Cozy home with 3 kids for your dog!

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Mariska M.

41 Reviews
21 Repeat Guests
Other Sitters Nearby
  • Same day bookings are OK
  • Responds within 25 minutes
  • Cancellation Policy:

Pet Requirements

  • 1-20 lbs
  • 20-40 lbs
  • 40-80 lbs
  • 80+ lbs
All Ages OK

Mariska's House

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Children at home (5-12 years old, 13-18 years old)
Medium Yard
100% fenced
Smoke-free home
Pets allowed on furniture

About Mariska

6 Years Experience Caring For Dogs
My name is Mariska,
Both my husband and I love dogs and used to own dogs.
We have 3 children between the ages of 10 and 13, they like dogs a lot too.
We can offer a nice, cozy place for your dog as we have a house with yard and great parks nearby.
Our backyard is fully fenced in.
I work mostly from home so your dog will have company all day and also our kids will ensure lots of attention for your dog!
We really enjoy having dogs stay with us, they bring us much joy!

** please note that all prices on DogVacay are now all listed in CAN $
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Can administer oral medicine
Special Needs Accommodated
  • Pets recovering from surgery
  • Separation anxiety
  • Leash Pulling

Mariska M.

41 Reviews
21 Repeat Guests
Other Sitters Nearby
  • Same day bookings are OK
  • Responds within 25 minutes
  • Cancellation Policy:


  • Available
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  • 1 Spot Left
  • Booked
  • Last updated January 10, 2017


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Services & Rates

Boarding Overnight At Mariska's Home
$40 /night
  • Watches up to 3 dogs/night
  • Dogs may be unsupervised for no more than 1 hour/day
  • 5+ potty breaks/day
  • 3+ walks/day
  • Pets can sleep wherever they want
Daycare At Mariska's Home
$35 /day
  • Watches up to 3 dogs/day
41 Reviews
We found Mariska at the last minute, just before Christmas, and couldn't have been happier leaving our dog Kip with her. She made time to have us come over right away to meet Kip and to show us her home and yard. He stayed with her family of 3 children for 4 nights and we received pictures every day, showing us how happy he was to be with her and her kids. Mariska has very high ratings and judging how happy our dog was, with good reason!
Jasper had a wonderful time with Mariska and her family.
It's really a cozy and warm home for my puppy. The loving family kept my puppy entertained for the whole day. When I pick him up at night, my puppy was exhausted after playing for the whole day with 3 lovely kids. They are gentle and very caring with my puppy I noticed that Mariska is so good that she has washed my puppy's bed sheets for me. Well, we are going back to her again.
They took care of my guy Jack and did a great job! He seemed very happy and we'll cared for.. great experience!
Mariska and her family were wonderful hosts. I received regular updates and knew my pup was having a great time. He came home nice and tired - I would be happy to book again.
My dog had a great time with Mariska and her family. He looks happy. Mariska sent me some update pictures during the time. I appreciate it. Great family. We definitely will come back. Thank you
We are new to Dog Vacay and it was a great experience! Mariska and her family were wonderful hosts. After receiving the first photo update and message it was clear our dog was happy, content and having a great time. He often has challenges with separation anxiety and can be reactive to other dogs but he did great with no problems (a good sign he was happy in his environment). He loved being around the kids and enjoyed being part of a birthday party. We are so happy we found Mariska to look after our dog and will book with her again. We highly recommend her!
Thank you very much? Merlot came home very relaxed and looked very content when I arrived to pick her up.
Such a great experience! We were able to leave our two fur babies with Mariska & family for a week and never worry once! I could tell at drop off that the dogs would be loved on and cared for well. We are so thankful for this family and would highly recommend them to anyone! Our dogs came home...ready to be home but not stressed at all!
Generally, reviews are only posted by those who've had a really bad -- or really good -- experience.

I am posting a very good review for Mariska! But I would like to highlight that this is a well-thought-out review, as I'm not a person who posts these kinds of things very often, and I'm not casually putting this family forward. I will definitely, definitely make Mariska my first call next time.

There are three children in her home, all old enough to confidently and easily, and lovingly, interact with their guest.

My dog is 13 yrs and over 80 lbs, and is suffering some anxiety after losing his companion of 11+ years. Mariska and her family are very easy-going, but also appropriately attentive. They brought Henry with them on outings, so that he wouldn't be left alone. And when Henry dug a hole in their yard to lay in (he prefers cool soil to grass!), they were understanding and supportive (and not annoyed!)... It was clear that they would miss him when he left and that was proof enough of their warmth and care.

