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Angel A.

46 Reviews
21 Repeat Guests
$54/night
Other Sitters Nearby
  • Same day bookings are OK
  • Responds within 3 hours
  • Cancellation Policy:
    Flexible

Pet Requirements

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

Angel's Resident Pets

Chill
Male
11 yr 1 mo old
Other Pets & Animals: Cats

Angel's House

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Children at home (Under 5 years old)
Large Yard
Smoke-free home
Air-conditioned inside
Great for senior pets

About Angel

24 Years Experience Caring For Dogs
Welcome Everyone,

My name is Angel. I originally started hosting pups to help ease the pain of losing Blue. I lost Blue, my 14 year old Siberian Husky to Wobblers diseases 3 years ago. I watched Blue transition from a 3 month old ball of energy into my old man. I started re-directing my sadness by hosting on Dog Vacay. That is when I came up with Blue's Haven, a second home for dogs to feel safe and secure in as Blue did. As I was going through the healing process I suffered another devastating loss. My Beloved Spaz in Late Feb 2014. Spaz was my 11 year old apple- head Siamese cat. Spaz was my helpless romantic. The bond I shared with both my boys was unbelievable. These emotional roller coasters has left me with much heartache while suffering from empty nest syndrome.


Upon these tragic times, I am not yet ready to fully commit to another paw friend. However, I still have plenty of love, care and space to share. This is how Blue's Haven comes into effect.


In our household remains 1 awesome cat by the name of Chill. He minds his business most of the time. Chill terribly misses his brothers Spaz and Blue. Going from a household of three pets to now one has been pretty hard on him. He welcomes canine company so Blue's long distance cousins are welcome.

I am an active, married, young professional in my late 30's who works from home. I have over 12 years experience as a Human Resource Director. I currently work in a variety of fields. I have over 24 years experience caring for dogs. I have a large knowledge of all dogs, but specialize in handling large breeds. My former pups and I have completed Dog Obedience Courses Level 1 & 2 with the ASPCA over the years. I still maintain those tools as a reference as I host different guest.


I have great availability to take on your Doggy Vacay. I generally stick to one on one stays in which your pup would be the only canine in my care. On occasion, I may host more than one pup at once. I only host multiples when I am personally familiar with their temperaments and have cleared it okay with all owners beforehand. I am also able to accommodate multiple, same house hold siblings: )



POUGHKEEPSIE LOCATION:

We are now excited to extend our services to the Dutchess County. Our home is in executive neighborhood on a culde-sac. We are on a 3/4 acre land with a 1600 sq ft fenced in dog run. Our house is located on the south side of Poughkeepsie. A very secluded, quiet, old style family neighborhood. We are located by several parks & walking trails. We look forward to hosting pups in the area as well as bringing our city friends over for a retreat.

I personalize each experience to minimally interrupt your pups routines. I am pretty flexible. Just inform me of your specific needs. Highly active to couch potatoes- big or small. All dogs are welcomed!

I love to explore new sites and scents. We will keep BUSY unless your pup requires different needs. My wonderful Spouse is a College Professor and Small Business Owner who accompanies me on my quirky adventures from time to time. We are constantly on the road and love to invite our allowing guest to come along with us. Your pup will be a central part of our family.

Dog Vacay has featured Blue's Haven on their twitter feed. Dog Vacay wrote: "This Host's cozy home is not to be missed! Check Angel A's puppy haven."

Help me keep the legacy of Blue's Haven alive. Don't just book a stay, book an experience : )
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Angel A.

46 Reviews
21 Repeat Guests
$54/night
Other Sitters Nearby
  • Same day bookings are OK
  • Responds within 3 hours
  • Cancellation Policy:
    Flexible

Availability

  • Available
  • Unavailable
  • 1 Spot Left
  • Booked
  • Last updated February 22, 2017

Credentials

Background Checked
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Course 101 Graduate
By completing courses at DogVacay University, hosts learn about best practices to help them provide the highest quality care for your dog.
Course 102 Graduate
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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Disaster Relief
This sitter has completed training for the DogVacay Disaster Relief Program and volunteered to help displaced pets in the event of a natural disaster.
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Pay through DogVacay for:
Premium Pet Insurance, 24/7 Customer Support and Daily Photo Updates!

