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Fred S.

99 Reviews
39 Repeat Guests
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  • Same day bookings are OK
  • Responds within 3 hours
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Pet Requirements

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

Fred's Resident Pets

Labrador Retriever
5 yr 8 mo old

Fred's House

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About Fred

I am a school teacher. My wife is a police officer. We are the parents to four kids, five if you count Thunder. We are a very active family that spends a lot of time outdoors.
Thunder is a very important part of the family and I know what its like to worry about who will take care of him when my family is out of town. I would love to assist your family by pet sitting as needed. Since I am a teacher with holidays off last minute reservation are not a problem.Please,let me know how I can help you.
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Fred S.

99 Reviews
39 Repeat Guests
Other Sitters Nearby
  • Same day bookings are OK
  • Responds within 3 hours
  • Cancellation Policy:


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  • Last updated November 28, 2016


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By completing courses at DogVacay University, hosts learn about best practices to help them provide the highest quality care for your dog.
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Services & Rates

Boarding Overnight At Fred's Home
$35 /night
  • Watches up to 3 dogs/night
99 Reviews
Based on the photos Fred sent, Asher had a great time. Thanks for taking such good care of her.
Fred and his whole family took great care of our dog. He received the "royal" treatment and from all the pictures, he looked like he was having a blast! I would definitely bring my pup back to their home again!
Fred and his family were so warm and welcoming to me, my wife, and most importantly, our dog, Oliver. Fred sent over pictures and updates during the course of our trip, and we are very thankful for his hospitality. We will be booking with Fred again in the future!
This was a most WONDERFUL experience. I will certainly be going back here whenever I need boarding help and I will be giving Fred a big thumbs up to any of my friends who need boarding help. I can't say enough about how accomodating they have been.
Fred is really flexible, easy to work with and treats Reggie like one of his own. Great stay.
He does a great job
My dog is happy when I pick him up
This was Daisy's first Vacay. Fred did a meet and greet beforehand to put me at ease with leaving our girl somewhere new. Fred sent numerous picture updates to show that Daisy was settling in with Fred and his family. In all, a good experience.
I'll definitely use Fred again. He was very accommodating and kept me abreast of how Groucho was doing while we were away. Groucho loved hanging out with his boys, and knowing he only takes 2 dags in at a time was very comforting since my thirteen year old pug has slowed down quite a bit. Thanks Fred!
At Fred's, I know my pup is in good hands.
Fred is THE BEST! As it was our first week away from our pup, we were a little nervous. From the moment we arrived at drop off, Fred took over with a calm and caring nature and instantly made our (sometimes nervous with new people) dog feel comfortable and at ease. He updated me with several texts/pictures each day and even went so far as to sleep on the floor with our guy one night because he was a little anxious! Great house, yard and family! Highly recommend!
We are so glad to see our pup back home healthy and happy after our long 16 days vocation! Thanks to Fred and his family taking good care of her, sending us update pictures everyday to show how she is doing. Many thanks!!!
We and our dog enjoyed interacting w/Fred and his family and appreciated the opportunity to meet each other in advance of our first visit. Our dog came home happy and tired from playing all weekend. Thanks Fred and family - we would recommend them to other dog owners!
