About Us

Bark-a-Lounge Pet Specialty Services focuses on a variety of pet care services. Our commitment to excellence has resulted in references from clients all over Northern San Diego County, Silicon Valley, Half Moon Bay, and other areas in California.

About Ellen A. Chiantelli

She is an insured pet professional with over 15 years of animal care experience.  In the span of her career, she has gained experience working with large- and small-breed animals. As a Certified Veterinary Assistant, she also has worked with the following breeds of animals:

  • Cats
  • Dogs
  • Reptiles

  • Rabbits
  • Aquatic Animals

*  Birds

Her Memberships

She is a member of:

  • The Pet Professional Guild
  • Pet Sitters Associates (she is also insured through this organization)
  • Thumbtack.com
  • Rover.com
  • Aside from these, she has also been featured on Yelp and LinkedIn.

Her Professional and Educational Background

Her former career path included spending many years in various corporate industries including:

  • Legal/Defense Litigation
  • Real Estate Law/Estate Planning
  • Marketing
  • Communications
  • Biotechnology

  • Business Development
  • Product Development
  • Medical Device
  • Biopharmaceuticals

While working in the corporate world, she started a pet sitting service which included dog walking and house sitting. Additionally, she concentrated efforts toward volunteer work at animal shelters and pet rescue organizations.

With a desire to learn more about animal behavior and veterinary science, she enrolled in a veterinary technology program at Foothill College in Los Altos Hills, Los Altos, California, where she earned a certificate of achievement in veterinary assistance.

Previous professional experience included working for a veterinarian in private practice in Palo Alto and three physical therapists at a canine rehabilitation facility in Menlo Park.  Concentration in physical therapy, acupuncture, hydrotherapy, weight-bearing and treadmill exercises were emphasized.  

Her final preceptorship at a full-service animal hospital entailed assisting a lead surgeon with the following tasks:

  • Animal Restraint
  • Spay/Neuter Surgeries
  • Anesthesia Administration
  • Pre- and Post-Surgical Animal Care
  • Catheter Placement
  • Oral Medications

  • Subcutaneous Hydration
  • Ear Cleaning
  • Parasite Identification
  • Dental Cleaning
  • Lab Work

Samantha a.k.a. "Sammie" is Ellen's personal pet

Samantha, ("Sammie") is Ellen Chiantelli’s pet Golden Retriever.  Sammie is also a certified pet therapy dog.  When Ellen is not busy caring for other pets, she and Sammie visit assisted living facilities, elder care centers, college campuses, elementary schools and libraries.  Sometimes Ellen and Sammie head to a local library to help children with gifted challenges read.

Why Choose Us

We Provide More Than Pet Care

We’re trained in handling pets; and can offer them the care they need. At your request, we can administer medications including oral administration and intramuscular injections. We can even monitor your pet’s wellness program

We Provide Pet Sitting in Your Home

When you require overnight pet care, IN YOUR HOME pet care is preferred. Your dog or cat’s own environment provides a greater sense of comfort and security.

You don’t have to think about the worry, time, and cost that come with driving to and from a pet care facility. With an in-home pet care provider, you can have the peace of mind knowing your pet isn’t exposed to other barking dogs, strange smells, or unfamiliar people.

This service also allows us to do additional tasks including:

  • Watering your Plants
  • Managing Waste
  • Taking Trash Receptacles to the Curb

  • Alternating Lights
  • Picking up the Mail

We Provide Hassle-Free Animal Transportation

Don’t have time to bring your pet to the vet clinic or grooming salon? You don’t have to worry when you hire us. Additionally, you can rely on us when your pet needs to be picked up or dropped off at the airport or canine rehabilitation center.

*Special rates apply for airport drop-offs and pickups.

We Offer Hotel Concierge Services

We are available for in-hotel pet sitting services for those times you’re attending a function, arranging a special party, or when you simply just want to get away. The service includes as many walks as requested, feeding, brushing, and plenty of tender loving care. To know more about our hotel concierge services, please give us a call.

We Promote Good Pet Behavior

If your pet needs assistance with basic command training skills, we can work towards enhancing them. All behaviors are based on positive reinforcement.

Request a Free Consultation Now!

To schedule a consultation, please contact us at 650-515-5913. We look forward to working with you!