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Chris N.

82 Reviews
48 Repeat Guests
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  • Same day bookings are OK
  • Responds within a few days
  • 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

Chris's Resident Pets

14 yr 11 mo old
12 yr 11 mo old
Rescue Foster - Daisy May
5 yr 11 mo old
Other Pets & Animals: Horses or other large farm animals

Chris'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 Chris

25 Years Experience Caring For Dogs
Small breed and puppy friendly (any dog up to 25 pounds) smoke free home with large super secure fenced yard in Central Austin. I am the best and the most experienced boarder with Chihuahua's, Small Breeds, and puppies.

I specialize and care for lots of puppies and elder dogs that need extra care. Also dogs that are extremely shy and not usually good with other dogs. I have worked with a lot of foster dogs who were abused and need extra attention. They will feel safe and get some social therapy along the way. Dogs get walked 1-2 times a day if you wish and get lots of outdoor supervised playtime. Please bring a harness and your dogs food. All dogs are separated at feeding times of 8 am and 4 pm. I am used to serving regular, raw foods, and administering medications including injectables.

Free bath with 5 night boarding. I work from home so your pet will have 24/7 supervision and attention. I have been hosting the 900+ member Austin Chihuahua community for over 10 years. I have 2 Chihuahua's and a Maltipoo. Your dogs will be drowned in love and affection. Hundreds of referrals available.
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Can administer oral medicine
Can administer injected medicine
CPR / First-Aid certified
Special Needs Accommodated
  • Pets recovering from surgery
  • Separation anxiety

Chris N.

82 Reviews
48 Repeat Guests
Other Sitters Nearby
  • Same day bookings are OK
  • Responds within a few days
  • Cancellation Policy:


  • Available
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  • 1 Spot Left
  • Booked
  • Last updated February 23, 2017


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Services & Rates

Boarding Overnight At Chris's Home
$35 /night
  • Watches up to 5+ dogs/night
  • Dogs will never be left unattended
  • Dogs will have full access outside for potty breaks
  • 2 walks/day
  • Pets can sleep wherever they want
Daycare At Chris's Home
$25 /day
  • Watches up to 5+ dogs/day
$30 /min
$90 /max
$15 /bath
$15 each way
  • Willing to travel 10 miles
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82 Reviews
It was helpful
Chris's calm and confident skills helped our dog, who is typically aggressive toward men and strangers, immediately relax and fit right in. He was so flexible and accommodating throughout the process. It didn't take long to realize Chris had so much experience and that our dog was in good hands. Upon our return, Ginny was happy, enthusiastic and in good spirits.

Thank you so much, Chris! We were so grateful that our dog stayed with you.
Oreo has a good time at Chris's place. He is giving her extra care since she was easily startled and it's her first time out without me around. I would recommend Chris!
This was our first time using DogVacay, and we're thrilled at how great it went! Chris must've sensed that I was a little nervous first time out, so he went out of his way to reassure me, for example, that his home and yard were completely secured against the escape-artist tendencies of our beloved little dachshund, Jack ---- during the vacay, Chris sent us photos showing how great Jack was doing ---- when we went to retrieve our dog, I asked Chris if Jack had snapped at him at all when he tried to pick him up (we ourselves experience this) and I was so happy to hear that he hadn't! Evidently Chris really knows what he's doing, and I will definitely book him again!
Chris appears to have an ideal set-up for pets. There is a fenced yard and small dogs that my dog could interact with.
Chris has watched our dog several times and we have always been pleased. He sends pictures and text updates and really loves our pup like it was his own. We will use him again!
Chris is excellent. My dog practically jumps into his arms when he gets there, and always comes home sleepy, so assume he had a great, active day. Highly recommend to anyone with a small dog in the area.
We had a bit of a loose schedule in that we weren't exactly sure what time we'd be able to pick up our three-month-old puppy from Chris, and he not only stayed flexible, but also went the extra mile to drop our pup off at our home to us, which was super cool of him and we really appreciate that! The only reason I didn't give Chris a stronger rating was because of two things. One - it was our first time using this service and I had tried to contact Chris a day in advance to ask what time and what all we should drop off with our pup (crate, food, toys, etc) with no response; but i later learned it was because he had misplaced his phone. We couldn't get a hold of him so we had to just hope he would be home when we dropped off the pup which created a bit of concern at first, but he was home so it was fine. The second thing was that our pup came back to us looking noticeably bloated and his sides/stomach felt unusually tight. Our puppy had bad diarrhea for almost a 24 hour period after he came back to us, and then went back to being normal, which makes me think he got into something at Chris's house.
The pups love staying with Chris! He accommodates their diet and often sends photo/video updates so you can keep up with how your dogs are doing. Our old guy sleeps or hangs out with Chris while our younger girl plays with his dogs.
Don't know what we'd do without Chris!!!
Chris and his family made our little Bean feel welcome and loved. We had to catch an earlier flight, and Chris had no problems accepting an earlier arrival. Thank you!
Very friendly and helpful. When we dropped off our dachshund, Jack, it started raining so it was very rushed but Chris knew just what to do to make Jack feel right at home.

