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Deborah & Rafael S.

140 Reviews
80 Repeat Guests
Other Sitters Nearby
  • 3 days notice required for bookings
  • Responds within 45 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
List of Breeds Not Accepted
Alaskan Malamute, Pit Bull - American Staffordshire Terrier, Australian Cattle Dog, Pit Bull - Bull Terrier, Siberian Husky, Pit Bull - Staffordshire Bull Terrier, Vizsla, Weimaraner, Pit Bull - American Pit Bull Terrier

Deborah & Rafael's Resident Pets

10 yr 1 mo old
5 yr 1 mo old

Deborah & Rafael's House

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

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
Special Needs Accommodated
  • Pets recovering from surgery
  • Separation anxiety
  • Leash Pulling
  • Advanced senior issues

Deborah & Rafael S.

140 Reviews
80 Repeat Guests
Other Sitters Nearby
  • 3 days notice required for bookings
  • Responds within 45 minutes
  • Cancellation Policy:


  • Available
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  • 1 Spot Left
  • Booked
  • Last updated February 22, 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
140 Reviews
Cooper always has a ball! Plenty of love, attention and exercise!
So amazing. Picture and video updates of all the doggie activities made being away from my baby so much easier. Thank you for showing her so much love :)
Deborah and Rafael are terrific! Nice, friendly people and are great with Winston. They make sure he is comfortable and safe and gets plenty of exercise. Sends updates with videos and photos to us during Winston's stay.
Absolutely the best. Took a vacation with friends in Costa Rica and everyone became addicted to seeing the photos and videos Deborah sent each day. We're so grateful for Sugarhound Lodge:)
Deborah was so flexible and easy to book with. I was also really impressed by her knowledge and compassion for senior dogs. I loved all the photos, videos and updates she frequently sent! Great experience, it's no wonder she is so highly rated! Thank you Deborah!
Deborah is the best! My dog isn't a pet, he is my baby and if you feel the same about your furry baby, Deborah is the sitter for you. She sends daily updates with pics and videos. I felt 100% relaxed on my vacation knowing Deborah was with my dog. I could tell in the photos that my dog was very happy to be with her and the other dogs. So happy to have found Deborah.
The best.
This was my first time using DogVacay. I gotta say, I never felt this comfortable leaving my dog with anyone. Deborah was amazing, and I can't thank her enough for taking care of my dog. When I first met her I knew she was a dog person and I trusted her and loved het right away. I went on vacation for a whole week and my mind was at ease to know my dog is having a good time as well. She would send pictures and videos daily, just so I know what they're up to. I would highly recomment Deborah to anyone who loves their dog like their child and feela bad to leave them alone at home or at a vet's office or any dog hotel. She is the best.
Deb was super nice. It came across immediately that she loves her furry guests. She sent updates every day. I recommend her warmly.
Deborah & Rafael are the best, period and end of story. Our dog loves them, we love them - it is very comforting knowing we can leave them and they will cared for so well.
Deborah's place, is absolutely heaven for dogs home away from home. Deborah is wonderful, the meet & greet is an important stage before you leave your dog in a strange place (it was our first time), and I felt right after I'm leaving my baby in good hands. Her place is beautiful, and well organized to for the dog needs. The back yard is comfortable, and the special care for each dogs, is admirable. I'm happy we have found you. Definitely will be back.
My girl is a big,young thing who needs activity. A short walk won't do. Deborah and Rafael understood this and went out of their way to make sure her "needs" were accommodated. The photo updates and videos throughout the day were delightful to receive. In addition, at the meet and greet, Deborah was very focused on my girl and had a wonderful calm manner about her, which not only reassured me, but my pup as well. I would highly recommend them.
Deborah is the absolute best! She sent me cute videos and/or photos every day so I knew that my little guy was happy. It was one less thing I had to be stressed about during a very stressful trip.

She treats all the dogs in her care as if they were her own. TLC in spades.

