Elizabeth's Pet Sitting

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dog12.jpgBreaking the 'no more than three dogs rule' at Toad Hollow

Hours
Varies - when needed
Website
[WWW]ElizabethsPetSittingDavis.com
Email
<elizabethspetsitting AT gmail DOT com>
Email is the best way to contact her.
Phone
cell (805) 708-1064
Service Area
Davis, Woodland, Dixon, Winters
Facebook
[WWW]http://www.facebook.com/pages/Elizabeths-Pet-Sitting/219693928046843

Elizabeth's Pet Sitting is an on-call licensed, insured and bonded pet sitting service that's run by Elizabeth Barthel, a pre-veterinarian Animal Science student who graduated with a degree in Animal Science. She currently has one employee: Mary Barthel. Services provided include dog exercising, weekly dog walking, grooming, and pet medication/medical attention, as well as plant and home care. Elizabeth offers in-home live-in care and overnight services. She also offers private boarding at her house. Elizabeth has experience with a wide range of animals including companion and captive animals, birds, livestock, and exotics. All animals are welcome. Elizabeth's Pet Sitting is a current member of Pet Sitters International as of 20 March 2013 :[WWW]http://m.petsit.com/mobile/locate_details.php/id/332387

Please be aware Elizabeth has admitted to violations of the 3-dog per person limit at the Toad Hollow Dog Park despite repeated requests to stop doing so. There were also complaints in 2013 about dog bites.

Link to her pet sitting video :[WWW]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=65KVHO0UNYM

Elizabeth's Pet Sitting has a Refer-a-Friend Rewards Program. If a client refers Elizabeth's services to a friend, relative, neighbor, or colleague, and they book at least 3 visits with Elizabeth's Pet Sitting, then the client will be rewarded with $10 off any service and their friend will receive $5 off. Referrals must mention the name of the existing client at time of booking.
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Pictures with the Client's Pets

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2010 Christmas Well Wishes

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Recent Reviews

2010-01-08 14:06:07   Elizabeth has been a fantastic pet sitter for me over the past year. She does such a wonderful job caring for my pets that they hardly notice I've been away. She is professional and organized and I will continue to have her watch my pets as long as I'm in Davis :) Thanks again, Elizabeth! —nmspotswood


2010-03-14 01:50:31   Elizabeth's Pet Sitting has been responsible for the care of my two cats and fish on 3-4 occasions, and I very highly recommend Elizabeth's services! Before I was gone the first time, Elizabeth came over to my apartment, and we discussed the details for caring for my pets. She is extremely organized and requires various paperwork before the actual sitting takes place, and I very much appreciate how thorough the questionnaire was. Every time I've come home, my apartment has been clean with no trash left out and all of the spoons (used for scooping canned food) washed. My fish looked happy and healthy, and the two cats had been obviously well taken care of and were happy to see me. Elizabeth has always been professional and friendly. She is also very flexible when it comes to dates, which is wonderful if you're a student like I am and often have an unpredictable schedule. Overall, I'd recommend her services to anyone, and I put my full confidence in her pet sitting abilities. —hwarpeha


2010-03-15 11:27:42   Elizabeth did a wonderful job taking good care of our elderly cat (20 yrs old!) My husband and I recently moved to Davis and we were worried about leaving our cat alone. It was such a relief to meet Elizabeth who we found to be extremely professional, responcible, and reliable. She texted us updates about our cat, and she took time to give her sub Q fluids every other day. I am happy to recommend Elizabeth and her services. It is comforting to know that your beloved pet is in good hands! —MeghanLML


2010-04-10 09:41:08   I have hired many pet sitters in my adult life and have never been so thrilled with one as I am with Elizabeth. She immediately responded to my dogs in a ways that spoke to years of experience. Now this is not so difficult with my Golden Lab as she is a mellow easy to care for dog, but when we got our new puppy - I could really see that Elizabeth is no only a talented dog handler a gifted human being. My puppy had serious socialization problems and I thought we weren't going to be able to keep him. I told Elizabeth about the problems and she even went to a dog training class with us and asked questions about how to better work with my puppy. She worked with him while he was with her and even trimmed his nails with his vet. couldn't even do. When we came back our puppy was a different dog - far more socialized and sweet and dog like - vs. the small demon we had before. Remember, this was a dog sitting job! - and what we got out was so much more - Elizabeth really cares about pets and we wouldn't hire anyone else. —mulberry


2010-04-22 14:43:53   I recently left my bichon with Elizabeth for almost 3 weeks. When I returned home the dog was happy, the house was just as I had left it, there were notes regarding her care. My husband and I could not be more happy with the service that Elizabeth provided! Elizabeth is very concerned about the pets that she cares for. She had such a gently touch with our dog that she was jumping up to kiss her on theire first meeting. She is knowledgeable about all breeds, she has extensive experience with animals, and she is a kind and sweet person. After meeting her twice, I could leeave my 10 month old dog with her without any concerns at all. I trust Elizabeth with my dog, my house, and anything else she needs. Elizabeth you are the best! —SophieBelle


2010-06-21 14:58:19   I cannot put into words what a relief it is to have found someone who I feel completely safe leaving my dogs with when we go out of town. I have two labs, and they are like my kids, I love them so much, and would never be able to bear leaving them in a kennel. Elizabeth takes our dogs into her home, takes them on walks or to the dog park 1-2 times daily, provides them with food & water, dog-buddies, playtime & lotsa love. Thanks to us spoiling them, they even insist on sleeping in bed with her (I'm embarrassed to say!). Because of Elizabeth's experience with the UCD Vet Hospital I know that if one of them got hurt or sick she'd know exactly what to do. And, she even takes time to post pictures on my Facebook page of my "babies" having fun. She's the best, I would recommend her to anyone and everyone! —jennyann002


