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Nick F.

56 Reviews
24 Repeat Guests
Other Sitters Nearby
  • Same day bookings are OK
  • Responds within 5 hours
  • Cancellation Policy:

Pet Requirements

  • 1-20 lbs
  • 20-40 lbs
  • 40-80 lbs
  • 80+ lbs
No Puppies
Must Be Vaccinated
List of Pets OK for House Sitting
Dogs, Cats, Fish, Rabbits, gerbils, hamsters, or pet rodents, Caged birds

Nick's Apartment

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Pets allowed on furniture
Air-conditioned inside

About Nick

15 Years Experience Caring For Dogs
Dogs have always been in my life. And for the past 3 years, I've enjoyed the company of over 50 guest dogs through DogVacay. Working with dogs is one of my preferred methods of self-care. To be honest, I think I'm literally becoming a dog. Maybe you can relate?!

I can bond with your pup in many ways. We can make regular trips to Churchill Park to toss the ball around and sniff out bunnies. We can take entertaining walks around Wicker Park and greet other dog friendly neighbors. Couch lounging is also available in the apartment where we have central air conditioning in the summer and central heat in the winter. Lastly, I'm experienced with dogs that have anxiety or low self-esteem, leash aggression, and non dog-friendly tendencies.

I also have one reliable, dog-friendly roommate who can provide additional care for your pup if I am out of the house for a period, or in the event of an emergency. That being said: I will remain the primary caretaker for all other logistical matters (i.e. feeding, walking, etc.).

If you're interested in making a reservation, please reach out and share a little about your dog and his/her needs. Thanks for stopping by!

Frequently Asked Questions:

**Q: What is your schedule like?
A: I have decent flexibility when it comes to controlling my schedule. I am typically out of the house for about 6-8 hours Monday-Thursday. And I usually work from home Friday-Sunday. My schedule can be slightly adjusted if I receive a month's notice.

**Q: How many dogs do you take in at once?
A: I usually have one dog at a time because most people prefer that. However, I'm comfortable taking up to 2 dogs, maybe 3 on a special occasion. I will not book multiple dogs without getting permission from all the owners involved.

**Q: Will you take dogs with special needs (e.g. medication management, butt wiping, anxiety, leash aggression, not dog friendly, etc)?
A: Yes.

**Q: Are there bonus perks for booking at Divine Doggy Destination?
A: Yes! There are 3 bonus perks! (1) I provide one frame-worthy photo of your dog while they stay with me. (2) All dogs will drink filtered water to ensure quality hydration. (3) Your dog could be the next Guest of the Month!
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Can administer oral medicine
Special Needs Accommodated
  • Separation anxiety
  • Aggressive behavior
  • Leash Pulling
  • Advanced senior issues

Nick F.

56 Reviews
24 Repeat Guests
Other Sitters Nearby
  • Same day bookings are OK
  • Responds within 5 hours
  • Cancellation Policy:


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


Background Checked
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Home Checked
This Host has successfully passed our in-person verification visit and completed our 1-on-1 training program.
Community Mentor
One of DogVacay's top Hosts and a mentor to new members of our Host community.
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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Pay through DogVacay for:
Premium Pet Insurance, 24/7 Customer Support and Daily Photo Updates!

