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Tara S.

29 Reviews
16 Repeat Guests
Other Sitters Nearby
  • 3 days notice required for bookings
  • Responds within 16 hours

Pet Requirements

  • 1-20 lbs
  • 20-40 lbs
  • 40-80 lbs
  • 80+ lbs
All Ages OK
List of Pets OK for House Sitting
Dogs, Cats, Fish, Rabbits, gerbils, hamsters, or pet rodents, Caged birds, Reptiles

About Tara

5 Years Experience Caring For Dogs

I offer in-home, overnight care for all the pets in your family, and for any length of time. I occasionally offer dog walking and check-up visits for cats and dogs.

My rate for February and March is $45 per day or night, which is all-inclusive for any number of pets.
I prefer to adjust my schedule to your dog's regular daily routine, and do not mind dogs with "special requests" or extra needs. For younger pups, our day often includes additional fun outings like the beach and the dog park.

About how I fit into your home:

I love working from home, especially with the company of animals. I spend most of my day designing, doing yoga, or researching on my computer. I am very mobile and flexible, so I can stay at your home and keep your dog company! I love to send constant photo updates so you know your dog is in good hands while you're on vacation.

I always meet your family and get to know your dog and their routine before we make or confirm the booking officially. It's important for your dog to know you I'm a friend and I'll be keeping them company.

I will arrive to your house either before or just after you leave for your vacation. I settle in to whichever room you'd prefer me to sleep in. I set up my laptop, usually at the kitchen table. I bring my own food to eat, and in general, I tread lightly. When I leave, your house looks better than how I found it. Best of all, when you return home, your dog will have made another best friend. :)

Follow my instagram @kissesbypets

About myself:

I grew up in Tierrasanta and went to college at Chico State where I studied Interior Design, Italian language, and Business. I'm most passionate about design and mindful living. I enjoy caring for plants and pets, dancing to electronic music, building computers, making art, doing yoga, and studying psychology.

If you're interested, please visit my graphic design website by googling "design6sides".

Thanks for reading my profile and I hope you and your dog have a wonderful day!
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Can administer oral medicine
CPR / First-Aid certified
Special Needs Accommodated
  • Pets recovering from surgery
  • Leash Pulling

Tara S.

29 Reviews
16 Repeat Guests
Other Sitters Nearby
  • 3 days notice required for bookings
  • Responds within 16 hours


  • Available
  • Unavailable
  • 1 Spot Left
  • Booked
  • Last updated March 1, 2017


Background Checked
This sitter has passed a background check, which searches a variety of criminal databases.
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.
Facebook Connected
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Disaster Relief
This sitter has completed training for the DogVacay Disaster Relief Program and volunteered to help displaced pets in the event of a natural disaster.
Pay through DogVacay for:
Premium Pet Insurance, 24/7 Customer Support and Daily Photo Updates!