2010-07-05 19:16:27   My Labradors, Lulu and Spencer absolutely LOVE Elizabeth. When they see her at the Dog Park, they run all the way across the field to get to her. When I leave them off before a trip, they don't even look back. It makes it possible for me to enjoy my time away because I know they are safe and happy. Recently, she even took them to the vet...a daunting experience for anyone since they are big babies. I don't know what I would do without her. I can travel now with no guilt or concerns.—Sharon Stahl —sharonstahl


2010-07-11 12:58:53   Elizabeth has been walking our dogs for several years and sits with them when we take trips and she has been doing an excellent job. The dogs love her and Alex and they take great care of our animals. She has never let our beagles overfeed and if you know beagles, you know they will eat until they can't physically eat more! —RickH


2010-07-19 11:28:05   Chickens! We have had Elizabeth tend to our three chickens - the first time for more 10 days last October. She did a wonderful job and followed all of our requests for feeding and cleaning to the letter. During this time there was a major storm which damaged the coop and Elizabeth is especially to be commended for taking care of keeping the chickens safe. Since that time we have used her services for shorter vacations and we have every confidence in her dependability and professionalism. And, it is clear she likes chickens too :-) —MaryGillon


2010-07-28 13:03:22   When we moved to Davis, my husband severely injured his back and was going to be alone with a near pup. Elizabeth came to our rescue. Our dog Buddha loves her and for some reason comes back better behaved then when he left. Elizabeth has been there for us during the late stages of my pregnancy, was "on-call" for our dog for the baby delivery, and has been his dog park savior since. She has a way with animals and has been extremely professional, flexible and reliable with us. When Buddha spends the weekend or the night, she has sent us photos of him hanging out happily with her dogs - nice to know he isn't spending the time cooped up in a crate. I can't more highly recommend her - but once you see her with your pet, you will feel good about them spending time together.


2010-08-09 15:56:40   We have used Elizabeth's Pet Sitting to care for our dog and cat for a couple of years now and have always received exemplary service. She has always followed our detailed instructions and has been able to improvise wonderfully when presented with unexpected situations. We look forward to utilizing her services when we go on our next trip. She is highly recommended. —ParshawVaziri


2010-08-15 10:24:30   Elizabeth is professional, reliable, and easy to work with. She goes out of her way to make you feel comfortable leaving your pets in her care. I have had her sit our two cats several times and I definitely plan on using her again. I would recommend her services to anyone! —DavidSimon


2010-08-22 20:51:51   We are so happy with Elizabeth and how she takes care of our dog. We have her walk our dog a few times a week, but our schedules are pretty variable. Luckily she is very flexible - we just e-mail her the days we need her to come at the beginning of the week and she takes care of it. It is so comforting to know how dependable and trustworthy she is. She leaves us a note everyday with a brief summary of her visit. We also have our dog stay with her when we go out of town. It is so nice to know that he is getting to play with other dogs and isn't cooped up in a crate while we are away. It's also true what other people have commented - our dog is soooo happy to see Elizabeth whenever she picks him up or we run into her at the dog park. It makes us feel that much better knowing that he is with someone who he loves being with, who loves being with animals and takes such good care of him. We feel so lucky to have Elizabeth take care of our precious puppy and we can't recommend Elizabeth enough to others who need a dog walker or dog sitter! —REL


2010-08-26 21:15:33   One of my cats is horribly afraid of strangers. When I returned from my 10 day trip, he was out on the sofa looking very smug and well cared for! It was obvious that Elizabeth had spent significant time loving on my cats, not just the occasional 'drop-in' that my friends do. Recently Elizabeth was able to work my dog in last minute for a family emergency. My plans fell through but she was extremely understanding. I'm actually trying to book her for this weekend (have to tell her that soon)! Mary Pride Clark, DVM —mpclark


2010-09-07 16:27:29   Elizabeth has been fantastic with my cat!!!! She is very knowledgeable, loving, and her care for animals shines through. I use her for pettsitting every time I leave town. She has always been flexible with me when my plans haven't gone exactly as planned. She responds very quickly to my requests for service and I never worry about my cat while I'm out of town and Elizabeth is watching him. I highly recommend her service to anybody who wants their animals to feel loved while they are away. ~ Dana —DanaMatalon


2010-10-19 09:53:57   Elizabeth is wonderful and loving with my huge German Shepherd. I travel a lot for work, so she keeps him at her home for weeks. She truely loves animals, and I feel that Sam is in the best hands with Elizabeth. He needs special food and sometimes medications and she always follows the program. My dog and I highly recommend Elizabeth. —InstDesignbyJulie


2010-12-13 17:21:46   I have 2 large dogs, a boxer and a lab. The boxer has significant dog aggession issues while the lab cries when we are away. Elizabeth provides a wonderful service to Chalie and Jake. I come home to quiet and contented dogs. I trust her with my dog & my house keys. Her services allow peace of mind while I am away from home. Thanks Elizabeth. —KellyMacy


2010-12-15 22:23:39   DO NOT USE THIS SERVICE!!! Elizabeth is completely irresponsible. She was supposed to come to feed my cats while I was away for 4 days and she never showed up. I am happy that I wasn't gone long enough for there to be serious consequences. If want your cats to starve this service is for you! —annoyedResident

Annoyed...if you are uncomfortable using your name, clearly your comments cannot be taken seriously. Elizabeth is a hardworking, dedicated, pet-devoted individual as is evident from the preponderance of the comments here on this site. If you had a problem with her work, take it up with her personally, do not slander her name here on this site.—Suzanne Emerson


