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stephen s.

95 Reviews
58 Repeat Guests
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  • Same day bookings are OK
  • Responds within 4 hours
  • 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

stephen's Resident Pets

8 old
Yuki Murasaki Shikibu
7 old
11 old

stephen's House

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About stephen

12 Years Experience Caring For Dogs
I take my female yellow lab to the dog park twice a day; she would enjoy more company. I know that it is sometimes hard to find someone to sit my dog, so I figure I should offer to help out. Last minute situations are fine if I am available. My house has completely enclosed back yard to hang out and comfortable couches [unless that is a no-no for your dog]. I know when I am away I don't want to have to worry about my dog; you don't have to worry about yours.

I do not take Pit Bulls or Pit Bull Mix dogs. Prefer 3 day stay, but often take for longer or shorter. While I send regular updates, I don't send daily updates/photos.

I charge for the day you drop off and the day you pick up. I don't bill by hours you are here.

This includes the twice daily walks to the park, feedings, scratching and petting on the couch and sleeping on my bed if they desire. Happy to give medications.

I don't reserve your dates on the calendar until you have reserved with credit card at DogVacacy to insure first committed, first served. Suggest reservation ahead as my calendar fills quickly and I don't take lots of dogs. This is especially true around holidays. Despite DV's policies, I only take two dogs at a time to insure plenty of individual care and attention for you pet. So my calendar may look open when it is not.

Must do a Meet/Greet before bookings.
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Can administer oral medicine
Special Needs Accommodated
  • Separation anxiety

stephen s.

95 Reviews
58 Repeat Guests
Other Sitters Nearby
  • Same day bookings are OK
  • Responds within 4 hours
  • Cancellation Policy:


  • Available
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  • 1 Spot Left
  • Booked
  • Last updated February 6, 2017


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Services & Rates

Boarding Overnight At stephen's Home
$25 /night
  • Watches up to 3 dogs/night
  • Dogs may be unsupervised for 2 - 4 hours/day
  • Dogs will have full access outside for potty breaks
  • 2 walks/day
  • Pets can sleep wherever they want
$40 /bath
95 Reviews
Stephen was fantastic. We had a brief meet and greet before scheduling our pup's stay. Our dog is usually nervous around people she does not know, but she had got along great with Stephen. Stephen was very flexible with drop off and pick up times and sent us an update over the long weekend to let us know all was well. Overall, will definitely use Stephen again in the future!
Stephen was great with Lily. We were always very comfortable with her staying at his house, she got frequent walks to the dog park and he even let her sleep on the couch/under blankets (her favorite). She came back home happy and well rested. We were very pleased with the stay and will definitely use him again soon!
Stephen always takes care of our Ridgeback - she loves going there! He's adept at giving her meds and the right amount of exercise and attention.
This was our first time using DogVacay. As proud fur-baby parents, we found it hard to leave our pup for the weekend.