Great communication with Fred, and our dog came home happy and tired from playing all weekend long.
Fred is very responsible, he has a very lovely family who love my dog just like their owns. I'll definitely coming back!
I left my 2 dogs Lola and Ellie with Fred for a couple of days over the 4th of July. Fred kept us updated daily with pictures . My dogs did great and when I picked them up they were on schedule as if they were at home all along. Thanks Fred for taking such good care of my girls!
Fred and his family were great with our 2 fur babies! He sent us pics of smiling dogs! This was our 2nd time with Fred...we will bring our dogs back!!
Fred and family made our two girls feel like a part of their family. We love having them as their home away from home! Could not have been better! We're booking our next vacation today!
This was Scouts second stay with Fred and the longest he has ever been away from home and it went perfectly!! Scout is only 6 months so we didn't want him to stay in a kennel. I am so glad we found Fred (and his family!!) because he treated our puppy like a family member but still respected our rules that we are trying to teach Scout. The pictures everyday showed us how happy he was and the long nap after we picked him up showed us that he didn't sit in a cage all day! Thank you so much and I know Scout can't wait to see you again!!!!!
I highly recommend Fred and his family for your dog vacation. I was a little worried, as my dog Blu has never stayed overnight away from our family but he had a blast. Fred sent pictures with updates regularly and he was flexible with drop off and pick up times. I will use Fred again!
Fred and his family take great care of My dog Mookie every time! He loves it there and i will definitely be rebooking with him!
It is a pleasure having Fred and his family as a dependable and reliable home away from home for our dog Rio - we are so happy with all the service he provides .
Perfect host! Constant updates and helped with making it a simple process! Mookie had a blast!
Fred was great with our dog, Snickers! He sent us pictures throughout the stay, which assured us Snickers was very well taken care of while being boarded. I would highly recommend Fred for your boarding needs!
I felt so much happier knowing Fredo was staying with an active family and would be getting much more personal attention than he would get from a pet motel. I will use again and definitely recommend. Jean G., Wheeling, IL
Day 2 of our short notice visit. As usually Fred made sure that Noodle came home exhausted and would sleep for for a few days!! The only down side is when he recovers he wants to go right back.
Fred took Noodle last minute because I realized we would not be home enough to keep him busy during my mom surgery. He was flexible and even offered to pick up Noodle so I could be with my mom. Thanks Fred your the best!!
This was Chewys first time with Fred and he loved every minute of it!! while Fred was out making Noodle and the other dogs tired Chewy was snuggling with the family. Thanks guys
Noodle is the happiest dog when he comes home from Fred's. Fred works very hard to wear him out and He succeeds every time!!
Fred and his wife did an excellent job taking care of Cooper. We were a bit nervous leaving him, since this was our first time leaving him in the care of others since he was a puppy. They kept us informed on how well he adjusted to their clean and loving home with pictures & texts consistently. They gave him extra special attention to make him feel part of their home and family. I would highly recommend him to anyone considering leaving their pet in their care.
This was my first time using this service. I was reluctant at first, but did do a meet and greet with Fred a couple times. Coco and Thunder got a long great! My husband works from home so our dog Coco is rarely left alone all day. Given the schedules of Fred and Ginger, it worked out great for Coco and more importantly my piece of mind. I was a bit nervous, but Fred sent many photos of Coco, and the other dog's having fun..Fred even let Coco sleep next to him at night. The best idea is to book a meet and greet and make sure you are comfortable. Coco had a lot of fun with all her dog friends. Thanks Again Fred and Ginger..We will see you soon enough..
