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Mona P.

36 Reviews
11 Repeat Guests
Other Sitters Nearby
  • Same day bookings are OK
  • Responds within 15 minutes
  • Cancellation Policy:

Pet Requirements

  • 1-20 lbs
  • 20-40 lbs
  • 40-80 lbs
  • 80+ lbs
All Ages OK
Must Be Vaccinated
List of Pets OK for House Sitting
Dogs, Cats, Fish, Rabbits, gerbils, hamsters, or pet rodents, Caged birds, Reptiles

Mona's Resident Pets

10 yr 10 mo old
Other Pets & Animals: Cats

Mona's House

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Children at home (13-18 years old)
Large Yard
100% fenced
Smoke-free home
Pets allowed on furniture
Air-conditioned inside

About Mona

45 Years Experience Caring For Dogs
Loving, Individual Care, for One or Two Dog Guests at a Time

We're an experienced, animal-friendly family (Husband, child and Me), in Poolesville, MD. We've taken care of dogs and cats most of our lives. Our family is now offering more individualized, personal attention to only one or (occasionally) two dog Guests at a time.

We have a large, fenced back yard, do 1 or 2 walks every day and we'd treat your dog as one of the family. Our dog Jack, is friendly with other dogs (and nice to cats, too).

We'd love to have your dog (or pair) come stay at our house while you're on vacation or away on a business trip. It could be his/her home-away-from-home.

My husband (always) and I (frequently) TeleWork, so we're home most of the time.

We strive to make all our Doggy Guests feel comfortable, happy, and part of the family. “Pet Parents” get smart phone texts or computer e-mails, regularly. The phone texts and e-mails have photos and short videos.

If FIDO needs medicine, I’m experienced in that. Puppies accepted, if they're housebroken. We can pick up and return FIDO to your home, if requested. We also do bathing and grooming, and regular walks for dogs, w/o boarding.

Because of high demand, we have Holiday rates of $36/day for Boarding and $72/day for Travel Sitting. Holiday rates apply for Stays around Thanksgiving (November 21st to 26th), XMass/New Year (December 19th to January 1st), Memorial Day, Independence Day and Labor Day.

Offered: Traveling Pet Sitting (where I can do house visits or stay at your home). Shy pets, multiple pets or animals who don’t travel well, can be cared for using this method.

I’ve taken care of several types of animals (dogs, cats, birds, hamsters, horses, etc.) before, and enjoy it. Small household tasks (bringing in newspaper and mail, watering plants, etc.), can be arranged, with this service.

Note: I love cats and offer cat sitting as well as dog sitting! I'm happy to stay at your house or visit your kitty while you're away.

About our home:
We live in a single family house in Poolesville, MD, in a quiet neighborhood, at the end of a cul-de-sac. Our residential neighborhood is a family friendly, safe community with sidewalks and fitness trails.

We have a front yard, and a large, newly fenced back yard. (The dogs LOVE it!) The dogs are supervised in the fenced back yard. The fence itself is 4-feet high, with wire mesh on the inside of the post and rail design.

We’re careful to leash dogs inside the house, before we take them out for walks in the neighborhood. I walk my dog every day and would love to take any dog in my care for walks and have fun with them.

Why I love dog sitting
I’ve been a dog lover all my life. I like cats, horses and other animals, too.

Meet my pets
Jack, the Host dog, is a beloved family pet. He's friendly, yet not too friendly, with shy dogs. (Jack gives shy dogs their 'space', and meets them as slowly as they want.) He's also well behaved around people and well trained. Jack is a great Host Dog.

We have an outside cat called Boots. (She always stays outside.) She's O.K. with dogs, yet knows to run and hide if a dog gets too rowdy.

About my yard
We have a front yard, and a large, newly fenced back yard. (The dogs LOVE it!) The dogs are supervised in the fenced back yard. The fence itself is 4-feet high and has wire mesh on the inside of the post and rail design.

My experience administering medication
Yes, I’ve given all kinds of medicine (pills, ointments, injections) to my dogs and cats.

