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Dierdre K.

29 Reviews
18 Repeat Guests
Other Sitters Nearby
  • 1 day notice required for bookings
  • Responds within 3 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
List of Breeds Not Accepted
Alaskan Malamute, German Shepherd Dog, Samoyed, Siberian Husky

Dierdre's Resident Pets

Boston Terrier
3 yr 3 mo old
Boston Terrier
3 yr 3 mo old
Other Pets & Animals: Cats

Dierdre's House

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

About Dierdre

26 Years Experience Caring For Dogs
**I have recently changed my requirements to accept only dogs up to 40 lbs. I will make exceptions for established guests :) If you are unable to book because of the size limit, please send me a message and I will temporarily cancel the restriction.**

Send your canine to Camp at the Cottage! I am a teacher my dogs are Gertie and Edie. My Gertie is 9lbs, and "though she be but little, she is fierce!" (Shakespeare) Edie is 10lbs and happy second of every day. We live in a tiny little house, with a tiny little yard, but we have a great big life! Now that it's summer, most days are spent relaxing in the yard or inside the house, depending on the temps. I have a fenced in yard, but the dogs are never out there unsupervised. If you are looking for daycare only, the rate is between $15-20, depending on whether or not it is a school day. If I am at school and your dog is simply going to hang out at my house and play with Gertie and Edie, please request a quote so that I can discount the rate to $15.

I was brought up in a home with never less than two dogs, so I have a lifetime of experience. As long as your dog is dog-friendly, s/he will have a nice time! I have a dog door to a 4x8 pen outside for Gertie and Edie while I am out. If your dog feels more comfortable or has destructive behaviors, you can bring a crate as well.

I have recently added a black cat to our family-- Moira the panther keeps the vermin down :) She's pretty chilled out as far as cats go, and she's got her own gated room that serves as her dog-free zone, should she need it. She often chooses to pretend campers are not even visiting, and spends an entire visit in "her room."

I am comfortable caring for elderly and injured/recovering animals and many special needs. I have a car in case of a veterinary emergency. I can send photo updates as often as you like :) Enjoy the photos of The Cottage and some of my favorite guests.
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Can administer oral medicine
Can administer injected medicine
CPR / First-Aid certified
Special Needs Accommodated
  • Pets recovering from surgery
  • Leash Pulling
  • Not yet house-trained
  • Advanced senior issues

Dierdre K.

29 Reviews
18 Repeat Guests
Other Sitters Nearby
  • 1 day notice required for bookings
  • Responds within 3 hours
  • Cancellation Policy:


  • Available
  • Unavailable
  • 1 Spot Left
  • Booked
  • Last updated February 14, 2017


