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paula c.

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79 Reviews
28 Repeat Guests
$50/night
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  • Same day bookings are OK
  • Responds within 10 minutes
  • Cancellation Policy:
    Moderate

Pet Requirements

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

paula's Resident Pets

Pemex
Border Collie
Female
6 yr 0 mo old

paula's House

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

About paula

30 Years Experience Caring For Dogs
I have a HUGE YARD, and am a walk away from a park and the beach. I work from home as a writer/artist as well as have a homemade organic dog food company. I like to take frequent breaks from working on my computer so playing and loving the pups is my usual "go to" for a break. Also a great source of procrastination!

I have a sunny two bedroom house in the heart of Venice with a big front yard and amazing neighbors (with and without dogs) who love to come by and say hello to my dog, Pemex, and all the pups that come to stay with us. The property is completely enclosed so I usually have the doors and windows open all day long. Otherwise, if your more comfortable, I can put up a gate at the front door and they can hang out and watch the street from the house with the door open. And then I can let your pup out frequently through out the day under my supervision . I have a park near to my house which I like to drop by on my walks as well and we could also make arrangements to take your dog for a hike or a walk down to the beach. I am always very thoughtful about the mix when I might have more than one dog here. And open to discussion about what is best if your dog is shy etc. Trust me! I am not happy if the pups are not super happy!

I do daycare (half & full day), overnights (mine or yours), walks, and day trips to the beach in Huntington at the dog beach. If you are interested in a beach day, you can contact me because there is not an option on the "rates" section on the Dogvacay site.

I have a yoga mat in the back of my car so if you need me to drop or pickup for any reason the pups don't slide around in the car.

I found my dog Pemex when she was a malnourished puppy in a gas station in Mexico. She is probably a Collie/Lab mix and about 4 years old now. She is super mellow (but loves to play too on the occasion), loves children, and gets along with all other dogs (very gentle).

I have had 4 dogs throughout my life: a Mutt, a Schnauzer, a Pug, and Pemex and I have highly trained them all myself to walk off leash etc.

Since I was 5 years old, my dream was to become a vet until I was applying to school at 17 and was advised by my doctor and family not to because of allergies. I was devastated but got my degree in psychology and neuroscience instead, and subsequently I grew out of my allergies. So as you can imagine I couldn't be happier with the recent somewhat cathartic turn of events of boarding, caring for dogs, as well as healing them with food etc, (while I can continue to work on my art).

The inspiration for my dog food company originally came from my Pug GeeGee who was diagnosed with cancer when she was 3 years old. I began researching homeopathic and herbal medicine and started making homemade food for her. She wound up living until she was 15 years old. When I found Pemex, I used that same knowledge about homemade real food to nurse Pemex back to health. She was in really bad shape (organ failure from lack of nutrition, couldn't stand up etc). Now she couldn't be healthier.


I do have to ask that if your dog has actually ever been aggressive (actual biting, not regular growling to communicate they want their space etc) that we make arrangements to have Pemex go to her Daddy/my ex's house who I found her with in Mexico and lives around the corner. Then I can also give your dog my one on one attention. This is very easy for me to arrange as Pemex loves to go to her Dad's and is there often anyway!

I can also provide you with plenty of references outside of DogVacay as well upon request!
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Can administer oral medicine
Can administer injected medicine
CPR / First-Aid certified
Special Needs Accommodated
  • Pets recovering from surgery
  • Separation anxiety
  • Leash Pulling
  • Advanced senior issues

paula c.

