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


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


repeat clients
83 Reviews
Lois G.
Lois G.
October 10, 2016
Verified Stay

We have never left Nellie with a stranger before and I was very nervous about how she would handle being left for 17 days. We rarely leave her, and had never been gone for even a full week. Nellie and I went to meet Barbara and I immediately felt much calmer about everything. She took to Barbara right away, and we even went with Barbara to meet 2 other dogs that would be there for ...

Barbara A.
Barbara A.
Hillary S.
Hillary S.
October 10, 2016
Verified Stay

Barbara was great, even my dog didn't want to leave! She is very kind and loving.

Barbara A.
Barbara A.
Laura H.
Laura H.
October 4, 2016
Verified Stay

Barbara took care of our sweet little Toby. He is a lap dog and Barbara definitely gave him a lot of attention and snuggles while we were away. Barbara clearly loves dogs and enjoys their company. We felt comfortable leaving our little guy with her & that he would get plenty of attention while we were gone.

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. 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.

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 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

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

Barbara's Neighborhood

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