We've had dogs and cats for decades and so we're experienced in caring for them. We have a smart phone to easily communicate with you and we'll send photos about how your dog (or cat) is doing. We have two reliable cars, for Traveling Pet Sitting. We know how to administer medicine. We're hard working, responsible and love animals.
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Can administer oral medicine
Can administer injected medicine
Special Needs Accommodated
  • Separation anxiety
  • Leash Pulling

Mona P.

36 Reviews
11 Repeat Guests
Other Sitters Nearby
  • Same day bookings are OK
  • Responds within 15 minutes
  • Cancellation Policy:


  • Available
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  • 1 Spot Left
  • Booked
  • Last updated February 24, 2017


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Services & Rates

Boarding Overnight At Mona's Home
$30 /night
  • Watches up to 2 dogs/night
  • Dogs may be unsupervised for 1 - 2 hours/day
  • 5+ potty breaks/day
  • 2 walks/day
  • Pets can sleep wherever they want
House Sitting Overnight At Your Home
$60 /night
  • Dogs may be unsupervised for 2 - 4 hours/day
  • Willing to travel 4 miles
Dog Walking
$15 /half-hour
$20 /hour
  • Willing to travel 3 miles
$30 /visit
  • Willing to travel 4 miles
$20 /min
$60 /max
$15 /bath
$10 each way
  • Willing to travel 10 miles
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36 Reviews
Charlie was well taken care of during his stay with Mona. I received many photos and updates while I was away. He was even allowed to sleep in the bedroom at night. It was reassuring to have him in good hands while I was traveling.
Our boys had an awesome stay with Mona (and family) last week. We got daily updates with pics/videos, and will definitely be looking to have Rommel and Patton stay with Mona again for future vacations.
Mona and her family were absolutely fantastic! Our dog was warmly welcomed into their home and taken care of very, very well. We received daily updates that included how much he ate, how often he went outside or on a walk, how he was getting along with the other dogs, and his over-all mood. Mona also provided pictures and videos with these daily updates. All of this helped ease our minds while we were on vacation. He had a huge backyard to play in and was allowed outside as much as he wanted. If I could give more than 5 Stars, I would. Will definitely be asking Mona and her family to watch our dog again!
Thank you Mona!
My dog is a rescue dog. She has never been apart from us since her rescue. She has anxiety just going to the vet. I was terribly concerned with what to do with her while I had to be out of town.
You put me at ease.
Your daily updates made me feel like part of her Doggie Vacay experience.
She looked so happy and relaxed when I picked her up.
Thank you for taking care of my sweet girl.
This was Maggie's second stay with Mona P and family. She loves it here, gets lots of walks and playtime in the back yard. I would definitely recommend Mona P.
As always, Mona was wonderful taking care of our beagle Zoey. When we pick up our puppy she always look happy and healthy after staying with Mona and her family.
Our dog has stayed with Mona a few times.It's good to know that our dog is being well taken care of while we are away. Thanks Mona.
This was Rocco's 3rd stay with Mona and her family and this stay was as good as the others. We missed Rocco while we were away, but the reports, pictures and videos helped us to feel better about being away from Rocco. Mona and her family make Rocco feel like he is part of their family and we can tell that he enjoys being with them. While we would rather that he not be away from us, we would not hesitate to have him stay with Mona again if the need arises. Jim F.
This was the third time our dog stayed with Mona and family. She had a great time and enjoyed playing with the other canine guests.
Relay loves staying with Mona! The text and video updates makes it easy for us to be away from our sweetie and have a wonderful trip. I always recommend Mona and Dogvacay to my friends.
Mona and family were great! They made sure our dog had attention, exercise and affection - no small feat for an 11 mo lab puppy! She came home happy and healthy. They were great about our special requests ( frisbee time, don't let her on the furniture, walks on leash) so her training wasn't undone. They sent daily updates, photos and even a video! We would definitely use them again.
I can see from the pictures we received that our dog had a nice time with Mona and her family. Our dog had fun playing with the other 2 dogs in the big backyard. I'm happy she got to go on lots of walks. Thanks for taking good care of her. She will be back soon.
Very pleased with how Marley's visit went. Very thorough, detailed and provided updates with photos and videos. We feel very comfortable with the safety of Marley when she is at Mona's, will definitely seek her services again.
Relay had a great stay! I am so happy to have found Mona and Poolesville Dotel on dogvacay. They did everything they could to make Relay happy. I will use Mina again AND will recommend to my friends and neighbors!
