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David E.

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97 Reviews
44 Repeat Guests
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Pet Requirements

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

David's Resident Pets

5 yr 7 mo old
Shih Tzu
4 yr 7 mo old

David's House

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Children at home (13-18 years old)
Large Yard
Smoke-free home
Air-conditioned inside

About David

35 Years Experience Caring For Dogs
You have a're going to be gone...well, we're it! Your pet will enjoy a 5 star stay while your away! We are the Preferred Rockford area Canine Caretakers and we pride ourselves in really getting to know each individual dog. Catering to their specific needs is our specialty.

David, Trent and Payton are life long dog owners who just love pups. David is an internet guru running an ecommerce site from home who can supervise the pups all day long. He has help from his 2 young assistants, Trent and Payton who wanted to start their own business to earn money to save for college. They are all supported by family pets Tiara and Gizmo who love to play and make new friends.

We have a spacious home which offers enough room for small or large guests to get comfy. Bring your pup over for day long play and pampering. There is 3+ acres of room out back for jumping, running & playing or just basking poolside in the sun. Come help Tiara and Gizmo explore our private doggie nature trails!

All visitors enjoy a neighborhood stroll several times a day. Cuddles and belly rubs by amateur masseuses provided each evening at no extra charge. We believe dogs deserve to enjoy themselves too!
Some say David can telepathically converse with certain dogs. This makes things so much easier and puts the dogs at ease! They seem to enjoy finding someone to talk with almost as much as David does!!!

We make sure to keep you updated with plenty of pics and short notes on how things are going. We want you to remain worry free and enjoy your vacay as much as your pups will be enjoying theirs.

See you soon!

Last minute arrangements are usually no problem as I am home 99% of the time.

We look forward to meeting you and your pup!

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Can administer oral medicine
Special Needs Accommodated
  • Separation anxiety
  • Leash Pulling

David E.

Online Now!
97 Reviews
44 Repeat Guests
Other Sitters Nearby
  • 1 day notice required for bookings
  • Responds within 15 minutes
  • Cancellation Policy:


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  • Last updated February 26, 2017


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Services & Rates

Boarding Overnight At David's Home
$30 /night
  • Watches up to 5 dogs/night
  • Dogs will never be left unattended
  • 5+ potty breaks/day
  • 3+ walks/day
  • Pets can sleep wherever they want
Daycare At David's Home
$17 /day
  • Watches up to 3 dogs/day
$15 /bath
$15 each way
  • Willing to travel 15 miles
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97 Reviews
We were so thankful that Dog Gone It took such great care of our four month old Lab puppies for our first weekend away from them.

These two siblings are generally well behaved but STILL, puppies! Lots of energy! It is a team effort with Dave and family! They took puppies for nature walks together and had adventures as a group!

And Dave's official welcoming committee, Gizmo, couldn't be cuter!

