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Marie D.

68 Reviews
54 Repeat Guests
Other Sitters Nearby
  • Same day bookings are OK
  • Responds within an hour
  • Cancellation Policy:

Pet Requirements

  • 1-20 lbs
  • 20-40 lbs
  • 40-80 lbs
  • 80+ lbs
All Ages OK
Must Be Vaccinated

Marie's Resident Pets

Pit Bull - American Staffordshire Terrier
12 yr 6 mo old

Marie's House

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Large Yard
100% fenced & locked
Smoke-free home
Pets allowed on furniture
Air-conditioned inside
Great for senior pets
Dog door access

About Marie

42 Years Experience Caring For Dogs
**Hello, Thank you for coming by;

*I am not taking any new clients for presidents day weekend with an exception for an older dog. Just contact me and we'll see if your dog would fit in with our current dogs. Thank you!!

I have been taking care of pets for 3 years on DogVacay and 8 years with a dog walking company not to mention my whole life as a pet owner! It has been a great experience meeting so many wonderful pets and their owners. ***

**** As you can see in "Pigglys" (our dog) photo: her favorite saying when describing Mommys business is; "NO WORRIES" We were "foster flunkies" with Piggly...Piggly is an older girl...12 years old who we have had for 9 years. She is extremely gentle,sweet and submissive.

Our home is best suited for those dogs looking for a calm and peaceful environment. Our dog is quiet and slow and we'd like to have her friends be that way too (some exceptions). At this time we are not taking on large high energy dogs or dogs who consistantly "mark" in others homes.

I usually have about 2-3 dogs here. Holidays/heavy weekends can be up to 5 or 6 but I prefer just 2-3 dogs at a time. It all depends on the dogs! I have quite a few very established clients so I know these dogs very well and who works well with them.

On my profile it states I may be gone 2-4 hours a day. This is a bit misleading. I rarely leave when I have dogs (especially daycare) but I picked 2-4 hours as when doing this 7 days a week, occasionally my husband and I will go out for a few hours or I may have a couple of dog walks /pet visits for my other clients (dogs are never left together unsupervised unless they are "family"-dogs we have known for a very long time and we don't have to worry about them)

Your dog may love to cuddle on the couch, take walks, run, play ball, sunbathe or explore in the large back yard..Our guest also love the comfy window chair where they can look out and watch the cats go by!

I have extensive experience in caring for dogs with special needs or in their later years in life. Don't put off getting away as there is a loving place for your elderly or special needs pet!

Here is a little about me:

Growing up as an only child in the midwest I was always bringing home strays. I've had a deep love for animals my entire life. I consider myself a pet care professional. My guests safety, comfort and happiness is my first concern and I do anything I can to make them feel at home.

**I am also a fine art photographer and artist so I am at home most of the time. I am creating a line of creative products to bring awareness to homeless animals and to help promote pet adoption.

The prices you see on the dogvacay "services" can't quite cover all is a little more info. It is best to have a "meet and greet" to get a more confirmed price and to see if your dog is a good fit for our household.

24 hour boarding:

$50....... up to 40 lbs. (small/medium)
$60........ 41-80 lbs. (large)
$70..........over 80 (may vary)

*puppies under 1 year old add $10

*drop offs start at 7am weekdays and 8 am weekends (some exceptions)
pick ups: As long as we can stay up! but must be scheduled.

*Fees are adjusted based on the level of care that your pet needs. That will be determined in the meet and greet. *** I may be able to offer 24/7 care in certain situations so if you have a situation that you want 24 hour supervision for a certain period of time let me know and I will see if I can accommodate you.