Services & Rates

Boarding Overnight At Angel's Home
$54 /night
  • Watches up to 5+ dogs/night
  • Dogs will never be left unattended
  • 3-4 potty breaks/day
  • 3+ walks/day
  • Pets will sleep in their own beds
Daycare At Angel's Home
$35 /day
  • Watches up to 3 dogs/day
Dog Walking
$20 /half-hour
$35 /hour
  • Willing to travel 10 miles
Check-ins
$25 /visit
  • Willing to travel 10 miles
Pick-Up/Drop-Off
$10 each way
  • Willing to travel 10 miles
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46 Reviews
As many dog-parents can understand, we have trouble leaving our babies - we've planned many vacations within driving distance so we could bring them with us - so we panicked when our original arrangements for our recent trip fell through just two weeks before our departure date. However, we found Angel through DogVacay, and she was great - she was very quick to respond to all of our inquiries, and immediately available for us to bring the pups by for a face-to-face meeting. After meeting her, we felt our pups would be in great hands with her, and we were right!
We dropped them off just before we had to leave for the airport; within about an hour, before we even reached the airport, we had an update (with pictures!) from Angel letting us know how the pups were settling in. We received a morning update everyday thereafter, including pictures, the occasional video, and a brief note about what they were up to. It looked like they were having a great time! It was immensely helpful and put our minds at ease; because we heard from Angel regularly, within her promised timeline (daily updates before noon each day), we were able to relax knowing that if there were any issues, large or small, we would be notified.
Our return flight was cancelled due to snow (Jonas), and we were delayed more than a day getting back - but Angel was very reassuring, and took that worry off our plate. We missed our pups terribly, but they were in great hands and enjoyed their stay at Blue's Haven!
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Angel took great care of Kobi and we loved the daily updates. I am very certain that Kobi will be staying again with Angel when we travel again this year. The area around the house is great with a big open space where he can run and play as much as he likes.
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This was the first time that I had left my dog with Angel, and I couldn't have been happier. She clearly took a lot of time with him each day taking him on long walks and playing with him in the backyard. I was kept informed with emails and photo updates each day. It was obvious when I went to pick him up that he had become very attached to Angel, and he was in great condition. I will certainly use her again without hesitation.
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We give Angel 5+ Stars!
As soon as I inquired about possible boarding and a meet and greet, Angel responded promptly. She was very easy to talk to and ask questions. Upon meeting her in person we felt comfortable about leaving our big boy Cezar (just turned 1 Pitbull) in her care. She was very warm and caring and made us feel like friends - not just a potential client. We also wanted to make sure she had experience with the breed, his large size and his needs since not everyone will take care of a pitbull due to their misunderstood reputation. She provided pictures and info of other pitbulls she has cared for and large breed dogs which was very re-assuring. The last boarding experience for Cezar was not very pleasant and since this was a longer stay we were concerned. After discussing our worries/fears/concerns with Angel, she assured us he would receive lots of love and attention (which he did!). Every morning we received updates and pictures of Cezar enjoying some activity or interacting with her family which warmed our hearts and made us feel at ease. Knowing he was in a loving home/environment and not locked up in a pen without interaction was comforting. We highly recommend Angel as a well qualified care giver. Her immaculate home is well equipped for animal care and she has a great yard for interactive play.
Thanks again Angel for taking good care of our baby!
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I was very fortunate to find Angel last minute. She's amazing, very attentive to my pup's needs and sent me so many updates throughout his stay with her. I highly recommend her, she's very professional.
I'm so grateful to have found Angel!! I wouldn't hesitate to use her again. She kept in touch each and every day by text, sending pictures, and videos. She put me at ease and I came home to a very happy dog!! Angel is an absolute gem!