We felt very welcome and comfortable. It was clear that David knew what he was doing - helped us with the process. And of course they sent pictures each day and texted the first morning with a pupdate! The peace of mind allowed us to enjoy our time away!
We took our dog for a trial at David's and were so pleased with the time he had there. He came home happy and tired. We don't like kennels so this was our first separation from him.. And will defiantly use David and his helpers again.
Dave and family did a fantastic job taking care of Tee. We really appreciated the daily updates. We will definitely use them again.
Our dog just had his first day with David and it was great! Everything about this experience was wonderful and we will definitely use him again. We were actually sent an update picture while we were away. It is always comforting to know your dog is in good hands when you have him with someone else.
David and his family were awesome. We received plenty of updates and pictures of our two dogs. He was very accommodating to our huge dogs and made them feel very welcome. We will definitely be requesting a booking with David in the future.
David and his family took good care of our puppy Molly and sent us pics and update through the weekend and was flexible with drop off and pick up times.
David and his family provided a great experience and comfortable environment for our dog while we were out of town. David answered all our inquiries promptly and provided updates and pictures. We will definitely be returning.
Sophie has stayed with David and his family many times now and we are very happy with the care Sophie receives. David has been extremely accommodating and kind when we have needed him.
My pup has visited David a few times now, typically for a day or two. This time was a whole week and we were a little nervous - we shouldn't have been. David took great care of our little guy and sent photos and updates often. Thanks David!
I found David and his family to be a great place for my dogs when we are away. My dogs come home happy. I need not go anywhere else. Highly recommend .
It is such a relief to have someone care for my "furbaby" the way I do!! David and his family are beyond what I'd expected. He even keeps me updated while he is dog-sitting!
My 1yr miniature schnauzer, Watson, loved his 3 night stay with David and his helpers! I received a few updates from David & Watson during the weekend (with cute pics) but not too many that it was an inconvenience. This was Watson's first time away from home and long time exposure to other dogs. He came home tired but happy and full of snuggles! Will definitely be sending Watson back for more play time ;) Thanks!!
Dogs came home happy!
We just used David this past weekend for the first time. The dogs came home happy and tired. We got updates while we were gone and he was very accommodating as far as drop off/pick up times. Will definitely be using David again!
Its a relief to have someone to watch my little buddy when we go away. He loves it there too! It makes going away so much more enjoyable! Thanks Dave and family!
Wonderful experience, David sent pictures a few times and kept in contact while watching lyla! Couldn't have asked for a better dog vacation.
One word....WOW! You can get a sense when someone is good at what they do and loves their job and that is David. He took amazing care of our very large Newfoundland. We were hesitant because it was two weeks after a surgery but our dog came back better than when we dropped her off. Getting photos of your furry family with text messages to let you know how it is going is so appreciated when you are travelling and that David takes the time to do these things is just one of the extra touches which he adds when he is already going the extra mile. David is 40 miles away from me but I will repeat often.
Another great visit with David! He's extremely flexible and my pup seems to really enjoy visiting!
Our pup loves going to David's when we are away. We know he is safe and happy and gets lots of exercise playing with other dogs. David sends pictures and texts to assure us our little guy is doing well. Knowing our pup is always supervised and well cared for makes being away from him much less stressful. Whether it's for a week, a day, or just a few hours in the afternoon, David and his family are the best. Thanks again for taking such good care of our little guy!
Rocky had a great time at David's this weekend! They took great care of him and sent lots of photo and text updates. He came home pretty pooped. I would definitely use David again in the future!
I think David and his family did well with my two dogs. I was given pictures , which I appreciated. This was better than putting my dogs in a kennel. I like them to have interaction with people. I will rebook again with him.
We booked an overnight stay for our girl after she didn't take to traditional kenneling too well.
David offers free roaming and interaction that she needs. Absolutely worth it. Not just caged up and let out to go to the bathroom. We even received a photo of her on her walk which was so thoughtful. She came back to us happy and tired out :) Not stressed!

Would absolutely use David again and would highly recommend!
Once again, David and his family provided a fun and safe play day for our puppy. We know he is in good hands when he runs right up to David with his tail wagging. He is tired and happy when we pick him up to go home. David is very flexible, even with last-minute reservations. Thank you David and family for taking such good care of our little guy.
David took great care of our pup again - he was excited to get out of the car when we pulled up for this second stay! Thanks!
David and his family are wonderful! You can tell right away they are just great people and love dogs. Very welcoming and I know my 11 week old pup is taken care of all day! Ramsey is super excited to get there in the morning so I know he's having a good time! I especially love the pictures and messages I get throughout the day.
My pup had a great time with David. It was thoughtful of David to put up a "welcome" sign with our little guy's name - a nice touch that made us feel like David cared right off the bat. Throughout the stay, we received texts and pictures letting us know that all was OK. David was very flexible with drop-off and pickup times and we would definitely recommend for anyone who needs some stress-free care for a pet - and we will definitely be back!
Our second visit was as great as the first! Thank you David and family!
David was a pleasure to work with. Upon our arrival in his driveway, he was out to greet us before we got out of the car. He was smiling and ready to receive our dog, Josie. He assured us he was glad to have Josie, and had his son with him to walk Josie, while he helped us unload. He asked about food, sleep and schedule for our dog. We felt anxious about leaving Josie, but when we left we saw Josie scamper into his house and knew she was in good, caring hands. He texted us the next day and sent a picture. David took wonderful care of Josie and we would not hesitate to leave her with him again.
We had our puppy Bentley stay with David and his family last weekend and Bentley seemed very happy and well cared for when we picked him up. I have to take him to another boarding place for next weekend because David is not available (which is rare) so we did a trial day at commercial type boarding place. When I picked Bentley up from there I could tell he did have the best day. We will definitely be going back to David when we need to have Bentley stay somewhere for a weekend or even the day.
We have been so pleased with the care Walter receives at Dave's home. He is treated like a king and has become such a part of their family.