Stephen was absolutely excellent, and his calm demeanor immediately put us at ease. He was perfect with our small dog (even though he has a larger dog). The photographs he sent us of Mr. Bear. enjoying his stay confirmed that we made the right decision to have him stay with Stephen. Stephen is really knowledgeable when it comes to dogs, and we agree with earlier reviews that he is the dog whisperer. Mr. Bear returned in a wonderful mood, much different from when he's returned from a stay at the kennel. Thank you Stephen, for letting us enjoy our weekend away care free!
Edmund seems to have had a great time and was well taken care of at Stephen's place.
Stephen is a prince among men! My dog stayed with him for over a week while we were on vacation, and even in her times of questionable behavior, was very well-loved by her host. Stephen is a dog whisperer and my dog seems a little sad that we are back home. I try to keep the comforted by reminding her that we will see Stephen next time we go on vacation!
Stephen was great with my fur baby, Noki! He sent pictures often and Noki looked so happy. I could tell that Noki loved staying with Stephen. I will definitely have Noki stay there again!
Stephen took great care of our 2 furry babies! We cannot thank him enough. Both our dogs are happy. We bumped into Stephen at the dog park and our dogs were so happy to see him. Thanks again Stephen!
We've boarded our two big northern breeds with him twice, and have been impressed with his calm and command around them. They get daily walks and dog park time, and free range of his wonderful house and backyard. Yuki is a sweetheart and a good playmate as well. Each time we pick up our dogs, they come back happy and well taken care of. We would whole-heartedly recommend Stephen.
Stephen takes great care of our dog and we continue to use his services every time we are away. It is truly a vacation for our dog when he stays with Stephen!
Luna had a great time! She came home happy and tired. Would definitely book with Stephen again!
Tugboat stayed with Stephen and Yuki for 12 days. It was easy to get in touch with Stephen and I loved the photos and updates he sent so we knew Tugboat was in good hands! Thanks for letting us enjoy our vacation worry-free!
This was the second time using Stephen, and we couldn't be happier.
Our dog has a great time there, gets lots of love and attention.
Stephen has been very good about sending us updates on how are dog is doing during his stay.
We will always go back to Stephen from now on!
My dog stayed 13 days at Stephen's house. She looked very happy from the pictures Stephen sent to me. Stephen has a lot experience with dogs. I feel very comfortable to leave my dog to him. I am glad to find a home away from home for my Mabel.
Our two pups were super happy and cheerful when we picked them up. Stephen & Yuki took such good care of them during the 11 day stay.
Our pooch had a wonderful stay. Thanks!
Stephen is awesome! Jake was really happy and love all the pictures he sent us through out Jake's boarding.
This was our first time using dog vacay and Rex seemed to have a great weekend stay with Stephen while we were out of town! We also loved the daily photo updates.
Terrific experience for dog and owner! Stephen has a great space, clearly loves dogs, and was totally flexible about everything. We picked up a healthy, well-fed, well-exercised dog, with tail wagging.
Steve is very thorough and thoughtful and despite being the tiny ones in the crew - they had fun and enjoyed the adventure. Frequent dog park runs and socializing with other pups were a plus!
Stephen was wonderful with Sophie. She was not feeling to great when we had to leave for a wedding, but Stephen keep us up-to-date everyday and took good care of her. When we returned we found a happy and healthy Sophie. Thank you Stephen!
Stephen was great! So thankful that we could leave Olive in his care while we were away for an extended time.
Izzy had a great stay again.
We have used Dogvacay for several years now and been very pleased. Our 2 rescue dogs feel right at home with Stephen and Yuki. It's very comforting to know they are in good hands while we are gone. Thank you Stephen.
Stephen is great with dogs, easy to work with and has a friendly yellow lab named Yuki. He works from home and has a nice size yard. Thank you Stephen!
My dog had a great time playing with all the other dogs @ Stephen's house. She was so tired from all that playing; she basically crashed when she got home. She definitely had a Dogvacation and we felt she was well cared for!! Stephen also sent photos of the dogs.
Steve was really nice of taking Pita in such a short notice. Pita had a really good time.
Although my dog had some problems with his behavior, Stephen put up with him. I could visit my parents with no worries thanks to him.
All was great! Thank you, Stephen!!
Stephen truly is an amazing person + sitter! Our dog (Louie) is a lot to handle, but Stephen handled him like a champ, with plenty of affection and positive charge. My husband and I were taking a vacation for a few weeks, so we thought our pup would be better in a home with good people and furry friends. This is our first time using DogVacay and Stephen, and the whole experience has wayyyy wowed us. Stephen was awesome at communicating with us through messages and photos during our vacay, letting us know about our pups behavior and asking us questions to ensure Louie's happiness/well-being. It melted our hearts to see adorable photo updates of Louie and Stephen's pack, chilling at the park and chilling at home. You can tell Stephen truly does love dogs, and is legit at taking care of them. Stephen + Yuki (his sweet & adorable lab) are the absolute best!