The bonus is a very liberal drop-off and pick-up policy that really came in handy. I don't live at all close to her but she is my go-to pet sitter, hands down.
Great job! Thanks Deborah & Rafael!
Deborah was simply lovely. Normal and lovely. And while I never met Rafael, the videos and pics of him with our Great Dane, Lily, made clear he's equally great. Lily spent a week with Deborah while we were away and had an awesome vacation herself. It's always helpful to have my dog(s) in good hands and know they're having fun and this was no exception. Lily went on miles and miles of walks, played endlessly and seemed extremely content. Deborah also offers taxi service for pick-up and drop-off which made my life that much less complicated while packing and dealing with kids. I will absolutely use Deborah again and easily recommend her to others looking for a sitter.
Deborah was amazing! She truly cares about all dogs. She sent us lots of photo updates and my dog looked so happy in all of them! We will definitely be back!
I wish I was better with words in order to express how happy I was with Deborah. I have never left my dog with someone however, now Deborah is stuck with us. If she is booked I may just have to cancel my vacation! I felt so comfortable, she sent pictures and video. I was kind of worried my pup wouldn't want to come home with me! She is so calm and great with dogs. You can feel how much she really cares. My dog was instantly at ease and so was I. She was very organized and I really appreciated the checklist of things for me to bring for my little guys vacation. I will be using Deborah for any night I have to be away from my fur baby. She is the greatest!
As always, Deborah and Rafael took fantastic care of Beau!
Deborah is simply the best! and Jasper LOVES spending time at the Sugarhound lounge. He has the best time ever as evidenced with all the cute pictures and videos she sends which makes me happy and completely eases my separation anxiety when i have to board him. I actually feel good about giving him his own vacation rather than guilty. She's also super on it and reliable for his medicine and dietary issues. So grateful for her!!
Deborah and Rafael are the best kept secret in town! It was my first experience with Dogvacay and I chose based on past reviews. Now I see why they get all 5's. D and R are attentive, punctual and treated my dog as if they she was their own. They kept me informed and sent daily photo's of her stay and care. I will definitely use their services again and I recommend them as professional dog handlers. Also, their place was clean, dog friendly, and centrally located. Thanks again.
Deb is the best! Super accommodating and really takes the job seriously (in a good way!) She's great with all the dogs and managing a pack, and I always know my dog will be well taken care of!
I almost want to keep her a secret because Deborah is the best! Sugar Hound Lodge is *way* across town for me but the drive is worth it to know that my dog will be given such good care.
She sent me photos every day — and I don't know if she does this for every dog but — she even sent daily videos so I could see Melbo at play and happy.
He had such a good time I wasn't sure he would actually want to leave with me. :-D
Deborah makes every dog feel special and every owner feel that her/his dog is the best ever!
I would give her 11 stars if possible.
Siena loved her vacay - lots of walks and playtime. Deborah & Rafael are awesome :-) they took very good care of our pup!
The hundreds of 5 star reviews don't lie- Deborah is the best! She's kind, nurturing, funny, a great pack leader, and will take the very best care of your furry loves. My pup Jersey adores her, and from what I can see from the pictures and short videos Deborah sends during his stay, he is in love with every minute of being with her and the rest of her pack! Thank you Deborah!
In the 24 hours Maggie was with Deborah, she got to go on a walk around Silverlake reservoir, a stair walk, and a long walk at Echo Park Lake. Plus, Deborah is great about integrating each dog into the pack from the very first minute of arrival. My dog came home happy and tired from all her great walks. And I love that Deborah sent pictures throughout the day, since it was Maggie's first stay there.
Dogs left under the care of Deborah and Rafael are truly cared for and receive a specifically tailored amount of attention, exercise, and affection. I am most impressed with the amount of attention to details they embrace with the outstanding work they do.
Always 100% thumbs up
Deborah and Rafael are fantastic. They walked our big lazy lab every day and sent pictures and/or video every day. It is reassuring to see your pet happy and having fun while you are away. They went out of the way to help with our dog's messy drinking problem, too - he always tips over the bowls. We have sent our dog to fancy ranches, etc. and the truth is, they can't give the personal attention when they have 20-30 dogs running around. Our dog would always come back with some little injury or bite. Deborah and Rafael only take the dogs they can handle and it is a more intimate setting. He had a great time!!
Deborah is the best dog sitter I have ever found! Not only is she a true professional but she has a loving and kindhearted nature that is hard to find! Our little chihuahua/rat terrier has a unique personality that not everyone can handle or appreciate. We were worried about his anxiety levels and his comfort away from home. She exceeded our expectations and put our minds at ease with her photos & videos of their adventures. After 2 weeks with Deborah, we weren't sure our dog would want to come home with us! We will definitely be return visitors of the Sugar Hound Lodge!
Deborah is a sincere and loving person who obviously enjoys her dogs. Her house, yard, and nearby park are fine for the dogs. She is careful about diet and asks the owner to provide the usual food and notes amounts. My pooch seemed happy , but fortunately was happy to come home as well.
Deborah was FABULOUS with my deaf doggie Luna! Intend to have her stay with Deborah weekly! VERY Satisfied with the experience!
Deborah took great care of our dog during his first overnight stay with a sitter, including following his food and medicine schedule. She also sent pictures and videos to keep us updated on how he was doing.
Deborah was fantastic. The pictures, videos and updates she sent us during our trip were delightful. And it was really nice to see our little dog having fun with other dogs. It was like sending our dog off to camp. She seemed like she had a great time!
Deborah is terrific. She cares for the dogs like her own. Makes sure to keep you updated while your away. Can't say enough about them.
Deborah was WONDERFULL!! we had a death in our family.There was no time for meet & greet. She worked with us at a time that was very Stressfull. Our Dog Leo was very relaxed yet still full of energy. She is really 5 Star
Deborah was fantastic. She was very accommodating to our sweet golden retriever. She made sure to get walks in along with lots of attention and even brushing! We loved all the updates too. I think Dolci wanted to stay longer. Excellent.
As usual, my dogs probably had a better vacation than I did. Knowledgeable and friendly, Deborah and Rafael know how to take care of dogs. I am so grateful for their service.
Our beloved poodle Arty was lucky enough to be the 2nd client of Deborah and Rafael. Now 15 separate visits later over several years, Arty has a second family in the incredible Deborah and Rafael! The love, attention and deep understanding of our dogs given by Deborah is above and beyond any mere dog sitting. She is invested in our dogs' happiness and heath and goes out of her way to make their and our experience exceptional. Deborah and Rafael deserve every 5 star rating because they are the best imaginable carers for our beloved furry family.

