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Liz R.
Austin, TX 78757
126 Reviews
103 Repeat Guests
$35/night
Other Sitters Nearby
  • Same day bookings are OK
  • Responds within 17 hours
  • Cancellation Policy:
    Flexible

Pet Requirements

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

Liz's Resident Pets

Aixa
German Shepherd Dog
Female
5 yr 8 mo old

Liz's House

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Large Yard
100% fenced
Smoke-free home
Air-conditioned inside
Great for senior pets

About Liz

20 Years Experience Caring For Dogs
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January 2016

Dear Friends,

We are delighted to report that our technical issues of late 2015 have been resolved. We are always grateful for your consideration, and we hope you and your pups have a wonderful 2016.

Thanks so much!
Liz

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Any size and any breed treated like our very own in a clean and comfortable home setting with a big backyard in a shady North Central Austin neighborhood. With a typical intake of 3-5 dogs, we enjoy providing individual care and attention to your friendly dogs with up-to-date vaccinations.

We've opened our house to your dogs partly due to our own dissatisfaction with the usual kennel model of too many dogs in a noisy, concrete jungle, but mostly because we love getting to know dogs as unique individuals and think they all deserve the best. Our experience comes from our own pets and from meeting the rigorous requirements for fostering dogs for a local rescue group. Our job then was to help those pups become happy, healthy, confident members of canine society. Now our job is to keep your dogs happy and safe.

Our flexible schedules mean your dogs will rarely be left on their own. And your hosts have complementary skills. Liz seems to have a knack for relaxing dogs, and Mike is a master of play. Our mascot, Aixa, loves to make new human and dog friends and has been a welcoming, patient foster sister who does a great job of moderating her activity level to the other dog's energy. If your dogs have had enough, she can also take a hint. Of course, we're always keeping an eye on everyone.

We pay close attention to your dogs' personal needs, likes, and dislikes, and we tailor their stay to keep them healthy and happy. Your dogs will be treated like family and will get plenty of play throughout the day indoors and in our large, safe, outdoor play space. Our big, grassy, fenced yard provides lots of opportunities for supervised exploring, and our dog-friendly neighborhood has lots of shady sidewalks and parks for good walks. One favorite, indoor feature seems to be the circular route through the house for fun games of chase or hide-and-go-seek.

We hope to hear from you soon!
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Can administer oral medicine
CPR / First-Aid certified
Special Needs Accommodated
  • Pets recovering from surgery
  • Separation anxiety
  • Leash Pulling
Liz R.
Austin, TX 78757
126 Reviews
103 Repeat Guests
$35/night
Other Sitters Nearby
  • Same day bookings are OK
  • Responds within 17 hours
  • Cancellation Policy:
    Flexible

Availability

  • Available
  • Unavailable
  • 1 Spot Left
  • Booked
  • Last updated September 15, 2016

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Course 101 Graduate
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Services & Rates

