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Joan G.

86 Reviews
33 Repeat Guests
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  • 3 days notice required for bookings
  • Responds within 13 hours
  • Cancellation Policy:

Pet Requirements

  • 1-20 lbs
  • 20-40 lbs
  • 40-80 lbs
  • 80+ lbs
No Puppies
Must Be Spayed or Neutered
Must Be Vaccinated
List of Breeds Not Accepted
Akita, Alaskan Malamute, Pit Bull - Bull Terrier, Bullmastiff, Cane Corso, Mastiff

Joan's Resident Pets

9 yr 0 mo old
Timmy (cockapoo)
Mixed Breed
3 yr 8 mo old
Other Pets & Animals: Rabbits, gerbils, hamsters, or pet rodents

Joan's House

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Medium Yard
Smoke-free home
Pets allowed on furniture
Air-conditioned inside

About Joan

25 Years Experience Caring For Dogs
(NOTE: If you are a repeat customer and you see that I am 'booked' for the time you need, please message me and we will see if we can still accommodate you.)

Our family lives on a quiet cul-de-sac in North Raleigh with our two sweet dogs. I am reliable and caring and will give you peace of mind in a nurturing, loving environment for your fur baby!

I have had dogs all my life and enjoy them immensely. Some of the activities we enjoy are walking, hiking, attending dog shows, playing Frisbee and watching fly ball. I have also been a foster parent with the NRGRR (Neuse River Golden Retriever Rescue).

The Greenway leading to Durant Nature Park is two blocks from my home with plenty of tree covered paths for your dog to explore while we walk.

I prefer dogs that are sweet, well socialized, neutered/spayed, on flea/tick protection and have proof of all current vaccinations (rabies, distemper, parvo, and bordetella). If your dog is young, he/she must be crate trained for its safety/ protection and my peace of mind if I need to step out.

I am also aware of the needs of geriatric dogs as one of my dogs lived to almost 16 yrs old. I am happy to accommodate special dietary requests or administer medications. I have a few "special needs" guests (fragile or older canines, or those with physical limitations) and I make every effort to assure their comfort and safety so I may limit hosting availability during their stay so I can provide one-on-one care.

I work 4 miles away, and am home for a 1 hour lunch. In addition, my adult daughter lives at home, and is in/out of the house for work in the late afternoon. We make a great team working together and are able to provide seamless care.

Is your dog more comfortable in their own home environment? If so, I offer multiple daily checkups/visits to your home within a 5 mi radius. I can bring in your mail, water your plants etc. while you're away if you prefer that arrangement too. I also offer small pet care for cats, birds, rabbits, guinea pigs, etc.

Please check out my profile and see some of the dogs, cats and other animals I have cared for in the past. Feel free to contact me for a meet n greet or you can send a general inquiry if you have any questions. Meet 'n greets allows us and your pet to get acquainted, ensures we are a good fit and provides an opportunity to discuss any details. Assuming the meet n greet goes well, then a reservation request can be placed.

I look forward to spoiling your dog with walks, belly rubs and play. Your doggie will be treated as part of my family by giving them the quality pet care they deserve!

Best regards,
Joan G
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Can administer oral medicine
Can administer injected medicine
Special Needs Accommodated
  • Leash Pulling

Joan G.

86 Reviews
33 Repeat Guests
Other Sitters Nearby
  • 3 days notice required for bookings
  • Responds within 13 hours
  • Cancellation Policy:


  • Available
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  • 1 Spot Left
  • Booked
  • Last updated February 7, 2017


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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.
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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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Pay through DogVacay for:
Premium Pet Insurance, 24/7 Customer Support and Daily Photo Updates!

Services & Rates

Boarding Overnight At Joan's Home
$33 /night
  • Watches up to 3 dogs/night
  • Dogs may be unsupervised for 2 - 4 hours/day
  • 5+ potty breaks/day
  • 2 walks/day
  • Pets can sleep wherever they want
$25 /visit
  • Willing to travel 5 miles
86 Reviews
We have used Joan numerous times and could not be happier with how well she takes care of our only "child"! Whether we are planning ahead or going on a last minute trip, Joan always works with us and send pictures to show us how well Bella is doing. She treats Bella like one of her own. We have stopped looking for pet sitters. Joan is always our go-to person! She could not be a better pet sitter!
Very caring sitter! Treated my dogs like one of the family. Sent me updates and made the dogs feel at home. Would definitely recommend her services!
This is second time we have used Joan, she is our first choice when we go out of town for boarding our dog. She always texts through out the day and lets you know how they are doing complete with pictures.

