PAWSOME 5 STAR REVIEWS

  • Today's line up at ACL is so good, we didn't want to leave. Thanks to our awesome dog walker, Lauren Spears, of The Sporty Dog we don't have to.  She has saved the day for us more than once in the last year, she is great with our dogs, and we are so lucky to have found her.  Thank you Lauren!! -Melanie P.

Excellent Cat Service, professional and kind. We will always use The Sporty Dog. -Stephen J.

  • Sporty Dog is a lifesaver! My fiance and I had to leave town unexpectedly for a funeral and were faced with finding affordable and reliable care for our dog, Ellie, at the last minute. We had never left Ellie alone before and were extremely anxious about doing so. As a rescue, Ellie has the usual package of heightened separation anxiety and trust issues and we were concerned that she wouldn't let someone unfamiliar through the door.  Enter Lauren at the Sporty Dog. Both Ellie and I were comfortable with her from the get go. She was very professional and covered all the bases with me before I left. During the trip, she was very communicative and sent photo updates. All in all, Ellie and I are big fans!  - Katy R

We LOVE having Lauren stay with our dogs when we travel. She is always so caring & dependable. M.W.

  • My Dogs are my babies and didn't think that I would find anybody that would treat them as if they were their own. My eldest Dog Sampson is very shy and doesn't take to many people so when he let Lauren actually take him out on a walk, I knew I found my person that Loves my boys. I have two rescues and my sammy that I have had for 12 years and they Love Lauren and look forward to her coming to walk them. I work 9 hours a day so I feel so much better knowing that they are getting outside time with Lauren. She gives them a treat and sends me a text letting me know how each of them did and that means so much to me. I t makes my day much easier to know they got some fun time out with somebody that cares for my kiddos.  Theresa L.


  • Lauren is a DOG WHISPERER! Our dogs are shih-tzu/chihuahua mixes and don't like everyone and they just loved her from the first minute they met her.  Couldn't ask for better service.  - Laura P. 


  • The Sporty Dog works very well with rescues & can handle any issues.  I was very impressed with Lauren's patience & kindness.  Highly recommend this business. Sarah Z.

OMG Best. Dog. Walker. Ever! Our dogs love Lauren!!!

  • Best. Dog. Walker. Ever!  Our dogs love Lauren! She has helped us on days when we can't make it home for lunch to take the pups out. Great service and you can tell she loves pets & they love her! One day, our pup ran out of the house, coincidentally Lauren shows up at the same time and our pup ran right to her arms! She's magic! - Lara M.

  • I have used The Sporty Dog for the past 2 years to help with my work travel schedule.  I couldn't be happier with Lauren and her help with Sonny and Tiger :)  She has a great availability and scheduling is very easy and quick.  Very Highly Recommend. - Matt M.​


  • I'm very happy I found Lauren and The Sporty Dog! I work a job with no set schedule and Lauren has been very accommodating to work with my odd hours. I always receive a text/picture of my dog playing ball during her visit, too. Seeing how happy my dog is while I'm away is comforting and I'm glad Lauren takes the time to do that!​  I could tell right away Lauren was good with animals and my dog is always happy when she drops by. She is reliable, friendly, and flexible with my schedule and would recommend her to anybody.  -Hayden S.


  • The Sporty Dog is the best!! They love my dog, are reliable, and  always leave a sweet message stating how my dog was. I highly recommend them! - Michele G.​

Lauren and The Sporty Dog...OUTSTANDING PETSITTER/DOGWALKER! My dog Lucy adores her.

Lauren is an OUTSTANDING PETSITTER/DOGWALKER!  My dog Lucy adores her.  She is professional and accommodating.  I wouldn't hesitate to recommend her to anyone!  - Dave F.



  • No one likes to leave out of town leaving their dogs in the care of strangers.  But Lauren with Sporty Dog was more than great.  I have 2 rescued boxers and wanted to make sure they were treated as I treat them.  She always texts a photo of their happy faces so I know they are good & well treated. Highly recommended.  Deanna H.​

  • My dogs love Ms. Lauren. I have a dog that doesn't trust a lot of people and when she sees Lauren she's all smiles. Lauren has been such a great help to us, very reliable, sweet, and caring, even at last minute she will be there for you.  She's just awesome!! - S. S.


