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Kari M.

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58 Reviews
32 Repeat Guests
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  • Same day bookings are OK
  • Responds within 10 minutes
  • Cancellation Policy:

Pet Requirements

  • 1-20 lbs
  • 20-40 lbs
  • 40-80 lbs
  • 80+ lbs
No Puppies
Must Be Spayed or Neutered
Must Be Vaccinated
List of Breeds Not Accepted
Shiba Inu

Kari's Resident Pets

9 yr 1 mo old
Ellie Mae
4 yr 0 mo old
Other Pets & Animals: Cats

Kari's House

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Children at home (13-18 years old)
Large Yard
100% fenced & locked
Smoke-free home
Pets allowed on furniture
Air-conditioned inside
Great for senior pets

About Kari

20 Years Experience Caring For Dogs
*****Recently moved to current location, but have been with DogVacay for 3 years. We have a large 3/4 acre yard with a 4900 sq ft area fenced in with a 5 ft chain link fence. No stair home. Accepting new clients with small dogs or big dogs that do not jump. Contact me with any questions.****
My dream job as a child was to be a dog walker in New York. Well, I never made it to New York, but still love all kinds of dogs! I have worked with rescues and fostered dogs and pups in the past. My current dog is a Katrina rescue! I have also worked at Petsmart as a manager. I have lots of experience in caring for all kinds of dogs. Let me open my heart and home to your best friend!

Large screened in porch that offers fresh air, with out all the sun.

I also have 5 resident cats. My cats are used to different dogs coming into my home. They do not run away from dogs.

I strongly suggest treating your dog with a flea/tick treatment. I have a lot of wildlife that roams through my yard, and want everyone to stay happy and healthy. I treat my dogs and cats year round because I have dogs coming and going. You can never be too cautious.
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Can administer oral medicine
Special Needs Accommodated
  • Pets recovering from surgery

Kari M.

Online Now!
58 Reviews
32 Repeat Guests
Other Sitters Nearby
  • Same day bookings are OK
  • Responds within 10 minutes
  • Cancellation Policy:


  • Available
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  • 1 Spot Left
  • Booked
  • Last updated February 5, 2017


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Services & Rates

Boarding Overnight At Kari's Home
$30 /night
  • Watches up to 3 dogs/night
  • Dogs may be unsupervised for no more than 1 hour/day
  • 5+ potty breaks/day
  • 1 walk/day
  • Pets can sleep wherever they want
Daycare At Kari's Home
$28 /day
  • Watches up to 3 dogs/day
$20 /visit
  • Willing to travel 6 miles
$10 each way
  • Willing to travel 10 miles
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58 Reviews
We are from out of town and needed to find someone to watch our dachshund while we attended a family Christmas party. Kari was great! Our pup is a little shy, but she paired him with some of her other dogs and got him to come out of his shell. She also texted us pictures of our pup so we could keep tabs on him during the day and put our minds at ease. Great sitter - if we're back in the area, we'll definitely give Kari a call! :-)
Everything turned out better than expected. I received daily updates/pictures which I appreciated and really put me at ease. The dogs seemed happy in the photos/videos and they sure were exhausted when we picked them up. We were very pleased with Kari and will use her again in the future.
We needed someone at the last minute to watch two small dogs. Kari was great - everything worked out very well.
First time user of this online booking service was great. Kari was fantastic! I booked last minute & Kari was very accommodating for same day service. She has a nice fenced in area for dogs, which made me feel great about my 2 large dogs safety. They were able to be outside a lot & played with other dogs. Kari kept me informed as to how they were in the new environment & sent me pictures of them while in her care. She was very prompt in responding to my text messages & was flexible with drop off & pick up time. She made homemade dog treats & generously gave me some when I picked up my dogs. I definitely recommend Kari!
Kari was great! We have used her for daycare previously and needed her again while us humans went to the state fair. My Cocoa absolutely enjoyed her. He's a little bit of an anxious pup when i'm not around but from the pictures i was being sent, he was so content! I definitely recommend her!
Kari was a fantastic caretaker for our elderly beagle Lady. Because of Lady's age and some health issues she has, she can be quite high maintenance but Kari took all of this in stride. Kari's residence has great indoor, shaded patio, and outdoor spaces fordogs to roam -- this was great for the hot weather. I'd hoghly recommend Kari to anyone in the Milwaukee area.
Kari took excellent care of our dog. Duke is elderly and has some anxiety but he was very comfortable around Kari. I liked that she showed me around and that the dogs have access to the yard and the house. I highly recommend her.
Kari was Simply GREAT, my 1 1/2 yr old Choc Lab "JUNIOR" had not slept over nite anywhere but with me in a full year. I was worried he drive Kari crazy, but Kari did a GREAT job with Junior. Junior was as clam as could be when I picked him up today.