She did have a little trouble this last time sending pictures because she had just gotten a new smart phone and was still getting used to using it, but we still got pictures.

She is fantastic and will use her again and again.
Just picked up my dog from Joan's house. I couldn't be more pleased with the care Summer received while she was there over the last two days. It truly was her home away from home.
Joan is an amazing dog sitter. She is a natural with animals and is caring and compassionate. She set my mind at ease the moment I met her as she is super friendly and responsible. She loves taking care of dogs and they love her as well. Our dog who we love and adore and are very protective of could not have been in better hands with Joan. I highly recommend her!!!
Joan is absolutely wonderful, Little Bear and Sassy just love her, sometimes we think that they had rather be with Joan that at Home!!!
Joan was absolutely fantastic. Would definitely use her again when we go out of town. Daily texts with pictures how my dog was doing, and even a video of him playing with another dog staying with her. She was just great.
Joan was wonderful to work with from start to finish. She took great care of our dog and kept us updated while we were away. I would not hesitate to book with Joan again!
We couldn't have been happier with Joan. As nervous pet parents she put our minds at ease. We Will definitely be using her again.
Joan is fantastic. My dog has been with her twice now and absolutely loves it. Highly recommended!
As always, Joan does a wonderful job caring for our little Mylo. Being that I have a hectic and very last minute work schedule, her flexibility is awesome. Thank you, Joan!
Our 2 year old golden retriever had a wonderful time with Joan. Butternut was very well cared for and we enjoyed getting the daily pics and messages from Joan while we were away. We had no worries as she truly took care of everything. We strongly recommend Joan to others.
I found Joan quite accidentally through an internet search. I sent her a request for information and she set up a "meet and greet" to make sure my dog was compatible with her environment. Right away I felt comfortable leaving my little fur baby with her for a week. This was the first time that we ever left her outside of family and were very nervous. Joan was so accommodating, gave us step-by-step of what she would need from us, and kept us constantly updated on how our dog was doing throughout the week. Our dog had as much as a vacation as we did!! I would definitely use Joan again. It is such a relief to know that we have someone reliable, close to us, who loves our little one as much as we do. Thanks, Joan!!!
Joan is so nice an caring, she took a good care of our playful puppy, she send pictures of him while we were gone. She has 2 small dogs which was nice for our spoiled playful dog to play with other dogs the entire day :)
Joan is very fair about the price and she was very flexible about the time.
We are happy yo fond Joan.
Joan was fantastic! Scarlett was well taken care of and had a great time! Joan was very communicative and sent pictures of Scarlett everyday. Scarlett will definitely be staying with Joan again.
Our retriever Raja stayed with Joan and her family for a second time this past week, and it was a positive experience all around. Joan does a wonderful job of staying in touch with pictures and updates, and Raja is treated as part of the family. Raja gets plenty of walks and trips to the park when the weather allows, and we can relax in the knowledge that she is getting lots of exercise and attention while we're gone. We trust Joan and will definitely call her again the next time we need a great dog-sitter!
This was my first time using DogVacay and I feel so fortunate to have found Joan. She took the proper steps to understand Peanut and me, scheduling a meet and greet and asking lots of questions. Even though she had other dogs staying with her over the holiday, I could tell she cared about each one. I received a picture text every day as I had requested and not once did I worry while I was gone. Peanut came home happy and healthy, and much more content than when she stays in a kennel. As icing on the cake, Joan brought out Peanut's bed and showed me how she had sewn up an area that had been chewed apart long before my trip. I would have had to buy a new bed and now we can enjoy this one for many more months! Thank you Joan for a great Vacay for Peanut!
Joan and her family were fantastic! Toby had a great time. She kept me updated every day and sent pictures. My flight was delayed by a day and she kept him the extra day with no issues. She comes highly recommended! Jeff
Fantastic experience from start to finish, couldn't ask for anything more. First, we failed to plan ahead adequately for a trip over the Christmas Holiday and ended up doing a frantic search at the last minute. When we found dogvacay and Joan's profile we threw caution to the wind and requested a reservation right away. Despite the short lead time Joan arranged to meet with us, introduce our dog to one of hers and determine if there was a good fit. Joan made every effort to understand our pet's behaviors and routine in order to provide an enjoyable experience for everyone.

