Pay through DogVacay for:
Free Pet Insurance, 24/7 Customer
Support and Daily Photo Updates!


Midlothian, TX 76065

Abba L


  • 47 Repeat Guests
  • Course 101 Graduate
  • Course 102 Graduate
  • Premium Insurance
  • Pack Leader
  • Phone Interviewed
  • Facebook Connected


Responds Within a Day

95% Response Rate

Last Updated: This Week

Special Skills

  • Years Caring for Dogs: 7
  • Pet CPR/First-Aid Certified
  • Administer Oral Medication
  • Administer Injected Medication
  • Rossi

    Italian Greyhound

    F, Age 9

  • Ginger

    English Bulldog

    F, Age 5yrs old

» » Hound Haven

Hound Haven

Ready to book dog boarding? $20

Dog Boarding Nightly Rate . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . /night

Click the "Make Reservation" button on the right and book instantly!

The services below require extra consideration from the host. To book a service below, click
"Ask Host a Question", describe your needs and ask the host to respond with a Custom Quote!

Dog Sitting Nightly Rate (within 20 miles)$20/visit

Daycare Rate $20/day

Checkups and Visits Rate (within 25 miles)$20/visit

Walking Rate(s) --

Training Rate --

Grooming Rate --

Bathing Rate $10/bath

Pick Up/Drop Off (within 20 miles)$15/one-way

Dog Boarding Rate $20/night

Property Type house

Outdoor Area large

24/7 Supervision Yes

Emergency Transportation Yes

Cancellation Policy moderate 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 7

About Me

Now accepting Memorial Day reservations.

Our property is an acre with lots of room for running and playing. Our fence is a 5ft tall chain link fence and is secured with padlocks. As a stay at home mom, I am always here and keeping a watchful eye on my dogs.
Your furry kid is incorporated into our family like one of our own pets.
+Doggie CPR Certified
+No cats
+Non smoking home
+Lots of room inside and outside for play
+ All guest dogs sleep inside, no dog is ever left outside
+Doggie door access - Dog guest are always supervised in the yard
+Clean bedding everyday
+Reviews are listed below, please request additional references as desired
+Only positive reinforcement is used
+Pictures and videos are texted or emailed to keep you updated on our activities during your pet's stay with me
+ Will administer medications if needed
+Come meet me! I am open to interviews, over the phone or in person
+Puppies to seniors are welcome
+ $2 discount for second dog
+Full refund for cancellations 7 days before the dogvacay reservation date and within the 7 days before the reservation 50% of the stay will be refunded
+Please send your email address along with your inquiry for a reservation
+ In case of an emergency, Dogvacay offers 100% covered vetting insurance at no cost to you while your dog is my guest .

+Drop off and pick up times are flexible from 6am. to midnight. I work with your schedule - sometimes travel plans get delayed or moved around, that's ok, communicate your needs with me and I will work with you

+Pick ups before 10am. will not be charged for a full day PLEASE NOTE: your pick up time is like a reservation in of itself. I set aside time to be ready for you to make the transition smooth and pick up easy, ensuring I won't be in the shower or in the middle of preparing a meal when you arrrive to pick up your pup.

**Guest must be spayed/neutered
**Guest must wear an id tag with their owner's contact information

**What to pack for your dog's vacation: your dog's food & treats, any medication your dog needs and your pet's bedding if they are attached to it or prefer a certain bed.
Bowls, toys, crates (if needed for your pet) are provided

All pictures featured were taken at my home.

I work with a rescue group and often have one foster. A portion of your dog's visit will be used to provide vetting, food and necessities for this foster.
Did you adopt your pup from a shelter or rescue group in the last six months? Congratulations, you will receive one free day of sitting with me.

Reviews (81)

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

Average Rating:
  • What can I say about Abba? She's wonderful! I'm sure if my dog Levi could talk, he'd tell me "thank you" for choosing Abba for his care when I was away. Abba is kind, helpful and loving with her pets. I have no doubt that Levi was pampered during his stay. She fed him his special dog food I brought over and even trimmed his nails! I know Levi enjoyed being around her dogs - he was able to socialize a bit. The next time I need to leave town, I'll be contacting Abba, and hopefully she'll have room for Levi. I can't say enough great things about her. Thanks Abba and family, you're awesome!

