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Eric C. - Dog-centric home with fenced in yard

Mountain View, CA

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About Eric C.:

We have a fenced in back yard with plenty of room for dogs to chase and play. During nice weather we often leave door open so they can come and go as they please. Inside, dogs have free roam of all rooms in the house and are allowed on furniture (if you allow them at home). There are doggie beds around the house so they can lay down on something soft wherever they want.

My wife and I both work full time during the week. Our dogs entertain themselves during the day with toys and watching the world go by. However, because we work your dog should be comfortable without a human companion during the workday. It’s up to you if they should be in their crate or not. Our dogs roam the house during the day with the radio on for some background noise.

We can handle up to 2 additional dogs but if you only have one dog, we won't have dogs another person’s dog here at the same time. Therefore, you won’t have to wonder how your pup will get along with other strange dogs.

About this sitter:
My wife and I are both professionals - I'm a computer geek and Kathy does Physical Therapy. It's just us and our 2 dogs in our home. We've only had 3 dogs in the 16 years we've been together. Bear was my first dog and Kathy married into "our little family". We then adopted iDEN. Fritz came along after Bear passed away. All three dogs have been strays of some type - either from the pound, a farmers yard, or found on the side of the highway.

How long have you been a dog lover? Tell us about your history with dogs.

As a kid, my family would take care of other people's pets. When I was in college I got my first dog, Bear. He and I were great buds. After my wife and I got married she asked me what I would do if she discovered a dog allergy when we were dating. I told her (with a smile) it would be her or the dog and I doubt she'd like the answer. Since then we've had 3 family dogs. We've also given short term homes to stray dogs, helped find homes for pets, supported dog shelters, and volunteered time and equipment to help transport thousands of pounds of dog food to various shelters in need. We've had and taken care of all types of dogs - young, old, elderly, ill, dogs recovering from surgery, and dogs that needed extra special love or attention.

What would you like to know about a dog before sitting him or her? Do you have any breed preferences?

We have no breed preferences. Before booking your first stay with us, we'd like to meet your dogs and ensure they get along with Fritz and iDEN. The only traits that bothers them is if a dog continually shows dominance or can't figure out that iDEN doesn't like to play (she's an elderly dog - 16 years old!).

Do you have reliable transportation in the event of an emergency?

Yes - we have an SUV with plenty of room.

Are you comfortable administering medication?

Yes. My first dog had kidney failure and we had to do occasional shots and fluid administration. Another one of our dogs had bowel problems and required special attention. We've also had a dog that required daily medicine (pills).

How much time do you plan on spending with my dog each day?

My wife and I work and are generally gone from 9:00a to 6:00p on weekdays. Weekends are are around (expect when we're running errands). We like to go for a walk in the evening and then play or relax in the living room. Weekends and days off we spend relaxing and playing in the yard.

If you have a backyard, please describe it.

The backyard is mostly flat and is approximately 50 feet by 50 feet. It is fenced in with a 6 foot privacy fence. I've officially deemed it "Fritz-proof" as our shepherd has not been able to escape (and he's a bit of a Houdini!). It's solid and has no holes or escape routes for smaller dogs either.

Where will my dog sleep?

Your dog can sleep wherever it wants to. One of our dogs generally sleeps beside the bed and the other on the bed at our feet. Many of our visiting dogs choose to sleep on the couch or in their bed that we put in our room. Some visitors even decide they are more comfortable in our bed at night.

Where will you take my dog on walks? Tell me about it.

Your dog will go for walks around the neighborhood. We generally do one walk a day in the evening but can do more if your pooch prefers additional walks.