Thanks Kari :) :) :)
My experience with DogVacay was great and I've been recommending to all my friends. I picked Kari because of all the other great reviews and she did a great job. She was quick to respond and sent me pictures of Brody while we were away.
Kari was very nice. She sent pictures regularly. Lucy, our dog, seemed like she wanted to go back to the other dogs after greeting us. We will definitely use Kari's services again.
Kari is awesome. Our dogs are always comfortable and make themselves right at home at her house. We are very fortunate to have found her.
Kari is THE best! She's been watching my Pit Mix boy Sato for roughly 3 years now and he always loves going to see her!
Max had some separation anxiety and had never been around cats but Kari made sure he was comfortable and well taken care of. She even diffused some calming oils for him!
Kari is a god-send. She's the best and Sam just loved it.
Kari was phenomenal. My two high maintenance Yorkies came back in one piece and obviously received a lot of love. We were really concerned as we had never left the dogs with anyone except family. We knew immediately at our meet & greet that they would be well cared for, which made our vacation that much more relaxing. I have already recommended her to a friend and would not hesitate to do so again.
She was wonderful - loved getting the text updates with pics so I could see how my dog was doing. He looked like he had a great time - and got a good chance to hang out with some other friends!
Kari did a great job watching Ruby for us! It was Ruby's first time away from us and she was very happy when we picked her up. We loved the updates and pictures. We are looking forward to the next visit.
Kari was just great with our two dogs; they are larger dogs and she handled them very well. My boys were comfortable and happy.
Definitely looked like Jordyn enjoyed his stay and Kari definitely treaded Jordyn like one of her own. Great in helping out super last minute. Will contact her again if need be for sure!
Kari took excellent care of our 7-month old Scottish Terrier while we were on vacation for 9 days. She is very responsive, dependable and professional. Plus, you can see how much she loves animals. Kari sent us photos and updates of our puppy while we were gone, which helped ease our mind. Thank you, Kari!
Kari is amazing. She was able to help us out with our dog, Luca, on extremely short notice. We were a little worried he would be nervous but she comforted him when we dropped him off, and he seemed to take a liking to her immediately. She even had Luca sleep with her daughter instead of in his kennel, which was great. She kept us updated through texts and sent pictures. I would highly recommend her to friends and would contact her again if I needed a dog sitter in the Milwaukee area.
Kari is wonderful! She has watched our dog several times during the past year, and every time has been great. She sends updates and photos, and is flexible with drop offs and pick ups. I would highly recommend Kari!
Kari had my rambunctious pup, Charley, for 4 nights and he had a super time. I got an update and photos every day showing that he was playing with other dogs outside- just the perfect thing for him. I can tell she really enjoys taking care of our pets. There was a problem with my leash going home to another pet owner and Kari promptly took care of it by giving me a replacement- much appreciated. Thanks for the awesome job, Kari!
Our dog enjoyed his stay with Kari at her home. Kari sent photos and texts regarding how he was adjusting. Kari said he did well and I appreciate her thoughtfulness and felt reassured that she was a true animal lover!!
Kari was a lifesaver for us! She took such good care of our dog Charlie who has never been anywhere but home and various family members. Kari communicated with us everyday and even sent us pictures of Charlie. It was like he was at home away from home! I would highly recommend her!
I recently had my three pups stay with Kari for a whole week! This was only the second time in seven years I had my dogs away from me or a family member. Kari was very comforting in ensuring my dogs were taken care of. She sent me daily texts, pictures, and videos which really made me know they were taken care of! I would use Kari again in the future and would recommend her to others!
Very pleased with the service provided by Kari. Reba was very well taken care of, and the picture updates were especially encouraging. Thanks Kari. Will definitely use her services again.
I'd never left my dog with anyone but family or friends in the past, so I wasn't sure what to expect, especially because my dog can be a bit "bossy" at times! Kari was absolutely fantastic. She began sending us text & adorable picture updates the day we dropped off and continued to do so periodically throughout the stay. She was extremely responsive and flexible, even when I texted her to ask if I could extend my dog's stay by a few days due to a schedule change. She was happy to accommodate and double-checked to make sure it was okay to give my dog some of her dog's food, as the food stock we had sent along was depleted.

