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Annie D.

6 Reviews
3 Repeat Guests
$50/night
Other Sitters Nearby
  • 1 day notice required for bookings
  • Responds within 5 hours
  • Cancellation Policy:
    Moderate

Pet Requirements

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

Annie's Resident Pets

Harley
Mixed Breed
Male
6 yr 5 mo old

Annie's House

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Large Yard
Partially fenced
Smoke-free home
Pets allowed on furniture
Air-conditioned inside

About Annie

15 Years Experience Caring For Dogs
Dog sitting services for your four legged friend. We want the best for your best friend. Dogs are truly best friends, and as pet parents we (me, Annie & my husband, Steve) know the worries you have.

We specialize in animal advocacy, providing advice and resources, and overnight dog sitting services in our comfortable home in Danbury. We're located at 17 Ellsworth Ave. between Osborne St. and Summit St., across from Wooster Cemetery. We're close to Danbury Hospital, Western Connecticut State University, Main St., the Danbury Police Department, 84 and Rt. 7.

We're the best, forget the rest. What makes us the leader of the pack? Trained, reliable and responsible caregivers with over 15 years of experience. We only host one family at a time, to maximize the best experience for our guest pup(s). I say pup(s) because we have hosted families who have two dogs. But trust that your pup(s) will have our full attention and care. We offer 50% off for your second dog (you must request a custom quote for the discount).

We offer overnight dog sitting available in our loving home for housebroken friendly dogs who are up-to-date with their rabies vaccine and dog license. Besides being experienced dog sitters, we're also pet parents to a mutt mix, Harley. Harley looks like a Beagle mix, is super friendly with all dogs and people. When first meeting new friends he has a loud bark but he's all wags, he barks to say hi and play, then he calms down after a short while. He's a rescue from Danbury Animal Welfare Society (DAWS), is about 5 years old and around 45 lbs. He and your pup will get along great, but to be extra safe we require a meet and greet prior to your first visit. (It's free!)

I'll send at least 2 picture updates during the stay, or as often as requested! Another reason to consider us before "the other guy", we're the least expensive Danbury dog sitters listed here with a house! And when your dog stays with us s/he is welcome to accompany us to dog-friendly businesses in our convertible! We would happily take your pup to Starbucks drive-thru for a puppuccino, or a trip to Lowe's or HomeGoods. Not only is it adorable and fun, but it's great for socializing the dog(s). :)

Please note while we have side fences, our yard is not completely fenced in, but we have a nice back patio and large yard for your pup to enjoy the outdoors on a tie-out leash, and of course we will walk your pup when s/he is our overnight guest. Our street has a sidewalk, and we usually walk Harley across the street through Wooster Cemetery, it's park-like, where there are great trails, areas of grassy fields, and a nice pond to enjoy. We're more than happy to abide by whatever walking schedule your dog is on, whether it's a quick trip outdoors on the tie-out leash, or a longer walk. If your dog has mobility issues please note that while we have lots of space downstairs for him/her, we do have 3 steps going into the house from the yard and there are several steps to the sidewalk, but our driveway doesn't have any, it's just a very slight incline. We don't charge any additional fees for dogs with mobility issues or special needs. We do require our guest(s) be housebroken.

For overnight guests we are flexible with drop off/pick up times but our overnight sitting rate is for up to a 24-hour period. Additional daycare and pick-up/drop-off is available for an additional charge. We also offer doggy daycare if you need your pup to stay at Connecticut Canines for a few hours (and not overnight). Please specify what your needs are including days and times, and we'll send you a custom quote. Kindly refer to the calendar first to ensure availability and include as much information as possible about the pickup/drop-off times and dates. :)

We do not have any children, but there are neighborhood kids often around on our walks, so please let us know if your dog(s) is child-friendly or not - lots of kids love to pet Harley and would love to pet your dog(s) too if they're child-friendly!

We take excellent care of your dog(s) and give personal attention, nice walks, and playtime :) For additional needs a quote can be provided, see services for details. We offer competitive rates in comparison with local dog sitters and have a wonderful home - we invite you and your pup to visit.

A bit more about us...
Harley is a special member of our family, he's Annie's service dog for her "invisible" disabilities. Harley meets the U.S. Department of Justice guidelines for a service animal. We encourage you to familiarize yourself with them on ada.gov/service_animals_2010.htm.

Connecticut Canines is a start-up nonprofit. We are working to dispel myths about service dogs and educate the community, as well as help where needed when called upon by other organizations. We've worked with several other animal nonprofits to help assist them with various projects. Dogs aren't your whole life, but they make your life whole. Help (wo)man's best friend. Everyday many dogs are lost, or given up by their owners. Especially in the wake of natural disasters and after pet parents pass away, many beloved pets have become homeless and helpless. Your donation will go to assist relief efforts at a local level through various programs in the development stages (stay tuned for details on our Facebook page).

We hope you may consider making a donation when your dog comes to stay, or you may give securely online on our website, ConnecticutCanines.org, or via our gofundme page, gofundme.com/ConnecticutCanines.

Why donate to us? Dogs are more than just pets, they're family members. Besides being a dog parents, and doing dog sitting, we are animal advocates. We are working to help pets who have been abandoned and lost. We work directly with people who have lost their pets, with local animal shelters and local community leaders via outreach and through social media and fostering. We need your help today so animals can have a home tomorrow. Donations are greatly appreciated. Whether it's $5, $15, $50, $500, or anywhere in between, we appreciate your generous support. Please help today.

