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Tom W.

31 Reviews
19 Repeat Guests
$60/night
Other Sitters Nearby
  • 1 day notice required for bookings
  • Responds within 2 hours
  • Cancellation Policy:
    Moderate

Pet Requirements

  • 1-20 lbs
  • 20-40 lbs
  • 40-80 lbs
  • 80+ lbs
All Ages OK
Must Be Vaccinated
List of Pets OK for House Sitting
Dogs, Cats, Fish, Rabbits, gerbils, hamsters, or pet rodents, Caged birds, Reptiles

Tom's Resident Pets

Other Pets & Animals: Cats

About Tom

9 Years Experience Caring For Dogs
I'm a freelance writer with flexible hours who enjoys walking, playing and hanging out with dogs, and I'd love to look after yours in the comfort of its own home. I have years of experience taking care of dogs, cats, plants, and even chickens.

PLEASE NOTE: Regarding location, my range is east of Kimball, and between Uptown and Old Town (possibly in the Loop). ALSO: If your dog habitually rises before 8am, you should probably find an earlier bird than me. :)
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Can administer oral medicine
Can administer injected medicine

Tom W.

31 Reviews
19 Repeat Guests
$60/night
Other Sitters Nearby
  • 1 day notice required for bookings
  • Responds within 2 hours
  • Cancellation Policy:
    Moderate

Availability

  • Available
  • Unavailable
  • 1 Spot Left
  • Booked
  • Last updated December 9, 2016

Credentials

Background Checked
This sitter has passed a background check, which searches a variety of criminal databases.
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.
Pack Promoter
Pack Promoters are active members of the community who promote DogVacay and hosting best practices.
Phone Interviewed
Serious hosts take the time to talk to us over the phone, get their questions asked and introduce themselves personally.
Pay through DogVacay for:
Premium Pet Insurance, 24/7 Customer Support and Daily Photo Updates!

Services & Rates

House Sitting Overnight At Your Home
$60 /night
  • Dogs may be unsupervised for 2 - 4 hours/day
  • Willing to travel 5 miles
31 Reviews
Tom came by twice before our trip to meet Aiko and to go over details for her care. We left on our trip feeling confident that she would be well taken care of. Getting photos and updates was a great bonus!
We were 100% satisfied with Tom's care of our pets in our home. Tom sent us photos and messages and we returned home to 3 happy pets. This was my first time using Pet Vacay, and I will absolutely use this great service again!
I never leave my baby with anyone unless is a family member
First time I used dogvacay. I was little worried but Tom made me feel comfortable.
I got updates, cute pictures, communication was great.
Tom is really good with dogs and owners :)
Can't thank enough!
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Two thumbs way up for my experience with Tom W and DogVacay! I wish I would have called upon them sooner. Such a great experience knowing that I can go away and my dog, Happy, will be in the best of hands with a responsible, true dog lover. I can't think of a thing that I would change in the entire experience except my apprehension about my first booking. I say go for it. I know I will be a frequent return customer. Tom W - you're a true treasure!
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Absolutely loved having Tom stay at my place with my boys, and we will look forward to booking with him at a future date.
Tom has helped watch our high maintenance little pup a couple of times. He is incredibly responsive and responsible: administering medication, keeping up with her routines, and providing us daily updates. Having Tom stay at home with our Nola, not only helps with her separation anxiety, but ours as well!
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Tom really went above and beyond this time! My pup recently started having seizures, so I was very nervous to leave him, but had to go to LA for a couple of days. Even though Tom had watched them before, he came over for another run down of everything and asked me questions so he knew how to best handle a seizure. Luckily Malort didn't have one, but I had little to no anxiety leaving him in Tom's hands.