It's very clear that Kari REALLY loves and cares about dogs, as well as the people who entrust her with theirs. I will be using Kari again later this month and would recommend her to ANYONE who would like the very best care for their four-legged friend...thank you Kari!
My dogs had a great time! They were well exercised, cared for and entertained. Kari updated me several times in regards to how the dogs were doing and sent great photos so I could see all the fun they were having. My pups were exhausted when I got them home which was great! I didn't have to worry about bathing them or regrooming after coming home from vacation. Super great experience!
I cannot say enough about Kari -- she is fabulous!! From start to finish, it was a pleasure to work with her & we feel like we have found a friend for life! We were hesitant at first to leave our cavapoo Chester in a private home; he can be a real "handful" with separation anxiety, barkiness, etc. But Kari put my mind at ease at the "meet & greet" when I was immediately impressed by her confidence and easy way with animals ... Chester was really comfy, really quickly! So, I felt confident ahead of time. Then, at drop-off time, Kari was a true pro, making our "good-bye" smooth & painless. Throughout our vacation, Kari kept us posted with photos and notes about our little guy -- it was SO reassuring and SO appreciated! Her great communication skills are duly noted ... & quite KEY. When we returned to pick Chester up at the end of the week, he was so relaxed and happy ... and still is, so THANK YOU KARI! :) You are our own personal "dog whisperer" and we look forward to having Chester stay with you again -- whether for travel, or just when we need dog-sitting for a day! You are the BEST!
Kari was a great host for my dog Jordy. She was very accommodating to my schedule and kept me updated throughout the stay. Kari and her family made Jordy feel right at home. I would highly recommend anyone to use Kari.
My Dog: 9 yr old rescued puppy mill Chihuahua. Very shy, no aggressive issues but extremely shy/anxious and cannot be kenneled because of those issues. She's fine around dogs but they need to be calm dogs, not jumping all over her since she might get hurt because of her size. We have a pit and Plott hound. They all do fine together but they are very gentle with our Chihuahua.

My Experience: We usually keep our dog with my parents for long trips, but my parents were going on a trip with my wife and I. I never left Stella w anyone outside of family and would never put her in a kennel. We were gone for 7 days. I look/researched many options for boarding. I labeled it down to two individuals on this website and fortunately went with Kari. We emailed back and forth and I could tell from our conversations that she was A: responsible B: Loved animals C: was professional. I would email on "off hours" to see what her response time was. I would send out an email Sunday night and I would get a response within a couple hours. After our emails I scheduled a home visit.

Home Visit: It's obvious Kari and her family love animals. All her animals are very friendly right away. She had two dogs that were very calm and a couple cats that seemed very well behaved. My wife and I decided to move forward with Kari.

Trip: Once again we were gone for 7 nights and this was our first time boarding. Every morning I would receive a text with an update on Stella and a picture of her. My wife and I loved that. You cannot get that type of service (comfort) from a kennel. I was a little hesitant to leave Stella with someone that has animals in the house. But once again I think Stella really enjoyed it because Kari's pets are so calm and well behaved. Stella had some animals time and human time.

Pick-up: My wife and I came home earlier that expected. I text kari that I'm coming early to pick up the pup. I received a text within five minutes saying that she will be ready and will miss Stella. Upon arrival Stella looked very happy, clean, and enjoyed being held by Kari. Stella also ate all meals, meaning that she wasn't too stressed. It's now the day after. No stomach issues, no weird illness, she's great!

Overall: 10/10. We have never kenneled Stella and still never will. We will be using Kari for all future boarding for old Chihuahua.

About me: 3 dogs. Young professionals. Would pay just about anything to make certain our dogs are safe, happy, and are well taken care of.
Our pups stayed with Kari again over the weekend & came home exhausted from all the fun. We are thrilled to have found a dependable & kind caregiver to watch our dogs.
Kari is an animal lover and it shows in her care for them. Toby had a fun stay at Kari's house and I received daily reports and pictures of his adventure there. Thank you, Kari. We will be back!
Rascal had a great stay with Kari ! She is a true dog lover. I really appreciated the updates and photos throughout the week...
This was the first time we had Kari watch out two dogs over a long weekend. She was very accomadating & attentive to our dogs needs. The daily updates & pictures put our minds at ease knowing that our dogs were having a great time & most importantly were well cared for. We will most definately be using Kari again in the near future!
Kari is awesome! She and her family made Sabrina feel safe and "at home"...Sabrina's had some anxiety problems recently, and Kari was so wonderful to work with her, and take extra care with her. I am so happy to have found a caregiver who is nearby, friendly, fun and great to work with. I love the texts & pics, made me feel good to know Sabrina was happy and playing while I couldn't be with her. Sabrina will definitely be back. Would highly recommend Kari, she's the best :)
Another FABULOUS Overnight for Hudson. Kari was able to take Hudson on a short notice for us when our 'flooring install" got changed. As always Hudson had FUN with Kari and her Family. I would Highly recommend Kari.
Kari and her daughter are ABSOLUTELY AMAZING! Hudson hasn't done well in the past with either in home care or at the kennel. He's Happy and still has his voice when we pick him up from Kari's. Kari keeps in contact with you via text and pictures the entire time. It's nice to know that you can be away and not have to worry. It's like leaving your dog with Family!
Kari was great as usual with Bear. I can tell he loves getting dropped off there.
Dutch's first visit with Kari went really well. I just loved how Kari text me several times to let me know how things were going. And I love Kari's sense of humor!

