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- Years Caring for Dogs: 26
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Irish Wolfhound / Anatolian Shepherd
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Ravenhill: Big Yard for Big Dogs!
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Dog Sitting Nightly Rate --
Daycare Rate $15/day
Checkups and Visits Rate --
Walking Rate(s) --
Training Rate $20/hour
Grooming Rate $20-$40/per grooming
Bathing Rate $20/bath
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Dog Boarding Rate $25/night
Property Type house
24/7 Supervision Yes
Emergency Transportation Yes
Cancellation Policy flexible
Flexible• Full Refund w/3 Day Notice, 50% After
Moderate• Full Refund w/7 Day Notice, 50% After
Strict• No Refunds
Last Minute Bookings Yes
Years Caring for Dogs 26
We love XL dogs! The wooded lot is almost 2 acres and securely fenced. It is not landscaped, so digging is okay! Built in the 1950's, this house is a FLW knock-off that is very pet-friendly. Wood floors and tile throughout (no carpet), windows down to floor so dogs can look out easily, and ceiling fans and cool floors for napping. The big, fenced back yard is wooded and on a hill, with a sandy area for digging and wrestling. No cages or kennels-unless you want to bring one that your dog likes- dog beds in most rooms.
I have fostered many pets over many years, as well as working professionally in animal care in the past. Although not certified, I have successfully administered CPR on a dog.
In 2010, I lost almost everything in a house fire; everything is now new. It is also in disarray, because I have not finished moving everything in. It takes a long time...and it means things like yard work get neglected...but never the pets.
I'm doing some of the work on the house myself (tile, stone, woodwork etc), and hosting dogs allows me to be here 24/7. We (myself and the dogs) go out in the yard several times a day, and I weed or work in my greenhouse while they romp, dig holes, chase birds, or eat grass. Almost 2 acres of fun. I also do freelance writing online, and sell things on eBay. When we are indoors, we have "CAT TV" to entertain...which means birds and squirrels on the deck..and sometimes a raccoon or opossum at night!
My 2 dogs are very large...Jake is 33'' tall at the shoulder, and Finnegan is 31'' and both are over 100lbs. But they are well-mannered and play well with others. If your dog is large or extra-large, it won't be a problem. We love a Mastiff, Saint, or a Dane...and especially sight-hounds...but are happy to see guests of all sizes. Since I am not a vet keeping dogs in cages, the size of a pet makes no difference in the cost of a visit. They will all be treated equally. I'm also unable to offer discounts for multiple dogs; I often have to turn clients away when the house is full, and I have tried to keep my rate equal to that at a decent vet or boarding kennel.
I'm flexible on times for meeting and greeting, so feel free to check us out. Although I will take last-minute bookings, I think it is crucial for us to meet and greet the dogs first, for safety's sake.
I'm unwilling to accept adult intact dogs here. The dogs know the difference, and I have seen the behavior of my own large dogs become markedly negative around them at dog parks. I have to put everyone's safety first. Dogs can be altered at 4 pounds of weight or four months of age, whichever comes first. I also recommend that all dogs be on a flea prevention from your vet. The over-the-counter stuff is not effective, especially here in the woods, during warm months.
I'm willing to offer services like bathing, nail clip, etc. Each dog is different, so let me know if you would like this, and I will make a custom offer for your dog.
We do have a resident cat, Hogan, who is under the impression that he is a dog. If your dog has a history of severe cat-aggression, this may not be a good fit. However, most dogs can learn relatively quickly that the indoor-only cat is not a toy, and many make friends with Hogan. Hogan recently passed an informal "racing greyhound" test!
If your dog has never left your side, and your trip will be a long one, it is okay to have more than one "meet and greet", so your dog has been here with you a couple of times or so and may adjust more easily.
Come take a look and spend a little time with us, and decide if this will be the right fit for you.
Below are some reviews of Chrystal H from real dog owners who have used their services on DogVacay.com!
We won't leave our dogs with anyone else. She is understanding, caring, sends pics and updates. I never worry about them, which is a HUGE plus. Chrystal has such a loving spirit about her and it shows with how she opens her home to other dogs.
Chrystal was very accommodating to our needs. She was very patient with us,( since this was our first dog sitting experience ). She was very kind with lots of positiveness. Our dog had a great time and seemed to be very happy there. We will definitely be using her again.
