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Erica S


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Special Skills

  • Years Caring for Dogs: 32
  • Administer Oral Medication
  • Administer Injected Medication
  • Jackson

    Border Collie Corgi Mix

    M, Age 4

  • Vito

    Italian Greyhound

    M, Age 4

  • Bam Bam

    Miniature Poodle Mix

    M, Age 7

  • Kya

    Domestic Short Hair

    F, Age 10

  • Royce

    Shih Tzu

    M, Age 2

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Wags While You're Away!

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Bathing Rate $8/bath

Pick Up/Drop Off (within 3 miles)$5/one-way

Dog Boarding Rate $25/night

Property Type apartment

Outdoor Area medium

24/7 Supervision No

Emergency Transportation Yes

Cancellation Policy flexible question bubble


• Full Refund w/3 Day Notice, 50% After


• Full Refund w/7 Day Notice, 50% After


• No Refunds

Last Minute Bookings Yes

Years Caring for Dogs 32

About Me

Hi, I'm Erica!

I'm a huge animal lover. I grew up with dogs and cats. Now I have three dogs and one cat of my own. I'm actively involved volunteering and fostering for a local animal rescue. I have also fostered over a dozen dogs for that rescue. I have taken seminars on canine first aid, canine nutrition, canine massage, T.touch and canine communication.

I have a full time job and I live very close to work. I am available to pick up and drop off your dog if needed. In case of emergency I can drive your dog to the vet. I live about 1 mile from the closest vet's office and about 3 miles from the ER vet.

I can watch dogs under 35 lbs (that's a FIRM landlord rule), any breed, any age, and with special needs. Your dog must be dog and cat friendly. Your dog must be spayed or neutered- if over 8 months old- as well as up to date on all vaccinations (proof from your vet required). My dogs are not perfect and I don't expect your dog to be either! Having an accident on the rug or barking at noises outside will not be a problem at all.

NOTE- An additional $3 charge per day per dog will apply to any dog that is not housebroken, crate trained, or potty pad trained.

Your dog will feel comfortable and at ease in my two bedroom apartment which includes a private completely fenced in small front yard and a private completely fenced medium sized back patio. I live on the ground floor so there are only a few steps- if you have a pup or senior with delicate legs. Your pup will NEVER be left unattended outside. The patio will be used for potty breaks and for playing fetch, etc. If needed I can walk your dog as well.

If you want your dog to sleep in a crate- that's fine. If you want your dog to be able to sleep in my bed- that's fine too! I'm willing to follow rules you set for your dog in your own home as well as use the same commands you use so your pup doesn't get confused during the stay.

I will email or text you photo & video updates as often as you wish so you can see how much fun your dog is having while you're way! I'll even put your dog on the phone for you to talk to if you want!

I encourage you to set up a meet & greet with me and my pets.

I will do everything to make sure your pup feels at comfortable and to put your mind at ease while you're away!

Don't forget to ask me how to receive $10 off your first booking with me!

Reviews (40)

Below are some reviews of Erica S from real dog owners who have used their services on!

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  • Erica was a wonderful host for Elmer and Henri. They enjoyed lots of play time and snuggles too! I enjoyed daily updates and pictures of my guys. Knowing how much fun they were having and that they were in great hands, made me able to relax and enjoy my vacation!

  • 110%!!!! This is our second vacay with Erica and we want to come back again and again!! Erica is wonderful. She is incredibly sweet and her environment is very welcoming for dogs. I had no troubles communicating with her and she frequently sent me updates about Julie's stay. I thoroughly trusted her and will happily and hopefully bring Julie back for another stay. Erica's dogs are lovely, very well behaved and I can see Julie's already missing her friends! Once again thank you very much for being so special Erica. See you again soon!

  • Erica was great! She was very flexible and send pictures and video of Chloe. I will be using her again!

  • Erica is fantastic. I use her all the time and we have such a great a relationship. She is trust worthily and flexible with my crazy schedule. She is the best and truly love my little love bug!

  • Erica is amazing!!!! Pj loves being with her Erica is incredible with your dog and puts herself out, time and time again, to make certain that everything goes well Even family and weather problems, that meant my puppy had to stay much longer, didn't phase Erica I am thrilled that my friends recommended her and I have been using her for a long time now

  • Erica treated our frenchie as her own! She was super accommodating and easy to work with on coordinating details. She was also supper accessible from start to finish! She sent us updates on Stanley throughout his stay.

  • We are stuck out of town due to crazy Chicago weather and Erica to the rescue! Thanks for extending yeti's stay!

