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Katherine L.
Clayton, CA 94517
78 Reviews
56 Repeat Guests
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  • Same day bookings are OK
  • Responds within a few days
  • 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 Pets OK for House Sitting
Dogs, Cats, Fish, Rabbits, gerbils, hamsters, or pet rodents, Caged birds, Reptiles

Katherine 's Resident Pets

Australian Cattle Dog
8 yr 10 mo old
2 yr 10 mo old
Other Pets & Animals: Cats, Chicken, ducks, turkeys, or other birds

Katherine 's House

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Children at home (5-12 years old)
Large Yard
100% fenced & locked
Smoke-free home
Pets allowed on furniture
Air-conditioned inside
Great for senior pets
Dog door access

About Katherine

25 Years Experience Caring For Dogs
Hello, my name is Katherine and I am a stay at home mom with a working husband and two energetic animal loving daughters. I attended California State University of Sacramento to obtain an undergraduate degree in biological science. Throughout my life I have always loved all types of animals and cared for them as well. Many different types in fact such as dogs, cats, horses, reptiles and birds. In the past I have volunteered at the Sacramento State University animal vivarium prior to moving to the Bay Area. I also have experience volunteering at "Cats about Town"; cleaning, playing, fostering and bottle feeding kittens.

Our house will be your dogs house away from home. They will have room to play and lay. Walking distance to parks and trails at the base of Mt. Diablo. Adventure in all corners of the yard from the chicken coup to the wood pile. In the large open yard there are two automatic waterers. One waterer is the lick style and the other is an elevated automatic bowl. When it's time to relax and go to sleep they will come Inside the living room of the house where we have large pet beds and independent kennels If your pet prefers their own domain. Our family dogs stay in the same living room with yours. No preferential treatment here. On rainy days this is also the place to hang out and stay dry.

If you have any questions, please ask. We understand that your dog is an extension of your family and dropping him or her off with strangers is unsettling. We want to take that unsettling feeling away and let you know that we truly care for the welfare of your family member.

Please check in with me if my calendar says I am booked. If you are in doubt feel free to message me.

I am available for early morning drop off, around 6:30 am is the earliest. The latest time for pickup is 8:00 pm, but we can discuss this further depending on the day of the week. Also the overnight rate is for a 24 hour period. If you need a morning drop off and a late pickup, I would adjust the stay to include a day rate. The day rate is for a 9 our period (example 8-5).
If you have any questions feel free to ask.

Thank you.
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Can administer oral medicine
Can administer injected medicine
CPR / First-Aid certified
Special Needs Accommodated
  • Pets recovering from surgery
  • Leash Pulling
  • Advanced senior issues
Katherine L.
Clayton, CA 94517
78 Reviews
56 Repeat Guests
Other Sitters Nearby
  • Same day bookings are OK
  • Responds within a few days
  • Cancellation Policy:


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  • Last updated October 20, 2016


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Services & Rates

Boarding Overnight At Katherine 's Home
$50 /night
  • Watches up to 2 dogs/night
  • Dogs will never be left unattended
  • Dogs will have full access outside for potty breaks
  • 0 walk/day
  • Pets will sleep in their own beds
House Sitting Overnight At Your Home
$100 /night
  • Dogs may be unsupervised for 1 - 2 hours/day
  • Willing to travel 15 miles
Daycare At Katherine 's Home
$40 /day
  • Watches up to 2 dogs/day
Home Visits
$30 /visit
  • Willing to travel 15 miles
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78 Reviews
Katherine was amazing. She sent us really cute pictures of our dog, Hippa, and kept us in the loop as to how she was doing. We were really able to relax on our vacation because we felt so reassured that Hippa was down well. Thank you!!!
My dog loved it there! I almost felt bad taking back home. I have a great pyrenees, about 100 lbs, so he needs more than an average dog.

Katherine's home had a huge backyard, double gates so the dogs had no chance of escaping and she owned another large dog that quickly became my dog's new bff.

