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  • Laura has been my dog sitter for about a year. I followed her blog for a year prior and from her stories and pictures, I knew she understood all types of dogs. She is extremely experienced and has all dog amenities in her house, including dog puzzles! I invited her to join us for pack walks and within the first few visits, Pearl, a JRT mix rescue who is shy with new people, ran up to Laura, licked her face and head, and accepted her into the pack. I delighted on vacation to see the pictures and videos of my little girl having a great time with Laura and Scott. She warmed up to Scott fairly quickly and I have videos of her running up to greet him when he comes home. My husband and I are so happy with Laura that we coordinate our vacation around Laura's schedule. She is worth it. Laura also watches my sister's dog Shelly, a very affectionate and accepting puppy (opposite of Pearl). She has both hosted and gone to my mom's to take care of Shelly. I can honestly say, she is a trusted extension of our family to watch our fur babies and I continue to recommend her to anybody that asks. Both your house and dog(s) are in good hands with Laura Young!  ~Ada R

  • Laura Young is nothing short of amazing. She has watched our dogs two times in our own home when we have been away on vacation. Our two small dogs connected with Laura instantly, just as we did. She sent daily updates and videos that reassured us that all was well at home. She genuinely cares for our dogs as if they were her own. If you are looking for someone responsible and caring to watch your pets and/or home when you are away, look no further. ~ Jan

  • Laura is a fantastic pet sitter! She (with her husband Scott) has taken care of my dogs on numerous occasions, in their home and in mine. She has a genuine love for her doggie friends and customizes her care to meet the needs of each individual pet. She has gone above and beyond when taking care of my special needs dog with physical limitations and my dog with anxiety and separation issues. She is extremely knowledgeable about dogs, very dependable, and beyond trustworthy, and so, she is in high demand. Grab her while you can, you won't be disappointed! ~Michelle

  • I have a very sweet, but fearful dog with massive allergies and unusual food requirements. I was thrilled when I found Laura who was the perfect fit for my sensitive boy. She was kind, patient, caring and he immediately trusted her! She was able to work on his fears daily with positive techniques and gave me recaps along with pictures. She had no issues giving him the special diet and medication that he was on at the time. It was because of how much we trust Laura with our boy that we were able to take a vacation for the first time in 7 years!! ~Jill

  • Laura is the most caring person in the world for our dog Sadie! She has stayed in our home with her husband on several occasions as we have traveled and has consistently provided loving care for our dog. She is very tidy and makes sure Sadie has everything in place with her routine, so it as if we are not even away from her. Would highly recommend Laura! ~ Laura F.

  • I was nervous the first time using a site like this to find someone to take care of my fur-baby. He is the love of my life and my first dog, he was 9 when we got him so I am super protective. Long story short, after meeting Laura and Scott, my dog went to her IMMEDIATELY, like they were long lost friends and it's been a walk in the park ever since. Laura has stayed at our house, Peyton has stayed at her house and I don't worry for one second when he's with her. When I went to pick him up the last time he actually stood on the porch looking at the door and the car as if to say ... hmmmm, not sure I want to leave here! Laura is BEST and I would recommend her 100% without a moments hesitation. You will be luck to have her watch your fur-baby. ~Marilyn

  • My sweet cocker spaniel absolutely adores Laura (and her husband). She is treated like a princess. I truly truly have no worries when I go on vacation. Laura's home is like a five star luxury doggy day care! ~Tracey

  • Laura is one of the few people I trust to take care of my pets in my absence. She is extremely knowledgeable about animal behavior and goes above and beyond to ensure my pets are happy and safe while I am away. My house is usually cleaner than I left it, and my dogs don't even seem to mind I left. The extra time and care she provides is priceless!!! I highly recommend Laura for all of your home and pet sitting needs! ~Stephanie

  • I know Laura since last year as a recommendation from my older daughter. Laura started to dog sit my Shelly (wired hair Dachshund) and she is a wonderful person. She is very loving with the pets and she treats them with such care. While away, she takes videos of Shelly throughout the day to share with us so I like that constant communication. When I am going to be away for a while, she comes over to my house and stays with Shelly. I totally trust her, I trust her so much that she even has the key to my house. Shelly loves to stay at her house overnight. I highly recommend Laura. Whether she watches your pet at her house or yours, rest assure that your pet will be well taken care off. Give her a try, you will not be disappointed. ~Ada C