Thank you Deborah and Rafael for all the fun and happiness you give to Arty and for letting me leave time and again without stress or worry.

Lisa J
Deb is the best!!! I miss her now that we are in Portland - Deb, please move here so Foxie can stay with you when we go away!!! ; ) XOXOX!
Deborah is terrific. She cares deeply about the dogs being cared for and their well being. Highly recommend.
Deborah's excellent care of my puppy son gives me the peace of mind to have a carefree vacation. Daily videos of him playing, walking, eating are wonderful. And how excited he is when we get to her house tells me everything. So thankful to have Deborah and Dog Vacay.
We had the most perfect experience with Deborah taking care of Vincent. It was our first time leaving him with anyone and we were/are semi-paranoid about his well being at the best of times, luckily in Deborah we found someone who we would now trust Vince with over any period of time! From the hour after our goodbye we were sent updates and videos of the pup walking and playing with his new friends- we were left with no doubt that we had made the right choice. You won't find a kinder more considerate temporary parent than Deborah! She really looked after Vince and I'm sure he'll be raring to get back to his home from home should we have to part again! Thanks Deborah. Max
Both Deborah and Rafael are wonderful, and truly have an amazing set up. Communication was easy and Deborah sent me daily pics and videos of their walks and of the dogs playing. I was returned to me one very happy and very tired dog. Thank you!
Always the best!
Sugarhound Lodge was a fantastic experience for me and my dog. Deborah and Rafael were caring, knowledgeable, and extremely considerate of my concerns for my dog, Monty. Meeting them before committing to the booking was a great idea, and I was very pleased with the environment Deborah provided: a safe, enclosed yard, with dogs being allowed inside the house and treated like family. She sent me daily photos and videos of their walks and activities, gave Monty his daily medication, and let him play tug of war to his heart's content. Next time I have to board my dog, you can bet I'll be choosing Sugarhound Lodge. Thanks again, Deborah and Rafael!
Diego loves Deborah & Rafael! So do we!
Typically I say very little - either thumbs up or thumbs down - in these reviews, but my dogs were sooooo happy and relaxed when I returned from my last 5 day trip, I want everyone to know just how fantastic and wonderful Deborah and Rafael are with the dogs in their care. And to ease my mind while I am away from my dogs, Deborah sends me videos of them on walks/runs and I can tell from the images that my dogs are happy, calm and having a great time. I have not had a bad experience with any hosts from DogVacay, but Deborah and Rafael are hands down the absolute best.
Can I give 6 stars?
Deborah is the most awesome dog sitter ever!
Continually stoked to have Deborah take care of our old pup, thank you as always!
Thank you again!
I really cannot recommend Deborah and Rafael highly enough. We left our dear pup with them for over a week, and received sweet video updates every day. She loved her time at the Sugarhound Lodge! I know she misses her friends there now that we're back!
Another perfect visit with Deborah and Rafael. This is our third or fourth boarding experience with Sugarhound Lodge and our dogs LOVE being there and LOVE Deborah and Rafael. Each time our Poms stay here they come home so happy and calm. The BEST.
If you need a guilt-free way to leave your beloved dog for a few days, having him stay with Deborah and Rafael is the perfect solution. Lots of play and even long walks and hikes are on the agenda. We love Deborah and Rafael, and so does our dog.
Always so happy and confident to leave our old man in Deborah & Rafael's care... they are fantastic. Thank you as always!
Awesome but I don't want to rave too much as I am afraid they will get fully booked and my pup won't get in lol.
My 5-yr old Australian Cattle Dog had a wonderful time with Deborah and Rafael, and their dog family! They were so sweet to her, and sent us videos every day, which was awesome. I would definitely recommend them!
As always, Deborah and Rafael take great care of my 16 year old beagle. They are my go to for dog vacay, and my little guy absolutely loves the time he spends there :)
All around awesome! :)
The best! My two Poms had the time of their lives with Deborah and Rafael while my husband and I were out of town for a birthday party. We received texts with adorable photos of them and their new dog friends out walking and literally smiling for the camera. Deborah and Rafael's is their new home away from home, for sure.
We are repeat customers for a very good reason! Deborah is thee best!
I have one senior citizen (12.5 years old) and a 4.5 year old, high energy, Schnoodle. I am a classic "helicopter dad" and Deborah and Rafael are the perfect match for my dogs and for me. My youngster gets plenty of exercise on runs with Rafael and other younger dogs in residence, and my older girl gets quieter, more mellow walks. Deborah was fantastic about sending pics and video clips of my dogs throughout the entire weekend. When I got home my dogs were exhausted and happy. Deborah and Rafael kept my dogs safe, happy and fed. I could not be happier.
Judging from the videos that Deborah sent me, Dodi had a great time. I could relax knowing she was in good hands with Deborah and with Rafael, who took her running.
Deborah is amazing and I feel like I've given my two rescued Poms a gift by giving them a vacay with her. My guys have always been afraid of everyone but me (it took two years for them to let my husband put their leashes on!), but they totally responded to Deborah and I could tell from the photos she sent me during the day that they were having a blast. We'll be coming back. It's kind of a miracle, really. A+
We always feel so lucky to be able to leave our pups with Deborah. We take comfort knowing that they always receive love and attention when she watches them.
Deborah is the best!
Deborah is amazing! She goes above and beyond, and treats your dog like family. I am so happy to have found her!
The best!
thanks for always helping us find the best solution and for your great care
Deborah is the best! I feel so lucky to have found such a wonderful dog sitter so close.
Yes, another amazing vacation for Bernie! Deborah and Rafael treat Bernie like their own. He is showered with love by them and their hairy guests. I never worry about Bernie because I know he is having a ball, making friends, getting lots of exercise and loads of attention.

