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Mercedes S.

63 Reviews
39 Repeat Guests
$28/night
Other Sitters Nearby
  • Same day bookings are OK
  • Responds within 20 minutes
  • Cancellation Policy:
    Flexible

Pet Requirements

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

Mercedes 's Resident Pets

Hades
Miniature Pinscher
Female
8 yr 11 mo old
Mr.
Mixed Breed
Male
2 yr 9 mo old
Other Pets & Animals: Cats

Mercedes 's House

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Children at home (13-18 years old)
Large Yard
100% fenced
Smoke-free home
Pets allowed on furniture
Air-conditioned inside

About Mercedes

12 Years Experience Caring For Dogs
Please note: I do require proof of up to date vaccinations, and some simple paperwork with your contact information and more information about your furry family member.

Wow! I have been on DogVacay for a whole year! Time does fly :-) We have met a lot of amazing, fun, loving, playful, and downright adorable dogs of all shapes sizes and breeds! (oh and some great dog parents/owners too) So, I wanted to say thank you! To those past, existing, and future guests for making my life fun and exciting and giving me that much more loves! Here is to another great year of puppy snuggles and lots of playtime:)

We are a fun, energetic, dog adoring household! I do this full-time so I will be here giving loves and supervision to your furry four-legged loved ones all day and night. Located only a mile away from the Altamonte Mall, in Altamonte Springs. Our home is a cozy pet friendly home. We have all tile floors, NO carpet. We also have a huge fenced in yard, I enjoy hanging out and spending time with our fuzzy friends, whether that is playing in the backyard lounging on the couch, playing with toys or going for walks. I am extremely time flexible and able to meet your schedule.

We have a miniature pincher, Hades . She enjoys hunting small critters in the backyard and a little stray that we have recently adopted his name is Mr. and he is absolutely wonderful with dogs of all sizes and is eager to play most of the time. We have two full grown cats K9 and Fwa Fwa.

Your dog will be welcome wherever he/she feels comfortable and be treated with love and respect. We love to capture your dogs moments of fun and leisure, and enjoy sharing them with you We are more than willing to provide your dog with plentiful exercise they will be able to romp and play at will along with the occasional walk. We are dedicated to make your pet feel as if he/she is part of our family. We also do not, under any circumstances discriminate against dogs, whether it be the breed, size, or gender. We just want your dog to feel comfortable in our home, and feel a part of our family.
**New we have a Facebook group and page! FurryFriendsSecondHome we would love to see you there :) **
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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

Mercedes S.

63 Reviews
39 Repeat Guests
$28/night
Other Sitters Nearby
  • Same day bookings are OK
  • Responds within 20 minutes
  • Cancellation Policy:
    Flexible

Availability

  • Available
  • Unavailable
  • 1 Spot Left
  • Booked
  • Last updated November 28, 2016

Credentials

Course 101 Graduate
By completing courses at DogVacay University, hosts learn about best practices to help them provide the highest quality care for your dog.
Course 102 Graduate
By completing courses at DogVacay University, hosts learn about best practices to help them provide the highest quality care for your dog.
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Pay through DogVacay for:
Premium Pet Insurance, 24/7 Customer Support and Daily Photo Updates!

