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Debra A.

29 Reviews
22 Repeat Guests
Other Sitters Nearby
  • 3 days notice required for bookings
  • Responds within 3 hours
  • Cancellation Policy:

Pet Requirements

  • 1-20 lbs
  • 20-40 lbs
  • 40-80 lbs
  • 80+ lbs
All Ages OK
Must Be Vaccinated
List of Breeds Not Accepted
Pit Bull - Bull Terrier, Bullmastiff, Cane Corso

Debra's House

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Medium Yard
100% fenced
Smoke-free home
Pets allowed on furniture
Air-conditioned inside
Dog door access

About Debra

25 Years Experience Caring For Dogs
I am a Holistic Health Coach and Certified Consulting Hypnotist for people and work from my home. I love to walk and walking a dog makes it so much nicer.

We lost both our dogs in 2014. I love dogs (and so does "Grandpaw"), and taking care of them, so I decided I would be a "GrandMUTTer". I can walk em, feed, and love em, when you can't, and like a grandmother, take very good care of your pet, then return them to you...perhaps a little spoiled.

I am experienced with puppies as well as older dogs. Our most recent pets, both rescued, were Zoe, our Wire Hair Fox Terrier, who developed Degenerative Myleopathy at 11. She used a cart until she left us at 13, and Dakota, a sweet Shiba Inu that lived until 15.

We have a warm, friendly, loving home, and at this point of life I am best served helping others with warmth and care of their fur babies.

We have a sun room (to keep an eye on the birds and squirrels) with a doggy door, very nice secure fenced yard, and weather permitting, two walks a day.

Although my profile shows that I only accept up to Medium size dogs, I do accept dogs up to 50 lbs.

Note; A Guest dog needs to be socialized and get along with other dogs as I have "regular" Guest dogs. I don't want to be in a position to not be able accept them.

Thank you for considering me.

aka, Grandmutter

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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

Debra A.

29 Reviews
22 Repeat Guests
Other Sitters Nearby
  • 3 days notice required for bookings
  • Responds within 3 hours
  • Cancellation Policy:


  • Available
  • Unavailable
  • 1 Spot Left
  • Booked
  • Last updated January 11, 2017


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Disaster Relief
This sitter has completed training for the DogVacay Disaster Relief Program and volunteered to help displaced pets in the event of a natural disaster.
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Services & Rates

Boarding Overnight At Debra's Home
$40 /night
  • Watches up to 3 dogs/night
  • Dogs may be unsupervised for 1 - 2 hours/day
  • 5+ potty breaks/day
  • 2 walks/day
  • Pets will sleep in their own beds
Daycare At Debra's Home
$30 /day
  • Watches up to 3 dogs/day
Dog Walking
$20 /half-hour
$30 /hour
  • Willing to travel 5 miles
$30 /visit
  • Willing to travel 5 miles
$25 /bath
$20 each way
  • Willing to travel 15 miles
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29 Reviews
Jorgi loved his weekend with Debra and Grandpaw! They took great care of Jorgi and Jorgi even got to watch a movie! Jorgi can't wait to see Debra next month!
5 Paws for Debra ! My two dogs were truly given loads of attention, care and love which exceeded my expectations. I know they had loads of dog-gone fun with her.
Debra was great!! She was wonderful with our Zuma and we would definitely recommend her. You can tell that she really loves and cares for the dogs she watches. We will be using her again in the future.
Debra was wonderful with my small poodle Emmie. She is so good with dogs and Emmie loved her stay. Will definitely want to have Debra watch Emmie whenever I have the need.
We had such a positive experience with Debra and DogVacay! Our girl was in good hands and I could tell when we picked her up that she felt comfortable with Debra and her husband! We received photos of her while we were away and little captions that helped to assure us that she was having a great little vacation of her own! Debra is a great dog sitter who will treat your pets as if they are her own. I'm so pleased with our experience!!
Debra is absolutely wonderful! My 2 little dogs are new to DogVacay so I was a little nervous about how they would behave. Debra was so welcoming and caring, from the first minute we arrived! She truly loves these animals and treats them as if they were her own. I know that when they visit her again they will be cared for in every good way!
Highly recommended!!! Debra took top notch care of our Zoey and Bailey. It was no easy trick since Zoey is 11+ years & is slowing down a bit and Bailey is 1-1/2 years old who loves to play -- their needs are very different. I received many pictures and updates during our time away and wondered if they would even want to come home ;-)