This is the 6th time our dogs stay with Fred, they LOVE it there! Fred is amazing, he's super flexible and sends us updates, we feel so at ease leaving our pups with him!
I LOVE Fred and Ginger!!!
Any time we plan to go out of town - they are the first and only people we think about for Razzle.
You can really tell these guys love animals. They take such good care of our Fur Baby that sometimes I think she would rather stay with them when we go to pick her up.
I love how when we are away they send pictures of Razzle's day. (Makes us miss her more) It's great to see she is having a good time without us.
They are also good about special requirements and are very accommodating.
I highly recommend Fred & Ginger - You will not be sorry!!!
This was Logan's 4th or 5th time with Fred and still the same great experience. Fred's lab Thunder is a welcome play buddy and Logan comes home happily tired. Fred's lightning fast with responses, sends us lots of pics, and is a pleasure to work with. Highly recommend.
Awesome host! Very accommodating. A pleasure to work with. Provided a fantastic environment and service. Highly recommend!!!
Noodle had a great time with Fred and his gang. He has basically been passed out on the floor since I got him home. Happy puppy equals happy humans!! Fred sent updates and was supper flexible. Noodle can't wait to go back in a few months!!
Our dog, Adelaide (Addy), has stayed with Fred and his family quite a few times. His family takes great care of Addy, they are very good at keeping us up to date and were very flexible and understanding when we were a day late picking her up due to weather delays. Fred and his family have been wonderful and always our first choice when we have to go out of town.
Fred's family took great care of Shadow while we were on vacation. Fred and Ginger are really nice folks and have the knack for taking care of pets. This was the first time we left shadow since he was a little puppy and were worried but shadow had a great time with Fred's family especially Thunder. Fred was sending Shadow's picture daily with comments about Shadow's well being. We would definitely leave Shadow at Fred's place on our next vacation.
From - Nair Family
Fred and his family were terrific. We received regular updates and photos and know that Max got to do the things he loves best... play catch, go for walks and cuddle. When we're next in Chicago, We'll want Max to stay there again.
spectacular! Savvy was happy and well adjusted during her stay with Fred.
Our dogs always love staying at Fred's, we just keep on coming back!
Rio really seems to enjoy going to Fred's house and we are so happy to get photos of her while we're away ! All in all this has been a great experience !
Rex enjoyed his stay! Thanks for taking great care of him!
We could not have been happier with the care our guys received while we were gone. From the photos we received it was obvious that they were treated as part of the family.
Wonderful Stay. Top Notch and the dogs loved it there. Very well cared for by the entire family. I would most definitely use Fred again and I will. Very Satisfied. Nice fenced yard. His dog was very welcoming and everyone got along great. One of our dogs was a week out of surgery and Fred gave him his medicine abd cared for him as if it was his own dog. Can't say enough on how happy we were. Ann. B
As always, our pups loved staying with Fred! They are so loving toward our dogs and tell us tons of stories when we come back. We're so happy to have found a second home for them!
Fred was fantastic with our dog, Snickers. We received numerous pictures to show how happy Snickers was to spend time with Fred and his family. Our family felt very comfortable leaving our dog in Fred's care. We would not hesitate to use Fred's services again!