Services & Rates

Boarding Overnight At Mercedes 's Home
$28 /night
  • Watches up to 4 dogs/night
  • Dogs will never be left unattended
  • Dogs will have full access outside for potty breaks
  • 1 walk/day
  • Pets can sleep wherever they want
Daycare At Mercedes 's Home
$20 /day
  • Watches up to 3 dogs/day
Baths
$15 /bath
63 Reviews
Mercedes was great on our initial meeting and made me feel very comfortable leaving my dog in her care. During his stay she communicated with me and sent pictures. He was very well taken care of and I will be using her services again.
My dog is elderly and her needs are special to her. Mercedes was willing and able to keep her routine, which made it so much easier for my little old girl to cope with me leaving her. She even made a friend with surprise a puppy.
We are so happy to have found Mercedes. We had a family emergency and had to leave town last minute. She was able to take in our dog, Rex for several nights. We loved all the photo updates! We could tell that Rex loved staying with Mercedes. :-)
Maple loves playing all day at Mercedes! She is all tuckered out when I pick her up which is great since she has so much energy.
Pup came home happy and relaxed! Happy family, happy dog!
Another nice visit to Mercedes house for my Labrador!
Mercedes is wonderful! She went above and beyond to take care of my pup!!
Always a good visit with Mercedes.
Mercedes took very well care of my dogs while I went 1 week vacation. Daily updating pictures also assured my dogs were in good care. Without her, my trip would not be enjoyable. Thx Mercedes!
Oh one more thing! My flight was delayed so I had to pick up my dogs later time then I supposed. She was very kind and understanding, even did not charge extra. Mercedes is excellent, loving person. Thanks again Mercedes. Mila
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I heard about Doggy Vacay from some of the girls I worked with. Basically it is like VRBO for your pets. I really needed a place where my Golden Retriever could be in a home setting. Mercedes was perfect. She was close enough to my house, she sent several pics and updates daily. I felt very comfortable with her that she would take excellent care of my baby. We got back Lily seemed happy and well cared for. I give her 5 STARS. I have never found a better situation for when I am out of town.
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Roxy is our baby and I was so nervous leaving her for the first time with a dog sitter. Once we met Mercedes, we felt totally comfortable leaving Roxy with her while we were out of town! We got lots of updates and pictures of Roxy during her vacay and when we picked her up, she was super happy. We will definitely use Mercedes in the future!
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Mercedes put us at ease! Loved her updates and photos she sent to us while Lucy was with her.
Mercedes is absolutely incredible! She was our first host and we have never booked anyone else because she is so reliable and available. She always updates me with multiple pictures of Vivi and narrates her day for me in hilarious anecdotes. Vivi is always tired at the end of the day and comes home and passes out :)
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Good overall experience. My pup had a blast.
This was a very last minute request and Mercedes responded very quickly and was very accommodating. She kept me updated every day, morning and night, and sent me lots of doggie picture updates, which I really enjoyed! I would definitely recommend her for your doggie daughter or son!!!
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Mercedes is great! My Great Dane puppy, Roman, is on a special diet and she was very accommodating. She was Roman's sitter for 2 days, and I got 9 pictures of him over the two days, a few of him outside, a few of him sleeping, and a few just hanging out. He came home and was so tired from all the fun he had. Would definitely recommend her and use her services again in the future. Thanks for being so great to my baby Mercedes!
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My two shih tzus were very happy! Mercedes took good care of the girls!
This was our first time leaving our new puppy, but Mercedes took such good care of both of our dogs that our biggest fears were realized - they didn't want to come home! they had so much fun playing with the other dogs, they'll probably need a few days of sleep just to recover. We received lots of pictures during our trip, both dogs ate well and were well loved. Mercedes will be our first call when we next go out of town!
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Mercedes is awesome!! Lambeau had a wonderful time and Michael and I love how well he was treated. Will definately use again!
So amazing I made a last minute holiday weekend reservation and she was so nice and kept us updated with pictures of our happy pup. Our dog had so much fun she slept for days when we got home. Highly recommended and I will be a returning customer :)
First time for me leaving my pets in daycare. Mercedes was very kind and provided quality care. I would recommend her services.
Mercedes was great! Our puppy seemed to have a great time and we were given updates throughout the day, which was great. We will definitely be bringing her back!
Mercedes was great with our dog Asher! She kept us informed of Asher activities with lots of pictures and answered all our questions during our trip.
You can see that she loves dogs and loves to make them feel at home. Asher will definetly love to play with Mr again! Thank you Mercedes!
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We would rate Mercedes a 100 out of 5!! Our pup Hollie can be quite a handful with separation anxiety and close to 50 pounds of love and energy, however with Merdedes, she got lots of play time and love! We got daily updates with pics and we know she had a great time. She will the only person/place we will trust Hollie with. No more stay at the local vet kennel!! ONLY MERCEDES!!

We cant thank you enough for taking sure good care of our girl!
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I highly recommend Mercedes! She was so kind, curious and kept is informed as to our dogs stay and activities.

This was our first time using dogvacay.com (or leaving our dog anywhere besides a resort for that matter) and we will definitely be return clients. He had an absolute blast, came back clean and completely worn out. It was so great after returning from vacation and seeing how well he did.
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First Overnight stay. A good visit!
Mercedes is a lifesaver! The first time my puppy Rad went to Mercedes, i was so nervous because he has terrible separation anxiety! When we got there he immediately felt at home. She sent consistent photos of Rad while I was out of town, and I would tell he was having a blast. She keeps a great eye on her puppies and Rad loves going to her house for daycare for his own vacation on days when I am gone all day!

I am so grateful for Mercedes and her quick responses and attentive care of my puppy!
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Another good visit with Mercedes. It is so nice to get the photo updates, and messages! He is having some fun, and loves the backyard.

