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Bruce B.

46 Reviews
21 Repeat Guests
$40/night
Other Sitters Nearby
  • 3 days notice required for bookings
  • Responds within a few days
  • Cancellation Policy:
    Flexible

Pet Requirements

  • 1-20 lbs
  • 20-40 lbs
  • 40-80 lbs
  • 80+ lbs
No Puppies
List of Breeds Not Accepted
Boxer, Bulldog

Bruce's Resident Pets

Rocco
Mixed Breed
Male
10 yr 11 mo old
Lucy
Mixed Breed
Female
5 yr 11 mo old

Bruce's House

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Children at home (13-18 years old)
Large Yard
100% fenced
Smoke-free home
Pets allowed on furniture
Air-conditioned inside
Dog door access

About Bruce

30 Years Experience Caring For Dogs
I've been caring for dogs for over 30 years. When I was younger I had pure breed hunting dogs (Brittany Spaniels and English Setters) but my last few dogs have been shelter dogs. I currently have two mixed breed dogs. Lucy, age 4, a mix of Chow and miniature Pinscher and Rocco, age 8, a Keeshond mix. Both have great temperaments and get along well with other dogs.

I have a large house that's set back from the street with a large fenced-in backyard in the Barcroft neighborhood of Arlington. The backyard offers plenty of room for the dogs to run, play and get lots of exercise.

I usually board on weekends and around major holidays since I don't work from home. Since I have two dogs, I typically board no more than two guest dogs at a time and like to have a meet and greet prior to boarding a new dog to make sure the dogs are compatible.

While at my house, your dog will get 2-3 walks per day through the neighborhood in addition to pretty much unlimited play time in the back yard. There are lots of dogs in the neighborhood so your dog will get a chance to interact with other dogs in addition to mine. A 20-30 minute walk will usually poop out my dogs but if your dog requires more exercise let me know and that can be accommodated as well.

My dogs are members of my family and yours will be treated the same!
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Bruce B.

46 Reviews
21 Repeat Guests
$40/night
Other Sitters Nearby
  • 3 days notice required for bookings
  • Responds within a few days
  • Cancellation Policy:
    Flexible

Availability

  • Available
  • Unavailable
  • 1 Spot Left
  • Booked
  • Last updated December 6, 2016

Credentials

Background Checked
This sitter has passed a background check, which searches a variety of criminal databases.
Phone Interviewed
Serious hosts take the time to talk to us over the phone, get their questions asked and introduce themselves personally.
Pay through DogVacay for:
Premium Pet Insurance, 24/7 Customer Support and Daily Photo Updates!

Services & Rates

Boarding Overnight At Bruce's Home
$40 /night
  • Watches up to 3 dogs/night
  • Dogs may be unsupervised for more than 4 hours/day
  • Dogs will have full access outside for potty breaks
  • 2 walks/day
  • Pets can sleep wherever they want
46 Reviews
My dog,Maddie, has separation anxiety and she was very content to stay with Bruce and his pets. Bruce sent two messages with pictures to me during my time away. It depicted a happy pet and made my trip more enjoyable. I plan to take Maddie to his home every time I need to leave her.
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We always feel great leaving our dog in Bruce's capable hands. Bruce provided detailed updates and pictures of our pooch having a great weekend. Thanks again, Bruce!
Bruce is the BEST!

Over 15 years of boarding our standard poodles, we have never had a boarding option as excellent as what Bruce provided. Our current poodle won't eat when he is not happy, but he ate all of his meals for Bruce!

Bruce is easy to communicate with. He responds to emails promptly, he sends updates and photos, and gives the dogs plenty of attention and outdoor time, including several walks.

Thank you Bruce!!

