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Esther V.

120 Reviews
70 Repeat Guests
Other Sitters Nearby
  • Same day bookings are OK
  • Responds within 5 minutes
  • Cancellation Policy:

Pet Requirements

  • 1-20 lbs
  • 20-40 lbs
  • 40-80 lbs
  • 80+ lbs
All Ages OK
Must Be Spayed or Neutered
Must Be Vaccinated
List of Breeds Not Accepted
Akita, Alaskan Malamute, American English Coonhound, American Eskimo Dog, Australian Cattle Dog, Australian Shepherd, Australian Terrier, Boerboel, Border Collie, Border Terrier, Boxer, Bullmastiff, Cairn Terrier, Catahoula Leopard Dog, Chinese Shar-Pei, Chow Chow, Dalmatian, Doberman Pinscher, Golden Retriever, Keeshond, Labrador Retriever, Manchester Terrier, Norfolk Terrier, Old English Sheepdog, Parson Russell Terrier, Pug, Russell Terrier, Shiba Inu, Siberian Husky, St. Bernard, Pit Bull - Staffordshire Bull Terrier, Thai Ridgeback, Tibetan Mastiff, Pit Bull - American Pit Bull Terrier, Jack Russell Terrier, Japanese Spitz, Puggle, Red Heeler

Esther's Resident Pets

9 yr 1 mo old
2 yr 2 mo old
2 yr 2 mo old
Other Pets & Animals: Caged birds or Reptiles

Esther's House

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Children at home (Under 5 years old)
Large Yard
100% fenced & locked
Smoke-free home
Pets allowed on furniture
Air-conditioned inside
Great for senior pets

About Esther

32 Years Experience Caring For Dogs
Go to dog-sitter for Oahu's small dogs

Oahu Pet Ohana - NEUTERED / SPAYED Only .

We want your pup's visit to be the best experience for us both, so please read my entire profile to see if your pup would be a match. We provide a wonderful pet friendly, family for your small dog and toy breeds, providing indoor housing with great atmosphere along with responsible, reliable care, support & much love so your pet can feel right at home. We will cater to your pets needs. We would love to spoil your pup :).Your pup will have so much fun here, lots of playtime and lots of hugs and love - a home away from home *

We have a very spacious home, large enclosed property, plenty of room to lounge about in comfort and style with a beautiful large enclosed garden as well as an enclosed courtyard so that your pup can run in and out all day long.
We work from home and we enjoy our small breed pup guests..We will provide daily pictures and updates, so you can rest, knowing your babies are in good hands, receiving the best care.

My past experience with showing ... now actively being a part of and vice-president of one of Oahu' s best Dog breed clubs ... helps me be a knowledgeablet hoss withability to carefor and o make your dog's experience with us a great one! I am involved on Oahu with rescue and re-homing, breed education and dog health education - being mentored by the best :)

Is your dog a perfect match for our home?

*My dog is neutered or spayed
*My dog is current on vaccinations and on flea and heartworm meds
*My dog is an indoor pup that is house/piddle pad trained
*My dog will be ok around children'?
*My dog is non aggressive and does not deal with extreme separation anxiety?
*My pup a small dog or a toy breed ?
*My dog is in good health and can do stairs

*My dog matches one of these breeds: Chihauhaus, Poodles, Schitzu, Yorkies, Pomeranians, min pin, Italian Greyhounds, Maltese, Daschunds, Silky, mini Schnauzers, small breed terriers, rat terrier and terrier mixes under 20 lbs & any toy breeds not mentioned...or Cavaliers, Bostons, Pugs, French bulldogs under 25 lbs - no herding breeds or Jack Russels,

If your pup matches please message me for meet & greet appointment & a phone interview,

RATES and CUSTOMS QUOTES - based on a per calender day - regardless of pick up/drop off time. Multi-pet discounts offered . If you are Active Military Duty, I do offer a $2 per day discount

RESERVATION REQUESTS you submit are on a per night rate - If your pick up is after 8 am - I will accept your reservation request & will send a daycare link for your pick up day can then pick up your pup anytime before 8 pm.

PUPPY FEE: Additional $5 per day for pups under a year -neutered/spayed only

M,W,Th, Fr, Sat: 8 am - 8 pm
Sundays : 3 - 8 pm

CLOSED TUESDAYS ( not available) for drop off - your booking would need to start Monday/Monday evening - Thank you :

SHUTTLE SERVICE: need pup "pick up/drop off ? - We will do our best to accomodate you and save you a drive to Kaneohe. $65 per trip or $60 if your pup is staying with us longer than 5 days. Will pick up anywhere from Hawaii Kai, Mililani, Waikiki, Ewa, Kapolei or even meet you at airport.

Moving off or on island? Let us help with pup Pick up/Drop off -transport to and from airport cargo /quarantine station - message me, we will custom quote

* Large/Medium Breed Puppies under a year not accepted - only toy/small breeds.

If your pup is not neutered or spayed or not a toy/small breed, please contact one of our other hosts on Dogvacay.

Vaccinations: your pup must be up to date on annual Bordertella , DHLP, Flea meds and heartworm, Vet paperwork needed at drop off .

Please complete your Dogvacay pup profile.

Please review DogVacay Premium Insurance Policy and $250 deductible

I look forward to providing a great " Dogvacay" for your Toy/Small breed pus.
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Esther V.

