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Rita S.

53 Reviews
31 Repeat Guests
$35/night
Other Sitters Nearby
  • 1 day notice required for bookings
  • Responds within 50 minutes
  • Cancellation Policy:
    Flexible

Pet Requirements

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

Rita's Resident Pets

George
Pit Bull - American Staffordshire Terrier
Male
6 yr 5 mo old

Rita's House

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Large Yard
100% fenced & locked
Smoke-free home
Pets allowed on furniture
Air-conditioned inside
Great for senior pets

About Rita

35 Years Experience Caring For Dogs
Amenities include a large, fully xeriscaped yard with block fence and a wading pool, accompanied by a gentle, friendly fella named George who's always ready to play. Daily treats always include fresh veggies, and all doggies are part of the family here. The dogs even enjoy their own couch by the front window. The atmosphere is very relaxed and all pups and visitors feel at ease very soon. George loves everyone and is such an excellent host that everyone falls in love with him, canine and human! I've had pets all my life and I'm well versed with all types of medication administration, oral and otherwise. The pups and I share many happy moments and we'd love to include yours too!
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Can administer oral medicine
Can administer injected medicine
Special Needs Accommodated
  • Pets recovering from surgery
  • Separation anxiety
  • Leash Pulling

Rita S.

53 Reviews
31 Repeat Guests
$35/night
Other Sitters Nearby
  • 1 day notice required for bookings
  • Responds within 50 minutes
  • Cancellation Policy:
    Flexible

Availability

  • Available
  • Unavailable
  • 1 Spot Left
  • Booked
  • Last updated August 30, 2016