Online Now!
79 Reviews
28 Repeat Guests
$50/night
Other Sitters Nearby
  • Same day bookings are OK
  • Responds within 10 minutes
  • Cancellation Policy:
    Moderate

Availability

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  • 1 Spot Left
  • Booked
  • Last updated January 16, 2017

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Services & Rates

Boarding Overnight At paula's Home
$50 /night
  • Watches up to 5+ dogs/night
  • Dogs may be unsupervised for 1 - 2 hours/day
  • Dogs will have full access outside for potty breaks
  • 2 walks/day
  • Pets can sleep wherever they want
Daycare At paula's Home
$40 /day
  • Watches up to 5+ dogs/day
Dog Walking
$20 /half-hour
$35 /hour
  • Willing to travel 15 miles
Home Visits
$22 /visit
  • Willing to travel 7 miles
Pick-Up/Drop-Off
$10 each way
  • Willing to travel 7 miles
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79 Reviews
Paula did a great job, and sent a video of the walk. Would repeat.
My Lab Maggie stayed with Paula for 2 weeks over Christmas. She had a great time and came home happy and content. All communication was clear and easy. Paula also sent pics and videos throughout Maggie's stay. I certainly recommend Paula as a great dogvacay option
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Paula came through last minute during busy holiday period and walked Ziggy twice.
What a fantastic experience for both me and my dog. Paula has such a great space for the pups to play. I felt completely comfortable after our first meet and greet and now she has surpassed expectations. Very happy. Will definitely book with Paula again
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Paula takes care of her pack and keeps all the pups balanced.
Mason is an older dog with mobility issues and Paula kindly offered alternatives for future care, rather than just abandoning him. Much appreciated!
Once again Betty had an pawsome stay with Paula....in fact she had such a great time she was a bit depressed when she got home!!......she loves having so many pawsome pals around her..... Thanks once again Paula for taking such great care of her :)
Paula is amazing and truly loves and knows how to care for animals! She has a great energy and her Venice yard is perfect for hosting pups! My dog loved all of his new friends there and can't wait to return!
Paula was really responsive and accommodating in setting up a week of care for our English bulldog, Princess. She helped to get this set up and made us feel safe and comfortable with updates. Really appreciate the thoughtfulness and care. Will definitely come back again the next time Princess needs a vacay.
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My dog, Tuna, once again had the dream weekend. Paula has built an amazing environment where the dogs all get along with each other and get to spend time hanging out and playing in the awesome grass area. Tuna gets excited every time we park in the neighborhood and she gets to go see all her friends at Paula's house. It is great to know that Tuna is in such caring hands while we are away.
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Paula is a dream. I had a client call and request a last minute meeting 2 hours south of the city and I could not bring Calvin with me. After panicking for a few moments, I called Paula and on a moments notice she accepted Calvin into her home for the day. After our meeting ran over and I got a friend to pick Calvin up from Paula's house for me, my friend forgot Calvin's harness. I texted Paula about it and she ended up bringing it to my house for me!

I'll trust my little pup to Paula any day. An absolute professional!
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Paula is the best! I can tell Fitzy loves being with her because he gets SO excited when I pull up to drop him off. He can't wait to greet her and be back on his Vacay. I really think being at Paula's is like being on vacation for him. He gets lots of love and attention and gets to play with some other sweet doggies. Paula is particular about what kind of dogs she takes in, and there seems to be a good crew of regulars. She is also clearly a real dog lover, and she understands them very well. I love the way I hear her talk to all of the dogs with so much respect and kindness.

Paula is super easy to communicate with, always responsive, and keeps us posted throughout Fitz's stay with lots of photos and videos to reassure us all is well.

I trust Paula with our little one and we keep coming back! So glad we found her!
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Paula was so wonderful with Ms. Juneau. We had Paula stay at our house, since it was Juneau's first time with us away with a new person. We did a quick meet and greet the day before and I knew right away that Juneau would be in good hands.

Juneau can get a little stressed when we leave town, but Paula took her for a quick walk and they bonded quickly. We came home the next day to a happy, waggly pup. We definitely recommend Paula and will be calling her next time we have a to leave town.
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Gus was as happy as a clam staying with Paula!! She's a true dog lover and it's evident in her approach and care giving.
We love Paula and our pup has the best time staying with her! We are so happy we found her in our neighborhood and we will continue to have our pup stay with her for all of our trips!
Paula is amazing! My little pup has some anxiety issues (possibly worse than I anticipated). Paula was so calm and willing to help her and checked in with me fequently. She has a background in dog training and I was very happy to see her take the right steps with Mila. She made sure to introduce the dogs down the street so they would get along and she knew to give Mila space when she wasn't sure yet. After 3 days I went to pick up a very happy & tired pup! She has a great space for them to play in and it is an extra bonus for Mila as she gets a lot of interaction and as she relearns people are friends!

