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Donna B.

12 Reviews
5 Repeat Guests
$35/night
Other Sitters Nearby
  • 1 day notice required for bookings
  • Responds within 2 hours
  • Cancellation Policy:
    Flexible

Pet Requirements

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

Donna's Resident Pets

Augie
Dachshund
Male
72 old
Freeway
Dachshund
Male
24 old

Donna's House

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

About Donna

28 Years Experience Caring For Dogs
For many years, Dan and I have loved and cared for so many animals the list seems to be endless. From our very first rescue puppy from Dallas Animal Services in the very early 70's (Dallas called it "The Dog Pound" back then) to our current pups, they are as important to our lives as any family member.

Though we've shared our home primarily with dogs, our list includes many fresh and salt water aquariums. In addition to our cuddly cockatoo, Melvin, we had the pleasure of living with several cats, a gerbil and a gecko we inherited when our daughter first left to live on her own. Both of our kids are career Army and we’ve been babysitters for their dogs (and sometimes kids!) during their deployments.

Our current “baby’s” include 2 dachshund mix rescue puppies. Augie & Freeway. We also have 3 big koi fish and a friendly but noisy bullfrog in our koi pond out back.

We limit ourselves to sitting 2 puppies at a time, and we also prefer smaller breeds. We love 'em all but there are inherent challenges to keeping too many, and too many sizes. The big guys have just as big of a heart as the small ones, but size is the king and we don't want smaller ones getting squashed during playtimes.

Our puppies have free access from the house to the secure, fenced and walled backyard via a pet door. They consider themselves house puppies, but they split their days between the backyard and the house. We have an abundance of shaded areas in the back with plenty of interesting nooks and crannies for dogs of average size.

As we are close to Lake Dallas, when it's play time, occasionally we visit the lake parks with our puppies, but more often, we go to a local super nice dog park to romp and socialize with other dogs. For exercise, we make daily walks to a park about a mile and a half away as long as the weather permits.

For treat time we keep healthy, tasty items for our puppies and guests, even some home made. One of their favorites are frozen bouillon ice cubes. They really get a kick out of them and they have less fat & calories than store bought treats.

PLEASE NOTE: Even though we are very flexible in our pick-up and drop-off times for daycare, please have your puppy picked up no later than 6:00 pm unless you've made previous arrangements. If you can not make it by 6:00 pm, an additional $10 charge will be incurred.
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Can administer oral medicine
Can administer injected medicine
Special Needs Accommodated
  • Pets recovering from surgery
  • Separation anxiety
  • Leash Pulling
  • Not yet house-trained

Donna B.

12 Reviews
5 Repeat Guests
$35/night
Other Sitters Nearby
  • 1 day notice required for bookings
  • Responds within 2 hours
  • Cancellation Policy:
    Flexible

Availability

  • Available
  • Unavailable
  • 1 Spot Left
  • Booked
  • Last updated October 23, 2016