An overall great experience and I'd definitely use her again! :)
Our first time using this app and we loved our pick! She's super friendly and her home was welcoming and pet friendly as well. We super appreciated that she accepted our visit last minute, literally within 20 mins. We were able to enjoy our day out without worries; she responded in a timely fashion. Great environment for kids to play with the animals, large fenced yard. Eva is a very shy one but we can tell she enjoyed her stay and felt very loved!
Katherine and her family are the best! The only people that I trust to watch our 2 dogs:)
Opie had a great time exploring the large yard and meeting other dogs. Katherine was great answering my questions as this was our first time with DogVacay. We appreciated the peace of mind while we were away on vacation. Thanks Katherine!
Bo had a great time! He was super happy :) Katherine was kind enough to accommodate us at the last minute. Thanks!!
My dog's first stay with Katherine was for an 8 day vacation while we were on a cruise. I had to have complete confidence in her care since I would be out of phone and wifi range during most of the stay. Katherine's house is fully set up for dogs. A huge backyard where the dogs could play all day and the whole garage for beds and sleep area at night. Perfect for large dogs like mine but she has an area for small dogs too. Katherine sent several pictures a day and Scooby came home happy and well rested. Will definitely use her again
Everything was great! We're always a little nervous boarding our dog anywhere because he's 1. obsessed with people and 2. timid around other dogs. But we figured he needed some socialization so a home with a few other dogs would be good for him. Katherine was great, she introduced us and our dog to her giant pup and they seemed to hit it off pretty well. She kept in contact via text and sent some photos as well. Our golden came home happy and exhausted (always a good thing). We'll be repeat customers :)
Was very disappointed this time. Picked up my dog to find him bleeding with two puncture wounds, scratches down his face and his ear torn. The wounds are obviously from a dog attack. But she tried to tell me it was self inflicted from him trying to get out a door and tearing at door trim. Even the vet said they looked like dog fight wounds. He now has 8 sutures in his ear and three staples in head. She has a very large dog and who knows how many others dogs where there during the same time. Things happen and dogs can get it to it. But really you need to be honest. I called 20 minutes before I arrived she could have told me what to expect then. I wish I could share the pictures here , It is clearly not self inflected. I had a friend use Katherine and she was very unhappy as well said that when she picked up her dog there were eight other dogs there and Katherine wasn't there just her husband who hardly gave her the time of day. As always people these are our fur-babies and you need to be very leery.
Katherine is always are go to person when our dog Sawyer needs a doggy sitter. She is the best. Again, we left him with her while mommy & daddy had a little weekend get away. He did great! As always, every time coming home, he's always passed out! Thank you again Katherine!
Five stars are just not enough!!!Wish I could give all there in the sky!!! First let me tell about our baby Ceaser. Ceaser is a nearly 2 yr old GSD. We have shifted from India a few months back and the entire process had left him slightly insecure. So before going for the trip we were super worried. We searched for sitters for almost a month and half. From all the experience what I have learnt is that loving animals can't be a job, it has to be your passion. After meeting nearly half a dozen sitters on different sites we had totally given up nd then we met Katherine. We actually had no hope left but the moment we met her,we knew we had met the best!!! As a person she is fabulous, full of energy, positive and all the good qualities you can think of. As a sitter, she has a huge and clean place and is extremely passionate about what she is doing. Most importantly, she understands the canine behaviours very well. Wow....I am so impressed. Brandy, her dog is so well trained and calm. I can see Ceaser has learnt so much from him already. I am so happy to have met Katherine. Can't thank God enough!!!
Katherine, as well as her husband and two daughters, are the best. I left Cali for a day trip and I was pleased with how they handled my very finicky dog. I will definitely be using them again.
Katherine truly did take the "unsettled" feeling out of having to leave our dog. We were very comfortable leaving her with Katherine and received lots of pictures while we were away. It was our first Dog Vacay experience and we'd definitely do it again.
Katherine has a comfortable and safe environment for dogs small and large. Charlie was quite happy there.
Troupe's stay with Katherine was amazing as always! Thank you so much, Katherine!
Katherine is wonderful and we always feel good leaving out dog with her. Thanks so much, Katherine!
Katherine is very friendly and her yard is great for dogs. Our two dogs stayed overnight and now are home napping so they had a great time. Thank you Katherine.
Katherine and Peter were great with our dogs; It was so nice knowing we could leave them and they were in capable hands. Cheyenne had surgery a few days prior to the stay; and I was 100% at ease knowing that they were being taken care of Katherine and Peter were watching her. We will definitely be using them again!
Another great stay at his home away from home.
Amazing place amazing people! Thank you so much for taking care of our pup. Katherine and Pete were great for our 5 month old. Big yard! She was so happy when we picked her up :) Plus we met Coco the lamb who was adorable and very friendly! Thanks for the fresh eggs too guys!
Katherine is amazing. She has a genuine heart for animals, and is someone who I truly enjoyed talking to. I trust her completely with my lab Kenny. He left her place so happy and tired! He didn't stop lab smiling for almost 24 hours. She totally rocks. I would recommend her to anyone!
We had a crazy weekend planned and it was difficult to coordinate schedules as Katherine was not going to be available at the time we needed to drop Rocket off. She was very accomodating and we were able to work it out.