Can't thank Paula (&Web) enough! We are so happy we found someone reliable and experienced so close to home!
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Paula is awesome! My dog loved his stay! She is warm, friendly, efficient, and super professional.
Biggie LOVES going to see Paula! He's pulling on his leash as soon as we hit her block. So happy he is well cared for and has such a fantastic time while I am away. Thank you!!
Biggie had the best time with Paula and her pups! Having an indoor/outdoor flow is what he experiences at home and made him very comfortable from the start. We will be calling Paula again soon!
Paula was so great to work with and took great care of our dogs! Could not be happier with her services and will absolutely use her again,
Paula was wonderful. She was very communicative throughout the Vacay, and I believe Mason had an awesome time! I think her pack skills are great. Normally after a vacation, Mason either comes home stinky or upset to his stomach, but neither happened this time! As an older dog with no siblings around, I feel like sometimes he falls into a rut, but after the stay, he came back with a great attitude!
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Louie had an amazing time at Paula's playing with the other dogs. Paula sent us a few videos/photos over the weekend letting us know that our pup was having a blast. Thanks Paula!
Paula was great! She came over and walked our dog Duke with no problems and was fast to communicate with us.
As usual, Paula took great care of our pups; they are always so happy to see Paula and can't wait for us to leave them with her!
Paula thanks so much once again… about to book her in again ;)
Paula was amazing and very accommodating. Peyton had a great time!
A+! Paula and her dogs were great and Maddie had such a great time. Everything was a breeze to organize. Thank you!
"What a fun vacation I had at your home, Paula! Thanks a million for the royal treatment—including my daily massages!" —Mulligan
I'm pretty sure Tuna had more fun on her Vacay than us humans had on our trip. We had a great first meet and greet with Paula where Tuna got to play in the front yard. When we went back to drop her off, she knew exactly where to go and was running to Paula's house. During our trip, Paula sent a few pictures each day of the dogs all playing together and having a great time. When the dogs weren't playing, they were lounging on the grass enjoying the Venice sunshine. They went on great walks and got to hang out at the local coffee shop. In the end, Tuna made a lot of great doggie friends and probably didn't want to go back home to our boring apartment. Definitely looking forward to working with Paula again on our next trip!
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Paula is great! I was nervous leaving Fitz for a full week, but Paula helped me feel comfortable and reassured. Paula is so nice and a great communicator--with humans and dogs. She clearly truly loves dogs, and I felt like she loved our little guy like her own while we were away. She kept in touch every day with photos and updates, which I loved getting. And when I came to pick Fitz up he seemed so happy and relaxed with his new friends. If anything, I feel like he misses playing with the other dogs at Paula's so I'm going to have to bring him back to play! Thank you so much, Paula!
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Paula and her pooch Pemex were terrific hosts, showing Mulligan a fun time in their comfortable home and exciting, scent-filled outdoor area. In no time Mulligan felt right at home with her new friends.
Paula is a rock star!!! If I could, I would give her ten stars!! She was amazing with our 10 year old pit/pointer mix, Ugo. This was his first time spending an extended period away from home and Paula bent over backwards. We scheduled several daycare visits and an overnight beforehand, at her suggestion, and it was the smartest idea. He is the sweetest boy, but has separation anxiety and hates to be left at home. He stayed with Paula for two weeks and got more and more comfortable every day. She had the best pack going and Pemex, her dog, was wonderful! We got updates and photos, even though we were halfway around the world, and it made our trip all the better. Paula really knows dogs and tailors their surroundings to their needs. I can't speak highly enough of her and Ugo will be going back for visits asap! He misses the gang!