There has never been one issue or concern when Walter has stayed with Dave's family. He has even been known to sleep with family members and swim in their pool! I never worry about his safety as the home is on a large lot on a cul de sac.

When we leave Walter with them, we know he is in the best of care with his second family.
David was super easy to work with. Winston received lots of love and attention. We will definitely consider David the next time we need to board our dog. Thanks!
If you can tell how much fun your dog had at David's house by how exhausted your pup is when you getting him home, then our dog had the best time EVER! We arrived back home about 2.5 hours ago and our dog is still asleep! He's wiped out!! This is our 2.5 year old German Shepard who very seldom is without one of his toys in his mouth to play!!

We scheduled with David just 2 days before our trip and didn't meet before hand. It just felt right when we saw his listing. The communication with David before we dropped off our dog, and then the texts while we were gone, was fantastic!! We had never left Izzo with someone we didn't know before, and we were concerned how Izzo would behave. David texts us with updates both days and was so flexible with the drop off/pick up times! We recommend David (and his family) very highly! We can't wait to go away again so Izzo can stay with them!!
We could not have been happier to find a loving environment for our 4-month old puppy while we were away! With such a young dog, we had many concerns about a traditional kennel experience. David and his children, Trent and Peyton, took in our little guy as if he were their own. I was sent pictures and texts to assure me he was doing well during the first time he was away from us. Our experience was 100% positive, and we now feel comfortable leaving our pup in the future. Thank you, David and family, for taking such good care of our little man!!!
David did a great job taking care of Astro! He was very quick to respond to all messages. He sent us daily pictures/messages, and Astro really enjoyed his time there! Astro will definitely spend time with David and his family again!
My dogs had a great time on vacation! They tend to be scared when I leave them at a kennel or boarding place, but they felt righ at home!
I can't thank you and your family enough for taking such good care of Keesha and Kobe. You are like our extended family :)
No problems, easy to work with.
David always does an amazing job with my dog. I feel very comfortable leaving my pup with him and his family. The best is he is always available for pick up and drop off times. No waiting around! I will continue using David in the future!
Thank you again David for watching Keesha and Kobe. It's so nice going on vacation and not worrying about them. Before we found you I never went on vacation because I didn't trust anyone. I'm glad we found you :)
Very good hosts. Love dogs. Reasonable people. Good communicators.
We found out about David when we did a search online and saw a lot of great reviews. We were looking for a place for Winston our pup to hang out while we were out for the day. There was a cute Welcome sign for Winston when we arrived. David and his family were very attentive towards Winston, and even sent a text update with a picture of Winston to let us know he was doing okay. Thank you David, for taking such good care of Winston. We will certainly be back at your place soon!
David and his family are fantastic. We have used him on many occasions for our 2 yr old Cocker. He loves going there. He gets very excited when we get near their house and runs right to the door "demanding" to be let in. No look backs when we leave because he is already playing. Makes leaving him so much easier for us when we know he is taken care of and feels loved.
Our Son recently used him for his 8 yr old cocker for a week and was also very pleased.
Our Daisy was well taken care of. Being the first time we left the dog we had some level of anxiety. When I picked Daisy up she seemed happy. David kept us well informed of how she was doing and sent pictures. It is nice to have someone nearby that can provide this service. We will definitely consider his services again.
Our Lilly on a one to 10 scale is a 15! David and his daughters were very sweet to Lilly and even sent us photos of her which we much appreciated. She got along with his dogs very well. A great experience! Go David!!!
David did such a wonderful job with Dexter! He made great accommodations for him since he has separation anxiety and cannot be left alone. I cannot tell you how grateful I am that he did this. The updates he sent we perfect and I could tell Dex was so spoiled and we'll cared for. We have found our doggie sitter! Thanks David!
This was puppy Max's first time away from mom and dad so we were hoping for good things and were not disappointed. David made us feel very confident and Max had a great time socializing with new dog friends and David's family. Got lots of TLC with walks and romps in the snow. We're very happy with our experience and certainly plan on using David next time we need a sitter!
