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Stephen W.

34 Reviews
14 Repeat Guests
$45/night
Other Sitters Nearby
  • 1 day notice required for bookings
  • Responds within 10 minutes
  • Cancellation Policy:
    Flexible

Pet Requirements

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

Stephen's House

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

About Stephen

20 Years Experience Caring For Dogs
I'm a graphic artist and work from home. This allows me the ability to give your dog(s) my full attention 24/7. I walk them twice a day and don't let them go more than a couple of hours between toilet breaks. I live right around the corner from Elysian Park.

I have no pets at the moment so there is no problem if your dog does not interact well with other dogs.
Our home is dog friendly & they are allowed on furniture. Your dog will be treated as if it were my (our) own!!

We looked after my daughters dog Sabrina for 9 years. She has her own home now & took Sabrina away with her which left a huge void in our lives. Rather than get another dog of our own I
decided to help other dog owners by providing a safe and loving environment
for their beloved pets when they had to travel.
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Can administer oral medicine

Stephen W.

34 Reviews
14 Repeat Guests
$45/night
Other Sitters Nearby
  • 1 day notice required for bookings
  • Responds within 10 minutes
  • Cancellation Policy:
    Flexible

Availability

  • Available
  • Unavailable
  • 1 Spot Left
  • Booked
  • Last updated December 9, 2016

Credentials

Home Checked
This Host has successfully passed our in-person verification visit and completed our 1-on-1 training program.
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.
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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 Stephen's Home
$45 /night
  • Watches up to 3 dogs/night
  • Dogs will never be left unattended
  • 5+ potty breaks/day
  • 2 walks/day
  • Pets can sleep wherever they want
Daycare At Stephen's Home
$25 /day
  • Watches up to 2 dogs/day
Baths
$15 /bath
34 Reviews
Home Checked
Stephen and his wife have a beautiful home in the Echo Park hills with an enclosed patio and small yard.

They currently have no other pets, so your pup will get their full attention. In addition to caring for friends’ and neighbors’ dogs, Stephen had dogs growing up and even attended and entered dog shows with his St. Bernard.

A graphic artist and dog photographer, he works at home and can provide your pup with 24/7 supervision.
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Great caretaker. Very loving to the dogs. Would highly recommend.
Stephen and his wife were amazing! My dog doesn't socialize well with other dogs and it was my first time boarding her so I was a little worried. But they let me know how she was doing with some pictures and assured me that she was okay. As Stephen said it was a positive experience for her to be with other dogs. They took very good care of her. I will ask them to have her again! Thank you so much.
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Fantastic experience with Stephen, from meet-n-greet to picking up the pups. He takes great care in his work, and it shows!
Stephen and Mary took very good care of my pooch. I will ask them to have her again.
We are so happy and grateful that we found Stephen and Mary to care for our beloved baby Pomeranian. As soon as we met them and toured their lovely home, they put our hearts totally at ease. They are truly caring and experienced dog lovers who understand the concerns of puppy parents and treated our dog as if it were their own. We so appreciated their photos and updates, which warmed our hearts while we were missing our girl. A++! Thanks again you two!
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Stephen and his wife took excellent care of our dog, Dumpling. We booked 2 days of daycare with Stephen - on the second day, when we were approaching Stephen's home, Dumpling actually ran towards the home, so we can assume that Dumpling was happy to be there again. Stephen sent us text updates during both daycare sessions. He was also flexible with drop-off and pick-up times, due to the traffic in LA. I would recommend Stephen and would re-book again when we are in town!
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My husband, our friend and myself were so grateful to Stephen to take in 3 dogs because we don't want the dogs to be separated. After our trip, we went to pick up the dogs...to our surprise they weren't tense, looked calm and relaxed. Stephen and his wife took good care of them all...thank you to you both!