  • I have been using The Sporty Dog for several years.  Lauren has been wonderful! I travel a lot on business as well as personal trips and I have never had one issue. She is extremely dependable, loves my pups and it gives me great comfort every time I leave town to know that she will be there. One of my pups is elderly and Lauren accommodates all of her special needs. I highly recommend her! - Cherie R.


Lauren, owner of The Sporty Dog is so sweet and took great care of my five dogs! I know that they are a lot of work, but Lauren doesn't seem to mind. She might just be Munchkin's favorite human- he would give her a million stars. -Liz P.


  • Lauren and The Sporty Dog have been perfect for us!  Our dog is always happy and tired when we come home.  Lauren is incredibly reliable and so great about being flexible with my schedule.  Highly recommend The Sporty Dog!  - Chrissy T.


  • Lauren has watched our dogs for quite a while now.  She is great with them, and she is always available.  We've had several occasions where we called last minute, and she has accommodated us every time.  She's also watched our house and the dogs over longer periods of time.  Her prices are good, and she's dependable.  And she always sends a picture of the dogs when she takes them out for a walk.  - Lance S.


  • Lauren was very responsive and my dog, Raja loves her! It gave me peace of mind knowing Lauren was looking after Raja while I was out of town.  I can tell she has a special connection with animals and genuinely cares about their wellbeing.  I highly recommend The Sporty Dog for those who truly care about their pets. -Lucas B.


  • I can't say enough good things about Lauren and The Sporty Dog!  It gives me such a peace of mind to know that whenever I'm out of town my 2 dogs are being well taken care of.  I'm a bit of an over-protective pet parent, so the fact that I'm so at ease leaving them in Lauren's hands says a lot!  She's professional, prompt and the dogs LOVE her! - Tony F.


  • Lauren has been great with helping me with my golden retriever, Callie!  She's always able to come walk her when I have long work days and she's extremely reliable.  I would recommend her to anyone. -Kelly W.


  • I HIGHLY recommend Lauren, and The Sporty Dog. It was super easy to request using the website and Lauren was prompt in responding to my request.  My dogs love Lauren and I can tell she has a special place in her heart for animals.  It's important to me that I can trust the person looking after my dogs.   Knowing Lauren was on the job left me free of any anxiety leaving them.  Seriously, I cant recommend her enough. -LB

    Lauren is Fantastic!  She is always super professional, extremely caring with our golden retriever (since he was a puppy), accommodating with our crazy schedules and has been a saving grace to stay overnight to look after our dog on countless occasions.  Highly recommend her to anyone in Austin! - Jason H.


  • Lauren was great. Easy to work with. She even send some good pictures of my pup during our vacation. It was great to know that he was in his home and getting some good interaction while we were away. -Matthew C.


  • I am so happy that I found Lauren to take care of my dog for a recent vacation..  From our initial meeting I was very comfortable with her and the interaction that she had with my pup.. I could tell that she really loved animals and as a result, did a great job.. Over the course of the next week she spent hours interacting with my pet and tending to his specific needs.. I will use her in the future and would recommend her anyone I know who needs her services...-John T.


  • We have been working with Lauren for almost two years now, including having her house sit for a couple of weeks while we were out of the country. Our dogs love her and they are always well taken care of!  Highly recommend Lauren - she is responsible and trustworthy.  The Sporty Dog has gone above and beyond with service to our family of pets. I feel totally confident leaving my home in their charge while we are out of town. - The Belangers


  • My 12 year old dachshund, Blackie, broke her elbow the Saturday before I was scheduled to deliver my baby. Blackie would not be able to put any weight on her front leg for six weeks. She would need help with eating, drinking, and going to the bathroom.  I called The Sporty Dog  and explained the situation. They were more than happy to come and sit with Blackie, allowing my family to enjoy the special day. It was an incredible weight lifted off my shoulders, and I was able to focus on the happiest day of my life without worrying about Blackie. My family and I are eternally grateful to The Sporty Dog and I would absolutely recommend them to anyone who loves their pets as much as I love mine. - Misti N.



  • The Sporty Dog has pampered our two dogs on two occasions. We were one hundred percent satisfied on both occasions and I believe the dogs were also. Having a trust worthy sitter for our pets is load off our mind when we travel. She turns on lights, stacks the mail and loves the dogs. We highly recommend The Sporty Dog. - Bill & Dolly W.