David is an amazing host, very responsive and caring. His house is large and accommodating. Our dog had plenty of space to play and run around and came back happy and healthy!
David has the most wonderful retreat for our pup. Hobbes loves going there and always comes back exhausted from all of the fun. David goes the extra mile to put our minds at ease that our pup is safe and having a blast while we are away.
I never have to worry when David watches Abbey. I know she is in good hands and will be loved and cared for.
As always, Walter enjoyed his time with the English family. This time he enjoyed the Thanksgiving holidays with them. We are so thankful we have found Walter a home away from home!
David and his family were wonderful once again taking care of my 2 fur babies. I have a family member who is battling cancer and I am having to fly to chicago alot and I know that I am leaving my dogs with a wonderful family who takes such good care of them. It's one less worry that I have and I know my dogs are having fun. The flexible drop off and pick up times is truly wonderful as well. I won't have my dogs go anywhere else. :)
David watched Abbey while I was out of the country for 10 days. He sent updates daily of Abbey having fun, playing and being loved by his children. It put me at ease to know my Abbey was well cared for and given lots of love and attention while I was away.
Another great stay of our Dog Chase, Dave is very flexible and sent update s an photos as usual he will be our top choice always for our pup. Thanks again.
Once again, David and his family did not disappoint!! Being a return client, Sheamus not only remembered where he was as soon as he saw the house, he couldn't wait to get out and get into the house!! That says it all right there!!! He LOVES his stays there! He knows he will get tons of attention, love and be babied by the entire family as well as getting to play with his new "away from home" fur family! I'm so happy and thrilled to have found someone that I can trust to take care of my fur baby when I'm away. Thank you David and family! I'm so grateful to have found you all!! :)
We are so thankful that David watched our dog over the weekend of our wedding. This was our first experience with DogVacay and David made us feel very at ease. He was quick to respond to all my calls and texts and was accommodating for pick up and drop off times. He greeted us nicely at drop off and took an interest in our pup and his needs. We received the cutest picture and up date which was very nice to see Kemper was enjoying himself. David had sent Kemper home with a sweet thank you card which was very appreciated. I definitely will be using David again in the future. I am completely satisfied with this host.
Dave and his family welcomed my dog (Brady) in their home for 4 days while I was on vacation and made him a very happy dog with a lot of TLC. Brady got out for walks and I got updates with pictures! That really eased my mind. I have always taken him to the kennel but never again! I think thats why I enjoyed this vacation so much! I didn't have to worry about my little buddy and could enjoy my time away. Thank You Dave and your family!!
David and family, Thank you once again for the great care you give Lily. We are back in Florida now, but will definitely sign up for more visits next Summer. Your care of Lily has been awesome and makes it much easier to make plans knowing Lily can be in a home instead of a kennel.
You guys are awesome. Have a great Winter and we will see you in the Spring.
Once again, our girls came home happy and had a great stay. We even booked at the last minute and they accommodated our schedule to drop off and pick them up. Great hosts.
David and his family were able to take Angel on same day notice because of a family emergency. It's really comforting to have access to a dog sitter that is as responsive and caring as David.
David and his entire family were AMAZING!!! I needed someone last minute and after a lot of research I called him. Within minutes he returned my call and fit me into his schedule to meet several hours later. Sheamus had not only a great time, David kept in touch with me while we were gone, sending pictures of him and updates. We came back to a very happy and tired puppy from all the play and attention he received while we were away. I'm very selective with whom I entrust my animals with and I have to say I was beyond pleased. He is now my #1 dogsitter and it's such a relief to know that my precious puppy will always be in good hands when mommy and daddy need a little r & r!!
David and his family were fantastic with Jett. They made us feel very comfortable leaving him in their care. Nice job. See you in 3 weeks....
This was the first time my dog was ever away from home (at age 10). David and his family made me feel so comfortable. They are such caring and lovely family, I knew instantly that they would care for my naudi pup as their own. They sent me updates and pictures :). It was a great experience and I would love to use their services again.