Day Boarding: All size dogs..There is still a puppy fee

$25.......up to 5.5 hours
$35.......full day 6-8.5 hours
$40.......9-12 hours

My main interest is in private home boarding/ general pet sitting, especially for injured/sick/special needs pets/ cat visits/ hotel visits/ and transport. I am only available for dog walks on a spontaneous basis (booked week by week)
I am especially great with senior/special needs dogs and find it extremely rewarding to take care of them. I am now doing airport pick ups/ vet and usda appointments and boarding before usda "sealing of the crate"

**We have a huge yard. We are on a 50x150 lot. The yard isn't very pretty. It is too large to maintain grass at this time. I am using a ground cover of rice hull and straw (horse bedding). We haven't had one guest complain! The dogs love to run and run out in the yard.

*I'll be happy to answer any questions you have just send a general inquiry.

**Also a special thanks to our very special clients who take the time to leave us a review! It really means a lot to us hosts :)

Thank you!

Marie D
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Can administer oral medicine
Can administer injected medicine
CPR / First-Aid certified
Special Needs Accommodated
  • Pets recovering from surgery
  • Separation anxiety
  • Leash Pulling
  • Not yet house-trained
  • Advanced senior issues

Marie D.

68 Reviews
54 Repeat Guests
Other Sitters Nearby
  • Same day bookings are OK
  • Responds within an hour
  • Cancellation Policy:


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  • Last updated February 18, 2017


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Services & Rates

Boarding Overnight At Marie's Home
$50 /night
  • Watches up to 5 dogs/night
  • Dogs may be unsupervised for 2 - 4 hours/day
  • 5+ potty breaks/day
  • 2 walks/day
  • Pets can sleep wherever they want
Daycare At Marie's Home
$35 /day
  • Watches up to 5 dogs/day
Dog Walking
$20 /half-hour
$30 /hour
  • Willing to travel 5 miles
$25 /visit
  • Willing to travel 5 miles
$25 /bath
$10 each way
  • Willing to travel 8 miles
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68 Reviews
Marie was wonderful with my 5 month old puppy, Cali. I was nervous to leave her but Marie was so good with her that I immediately felt better. And Marie sent me pictures and multiple updates every day so I wouldn't worry. Cali was so happy at Marie's house that she didn't even want to leave when I picked her up!
It was a good one
Marie is one of the best boarders I've done business with. I always feel very comfortable leaving my miniature dachshund with her. She's also very patient as my dog occasionally marks :o(
I've been boarding with her for about 3 years now and wouldn't think about placing my dog with anyone else. Thanks Marie!!
Marie took great care in the proper introduction with my dogs and hers beginning with walking separately then side by side. I appreciated her attention to individual dog personalities and needs, constant follow ups, updates and pics. I am someone who needs over information on the health, mental and emotional state of my dogs. Marie was a perfect match for us with a stable home, caution around home and dog safety, balanced and calm dog pack. Price during the holidays definitely hurt the wallet but was worth ever penny for piece of mind.
Marie took excellent care of my senior doggy. Very caring and loving. And it was fun to get updates and photos every day. Definitely recommend.
My Tucker can be a little bit of a handful and Marie was very good with him! I received updates and pictures daily which was so appreciated since this was our first time using a dog sitter. We will for sure use Marie again in the future!
This is our fifth or sixth time leaving our precious Holly with Marie. Hands down she is the only person I trust to watch Holly and she is the best. I would not be a repeat if I did not feel secure for my Holly's well being.

Thanks again Marie!
I received a picture and a note everyday. Very pleased with the service and personalized care.
My brother and I had to leave town for Labor day weekend so we left my dog Holly and his dog Coco with Marie. As usual Holly had a great time at Marie's house and my brother was super impressed with the care Marie gave to Coco. Coco is blind in one eye and very fragile so it is not easy to leave her with anyone so we were very concerned. Marie took perfect care of her and we were at ease. Marie is our first choice to leave our babies (Holly & Coco) with while out of town.