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Paula was wonderful with our two golden retrievers during this thanksgiving weekend. She seems very knowledgable and experienced with taking care of dogs and has a perfect home for it. Thanks Paula so much!
Awesome as always. Paula is a mellow, friendly, clear-dog lover. She keeps the dogs active and happy. We love her!
This was the first time we were leaving our 2 labradoodles for daycare with Paula in a new city after moving to LA. Paula was flexible in pickup and drop off times, and helped out a lot with my schedule by getting the pups in the morning, saving me a lot of driving time and stress. She really got to know their personalities well throughout the week, and knew what each one of them was about. I had a peace of mind throughout the day knowing both of our dogs are in good hands. Our experience was so good that we are now using her services now on a regular basis.
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This was the second time Paula took care of our pups, but this time we did full boarding with her for a week instead of daycare. It saved me so much headache and hassle as I knew my furry babies were in good hands. She kept me appraised of their state and behavior throughout the stay. Also, our older boy has some health issues and sometimes can be grumpy as a result, yet Paula knew how to handle him with love and care and worked on building trust and bond with him. She followed all the complicated food and medication requirements, and was in constant communication with us. She sent us photos and videos that put us at even more ease as they were having almost too much fun. The most heartbreaking part, upon pickup to go home, our younger one didn't even want to come back home.
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Paula is my go-to sitter for my Golden. It's such a relief to have someone I trust to take such good care of my guy and make sure he gets plenty of love. There's always friendly pups around Paula's place, and Benny is always beyond excited when he gets to go.
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Paula is awesome! Very caring, reliable and responsible. Barney is always super excited to see her! I highly recommend Paula.
We have been using Paula for over a year now and it's basically become a second home for our chihuahua Cooper. Not only is he excited to go to Paula's, but he's always coming back happier, healthier and more energetic. He meets new doggie friends and always receives the kind of care that we as owners try to provide. We're so glad we found such a great host with Paula.
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Booking more dates as we speak!
Alfie loves coming to see Paula and the pups. He even became besties with another dog that was there at the same time. He would bolt out of the car every time we dropped him off.
Paula was great she worked through our pup's issue and everything ended up working out really well. Will definitely use her again.
Our experience with Paula was great! It's completely clear that she is very knowledgeable about dogs. Even though this was sort of a last minute reservation, she took the time to meet with us twice just to make sure Elvis would be comfortable in her home. Elvis is older now and no longer enjoys the 'kennel' experience. The DagVacay service is perfect & finding Paula was phenomenal!!
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WE LOVE PAULA!
Our dog is so happy when he gets to go to Paula's house. You can just tell that he loves her, she's super caring with him and makes sure that all the dogs in her house get along. She sends frequent photo updates and is super friendly, flexible and communicative.
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We are so thankful to have Paula as our sitter. When she was unavailable to take care of our pup she offered her help to us to find another sitter in her network. Stellar! Thank you, Paula!
Paula is amazing. We needed a last minute sitter last weekend and even though she was fully booked, she called around and found a sitter for us! We would have been in a tough spot if it wasn't for her extra effort and awesome network of dog sitters. She is the best around!

