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Elaine D D.

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10 Reviews
4 Repeat Guests
Other Sitters Nearby
  • Requires Meet-n-Greet to book
  • Same day bookings are OK
  • Responds within 5 mins
  • 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
10 yr 2 mo old
Australian Terrier
6 yr 4 mo old

Elaine D's House

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

About Elaine D

39 Years Experience Caring For Dogs

Plain Beef Jerky Bits
Memorial Day: Grilled Salmon Skins
Hall Ball Fetch (4 Balls at Once)
City Park Tour (a different park each day of stay)

This is a great environment for older or low energy dogs, or dogs who might need special care while you're gone. Soft music and a close, watchful eye make this dog-friendly environment low-key! I'm a classical musician, home most of the day, and provide lots of love and attention.

In my home I accept dogs up to 25 lbs for boarding and daycare. At your home, I enjoy caring for larger dogs, cats, or aquariums as well; this includes drop-in visits, walking, and providing transportation. I have experience with several medium breed dogs up to 65 lbs.

Nearly 40 years as a rescue dog owner and 11 as a dog care professional allow me to provide the competent personalized care your dogs will appreciate. I have fostered both dogs and cats for 2-10 months when needed. In the past, I have lived with up to 5 cats at one time; I also maintained a 20 gallon aquarium.

If your dog needs special food or medication, that can certainly be accommodated. In the past I have also provided drop-in visits for pets who need medication at a specific time. I have nursed dogs through minor illnesses, surgeries, stroke recovery, and cancer. My animal care skills increase not just with experience, but with proactive continuing education in medical, training, and behavioral issues. I am serious about providing a safe and fun experience for your dogs!

I work primarily from home, which is conveniently located near the Albuquerque Sunport, I-25, KAFB, and the State Fairgrounds. 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. For safety and convenience, I either close doors or put up doorway gates to control access, and to separate dogs during mealtimes if needed. There are also several dog beds around the house.

Knowing specific words or visual signals you use as commands for your pets makes our time together easier. Your dog should be reliably house-broken before I can accept them here, although I understand accidents due to anxiety or medical-related issues. If a dog is still in training, I will do my best to continue any 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 earliest-rising Guest dogs are used to (backyard for patrol and potty, then in for breakfast), because once the first one is up, the rest of the dogs follow. We may 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 small dog cookie or mini carrots (if okay with owner).

Afternoons I may have appointments, give classical music lessons, or 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 activities. All doggies go potty last thing, then sleep wherever they are comfortable. Mine are often on the bed, but not always.

Dog cookbooks and vet-approved online recipes provide lots of ideas for appropriate snacks and meal supplements, unless the owner specifies allergies, 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 fun. 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. Please 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! Your dog will have a wonderful time with lots of individual attention.

P.S. A great sleep-over should always include a party bag, in my opinion! Who knows what kind of treats might show up once they unpack at home??
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Can administer oral medicine
Can administer injected medicine
Post-surgical pets
Special Needs Accommodated
  • Pets that require medicine
  • Separation anxiety
  • Pets recovering from surgery
  • Leash Pulling
  • Advanced senior issues

Elaine D D.

Online Now!
10 Reviews
4 Repeat Guests
Other Sitters Nearby
  • Requires Meet-n-Greet to book
  • Same day bookings are OK
  • Responds within 5 mins
  • Cancellation Policy:


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  • Last updated May 19, 2017


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Services & Rates

Boarding Overnight At Elaine D's Home
$30 /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
$25 /day
  • Watches up to 3 dogs/day
Dog Walking
$15 /half-hour
$15 /hour
  • Willing to travel 5 miles
$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!
10 Reviews
Jazzie enjoyed her second boarding experience with Elaine, while I enjoyed peace of mind in Santa Fe during the Cinco de Mayo weekend. I'm thrilled to feel complete confidence leaving Jazzie in Elaine's care, and I'm blown away by how she goes "above and beyond" anything I'd expect from any caring boarder! I returned to find Elaine had repaired Jazzie's bed which had started coming apart at the seams. Wow!!! Then, while unpacking Jazzie's overnight bag at home, I found a goody bag filled with Jazzie's favorite dental bones. When I thanked Elaine for such thoughtfulness, she said a good sleepover should always involve a party favor bag! I'm now considering staying overnight with Jazzie the next time I board her with Elaine!
Elaine is great with dogs (and people too), and her home and yard are pet friendly. Jazzie thought so also, since she felt totally comfortable with Elaine and her two dogs. It was wonderful to see her clearly enjoying being part of a pack, since she's an only dog at home. If she could vote, she'd definitely give Elaine, Westscott and Jill two thumbs way up! It's comforting knowing I have a place to board Jazzie that we both like. I whole-heartedly recommend Elaine to anyone needing a safe and happy place for their pet to stay!
Elaine is great with dogs (and people too
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