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Dawn S.

59 Reviews
43 Repeat Guests
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Pet Requirements

  • 1-20 lbs
  • 20-40 lbs
  • 40-80 lbs
  • 80+ lbs
All Ages OK

Dawn's Resident Pets

Mixed Breed
12 yr 3 mo old
Mixed Breed
4 yr 11 mo old
Shih Tzu
16 old
Other Pets & Animals: Caged birds or Reptiles

Dawn's House

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Outdoor area

About Dawn

My husband and I love dogs - we welcome them into our home and share our whole lives (and bed!) with them. Our three dogs are all rescues, two of them foster failures which we just couldn't give back. Our house is on two beautiful acres with a big fenced area where the dogs can run on the grass, play in the leaves or jump into the doggy pool in summer. My husband goes out to work each day and I work a few hours each day from home so I can spend my time with the doggies :-) Your dog will get lots of love, exercise, play and attention and I am happy to email you photos of your doggy's time with us while you are away or Skpe you as I know you will miss them a lot! Come on over and meet the family and see for yourself what a wonderful vacation your pup will have while staying with us.
We are very flexible with pick-up and drop-off times - no need to worry about when your flight is departing or arriving, you can drop off/pick up your dog whenever is most convenient for you. If you have two or more dogs for me to host let me know, we can work out some arrangements on rates. I don't host more than three dogs at a time unless they are from the same home or have already met on previous occasions. I may require your pup to come over for a trial before a longer stay.
If you have a dog with special needs I do have experience on certain aspects so please contact me.
Because this is a home environment and the safety and comfort of all the dogs is our top priority, we have the following house rules for our guests:
- must be 100% housebroken
- must be neutered or spayed
- must not show any aggression or destructive behavior
- must be up-to-date on vaccinations including Bordatella.
We look forward to hosting your four-legged family members!
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Dawn S.

59 Reviews
43 Repeat Guests
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  • Cancellation Policy:


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  • Last updated January 4, 2017


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Services & Rates

Boarding Overnight At Dawn's Home
$38 /night
  • Watches up to 3 dogs/night
  • Dogs may be unsupervised for 1 - 2 hours/day
  • Dogs will have full access outside for potty breaks
  • 3+ walks/day
  • Pets can sleep wherever they want
Daycare At Dawn's Home
$16 /day
  • Watches up to 3 dogs/day
59 Reviews
This was our girls' second stay with Dawn. She does a great job with ensuring that they are part of the "family" and sends pics and videos almost every day.
Dawn's backyard is a really nice size and fenced in so that the dogs can all run around at their leisure.
This time, one of our girls was on a medication that needed to be given twice daily. No problem for Dawn. She even told us how she sets alarms on her phone for different doggies who need special attention.
My husband and I are very happy with Dawn and the girls have loads of fun when they are in her care.
One thing to note, she does watch numerous dogs at a time, and has three of her own; so if your dog is not social, you may want to look for another sitter. Otherwise, she is awesome!
Sherman had a great stay. He really enjoyed the other dogs and the updates and pictures Dawn sent were great to see how he was doing during the day
We feel very fortunate that we found Dawn to have Cooper as a guest for his vacation. From the moment we met Dawn and her fur babies to dropping off and picking up Cooper we knew he would have a wonderful time! Her love for caring for dogs is very evident! We loved receiving pictures daily of Cooper's stay.

We highly recommend Dawn if you're looking for a loving, caring, and fun place for your fur baby to vacation!
My baby had a wonderful and safe stay while we were away on vacation.

My dog had met Dawn's 3 dogs at the small dog social at Animal Friends which helped ease her into being away from home. Plus Dawn had several more dogs from both doggie day care and vacation stays that were playful and friendly. My dog had plenty of friends to play with. Dawn has a beautiful fenced yard for the dogs and a home atmosphere.

I left my dog twice for day care to help get her adjusted to the overnight stay.