Rocket is very shy still and when I came to pick him up he had his typical reaction... he did not want to come in until he heard me calling him, then he rushed over. We stood and talked (my family and hers), and her husband called Rocket, who ran from me to him, wagging his tail and then sitting in front of him, leaning into his legs while he got petted and scratched. This totally won me over. They may cost a bit more than some other options, but the fact that Rocket seemed to think that this was family was a deal sealer.

I got pictures of Rocket playing with their dog the morning after dropping him off... a very nice surprise. I think that his future stays with them will be great.
We left our puppy Barney with Katherine's family for two days and he absolutely loved it. Katherine was very welcoming during our meet.n greet and hence I was very comfortable leaving our puppy with her. Katherine's home is perfect for dogs. She has an amazing backyard where the dogs play and a great space inside her home for the dogs to hangout and sleep. She has two adorable pooches and Barney took to them instantly. During our trip Katherine kept us updated with pictures of Barney, which was very reassuring. Would definitely leave Barney with katherine again. Simply pawsome!
Katherine is an excellent host and we always feel comfortable leaving Troupe with her and her family. Thank you for another great visit, Katherine!
The yard is big for any size of dog to roam around, and the setting is very inviting. It will definitely be my dog Jackie's second/vacation home again in the future. Thanks.
Katherine and her family have taken care of Maxey several times now. He is 10 years old and has gotten fussy, but is always so happy to be with the Katherine crew. I never have to worry while he is there; I know all is well. He loves the huge back yard & always new friends to play with. Oh yes... Katherine and her family are people friendly too. :) It just feels like home.
My eight month old German Shepherd Dog thoroughly enjoyed her stay with Katherine and had to be leashed up to leave after her first 3-night stay. I really liked Katherine from the first time I met her during a meet 'n greet with my pup. She was relaxed and confident around the dogs she was watching and had experience with large breed, and really active dogs and puppies. The only thing I was worried about when I left my pup for the weekend, was whether she was going to behave well enough to be able to stay with Katherine and her family again. I'm thrilled that I've found a safe and fun place for my dog to be when I'm away... or when my dog needs a vacay with a nice pack of dogs and her new surrogate family.
We were extremely happy with the dogsitting services from Katherine and her family. Kona, our 10-mo old GSD had fun playing with her 2 dogs in her huge backyard that she was knocked out when we picked her up! Katherine regularly sent me updates and photos of our dog at play. She was very accommodating and flexible with her schedule. If you are looking for someone to trust your dogs with while you are away, you should check her out.
Katherine was an awesome doggie sitter! This was my 1st time using the service so I set up a meet & greet before hand, and my puppy got along very well with hers. She was very welcoming toward my husband and I and seemed to have a genuine love for animals in general. In fact, she has 2 dogs of her own and at least ten chickens in a coup. I'll admit this fact was a little daunting as well, but her 2 young daughters, 2 dogs and any guest have plenty of room to play in her Hugh backyard. A+++
Another awesome stay for our girl Abbey! She loves staying with Katherine and comes home nice and exhausted!
This was our first time leaving our pup (6 months) while we had an out of town party to attend. Katherine answered any questions we had prior to leaving him and she let us know via text and photos how he was doing while we were gone. They were so accommodating to us when we were late picking up our dog due to our flights being delayed. Definitely a great 5 star experience :)
Katherine and family are AWESOME! Their property is perfect and more importantly they love animals. I have already booked our pups next visit with Katherine and family!
We were so happy to have found a wonderful host for our loving dog Rue! Katherine and her family took very good care of him and treated him just like their own! We came home and he was happy and healthy. Thank you so much Katherine!! It's such a relief to know that when we travel Rue has a home and a family that will take good care of him.
Katherine and her family were extremely welcoming during our meet and greet. My two westies absolutely loved her imediately. They absolutely got along with her dogs, which was such a relief as my girl dog can be very picky on who she gets along with. I was very happy and comfortable leaving them with her and her family while I was away for a few days and she was able to send me photos of them every day. I missed them so it was perfect and I knew they were in good hands. I would definitely leave them with her again if I went on another trip. Thank you so much Katherine!
I'll just say dog is spoiled!! So it's really hard for me to leave him with other people because I fear that 1. They won't understand or accept his spoiled nature like I do and 2. This will make him feel bad and unloved. LOL. Silly, I know, but it's the truth. I'm ECSTATIC to say that Katherine really took wonderful care of my Sampson while I was on vacation in Hawaii. She actually sent a pic of him sleeping next to her on the couch. The other dogs were all on the floor (SPOILED)--it made me smile. It also allowed me to relax and enjoy my vacation knowing that he was getting the love and attention he needs.