Boarding Overnight At Liz's Home
$35 /night
  • Watches up to 3 dogs/night
  • Dogs may be unsupervised for no more than 1 hour/day
  • 5+ potty breaks/day
  • 1 walk/day
  • Pets will sleep in a crate
Daycare At Liz's Home
$25 /day
  • Watches up to 3 dogs/day
126 Reviews
Our dog is a 15lb Pomeranian and he had a wonderful time with Liz. Liz sent pictures and updates to us and our dog came home happy and tired. It's very convenient that we can pick him up and drop him off any time.
Our girls were clearly very happy with Liz during their stay. I think they might have been sad to get back home! Good communication, would use again!
Sandy has been boarding at Liz and Mike’s for years and without a doubt Sandy always comes back happy, which gives us the greatest peace of mind. Liz and Mike have created a little dog heaven and all their dogs have a great time. Sandy is one of the family and their house, and indeed Mike and Liz’s home is a second home for Sandy. Sandy runs in, forgetting that I’m dropping her off. When boarding Sandy elsewhere I worry about her missing her medications, but not when she stays with Liz and Mike. Liz and Mike take the greatest of care with Sandy and give her lots of love and affection, rubbing her belly and more. Every time I pick her up from boarding I can tell Sandy has had a GREAT time! Thank you Liz and Mike for taking such good care of my dog Sandy!
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Once again, Frankie had a great time staying with Liz. We're so happy to be able to leave our dog with such a caring person. Thanks, Liz!
We've been using Liz for several years now to board our very old Lab. Everything is always great and we just can't imagine taking her anywhere else!
Everything was easy peasy! Liz has a dog who is great with my smaller dog. We got updates (plus photos) twice during our roughly 9-day vacation, and he came back happy and healthy.
As usual, Liz and Mike took excellent care of my two dogs, Sadie and Bo. I feel very comfortable getting ready for a longer trip and leaving the dogs with Liz. It is such a relief to have someone you trust to keep you canine family members.
Catherine Gill
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Awesome as always. Buddha has such a good time with them. I also like how they keep Buddha honest ensuring he is behaving per his commands etc.
Liz is simply the best. Teddy comes home exhausted! We are so grateful for finding Liz, $35 a night for peace of mind is totally worth it. We love the email updates from Liz about Teddy while we are away. Choosing Liz for your pet care is the best decision you can make!
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Liz R and her husband Mike are such great caretakers of my 2 pups, Sadie and Bo. My husband had passed away on April 11th and yesterday was the Memorial Party for him. It was a wonderful get together but what made it better was that I did not have to worry one second about my pups for one minute. I am so lucky to have found Liz R a couple of years ago.
Sincerely,
Cathy Gill
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As usual, Frankie had a great time at Liz's house. I think he was sorry to come home!
Liz has watched our puppy several times when we have taken short weekend trips and this time she kept Duncan for an entire week while we went on a longer vacation. As always Duncan came home so happy (and exhausted). We could tell be the email update and pictures that Liz sent that he was having a blast! I would highly recommend Liz, she is wonderful!
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Liz and Mike are great. I recommend them to anyone who loves his/her dog(s)!
Mike and Liz are absolutely wonderful. I can't imagine a better staff or location to house one's beloved pet dog.
My dog had a great time playing with Liz's pups for the day. He came home tired and happy, which is always a great sign!
Liz is amazing!!! We were looking for a home rather than kennel for our goldendoodle to stay while we were away, and we definitely found the best!
Duncan always has a great time and is exhausted from all of the exercise and play he gets when he comes home. She has a great backyard and neighborhood for walks, also Duncan gets just the right amount of play time with other dogs (she keeps up to 5 at a time so they all get the personal attention they need while getting to play with other pups). She sends pictures even when we are gone just for a weekend and we always look forward to the updates! Best part is that Duncan always comes home with improved manners, their dog is very well trained and all of their guests benefit from learning new manners and tricks! If you are looking for a trustworthy home and great care for your dog while you are out of town I highly recommend contacting Liz!
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Buddha had a wonderful time w/ Liz. He always returns to us happy and tired...from many days of play with multiple dogs! Liz & Mike provide peace of mind for our first born, knowing he is being loved and cared for like their very own.

We would recommend Liz 110%!
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Liz and Mike were fantastic hosts for Costello. They sent me an update with great pictures at the end of his first day, just to let me know that he was settling in and making new friends.

When I picked Costello up this morning, I could tell that Liz and Mike had taken care of him as if he was one of their own pets. He seemed like he had just had an awesome vacation, which is a far cry from the previous anxiety he had displayed after being boarded at his vet.

I will definitely be using Doggone Vacations regularly!
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Repeat customer, sometimes I worry my dog enjoys her dogvacation with Liz too much and won't want to come home
Liz was very friendly and accommodating when our travel plans changed at the last minute.
LIz is awesome! She made my dog feel so at-home. Liz took pictures of my happy dog and emailed them to me so I would know that all was well. My dog ( Chi ) was happy and not stressed out when we picked him up. Thank you, Liz!
Once again Frankie had a great time with Liz and Mike. It's so great to know that he's being well cared for while we're away. Thanks!
I am not exaggerating when I say that I feel like Liz and her family (humans and dogs alike) can be trusted to love and care for my dog as I would. My boy is a bit neurotic at times, but they have gotten to know him with all his quirks, and I have seen them treat him with nothing but patience and caring! When we arrive, my dog snuggles right up to Liz, and when he leaves, he is sure to give Mike a goodbye nose bump (like a fist bump for pups).

He has been visiting Doggone Vacations for daycare on and off for a couple of months, and has stayed overnight while my husband and I visited family out of state. They have even helped us out in a pinch with last minute schedule changes. When everything else in our lives gets crazy, they make sure that our pup doesn't have to suffer for it.