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Services & Rates

Boarding Overnight At Rita's Home
$35 /night
  • Watches up to 3 dogs/night
  • Dogs may be unsupervised for 1 - 2 hours/day
  • 5+ potty breaks/day
  • 0 walk/day
  • Pets will sleep in their own beds
Daycare At Rita's Home
$25 /day
  • Watches up to 2 dogs/day
Dog Walking
$20 /half-hour
$40 /hour
  • Willing to travel 5 miles
Home Visits
$25 /visit
  • Willing to travel 5 miles
Pick-Up/Drop-Off
$10 each way
  • Willing to travel 10 miles
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53 Reviews
Rita took care of our 2 dogs for the first time so we could get to a family reunion. She was extremely flexible with our schedule in drop off and pick up and gave us really great updates every day! Tramp and Candy usually go to a kennel but we wanted a less stressful situation for them and they were so much less stressed out on the drive home than they usually would be so they must have had a good time. Our little old lady Candy is a bit of a challenge and Rita handled her without complaint. This was the first trip I've taken (maybe ever) where I wasn't thinking about whether or not my dogs were ok all day every day. Thanks Rita!
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As always, awesome!.
As always, awesome!.
Rita was awesome with our Hercules. She did great even with some unexpected adversity.
Rita as been our host multiple times and she always provides outstanding care for our red heeler. While I always miss my dog while on vacation, I don't worry when Rita is caring for her.
Rita was wonderful with our dogs. They were instantly at ease the moment we walked in the door. Rita's own dog was the perfect gentleman and my dogs were loved and cared for as though they were her own. Will book with Rita again!
Rita was amazing; my lab is normally nervous when I leave him and he was so happy there that he pretty much ignored me when I left. Rita takes wonderful care of my animals, I will be back! Thank you Rita!
All went smoothly as always. Thank you Rita for treating our girl like a member of the family!
This was the second time we had Rita keep our red heeler. Before we adopted "Kai", she had been mistreated so she is slow to warm up to new people and can be a bit insecure. Rita reads Kai very well and knows just when she needs reassurance. Rita treats her guest dogs just like they were her own and spends individual time each day with each dog. Her dog, George, is very mellow and is a great ambassador. We plan to have Kai stay with Rita again this summer. Her yard is very secure (Kai is an escape artist so this is important to us) and Kai seems to like staying with Rita. We are so glad to have found a place where Kai can be in a home environment with such a loving caretaker.
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Rita is amazing! I am new to Albuquerque, and she made me feel so great about leaving my fur-baby alone with her for a week and a half! In fact, just to make sure, we met up beforehand, so the pups could hang out and pass what she called the "sniff test," both at the park and at her home, and then when I was gone, she sent me almost daily texts telling me how my baby boy was doing-- often with such humor that I was left in stitches! When I got back, she informed me that he had "worked so hard," and should have earned a medal for growing up. I'll say! He was so calm, and loved her and her dog, George, so much that he didn't want to leave! He was depressed the first night home from missing her and his new buddies, so we've now arranged periodic playdates. I couldn't be happier!
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Rita has a warm heart and speaks dog language! She fell in love with our sometimes-standoffish blue heeler mix, and he warmed up to her and even cuddled with her. I believe she falls in love with every dog who comes her way! We will certainly bring Bodhi back, and I recommend Casa Rita wholeheartedly. It's doggie heaven.
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Very nice person, she's a dog lover for sure! - I noticed a couple of dog books on his table and that reflects that she knows a lot about dogs. Don't hesitate to choose her, your dog will be just fine!
Rita was perfect for our puppy, Clementine. We were worried about leaving Clem for a week since she was still a baby (under 4 months) but Rita made her and us feel totally comfortable with everything. George (her dog) was an excellent host as well and very patient with our puppy. Clem seemed happy as a clam when we picked her up and was better potty trained than she was when we dropped her off ;)
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We were nervous about our dogs staying with someone other than family. Our dogs are large and can be a bit unpredictable. Rita had our girls for a long stretch of time. She was great about updating us and keeping us informed about how they were doing. We would totally use her services again in the future. Money well spent.
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My dog had a wonderful time with Rita. I picked her up smiling and she had a glossy sheen on her coat of fur. I could tell that she was well taken care of. Rita gave her that personal attention she needed in my absence. She had lots of cuddles, and the messages I received, while away, were entertaining.
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Hello! Rita is an answered prayer for Kilo and our family. Kilo is a very happy energetic dog, who doesn't enjoy being away from his pack-family. Rita and George immediately welcomed him into her pack at the Meet & Greet, and he loved every minute of it. After that, I knew Kilo would be happy to stay through the weekend. In fact, I was more worried than he was. Rita kept me up to date throughout Kilo's stay. She was sweet in making sure my wife and I knew he was doing well.

I strongly recommend Rita. She's a calming personality that the dogs love to be around. Kilo felt right at home at Casa Rita!
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Rita loved our dog like he was her own and opened her entire house (and heart) to him for his stay. She sent photos and thoughtful updates for us to read with our children, which put us all at ease.
Buster had a great visit, we look forward to working with Rita again!
We needed a sitter for an afternoon, Rita accommodated for our schedule. Great experience!
Rita took great care of our Cavaliers, Comet and Rain. Unfortunately we had to say goodbye to our Jennie between the time the reservation was made and our travel out of town.

As the loss was soon before our travel, Rita made sure to keep a watchful eye on the mental/emotional state of Comet and Rain for their first time away from home as a pack of only two.

She kept us updated and told us about their eating, sleeping, and playing. She even gave them time in the doggie swimming pool which was an extra special treat for them.

She has an area in her home devoted to her furry guests with their own sofa, beds, and a crate for those who want to nap in peace, though she is happy to have them join her on her sofa for snuggling if they choose and of course our girls did just that!