120 Reviews
70 Repeat Guests
Other Sitters Nearby
  • Same day bookings are OK
  • Responds within 5 minutes
  • Cancellation Policy:


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  • Booked
  • Last updated February 20, 2017


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Services & Rates

Boarding Overnight At Esther's Home
$41 /night
  • Watches up to 5+ dogs/night
  • Dogs will never be left unattended
  • Dogs will have full access outside for potty breaks
  • 3+ walks/day
  • Pets can sleep wherever they want
Daycare At Esther's Home
$37 /day
  • Watches up to 3 dogs/day
$40 /visit
  • Willing to travel 10 miles
$10 /bath
$60 each way
  • Willing to travel 25 miles
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120 Reviews
It was clear to see Esther knows and loves dogs. She sent updates and pictures throughout Bailey and Casper's stay. I loved that they get to be in bed with her at night or on the couch with her-just like at home. And with all the playtime, they were tired out and slept the whole day when I took them home. It was their first night away and we will definitely have Esther watch them again when needed. Thank you Esther and her family!
We were in desperate need of a dog sitter. Everyone told us to look into a boarding type setting. The problem was our 8lbs 13 yr old long haired chihuahua had never been left with anyone other than family...EVER. Do this was a big deal. Thank God we found Esther through Dogvacay! Esther is a real professional. She knew how to handle our baby AND US:) She walked us through the process and eased our anxiety. I admit our standards are extremely high. With that being said we would recommend her 100%.
Esther is really heaven sent for us and gave us peace of mind so we could enjoy of vacation.
Esther is great! Super flexible and understanding with my travel plans and sent regular photos of my dog while I was away. I highly recommend for the little ones!
Esther is truly an angel! This is my second time bringing my fur baby to her, I wouldn't trust any other person with my dog. She truly loves animals and will ensure you that yours will be handled with the upmost love and care no less than what you give. She even offered to allow him to sleep in her bed in case he's used to sleeping with me.

She will also send you photos and videos throughout the day so you can see what your baby is up to and how he is interacting with others! I love that! Her home is completely animal friendly, she allows them plenty of space to roam and go in and out as they please. She also has her grandchildren that occasionally come over and play with your baby as well.

I will never take my dog to anyone but Esther. I am sooo lucky to have found her on the island!! Thank you, Esther!
I am a very protective dog mom. I have an Italian Greyhound who needs attention and have an interesting personality. A friend of mine referred Ester at DogVacay and I decided to try since I had an emergency leave at that time. Mr. Grey had such a wonderful time, he loved his new friends. What I like the most is that Ester gives Mr. Grey the attention he needs, she sends me pictures daily and he always looks happy. I am so glad I found her. I know that my little boy is in great hands with her. Thank you.
Esther's Toy & Small Dog Haven caught my attention right away because I was looking for a pet sitter who catered to small dogs. I have two small papillon dogs, only 7 pounds and I did not want them staying with someone who also had big dogs. Even playful big dogs can hurt a small breed dog, so I was happy to find Esther's boarding service on Dogs Vacay. I have never used a pet sitting or boarding service before. I was very skeptical and the person I selected to care for my canine children had to be like me. When I went on Esther's Dogs Vacay website, she had 106 reviews posted by previous dog parents. I read everyone of the 106 reviews posted. They were all positive. That gave me hope. I called Esther and she responded right away and we set up a meet and greet. I brought my papillons, Bella and Donny, over to her home in Kaneohe and met her and her three canine children. I immediately felt a connection to Esther. She has the same intuitive empathy for dogs that I have and she truly cares about dogs and can read their behavior. Esther and her husband Nick took great care of my dogs for 5 days and she sent many photos and videos everyday to my cellphone so I could see my dogs being cared for. She even hand-fed my dogs to make sure they ate their food. Her home is safe and secure for all of the dogs she cares for and there are gates sectioning off areas of her home to assure safety. Esther is also aware of any health issues your dog may have and will ask you about it.
This was Cuddle's first boarding experience and I was a little concerned, but speaking to Esther I knew Cuddles would be well taken care of.
Meeting Esther in person and seeing her home settings for animal care made me very comfortable.
Esther sent me photos almost daily and I could see Cuddles was like a family member. I am so pleased and happy to have found Esther and her family. She definitely deserves 5 stars.
Pepper's stay with Esther was awesome. I was anxious as this was Pepper's first stay away from home. They took great care of her and sent me frequent updates and pictures. So greatful for Esther's care. I would highly recommend her to everyone.
Esther was a fantastic dog sitter! She took great care of our dog and sent us cute picts and videos every day :-)
Esther help introduce my dog to the other dogs at her house . My dog is the only dog in our household . So I wasnt sure how he would interact with the other dogs . He slowly but surely got comfortable . She was good about giving me regualar updates with pictures & some videos to show how he was getting along . I feel very pleased in how well he faired . I have no concerns for him to interact with other dogs. He had a lot of fun . I may continue to give him playtime with other dogs now . I would recommend Esthers to anyone with small dogs . They get a caring loving home to stay in with personal attention . Im glad I brought my dog & would do it again if I werent moving off island . Thank you , Esther for your caring & capable hands .
Esther was a joy! We visited a few weeks beforehand to review everything and also for Esther to meet our little dog, Otis. She was so sweet and took lots of time with us explaining everything and giving us a tour of her lovely home. I left feeling very comfortable with her and that Otis would be in a safe, happy home while we were away.