Most importantly, our boy returns happy and sleepy from playing in the yard. He has always had enough water, exercise, and affection. I will continue to bring my dog here as long as they allow me to.
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As usual Willow had a great time staying with Liz. I can tell she was playing a lot because she is exhausted! LOL I always feel confident leaving her in this fun and attentive environment. I am a pretty protective dog mom so I like knowing that I don't have to worry about my sweet girl when I have to leave town. I also appreciate the practical drop off and pick up hours, and that there is flexibility for special circumstances. Thanks for everything! We'll be bringing her back in the future I'm sure!
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We had another great experience with Liz at Doggone Vacations. As our "Bell" has gotten to know Liz, she's now eager to stay- running into the house without a glance at us. She comes home happy and very relaxed and then heads straight to her bed to rest after romping all day with other pups.
We are thrilled to have such a trusted professional as Liz and a caring home for our sweet dog.
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I've left my sweet pup with Liz many times over the last year. I always know she'll be treated like one of the family and come home happy (and exhausted). Liz is wonderful with her and she gets so excited when we pull up to the house that she can't control the speed of her tail wagging. I also really appreciate the updates and pictures that she sends along. I would recommend her to any of my dog friends.
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Molly loves staying with Liz; they treat her like family. It's nice to not have to worry about your dog while you're on vacation. She's always relaxed and in a great mood when I pick her up. I definitely recommend Liz!
Higgins had a great time with Liz. When we showed up Higgins and the other pups were outside playing which was great to see!
As always, Liz and her husband were great with Scout. I hate boarding her, but when I leave her with Liz, I always get her back happy and tired (which is a good thing)!
This was my second time to board Willie and Jo Jo with Liz and her husband and it was a great experience. The dogs came home tired but happy and I loved that they did not hesitate to run inside Liz' house. I highly recommend Liz for your pet sitting needs. They even worked with my stubborn Jo Jo on some manners!
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Liz was great as usual. Ollie had a good time and slept like a baby when he got home. Thanks a for taking him on such short notice. Jimmy
Liz is the best. She cares for the guests as if they were her own, and she keeps us updated on how the visit is going.
I can't add to what other positive reviewers have said but Liz and Mike are the most gracious of hosts and the most caring of people. Luci, our fussy standard poodle could not have found a more loving home to have a holiday while we had ours (at the last minute). They are also very professional in handling any paperwork and situation. Luci took to them immediately, and their wonderful gorgeous dog Aixa. Would happily recommend them to anyone and anytime. Your dog will be very happy.
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Liz took great care of our pooch and we will happily use her services again.
This is the third time for my pup to stay with Liz and every time has been wonderful! Liz always stays in touch, send photos, and keeps me updated. My pup always comes home ready to rest after having lots of fun during his stay. Thank you Liz for everything!!
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Liz and Mike are great! This is the third time we've left our dog in their care. Each time we arrive, he cannot wait! He gets to spend time w/other dogs indoors relaxing and outdoors in a great back yard. Kenneled at night, just like he's used to doing at home. Communication is great-we are always excited to get Liz & Mikes's great emails w/ details about his day and wonderful photos. Our dog is exhausted when we pick him up, but always eager to return...a good sign!
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As always, Frankie had a great time staying with Liz. And we know that Liz takes great care of our little fellow.
This was our first experience with Doggone Vacations, and it was fantastic. Communication was seamless, from our initial meet-and-greet to dropping off and picking up. Liz emailed updates and pictures of our sheltie boys playing with their new friends during the day and lounging in their beds in the evening. Liz really went the extra mile to share details about our precious pups, which gave us peace of mind that they were happy, comfortable, and receiving lots of love. We highly recommend Liz and Mike. Five stars for Doggone Vacations!
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Liz and her husband were nice. I was told to check my email for update and photos over the weekend. I never received an email or photo. We never agreed on the exact pick up time. Her husband handed me a card and said just call or text us to arrange. I called, emailed, and text and never received a response. I was concern about who I had dropped my dog off and what happen. I contacted the dog vacay team who also attempted to contact Liz and no response. What is she doing that she can not respond when she is home with animals 24/7? Also my dog received a laceration while playing. No big deal... Things happen. She text me to tell me it occurred. Asked me if I wanted her to go to the vet. She said it was small, may need a stitch? I asked if it was bleeding still? She said no it stopped pretty quickly. When I saw the laceration and swelling when I picked her up I was floored! Why didn't she send me a photo? Had I seen this I would have said absolutely YES, go go go! I came home to a long weekend worrying if my dog was even there since Liz was not responding for over 24 hours to email, text or phone to my dog needing to go to the ER. Never ever would I use her or her husband again. I feel awful for making such a bad choice and hope to prevent others from doing harm to the ones they love too
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As always, our most recent experience left us satisfied and with a happy pup! Scout seems to really like staying with Liz, and she hates most places I've boarded her in the past!
Liz and Mike responded to my request for reservation almost immediately which was greatly appreciated. They were flexible with drop off with drop off/pick up and sent an update and pictures via email which I loved. They seemed very kind and Mookie was exhausted when he got home. All in all, a good visit.
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We are thrilled about our Bell's stay at DogGone Vacations. Drop off was easy and Liz kept us appraised of Bell's stay with an email update and several photos. Now that we have Bell back home, she's conked out, exhausted from her romping and play at DogGone Vacations.
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Liz is fantastic! Our min-schnauzer had a wonderful time (again!) at her house and came home happy and tired from playing. We highly recommend her!
Fabulous as always! :) dillon was tired for a week after
Liz and Mike were great hosts for my pup. When we picked her up, she was in great spirits and (even better) once we got home she was relaxed and barely moved all evening (usually a sign that she's been well taken care of!). Thanks guys!
Liz took great care of our precious pup when I had to run out of town at the last minute. She sent me a bunch of pictures showing her playing with other dogs and when the cold weather arrived she took great care by keeping my pup inside and warm. Would definitely recommend.
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As always, Liz and her husband were on the case and Dexter didn't want to leave.
I always feel comfortable while I am away in the knowledge that Ollie will be well cared for, and shown love like he would get at home.
I cant say enough good things about Liz. My dog always comes back happy and content. I would recommend Liz to anyone who needs to have their dog boarded.
We love it! My dog Dallas has always been left with family while I work or travel and when we had to move my grandmother into an assisted living facility last month, it was a huge change for all of us, including Dal. It was very important to me to find a daily alternative for him while I am at work and Liz and Mike have the perfect set up - I can tell he feels very safe and relaxed when he is with them and we are at the point now that he gets out of the car each morning and runs up to the door when he sees Mike or Aixaa nd right in without hesitation. He is a very anxious dog who suffers from separation anxiety and has been perfectly fine in his new environment, which speaks volumes about Liz and Mike. We are so thankful we have found them!
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Once again our dog had a great stay with Liz. We're so happy to have a place where we can leave Frankie without worrying about him. Thanks, Liz!
This was our 13 month lab's first stay away from home and found it to be a very dog-friendly place. We knew Leo would love spending time with other dogs indoors and in the backyard. Liz and Mike welcomed him and gave very detailed feedback and pictures...the care seemed very appropriate and loving. Leo was exhausted and happy! We will definitely be back!
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Once again, Liz was great! Our "kids" are happy and so are we. Liz knows how to cater to each dog's individual personality, which is just awesome!

