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Karina N.

11 Reviews
5 Repeat Guests
Other Sitters Nearby
  • 1 day notice required for bookings
  • Responds within 30 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

Karina's Resident Pets

Russell Terrier
9 yr 1 mo old

Karina's House

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

About Karina

30 Years Experience Caring For Dogs
I can't even tell you all of the benefits to both you and your dog(s) when you keep them out of a kennel. The peace of mind, health, and well-being are amongst the top reasons I will never put my pets in a kennel ever again. It's almost a certainty they will come home sick and smelly. But when they're with me, they will be a VIP guest receiving exceptional care and attention.

I've cared for my dogs and pets for the majority of my life, and my experience is with all types of personalities and dispositions. I appreciate and respect the needs of our canine family members, and will care for them as my own when they are with me. I put the needs of my dogs first. I am observant and diligent in my efforts to provide a loving and positive environment for all of them. Something to also know about me is that I incorporate consistent training with all my guests. My kitchen is strictly off limits to all my pets, so I provide frequent reinforcement of this rule through positive and reliable (treat and/or verbal) reinforcement. What's nice is my guests soon learn it's right at the edge of the kitchen where a treat may be in store. ;)

When it comes to aggressive and rough play, I am careful not to ever let this escalate to a point of discomfort or hyper activity for both dogs and humans. I take this seriously as it's important for there to be reasonable boundaries and safety measures in place for your pups. There will be lots of ball, tug of war, and head scratches, but I leave wrestling up to the WWF.

What's wonderful is that I live right around 3 adjacent lakes totaling about 2 miles of walking opportunities. The paths are extra wide with ample room for everyone. This is an optimal way for your canines to release energy, get great exercise, and enjoy the fresh air! If ticks are an issue, I also live on a mile long circle where we can enjoy pavement away from tall grasses and water, if necessary. I have a garden level entry right to the back yard and lake, so stairs are never an issue for small, young, or senior dogs. If your pet enjoys the sun, my home has 31 windows, a light and bright play room JUST FOR THEM, and a "sunning deck" for your dog's enjoyment. :) I also have a big shady tree on the side of my house, so if it's nice out, we can enjoy the fresh air and plenty of cool spots to relax, watch the leaves blow, and sniff whatever it is our puppies are always sniffing. ;) Please know I'm always ready and happy to help your dogs spend their energy in fun and enjoyable ways.

One thing that may be unique about me is that I am a conscientious canine leader and strive to keep a calm balance on walks and all interactions (human and otherwise). I don't ask my canines to lead me around the block; rather, I take that stress and burden from them and allow them to just enjoy the view by my side. This not only provides positive discipline and a bonding experience, but also lets them know they can trust me to take care of them.

Your dog will enjoy a 10-15 minute morning and afternoon walk and and 2 additional potty breaks. If your dog has additional needs, just let me know. Weather is a factor, so if it's extremely hot or wet, times may vary for that sake of your dog's comfort and well-being.

We are a dog-loving family, and we each take pride in making sure your dog is content and loved from drop-off to pick-up.

A few extra notes:

I'd like to know about any medical conditions and food allergies. I offer healthy all natural home-made pumpkin peanut butter treats for my customers, but only with the owner's approval. I respect owner's wishes and needs for consistency.

Secondly, I'd like to know if your dog has any triggers or aggressive behaviors with other animals/dogs. For example, does your go bananas for rabbits or squirrels? Do they feel insecure around large dogs? This is really important for me so that I can keep your pet family member safe and feeling good.

Finally, is your dog accident prone in certain situations? I know all dogs feel embarrassed when this happens, so I'd like to do all I can to prevent this from occurring.

NOTE on RATES: Puppies, holidays, and extended daycare hours (more than 10 hours) incur an additional charge. Please ask me for a custom quote if any of these situations may apply.. Boarding is per 24 hours, so if your pick up time is after the 24 hour time period, daycare charges will be added on a pro-rated basis. Daycare is for up to 10 hours, so additional time will incur an additional fee.
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Can administer oral medicine
Special Needs Accommodated
  • Pets recovering from surgery
  • Separation anxiety

Karina N.

11 Reviews
5 Repeat Guests
Other Sitters Nearby
  • 1 day notice required for bookings
  • Responds within 30 minutes
  • Cancellation Policy:


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  • 1 Spot Left
  • Booked
  • Last updated February 21, 2017


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Services & Rates

Boarding Overnight At Karina's Home
$40 /night
  • Watches up to 4 dogs/night
  • Dogs may be unsupervised for 1 - 2 hours/day
  • 3-4 potty breaks/day
  • 2 walks/day
  • Pets can sleep on my bed
Daycare At Karina's Home
$32 /day
  • Watches up to 3 dogs/day
$25 /bath
$15 each way
  • Willing to travel 10 miles
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11 Reviews
We were gone for the weekend and Jackson stayed with Karina. She was very easy to work with and Jackson had a great time. We will definiately use her again.
Karina is wonderful!! They made Leo a part of their family and he loved it! She sent pictures and videos each day so that I could see how happy he was. He can't wait to visit again!
Karina took good care of our puppy while we were out of town. She definitely went above and beyond to give us peace of mind that our pet was well taken care of in our absence.
Our elderly lab came home happy and obviously well taken care of. Thanks, Karina!
Karina was terrific and took great care of our puppy. She sent us photos and checked in with us throughout the day. We knew our pup was in great extremely capable hands.
Karina and her family were excellent hosts for my little Sprout! We are new to the Virginia area, so this was our first experience with Karina and it went flawlessly. Karina was flexible, accommodating and she sent lots of picture updates. Within a few minutes, Sprout seemed comfortable and right at home. Thanks again for hosting her Karina!
Kaitlyn & Sprout
Lovely person, has a good little dog who kept my dog company. It's a great comfort to know you can leave home, and your dog will be fine. Thank you DogVacay--you perform a valuable service.
I've been very pleased with Karina's care. She is very professional, accommodating, kind.
Karina and her daughter were fantastic! Great visit for my boxer who can be a bit challenging at times. Would use many times again.
Karina was excellent at communicating with me. Super fast and enthusiastic about caring for my pet. She send pictures which I really appreciated. I would use her again for dog walking and recommend her highly.
Karina was awesome - she took great care of our lab and made her feel right at home. Its easy to see that Karina is a total 'dog person,' and we knew that ours was in great hands for the weekend. Would definitely recommend her!
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