  • Our whippets Miranda and Dolce had a great stay at Hound Haven. They really love the companionship of the resident dogs and the host family. Abba is very careful with our babies and treats them so special. They love to stay with her.

  • My dog had another great weekend with Abba! I highly reccomend Abba for your dog care needs, she does a great job and makes your pup feel at home!

  • I highly reccomend Abba for any pet sitting needs! She worked with me to get my dog in fast, and her home is very dog friendly. My dog is nice and tired so I know he had a great time! I will definitely use Abba again!

  • Communication and updates during our own of town stay were terrific. The amount of interaction with the other dogs really helped with the transition as we left. This is quite unlike other "kennels" where the animals are caged most of the day. Highly recommended!!

  • Absolutely wonderful! Was nervous since this was our first time leaving our dog and she was just amazing. Made me feel at ease immediately and so did our dog. She sent me text pics of him throughout his stay and was beyond my expectations. Would use her over and over again!!

  • Abba took great care of our two whippets. The older one takes extra care and she was very good with her. Both dogs came home happy and wore themselves out playing with the other pups.

  • For a day or a week...Abba is amazing! :)

  • This was my first tume to ever board my dogs, so naturally I was a bit nervous on how they would react to me leaving them with someone they had never been around, but the whole experience was great! Abba is awesome and my babies really enjoyed being at her house. So much so I'm not sure that they didn't have a clue I was the one that went on vacation instead of them. Lol I would definitely recommend Abba and will be using her again for any of my future boarding needs.

  • She was perfect!

  • Abba is so friendly and Rocky did like her, she sent me a picture of him giving her kisses, which he does not do to everyone, so Rocky was comfortable with Abba. I felt so comfortable too leaving my baby with her. She sent me pictures everyday and messages on how Rocky was doing. I will certainly recommend Abba to anyone and I will certainly use her again! So glad I found her.

  • Abba & her family took great care of or 9 month old Aussie! She loves being there and thats always a good sign! Great facility also!!!

  • Abba takes great care of our Aussie! Highly reccomend her & the facility is excellent!

  • Great !!

  • Abba was great!! Thanks for taking such good care of Bella

  • Abba and her family made my furkids feel like part of their family. She has an amazingly sweet spirit that my pups clearly keyed in on. This is the first time we have left them with a stranger but it will not be the last time we leave them with Abba. We looked forward to the daily picture and video updates. When we picked them up, they were actually whining for her on our way, like kids leaving a fun camp and having to go back home. When we arrived at home, we found that she had sent the most thoughtful picture postcards from our pups and they were waiting in our mailbox. Abba = Amazing! :)

  • This was a return trip for our two dogs to stay with Abba. I was concerned with my older dog because he tends to be very nervous when we leave him. No problem, Abba took him in her arms, hugged him and away he went, very happy to be there with her other dogs. She loves her dogs and is such a natural with them.

  • I have used Abba a few times and each time she has been wonderful! She really cares about the dogs. I really love the extra touches that Abba does at no cost, such as baths and giving dogs medicine. These are services that add up at an ordinary dog kennel. I would not hesitate to use Abba in the future!

  • Abba did a great job with the dogs! I got pictures of them and they came home happy! I would definately take them back there to stay!

  • Abba is the greatest. She is Pawsome.

  • Abba is great with our 6mo old Aussie! Thanks so much ! Great facility & great owner makes it a "No worry" get away and Abba always sends a photo/update.

  • My dogs had a wonderful time with Abba! We had some car trouble getting to her so we were a couple hours late dropping our dogs off, but Abba was so incredibly nice about it. Our dogs were comfortable as soon as they got there, and Abba sent daily updates about how they were doing. It was a wonderful experience all the way around!

  • Very happy with the job Abba did with our dog. We could tell he had a great time. Most important we felt confident leaving him there!