Our little Chihuahua-Rat Terrier mix was comfortable again. Our Beagle puppy is becoming more adventurous and playing well with the other dogs, always nice to hear.

It's great too that I know they're getting fed, exercised and love and attention when we're not here. I don't worry as much about leaving them when we go out of town now.

Thanks again Liz!
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Liz and her husband are awesome. This was the second visit that Ollie had with them. This time it was doggie day care.

They treated Ollie just like he was one their own pets, and he came home smiling.

Whether we need day care or overnight, we'll be calling Liz again.

Not sure where you put the stars, but I give Liz R. a five start rating.
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We brought our sweet Millie to Liz on extremely short notice and she was able to take Millie in. Liz was wonderful. We loved the pictures and email updates. Millie came back tired and wagging--so we know she had a good time playing with other dogs! We are sure to use Liz again!
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Liz Ray is a true blessing. Our dog is 13, had recent major surgery, and Liz helped him heal, be happy, and relieved us of all stress while we werein Europe for 3 weeks, by sending great photos and reports on our Dexter. He loved being with her and the other dogs. And she worked extra hard as he has arthritis in back leg and hip. We now have a 2nd home for Dex, for however long he is here on earth.
Robert W
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Liz did a great job watching our little Weimaraner pup Dexter. She even sent us pictures while we were out of town to see how he was doing. I would definitely recommend Liz to anyone looking for a dog sitter in Austin.
5 paws to Liz and Mike! I just can't begin to say how lucky I feel to have found them as a newbie to Austin. As the other reviews say, Liz and Mike love dogs and it is evident in their thoughtfulness about their care and the way they communicate with owners.

I had taken my dog Emmy for a meet and greet, and booked a four-day stay for her during a work trip. Between the meet-and-greet and the stay, Emmy tore a ligament in her knee - leading her to be temporarily handicapped as she awaits surgery.

This is Emmy's first major health issue, and was worried about leaving her, and wasn't sure how she'd do - so I emailed Liz for her thoughts about caring for Emmy in this condition. She very thoughtfully alleviated my fears; she and Mike have taken care of many dogs who need a little extra care.

Emmy clearly felt comfortable and loved there. Liz sent me email updates and pictures and I had zero worries about Emmy while I was gone. She was so calm and happy when I picked her up (calm may be because of the meds!). Liz and Mike are wonderful people, for both the dogs and the owners. Recommend them without any hesitation to anyone who has to leave their pets for travel.
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My dog didn't want to leave! Liz was very accomodating to my schedule.
Once again we entrusted our sweet girl to Liz. And once again, all was well. We received great pics of Willow having fun, as well as personal notes about how she was behaving and what she was up to. I love this. It puts my mind at ease when I'm away. Also, Willow gets a chance to not be an only child for a bit which I think makes her a more adaptable and better socialized dog. And it's nice knowing that the other dogs are known to Liz and can be trusted to live happily with other dogs they aren't familiar with. We will most definitely use the stellar service Liz offers in the future.
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Mike and Liz were awesome! My dog loved staying there! He had a lot of fun.
We could tell Chi is relaxed and got some play time with new friends. Liz sent us some pictures while we were away. We definitely will board Chi with Liz again. I highly recommend Liz Thank you Liz!
The Rays helped Scout start enjoying playing with the other dogs being boarded. She's a little shy and hasn't had many opportunities to play with other dogs but her visits with the Rays are helping her learn how much fun other dogs can be.
This was, by far, the best experience we've ever had boarding our dog. The reservation and payment process was streamlined and easy. Liz was amazing, and was able to set up a meet-and-greet that worked for our hectic schedules. The best part, however, was the frequent email and photo updates! I'm not talking about a "hey, they're doing fine." She and her husband obviously love dogs, and she really spends time making sure their owners feel just as comfortable about their time away. During our vacation, we received several emails, detailing how the dogs were doing, including professional-quality action photos of the dogs having a blast (Liz was actually able to capture the only good picture that has ever been taken of my brother's dog - she is all black, and blinks during flashes :). The whole experience was great. Our baby came home tired and happy, and we were able to relax on vacation, knowing she was in good hands. We will definitely book with Liz again.
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I appreciate being able to go on vacation knowing that my dog is in a safe place with knowledgeable and experienced people that really care. We are also glad to have found an alternative to kennels that is just minutes away from where we live.