Thanks, Fred, for being so attentive to Snickers!
As always Ginger had a great stay with Fred and family. We received great pictures of her while we were away. We never have to worry because we know that she is being very well cared for. Fred is always our first choice for Ginger.
This was my first time leaving my two dogs alone with any DogVacay host, and Fred provided us with a very positive experience. Not only did he accommodate us with little notice, he worked around my schedule for both drop off and pick ups. He provided regular updates, and the dogs were well looked after. Would definitely board them with him again!!
Fred and his family deserve all the thanks for taking care of our little Coco for three weeks. Fred was constantly sending photos of Coco to keep us informed, it was a big relief for us especially our kids to see the little guy having fun and in good hands.

Thanks Fred.
Our German Shepherd Sam stayed with Fred and his family for 1 month while we were out of the country. Sam had a great time. Fred has taken very good care of Sam and he returned happy and healthy. Fred regularly sent us updates about Sam and a lot of photos which made us feel relaxed during our vacation. We would definitely ask Fred and his family to look after Sam again. And would definitely recommend!
This is our second time leaving our puppy with Fred.
We have to say that having Fred send up pictures of our dog playing, interacting, sleeping and happy were very nice gestures which entertained as well as reassured us that our companion was doing well and having almost as fun as we were. Very happy also with additional input from Fred about a recommendation for dog collar that really helped. Thank you Fred and keep up the great work:)
Mac has stayed with Fred several times before and I always have felt comfortable doing so. Mac seems to have a great time based on the pics Fred sends via text. Knowing Mac stays with a family who loves dogs as much as we do is great! Thanks for having him Thunder!
Fred and his family are so wonderful!! My dog was extremely well cared for. She came home so happy! Fred also sent daily text photos and messages, which was so thoughtful! His home is well suited for dogs - safe and durable. I very highly recommend him and his family. I would give them 10 stars if I could.
Fred took great care of our 3 1/2 year old Black Lab. I especially appreciated that he understood the importance of getting her the exercise she needed. I could tell she was comfortable at their house and treated kindly. The fenced in back yard was great for her and gave us peace of mind that she could be outside without wandering off. Fred kept us updated with pictures throughout her stay which kept "mom" from worrying about her. We will definitely be visiting again when back in the Chicago area!
Thank you for your flexibility! Link and Lila miss Thunder!
My husband and I had a great experience working with Fred. We loved getting daily photos of our dog, Kobe, playing and obviously having a great time. It really put us at ease knowing that our dog was safe and sound. We will definitely be utilizing Fred for our future dog vacay needs.
Fred and his family were so welcoming to our dogs. They were extremely flexible with us, sent us multiple photos during their stay and when we went to pick them up they were so in love with our dogs! We're so happy to have found them a second home. We will definitely be back!!
Fred and family, My dogs love your place. Molly just loves the interaction with all and Zoey enjoys attention from all. Thank again for taking great care of babies. Karen
Fred was flexible on the drop off and pick up times, which was great. Rollie had a great time. Fred sent pictures while we were away so we could see that Rollie was up to his usual blankets hogging antics.
Great family!
My dogs had a blast!! I received daily updates sometimes several throughout the day, this was my first time leaving them and I was very nervous but when I showed up to pick them up they didn't even want to leave! I will definitely be using Fred again!!
We were out of the country and weren't able to receive the pictures and texts from Fred but we weren't worried a bit because we knew that Ginger was in very good hands. We missed receiving the pictures and were so happy when we landed to see all the photos that Fred had sent to us.

Fred & family will always be our first choice when we are away because Ginger always comes home happy and tired.

Thank you Fred & Ginger and kids for a great stay!!!
I had a work conference the dogs got a vacation. They truly enjoyed our time with Fred and family always lots of love, pics and updates are great thanks again Fred you know they will be back.
What can we say... our dogs third vacation with Fred and family. As always they loved it we will be back again. I love the fact that they got pictures sent to us and updates one of the dogs can be pretty energetic so it's nice to know that Fred and family take them on walks and wears them out. They always come back happy and if I ask if they want to visit Fred or thunder they are excited. Happy to know they are in a home where they get a lot of attention and to enjoy their vacation.
Great! Fred sent us pics and dogs were happy! We will be back! Thanks!
Fred and his family were absolutely wonderful. Leaving my little wild 2 year old Jack Russell, Cali can be worrisome because of how much energy she has but they were great with her. I received plenty of pictures of both play time and relaxed times. I thought Cali made too many new friends and wouldn't want to come home. She happily came home but slept for two days straight because of how much fun she had. Cali will definitely see this family again over summer. Thanks!!
It looks like Razzle had a wonderful time! We got pictures of her adventures and a ride in the car which she loves! We will definately have Razzle stay with Fred again!
So thrilled to have found Fred & Ginger!! This was Charlie's first time away from us and it was clear he had a great time. Fred sent daily photos and updates and when it came time to pick up, I wasn't sure Charlie really wanted to leave. We are planning to have him stay again and I would highly recommend this lovely family to care for your dog!!
Thanks again Fred and family. You guys always take such good care of Dixie. I really appreciate it!
Thanks so much Fred helping us out as our flight was delayed and we needed a couple more days. You were so nice and made it pain free coming back to our precious pet. The highest praise to you and your family for the great care!!!! :)
Fred and his family are absolutely amazing sitters.

I highly recommend them.

We were worry free while on vacation thanks to great communication. We really appreciated you taking our puppy into your house and treating him so kindly and the thoughtful messages and pictures gave us relief that our dog did not feel abandoned and was having a fun time with your family and dog.

Will definitely like you to sit for us again in the future.

