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Elaine D D.

3 Reviews
2 Repeat Guests
Other Sitters Nearby
  • 1 day notice required for bookings
  • Responds within 25 minutes
  • Cancellation Policy:

Pet Requirements

  • 1-20 lbs
  • 20-40 lbs
  • 40-80 lbs
  • 80+ lbs
No Puppies
Must Be Spayed or Neutered
Must Be Vaccinated
List of Breeds Not Accepted
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Elaine D's Resident Pets

West Highland White Terrier
9 yr 11 mo old
Australian Terrier
6 yr 1 mo old
Milo (Foster Care)
14 yr 1 mo old

Elaine D'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

About Elaine D

39 Years Experience Caring For Dogs
My small doggies and yours can pal around for easy-going playtime, field trips, naps, treats, and more!

I have been a rescue dog owner since 1978, and have also fostered a 65 lb dog for 10 months, and a feisty kitten for 4 months. Currently I have 2 resident dogs and a long-term foster guest, In the past I have had up to 5 cats in the house at one time in addition to 2 dogs, I have nursed dogs through minor illnesses, surgeries, stroke recovery, and cancer. For several years I also maintained a 20 gallon aquarium.

I work primarily from home, which is conveniently located near the State Fairgrounds, Bullhead Park, and the VAMC. The Albuquerque Sunport is only 3 miles west of my home. My 1951 single story house has hardwood and linoleum floors, with many washable throw rugs for traction and comfort. There are two small steps into the house, and 2 steps into the backyard.

In my home I only accept dogs 40 lbs and under. However, I enjoy caring for larger Guest dogs as well; this includes visiting them at home, walking, and transportation. I have experience with several larger breeds between 40 and 90 lbs. Cat sitting is also something I enjoy very much (see pictures).

I do appreciate getting a list of specific words you use as commands for your pets, because it makes our time together easier. If I am taking care of a Guest still in training, I will continue your training already in progress, but I am not a professional trainer. Your pal probably won't come home knowing 20 new tricks!!

The morning schedule will be what the Guest dogs are used to (going out to backyard for yard patrol and potty, then in for breakfast). We hang out inside in the sunny spots for awhile, then go outside when the weather is nice. Sometimes the dogs get a car ride if I have errands which can be done at drive-up windows. We often stop at a park on the way home to get a little grass between our toes! Since I have home office work to do most days, the dogs will snooze or look out the window while I'm working. Sometimes they even lay across my feet if I stay seated long enough! After my lunch they might get a dog cookie or mini carrots (if okay with owner).

Afternoons I have rehearsals or appointments, give classical music lessons, and practice. Students coming for lessons usually visit with the dogs a few minutes before the lesson starts, then the dogs wander off to nap. Most evenings I am home and we may take a short walk before dinner. After dinner is always indoor play time for my resident Doggie Pals, and the Guests are encouraged to join in! Then everyone hangs out while I do quiet things like reading, sewing, or watching tv. All doggies go potty last thing, then sleep where their owner specifies. Mine are often on the bed, but not always.

Dog cookbooks and online recipes provide lots of ideas for appropriate snacks and meal supplements, unless the owner specifies no treats or human food. I split the daily portions into breakfast and dinner so they get fed twice a day, usually around 8:00 am and 6:00 pm. When needed, I will create separate feeding areas using doorway gates.

Lap time, snuggling, and ear/belly rubs are provided throughout the day and evening, pretty much whenever I sit down. There is a cedar chest in front of the living room picture window where the dogs can sit to keep tabs on the neighborhood, and I leave my doors open when weather permits, so they can see out. My pictures show many of these activities.

The backyard has a large concrete patio area, three large shade trees, a few bushes, some areas of wood chips from stump grinding, and mostly dirt for the rest. There is a dog-free 10' X 30' fenced-in garden area, and a small locked tool shed. The whole back yard is about 60' by 60' with a concrete patio of 24' by 30.' Guests will get plenty of play time or sunbathing in the backyard. Ball throwing, puppy pounce, keep away, kick ball, rope tug, bird & squirrel chasing (really!) contribute to the Vacay fun. Squirrels, prairie dogs, and roadrunners also show up from time to time. The dogs have never been fast enough to actually catch any of this wildlife; it's just a mad dash from the backdoor to the spot where the animal was.

Guests should bring their furry babies' regular food, medications if needed, special snacks if they prefer, food/water bowls, a favorite blanket or T-shirt that smells like home for snuggle time, and a crate or bed if they normally use one. DogVacay suggests you leave their favorite toys at home since they can become community property, which sometimes results in a less than pleasant stay. Plenty of toys are provided for everyone as you can see from the pictures!

My doggie pals and I would love to have you visit for sleepovers, day care, or even shorter play dates (request a custom quote for those!). Your dog will have a wonderful time with lots of individual attention.
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Can administer oral medicine
Can administer injected medicine
Special Needs Accommodated
  • Pets recovering from surgery
  • Separation anxiety
  • Leash Pulling
  • Advanced senior issues

Elaine D D.

3 Reviews
2 Repeat Guests
Other Sitters Nearby
  • 1 day notice required for bookings
  • Responds within 25 minutes
  • Cancellation Policy:


  • Available
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  • 1 Spot Left
  • Booked
  • Last updated February 19, 2017


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Services & Rates

Boarding Overnight At Elaine D's Home
$25 /night
  • Watches up to 3 dogs/night
  • Dogs may be unsupervised for 2 - 4 hours/day
  • 5+ potty breaks/day
  • 1 walk/day
  • Pets can sleep wherever they want
Daycare At Elaine D's Home
$20 /day
  • Watches up to 3 dogs/day
$15 /visit
  • Willing to travel 5 miles
$15 /bath
$12 each way
  • Willing to travel 10 miles
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3 Testimonials
Oct 2016
Elaine is wonderful with dogs and you can tell she loves meeting new ones. She has taken care of our pup for a few years now, and our dog gets so excited when we pull up to her house! He resident dogs are sweet and friendly, and she has a nice big fenced backyard for exercise and exploring. She's my go-to every time I'm in town.
Oct 2016
Elaine took care of my dog for an extended period of time while I was out of the country. She kept in touch with me the whole time and paid attention to anything that may have indicated a problem with his health and well-being. In other words she treated him like he was her own beloved pet. The best proof she took great care of him is that when I came home after 10 months he was a happy, healthy, and contented dog.
Oct 2016
Elaine is dependable, reliable and dogs love her! My pets were always relaxed and happy when I got back home so I knew she had treated them well. Thanks!
3 Reviews
Elaine is a great host! My dog spent the Thanskgiving weekend with her and it's a comfortable house with lots of toys. Very good communication on feeding/medication schedules. My dog was sad to leave her friends, but I definitely plan to bring her back to Elaine's house in the future!
This was my first time using dogvacay to house our two small dogs while traveling. Elaine was great! Elainehas 2 small dogs of her own and was sitting another one, with a total of 3 dogs at the time. We set up a quick meetup at a neutral area and introduced the dogs to each other. Then drove to her house and set everything up. She walked them and let them out frequently. It was a doggy slumber party for my two boys! Pepper and Scotti had a great time and it was worth my money.
Elaine left me with no worries at all. She kept in contact letting me know how much fun my dog was having. She was also very considerate and detailed with the care of my dog.