2nd overnight visit. On the way to the car, he dashed back to Mercedes for a moment, trying to play, he was happy to go home, but wanted to bring her along!
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Mercedes was amazing! You can easily see how much she likes dogs and taking care of them. I'm sure my boy Obi had an amazing time with her at her place because of the way he greeted me (he was of course happy to see me but not like when I leave him at the vet or by himself for minutes). I'm so glad I've got to tried this site and you were the 1st one, Obi and I are so happy! Thank you so much for everything!
I HIGHLY recommend her!! :)
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Mercedes was amazing!! She has a wonderful, large back yard with plenty of room for the dogs to play. I could tell Sampson had fun when Mercedes let me know he jumped in the little kiddie pool and then rolled around in the mud. She is a trooper for loving on my dog!! I would definitely leave my buddy with her again. Thanks again, Mercedes!
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Harlow loves going to Mercedes'. While she has only stayed once so far she came home very happy (happier than other sitters) and Mercedes sent me several pictures which I greatly appreciated because we are in the process of moving and I am currently away from Harlow. She will definitely be our #1 choice for daycare.
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Mercedes is fantastic, we have used her on three occasions and every time has been an excellent experience. Our dogs are always excited to be dropped off and come home happy and healthy. We would recommend Mercedes to anyone.
Mercedes was wonderful! There are too many great things to say about her. She was so friendly and very professional. She also keeps you updated with lots of texts and pictures! I loved that. She made my 70 pound pitbull Nala feel so at home. Nala is usually very shy when meeting new people but she was so comfortable with Mercedes. She had about 7 other dogs staying the weekend as we'll and she introduced Nala to the dogs one at a time which was great and not overwhelming for shy Nala. If you leave your dog with Mercedes just know they will be in good hands and well taken care of! It's their home away from home! And they will also get lots of play time so they will be super tired for days after you pick them up! Look no further she's the perfect person for your pet!!! .
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This was our first time boarding our puppy and it was a good experience. She came home tired and happy. Mercedes kept in contact with pictures and comments/questions. Thank you!
Mercedes is awesome, and made me feel very good about leaving my puppy with her while on vacation. Definitely recommended.
Mercedes was wonderful with my Ellie. She treated her like one of her own. She had plenty of social time and alone time when she needed it. I returned home to a happy, healthy, and not to mention worn out puppy. This was our first experience with a sitter and I would gladly use her again. Thanks, Mercedes! :-)
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My senior Lab, back for another visit.. Glad to see text and pics again! Mercedes seems to really enjoy the dogs, and their personalities while they are in her care. Kodie is a happy camper and will visit again.
5 Paws.......My 14 year old Lab made himself right at home. Good group of dogs there, he played with his new friends a lot! So I picked up a happy, tired dog.

Mercedes took pics, and text me updates on how he was doing, which helped so much.

The home environment was a good fit for him!
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I used dogvacay for the first time and luckily made a last minute reservation with Mercedes. She was extremely accommodating and friendly. Will be my go to for my pup :)
Mercedes is excellent with dogs! I had a situation were I was stuck out of state for 2 additional weeks from the planned departure date and Mercedes had no problem taking care of my dog! She is very flexible. I recommend her if you like your dogs to socialize with other dogs too.
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Sox had a great time during the week he spent with Mercedes and I really appreciated the updates and pictures from her throughout the week! He had plenty of opportunity to run in her large yard, or just chill and watch the other dogs play. And when he was a little homesick one night, he got the one-on-one attention he needed. I appreciated all Mercedes and her family did to help Sox feel at home and have his own special vacation. I will not hesitate to bring Sox back to visit again!
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It was the best idea to leave my dog with Mercedes and her family. My dog had a great time and I received daily photos which was reassuring. I will definitely be using her services again.
Very caring person, she sent pictures and detailed messages more than once a day. Randy loves coming over.
Bailey stayed for a week, I received a lot of updates and photos. It appears that she had a great time and I would have her stay her again.
Mercedes & family are wonderful sitters. My dog loves to stay with them.
Jax had an amazing time! He completely crashed when he got home! Was also seriously depressed not having all his buddies around to run and play with! Mercedes was great and we will definitely book with her again!
Mercedes and family are awesome. She is flexible, and provides timely updates on all dogs. Would DEFINITELY recommend.
Great Sitter!!!
Mercedes and her family were very accommodating to our puppy. I really appreciated the photo updates of him having fun out in the yard with their dogs. Thank you, we will be sure to bring him to you again!
Mercedes was absolutely amazing. I felt that our Tiger had a great time playing with other dogs and being there! She has a large yard that made it easy to make the decision of leaving him there because there is a lot of room to play. Becca her daughter was also sweet and gave Tiger a lot of TLC. During our vacation I had peace of mind. We received many updates and pictures throughout the day and felt extremely happy that he was well taken care of. I will recommend Mercedes to anyone. You will not regret it! We will be using her services again!
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Mercedes and her family were absolutely wonderful. We booked them for daycare over a weekend on short notice and they were completely flexible and always responded right away. It was such a relief to have the dogs with friendly and find people and other dogs instead of leaving them at the hotel by themselves.
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We had a meet and greet on 12/9. My 15 month old husky ran circles with two mini's in the yard. We we're both happy and agreed to the arrangement. Dec 28th thru Jan 6th. I dropped off Newf at 4:30pm on the 28th as I had an 8:00am flight the following morning. She called me as I was about to board my flight to tell me she would not keep Newf. Her reason was that my dog "wouldn't leave the other dogs alone and he had 6 or 7 accidents in the house." I had to scramble to find someone to get him and arrange to kennel him.
Newf has been socialized, has been to day-care and parks numerous times, has used another sitter on this site who confirmed he had no issues like this. He is also FULLY house trained. When my daughter arrived to get Newf, she found his food and toys in the driveway and had to wait for the sitter to bring him outside. Was lucky to reach people and make arrangements minutes before a flight.
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An emergency situation came up for us and we needed a dog sitter on extremely short notice. I emailed Mercedes at 4 am and, amazingly, she wrote back within an hour or two. She was fully booked but was completely willing to accommodate our TWO dogs early in the morning!