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Stephen was a great host for my 7 month year old pup, Brutus. I had to line up a last minute boarding option, and Stephen made himself readily available to meet Brutus and take him in. I received update pictures every day, and I could tell that Stephen is a true animal professional. Upon pickup he provided a good summary of the experience, and Brutus was a happy little dude!
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No need to look any further, Stephen and his wife are exactly what you want for your doggie's home away from home! We left our senior poodle for the first time and could not have been happier with our entire experience with Stephen. We received several updates throughout our vacation about our little guy and several cute pics of cuddling, sunbathing, walks - you name it! Stephen's home is beautiful and the dog is immediately made right at home and part of the family. Stephen also knows a tremendous amount about dogs and it is apparent right away that he deeply loves all dogs as his own. It is a huge relief to not have to worry when leaving your family pet and it made every part of our time out of town stress free and enjoyable. You can't put a price on that! I will absolutely reach out to Stephen the next time we have to leave town!! The best, the best, the best. I can't say it enough!
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Stephen was excellent.
This was the first time I have used a website like this and I was very hesitant because my dog weighs 3lbs and is a little fragile but everything seemed to work out fine. I received daily updates and pictures which helped put me at ease on my four day trip.
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Stephen took such good care of my dog Bear. He's a super big dog and recently adopted so I was not sure how he would do. Bear came home super happy to have made a new friend in Stephen. I got messages and pics daily from Stephen which really helps since I was in a foreign country on business. Knowing your dog is being cared for is such a relieving feeling. Thank you!!
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Our experience with Stephen was wonderful. Stephen was very loving to our pups and when we came to pick them up after the trip, our pups were kissing him goodbye. His home is warm and loving and very dog friendly. I hope our pups can stay with Stephen the next time we have to go out of town. He was amazing!
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We are so happy we found Stephen to take care of our dog, Asta, while we're out of town. Stephen is very professional - he asked all the right questions and took great care to see that all of Asta's needs were met. We'll definitely book with Stephen again.
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This was our first time using DogVacay, and of course we were a little apprehensive, but I must say that we are very glad we made this decision. After much consideration, we selected Stephen to watch our beloved 20lb Schnoodle, "Buster." Stephen is very kind and made us feel very much at ease about the whole process. You can tell that Stephen genuinely cares for the pets he's watching, and basically takes care of them as though they were his own. For us, Stephen was the ideal sitter, and we will definitely request his help again in the future if we should happen to again need it. I highly recommend Stephen.
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Stephen and his wife took such exceptional care of my anxious little malti-poo. They were very patient with his separation anxiety, and gave him lots of cuddles. He sent text updates and pictures a couple times a day, which totally put my mind at ease. He took the dog for several walks per day, and even gave him a bath. Their house is lovely, and they were very nice. We will definitely hire them again next time we leave town.
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It was my first time dog bording, so i was so worried that my dog's (only 6 month old) gonna have horrible times. but Mr. Stephan was so nice & gentle and knows about the dogs way better than me. so, i had worry free business trip.
and, I really want to mention about the house..
The house is so nice~~I want to live there...
My dog was so lucky to met Mr. Stephan and he's wife.
Thank you Mr. Stephan.
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This was the first time that we went on a trip together without our two dogs. They seemed to enjoy their stay-cation. Stephen was mindful of our instructions re: medications & diet and was super considerate of the dogs' special needs. He exercised them and texted us photos of them every day, putting our minds at ease so that we could relax and enjoy our trip. Thank you, Stephen!!
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Our pups stay with Stephen every time we go out of town. They LOVE it there--they get so excited when we get out of the car outside of his house that they pull on the leash to get to the door to see him. Stephen is great about sending photos and communicating about how the dogs are doing. I can't recommend Stephen highly enough.
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I cannot say enough about Stephen and how amazing he was with my big Rottie girl! He not only sent the cutest updates and photos, but I could tell that he and my girl became attached and truly had a good time together.

This was the longest I had to be away from my pup (1 month) but having her stay with Stephen gave me such piece of mind. When I returned to pick her up, she was clearly happy and comfy at her vacay home and it obvious that she had enjoyed her stay because of her happy demeanor. Plus, Stephen and I had a discussion about her breed, her habits, things she could improve on, etc--a clear indication that he and his wife really paid attention and also kept her stimulated and active while observing her behavior. Rotties can be a big and tough breed but they were able to recognize and nurture her incredibly sweet, snuggly side.

I've already booked her next stay while I'm away on business, and so happy to be a repeat customer! And I know my girl is too :)
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Stephen was great. He had my two Brussels Griffons for 2 weeks over the holidays - one of them a hyper little puppy - and they treated them so well, kept me in the loop by sending lots of photos and updates. I felt totally secure and comfortable knowing they were there with them.
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Stephen was a lovely dog sitter! He took care of my dog for more than a week and kept me at ease the entire time. He sent pictures almost daily and went on walks frequently. My dog is high energy, and Stephen was able to keep up. What's more, Stephen is genuinely a dog person. He's worried about their safety, well-being and general state of happiness. He took care of my dog the way I would have! I cannot recommend him enough.
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Stephen is an amazing host. He was sensitive to all of our elderly dogs needs. He made her feel comfortable and at home during the 4 days she spent with him. He sent us lovely photos of our dog relaxing and having a good time.
Stephen was amazing! He was very accommodating to my last minute request. He took great care of my puppy and sent me cute pictures all day! The instant I met him my anxiety about leaving my puppy with someone new all day was erased. I know Fiona had a great time, she passed out the second we got into the car.
We will definitely be using Stephen again!

