Dog Boarding

in the sitter's home
per night
Response Rate
Response Time
Within a few hours

Hosting Preferences

Additional Preferences
  • Dogs Over 1 Year Old
  • Unspayed Females Accepted, Neutered Males Only


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


repeat clients
95 Reviews
Libby B.
Libby B.
March 17, 2017
Verified Stay

This was the fifth time Rocket has stayed with Barbara and as usual it was a good experience for both us and him. Barbara loves Rocket and he really enjoys his time there. I recommend Barbara highly!

Barbara A.
Barbara A.
Libby B.
Libby B.
March 17, 2017
Verified Stay

Rocket loves going to stay with Barbara. She loves to spend time with him and there are always other dogs there to hang with. I will recommend her any time! Also, sorry for taking so long to review this stay.

Barbara A.
Barbara A.
Craig D.
Craig D.
February 26, 2017
Verified Stay

Darcy had a fantastic stay with Barbara! She is really loving, which made Darcy feel right at home. Barbara sent updates during the stay and really cared about making sure that Darcy was comfortable and doing well. Normally Darcy would be mad at us for a bit after we've been out of town, but she was excited to see us and had no issues at all. We highly recommend Barbara!

Barbara A.
Barbara A.

About Barbara

years of experience
  • 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 ten years ago from a long time in Berkeley and three years ago moved to a lovely apartment in Evanston. (It's late September 2016 as I edit this). It's in a dog-friendly building, in a beautiful dog-friendly neighborhood that's just made for lovely walks down tree-lined residential streets.

I studied ...

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. My dog now is Scout, a wonderfully good-hearted and happy little Beagle who's very adaptable and friendly.

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 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 four of my own dogs in their senior years. There's something special about the love one shares with a senior dog.

And more than one guest is welcome, too, if everybody gets along.

Additional Skills
Oral Medication Administration
Special Needs Dog Experience
Senior Dog Experience
Can provide daily exercise

About Barbara's Home

Lives in an Apartment
Non-Smoking Household
No Children Present
Does Not Have a Yard
Has 1 Dog, No Other Pets
Barbara's Pets


not provided, 30 lbs.

When Barbara watches your dog

Here's where we'll take our walks
We love going on long walks. Our 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. Typically we go for a long walk in the morning (around 8:30 or 9 if I have late sleepers here), and again in the late afternoon. And then around 11p.m. I take everybody out one by one just to pee. If your dog has a very different schedule, I'm of course adaptable. A few of my guests pee a lot for medical reasons or because they're very old and I take them out in between walks. Often I'll take out one of these dogs just to pee around 6 a.m. while all the other sleepy-heads just stay in bed sleeping until our walk a few hours later.

Your dog's sleeping arrangement
In theory everyone is welcome on the bed, but since I have a twin bed now that doesn't always work, I usually wake up early in the morning, but since I stay up very late, I usually go back to bed and am sort of half asleep until it's time for a walk. At that time, and any other time I'm sitting on the bed reading, everybody's welcome. Some doggies who feel like this is their home just trot into the bedroom when everyone else is in the living room and hop on the bed themselves. Scout usually starts the night on the pillow on an armchair. We also have several dog beds, including one big plush one, and I move them to whatever room we're in. It's very cute how everybody usually changes their favorite sleeping place from time to time. Everyone is allowed on the furniture, Both the sofa and two armchairs are favorites, plus the beds are always here too. At this moment my Beagle Scout is sleeping in the middle of the sofa, back to back with our frequent guest Cupcake, who is at the end. I'm at the other end, and guest Rosie is on top of the back cushion right behind me. That's a favorite place of lots of little dogs. Most important is that your best friend feels at home! If he or she has a special bed, I encourage you to bring that, and 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 is here all the time, but I'm also home much
of the time. It seems that for most of our waking hours, the doggies and I are all within about six feet of each other! And often, for hours, one will be right on top of me and others withing inches! That's when everybody's happiest.

Also, I'd be very happy to send you regular emails letting you know how your best friend is doing.

In Barbara's Home

Dogs Allowed On Bed
Potty Breaks Every 2-4 Hours
Dogs Allowed On Furniture

Barbara's Neighborhood

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