Services & Rates

House Sitting Overnight At Your Home
$45 /night
  • Dogs may be unsupervised for 2 - 4 hours/day
  • Willing to travel 15 miles
$10 each way
  • Willing to travel 15 miles
29 Reviews
Tara stayed with our 2 dogs and cat at our home over the Christmas period. She sent us pictures and updates daily and the house was immaculate when we returned. Very responsible and thankful that we found her. Our animals were very happy and we were too!
She's great@!!!
Tara is the best!
Tara was awesome and had a great backyard that my dog loved to explore (probably a bit too much for Tara). Tara was super flexible with drop-off and pick-up times.
We have ten pets. We were concerned whether we would be able to find anyone willing to care for so many pets. In addition to finding pet sitter to care for the entire menagerie, we also wanted someone who could stay at our home so there would be minimal disruption to our pets’ lives. We struck gold when we found Tara. Not only was she willing to care for the ten pets, she actually seemed excited by the prospect. We loved her from the minute she walked in the door. All her questions centered around the pets and their specific needs…not her needs and demands, but their needs. She asked wonderful questions about their eating, sleeping, walking, and play habits, indicating true caring and dedication to the welfare of the pets. She didn’t flinch when we asked her to visit a second time, and she took that opportunity to get to know every pet a little better. While we were gone she kept us informed of their progress. It was obvious when we returned from our trip that Tara was a big hit with the pets since they all were quite distressed when she left them. Tara also went above and beyond what we asked her to do including leaving the house immaculate, not easy with ten pets. Tara truly loves pets, both dogs and cats, and takes her assignments seriously and is dedicated to her pets. This is the first time we have left our gang with a pet sitter, but we would not hesitate to work with Tara again.
Tara was wonderful with our 2 boxers!!! I was very nervous about having a petsitter come out after having a bad experience with our last petsitter. From the moment Tara walked into the room she was down on the floor greeting the dogs. I had no anxiety what so ever about leaving our babies with Tara. O she even dome my dishes!! Gotta love that!!!
Thanks so much Tara your awesome!!!
See you in November :)
Tara was great with my pup Roxie. She was very professional and responds to my questions right away and was able to accommodate some changes. She kept me updated about my dog and sent me pics, which was really sweet. Will definitely use her service again next time and highly recommend her.
We always know Sloan is in great care with Tara! Sloany is always excited to see her!
Tara is absolutely amazing with my dog. He has terrible separation anxiety, but does great when he is with Tara. I will never look for another dog-sitter for my fur-baby!
Tara was outstanding! She took great care of my half black lab/half blue nose pitbull. She was very flexible and accommodating and sent pictures over the weekend of my pooch which was a wonderful touch!
Olive had a great time with Tara! We appreciated Tara's responsiveness and flexibility as well.
Tara is wonderful with my dog Jake. I was concerned about leaving him with a pet sitter because of his extreme separation anxiety. Tara found a way to make him comfortable and he loves to go visit her. I will not leave him anywhere else!
Tara is great - only takes one dog at a time, but she (and her yard) could definitely handle more. I knew with her working from home and only taking one dog at a time, our dog would have a wonderful time. And he did - he was kinda mopey for a day after, like he missed her. I hope to be able to leave my dog with her again!
Tara was so great with my dog, Jake. At 9 1/2 yrs Jake has never stayed with a dog sitter before. She was very patient with Jake (& with me) to make sure we were comfortable. She answered all my questions and even sent photos of Jake while I was away. Jake had a great time in my absence and was able to relax and know he was in good hands. I highly recommend Tara as a dog sitter for even the most "sensitive" of dogs.
Amazing! Tara has a true pet-lover's heart. She was so in tune with our little guy. Our pup came home so relaxed and happy. From the moment we first met Tara, our pup ran into her gorgeous backyard (and Tara ran after him with a frisbee in hand) he romped around and dashed across the long could almost see him smile. Tara took good care of our little guy and sent great little updates. She has a wonderful, kind demeanor and truly loves animals. She listened to the run down of our pet's normal routine and made sure everything was perfect. I highly recommend Tara.
Tara has been a great help. We tried her initially for 2 short weekend stays and it was obvious our dog loved her and her house. We decided to use her again for an even longer period - this time for 13 days while we were away for the Christmas holiday). It's a wonderful bonus that she has a large backyard that our dog can easily use in between her walks. She's very responsive to DogVacay messages and texts. She's done a good job of keeping us posted on our dog's behavior and gives us that additional peace of mind by checking in with us via text and sending us occasional pictures and videos. It's hard to find someone that is responsible and caring that you can trust to look after pet. I am so glad I found Tara and I look forward to using her again when we need a dogsitter.
Tara did a fantastic job watching our pups. We were gone for over 3 weeks and we are so glad we hired Tara. She works from home so our dogs got tons of attention which they need. Her home has a huge yard to play in and with her roommates there was almost always someone with them. We had never left them for this amount of time and when we got them back they were happy as could be. We will use her again and recommend Tara to anyone else. On a scale of 1-10 its a 12!
Tara is a very nice, sweet and kind person who is really fond of dogs. She is working from home and is able to devote time to the little friend. She was also flexible on drop-off and pick-up time, which I really appreciated. She was also communicative, responded to all my messages and sent lots of pictures. I am very happy with Tara - she is number one next time I need a pet sitter for my Teddy.
Tara was very nice and loved my dog like her own.
Tara is amazing. She took care of Bailey on pretty much no notice and let me extend Bailey's stay while I looked for a house. Tara's the best!
Tara was an excellent host/caregiver for our Ellie. Tara kept us up to date on Ellie's activities via email, photos and even sent us uTube videos! Tara gave Ellie lots of love and attention - so much so that I think Ellie was a little bummed out to come home from her vacay.
I would recommend Tara to anyone looking for a caring, responsible host for their pet! Thanks Tara! :-)
Tara was awesome! She was very flexible and worked with my schedule and last minute request. She was a great snuggle partner for my dog all weekend and helped give him his meds. She also has a great house with a backyard. I definitely recommend her to anyone!
A great experience! Tara was detail oriented, asked the right questions, updated our profile with photos making us feel comfortable while away from the kids!

The house was left clean and in order, the dogs looked great upon our 4 day vacation, we couldn't have asked for a better sitter!

Thank you again!
Amazing experience. Tara went above and beyond to know my dog, gave him a bath, kept him in great company and really understood his personality by the end of five days. In addition, she was very accomodating when my flight arrived late and I had to postpone pickup for about 24 hours.
Super experience! Highly recommend Tara if your dog needs a safe and caring place to spend a few days.
Tara was super sweet and took excellent care of my pug! She was responsive and put up with all my crazy questions and precautions. She also went out of her way to return quasi to my apartment when I couldn't come pick him up. She is very accommodating and I highly recommend her!
Tara was awesome with Manny!!!!! Daily walks, a huge backyard to play in, and two cats to keep him company...what more could a dog ask for :) I felt very comfortable leaving our dog here knowing Tara is such an animal lover!!!! I would recommend her to anyone and will definitely bring Manny back here in the future :)
Tara was wonderful! She was so easy to coordinate with and we felt completely comfortable leaving our dog in her care. We got photo updates and we could tell our dog was happy and well loved when we picked her up. We even think she acted a little bit sad to leave Tara after we got her back home :) Thanks Tara!
Tara was great with Lily and has a nice yard for her to play around in.
it was my first time having a dog sitter and it was great! Tara is very nice and friendly! she is flexible with time, has a dog friendly home with a well sized yard for dogs. took the time to wash my dog because it had rained! went above all expectations of posting photos of my dog while I was gone :)
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