Jim and Mine
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This was the first time that Lizzie was with Bruce. He sent emails and photos everyday. She actually can speak and told me she loved being with Bruce and his family! Bruce gets an A+ from me. Elly G. Kluge
we feel perfectly at ease leaving our 13yr old beagle with bruce. his dogs are friendly, he has a big yard, and he communicates promptly! always a great experience. thanks bruce!!!
Another wonderful stay with Bruce! We received plenty of updates with tons of pictures - we know that our pup is being loved and well-taken care of, and we don't have to worry while being out of town. WE LOVE BRUCE!!!
Bruce is absolutely wonderful - I highly recommend him for your loving family member. He is extremely trustworthy, loving, sends you many updates, and gives you a peace of mind.
Thank you again, Bruce, for always taking such loving care of our baby Butters! She absolutely loves you, and we know that she always has a wonderful time with you, Rocco and Lucy! She always comes back super happy and we can't thank you enough! See you again soon!
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Killian had a great time again with Bruce and the other dogs.
I was able to rest easy knowing my dog Cece was in Bruce's care. The pictures were great and she seemed to have a blast. Bruce was so helpful and I would absolutely recommend booking with him!
We love Bruce! We are always so grateful that Bruce takes such good care of our baby, Butters! Even though the booking was last-minute, Bruce was extremely accommodating and understanding. Thank you so much!!!
Cupcake had another great visit at Bruce's house. She loves the big back yard and we love all of the attention she gets and the pictures Bruce sends.
Maggie has stayed with Bruce many times, and we feel very lucky to have found him. It's great to see how excited Maggie is to see Bruce and his two dogs, Rocco and Lucy. Bruce texts pictures and updates every day (usually multiple times), and she always looks very happy and relaxed, and is often doing her favorite thing in the world - playing ball! Bruce is an excellent choice for your dog vacay.
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Bruce was great! His big back yard fenced. Clean. I'm pretty sure our Maggie made herself right at home.
Chimi had a great time while at Bruce's house on vacation. He had several other pups to play with and he was completely warn out when he got home. Bruce took great care of Chimi and sent several updates throughout his visit. We will definitely use Bruce again in the future.
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Another wonderful stay with Bruce - Butters had a lovely time, being doted upon and being active with the other pups! We received so many great pictures of her stay, and we knew she was lovingly taken care of. We love Bruce's flexibility, his kindness, and his attention to our baby - THANK YOU SO MUCH, BRUCE!!!
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Cupcake had another great visit with Bruce. I love the pictures and updates and Cupcake always seems to have a lot of fun running around in the large backyard. She gets great treatment.
I learned to trust Bruce very quickly. My dog Charlie stayed with him about 3-4 times now (a total of 32 days or so). He sends me updates on Charlie about twice a day. Bruce makes sure Charlie is well exercised, which I can see from the pictures he sends me: Charlie looks tired.
One time I didn't bring enough food for the entire stay (I had just bumped up his daily intake). Ahead of time, Bruce emails me to ask the food brand Charlie ate and he went and got the exact brand. Bruce is very patient which worked really great for my dog who is very energetic.
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We know that Bruce is always safe and welcomed at Bruce's place! She doesn't even look back to say goodbye to us when we drop her off - that just shows how much she absolutely loves him!!! We always have a peace of mind as Bruce is so trustworthy and gives our girl tons of love. We are so lucky to have him as our regular pet sitter. THANK YOU SO MUCH, BRUCE!!!
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Butters always has a great time with Bruce! We are never worried when we have to go out of town as we know that our pup is always in good hands! Bruce is so conscientious and makes sure that she is loved and receives tons of cuddles. We always appreciate the daily updates and the pictures - WE LOVE BRUCE - THANK YOU SO MUCH!!!
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We really felt Shelby was in good hands with Bruce. We received lots of updates with pictures while we were away. He included info about her sleeping and eating, which I really appreciated. Thanks Bruce!
Another great visit with Bruce. Cupcake had a great time and we loved all the pictures and updates.
Our dog had another great weekend hanging out with Bruce and crew! Bruce was very flexible with timing and made sure to send lots of pictures and updates.
Bruce is very flexible about pick up and drop off times and Killian loves being able to play with the other dogs and in the big backyard!
Bruce is always so great with our dog and communications with us. We recommend him very highly!
Bruce has a welcoming home and a great play yard for the lucky dogs who get to vacay at Bruce's Dog House. Toby had a great time and Bruce kept in touch by email and photos. Thanks!
Our dog had a great time hanging out with Bruce and crew for a couple days. Bruce was very flexible about scheduling times for meet-and-greet, pickup, and drop-off. The text updates and pictures were terrific and very thorough. The dog came back happy and healthy. Couldn't ask for a better experience!
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Bruce is a low-key loving consistent and capable carer of dogs. Our anxious dog came home calmer than ever before. Our dog had a lovely time with Bruce's dogs and fit right in. We will gladly use Bruce again. Whats even better Bruce lives in our neighborhood and is a real asset. Thank you Bruce.
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Cupcake's stay with Bruce went very well. We got regular updates and Bruce seemed very conscientious. He was also very accommodating.
Thanks Bruce! Great yard and set up for our very active dog. I appreciated the updates and pictures. Killian came home nice and tired!