2010-12-25 18:15:44   Thankfully, Elizabeth is able to watch our dog in her home, which has been a convient and wonderful service. Theodore, our Terrier mix makes himself right at home and has gotten along well with her cats and other canine clients. He gets daily walks and gets to hang out in the house, which he loves. It's the next best thing to being at our home. Prior to Theo, our golden retriever was also able to hang out at Elizabeth's home, and always seemed happy to go there, as does Theo. When we are away for extended periods, knowing that Elizabeth will be there to interact with him and take him out while letting him be a part of her furry family gives us peace of mind. Thanks Elizabeth for taking such good care of our four legged kids! —Aliciasmithpenzel


2011-01-25 12:33:15   Elizabeth has been my petsitter for two goldens (Max and Wilson). They love going to her home because she not only takes excellent care of them, but she blends them right into her "pack". Visits to the dog park, simple walks (for my older guy) and rainy day visits to the Lillard Park have proven to keep them really happy and healthy. She is always ready to receive or have me pick up my dog even if it is late at night. She is organized and truly enjoys her work. I highly recommend her! If you want your dog to have a good time while you are gone and you can also have a great time because you won't be worried about your pet - then contact Elizabeth! She even posted a photo on my Facebook page of Wilson playing at the park over the December holiday. So even though I was out of the state, I felt relieved to see how happy he was. Thanks Elizabeth for being such a great asset to our community! Candy Anderson —CJAnderson


2011-02-15 18:18:38   It doesn't get much better to this infrequent traveler to arrive home to a household of content animals. I have four dogs and a few barnyard animals. When I walked in the door, I could swear they looked at me as if to say, "Oh, it's just you. Where's Elizabeth?" HIghly recommend Elizabeth's Pet Sitting service to care for your animals. —CharleneLogan


2011-03-15 11:18:19   Elizabeth has cared for my dog Jax since he was a puppy and I have been very pleased and impressed with her service. I often leave Jax with Elizabeth when I am going out of town and have complete confidence that he will be very well cared for in my absence. Elizabeth is a true animal lover, professional, responsible and pleasant. She offers good advice about training and was the person who taught Jax to sit and stay when he was only a few months old! I am so happy to be able to drop Jax off on my way out of town from Sacramento and feel absolutely confident that my dog is in good hands. —DeniseWunibald


2011-04-14 17:47:16   I have only good reviews for Elizabeth's service. I trust her with my two dogs while on vacation and she always goes out of her way to make accommodations with transportation out to Winters. Her frequent visits to the dog park make her service above and beyond the services that kennels offer. I have a very timid girl and I know Elizabeth knows how to give her what she needs. Hannah and Reuben enjoy their vacation time in Davis and love all the dog connections she has!! Thank you from Donna, Rick, James, Hannah and Reuben. —donnamacdougall

"2011-06-01" Elizabeth has been caring for our dogs for a few years now; we have complete trust in her and offer the most positive review possible. When we drive up to her place with the dogs, they get very excitedly happy and push on the gate to try to gain entry. I can go on, but many above have said all the right things. — Larry


2011-06-15 15:18:53   Elizabeth is simply amazing. I have an extremely skittish and difficult dog, Domino. He's a rescue and doesn't trust people normally. The first day Elizabeth met Domino, he tried to test her by nipping her hand. Elizabeth was caring but firm with him and won him over instantly. When Elizabeth took Domino out for his first day of care, he was excited to go with her and had a fabulous, fear free day. I've seen how the other dogs interact with Elizabeth. The love her and are calm as a group. If you're looking for someone who is trustworthy, gives great care and good with any animal, Elizabeth is the way to go hands down! —KenyaMitchell


2011-06-29 19:00:14   I think Elizabeth is fantastic. I rarely go anywhere, but the few times I have, Elizabeth has taken such good care of all my animals (dogs, cat, chickens, goats, bunnies).. This last time, I was so frantic trying to get out of the house for my daughter's wedding that I left everything a mess, yet she took it all in stride. She took such good care of everyone—they seemed to barely notice I'd been gone for three days. Thank you! —CharleneLogan


"2011-07-05 22:30:35"   2006 most recent service was 1-4 July 2011. We have used Elizabeth since moving to Winters in Oct 2006. 2 of our cats require medical attention, Elizabeth has always been able to give them their medications without fail. She has called us when we went on a short notice trip; Joe's medications had been changed to verify the change prior to giving Joe the medications. She is very detail orientated and is wonderful with the cats. All five of our cats even our feral comes out for Elizabeth. It is great being able to leave knowing our cats are being well cared for. —NissaStephenson


2011-07-14 16:15:54   We have worked with Elizabeth for over a year and she has been 100% dependable. She always visits when she says she will, and our dog loves her. Also, Elizabeth has taken good care of our dog at her house while we have been on vacation. We highly recommend her! —CharanRanganath


"2011-08-07 21:20:00"   We have never left our dog with anyone before and were a bit anxious about how he would do either by himself all alone at home or with other dogs at Elizabeth's home. We did feel confident, though, that Elizabeth would figure it out because she's very experienced and tuned-in to dogs. We returned after our 9 day trip to find that Oreo was at Elizabeth's home the whole time and he enjoyed the security and comfort of being with others. We're so pleased to have found someone so trustworthy, knowledgeable, dependable, and caring (of both the dog and the worried owners!). Many thanks Elizabeth!!! —ChristinaChang