My pup is really shy and easy to scare. But when I picked him up, he was so happy and showed me the bone that he'd robbed from poor Louie... Stephen and his 2 dogs are always really nice to my pup, and I have absolute trust in them!
Stephen is a wonderful pet sitter. He is very understanding of dogs and their temperaments. I think my pup came home much more comfortable with other dogs than she was before the vacation. I hope our calendars align for me to leave Kylie with him again!
My dog had a great time staying with Stephen and Yuki. It was a long stay and we were pleased to know she was in good paws while we were away.
Stephen is a great dog sitter and Jake is always happy after his visit with him. I recommend Stephen for any dog care needs! He`s great!
Stephen and Yuki are the great and reliable dog sitters! My 1.5 year-old puppy is easily afraid of new people and circumstances. But thanks to them, he looked very healthy and relaxed when I picked him up. I definately recommend them as the guardian of your furry friends!
Thanks you, Stephen and Yuki!
Our dog always enjoys a visit to Stephen & Yuki's - great home/yard set up for dogs. Thank you Stephen.
This will be the third time Cindi and Olive have stayed with Stephen. We get updates and pictures and appreciate that very much. The dogs are well taken care of and seem relaxed when we return. They get along well with Yuki. We feel it is a much better option than leaving our dogs at a kennel. We would definitely recommend it. Thanks Stephen.
This was our first time using Dogvacay - Stephen was great, very warm and welcoming. Our puppy Jake had a great stay - he was not anxious or stressed when we picked him up - he was our happy puppy dog. Thank you Stephen for having Jake - definitely recommend him to those looking for a great dog sitter!
Always a great stay at Stephen's -- Loki's second home!
Stephen was great! Enjoyed the meet and greet and chance for our wire fox terrier rescue to meet Yuki! Alice played and enjoyed herself with two dogs, and Stephen was a wonderful host and patient with her excitement and play. Thanks Stephen!
Another wonderful stay with Stephen and Yuki! Vinnie seemed very happy and well adjusted when we picked him up. He loves going to the dog park two times a day! Thank you, Stephen for takin such good care of our buddy.
Stephen is a fantastic host! My ridgeback gets plenty of exercise and attention and comes back happy every time.
Loki is one lucky dog! He got to stay with Stephen, Yuki and company for three weeks while we traveled abroad. It was wonderful for us to know that Loki was in good hands for such a long period. Stephen kept us updated with information and photos, and Loki apparently had a great time!
Stephen is a wonderful host. My dog, Qilin, has a great time living in his house with his super cute and friendly dog Yuki while I was on vacation for 11 days. He took great care of Qilin every day. He took him to the dog park every morning, and took pictures of him having fun with his ball and other dogs. He also volunteered to take Qilin to a bath when he noticed him itching around and he found the flea bump hidden in the hair. I feel really assuring and happy leaving Qilin with him.
Stephen was an excellent host. He took Buddy to the dog park regularly, sent photo updates, and even let Buddy sleep in his bed! We will definitely reserve with Stephen again in the future.
Great as always! Thanks Stephen & Yuki!
I'm so blessed that Stephen takes good care of my dog and I have no worry leaving him with him. My dog gets so excited as we drive closer to his house as it is his own.
Great as always
Stephen was great with Zeus! My baby was the smallest pup there, but ran the show. Stephen sent pictures of Zeus holding court! It made me feel really good to see that he was ok while I was away. Will definitely use Stephen again!
Stephen was so accommodating and took great care of our guy. I felt completely at ease leaving him in Stephen's care. He was very attentive to his needs. I would definitely recommend him to others. Thank you Stephen!
Izzy had another great stay with Stephen!
Stephen took my 9yo Ridgeback for 5 days on very short notice. He gave her meds daily, two walks a day and let her take over Yuki's bed! I will use him again.
Stephen and Yuki are amazing! They have done wonder to our pup Moose, who is very fearful of men and strangers but after a few weeks was comfortable napping on Stephen's lap. Booking is always a breeze. When we could not pick up Moose one night due to an emergency, Stephen graciously offered to let Moose spend the night. He always came back to us exhausted and happy. Highly recommended!
Great stay as always. Buki and we thank you!
It's probably our 10th vacay with Stephen. He is a great host and Buster loves his stay every time. We look forward to another stay there for Buster! I highly recommend.
Stephen was great - twice daily trips to the dog park and a nice home and backyard for Kodiak to wander around in. We'll definitely look to him again the next time we need a dog sitter!
Our dog Izzy had a great time staying with Stephen and we look forward to boarding here again in the future!
Remy had a lovely overnight stay with the host. Thank you for providing such good care!
I have never had someone care for our dog so much. Stephan was so concerned about our pooch (she gets nervous and doesn't eat sometimes) that he hand fed her to make sure she was doing OK.

