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Kari S.

43 Reviews
21 Repeat Guests
$40/night
Other Sitters Nearby
  • Same day bookings are OK
  • Responds within 4 hours
  • Cancellation Policy:
    Strict

Pet Requirements

  • 1-20 lbs
  • 20-40 lbs
  • 40-80 lbs
  • 80+ lbs
All Ages OK
Must Be Vaccinated

Kari's Resident Pets

Chief
English Springer Spaniel
Male
5 yr 7 mo old
Levi
Great Pyrenees
Male
3 yr 11 mo old

Kari's House

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Large Yard
100% fenced
Smoke-free home

About Kari

35 Years Experience Caring For Dogs
I own my historic home on the bluff, with a large (3 city lots) completely fenced-in yard, just a couple blocks from Metro State College in St Paul. My business has been quoted as being "the best lazy dog retreat", as my dogs Chief and Levi have such a laid back demeanor and do best with dogs that like to explore the yard, go for a long walk together, and then take a nap : ) But, we have our spirited playtime too, Chief may just choose to take a break and rest under the porch when he's had enough. If your dog needs a more peaceful and quiet home, due to being a rescue dog, being on the shy side, their overall demeanor, their age, an injury, etc., this is the place. I also take pride in providing the calm home environment that most of us feel pets prefer over large boarding facilities. I have been a pet sitter for 12 years for family, friends, neighbors and co-workers. I recently found out about this website and decided to try it out to meet more families with great dogs. I have been a teacher at St Paul Public schools for 23 years and work a split shift so I am home most of the day for walks and play time with your dog. All dogs are supervised while out in the yard. I take 2-3 walks daily around my neighborhood (if your dog enjoys or needs it) as I live between Swede Hollow Park and Indian Mounds Park.
I have volunteered at local animal humane societies and participate in the Walk for Animals.
My goal is to make sure your dog is comfortable and to put you at ease. Your dog will be having a fun vacation of their own with me! I am really looking forward to meeting you and your special dog!
** Also - if my calendar shows that I am full, feel free to send me a "general inquiry" as I might be able to take on another dog depending on the size and the personalities of all pups involved. If I can't take your pup, I can refer you to another trusted host. Thanks, Kari

Testimonials-

"Kari and her dog Chief welcomed my dog Bella, into their home and treated her like part of their family. In fact, I was astounded that my often skittish little rescue dog came back with more confidence, and started to do things she was too afraid to do before. This is a sign that she was very well taken care of, engaged, and just all around happy. Bella had fun playing with Chief in Kari's awesome fenced-in yard, and she even slept alongside Chief during the night. Kari took the dogs on long walks and I found that I was more relaxed on my vacation this year because I knew Bella was in such caring and capable hands. I am happy to give Kari my highest recommendation for dog-boarding - it was just an awesome experience for me and my dog. Kari took the time to send the cutest photos of Bella and her dog so I was updated on how things were going, which I so appreciated. "
Sheila K.


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Kari S.

43 Reviews
21 Repeat Guests
$40/night
Other Sitters Nearby
  • Same day bookings are OK
  • Responds within 4 hours
  • Cancellation Policy:
    Strict

Availability

  • Available
  • Unavailable
  • 1 Spot Left
  • Booked
  • Last updated December 1, 2016

Credentials

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.
Pack Promoter
Pack Promoters are active members of the community who promote DogVacay and hosting best practices.
Disaster Relief
This sitter has completed training for the DogVacay Disaster Relief Program and volunteered to help displaced pets in the event of a natural disaster.
Phone Interviewed
Serious hosts take the time to talk to us over the phone, get their questions asked and introduce themselves personally.
Pay through DogVacay for:
Premium Pet Insurance, 24/7 Customer Support and Daily Photo Updates!