2011-08-21 13:53:56   We moved to Davis about a year ago, found Elizabeth on the wiki and gave her a try. We have now used her several times and our Susie couldn't be happier. She is a dog that does not do well in kennels and is getting older so much appreciates the great attention she receives from Elizabeth. Thanks Elizabeth! —RKeith


2011-09-22 01:33:10   Elizabeth was FANTASTIC!!! I had 4 rats that needed babysitting and contacted her with really short notice. She was very considerate that my rats would probably be freaked out about other dogs so she gave them their whole separate room. _ Thank you so much for taking care of them for me! —Carolt


2011-10-07 11:57:25   I tried using Elizabeth back in May for a week long trip my husband and I were taking. This was before there was any mention of her employee Suzie, here on the wiki or anywhere on her sites. I had seen Elizabeth at Toad Hollow numerous times and she is very very good with the dogs she brings there. This is what made me want to user her and because we had talked occasionally, she said we could forgo the consultation because she was already familiar with my dog, Maia. I emailed her back and forth the weeks leading up to our trip, and again the day before to confirm that I was to drop my dog off at her house at 2:45 the next day. The day off the drop-off, I had taken off work early and my husband had moved some meetings around because we both wanted to be there just so we could check everything out. We showed up at her house and knocked on the door, but nobody answered. There were 6 dogs barking at us through the window, which scared our dog. After finally getting a hold of her over the phone, she said she was stuck in traffic in Sacramento and told us to just 'let her inside'. We were understanding about the traffic issue, but I told her I wasn't going to just open the door and leave her at a house unattended. Especially where I didn't know how she would react with the other dogs, so my husband and I went back home.

She called back saying her partner Suzie would meet us at her house to let Maia in, but with everything not going the way we had hoped, it was off-putting to hear about a partner that we had never heard of before. Honestly, I am glad that she is listed here on the wiki now so as to clear any confusion. I did speak with Suzie on the phone that day and she was very understanding of our situation, and our need to find an alternative option, and even told me she agreed that her working for Elizabeth needs to be made more public. —rachand1


2011-10-21 08:29:14   My son is on a sports team at UC Davis and so we wanted to come to Davis regularly to attend games. We were at a loss as to what we would do with our two dogs on these trips during games. After much research, we found Elizabeth's Pet Sitting — an ideal solution for us as she cares for dogs in her home. Our dogs had several stays there, usually f...or about five hours, and they always came back worn out and happy. Each time we returned to Elizabeth's, they were excited to go in the house, see Elizabeth and play with the other dogs. That's proof that they had a good time (you know dogs, they will try to avoid going in to places they don't want to go to, like the vet!) We even have a dog that gets serious separation anxiety and she did very well and likes it there. Elizabeth understands dogs and dog behavior and has a very calming presence for the dogs. They obey her and respond well to her. Thanks to Elizabeth, we are able to see our son play sports. We just used a drop off service, but oftentimes dogs were staying with her for several days at a time and those dogs always seemed happy as well. We will continue to use her service. It's perfect for our needs! —doryford


2011-11-13 11:55:21   Elizabeth has taken care of my little kitty 3 times in the past 2 months. She comes and picks him and takes care of him overnight. My kitty always runs towards her when she walks in and seems extremely happy around her. When she drops him back off, again he looks like he's been well taken care.. It's so convenient to have such a responsible pet-sitter around with flexible hours. She will be taking care of my kitty again for the 5 days I'm gone for thanksgiving. Elizabeth definitely knows how to care for pets and I highly recommend her services so take advantage guys. Don't know what I would do without her! —yasmohabbat


2012-01-14 16:23:53   We left for eight days to go halfway across the country and left our two dogs at home for the first time. Elizabeth put us at ease right away. She sent us a text message early the first morning she was there, sent us text updates throughout our trip and even sent us a few pictures of the dogs playing and on walks. When we came home the dogs were really calm and it was evident they were well cared for while we were gone. She took them to the dog park almost everyday, and asked our permission before she did it. In the meet and greet we had with her before we left she took very detailed notes on the dogs "schedule and rules" and really paid attention to what we told her. We will definitely use her again! —BlairSwadley


2012-02-11 19:17:30   Elizabeth: Many dog owners have asked you repeatedly to respect the three-dog rule at the dog park, especially because you are incapable of controlling 5-7 dogs at once. Just because you run a business doesn't mean you are exempt. Do your clients know you constantly break the rules and piss off other dog owners? —MeggoWaffle


2012-02-14 11:38:41   Meggo: Thanks for your concerns but I run a business and understand dog behavior extremely well . I graduated with a degree in Animal Science , volunteered with shelters, interned at the vet school hospital , and worked with 100's of dogs. Before I accept a client as a dog park client they must have certain qualifications behavior wise and training wise. I realize having and controlling several dogs at a time is a huge task and I am very attentive and responsible. I never bring aggressive or dominant, unneutered dogs to any public park . Most people at the park know me and appreciate the fact I am providing a service in a responsible way. Since I go to the dog park several times a day I know what to avoid and how to keep the dogs I care for engaged so your comment about not controlling my dgs s simply untrue. I love my job and will continue providing dog park runs for dogs in Davis that enjoy large group settings. The dogs are well socialized, have good manners , and enjoy their outings. I am upfront with my clients on the size of the groups I take out . Thanks for your concerns, to my knowledge I have not pissed anyone off for bringing well mannered, well trained, happy, playful dogs to socialize with others . —ElizabethBarthel


Not a good environment for dogs who suffer from anxiety or are sensitive.

When I arrived for the initial consultation I showed up literally to Elizabeth and her neighbor arguing over the chaos that was in her back yard. Her neighbor was asking her to please have the dogs be more controlled so they wouldn't bark day/night and she wouldn't have to resort to yelling and screaming at the dogs.

