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Heidi R.

39 Reviews
20 Repeat Guests
Other Sitters Nearby
  • Same day bookings are OK
  • Responds within 3 hours
  • Cancellation Policy:

Pet Requirements

  • 1-20 lbs
  • 20-40 lbs
  • 40-80 lbs
  • 80+ lbs
All Ages OK
Must Be Spayed or Neutered

Heidi's Resident Pets

Mixed Breed
4 yr 8 mo old
12 yr 8 mo old
15 yr 8 mo old
1 yr 1 mo old
Other Pets & Animals: Cats

Heidi's House

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Medium Yard
100% fenced & locked
Smoke-free home
Pets allowed on furniture
Dog door access

About Heidi

25 Years Experience Caring For Dogs
A Dog Park and a Welcoming Home all in one! Our three dogs are super excited to meet your little pooch.

At the Front Pooch we have 2 dogs and 2 cats who tolerate them. The dogs (Merry and a "Bubba") have full run of the house and yard through their own private entrance/exit. While Merry spends most of their time thinking about food and napping, Bubba, our 2 year old Lab/Shepherd mix never stops playing or looking for humans to adore.We like to call him our "real" dog. Whether you have a dog on the go or a total couch potato, we've got your pooch covered!

I have owned dogs most of my life and was a certified vet tech at one time. I can administer medication and know how to coax a reluctant patient into taking their pills. As a teacher I have a very flexible schedule during the summer, and with my 21 year old son there is someone home almost all the time. We look forward to sharing our home with new friends!
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Can administer oral medicine
Can administer injected medicine
Special Needs Accommodated
  • Pets recovering from surgery
  • Separation anxiety
  • Aggressive behavior
  • Not yet house-trained
  • Advanced senior issues

Heidi R.

39 Reviews
20 Repeat Guests
Other Sitters Nearby
  • Same day bookings are OK
  • Responds within 3 hours
  • Cancellation Policy:


  • Available
  • Unavailable
  • 1 Spot Left
  • Booked
  • Last updated February 12, 2017


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Services & Rates

Boarding Overnight At Heidi's Home
$45 /night
  • Watches up to 2 dogs/night
  • Dogs may be unsupervised for 2 - 4 hours/day
  • Dogs will have full access outside for potty breaks
  • 0 walk/day
  • Pets will sleep in their own beds
$40 /hour
$20 /bath
$25 each way
  • Willing to travel 5 miles
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39 Reviews
Heidi was very sweet to take our little Chihwawa at the last minute due to another host cancelling. She even allowed her to sleep in bed with her. Raider was happy to see us when we picked her up but she also seemed very cared for. Thanks Heidi!
I had a family emergency and Heidi was able to take away the huge stress of finding a sitter last minute. I simply can't thank her enough!
Heidi too great care of my pups!
Really appreciated the communication during our dog's stay!
We have great experience with Heidi and we are repeat customers. She is accommodative with last minute requests and cares for our Beagle well. She does post adequate updates and photos upon request. Meticulous in keeping the dog food and water bowls clean when handing over the Dog after the stay. Our dog seems to be in good behavior and not so stressed after the stay. Thanks Heidi.
Truly a lifesaver! We needed a dog sitter at a critical time with holidays and travel involved, and Heidi took care of Moose so well.
Heidi took my totally last minute request. Her place is clean and doggy friendly with dog gates blocking off sections. She was very sweet. I picked my pup up an hour early and he was just lounging around with Heidi while she did some work. My boy loves playing with other dogs and loves being around people, so it was awesome that he always had company with Heidi and her pups.
Heidi is a very pleasant hostess and responded to my request within a very short time.
My dog did well at her house. Heidi is very easy to talk to and seemed flexible. She sent us some pictures and that helped!
I am so very happy we found Heidi to take care of our 2 cocker spaniels! My babies were happy and very well cared for in their home away from home. Heidi saved me and my dogs from stressing out while we were away. If you want total peace of mind, I encourage you to make a reservation with Heidi!
She was awesome. So loving of my little Lou. Would totally feel comfortable bringing him back for another vacay weekend. :) thanks! Erica
Heidi was amazing! Took great care of my GSD, and sent me frequent pictures showing his fun time playing with her dogs.
Wylie had such a great time that he was actually depressed coming home to just me. Heidi made the experience both easy and stress free. Wylie will definitely stay again.
Heidi was great! My dogs were very happy and relaxed when we returned. She took great care of them and made them feel at home.
Heidi watched our dog Moose last minute on a Saturday (daysitting). She was very quick to respond to our messages and was a breeze setting up a time for the meet-n-greet & dropoff. Her house has a large backyard (unkempt) that the dogs enjoy. Moose and one of her dogs (Bubba) got along great and looked like they had a fun time. I recommend Heidi.
A very nice experience. She handled my rambunctious puppy and my anxious 3 year old dog with aplomb. I will hire her again. The dogs seemed have had a nice time!
Will not use again.
Heidi was so helpful in taking care of my dog in such a short notice. Awesome help !!! could enjoy the vacation with a peace of mind. Thanks Heidi ... You rock!!!!
I don't give a 5 just because how my dog is acting after I picked her up, however it could be due to many reasons, she's still a puppy. Heidi sent updates daily as promised, many pictures, and I had peace of mind thatmy dog was looked after. Only mi nus would be that I was not advised that she was losing weight, which was clear when I picked her up.
Heidi was great! Very easy to work with when setting up the reservation and with the drop of and pick. I'd definitely leave our girl Niki with Heidi again.
Heidi was very easy to work with to coordinate drop off and pickup times. Louie had a great time there and the pictures she sent were great.
Our preferred sitter was unavailable for this weekend, so I made a reservation with Heidi because of her stellar reviews. First, the positives:
- She responds quickly to messages through website.
- She was accommodating with drop off and pick up times.
- Her adult son was very nice (he was there to meet the dogs at drop off) and seemed capable of caring for them.
Now, the negatives:
- Expensive, no multiple dog discount
- No communication between the time the reservation was made and the boarding date. I had expected to hear from her to coordinate drop off times, or to get specifics about the dogs' schedules or likes/dislikes. Perhaps I have just been spoiled by our previous exceptional sitter!
- No emails or pictures were sent during the boarding weekend.
- Now the worst: She kept my dogs outside all weekend, including to sleep at night. Her reasoning was that one of the dogs was anxious when new people came to the home, and had bowel accidents in response. I don't doubt that, but I also forewarned her that the dog was shy around new people and would escape or have bowel accidents when very scared. I can understand keeping her outside when new people came to visit, but over night? What is the reasoning? My dogs have never slept outside, and I certainly didn't expect that now. The very anxious one came home with a grossly swollen foot because she had anxiously chewed it all weekend, requiring antibiotics.
*Thankfully, dogvacay refunded most of the cost of the stay!
Cody had a great time with Heidi and her pups. We appreciated being able to travel and know our happy guy was in good hands. Thank you Heidi!
Heidi was awesome. I had a last minute need for a pet sitter for my three dogs. Heidi was very accommodating!! She came by twice a day over the 4th of July weekend to feed, water and medicate my pets. She kept in contact with me the entire time which I appreciated. Will certainly use Heidi again.
Great experience having Dudley stay overnight at Heidi's. She was very prompt to respond to the reservation request, friendly and easy on the drop-off and had several other dogs there to keep mine company.