i don't have words enough to say how i'm happy with Angel's service. She sent me pictures for Stella every day!!! I was very afraid of to leave Stella with a strange person but in all pictures and messages Stella was so happy and doing every thing that she usually do at home. It was make me happy too. So i totally recommend her, actually i already did another reservation for Stella with her.
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We cannot say enough wonderful things about Angel! We are so lucky to have her in our lives. We love our baby Shih tzu so much and after a dear friend (and our dog's son's owner) recommended her, we felt so at ease during our weeks away. Angel takes all the little things you tell her about your loved one into consideration and cares about her needs and then sends adorable photos and updates. Angel is so loving and even took my little one to the countryside. We felt so calm and relieved that we could enjoy our time away and not have to worry about her at all. We knew she was having fun and getting the love she deserves. Thank you Angel for being a dream auntie!!! We will most certainly be reaching out to Angel in the future.
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Angel was so welcoming that she immediately put us at ease during our meet-n-greet. She took great care of our 11 year old golden retriever while we were away for a few days. She gave us daily updates and was very responsive to our queries. Her home is perfect for our elderly dog, as the living space is on one floor, there is a large yard and it is located on a quiet street surrounded by nature. We have already booked his second stay with her!
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Another amazing stay with Angel. Lily spent 10 days at Blues Haven! Daily updates/pics and videos. Lily has also recently been seeing a professional trainer and given homework, I asked Angel to continue doing some homework with Lily and I definitely see an improvement since getting back, I got a better pup than the one I originally left her with :) Thank You Angel!!!!
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Angel is unflappable! I dropped Cody off with her in the snow at 6:30 am. After feeding him breakfast, he had him out playing in the snow, after which he lazily enjoyed her company and the comfort of her home. Cody loves staying with Angel whether at her home or ours. For a single day or several. Angel is an angel. If you can hire her, do it!
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I have had Skippy for 12 months now. I adopted him from a shelter and he has always been rather shy and clingy so I find it hard to leave him when I go away for work. However, leaving Skippy with Angel was such a great experience. The daily updates showed Skippy having a great time and I was so relieved. Angel provided loving care for Skippy and she is such a great communicator and is flexible and down to earth. Angel seems to have an intuitive insight in animals and was able to give Skippy a great experience. I would certainly recommend Angel to a friend or colleague.
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I was really hesitant to leave Lumi with anyone. My dog is high maintenance and needs extra loving outside. I am more than happy to know Lumi has a second home at Angel's house! Angel cared for my girl as her own. I am lucky to have found such a caring individual to take care of my loud barking baby. Angel sent wonderful updates everyday. I appreciate her so much!! There aren't enough good words in the dictionary to describe Angel!!
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Another great stay w/ Angel! Cody adores Angel. He spent the winter holidays with Angel while we were away at a family reunion in Central America. When we returned, friends asked me -- was he mad? Did he poo or pee in the house? The answer: No. Frankly, he loves Angel. She takes great care of him, they have great walks, runs & adventures & he is never "out of sorts" when we (or he) returns. I'm running out of ways to say that Angel is an Angel. If you are lucky enough to find she is available when you need care for your pet, she is the best!
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Cedric and I left our lovely pitbull Alina for 6 days with Angel. The experience has been excellent! Angel sent us pictures, videos and reports every morning, which was really appreciated as it was the first time we left our dog with a sitter. Alina has been so much cared and loved. Without any doubt we will hire Angel as Alina's sitter again when we need it.
Best,
Laura
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I cant say enough good words to describe our experience with Angel!