He will be my first call going forward as long as we live in the area.
Best dog boarding experience we have had so far! We felt the most comfortable boarding our dog with Stephen. He was extremely accommodating around our travel schedule. I would most definitely recommend him to anyone else I know needing a dog sitter and I would also go back to Stephen again to watch our dog Max. It can be hard finding a dog boarder that you can trust and feel comfortable leaving your dog with and Stephen is an excellent dog sitter.
As always, I came home to a happy well cared for dog. Stephen and Yuki are great!
Stephen was a great host and we look forward to the opportunity for Troupe to visit him again soon! Highly recommended!
We are repeat dogvaca'ers with Stephen. Bella loves him and he loves her (seems to anyway)!
Another great stay! Buki comes home happy and tired. I'm sure he has fun with Yuki and at the dog park. See you next time Stephen
Cocoa stayed with Stephen for 10 days, and it was so great to receive photos and notes from Stephen on how Cocoa was doing. I sure felt that Cocoa was in good hand. She looked happy and also relaxed in all the pictures! I am so glad I found Stephen!!
This was Jeter's second stay with Stephen, and again, he was awesome. Stephen took Jeter on short notice - maybe a few hours due to some things, but he was great about it and Yuki was of course so gentile and great too.

I can't say enough how great Stephen is!
Fantastic home setting for our lab. He probably doesn't want to leave.
Stephen did a great job taking care of Tango (a female medium labradoodle) for me. Yuki is a very calm and loving dog and got along with Tango. I think Stephen is a responsible and caring dog owner and I would trust him to take care of Tango again!
This was our first time leaving Buki with anyone. Stephen was great. Took a couple of pics and report on Buki's stay on this site along with a return phone call .Thanks Stephen. We will be back! Thanks again
Cleo returned home relaxed and happy. I could tell by the photos she had a good time at the dog park. Dropping her off and picking her up was very easy to negotiate and you could tell he cared about her well being.

