Barbara A.

Barbara A.

Evanston, IL

Dog Boarding

in the sitter's home
per night
Response Rate
Response Time
Under an hour

Dog Boarding Preferences

Additional Preferences
  • Dogs Over 1 Year Old


  • Available
  • Unavailable
Barbara can host up to 2 dogs per night.
Cancellation Policy:


57 Reviews
Michelle C.
Michelle C.
September 4, 2015
Verified Stay

Driving across country stopping for a day with our two y.o Cavalier King Charles Spaniel. Want a day of sightseeing and found Barbara on She is perfect. I instantly felt kind and patient. From the description of the day it sounded like our Chauncey was in heaven. I'm so thankful to have run across Barbara's profile. Thanks!!

Barbara A.
Barbara A.
Charmaine G.
Charmaine G.
September 2, 2015
Verified Stay

Our dog, Daisy, had a great time staying at Barbara's! This was confirmed for us when a few days after we returned from a long vacation we had to leave Daisy with Barbara again. Daisy was so excited when she figured out that we were walking up to Barbara's house and she was clearly thrilled to see Barbara and enter her home. Now that Daisy is back home, we think she misses the company of ...

Barbara A.
Barbara A.
Libby B.
Libby B.
August 23, 2015
Verified Stay

Barbara is wonderful. This is the first time we have left our dog with a sitter overnight and we had nothing to worry about. When we picked up Rocket at the end of our trip he was relaxed and well loved. Having our dog stay with Barbara allowed us to enjoy our vacation. Thanks Barbara!

Barbara A.
Barbara A.

Barbara's Canine Clients

About Barbara

  • Rover Pack

Lots of cuddling, lots of love!

"Until one has loved an animal, a part of one's soul remains unawakened." ---Anatole France

About this sitter:
I returned to the Chicago area several years ago from Berkeley and have just moved to a lovely apartment in Evanston. It's in a dog-friendly building, in a dog-friendly neighborhood and -- best of all -- it's near the wonderful Evanston dog beach!

I studied at several universities here and abroad (my dog Fido spent a year in ...

What Barbara would like to know about your dog

I'd mostly like to know all the special little things that make him or her feel happy; all those little rituals that dogs like so much; all the places they especially like to be scratched or petted; all the quirky little things that make each of our pets so special. As for me, I've had and loved dogs with wildly varying temperaments. And as for my dogs, Scout is a good-hearted little guy who's very adaptable and friendly. And Digger, the senior dog I just adopted, is gentle, sweet, always content, and likes everybody -- dogs and humans alike.

The breed of your dog doesn't matter to me at all. We had a miniature poodle when I was little, but all my dogs (until Scout, that is) have been large mixed breed dogs who were from shelters or were homeless. Scout, Digger and I welcome your best friend, whatever he or she looks like!

Also, I want to mention that senior doggies are very, very welcome. I know you might hesitate to leave your very old dog, but I have cared for three of my own dogs in their senior years -- and that's not counting my Digger, who's 13 or 14 and whom I adopted from Petfinder nearly two years ago.

And two "guests" would be welcome, too, if everybody gets along.

About Barbara's Home

Has 2 Dogs, No Other Pets
Barbara's Pets


not provided, 30 lbs.


not provided, 38 lbs.

When your dog stays with Barbara

Here's where we'll take our walks
We go on LOTS of long walks. Our new apartment in southeast Evanston is in a lovely residential area, with tree-lined streets and lots of other dogs to greet when we're out for a walk. If you have a large dog who enjoys bounding across open spaces, we could go on excursions to the magnificent Evanston dog beach, too!

Your dog's sleeping arrangement
We all sleep on the bed! Though several months ago Diggie started to like sleeping on the floor -- on an old sleeping bag -- when it's time to turn the light off. Your doggy will be welcome to share the bed, of course, if that's where he or she likes to be. There's also a dog bed in the bedroom, and in the living room there are two more. Everyone is allowed on the furniture, though Scout kind of takes over the rest of the sofa if I'm lying there reading. Most important is that your best friend feels at home! If he or she has a special bed, we'll put it in a place of honor, that is, the spot he or she would like best.

Time I'll spend with your dog
If your dog is happiest when surrounded by dogs and caring people -- in
particular a person who will be there to love and talk to and pet him
almost constantly, I know that he or she would feel calm and comfy and
happy being part of our family.

Obviously, Scout and Diggie are here all the time, but I'm also home much
of the time. I've left university teaching, and work at home as a part-time editor. Most importantly, in the last few years I've made the decision to return to -- and focus on -- studying and playing cello. When I'm gone, I'm usually at music-related things, and I try to practice several hours a day. I practice in the bright sunny bedroom where we sleep. And of course the dogs are always with me there, on the bed. It seems, in fact, that for about half of our waking hours, we're all within about six feet of each other!

Also, I'd be very happy to give you updates by phone, or to send you daily
emails letting you know how your best friend is doing.

In Barbara's Home

Takes Only 1 Client at a Time

Barbara's Neighborhood

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