I will use Dawn again and I recommended her to other dog owners.
I looked at a number of places to take my Airedale for days, overnights and vacations. I inspected several and chose Dawn. Remy's first day there was made much easier for me because Dawn sent me a couple videos and a couple pictures of Remy playing. Remy clearly enjoyed his stay! We already made reservations for one vacation next year and will definitely use Dawn whenever we want to get away or even just give Remy some playtime with other critters.
Dawn is fabulous. I am completely confident that my two dogs are happy and well cared for when they are in her care. They just spent two weeks with her and had such a good time I was afraid they wouldn't want to come home...lol!! She will care for your animals as if they were her own. She will also send you pictures of your pet during their stay. As an extra bonus she is a really good photographer. I highly recommend Dawn.
Excellent! This is our first time using DogVacay. Dawn is a lovely person and excellent with dogs. You can tell that she has a lot of experience and takes the safety and care of your dog seriously. The property is amazing and there are a lot of places for the dogs to play and explore. My two young children were nervous about leaving our dog, Molly, so Dawn sent us multiple pictures a day of Molly playing and enjoying herself. We drove 40 minutes one way for Molly to stay with Dawn and it was well worth it. We will certainly be using her again and would highly recommend her.
Leaving our two golden retrievers.........
And we felt they enjoyed a bit of paradise......
Hopefully picking up some good manners while enjoying their beautiful retreat
Dawn was so co-operating helping me navigate the system........and sending updating photos
Great experience........we were so lucky to find her
What a wonderful experience. At the end of the day both my dogs were pooped out and ready to lay down. A very nice touch was the photos Dawn sent. We are going to bring our dogs back in Sept. for 2 weeks.
Satchmo just loves staying with Dawn, her dog family, and her other dog boarders. He doesn't miss us at all - he just runs and plays the whole time! Dawn is very attentive to all the dogs' needs, and really understands how they communicate with one another. She interviews potential guests to make sure only "nice dogs" board with her. I feel zero guilt or worries at all leaving my little terrier with her. He makes himself right at home. I rated her a 5/5, but I'm not sure the rating is posting right.
This was our first experience using DogVacay. We searched and read many reviews of different hosts. We selected Dawn and were go glad we did! Having a fenced in yard was really important to us. We had a meet-n-greet and was thoroughly impressed with Dawn and her 3 pups. We loved hearing that Pip is a therapy dog and travels all over. We intend to take Harley to therapy classes in the fall so we were very interested in stories she shared with us. We appreciated seeing daily pictures of Harley as he played and rested in her yard. It reassured us that Harley was in good hands and well taken care of. Dawn is a sweet and caring individual who obviously loves dogs. We were blessed to have found her and definitely intend to use her again in the future.
Could not have been happier! Dawn provided excellent care. She was understanding of my pup's temperament and needs and I felt completely at ease knowing she was in good hands. I loved receiving the pictures and updates. I definitely plan to use Dawn's great services again in the future. Awesome experience!
Dawn is wonderful! I loved getting the daily pics of my Cindy Lou while we were away. She truly adores the dogs in her care and Cindy Lou has a new BFF in Dawn's dog Pip. I will absolutely use her services when we go away again.
Having a big yard for playtime and couches to rest on afterwards is my dog's idea of a good time, and she definitely had that with Dawn! It was a good first visit, and we'll book with Dawn again the next time we travel.
My dog had a fabulous time. It's the first time I've ever gone out of town and not worried about him, thanks to Dawn's many photo and video updates showing my baby playing with other dogs, cuddling and kissing Dawn. She made him part of her pack and he was allowed on the sofa and she gave him lots of kisses and cuddles. Her home and land are perfect for my dog and I am using her again for sure!!!! Sangie even "grabbed" her arm when I held him up to kiss goodbye - he obviously loves her and so do I!!!! It's great to find such a sensitive and loving care taker!
Dawn is amazing! She takes such wonderful care of our 11-month-old golden retriever Charlie and I know that Charlie loves going over there. You can tell that she really cares for each dog that she watches. We feel so comfortable leaving Charlie there and Dawn sends frequent photo and video updates which is so great!