We would not hesitate to use Rita the next time we need a place for our girls to be well cared for so we can travel with peace of mind.
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My and my dog's experience with Rita was first rate. Communication was excellent during my trip, to both of us. She is deeply tuned in to dogs. My pooch was a lot less anxious when I picked here up then she has been with other sitters. Highly recommended.
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Love, love, love Rita. She sends us the sweetest daily updates which are fun for all of us but especially our 8-yr-old son. We hit the jackpot finding Rita to take care of Huch! She's a kind person, a dog lover and just a pleasure to talk to.
We absolutely love Rita!
Rita was great! The gals were well-cared for and got along great with George. Rita kept us updated on how everyone was doing through the week, which put us at ease. We felt that Dogvacay was a much better option than the boarding kennels. Would use Rita's services again in a heartbeat.
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Penny LOVES Rita and George. She bonded with both of them immediately and I felt completely at ease going out of town knowing that Rita was taking good care of Penny. Rita is the sweetest lady and you can tell that she really loves dogs with all her heart. Her home is a doggie paradise. I will definitely be using her again!!
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Case Rita was fantastic! My 4 1/2 month old Great Dane was so happy and spoiled by Ms. Rita! I will definitely be using her again and again!
Thank you Rita for taking such great care of my girls! Thank you George fro showing them the ropes! You are wonderful and I will recommend you to all the doggy people out there!
There are not enough stars to rate the care Rita gave my girl. Gwinny is a 12 month old Great Pyrenees, a 90 lb puppy is a handful, but Rita and George were amazing with her. She came home happy and tired. I recommend Rita to anyone who is a worried parent, your baby will be in the best hands. Gwinny will be seeing Rita again and I am so glad to have met an amazing dog lover who cares as much about my girl as I do.
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Rita has always been a great host for our Heidi. Never had any problems in the many times that we have used Rita.
Just finished our second great experience.Happy dog and happy owners thanks to Rita and George!
Rita was wonderful! I felt sad leaving Emmy thinking that she would miss me and be sad without me, but she came home happier and with a spring in her step - made me feel really good. She'll be back there for sure!
Rita was great and accommodating. Our pup had a blast playing with Fred and wasn't ready to leave when I picked her up
This was Olive's first time at Rita's house and she had the time of her life! George is a fabulous playmate and was very gentle with our 18 lb girl. Rita is a warm and wonderful person and it is obvious she loves dogs. Her house was beautiful, clean and dog friendly at the same time. We will definitely bring Olive back here during our next visit to ABQ.
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Bodie & Suzette absolutely loved staying with Rita! She took wonderful care of them and allowed us to get away for our anniversary trip without worrying about our babies! Would def use Rita again!!
As usual, Rita is an outstanding host for our dog, Heidi. We highly recommend Rita to take care of your dog or dogs. Lee D
We are so happy to have met Rita and her dog George! What a wonderful experience for our dog and for us because we did not have to worry about our dog at all while we were on vacation. After meeting Rita, we knew she was the right person to take care of our pet. She's a lovely person - kind, sweet, generous and caring - and it's easy to see that she loves animals. Animals are welcomed into her home, her yard and her heart. My 7-yr-old son adores Rita and George too; I could hardly drag him from her home!
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Rita is an excellent host for our German Shepard, Heidi. I have used Rita 3 times now and received excellent service. Highly recommended.
I am so happy I found Rita! I consider Isabel my baby, so finding someone who loves her like their own was my mission. Isabel absolutely loves Rita, so much so I felt completely at ease when I left town. I didn't leave Isabel at Rita's home, I had Rita come check on Isabel in my home. Not only did I feel comfortable leaving my baby in her hands, I felt comfortable leaving my home in her hands. So happy to have found someone I can not only trust but I truly love her... Thanks Rita,
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As always, Ms Rita was exellent.
Rita has always been a very good host to Heidi. We will use her again and again
Rita went out of her way to meet our schedule. Traveling with our Zona did not afford a meet & greet but everything went smoothly because Rita went out of her way to take care of her so we could attend a baseball game. Her dog George is a sweetheart. I highly recommend Casa Rita!
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We all went to visit Rita before we made a decision. Within a minute or less I could tell this was a great place for our dogs. Nora was cuddling up to Rita on the couch and Mika (who is a little more cautious) warmed up to Rita within a few min. Her house is open and sunny with a large back yard and fenced. We could tell that Rita really loved and understood dogs. We felt so comfortable with her. We already have another reservation for our girls!
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My pups simply love Rita! They feel so at home with her (and George!) and I take comfort in knowing they are in good hands.
Rita was great and my pups were very happy to stay with her!
If there were more stars available - she would get them. Rita is an angel in disguise. When I had a medical emergency and had to be hospitalized, Rita not only took care of my pets, she made it possible for me to relax and get well because I knew that my dogs were with someone who loves them nearly as much as I do. They obviously love her and so do I. Thank you Rita!
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Payton, my husband and I highly recommend Rita as a dog sitter. Her home and dogs were so welcoming to all of us! We were in a particularly stressful situation because we were moving and were in transit to our new location. We were not able to meet except over the phone prior to the sit. Rita made us all so comfortable and our dog had such a fun time with her. I will certainly use her again when in Albuquerque!
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Rita was fantastic from the very first contact to yesterday's goodbye. There was no doubt in my mind that my dogs were well taken care of and pampered. The decision to leave my dogs with someone is a hard one and I never would have done it if it wasn't absolutely necessary for my job. I now feel more comfortable considering something fun - like a vacation - now that I have someone I can trust to care for my special fur babies.
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This was a last minute request for me and Rita stepped up and said she would be glad to keep Rosie for a few hours that I needed.