I cannot even express how great Chrystal has been as a host for my puppy Bowser. I was a little apprehensive to leave him for the first time at 4 months, and visited quite a few places on dogvacay, but knew Chrystal was the perfect fit for Bowser immediately. She is so great with dogs and I love how calm she is because the dogs definitely pick up on that energy. I have now left Bowser with Chrystal 3 different times, the longest being for a week, and can confidently say that I was able to enjoy all my vacations without having to worry about Bowser being happy because I could tell from the pictures Chrystal would send that he was having the time of his life! I feel blessed that I found Chrystal so early in Bowser's life and highly recommend her!!!
We chose wisely when we connected with Chrystal. We needed more than just a place to keep Buddy, our active English Pointer. We needed a person who understands dogs and could attend to all Buddy's quirks while we were gone for two weeks. The updates immediately relaxed us and we knew Buddy was having a great time. Chrystal really worked with him, and even gave us some tips on how to work with him going forward. He's a rescue that was abandoned at an early age, and has some issues around food. Chrystal recognized all this without us even telling her. If you have a larger dog, or a rescue, Chrystal is your answer so you and your best friend enjoys the time while away. We hope to continue some of the good habits Chrystal developed with Buddy in our own home. I highly recommend her.
Chrystal responded to my request to set up a “Meet and Greet” very quickly. She has a very calm presence that made it very easy for my dog Max to relax when we arrived to meet Chrystal’s dogs Jake and Finnegan. I have had rather unpleasant experiences with commercial places even the higher end ones; therefore, I was very worried to leave for an out of the country trip for nearly a month. My dog was relaxed and played nicely with Chrystal’s dogs. I was comfortable to leave Max with Chrystal after our “Meet and Greet”. She sent plenty of updates and pictures of Max while I was gone. She also replied to emails very quickly and didn’t even mind my friend visiting Max to check on him. Max was happy and relaxed when I picked him up. He used to be very confused when I boarded him at commercial places (e.g. mood swings, submissive peeing, etc...). He didn’t have any of such weird behaviors even after I was gone for nearly a month. I would highly recommend Chrystal to anyone who is searching for someone to watch their 4-legged child(ren). She provides a ‘home away from home’. I will use her again in the future whenever I am traveling for pleasure and/or business because I know my dog will be well cared for while I can’t be with him.
This was the second week-long visit for our dog. He cheerfully went into the house with Chrystal and didn't even look back. That says it all, he felt at home there. We are very happy and will schedule another visit when we go out of town again.
Very trustworthy host. Great with all animals. Our dogs love it over at her home :-)
Chrystal has a calm presence that helps the dogs quickly adjust to one another and their surroundings. My 20 pound dog was safe and comfortable with her bigger dogs and visitor dogs. I got regular updates and photos of my dog. He was never alone. We are so pleased that we have scheduled another week long visit soon.
Our dogs bk & koa had a great time at Chrystal's! She has a great backyard where dogs can sniff and play (and go do their business) She really cares for dogs and we are super happy about our dogs' stay
Chrystal responded quickly to our request of when we would like her to watch our dogs. It was over the Christmas holiday and we did not know if she would be available. She responded back saying she would love to watch them. This is our second time to leave our girls with her. They love Ms. Chrystal and her dogs Jake and Flanagan. One of our girls needed extra attention because she had hurt herself prior to her visit, but we contacted Chrystal and she didn't have a problem giving medication. She provided plenty of updates along with pictures of them nice and cozy while it snowed outside. The first white Christmas in Dallas. I would highly recommend Chrystal to anyone who is looking for someone to watch their dog(s). She gives them all the love and attention you would if they were home. I know we will be using her again if the need arises. Sincerely, Kim
Great host, my dog just loves going over and getting social time with the other dogs!
Great host, my dog just loves going over and getting social time with the other dogs! When I picked my pup up she was very relaxed and obedient so I think she had a great time!
Chrystral was wonderful with our dogs. This was our first time that we have used this service so we all were a little nevous. After our greet and meet I was not quite as nervous. I did not want them staying in a cage and they had plenty of room to run at her house. She went the extra mile in caring for Pooh and Sheba. She was working with Sheba and her not knowing how to climb stairs. Also, Pooh is extremely afraid of thunderstorms so she gave me suggestions to help her with that and also how to keep her from pulling on the leash. Needless to say Chrystal is very knowledgeable when it comes with dogs. It would trust her with mine anytime. I would highly recommend Chrystal to anyone who is looking for a place for their dog/s to have a DogVacay. Kim S.
Chrystal was great and my dogs loved being there. My younger dog is still sulking around because she misses being over there. Will def use Chrystal again. You can go on vacation and have peace of mind knowing that she will take care of your dogs as her own.
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