Thanks Stephen!
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Stephen was so wonderful! He sent tons of pictures and updates throughout her stay and kept her well fed and happy! Can't thank him enough for spoiling out little pup rotten!
I couldn't be more pleased with Dog Vacay as a service and specifically Stephen as the service provider. This was our first experience with Stephen and he was incredible. The hardest part of leaving your dog in the care of someone is the unknown. Stephen texted me regular updates with fantastic pictures. Charlotte was seemingly pampered... taken on outings to the park, hikes and play time with other dogs. She was a very happy girl and I'm grateful for his service. I can't think of a better alternative and I strongly recommend Stephen. He's a fantastic person who truly cares about the dogs he looks after.
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I cannot even begin to express my gratitude for Stephen and his wife! Going out of town has always been very stressful for me because I can never seem to find the right fit for someone to truly love and take care of my baby. I have a very strong, but sweet and compassionate Pitbull. Upon meeting Stephen, I was a bit nervous that he would be hesitant to keep Ares being that he has such a lovely and beautifully furnished home. Boy, was I wrong!

Stephen sent me pictures the entire time that I was away of him cuddling, playing fetch, chewing his bone, etc. Ares looked so happy in every single photo. This allowed me to feel completely at ease. He was not just keeping him to make an extra buck, nor did he take on other dogs. He and his wife whole-heartedly cared Ares. He even offered tips on trainers to help with Ares leash-pulling.

Take it from a dog momma that is very selective (I have to be). Stephen is the perfect person to trust with your dog(s)! He will truly love them like his own, provide a comfy environment, always have their best interest in mind, he will make sure they're getting exercise and having fun, and he will update you every single day.

Thank you, Stephen!!! We need more people like you and your wife in the world! :)
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Stephen was perfect! He was very accommodating of our needs, three dogs including two big ones, and was clearly capable! He sent pictures and updates while our crew was in his care and seemed to genuinely enjoy the experience himself. The man knows dogs. Thank you so very much!
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Stephen did a wonderful job of taking care of my pup while I was away. I never once felt nervous for my dog. Thank you so much for showing my dog such a great time!
I am hesitant to leave an amazing review for Stephen because I want him to stay a secret for selfish reasons. :-) Stephen couldn't have been a better dog sitter!!! My two dogs absolutely adored him! He updated us with pictures, took them for nice long walks around Echo Lake, and even gave them a bath. Besides taking great care of my two babies, he also lives in a beautiful home and let our doggies sleep in his bed and let them roam freely in his house. I highly recommend him!
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Stephen and Mary are awesome. They took great care of my baby. I received immediate information from them and they addressed any care I had.

Their house is very nice and situated close to an amazing park. I like the amount of time they were able to spend with my dog and that they felt comfortable to take her on errands with them.

Great people to care for my dog.
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Stephen is great! We've used him several times already. It is apparent how much he loves dogs, and our dog Sammie took to him immediately. He was great at communicating and sent us several pictures and updates throughout the day, which of course when you're away from your beloved pet, is exactly what you want. :) When my husband first dropped Sammie off, he said that as he walked away he saw Stephen kissing Sammie's head. We know he's in good hands! Plus, they even gave him a bath before we picked him up. Bonus!
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Expectations were exceeded and my dog was in terrific hands with Stephen. He sent photo updates of Girl's stay and I could see she was right at home. She received lots of cuddling, ear scratches, belly rubs and she even got a bath!
Stephen was very easy to work with and took great care of our two dachshunds! He sent photos and updates and even spoiled them with some extra bath time and treats!
What a God send Steven W. was for Biggy and us. Sometimes I can be a procrastinator. At the last minute Steven accepted care of Biggy. We dropped the Bigster in the lap of luxury at his beautiful hillside home. He took excellent care of Mr. Biggles. He sent pictures and notes. Awesome dog sitter and environment and communicator.
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