Thanks again Marie!!!!!
Marie was great. I was nervous to leave my girl for the first time, but Marie made me feel like she was in good hands the entire time by sending photos every day! Thanks for taking such good care of my dog! Best, Danielle
Marie was wonderful. She accepted a last minute reservation for my dog and I was able to relax and enjoy some family time in San Diego knowing my pet was in good hands. She texted me throughout my dogs stay with updates and pictures. She was also very sweet about him having a couple of accidents in her home
We've used Marie on many occasions and every time our dog, Minnie, has had a wonderful time. Marie has a nice large backyard and does a great job handling the dogs in her care. She is our go-to dog sitter.
We love our chubby bulldog Nash, and he has had several really fun times staying with Marie. Certainly recommended! - Brian
Marie provided a very loving, trusting and safe environment for our dog, Scarlette. We were a little nervous, as this was the first time ever leaving her behind, but after meeting Marie, those nerves were quickly put to rest. We received daily updates along with pictures showing Scarlette with her new found friends, which made our time away more enjoyable knowing we had made the right decision in leaving her in Marie's loving care. We will definitely not hesitate leaving Scarlette with Marie in the future! She was the BEST!
My black lab CJ had a wonderful visit with Marie! It was comforting to know he was in good hands while we were away. Marie sent pictures and a message everyday showing the fun he was having. I'd definitely recommend Marie, and CJ looks forward to going back for another visit!
We left our 11/2 yr old golden with Marie. This was his first time away from us and it was great! He went for walks and played with the other guests. We got pictures daily and felt he was in good hands. I have always had a bit of trouble leaving my dogs and miss them terribly. This time was so different. I didn't worry at all.
Thank you so much Marie.
We found ourselves in a jam at the last minute before going out of town and needed a place for our Bernese mountain dog for the weekend. We were given Marie's contact information from another sitter that we had met before in Manhattan Beach who happened to be out of town. She suggested Marie to us. Marie returned my call right away and discussed in detail about our dog's needs and care. We brought her to her home the next day. Marie took excellent care of Anbabelle, assuring she was compatible with the other dogs. She administered her ear medication, took her for walks and made sure she was comfortable in the night and even sent texts with photos to us over the weekend. We were very pleased with the care Marie gave her and especially last minute!!
5 stars!!
Marie was so kind. She did the meet and greet at my house for convenience sake as I was in a tight bind, was willing to take in a very young puppy that we were fostering, was super thorough in asking questions to get to know them and their special needs, and was very responsible in ensuring that all dogs at her house were safe and happy even if that meant separating them. Thanks Marie. I will definitely be checking in with you later!
Marie is amazing and we feel so comfortable leaving our precious pugs in her care!! She is so personable and takes great care of our fur babies!
Marie is the only person I will trust our precious Corgi Holly to stay with while we are out of town. I completely feel comfortable with the care Holly will receive from Marie. She is absolutely the best!! Holly has stayed with her on several occasions as well as this past Memorial Weekend and it was perfect as usual. I do not even need to think twice, if we need to go out of town we can always count on Marie to take care of Holly. Marie is always caring and truly knows how to handle our companions.

Thank you again Marie!!!
Wonderful goes beyond her duty Loves her job
Marie was absolutely amazing! She sent pictures and updates everyday and even gave us a cute photo of our dog when we picked her up. I will be using Marie again for any occasion where we are out of town as a result of this incredibly positive experience!

Thank you Marie!
Marie was fantastic! I had never left my Shelby with anyone and I was very anxious. I had to leave her for four nights. After interviewing four other places, I decided on Marie. No regrets whatsoever. Marie texted me and sent pictures everyday. Shelby looked happy. As a result I was able to be away and enjoy myself without worrying. It was a great relief for me to know Shelby was in good care. My dog is a very nervous dog who doesn't know how to be with other dogs. Marie helped her and made her feel safe by creating a safe space while introducing Shelby to other dogs. Marie was the first person who I interviewed who did this. She genuinely cares about the dogs. I highly recommend Marie.
Our lab Cooper tore his ACL and meniscus in his left hind leg about two weeks before our kids spring break. He just turned 13 and not putting him through surgery...a kennel wasn't an option so we thought we were going to have to cancel the trip. Luckily I found Marie.

From the first time we spoke, I felt at ease with her watching Cooper. He was having a hard time getting around and needed someone to help him get up and around and she said she would be happy to have him.