Thanks Paula!
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Once again, Paula was amazing and took great care of our pup. He can't wait to go back.
Paula was a great host! Her house and yard were perfect for my Golden- he had so much fun! She is very kind and caring and I felt very at ease that he was in great hands.
Paula was awesome, her house was welcoming and clearly a happy place for dogs. She took great care of our dog (who had a minor injury to watch) and was flexible and communicative. We'll be back! Thanks!
Our dogs had a wonderful time with Paula, and she did a great job of making our shy dog feel at home. Thank you Paula!
This is the second time Emerson goes to stay with Paula. He loves it there, tons of space for him to roam around and new friends to visit. As soon as I drive down the street, my dog gets so excited and when we start walking he starts pulling his leash to get to Paula's front door.

Paula is always so nice and chill. She sends me updates and pictures frequently so I know my little one is in good hands!
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Serge loved his second stay at Paula's just as much. And again, I almost felt guilty picking him up because he has so much fun there, playing with his new buddies in the big front yard. He'll be back for sure!
Paula is an incredible host. Over the last year my wife and I have had to travel a ton and Paula has been there to help on every occasion. In addition to getting consistent updates about how our Chihuahua Cooper is doing, our dog loves being there. He's extremely fussy with strangers and even other dogs, and yet he's completely comfortable with Paula and the other dogs she has taken care of. It's almost as if Cooper prefers Paula's over our place! Kidding aside, she's an amazing home away from home for Cooper.
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Paula was great and Rocco was very happy. We'll definitely call her again in the future!
Another great stay with Paula! Will be back again, definitely :D
Paula's services are exactly what I was looking for. My boss's dog Mr Carter is very loving affectionate.... but also extremely playful and times a handful. Paula is very knowledgeable and passionate for dogs and you can sense that the minute you walk in her home. She is home most of the day and has plenty of running & playing space. I trusted her immediately and will always go to her for dog-boarding needs.
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Paula is great pet sitter and I can't recommend her highly enough. She was incredibly flexible when it came to working out pick up / drop off times and even made additional arrangements when it looked like she might not be able to watch Chewy in her own home (lucky dog got to go to Malibu with her instead). Chewy was well cared for and so happy when I got home. And Paula shared multiple photo updates a day of Chewy enjoying his vacay. Chewy can't wait to go back, and I'm so happy to have found an amazing dog sitter!
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Another awesome stay with Paula! She's so great with Summit. She's our "go to" sitter. Definitely will be back again :D
Paula is great. She meets all of our needs in care of our pup. She has also been very flexible with us in accommodating our schedule. She took the time to host a meet-and-greet for our pup to meet Pemex and get acquainted him and with her home. Paula made sure to cover all the details with us to ensure a positive stay. Our dog loves Paula's yard and spacious home. His visit also helped him get more comfortable around other dogs, which we love. We feel completely comfortable leaving our pup in Paula's care and will continue to work with her when we are in need of a host. Thank you so much Paula!
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I've left my puppy, Mika, with Paula a couple times now and she is AMAZING! Not only does she care for Mika like she was her own, but she goes above and beyond, making sure my dog is taken care for and has fun. She sent tons of photo updates which was so great to see while I was away. Mika always comes back happy and totally pooped from all the playing they do over her stay! Paula is extremely flexible with arranging drop off/pick up times and super easy to communicate and get in touch with. I would recommend her to absolutely anyone looking for a sitter!
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Paula was wonderful and conscientious and took great care of my two dogs, one of whom can be a bit of a handful. I'm very grateful for her.
Paula was great! She was super flexible with pick up and drop off times, and went out of her way to help make Ellie feel comfortable at her house. Plus, there were other dogs for her to play with while there! Would absolutely recommend Paula as a dog sitter.
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Paula is so nice, and obviously so good with dogs. Her keen sense of how they naturally interact and her proactive approach is what immediately sold me upon our meet-n-greet. I have since booked 2 long weekends for Summit to stay with her.

My first impression was from our meet-n-greet. She was very professional and requested that we meet about a half block from her house to let the dogs (her dog + one that she was taking care of + Summit) meet on neutral ground, so territory was a non-issue.

The dogs got along great, so we proceeded to walk down and check out her place. Great front yard, big enough for sprints/chasing the tennis ball, my dog quickly palled around with her dog and the other one. All went well, so she agreed to watch Summit.

She went through the checklist of things that she suggested he have: his bed, leash, food, a toy, a bowl, a shirt that smelled like me. So I dropped him off that weekend, and she had him see us leave, then as we walked to the car, she started throwing the ball for him to distract him.

All the photos and videos were proof enough that Summit was having a grand old time with his little "pack." And really has found a nice spot to go when we leave town.