Services & Rates

Boarding Overnight At Kari's Home
$40 /night
  • Watches up to 3 dogs/night
  • Dogs may be unsupervised for 2 - 4 hours/day
  • 5+ potty breaks/day
  • 2 walks/day
  • Pets can sleep wherever they want
43 Reviews
Kari was awesome and Tiki would love to go back and stay with her!
My dog Aki enjoyed his stay at Kari's! He loves Kari's big yard and got a lot of exercises in there. He got two new friends (Kari's resident dogs) as well! Kari also sent updates and photos so I know my dog was doing great.
This was my first time sending my pup Zoey away to go on her own little vacation. I was a little nervous at first but as soon as she took a lap around Kari's big yard, I knew she would be well taken care of and have a blast! Thanks so much Kari for taking great care of my rowdy 2 year old pup ;)
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Kari is fabulous! Our Emma has been known to not eat or sleep when we have taken her to away from home care. She was well fed and not overlly tired when she retired from Kari's home. Kari sent us daily pictures and updates and we will definitely use her in the future.
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Kari is a very knowledgeable and loving dog caregiver. Her home and yard is spacious and fenced and our dog loved being there. Communications with Kari were prompt and easy. We will definitely use Kari again and recommend her unhesitatingly to anyone else.
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Our shy rescue Griffin came out of his shell as soon as I let him off of the leash in Kari's big yard. He loved playing with the other dogs and came home happy and more confident, it was obvious that he was not stressed out as we had feared he might. We were able to enjoy our time away and didn't worry about Griff at all. We will definitely use Kari for a future stay!
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Kari was awesome! I was nervous about boarding Odin so soon after rescuing him but I had no option. She made the decision a great one. She is a dog lover and Odin had a great time!
Kari is a very kind person who dedicates much of her time to helping dogs in so many ways. I felt comfortable with her immediately and her two sweet dogs. She lives far from me, but it's worth the drive. My dog adores her! I highly recommend Kari and her dog-friendly home.
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I recently had the need for a sitter for my two dogs, a large 4 year old half collie half border collie, and a very energetic and inquisitive 2 year old miniature Australian shepherd. I am home with my dogs everyday, all day, as I have a disability. I've never been away from them for more than a night. On this occasion I needed a sitter for a week. I did not want to kennel them so I went in search of an alternative. Happily I found DogVacay which ultimately brought us to Kari.
Kari was prompt in answering my request for a phone interview. We decided a meet and greet would be a good idea to make sure our dogs were compatible. I think that Kari's dogs would get along with any dog, both were very friendly and laid back. Kari is great, she too is friendly and warm and honest. She has a lovely home and a huge fenced yard. She also obviously loves dogs. I knew right away that I had found the perfect person and environment for my best friends.
The vacation went off without a hitch for all of us. Kari sent plenty of pictures and notes. She walked them a couple of times a day, which is great because I am not able to get them out as often as I like due to my disability. She asks how and when you want them fed, and where you want them to sleep. She is open to doing things the way you want and to what your dogs are used to, so they are as comfortable as possible. When they go out in the yard she stays out and plays with them the whole time. It was a very positive experience!
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My dog had a fantastic 4 night stay with Kari! Petunia got along very well with Kari's two very laid back resident dogs. Kari has a very large yard for the dogs. We would recommend Kari VERY highly!
We feel so comfortable leaving our little family member in Kari's hands!
I was a little nervous leaving my dog Cooper with someone new but as soon as I met Kari I had a good feeling about his stay! You can tell how much she loves dogs and she takes great care of them. I received pictures and updates which was great and Cooper came home a tired pup which is always a plus! I wouldn't hesitate to have Cooper stay with Kari again.
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Baxter had another great stay with Kari, Chief and Levi!
We will definitely have Muncie stay with Kari again soon! She took wonderful care of him!
Our dogs loved staying with Kari!
Kari has the perfect yard and home for dogs and you can tell she absolutely adores spending time with them. I felt so much better about leaving my two active Aussies with her than in a kennel. They came home happy and tired from a great weekend.
We had our little dog, Moose, stay with Kari while we were getting married and we felt so comfortable leaving him with her that we didn't worry about him at all! When we picked him up he was relaxed and we could tell that he had been very well taken care of.
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Upon meeting Kari, you immediately see how wonderful she is with dogs! Rufus was well taken care of while I was away. I highly recommend Kari and will definitely be bringing Rufus to stay with her next time I head out of town.
Baxter had another fantastic stay with Kari! It was fun to get the updates and photos while we were on vacation. Baxter is so loved and well cared for with Kari. I think he's a little sad when he has to come home!
We love leaving mercy with Kari! She gets lots of love, attention and walks. Kari truly loves dogs and treats mercy like one of her own!
Kari took our dog in on a very last minute request over the 4th of July and she was so friendly and welcoming. She was very responsive and extremely flexible in arranging our drop-off and pick-up times. During Stella's stay she sent us photos to let us know how she was doing. Stella looked happy, content and exhausted from all of her long walks (which she loves!). I would absolutely recommend Kari to anyone and we'll definitely use her again!