I will definitely use Stephen again.
Another wonderful stay at Stephen's! Loki is a happy camper whenever he is lucky enough to stay here. Lots of dog park fun as well as palling around with Yuki.
Things went fine. My dog had fun. I would use him again.
We usually board Penny, but she always comes back a bit frazzled. After her stay with Stephen, she was her perky, usual self, and even seemed a bit bummed to leave! Loved getting pics and updates. Overall, perfect stay, and we're all happy!
Steven was great as usual. Baxter is high energy and he handles it in stride.
It was easy, I brought Baxter over to meet them. His drop/off pick up hours are flexible. Baxter was happy there.
This was the perfect place to take my lab. Stephen was so kind and made my dog feel at home. He definitely knows what he's doing and he's very good at it. Thanks, Stephen! We will definitely be back.
I am posting this review several months after our stay, but wanted to make sure to tell everyone what great care Stephen took of our 1 year old Golden.
Hutch had a great time playing with Stephen's dog Yuki. I also received daily pictures, which were much appreciated.
I would def recommend Stephen for you next "vacay".
Stephen took great care of our 1 year old Golden Retriever. We loved the pictures and updates he sent. I would definitely recommend Stephen.
Stephen was an awesome sitter!! loved how he posted pics during our vacation! Would definitely use him again! and plan to!
5 Stars as usual. Stephen has the best live-in situation for my two small pups. I can always be sure they'll be safe while I'm gone and have human companionship 24/7. Yuki is the sweetest and very gentle, well-mannered. Thank you, Stephen
Ran into Stephen's listing as a last minute cancellation left my girls without a sitter. Stephen was really open and flexible. Would definitely stay with him again!
We couldn't have asked for a better home for Camille. Stephen and his lovely lab Yuki are the perfect housemates. They took such good care of our precious one that she actually misses them. Stephen has the perfect set up for dogs and their friends. They have free and easy access to the back yard, get plenty of exercise in the near by park (Camille even went for a swim during her stay!) and get better personal attention than any hotel/boarding place I have seen. We are *definitely* going to bank on Stephen for our next doggie stay!
Stephen has a perfect setup for the pups. Indoor/outdoor access completely enclosed for even tiny dogs, and Stephen is there with them all day for company, walks and treats. Highly recommend Stephen and Yuki, who is a sweet gentle girl and gets along well with others. Made my next reservation for my two boys already.
This was the first time we used Dogvacay and I couldn't be happier about our experience. From the meet and greet to the overnight stay, we felt at ease with Stephen. He is truly a dog lover and we loved how his home is nicely set up with enclosed outdoor area. Perfect for canine companions. Pushka even came home with a doggy bone treat from Stephen. Will definitely use Stephen again!
wonderful home setting with his friendly yellow lab. We are glad to be return "guests" at Yuki & Stephen's home.
Stephen was an ideal host for Loki -- gave him lots of attention and trips to the dog park, and made sure he was comfortable and part of his household. Stephen's dog, Yuki, was also very accommodating. Couldn't ask for anything more!
Stephen is great! His home is lovely with a great outdoor space for the dogs to enjoy. His resident dog, Yuki, is a love bug...very affectionate. We felt very comfortable leaving our Zoe with them. He
sent us photos of her while we were on vacation and alerted us to a possible ear infection that I had not noticed. I would highly recommend Stephen! We knoe Zoe can't wait to go back foranother visit!
Stephen gets 5 stars! It was a wonderful experience, which really takes the stress out of leaving behind our beloved companion from time to time. Stephen obviously loves dogs and devotes a lot of attention to their exercise and care. He did everything he could to make Cody feel at home. I must mention that his dog Yuki is sweet and lovely as well! I would not hesitate to use Stephen again and I know Cody will anxiously await his next visit.
Fantastic host in a home reservation. love him and not sure our dog will want to come home.
Stephen was a great host and very accommodating to our schedule. Everything went so smoothly. We could tell that Buster loved his stay there with Yuki. Stephen took our puppy swimming for the first time. He came back slimmer and stronger. Stephen also taught him a few tricks! Looking forward to our next vacay with Yuki.
Cali loves staying with Stephen - she is always very calm and happy when I pick her up and she loves going on outings to the park twice a day. Thank you Stephen!
Stephen was easy to work with and took great care of our Bella. She seemed to settle-in and not really want to come back home! We were so lucky he was flexible when our departing flight was changed last minute THEN when our return flight was delayed three hours! THANK YOU!
Fantastic home setting for our dog - thank you Stephen for spoiling him all week!
I am beyond impressed with both Stephen and his lovely dog, Yuki. This was my first time using DogVacay.com, and I'm delighted with this first experience. Stephen quickly responded to my various questions and my initial request for a meet and greet. He is an accommodating host, and his home and backyard are a welcoming place for a dog to visit. Stephen has meticulously created an oasis for both dogs and humans at his home. When I left my dog for the first time, I knew he would be in capable, loving hands. I would unequivocally recommend Stephen as a host.
Our dogs loved their stay!
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