I'm (Annie) keep busy as a dog mom, and as a freelance journalist, marketing communications, public relations, and fundraising/development professional. I've worked in healthcare, politics and marketing, but my true passion is dogs! I do most work from home so your dog won't be alone. I enjoy being an advocate for our furry friends, and for those who can't always speak for themselves. I currently serve as a volunteer Commissioner & Secretary with the City of Danbury's Commission for Persons with disAbilities, appointed by Mayor Mark Boughton and approved by the City Council in May 2013. In addition, I am a Contributing Reporter and Photographer for several newspapers and websites (see AnnieMDance.com for samples of work). I also serve as the volunteer Public Relations Committee Chair and Drug Awareness Program Committee Chair of the Danbury Elks Lodge (I was the first woman initiated at the new Lodge on Route 7 in October 2014). I manage many of the aforementioned organizations' social media accounts in addition to Connecticut Canines. If you're on Twitter please follow us, Twitter.com/CTCanines and we're on Facebook, like us on Facebook.com/ConnecticutCanines & Facebook.com/AnnieMDance and on Instagram, Instagram.com/ConnecticutCanines. We occasionally post coupons to our Facebook page so be sure to keep an eye out!

We both work during the week however I often have a flexible schedule and will do my best to accommodate your dog's needs. On weekends
we are almost always home however occasionally may need to leave for a few hours. Your dog must be okay being left for short periods of time without becoming destructive. If your dog absolutely cannot be left alone please let me know prior to booking so we may be able to accommodate you.

Steve works for an oil/energy company in Westchester, is the owner of Dance Computers, a home computer repair business, and volunteers his time as the Esteemed Loyal Knight and President of the Board of Directors of the Danbury Elks Lodge. When not playing with our dog Harley he can be found riding his Harley motorcycle in warmer weather.

We look forward to meeting you and your dog(s). Schedule a free meet & greet to come play, stay and book your dog's vacay!

~Annie, Steve & Harley
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Annie D.

6 Reviews
3 Repeat Guests
$50/night
Other Sitters Nearby
  • 1 day notice required for bookings
  • Responds within 5 hours
  • Cancellation Policy:
    Moderate

Availability

  • Available
  • Unavailable
  • 1 Spot Left
  • Booked
  • Last updated October 23, 2016

Credentials

Background Checked
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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.
Course 102 Graduate
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Services & Rates

Boarding Overnight At Annie's Home
$50 /night
  • Watches up to 2 dogs/night
  • Dogs will never be left unattended
  • Dogs will have full access outside for potty breaks
  • 3+ walks/day
  • Pets can sleep wherever they want
Daycare At Annie's Home
$30 /day
  • Watches up to 2 dogs/day
Pick-Up/Drop-Off
$15 each way
  • Willing to travel 10 miles
6 Reviews
Annie was wonderful with Cody, who spent the better part of the day with Annie and her dog, Harley. She quickly and efficiently responded to our last minute day care request. She sent photos during the day of Cody (& his new friend, Harley) walking, playing and resting. Cody had an excellent day and made wonderful new friends. I would highly recommend Annie as a caretaker for your precious pet!
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Summer had another great stay with Annie and her dog Harley. They were very accommodating during my wedding weekend, when drop-off and pick-up times were a bit hectic. Annie went above and beyond and even had Summer make my husband and I a special paw-print for our wedding. Annie, Harley and her husband make Summer so comfortable in their home, going with Annie is a no-brainer now. Summer can't wait to go back!
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***PERFECT*** ***OUTSTANDING*** ***100% RATING*** ***EXTREMELY SATISFIED*** First off, I would like to say that I am a very difficult person when it comes to finding someone to take care of my most precious animals. Just like all really fanatic dog lovers, I was so pleased to find someone like Annie. Let me tell you something. This lovely young lady is a Godsend. She is Professional and gracious, & has extensive experience with dogs & my dog has received so much love and had loads of fun at her house. I was very happy to learn that my Cassidy Lee didn't mind being there at all. She was tired, content, & very well cared for. Annie has a beautiful and mannerly dog named Harley. Cassidy and Harley were a great fit together. The dogs kept each other good company. I discussed the fact that my dog cannot be left alone because she has separation anxiety. Annie stayed with my dog the entire time. How can I tell? My dog was happy, that's how I know. Not only doesn't she mind staying with the dogs, but she also loves it! You can tell that Annie really loves dogs because when I picked up Cassidy Lee, she didn't even run up to the car like she was in a rush to leave! That's strange, Cassidy would always pull to get to us. One issue I am ALWAYS concerned about, is the fact that my dog is always SAFE. No problems here! I worry about the street, (my dog is not street wise.) Annie hooks the dogs on their collars before opening the door. Hell yeah, I would hire Annie again for my dog!
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Our dog Summer loved her stay with Annie. Summer played with her friendly dog Harley and from the looks of it they had a great time. Annie sent me pictures of the dogs together and took them for a nice walk. It really kept my mind at ease. We couldn't be happier and will be booking again soon!
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Annie was very accommodating (especially on a major holiday!) and made us feel super comfortable leaving our dog for the night. Our dog is a little fearful and skittish but she encouraged him to take his time and explore the house at his own pace. Her dog, Harley, is an adorable beagle mix who is a very polite playmate. He and Everest bowed back and forth and chased each other around before we left. When we returned, they were like two little peas in a pod. Thanks Annie!
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Annie and her family were great with Bailey! They were flexible with the pick-up and drop-off times and sent updates and pictures of Bailey during her stay. Bailey was exhausted when we picked her up from all the fun she had! We would use Annie again in the future :)
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