After the MeetnGreet our reservation was set and a drop-off time was agreed upon. Of course once the day arrived our plans changed slightly and Joan was flexible and accommodated our request to move up the drop-off time by an hour. During the course of our trip we received photos and/or messages on a daily basis. We could tell from the photos (and even a video) that he had settled in quickly and was feeling quite at home. Our only concern was that he may not want to come home with us because of all the fun he was having!

Finally, on our return home we actually made good time and arrived early enough in the day that we wanted to pick our dog up then vs. waiting until the following day like originally planned. Once again, Joan was quick to respond and adjusted her schedule to meet our request and even asked dogvacay to refund a day of charges for us!

Thanks Joan!
Our puppy's stay with Joan was a great. She really understands dogs and took exceptionally good care of him. I appreciated the photos of him she shared while he was there. It was a top notch experience.
Joan is wonderful! She truly understands dogs and treats them like family. She sent us many pictures and updates during our trip. Our dog had a great time. We will definitely book with her in the future!
Joan is always really kind and accommodating. My two senior dogs are always relaxed around her. I'm so glad I found her.
Joan was amazing. She sent several updates and pictures. Will definitely use her again.
My husband and I are very happy with Joan. She took great care of our Boston Terrier and sent me lots of pictures and updates. We will definitely use her on a regular basis!
Joan is an outstanding sitter. She cares for my dog and each dog in her home. She always keeps me updated while my pup is with her. I'm very pleased with her service.
Joan is the best! She let's me know who my dog is doing while i'm away and i wouldn't know what to do without her!!
Great as always! Joan is the best - sends pics and updates to let me know how my Oscar is doing. It makes a world of difference!
Joan is terrific with your dogs. She is very kind, patient and has a lot of experience. She keeps in good contact with you, and send several photo's.. I have NEVER worried when Finney stayed at Joan's
Any pet owner knows how hard it is to leave him/her/them when you're away. Well, with Joan, we no longer have that issue because she is the best. Oscar is a friendly dog but he has his likes and dislikes-he loves Joan and her family. My only fear when I pick him up is that he'll remember me! I would recommend her to anyone who loves their dog(s)!
I contacted Joan G when I needed to go out of town unexpectedly and required care for my 8-month old puppy. Joan was very responsive to my outreach and did a great job taking care of my dog - which included a lot of pictures and texts to keep me updated. I recommend Joan without reservation and am thankful she was there for our family on very short notice.
Joan is amazing. She is a true caregiver for my Havanese (Mia). Mia loves her time with Joan and runs to the front door when we arrive for a stay. I have used Dog Vacay in the many cities I have lived in over the years. Joan is the BEST!
Another flawless trip with Joan! She is so attentive to the needs of puppy parents with daily updates and photos. It's comforting to know that Darcy is staying with someone who loves animals as much as I do. Joan was very accommodating with drop off and pick up times (even after a flight delay), which helped to alleviate the stress of traveling.

Thanks again from both of us!
Joan did a wonderful job taking care of our two dogs. Highly recommended.
Joan did a wonderful job with Zoey! Easy to communicate with, responsive, flexible, and most importantly, a great dog sitter! She sent pictures and notes about how Zoey was doing -very sweet. We will definitely use her again. Thank you, Joan!
Joan was a true gem!! From the moment I contacted her via Dogvacay, she was attentive and responsive.

We were invited at the last minute to enjoy family time at the beach and were in a bind due to needing care for dogs since we were joining family who usually helps out with our dogs when we go out of town. I didn't want to leave them at a kennel... so cold and sad when we were going to be having fun!

This was my first experience with Dogvacay and Joan was wonderful, caring. We did a meet and greet very quickly and she knows dogs!! My two dachshunds loved her and her two. When we picked them up, Joan had just walked them and had all of their things ready. They were content, happy and I knew right away they had been well-cared for!! Joan even sent daily pics of their stay along with an update.