I cannot recommend them enough. Tell your friends, these people are awesome!
My Standard Poodle stayed with Deborah and Rafael for 10 days and I truly believe he is depressed that he's back to his plain ole boring life again. He was exercised, entertained and loved to the max and he always had another wonderful dog to play with. If you want to go on a guilt-free vacation, leave your dog with them. If he could talk, I'm sure my dog would give rave reviews, too.
OMG. I don't know who loves Deborah more, me or my dog. I have been boarding Beanie here for a year and a half now. My precious dog is like my child, and Deborah treats all her " clients", animals and humans, with love and respect. Exercise, lots of great dogs to play with, videos galore. Yay!!!!!
Once again, Deborah and Rafael were wonderful hosts! My dog is older and she got special care (meaning shorter and less rigorous walks, nightly glucosamine, etc.), which was no problem for them. That's greatly appreciated. I got daily texts of photos and videos that assured me all was great. One of photos was suitable for framing! Thanks again to Deborah and Rafael for being such fantastic hosts-- I highly recommend them!
Great retreat for my boy when I'm away. He feels right at home.
Deborah is the best. My dog was instantly comfortable in her home, I'm so glad to know that I have found a dog sitter that I truly trust.
Kula had a fantastic time, as always!
Deborah and Rafael were great! Our little guy had so much fun! We received pictures and videos through out the day and it was so nice to see him having such a great time with the other dogs :) We highly recommend them and we will definitely bring our little guy back to them on our next trip!
I truly don't know where to begin. I have had Blue for a year and this was the longest trip I was taking. Working from home, he is so used to having my attention so I was nervous ... actually scared that he would be miserable.
Deborah and Rafael were AMAZING!!!! Blue loved it there and Deborah sent me a ton of videos and pictures to make me feel better. Blue was right at home, fitting in with everyone there. I am hesitant to recommend them because I want them to be available to me whenever I need them. Alas I understand they have to make a living. They are truly great with dogs. Thanks Guys!
Deborah was great! Our big girl can be very picky and concerned when we leave her in another's care but she had a blast! We received updates, pictures and videos on a daily basis, which was so comforting when we were 3000 miles away.
Great overnight stay for my guy, great space. He and Maximo get along very well.
We were very pleased with Deborah as a host! She treated our Rosie as if she was her own pup and sent us plenty of videos and pictures throughout the week. We would definitely have Rosie stay with her again!
OK, my husband and I are obsessed with our golden hearted Golden Retriever. We could not be more insanely picky about who we entrust him to and WE R IN LOVE WITH DEBORAH! I know our sweetie is safe and loved when he is in her care. When we bring our buddy to her, he can't wait to make his way through the gate. It is like a fabulous dog camp. We know he gets plenty of exercise because she takes her guests on great hikes. She documents his stay with great photos and videos, and to our delight, she forwards them to us. Love that! When we picked him up last night, we were actually a little afraid he would turn and run when he saw us because he wouldn't want to come home. We used to feel guilty when we would drop him off at other places, now we feel guilty when we pick him up. You can totally trust your furry family member to Deborah and then some!
Kula just came back from spending two nights with Deborah and Rafael, and he seemed sad to leave! He had a fantastic time there, as evidenced by the adorable videos and pictures that Deborah sent us while we were gone. Deborah and Rafael clearly love dogs and take great care of them, and it gives us peace of mind knowing that Kula is in excellent hands when we're gone. He will definitely be returning next time we have to go out of town!
This is the second time that my dog Katie has enjoyed a dogvacay with Deborah, and again it worked out wonderfully! It's so nice to know that your dog is well taken care of when you're away, and not being subjected to a horrible kennel. Deborah sent texts with videos of dog walks, of the dogs getting treats, etc. Her house is well set up with nice outdoor space for roaming and sunning. She is truly great with dogs, and I highly recommend her for your dog's vacay.
Deborah & Maximo & Sofia were fantastic hosts for my Bogie! He loved the playtime in the yard with the other dogs, and Deborah was so wonderfully attentive to all my over-anxious requests. Could not have asked for a better experience for either of us for Bogie's first ever sleepover. Thanks Deborah!
Gah, I can't believe we forgot to leave a review for Deborah after Davey's Thanksgiving staycation with her and Maximo! She was absolutely awesome - our dog loved her and so did we! She even took Davey and company on a little field trip to frolic in the 'burbs. Deborah sent us photos and videos regularly which we loved and greatly appreciated. If you're just a little bit too nuts about your dog like we are (and you know who you are...), then you and your four-legged pal(s) will definitely love Deborah too. She will lavish them with the kind of care, attention and affection that we all know they deserve!
This was another fantastic visit for our Mollie with Deborah. We were away for several nights and Deborah was more than happy to accommodate a rather complex feeding schedule for Mollie. And because Mollie was still recovering from a surgery, her appetite was unpredictable, and she needed more attention and care. Deborah made sure Mollie was cared for and was showered with love and attention. I can honestly say that Deborah is the BEST thing that has happened in Mollie's life, and I cannot imagine leaving our fur-daughter with anyone else. And big thanks to Deborah's fur-host, Maximo, who is always a gracious and gentle host (and who always let's Mollie sleep in his bed).
:) :) :) happy dog!!
She kept our dogs happy and active!!
We are so happy to have found Deborah and Maximo! She is exactly the kind of caring person we can trust our old pup with. Super communicative, totally organized and on top of things, we trust her judgment! Such a great host.
Another fantastic visit for our Mollie with Deborah! Mollie needed a bit of special care after a surgery the previous month and Deborah was more than happy to accommodate Mollie's medication schedule and her physical limitations. She is completely intuitive when it comes to caring for dogs, and its clear that she cares for Mollie as much as we do. We were able to enjoy our trip, knowing that Mollie was well-cared for. And of course, her fur-host Maximo was a perfect gentleman, and even let Mollie sleep in his bed.
Deborah is truly a gift!
I am an overprotective pet owner who doesn't trust others to properly care for their pet. I am now fully recovered after meeting Deborah and seeing how truly happy Bernie was while in her care. I did not have to worry for a second that he was well. In fact, in all of the pics and videos that Deborah sent, he looked like he was having the time of his life. And, I think he wishes he could go back and hang out with Deborah, Massimo and his other new friends.