  • Abba is awesome! This was our first experience in leaving Max with someone other than family members. Abba bonded with Max immediately and made him feel like one of the family. I think he enjoyed being around his new friends and the TLC he received while in her care.

  • We were so happy to discover Abba's Hound Haven nearby. She has a first class operation & I would highley reccomend her ! Bella had a great time! Thanks The Dillonz

  • This was our first time doing something like this. We normally leave the girls at the vets, not that there is anything wrong with that, their vet is very good sweet kind and gentle.However I did not want to leave them crated all weekend. We scheduled a face to face to meet with Abba before we left and brought the girls with usl to Abba's. They were both nervous but quickly warmed up Abba knows how to comfort them how to relax them. There is plenty of room for them to run in a fenced secure yard. They are supervised when they go outside. I know that they are going to be in good hands I know they will be safe I know they will be loved as much as I would be there. I do not have any reservations about using Abba again,

  • Another great visit with Abba. Addie doesn't even tell me bye when I drop her off. She is ready to play and enjoy!

  • Abba was great!! A much better experiance then who I used before. Highly recommend.

  • Abba was great from beginning to end in caring for our two YORKIES. She truly loves dogs and has a great place for them to stay. Both dogs adjusted quickly, and Abba kept me informed with notes and pictures the entire time they were with her. I will take them back, she is very special.

  • This was our first time ever boarding our dogs & Abba exceeded our expectations. Gidget & Bandit fit in immediately and we loved receiving the daily video & picture updates. We will only have her care for our dogs in the future. The dogs absolutely loved it and we had 100% peace of mind knowing they were being taken care of. Thank you!!


  • This adventure was a God sent. Abba spent personalized time with Beaux. She sent my family video clips & pictures of our dog several times a week. I will use her again in the future if necessary.

  • She was great! Communicated well and sent pictures to keep us updated on our little dog. Would recommend!

  • "Let's go see Abba!" are magic words at our house! Shasta loves it there and we are so comfortable with leaving her. Thank you, Abba, and thank you, DogVacay!

  • This is well overdue, but I have to say that Abba Lawrence is the most spectacular dog sitter I can imagine. My two pups were recently sprung from the pound (in other words, rescued) and as you can imagine, they are pretty skittish still. Their "interview" went very well, and Abba immediately put me and the pups at ease. During their stay, she sent photos and updates and I never worried for a moment. And while the dogs were glad to see me when I got home, I got the feeling that they were pretty sad to leave Abba, her family, her own beautiful dogs, and their lovely house. I'm excited that Abba will be caring for my dogs again in just a couple of weeks!

  • Abba was outstanding. She kept us abreast with constant pictures of activities with the dogs. My wife went from stressed to relieved with every update. The dogs were happy and healthy when we picked them up. Abba is to be highly commended.

  • As soon as we took our little fur baby over for our meet-and-greet at Abba's house we knew we had found the perfect place! We had never been away from our little 4 month old puppy before so we were very nervous. Abba listened to all my concerns and took extra special care of our baby. We were completely comfortable leaving him with her and we never second guessed our decision. Our daily pictures, updates, and videos kept us in touch with our little guy and we were happy to see he was having a BLAST with Abba, her other dogs and her kids. Can't say enough good things!!!

  • I recently went on a two week vacation and was concerned with finding someone to watch my then 3 month old puppy. I came across dogvacay while browsing online and contacted Abba for a meet and greet. I took Lola with me and after a bit she seemed comfortable and excited to be in her home. I immediately felt at ease. Abba did an amazing job taking care of Lola! It is obvious that she genuinely cares about your dogs well being and goes above and beyond to make their stay in her home feel like a true vacation. She has a lot of space both indoors and outdoors so Lola got tons of play and interaction time with her dogs. Abba also sent me daily photos and videos with updates on Lola's stay. This experience exceeded my expectations! I HIGHLY recommend Abba if you need someone to watch over your fur babies. Thank you so much Abba to you and your sweet family for taken Lola in as one of your own! You are totally pawsome :)

  • Abba's great with our dog Finn. She geniunely cares about his well-being and gives great advice when any issues come up. She keeps us informed through pictures and texts as well, so we always know what Finn is up to and how he's doing.