We will definitely be back Joan!! Thanks so much again for the short notice stay!!
Joan made me feel a lot better about leaving my two senior dogs at home while I went on vacation. I would definitely recommend her!
Joan did an exceptional job with our Cassie!
Cassie is deaf so needs special care and hand motions to direct her activity. Joan seemed to know how to do that because Cassie was very happy to see us but didn't seem to be upset over our going away. (With other dog care people, Cassie seems very nervous.) We will definitely use her services again and again!
Joan has cared for my dog Mia for a few years. She is amazing. I travel often and I know I can always count on Joan to take special care of my best friend!
Joan makes having to leave my dogs manageable and stress-free. She's professional and flexible and even sends pictures! We are grateful that we found her!
Great experience!!! I knew from the meet and greet that Joan would make Bug feel at home. I received text updates with pictures letting me know that Bug was doing well. When I picked Bug up, she was so content - not the usual get to the car as quickly as possible. This made me feel so good. Knowing that your fur kid is having a good time at the sitter is the best feeling. Joan is my first choice from now on. If you are looking for a great sitter - you’ve found her. Thank you Joan.
Joan took excellent care of our miniature dachshund Cooper. I could tell that he had a fun time and that Joan kept him safe and that he got a lot of love! Joan was very attentive and listened to our instructions about how to keep Cooper safe (he has had a previous back surgery) and I could tell by his demeanor when we dropped him off and picked him up that he was well taken care of! We will definitely be booking with Joan again.
Joan was awesome in every way! Responsive, easy to communicate with, flexible, and most importantly, a great dog sitter! Both of my dogs were happy and exhausted when we picked them up...just the way we like them!! Thanks Joan!!
Joan was wonderful- very responsive and made us feel comfortable entrusting our dog to her care. She is truly a dog lover and wonderful caregiver. We will definitely hire her again.
She did a wonderful job with Stormy. Pictures everyday and notes about how she was doing. I would definitely use her again
I cannot say enough good things about Joan! This was my first experience using DogVacay, so I was a bit nervous about leaving Mr. Darcy. Not only was Joan accommodating with my schedule in terms of drop off and pick up, but Darcy was in such high spirits when I came to get him. Her picture and text updates completely eased my mind so I could enjoy my trip. I will absolutely be boarding with Joan again. I know Darcy was taken care of AND loved!
Joan was very flexible and accommodating. She responded quickly to messages. She is very pleasant and easy to talk to and has a good home for dogs. My dog was happy and smelled good when I picked him up. She sent pics and gave me updates on him. I would definitely recommend her.
Bella and Z had a great time once again at Joan's! They played and snuggled and enjoyed her house like their own. Enjoyed all the picture updates!
Joan was a wonderful host to Momo over a long weekend. She and her dog Zootie met us for a walk to get to know Momo before Momo went on board. Her warm and kind personality settled Momo well at her house. She sent us pictures and text messages to update us on how Momo was doing during her stay. Momo clearly had a fun and playful time as we could tell when we went pick her up. We are looking forward to Momo's next stay with Joan. Thank you Joan!
Wow! Our elderly bichon fries had such a wonderful time at Joan's over the holidays. She simply was an answer to prayer. Our dog loves to be "home", and Joan's home was the best. The love, care and attention she paid to our dog meant so much. She treated him as though he was her dog.