In addition to being really great with my babies, and with me, he also takes some of the best photo updates. They're better than any pictures I've taken of my own pets!
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This was our first time using a dog sitter for our 4 yr old German Shepard. We used to bored him, but he never did well. Tom was amazing! He took such good care of Bear. The pictures he sent were great, and Bear was relaxed and happy when we came home! And the house looked exactly like it did when we left! We are so thankful that we found Tom! We already have him booked for our next vacation this summer!!!
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Tom was fabulous. He was obviously very experienced. He knew the right questions to ask and was not the least bit put off by our dog's initial unfriendliness. He could tell we had a sweet but scared dog. Tom was also very, very responsive and sent us regular photos. We felt comfortable with him instantly and returned to a home filled with happy, happy pets. We could not recommend him more strongly. Well, we'd like to not recommend him so strongly in hopes he won't be booked next time, lol, but that would keep others from experiencing a great vacation with no concerns! Thank you, Tom!!
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We were very pleased with Tom! He checked in everyday with updates and photos. The house was in fantastic order when we arrived home. And the animals were very calm and happy. When we have boarded them in the past they were very anxious when we arrived home and we did not experience that with Tom. I would recommend and use again!
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Tom was the best!! He checked in with me a couple of times before my reservation to make sure all was still on track. His communication was great throughout! I received tons of great photos as well as regular texts letting me know how everything was going. This was my first time leaving Chunk and Malört for more than a day, and I had zero worries due to Tom. He was great! I plan on booking him again and would highly recommend him!
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Tom is experienced, understanding, patient, and accommodating. He stayed at our apartment over our wedding weekend to take care of our rather high-maintenance little klee kai, Nola. After our first meeting with Tom, we were put at ease leaving Nola and our apartment to him. Tom picked Nola up from daycare, fed her, played with her and administered her medication. We returned to a very happy pup. I would recommend Tom (except for the nights we would like to use him!).
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Tom was a gem. We were a last minute request, he was very accommodating and easy going. He sent updates to us with some great photos and our dogs were happy and tired when we arrived home. He also kept our apartment tidy and helped us eat some food before it spoiled. Overall a great house guest and dogsitter
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This was my first time using DogVacay and I was beyond impressed with the service my dogs and I received. Tom was wonderful to work with and truly feel my dogs were in good hands. I am very happy with my experience and would not hesitate to request Tom's assistance again.
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Tom was great! He stayed with our monsters for 6 nights and they seemed to really take a shine to him. We received regular updates from him and the little problems that popped up weren't anything he couldn't handle. When we got home, everything was just as we left it. We would definitely recommend Tom for your petsitting needs!
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I'm very happy to discover DogVacay and especially Tom and Pepper is even more pleased with all the care and attention he received. He'll be wanting me to go away more often. Tom took care of everything just right and sent pictures of Pep that eased my mind. My friends came over before I got home and were impressed how Tom left everything so neat. Makes me want to make travel plans sooner than later. I have so much anxiety going away without Pepper, but now I know there is a safe and happy way for us to have separate vacays. Thanks to Tom and DogVacay. Judy C.
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I loved and trusted Tom immediately after meeting him. He has such a great demeanor with my boys and adjusted to their schedule and habits. One of my dogs is kind of sensitive (a recue Chihuahua) and the other is a rapidly aging senior, so he is starting to require some patience. Tom was eager to learn what their preferences were and how to make them most comfortable while I was gone for the weekend. I would recommend Tom and have him back in a heartbeat!
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Tom is my go-to pet sitter! Once again, he took perfect care of my 4 goonies and my home putting my mind at ease while I was out of town.
Tom watched my dog, Huck, for nearly a week in my home. He was great about providing updates daily on how Huck was doing, even letting me know about an itching problem that Huck had. I came home to my house looking good and, most importantly, a happy and healthy dog.
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My 15 year old poodle terrier mix Sarge unexpectedly developed persistent diarrhea while Tom was caring for him during our 17 day European vacation. Tom gave him great care, kept me well informed of all developments, went to the store and cooked rice when I suggested a rice and chicken diet, cleaned up the messes and in general did everything I would have done to manage the situation. Additionally Sarge became a picky eater and Tom took care to find ways to coax him to eat.
Overall I would describe him as a conscientious and caring dog sitter. He also helped put my mind at ease by being very responsive to my questions and concerns.
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Tom is fantastic! I have 4 (yes 4) senior dogs ranging from 13 to 85 pounds. Each dog has its own personality quirks and quips, nice way of saying they can be real jerks, and Tom handled my crew like a pro. My sister usually stays with my dogs when I travel, but this particular trip, we traveled together, so I found myself in a predicament with what do I do with my dogs. They are very used to their routine and surroundings, so I didn't want to board them somewhere strange. Also, as senior animals, each has some type of medicine to take and are at different levels with their senses (ie hearing loss, vision loss, etc) and I really wanted for them to stay in their own home. A friend recommended Dogvacay and I found Tom. After reading several glowing recommendations about his care for the dogs in the home and knowing he would also stay in the home of the dog, I contacted him.He seemed to good to be true! He met with me a couple of times prior to my trip. First for the initial meet and greet which went well. He instantly put my mind at rest because he LISTENS and just has a great demeanor, laid back but attentive. He met with me a second time to go over last details and to see the dogs again. My trip was stress-free thanks to him. My dogs were wonderfully cared for and my condo was too! I cannot recommend Tom enough and I'm so glad to have found him!
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Tom was awesome! Thanks for taking such good care of our two pups!
Tom is amazing! He watched my two little dogs for two weeks in my home while we were on vacation out of the country and he did a great job. I returned to happy little pups who have obviously been well loved and looked after. I can't say enough great things about Tom and would recommend him to anyone looking for a professional, reliable, and kind dog sitter.
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Tom has been helping with my dog Lola since September, and I cannot say enough good things about him and the service he provides.

