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Susan M.

27 Reviews
11 Repeat Guests
Other Sitters Nearby
  • 3 days notice required for bookings
  • Responds within 11 hours
  • Cancellation Policy:

Pet Requirements

  • 1-20 lbs
  • 20-40 lbs
  • 40-80 lbs
  • 80+ lbs
All Ages OK
Must Be Spayed or Neutered
Must Be Vaccinated

Susan's Resident Pets

Mixed Breed
1 yr 9 mo old
Other Pets & Animals: Cats

Susan's House

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Children at home (5-12 years old)
Large Yard
100% fenced & locked
Smoke-free home
Pets allowed on furniture
Air-conditioned inside
Great for senior pets

About Susan

6 Years Experience Caring For Dogs
After years of watching dogs for friends and family, I decided to make a career out of it. I’m a full time Mom with lots of time to devote to your dog.

We have one dog in the family. We adopted Ella in January 2016 from a former client. Ella had a hard time adjusting to her new home in NYC. Knowing that Ella loves being in our home and that we love having Ella here, her owner asked if we would like to adopt her. Ella gets along great with other dogs and loves playing, snuggling, and even sharing toys.

We have a cat, but she is older and is afraid of just about anything that moves, other than me. She tends to stay upstairs far from the action. I can take extra precautions to seclude her if needed.

Please know that when you leave your pets with me I will treat them like they are my own. I will always make sure that they are safe, loved, and get lots of exercise.

Additionally, I understand that every dog has a different personality and different rules at home. I will do by best to maintain and reinforce any ongoing training regiments and reward systems.

I'm an avid runner. If desired, I can take your dog for a run with me. I also have a spacious, fenced back yard that is perfect for a game of fetch.

Some notes about my policies, services, and rates:

All dogs must be vaccinated (please be prepared to show proof of vaccination), house-broken, and good with children. I have an 9-year old that is very calm, capable, and loves to help out.

I cannot accept any dog that is known to be aggressive or experience a high level of anxiety around other dogs. It wouldn’t be a good time for anyone.

If your dog has never stayed with us before, and your requested stay duration is five days or more, I require an overnight trial. This helps to ensure that our home is truly a good fit for your pet. Often separation and social anxiety will not surface until bed time. We have found that a trial stay provides a good transition for everyone involved, including your dog!

If pick-up time is greater than five hours beyond the time of drop-off, a half day charge will be assessed. Please include preferred pick-up and drop-off times at the time of request to ensure accurate pricing.

If your dog is crate-trained, I have one on-site, or you can bring your own.

Please send me a note with any questions.
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Can administer oral medicine
Can administer injected medicine
Special Needs Accommodated
  • Pets recovering from surgery
  • Separation anxiety
  • Advanced senior issues

Susan M.

27 Reviews
11 Repeat Guests
Other Sitters Nearby
  • 3 days notice required for bookings
  • Responds within 11 hours
  • 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 Susan's Home
$50 /night
  • Watches up to 3 dogs/night
  • Dogs may be unsupervised for 1 - 2 hours/day
  • 5+ potty breaks/day
  • 2 walks/day
  • Pets will sleep in their own beds
27 Reviews
Bernie had a great time with Susan, her family, and Ella!
Susan is the best!! I felt very comfortable leaving my dogs with her and she continually sent pictures and videos to keep me updated.
Susan is amazing! She is very welcoming and great with the pups. We love that she sent us videos and photos during the day and our puppy had a fantastic day!! We can't say enough about our experience and will be regular customers from now on.
This was our first experience with Susan for our two male westies. We are extremely fussy about who and how they are cared for. This stay was a home run! Susan made them feel right at home and leaving them was far less difficult for us. She kept us informed with daily text photos so we knew exactly what was going on. We felt we were given very personal experience, even though there were other dogs on the premises. In some ways they came back to us better than we left them! We will definitely use her again and highly recommend her.
Both my puppy and I are so happy to have found Susan! She is welcoming, down to earth, and offers tremendous ease in scheduling (drop-off, and pick-up times, etc…). Her love for animals is clear—both in her care for my pup and the large spacious dog-friendly yard she has created for them to have a fun, safe, and socialized stay. Susan is particular about how the dogs interact and interacts with them—which also put me at ease in leaving my pup with her. She is knowledgeable about behaviors and positive reinforcement training which makes for a better experience for not just my pup but all the dogs. I know my Golden loves her time there and I wouldn't leave her with anyone else.
This is the second vacation our 1 year old Sauvie had with Susan and she loved every second of it! We got frequent picture and video updates on how she was doing. Susan kept us in the loop as Sauvie wasn't eating very well and took very good care of her to support her stay. We felt as though she was in safe and loving hands while we were gone. Will absolutely request to stay with Susan again for any future trips!
We left 2 dogs with Susan. She was so amazing. She kept In touch with us while we were gone sending us pictures and videos. Her home was clean and set up really nice for the dogs. She had a big back yard where they could run and play. I recommend her highly.
Susan was GREAT!

It was the first time we left Java and Suan was awesome because she made us feel great about leaving our dog with her. She sent us pictures often, and that was very nice to see and comforting that someone who cares is watching our dog.