Bernie is a rescue and has a tendency to be shy. Not any more! He's a social butterfly.

Deborah is organized, disciplined, loving and keeps a tidy home and yard for the pets. Sugarhound is the ideal vacation spot for your best bud!
Wonderful, as usual! Deborah is the best and our dogs love being part of her dog pack. :)
Thanks for the pictures of our dog having a great time!
The best! I have such separation anxiety from my little Foxie, but knowing she is in Deb & Maximo's care makes all the difference. I know she is loved and very well take care of in my absence. Deb is my go-to - always will be! : )
As good as it gets. She sets the gold standard for dogvacay
Deborah is THE BEST. It's such a relief to see how much fun my pup is having with her when I'm out of town.
My husband and I are very satisfied for taking good take care of my dog. I will gladly recommend her any time.
We cannot say enough about Deborah's awesome dog loving service. She is simply the best. Our big, old dog, Tahoe, was her first dogvaycay pup...that was about 2 years ago and she's been our go-to ever since. This is coming from a couple who has 3 different set of friends who watch dogs for a living, offer us a discount and live within a block of us in downtown LA. We still prefer to leave our pups with Deborah who lives about 7 miles away.

In addition to the accolades already mentioned about Deborah's love of animals, she's a proactive problem solver. We recently rescued a 3-year old, high-energy, pit bull. He's a love but he's a handful. Deborah set up a meet and greet to make sure Happy got along well with her regulars. After that, he went for a short stay with her where she got to know him, understand him and get more comfortable with him. She realized he's best for himself and the other dogs if he gets a good amount of exercise. I mean more exercise than the average dog. Deborah made a co-arrangment that we agreed to allowing another dog lover to run our Happy during his stays there...we're talking 5+ mile runs on the regular. Our Happy comes home exhausted, but a doll who the other dog walkers are now begging to sit. We can't do it though, because we love Deborah!

Thank you, Deborah. You're the best!
Oh man, this was such a positive experience from beginning to end. Deborah was very responsive with the meet and great and after that went really well, was great with scheduling and getting back to me quickly. I appreciated her flexibility in pick up time and she was very communicative. My dog Donut really fit in and took a liking to her and the other dogs there and I loved getting the photo and video updates showing me how happy Donut was.
The BEST place you could possible leave your furry child. Period.
I have been boarding my dog with Deborah over a year as I travel alot. I'm particular and nervous about my Beanie. Deborah is a genuine dog lover, extremely knowledgeable and vigilant. Even tho she says its not 24/7, it pretty much is. She exercises them with walks, pays attention to every detail you ask of her, loves and cares for each and every dog. I have had dog sitters who charge more and are not half as good. And I get at least one ( or more) adorable videos each day of my dog having the best time. He loves Deborah, and so do I. And so will you.
One of my dogs has stayed with Deborah and Maximo previously, but this was the first time she's had both of my pups. They had an amazing time, and I really appreciate her updates and prompt answers to any questions I may have. I can't recommend Sugarhound Lodge highly enough! I know my dogs are adored and well cared for, and I love that they're exhausted and happy when they come home!
Deborah sent me photos and videos every day and I could tell by my puppies smiles they were having fun. Like Deborah's commitment to her doggy duties and the no-nonsense approach she has. A pleasure to deal with. Will definitely use again. :)
Deborah sent pictures of our very happy dog, which was awesome!!! Thank you!!
Deborah was wonderful! From our initial meet and greet, we could tell she loves dogs and knows what she's doing. She's fully committed to taking the best care of the pups she's watching, very thorough, and great at communicating. She was super generous in working with our schedule to accommodate a Friday morning drop off and Sunday afternoon pickup. We were so thrilled to get photos of Noodle and Lumpy throughout the weekend, and felt 100% confident that they were in the best hands. Deborah is rad. We'll use her again and I'll be recommending her to my friends.
Deborah's place is doggy paradise! My sweet little Maggie is 15 and needs a little speacial attention. From the first stroll through Deborah's yard Maggie was a happy puppy. Deborah took amazing care of my Maggie while I was out of town. Deborah's energy is sweet and calm, and her place is warm and inviting. Maggie got to play with other pups, got plenty of treats and basically had a vacation of her own. I'm so happy we found Deborah!
Stella's first sleepover went Great! Deborah is an Amazing caretaker, guide, leader, and is so loving and kind with her pack. She reads the dogs personality and needs upon meeting them and is able to make them feel right at home right away. It is so comforting to know they are in good hands and being loved and cared for! I enjoyed all the pictures and video clips she took! She is Wonderful and I will continue to use her whenever we go out of town. Thank you again and again for the Peace of Mind and for loving Stella like she was your own! Peace and Paws! Kerry Hirsch
Deborah took amazing care of my two boxer girls while I was out of town for two days . One needs special care and meds and Deborah was so great with everything and I left feeling very confident that she would take care of them well and she sure did !
They were tired when I got them home so I know they had a great time and they made new freinds .
We're ashamed to admit it but our pups are likely better off at the Sugarhound Lounge then in our own home!

Deborah is a wonderful person - so kind, and has a natural connection with animals. Deborah has watched our pups on multiple occasions - her home and outdoor area are beautiful and spacious. Whenever our dogs stay with her and her lovely host pup Maximo they get tons of exercise, love, and attention.