Services & Rates

Boarding Overnight At Nick's Home
$50 /night
  • Watches up to 2 dogs/night
  • Dogs may be unsupervised for more than 4 hours/day
  • 5+ potty breaks/day
  • 3+ walks/day
  • Pets can sleep wherever they want
House Sitting Overnight At Your Home
$100 /night
  • Dogs may be unsupervised for more than 4 hours/day
  • Willing to travel 3 miles
Daycare At Nick's Home
$50 /day
  • Watches up to 2 dogs/day
56 Reviews
Above and beyond doesn't describe what Nick did for my baby dog. It was my first time using dogvacay and I couldn't have asked for a better host. Nick is informative, meticulous, and asks all the right questions. He went beyond the call of duty on my dog's extended stay. If you're thinking that Nick would be a good fit for you, he is. Hands down. He is smart and caring. I really can't say enough good things.
Nick is always our go-to for when we're out of town. Kitteh (our goldendoodle) really likes him, and he's great with dogs.
Not much else to say - I use Nick as much as possible!
Nick did a great job with Gambini. He came back happy and healthy from a week with Nick, and Nick made sure to update me daily while I was on vacation. Nick was flexible about dropoff and pickup, even when my return flight got in hours late and I had to pick up Gambini late at night. I'd definitely bring Gambini back for more fun!
Nick watched our 2 boston terriers for over 2 weeks during the holidays so my husband who is stationed overseas and I could be together; they could not have been in better hands. One of the dogs is a senior dog with aggression issues who requires a lot of care. The other is a younger female that is very nervous with change. Although we love them and accommodate their behaviors, they are not easy to watch. Nick took great pains to ensure they were comfortable and well cared for in my absence including multiple walks daily, playtime with toys, and loves and pets. This is a person who understands dogs and animal behavior - I would ask him to watch my dogs again anytime. If you are considering leaving your pet with someone and have reservations like I did, then please feel relieved that there is someone like Nick who is adept at caring for the furry ones you love.
Nick was great! It was his first time with our German Shepherd Bear. I got daily updates and photos and when we got home, our house was as clean as when we left it! Nick also left a gift for Bear in his stocking! He also wrote a detailed email going over the details of his stay. We already have him booked for an upcoming trip!!
Third time using Nick - every one has been great!
Nick did a great job with Stella, a six year old German Sheppard female. He was great in sending updates and pics. Highly recommend for anyone interested in the Bucktown/Wicker Park area.
My 3y/o, 120lbs shepherd mix stayed with Nick for a week. I had a very good feeling about Nick just after reading his profile, a great feeling after our Meet and Greet, but I was not expecting my dog to be so happy and so relaxed after a week-long stay (our first with DogVacay)!! We've had Dante stay with friends/family/'cage-free' pet hotels before - but he always came back stressed, anxious, attention-seeking, unwilling to let us out of his sight, suffering from indigestion. Not the case this time!!! Dante came home happy, smiling, joyous, as if he had stayed over at his favorite uncle's house! I am overjoyed that I found such a wonderful sitter - I am forever thankful that I found Nick! The peace of mind that comes with that is priceless!! Sorry, I know this is getting long and sappy, but if you're reading this and undecided, worried and stressed about leaving your beloved dog - worry no more and book with Nick!! You bet that we'll book with Nick again if we need a sitter!! Thank you so much!!!

Ah, as for details - Nick sent me an update at least once a day along with a photo or video, and responded very quickly to all of my text messages. AND, since he's a great photographer, I also got a very beautiful, very frame-worthy photo of Dante :-)
Nick is 2-for-2 in making Coach's life easy!
Great as always!
Wonderful experience with Nick!
We left our 3yr old black lab with Nick for a week. Nick took him to place fetch, play in the dog park pools, and walk around. Nick was extremely easy to communicate with and even sent us pictures/video so we could check in with our pup. When we picked up our dog, I could tell the two of them had gotten along well. Our dog was happy and healthy and staying at a home made the week far less stressful. We'll work with Nick in the future and I highly recommend hiring Nick. Thanks!
This was our second time having Nick host our two dogs and I am so happy that our second experience was just as wonderful as our first. He made sure to ask if there have been any changes with our girls and remembered their idiosyncrasies from their previous stay. Nick will be our go to Dogvacayer as long as he'll have us : )
Nick was great. He sent me daily updates, mostly of my pup Turley sleeping since he wore her out. When I brought Turley over he was very gentle and let her come to him. He was very thorough in getting to know Turley and what he should expect as normal behavior, this put me at ease let me know that he would be paying attention to Turley and her care is a priority. I will definitely try to use him again in the future and would highly recommend anyone else to use him.
Nick was great from the original meet & greet, to his continued communication while we were gone. You can tell he genuinely likes dogs, and ours loved him. Great experience!
Nick was great! Our dog Emma was well taken care of! Nick took Emma to the park which she loves and sent us pictures of Emma. We will definitely use him again if we leave town!
This was our first experience with DogVacay and we are very pleased with the services provided by Nick F. He was very accommodating and flexible with his schedule. I was immediately comfortable when I first met him at the Meet-n-Greet as was our bulldog, Romeo. Since Romeo is pretty high-maintenance- there were some specific needs I asked for which were butt wiping, mouth wiping after water, nose rope wiping- all of which Nick was very open to doing. The first thing my husband said when he brought Romeo home was how great he looked. Nick is very responsive via email/text which made the entire experience awesome for us being first timers. I would definitely recommend Nick F. to anybody looking for a dog sitter. We would definitely have Nick watch Romeo again.
Nick was a great host to my dog, Clay. My dog felt very much at home and had a lot of fun with Nick. He responds very quickly to messages, gave me daily updates and pictures of my dog, and was very accommodating when I needed to make a slight adjustment to my reservation. I highly recommend him!
Nick took great care of our basset hound Maddy! He was able to quickly learn and attune to Maddy's quirky personality and needs and he made sure she got to have lots of fun and exercise at the nearby dog park!
Nick is very nice and responsible. Replied and updated very quickly.
Nick was great! I had the best impression from the very beginning wich made me leave confident that Milton was in good hands and I didn't have to worry about him. It was a great experience, I definitely recommend Nick to leave your pup in great hands!
Nick did a great job of watching our dog, Schmidt. I went through some of Schmidt's quirks and Nick seemed to do a great job. He followed up while we were out of town and sent us photos and updates of our dog. Schmidt was worn out from all the fun he had when we picked him up.