  • Shasta loves Abba, and she feels completely at home there. Shasta was not feeling well when we had to leave her, but Abba gave her the medicine and kept this anxious mama updated with daily reports and photos. Absolutely PAWSOME!!

  • Abba is the GREATEST. My Madilyn loves staying with her and her crew. In fact, Madilyn naps a lot after her stay because she is so tired from all the activity. F. Spain Grand Prairie, Tx.

  • My two IGGYs were so excited to get there the most recent time I dropped them off, they started whining about a mile from her house!! The more feisty of the two actually tried to jump out of my car with her seatbelt still on. Then she raced up the driveway towards Abba trailing seatbelt/leash and all. They were very clearly happy as little clams while I was gone :-) Abba has practically become family as the girls have now been with her almost 20 days from April to now. Her son even renamed them "Candy pants". I leave town with absolutely no reservations that my pups are safe and happy.

  • Abba and Hound Haven are totally Pawsome! She watched our border aussie Rory for a few days while we went out of town. Rory had a blast. It was so nice of her to send pics of him running and playing. He had so much fun chasing the the other dogs in her giant backyard. I highly recommend Abba if you need a loving home for your dog for a few days. We have found Rory's new home away from home. :)

  • Abba is the BEST!! Trust her completely with our sweet Bella and Bella is always calm when she comes home from her DogVacay with Abba...Thanks so much Abba!!!

  • As always, we LOVE leaving our baby with Abba. She is so attentive and loving, he always comes home a happy guy!

  • Abba was awesome! We got constant updates about how our dogs were adjusting (this was our first time to use a doggie vacay). Abba sent text messages and pictures to assure us they were having a great time. She worked with our little guy who was a shelter rescue and has issues meeting new people and animals. I would recommend Abba to anyone looking to avoid boarding their dogs.

  • I'm so happy to have Abba to leave our Shasta with! Shasta is just a puppy, and it's a long time since we were puppy-parents, so I think I had a little separation anxiety (Shasta did fine!). Abba sent me texts and a couple of short videos of Shasta playing with the other dogs. Shasta loves to go see her puppy-pals at Abba's, and I'm a much happier mom. I think I've told everybody I know who has a dog about DogVacay!

  • We we're so nervous since we have 3 dogs and one that can be more than a little difficult, but Abba is amazing! After the meet n greet I could tell she is a really calm person and has a natural way with dogs. Our clan was extremely well cared for and the daily updates gave us so much comfort, since we missed our fur babies being away for 9 days. Abba is an hour from my house, but worth the drive to know the pups are in such good hands. She's our go-to sitter!

  • Abba was wonderful!! She is so sweet and loves dogs. She has a very sweet family and playful dogs for my lil dog to play with while we were gone. She sent us daily pictures of how Toki was doing while we were on our trip. While we were gone, we felt at ease while Toki was under Abba's care. I would definitely recommend her!!

  • We genuinely enjoy leaving the girls with Abba while we're away. Our blue heeler Daisy absolutely adores her (and loves all peoples) and our uptight catahoula is warming up to her more and more each time (a monumental accomplishment for overly protective mutt!) We'll definitely be visiting her again and again, and Abba comes strongly recommended from all five of us!

  • I am extremely happy with my experience with Abba. My dog is older and does not get very much exposure to other dogs. He is also very much a creature of habit and enjoys his routine at home where he is the only dog. Abba sent me updates to show me how he was doing during his visit and he seemed very relaxed and at ease with his surroundings. He can also get somewhat anxious when he is in unfamiliar territory so it was a relief to see how well he was adjusting to her home. Abba has a great set up for the dogs she cares for. She also has a very warm and calming presence and I think this carries over to her interaction with visiting dogs. I would not hesitate to use Abba again. This was my first experience with Dog Vacay and Abba. Abba exceeded my all expectations!