Doggone Vacations provides wonderfully detailed updates with photos while you are away and gives honest feedback at the end of your dog's stay.

I highly recommend them. Thank you Liz and Mike! We will definitely use your services again as well as tell others about our great experience.
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Five Stars***** from Gus! Thanks for the periodic photos. It was reassuring to see he was having a blast with the other dogs. It was also nice Gus came home happy and healthy. He is looking forward to his next B&B stay. Thanks!
My wife and I, along with Ollie our 9 month Aussie/Corgy mix, were very happy with Liz. She made sure that Ollie received plenty of puppy playtime and socialization. She also made sure the Ollie received plenty of nurturing like he gets from us. Liz even emailed pictures of Ollie with his playmates. The sealed the deal for us. Guess who we're calling next time we need to leave town?
You got it, Liz.
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Liz was a great host for my puppy. She was great at sending emails and pictures of my pup. My pup came home having had lots of fun! I will definitely use them again!
My dog loves it when we leave him with liz. He comes back happy and pooped from playing.
Our two girls have stayed with Liz and Mike several times. They come home happy, and tired from their stay at "camp". Liz and Mike are definitely our preferred sitter whenever we have to be out of town!
I don't think my dog wanted to come home! Liz was awesome! We left our boston terrier with her for almost 2 weeks. Liz sent us emails and pictures throughout his stay to show us how great he was doing. I was very worried to leave him for this long, but I think he had more fun on his "vacation" then we did.
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So happy we found Liz! We used to dread bringing our dog to a regular kennel as she would come home sick and unhappy.

She had her first overnite stay with Liz and didn't miss a beat. Everything seemed smooth and we picked up a happy doggie. She's looking forward to her longer stay with Liz in a few weeks!
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Maggie had a great time. We loved getting the pictures of her while we were away!
Liz, her husband and Bella (the Ray's dog) seem to really enjoy dogs. The other dogs who were there seemed to be enjoying their day. Scout had a great day, as far as we can tell, and was happy to return today.
I really do not like leaving my two frenchies at traditional kennels. Leaving them with Liz and her family was the best experience and I highly recommend her. The dogs were happy and didn't have that traumatized look they usually had when I kenneled them previously.
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Liz did a great job with our kids! Can't thank her enough! I was a bit worried because my small dog, a Chihuahua/Rat Terrier mix, doesn't like big dogs or crowds of dogs. Liz handled her like a champ! She got her acclimated to the other dogs and she was milling around with all of them with no fear. I wasn't sure that was possible.

Our Beagle puppy was just happy, happy, which is what I expected since he's easy-going and doesn't know a stranger.

