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Deborah & Rafael S.

143 Reviews
83 Repeat Guests
Other Sitters Nearby
  • Requires Meet-n-Greet to book
  • 3 days notice required for bookings
  • Responds within 25 mins
  • 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
List of Breeds Not Accepted
Pit Bull - Staffordshire Bull Terrier, Weimaraner, Australian Cattle Dog, Pit Bull - American Staffordshire Terrier, Pit Bull - American Pit Bull Terrier, Siberian Husky, Vizsla, Pit Bull - Bull Terrier, Alaskan Malamute

Deborah & Rafael's Resident Pets

10 yr 2 mo old
5 yr 2 mo old

Deborah & Rafael's House

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Medium Yard
100% fenced
Pets allowed on furniture
Air-conditioned inside
Smoke-free home

About Deborah & Rafael

25 Years Experience Caring For Dogs
Vacation with peace of mind knowing your pooch will be safe-and-sound…and perhaps a bit overly loved. We specialize in free-range petsitting; no crates, cages, or kennels. There’s always lots of playing, snacking, and sunbathing, plus we go for daily urban hikes/runs around Silver Lake Reservoir, Echo Park Lake, Elysian Park or up to Bronson Canyon.

Our Silver Lake home is super dog-friendly. There’s a nice-size patio and yard, which is safely enclosed with a 6-foot fence all the way around the property. We have an open-door policy: The patio door stays open all day so your pooch can be inside or outside whenever they please. Snuggling is strongly encouraged here, and guest pups are perfectly welcome to sleep on the bed if they’re so inclined.

Both of us grew up with dogs and have petsitting experience for friends and neighbors. I (Deborah) have fostered various breeds, including elderly dogs, pups just coming out of surgery and those with health issues. I welcome detailed care instructions and/or special needs cases. If your dog is an exercise hound, Rafael loves to go for extended runs. I work at home so I'm here most of the time, and if I have to step out, Rafael will usually be on hand to dogsit. Plus, your pup will have constant company with resident canines Maximo (34-lb mixed breed male) and Sophia (female Standard Poodle).

While on vacay at Sugarhound Lodge, your dog will be helping other, less-fortunate pups just by going for our daily walks and hikes. We use the “Walk for a Dog” app by, which means that every mile your pup logs with us helps fund our favorite rescue, Ace of Hearts.

** Drop-off/Pickup hours: 8am-9pm **
- No puppies under 1 year old
- All dogs must be on flea medication
- All dogs must be spayed/neutered

We do require a Meet-n-Greet before accepting a first-time booking. Even if our calendar says we’re booked for boarding, we’re still available for Meet-n-Greets. Please click on "Contact Deborah & Rafael" to message us through our page, and we'll work it out.

We do not hold tentative dates. You're welcome to text us to check availability, but **you must make a reservation through this DogVacay page to secure a booking for your dog.** If necessary, you can always cancel up to three days before your trip for a full refund.

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Can administer oral medicine
Post-surgical pets
Special Needs Accommodated
  • Pets that require medicine
  • Separation anxiety
  • Pets recovering from surgery
  • Leash Pulling
  • Advanced senior issues

Deborah & Rafael S.

143 Reviews
83 Repeat Guests
Other Sitters Nearby
  • Requires Meet-n-Greet to book
  • 3 days notice required for bookings
  • Responds within 25 mins
  • Cancellation Policy:


  • Available
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  • 1 Spot Left
  • Booked
  • Last updated March 29, 2017


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Services & Rates

Boarding Overnight At Deborah & Rafael's Home
$45 /night
  • Watches up to 4 dogs/night
  • Dogs may be unsupervised for 1 - 2 hours/day
  • Dogs will have full access outside for potty breaks
  • 2 walks/day
  • Pets can sleep wherever they want
$12 each way
  • Willing to travel 5 miles
143 Reviews
Deborah and Rafael are life savers! Seriously, they're the best in the business! When our dog, Daphne, sees Rafael walking dogs by the park, she goes ballistic, she's so stoked to see him! That's all the testimony I need to know that these two take super great care of their furry guests, but they go above and beyond and send photo and video updates throughout the day of your pooch playing, hiking, and lounging! They take the more energetic dogs on hikes around the reservoir or up the the observatory, sometimes up in the mountains, we're talking like 7-mile hikes! Daphne LOVES it! My wife and I are producers who sometimes work three 15-hour days in a row on a shoot, or travel overnight for work, and so knowing that there's a safe place for her to stay with people who take excellent care for her and give her plenty of excersize is such a dream! Deborah's place is clean, and the dogs have plenty of room to play, and comfortable heads to sleep on. Really a 5-star service!
Deborah was a wonderful host, we were a little nervous about being away from our pups but Deborah was great about sending us picture and video updates. The dogs had a great time and slept for hours once we brought them back home due to the long walks they went on with Deborah. We will definitely be booking Deborah again! We have a 120 lbs Cane Corso and a 10 lbs Yorkie mix, Deborah is really good about making sure the dogs will all get along and bond.
Deborah was amazing!! She sent us great updates that kept us informed about JoJo's status throughout our trip. She's got a little doggie heaven there in Echo Park! Highly Recommended!
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