My dog is a skittish Cavalier Spaniel who never did well with being boarded, and now it's so much easier to travel knowing that she is at home and Tom is there taking care of her.

He always shows up, he leaves the place as he's found it, and he sends good text and photo updates while I'm gone to let me know that Lola is doing fine.

Most importantly, this week I got stuck out of town for an extra day due to flight cancelations. I texted Tom late and he was able to go back to my place to spend another night with Lola. He rearranged his schedule to accomodate my misfortune and to make sure Lola was cared for, and I am exceptionally grateful for that.
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Felt great to have someone so responsible to take care of Ruffles. Tom provided great updates during his stay and was very patient with my dog. Would have no hesitation recommending him.
We got married in California and then honeymooned in Kauai--all told, we were gone for almost 2 weeks, and we really wanted to get someone kind and trustworthy to look after our loving but pretty large (55-lb.) dog. Tom was definitely the right guy--he really seems to care for the animals he looks after, and gives you great peace of mind while you are away. He even went above & beyond for us by telling us about a tow-away sign that was suddenly posted beside my husband's car while we were gone. Thanks, Tom!
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Tom is smart, gentle-mannered, and very responsible--everything you would want in someone taking care of your dog while you're away. My pup isn't very people or dog-friendly, but took to Tom right away. That set my mind at ease during my vacation...I am grateful!
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Tom is awesome! He is reliable, super responsive and sends the best pics of the pups while we're away. We've used him twice now and both times the pups were happy as could be when we returned, and the apartment was in the exact (if not better) condition in which we left it. We know they are in good hands and comfortable in their own space at home. It's been the perfect setup for us. I would definitely recommend him!
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Tom came by for a 30 minute bathroom break and dinner feeding and it was great to get a text with an update and a picture. The dogs were both happy and seemed relaxed when i came home.
We were extremely happy with Tom, we were of course nervous at first inviting someone into our home to watch our dog Hoyne. When we got home the house was just as we left it and Tom stayed in touch with us throughout the week and also sent pics of our little guy doing fun activities. I would definitely recommend him, and we will definitely be using him again.
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Tom stayed with Samson for a few nights in March while we were on vacation. He was incredibly friendly and easygoing, and he sent us picture updates while we were gone. He even took good care of our place; we arrived home to a made bed, folded sheets, and a happy pup.

Tom was also very communicative, which we appreciated. The Internet went down while we were out, and he let us know—not because he desperately needed to use it, but because he thought we'd want to know.

Most importantly, we know that Samson loves him—when Tom came over to give him a walk one night a few weeks ago, Samson was so excited to see him that he could barely sit still. We'll definitely keep looking to Tom when we need someone to take care of him.
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