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Margaret M.

44 Reviews
17 Repeat Guests
Other Sitters Nearby
  • 3 days notice required for bookings
  • Responds within 2 hours
  • Cancellation Policy:

Pet Requirements

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

Margaret's Resident Pets

6 yr 11 mo old

Margaret's Apartment

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Outdoor area
Smoke-free home
Pets allowed on furniture
Air-conditioned inside

About Margaret

12 Years Experience Caring For Dogs
Hi there! I'm Margaret

Bambi and I live in Del Ray, Alexandria. Right off the Avenue. Getting out with my dog and meeting other dogs and neighbors really energizes me! I look forward to hosting your pup at my place weekdays, weekends or holidays.

I have a small Tan Pomeranian. Her name is Bambi. She loves life! She has a reserved personality but is cheerful and is great company. She gets along with other dogs. She mainly keeps to herself and does her own thing. She's been known to keep the energy quite calm. .

I live in an apartment. I live alone. No roommates or children. Just me and Bambi. There is no fenced in backyard. Regular walks are a part of our routine. We walk a minimum of 2, 15/20 min walks a day along adding other walks which are shorter. I like to know what your pup needs for walks so we can adapt. We like to get cozy so your pup is welcome to relax and let loose!

MY DAILY SCHEDULE: I am a school teacher and do the work week thing. Evenings are flexible with visits to the park or a stroll on the "avenue".

Your dog needs to be fully house broken and leash trained. I will not walk your dog off leash at any time. Please provide leash/harness that is secure so that your pup can not wiggle out during walks or if anxious. All pups must have a tag with their owners contact info secured to their harness/collar. We like to be cozy so bring along any bedding, blankets toys or treats to help keep your pup happy. If your dog likes to be in a crate while im out, bring that along too. I accommodate any feeding schedule, walking routine or medication regiment. Just provide details if needed.

I offer boarding for $38 per pup/per night. I offer pickup/drop off service for $10 each trip. Check my calendar for availability.

I require a meet-n-greet for ALL first time guests. I am flexible after 6pm most weekdays and flexible on weekends for meet-n-greets. I require 3 days notice for all First time guest so we can do a meet-n-greet. Repeat guest are free to book last minute depending on my calendar availability.

Guest will receive a full refund when giving 3 full days notice before Vacay. Guest will receive a 50% refund if notice is given less than 3 full days before Vacay date starts.

A few shots of the pups who have stayed at the HAPPY HOUND HOTEL for Vacay are up in my gallery! You will receive great pics and updates of your pup everyday while they stay with us!

Your pup is in good hands! Thank you for considering me to host your family member!

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Can administer oral medicine
Can administer injected medicine
Special Needs Accommodated
  • Separation anxiety

Margaret M.

44 Reviews
17 Repeat Guests
Other Sitters Nearby
  • 3 days notice required for bookings
  • Responds within 2 hours
  • Cancellation Policy:


  • Available
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  • 1 Spot Left
  • Booked
  • Last updated February 28, 2017


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Services & Rates

Boarding Overnight At Margaret's Home
$38 /night
  • Watches up to 1 dog /night
  • Dogs may be unsupervised for more than 4 hours/day
  • 3-4 potty breaks/day
  • 3+ walks/day
  • Pets can sleep wherever they want
$10 each way
  • Willing to travel 15 miles
44 Reviews
Margaret watched our dog Isabelle while we were away for the weekend in October and she was great! I received regular updates and pictures, and knew she was taking great care of our pup!
This was my first time using Dog Vacay, and I am extremely happy with my experience. My dog is very shy, but got along so well with Margaret's dog. I very much enjoyed the photos and updates throughout my trip, and I know my dog thoroughly enjoyed her walks - including a trip to the Mt. Vernon Trail. In addition, Margaret did a fantastic job managing and administering my dog's multiple medications. I will definitely be using Margaret again for my next trip.
Margaret was great with my Georgia! It was very easy to set up our meet and greet, and I felt really good leaving my dog with her. She sent cute picture updates, which we really appreciated. We will definitely use her again.
My dog Molly felt right at home at Margaret's house. Margaret sent plenty of pics and updates on my dog during the visit. I was worried that Molly would be nervous since she's an older dog, but she seemed to do great! I'll definitely be bringing Molly to Margaret's again!
Our dog had a great stay! Margaret kept us posted about how he was doing, texting us and sending photos. We look forward to future stays for our dog with her.
Margaret was great!! Very easy to communicate with and kept us up to speed with texts and photos of Nash's visit. Always makes vacation easier knowing our pup is in good hands.

She had our normally shy lab mix sad to see her go when we picked him up.

