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Colleen H.

19 Reviews
12 Repeat Guests
$48/night
Other Sitters Nearby
  • 1 day notice required for bookings
  • Responds within 4 hours
  • Cancellation Policy:
    Moderate

Pet Requirements

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

Colleen's Resident Pets

violet
Mixed Breed
Female
2 yr 7 mo old

Colleen's House

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Children at home (5-12 years old)
Medium Yard
100% fenced
Smoke-free home
Pets allowed on furniture
Air-conditioned inside
Great for senior pets

About Colleen

25 Years Experience Caring For Dogs
I have had dog family members all my life. All of them rescue dogs. From a shelter dog in Alaska to street dogs in Bali - wherever I have lived, I have found great dogs to call family.

We are a very loving household with a fully fenced back yard with grass, covered concrete patio, and side yards with great dirt to explore - truly a dog's paradise. We live on a safe cul-de-sac with a lot of kids and pets and you'll find I'm very easy going, I have two young boys and a young dog of our own, so cleaning the floors is just a regular thing and accidents simply happen. Our home is a single story with wood floors, rugs and AC. I work from home so your pet will always have at least me and our dog Violet to keep them company. We do allow pets on the furniture, but if you have routines your prefer, of course we will honor those.

I live in the great Village Park community, which has sidewalks, parks and a fenced dog park we visit regularly. My boys (elementary school age) are respectful and loving, they adore animals and are very attentive to them. Our dog, Violet, LOVES all dogs and is quite submissive. She happily shares her family, space, and toys, and is not food motivated, nor aggressive AT ALL. Violet will do her best to get other dogs to play with her, but has had to accept that some will not, and she handles it well. We love dogs of all size and play appropriately with each. Our last family dog was a 110 lb black lab (I still miss her terribly) and we often host Grandma's 10 lb "babies".

Pets must be dog and kid friendly.

We can text you pictures and even FaceTime if you're having separation anxiety. You can follow your pup's visit with us on Instagram @FriendsofViolet
and rest assured, your family member will be treated like one of our own.

*If you would prefer that we do not have other guests at the same time as your dog(s) we will see if we can accommodate you, please request a custom quote with your dates.

*Rates are based on a 24 hour period. If you need an early drop off or late pick up, please let me know and I will send you a custom quote. I am very reasonable in accommodating your schedule/plans and will be as flexible as possible with your drop off and pick up times.

*HOLIDAY rates: we will give you a custom quote for your pet(s). Our rates increase November 18-27 and December 16-January 2nd.

If you have any questions, I'm happy to field them for you! Thank you!
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Can administer oral medicine
Special Needs Accommodated
  • Pets recovering from surgery
  • Separation anxiety
  • Leash Pulling

Colleen H.

19 Reviews
12 Repeat Guests
$48/night
Other Sitters Nearby
  • 1 day notice required for bookings
  • Responds within 4 hours
  • Cancellation Policy:
    Moderate

Availability

  • Available
  • Unavailable
  • 1 Spot Left
  • Booked
  • Last updated December 5, 2016

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Course 101 Graduate
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Services & Rates

Boarding Overnight At Colleen's Home
$48 /night
  • Watches up to 2 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 Colleen's Home
$30 /day
  • Watches up to 2 dogs/day
Home Visits
$35 /visit
  • Willing to travel 5 miles
Pick-Up/Drop-Off
$25 each way
  • Willing to travel 5 miles
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19 Reviews
Colleen took great care of our pup. She had a great time. Thank you so much!
My puppy loves to go to play at Colleen's home. Her own dog, Violet, and two boys are so much fun for my boy - he's always happy to arrive there and never really wants to leave! Colleen also has wonderful "guests" that are loads of fun for our boy to play with. He comes home completely tapped out. Yay!
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After meeting Colleen we felt very comfortable leaving our puppy Harper with her. We were able to enjoy our day knowing Harper was in good hands. Harper had a great time and we know she can't wait to go back and play with Colleen and friends.
Colleen and her sons did a great job with Liberty. She is a timid dog and they were very loving and accommodating to help make her feel comfortable and assimilate to the other dogs. Definitely would recommend to others.
Colleen and her family treated Bear like a member of their family. He "bearly" wanted to come home. Will be using Colleen many times over the coming years.
We left our Cavalier King Charles, Baxter, with Colleen for three nights while we attended friend's wedding in Northern CA. Colleen is great! She started sending us photos right away, along with comments telling us how he was getting along...all much appreciated! You can tell she loves dogs and Baxter gravitated to her right away...highly recommend!
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Colleen was a huge blessing to find for us! I could not have been more happy with leaving our dog with her for a week. What's great is she works from home so our dog is not left alone for long and her dog, Violet, is the sweetest thing. Colleen kept us updated on how he was doing, sent us photos of him playing with the dogs and would respond back to be quickly when I had a question on how he was doing too. Our dog had such a blast being there and I know he received so much love and attention from not only her, but her boys too. I am so thankful to have found her as our dog sitter and I know our dog will be so happy the next time he returns!
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Our dogs were so happy in such a kind environment .
Loved all the pictures and constant updates from Colleen. She has a great backyard for hosting all the dogs and there was lots of communication. Chestnut is definitely looking forward to his next stay!
My energetic puppy, Lava, had the time of his life with Colleen and her family and various pups. Their home is well outfitted for dogs with a good-sized back yard and room to play indoors, too.

He had a two night stay and came back happy but pooped!

Colleen sent adorable pictures of our boy playing and showing off the toys he'd gotten into. I will definitely take Lava back for more fun
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We have a 13 year old rescue dog named Cloie. Cloie loved Colleen and her family right away. We really feel that she was well taken care of. Thanks Colleen!
Colleen was great! Easy to book, very welcoming home and family, and sent cute picture updates of our pup while we were away. Would recommend her to anyone! Our pup had a great time and will be back soon!
This was Gorsie's first day care with Colleen and she loved it She told me that Colleen was really nice and she would be glad to go back. I, also, found Colleen to be very nice and easy to deal with. I highly recommend her.
Colleen and her crew were amazing! From the moment Sunny, our dog, walked into her house.. Sunny had found a friend in Colleen's dog, Violet. The house and yard was dog friendly, Colleen obviously loves dogs and immediately put me at ease.

The happy picture of Sunny that Colleen sent, reinforced to me that Sunny was in a happy safe dog camp :-)

I highly recommend Colleen!
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Colleen and her family took great care of our dog. Wonderful, loving and nurturing family of dog lovers! Will use again.
Colleen is amazing! She is charming and really understands dogs. Nothing is too much trouble to her. She has a beautiful home which she has opened to other peoples' beloved dogs and I cannot thank her enough! The reservation was easy to make and the "vacay discussion guide" very helpful - and the cost was most reasonable. I would board my elderly Labrador with Colleen again in a heartbeat. Thank you, Colleen!
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Even though I had a great trip to New York to meet my latest Grandson, I am convinced that Lola and Benicio had the better deal. Violet is such a fund and sweet Host Dog that especially Benicio bonded to right away. With Colleen's two boys basically joining the canine crew it was Heaven for my Pubs.
Lola and Benicio can not wait until the next time I am sure.
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Colleen is great! Nikki can't wait to go back and visit her...she feels right at home and loves her boys, too! Thank you so much for a great stay.
Colleen and her sons were GREAT hosts to my dog. They sent daily updates and were very attentive to Lip. My pooch is looking forward to another doggy play date soon!
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