The best getaway for your four-legged friend! My dog has such a wonderful time, he can't wait to go back. Dawn takes extraordinary care of him when he's there. They treat him as one of their own. I'm am so grateful to have found her. I can't recommend them enough.
Dawn has been great! My two dogs love going there and have come home tired every single time! I don't even think they notice I'm gone they have so much fun! Her experience with dogs and her love for them makes it easy taking them there because I know they are in great hands!
Our Yorkies had a fantastic vacation of their own while in Dawn's care. Dawn sent daily photos so that we could see for ourselves how well they were doing. We will definitely leave our pups with Dawn again!
Lots of updates and pictures, my little guy seemed right at home! So glad I found her!
I feel extremely fortunate to have found Dawn and her wonderful pets to care for my dog when I'm away...I'll never go anywhere else for my dog boarding needs. My dog and I are so grateful!
Dawn is amazing and really loves dogs! It's great to get photos of the fuzzy buddy playing throughout the day. They get to go outside for potty and play times for no extra charge which is huge! Clover can't wait to go back.
I could see through the pictures that Dawn send me that Nala was in good hands! Nala enjoyed so much the company of other dogs. It was great for her and we are very happy about the care. Thank you so much, Dawn.
Dawn is an excellent host! They have a nice fenced in yard that the dogs can run around in. All of her three dogs are very docile and easy to get along with. While we were away for 5 days she sent us pictures everyday of our dog. Our small dog, Chyna, enjoys going to their home and playing with all the other dogs. Dawn is home most of the time so you know that someone is with your pet. We have contacted other Dog Vacay reps who want to board your dog, put them in crate, and then go to work! No more than a kennel. For us, it is a great relief to have someone who we can trust to watch our dog while we are away. I would highly recommend Dawn without hesitation.
Dexter had a great weekend! Thanks.
My dogs LOVE their visits with Dawn and her crew. One of my dogs is VERY particular about who she snuggles with and warms up to -- and she adores Dawn. My pups literally run off into her yard when we arrive ("Bye, Mom!"). I can't imagine a better caregiver for my dogs during trips where I can't take them with me.
Dawn and her husband love Lucy as if she was one of her own! Lucy runs to see her when we visit.
I was very happy with the care my pet was given by Dawn. It gives me peace of mind knowing she is being watched by someone who loves our furry friends
We appreciated the opportunity to have a "get acquainted" visit with Dawn and her canine family. Dawn was careful to evaluate our dog and his interactions with her own dogs.
Our experience with Dawn (and Derek) was awesome. We looked forward to the daily pictures that Dawn sent along with the comments about his daily activities. Dawn and Derek's home was ideal for our dog's Vacay. Running, exploring, relaxing, swimming, and meeting new friends.
I am so glad I found this website and the perfect vacation spot for our dog! He loves going to Dawn's and does very well. This is his second vacation and we will continue to use Dawn whenever needed.
Heidi had a blast, as always. It's great to know she is well cared for while we are away.
My two Boston Terriers had a GREAT time! And we were able to enjoy our vacation knowing that Henry and Lucy were in the care of a true dog-lover. Dawn sent photo updates daily, and we were able to see our pups playing, relaxing, and cooling off in the dog pool. They got along great with her dogs. They'll be going for another vacay with Dawn in a few weeks.
We were so glad that we found Dawn. She was exceptionally informative about the vacay process. Wolfy immediately took to her and her dogs. He loved being able to run free and explore. Dawn treated Wolfy as one of her own. He even slept with her at night, which he does at home. This will be our go to when we need a dog sitter! Thank you for providing such a valuable service!
Heidi had a great time with Dawn. And we saw many photos of the fun weekend. Always appreciative and know she is in good hands. Thanks!
Wolfy was very excited to go to Dawn's. He was very anxious to get out of the car so he could play with the other dogs. It was a great experience and he was truly tired when he got home. Can't wait for his actual vacay!!!
I had good feelings about using Dawn because of her warm and knowledgeable personality concerning dog care and behavior. These feelings were further justified when I saw the envious grounds she allowed her dog clients to make use of.