Would strongly recommend!
Margaret was a great host for my dog Finnegan. She sent me regular updates and photos throughout his stay. He was obviously well cared for and comfortable.
Margaret provided excellent care for my dog; I highly recommend her!
Margaret did a great job with our dog, Paige. Paige is very smart but strong willed and does not take to strangers quickly. We will definitely use her on our next trip to Washington. Carol
Margaret was great! Our elderly dog passed away within days of the booking. We were unable to change our travel plans. We were all still grieving, especially Buzzard. Margaret treated him tenderly without being endulgant. She communicated regularly on his progress. We will definitely use her again.
Margaret was great! She watched my pup for 11 days while I went on an extra long vacation. I got pictures and updates every day and Abby came home very happy! :)
Another stress-free stay! Izzy even got to do crafts! Couldn't have asked for anything to go better.
Margaret made our first Dog Vacay experience so easy! She was very responsive from the start, and did everything she could to make sure this was a positive experience. Our pug, Duke seemed to really enjoy his time with her and Bambi! Margaret sent pictures throughout the weekend and periodic updates. We will definitely plan to leave Duke with her whenever we go out of town in the future!
Margaret is incredible. She took such good care of my 9 year old Golden. She even sent her home with a craft.
Beatrice had a great time with Margaret and Bambi - we'll definitely be a repeat customer.
Margaret is WONDERFUL! She is my go-to sitter every time I need someone to watch after my little one. Bambi is a great play pal for my fur baby as well! Love them both!
Margaret is WONDERFUL! She is my go-to sitter every time I need someone to watch after my little one. Bambi is a great play pal for my fur baby as well! Love them both!
So great! Sent lots of photos and I could tell Ollie was very well taken care of! We will be using Margaret again :)
Margaret was wonderful!! Our dog Oliver had a great time. She was so flexible with us, even keeping him a few extra days while we were moving out of our home. She sent pictures daily. We would use Margaret again in a heartbeat!!
Margaret was awesome, my old girl came home relaxed and rested. Thanks Margaret!!
This was Izzy's second stay with Margaret and Bambi and she was clearly comfortable and well cared for. So great to have such a good close and convenient option.
Margaret was great! She took care of Abigail wonderfully and provided lots of pictures and updates. When I came to pick her up, she was happy and well taken care of. Phoebe
Margaret was PAWSOME! She's truly a dog whisperer, she immediately put my little barking Chihuahua at ease and Bambi was a wonderful playmate for her during her stay. Margaret kept me updated with adorable pictures and was flexible on the drop off and pick up times. She's super friendly and I will definitely book with her again!
She sent lots of pictures, we loved it! Capone and Ange looked like they had a blast. Margaret and Bambi were great hosts. We will be back.
Izzy had a great time with Margaret and Bambi. The two pups got along right off the bat and Bambi's chill demeanor helped Izzy settle in quickly. Margaret sent pictures every day to ease my mind and it looked like Izzy was right at home. Margaret was also very flexible, responsive and and quite easy to coordinate with. I will definitely see if Margaret and Bambi are available when the next trip comes around!
Margaret was great! She was completely flexible with our drop-off and pick-up times, and it sounds like our dog Maggie started eating earlier than she normally does when we leave, which means she must have been really comfortable with Margaret.
Margaret is an absolutely great host. In talking to her, it was obvious she has a lot of experience in dog care and really knows what she's doing. She sent pictures everyday, and she was very accommodating for pickup and dropoff. I'd be very happy to call on Margaret again the next time my pup needs a home away from home!
Tallulah enjoyed her repeat stay in Del Ray! Thanks again for hosting her.
Margaret took great care of my dog. She sent me a picture update everyday. My dog come home very happy!
Margaret takes excellent care of my little one! I've already used here three times and I know Mr. T looking forward to the next time!
Margaret was very flexible with our last minute booking and was able to pick-up/drop-off Brady. She sent updates along the way so we knew Brady was in good hands. Thank you!
Alvin had a good time with Margaret and Bambi!
Margaret was a wonderful dog sitter! She kept me updated with texts and pictures of my pup and I was comforted knowing that she would let my dog sleep with her in her bed! I wouldn't hesitate to use her again.
Margaret was a host. She was able to take my dog after a last minute change in plans and sent me pictures everyday. My dog got along great with her dog, Holiday and seemed to have a relaxing weekend just like I did! i will be calling on Margaret again if i need a dog sitter in the future. Thanks again Margaret!
Margaret was and excellent host for our little Duke. Margaret sent us pic messages of Duke lounging at her home during his stay. She was kind enough to pick him and drop him for us even when there was a snafu with the key situation that caused her to make another trip!
Margaret was awesome! Very sweet and accommodating. We will definitely see if she is available next time we are in Virginia. Lexi was loved and well cared for! Thank you Margaret and dogvacay!
It was so wonderful to find Margaret to host Tallulah over the holidays. It gave us such piece of mind to know she was with a fellow dog lover! Margaret was so accommodating about pick up and drop off and kindly agreed to a meet and greet to make sure our dogs got along. Would highly recommend her to watch your pup while you're out of town.
Margaret and her pup were great with Izzy!
Margaret was a lifesaver and watched my dog over the Thanksgiving holiday. My dog and her dog got along great and Margaret was very accommodating with drop off/pick up times. I would definitely recommend her.
Margaret was fantastic (as was her dog, Holly)! We met beforehand with the dogs, which helped me to feel much more comfortable, and she answered all of my questions. When I was away, she texted me a photo of my dog every day, which made it way easier being away! I am very lucky I found her services, and I definitely recommend her!!
Margaret was a great help with Bowdy! She sent updates and pictures and he seemed to be happy (and tired) when I picked him up!
I'm happy Margaret was available to take care of my beagle, Spencer over the weekend. She sent texts to let me know how he was doing; he was also treated to a dog-park trip.

As she mentioned, her place is best suited for small dogs (25lbs or less). Margaret was flexible, which made this a good experience, overall.
Peanut Butte enjoyed her stay with Margaret and Holly!
Margaret was great. She's clearly a dog-lover and she was communicative and attentive. Peanut Butter enjoyed her stay!
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