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Liz K.

39 Reviews
24 Repeat Guests
$38/night
Other Sitters Nearby
  • 1 day notice required for bookings
  • Responds within 2 hours
  • Cancellation Policy:
    Flexible

Pet Requirements

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

Liz's Resident Pets

Heidi
Small Munsterlander Pointer
Female
12 yr 11 mo old
Chloe
Small Munsterlander Pointer
Female
4 yr 11 mo old

Liz's House

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Outdoor area
Smoke-free home
Pets allowed on furniture
Air-conditioned inside
Great for senior pets

About Liz

40 Years Experience Caring For Dogs
Thanks for checking out Sunshine Dog Stay. I've been with DogVacay since it began in 2011 and it has been a rewarding and fun experience. I now have many furry friends who return to me monthly, as well as yearly. I really enjoy offering this service, and am grateful for the trust my clients put in me.

We offer a 7 acre family compound on a private lake located just 20 minutes outside of Duluth.

Amenities include a large play yard, safe from any busy roads or streets.

Separate building with two kennels includes AC, in-floor heat and music.

Activities include yard play and swimming in crystal clear Sunshine Lake.

We love to hike on the Boulder Lake Trails just 10 minutes away, or on the Park Point Trail just 20 minutes away.

5% of the annual proceeds from this business are donated each year to Animal Allies of Duluth. Thank you for your support!

On Call Vet is Kelly Powell of Doughertys Vet Clinic

Important Note: Out of consideration for our neighbors, we cannot accept dogs that bark. Although we never leave the dogs longer than 5 hours at a time, we do leave them. Therefore, we are not able to accept dogs that feel anxious and bark or are destructive when left alone.

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Can administer oral medicine

Liz K.

39 Reviews
24 Repeat Guests
$38/night
Other Sitters Nearby
  • 1 day notice required for bookings
  • Responds within 2 hours
  • Cancellation Policy:
    Flexible

Availability

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

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Course 101 Graduate
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Services & Rates

Boarding Overnight At Liz's Home
$38 /night
  • Watches up to 1 dog /night
  • Dogs may be unsupervised for 2 - 4 hours/day
  • 5+ potty breaks/day
  • 2 walks/day
  • Pets can sleep wherever they want
39 Reviews
Our dog Maggie has stayed with Liz 3 times now. A couple of times for a week. Maggie is always very happy when we see her. She had a tendency to get depressed when we've left her at other places. No sign of that at Liz's. Liz also sends us pictures or videos of Maggie during her stay together let us know how she is doing. I'd highly recommend Liz and sunshine doggy care!! Lots of walks plus the lake in the summer. How fun!
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Great hosts, great facilities! Comes with my highest recommendation! Very thankful to find a place where it is not just a business but a passion!
Liz and her dog Bella are delightful. They cared for our two standard poodles at our place. We have lots of acres for playing, so it worked out very well.
Our pups stay at Liz and Johns was nothing less than exceptional. How lucky we are to have found a place to leave Darby and know that he's getting the very best care with people who love dogs and know how to take great care of them. We look forward to a return trip.
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Buhla comes to stay with Liz once a year and loves it! While she struggles in other kennels, she loves the one on one attention she gets, and soaks up all the snuggles too! Liz is great at letting Buhla play in the snow, which she loves but also does a nice job of letting my furkid chill out too. I would recommend Liz to anyone...especially if you have a dog who struggles in a large kennel setting. We are so thankful we found Liz and Sunshine Dog Stay!
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Absolutely wonderful. Liz communicated with us throughout our family vacation with text messages and short video clips of their activities of the days. It was so reassuring to see how your pet is doing while you are gone.
Liz is so wonderful with Indy. Liz does a wonderful job making sure that Indy feels at home. She is so loving to our Golden.
Once again, Izzy had a great time with Liz! Izzy got to go on long walks in the woods, swimming in the lake and playing with other dogs while I was away working. The video clips of Izzy chasing leaves and rolling in a mud puddle were much appreciated.
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Liz was just great~she even picked up Copper and brought her home the next morning. It was a late night so it was even more appreciated! Copper had a great time and was very happy! :)
We just finished our 3rd stay at Sunshine Stay with Liz and I truly wish that I could give 10 stars. Liz has been a Godsend for our pups. She clearly loves dogs and makes sure that they feel at home. As a person she is selfless and obviously goes above and beyond to limit any stress on pups (and their owners). My two pups are so excited to see her when they get out of the car. I can't imagine anyone else caring for them the way she does.
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Liz knows and loves dogs! She and her husband have their own dogs and they are just terrific with the dogs who come to stay with them. They are located in an area where it's fun for the dogs to run around and sniff and play and explore. Liz is intuitive and sensitive, yet she's definitely the leader of her pack. House rules are house rules, though she's tender-hearted enough to spoil my dog and make his time away from home as pleasant as possible. We've boarded our mini with her twice now, and we'll be back for more!
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Liz is amazing! She took Rango in on Thanksgiving weekend and we felt comfortable right away. They have a breathtaking setting on a lake and where the dogs stay is my husband's dream modern getaway complete with a kitchen, flatscreen tv, bunkbeds and a pool table! I don't think he wanted to leave. They have it set up like that so they can spend time in there with the dogs and they are not alone. She sent us text updates and videos of Rango playing with the other dogs that made us feel connected the whole time. We would highly recommend her and it was worth the short drive to have the personal attention. Thank you so much!!
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We are so grateful that Liz was able to take our two pups within a week of our leaving town. Not only was she flexible with dates but she was able to squeeze in a "meet and greet" to make sure that her pups and space would be a good fit for my two. My dogs instantly took to her and enjoyed the ample space to explore and warm apartment to relax. Since my dogs are used to sleeping in my room Liz even slept with than at night. My older dog (14) had an especially wonderful time and even went swimming in the lake behind Liz's house - she was kind enough to send me videos twice a day that assured me that everyone was enjoying the time. Liz was warm, accommodating and brought our forgotten dog blanket/bed to save us a trip. We will certainly be returning in the future!
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I Love the option of rating Liz and John's Sunshine Dog Stay with a 'Pawsome' five stars!! They were easy to work with and easy to leave our pup with. Liz sent us updates throughout the weekend via video and text. We had/have no doubt that our Nyla was well taken care of. We will definitely book with Sunshine Dog Stay in the future.
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I can't be happier with their services! I am already planning to book Liz soon for next Paola's Vacay!
Once again Liz was reliable, professional and very friendly. This was the second time little Ginny stayed with her, and you could tell Ginny was excited going back there. Liz takes extra care making sure her guests get all the attention they need. We'll definitely book with Liz K again!
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Liz was friendly, professional, and responsive to our schedule needs...Little Ginny loved it there. I would definitely book again! In fact, I'm hoping there's a vacancy this weekend...
This was our first stay with Liz and her human & pet family. Our mini-schnauzer had a terrific weekend! Liz kept us in the loop by sending an occasional update and photo via text. Rexie played well with the other dogs and LOVED Liz and her hubby. I really appreciated her willingness to work closely with me in keeping Rex's days as routine as possible. Liz is flexible and understands that each dog is unique and deserves to be treated with respect and compassion. And, I think she truly enjoyed her weekend with Rex! Thanks, Liz and Vacay; we'll be back soon.
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When I took Bailey to stay with Liz for the third time this year, Bailey was so excited to get to Liz's house. It feels so good to know that she is excited to visit. I never worry about her because Liz sends videos and Bailey is having fun. I feel so fortunate to have found Liz!
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My work trip had a hectic start with the April snowstorm. The one part aspect of the weekend which was not stressful was leaving Izzy with Liz. She was happy to jump out of the truck and later that evening I received a picture of Izzy laying sprawled out, sound asleep after a busy afternoon hiking and playing in the snow.