I especially love the convenience of having a place here in Willow Glen.
Awesome!! This time, Heidi needed to treat Harper's ears, and it was no problem. Thanks, Heidi. Harper loves you and Blaize.
Awesome! Heidi's home is Harper's home away from home. Elaine
Heidi was able to host our dog at a moment's notice and she seemed to have a great time.
Heidi was pleasant and easy to talk to. The initial meeting and then the drop off and pick up all went smoothly. Heidi is very knowledgeable about dog behavior and I felt comfortable leaving our dog with her. Heidi's dogs are quite friendly and Peach seemed to enjoy her stay.
I highly recommend Heidi. She is very knowledgeable about dogs -- very observant, and compassionate. My rescue dog immediately bonded with her, and I felt at ease leaving her there. Heidi was flexible with drop off and pick up times, which I appreciated. I would use her again in a heartbeat.
I know hearing from the same people gets old, but Harper loves going to Heidi's. She was back there AGAIN this past weekend so we could go to Napa for 3 days. We had fun and so did Harper. Thanks, again, Heidi. Elaine Sigal
Heidi was very accommodating and Mindy came back healthy and happy.
We love Heidi!!! Harper is a repeat guest at her home.
Our dog always has a great time at Heidi's house. She is well taken care of and loved.
Heidi is a wonderful, calm woman. She listens carefully and I knew she would take great care of my pup. I could tell that my dog, Koa, had a great time at Heidi's home. When I picked him up, it was obvious that he was at ease and felt comfortable. It's nice to know that while I'm on vacation, my pup is on vacation too. I will definitely be using her services again.
Harper came home happy!!! Thanks, Heidi, for taking such good care of her. We will be back. Elaine
We were very happy with Heidi hosting our German Shepherd, Stella, for a night. She has a great setup for dog watching and her own dogs were very welcoming with Stella. She is very experienced with dogs, easy to coordinate with, and we'd gladly pick her as a host again.
We had a great experience with Heidi! She sent us several pictures of Maggie while we were away and it was clear that our pooch felt right at home! Maggie loved playing with Heidi's dogs and learned a few new tricks as well.
We had never used DogVacay before, and I'm so glad that we found Heidi. She offered a great environment for our spirited dog, Sophie. Heidi was very accommodating for our drop-off and pick-up times.
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