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Dianna A.

27 Reviews
21 Repeat Guests
Other Sitters Nearby
  • 3 days notice required for bookings
  • Responds within 9 hours
  • Cancellation Policy:

Pet Requirements

  • 1-20 lbs
  • 20-40 lbs
  • 40-80 lbs
  • 80+ lbs
All Ages OK
List of Pets OK for House Sitting
Dogs, Cats, Fish, Rabbits, gerbils, hamsters, or pet rodents, Caged birds, Reptiles

Dianna's Resident Pets

Shetland Sheepdog
13 yr 0 mo old
Persephone (Honey)
Australian Cattle Dog
2 yr 8 mo old

Dianna's House

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Small Yard
100% fenced
Smoke-free home
Pets allowed on furniture
Air-conditioned inside
Great for senior pets

About Dianna

18 Years Experience Caring For Dogs
Please let me know:

where you're located
what dates you'll need care
what time(s) you will need care
Whether or not your pet requires 24/7 supervision

This will help me quickly assess whether or not I can accommodate you without wasting your time.

Sending this information with your initial inquiry will expedite the process and provide you with answers much more efficiently. The more informative your initial message is, the quicker and easier the process will be for both of us, thank you for being thorough!

My care is primarily focused on:

- dogs that are more comfortable in their own homes
- dogs that elderly
- dogs that are uncomfortable with other dogs
- cats
- small animals/exotics.

About My Services

This is determined on a case by case basis, depending on client needs!
(My rate varies by service.)

Services offered:

Check-ins/visits ($25 each)
feedings ($25 each)
dog walks ($25 each*)
litter changes ($25 each**)
bird/small animal cages ($25 each**)
overnights ($50*/night - in your home)
. . . and more!

*extra charges MAY apply for multiple pets

**$25 for one, extra charges may apply for multiple boxes/cages

Everything is personalized to suit my client's preferences for long-term, reliable assistance in keeping you happy, and your pet excited about our visits.

Unless otherwise requested, dogs are walked for 20 minute stretches at a time**. As each animal has their own unique needs, dogs are walked as many times a day as owners request during stays. Please look over services and rates for more information.

** Additional charges MAY apply for extra (or longer) walks! This is determined on a case by case basis, please ask if you have any concerns about your dog's schedule!

Every dog has preferences and traits to consider while sitting, and I have many unique experiences. Most of my clients are dogs that can not be kenneled, as they are too old, too young, not socialized for play with other dogs, etc.

If your dog has special care requirements, I have years of experience working with many of them!

I will stay overnight with your pet

**I do not offer boarding at this time**
This means that I do NOT take animals into MY HOME.

Small animals I may be able to take, on a case by case basis.

Availability for requests is *always* determined based on client needs.

I will also:

- visit
- socialize
- walk
- train tricks
- and clean up after your pet.

My care is not restricted by age, size or breed of your dog. I care for all kinds and sizes of animals

please do not hesitate to contact me in regards to:

dogs, cats, small mammals, reptiles, fish, amphibians, birds or other exotics.

I know first-hand, how hard it can be to find a caretaker that works with animals other than dogs! Never be afraid to ask!

I provide care at the following locations. Although I may be able to accommodate clients outside of those listed - please inquire if you're uncertain.

Hyde Park
Jamaica Plain
West Roxbury
and surrounding areas. . .

If you'd like to discuss a booking please do so through the site. Due to the policies of DogVacay.com I am unable to make arrangements over the phone prior to planning a meet and greet. For this reason I will not call without first determining whether or not we're planning a meet and greet. Thank you for understanding!

The exception to this is if the inquiry is incredibly last minute, as in the case of an emergency - and a meet and greet is required within the next 24 hours.

About Me

I have been caring for a wide variety of pets since childhood. Family, friends, and neighbors have relied on me for everything from cats and dogs, to birds, fish, rodents and reptiles. I have personally owned all of the above and spent years dedicated to studying and hands on learning of proper care for each.

I do not believe in offering the bare minimum of duties, your family deserves the same dedication they are given from you even while you're away.

My care is personalized to suit my client's preferences for long-term, reliable assistance in keeping you happy, and your pet excited about our visits.

As an experienced pet owner, I've had cats all of my life, dogs nearly as long and for years throughout my life I've also been the proud parent/owner of reptiles, amphibians, fish, rodents, birds and more.

I have worked, caring for small mammals and birds at my local Petco as well as taken care of the pets for friends and neighbors since childhood.

Since the 90's I have had dogs of all ages, from puppies to seniors, breeds and sizes, from a Maltese and fox terrier to German shepherds and huskies. I previously had a (twelve-year-old) Sheltie, and currently have an Australian Cattle Dog! Let me know the proper specifications to care for your dog, and they will be treated just like they would in your care.

Note: Orion has passed away.

UPDATE: Honey accompanies me on my stays, so dog friendly dogs will have a playmate! She is well trained and housebroken, as she is a Service Dog Prospect.

Please let me know if this will be an issue in advance. She is dog friendly, but will ignore other dogs that are uninterested in interacting with her.


Unfortunately, due to the way the site operates, I am unable to mark myself unavailable for overnights when I am still available for walks or visits.

Please understand that I may have myself listed available for services even if I'm booked during that period for the night. I may also be marked unavailable, despite being able to accommodate walking or visitation requests.

If you are looking for check-ins on nights that I'm already booked overnight please let me know where you're located and what time(s) you will need care on those dates in order for me to quickly assess whether or not I can accommodate you without wasting your time in finding an appropriate sitter.