Don't hesitate using Debra -- your dog will be in good paws, I mean, hands!!!

Kathy H
My dogs had an excellent stay and one dog has diabetes and poor eye sight. Debra administered his insulin on schedule everyday.
Numerous walks for both even without requesting them.
She far exceeded a normal routine for a host if there is a normal.
Debra was great!! She knows exactly what to do with my crazy guy who pulls everywhere when walking. She has a large back yard and a very puppy friendly house. She consistency sent me photos of how my pups day was going. I highly recommend her.
Debra is a absolutely wonderful dog sitter! She welcomed my little cocker spaniel, Bruno with open arms and he loved her back. I felt very comfortable going on vacation, knowing he was in good hands. Her home is a very clean and dog friendly environment with a safe fenced backyard. I feel very lucky to have found Debra and will use her again in the future.
Really Love Debra I have a Chihuahua who has separation anxiety and Debra did a great job helping him through all the stress. I would highly recommend her for your pet. Don
Debra took our old and young dogs for a long weekend. I received numerous photos and comments on the photos about my dogs which showed she absolutely was right on about their personalities and quirks. I felt it was as if they were staying with a family member. Debra has so many "dog friendly" things in her home it makes me feel like my home is too strict or sterile for my pets!! I truly wonder if my pets ever missed me while I was gone because it seems like they had reached "pet Nirvana" at Debra's.
Our puppy loves Debra...There is no higher praise! He came home after a 9 day stay happy and healthy! Grandmutter and Grandpaw are wonderful!
Debra was wonderful! We had a few changes to our plans before our date and she was very flexible and accomodated our changes. Once we arrived she spent time with us and gave our three little dogs a full tour of her home. During the stay we received several updates and pictures. Everyone was well taken care of. If we return to the area, I will use her services again.
Debra is great and our dog loves her! She is always excited to stay at her house, and comes home happy! We recently left our newest dog with her for a week and he had a great time! She has a nice, fenced-in yard, and takes the dogs on lots of walks. Her house is very dog-friendly! I would highly recommend her for your pups!
Sam had a wonderful time with the GrandMUTTer and GrandPAW. They were so caring and kind to Sam who has some anxiety issues. Debra sent text updates with pictures to let us know how he was doing. I would highly recommend Debra and will use her again anytime we need to go out of town!
It took us a long time to find the right dog-sitter, and Debra is A+++

She took excellent care of our little Zoey, who is a rescue and doesn't warm up to people very quickly, but within a day she was laying on Debra's lap.

I received texts and photos during her vacay too, which was such a nice touch.
Debra was the perfect person to leave my little Finnegan with. We had an extensive "meet and greet" to make sure our fur baby would be comfortable in her home before hand. Finn enjoyed his time there and came home happy,healthy and a little worn out from all the activity with her other guest.I would recommend Debra and her husband one hundred percent and I know Finn would as well.Looking forward to having Finn stay there again during our travels.Thanks Grand mutter and Grand paw for giving us peace of mind....that is HUGE!
We couldn't be more pleased! We are very reluctant to leave our senior dog with anyone as he has had a couple bad experiences with boarding. She was very loving, kind, and playful and our dog came home happy and healthy! He even came home with a new favorite toy!