To start with I need to mention that Angel was so kind and willing to take care of our pup right after he was separated from his mom, meaning extra responsibility, training and developing his eating schedule and pot training. We left our puppy for 3 weeks during the holiday season with her and during these weeks I received daily updates about our pup's habits, activities and routine. So we could be at ease that our pup is doing great.
This was my first time using the service and Angel was very professional. She even took our pup to get his vaccines done and also the small extra things like engraving the tag with his name.
I really felt our pup was in safe hands and I would definitely not hesitate to use her when needed.
Thank you!
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Lily had a pawsome time at Blues Haven!! She even received a pawdicure that left her paws extra smooth :) Silly lily loves her Angel
I couldn't have asked for more from Angel. She was very professional from the first time I made contact with her and throughout my dogs' entire stay. She hosted our two doggies for about 6 days. They are sweet dogs but have some quirks - one is a tiny, scared, shy dog who hides under furniture and takes a long time to warm up to people, but I could see from the photos and videos that Angel sent that she was able to make Allie feel comfortable right away! She even noticed things like how the jangly tags on the cat's collar were bothering Allie and so she was able to address that issue and make the pup feel more at home. Our other dog will tear through your home looking for snacks but in Angel's clean environment I don't think she was able to get into trouble. Angel communicated with me throughout the stay and the pups were happy and healthy when I picked them up. I definitely plan to use Angel's hosting services again and would recommend her to anybody.
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Cody spent 2 weeks with Angel while we were away & he had a wonderful time! They were in the country & the city; at the dog run & out shopping; with other dogs & some one-on-one time. Another great experience with Angel! I never worry about Cody when he is with Angel. She cares for him as if he were her own & he always comes home happy. We are happy repeat customers!
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Angel is the only person I trust with my baby... She keeps me well informed while I am traveling and I know my boy is in good hands.
Angel watched our dogs ( 135lbs 5 year old Bull Mastiff and 60lbs 13 year old Labrador ) for a week at our apartment while we were out of the country. She emailed photos and updates everyday to let us know how they were doing. She responded quickly if we had a question, and even sent videos so we could see them playing in the apartment. The dogs were happy and exhausted when we got home so we could relax after our long flight (a tired dog is a happy dog) . We will absolutely use Angel again and can't recommend highly enough.
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Our pups had another great stay with Angel! This time they were with her for 10 days and through her daily pictures/videos/updates, I could tell they had a really good time. Angel was professional as always and very accomodating; she picked our pups up at 7am the first day because we had an earlier flight that day. She is always so responsive, easily reachable through dogvacay, text or email.
She is always my first choice for watching our dogs!
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Another great stay with Angel for Cody. Angel is consistently wonderful with Cody. While we took a July break, Cody played, went to the country & then the beach (with my permission, of course!). Cody loves being with Angel, his transition to her is always smooth & he is always happy when he returns. Angel's daily photos & videos worked perfectly for us (not too much, not too few) & some of the photos were keepers! You can't make a better choice than Angel!
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Angel was amazing! I highly recommend her to anyone looking for a reliable petsitter.
We boarded our two pups with her for several days while we were out of the country, and she was great with our dogs. We had never left our dogs with someone other than a friend or family, so we were really wary of leaving them with a stranger, but all our worries have vanished! One of our pups is a shy, scared pup but he warmed up to her quickly!
Angel would send daily pictures/videos which was really wonderful to see while we were so far from them. She is now definitely our go-to pet watcher and we would love for her to watch our dogs!!!