I was most definitely put off by this, but know how people can be so I gave Elizabeth the benefit of the doubt. But unfortunately, once I was inside her house I understood exactly what her neighbor was trying to stop. There were dogs sectioned off in her whole entire house.... Two in the kitchen, one in the hall way, three in the living room... it was a house FULL of gates... NO organization.... It was stressful for me just to sit down and speak with her. She was screaming at the dogs to be quiet, she was even telling me how this dog or that dog is difficult or bad..... The entire environment was Stressful! I brought my dog in so she could meet him, and there was this huge dog in the same section as us and he was just out of control! He was attacking my dog and I was waiting for Elizabeth to do something about it, but she didn't do anything until I finally walked over and grabbed the dog to keep him from bitting my dog.

It was an awful experience and I don't know how anyone could leave their dog with her if they truly care about the atmosphere they are in. It was high anxiety, stress, screaming, out of control dogs and dogs were in little sections of the house.... She is not organized to handle the amount of dogs she has.

I opted out of this type of place for my dog because as a puppy I don't want him exposed to this type of stress so early in life. It may be fine for your dog, but I would never recommend Elizabeth for anyone's dog or cat.-ChewyNCompany


2013-03-17 20:34:03   Elizabeth irresponsibly brings her personal dog that has bitten multiple dogs causing injuries requiring veterinary attention, including mine to Toad Hollow dog park. She also repeatedly violates the 3 dog maximum rule. Local vets do not recommend her either. —Mcourv

I would like to comment on this situation at hand because I feel this is a misrepresentation of my good faith character and business ordeals. The first thing is in both circumstances I took responsibility and paid the entire bill so I don't understand how that is being irresponsible. As a dog owner whether my personal dog or clients I'm caring for I am responsible for making decisions. Hunter is a well socialized 1 year old English lab who has been around dogs since he was 10 weeks old. He has been a proud member of the Davis Dog park community since he's been 4 months old . He attended puppy classes and is very well trained. He is great with my daycare and vacation clients. All dogs can make mistakes and that's what happened. Hunter will see a trainer to get to the bottom of why he did it which I am starting to think it may be health related . Hunter never injured any dog up until these two incidents.
Now as for the veterinary statement I don't understand why someone would say that when they don't know me personally, 2 never used my services and don't even know my relationships with vets in town. I have an outstanding reputation with vets in this town. I graduated UCD in 2008 as an Animal Science major and as a student interned at local vet clinics as well as worked at the veterinary medical teaching hospital for 5 yrs. On several occasions I have had to bring clients animas to the vet for emergencies and routine medical care while the client was out of town. The well being , safety and happiness of all animals is my priority and responsibility . This past Christmas -I spent half the day in the emergency rm with a clients lab that had a heart attack and lead to one of the hardest decisions a pet sitter would have to make. Most vets you ask will say I am go above and beyond in any situation. I also track referrals and can tell you that on a regular basis I get referrals from clinics in Davis. -Elizabeth Barthel

~She did in fact pay the vet bills on both occasions, as it was her legal liability. Both clinics the injured dogs were taken to stated that they did not recommend her services. I am not saying that you are a horrible person or pet sitter Elizabeth, I am stating that some actions on your part are irresponsible; for example bringing more dogs than you can safely control, and continuing to bring hunter without any steps taken to prevent another incident after the first bite occurred, causing another bite to occur. Both dogs bitten were puppies that were being socialized. Incidents like that can permanently damage dogs, which is why aggressive dogs should not be at the dog park, and if they are they should be muzzled. -Mcourv


2013-03-18 14:31:31   Elizabeth—do you or do you not consistently violate the 3-dog rule??? This has been a repeated complaint on this page and I think potential customers would appreciate you addressing the concern. —PeteB


2013-03-19 07:58:28   Pete to answer your questions PLEASE refer to my statements previously on why. I am providing a service to my clients- the fact of the matter is Toad Hollow is the only place that has a three dog rule to my knowledge. A few of the accusations made my individuals have been in off leash areas where there is no sign posted. I do go to Toad Hollow on occasion but usually bring someone with me to help supervise or meet a client at the park that meets me there on a regular basis so her dog can play with friends and continue to be socialized. Have I broken the rule-Yes .I have talked to numerous people who frequent the park on a daily basis to make sure they are ok with me being there as well as been an active member of DDOG . I get complements all the time about how focused the dogs are. If someone were to ever have a problem with a particular dog or my being there I would gladly leave no questions asked. I do not go to the park during busy hours or hours where individuals are breaking other rules during the day ie rush hr times were people just get off work. i keep my dogs engaged the entire time at the park and am watching them carefully. I have been a Davis community member for 8 years and graduated from the university. I have helped with numerous fundraisers like getting the small dog gate installed at the park and donations towards the benches provided. The regulars at the park know what timeframe I will be bringing the dogs and i don't go everyday to the same place as i like to change up routine and go hiking with the dogs, leash walks,etc. I am upfront on the size of groups I take out during the initial meeting with my clients. I am a responsible individual and care about the well being of my business, reputation and respect individuals in my community. I am a hard worker who is dedicated and devoted to her work in every aspect.The picture that was taken at Toad hollow is my personal pic. Have a great day. —ElizabethBarthel