We absolutely LOVE Bruce! Butters always has a great time at his place - she is always happy, comfortable, relaxed, and much loved during her stay, and Bruce always sends us updates/pictures via text so we know how our pup is doing! We love how Butters is never anxious when we drop her off/pick her up since she is always having a grand time! Bruce is very conscientious and is a great pet-sitter!!! HIP HIP HOORAY FOR BRUCE!!!
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Perfect. Thanks Bruce.
Perfect. Thanks Bruce.
We love having our baby pup, Butters, stay with Bruce whenever we are out of town. We have a complete peace of mind as we know that she is always in good hands - Bruce is extremely laid back, gentle, trustworthy, and has such a calming personality that is just so perfect for her! When we pick her up, Butters is never anxious and she always looks as if she had a great time at his place! WE LOVE BRUCE and HIGHLY RECOMMEND!!! THANK YOU AGAIN, BRUCE - YOU ARE THE BEST!!!
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Great yard. Great Communication. Great Sitter
Bruce is diligent in sending updates during Dublin's stay. We are especially glad that he accepts large dogs. Dublin seems very content every time we pick him up.
It was wonderful knowing that our dog, Maggie, was with a caring, responsible dog-owner when we traveled over the holidays. Bruce was very timely with communications leading up to the vacay, hosted us for a long meet and greet, sent multiple pictures and texts every day of Maggie, and had everything ready for us when we picked her up. We had never been away from Maggie, and she stayed with Bruce for 10 nights, one of which was an extension. We could tell that Maggie was having a wonderful time - we were a little afraid she wouldn't want to go home with us. :-)
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This was our first time boarding our dog since we got her as a rescue in March 2013. Bruce responded promptly to messages and the meet-and-greet went great with his other two dogs, Lucy and Rocco. While we were gone for 7 days, Bruce sent 2 picture mail messages everyday (in the morning and evening) with updates on how our girl was doing, which was so appreciated. We felt very at-ease with her staying there, especially because she could have access to a nice fenced-in yard everyday for playtime and she was walked regularly.
I would highly recommend Bruce to anyone who is considering boarding their dog. He is attentive to questions and his home is a great area for dogs to relax and have fun. We couldn't have asked for a better in-house boarding experience!
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Bruce was great! My dog gave him a lot to deal with but he handled it. He sent plenty of updates and pictures throughout the trip.
We were looking for a last-minute daycare reservation with Bruce, and he was so gracious to take our Butters in at a moment's notice - we really appreciated in him responding so quickly and that he was able to accommodate us! Again, Bruce is wonderful wonderful wonderful with Butters, is extremely sweet and attentive, and gave us a picture and an update of how she was doing for the day - it is amazing how Butters is not even close to being overly anxious/highly stressed when we go and pick her up - she seems to always be enjoying the other guest dogs' company and doesn't even whine to go home as soon as I step through the door - that just shows how relaxed and how she is having such a good time! I love Rocco and Lucy, the resident dogs, as they are so precious and so friendly. THANK YOU SO SO SO MUCH, BRUCE - YOU ARE THE MAN!!!
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I have very high expectations and standards, especially when it comes to my baby pug, Butters - I have never used DogVacay before, but after some hardcore searching, I found Bruce. He seemed to be the most GENUINE pet-sitter in the NoVA area, compared to the other sitters that were available - I am SOOO HAPPY and extremely SATISFIED that we decided to give Bruce a try. He is the epitome of what a pet-sitter should be - he really CARES the well-being of the pups he sits, he gives plenty of updates with pictures and a blurb of your dog's daily activities, his place is CLEAN (and beautiful!), he knows your dog's routine/schedule & adheres to it, he is very PROFESSIONAL, he is very HONEST, he has a very NICE & a CALMING personality, and he gives them all the love and the attention that they deserve & treats each one as a part of his family (really!)! I did not even worry to the tiniest degree of wondering how Butters was doing - I knew she was being spoiled and being loved so much from the updates & pictures. Bruce gave me the PEACE OF MIND, and I am so thankful I found him - I HIGHLY HIGHLY HIGHLY RECOMMEND trying out & having Bruce as your pet-sitter, as I have found our permanent one!!! THANK YOU SOOO MUCH, BRUCE - YOU ARE THE MAN!!!
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Thanks to Bruce! He was especially attentive to Dublin this time in giving him PLENTY of walks…we will be back! Good communication and feedback. Great Job. K. Jeffers
Bruce took great care of my Golden Retriever girl. I received many updates and pictures of my dog while on the road. She came back happy and content. I would definitely recommend Bruce to others.
It was our first time to use DogVacay and our first time to leave Loke so we were initially anxious. For no reason though because Bruce and his family were great with Loke, our 15 month old black lab, who is a large, energetic dog. Bruce sent us text messages and pictures of Loke throughout the weekend and adhered to the training techniques we've been teaching Loke. In addition, Bruce's dogs were great playmates, showing Loke how to use stairs and good doggy social skills!
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Dublin was very well cared for. Bruce spent ample time during our meet and greet, our drop off and pick up answering all questions. He sent updates and pictures during the stay. Thanks for the walks and the good care.
Bruce watched my shi tzu for the weekend. He was very accommodating and flexible in terms of dropping my dog off and picking her up. He texted pics and updates regularly. One pic was my dog rested up against him. I could tell my dog was relaxed and obviously comfortable with Bruce.
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