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Vanessa Z.

30 Reviews
6 Repeat Guests
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Pet Requirements

  • 1-20 lbs
  • 20-40 lbs
  • 40-80 lbs
  • 80+ lbs
All Ages OK

Vanessa's Resident Pets

Maltese Mix
1 yr 2 mo old
Boston Terrier
0 yr 10 mo old
Other Pets & Animals: Caged birds or Reptiles

Vanessa's Apartment

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About Vanessa

Our goal is to build lasting relationships with our clients by providing an excellent and safe boarding. Your satisfaction is our best reward!

Will send DAILY updates!!
*Videos & pictures*
We don't want you or your baby to go through any withdrawls (:

Check out our Facebook page!

Put your mind at ease knowing your dog is well taken care of and loved like they were our own.

-24/7 supervision(We work opposite schedules so your fury friend will never be home alone)
-Emergency transportation (Current registration, insurance and a valid NV I.D.)
-DAILY walks to the large UNLV campus where your dog can have plenty of exercise and play freely(3-5 times a day)
-Your dogs stay might also include a trip to the Warm Springs dog park where they separate small and large dogs so they can comfortably play off the leash.
-Follow through of any feeding schedules, bathing, exercise, and care for elderly or disabled dogs. This will allow your dog to feel more comfortable sticking to their normal routine.
-Your dog will always be free to roam around our home.
-We never give our dogs faucet water, it is always purified.
-Nutritional greenie treats!
-Dog bowls are always sanitized and refilled during each feeding.
-Short notice bookings are accepted but can not always be accommodated
-Flexible with drop off's and pick up's, we understand things can happen and you may not always arrive on time
-We can offer bathing for an additional $5 (Various Pet Heads brands, Organic oatmeal shapmoo, as well as a dry Pet Head Shampoo)

The more information you provide about your friend will allow for an amazing doggy vacation with us. We give all our dogs plenty of love and attention.

I have many references available upon your request!

Vanessa: 5+ years in pet care experience. Volunteer Work at the Sierra Safari Zoo located near Reno, NV. Caring for animals such as sloths, bunnies, Capuchin monkeys, various lizards, wild cats, and etc. My studies focus on Veterinary Science and I dream of owning my own boarding facility one day.

Spencer(My husband and co-dogboarder): Managed various pet stores located in Las Vegas, Reno, Carson City, and in AL. 5+ years in pet care experience along with exotic animals as well. (Exotic birds, lizards, various salt water and fresh water fish, etc..) My husband is currently working towards his Vet Tech degree.


Luna - DOB (04/12/2014)
Very attached to my husband. She's friendly and loves to be held. Does whine occasionally when left alone.

Khloe - DOB (07/25/2014)
She is full of energy. Loves to play. Extremely friendly and sweet. Needs to be monitored when drinking water due to her sensitive stomach.

We are currently residing in a two bedroom apartment across from the large UNLV campus. We have several large grass areas located all around the apartments.

What should you bring? 
1. A copy of the current vaccination records.
2. Dog food & treats (1 bowl). 
3. Travel crate and bed (if needed)
4. Medication. (If needed)
5. Favorite Toys

All breeds welcome up to 25 lbs. Will make exceptions for larger size if we do not have small dogs during the intended stay. Additional fees will apply.

Please be aware there are times when other dogs will be here during your dogs intended stay. If your dog has behavioral or social problems with other dogs please let me know ahead of time so I can properly accommodate you.

Note: I have boarding through DogVacay for almost 4 years now. I have always received 5-star reviews on here and on our personal Facebook page as well. I do sincerely apologize to anyone who looks through our profile. We had our first uneasy boarding experience and unfortunately received a not so good review because of it. I hope anyone who's interested in booking with us will take into consideration that I've received 21 great reviews and there's always two sides to every story. My heart breaks that we couldn't accommodate a family's needs and their pups needs as well. I sincerely apologized and wish they would have reached out to us ahead of time.
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Vanessa Z.

30 Reviews
6 Repeat Guests
Other Sitters Nearby
  • Responds within 7 hours
  • Cancellation Policy:


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  • Last updated February 22, 2017