2013-03-19 09:22:24   Hello all. I am a toad hollow regular and often meet Elizabeth there to help with her daily dog outings. i bring one dog and help out with two of her charges to keep within the 3 dog limit for her. She takes her responsibilities and people's comments very seriously. I was also present on both occasions where a puppy was nipped by her dog. In both cases, the puppies were behaving as normal, high-energy puppies do. Adult dogs do act in a corrective behavior when around puppies. In these cases, the pup got nipped. Lucky for us in Davis, there happened to be a vet at the dogpark who immediately looked at the injury and assessed it to be minor. I haven't heard what the vet clinic the owner took the dog to advised as far as treatment necessary. As a dog lover, I am thankful Elizabeth provides excercise and socialization for dogs that would otherwise be fairly confined. I agree with all postings that she follow all local laws as well as be responsible for all incidents related to her charges. Julie S —juliesilva


2013-03-19 11:33:57   No stitches were required in either case, —ElizabethBarthel


2013-03-19 11:55:21   The vet that checked the pup at the dogpark said it did not require a vet visit, however the dog owner always makes that decision for themselves. I do want to add that several trainers and vets that I've worked with are opposed to taking dogs to dog parks. I, however, have had a great experience at Toad Hollow. There have been incidents, including my dog being bitten on her nose and myself being bitten on the hand trying to break up a scuffle. But its been overall a positive experience for my dog and for myself. The socialization for my dog is vital and its actually a good place to continue training your dog, plenty of distractions to work with! I encourage the puppy owner to come on back & give it another try. From my experience, its best to avoid the late afternoon crowd. It can be particularly crowded and dogs are often high-energy after being cooped up during the day. —juliesilva


2013-03-19 18:15:15   I wasn't going to weigh in until I knew that my dog would not require any follow-up care, but I resent Julia and Elizabeth minimizing my dog's injury by calling it a nip and replying that no stitches were required. Hunter bit my dog's face soundly enough to puncture the muzzle and knock out an adult tooth. There was a lot of blood. Yes, both dogs that Hunter bit are young, but that is immaterial. In my case there were a few dogs milling about, sniffing wee-wees, and NO ONE was romping. But even if they had been, that's what dogs DO at a dog park. If your dog bites anyone for it then HE is the one who shouldn't be at the dog park. I suggested as much and Elizabeth's response was that she would only take him a couple times a week. Uhh, isn't that like driving drunk only some of the time?? So a couple weeks later Hunter bites another dog in the exact same manner. I think it's obvious that he should be banned—PERIOD. —GoldenA

—-Sorry you felt this way-my comments were directed at the second incident not yours. I was going to follow up with you later this week to check in with Monty. Hunter has not been to park since and I have consulted a professional regarding the situation. —ElizabethBarthel


Note: the following refers to the second dog bite incident from Elizabeth's dog, not the first dog bite incident from Elizabeth's dog where a dog's tooth was lost.

2013-03-19 20:49:00   I’m sorry if this may be overlong, but I’d like to comment on the incident discussed above, since I happened to be the person closest to Elizabeth's dog, Hunter, when he bit the pup; I’m also the veterinarian who quickly assessed the puppy immediately after the incident, as mentioned above.

I paid a great deal of attention to the puppy that morning; she's of the same breed as my girl and just a bit younger, and it was pure pleasure to see her run to greet all of the dogs in the park, just as my dog had done when she first visited Toad Hollow. Accordingly, I watched the puppy rush excitedly up to Elizabeth’s dog, Hunter, who at that moment stood only two or three feet directly in front of me. Although, despite his health issues, Hunter generally seems like a placid, happy guy, he apparently didn’t appreciate the puppy's suddenly enthusiastic supplication, so he immediately rebuked it—so I whacked him. I wasn’t concerned so much that Hunter’s instantaneous response would seriously injure the pup as that he might badly frighten her, but I took one step forward and (since I couldn’t quickly reach his collar) I hit Hunter with a ChuckIt! Launcher across his shoulders hard enough to be certain that he’d long remember it; as I recall, though, the pup had already run off in the split second before I corrected Hunter.

Of course the puppy’s owner ran over, and I accompanied her back to a bench at the north side of the park. I’d already spoken to her earlier that morning as I admired her pup, but I identified myself as a veterinarian, asked if I could take a look, and quickly assessed the puppy just as I would have examined my own dog. My impression was that the puppy's understandably worried owner would appreciate a more thorough, formal assessment than I could provide at the park, and that the puppy would likely go home from an office visit with no stitches but with a course of antibiotics—and I expected that Hunter’s owner would pay for that. Within a few minutes it was clear to me that the puppy would remain a happy, well-adjusted bundle of energy with no long-term effects from the incident. I hope so, but my hope is based on my own puppy's uneventful recoveries from strikingly similar experiences at Toad Hollow, where, not surprisingly, dogs often behave like dogs.

Edit: I should note that last summer I left my puppy with Elizabeth for a week in which she was with Hunter most hours—except when she slept on the bed with Elizabeth's mother. I discussed Hunter's situation with Elizabeth this morning; I think that she will manage this responsibly, and I understand that she has sought some qualified help. RBrianWalsh


2013-04-16 19:23:43   Whacking a dog with a Chuckit was hardly an acceptable way of dealing with that situation if you weren't actually immediately concerned for the bitten dog's safety. All you accomplish there is making BOTH dogs fearful, with the added bonus of Elizabeth's dog now associating the puppy with being hit. That's likely to make his reaction WORSE the next time, not better.

edit: I also happen to think that you should remove the 'pre-veterinarian' designation in the opening sentence of this page. I feel that it is a misrepresentation. —inu