We were out of the country, but Joan was faithful to send updates and pictures of our little man. We could tell he was happy, and that put our hearts at ease. I would highly recommend Joan to anyone looking for that "home away from home" for that dog. I have nothing but good things to say about the care our dog received. I'm so glad I found Joan!
Joan and her family are very welcoming and our Yorkie, Riley, seems to enjoy her time with them. Another good stay at Joan's.
Maggie loved her stay with Joan. I received several updates via text which included pictures. We had to pick up Maggie early due to scheduling issues and received a prompt credit from her. Thanks Joan!
Last week, we left our Oscar with Joan. This was our second time leaving him with Joan and we are thrilled to have found her. She has a great heart for animals and Oscar is obviously fond of her. Joan sent us photos of Oscar on a daily basis so we knew what he was up to! It's nice not to have to worry about him during our time away. Priceless!
Joan took great care of Teddy for the week. He takes three medications and day. Joan was able to give them without a problem. We loved getting daily photo updates, which reassured us.
Our dog Teddy actually acted like he missed being with Joan. We will use and recommend Joan and DogVacay again. Thanks for the experience.
Pat I., Raleigh
Joan was great. We will definitely bring sammie back!
As usual, Joan was terrific! My Finny boy was very well cared for and he was reluctant to come home with me! Joan is very patient and kind with the dogs and understands their personalities very well.
I was very fortunate to find Joan through Dog Vacay.........you won't be sorry if you leave your pet with her. Theresa L
Many thanks to Joan for caring for Bella, my 12 year old standard poodle. This is the third time Bella has stayed with Joan. She understands the needs of an older dog and I am very comfortable leaving Bella in her care.
Joan is the best! She has been looking after Marley multiple times now and during his past stay with her he got very sick...Joan was so wonderful, checked with our vet to find out what meds he had previously been on and got the prescriptions. She administered them for two weeks and when we returned he was back to normal! We are so grateful to know that our pet is in such good hands even when he is not feeling well! Joan kept us informed with emails and pictures, we couldn't ask for a better sitter! Thanks Joan and family! :)
We are very thankful Joan was available for a last minute reservation for our Yorkie. Riley enjoyed her short stay and Joan was very attentive to her needs and comfort. Thanks Joan!!
Joan was great. My wife and I were skeptical on using this service as we have never left our pup with anyone else before and wanted the best protection for Charley and also wanted to make sure she was loved and not lonely. Joan sent us photos via email and text during our 9 day vacation and that warmed our hearts. Charley seemed so excited to see us when we arrived to pick her up. She appeared to be smiling all night long including the ride home. We know she had a great time and we will definitely use Joan again. Thank you
My dachshunds' visit with Joan couldn't have gone any better. I received regular text pictures of all the activities the dogs participated in. They were happy and tired when I picked them up! They had a great vacay!
Joan is awesome! She took great care of Mia and we will be repeat customers! She has a great home and a wonderful family to care for your baby. I highly recommend her and Mia will be visiting her for my next trip.
Joan took wonderful care of Max. He had so much fun playing with her dogs that he came right home and took a nap! We could tell he was well cared for and loved while we were gone. Joan kept us updated with texts and pictures while we were gone. Thanks again Joan!
Joan was absolutely wonderful with my little Maltese puppy! He was well cared for and loved while I was away. I would definitely recommend her and will use her again.
We travelled to Raleigh, NC, from Washington, DC, and boarded our dog with Joan as the hotel did not allow pets. When we dropped off Goofy, we were greeted warmly by Joan, and her two little dogs! Joan kept us frequently updated on Goofy's stay, including sending us photos. Goofy was very well taken care off, judging from his demeanor when we picked him up. We will definitely consider boarding our dog with Joan again.
I can't say enough about Joan and the care she took for my dog Oscar. My only concern after meeting with Joan was that Oscar might not want to leave! Her calm demeanor and easy way with animals put me at ease right away. I went to pick up Oscar today and he looked great and seemed a part of Joan's family. Even though he had an episode of pulling and barking during a walk, she took the time to go and find a kind harness to keep him from pulling. I couldn't be happier.
I am very thankful to have found Joan on DogVacay to watch Boswell. We met for a meet and greet before I scheduled his stay and I knew right away that he was going to be in very capable and loving hands.

Joan sent me emails while we were on our trip with updates on how Boswell was doing. The emails even included pictures of Boswell hanging out in the house and on walks around the neighborhood.

Joan also has two very nice dogs of her own that Boswell was able to play with. Boswell normally sleeps in our bedroom and Joan accommodated Boswell's comfort by having him sleep with her daughter. Boswell can be a picky eater when he is away from home and Joan made sure he got his dinner every night.

When we picked Boswell up he was very relaxed which is a stark difference from when we pick him up from the kennel. Everything we left Boswell with was returned neatly.