We feel so lucky to have had the opportunity to have her care for our dogs.
Izzy always has so much fun with Deborah! It feels great knowing that when we go out of town she will have a good time too!
Deborah was great with our dog, Moon, and we highly recommend her. Her house is clean, safe and secure and very pet friendly. Her resident dogs were also great with Moon. Deborah sent us photos and videos of the dogs playing and taking walks each day which made us worry a lot less about leaving our 1 year old puppy for 10 days. We were very satisfied with Deborah's services and hope to have her care for Moon again very soon.
Deborah was an excellent host. She was very conscientious, taking the time to meet up and hang out to observe your dog's adjustment to her home, and ensuring there are no concerns about the stay. I got daily pictures and videos and felt completely comfortable that Roxy was being well cared for. I know what an attention hog my dog is and it seems that Deborah eagerly obliged.
Deborah was amazing with our puppy. He has a lot of energy, and she was super patient and loving with him. It was our first time leaving him with anyone but family, and it proved to be the best place for him. He had quite a little vacation! She sent pictures and videos all weekend which put us at ease. We would highly recommend her to anyone who loves their doggy!
Deborah was AMAZING to my little pups! I had a lot of anxiety about leaving town without them, and Deborah went out of her way to put me at ease and to make sure that I knew my babes were in good hands. She sent regular updates with photos and videos and always promptly responded to my own inquiries. Her house is perfect for curious friends - lots of room to roam and play and sunbathe. Her own Maximo was a very gracious gentleman, as well, sharing his mom's attention with my guys. Deborah was wonderful and I will continue to use her services. You should, too!
Deborah was such a great host for my dog Dexter while I was away for a long weekend! She has a great setup with inside/outside space for the dogs to have a doggy good time, and her other dogs were super friendly. She was there the whole weekend to supervise, and took the dogs out each day a few times for long walks and other adventures. Deborah was also great about sending pictures if Dex having a good time, and very knowledgeable about how to handle the dogs--she immediately put me at ease about leaving Dex in her capable hands for the weekend.

Short version, Dexter had a blast, and we will definitely be calling Deborah the next time I'm going out of town!
I cannot say enough about Deborah – she is the most caring, loving doggie caretaker I’ve ever known – as well as a lovely person.
I have an adopted dog, who is extremely shy and difficult to feed. She adored going to Deborah’s and never needed prodding. Also, Deborah went to great pains to ensure she ate sufficiently.
Again, I cannot say enough, strongly endorse Deborah and give her a 10+.
Another incredible booking for our Mollie with Deborah! We are so fortunate to have her in Mollie's life and we know that when we travel, Deborah takes care of her like family. Maximo was, as usual, a gracious and accomodating fur-host and even let Mollie hog all the dog beds, including his. Thank you for being amazing and for loving our girl as much as we do.
Deborah is a GEM.
This woman is kind, sweet, accommodating, lovely.
I love my dog so much. Knowing the last sitter list him, she took extra care to send me daily videos. My dog beanie looked like he was having such fun.
Deborah plays with them, takes tons of walks, was careful feeding him my complicated meals ( he usually didn't eat much when away; here he did).
She really cares for each and every dog in her care. I'm SO happy I found Deborah!
Beanie stayed one night, to get him used to the place for a longer stay next month. Deborah took great care of him and sent me many video updates as I'm a nervous mom! ( last dog sitter lost him!!!!)