Thanks a ton Fred!! :)
Lambeau has a very busy time at Fred's house; its different from his home and I think the change is great...we feel very confident that he is being well taken care of and getting lots of attention. Thank you to Fred and his family!!
We have had a great experience with Fred and his family! We left our two precious four legged family members with them for 13 days! Thanks so much for taking great care of Guinness and Tasha. We really appreciate your flexibility and consideration!
Fred, Ginger and the kids are great hosts! Mac seemed to enjoy his stay based in the pics Fred texted while we were away. He went for walks and had plenty of playtime with the other doggie guests. Mac is looking forward to spring break with Thunder!
I’m sure all of the people that watch pets through Dog Vacay are great, but use Fred. Fred and his family are terrific! He and his family watched our 9 month old German Shepherd, Travis and we are convinced that Travis had a better vacation than we did. We received photos of Travis throughout our vacation that only confirmed the love and attention that he was receiving while we were away. Fred told us many of the things they had done throughout the week, far beyond simply watching someone’s pet. He really loves dogs and keeps them active – he cares. Their dog Thunder and Travis became such good pals that Thunder jumped into our car when we came to pick Travis up! We sincerely could not be any more pleased to have met Fred and his family and are so appreciative of the love and care they provided.
Sue M.
My 131/2 border collie mix had a great stay with Fred and his family! She was allowed to sleep on their leather couch ( which does at home) this helps her arthritis). She bonded with his daughter and I saw a few pictures of her head on her lap while she slept! They made sure she took her meds and even fed her the food she liked while holding her bowl . She often eats less when we are away from her. Fred sent pictures of Taylor that reassured us she was fine . She came home happy and healthy! I would highly recommend Fred and his family for your dog's stay!
This was Ginger's second stay with Fred. Fred and family were great… he took Ginger for the night even though he was full. We got many pictures and updates on Ginger throughout her short stay. We are very confident that Ginger is being very well cared for and makes our time away that much nicer. Fred will always be our first choice for Ginger when we are away.
Thanks Fred for taking Dixie into your home. She had a great stay and I am sure she loved spending time with your family and Thunder the black lab. She will be back!
Fred watched our 2 dogs Thanksgiving weekend while we were out of town. This was their first time staying with Fred. They had a great time playing
With Thunder and the other dog that Fred was watching that weekend. They even slept with Fred's daughter at night. Fred was flexible and attentive even when our one dog was having upset tummy issues. He sent us lots of pictures so we knew they were doing ok. We would highly recommend using Fred and would likely use him again in the future next time we need a dog sitter.
Fred is great!! He is dedicated and he loves dogs!
Everything went as planned and we are so happy we found him. Fred's house is big so there is plenty of space to run around and the backyard is fenced in.Our German Shorthaired Pointer, Boogie, is very energetic and he is handful. He had a blast during our vacation. We got a lot of pictures during Boogie's stay and each showed what a nice family is taking care of our pup. Will definetely leave Boogie with Fred again!!
This was Ginger's first time away from home and Fred, Ginger & family took great care of her. They sent us daily texts with pictures which we eagerly waited for each day. Ginger looked very happy and well taken care of while she was there. They were wonderful hosts and we are so happy to have found a good home for our Ginger to vacation at when we are away. We will definitely have Ginger stay at Fred's whenever we are away. Thank you for taking such good care of our Ginger.
Grateful to have Fred's family nearby! Left our Lab mix Bella with them for 3 nights and she adjusted immediately to the surroundings. Will definitely be back!
At first we had some concerns leaving our baby girl Lucy (golden retriever) for the first time.

We were so pleasantly surprised with Fred and his family. Fred was very warm, friendly and caring. You can tell right away that he loves dogs and was concerned to meet all of Lucy's needs. We also appreciated receiving pictures of our Lucy during her "vacation stay".