I appreciate her attention to the details from the very beginning: like is he allowed on the sofa, where does he usually like to sleep. I will definitely continue to book Summit's "vacay" with Paula when we go away!
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Paula is the perfect host - you can tell immediately she cares and has a great connection with her furry visitors. Our dog Had so much fun there, I almost felt bad picking him up from his weeklong slumber party with his new friends. Thank you, for taking such great care and we will definitely bring our pup back!
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Paula was super easy to work with and was great with Indy. With the indoor and outdoor space, along with her dog and sometimes others, Indy looked like a kid at the playground when I went to pick him up. I'll definitely use her again!
Emerson had so much fun with Paula and the dogs staying with her during the Thanksgiving weekend. Paula sent me a few photo updates and my little one looked so relaxed and happy in every one of them. He was probably so sad when he had to come back and hang out with us. :)

Paula has a huge yard, which is hard to find in this cramped LA neighborhood and so my little one got to enjoy lots of play time and then cuddle up at night when he was all worn out. He sure will come back for another visit!
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Great dog sitter! Large front yard for dogs to play in :)
Paula was a wonderful host! She was highly communicative during our dog's stay, and took special care to make sure the personalities of dogs she was hosting would be a good fit together. Pepper came home a happy pup and we were happy knowing she was in good care during our trip.
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Paula was awesome. She took a last minute reservation for an energetic puppy. Conveniently located in Venice/Santa Monica area. Pics of Stella were posted; showed her looking quite happy and having fun.
I will most definitely use Paula again.
Thank you Paula.
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Paula was great! Lucy came home exhausted from her vacation with Paula and her new friends. We received pictures and video of Lucy playing and having a good time. I will definitely leave Lucy with Paula again!
Paula is such a wonderful host! I take my pup Hobbs to her for daycare and overnight stays and he feels right at home. She is very accommodating to my schedule for pick-up and drop-offs times and she is always a warm, welcoming host. Her place is great for dogs of all sizes, with a large sunny yard and cozy dog beds. I would definitely recommend her!
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Paula was an ideal host for us. She knew exactly how to care for our pup and she was excellent with communication and making sure we were well informed. We would absolutely use her again.
Our girls had another great stay with Paula. We received regular updates and even a video! They were well taken care of as always.
Paula was great. She was very easy to work with and flexible. Loved getting pictures of my dog while I was away. Definitely will try and get her to watch for me again.
My 15 year old dog just spent 4 nights with Paula, which was the first time she was not with friends or family. We were all a little nervous. Paula made the experience good for everyone. My dog was loved and well cared for (and she has special needs), and we were kept up to date with photos, videos and messages. I would recommend Paula and use her services again in a New York minute.
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Paula was great! She was available last minute and sent us an update on Chester. Will definitely use her again!
In a word, Paula is wonderful. This was our first time having to leave Rubens with someone other than friends or family. By the end of our meet & greet that was no longer the case because, based on her caring style for both Ruby and his nervous human, Paula had become a friend. Paula made sure she knew all about Ruby and about any concerns we had for him. He is a great guy but old and sometimes a little nervous and crotchety. He also hasn't been very social in a while. Yet, he played like a puppy with Paula and other guests and made a fast friend with a dog of kindred spirit. Our vacation was made even more enjoyable by seeing our old guy in pictures from Paula looking like a happy little puppy. The pictures and updates were so reassuring.
Paula has a soulful spirit that put Ruby, and us, at ease. I went from being nervous about leaving him anywhere to excited for him that he was going to get to stay with Paula.
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Paula is awesome! We just dropped Rumi back with her over the weekend and he was so happy when he saw we were turning into her street. She has the sweetest dog that Rumi gets on so well with, and she treated our dog like her own. He spent the whole time playing on the front lawn and getting cuddles (these are two of his favorite things). She also sent a bunch of photo's. Thanks so much Paula!
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Paula is great! We had a last minute cancellation from another host. Literally hours before we were supposed to go out of town, we found Paula, and she saved the day since she was able to take a last minute reservation and was very flexible with our schedule. She is very responsive and sent us regular updates and photos. Our 2 girls had a great time and really enjoyed running around and playing in her large yard. We will definitely have her host our girls again!
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