We will definitely be using Nick again!
Donnie loved staying with Nick so much, he went back for a second visit! Nick is a great host for our energetic lab mix. His flexibility with drop-off and pick-up times was so helpful during the busy summer season, and he gave Donnie all the love and attention he needed. Donnie will definitely be booking another Vacay with Nick in the future!
Nick was a fantastic host! My dog is pretty easy going but I always worry about her when I'm away. Nick and his roommate bonded with her quickly and I felt completely confident that she was having a great vacay. Nick sent regular updates and his love for dogs is very obvious. I will definitely be booking with him again for future trips.
Very easy to coordinate and Nick is fast to respond and send updates of Sadie. Seems like Sadie had a great time with our feisty pup! Would recommend.
Nick clearly has a lot of experience with dogs. Sammie is timid, and he knew all the best ways to introduce himself, make her comfortable in a new environment etc. He was also very flexible with pick up and drop off times. Would definitely be happy to use Nick again!
This was our first time using Nick to watch our two dogs and it was a wonderful experience. Our dogs are apprehensive to new people but during our meet and greet with him, they were incredibly comfortable and played and interacted with him. He even got a belly rub out of one of them ; ) This had me at ease from the get go and confident he would do great with our girls. He sent pictures and videos of them playing and sleeping so I knew they had adjusted and were settled in. Our dogs are not easy to walk as they are both reactive to other dogs and pretty much anything on wheels, but he handled them well and reported no major issues over the week he had them. I would use Nick again in a heart beat and strongly recommend his services. Thanks Nick!
We LOVE Nick. This was Oskar's third time staying with Nick, but his first time staying with him for an extended period. Oskar recently underwent surgery and has some special needs and Nick took such good care of him for the week we were gone. We were so nervous to leave him, but Nick put us at ease. We look forward to using Nick again soon!
I reached out to Nick on short notice and he was great making sure I was able to travel internationally while Coach was taken care of!
Smurf really enjoyed his time there. Will use again and have already told my friends.
Nick was great. He clearly cares about whatever dog is in his care. I got regular updates and came home to a happy dog. He will definitely stay with Nick again.
Nick F was our favorite dog watcher. Then he moved to Wicker Park so it's not always convenient to drive there before leaving out of O'Hare.

Each visit, Maya (my pup) is overjoyed to see him. She comes home happy and well behaved.

Nick was flexible if my travel plans changed.

He has a wonderful way with Maya and I knew I was leaving her in good hands.

I highly highly highly recommend Nick!
Nick was a great host. We were able to book him last minute for a weekend, received updates about Daisy regularly, and were happy to know she was well taken care of.
We had a great first experience with Nick and DogVacay. Our English bulldog, Oskar, has some special needs and quirks, and Nick took great care of him. It is very clear that Nick really loves dogs and we felt very comfortable leaving Oskar with him. We will definitely be using him again in the future and are so glad to have found him!
Another great stay at Nick's place. Jillie is becoming a regular.
Nick was an awesome host for our dog Donnie! Nick was very flexible with our schedule for pick-up/drop-off and was very attentive to our concerns about leaving our dog for 9 nights. He sent daily pictures of Donnie, so we knew that he was being loved and taken care of. We really couldn't ask for a better host for our furry family member. We'll definitely bring Donnie for a vacay at Nick's house again!!
Nick was simply terrific. From the initial contact (he is VERY responsive) through the Meet & Greet to Griffin's first stay with Nick....nothing but the best. Nick provided daily updates (with pictures) on Griffin's stay and made me feel very at ease with his arrangements. Couldn't be more happy with working with Nick. I even think my dog may like him more than me.
Nick was great from the start! He was very easy to get ahold of and was flexible in coordinating drop-off and pick-up times. Our 7 month Vizsla puppy has a lot of energy, but Nick was great about keeping her active and helping to wear her out. He checked in throughout the day to keep us in the loop with their day, which was definitely appreciated. We'll definitely work with Nick again for future stays - our pup had a blast! :)
Once again, Nick did a great job. My dog Jillie had a blast with Nick and was perfectly tired and well behaved when we got home.
Loves dogs !
Awesome service from Nick again! Always friendly, keep me informed about Lola and updated with pics! I will recommend him for sure
Our dog, Jax, stayed with Nick for a week over Christmas. It was our first time using this service and I am so glad that we found Nick! I was very comfortable leaving Jax with him. He sent daily updates with photos and I could tell that Jax was happy to be with him. We will definitely be using Nick in the future!
nick has been great with bengal and very caring will
Nick did a great job caring for my dog, Jillie. He immediately made me feel at ease with his care due to is calm demeanor. He was readily available by phone during her stay and updated me with a daily picture. I will definitely use Nick again the next time I am out of town.
My first time using this service and Nick made it a wonderful experience. My little pup Lola was happy and treated very well. I would definitely leave Lola with Nick for my future travels, which she will be excited to return!!!
We left our dog, Rocky, for the weekend and we could definitely tell that he was kept active and enjoyed Nick's company. Nick was very accommodating and flexible with both Rocky's and our needs. Also, Nick sent us daily texts/pictures of Rocky to keep us updated on his daily activities. We will definitely ask Nick to take care of Rocky in the future. Thanks Nick for taking such great care of our little Rockstar :)
We left our 4 year old energetic mutt with Nick for about 10 days. It was the best decision to use DogVacay for the first time!!! We felt comfortable knowing our dog wasn't going to be crated and ignored while we were out of town enjoying ourselves. There is usually some degree of guilt when leaving him to be boarded, but not much this time. Nick is a responsible graduate student with two roommates, which was nice because we felt like our dog would have company more often. Nick met with us prior to our trip to get a feel for our dog and he wanted to know all his quirks (I even gave him a far too long letter explaining our dog's habits, etc, which he kindly accepted and laughed at the appropriate amount)