Otis stayed a week with her while we went to the Big Island. She sent us updates and pictures every day while we were gone. They were wonderful and so cute! He played and had lots of fun! Esther took great care of him. I felt that Otis truly had a "home away from home" at Esther's. I will definitely be using Esther in the future for all of our trips off island. Thank you Esther!
We were a little concerned about Chibi, our chi-Pom-poo being away for an extended period. He had never been away from home and doesn't play much with other dogs at the daycare.
Nick, Esther's husband, picked him up from the condo, and a short time later, texted a pic of my dog sitting quietly looking out the car window in his doggie car seat. Esther sends texts and pics several times daily and I can tell she sincerely loves what she does: taking care of her 3 dogs, mine and others. We will return from our trip in about 10 days, and I'm confident that Chibi would have had the best care possible. Thank you Esther and Nick!
Aloha~ Esther was able to accommodate a last minute request. She called immediately and asked some specific information about Lewes. Her home is 100% dog friendly and Lewes enjoyed roaming around the property and meeting new friends. My sweet cockapoo suffers separation anxiety and she was most intuitive picking up on his signs and caring for him. She is a very experienced dog sitter and I received updates and pictures of his dog vacay! He looked like he was having a great time. He hates to be left alone. I look forward to having Lewes spend more time in this ideal environment the next time I need a trusted pet sitter. Ester is a very loving caretaker and you can tell she really adores caring for pets. Drop off and pick up were easy and the property is very safe and secure. Mahalo for taking such wonderful care of Lewes!
See you soon!
Esther is a special lady. Patience, good listener, and very helpful. Our guy was so well cared for and looked after, we just couldn’t be happier. Will we use her again? In a Oahu minute;-)
Esther is awesome. My dogs were not used to being boarded anywhere and were not often socialized with other dogs. Esther's open home environment and efforts to put them at ease made all the difference. They were happy and at home with her and the other dogs. She will be our go to solution for dog care for future trips out of town.
Esther is great - my dogs don't have a lot of other canine social interaction and were nervous at first - but Esther worked with them to get them settled in and very happy. They love having other dogs to play with and the home setting is reassuring for them.
Esther was very nice. She seems to care for dogs and she understands how much they are part of our families. She communicated well prior to help with preparations. During my puppy's stay, she texted messages, pictures, and video, which me and my family enjoyed receiving. It helped us feel at ease that our puppy was enjoying himself and being well taken care of.
Loved that Esther sent pics of Koa while I was on my trip; it was reassuring.
Our dog Charley has stayed with Esther 3 times now and we are so happy to have found such an awesome dog sitter. Charley loves going to visit and gets so excited when we pull into the driveway. Esther has a great set up for dogs so they can play inside or outside. And She has a pretty big back yard so the dogs can get plenty of running time in. i love that she doesn't take too many dogs at once like some dog daycares do. Charley always has friends when he comes to stay with Esther but it's not packed with dogs so that's nice
Our dog "Tomo" has trust issues with large dogs, so it was really nice to find a place that caters to smaller dogs. Our previous boarding experiences were facilities that caged dogs for most of the day with a few out of cage moments. Esther's home is really an extension of how we treat Tomo, his is an inside dog's life with frequent opportunities to roam the yard.
Esther has been pup-sitting my dogs for years! She treats them like her own and they love her! She is very attentive to their needs and always lets me know if there is any change to their routine! I love the pics and videos she sends while they are with her. It helps to ease my mind when I see that they are having a good time at her place! I highly recommend Esther!
Esther is an amazing woman who welcomed myself, my daughter and our dog Maka with open arms, and a beautiful heart. She was very nice and gentle with the other dogs that were there at the time we first visited and made Maka feel comfortable even though he was nervous. From the moment we met Esther and she showed us her home, where the dogs get to roam, and just conversed with us in her gentle manner, we knew Maka would be in good hands! She kept in constant contact with me while on my trip. Sending me pictures and providing updates. We were scared he may not want to come home since he was having a nice vacation too! I highly recommend Esther and will definitely use her services again! He was treated with the best care and so was I. She is very professional and even worked out the payment schedule with me that matched my needs, allowing me to makevtwo seperate payments! Thank you so much Esther. God bless you!
Esther is the best .. Jasmine truly loves her. I'm so blessed to have such a wonderful and loving place to take her when I travel. Esther loves animals and goes to great lengths to make sure every dog is happy and pampered while staying in her home.
Esther was great! Charley loved staying here and seemed a little sad to go when I picked him back up. He made lots of new friends :). And Esther kept me updated throughout his stay. She sent me pics and videos of my dog that made me feel so comfortable seeing him having a good time. We will definitely use Esther again! :-)
Esther was great! Normally a friend of mine watches my dog, but since he was busy this time I needed a last minute fill in. She was great getting him acclimated to the other dogs, and made me feel at ease. She sent daily photos and videos of him and always kept me informed of how he was doing without me asking. Would definitely recommend and will definitely repeat using her in the future!
Esther is five stars for sure. I know my pup is in good hands
I absolutely love Esther! Right away I could tell she had been watching dogs for quite a while. She knew how to adjust Bella to the atmosphere once I left. She was very attentive with each dog. Her house was nice and secure. Esther would send me pictures and short video clips of Bella while I was gone and receiving those pictures really reassured me that Bella was doing good and having fun. I would HIGHLY recommend using Esther!
Esther was the perfect sitter for our little Maxy! It was truly a dog vacay for him! She sent us soo many wonderful pics of him playing around in her beautiful big backyard. We had peace of mind knowing that our baby was loved and cared for, we would use her again 100% !
Esther was absolutely amazing! We couldn't have asked for a better dog sitter while we were out of town. She sent us sooo many pictures which we enjoyed very much! It was obvious our fur baby had the best time and made many new friends. I would highly recommend Esther to anyone who wants their dog to be loved and well taken care of :)
We needed last minute dog sitter and we found the best!!!! She is so nice, personable, sent pictures everyday... We will definanetly use Esther in the future....
Esther is the absolute best dog sitter I've ever had. I never worry about my dog when she's there and I love getting the daily pictures & updates!
Esther always takes such great care of our pup. As soon as we turn onto her street, he gets so excited to see her!!! We never worry when he's with her.....our only worry is that he may want to stay there forever!!
Esther always goes the extra mile for us. We have older dogs (12 & 16) and Esther gives them the TLC they need. Thank you Esther!!
Our pup's stay was wonderful as always. He has a second family now that he loves to visit!!
Boys had an overnighter with Esther. Enjoyed the wedding knowing our boys were having just as much fun. Thank you for the pictures. They are true lap dogs and Esther always gives them so much attention. Thank you.