I highly recommend Susan, and we will use her services again!
I was so nervous about leaving Toby and Susan made me feel so comfortable. She sent so many pictures and I felt like Toby was having a great time. I will definitely use Susan again. Thank you Susan!
Susan did an absolutely wonderful job in taking care of our Molly while we were away. She kept us up-to-date on Molly's daily activities with texts and videos. She followed through on our instructions about care and feeding to the letter. And it was clear that Molly was welcomed as an integral part of Susan's family. We will use Susan as our sitter again without hesitation!
This was the first time we had left our young dog alone and we had a very difficult time finding suitable housing in Rochester. We visited kennels, training facilities, and sitters, but nothing felt right. Susan turned out to be the perfect fit! She is well organized, communicative, has a lovely yard, and really cares about the dogs staying at her home. Our pup loved her weekend away: she got to play with several other dogs, including Susan's dog, Ella. Ella was a great playmate and host dog--even during our "meet and greet" we could tell that the dogs would get along very well.

Having Susan watch our dog made our travel completely stress free. We had a steady stream of photos and videos that let us know our dog was in great hands. We will definitely bring our dog back the next time we travel!
Susan M was just fantastic! She was kind and accommodating every step of the way. Knowing her has taken off the burden from me of going on business trips and not knowing what to do with my pets. My dog had a wonderful time, I got video updates everyday and felt secure that he was well taken care of. I can't say enough good things. I almost don't want to let this secret out because I can't imagine anyone else taking care of my dog now!
Susan is very caring and conscientious. Good experience for our pup. She is safe and sound and we are satisfied!
Susan did great. Our pup was injured and we got reports and pics throughout our stay. Everything went great, Susan even dropped her off at home before we returned from vacation. Will definitely use again.
Susan was excellent ! My dogs had a great time. I received pictures and updates several times. Susan is a real dog lover for sure . I felt immediately comfortable and hope to book Susan again soon.
Susan and her family were fantastic! This was the first time I left my pupster with some one where he did not "yell" at me when I picked him up! He made friends there and enjoyed the freedom of a big fenced-in back yard. I saw lots of photos of him chillin' with the family and his new found friends ... this all kept me from worrying at all while I was away! Bravo Susan! Mikey will be back for sure!
Susan was wonderful. She has a beautiful big fenced in yard and a lovely home. Lazo is a rescue dog that I only got a couple weeks ago and he was made to feel right at home. I work a lot of overnights and it was very nice to know that I could go to work and not worry about him. I will be using her again and I highly recommend her!!
Susan is the best!! She genuinely loves animals. She treated my dog as if she were her own dog! She sent me lots of pics and I could see that Pepper felt right at home! It was super nice to know that Pepper was being so well taken care of. It gave me such as piece of mind. I will never bring my baby to anyone else except Susan!
Susan is the greatest! My dog loves staying with her and I love that I don't have to worry at all while I am away. She has a huge fenced yard with tons of room for the dogs to run around, plus she makes sure they get lots of walks and tons of attention. I highly recommend her!
Susan and her family are the best! We no longer have regrets about leaving Molly behind when we go on a family vacation because going to Susan's house is like a fun vacation for Molly too. While there she is pampered, walked and exercised daily, and given so much love and attention. The only problem is I feel a little jealous when we come home because I get the feeling she wants to go back to living it up at Susan's house. I would whole-heartedly recommend her and am so glad to have found Susan.
Words can’t express how wonderful Susan was with my dog Gus (and with his nervous Mom!). Gus is a sweet, 6 year old Yellow lab that I rescued earlier this year. Rescues tend to have abandonment issues and I have never left him at someone else’s house, needless to say I was concerned. The minute I dropped him off, I knew there was absolutely no need for concern. Every bit of the experience was wonderful. She was incredibly caring and nurturing with Gus and treated him like he was her own (even letting him cuddle on the couch with her every night!). I was constantly kept up to date with pictures and video of Gus having a great time playing fetch, talking long walks and just hanging out with her family. Gus has a new second home and I will absolutely be bringing him back for more Doggy Vacay’s! I highly recommend Susan and her family!
Susan was an awesome dog sitter! Our 12 year old black lab Cinder needs a little extra care and attention because of his old age. Susan's attention and love gave us the assurance we needed and Cinder the best get-a-way weekend he has had in a long time. Susan will be our "go to" person from here on end, we highly recommend her services. Cost is very reasonable, updates often and frequent, dog sitting at its best!

Jim and Kim
Honeoye Falls, NY
Susan was absolutely marvelous. We are always a bit nervous leaving Pippa since she is so attached to us. She was in great hands and Susan put our minds at ease immediately. She sent several pictures plus a video!!! We got to see Pippa frolicking around with other dogs and the fenced in backyard was a dream come true for Pippa. We will definitely be booking again! Thanks loads.
I was nervous to leave our Pomeranian Mickey with anyone other than family but then we met Susan. She put our minds at ease by sharing info about herself and her home. She asked questions about Mickey so that she could best accommodate him. While we were away, she sent several pictures and updates each day. Very happy with our experience - thank you Susan!
Susan and her family took great care of our dog...they have a large yard for the dogs to run in, took time to understand how we care for our dog to keep consistency, and kept us updated frequently. Will definitely go back.
To say we were delighted with Susan would be an understatement. She was a cheerful, warm and caring surrogate parent to our Golden Retriever Jack, and continually kept us updated with notes and photos. She carefully prepared for his stay by inquiring about his needs (not many) and quirks (well, he's got his share like any frisky pup and, incidentally, they didn't phase her a bit). We've already recommended her and look forward to boarding Jack with her again. As an added bonus, her house features a huge,treed, grassy and fenced backyard, a natural dog amusement park.
Susan is a very caring person and my dogs had a great time at her house. She sent photos during their stay with her and they looked content and happy. I highly recommend her, and I will definitely use her service again.
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