RMV Tail & Paws

RMV Tail & Paws

Hey there!

I’m Sam Tillapaugh (sounds just like Tail-A-Paw). I am a local dog-sitter and dog-walker, taking care of RMV pets while their parents are away or busy.


Dog Sitting

Going on vacation, but can’t take your pup with you? Book your dog’s stay with us. We will make sure to care for your dog’s individual needs, and shower them with love and affection. We will send multiple photos and updates throughout your dog’s stay, reporting what they did each day. We are more than happy to do a meet-and-greet in order to see if we are a good fit for your dog. Doggy comfort is our number one priority.

Rates: $60 /day.
Holiday rates: $80/day.
Add an additional dog for $20/day.
Hourly dog-sitting also available upon request $20/hour.

Drop-In Visits

Sometimes, leaving a pet alone all day can be a bit unnerving. Will they get lonely, hungry, or sad? Will they need to go out for a walk? That’s when drop-in visits are useful. I can check in on your pet while you are gone for the day. Each drop-in visit is thirty minutes, and includes feeding your pet, spending time with your pet, and taking them out on a walk, if need be. You will also receive a report on how your pet is doing. Knowing that your pet is safe and happy is worth it!

Rates: $30 / 30-minute drop-in visit. Maximum: 2 per day.


Have a busy morning? Need to get stuff done around the house? Just don’t have time to take your dog on a decent walk? Let me take tails to trails by walking your dog around RMV’s many walking avenues. You can also book a hike or a run for bigger, more energetic dogs. Me and the pups will go on an adventure while you check off items on the to-do list!

Get a dog-walking party started in your neighborhood! Book up to three small dogs or two medium dogs on a walk. Unfortunately, larger dogs must go solo, unless they are from the same household. One-time and recurring walking schedules available!

Rates: $20/dog for 30-minute walk.
*discounts available for same household.

Additional Services:

Grooming with Hey Gorgeous Grooming!

My neighbor is Lauren from Hey Gorgeous Grooming! Our garages literally face each other. If you’d like, you can book your dog a bath or grooming session during their stay. I would be more than happy to walk them over to Hey Gorgeous Grooming while you are away. Book all appointments via her website and check out her Instagram to see all the cute haircuts!

To All The Dogs I’ve Loved Before

Samantha is the best dog sitter we have ever had! She and her husband open their home to our pups and treat them like their own. She takes them out several times a day, spoils them with playtime and walks, and gives lots of love. Samantha and her husband make sure that their schedules allow for someone to basically be home with the dogs at all times. This is very helpful with one of our little anxious pups. I also get photo updates of them on walks, out for coffee, and exploring all over which puts me at ease when I’m away from them. I feel so good about leaving our dogs with her when we are on vacation because I know they are getting their own doggy vacation at the same time. The last time I went to pick up one of my dogs, he was very excited to see me but when it was time to leave, he followed Samantha’s husband back into the house. I think he wanted to stay! lol I would DEFINITELY recommend Samantha for dog sitting. She’s the only one I use now.

Kim G.

Highly recommend Samantha for your doggy needs! I needed a last minute sitter for my senior pup, which is always a slightly anxious experience, as my dog is 11 years old and has certain special needs. Sam quickly and warmly responded. Her detail to attention immediately put me at ease – she updated me throughout the day with photos and made sure my dog was comfortable and stimulated with the right amount of walks and cuddles. Sam is experienced, present, and genuine in ensuring that your furry pet is loved!

Julia D.

Missy (my pup) loved her stay with Samantha and her husband! Samantha was so kind and assured me that missy was in good hands. When I dropped Missy off, Samantha let me stay with them for a bit while Missy got comfortable. Missy is shy, however she seemed comfortable right away when I dropped her off and when I picked her up as her ears and tail were up. Missy was walked every day and I was sent an update photo each day. Overall we are very satisfied with the care that samantha provided and we would highly recommend her to other pups and their parents for daycare and overnight stays. 🙂

Alex T.

Sam is a very responsible and caring dog caregiver. She is attentive and goes the extra mile to ensure the needs of the dogs she watches are met and they have a cozy stay while in her home. Sam also enjoys the outdoors and going on walks which is a great characteristic for any dog caregiver. She loves animals and truly cares for the dogs she watches.

Kirsten W.

She watched my dog for a few days, everyday she sent me a picture of my dog on a walk and told us how he was. She was super nice and her home was very cozy and welcoming. My husband and I will definitely pick her again to watch our dog, and I recommend her to who ever needs a dog sitter 

Wade J.

Samantha and her husband are amazing and I highly recommend them! We have left Rocky with them on numerous occasions. When we first left Rocky, we were nervous because he has separation anxiety. Samantha was wonderful in making him feel comfortable. Now he is very excited when we get to their house. We love knowing he is in great care. Samantha does a great job of communicating and lets me know how Rocky’s day was and will send pictures/videos showing how happy he is. It is very obvious that Samantha loves taking care of dogs. WE will continue to use Samantha for all of our doggy needs!

Michelle M.

About Me

Hi, I’m Sam Tillapaugh. My husband Michael and I live in Rancho Mission Viejo. A little bit about me. On top of being a dog-sitter, I am also a dentist in Ladera Ranch, blogger known as TheDebtist, and wholesale director for a Newport Beach bakery called Rye Goods. I have been taking care of four-legged fur babies for four years. Mostly, I schedule them on my days off, or when I work from home. I have a toothless tabby cat named Theodore, who we adopted.

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