It started pouring as soon as we pulled up to pick up Jack. We were fumbling in our vehicle looking for a jacket or something and I looked over to see Chris running out of his house with Jack so we didn't have to brave the storm.

We have booked another stay for next month!
Chris was great! You can tell he really loves the dogs, and Penny was happy when she came home. She's afraid of big dogs, so it was perfect that he only has small dogs in the house. Chris was very flexible with drop off/ pickup times, and easy to communicate with. He even sent Penny home with a new sweater!
fantastic! will book again! thanks :)
Chris is amazing with our little Pomeranian! Highly recommend going with Chris, we will continue to use him in this future :-)
This was my fist time to use DogVacay and because of my great experience with Chris, it won't be my last! It seems that Gianni had a lot of fun and was very well taken care of. Thank you, Chris for taking care of Gianni and sending me updates & pictures every day! We will be back :-)
Amazing, awesome, wonderful. He is so patient with my little old grumpy dog.
Chris is awesome! He takes great care of our dogs - Wes and Bert LOVE him!!
Our 15lb pup had a good time over the Thanksgiving holiday. I'm always sad to leave my little guy but Chris and his pups kept him company over the 5 day stay. Easy drop-off and pick-up and my dog's bed(s) were even washed before coming home! Glad we've already secured Chris for a future stay.
Chris was great and loved receiving photos of my pup -- knowing she was in good hands.
Chris was quick to respond to my original inquiry for a meet-and-greet and sent me updates of Gino all the time while I was away for almost 2 weeks. I live in an apartment so I know Gino loved Chris' backyard and being outside with other dogs. I know Gino was well-taken care of by Chris.
Chris is awesome! Our pup Louie always has a great time and is well cared for whenever he stays with Chris.
Our little guy had another great stay with Chinatics. He was well taken care of. He had a good visit with some other chihuahuas.
Chris is wonderful. Our trips out of town are only fun when we know Tasha is having fun, too, and that she is in good hands. We appreciate Chris so much!!
Chris was wonderful and took excellent care of my Chihuahua! She was happy, and tail wagging when we came to collect her. Thanks Chris!
We adore Chris and appreciate his service so much. He takes really good care of Tasha and is super responsive and makes it so much easier for us to leave town when we can't bring our precious Tasha with us.
A great place for small dogs to vacay. Chris is loving and knowledgeable. I texted "How is Munchkin doing" and he immediately sent me photos -- Munchkin sitting on his lap while he worked. This was our second time with Chris and whenever we need another vacay it will be with him again.
Everything went smoothly, Chris sent us updates and photos, and Munchkin appeared very happy. We definitely will go back.
Chris always does such a wonderful job with my dogs and I can't recommend him enough! He's very caring, communicative, and reassuring. And I really like that he specializes in small dogs. One of my dogs is really shy in new situations and Chris always does a great job bringing her out of shell and making sure she's comfortable. Also, when I picked up my dogs he had bathed them, washed their blankets, and had all of their toys/leashes/bowls ready to go . . . it's little details like this that makes choosing Chris to look after my dogs a no-brainer!
Chris is awesome. My dog, Turkie, is a bit difficult to board at times since she's on the older side and sometimes not great with other dogs, but Chris totally knew her energy right when he met her and how best to introduce her to the pack. Turkie is exhausted and mostly sleeps for a day or two after being boarded with Chris, so I know she played with other dogs and received lots of attention.
Chris was so nice, and our dog loved being at his house. He sent us photo and text updates and was very responsive!
Chris is amazing! He completely incorporated our little dog into to the mix. When I was leaving after dropping her off, she was tentative and nervous, but he brought her out of her shell and now she is one of the family! I didn't worry a bit for her--only that she may have a much better time at Chris' than at home ;)
I may have caught Chris at a busy time, but there were about ten other dogs at his house when I dropped Molly off. They all appeared friendly, but were kept all together behind some plastic gates on one side of the room. It appeared much more like a kennel than the other dog sitters we'd used on DogVacay.