  • I felt very comfortable leaving our little yorkie with Abba. She updated me everyday, sending me pictures and texts. She went above and beyond to make me feel like this was a good fit for our precious little dog. I will definitely be using her services again in then near future.

  • Dixie loves her doggie vacation !

  • Addie had a great time at Abba' s! In fact, she wanted to stay when I went to pick her up!

  • Abba was AMAZING with Roxy! She felt right at home and made lots of friends. And She seemed exteremly happy and healthy while in the care of Abba. :) I recieved updates while I was away and I was extremely confident that Roxy was in good hands. This was definately the right decision to leave Roxy in her home. I look forward to using her in the future and I am already recommending her to everyone I know!

  • Jessie is from a shelter/rescue so we just couldn't bear to put her in a cage at a vet or boarding facility. When doing research I found Abba. She was very accommodating, and we could tell Jessie had a much better experience than if she were boarded. Abba sent pictures and video to show her progress which was very helpful for our peace of mind.

  • As some people do, we treat our dogs like children and were very concerned about boarding them at a commercial establishment where it appeared for the most part, they would be held in a pen. We discovered DogVacay and Abba in our area. We went for a meet and greet and the dogs appeared comfortable with her and her other pets. To get them familiar, we did 2 day stays and 2 overnight stays before our week vacation out of country. As they went by and the dogs began to recognize the smells on the way to Abba's, they would become excited knowing where they were going. Abba appeared to truly care for the dogs and they took a liking to her. By the time of our vacation, we had no reservations at all about Abba taking care of them. She did an excellent job of catering to what they were used to at home (e.g. feeding times, food, etc...), and gave tips to make their time more comfortable and fun. Abba seems to really care about animals and it made us very comfortable to leave the dogs with her which we had never done before. We trust Abba completely with the dogs and are planning on using her again in the future for other trips. If you are in the Ellis County area, I recommend you do a meet and greet with Abba.

  • Abba was great with my little Copper. He has a broken leg and she has made leaving him worry-free. I know he is getting the best love and care. Thanks Abba!! Bridgette

  • I cannot tell you how wonderful Abba and her family were to my girls. She was willing to take my 1 year old IGGY and her 5 month old sister (who can be a hand full!). I got daily updates with pictures. My dogs were happy and clearly very well cared for. I'm fairly sure they were slightly bummed to be back home today. ;-)

  • We were so pleased with our pets' visit with Abba over Thanksgiving! We came for an initial meet-and-greet and the girls were hesitant but eventually excited to have other dogs to play with. During their four day visit with Abba, we never once worried about their well-being: she sent us multiple photos and messages about their progress. Most of all, we are grateful for her honesty about our dogs visit. Our oldest (and most protective) dog, had an awkward adjustment period during her stay. Abba was very forward yet encouraging. We highly recommend you schedule a visit with Abba to experience her passion for occupation for yourself!

  • LOVE Abba and her doggy sitting!! She sends cute pics while we're gone, so we don't miss our pup too much. She really loves our dog as much as we do. :)

  • Abba was just amazing with our Bella. I've kenneled Bella before but we did not like our dog being in a metal cage most of the day until we found Abba...She was just awesome from the first day we met!! She sent me a text message each day we were gone with either a picture or just a message saying how Bella was doing each also helped Bella being around Abba's dogs too..more socializing for Bella!! We will definitely use her again and we recommend her to everyone!! Again...Thanks Abba!!

  • Our bulldog, Pancho, had an amazing 2 weeks with Abba and her family while we were on vacation overseas. We never had to worry for a second because Abba sent us emails, photos, and videos of our fur baby throughout the entire trip! She treated him like he was a part of her family and for that we are forever grateful. Pancho even moped around for a few days when we came home...we think it was because he missed his other playmates... We would highly recommend Abba for any dogs in need of a great vacation:)

  • Tosca loves staying with Abba and having fur-buddies to play with. I love having a safe and happy place to leave Tosca. Abba's the best!

