For those of you who are local to San Diego County, California, YES! I am still boarding dogs in my home! I have operated Poway Pet Care for almost 20 years. Before that, I was pet sitting In Issaquah, Washington for 5 years. I board dogs in my own home, where they live as members of the family, not in kennels. I have over 75 regular customers, and consider them my friends as well as clients.
I have cared for many species and breeds of pets. My own animals include three dogs, two cats, and three horses. I am a member of Petsitters Assoc. LLC, and the Dog Writers Association of America. I have written nine books about dogs and dog care. I served for 13 years as a volunteer mounted park ranger for the City of Poway. I am a mature adult, licensed, insured and certified in Red Cross Pet & Human First Aid and CPR.
Formerly a professional dog trainer, I have volunteered for all-breed dog rescue, fostering over 300 dogs over the years (I no longer foster dogs). I have served as a board member for several humane societies and pet rescue organizations in California and Seattle.
I'm at home most of the time with the dogs and try to keep a maximum of four visiting dogs. Dogs are not kenneled. They are treated as members of the family, and come and go indoors and out as they wish during the day. I have a large yard where they can play or rest, and a separate patio area where small or quiet dogs can get away from the rowdy ones. Small dogs are always inside unless I am outside with them.
All dogs sleep indoors, either loose or crated as needed (depending on the dog!). I provide toys, beds and bowls. I ask that you provide your dog's food, so as not to interupt their regular diet and cause a tummy upset. No extra charge for administering medications or dealing with other special needs. Dogs are always separated at feeding time.
Please book a free consultation with your dog to look at my setup and determine if your dog is compatible with this arrangement. Dogs MUST be able to live peacefully with other dogs! All vaccines and flea control must be up-to-date.
Now you have a choice of places for your dog to stay on his or her doggie vacation! In a continuing effort to better serve our clients and provide superior care for your pets, there are now two Poway Pet Care caregivers. This home provides a quieter environment for dogs that prefer it, and provides backup when I am fully booked.
Judy Maraventano lives here in Poway and previously worked for a doggie daycare in Carlsbad. She has worked with Poway Pet Care since 2010. She also fills in here at the house for me occasionally when I have to be away for a few hours. Judy lives in Poway with her Golden Retriever, Annie, and her springer spaniels Spencer and Maggie. She is retired and home most of the time. She would like to care for larger (over 30 pounds) dogs that are not fence jumpers, because she has a 4 ft. fence. Contact me if you would like to board your dog with Judy!
I handle all scheduling and will keep in regular contact with both you and Judy. Dog owners will meet with Judy in her home to be sure the arrangement will work for both parties.
Thank you. We look forward to caring for your pets!
RATE: $40 PER DAY. Two dogs from the same family: $70.
I charge by the day, not by the night. For example, if you drop off your dog on Thursday night and pick him up on Monday morning, that is three days: Fri-Sat-Sun, not four nights. I do not charge for a full day if you pick your dog up by noon the day he (or she) is going home. 10% discount for boarding 10 days or more, 20% discount for boarding over 20 days.