Molly was fine when we picked her up two days later, but it wasn't the type of experience we expected (or had in the past) with DogVacay sitters.
Chris does a fabulous job and provides a wonderful place for our precious Tasha to stay when we head out of town. Chris sends pictures and Tasha comes back home happy as can be. We are incredibly thankful for Chris and his dedication to taking good care of small dogs like ours.
Baby came back home happy and refreshed! She was comfy and cozy the whole time and cared for wonderfully.
This is our second stay with Chris for our new puppy. It was great. She came home very happy and very tired from playing with all the other small dogs! Chris provides the perfect place for small dogs and puppies. We will use him again.
Chris was great. We left our 8 month old shih ztu with him for a week... And I'm not certain she wanted to come home. He was very quick and easy with communication and planning. Would love to leave our girl with him again knowing she's in good hands.
I don't have the words to adequately thank Chris for taking such good care of our precious Tasha over the Christmas and New Year's holiday season. He sent us pictures and videos throughout Tasha's stay. He was flexible and wonderful as a caregiver. We highly recommend Chris to anyone looking for a safe place for their little dog to stay. Thanks again, Chris!!!
Sasha had a great visit with Chris while we were in Colorado for the holidays. Chris did a great job taking care of her. He sent pictures and kept me updated on how she was doing. Chris washed Sasha's bedding and blanket for her return home. That was a really nice surprise! I would gladly leave Sasha with Chris again during our next trip.
nice calm environment. Yummy was very happy there and well cared for
Chris is super knowledgable on taking care of smaller dogs. Basil loved the backyard to run around and all of the puppy friends!
Charlie loves hanging out with Chris! He's a great host, very flexible and reliable.
We took our four and a half yr. old puppy to chris for a long weekend. She had a wonderful time with all the other dogs. Chris was responsive and helpful. Our pup had had surgery a week earlier and he handled the medications and her wearing a cone very well. We were very pleased and will use Chris again. Thanks Chris! Love from Kenzy!
Our Chihuahua had a great time during his first stay with Chris. He made us feel very comfortable and it was a very positive experience overall. Will definitely use his services again.
Chris was great. Provided texts and pictures for me. This was the first time we have ever left our fur babies with a someone we didn't really know and with more dogs and Chris made us feel right at home and was very encouraging that our dogs were interacting with the other dogs in a positive way. I would use him again when we come to Austin, Texas.
Chris takes great care of Tasha, and we appreciate it so much!!
Koby had a great time with Chris, i would definitely use his services again in our next vacations.
Our little Chihuahua seemed to enjoy her first stay with Chris. Chris is conveniently located, works from home, sent us a photo update, and even bathed her at the end of her stay. She is resting peacefully now after a week of playing with Chris' own Chihuahuas. Will use his services again.
We just left our chi/terrier puppy Louie with Chris for the second time and he came home happy and tired! Chris is very responsive and flexible in addition to providing great love and care for the pups he hosts.
Dog was content and well cared for the entire stay.
Chris is an amazing host! I've left my puppy Charlie with him twice and he's come back home very happy. Chris sent daily photos which helped keep me at ease. He's also very flexible with pickup and drop off times. Overall it was an amazing experience for both my pup and I.
Chris was great! Louie was well cared for and happy during his time with Chris over our weekend out of town. Chris was very responsive and easy to work with, and clearly has a lot of love for and knowledge of small dogs. Highly recommended!
Well cared for, happy, and content.
Our little Ruby had a fantastic time with Chris. He took excellent care of her - sending pictures of her playing and relaxing every day or so. He graciously replied to every text message and phone call we made asking how our girl was doing.