Mona and her family were great with Puck, our little guy, who was not on his best behavior. Accidents etc. In his defense, it was cold and snowy but they were very patient with him. Let him join them in the master bedroom nonetheless and sent many cute pictures. I recommend them wholeheartedly.
Mona and her family are great. We had a meet/greet prior to a planned family trip in early Summer 2015. Our trip plans changed and she was very understanding which really impressed me, so when our next family trip came up later in the Summer we reached out to her without hesitation. Mona is very good about both integrating her visiting guests into her family and also keeping them well exercised with regular short and long walks around the neighborhood and local trails. I recommend Mona and would definitely allow our family dog to stay with her again.
This was our first time going on vacation since acquiring our English bulldog, Nadia, and we wanted a home where people would be present most of the time with a yard. Mona's home met our criteria, and we could tell right away that she was very responsible. We went on a tour of the home as well as a trial walk with her collie. Nadia and the host dog seemed to get along fine. Unfortunately, our first day on vacation Nadia and Jack got into a scuffle and Nadia was taken to Mona's vet as a precaution after she was nipped on the ear with minor bleeding. I must emphasize that Nadia was the instigator as she played too roughly with the gentle collie. Nadia normally gets along fine with dogs but I think this just wasn't a good match of personalities. Mona proactively took steps to avoid future friction between the dogs, by keeping them separated the rest of the stay. She also kept us informed every day with wonderful updates by text and email, depicting photos and videos of Nadia on her walks. Nadia had AMPLE opportunities to go outside in their large fenced yard and leashed walks. And she made herself right at home by sleeping in their son's bed every night! I am disappointed that Nadia and the host dog did not get along, but that falls on Nadia's play style not meshing with their dog's style (he is older as well). Mona and her family went above and beyond. Highly recommend.Her husband even hand delivered her medicine to us after we forgot it upon pickup!
Another great stay for Rocco with Mona and her family. We would have preferred to have Rocco with us for Thanksgiving, but a long drive back and forth precluded that from occurring, and we knew that he would feel at home with Mona and family. Mona kept us up date with her reports, photos and videos so that we felt like Rocco was with us.
Mona and her family were wonderful to our dog, Maggie, she had never been boarded and had a such a good time at Mona's. Mona sent us pictures and updates every day so we never worried about
her. There were lots of walks and playtime in the
fenced in backyard. I would highly recommend
Mona P.
This is the 2nd time I have left Lewis with Mona. The communication is wonderful with updates and pictures. Very satisfied with the care and attention he received.
Blau had a great time staying with Mona and her family. They were very welcoming and detailed when it came to taking care of our Pets needs. Mona provides plenty of play time and lots of walks for the dogs she watches. I would definitely recommend her and her family to care for your pet while you are away.
Rocco is a handful, but Mona and her family took great care of him and I know he felt like he never left home. The pictures and videos were great and made it seem like he was with us while we were away.
Mona watched our pug, Jessy, for 3 nights and took great care of him. He had lots of walks and enjoyed playing with her dog, Jack. Mona sent pictures everyday so that we knew Jessy was doing fine- We are lucky to find someone that takes such good care of our dog!
We had a meet and greet with Mona about a month before our stay. She explained her routine for her guests very thoroughly and asked questions to determine Lewis' needs. Lewis had only been boarded twice with other people and neither one was a great experience so I was very apprehensive about leaving him. During the actual stay, Mona kept us updated on Lewis' day and sent pictures. She let him choose where he wanted to sleep, even on his pillow on the floor in her bedroom. Would definitely recommend Mona and her family and will use them again in the future.
This was my first experience using DogVacay and first time meeting Mona and her family. I would highly recommend sending your dog here.

I needed a 10 day stay on with last minute notice. Mona arranged to meet my large husky/german sheppard the day before we were going to leave town. She took Zeus for a walk with her dog Jake so they could get to know each other (dogs and people). Careful introductions in the backyard and in the house. All went great at that first visit and set the stage for a fantastic get away for both Zeus and us.

Mona and her family were amazing. They pampered Zeus (who is low maintenance) so he was probably happier than at our house. Two to three walks a day, time in the backyard with the other dogs, sleeping in their bedroom - that was one really happy dog! We got a text video and note everyday when we were gone showing us something zeus was doing during that day.