I will never consider leaving him with anyone else again! Thank you, Grandmutter and Grandpaw too!
We are so lucky we found Debra! Payton loves to stay with her and feels right at home. Once again we were able to relax and have fun on our vacation without worrying about her and her care. Debra is awesome about giving her lots of attention! She walks her daily and just lets her hang out with her when she is home. Debra even went out to Petco to get more food when she ran out this time! We highly recommend Debra!
Debra and her husband were delightful as soon as we walked into their home. Their love for dogs is evident. Rocco quickly felt comfortable in their dog-friendly home, filled with toys, treats, and a doggie door, which made the experience better--it's as if Rocco was on his own vacation. My dog takes several medications which is what worried me, but Debra's attention to detail eased the process. She sent pictures and gave me updates on a daily basis. I could tell that Rocco had a great time, and as much as he was eager to see me, he was in no rush to leave his new "Grandmutter." Their home is just as warm as they are. I would highly recommend Debra to anyone looking for an amazing sitter and will continue to use her in the future.
Debra was/is a Godsend, both to us and our rescue dog, Chauncey! His stay with Debra was only the second time he was with anyone other than my husband and me. Additionally, we met Debra the same day she cared for him, yet, he did surprisingly well, even amidst a big thunderstorm (which usually is another source of anxiety). Debra is welcoming, knowledgeable and experienced in working with rescue dogs and their owners. She opened her house up by telling us in advance to walk in as if we were already familiar and "at home." We also appreciated an enclosed, yet, fairly large back yard. This was the first of many proactive steps Debra (and her husband) naturally made to provide a relaxed, calming and accepting environment for both worried pet parents and a doggie who has tended to be hyper-vigilant, anxious and fearful. Debra gave Chauncey his space, yet, was attentive without dominating. When we picked him up, he did not exhibit anxious behaviors, but instead, more "normal" ones. We were relieved and pleased as punch. We will definitely make use of Debra's excellent "grandmutterly" skills again. This gives us a good reason to come to Chicago again soon!
Debra is an absolute dream come true! She is genuine, attentive, and most importantly loves dogs(my dog as well) as much as I do! She is wonderful with my fur baby and wonderful with my schedule as well! She is thee best on here!!
It took me a while to find someone that I would feel comfortable leaving our dog with, but we are extremely pleased with Debra. Tito felt very much at home right away. Really nice to get a picture and text about how he was doing. Even the ride home was remarkable because he was very calm laying in the back seat after having a nice walk before we picked him up. Thanks again - we'll be back.
Scout spent a beautiful Sunday with Debra and her husband. They took such good care of him! They took him for a nice, long walk, spent time with him outside and cuddled with him inside. I appreciated the photo updates, even though it was only for a day!
Once again, our dogs had an excellent time staying with Debra! While we were out of town we had a family emergency that required some travel rescheduling and Debra could not have been more accommodating and understanding! It really put us at ease knowing that our pups were taken care of while we dealt with something else. They can't wait to go back!
Payton loved her stay with Debra! She received a lot of one on one attention and seemed to feel right at home with her! Debra is fantastic with dogs and knowing what they need to feel comfortable. Payton went on long walks everyday which is her favorite activity to do. She understood Payton's anxieties and was more than willing to accommodate to them. We will definitely be returning to Payton's new grandmutter soon!!
Going into the dogvacay experience, I was certainly very apprehensive but that very quickly changed after our meet and greet with Debra. I can't say enough good things about our experience! She was attentive, responsive, and provided an excellent environment for our pups while we were on vacation. Not only did she spoil them with lots of walks but she has a yard for them to run in - truly a vacation for our city pups. She provided plenty of updates and pictures and really put us at ease that the dogs were in very good hands.

When we returned it almost seemed as if the pups were disappointed they woke up at their home instead of at their "grandmutter's" house!

I know that we can't wait to use her again and I'm sure the dogs feel the same way.
Our dog had a fantastic stay with Debra! Their home and yard is very dog-friendly. Our dog came home happy and wiped out from all the playtime. We definitely plan to book with "Grandmutter" and "Grandpaw" again. We know our pup is looking forward to it!
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