Katherine was also very patient with me. There was some last minute changes about when I would pick him up...and even a late night fiasco where I got a flat tire from the airport. She was very accommodating and understanding.

I would definitely let Sampson stay with her again. It was a very positive experience.
5 star service as usual :-)
Once again, Katherine did it again. This was Sawyer's 2nd time staying with Katherine and her family. We got him back and again, knocked out!! She told us that he was playing non stop with their dog Brandy, and it shows he had such a great time! Very easy going with drop off and pick up times. Also it's great that she just lives up the hill from where located, very convenient! Will definitely keep her in the books! Can't thank her enough!
Katherine and her family are always wonderful. My dog gets the best of care and is happy. I highly recommend this home to anyone.
We were so pleased with Troupe's stay at Katherine's house over our Thanksgiving holiday. She and her family are so kind and I was super confident leaving our beloved lab with them. I am so happy we found Katherine and look forward to another time that Troupe can make a visit!
Katherine and her family have a great place and Izzy apparently played his little heart out.
Katherine was awesome! We had never left our 10 month old puppy before and she had never been around other dogs so we were a little nervous! Katherine was very reassuring and willing to take her! She sent us a few pictures of Abbey having fun and playing with other dogs which put us at ease! When we picked up our girl she was so tired, I can only assume from playing all weekend with her new furry friends! I definitely would recommend Katherine and love the Dog vacay site!
Katherine was an awesome doggy sitter for our 10month old German Shepherd Sawyer!! She knew how to manage his puppy behavior very well and what was a plus is that her dog Brandy is the same age. I was nervous that he wasn't going to get along with the other dogs, but she updated us continuously on how he was doing and progressing. And sent is pictures as well! When we picked him back up, all the other dogs appeared sad that he was leaving and so was Sawyer! It showed he had a great time with Katherine. She guaranteed us that he will be lazy and tired for a few days. No kidding! Right when we got home, he passed out!! Katherine is definitely a keeper and we'll continue to book with her. She is a must!
We recently left Riva (an 8 year old Great Dane) with Katherine for 6 nights. We received photos of her enjoying herself and heard that she had really made herself at home. When I arrived to pick her up, Riva was reluctant to leave. She enjoyed her stay and also playing with all sizes and breeds of other dogs. Thank you, Katherine!
Awesome host. I will definitely take my puppy again. Katherine was very sweet, warm and helpful. My puppy was very comfortable there and he had a blast. Highly recommended.
We love Katherine L and would not leave our dog with anyone else. She is like family and we consider her and her family as such. Love, Love, Love the care they give our precious dog.
Everything with Katherine went great from the pre stay meeting to scheduling the time to pick up my dog, couldn't have been more pleasant or easier to work with!