She has a huge backyard for the dogs to play and had cots and blankets inside for the dogs' comfort. Both she and her daughter were completely comfortable handling my Husky when he got in a scuffle with another dog soon after arriving, using gentle but firm discipline. I could tell my dogs had an awesome day with her as they slept for hours when we got home! You will not go wrong entrusting Mercedes with your furbabies! :-)
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All of our dealing with Mercedes were great. She and her family obviously love animals. Jacques came home a happy, and exhausted dog! Thanks so much!
Only one word AWESOME. Mercedes, her husband and her daughter are really pets lovers. My husband and I are very grateful of them.
It was a great experience!!!!!!! Mercedes was really nice and the dogs seemed to enjoy their stay.
Our 11 year old beagle had a good time hanging out with Mercedes, Bek, and their other doggy guests! They have a large fenced yard where everyone can roam and be safe, access to the inside of the house and water bowls everywhere to stay cool. We also received picture updates during the day. We would definitely use Furry Friends Second Home again.
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Mercedes works at home and her Daughter Bec is homeschooled. It's nice to know that someone is home all the time. I received several pictures of my two dogs, Megan & Sonny everyday. They both loved the big fenced in back yard and the cool ceramic tile floors in the house. Mercedes sent them home with some homemade treats... Smelled so good, like peanut butter. Megan & Sonny loved them! We had a great experience and highly recommend Mercedes and Bec.
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Riley thoroughly enjoyed his time with Mercedes. I felt confident that he was being well taken care of in my absence.
Mercedes was great very flexible. I had to at last minute change drop off and pick up time and even last minute she was happy to accomadate.
Also, my dog is very socially impaired. Mercedes tried her hardest to get Shadow out of his safe place, but knowing it wasn't working she made other arrangements where he was safe and she didn't push to hard to make it worse.
I would definitely recommend her to dog parents with socially challenged and other happy dogs because they all were so happy.
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This was my first experience using DogVacay. Mercedes was wonderful !! Her and her family took great care of Bruzer I was a little nervous at first, like any pet owner is but she would txt me everyday and send me pics of Bruzer hanging out and enjoying himself she even took him to the vet when he needed to go. I will be using Mercedes and her family again in a few weeks.
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This was our first experience using Dog Vacay.
After reading many profiles of sitters in our area we
chose Mercedes and her daughter Rebeckha. Our dog, Godiva, is a 4 1/2 yr old Min Pin and Mercedes also has an adorable Min Pin and cats.
This was a long stay for 12 days and I worried at first that Godiva would be sad. After seeing the pictures sent daily of her activities there I worried that she wouldn't want to come home because she was having such a good time. Godiva was a little overweight, but got so much exercise she looks trimmer. Mercedes makes homemade dog treats
that smell good enough for humans and she sent a baggy full home with Godiva.

They really love animals and I am so grateful my
Godiva experienced a good vacation with nice
people in their warm home environment.
Drop off and pick-up was super easy.
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Mercedes and her daughter Beka are top rate! I was called to a last minute work event and contact Mercedes the night before I would be leaving. She responded immediately and accepted our reservation. Our girl, Sasha is almost 15 years old and moves a little slower these days. Mercedes made me very comfortable leaving Sasha in her care. She asked several questions when I dropped off our girl and made sure she understood her needs. We were contacted each day with photos and detailed updates. Beka took her out for a walk/jog each day for exercise and quickly developed a close bonded with her. I cannot say enough about this team! I am thankful to have them and plan on booking with them again.
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