  • Abba was amazing! I have an escape artist and she was safe and happy the whole time. Our other pup became extremely attached to Abba and you could tell during the good bye that Bailey was excited to see us but didn't want to leave. My girls love to swim and they were free to do so in the family pool and had a bunch of other pups to socialize with and play with. When we go on our honeymoon there is no doubt they will be taken care of there! I would recommend her to anyone and everyone! :)

  • Abba was really easy to work with and Finn really loved the experience. When we picked him up, he wasn't quite ready to leave; definitely a good sign. And, wow, he really does love those treats. :-) Thanks for taking such good care of him!

  • Tosca LOVES staying with Abba! She's doing so well we're going to graduate to an overnight. Yay!!

  • FINALLY! I can travel or just work late and not worry about Tosca. Abba is awesome; she's a dog whisperer or at the very least has magic powers. This will be a weekly day out for Tosca, and her home-away-from-home when we go on trips (she is not a good traveler!)

  • There is NOTHING better than ABBA and her animal friends! Will be going back.

  • Abba is wonderful. This was our first time with dog vacant and I could not be any happier. We instantly felt comfortable with leaving our dog Lucy with her. Lucy enjoyed her stay with Abba and as her mom that makes me proud. No words cans truly describe how grateful to find Abba who truly has a passion and desire for dogs.

  • Libby loved staying with Abba she didn't even want to come home when it was time to go. Abba was very nice and sent me a picture and message me about how she was doing I would use her again and recommed her to anyone that needs a sitter. Thanks again

  • Once again, we had such a great experience leaving our dog, Kodi, with Abba. She is so caring and thoughtful. Kodi enjoyed her time and we did not have to worry at all, since we knew that she was in such good hands. Kodi was excited to see us, but was a bit sad to leave Abba!

  • This was our first time using and Abba so we didn't know what to expect, but if we ever need to board again, our first preference will be Abba. Our dog was recently diagnosed with cancer right before our vacation so we were concerned about leaving her. Abba's experience caring for rescued dogs put our minds at ease. She has a great way with dogs and is easy to work with. Our Boxer was much happier getting to spend time with other dogs instead of locked in a cage. I would highly recommend Abba.

  • We love Abba! Ony was so happy there and we got cute pics of Ony with her new friends. I know she was well cared for and she will definitely spend her next vacay here.

  • Our dog's stay with Abba's was a great success. We were concerned to leave him for two weeks and, as it turns out, he also thought that was too long. He got a bit more standoff-ish the second week but Abba was great and let him do his own thing. She approached him on his own terms when it was time to come in at the end of the day. It certainly sounded like he became pretty difficult by the end of his stay but Abba still talked about it as though it was easy.

  • Abba was fantastic! She faithfully corresponded with pictures and updates. Madilyn experienced little change from her normal routine. When Madilyn would not eat her food, Abba figured out a new way to get her to eat. The pictures were professional quality and experience wonderful. Madilyn already misses her Aunt Abba and new friends.

  • We had a great experience leaving our dog, Kodi, with Abba for two weeks while on vacation overseas. She was caring and attentive to Kodi's needs and made her feel like part of her family. She even emailed us photos and little updates on how Kodi was doing. She truly cares about dogs and it shows. I feel that Kodi has found a second home with Abba. In the future if we go away again, I will definitely leave Kodi with her. There is no one more suitable to care for our beloved Kodi than Abba!

  • Aba was awesome! Loved the text updates and pics. Our dogs were well cared for and seem to have a good time. Will definitely use Aba again.

  • Abba was wonderful! Maggie seemed really comfortable there. We will definitely ask her to watch Maggie again if we go out of town. Thank you Abba!

  • Abba's care for my dog, Banjo, was beyond what I expected. She sent pictures everyday and left messages on how he was doing. I knew he was in good hands and was able to enjoy my vacay without any worries.

  • Let me just say Abba's dog nest was an answer to Dixie Belles prayers!. I loved our daily updates and videos!

↑ Back to Top

You're one step away from contacting this great host!

Please log in or sign up to continue...

Signing up is quick and easy!

Questions? We're here to help! Call us at 1-855-364-8222.