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It was clear Watson enjoyed his stay with Kari and her two pooches. She definitely seems to have a soulful connection with these furry folks. She sent some super cute pics of our little dude.
Kari was a wonderful host to our dog Luna. She has a beautiful yard where Luna played all weekend with her two marvelous dogs. We will absolutely be returning!
Baxter had another great stay with Kari! It is so nice to have a loving home for our dog when we are on vacation. Chief and Levi were fun playmates for Baxter. Thank you again!
We love Kari ! She takes such good care of our Benji ...we are worry free when we are gone. Thanks so much Kari!!!!
Kari did such a wonderful job caring for our two dogs while we took a family vacation. I was a little worried to leave them because of our rescue's separation anxiety and our puppy's high energy, but Kari was the perfect host for their needs. They came home so happy and delightfully exhausted from all the playtime in her huge yard and from all of the wonderful walks she took them on. We will not hesitate to call on Kari again next time we need care for our pups!
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It is so nice to bring my puppy to Kari's house for a couple of nights when I have a lot going on and don't want to leave her home by herself.
My puppy loves Kari's dog, Chief, and he is so patient and gentle with her. They played and then snuggled up together:)
I know when Molly is at Kari's house, she is so well cared for and I really appreciate having found a place to bring her, leave her and not worry for a moment. I have complete confidence.
Thank you Kari for being such a great host!
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Amelia was totally content and happy while staying with Kari. Kari took the time to help her get use to the new surroundings and keep things as routine as possible. Thanks!
Baxter had a great stay with Kari and Chief! Kari was so welcoming and sent us cute photos of Baxter while we were on vacation. We feel so fortunate to have found Kari on dogvacay! She has a love for dogs, great house and yard. Chief is such a gentle sweet dog, I know our dog found a new friend! We will definitely use Kari for our next vacation.
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Kari did a wonderful job with my dog, Amelia. She gave me detailed updates each day. Amelia is a high-energy dog and Kari and Chief did a great job keeping her active and comfortable. We will surely be back!
Molly had a great return visit with Kari and Chief. When I pulled up to drop her off she was so excited and went running around Kari's fenced-in yard to play with Chief. She came home feeling more relaxed and confident.
Thank you Kari for taking exceptional care of my girl!
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My very energetic puppy, Molly, had a wonderful time at Kari's beautiful home and huge fenced-in yard. She was very well cared for and had a lot of fun playing and being with Chief- a very sweet and gentle dog.
Kari's calm and confident personality will put you at ease instantly. She is very knowledgeable and intuitive about dogs so you can trust your fur child is in the best hands. I couldn't be happier and more comfortable while away from Molly and will definitely be back. Thank you for being so good to her!
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This is the first time we used Kari and the first time we tried Dog Vacay. We have two elderly dogs, one big and one little. The small cockapoo cannot be boarded in a kennel because it makes her too nervous and the big 9 year old labradoodle has a slew of medications that need to be given twice daily. Kari was great with both dogs. They came home obviously happy and healthy . We are relieved to have another option for dog care! Thanks!
Pam and Steve
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Another great stay with Kari!
Kari was wonderful, we had a great experience boarding our Mini Schnauzer with her. She has the perfect yard and an amazing personality that instantly sets you at ease!
What a great experience for our little pup! Kari has a huge yard, lots of dog toys and her dog Chief was a wonderful companion for our dog, Satchel Paige. She sent us photos of the two playing and napping together. We would not hesitate to leave our dog with Kari in the future. It was truly a dog vacay for SP.
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Our dog had a great time! She can't wait to go back. She especially liked the big yard and having another dog to play with.
Leo had a great time at Kari's house. He has a few quirks and special needs, and she took very good care of him and sent me an update and picture every day while I was out of town. Her dog Chief is very sweet and he and Leo got along swimmingly, exploring the yard and sleeping next to each other. It is great to have a sitter like Kari who you can feel totally comfortable leaving your beloved pet with!
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Kari was an amazing doggie sitter! She has a beautiful, large, fenced-in yard! She kept my pup busy by taking her to the local park to play with others, took her for walks, and had plenty of play time with her very friendly dog! :) Kari also kept me updated with pictures and letting me know how Nala was doing. Highly recommended! Thanks, Kari!
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Kari was awesome!!! She was available last minute to come and take care of our dogs. They liked her very much. We will use her again in the future for sure!!!
Kari provided great care for Bella. Bella clearly felt safe and cared for at Kari's which is a huge relief when you have to leave your fur baby behind!
Kari was an absolute pleasure to work with, she took perfect care of our littlest family member, even sending extra pictures, and we will contact her any time we need doggie care!
Kari was awesome! We left our morkie with her for the weekend and she sent us updates and pictures that gave us the peace of mind that he was happy and so well cared for! We will definately stick with Kari in the future! And her house is amazing to boot! :)
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