I had such an awesome time with David and his family! They take such good care of me. I go on walks, play with other dog friends, get lots of attention and even get to swim in their pool! If I have to be away from my own family, David's family provides a great place for me to hang out!
Thanks David!
Your furry friend, Walter
My dogs had another great day with David and his family :)
Could not have had a better experience! David and his family treated Walter like a King. He was even permitted to swim in their pool which he absolutely loved. We were worried he would want to stay with them as he was showered with so much love and affection. Thank you so much for all the pictures and texts letting us know that Walter was in such good and capable hands!
Madison had another great stay with David and family. She gets great care there. David makes is so easy to arrange for drop off and pick up. We love the pictures and updates we get while we are away. A great family for our very elderly poodle.
David and his children did a wonderful job of dog sitting my boys for the day. I was so appreciative of his flexibility in picking up and dropping of my dogs and the communication that he provided while they were in his care.
Our dog had a great time! David and his daughter took wonderful care of our Dog and she came back happy!
David and his family took great care of our 16 yr old daschund! I'm sure we will using David's services in the future!
Tucker seemed to enjoy himself at David's. We were kept updated with pictures during the weekend so we were confident everything was going well. I would recommend David to friends.
My Hobbes had a wonderful time at David's! He could not have been more welcoming and thoughtful. He even set up a doggy obstacle course for the pups and took Hobbes on several walks over the weekend. I will definitely return to David the next time I have to leave town b/c I know my pup will be well-cared for in a loving home. Thank you David!
Thank you David for taking such good care of my dogs. I was so worried about leaving them but your texts and pictures assured me they were having a good time. I love that they did an obstacle course. They are resting now so they must have had a fun day. We will see you next week :)
This is the second time that David has watched our bichon for a weekend. In both instances, our dog seemed very relaxed and content when we picked her up. In fact, the second time we dropped her off, I don't think she even realized that we were leaving her as she seemed very at ease in David's care. I believe we've found a great match in David and his family for our finicky dog.
David did an awesome job!! Jack had a blast for sure! Jack won a trophy for the fastest dig through a maz!!! I am so glad that my dog had a great time!!!
david was great! even sent pics of Cooper. Awesome!
Once again Lily came home happy and stress free, unlike when she has been to a kennel. Thank you David and family for taking care of Lily like she is one of the family.
Gracie had another great visit with David and his family. We're so glad that she is having a great time being played with while we're away. So glad we discovered dogvacay!
We had a great experience with David and his family from beginning to end. David ALWAYS responded quickly when I contacted him. Our poodle is almost 17 years old, does not hear and has limited vision. I was fearful we might have a difficult time finding a pet sitter who would take Madison for a week, but David had no hesitations. We requested a "meet and greet" and had the pleasure of getting to visit with the entire family. They were all a delight! We got updates every day including pictures of Madison. With David working from home it enables him to be with the animals most of the time. We were extremely happy with Madison's care and she will be staying with David and family again in Aug. Thank you for making Madison part of your family during her DogVacay.
David & his family are great. They took Milo for a holiday weekend last minute and took good care of him while I was gone. The pictures and updates were nice too:) When needed I will leave Milo with them again. Thank you!
We have brought Lily to David E. a few times already this Summer. David has been very accommodating when we have had last minute daycare needs come up. Thank you for being Lily's home away from Home.
I would like to say David and his family took great care of our puppy Chase. He sent pictures and updates. Chase had a great time playing fetch with the kids. I would definitely leave Chase there next time we are on vacation. Thank you again for the wonderful care you gave him.
From the moment I booked David, he was great! He responded to our request within minutes and was willing to take our howling beagle over the 4th of July weekend. He and his family were kind and have a beautiful home. Throughout the weekend he sent us pictures of our pup playing with other dogs and going for walks. David assured me that Riley was in good hands and that was a nice feeling. Having our dog stay with David and knowing he was being well cared for allowed us to relax and truly enjoy our weekend.