Dutch sure wasn't lonely and seemed to love all the other companions!

Thanks Kari!
Kari always works with my busy schedule whatever it is for dropping Sato off and I don't think I'd trust my dog with anyone else!
As always, Kari did a great job with our furry family! She took great care of our 2 overgrown puppies for an entire week while we were on vacation and we didn't have to worry once about them. She sent us pictures and texts letting us know how things were going so we never had to wonder if they were adjusting well. She cared for them beyond their basic creature needs (food, water, potty) and she made them feel like they were at their home away from home by playing with them and loving them. They knew they were with their auntie Kari!
Kari is great with Bear. She is very attentive to his needs, communicates well, and most importantly loves dogs! I would highly recommend her to anyone. I have used her services multiple times.
Very caring and dedicated. We will be using Kari again
Kari M, is awesome! It was the first time for my Lola to be with someone other than family and she did great. Kari and her Family treated Lola like one of their own. I can't thank Kari enough. I highly recommand her, like i said she is AWESOME!
Kari is amazing! Our dog loves going over there. Can't recommend her enough.
Kari was a godsend. So glad and thankful we found her. Rock was well taken care of and the daily texts were very comforting! We and Rick are looking forward to our next vacay.....already booked for the Christmas holiday. Yeah!
Kari did a wonderful job of introducing our dog to her house and her other pets. Clearly, she has plenty of experience with dogs and is an animal lover. We felt very comfortable leaving our dog with her for a few days. I would highly recommend Kari to dog owners in the area.
Kari was great. We came even a little late from traffic and she was amazing. Glad we picked her. Definitely will go back.
My dog was happy and non-traumatized by our absence when we picked him up. Kari seemed to really like him and to be very sweet to him. Photos and notes she sent were wonderful and elightful to get...She is really good!
It was the first time I did a home sitter so I was very leery at first. Kari changed my opinion and was very awesome. She brought the best out of my dog. He was very relaxed. She sent me texts and photo updates of how he was doing. I'd am definitely going to be using her again!
Pepi stayed with Kari from Thursday through Sunday. She gave him his own room with rugs and toys from home and I think, slept with her daughter in her room. Pepi is very shy and Kari helped him adjust to the new surroundings. Pepi made friends with her older dog and cats. She also made homemade dogs treats for him, brushed him with a furminator and walked him everyday for no extra charge! Her daughter also ran him one night, which is good because he couldn't be off leash in the yard. Kari was also very flexible about pick up time on Sunday. Oh, and the text messages and pictures were very comforting to me. She sent many everyday. I would highly recommend Kari, you can tell she loves animals and takes care of them as if they were her own. Thank you again for a good experience.
Excellent last minute service. Kari was very helpful as we made a last minute decision to go on a family trip. Our Falcor seemed happy and Kari kept us informed through text and e-mail how he was doing. It was very comforting. She gave him a great vacay! Thank you Kari!
Kari was quickly able to calm the nervous Sam down and make this whole experience easier on him and me. Her knowledge about dogs and dog behavior was very valuable in helping us figure out the best way to make him comfortable. It was great to be updated via text messages on how he was doing with pictures of him soaking in the sun or just being pampered. And of course, she was a trooper with supporting my the last minute scheduling requirements.
Kari did a great job with our 2 pit bull mixes! I was a little worried about them being in a new place for a few days but Kari gave them extra TLC to make sure they were comfortable and happy. By the time I picked them up they were behaving better than they ever do at home :/ Thanks Kari!
Excellent experience. Kari kept me up to date with how Callie was sleeping, eating, socializing. Glad to have found her and so is Callie!
Kari took great care of my pup while I was out of town on a weekend vacation! I received updates and pictures of my dog having fun & relaxing, which gave me great piece of mind. My main concern when leaving my dog in a new environment is that he can be skittish and fearful, but Kari new how to deal with that and won him over. I would definitely recommend her for sitting, and will be bringing my guy back!
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