I'm sure I posted my review but will do so again just in case it wasn't received. Went on vacation and left the boys in good hands with Esther. Enjoyed all the updates and pictures and had all the confidence that they were well cared for. She has been an answer to our prayers knowing our boys were safe & loved. Thank you Esther
As usual, their stay with Esther was great. Enjoyed getting all the pictures playing with their furry friends. Esther always makes them feel special. Thanks again for giving us the peace of mind that they are safe and loved while we're gone.
I am very satisfied and feel quite comfortable leaving my Mazie with Esther. I know Mazie will
be well taken care of and in good hands. Esther
is a loving pet sitter and she keeps me updated on Mazie's progress by emailing photos and comments while I'm away. I was also happy
to see that Mazie had some doggy playmates
around. Esther is the best!
The boys had a great overnight stay with Esther. No worries when they are with her. Already scheduled for another overnighter in 2 weeks.
Esther was not only friendly, but accommodating to our unusual schedule! She kept us informed on how our pup was doing and we appreciated her helpfulness; we will be using her hospitality for our Mena again!
Thanks to Esther and her wonderful care of our 2 babies, we were able to have a relaxing, worry-free vacation. We can't imagine anyone else caring for them while we are away. They are given all the comforts of home and more since they are able to interact with other doggie friends. We are grateful and blessed to have found such a wonder caregiver. Our heartfelt thanks to you Esther!!!
We've used Esther for the last year for pet sitting our babies. Every time the pups stay with her I feel comfortable that they are taken care of, loved and confident that they are having fun! We highly recommend Esther!
We can always trust that Theo, our pup, will be absolutely happy with Esther. When we arrive to drop him off, he can hardly wait to see her and never looks back as we leave. He's excited to be there, a pet owner's dream for worry free traveling!
Love her... love her... love her! Our dog simply adores Esther and given the humidity in the islands, it is a treat to have our "family with fur" member (Honi) get to take a snooze in Nick's air-conditioned office! Now that's caring and love for an animal with thick fur. Esther and Nick awe totally pawsome!
As usual, Esther and Nick are the best! We are blessed and truly thankful for their service!
Esther had our boys for a week. Always sent us pictures and we never have any worries. She provides them so much love which brings us so much comfort. She is highly recommended.
Esther was fantastic! I was shocked that Esther called me within minutes of making an online reservation request and said that yes, she had one opening for the next day! She allowed me to book super last minute (the day before our trip), and made the whole process easy :) I was so grateful. She gave me a tour of the house/yard before I departed and all the pups staying there seemed super content and relaxed. They each have little dog beds, plenty of water and space to roam safely. What a great setup! My dog Maddy had a great time, and was making friends before I even left the property. Esther texted me pics daily (and even a video!) so I always knew she was being well-looked after. My trip was worry-free and I plan to book with her again the next time I go away! MAHALO for everything, Esther and family!!!
Penny had such an amazing time! Thank you soooo much Esther! You're a life saver :)!
This past 4th of July weekend, we traveled out of town and had our dog Honihoni board at Esther's place. Since Honi is afraid of fireworks and loud popping noises, we sent meds to soothe her and to calm her down, Esther was fabulous, as always, and Honi was kept away from any loud noise. Her needs were met and we are ever so thankful in having Esther and Nick in our lives.They are truly caring, loving and wonderful people.
Wanted to re-acquaint the boys before they're longer vacation stay next month. Esther said they did good. Hope so. They made some new "friends". Thank you Esther. See you next month. Judy
Esther always takes such great care of our pup. Theo is treated like family and is always excited to stay with Esther. We never have to worry be because they love him as much as we do!!
Another great trip for our sweet pup! The updates and pictures make you feel calm even when half way across the world. Esther and her family are kind and treat all the pups as their own. Home away from Home!!
Another worry free vacation. We cannot thank Esther enough for her expert care of our babies. Not only did we enjoy our vacation, but so did they with all their new friends. It's so good for them to socialize with the other dogs. Thank you Esther for the daily pictures and texts on how Daisy and Kenji were doing each day. We are looking forward to our next vacation!!!
Really, look no further. Esther is simply a sweet, amazing person. Our 'child' loved staying with her and we really couldn't have been more pleased.
Esther and Nick are great hosts and blessings to our family. Violet Rose was loved and met some new pooch friends. Esther sent pics almost every day, which helped us know that VR was doing well. BIG Mahalo!
Esther and Nick are great hosts and blessings to our family. Violet Rose was loved and met some new pooch friends. Esther sent pics almost every day, which helped us know that VR was doing well. BIG Mahalo!
I am reluctant to review because I don't want anyone to find my new go to dog sitter.....Esther was caring and loving towards my dog, I couldn't have asked for more. The contact and daily pictures made being away so much easier. Highly recommended
Esther and Nick are such experts in handling dogs. They know to introduce new friends in a professional and kind way whereby time and consideration is given and their guests are loved and nurtured. Our "human with a fur" family member, Honi, is so lucky to have them as her sitter as we too are so appreciative to have Esther and Nick in our lives. They are truly terrific people!
Esther is an excellent care giver and we can't imagine leaving our dogs with anyone else. We have a worry free vacation because we know they are well taken care of and our babies just love being on vacation too. Thank you Esther....we are so very grateful to you!!!
I had only moved. with my dogs to Hawaii 3 weeks prior to this time away, and was very stressed out about finding the right place. I have never left them with anyone but family in the past. I started reading reviews online, and was not very impressed......until I found Esther! 60 reviews, all 5 star. I left her a note through the website, and she got right back to me. We set up a meet and greet, and we loved her! She was kind and attentive, and took all kinds of notes on how I wanted my dogs cared for. She has a great facility that covers a dog's every need.
While I was gone, she was in contact everyday to Let me know they were doing well.....complete with photos of them enjoying their doggy vacation. I can't say enough good about Esther, and her facility. If you love your dogs like I do, and want the very best for them, this is THE place for you!
Esther is like an extension of our family. She cares for our pups just like we would if we were home. We've used her for two long trips so far and will definitely use her again in the future!
Esther is a fantastic sitter! Bailey enjoyed herself playing with the other dogs and Esther and her family. We noticed that she is more sociable around other people now and other dogs. We loved the daily text messages and pictures which helped our anxiety of leaving her for such a long period of time. We had nothing to worry about and look forward to using Esther again.
Another awesome stay! I love the way Esther and her family treat Archie as one if their own. The constant, daily updates -to include pictures- are the highlight of our days when we have to travel. She is so wonderful with Archie and I have no doubts he is in safe hands when we have to leave him.

