picture updates throughout the weekend. She was extremely flexible with drop-off and pick-up times. We will be booking with Dana again!
Dan really went the extra mile when we had a family emergency and needed support and flexibility concerning Cali's DogVacay.
Dana was so great with my female Husky Chipper. To begin, she was very flexible in terms of drop-off and pick up time and she easily could handle any specific requests I had regarding my dog. She has a great house and an incredible fenced-in backyard that I know my dog loved! The best part was how often she texted me about my dog and sent pictures as well. She truly made me feel comfortable that Chipper was in good hands. We'll be back for sure!
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Our pup loved her week stay with Dana! At drop off she just ran straight to her backyard where there were toys, doggie beds, and a couple buddies to play with. Dana provided photo and text updates throughout the week so we knew what our little one was up to.

We'll definitely be booking Dana again and recommend you do the same.
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Piper's primary sitter was out of town, and we were so very fortunate to end up at Dana! Piper had indoor outdoor privileges and someone was always there to keep her company! If you want photo updates, be sure to text Dana and ask for them.
Dana is the best! She was super accommodating for our girl, Franny. I was very impressed with how prompt and responsive she was throughout all of our communication. We really trusted Dana with our dog and she totally pulled through. At the last minute, I realized I made a mistake on our dog's stay days but Dana was totally understanding and allowed us to keep her there for the extra night without any grief at all. We knew that we as well as our dog were in good hands with Dana. Franny personally really enjoyed the accommodating backyard time at Dana's place. She has tons of dog beds and toys all around. Her home is a doggie haven! Oh and of course, Dana's daily photo updates put a smile on our faces throughout each day while away. Thank you to Dana for allowing us to have an awesome honeymoon while knowing our pup was a happy camper.
We would hire her again in a heartbeat! Franny will miss Dana and her family until they meet again soon!
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Dana was very accommodating and easy to schedule with. My dog Charlie came home happy and calm. I will definitely use Dana again the next time I go out of town!
Dana is very awesome!! She is great with dogs and making sure that everyone is happy and comfortable (including the owner). I have used her several times for overnight care and wouldn't hesitate to go back to her again.
We had Dana care for our Milo during Spring break. She was super amazing. We were updated almost everyday. She sent us pictures and messages on how he was doing. I would for sure use Dana again.
Dana was so incredibly responsive and saved us when we were in a pickle with our 2 pups. Gumbo and Ellie had so much fun and honestly probably would've preferred to stay there instead of coming back home with us. Will definitely be using Dana again in the future.
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From the get-go, Dana was friendly, professional, and accommodating. We were able to set up a meet n greet same day, and she was genuinely welcoming to myself and my little Jack Russell at her home. He can sometimes be a bit of a handful, but I could tell that he was spoiled with love the whole weekend and I received picture/text updates several times while I was gone (48 hours). I highly recommend Dana and will definitely check her schedule first when I need a sitter for Howie in the future!
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Dana was amazing! My dogs were happy and well taken care of. This was the first time I had left them anywhere but with a sitter at the house. Her home is clean and completely dog friendly. She sent me pictures and updates on how they were. I could not asked anything more of her. I will use her EVERYTIME!!!!!!
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Dana is amazing!!!! She is so attentive ! We scheduled a meet and greet before my vacation, she walked me through her property so I could see where my baby Nacho would be spending most if his time. Nacho immediatly warmed up to her and was happy from the moment I left him there and he was even a bit sad to be leaving Dana's house! She also sent me frequent updates that were greatly appreciated, Nacho will be staying with Dana every time I have to go away..... That is if she has space!!!! Can't say enough about our experience.
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Dana took good care of my 14-year-old Sadie for a day and overnight. She administered quite a few meds and 3 kinds of eyedrops, and e-mailed me partway through the day to let me know how Sadie was doing…which I appreciated very much. She was very flexible in terms of scheduling and drop-off/pick-up times, including that she was willing to keep Sadie for a few extra hours beyond 24 without charging extra. I was thinking Sadie would get a walk during the day and had included that in my written instructions, but I don’t think it happened. Reading back over Dana’s description now, I see that there is no mention of walks, so I made an incorrect assumption…my fault. Do wish that upon receiving my written instructions, though, it had been mentioned that the service didn’t include walks. All in all, it was a good experience. Dana even delivered Sadie’s bed to me (which we both forgot when I picked Sadie up) at home afterwords! I would have no reservations about leaving my Sadie with Dana again and would recommend her to others.
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My dog seemed to have a great stay at Dana's place! And she is super fast with responses and updates. Definitely recommended.
This is my first time boarding Brodie with someone I didn't know. I was a bit nervous, but after contacting Dana, I knew he was going to be in good hands. She was very quick to respond and even offered to meet beforehand. Dana is also very flexible with her schedule and willing to accommodate me when I needed to drop Brodie off really early in the morning before my flight out. We had a tour of the house and Brodie was introduced to all the dogs that were staying there for the weekend. You could tell she is a dog lover and a very caring person. The dogs sleep in her bedroom at night, which I thought was very sweet. They are also free to roam the house and sit on the couches (my dogs fav place)! I arrived sooner than expected to pick him up, which was not a problem for her at all! During his 4 night stay she updated me with pictures and texts. I could tell my dog had a great stay with Dana and was spoiled with love. Thanks again Dana for being such a great sitter, we will be coming back for sure!!!
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Dana is a very caring persn and her dogs are great too. She sent quite a few pictures for us during the three days she had Prancer since she knew our rescue sometimes likes to escape. I will use her again.