They were both tired and happy when we got home which is just perfect. We will definitely be using Liz's services again.
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This was Sadie's second visit to Liz R. and her home. The best review I can give is that when Sadie saw Liz, when we first arrived, she was wagging her tail and jumping up to greet her. Liz is the best, and because of her care for our little maltese/bichon mix we were able to have a care free vacation with our little grandchildren. Someone needs to give this lady some kudos. I will never use any one else on dogvacay!
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As always Liz is awesome and my dog comes home happy!!!!
I've written a favorable review before about leaving my dog with Liz. Now I want to add to that review because we left our dog with Liz for two weeks and couldn't have been happier with how everything went. Liz sent us updates on Frankie's stay and carefully monitored him for health issues. It's a tremendous relief to know that we now have such a caring place to leave our dog when we go out of town. Thanks, Liz!!
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This was our first time using dogvacay and we were very happy. Our dog is spoiled rotten and we were worried about leaving him with just anyone. Liz made us feel comfortable-even sent pictures and an update on how he was doing! We will use her again!
Had a day before my trip to figure out where my puppy could find a place to stay for 5 days. Turns out, Doggone Vacations were more than willing to help. SO grateful for the amazing treatment they gave my puppy. He came back worn out from all the excitement he got to have! What a great environment and home for dogs to socialize while on vacation.
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This is my second time with Liz and she is wonderful!! My little girl also loves her homemade doggie treats that she gets to bring home :)
This was our first time leaving our sweet girl with anyone. She's not yet a year old and we wanted her to feel safe and not like she was in a kennel. Liz and her husband put us at ease right away. Liz had a very thoughtful packet for me to fill out regarding Willow's routines, her likes and dislikes, and what type of structure we have with her at home. I had been concerned that the training we had done would be undone if we left her with strangers that didn't follow through on our foundation. Once I spoke with Liz I had no worries. She asked me lots of questions and assured me that she would send updates and photos and follow on our training. She was true to her word and we received daily messages and pics of our girl playing and getting lots of love. I would not hesitate to use Liz again should we need someone to take top notch care of our dog. In fact, I don't feel the need to look for someone else. I will automatically use Liz and feel completely confident that my girl is in hands as good as my own!
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We so appreciate the personal attention and care that Liz & Mike devote to Finnegan whenever he stays with them. We can travel with peace of mind, knowing that he is well cared for and pampered!
Sammy usually has separations anxiety, but he can't get away from me and into their house fast enough! He has a great time playing with his puppy friends and I don't have to worry about him at all. Thanks Liz!
Great experience. My lab is always full of energy and came home happy and thoroughly tired from playing all day. I plan to come back often.
Liz and her husband, Mike were exceptionally wonderful with our puppy, Sadie, while we were gone for a couple of nights to the coast. It was our first time to use DogVacay and Sadie's first time away from us. Liz kept us posted with emails and pictures and as an added bonus, another bichon mix, was also at their house. The photos and kind emails kept us so at ease about her care, we had a very relaxed vacation. It is obvious Liz and Mike love and care for all dogs.
We highly recommend Liz and Mike, to anyone who is thinking about DogVacay for their dog. You won't find better care anywhere else in Austin.
Catherine
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Liz and her husband took great care of our 14 year old dog who is blind and deaf and needs medications. They were happy to comply to doctor's instructions. Dog happy and I am happy. Jare
Only having had our high energy lab puppy for 6 weeks and having to leave her behind for 9 days while we were gone had me so worried about her adjusting. I searched endlessly for where to take her (and for someone willing to take a 3 1/2 month old pup). Wow - I could not have found anywhere better than Liz and Mike's home. She LOVED the playtime with other dogs (puppies even) and was so comfortable with the owners and their dog Aixa that I thought she might just want to stay and live with them! I appreciated all of the emailed updates and photos. And when we returned, I was amazed how smoothly she transitioned back home. She even came back better trained than when we left her! Butter will always have a soft spot for Liz, Mike and Aixa :) Thanks you guys!
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I was so nervous to leave my little girl (4 month old Boston Terrier) for the first time when I went on vacation, but Liz and her husband helped ease my fears! You can tell they have a lot of experience caring for all types of dogs, so I knew she was in good hands. Liz sent wonderful photos of my girl enjoying her playtime while I was away. They are also very flexible on the drop-off and pick up times and sent my little girl home with some homemade treats!

Thank you Liz!!
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We couldn't have been more pleased. Frankie had a great time playing with the other dogs and Liz sent us photos to prove it. We know he was well cared for and we'll definitely be back.
I think our dog had a better vacation than we did!
Our dog loves playing with other dogs & he always has playmates at Liz's house. As usual, she's great, sends updates and photos while we're gone and sends our tired pup home with a bag of homemade treats.
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We have taken our dog to Doggone Vacations several times for day care/play time and she seems to love it. I know she is well taken care of and gets a lot of play time. Liz and Michael are great and seem to really love animals. Super responsive with any questions via email or in person. And they have a really sweet dog of their own. I feel good knowing that my dog is well taken care of and loved when she goes there.
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My pups love Liz! Whenever we arrive at Liz's house, they are all wags and kisses and excited to start playing so I know she takes excellent care of them, and provides them with lots of love and comfort. Not only do I prefer Liz whenever I have to travel, they have made it clear they prefer her (and Mike!) too!
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Fabulous stay for my Chocolate Lab. This was her first stay and it could not have been better! Excellent communication, perfect accommodations and the very best host. Carley will definitely be back. The very highest recommendation for Liz.
Since we rescued Libby in July, we haven't sent the dogs for boarding or daycare. This was a godsend! We are having foundation work, which means loud banging and traffic in/around the house all day so we sent the dogs to Liz. She allowed us to bring them last minute (booked it the night before). Charlie and Libby had an amazing time, came home tired and happy with yummy freshly baked treats. My fiance dropped and picked them up so I didn't get to meet Liz but he said they were "very nice and big dog lovers". We got a nice email in the middle of the day with pics which made me smile and feel a bit lighter.

They would be our first choice for boarding long term but price wise, I'm not sure we'll be able to afford it. Two dogs + boarding get's expensive.