I would highly recommend using Fred to all my family and friends.
Thanks to Fred and his family including Thunder, I think Lambeau had a great time!
Fred and Ginger were absolutely wonderful hosts! They are very quick to respond to inquiries; we also had a meet n greet before the actual stay and really liked the hosts. Sam was allowed on the furniture and am sure enjoyed playing with their dog Thunder! Thunder is very welcoming and friendly and didn't seem to mind sharing his space and toys with Sam. Thank you! :)
Great experience! Fred and Ginger are BEST.
Fred and his family did a wonderful job watching our dog while we were out of the country for 2 weeks. Their dog is a great playmate and we even scheduled a pre-visit just to make sure. It was a huge relief knowing that she would be well cared by a caring family as opposed to a kennel environment.

I would highly recommend Fred and the gang. Bailey probably misses them quite a lot now that she is back home.
My two dogs loved it. Fred and family must have given them awesome attention and good exercise, when I picked them up they rested in the car on the way home a first. I think they bonded with Thunder and the family. We will visit again.
Thanks Fred & Ginger and Thunder for a great vacay for Maggie! She's exhausted (perfect!) and we can't wait you have her stay with you again. Thanks again! ...Bill
Fred is the best!! I was nervous to leave Riley with a traditional boarding facility, so I looked at other places and this app led me to Fred. He took great care of Riley and sent updates and pictures all 5 days. I knew Riley was in good hands and felt confident leaving him with Fred and his family. Thanks again Fred!
Argo had a great time! Fred called soon after I placed the reservation for Argo to confirm the details. He was a pleasure to chat with and was very flexible with Argo's needs. We will be back for sure!
Great experience! Fred sent us daily updates and our lab was nice and relaxed when we picked him up- a sign that he got all the attention he needed while we were gone. I will definitely come back the next time we travel.
It's our second stay with Fred and his family and our dog absolutely loved it. He was happy and tired from playing for three days when we picked him up. Fred kept us updated with text messages and pictures of our dog. We could of not wished for better care for our dog in our absence. Thank you very much!
This was the first time using DogVacay and we could not have had a better experience. Fred was just terrific and our dog Lucy was just crazy about him. Fred was so easy to work with and always let me know how Lucy was doing and sent me pictures and texts everyday. She got more attention and walks than what she gets at home! Fred's dog Thunder was easy-natured and Lucy got along with him beautifully. I would absolutely recommend Fred to anyone thinking of using this service. Lucy is going to miss Fred and his great family! We will certainly be back again.
Fred is the best! I have two older dogs and one is "special needs" girl Annie. She is blind and diabetic. He took special care of her to make sure she ate and received her insulin. I could tell they had a great time with his boys and their big backyard. Highly recommend Fred and will use him again!
Our dog’s stay with Fred and his family was simply phenomenal. After initial meet and greet we were 100% confident that we chose the right family to board our dog. Their dog Thunder was a wonderful playmate for our active dog, and Fred and his family were very accommodating. They have a nice fenced back yard where dogs could play and they also took them to the park to run. It was very nice to receive pictures and see that our dog is enjoying the company of his new playmate. We already booked the next stay. Thank you, Fred, for taking fantastic care of our dog!
It was my first experience with Dogvacay and first time I left my dog with anyone. He is 6 years old and never stayed anywhere but home so I was really worried if he is going to take it well. I have to say Fred was absolutely amazing! If I could rate him 10 stars I would. His house is very dog friendly, backyard is fenced and there is a park right next to it. My dog (Clint) became picky with other dogs as he aged but Fred's dog Thunder is very friendly and they got along really well. They spent most of the time outside in the yard or park playing and I believe Clint had the best vacation ever. When I came to pick him up he greeted me for a moment but got back to playing with Thunder right away.

Fred kept me posted by sending me pictures and talking to me on the phone. He even let me drop Clint off for a couple hours before the vacation started so our dogs could get to know each other. Clint felt very comfortable as soon as he got into Fred's house. During the week he stayed there he just followed Fred everywhere and very often napped right next to him. I think he got really attached to Fred and probably misses him already (I am jealous :-) ) I believe Fred provided the best possible care for Clint and I can't thank him and his family enough. I would definitely use his service again and recommend him to everybody!
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