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Lara L.
Boston, MA 02114
26 Reviews
13 Repeat Guests
$40/night
Other Sitters Nearby
  • Cancellation Policy:
    Flexible

Pet Requirements

  • 1-20 lbs
  • 20-40 lbs
  • 40-80 lbs
  • 80+ lbs
All Ages OK

Lara's Resident Pets

Jasper
Labradoodle
Male
2 old

Lara's Apartment

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About Lara

I'm a grad student in Economics who works from home, while my fiance is a fourth year med student. We have a young dog, a medium-sized labradoodle, who loves other dogs and especially loves having friends over. My puppy and I usually hang out together all day and go on multiple walks to the Boston Common or the Esplanade. We live in a small apartment in Beacon Hill, so we can't accommodate big dogs (so sad!), but we'd love to take in some small dogs or lower energy medium sized dogs (e.g. an english bull dog would be downright terrific).

In hiring me, you are guaranteeing that your dog will be the subject of many photo updates every day, sent either through through dogvacay or directly to your phone.

In hiring Jasper, your dog will be getting a very docile and inquisitive companion that can match pretty much any energy level.

Other notes: Pick up and drop offs within walking distance are free. We'd be walking Jasper anyway.
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Lara L.
Boston, MA 02114
26 Reviews
13 Repeat Guests
$40/night
Other Sitters Nearby
  • Cancellation Policy:
    Flexible

Availability

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  • Unavailable
  • 1 Spot Left
  • Booked
  • Last updated July 7, 2014

Credentials

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Services & Rates

Boarding Overnight At Lara's Home
$40 /night
  • Watches up to 1 dog /night
Daycare At Lara's Home
$30 /day
  • Watches up to 3 dogs/day
Pick-Up/Drop-Off
$10 each way
  • Willing to travel 5 miles
26 Reviews
We had Lara and her boyfriend watch our pug for a weekend over the summer. And the care was fantastic. Welly was given lots of a attention and plenty of outdoor time. We also loved how they set up a photo stream and constantly updated us with photos of Welly. I would recommend Lara to anyone who wants their dog to be well attended while away.
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Thank you Laura! We hope to arrange for you to take care of Teldra again soon!
Lara was awesome! My dogs did not even seem like they missed me when I picked them up! I was sent pictures several times a day and felt like she was easy to communicate with. Happily she said she would watch them again!
Lara is an absolute dog whisperer! Our dog is VERY nervous in an unfamiliar environment and we expected her to come home shaken and clingy. She certainly was happy to see us, but it was 100% clear that Lara had given her a huge amount of gentle, steady affection to get her through the weekend. Lara regularly texted pictures and always responded promptly to our own texts, which was extremely reassuring for us and a lot of fun to receive. We recommend Lara without reservation. She has an innate talent with dogs.
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Lara and Rob were both great. They set up a photostream right after I left and sent me about 4 pictures a day of my dog. They took him on regular walks and to a dog park, and it seemed like he had a blast playing with their dog. I would definitely recommend them to anyone!
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Ralph has spent so much time with Lara, Rob and Jasper during the ski season that he starts wagging his tail as soon as we pull up to their home - we are so grateful to you guys for opening your home to our little moppet and appreciate so much how kind and caring you are to him while we are gone!
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Rue had an amazing weekend with Lara and Jasper! Lara sent us pictures and gave updates. I think was a little bit disappointed to get picked up. Looking forward to next time...
This is my third review for Lara and Rob and I feel like I could write 100 reviews and still not have written enough to express how great they are and my gratitude for them. They are irreplaceable and have become my go to sitters for my dog Simba. The last time I dropped Simba off with Lara, I saw his tail start to wag when I passed him on to her and this was all the evidence I needed to know he was excited to be with her once again. Lara and Rob are flexible, reliable and true life savers. I have used other dog sitting services and know from a lot of experience that the care Lara and Rob give to Simba is one of kind and genuine. They are true dog lovers.
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Bustah had a great time playing with Jasper and Lara. Lara kept us updated with photos. Bustah had such a good time, he really didn't want to come home!
Lara and Rob, thanks again for watching Roo for us (especially over a holiday weekend). We hate leaving him behind but it is a huge relief to know he is well-taken care of and having his own pampered "staycation". We appreciate the daily updates and funny photos and look forward to booking with you guys again soon!
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Lara and Rob were unbelievable. I had complete peace knowing Simba was with them when we were away from him. Lara and Rob sent photos everyday, a couple times a day and responded to my text right away. They truly treated Simba as though he was their own dog. I could not have been happier with their level of care for Simba. I give them 5+ stars and would absolutely recommend them. I am so grateful to have meet Lara and Rob ( as is Simba)!!!
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Lara was fantastic. She put me at ease 2 minutes after I left my dog with her by sending a photo of him to update me on how he was adjusting with Lara. Throughout my dogs stay Lara sent photos and messages to let me know my dog was doing really well. My dog even allowed Lara to give him a belly rub and snuggle with him, which means Lara passed the test...haha. I would highly recommend Lara.
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My 8 month old pup had the best time staying with Lara. She became fast friends with their dog Jasper. Lara sent lots of photo updates of my pup, so I knew she was having a great time playing and going on walks. I don't think my pup even missed me during those 4 days because she was having such a good time with Lara and Jasper!