Overall- 5 stars for all around ease of use, friendly loving people hanging out with your dogs all day can never be bad!
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Jocasta had an amazing stay with Liz! She came back in a great mood.

Liz made everything very easy for me and was very professional in how she handled everything. I will definitely be using her again. She even baked a fresh bag of dog treats as a little gift! Wow!
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I started taking my dog, Baci, to Doggone Vacations every Wednesday for daycare. It's great for him to get some middle of the week playtime in. Liz is great and updates me during the day with how Baci is doing. He's so excited when I drive up to drop him off and so exhausted for the rest of the night when I pick him up. Baci is one of those dogs with quite the personality. Before I started taking him to daycare he'd be pretty grumpy come Thursday or Friday if I hadn't had a chance to take him to the park. Now he's in a comfortable routine of daycare on Wednesdays and the park on the weekends. No more grumpy dog!
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It was a little more expensive than some of the other daycare places nearby but the boys had a great time. I also got an afternoon email update with pictures as well as a bag full of home made doggie biscuits. Will definitely take Rosco and Duncan back!
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A friend told us about Doggy Vacay and I am so happy we found it! We had an excellent experience with Liz and Michael one weekend when we unexpectedly needed to kennel our Mini Schnauzer and English Mastiff. In fact, I'd say that we had the best boarding service we've ever had. I was confident from the first conversation because Liz was genuinely excited to watch our dogs. She was quick to respond, professional and they were very knowledgeable about dogs - which showed from the first minute we were there. We got updates about how they were doing and she even included pictures of them playing throughout the day! This will be my absolute go to in the future and I will highly recommend it to friends and family!
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This was our first time leaving our two girls with Liz. Though I was a nervous pup mom, Liz sent several pics and a detailed update so I would know, and could see, that my babies were doing well. Much appreciated! I can tell Liz is a true dog lover and cares about her clients. My girls are now home, happily snoozed out, and I will definitely use Liz again!
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prompt, friendly and made our dog feel so welcome. this was our first non-commercial boarding experience and we will never go back! the price was very affordable in comparison to kennels we have used in the past, and provided a much better setting for our little lady to be in while we were away. we were only gone for 24hrs, but liz sent us an email update with pictures of our girl playing in their great backyard and interacting with another dog. they were understanding when we ran a little late to pick her up, and sent us home with a bag of treats! couldn't be happier, will definitely be using doggone in the future!
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Bruce, our 2 year old bulldog was made to feel right at home and welcome in Liz and Mike's dog-friendly home. He took to them and Aixa (their well-behaved German Shepard) immediately. It definitely gave me peace-of-mind knowing that he was well looked after. I received an email and photos from Liz during his stay there, and it certainly looked like he was having a good time in their lovely yard. They were kind in telling me that he had behaved just fine, when I know that he can be mischievous sometimes. (I think he might have chewed Mike's shoes!). I am glad that I have found a good "home-away-from-home" for Bruce. Oh, and he LOVES Liz's freshly baked doggy cookies. Thanks Liz and Mike.
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My dog was happy and liked the homemade dog biscuits! We'll call Liz again!
Maddie seemed to have had a great time with Liz. Liz was very agreeable as to time to take and pick up.
Liz was great to work with and very accommodating. I would be happy to board my dogs with her again!
This was Coco's second stay with Doggone Vacations. Like her first stay, I was very satisfied. From our first Meet-n-Greet, it was obvious that Liz and her husband clearly love dogs and take this enterprise very seriously. I received an email with photos an an update on Day 2. Liz even sent us home with home-baked treats!

They are great with Coco. She has come home happy and tired both times.
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Taking Jasper to Liz several times over the past few months has been a treat to both my wife & I and our dog. Liz & her husband Mike are absolutely fantastic and we are so lucky to have found them as a great place to drop our pup for socialization and play.

They are great with Jasper, he comes home happy, excited, and tired from a day full of play. Liz is also so flexible with our schedule and will send us pictures of our little pup while he's there. We've been working to socialize our pup more and I can't recommend a better place for it and we know he's not stuck in a cage all day. Jasper is also extremely happy when he comes home with a fresh bag of dog treats Liz whips up each stay.