Thank you for taking such good care of Izzy once again.
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Liz has taken care of my son's dog on two separate dates, for a weekend and for a two week stay when my son was out of town. We all feel so fortunate to have found such a caring, wonderful person to take Bailey into her home. While we were all in Florida, Liz sent daily updates and videos to my son, it was so reassuring to see that Bailey was happy and enjoying herself. She loved having other dogs to play with, and long walks and exercise with Liz and her husband. With my son's job, it is so relieving to know that Liz is available to help him when he needs to travel out of town and needs a loving home for Bailey. I would highly recommend Liz to anyone looking for an alternative to placing your dog in a kennel.
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We had a wonderful experience with Liz and Sunshine Dog Stay. She provided us with photos, video and frequent updates about our dog during our time out of town. I felt very comfortable leaving our dog with Liz. The environment she provides for animals is warm and inviting and I knew my girl would get lots of love. We had some complications toward the end of our vacation which put us coming home later than planned, and Liz went out of her way accommodate us. I would recommend Sunshine Dog Stay to anyone looking for a safe place to board a beloved dog.
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Once again, Izzy had a great stay. She was not stressed and came home her usual happy energetic self.
Liz did a wonderful job with my dog Teague and my mom's dog Zoey! They are both exhausted so it's very obvious they got a ton of play time in. She took them for my wedding weekend and it was so wonderful not having to worry about who was going to be home to let the dogs out or take care of them. She sent pictures and videos and communicated a lot with me when I forgot something and texted her. Definitely would recommend it!
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Liz regularily emailed us photos and video clips of our verry happy dog swimming and playing.
So we knew she was doing well when we were away. The dogs had a lake to play in and a large indoor area dedicated for them as well. Liz was careful in getting info about amount of food and medicine schedules. Highly recommended.
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Sam really enjoyed his vacation at Sunshine Dog Stay. They welcomed him into their home as one of their own and made him comfortable, asking about his particular likes/dislikes, special needs, and daily habits. When I left Sam with at his temporary home, I knew he would be well cared for and I was right. He went on walks, hung out with the other dogs, and enjoyed the spacious yard/lot and backyard lake. I received notes/pix on how he was doing or what he was up to and they were very accommodating with my in-flux vacation schedule. Sunshine Dog Stay is a great place to leave your canine companion should you need a place for him/her to stay.
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Emma had a great time staying with Liz! I loved getting pictures of her through the night and Liz did a great job caring for her. It was a lovely stress-free experience and I would recommend Liz to anyone in the Duluth area looking for a dog sitter!
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Liz and John are wonderful people and have a fantastic place for dogs. Almost better than home....I am hesitant to say sooo many good things.....for fear they will run out of room!
Picked Izzy up this morning. She had a great weekend playing, playing and probably some more playing. Happy relaxed dog once again.
We left our dogs, Cooper and Milo, with Liz for 2 weeks. She sent us frequent pictures and videos of them on walks and playing with her dogs. Our minds were at ease the entire time knowing they were getting frequent exercise and were able to be around her three dogs and family. When we picked them up they were completely relaxed and didn't appear to be in any hurry to leave. We would definitely use Liz again!
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I found Liz on dogvacay.com. My dog tends to have anxiety every time I board him. As a result, I wanted to find someone who could care for my dog personally to alleviate his anxiety while I was gone. Liz was great! She asked me what my dog likes, dislikes, his habits, etc. and made note of everything I told her. We went out of the country for one week and she took extra good care of my little guy. She sent me pictures, videos, and updates regularly regarding his progress which allowed me to enjoy my vacation knowing he was in good hands. She ensured that his stay was as close as possible to his usual routine at home and treated my dog as if he was one of her own. My dog also enjoyed being around her dogs and loved the extra attention he received. When I picked him up, he wasn't anxious or upset as he would have been had he been boarded. He really enjoyed his little pet vacation and so did I knowing he was safe. I highly recommend Liz for anyone looking for a warm and safe place to leave your little one. She's definitely worth it!
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Izzy had a great time again. She actually wags her tail when we pull into the driveway! After all her stress at commercial kennels, this makes it much easier for me to leave her.
I contacted Liz based on a friend's referral after my original dog-sitter had a change of plans about one week before I needed to leave town for 5 days. Liz responded to my inquiry quickly, and we set up a meet-n-greet right away. I was really impressed by what I saw and observed when we met Liz, her husband, and their dogs. My Hurricane was able to run around and play with their dogs, and we were able to observe and discuss the likelihood that Hurricane would have a good experience at Sunshine Dog Stay. After the meet-n-greet, I knew that Hurricane would be in good hands. While I was away, I received text messages, pictures, and video clips of Hurricane having fun and playing with the other dogs. It was very comforting to know that my "boy" was not spending the entire day in a crate and that he was treated like part of Liz's family during his stay. I definitely won't hesitate to contact Liz again in the future when I need to travel out of town!
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I knew from the minute we had our meet-n-greet that Liz was the only person I would leave Zuzu with. She introduced her dogs to Zuzu slowly and the dogs were allowed to interact before she said she would take Zuzu on! We were being interviewed for a good fit at the same time we were interviewing Liz and I knew that only someone who was truly concerned for pets would go to the trouble to do that.