Esther was a fantastic pup sitter! From our first meet and greet we were confident that our puppy was going to be in great hands. We could tell that Esther really loves dogs and wanted to know everything she could do to make our pup happy her first time away from home. Esther sent us pictures throughout our pups stay which put us completely at ease and made us happy to see our little girl having a great time. We had looked at other boarding options and are glad we found Esther with her in-home boarding. We look forward to using her services again and know that Bailey will be in great hands!
What a welcoming and calming experience! Our beagle, Bella has always stayed with my family when we took trips. After moving to Hawaii we were looking for something similar. Bella has never enjoyed doggie daycare but puts up with it for a day or two. Going to Miss Esther’s house was so much more! This is a REAL doggie vacation. Having a family environment was calming for Bella and I. The text updates and pictures were something I looked forward to each day. Bella will be booking all her future Hawaii vacations with Esther and her welcoming family.
Esther watched our pups from Dec 17th - Jan 6th. Each day she sent me pics of the girls while we were away. The pups came back and were happy and healthy looking. Esther definitely loved them as much as we do and it shows. We will definitely use Esther again for future stays!
Esther takes excellent care of my dog, and she sends pictures! It is such a comfort to see how much fun my little girl is happening! Five stars!
I really cannot say anything more positive than Esther is absolutely the best. If you've ever thought that there just must be someone here on the island that is a near godsend angel just made to care for doggies - you've found her. Esther is without a doubt an amazing caretaker, will love your doggie and will treat them just as you would. You really need not look much further. Our Zvi was so happy and obviously well cared for which is all we wanted. Zvi will be going back again to Auntie Esther's when needed anytime we must leave the island.
Esther is a wonderful pet sitter. We are so lucky to have found her. She communicates well, has a very comfortable home for my pups and they warmed right up to her. I think I've found my new long term sitter! :)
Esther is an amazing host. She keeps us posted about our Buddy even while we 're miles and miles apart which gives us comfort & joy knowing Buddy is in the greatest care! We love you Esther!
This is the third time Legend has stayed with Esther and by far the longest. I loved the daily photos and updates on how he was doing. Being an English Bulldog, Legend has medicine and requirements that go beyond that of another breed, and she has taken wonderful care of him. Don't know what I would have done without her!
Esther is a lifesaver and a great caregiver. Our babies loved their stay with her. This was the 4th stayover and it won't be their last.
Esther was very nice and updated me often with pictures on how my dog, Blue Bell, was doing.
This was our first long vacation away from the babies and we were so happy with the care that Esther provided. Lots of pictures helped and knowing that they were in a safe environment. Very happy and will definitely use Esther's services again.
Love how Esther sends us photos of our baby when we are apart. I can see the love she and her family have for him and it puts me at ease that he is in great hands.