  • Erica was great, Huds and DD had such a great time, she knows and understands dogs, and knows how to take good care of them. I would definitely recommend her and will use her again in the future!

  • Erica was great with little Aston. He was pretty nervous at first, but after the thundershirt she put him in, he was fine. He's still sleeping off all the exercise and play time he got! When he wakes up, I'm sure he'll be ready to dive into the goody bag he came home with. Erica was also really flexible with pick up and drop off times, which was great for us since we had an extremely weird schedule while we were gone!

  • I left my chihuahua, Lilo, with Erica for almost a month when my family went on a long vacation. She regularly shared photos of Lilo while I was away which made me feel at ease and Lilo looked like she was having a great time in every photo. Moreover, Erica has 3 dogs so Lilo really enjoyed the company. Erica really cares about dogs and it's evident by how she interacts with them and provides updates. I highly recommend her!

  • erica is wonderful! always accomodating and helpful! always caring with our sweet coco! thankyou!

  • Thanks so much to Erica for watching Yeti when we needed a sitter for a week and kinda last minute! While we were gone Erica sent pictures and a video which we loved. She found out all the details beforehand to ensure Yeti was comfy and best-behaved. She will definitely will the first one we call next trip out of town!

  • Our 4-month baby Julie just returned home from what was perhaps one of her best Saturdays ever. When is about caring about dogs (and people too), Erica is a master. We noticed from the very first moment that our scottie was in very good hands. We arrived much later than expected for the boarding and despite the need of attending another appointment she gave us all attention during the process. A few hours after the boarding she was already sending videos and pictures of our puppy playing happy with other dogs and this helped us in having a perfect leisure day in the windy city. Erica, this was the third time we used dog vacay and it was by far our best experience. We loved the card and samples of treats you provided. Also Julie was smelling good! You really know how to make a difference and we admired that! We look forward seeing you soon. Thank you!

  • Erica is amazing.

  • I will never use anyone except for Erica. I trust her completely for my little puppy and can't thank her enough for what she does!

  • Erica is amazing on every level. I am going through a major home rehab that is dragging on. Erica has been wonderful about taking care if my dog, pj, extending her stay as it lingers on And handling every issues. She is a treasure and anyone would've lucky to have her take care if their dog.

  • Erica is a dream come true! My dog , pj, lives her and I think the world of her. I have had to leave her with Erica for acling time because of a flood in my house and the flood repaiir. Erica has been a saint about extending and extending pj's time. Anyone would be lucky to have Erica way their dog. I wouldn't hesitate to recommend her.

  • All I know is, my pup came home so tired and happy from her Dogvacay, she still hasn’t left from under the covers in our bed. Erica is AWESOME and great with her animals. We are so thankful we met her. Scotch couldn’t be happier, either.

  • My husband and I (and our pup Guinness) think Erica is the bees knees! We felt totally at ease leaving our little guy with her. We loved getting the photo updates and seeing that Guinness was having a good time with his friends! Plus the bonus treats were a nice surprise! We will definitely be using her again. :)

  • Max has so much fun everytime he comes to Erica's. Spent the rest of the night when we got home taking a nice long nap. Nuff said! Love Erica!

  • We only had our pup for 6 weeks when it was time to leave for nearly 3 weeks for our wedding and honeymoon. We were so nervous/guilty for leaving her and Erica made everything okay! Iris had SO much fun playing with Erica's dogs, we got great photo updates every few days which brought us peace of mind. She took great care of our little girl and has the added bonus of being super affordable - she's a fantastic find and we will be using her again the next time we leave town!

  • I can not recommend Erica highly enough. My dog, PJ, stayed with her for a long time, 11 days, and PJ could not have had a better time. I had been worried about leaving PJ but Erica sent videos, along with sending pictures, so I could see how happy PJ was. The other dogs, Erica had in her house, were also on the smaller, friendly, side and that made for a happy and comfortable stay. I am thrilled that friends recommended Erica and I will definately be using her again. Besides being terrific wit dogs, Erica is a wonderful easy going person and made everything perfect.

  • Erica is so amazing that we think our dog Jordan gets slightly depressed when he leaves =) Especially because she spoils him with goodies like doggy ice cream and he has so many friends to play with!

  • Erica is so wonderful that pj is staying with her for more days!! Her video and pictures are terrific

  • Erica was great! Lilly was tuckered out from all the playing. She had an excellent time! We will be using DogVacay, and Erica again!

  • Erica was amazing and she took such great care of my pup. I feel like she treated him as if he was one of her own. She was very observant and realized that he was sick, was willing to research things and even took him to the vet. I am grateful for all the extra work she did for him because he was sick, but furthermore she went beyond what was asked for by providing him with yummy treats to take home, gave him a bath the day of pick-up, and offered other free services we didn't even ask for!