Katherine and her family took excellent care of my dog. I had to travel unexpectantly, so it was short notice. My dog loved her dog and the huge beautiful backyard. I got nice communication from her every day I was gone. I would highly recommend her as a good caretaker to anyone, and will be happy to return my dog at any time.
My furbaby boarded two sets of 5-night stays and I couldn’t be more pleased with how accommodating Katherine was with my schedule. Not to mention how excited my pup was the moment I reached the circular-turn section. And his entire body wiggled when we were greeted by Katherine. There’s no doubt my pup loves spending time with Katherine’s family and the pack. I know exactly who to call should my pup needs a safe and fun place to stay. Thank you so much Katherine for taking care of all guest pups as your own.
My four pups had a great time. We got updates and pictures regularly. Katherine treated them like they were her own. We will definitely will use her again when visiting family in the area. Thank you Katherine for everything you did.
Katherine made me feel very comfortable leaving my 4 legged child with her. She has a awesome yard and home layout, it was perfect for Nima to run around and get all of her energy out. Katherine sent me pictures multiple days, showing all the love she was getting from her daughters. Nima ran out of food and Katherine took the time to successfully find the exact food that Nima ate without me having to tell her. I plan on bringing Nima back to her in the future.
Katherine and her family were the best! Cookie has had previous stays at a traditional kennel and with another dogsitter, but she never seemed as relaxed and happy, when we retrieved her, as when we got her back from Katherine's place! There, she was able to run around their big backyard and play with all the other dogs, while still going out on walks with Katherine and her husband. Katherine was great to communicate with, always responding promptly- she was extremely easy to work with. Would I ever have Cookie stay there again? Absolutely!
Katherine has been a godsend in boarding my family members and allowing me the piece of mind to take a vacation and time away without the worry and anxiety of whether they are being well cared for or not. She and her family are great with my dogs and many people talk about sending photos during a pet stay, and she certainly does it.
We had a great experience using Katherine to take care of our furbaby, Tula. Katherine was flexible with the pick-up and drop off times and sent us lots of photo updates! She was very responsive via text and email. Her daughters were great with our small dog (so no worries there!). Her home was our dog's home for the weekend, which we appreciated - no gating off and locking up the dogs to be in a certain area type of thing. She also has a great backyard space for the dogs to explore and play. We'd highly recommend her and will definitely be back.
Shifu had a great time with Katherine and her family.. The family clearly loves animals and he came back happy and exhausted :) . he had a great time playing with the other pups .. Katherine has a very nice yard and the pups have plenty of space to play around! I am going back there again for sure!
We had a Meet-N- Greet a week prior to overnight stay. When we arrived, Katherine welcomed and made us feel right at home. When we got to the backyard, I just knew my pup is going to thank and love me even more! :)