I am very happy to recommend Mariska and her family to you. I enjoyed meeting them, and I think Henry could not have hoped for better caregivers.
This was our first time to use DogVacay and it was a very positive experience. Marlee had a great time with Mariska and her family. She was very well cared for and loved being at their house. I would definitely be happy to have Marlee stay with the family again.
Pixel had a lovely time with Mariska and her family. They seemed very comfortable with her puppy excitability. The video of her zooming around the back yard was adorable. Pixel is looking forward to hanging out with them again.
I'm so happy to have someone who I can leave Bubba with and not have to worry. The whole time I was on vacation I felt as if Bubba was with someone who loved him as I do.
Mariska and her family made the experience amazing! She was so accommodating and did not hesitate in taking on our big handeful of a pup. She made Bane feel at home and we received regular photo updates that showed him at ease.
My dog stayed with Mariska and her family for 5 days. I received photos on a regular basis which was very nice. She even took my dog to her son's soccer game. I can tell my pup had a great time. I have never seen her this calm and tired before. It was a real dog vacay! Thank you!
Jasper had a wonderful time wit Mariska and her family. It made my time away much more comfortable for sure!
Mariska and her family were great with Archer. He had plenty of exercise and was good and tired when I picked him up. They even took him for a hike at Lighthouse Park. I would definitely take him back to stay with Mariska again.
Mariska was awesome. My giant pup had a great time with her and her family. She took him on some excellent adventures and tuckered him out really well!
Nosy had a great time - again!!
Mariska was wonderful! Brooke had a very good time and I can see she enjoyed her time with Mariska! Mariska was very accommodating and made the whole experience very effortless. We will definitely have Brooke stay with Mariska again!
Mariska could not have been more welcoming or wonderful with our Bella and Cleo. Unfortunately, our pups weren't as well behaved as they could have been and Mariska dealt with it swiftly and contacted dogvacay for support.
Always so much fun at Mariska's house!
Our two labradoodles love staying with Mariska and her family. I don't worry about them at all when they are there as I know they are happy.
My older pooch stayed with Mariska and her family for 2 weeks - partly with 2 other dogs and partly by himself. He had lots of fun, was obviously very comfortable in his vacation home, and I received regular updates from Mariska about his progress.. including photos! This was our first DogVacay experience and I must say... it was awesome!! I have absolutely no hesitation recommending Mariska to anyone - we will definitely be visiting her family again in the future!
Jasper had a wonderful time with Mariska and her family. I received a couple of email photos showing me how he was doing- which was such a nice touch. Jasper can be quite anxious but he was so calm when I picked him up, I knew he had been quite comfortable and happy while I was away. I feel very lucky to have found this wonderful family!
Mariska and her kids were lovely! Our puppy appeared to have a great time and was exhausted when we picked him up ( in a "we played a lot and got lots of exercise" way). If our puppy goes on Vacay again we will definitely reserve with Mariska again.
Mariska has been *yet again* a perfect host for my dog Moose. I honestly couldn't ask for a better host. I had left Moose for almost 2 weeks them her, her husband and children and it was a load off my mind knowing that Moose was well taken care of.
He was super sad to leave them even!
She sent photos, kept me up to date with him and they took him to the beach for lots of swimming :)
Mariska and her family were warm, loving hosts to our older dog. From taking her to different swimming beaches, brushing her and giving her lots of love, our dog no doubt had an amazing stay. Thank you Mariska and family - we look forward to sending Ella your way again soon!
Mariska and family were great hosts for Angus. You could tell the whole family sincerely loved dogs and were so happy to have him stay with them. He looked really happy in all the photos they sent during the week. They must have given him a bath as he was cleaner when we picked him up than when we dropped him off!
This was my dog's second stay with Mariska and her family. Again they were very friendly and accommodating with drop off and pick up. I received regular photo updates of my dog's stay and would recommend this family for child oriented dogs.
This is our third stay with Mariska and family. You can for sure assume we love this family. And they love our Poodle. She is treated with love and respect and enjoys long walks, off leash time, toys and attention to feeding and grooming details. All four kids take a direct interest.
When I picked up Juliet this time, one of the kids spoke out: "She's the best dog ever." Yes, we know that. And Mariska's family makes a whole alternate family scene for her.
This is my first time with Dogvacay. We had a great experience. Mariska is such a sweet person. My dog felt welcomed when he stayed with this sweet family. And my dog loves the children in this family. He came back with happy and healthy. Thank you very much, Mariska.
This is probably my fourth or fifth time leaving Moose with Mariska and her family.
Her family makes Moose feel very welcomes, loved and happy. They took him to a nearby beach so he could get do some swimming. He knows when I'm about to drop him off and he gets super excited! Even though I'm leaving him so I can do something fun, It's nice to know that's he himself is getting a little vacation. I always pick him up super tired from having so much fun.
It was our first time using Dogvacay, and we couldn't be happier with Mariska and her family. They were awesome hosts, and we know our Rosie had a great time. They took her swimming, dog park, walks and always sent us daily pictures of their made our vacation so much better knowing that Rosie was in good hands. Our next trip back to Vancouver, we will be bringing Rosie so she can stay with Mariska and her family.
Thanks again Mariska!
Lovely family fell in love with my 8 yo puppy. She came back healthy and happy. We had several pictures to document here stay. Sound like she had a great time. (I think) She wants to go back!
Mariska and her husband Steve were terrific. I felt very comfortable leaving Moose with them and it looked like Moose had an excellent time-- she sent us photos throughout the day.
They took Moose to a farm, he played with their children and just seemed to seriously enjoy himself.
When I need to find someone to take care of my dog its good to not have to worry and know that he's in very loving hands.
Mariska and her family were very kind and attentive toward our little girl. Bella was pooped when we got her home as she had lots of fun hiking and going to the ocean! We will definitely request this family's doggie vaycay services again in the future!
Mariska and her family are AMAZING! Such a great welcoming feel to their home.. and awesome kids ready to give your dog love and attention! Toby was happy from the minute he arrived.

Ever since his visit, he's been sleeping soundly with a smile on his face... likely dreaming of his next adventure at Marika's!
Mariska and her family were wonderful. Very warm and welcoming. Roxy seems to have had a fabulous time with them. She is a timid dog and takes time to get used to people, but she was very comfortable with Mariska and her kids when I picked her up. I recommend her highly and definitely intend to use her again. Thanks,
What a fantastic family! I dropped Calli off and they the entire family were so welcoming. I received a photo of my gal while I was away and she sure looked happy!

I will definitely be calling on Mariska and her family again in the near future. I think they enjoyed having Calli as much as Calli enjoyed their company! Thanks Mariska!
Very friendly and accommodating host for my dog over Christmas. Three children add to the loving environment this home offers. Mariska was easy going and quick to respond to my emails.
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