Most of my in home clients are in Cambridge, Brighton, Allston and Boston. Please do not hesitate to contact me if you're located in this area and looking for a sitter.
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Can administer oral medicine
Can administer injected medicine
Special Needs Accommodated
  • Pets recovering from surgery
  • Separation anxiety
  • Aggressive behavior
  • Leash Pulling
  • Not yet house-trained
  • Advanced senior issues

Dianna A.

27 Reviews
21 Repeat Guests
Other Sitters Nearby
  • 3 days notice required for bookings
  • Responds within 9 hours
  • Cancellation Policy:


  • Available
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  • 1 Spot Left
  • Booked
  • Last updated February 20, 2017


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Services & Rates

House Sitting Overnight At Your Home
$50 /night
  • Dogs may be unsupervised for 2 - 4 hours/day
  • Willing to travel 15 miles
Daycare At Dianna's Home
$40 /day
  • Watches up to 3 dogs/day
Dog Walking
$25 /half-hour
$30 /hour
  • Willing to travel 15 miles
$25 /visit
  • Willing to travel 15 miles
$35 /hour
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27 Reviews
Dianna was incredibly helpful when me and my little senior dog were in a pinch. I contacted her just a few days before I left on a trip for New Year's Eve, and she quickly and readily agreed to take care of him. She was incredibly responsive, thoughtful, and made sure my little guy was well cared for and got all the attention he needed. I highly recommend her and will be booking her again in the future.
Dianna is always an excellent caregiver for our small dog and cat when we go away.
We have hired Dianna twice to stay with our 2 dogs. She understands dogs, and is very reliable. We have a high-maintenance rescue pup, and it's hard to give her enough walks and entertainment. We have a small house, and 3 dogs is a lot to handle. Dianna would do very well if dogs have a large fenced-in yard to play in.
Dianna is always reliable, quick to respond, and very flexible. She does a great job with my dog and my cat and I can't recommend her enough. She has watched our pets a number of times and I love that I can rely on her.
Dianna has taken care of my black lab several times, for both walks and extended trips, and is always reliable! She does a great job.
Dianna was wonderful. She played with our Border Collie for hours, which Blaisey enjoyed so much. She kept in touch with pictures and texts regularly so we felt safe. Blaisey can't wait to have her back!
Not pleased at all, came home to our area rug soaked with pee in multiple spots, the toliet was stopped up and mess left in it. Dogs were upset and nervous. Very bad experience. Had to text for updates, sometimes waiting hours for a reply.
We have 2 dogs who need extra-special care: a 14-year old senior lady, and an 18m old rescue with some leash reactivity, who we've only had for a couple months. When we were going away for 4 nights, I was so relieved to find Dianna. She clearly understands and loves dogs, and I knew I could trust her.
Donna was very responsible. She arrived on-time to dog sit, kept me posted while I was away and replied quickly to inquiries. Very good experience
I have had Dianna walk my dog at my house a few times, and every time I couldn't be happier. She is very responsive, reliable and flexible.
Very experienced and thorough! Great pick!
Incredible! Dianna kept in contact and took wonderful care of my two cats! Will absolutely seek her out again.
Dianna was so calm and loving with both dogs and especially with our little Olive who has anxiety. Thanks Dianna!
Dianna was really good at giving feedback. She worked with my nervous Olive and was very gentle and kind.
Dianna was great with my 10-year-old dog, Abby. It was clear when we arrived home that Abby had had a great weekend! Lots of together time with Dianna kept Abby stress-free.
Dianna is awesome. Super flexible, really reliable and communicative. She's watched our dog and cat a few times and she is always my first choice when we go away.
Dianna was great once again and Kiara was well taken care of.
Very reliable, and sends us updates about the dogs while we're away!
Dianna was awesome! She looked after our dogs' particular needs, and sent us updates while we were away!! We are looking forward to working with her again.
I couldn't be happier! This was my first time leaving my chocolate lab with a non family sitter. Dianna stayed with her in our home and my dog was happy to see me but nice and relaxed and well taken care of not having the added stress of being away from home. I will definitely use her again.
As always, Dianna was great. Ellie and Luther were glad to have the company and I was glad to be able to spend a weekend traveling while knowing that they were in good hands.
I am so glad to have found a great pet-sitter that I can trust. Dianna is great with both my cat (a large, sassy male tabby) and my dog (an older, somewhat sensitive English Setter). Over the years, I've come to find that my dog does much better at home than being boarded somewhere else. It's great knowing that Dianna is just around the corner if and when I need her!
Dianna went out of her way to help us out when our plans finally coalesced two days before we needed her. Meeka loved Dianna! We've moved from the Boston area, but if we ever move back, we will definitely use her, again! I highly recommend Dianna.
Dianna has watched our dog several times now, and she's always been very easy to work with. Our dog gets upset if she stays at the kennel, but when Dianna stays with her she is relaxed when we get home - happy to see us, but not nervous. Overall has worked out very well.
Our doggy is such a happy doggy after one of Dianna's visits, which is very important to us. Dianna has been wonderful to our dog and to us. I truly appreciate Dianna for working with us in our recent nearly day-before requests due to our unpredictable schedule. I realize she may not always be available when our schedule results in a "day-before" request, but the fact that our dog really likes her and that she has been available, or worked it out so she could be, speaks volumes about her value to us and our dog. Thanks, Dianna!
I've known Dianna for years and don't trust my dog with anyone else when we travel.
I can always tell how a petsitter worked out by the emotional state of my dog when I get home (he's 100 pounds of neediness!). Our dog and other pets were perfectly content when we returned from a long trip abroad, which is a testament to Dianna's attentiveness. We also appreciated the frequent, detailed updates and photos. She'll definitely be our go-to petsitter in the future!
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