  • I used to worry every single time I was going to be late getting home...or if I needed to be away for a day or two. Now I know my baby will be in the best hands possible. I doubt I could ever find someone more responsible to take care of her. And my pooch loves her! The Sporty Dog, is the best of the best. - Scott

  • THANK YOU!! I can’t tell you enough how happy, satisfied, and thankful the Harrell Family is for your loving care!!!  Very Happy! - Amber J.


  • Thank You so very much for caring for Sancho & Lolita. The extra love and affection you gave them over the past three weeks was so obvious when I walked into the house. They were both at the door to greet me. With you caring for them, I don't think they missed me. The special care you gave Sancho was wonderful. He looks and feels so very much better now and is back to his old self thanks to you! - R. Reynolds​


  • Oliver is our "elderly" cat who believes we retired to spend more time with him. He tends to think of us as "staff" rather than "pet owners". You get the picture. So when we travel we can not leave him with just anyone. The Sporty Dog is the pet sitter of Ollie's dreams as well as ours. He is a happy little camper having them care for him. Upon returning from our last trip they stopped by a few days latter. When Oliver heard her voice he came running out of the bedroom (where he was napping) and went straight to her. Amazing. They are great with animals, took care of the newspaper, watered the plants, and brought in the mail. In short, we are totally covered. And that's very nice. - Susan and Robert


  • I HIGHLY recommend Lauren, and The Sporty Dog. It was super easy to request using the website and Lauren was prompt in responding to my request.  My dogs love Lauren and I can tell she has a special place in her heart for animals.  It's important to me that I can trust the person looking after my dogs.   Knowing Lauren was on the job left me free of any anxiety leaving them.  Seriously, I cant recommend her enough. -LB


  • LOVE Lauren and my dogs love her too! She is very flexible with my crazy schedule and always available when I need her to walk my dogs, Skye and Marley.  Absolutely would recommend! - Mikenley H. 


  • Lauren is THE BEST...hands down, no question.  My pets LOVE her.  I can always tell how they were treated by how they act when I come home. - Brandi P.


  • My dogs are my family and are so important to me.  Lauren is completely reliable and trustworthy and my dogs love her!  Lauren's arrival M-F is the highlight of their day.  Highly recommend  - Jane F. (Rascal, Brewster, Chip, Punkin, Bunny, Green)


  • We have been using Lauren with The Sporty Dog for several years when we go out town to watch after our dog and cat. We never hesitate to call her because she always provides excellent care. It's really nice not to have to worry about your pets while on vacation or out of town.  Thanks, Lauren, for providing such great care for Lily and Mo. - Cindy C.


  • Lauren and The Sporty Dog were AMAZING! She is incredible reliable and even goes the extra mile when I'm in pinch to help. Plus my Pup, Lucy loves her! - Sam R.


  • We are so lucky to have met Lauren! She always takes great care of our Dachshunds, Abby and Simon, while we are traveling. Lauren is very dependable and trustworthy. Additionally, it was comforting to know out little ones were in good hands. I can tell they have a special bond and love their time with her. I highly recommend The Sporty Dog!! Thank You So Much, Lauren! - Mary B.


  • You can trust Lauren with your furbabies. When we first moved to Austin two years ago, we had two senior dogs and she has always taken great care of them. When we added a scaredy-cat dachshund, he immediately took to her. Lauren takes the pups for nice long walks, gives good advice when we are having issues with them, and has always been able to dog-sit when we need to be out out of town. Highly Recommend Lauren and her Company! - Sophie, Sedona, Bubby, Melanie, & Rob P.


Thank you to our amazing and wonderful clients for your continued trust and support and for constantly providing us with the opportunity to care for your pets! Nothing makes us happier than hearing PAWSITIVE feedback of how our services made a difference to you and that you and your pet(s) are completely satisfied in our care. We are so grateful to each and every one of you for choosing The Sporty Dog to care for your furry family members.  Have a friend who could benefit as well?  We love referrals! Spread the Good Word about The Sporty Dog! :)


The Sporty Dog accredits their success and genuine love of caring for all furry friends with a special tribute to the former loves of her life, spunky, yorkshire terriers, Chewie and Mimi, and the celebration of their lives (1999-2016) which inspired her love for providing all Austin pets in need of genuine love and adept care.