A lush and expansive fenced in yard, quiet and out of the way, surrounded by woods and trees. Gardens, koi ponds, kiddie swimming pools, you name it. It's a dog's paradise.

I admit that as a 26 year old male, I am a bit over bearing when it comes to dog ownership. I fretted over being away from my little girl for so long, but for the entire several weeks that we were away, Dawn maintained constant and consistent contact with my mother and I.

She emailed us photographs, videos and updates every single day of our trip - without fail. You will never be left wondering if your dog is alright in your absence.

She was extremely attentive to our dogs needs and treated little Baelee as if she were one of her own. I will never consider leaving my dog for any length of time with anyone else.

There is absolutely no way you could be disappointed or unsatisfied with the service she provides. If you live in the area and want what's truly best for your fuzzy family member, then there's no one else I could recommend but Dawn.
Maverick had a great time! We had plenty of update pictures and reassurance that our pup was having a blast. We loved that he had a fenced in area to run around. Would definitely seek out Dawn again.
The pictures and vids were great. Was pretty obvious he was having a good time. When we got home he crashed! Might have to get him a room mate.
Baelee had a wonderful time with Dawn and her dogs. I would not leave her with anyone else! Dawn is very attuned to our rescue dog's personality and treats her like one of her own. We are so happy to have our furry child in such an excellent second home!
Dawn watched Lucy when I went to an out of town wedding. She kept me updated with pictures and messages a couple times each day. Knowing that Lucy in such good care allowed me to enjoy my time away!
Dawn did a superb job of keeping us updated about Dempster through pictures and little captions. It made a huge difference to see what our little guy was up to each day. Couldn't ask for a more friendly, loving, or playful home away from home for our pug.
Dawn is so accommodating to drop off and pick up. Lucy runs to see her when I drop her off. I never worry when she is here. Joy
Dawn S is awesome.
My "senior" dog recently stayed with Dawn and her family. Being an older dog I was a little concerned about leaving him. Dawn took such good care of him! I really appreciated her updates and photos. It was one of highlights of our trip!
I really feel having a dog cared for in a home environment is the best thing for them.
Dawn was an incredible host! We are always nervous about leaving Raisin, but Dawn alleviated all that anxiety by loving Raisin like we would and by keeping us in constant communication about how Raisin was doing. Raisin can't wait to go back!
I was unaware that this type of service existed and by chance came upon them after a Google search.
After reviewing profiles on DogVacay we decided to contact Dawn. Upon meeting her and her dogs we decided this would be a good match. Our instincts were correct. The photos and messages we received from Dawn made our trip. We will certainly use her services in the future.
Most excellent host!!!!
Heidi had a great visit. Dawn was wonderful, caring, and thorough in information from us and about what Heidi's visit would be like. She sent photos and kept us posted. I will definitely book again with Dawn.
10 star+ I'm not sure he wanted to come home! It was very obvious that he was comfortable there. He did sleep all day after getting home. We will be back.
Dawn is a great host. There is lots for the dogs to do especially since she has three of her own. Her fenced back yard is great for balls and sticks. We are going back next month.
Could not have found a better sitter! It is very apparent that dog sitting is not just a side job for Dawn, she is truly passionate about dogs and welcomed mine as if he was one of her own. Dawn was great about sending me pictures and updates on what my dog was doing and was very accommodating to our pick up and drop off needs. Dawn's home truly is a dog's paradise!
Another fantastic stay! Jax had a blast with the other visiting dogs and absolutely LOVES Dawns husband. So happy I found her :)
My dog had a great big area to explore outside as well as other doggies to play with. Unfortunately my dog is nippy when frightened and wouldn't let Dawn lead him outside or come inside when she called him which caused a problem. He is partially deaf and can only see straight in front of him. He was a problem child and all 17 pounds of terror. He is very cuddly with us but certainly this was not the case.
Hi Dawn, Sidney had a great time today! He's exhausted from all the play time with the other dogs! :) We're so happy that we found you and that Sidney has a safe and fun place to stay.
My dog, Vivian, and I are so lucky to have found Dawn. Vivian becomes one of the family! I feel so comfortable leaving town when I know she will be loved and have fun playing with Dawn's dogs.
Perfect daycare experience for my dog. She gets outdoor playtime as well as indoor rests with the family.
Highly recommended host! This was my first experience using DogVacay as well as any type of "dog-sitting" service. I have to say I was slightly nervous about the whole idea of leaving my baby with strangers. However, after the meet-and-greet, I was much more at ease. Dawn has a beautiful home with an awesome outdoor area for her guest to run around in. Her dogs were all extremely friendly and obviously used to having visitors.

On the day of the drop-off, I was able to meet Dawn's husband as well. They are both great people and very loving to their weekend guest! Dawn posted pictures throughout the weekend and you could tell that Jax was quite content. I loved that when I picked him up, both Dawn and her husband were telling me stories from the weekend and they picked up on some of my favorite traits of Jax :)

I will absolutely be using this host again anytime I need a dog sitter and am very confident that my pup will be well taken care of!
Dawn and Derrick were extremely caring and opened their home to our yellow lab Bleu. They couldn't have been nicer and more concerned about providing a pleasant experience for both the dog and the owner. We will definitely use them again. Don
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