She kept in contact leading up to the reservation on what she needed from me to make sure we were set. From the moment we got to her house, Cooper was relaxed. Marie provided several daily texts/photos updating us on how our big boy was doing while we were away. I know his body language and could see he was totally chilled out.

Marie took great notes on when he needed his multiple meds and even offered us a great tip on getting him to take them (peanut butter!)

When I picked him up, he was happy and in great spirits. Cannot say enough and thank Marie for how she treated our Cooper. If you have a senior dog who may need some extra love while you are gone, make a reservation with Marie!
We have a beloved senior dog who requires medication and an extra caring touch. We have been so fortunate to find Marie! She cares for our little guy with warmth and love, and is always on top of his medical needs. It means so much to us to be able to go away and know that he is in the best of hands. We love getting updates and pictures from Marie, and we feel our dog enjoys his time there and also feels like he is on vacation!
Daisy had a great stay! Such a blessing to know she was in such good hands while we were out of town! Daisy is such a people dog, a big kennel always leaves her incredibly stressed!
Marie was amazing! She gave me lots of updates on my pup while she stayed there. I new my dog was in good hands :) I will definitely be using her again! Thanks Marie!
Our 8 week old pup did very well. Our poor little Springer did not even have a definite name! So reassuring to leave her with Marie! When we go on vacations without her , she has a home away from home!
Marie is AMAZING! I have trusted her with my dog for years and wouldn't use anyone else. Otis thanks you!!
Excellent stay for my 2 morkies! Thanks so much!
We had a family emergency out of town and Marie
was great! She responded very quickly to my last minute reservation and was extremely flexible with drop off and pick up times. Thanks, Marie for helping to decrease my stress during a difficult time and taking good care of our dog.
Marie was an absolute angel from the minute we met. Sparky really liked her and was very comfortable there. She sent text photos of Sparky to us in the evening and again the next morning to show us how happy our dog was there. I'd recommend her to anyone.

Dave Woeckener
Marie is wonderful! She took so much time talking to us during the meet & greet that I felt completely comfortable leaving Bert with her during our vacation. She was great about sending updates and pictures while we were away. She even washed the blankets we sent along with him before we picked him up. Not necessary, but certainly appreciated! I've already told Marie that she will be my first choice anytime we need help with Bert!
Marie is a wonderful host and our golden Charleigh had a terrific stay and made several new friends. Marie helps to keep us "helicopter" parents informed throughout the visit and provides peace of mind for those who find it hard to leave their furry children. She has our highest recommendation!
We rescued our fearful baby just two months ago. She loves us but shakes at the world around her, so finding the best possible care while we traveled afar was imperative for both our doggy's anxiety and ours'. When I say we hit the jackpot with Marie, I don't mean three consecutive cherries on a one-armed bandit, I mean Vegas went belly up with our great fortune. With an already full house of "clients", Marie welcomed our baby with possibly more TLC than we have. She understood our dog's limitations, respected them and by Day 3, earned herself a new fan with four legs. Marie sent at least one darling photo per day, sometimes more depending on the level of cuteness being displayed. Marie also sent detailed accounts of how our puppy was acclimating and eventually fully embracing her new home away from home. Our dog is only two years old so I look forward to a very long and frequent utilization of Marie's amazing services. Moving forward I know our dog with meat wag her tail off when being delivered into Marie's care.
Marie's an experienced dog sitter who has been willing and able to watch our 6 year old french bulldog, Pierre despite his occasional aggression near his food. My wife and I have taken Pierre to "auntie Marie"'s multiple times now and Pierre absolutely loves it.
Ms. Marie was extremely professional and quick to give me a call back to talk about Theodore's stay with her and was so welcoming and nice! I personally had a bad past experience is dog boarding at dog hotels and I was very nervous to ever let my dog out of my sight when if I were to leave town/ couldn't watch my dog. However, even when speaking to Marie, I felt so at peace over the phone and I was so thankful to have found her through this website! She loooves animals and has a heart for them and I could tell even over the phone. TWO THUMBS UP, 5 STARS For sure. She gave me multiple daily updates about Theodore and that definitely kept me at ease throughout the week! Thank you so much Ms. Marie! I will definitely be referring you and calling you again in the near future!