  • Erica is wonderful! she is accommodating and truly cares. this was our Coco's 2nd visit with her and Coco seemed to be much more comfortable being taken to someone familiar and with doggie friends to play with. Erica is great at updating us with fun photos of Coco and is wonderful at communicating. after the vacay, Coco whined a bit when we drove away - missing Erica and her sweet doggie family. We love her! :)

  • Erica is great and affordable! I would definitely use her again and highly recommend her to others. From the start she was very easy to communicate with as she responded quickly. She was very understanding about my reservations using dogvacay and someone that neither my dog nor I had every met. I scheduled a meet'n greet, which again was very easy as Erica was easy to contact and flexible. She allowed enough time for my dog to get acclimated to her home and was very patient. She also listened to my concerns. At the meet'n greet she provided "take home" treats for my baby girl. She really made my dog and I feel at ease, so I decided to ask Erica to watch my dog while I went on vacay. On the day I dropped of my dog, Erica understood that I wanted to hang for a bit until my dog felt more at ease. During my vacay Erica provided photos and videos, and bought doggy ice cream. Upon pick-up, she had my dogs things all ready to go, let me know how my dog and included a gift bag of doggy treats. So thoughtful! Erica will now be my go-to doggy sitter!

  • Erica is the most assertive babysitter for my little one. She provides little fun treats like puppy ice cream, and fun play dates for all the dogs at her home. She is truly terrific and I would recommended her to anyone!

  • Erica was great - she updated me with pictures and my dogs status. She took care of my dog like She was one of her own for the week I was on vacation. I trust her to take care of marley again ! She was watching other dogs too and they all were happy and getting along great

  • This is now the fourth time I have used Erica She is a dog lover and a wonderful sub mom for my baby boy. Even kept a special eye on him after his neuter surgery. She is very accessible with her phone and is sure to keep you updated with pictures, videos, and news of your dog! Thank you Erica!

  • I feel very lucky to have found Erica (and on short notice, too)! Her place is a perfect dog haven - with other dogs around, there's always company for your little one and a great outdoor space for them to play together. I got regular photo and status updates, which kept my mind at ease and I knew he was staying healthy, happy and in good hands. I also know he can be kindof a handful sometimes, as he's very energetic, but she took it in stride and knows that dogs will be dogs. I didn't feel like I had to worry as I might have with someone less, shall we say, understanding. He also came home bathed and with his nails clipped (which is a particularly difficult task with a half Jack Russell), so you have to know she's great at what she does. I'd recommend her to anyone & will definitely take Tucker to stay again. Thanks for everything! :)

  • Erica was great! She was able to take our dog Leia at the last minute, and was very accommodating and sweet. Erica sent photo updates, and sent us home with an adorable gift bag as a 'thank you.' Leia is a little high-maintenance due to having EPI, and Erica was very accommodating with giving her medication and everything. Leia came home happy and tired from playing with her new friends- I don't think she wanted to leave! We'll definitely use Erica again, and highly recommend her.

  • Erica was once again, an amazing babysitter for my little taco. She is fantastic with communication, as I have separation anxiety leaving my puppy She is the best of the best! Thank you Erica. Your truly amazing!

  • Dagne had a great time at Wags While You're Away! Erica was a very accommodating host - able to take her in on somewhat late notice and keep her an extra night when my flight coming home was cancelled. Erica sent photo updates regularly and was very responsive when I texted her for random updates on how Dagne was getting along. All the texts and pictures indicated that Dagne was very happy, being active, and enjoying her time away. I will definitely use Erica again in the future and would gladly recommend her services to any of my friends.

  • Erica is the best babysitter a new mommy of a puppy could ask for. She kept updates, sent pictures, and even gave him a puppy bag to bring home full of goodies. She is the best!

  • Erica was awesome! She took such great care of my dog Scout while I was away on business and even helped out on a last minute request for an additional day! Being new to Chicago, I was especially nervous about leaving my dog, but Erica was so kind and such a great resource, I will continue to use her every time I have to leave town. I highly recommend her!

  • Erica was extremely responsive and attentive, and my dog Max had an excellent time staying with Erica. THANKS~!!!!

  • affordable for our budget. sweet owner. sweet live-in pets. she was great at updating us with pix. overall awesome! thanks so much, erica!

  • Erica took great care of our little Yorki.We are very pleased with the care and the daily photos of Sophie that she had mailed to us .We would definitely ask her to watch our dog again.

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