I will definitely contact Joan to watch Boswell the next time I have to leave town.
Joan was wonderful with our 5 month old puppy, Max. She allowed him to socialize with her two dogs and provided lots of exercise and play time for him. She kept us updated with emails and pictures while we were away. We could tell he was in good hands and received great care while we were away. We highly recommend her!
This was our second time with DogVacay and I couldn't be happier! Joan and her family took Marley in as one of their own. He got to steal Dottie's dog bed and was allowed to sleep at the foot of Joan's bed, which is more than he gets at home with us! ;)
Joan sent regular email updates (and funny ones!) with pictures of Marley that were proof of his well being. This is a dog lovers home and I can't think of a better place to leave your pet! I have already booked another stay with Joan.
Cosmo enjoys his stays with Joan G. and her family. Of course, he's very excited when he sees me at his stay's end, but he is so content and well adjusted when I pick him up. I can tell that he's had an enjoyable DogVacay with Joan G.
Our sweet French Bulldog,Winston, stayed with Joan while we were on vacation. I knew he would be loved and cared for the first time I met Joan and her family! Winston enjoyed socializing with Dottie and the other dogs. I had complete peace of mind while we were away. I will definitely count on Joan with complete confidence to care for my pet in the future.
Joan was awesome with my two dogs! They had a great stay and were well taken care of. She even texted me photos and updates for peace of mind.
My toy Poodle had an enjoyable stay at Joan G.'s home. His bubbly personality was given ample opportunity to shine there. He was a happy dog when I picked him up! I will definitely choose Joan G.'s services again.
Joan is a great host. I can tell that my dogs enjoyed themselves and were able to settle into her home comfortably as well as get along with her dog so I'm very happy I was able to meet Joan and have her watch my girls for me.
The dogs had another great stay with Joan while we went to a family reunion in Disney World. So nice not to worry about my dogs especially our geriatric boy of over 13 years. They are home and happy. No issues at all! Thanks Joan!
Dempsey had a great time with Joan and her family (both human and animal). Joan was very reassuring about any worries we had about leaving Dempsey, she was flexible when we needed to make last minute changes and she took great care of our little guy.
I would have no hesitation in recommending Joan's home for a wonderful dogvacay experience for both you and your dog.
Joan was wonderful to take Finney in, especially as I was called out of state on a family medical emergency, and I was ina real rush and stressed out! She took care of Finney beautifully and I didn't have to worry about a thing. Joan is a very kind and caring person. I cannot recommend anyone more highly for the job of caring for your pet......
We were gone for 14 days. Gracie was well taken care of. Joan sent us pictures throughout our trip showing Gracie having a good time. We really appreciated that since we were so far away. Joan's dogs were great playmates for Gracie and she really enjoyed her stay. It is very obvious that Joan really loves dogs!
I was so very pleased with the care and concern shown to my dog FinnMacool, and also to me! Joan is the perfect person to leave your pet with. She is kind,considerate and truly LOVES dogs! Her home is comfortable and cheerful, and she keeps you informed about your dog, and how he/she is getting along. I would definitely recommend her as a host! I really feel that I found a new friend n Joan, and will enjoy her services again.
Joan was amazing with my babies Santa and Marshmellow. I am very picky who I leave my babies with as I think of them as my children it was so nice to go away for 8 days and know that they were being taken care of just as I would have done.

I would definitely use Joan again and I highly recommend her...
Bella, my 11 year old Standard Poodle, stayed with Joan for 2 weeks. It gave me piece of mind to know that Bella was with someone who understood the needs of an older dog, administered her daily medications and exercised her appropriately. Bella was living in a home, not an impersonal kennel, and was surrounded by loving people and other good natured dogs and for that I was very grateful! Many thanks to Joan for caring for Bella!
Our two dogs had a great stay with joan! We really needed our older border collie to have a home like setting. With a bad back and meds needed twice a day I needed to make sure he got plenty of tender loving care. Joan made sure he had all his needs met. Our 4 year old shih tzu got to play with her young dogs and took plenty of walks. We would absolutely use Joan again. It was great getting pictures of the dogs during the week to see for sure that they were okay!
Joan was quick to respond and very flexible. Benji had a great time in spite of his antisocial tendencies. He got plenty of exercise, and Joan sent photos and updates regularly.

Joan's pets are very social and yet didn't manage to cause our dog any extra anxiety. That is a big plus for me, as he normally worries himself sick when we're gone.

I would absolutely hire Joan to dogsit again!
I had such a great 1st experience with Joan and DogVacay. She took such good care of my 5 year old schnauzer, Gretta, while I was out of town for 6 days. It gave me peace of mind to know my dog was in a loving, warm home, surrounded by people rather than staying at a cold, unpersonal & caged kennel. Joan sent pictures of Gretta hanging out on the sofa and taking daily walks with her other 2 dogs. It was a great experience from begining to end and made my time on vacation more enjoyable as well.
I have never boarded my dog, Maggie. I wanted her to be in a calm and loving place, similar to her home environment. I specifically chose Joan to watch my dog because she has experience with older dogs.

Joan provided a safe and caring place for my baby! She made sure Maggie got her daily walks, playtime and meds. She also kept in touch with me to let me know how my dog was doing.

Perfection! Joan exceeded my expectations. I highly recommend her, her home is a true dog spa!
Joan and her family were amazing! We were driving down for a wedding from NYC and needed a loving home for our dogs for 2 nights over the Thanksgiving holiday weekend in NC. Although she generally requires a meet and greet, Joan made a special exception for us after a phone interview. When we got to her house we found there were lots of other animals for our dogs to play with, and after we left them with her she sent us regular text messages and photo updates. I would highly recommend Joan to care for anyones pets - she is a true pet lover and a very kind caring person overall.
our golden Luc stayed with Joan and her family and had a great time, he went on lots of walks and got along great with everybody incl. her pets.
we will definitely use her again in the future.
thank you very much Joan for taking such good care of Luc!!
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