I wouldn't hesitate recommending Esther to all my friends if/when they need a safe and caring place for their babies...
As always, you r the best!!!
What can we say about Ester but Woof WoW Woof. LOL. She's the best and thats why we won't use anyone else!!!!!!!
Esther is a wonderful pet caregiver and I have no
doubts that my doggy was in good hands. I would highly recommend her services as she goes
beyond one's expectations. She adds a nice touch
by sending daily photos of your pet which is quite comforting when you're away from your furry
companion. We will definitely be back again!
Our dog, Theo, loves to stay with Esther and we love that he' s so happy there !!
It was Henry & Josh's first overnighter. Happy to hear that they were good boys and made new friends. Esther was great with them. Makes us feel very confident in leaving them with Esther. They are in good hands.
This is my third review of Esther this year, and my doggie's 3rd stay with her and her family. Just as with the first two stays, Esther took the very best care of our dear pup. This time, Nalu stopped waiting to go home and just decided he'd be part of their family. When I went to pick him up, I think he clearly showed that he loved Esther and her family almost as much as he loved me! He was so well cared for that he totally relaxed and enjoyed himself, playing with other pups, following Esther and her husband around, and letting them know that this is now his 2nd home. We are so grateful for Esther and her family and couldn't recommend her more highly! Esther, Nalu misses you and Nick!
Always the best care from Esther and Nick! Our dog feels welcomed and loved! We adore them completely!
Once again, our dog Theo , has had a wonderful stay with Esther. He always looks forward to Staying with her and we know he's having a great time by the fun pictures we receive.
Because we had such a pleasant experience with Esther last year during our Vegas vacation, Esther's home is now our doggy boys' "home away from home." This year our 2dogs Freckles & Pnut and their cousins Princess & Hau'oli joined them while our family went outer island. Esther and her 'ohana are compassionate people and are truly "dog lovers." My husband and I have no worries when our dogs are in her care. I totally recommend Esther to anyone who needs a "safe and secure" place to care for their dog.
Esther is just the best dog sitter! She understands that leaving my dog with her is almost like leaving my child. She is very attuned to my doggie's needs, and knows just what to do when he is anxious when first left. Her house is open to the dogs, and they are free to lounge around inside or enjoy some sun in the garden. My Nalu seems to have spent a lot of time on one of the family chairs, as many of the photos were of him relaxing on his very own blanket on a comfy chair. He is happy at Esther's and I am so grateful that I found her. I don't worry for a moment when my boy is with her.
This was Daisy and Kenji's 3rd visit and they were so happy and excited to be dropped off for their stay. Thank you Esther for your excellent care. They'll be back for another visit.
Esther took excellent care of our dear Nalu. Esther focuses on small to medium size dogs, which is perfect for us, as Nalu is frightened of larger dogs. She observed him and noted that he was a loner in regards to other dogs and so she interacted with him and gave him the human attention he is used to. When he howled for his missing family, she put him in a Thundershirt (with my permission), which calmed him and made him feel more secure. She sent me photos of him regularly which assured me he was doing fine. Her location is lovely for dogs, as they have the freedom to be inside or out. I am very happy that I found Esther and will be taking our boy to him every time we are away.
Esther and Karin took amazing care of my baby. Not only that, but they were great at communicating with me and sent me pictures to put me at ease! Best dog boarding/vacay experience ever!
Our little London had such a good time with Esther and the other little dogs. Each time we leave her and come back, she is in such a good mood. The interaction with the other dogs provides the perfect "playdate". Thank you and we look forward to more vacations in the future.
Hilo was treated like family. Received lots of TLC. WILL DEF. USE AGAIN!!!
We had a worry-free vacation because we knew that our dogs were in very good hands. Esther is just great with them and sends pictures daily so that you don't have to wonder how they are doing. This was the 2nd time we have boarded our babies and it won't be the last. Thank you Esther!!!
This is the second time Cheyenne got to stay with Esther and the first for Buddy. They both had a great time!! Esther cared for my furbabies so well and sent me photos each day letting me see how happy they were in her home. I really loved that! Buddy is very sensitive and did not eat for 5 days when we last left him somewhere... not this stay!! He must have really felt comfortable at Esther's because he ate!! Both dogs did very well and my poor blind and diabetic girl, Cheyenne, was definitely in great hands!!
I have left my little fur-babies with Esther several times over the last year. This time was the longest and, as always, she was an excellent host. After the first few times that she kept them, I knew they were in good hands. She constantly kept me updated and sent photos daily. I donʻt feel comfortable leaving my babies with just anyone, so for me to leave them for 10 days would have been unheard of before I met Esther! Now I can take vacations and actually enjoy them! :)
We were very impressed with Esther from day one. Our Chihuahua/Terrier mix named London had such a wonderful time. London was able to interact with the other dogs and gain the interaction she does not receive on a daily basis. It truly felt like a doggy daycare in a warm, home setting. We have booked future dates and look forward to working with Esther more in the near future.
Esther was a very gracious hostess, a calming presence when in company of several dogs.
My boyz seemed to have adjusted well in our week long absence. Like any parents we were anxious, it was the first time for both the dogs and us.
But this kind of "home away from home"-type environment has come such a long way from sterile pens and cages.
Esther, thanks again for opening your home to our boyz!
Esther and Nick are an amazing couple that give our "animal kids" the best possible care possible. They are well qualified to serve your pup and you will never be disappointed with the results. You're pup will feel like he/she has been at their own personal spa! It doesn't get any better than this! They treat your little one as another addition the their family!
Esther and Nick are amazing!
Smoochie (our poodle) couldn't be left in better hands! These are awesome people and they know exactly what to do in order to give the best possible care to your pet! Smoochie always leaves Nick and Ester like he's had a wonderful, pampered and fulfilling vacation!!!!
You won't find a better place to leave your "animal kids!" We guarantee your dog will be healthier and happier when left in the care of Esther and Nick!
Mahalo and Aloha,
Bob and Ruth Dunham
Legend was well taken care of. This was his 3rd stay and you can tell that he is becoming more comfortable staying here. I recommend her to anyone that needs someone to watch their fur baby.
This is the second time Esther has cared for my Italian greyhound. When I dropped Jasmine off she was so excited to see Esther again. I am so blessed to have Esther .. I know Jasmine is safe and loved when I'm away.
We were referred to Esther from a fellow Italian Greyhound enthusiast. Much to my dismay, we had to leave our dogs - Paisley, a 2 year old Italian Greyhound, and Blue, a 3 year old (newly adopted) Whippet for a few days as we took a "honeymoon" or "staycation" after our wedding. We hate being away from our dogs, and seeing as both are sighthounds and are HUGE flight risks, we were very nervous to leave them with a stranger.