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Services & Rates

Boarding Overnight At Dierdre's Home
$35 /night
  • Watches up to 2 dogs/night
  • Dogs may be unsupervised for more than 4 hours/day
  • 5+ potty breaks/day
  • 1 walk/day
  • Pets can sleep wherever they want
Daycare At Dierdre's Home
$20 /day
  • Watches up to 4 dogs/day
$10 each way
  • Willing to travel 10 miles
29 Reviews
Dierdre was great and very flexibile with drop off and pick up times. Us and our dog highly recommend her!
I cannot say enough good things about Deidre. She truly does love dogs and it shows. I needed a longer term (1 month) solution recently and my dog, while in fairly good shape is old! I mean, ancient. He is also blind and while I was still in town he required dental surgery. Through all of this Deidre was open and willing to help any way she could and I believe she was very genuine in her concern and focus. He sailed through the surgery and I took him back to her place. She's awesome.
Deirdre was FANTASTIC!!! She was welcoming, sent pics, and just loved our precious puppy!!! I was traveling from 3 states, and I only wish that I could bring Deirdre home with us!
Dierdre was great with my lovely, neurotic, older dog
I'd highly recommend Deirdre for your dog vacay needs. Deirdre's home and fenced yard are doggie heaven, with plenty of space to roam, and with two resident dogs who seem to get along well with all dogs and people. Deirdre is responsive, flexible, and experienced. My dog has stayed with Deirdre twice now...I know my dog is happy here...the absolute tail-wagging, jumping, rushing excitement my dog greeted Deirdre with on her second stay was confirmation of that.
She is simply the best! Pearl loved LOVED being with her!!!
Dierdre was very accommodating -- took my last minute reservation. Caspar had a very enjoyable day at her house. Thank you so much Dierdre!
Dierdre handled my dogs very well. She was very accommodating to their needs, especially the one who has a bit of small dog syndrome. He was actually totally calm when I came to pick them up.
Deirdre was easy to work with and clearly loves to hang out with four-legged friends! We will definitely have our dog stay with her again.
I am so glad we found Dierdre on DogVacay. She is knowledgeable about dogs and I knew Maizy would have a great time but also would be well loved and safe. Dierdre's dogs are adorable and friendly and the dogs have a doggy door with a dog run and access to a front yard. There is a huge window for them to look out and a dog friendly couch to cuddle on. I would highly recommend Dierdre.
Ruby really enjoyed her stay with Dierdre! It was our first time away from home without her and she had a great time with the two little Boston Terriers:) Dierdre sent multiple updates and was great to work with.
We suspected earlier that Dierdre may be unable to care for the dogs she cares for since she was and is currently wearing a boot due to a foot injury. On this last stay, it was made patently clear that should couldnot properly care for Max. All of the dogs aren't being given any exercise but to defecate all over her small front yard. She rarely answers her phone but will respond to texts. There was dog poop all over her sidewalk. We stepped in it on handing Max over. 10 ten dogs came running out of her house (a very small cottage) and jumped all over us covering us with muddy paw prints. We had to go back home to change before going to Thanksgiving dinner. When we went to pick our dog up she was not home and she left the dogs unsupervised. Max's bowls were not cleaned out as they were not on the last visit. She forgot to give us back everything we had given her as she did not on the last visit. She seems overwhelmed and she is the highest charge out of all the dog sitters in Oak Park. My son even offered to walk her dogs since we live near her, but she turned his offer down. We will not be using her services or Dog Vacay again since it is obvious they don't vet their sitters on a regular basis.
This was the second time that my dog was with Dierdre and it is really the first time that she has eaten well away from home. Usually she does not eat much. It was also interesting to see my baby go to Dierdre without fussing, like she knew she was going to have a good time.

I would highly recommend her.
Abby had a great time staying at Dierdre's house. Dierdre sent us lots of updates and I could tell that Abby felt right at home with her. I loved that Abby wasn't crated during her stay. Dierdre was flexible and responsive. We will use Dierdre again for our next vacation.
Dierdre was very flexible with pick up & drop off times. Emmy stayed with Dierdre for 7 nights. This is the longest I've been away from my pup. We received photos and short updates on 3 of the days. Thanks for having her in your home.
Dierdre takes wonderful care of our crazy young boxer! Her dogs are friendly and welcoming. She has a great fenced yard for playtime. Our pup always comes home happy and tired :)
Dierdre opened her home to Scout, our 5month old puppy. She has a wonderful open home and yard for the dogs, and Scout had lots of time outdoors and with other dogs. All requests (medicine, food, treats, commands) were incorporated in Scout's stay, and we came home to a very happy, very tired dog. We received photos throughout the 10 days which was nice. We will certainly use her again for future vacations.
Tini was taken care of so well. It was great to be away and be able to relax and enjoy while Tini was in good hands!
We had to add an extra day to Vega's stay and Deidre was flexible and had no problem extending.
Deidre was great with Vega! Love the pictures, looked like she had a fabulous time with Deidre and her pups. Very easy and flexible drop off and pick up.
The puppies had a wonderful time. Patches was hesitant at first about whether he thought this was a good idea but by the time I picked him up he was fully engaged with everyone and seem disappointed he had to leave so soon. Shyla loved curling up with Dierdre. I would love to bring them back.
Dierdre was a great hostess! Emmy came home tuckered out and happy. Thanks.
We were very happy with the care Max got. He seemed happy and that is all that matters to us!
Dierdre was super nice, knows dogs very well. Amina felt right at home with her. I am so happy to have such a wonderful sitter for Amina!
Thanks, Dierdre, for opening up your home to our Minnie. She had a good time AND we feel safe and secure leaving her with you and your family. Best Regards to you, Gertie and Mac. Mike & Larry & Minnie
Our puppy is so happy with Dierdre and her dogs - they all make it feel like home to her!
Deirdre was so loving and welcoming to my puppy - she made it easy for us to leave knowing that our puppy would be in such good hands. And her regular updates and photos were much appreciated!
Dierdre was great with our dog Bear. She really treated him as one of her own. We highly recommend her and we will be boarding Bear with her again!
Penny had a wonderful time! She loves her new friends. She was well taken care of and seems very content.
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