She's a definite dog lover; this is more than a job for her. Really like this gal and feel secure about leaving my beautiful pup with her.
Deborah is wonderful with my dog. She is caring, conscientious and loving. She has been my dog sitter on many occasions, and I totally trust her. She has taken care of my dog after his surgery and she was attentive to all of his needs.
I am so happy that I found Deborah. My dog, Clara, is super friendly and does best when she has a lot of attention and activity. Deborah and Maximo provided her with plenty of both. There was ample space in the backyard for them to run and plan, and inside the house was cozy and very dog-friendly. Deborah was great about listening and noting Clara's feeding schedule, and happy to prepare the extra food that I brought. She texted me updates and photos daily, and I know Clara had a great time on all her outings! I will definitely be using Deborah again.
Deborah was AMAZING! We are so neurotic and our dog has special needs. Deborah is so patient and kind and put us at ease. She took our little Roscoe in and when we nervously checked in to see how he was doing, she sent us great little videos of him having a great time at her place, on a walk and out playing. Couldn't have asked for a better experience!
We are so lucky that we found Deborah. It is rare to find someone who loves dogs the way that she does. In addition to her love of dogs, she is the kindest, most accommodating person that we have met since we moved to LA. She rearranged her schedule on a hectic weekend to make sure that our two dogs were cared for. We received daily videos and updates showing the various hikes and walks that the dogs had taken. She was incredibly patient with our dog who has countless 'quirks.' I never had to doubt that they were cared for. The resident pup, Maximo, could not be a sweeter or a more well behaved dog. I cannot say enough good things about Deborah, Maximo, and their DogVacay business. If you have the option of choosing from a variety of DogVacay hosts, quit while you are ahead and go with Deborah. We are tremendously thankful that we found her.
Judging from the texts and photos Deborah S. forwarded on a daily basis, my 'baby' had the best experience. I, (and she), could not be happier!
Deborah rocks! Our girl, Mollie, stayed with Deborah for 8 nights, and while we missed her, we knew Mollie was in great hands. We received daily updates, pictures and videos, and our dog looked blissfully happy. Deborah's dog, Maximo, is an ideal co-host...happy, gentle, and unbelievably intuitive to a dog's mobility issues. We are so lucky to have Deborah and Maximo in Mollie's life. :)
We were really nervous about leaving our dog Norman for long periods of time and heard so many horror stories about boarding places. We were so relieved when we found Deborah. She's so loving and caring, we know Norman is in great hands. She's truly the best. And Maximo!!! What a great dog!
We were really nervous about leaving our dog Norman for long periods of time and heard so many horror stories about boarding places. We were so relieved when we found Deborah. She's so loving and caring, we know Norman is in great hands. She's truly the best. And Maximo!!! What a great dog!
I am so happy we found Deborah! She is passionate and dedicated and took excellent care of our dog Lola. Lola loved being with Deborah and Maximo, and came home happy and well exercised. Deborah was a great communicator and sent pictures and updates while we were away, which always made us feel like our dog was in good and loving hands. Thank you, Deborah! Lola looks forward to staying at Sugarhound Lodge again soon!
Just when I thought I'd never find someone as great as my last dog sitter, I found Deborah! She's worth the drive. I know whenever I leave Benny there, he's safe, happy and loved! Maximo is the perfect little host too. Deborah is responsible, responsive and organized!
There is no other doggie sitter for me than my Miss Deborah! She & Maximo give so much love & attention to my Foxie...I couldn't appreciate them more!