Thanks again,

Stephanie, Darin & Riley
My dogs had a very happy vacay with David and his family. They can't wait to go back and i feel very comfortable and confident with leaving my furbabies with them. It feels wonderful to know they are being so well taken care of.
The entire experience my dog Lizzy and I had with David and his family was great. Lizzy usually wants to stay close to me, but was comfortable immediately with David and walked right into his home as if it were her home. His family treated her as their own. Wonderful 5 star experience. Would recommend him to all who care for their dogs..
Dave and his family were amazing with our dog and we will be using their services whenever we need a dogsitter! They sent updates and provided a great environment for our dog while we were away.
Link had a great stay and we were very thankful for the flexible scheduling! Thanks for everything!
Lily had a great day with David E and family. She made herself right at home and was carrying a toy around within the first minute. David took great care of Lily. We will be looking to book again. Thanks David E. and family
Nice home & yard. David made me feel welcome & comfortable leaving my dog.
David had a very easy-going manner that put my dogs to ease. My dogs came back after a partial day of daycare tired and seemed happy. I would definitely recommend him.
This was our second time leaving Hershey with David and it was a wonderful experience again! He sent pictures on both days of Hershey having a great time, cuddling and getting belly rubs. David was very flexible with drop off and pick up times too which my husband and I greatly appreciated! We will continue to board with David!
I can tell my dog had a great time by how tired he is. I liked all the updates and I will use David again.
David and his family were great! From the moment we met them, they gave us the confidence that Fawna would be in good hands and in a home environment. And they followed through on that. We got pictures throughout her stay and she was happy and well-adjusted when we picked her up. We definitely recommend!
We waited until the last minute to take a spring break trip and were put upon a long waiting list where we usually board our dog. I happened upon this website and selected David. He was prompt to respond and willing to take Gracie. I warned him that Gracie is nervous around new people and other dogs. David wasn't scared off at all. He was very accommodating and flexible. His home and yard were great for hosting. While we were away, he sent us several photos and texts so we could see how she was doing. Having kids ourselves, his daughter seemed a naturally, safe chum for Gracie all week. Gracie was taken on walks, played with, and given freedom which would not have been possible at her regular kennel. I feel like this was a great choice for our dog. She was given lots of attention and love while we were away. I would use David again.
David was a great host! My pup had a great time with him and his family. There were a couple other dogs there with mine and they all seemed to get along. David texted us lots of fun pictures while we were gone which we definitely appreciated. I was confident that our pup was in good hands and would certainly board with David again!
We had a great experience with David. He replied to our request for a meet-and-greet promptly and was very accommodating to our schedule. When we arrived, his daughters and their friends were playing with David's two tiny dogs, as well as with a dogvacay guest dog, who looked very content. David was friendly and answered all our questions. After we dropped off our dog, Duffy, with David, he texted us some pics to show us how well she was getting along. We just picked up Duffy after a few days away and she was happy and looked well cared for. We would be glad to be able to leave her with David again.
Highly recommended!!! We had a great experience, my two pugs were given star treatment. We received photo updates of the great time they were having on their vacay. I trust their care and would use again!
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