Thanks so much, Angel!
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Angel goes above and beyond all expectations. I can't imagine leaving Seb with anyone other than Angel! She sends the cutest updates, makes sure sebastian gets as much exercise as possible and makes the house look better than how I left it! Not to mention she leaves homemade treats and a card every time at the end of the dog sitting. She is truly a gem and I couldn't recommend anyone greater.
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We had a great, worry free vacation with Angel staying at our place with Sebastian. She updated us regularly, and was always prompt to write us back when we had a question. She took the most adorable photo of Seb standing under the Balto statue in Central Park. We are using her great service again soon. She handled our Husky's quirks expertly and I truly can't say enough good things about her.

She left the cutest note and snack for him as a thank you.

She gets the little things right, and sometimes the little things are what's most important.
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Angel was great! Callie had a wonderful time! It was my first time dropping my pup off for the night and Angel picked up on my nervousness. She Graciously offered to send pic and video updates. Callie's a high energy pup and Angel succeeded in burning it off and wearing her out with lots of scenic walks and play time outside. I'm going to try to book her every time I need a sitter!
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Angel took care of our two fur babies Riley and Bella for 9 days while we had our wedding and went on our honeymoon. We were very anxious about leaving them behind but as soon as they met Angel they went right over to her even Bella who is very scared and nervous usually. We knew from then on they were going to be in good hands. Angel sent us updates, photos and videos the whole time we were away. We were very happy to see our pups so happy and relaxed with her! It helped us relax and really enjoy our wedding and honeymoon! Angel even sent us a photo of Riley & Bella the morning of our wedding with a note saying happy wedding day! We loved it! We would definitely recommend Angel to everyone we know and will be having her take care of Riley & Bella anytime we have to be away from them!
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Cody had another great weekend with Angel! He knows her, adores her & had no problem leaving us to go with her! As usual, Angel sent snapshots & videos of our happy dog, as well as a Bat Mitzvah message for my daughter & a Mother's Day message for me! He got plenty of playtime, attention & love - and we had peace of mind.
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Lily had another pawsome time at Blue's Haven with Angel and her new friend Papoose!!
Cody stayed overnight with Angel when many of our out-of-town family descended upon NY for a non-stop event filled weekend. He got tons of attention & playtime & we relaxed enjoyed the festivities knowing Cody couldn't be in better hands. Thanks, Angel!!
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Angel was awesome again! We needed help while I had emergency surgery. It was Cody's first night away from home & he was unsettled from the day's events, but he adjusted beautifully to Angel's well equipped home (& dog haven). During a difficult time, we couldn't have asked for better support!
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Lily just returned from a 10 day vacation at Blue's Haven. I received daily photos on Lily's activities. Looks like she had a fabulous time. I was completely relaxed being away from her because I knew she was in good in hands. Lily cant wait for her next stay at Blue's Haven :)
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Angel is amazing. My dogs loved her and she went way above and beyond what I could ever have expected. I came home to happy puppies, a clean home and she had even washed and changed the sheets on my bed! I could not have asked for a better experience, especially since my one dog is a bit of a handful. She sent adorable photo updates and was always easy to reach. I will definitely be using Blue's Haven again and already have plans to!
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Second time with Angel but this time Lily spent some days with her while I went to work. She definitely had a blast because every time we returned home she was snoring by 8pm and that is an early bedtime for her :)
Angel is the BEST & we were fortunate to have her care for our 6 month old puppy, Cody, in our home for 8 days over the Christmas holiday. Cody had never walked or stayed with anyone outside our immediate family, so Angel came to walk him a few times during the 2 weeks before we were scheduled to leave. We had an early morning flight, so she arrived BEFORE the crack of dawn in order to comfort & calm Cody after we left. Shortly after our departure, Angel began sending us photos & updates, which comforted & calmed us. Updates, photos & little videos continued coming throughout our trip, which reassured & delighted us. She kept Cody in his routine, set up playdates with his puppy friends, took him on long walks & visits to the dog run, cuddled him & loved him. We returned home to a neat, organized home (she’d even laundered the sheets & towels she used!) & a happy, newly bathed puppy. Angel loves dogs, knows dogs & will care for your dog as you would if you were home. Your dog will be in capable & caring hands.
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Angel was awesome in making me feel relaxed about leaving my furbaby behind for one night. I wasn't supposed to leave Lily with Angel until March for a week but this first booking ended up being for a last minute trip. She was very accommodating and it looks like Lily had a blast. She was super calm when I returned home, a tired dog is a happy dog :) I was only gone for 24 hrs and during that time I got tons of photos and videos so I definitely wasn't worrying anymore. Now I know I can go away and be relaxed while I leave Lily behind.
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As always Angel took the best care of my Brooklyn. He just loves her and I never feel nervous about leaving him in her care. I received lots of pictures and videos again and my mind was at ease the entire time. I would recommend her to everyone. And sort of have :-)
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Perfection does not exist but this was as close as it gets! Thanks so very much Angel!!!!
At first, I was a bit skeptical about using DogVacay. The thought of leaving my girls with a stranger, especially one that I would find online, made me feel nervous. That was before I met Angel.
I started looking for a sitter months before my planned holiday. Angel and I exchanged many messages through DV and finally, scheduled a Meet and Greet. She asked a lot of questions about each of my pups (I have 2). Personality traits, allergies, their schedule…very thorough. I formally booked 5 days with her the next day.
Angel was fantastic. She was taking my pups on up to 2 hour walks many times throughout the day, sent pictures and video clips to me every evening, and was even able to teach my Schnauzer how to properly walk on a leash. It gave me a nice sense of comfort knowing that Angel treated them as if they were her own.
Pickup: I was amazed at how calm my pups were. Maybe it was the 2 hour walks. Or the constant play time. Whatever it was, they weren't jumping all over me and it was great!
I’m so glad that I found Angel. She definitely puts the dog whisperer to shame. I would definitely book with her again and again.
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Angel took care of my puppy as if he were her own. I received plenty of picture/video updates while I was gone and never had to wonder how he was doing. I think he had a better vacation than I did! He was sent home with homemade treats and a car placard to let everyone know that a pet was onboard... I let Angel know she will hear from me again.
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This was our first time boarding my mother's shy 10-year-old mini poodle since moving to NYC -- and our only concern now is that Angel may have spoiled us for any other dog sitter! With abundant love and attention (and on just a few days' notice), she kept our little Issa happy and healthy for several weeks while my mother was recovering from a broken leg. Angel is extremely flexible, responsive, and followed our instructions for Issa's care to the letter. She clearly adores animals, and has a special talent for taking excellent care of them.