Last night’s stay went fantastic! Katherine updated and let me know how my pup was doing throughout the stay. Running and running after tennis balls with the pack, snuggling on a doggie bed watching a movie with the family, just relaxing outside after breakfast… He was cheerful and socializing with Katherine’s so cute daughters and a guest dog when I picked him up. He’s been sleeping like a baby since we got home. I think he’s dreaming about when he can go back and play with really cool new friends. Thank you so much Katherine. We’ll be back soon!
We have used her over and over again and we will continue to do so. Amazing family that is totally into animals. So very happy we found them.
Katherine and her husband are very nice and friendly people, we are lucky to find them to board our dog, Emma. We feel that she really was a part of their family for the period of time she spent at Kathierine's. When we were picking up Emma, the hosts' daughter sat in our car still petting Emma, that fact says more than a lot if words ...Thanks a lot, guys!!
Katherine was absolutely wonderful. The endless pictures of my happy pup made the 13 days away from him bearable. We can't thank you enough!
Katherine was very nice with our dog Pepper. She made Pepper "feel at home" away from home. :)
Great family and super care of our pet! We really appreciate Katherine and her family. Will have our dog stay here again....
Katherine is awesome! She took care our two Boston Terrier boys just like hers. She is very experienced in dog sitting. Extra security was added for our smaller dogs. I will definitely book with her again!
Great experience. We plan to ask Katherine again to watch Ollie.
Katherine was great. She sent me photos every day which was a very nice surprise and also allowed me to relax knowing my dogs were in such wonderful care.

She also walked my dogs down to my home to drop them off when we were back from vacation. Watching out baby, her flexibility in dropping them off was a welcome surprise.
It's difficult to review something when trying to speak for a dog but Ollie was not terribly excited to see us - almost like she didn't want to go home. Thanks Katherine & Family! We hope to see you again soon.
Our dog had one night at Katherine's house. Everything was easy - setting pick up /drop off time, Katherine and her husband respond very quickly to any requests and inquiries.
Our dog was exhausted after playing with the other dogs during her stay. It was a very good experience.
It was all great!
Katherine is great! She took care of our 6 month old Great Dane puppy and he loved his dog vacay! We'll be seeing Katherine for our next trip away.
Katherine was fantastic.
They were very responsive and went out of the way to accommodate our schedule.
took great care of my dog while I was on vacation. She is perfect dog lovers and was very good in sending me pictures and updating me.
I highly recommend her!!
Coco has stayed with Katherine twice now and had a great time.
Our regular Dogvacay sitter was not available watch my dog Hugo, so I had about a week to find new sitter. So we did a meet and greet with Katherine. She was very friendly and very capable handling the menagerie of animals that she had at her house. I felt very comfortable leaving Hugo with her. Also, her home is very neatly set up for dog sitting, so that I really did not need to bring
much other than dog food for Hugo. I think Hugo had a very good time with Katherine and her family!
King's home away from home
King loves it there!!
This was the first time we've left our furry family member Cody with someone else, so we were really concerned about finding the perfect fit. Katherine was fantastic! She hosted a meet and greet with a tour, addressing our questions and concerns while Cody became familiar with the surroundings. Katherine's set up is perfect for hosting and she was happy to accommodate specific instructions for care and feeding. She is also very well tuned to dogs, observing personalities/interactions and adjusting conditions as needed. The regular pictures and e-mails on status were also greatly appreciated, reassuring us that Cody was happy and content. We also really appreciated Katherine's flexibility on scheduling. Wonderful host with a great set up...highly recommended!
She is THE BEST!!!!!! I think Caly wants to live with them. She is glad to see us when we return, but she looks back when she has to leave. It is truly a vacation for Caly and we always, always feel good about leaving her there.
Amazing! It was our dog Hippa's first time away from us and we were nervous as she has severe separation anxiety. Katherine recommended that we bring Hippa over to her house a few days before so that she could get acquainted—great idea! Katherine kept us informed nearly every day with pictures and little tidbits about how Hippa was doing. When Hippa got a slight ear infection, Katherine let us know right away and did an ear rinse once a day. Hippa got along really well with Katherine's dog, Brandy, too. All in all, knowing that Hippa was in such capable hands let us really enjoy our vacation and we loved knowing that she was having a great time too. We will definitely think of Katherine first the next time we decide to go on vacation.
Katherine is awesome, King loves her & her family. She is definitely my #1 sitter.
This family is amazing. They went way beyond when taking care of our Caly. We are using her again soon. Do not hesitate to use this family they are loving, conscientious and responsible. I don't think Caly wanted to leave.
Awesome host!
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