For this reservation, Deborah took extra time (and almost in a last-minute situation) to make Foxie's visit work, as she had another reservation at the same time. She also was kind enough to offer & bring Foxie to me when I returned from my trip, as I was feeling very ill. And as always, she sent me pictures and videos each day (at least once per day) of little Foxie and Maximo!

It makes my heart happy to know she is always giving the best care and loving attention to my little one. Thank you, Deborah!!! : )
Deborah is completely amazing. We could not be happier with her and our standard poodle loves her. She sent us updates, photos and video, which was awesome, and we felt completely at ease knowing that our Mollie was in her care. She welcomed any routine we had for Mollie and was mindful of her limitations. She is that rare kind of gal that values the pet as a family member.
We love Deborah taking care of our highly active mini Aussie Shasta. She provided daily updates about how and what he was doing, which ranged from daily walks, play dates, nearby excursions, etc. So she allayed any concerns we had about his adjustment and well being.
Her dog Maximo is very mellow whom we met during the initial meet-and-greet and house visit. Also, she gave us the option of her not scheduling concurrent boarding assignments and was quite flexible on when to retrieve him upon our return. Anyways, we would not hesitate to leave Shasta with her & Maximo again.
Luca loved staying and playing with Maximo and Deborah made him feel very welcome and secure. I would leave Luca again without any guilt. I was very nervous, i'd never left my pup with any non family member. By the time our first meeting was over Luca felt right at home in Maximo's yard. Guilt-free DogVacay!
I couldn't be more pleased with Deborah! She gave our little one so much love & care while we were out of state. She send me pictures and/or videos every day (which was much appreciated by my worry-wart self). Deborah was very easy to work with and her schedule was flexible with our needs. She even kept our Foxie an extra night with no charge due to events that arose the night we returned. I couldn't have been more grateful. I highly recommend Deborah and her pal Maximo! Thank you, Deborah!!!!
Debra was great! She provided daily picture/video updates of Sheba. Debra's dog was a sweetheart and he and Sheba got along marvelously.

I liked that Debra took extra special care of Sheba who had just had knee surgery 10 days before her Dog Vacay.

I would definitely recommend Debra as a dog sitter and will definitely turn to her when I need a quality dog sitter.
Deborah is so awesome. I was completely at ease leaving Buster with her after our meet-and-greet.
She took a lot of care getting to know his personality and gave him lots of love and playtime in my absence.
I got updates and pictures, and I feel like he had as great of a vacation as I did!
I can't wait to use her again, and I know Buster is looking forward to his next visit with Maximo.
Deborah and her adorable dog Maximo were the perfect hosts to our 2 year old poodle, Arty. We received daily photos and video of Arty on hikes, playing with Maximo, at the farmers market and more. We think he had a better holiday than us!!

Deborah is an absolute dog lover and very experienced. Debroah is now our "home away from home" for Arty. She gave us such peace of mind and ensured Arty was totally loved and in the best possible pampered care.

Thank you so much Deborah. You took the worry out of us leaving our much loved family member .. Arty.

Deborah is the type of dog loving human being you want your dog to stay with if he/she can't be with you.

Deborah went out of her way to ensure our dogs met in a neutral territory prior to Tahoe's stay which made both dogs' time together more enjoyable. She was very accommodating with drop off and pick up and sent me pictures and updates everyday of his stay.

I highly recommend you try Deborah as part of your dogvaycay experience.
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