Additional Information
Location: Mountain View, CA 94043
Home Type: House
Children at location?: No
Num. of Spaces: 2
Cancellation Policy: Moderate
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Acceptable Dog Sizes:
  • Small (0 - 15lbs)
  • Medium (15 - 40lbs)
  • Large (40 - 100lbs)
  • Giant (100lbs and above)
  • Accepts puppies

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Fritz

Age: 11 years, 3 mo. old
Weight: 71 lbs.
Breed:

Fritz is an shepherd something mix that we picked up from the shelter when he was about 1 year old. We chose him because he came right out of his cage, leaned up against me, and quietly "talked" to me. He's very loveable and likes to cuddle especially in the morning. He likes to play occasionally, but as an older dog, it doesn't happy often. When he does play, he just runs or jumps in circles and barks at you if you're jumping or running around. He is very loveable and will lay right beside you in bed for a while if you invite him.

Fritz is not high maintenance and is happy just to be around people. He does bark occasionally, especially when there is commotion outside that he can see. He does not need regular walks. But, when he does go he will pull for the first 5-10 minutes. He's happy with any distance of walk - from a couple of blocks to 2.5 miles.

Fritz has 2 character traits you should be aware of. First, he will kill cats. As such, if you own a cat (or ferret, rabbit, etc...) please let us know as Fritz can't stay with you. Also, if you walk him and he sees a cat, you'll want to make sure you have a firm grasp on the leash. We make it a general rule to always have a leash on him if he's not in a fenced in area.

Fritz also likes to watch the world go by and let you know when someone (or something - like a cat!) is coming to your door. If there are blinds in the way, they could be torn down as he protects your home.

iDEN

Age: 17 years, 1 mo. old
Weight: 40 lbs.
Breed:

iDEN is a lab-something mix. She was found on the side of the road when she was a pup with her brothers and sisters in a plastic bag. Only iDEN and one other survived. She became the talk of the office where I use to work so we named her after our cellular network infrastructure.

iDEN is friendly, obedient, and well behaved. She really likes socializing with people and will pick one person that she follows to bed, around the house, and so forth. She's well enough behaved that she does not need to be on a leash when outside but if not supervised does like to explore and will slowly wander away.

iDEN is the peace maker and will get in the middle of people or dogs that are play fighting to break it up. She use to enjoy playing iDEN in the middle (keep away with a ball) and chasing a laser light dot. She still likes those things, but due to her instability on her feet, that should only be done outisde or on carpet and for a short amount of time.

iDEN is an elderly dog and has elderly dog problems. She does have arthritis and you can see her be uncomfortable as she sits and lays down. She also prefers to walk on carpet to prevent her feet from sliding out from under her. iDEN has bowel problems - she cannot always control when she poops. We have not found anything to cut down on this problem yet. We usually have to clean up after her in the house once a day. It is usually solid so it's a fairly quick cleanup job.

Lastly, iDEN really does like to be around people, a lot. She prefers to sleep in someone's room. She doesn't have to be on the bed, but that is where she sleeps at home.

39 Reviews

Anish B.

October 27

This is my fifth time with Eric & Kathy and it is always great! Constant updates, friendly experiences, and Mimi loves it there. Highly recommend :)

Ashley J.

September 19

Eric and Kathy are hands down the best dogsitters we have ever encountered.

Anish B.

September 10

Our absolute favorite home for Mimi! She loves it too. Kathy and Eric are fantastic hosts that give you peace of mind with daily updates. You know know everything is going to be fine with them :)

Trae V.

September 8

Over all a great experience. Thanks Eric!

Ayelet M.

August 21

Jed F.

July 6

Anish B.

May 24

Kathy & Eric are truly amazing. Mimi absolutely loves her time at their home to the point that when I go to pick her up, she almost refuses to leave. It is like a second home for her and we wouldn't have it any other way.

Sherwin L.

April 22

Yana K.

April 16

Ellie M.

March 15

Kathy was a cheerful and friendly host. Her home is clearly dog-friendly and leaving my 2-year old dog Ellie with Kathy's two older dogs for company wasn't a hard decision. They communicate quickly and even let me know in the first few hours that things were going well at home, which is greatly appreciated. I would go back to them if I need a sitter again.

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