They have a huge house that is dog and puppy proofed. They are home almost all day and have a 12 year old son that helps with the dogs. A large fenced yard in the country and walking paths in their lovely subdivision. If they can't walk the dogs due to the weather, they still have plenty of play time in the yard. All of the yard time is monitored by someone in their family.

I was so happy I decided to take the extra drive over there. From Leesburg, I took the Whites Ferry which takes much less time then some NOVA traffic. Zeus was so happy there. When I cam to pick him up he was bouncing around with his new friends. His belongings were labeled and carefully returned to me so nothing went missing. I can't say enough good about this experience. we will definitely use them again.
It was great to think of Lucky and Molly having their own vacation while we were away. Mona took good care of them, kept us posted and inspired confidence.
Mona and her family were great. She sent us pictures and video thoughout our dogs time there. We will be using her again in the future for sure!
Mona was great with sending pictures and updates of Oaklie and was great with being flexible with pick up and drop off!
Mona looked after our two sighthounds, Jerome and Joe and our two cats, Molly and Cleo while we are away on vacation out of the country.
Mona was extremely professional, detail oriented and flexible when it came to meeting the needs of our animals and our families.
I greatly appreciate Mona's approach and was able to enjoy my vacation knowing that the animals were in good hands. Mona sent us regular updates and pictures which really made my day. I would definitely use Mona again and recommend her to others.
Mona was attentive and sent daily updates. I was pleased and would use her again,
This was the first time we used DogVacay. We were luck to have Mona and her family take care of our little Zoey, a 3-year old beagle. We will do it again next time we go out of town. Mona and her family were wonderful to Zoey.

During the "Meet & Greet" Mona answered all our questions and worked with our travel schedule. She also took time to introduce Zoey to her family and also to her dog. She was very accommodating with setting up the schedule.

When we came back from our trip, we could clearly see that Zoey was the same happy and playful little dog. Zoey was interacting well with Mona’s family and also with the other dogs Mona was hosting. Our dog was very relaxed and she slept well the first night, most likely because lots of playing made her tired and sleepy the night we picked her up.

We received wonderful daily news with pictures and sometimes even short videos of our little Zoey playing in the backyard, going for a walk or interacting with Mona’s family and friends.

In addition, Mona was able to deal nicely with Zoey some times a little naughty habits (sometimes she pull on the leash and get the trash bags) and we are happy that Zoey even came back much better on these issues.
Oaklie had a great time at Monas! Mona was great and sent txts about how Oaklie was doing and included pictures and videos which helped me feel a bit more comfortable while I was away.
Mona is a very conscientious and diligent care giver. We got frequent email updates on our pup which were reassuring since we were overseas for the two weeks that we boarded him with Mona and her family. We were also impressed by her flexibility. We shifted the dates on her a few times and she was very accommodating. Although we live 45 minutes away from Mona, we will be boarding our pup with Mona again if she has the room.
Mona P. treated our dog Calla like her own. She took very good care of her. It was great that Mona P. sent us daily updates and pictures of Calla. We will defiantly recommend Mona P. to are family and friends and will use her in the future.
Very happy that our dog was happy!

Joan/Garrett P.
Mona and her family took good care of my dog Maxi. She was taken on several short walks each day and enjoyed the fenced in yard. Being my dog is a senior short walks is all she can handle. Mona is very thorough and works to understand the care/ needs of your individual pet. Mona provides text messages and pictures each day to let you know how your pet is doing,
We needed a place for our dog, Milo to be taken after our wedding ceremony and having Mona be that person was great! We met with her at her house a few weeks prior to the wedding and she led us on a walk with Milo and her dog, Jack to show us where she would be walking him. Afterwards we were able to see Jacks shot records and talk about all of the details of the stay. She was very responsive to all of our questions through DogVacay. On the morning of the wedding she texted me and checked in letting me know when she would be there. That was very reassuring and one less thing to worry about on my wedding day! She was right on time to pick him up and take him home with her. When we picked up Milo the next day he seemed like he was at home. He was very happy!
Mona was very reliable and helpful! We would definitely book another doggy vacay for Milo there.
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