When our return flight home was cancelled delaying us an extra day - Chris went out of his way to make sure we knew he'd take care of Ruby until we got finally got home. He even gave her a bath the day we got home.

It was abundantly clear that Ruby enjoyed her stay and we felt totally comfortable leaving her with Chris - I'm sure we'll use him again.....
A very good experience for both us and our dog, Dexter. We got frequent updates with pictures and it was always clear that Dex was being taken care of. He's home and happy and when we need to board Dex again we'll ask Chris first.
Chris was super helpful and really nice. He obviously loves dogs and is very gifted with them. This was the first time we ever left our precious puppy with anyone (outside our family) overnight, so I especially appreciated how sensitive Chris was to my needs, too. He met with me in advance. He answered all my questions, sent me photos during my dog's stay, and let my daughter also become comfortable at his home before we left for our trip. We will definitely use Chris again and would recommend him to others.
Lucy really enjoyed her stay! Chris walked her and even took her to a small dog meetup. It's also nice finding a small dog only sitter.
Lola was given extra tender love and care this pass visit, as she was recovered from surgery! Chris is incredible!
It was easy to communicate with Chris and he was flexible with drop off and pick up times. He has a nice sized backyard and deck area for dogs to spend some time outside which is a plus for our two apartment dwelling dogs. Chris seemed knowledgeable and comfortable with caring for dogs, and ours got to meet some new friends. Though happy to see us, our dogs were relaxed when we picked them up. We would schedule care with Chris again.
Because my dog is older, I was very hesitant to leave her just anywhere while on a short vacation. After meeting Chris and his own dogs, I knew she was in very good hands. My mind was at ease !
I chose Chris for my pup's first doggie vacay. She had a great time and was very well taken of. Chris send me picture during my pup's stay and was very accommodating with pickup/drop-off. I will definitely use him again next time I travel.
Lola loves to stay with Chris. Two weeks is a long time to be gone, but she has fun and I'm so happy she enjoys her time with him!
Excellent experience with Chris. Helped Zero get acquainted with the other dogs, and very easy coordinating pickup & drop off. Chris has a great backyard for the dogs to explore in.
Our dog Ash had a wonderful experience staying with Chris and actually came out of his shell quite a bit to interact and play with the other dogs. Chis was also good about keeping in contact with us during our vacation so we had no worries while enjoying our mother's day vacation!
This was my first experience with having to board my two dogs, Chris made this process a complete success. He responded to my request in a very timely matter and after our initial meet and greet i was completely put at ease that this was going to be a great place to leave my puppies.
When i was gone he updated me with pictures and told me how much they were enjoying playing with his dogs. I will use Chris again in the near future and i will 100% recommend him to anyone who wants to enjoy their time away and not have to worry about who they are leaving their pets with.
My poodle mix Ollie had a great time at Chris' house. I think he played with other dogs the entire time because he was quite worn out! This was a good socialization experience for him since he is an only dog at my home. Chris was great - he is really good with dogs and I would highly recommend him.
Chris was wonderful! Sox is a very energetic puppy, but Chris was able to tame the wild in her. I absolutely loved the daily photo updates. He did a great job and we plan to use him again in the future!!!
Fantastic, top quality stay! My chihuahua was happy and can't wait for me to go on another trip so she can stay with Chris!! Chris was willing to go out of his way to make my dog comfortable. An excellent experience for my dog and I highly recommend Chris for dog care.
Just got back from the vet. We picked up our dog with a really red eye and decided to swing by the vet to get her checked out. She has a nasty ulcer in her eye. We chose Chris because he tends to small dogs and it appears that supervision is 24/7. Our dog is old and losing eye sight and hearing, so we looked for the proper environment. Too bad it didn't quite work for us. Of course dogs do things and you can't tell how things happened. This could have happened on any other environment. Who knows? But we won't test our luck again with Chris. He did send pictures while we were away, that was nice, although I would expect this at a minimum from any other host.
Our three are repeat offenders at Chris' place. They always come back happy and relaxed, we know they are having a good time there when we travel. Thanks again :)
our second time boarding w Chris; great experience again this time. Thanks!
After a 7-day stay with Chris my dog was one happy camper. Once home, I think he was actually a little depressed after having so much fun on his "vacation."