I highly recommend Lara as a host and would definitely go to her again.
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Lara was super accommodating and Jasper, her golden doodle, is the absolute cutest! I felt completely safe leaving Ollie with them, even though they were the first hosts we had left her with. We're looking forward to Ollie's next stay with them!
Lara & Rob were absolutely great with Bayley; it was an easy meet 'n greet at the park as well as drop-off. Getting photos kept me feeling I was part of my dog's weekend.! Never had a worry. Their Jasper is just a darling.
Izzy had an amazing time with Lara and Jasper! My goldendoodle spent a fun-filled weekend in Beacon Hill, playing outside, bumming around with Jasper, and going for walks. From the very first moment we visited, Izzy made herself at home in their apartment, and they were more than welcoming.

Lara and Robert were kind enough to share a PhotoStream with me so that I could keep track of Izzy's "staycation" and share in the fun.

They were also incredibly accommodating to my schedule -- I dropped Izzy off very early in the morning and ended up picking her up very late because of a delayed flight. They never batted an eye, and I knew Izzy was in great hands. What an incredible relief!
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My four year old English Bulldog had a great time staying with Lara and her family.... She was a great host who met us a few weeks ago to make sure that our dog were a good match for an overnight... She made me feel very comfortable about leaving Mabel overnight and sent me plenty of picture and video updates to make sure I knew how much fun she was having. Lara was very flexible on drop off / pick up times and I will not only use her again, but will refer to other friends in the city. When I picked Mabel up she didn't want to leave their street and and is very tired (a great sign of a happy bulldog).
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My wife and I usually travel with our dogs but this trip we weren't able to. We met Lara and Rob through Dogvacay.com and wow! They were absolutely amazing.

Before the trip we brought our dogs to meet Lara, Rob and Jasper, and they got along immediately. Jasper was super friendly and Kozmo and Gracie had a great time. Lara and Rob are two of the friendliest people you will meet as well.

When we left for our trip, we got tons of pictures of our dogs playing, sleeping and lounging. They took amazing care of Kozmo and Gracie -- we knew from the first moment they were in good hands.

We absolutely recommend Lara. Kozmo and Gracie still talk about how much fun they had!
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Thank you once again for taking care of Teldra!
I cannot say enough good things about Lara and Japer! Thank you for caring for my pup!
Rob and Lara were very flexible on a meet up in advance of a short notice staycation for Bustah. We appreciated the frequent photos and Bustah was clearly very happy in their care. We hope to use them again as our first choice in care for our doxie.
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Lara & Rob were great from start to finish. Lara set up an iPhone Photo Stream while we were out of town so we had dozens of pictures of Harper... most kennels will send you one picture per day at most so this was a great added benefit. Lastly and most importantly Harper came home really tired - it's clear he had a great time playing all weekend and used up a ton of energy.
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We recently left our shih-tzu with Lara and Rob for eleven nights as we were on the west coast for a family wedding. We were a bit anxious to leave Ralphie with non-family members for so long, but Lara and Rob (and Jasper) provided a great staycation for our pup. Lara created a photostream which was updated daily (sometimes more than once) and which allowed us to relax knowing that Ralph was in great hands. They also kept Ralph and extra night after our flight got changed at the last moment. We feel so lucy to have found such a sweet family to look after the Roo when we travel and I am sure he can't wait for his next sleepover with his new friends.
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Lara and Rob were awesome! We left our 1.5 year old pup with Lara while we were away in the Bahamas this month. We were gone for 5 days, and were nervous about leaving Seamus, especially because he has pretty bad separation anxiety. Both Lara and Rob were really great with Seamus, spending lots of time with him and giving him plenty of attention! (Probably even more than he gets at home!) Seamus made friends with their 10 month old pup, Jasper, and they got along great. They even cuddled on the couch together (I saw pics!). Without my asking, Rob set up a photo stream to share pictures of Seamus' Staycation, which I could access while out of the country. Each day I got at least 5 new updates on how Seamus was doing and what he was up to. This put my mind at ease, and I was so happy to see my little guy out exploring the city and having fun! In the past, Seamus has battled with some very serious separation anxiety when I left him with sitters, but the with combination of Lara's working from home, Jasper's companionship, and both Lara and Rob's attentiveness, Seamus spent his Staycation in a very safe, comfortable, and nurturing environment. I was so happy to know that he was stress/anxiety free while mom and dad were away! My experience with Lara and Rob was fantastic; I couldn't have asked for a nicer couple to leave my pup with! In the future, we will definitely be contacting Lara and Rob. Seamus can't wait for his next Staycation! :)
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Lara and Rob did a wonderful job taking care of our five month old puppy. They couldn't have been more flexible with coordinating our meet-n-greet, drop off, and pick up. As soon as we left Maeve they created a photo stream where they posted pictures and updates throughout each day - allowing us to conveniently check snapshots of Maeve and Jasper tumbling in puppy play, taking adorable naps together, and going for walks. They were especially attentive and easygoing with Maeve's puppy needs. We highly recommend Lara, Rob, and Jasper as caretakers and companions and we will absolutely use them again soon!
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Lara was excellent. She has a lovely dog, Jasper, which was great,since he could keep my doggie busy.
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