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Services & Rates

Boarding Overnight At Vanessa's Home
$28 /night
  • Watches up to 3 dogs/night
House Sitting Overnight At Your Home
$36 /night
  • Willing to travel 15 miles
Daycare At Vanessa's Home
$25 /day
  • Watches up to 3 dogs/day
Dog Walking
$10 /half-hour
$15 /hour
  • Willing to travel 10 miles
$20 /visit
  • Willing to travel 10 miles
$5 /bath
$15 each way
  • Willing to travel 15 miles
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30 Reviews
Zoe really enjoyed her stay with Vanessa. We would definitely go back next time we are in Vegas
Here's the thing... Don't agree to take in a 3 month old puppy if you just moved into an apartment that doesn't really allow dogs. I made sure to include every detail I could think of about my puppy and requested the reservation weeks in advance to make sure everything was squared away before my trip. The experience started out great, and Vanessa and her husband seemed fit for the job, until they seriously asked me to pick my dog up... for barking. Being in another state, I had to ask around to find a friend that was able to pick her up and watch her for the last night. I was disappointed more than anything because it looked like the couple was experienced and had great reviews, so although I have nothing against them, I felt as though I needed to leave this review for other dog owners who are looking for a place for their pup.
Everything was wonderful!!
I felt like our dogs were well cared for. Vanessa was very communicative, and flexible with her times -- we needed a sitter from 6pm to midnight and we thought that might be tough to find, but she was fine with it. She is clearly a dog-lover -- our Dolly can be very skittish with new people, but within a moment of arriving, she was in Vanessa's arms and clearly very comfortable. She has a small dog was very friendly.
Took great care of my Yorkie.
This is the third time we have used Vanessa and we will continue to use her! Our Trixie is a bit scared but warms up quite well at Vanessa's! I love Vanessa's flexibility and quick/easy communication!
This was the second time we have used Vanessa and she was exactly the person our Trixie needed. Very happy with her and will continue to use her when we are in town!
We loved Vanessa and her husband. Our dog, TJ didn't seem to want to leave! We made our reservation at such short notice and they were able to accomodate him. They were great communicating with us and even sent us pictures of TJ during his stay. I'll definitely be taking my dog to Happy Paws the next time we go to Vegas!
Vanessa did contact us after this review, apologized and explained that she was having a bad couple of days. Again, we’d like to point out that she was kind enough to drop off/pick up Charley without the extra charge. She also pointed out that Charley did have an accident in the house on her furniture - which, we truly appreciate and sincerely apologized for when it occurred. However, we were never told we had to pay for it and we would have gladly done so if we had realized that she was expecting us to do so. We understand that this was her home, and we truly feel terrible that this happened - the only thing we can say is that dogs do sometimes have accidents (especially when they are new to their surroundings and are nervous), and maybe in the future she can note that dogs who might have accidents will not work for her. With that in mind, these circumstances don’t explain the fact that Charley did not have enough food left in his bag when we specifically measured it to be around three weeks worth, and that it ran out because we had to buy new food when we weren’t anticipating to do so. Moreover, we only found out that Charley wasn’t fed in the morning because we asked her, and we were not informed prior. We also understand that she was nice enough to take on Charley even if it was a busy time for her, but if she knew she could not take on Charley and that they were not a good fit, we would have understood and been comfortable with her telling us this and even taken him back earlier to avoid her feeling uncomfortable and stressed. Also, none of her concerns regarding Charley were ever expressed to us until after we wrote our first review. Again, this review was not to meant to be hurtful, just truthful. And even though she wasn’t a good fit for Charley, we truly wish her the best of luck because this was just our unique experience.
It was great to have Vanessa and Spencer watch our pup on pretty short notice before the holidays! Krueger loved his time with them and we even got a viideo update on him playing while we were gone. Dropping him off and picking him up was simple as well.
Dusty had a great time at Vanessa's. She communicated often and was very nice. I'd definitely recommend her.
Vanessa was super nice and took great care of Puck! He had a lot of fun playing with her dog!
Vanessa and Spencer are true animal lovers and kind, caring people. They were very accommodating with drop off and pickup and treated Charlie like a member of the family. We'd definitely recommend them and will be back the next time we're in Las Vegas!
Vanessa and her husband were very flexible and helpful in the reservation process. We are out of towners who came to Vegas for a few days. They took great care of our Trixie even helping to break her out of her super shy shell!! We will use them again if we come back to Vegas---too bad Vanessa isn't in my hometown! I especially appreciated the daily text updates and pictures. Great experience!!!
Venessa was great! She was patient and kind to my baby. Venessa is definitely a great choice to leave your beloved dogs with when you come to Vegas and need some time alone or cannot be with them!!
My girls love staying with Vanessa. She is reliable and devoted to your fur babies. Use her, she rocks! 5 paws up...
Vanessa was awesome w my pups. I got pictures, updates on how they were adjusting every day- which for doggie owners is a must so you can enjoy your Vegas Vacay! Khloe is also a great host. I was able to arrange pick up and drop off which was a huge bonus. I am a devoted customer on our future trips. Thank you again for your awesome customer service ????????????????
Vanessa and Spence were once again great hosts taking care of Hercules. She was really communicative and provided updates. She was even able to drop off Hercules at the convention center where I was. Highly recommend!!
Vanessa was more than accommodating and sent pictures every day! We had a very unique situation and she was ready for anything we had come her way. Cali and moo were so relaxed and at ease when they got home which made me feel so happy and I know they were well cared for! Thank you guys! Boo on hotels that don't allow dogs, but thank goodness for Vanessa and her husband ??
Vanessa is a great host! Took amazing care of Bacon and was super pleasant and incredibly flexible. Bacon would gladly stay with Vanessa again!
Vanessa and Spencer were great! Drop off was easy and they were awesome about out super early pick up time. The dogs seemed happy when we picked them up! I would definitely have my pups stay with Vanessa again!
Vanessa and Spencer we're terrific hosts. They are clear communicators and kept us up to date (even sending photos) of our pup while we were away.
I feel comfortable leaving my dog with them. Thanks for looking after Vader!
We traveled to Las Vegas for the weekend and needed a sitter for our little dog Mindy for the day.
When I requested a meet & greet, Vanessa responded immediately which meant alot to us and indicated she was responsible and truly interested.