She responds very quickly to emails and texts. I highly recommend her.
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Great experience for Teddy and his owners! Dana was very accomodating and helped set up a meet and greet before hand. Would recommend!
Amazing, caring and more! I will definitely be booking with Dana again.
Dana is without a doubt one of the best on this site! I I can say that bc i have interviewed quite a few....
i couldn't completely trust anyone but when Dana said that my beagles would play in their backyard ONLY if supervised then i knew i probably had found the right host!!! She was also available to me right away knowing i was going out of the country for the holidays & very reassuring about everything.
She wouldn't hesitate to send me daily updates while i was overthere...she is a very caring person & very responsible! Wasn't just all about the $ like some other hosts. On my return, my beagles were so very well taken care of & my rescue was more social than ever!!!! That was such a surprise bc it has never occurred before!!! Pls contact this host, her love & respect for dogs is real! & thanks to her bf Brian as well who truly enjoyed my beagles' company!
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Dana is awesome! My two Golden Retrievers (mom & daughter) enjoyed their stay immensely. They had a bowl of food and went right to sleep after we got home. Dana's home is set up well for dogs, and a large shaded back yard is a major plus. Dana will be my go to gal in the future. The fact that she's 6 blocks away helps as well.
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My husband and I have flexible but at times long work hours, and we are so happy to have found Dana to look after our rescue schnoodle, Franklin, Franklin has been at her place weekly (~3x/week) now for a few months and we do not trust anyone more than her to give the care we need for our sweet boy! She's extremely responsive which is a major key for us and I can rest easy knowing that Franklin is in a great home with other pooches.

When we drop him off, he's always excited to play especially with her dogs Klaus and Franny! We're so happy we found Dana! I know Franklin is happy too :)
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Dana deserves an A++, 5 stars, ten out of ten!

I was nervous to leave my precious pup with a stranger for 10 days but Dana immediately made me feel comfortable. She is a dog lover for sure, and my Jack Russell and I immediately bonded with her.

Dana's home is perfect for dogs, it is spacious, secure and clean. Her yard is a doggy paradise! Her communication was excellent, and she sent me updates and photos daily. I always felt comfortable and I could relax on my trip knowing my lil guy was in safe hands.

When I went to pick him up he didn't want to leave, he had had so much fun! I will definitely be taking him back to Dana in the future so he can see his new friends and his new 2nd mom.

Thank you Dana!
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Leona and Junior loved it! We will definitely be back!
Dana was absolutely phenomenal with my dog Cali. I brought her there early in the morning before work and I was so impressed with the amount of space, yard and love you can see she has for dogs. I left very confident that she knew how to organize safe and playful interaction with her dogs. Her dogs are very cute and although cali was a pill and didn't play with them, Dana made it possible for them to all be comfortable and have a good day together. I didn't pick cali back up until almost 7pm at night and she had gotten several walks and was tuckered out! Dana is a great host who pays close attention to each doggie's needs and I would recommend her to all my doggie friends!
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My dog Mack had a great week staying with Dana and her pups. She sent me pictures of him daily, and kept me updated on how he was doing throughout my trip. Mack was so happy and had a great time!
Dana was amazing for not only taking our reservation last minute, day of, but also being flexible in the duration of it as we weren't sure how long we would be away. When I arrived to drop my pups off, she immediately reassured me and walked me through the house & yard to show me where everything was. She is a calm and competent dog carer, is home during the day, and her two pups were great company for ours during their stay. Dana kept in touch with us daily with photos and text updates, and even went the extra mile in giving one of our pups medication throughout the stay. I was completely at ease leaving my pups with Dana, and would do so again in a heartbeat.
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