Esther let us come over for a meet-and-greet to meet her, her pups, and to scope out the place. The location was gorgeous and spaceous for the dogs to play. Plenty of places to roam around, sleep, or do whatever it is that they decided to do while we were gone (most of the pictures Esther texted me were of them sleeping, which is nothing new, so I guess they felt right at home :-)!). Esther shared her experience with another Italian Greyhound who stayed with her for a few months, and she seemed to know all of the risks involved with the breed, which made me feel much more comfortable about leaving our babies. We decided to book with her and returned about a week later to drop off the pups. Seeing as our IG has separation anxiety and our Whippet was new (and we didn't really know how he would react to us leaving), Esther provided us with specific instructions to leave the dogs' stuff upstairs and exit through the downstairs once the dogs were distracted and couldn't see us leaving to get sad.

As we were arriving, our IG actually broke out of her martingale and ran off down the road. By some miracle, I cornered her and got her, but I was absolutely shaken by the experience and was scared to death that I was about to leave her right after that incident. Esther took Paisley and separated her in an enclosed room from everyone and everything else to calm her down. I was sad leaving them, but our wedding was in a few hours and we HAD to go. :-(

Esther was so kind in calming my fears by texting me pictures of Paisley cuddled up on Esther's bed and telling me that she was OK and that she was calming down. This made me feel so much better. Over the next two days, we received more pics of the pups sleeping, lounging, and playing. We also received text updates (so not just pics) that confirmed how they were getting along. It was such an overwhelmingly awesome experience to board our beloved dogs with someone who not only very clearly takes her clients and their dogs seriously as if they were her own, but it was so refreshing to have somebody who cared enough to take time out of their day to send us pictures of our dogs. We're obsessive with our dogs...we don't have children, we have our pups. THEY'RE our kids. It's scary leaving them with somebody you don't know, but Esther helped allieviate that fear.

Even a few months after boarding our dogs with Esther, she has continued to text me with tips (our Whippet needs training, and she was kind enough to provide me the name/number of a trainer in Mililani)...but not only that, she texted me to see how the dogs were doing. Who else does that?! Normally after you're finished business with a place, you never hear from them again...nope, not Esther! She has texted specifically to see how our Whippet was doing after he had his heartworm treatment. It touched my heart so much that somebody would even still remember him or us, think of him or us, and care about him or us. THAT is why from here on out, Esther is on speed dial...if we need boarding, there are no questions as to who we will call or where we will go, for as long as we live in Hawaii and for as long as Esther is running Pet Ohana, our dogs will go on DogVacay with her!!! :-) Thank you so much Esther for the amazing experience!
Once again, Esther has exceeded our expectations. We feel our dog, Theo, has been treated as part of her family with the love and care we've seen. We love receiving the daily pictures of him and can clearly see he is having a wonderful time, which makes being away from him so much easier for us. We would recommend Esther highly and are grateful to have her available to take care of Theo.
We have been so happy with the love and care Esther has given our pup while we are away. He is so well taken of, we don't have to worry about him. And the daily pictures she sends are so reassuring to us that he is happy and comfortable!!