Holly stayed with Marie for Thanksgiving week and she would be the only person I would feel comfortable leaving our precious Holly with. After her stays with Marie I can see that Holly was truly cared for and comfortable. Marie always sends us texts with pictures and updates of Holly playing and having a good time. As you can see Holly has had several stays with Marie already and we are totally satisfied with her care.

Thanks again Marie.
Marie is the best. I had a rescued Saint that was very ill and very high maintenance ( many meds, diet restrictions, eye issues, play restrictions, etc.) Marie took the very best care of her whenever I had to leave town. I always came home to a very happy doggie and I had peace of mind. Sadly, my Annie passed, Marie was wonderful and gave me the best picture of my pup. I now have another big Saint Puppy and Marie has shown the same love for this high energy dog. I highly recommend Maire she is truly wonderful with pets.
Marie did such a wonderful job caring for our dog! She is warm, has a great yard for the dogs to run around and makes sure to give us little updates on how he was throughout the day. We live in the neighborhood and when walking near her home our dog gets very excited and wants to go in...that is a great sign that he enjoyed his stay there. I would recommend Marie to everyone!
Marie was so accommodatIng to our schedule and needs. Our two pugs had a great vacay. We really appreciate her attentiveness to their doggy needs!! Thank so much Marie!!!
Marie was absolutely wonderful with our 9-month old rescue pup, Kaia, who has isolation distress/separation anxiety. She was calm, caring and Marie's dog, Piggly, also proved to be a huge comfort to our little one. Marie even brought Kaia to the vet when she noticed her eye had some discharge and nursed her back to health like it was her own dog. The daily photo updates were a big source of comfort for us as well. We highly recommend Marie!!
Marie was absolutely awesome/pawsome! She is sweet, kind and compassionate and, obviously, loves dogs. She sent photos and texts everyday while we were away. We were only able to relax and enjoy our vacation because we knew our sweet, puppy was in such capable hands. Thanks Marie!!
Another great stay with Marie! Holly is so exhausted with her sleepover. Seems as though Holly had a great time. Thanks again Marie and we will be sending Holly over to visit you soon.
Our first time leaving our sweet Soka was awesome! Marie is so kind and compassionate. She even texted us a photo of our baby looking very content. So happy to have found a great alternative to kennel care.
Could not think of going away without Marie Absolutely beyond words The very best Bob Marcus
We had a great experience. I had to change the schedule several times and Marie was very accommodating and flexible. Our dog seemed very happy and comfortable. Thank you for the cute pictures too.
Once again Marie was great! We left Holly our Corgi puppy with her for Memorial Weekend and Marie sent us pictures with captions of her day. Holly seems to have had a great time playing with a cat Marie was boarding. You can tell if the dog is stressed or if they had a good time and Holly seems so happy! We will always look to Marie to watch Holly during our vacations.