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Services & Rates

Boarding Overnight At Donna's Home
$35 /night
  • Watches up to 2 dogs/night
  • Dogs may be unsupervised for 1 - 2 hours/day
  • Dogs will have full access outside for potty breaks
  • 2 walks/day
  • Pets will sleep in their own beds
Daycare At Donna's Home
$25 /day
  • Watches up to 3 dogs/day
Dog Walking
$15 /half-hour
$25 /hour
  • Willing to travel 12 miles
Home Visits
$20 /visit
  • Willing to travel 12 miles
Baths
$15 /bath
Pick-Up/Drop-Off
$12 each way
  • Willing to travel 12 miles
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12 Reviews
Excellent from start to finish. Sent us pics and always in contact if we wanted. Great stay! Scooter loved it :-)
Donna was great! We were able to enjoy our vacation with peace of mind that our dog was in great care.
Donna and Dan are wonderful dog sitters. My little Stella was so comfortable there it seemed she didn't want to leave. Stella normally only eats at home, but she ate at with Donna and Dan. Pretty Amazing!
I will definitely use them again and would recommend them to anyone with small dogs.
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Amazing and wonderful. This is THE place for your little dog. This is our first time using Donna's service and recommend her and her husband highly. Our dog is an only child and still puppy in nature with the issues that go with that. They handled him beautifully and we plan to use no other sitter ever. Sammy came home happy and that shows a great deal. Thank you Donna!
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We were very pleased with how Donna & Dan took to our Baxter ... even letting him take a swim in their koi pond (ha, ha). Baxter seemed to be very much at home with them which made his first time away from painless for us & him.
I feel so confident when I leave Mannheim with Donna and Dan. Normally I am nervous about leaving him but he loves to go to day care at their house. They have a lovely home, a beautiful back yard and they always seem happy to see him coming. The only reason I don't give them a 10 is because I'm afraid they will get too busy and not be available.
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Ive recently started leaving my puppy with Donna and Dan, and they are so patient and wonderful with our girl. They send me pictures when I am away, and sent her home with homemade dog cookies, so I know she is getting the love that she would get from us. I book them 2 times a week for daycare and just left my puppy with them for 4 nights of overnights and I knew she was in great hands. If you're looking for your dog to not only be watched, but loved like one of their own, book with them!
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Sparky loved his stay with Donna! I was a little hesitant leaving him for so long and him never having been around other dogs (other than the groomer or kennels where there are boundaries). Not only did he get along with the host's two dogs and the other dogs that were staying there, but he moped for the first couple of days back home - he definitely missed his friends! There is no doubt Sparky will be visiting Donna and her husband again (maybe even for a day, just for fun!).
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Kirby and Danny’s time with Donna (and Dan) was GREAT! I always have extra concerns about them, because Kirby has severe separation anxiety and Danny is visually impaired. I rec’d regular texts and pictures from Donna early on (and throughout) showing both dogs making themselves at home and Danny, especially, learning to use the doggy door and fitting in well! Just like being with family! :)
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My boy Marco is a bit of a handful and yet Donna was so great with him!! She sent me pictures of him playing in the backyard and assured me that all was well so I was able to truly enjoy my time away from him. Without a doubt Donna will be my go to sitter any time I need one!

I highly recommend Donna. I don't think you could find anyone better.
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Donna and Dan are absolutely the best! I was very comfortable with them and never worried about Daisy during her stay. They claimed that they would spoil Daisy and they definitely did; they took her to the dog park each day, allowed her to lounge in their dog friendly backyard, and even let Daisy choose where she wanted to eat. Donna also sent the cutest photos. They were quick to respond to email and text...a nice couple who truly love dogs! Plus they sent Daisy home with some yummy snacks! I will certainly use their services in the future! Thank you for taking amazing care of Daisy!!!
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Donna and her family took such great care of Apollo that we wouldn't hesitate to leave him with them again. In fact, we might just have to schedule some doggie daycare days for him because he had so much fun there that he didn't want to leave! This was the first time that we have left our pup anywhere. With Donna and her family though he was sooo happy and had soooo much fun that he settled right in right away and never missed us. Donna kept us informed with pictures and videos every day. In fact, She personalized some of the pictures and they were so cute and such good quality that we are thinking of getting a couple of them framed. We never had to wonder whether our pup was having fun or doing well. We cannot say enough about Donna and her husband. They went above and beyond in everything. He had a beautiful place to play in their home and backyard. And still they took him to a park so he could have even more running and exploration fun. They didn't let the cold air in Texas stop them. They wore gloves and ear muffs and played ball with him along with their two Dachsunds. Those pictures of him running and playing are priceless. We feel like we never have to worry again if we need to go out of town as long as Donna and her husband are available to take him for us. In fact, I think he is hoping we go again soon. :O) Oh and also we scheduled this Vacay at the last minute right before and during Thanksgiving and that was no problem for Donna either.
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