"2013-04-17 20:23:42"   Elizabeth has been walking my big 120lb dog for a few months now and he just LOVES her! Its such a relief to know that I can go to classes and study groups all day without feeling guilty or worried that Samson is home alone and not being exercised. Elizabeth thoroughly interviewed me about Samson's habits and behavior before beginning to walk him. He was not socialized with other dogs until late in life (he's 9 years old now) and can be skittish and unpredictable. Elizabeth listened to my concerns and does not take him to Toad Hollow. She takes him on different walks on leash instead. If I was going on a vacation I would not hesitate to trust Elizabeth with Samson's care, either at her home, or as an overnight stay at mine. Oh, and she has been very patient with constant changes in my schedule over these past weeks of the new quarter, which I am sure is frustrating to her. I recommend Elizabeth very highly. Happy dog, happy owner! ShannR


2013-05-04 18:29:40   Elizabeth's in-home boarding is a uniquely great service. Kennels or even pet hotels don't come close to the level of home-away-from-home feel. Last year I had to work out-of-state over the summer - my dog stayed with Elizabeth for 3 months (with a favorable long-term rate) and had a wonderful time. We also frequently use in-home boarding for long weekends and holidays - never sending my dog to a kennel again! —YihengLi


2013-06-27 17:37:53   Elizabeth is without a doubt the best of the best when it comes to pet sitting in Davis. Not only does she watch our birds and cats, but she knows about taking care of any medical needs and is always available to be a loyal friend and caregiver to your pets. I've used her services for over 2 years and cannot say enough good things about her and her business. To top it off, Elizabeth is a wonderful person. She is kind, approachable, and loads of fun to be around! You simply cannot find a better pet services provider than Elizabeth's PetSsitting. She is the best there is and I would recommend her to anyone needing care for cats, dogs, birds, or other animals. In a word - she is AWESOME! - Jerry V. —JerryVoltura


2013-08-06 15:40:26   I have no comment about Elizabeth's business, of which I know nothing. A small red car bearing her business name followed me as I drove eastbound on Lillard Drive just before 3:00PM this afternoon, though, and I do have a comment about the driver of that car.

There is a flashing speed sign close to the western end of the street and the sign indicated that I was going 25, the posted speed limit. The red car bearing her business name followed me too close for comfort—I couldn't see her front bumper in my rear-view mirror—until she touched her brakes at the stop sign at Danbury Street and made a right turn before I had finished coming to a full stop myself at the same stop sign before proceeding eastward.

These are, of course, my own observations and subject to contradiction by the driver of the little red car. It goes without saying, however, that any attempt at contradiction will be informed by self-interest. I will repeat, however, that the posted speed limit was 25, the car following me gave indications that the driver was impatient with my speed by following more closely than necessary, and I had not fully stopped when the little red car proceeded southbound on Danbury Street after barely paying its respect to the stop sign.

As someone who drives a vehicle with signs on it and who employs people who drive similar vehicles, I am sensitive to the issue here. People can easily forget a speeding blue Honda, say, but a car marked "Elizabeth's Pet Sitting" is memorable and not particularly good advertising. —DavidRobinson


2013-10-19 23:11:09   I hired Elizabeth to petsit for me based on the reviews I saw here and on Yelp, but unfortunately, she did not live up to my expectations. In fact, this was the worst petsitting experience I have ever had. When I initially met her, she seemed thorough, writing down all my instructions since my dogs have medical conditions, and she assured me that she would take great care of them. However, while I was out of town for work, one of my dogs became very ill and needed to go to the hospital right away. However, Elizabeth said that she couldn't take her to the hospital until the evening because of her other petsitting obligations. In my opinion, other dog walks can wait when there is an emergency, just as I would expect my dogs to have to wait if another of her clients was having an emergency. I ended up calling all over town to find another petsitter willing to take my dog to the hospital. When I returned from my trip, I learned that my dog had been doing poorly for days, and she was nearly dead by the time the other petsitter got her to the vet. $1800 later, my dog is still alive, but in my opinion, Elizabeth neglected her responsibility as my petsitter in an emergency circumstance. In addition, I learned after I got home that my cat was missing, and she couldn't tell me with any certainty when was the last time she saw him. According to my neighbors, my cat has been missing since Sep 22, and at the time of this posting, he is still missing. In addition to these 2 horrible situations, when I came home, my house looked like it had been hit by a tornado - it was filthy and I even found one of my large dog's pain pills on the couch. I don't want to think about what would have happened if my small dog had eaten it. Perhaps if you have only one animal to care for and it is in perfect physical and emotional health, Elizabeth could be a good petsitter for you, but personally, I wouldn't trust her if she were the last petsitter on Earth. —PaulaRivadeneira