Rosie had a wonderful day at Rita's. Rosie's needs were met, Rita took Rosie and her dogs to Petsmart for a field trip. Rosie also enjoyed the doggie pool and play time with Rita's 2 dogs.

Rita was a life saver for me today.

Thanks so much Rita.

Joanne
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Rita is great! This was my first time using a dog-sitter. Usually I take my boy to a boarding facility. This was a more reasonably priced alternative. We brought our dogs to a public park near her house to introduce them to one another, then when that went well, we met up at her place. I got a tour of the home in person and we talked about my dog's little quirks (every dog I've met has at least one). Her home is as warm and inviting as her personality. She treated my dog like he was one of her own, which is exactly what I was looking for, and kept in touch with me over the course of his stay. When I went to pick Jax up, he was both tired and happy. I will definitely be using Rita again.
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Like a previous review said, we are lucky to have found Rita, only complaint I may have is that it appears my puppy is depressed having just returned home from Rita's. She wants to go back!
Rita was an outstanding host for Heidi,our 8 year old German Shepard. While staying with Ms. Rita, Heidi had a muscle spasm and Rita was able to take her to our vet, and have her checked out. Heidi seemed to be VERY happy to stay with Ms. Rita and also enjoyed her dogs. I would highly recommend Rita, to any and all dogs, for your boarding needs.. Thank you from Lee Dapson
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Rita did a great job taking care of our dog. She responded to my res request within an hour, and agreed to a next-day appointment. She was very careful to make sure our dog got along with the other two dogs she was watching. She even texted us with updates while we were away.
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Yep, I 'm a dog lover and I do love my dogs!
I spend most days with my dogs and am never gone from them for more than a few hours.

So the prospect of leaving them and with who for three days to attend my Daughters Wedding was beyond worry some for me.

I was so lucky to find Rita S. who is listed with dogvacay.com, Rita is the most wonderful, professional, kind and loving person my dogs and I could ever hope to find.

From our first meet and greet with Rita she took charge as a Pack Leader and introduced my dogs to hers. She welcomed my dogs into her beautiful dog frindley home and fenced yard. She listened to the list of special needs and requests for each dog.

Rita took the extra time to update us with regular texts and photos. In reply to one of her thoughtful updates I told Rita, my wife and I missed the dogs ( our girls ) terribly but we quit worrying about them because they were in Rita's care.
My wife and I couldn't be happier to have found someone as terrific as Rita that we can leave our dogs with when going somewhere they aren't invited.

Leaving my dogs in Rita's care is up there with the worry free relief of children being loved and cared for at their Grandmother's house for a sleepover.

Thanks dogvacay.com for your great services, finding Rita S and introducing us. You can be assured we'll booking our next reservation with Rita S at dogvacay.com
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