Our mission is to be a leader in personalized pet care by developing family bonds with our customers and their pets through individualized, loving, compassionate and knowledgeable pet care.
Our Core Values
At Canine Companion LA, our network of highly skilled professional dog walkers and pet sitters provide a safe, high quality, tailored experience for each of your four-legged family members. Weekly routines allow them enjoy the fresh air and sunshine through exercise, socialization hikes and play. Our pet care professionals partner with you to provide your pets with a well rounded, healthy, California lifestyle experience.
We understand that each pet and family has unique needs. We want your pet(s) to thrive. And if you need to go on a trip, we want to you to have peace of mind knowing that our pet sitters will love and care for your pets in the comfort of their own homes.
All pets are welcome for services, whether they are socially at ease, shy or if they have fears of other dogs, people or situations. For our own safety, we do not take pets who are aggressive towards people.
- Safety first for the animals
- Strive to meet the unique needs of each pet owner
- Honesty and integrity in everything we do
Canine Companion LA was founded in 2011 by Linda Grunfeld, who left the corporate world after graduating from the University of Maryland, to focus on her passion of helping and working with animals. Linda has owned and cared for cats, dogs, gerbils, hamsters, mice and fish her entire life. As a young girl, she often brought home stray dogs and cats. In 2002 she and her dog Moto packed it up and drove across country to settle in California.
Her career shift began when she adopted a dog from the North Central Shelter in Los Angeles. Her love for animals led her to look for a harder-to-adopt dog in 2007. Linda searched Petfinder for months for a black lab mix before finding one that had been in the shelter for a long time. Lilo soon taught her about his special fears, which helped develop her understanding and skills for working with challenging dogs. These skills soon led to her involvement in fostering dogs for several local rescues in 2008. To date she has fostered and worked with more than 40 dogs that have all been permanently adopted.
Linda’s experience has earned her the respect as a member of Los Angeles area network of dog rescuers and trainers. Her devotion continues to assure that animals receive humane and compassionate treatment. She is a proven pack-leader who provides canine companions with the love & attention they need to interact comfortably with their human and other canine friends.
Canine Companion LA has organically expanded via word of mouth. Her clients tell their friends, hairdressers, co-workers, neighbors and relatives how their pets LOVE their time with the Canine Companion crew. Our network of highly skilled independent dog walkers and pet sitters are honest, trustworthy, reliable, discreet, compassionate, and spend quality time with each and every animal. Clients rest assured that their pets’ needs – however special – are always met. They feel confident their pets get the same love they would give them. The pictures and notes sent keep owners connected, but a wagging tail and a smiling face tell the story!
“I have been a client of Canine Companion LA for over 6 years. It is so reassuring to know that when I need to travel out of town my cat is cared for. I used to rely on friends and family who would forgot to come or do the bear minimum. I am so thankful that I found Canine Companion LA! My pet sitters spend quality time with my fluff ball Leo and make sure all of his needs are taken care of.”
“I love Canine Companion! They’ve been walking my dog since I first got him a couple years ago and I trust them to take good care of him while I’m not there. Linda and her team are great – from the text updates and pictures after each walk to being flexible with my schedule and booking last-minute walks, I don’t know what I would do without them! Canine Companion is the best!”
“I only trust Canine Companion with my two dogs, Rocky and Ripley. My dogs are a part of my family so making sure they get out and get love and attention while I’m at work is very important to me. Over the years I’ve also gotten lots of tips to give my dogs a better life; food, treat, and toy recommendations, training tips, and referrals for trainers and great places to get toys and goodies for my dogs too!”
“You cannot ask for a better ‘canine companion’ than Linda. She is caring, compassionate, and concerned, and very educated about dogs. She is responsible, reliable, and trustworthy. My dogs Ruby and Lincoln are the absolute lights of my life and I have total faith in Linda. In all of their 11 years I have never felt this comfortable with anyone. The day Linda came into our lives is a blessing for all of us.”