While I was away, I received videos and text messages from Liz of Zuzu out playing with other dogs. She wasn't left in a kennel all day - she truly had interaction with humans and other dogs, which was crucial for me with a four-month-old puppy. Liz is absolutely the best and worth every penny and a lot more!
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My dog had such a good time, she did not want to come home! I highly recommend Liz. She took exceptional care of Daisy!
This was Izzy's second stay with Liz and it was a wonderful experience. Izzy was playing with Liz's dogs and was not stressed at all. Highly recommend.
My dog, Ella, had the time of her life at Liz's home! Liz sent me texts and photos while I was away from Ella just to keep me up to date on how she was doing back home. I could see that my dog was so happy to be with her that I didn't worry about her at all while I was away (Liz treated her like gold!). I'll definitely be bringing Ella back to Liz!!
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This truly was a vacation for my dog Izzy. Liz took her for long walks in the woods and has a beautiful big yard in which Izzy could run and chase leaves in safety. I will board Izzy with Liz again. My dog is usually stressed during and after kenneling--not this time. She had a great time.
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My husband, 9 month old corgi & I were in Duluth for the weekend, and found out when we checked in, that our hotel wasn't quite as 'pet friendly' as they said they were. We were urgently looking for options in the area, and found Sunshine Lake Escape on Dog Vacay. Liz was very quick to respond to our request, & our little Winry was in her care just a few hours later. Liz took her for walks, gave her a doggie massage, and even sent me a picture of my little girl relaxing on a lovesac. I think our dog had a more relaxing getaway than we did!

We could not possibly have been more pleased & at ease with the convenience, and relief of knowing our dog was a guest in someones home. Liz was pleasant, understanding, and very easy to communicate/work with. We will certainly keep her in mind next time we visit Duluth!
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