We dropped Mindy off early in the morning which Vanessa had no problem with. Mindy got along great with Vanessas dog "Frank", he is such a little love. Mindy seemed happy and well taken care of when we picked her up in the evening.

We highly recommend Vanessa to anyone. Mindy will definitely be staying with her when we visit Las Vegas again. Thank you for taking such good care of our little girl.
Vanessa and Spencer were fantastic! I dropped my girl off when I wanted and picked her up when I wanted.
Vanessa is studying to be a vet and is so sweet. Took pictures when I wanted and checked in on my dog's idiosyncrasies to make sure everything was normal. All questions were answered respectfully and she never treated me like a crazy, obsessed dog mom (which I am.)
They live in an apartment (so maybe not good for big dogs) and have a (super sweet and happy pug) dog of their own, so walks are guaranteed. Spencer told me they take the dogs to a field at the college campus (close by) for fun and frolicking.

My girl was just as happy when I picked her up as she was when I dropped her off, and that speaks volumes to me. This was a happy home, and I will be glad to leave her with them again if I need to.
I definitely recommend them – they were absolutely great! Their pug Frank was a very coo little dude.. Thx again Nessa!
I was really nervous about leaving my puppy Belichick for the night. Vanessa was understanding and helped put my mind at ease. The minute we got to Vanessa and Spencer's place, I knew Belichick would be well taken care of and do just fine. They have a really wonderful pug named Frank, and Belichick just adores him. Vanessa was great about sending updates and pictures. I did a one night trial to see how Belichick would do. I am going out of town for several nights in a couple of weeks, and I wanted to feel comfortable leaving him then. Belichick will definitely be staying with Vanessa and Spencer! Thank you guys for taking such good care of my little boy!
Vanessa and Spence were really attentive and took great care of my pug Hercules. Despite my overbearing requests of asking for updates, they were able to provide updates constantly either via the app or directly via text. They also have a very friendly and playful pug named Frank who got along great with Hercules. It's clear that Vanessa and Spence are truly passionate animal lovers, and I would not hesitate to have them watch Hercules again. I would highly recommend them without any reservation to all my friends near Vegas.

Their location is also quite convenient, especially for travelers to Vegas. Their apartment is about a mile or so off the strip, so you can easily drop off your dog and go enjoy Vegas while resting easy that the beloved pup is only a short distance away!
I cannot possibly give a higher rating to these wonderful and attentive hosts for our dog Buster Brown. I was initially very hesitant about leaving Buster with complete strangers, who also had a little dog. I was also worried about the host having an apartment setting as opposed to a house. However, my worries were needless because Buster could not have received more loving care, outside experience, and fun with Vanessa and Spencer's cute little Pug, Frank, which was very obvious through pictures that Vanessa sent to me throughout all the days that Buster was a guest in their home! Additionally Vanessa gave me the option of visiting Buster if I'd wanted to do so. This couple obviously care very much for dogs, and I feel so happy to have chosen them as Buster's caregivers while we were having fun in Vegas without having to worry about Buster and how he was doing.

I also want to thank these host for having very reasonable rates for the care of your dog and my dog too! In planning a vacation it is difficult to factor in a large fee for the care of one's animal, and consequently, one may decide they can't afford to go on vacation! But when one is able to find such care at such a reasonable rate, it makes that vacation possible! I appreciate these host, Vanessa and Spencer, as well as DogVacay, for allowing us to have an opportunity to vacation in Los Vegas. We could not have done it without both of you! so a big thanks to all!

Finally, I would like to let anyone know that I give the biggest "thumbs up" recommendation for this organization, and these host! If you have any questions please do not hesitate to send me a personal e-mail or even call me directly! WE LOVE LOVE LOVE THIS SERVICE and I'm posting the above to Facebook for my friends to see and use too!
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