We got email updates with pics of our dog about every other day, which comforted us in knowing they both were having a good time.

Finally, Nick was SOOOO affordable- $20/night!!! We got a pic of our dog in his bed, which was placed on top of Nick's futon-you won't get that at the vet or any other boarding place I know about.

We definitely plan to contact Nick again when we are headed out of town!

My husband and I agreed, that we truly felt he enjoyed the company of our pet! He enjoyed it (I hope) as much as our dog seemed to.
Nick was an awesome host, he was always friendly and it was really simple to arrange a meeting with him. Lola (our pug) was relax, well fed and seems more than happy when we picked her up; Nick also sent me many pics of Lola in her daily activities which helped a lot our kids (they were stressed about Lola all the time). I really recommend Nick, he is a sweet and friendly host and as far as I know all of his roommates are amazing too. Thanks Nick!
Nick was amazing! He made our pit/dalmation feel right at home to the point where I think he was sad to leave when we picked him up. He established a great relationship and connected with him right away. If and when we decide to take more vacations, Nick will definitely be our go to guy because we know our little (big) guy will be in great hands. THANKS NICK!
Nick was awesome! Very responsive, sent me photos of Toby's walks, and Toby was very happy and comfy when I got home. I highly recommend Nick and Toby will be seeing him again!
Nick was great to work with and took awesome care care of my dog, Sam. When an unexpected last-minute emergency left me looking for a host for Sam just days prior to my leaving town for a five-night trip, I reached out to Nick and got a reply just hours later; he was very responsive as we quickly worked out the details. The situation didn't allow time for a meet-and-greet before the drop-off, which I'd always done with other hosts, but I knew from the minute Sam and I arrived that Sam was in good hands as Nick asked plenty of questions about him and made sure that he addressed any questions I might have had for him.

When I picked Sam up at the end, after Nick sent me several great pics of him while I was gone, Sam was clearly a happy dog! Not only that, but I'd forgotten to mention before leaving that Sam had a knee condition that is a medical non-issue per his vet but which means that Sam walks and sprints normally but trots on three legs when moving at three-quarter speed -- Nick noticed this and brought it to my attention in case it was anything with which I needed to be concerned. This in turn speaks highly of the level of attention and care Nick gives his visitors. I'll definitely be keeping Nick bookmarked for when I need a host for Sam in the future!
Skip had an awesome time with Nick during his last visit. I was able to get regular updates as well and could tell Skip was having a good time and he was taken care of like he was at home! definitely would be my first choice if Nick is available!
Nick was wonderful! Homer was very happy and content staying at Nick's. He kept us up to date and sent us pix. Thanks a ton, Nick!
Nick did a great job watching Kaylee. He stayed in communication the whole time, sent photo updates and was pretty flexible with our schedule.

My father and I were in Chicago for 5 days and found it much easier and less stressful for Kaylee, a 7 year old Jack Russel, to stay with Nick than in a hotel where she would be alone a lot. Nick's location was good, just outside of the tourist sections of Chicago and was easy to get to and find.
Nick is great sitter. He was very caring to Bengal Tabby and is knowledgeable about dogs. He Let Bengal stay with very short notice. Nick is good with updates and sent pictures often, that gave me some comfort and assurance Bengal was ok. I would totally recommend him !
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