When my mom first found this website, I assumed that "vacay" was just some marketing bid to reassure dog-owners that their pets wouldn't get too homesick in their absence. But with Angel, vacation is an understatement: it quickly became clear from the daily photo and video updates that Issa was having the time of her life at Blue's Haven, on long walks at nearby parks and dog runs, and at various country "getaways" each weekend! We feel lucky to have found Angel, who will certainly be our #1 choice for any future dog-boarding needs.
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I contacted Angel with a last minute request to care for my puppy Brooklyn and she immediately came up with a plan that would work for both of us. I was very skeptical about handing my keys over to anyone but after speaking and meeting with Angel my mind was put to ease. She visited my apt everyday to walk, play and care for Brooklyn. I would receive daily pictures and videos to let me know that Brooklyn was in great hands. He attended several dog parks, went on long walks and had hours of playtime. She also followed my specific rules on where to leave Brooklyn after his 2nd walk and treat time. I couldn't ask for anything more. I would recommend Angel to anyone in need of pet care or boarding. She is a wonder, trustworthy, kindhearted animal lover. p.s. Your baby may look at the door for Angel to show up even once you return, don't get jealous ;-)
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Angel is the best dogsitter imaginable!! First and foremost, she LOVES dogs and incorporates them into her home and routine as she would her own dogs, like family! Second, she sends updates all the time so you never have to worry. Lastly, she is a good and responsible person who enjoys what she's doing. My dog came back so happy! I will use Angel's services every chance I get!!!!
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This was my first experience with Dog Vacay and it was great. I would definitely recommend Angel as a dog sitter. We met for a meet and greet and Bella and her got along very well. She was flexible with drop off/pick up times and sent me texts, pictures and videos so I could see how she was doing. I felt very comfortable leaving my dog with her.
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I was nervous leaving my dog with a stranger when I had to go out of town on business, but Angel made Rufus and I both comfortable from the start. I received regular photo and video updates while I was traveling and returned to a very happy and healthy pup. Would recommend!
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