Not only did he have fun, but he got his medicine daily, and was freshly bathed when I picked him up. Chris was also flexible with the drop off and pick up times.

Will definitely use Chris again.
I cant recommend Chris enough.

After just having moved to Austin away from family and friends (who usually I would have watch my guy) thiswas my first time having him boarded-I didn't want to leave him in a kennel and this was the perfect solution. Chris is gifted with little ones and you can tell he really cares. He goes above and beyond sending photos and was very flexible when we were stranded. There are 2 types of people in this world, those who do what they need to make a buck and those who do what they love and it shows- Chris is the latter. He literally gave us a shirt off his back,my little one was cold on morning walks and so he sent him home with one of his own.

I am so grateful to him and am so happy to have found my little ones home away from home. We will be back.
Chris was very professional. Although he had a lot of dogs at his place because of the Christmas holidays, he was very gracious and took my 2 dogs a day early and was flexible about drop off and pickup times. My pups seemed to have a great time!
Chris was friendly and Bernie was happy when we picked him up. I was relieved because Bernie is a bit shy. I'm really grateful that Chris had an opening for him on Christmas Eve!
Our experience with Chris was absolutely fantastic. This was the first time I'd had someone look after my dogs overnight and I couldn't be happier with the results. Chris was really nice, very personable and quickly responded to all the messages I sent his way. Our dogs are pretty shy, so I was really impressed that he'd gotten them to come out of their shells by the time we picked them up. Also, we got really fun (and super adorable!) pictures sent via text message of our pups during the visit. We will definitely use Chris again!
Our dogs had a great time with Chris and his other doggy guests. I felt immediately at ease when dropping them off, knowing that they were in a calm, safe, truly dog-loving environment where they would feel at home. Chris was great about sending photo updates each day and his communication and responsiveness was impeccable. Upon our return, we picked up two happy dogs who were not at all stressed out - they told me they had a good time :) Added bonus; we notice they are more social at the park than they were before their vacay. Oh, and they smelled good too. Thanks again Chris, we will be back!
My two small dogs had a great time at Chris' house! And, I so appreciated the pictures Chris sent me of the dogs enjoying themselves and even sleeping on his bed. Chris was great and responded quickly to my last minute need for a dog-sitter and was very responsive through the whole experience. I will definitely contact Chris for future dog-sitting needs.
Smooch's stay with Chris was great. It's the first time since she's been with me that she's been able to socialize with others her own size. Chris was communicative and available. Smooch had her nails trimmed and got a bath while there. She smelled really good upon pick up and seemed happy. :-)
Great host!!!
Our Lola was only 14 weeks old when we left for vacation, we struggled with even going, leaving a new puppy seemed impossible! It wasn't until I found Chris at Dogvacy that my husband and I felt secure to keep our planned trip on schedule. Chris was wonderful! He kept us informed about how she was doing while we were away. He even sent photos of her playing, sleeping and enjoying her new chihuahua friends! He made her part of his family. We returned home to a happy, healthy puppy that was still doing perfect with potty training (kennels don't let dogs out enough)! I am so delighted to have found Chris, we will make sure to always request his loving care for our Lola!
Uno had an excellent stay with Chris. Uno was calm and relaxed not stressed as he has been when left in a kennel. I appreciated the work Chris did to socialize Uno. I will definitely use Chris again.
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