  • My dog, Hazel recently spent almost 19 days with Laura and Scott. Hazel is a very sensitive soul. Laura did a great job helping Hazel become comfortable prior to her stay. Hazel's comfort was her priority. Laura is one of the most caring people you will ever meet. I was able to go on vacation knowing my girl would be well cared for and loved. All I had to do was miss her. ~Dianne

  • Laura is an incredibly wise and sensitive animal lover. She takes the time to learn all about each pet's unique needs and personality. If your dog has special needs, do not worry. Laura will work with them in any way necessary. We would trust very few people with our furry family members but I never worry when Laura is sitting. Finnegan has issues with anxiety and reactivity to other dogs. She is so patient with him. She updates us and sends us pictures. She cares about how the pets she is sitting adjust to being apart from their family. She has taken the time to learn a great deal about animal behavior and body language. She treats every pet like her own. Scott also does whatever is needed to make a pet comfortable. Finnegan loves his Uncle Scott. ~Cassandra

  • As a "dog mom" I'm in heaven when my English cocker gets to spend time with Laura. Tucker loves lots of attention and walks. Tucker loves positive voices and having his belly rubbed. And that's exactly what he gets at Laura's. People struggle to get on her calendar for pet sitting. Any family would be lucky to have Laura tend to their dog or cat. Go for it! You won't be disappointed with Laura! ~Lee

  • Laura is the most wonderful and caring person with all of our pets. They love spending time with her! The best part is knowing how happy they are when I leave...and not worrying about them in the least...priceless!!! ~Linda

  • We've used many pet sitters in the past, but Laura is always our 'go-to, preferred sitter' when we need someone to look after Amy. The comfort we feel from knowing that our little girl is loved and cared for while we're gone makes Laura the perfect solution for us.~Mike

  • 5 GOLD STAR RATING! Laura is an above average pet sitter in every way. Laura takes care of every detail - clean house with lots of cozy places for your dog to get comfortable - including her bed! Long walks, quiet music, loads of toys, love and attention. Laura has educated herself in all things canine and your dog will have the best stay ever! ~Susan

  • Laura has cared for my reactive pointer both in her home and in mine. Laura and her husband Scott are both thoughtful, caring, responsible and amazingly knowledgeable of dogs and their behavior. Laura has worked extensively with rescues and A Sound Beginning Program and readily applies positive methods to ease the transition experienced by my dog as she met and stayed with new people. I trust Laura and her husband completely and appreciate the wonderful communication before, during and after my dog's stays with them. I would highly recommend them as dog/house sitters. You will want them back again and again! ~Tina


  • Laura has stayed with our Jack Russell Terrier (in our home) for 2 years in a row now, both times for more than a week. I can leave home with no worries because I know Laura is dependable and resourceful...and my dog, Giro, loves her. He gets lots of cuddles, exercise, and attention. I would trust Laura with my pets and my home at any time!! ~ Mary Ellen

  • I have known Laura from various rescue and dog advocate groups for a few years. Recently I had to find a new sitter for my dog, Juliet. Her previous sitter was no longer available. I trusted Laura and knew she was a professional dog sitter, so I left Juliet - FOR THE FIRST TIME IN NINE YEARS - with a sitter at a sitter's home. In the past Juliet was able to stay home while a friend stayed here with her. I was so nervous about leaving her. About ten days prior to my departure, we had a "meet and greet." Juliet was able to scope the place out, which made it easier on drop-off day. She immediately fell in love with Laura's husband ( A SAINT, LOL) and quickly he became her "boyfriend". Laura had special homemade chicken broth she put with Juliet's regular food - this helped calm Juliet down, as this was a first-time experience for her. Blankets and soft couches are EVERYWHERE (and I mean EVERYWHERE). Juliet was the only guest - something Laura arranges and I LOVE this. Laura kept me updated with frequent photos sent via text - I loved it, it truly set my mind at ease. Laura also found out some things that were new to me, including Juliet enjoying hanging out on Laura's desk! Juliet slept with Laura and her husband and night and had the same run of the house as she does here at home. I can not imagine (and I say this with all sincerity) leaving my girl with ANYONE else. TRUST ME, THIS WOMAN WAS BORN TO CARE FOR DOGS - we love her!!! ~Tracey R