Reminders and Updates

News for current clients

Sit Stay Sleep is OPEN.


Here’s what you need to know: 

Obviously I want to be a cautious and mindful of all our safety (yours, mine and our dogs) as I start taking dogs here at Sit Stay Sleep for both daycare and boarding during our current Covid-19 state of being. 

Now that more of you are working and doing school from home there are still plenty of benefits to bringing your dog to daycare, even if it’s just occasionally. Dogs are social beasts and enjoy and need their friends, it’s good for their brain and general social skills. Routine is good too, and renewing their routine with coming here helps restore a level of balance for them, not to mention giving you and your dog a break from each other. 


What will be different here at SSS:  

  • No touch drop-off/pick-up processes (see below).
  • Fewer off-leash park runs. I know all our dogs love their off leash adventures, but during this time of social distancing and new on-leash rules at so many parks, going to many of our favorite play spots more challenging.
  • More on leash neighborhood walks and active play time in the yard.
  • Not different, just a friendly reminder I am happy to bath your dog if you like, just let me know at drop-off. $30. We are all missing our spa days. 

Details how no touch drop-off/pick-up will work: 

Schedule daycare date and arrival time with Kendra in advance of drop-off. 

  • Text/call Kendra when you arrive at SSS, do NOT come to the front door. I will greet you at the side yard, on the left of the house.
  • Client can leave their leash on pegs on fence just inside the short gate my side yard.
  • Especially in the morning I will not talk with clients in side yard, to keep the noise down for my neighbors. Chatting at the front of the house is fine.
  • I will use my own leashes and harness with dogs in my care. The leashes and harnesses will be cleaned each day after use to lessen cross contamination.
  • Client will text/call 10 minutes prior to pick-up, giving me time to wipe their dog down and put them in the side yard for pick-up.
  • Remember to bring your leash for pick-up.


Cancellation Policy Updated for Covid-19

 Modified cancellation policy taking effect immediately: Clients will be charged 50% for all boarding cancellations with less than 7 days notice, no fee for cancellations with more than 8 days notice. With all the uncertainty that lies ahead, I expect that this policy will continue through the summer. 


In the case of true emergencies (to be determined by SSS), credit toward future boarding may be issued when possible.


Health and Safety out on the trails

 Canine Influenza 2018-19: Canine influenza seem to be here to stay and Sit Stay Sleep is requiring the Bivalent Canine Influenza Vaccine (CIV)  for all dogs coming to SSS. If you do not want to vaccinate your dog, please contact Kendra directly. For more information check out  

Rain puddles and standing water for most dogs are great fun, unfortunately they are a petri-dish of bacteria and parasites. We do our best to keep the pack from drinking from these gross water sources, but it inevitably happens. The diseases we are most concerned with are giaridia and Lepto, which both present with diarrhea and/or vomiting and require a trip to the vet. Do not ignore these symptoms if they persist for more than 12 hours. Lepto can do serious long term damage to your dogs kidney and liver if not caught and treated early. 

Foxtails are an issue in our parks and on trails all summer and fall. We do our best to limit our packs exposure to Foxtails, but they are on all trails and in the parks. If you are concerned about this risk, you might consider getting an Outfox head protector for your dog. It will protect a dog’s ears, eyes, nose and mouth from foxtails. Of course we check the dogs for stickers and foxtails after outings, but it is impossible to find them all. If your dog gets a foxtail, on an outing with us, that requires a vets intervention you are responsible for the vet cost.  

Ticks are tenacious little creatures and they are everywhere in our hills, grasses and open spaces. Again, we do our best to check for ticks after outings, but inevitably they grab onto pups and people alike and are very good at hiding in the warm crevices. To protect your dog against ticks, and to prevent the potential for contracting tick-borne diseases; including Lyme disease, we advise you to regularly use tick preventives on your dog. There are many prescription and over the counter options available. We encourage you to speak to your vet to help you find a medication that is right for your dog.


Sit Stay Sleep crew


Joanne DeMars has been with me since 2014 and as part of my team she makes my life easier. 2-3 days a week she takes the pack to the hills for a good long run. Being the runner she is, they get a great workout and come back happy and tired. Joanne spent her undergrad years working as a vet tech and is very dog savvy. On those rare occasions I am gone overnight when there are dogs here, Joanne generally spends the night here at my house and is on dog duty.

George Berven continues to be a valuable help around here doing weekend walks, hanging out with the dogs when I’m out, helping with onsite projects and generally providing physical and emotional support to my busy life. He also provides hours of couch snuggles for the pack.

Cake Oh has been working with me since 2015. She is a true dog lover. Besides exuding love & care to the pups, Cake Oh is my task master helping get things done here at SSS, keeping us on track with projects and helping with Dogumentarian goals.


General reminders for your dog’s upcoming stay

  • Fill-out an itinerary sheet online for your trip.
  • Make sure vaccines and flea treatment are all current.
  • You are responsible for drop-off and pick-ups of your dog (within a 30-minute window) as scheduled. Please let me know ASAP if you will be early or delayed.
  • If you are traveling internationally or to a remote or hard to reach location, you will need to provide a supplemental emergency plan. We can talk about this.
  • Please include 2-3 days worth of extra food. In case you are delayed returning as well as our guests tend to get lots of exercise and sometimes need a little extra food.
  • Follow the adventures of all the pups here at Sit Stay Sleep on our Facebook and Instragram pages.








Contacting Kendra

For making or changing a reservation, confirming details, etc., email is best

For “day of” changes, checking-in or emergencies, my cell phone is 510-847-1832. 


Being a home-based business means someone is here most of the time. That being said, we do have preffered hours that you should arrive with your dog, so that we may schedule our activities, errands, appointments with regularity. 

Drop-offs: 7:30 – 9:30 am 

Pick-ups: 4 – 6 pm.

Late pick-ups until 9:30 pm – based on availability.

All drop-off and pick-up times need to be scheduled with Kendra. 

Upcoming 2020 Closure Dates:

Monday Nov. 2 – Wednesday Nov. 11, open for dogs Thursday Nov. 12.