After such a wonderful stay, I'm sure he will want us to leave more often so he can visit Esther!!
We are so very pleased and happy that our babies stayed with Esther while we were away. We could tell that they were well taken care of and given all the comforts of home. My husband and I cannot thank Esther enough for her very excellent care. We are very grateful to have found such a loving place for them to stay while we are away.
Thank you Esther.....many blessings to you and your family!!!
Esther V, provided Honeygirl my dog with love and attention that I was looking for while on my 12 day trip. I appreciated the pictures while away. She was well cared for. Would recommend her to my friends.
We had good vibes about Ester from the very first meeting and judging from the pictures that we received that Becca had a wonderful time. We feel very comfortable to use Ester again.
Esther is a dog lover, so I felt much better leaving my very old dog with Esther. I got photo updates regularly. And Esther contacted me when my dog had an upset stomach. I think my dog got to hang out with Esther's family and other dogs a lot, which makes my black lab feel a lot better about being away from home.
We are new to Hawaii and Esther was the only place that was willing to take in my dog (he's 45 lbs and has not been spayed). She was very accommodating in having a meet and greet with us, and gave us the tour of everywhere Legend was allowed to go. Even though he only stayed overnight, she responded to my text asking how he was doing and even provided a picture. Since Legend was sad about me leaving and refused to move from the entrance, I could tell she did all she could to make him comfortable, and even followed up with how he was doing hours after I took him home. She also discussed on how we can try an alternative way to drop off on his next visit so he would not be so sad about the separation.
Esther has always been a five star sitter!
She has been more than gracious and is so wonderful!
She makes rock stars look like second hand citizens when she greets you and your pet at her home as she is gorgeous any time of the day... but her real beauty comes from within. It is priceless!
Thank you Esther for all of your pictures sent to me on my Iphone and for all of your love and time with our Honi.
Much Aloha,
My Italian Greyhound "Jasmine" loves staying at Esther's house. I have been traveling for three months and was so concerned about leaving Jasmine for such a long period of time. It has been the most perfect situation, Esther is so loving and caring, she treats Jasmine just like her own dog. I'm so relieved I found Esther ... I know my Jasmine is safe and well loved and cared for.
I would rate our reservation/stay as absolutely Pawsome! The reservation process was quick and efficient. Esther had come highly recommended by a friend and prior customer, and we were thoroughly pleased with the attention and care our baby received. Some of the dog vacation sitters I have heard about do not take puppies or do not take puppies that have not been fixed. Esther took our 6 month old un-fixed mini dachsund and treated him royally. We received pictures and updates every day of our 12 day vacation, and Esther was great when I (as a nervous mother) had to call & check on the boy. Our dog was able to interact with some wonderful other playmates (Jasmine, Chico & Bella), and we found a very happy, healthy boy when we returned. We had left our dog with friends for a week in July and he came back with fleas, ticks & had lost at least a pound. The superior condition our dog is in now speaks volumes for the love & attention he received. Don't mean to go on & on, but Esther & Ty are wonderful and anybody would be lucky to have them watch their dog/baby.
Cheyenne loved Esther!! Esther took extra lengths to show her (Cheyenne is blind) around the house and get her settled on her first day to help her feel comfortable. She also called and sent me photos to show that Cheyenne was doing well and happy. I so appreciate all of her assistance and willingness to learn all about type 1 diabetes (again, Cheyenne has this) to keep Cheyenne healthy while there. We will definitely be seeing her again!!!
I am so blessed to have found Esther to take care of Moka while we were on our vacation. We had never left Moka alone so we were worried for leaving her for two weeks. We were very happy that Moka had a great time during her stay with Esther and we received pictures of Moka daily during our vacation. Esther did a great job on taking care of Moka.
Koele enjoyed her stay, particularly the loving family and ocean view! We feel good knowing that she is in such a warm home.
We wouldn't take "smoochie" (our mini poodle) anywhere else! They treat smoochie like he was one of the family! Smoochie was overweight. When we picked him up, he was healthier, fit and more active. Nick & Esther know exactly what your pet needs! They will far exceed your expectations! We know Smoochie will get the best care possible when leaving him with Nick & Esther. You will never regret bringing your pet here. Excellent Service!!!!! :)
Bob & Ruth Dunham
Our doggie had a wonderful stay, was treated like one of the family. It was especially comforting to my youngest daughter to receive daily pics via text while we were away. We were scheduled to take an extended vacation but had to leave a week early due to a family emergency, Esther & DogVacay, eased our minds that our Bo was in great hands. Mahalo nui loa for everything!
Esther made Koele feel like part of their ohana!
Esther and Nick were great with our dog Nobu! We left our 10 month old, energetic, large puppy with them for two weeks. A difficult task indeed!
Yet, they were up to the challenge and did such a great job. Both very professional and knowledgeable about dogs, we felt comfortable leaving him in their care. Throughout his stay, they maintained frequent contact with us...sent us daily photos and updates of his dogvacay adventures, and were mindful of his health and behavioral needs.
We would enthusiastically recommend them as your dog's home away from home. Mahalo again Esther and Nick!
Esther V was a great host for our dog Mondo! He loved her house and her pets so much that when we dropped him off he didn't even care that we left nor did he want to leave! Esther V also sent a lot of pictures to us while we were gone since she knew we missed our guy very much!!
We've had many dog sitters in the past, but, you'll never find a better place for your pets. It is like a resort for animals. Nick and Esther frequently send photos to document your pet's adventure. They treat your animals like their kids. Smoochie didn't want to leave!!! Nick and Esther's knowledge about animals far exceed any other situation that we've experienced from nutritional, psychological and even your pet's spiritual needs. You can't put a price on the care that is given from this family. Nick and Ester go far above any expectations and you will never have to be concerned about the quality of care that is being given to your animals. We're currently booking them for our next trip.....Bob and Ruth Dunham, Hawaii
Very friendly and accomidating host. We left our 2 dogs for 4 days while we looked for a new apartment and they were very well taken care of. She would send us pictures and little notes about how they were doing each day. I would highly recommend her to anyone who needs to leave their pups for any amount of time. We will definitely be repeat customers!
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