2013-10-21 00:15:58   I'm going to respond to Paula's comment because I have never been treated with such disrespect from a client upon returning home to the point of leaving in tears. I first want to say that I did everything to the best of my ability. I am going to explain the situation from a pet sitters perspective . I was hired to care for a household of a several indoor/outdoor cats , a tortoise, and 6 dogs all of which were on pills (2x/day) and 2 were diabetic. I closely monitored one of the diabetic dogs blood glucose numbers and made sure the dog ate and was ok at every visit. I went shopping for roasted chicken, liver wurst , and Vienna sausages. I have a background in Animal Science and have interned in several vet clinics and shelters so was aware of the responsibility of taking care of a diabetic animal. I was in constant contact with the client at all times several times a day thru text and phone conversations of the dogs situation. The dogs specialist was in Sacramento 35 minutes outside Davis . I alerted the client the moment the dog stopped eating and suggested an in home mobile vet be called or the dog be taken to the UCD Vet school but the client refused any service other than the vet in Sacramento . The next morning the dog really needed to see a vet -I had offered the night before to drive the dog . It literally was an overnight decrease in health not days . The dog ended up being diagnosed with Ketosis. I had been visiting the household 3x/day plus doing a sleep over at the home. I had been awaiting a response from the client the next day about how to proceed. The vet wanted to see the dog immediately. I have dealt with several pet emergencies in my 9 years of petsitting and have always been able to respond to an emergency ASAP . This past Christmas I spent 6 hrs in the emergency rm with a dog in liver failure. I know how time consuming emergencies can be. In addition to transport , there is the waiting time and final tests and diagnosis. The client called me and asked if I could make an appointment in Sacramento around 2pm. I had to make a professional decision and be honest with the client that since she had an out of area veterinarian I would not be able to transport the dog at the specified time and she should try to find an alternative travel arrangement until I could be with the dog and give my undivided attention. Never in the history of my company have I had to do that but I did have other medical related animals I was caring for that could not be ignited even though I had cancelled my dog walks in anticipation for a worst case scenario that I could not take the dog to an out of town veterinarian at the time requested. I did have to meet the hired transport to unlock the front door. Now to address the missing cat and condition of the house. Moki and all the other cats were INDOOR/OUTDOOR cats and had access to the outside thru a dog door. As a pet sitter I cannot guarantee the safety of a cat that has access to the outdoors. I told the client I had last seen the cat 2 days before the rain storm we had over the weekend.
Now the interesting part of the story -the return of the key to the client
I completed the job and upon their return received a phone call from the client that Moki had not come home yet. I kept up to date on the status of Chollas progress and addressed by phone any concerns or complaints I received . I vacuumed the home upon leaving , washed the bedding, and even washed the rugs and dog beds since it had rained. The client complained that her kitchen floor was full of dirt . It had rained and the dogs just like the cats have access to the outside. Upon washing the rugs I hung them up on the fence to dry .
About a week went by and I was owed some money for my shopping trip and the for the special needs dog and the client wanted me to return her key . She owed me for an extra visit I did when the flight got delayed. She said she would be deducting the cost of transport fees she had to pay from what she owed me . I agreed to this arrangement.
We arranged a time that worked well for her and I proceeded to return the key . The situation turned from a couple of complaints to an ambush by Paula and her husband. They verbally insulted me , refused to pay for any extra visits and the food bought for their dog. They threatened to call the police if I didn't leave the property. About half of the meeting was Paula's husband yelling at me and trying to intimidate me. He wanted copies of the paperwork his wife signed. I told him he was making me feel very uncomfortable and we needed to be professional and talk about any concerns he or jus wife had. I handled myself in a professional manner and kept calm as I was insulted and accused of not providing the highest standard of care for their household. The pill found on the couch was never mentioned in my phone conversations , text messages, or prior to the meeting. I had been pilling the animals 2x/day for over a week and never had a problem. I continually apologized and just kept getting verbal abuse and threats that I would be sued . They said I must of done something wrong to have a diabetic dog go into a Ketotic state and accused me of Moki' s disappearance saying I must be hiding the truth of when he went missing . After about 30 minutes I shook both of their hands, and left . I felt bad about the lost cat and did everything to help even though I was upset by the way I was just treated. I have never felt so intimidated and degraded by a client in my entire professional career. I hope Moki returns and will miss caring for the animals but I learned some important lessons from this situation.
Thanks for everyone's continued support and loyalty and rest assured I will ALWAYS provide the highest care and responsibility to anyone's pet in any situation.
Elizabeth Barthel


2013-12-21 11:20:14   Our family has been relying on Elizabeth for high-quality pet-sitting care ever since our dog was a puppy. Elizabeth has been an amazing dog-sitter and we're always relieved that we can board our dog with her when we're away. She has a fantastic rapport with dogs, takes excellent care of them, and goes the extra mile for us, providing gratis services such as toenail-trimming and scheduling grooming appointments for us. We don't know what we'd do with out her. Elizabeth is fantastic. —AdamSiegel


2014-03-03 16:12:48   Elizabeth has been helping me take care of my energetic pit bull puppy for almost a year now. I feel very comfortable leaving my dog with her and never worry about his safety when he is with her. Although he is very strong and can be difficult to handle, Elizabeth is calm and confident with him. It is also nice knowing that she has insurance should anything happen. I would definitely recommend Elizabeth to anyone with pet-sitting or dog-walking needs :) —KFReed


2014-03-06 12:31:17   Elizabeth Barthel has been a fantastic dogsitter for me. She has done so much for me and my dogs. She has taken my dogs to the groomers’. She’s taken them for short walks and long adventures. She has stayed overnight at my house and has had the dogs at her house. My dogs are sometimes difficult. One is shy; the other super friendly. Elizabeth is great with both of them. I know that my dogs will have a good time with Elizabeth. They are always happy when I return from trips. Elizabeth Barthel is trustworthy, dependable, and great with animals. I recommend her highly as a dog sitter. —SallieHejl


2014-03-30 10:29:25   Elizabeth was a great sitter for our cat!

My cat is not particularly difficult, but he is prone to separation anxiety. Elizabeth did a good job caring for him. There was a bit of a hiccup in which I could not find the key that she hid in my potted plants, and she was very nice and patiently stayed on the phone with me while I looked.

The only word of caution is that cats with no exposure to dogs may find it difficult at her home. I was only there from outside, but when I knocked on her door, several dogs began to bark and it gave my cat an anxiety attack (which is why we ultimately decided to just have in home care instead).

Overall, a good experience. —eyun


2014-04-04 19:25:38   Elizabeth has been caring for our dogs for 2 years when we leave town Reliable
Trustworthy
True to her word
She provides timely pickup at our home
She provides timely drop off at our home
She is generous, honest
Simply a great resource

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