Thanks again Marie!!
Marie is a very caring dog person. She brings warmth, laughter, and lots of personal care to each pet she boards. Thankyou Nina
We had Marie Dolphin watch our sweet dog Harvey for 3 days. She was so loving and caring.a text message with pictures daily kept us reassured he was happy and well adjusted. Definitely will be calling Marie next time we go on a trip!
This is our 2nd time with Marie. She takes such wonderful care of Cali. She would be our first choice always.
Marie took great care of our kitties, as always :) I can't recommend her enough!
Our 4 year old Cocker Spaniel Lady once again had a wonderful stay at Marie Dolphin's home!!! Marie is loving, caring and thoughtful as she keeps us up to date on Lady's well-being during her stay. I highly recommend Marie.
Lady had a wonderful time staying with Marie! I love how Marie texts me throughout the day with what Lady is up to. I know Lady is happy and well cared for. I would definitely highly recommend Marie Dolphin!
Marie texted us everyday to give us updates on our dog with photos. I loved just getting the notes each day so I knew she was okay. We definitely will use her again!
Marie was wonderful! We were in town with our family, which includes our dog and we had all-day outings planned. Marie picked up Otis (the dog) and he spent the day at her house. He came home happy and well cared for. She really made our vacation complete!
Marie was great to take on my spoiled Chihuahua. My husband and I were impressed with Marie's gentle method of making Cali feel welcome. We would use Marie as much as we can when we are in the area.
Our boarding experience with Marie was amazing . She is such an animal lover and it definitely shows through her pet care. Taddie our puppy had the best experience. We were so happy to see he had a great time playing with all the other dogs. I highly recommend Marie and her pet care. Definitely a 5 star.
Great! Super nice lady who totally worked with my crazy last minute schedule. I could tell immediately that Marie loves dogs!
Marie is awesome! Our cats were well taken care of and we came home to two happy furballs. I can't recommend her enough. We will definitely be making use of her service again!
Marie was easy to work with and took awesome care of Louie. She took photos and texted them to me throughout the weekend which I loved and appreciate. Will Bring Louie again to have fun with the other doggies and the backyard!
Marie watched our Corgi Puppy Holly over memorial weekend. She sent us progress texts with pictures of our little princess throughout the weekend. Marie takes excellent photographs which are truly professional. We would highly!! highly!! recommend Dolphin pet care and Marie. We will definitely leave Holly with Marie anytime we need to take a vacation. When we picked up Holly, Marie gave us a welcome back letter with Holly's picture in it. Marie is caring and very professional. Seems like Holly misses you Marie..
Marie was wonderful with our 9 year old Pug, Lizzie. We had never left her with anyone before, and we were quite nervous. Marie kept us updated daily and made us feel at ease, which in turn, helped us enjoy our 3 day vacation. Lizzie came home healthy and happy and had made some friends while staying there. I can tell she had received a lot of individual attention during her stay. I will be bringing her there again!
Marie is so wonderful and caring to my dog "max". Max stayed with Marie and her pack for 2 weeks while I was out of town. She emailed me max's lovely pictures almost daily. Max had a great time. This is a second time I boarded max with Marie.
Marie was wonderful and flexible. The two lovely resident dogs seemed to get along well with my 15- month-old energetic shepherd mixed, Max. Marie has a big backyard that Max loved. I plan to board Max with Marie again soon.
We did a day boarding trial run as our first visit so my pup would be familiar with Marie, her home and her resident dogs. All went very well. Marie was very attentive to my dog's needs and was sensitive to his separation anxiety. She took him into her large backyard to play and run around with her sweet and friendly dog. This helped my pup forget about his initial anxiety. Upon arrival to pick him up, my pup was comfortable and happy with Marie and her home and was having a good time. I feel this is a safe place for my dog and Marie will look after him with the best care.
We have a 2 year old special needs German Shepherd with Megaesophogus, so needless to say, it takes a special person to agree to care for him for 6 nights. He eats three times a day elevated in a "bailey box" and then must sit resting for approx. 10 minutes thereafter. Marie was not only willing to accommodate this ritual but was more than happy to put in the extra time to care for him. She is very nurturing which is the kind of person I need for my pup. She texted me daily updates which helped to put my mind at ease. When we came to pick him up after our vacation, I could tell my pup had been very happy. He had "not" lost any weight which means he kept his food down -(this is quite an accomplishment) and was very relaxed. He was happy to see us but ran back to Marie to give her a little good-by hug before leaving. I could tell my pup had grown quite attached and comfortable with Marie. The resident dogs are also very sweet and it was good for my dog to have other dogs to "hang around" with during his stay. I finally feel comfortable going on vacation now that I have found Marie to care for my little guy. I will definately leave my pup with her whenever we go on vacation or when we need a sitter for a quick overnight or day boarding. Thank you Marie!
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