I can't recommend Liz & Doggone Vacations & Daycare enough!
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Liz & Mike were great as always. Evie loves going over!
Liz is a wonderful lady. She seems to really love the dogs and is very lovely to the humans. She does a good time at responding in a timely manner, and being as helpful as she can. I highly recommend her.
Liz is a wonderful lady. She seems to really love the dogs and is very lovely to the humans. She does a good time at responding in a timely manner, and being as helpful as she can. I highly recommend her.
Liz and Mike went above and beyond. They were very professional as well as flexible. They took the time to properly introduce their resident dog, Aixa, to my puppy. (They became fast friends.) Both Liz and Mike were super friendly and were so warm and welcoming of Evie. I loved that we got updates during our trip away, complete with adorable pictures! The homemade dog treats given to us as we left was just the complete icing on the cake. I would definitely use them again for future needs and would recommend them for others needing a dogsitter. It is completely worth every penny!
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Liz and Mike were absolutely wonderful with our dog. This was her first time to be away from us, and she spent the weekend with them. She loved them and had a blast playing with their sweet and well mannered girl, Aixa and came back a calm and happy girl. We are grateful that they treated her with such warmth and kindness, especially because our dog can be mischievous. Liz was the best puppy photographer---We got the cutest pictures and updates during her visit. We have already booked for a full week when we have to be out of town, and it is such a relief to know she will be well cared at Doggone Vacations.
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Our dog's stay with Liz was great. She was very professional and her lovely fenced in backyard was a perfect playground. We will definitely be using her services again- thanks, Liz!
Liz & Mike are obviously "dog" people! We have an energetic 9 month old Catahoula mix who had a great time staying with them and their beautiful German Shepherd. They took the time to have 2 meet & greets before his stay because we were concerned about the dogs getting along well (yes-we're new puppy parents and it was his first time away from us!)
Liz emailed us updates and photos while we were gone, so we had no worries about our pup. And he came home with a bag of yummy home made dog treats and a very tired dog from all the playtime! We will definitely use Liz again when heading out of town.
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Liz and Michael were great! I have a very nutty dog and they did not let on if she annoyed them all weekend. Halfway through I got a nice little update complete with pictures to know my girl was doing well.

My pup was happy and even a little calm when I picked her up - which is not the norm when she has been boarded. I definitely recommend them!
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Liz was so kind and wonderful, and my pup Dublin had a great time staying with her and Aixa. Liz was willing to work with my short notice to schedule a meet and greet before the time Dublin would be boarded so that he could get to know her and her husband and meet their dog Aixa before he would be staying with them. She was very professional and knowledgeable and it was clear she cared about the quality of care Dublin would receive. She emailed me with photos and updates while Dublin was staying with her, and even gave him some homemade goodies when it was time to go home. Liz was so attentive to Dublin that she was able to raise some concerns about his behavior that I will now be able to address to make sure that he is a happy, healthy gentleman. I recommend Liz and Doggone Vacations highly and definitely plan to use them in the future.
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Great first experience. Liz took the time to meet with me on short notice and answered all my questions. I was able to go out of town and have the peace of mind that my dog was well cared for. I received daily email updates with pictures and was able to call and check in. My dog came home healthy, happy, tired and with a bag of treats.

I've found my sitter and will definitely use Liz's services again.
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Liz was great from beginning to end. She was very responsive to all my notes online and more importantly was great with our dog! During our trip, she sent e-mail updates with pictures to reassure us that everything was going well. They have a great yard for dogs and accommodated everything we asked. I will definitely use Liz's service again!
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My pooch and his buddy had an awesome time at Doggone Vacations. They were both loved on, walked and played with as if they belonged to Mike and Liz themselves. Plenty of room in the back yard for play time and fetch. And plenty of room inside for cooling off and stretching out. They both went home with a bag of yummy treats too! Would highly recommend Doggone Vacations and will be using them again instead of a kennel, Amen Sista!
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Liz is an amazing host and Ninja was well loved and cared for. She emailed me pics while I was away so I could catch a glimpse of her relaxing. Liz even sent a baggie of gourmet doggie treats home with Ninja. I highly recommend her service! I will use Liz again in the future for sure!
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Fabulous, very accommodating, was amenable to work with my hectic schedule and last minute booking. Gave updates with photos. Friendly and trust worthy.
My dog loves to go here! Liz will send photos of my dog having fun to reassure us while we are gone, and sends her home with homemade dog biscuits.
Awesome experience! Liz is top-notch and our furry kids had a great time. I will recommend Liz and her family to everyone. She created a stress-free, fun, and caring environment. We couldn't have asked for more!
Liz and Mike were AMAZING! They are very friendly and welcoming. My dog Stella and I had a meet and greet at their house a few days for I left for my trip and they really took time out of their day to meet Stella, introduce her to their home and their dog, and ease my worries and concerns. During my trip they updated me with emails and pictures. Stella really enjoyed her time at their house with their dog and other friends that were boarding. She even learned a few tricks while I was gone! I really appreciated the love they gave Stella while I was gone. Definitely made my trip more enjoyable knowing that she was in a safe home cuddled up at the feet of a sweet couple instead of stuck in a cold, smelly kennel. I highly recommend using Liz and Mike, I will definitely be using them in the future!
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Fabulous dog vacation with caring, smart hosts! Comfy home with nice backyard and friendly, playful shepherd. Even though their shepherd is large, she was very sweet with my 12 lb dachshund mix. The hosts really understand dogs and make the environment as welcoming as possible. All our impressions, from scheduling, to drop off, etc. we're excellent.
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