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Mrs. Mary B R.

76 Reviews
38 Repeat Guests
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  • Responds within 55 minutes
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Pet Requirements

  • 1-20 lbs
  • 20-40 lbs
  • 40-80 lbs
  • 80+ lbs
All Ages OK
List of Pets OK for House Sitting

Mrs. Mary B's Resident Pets

Shamrock the Wonderdog
Mixed Breed
10 yr 1 mo old

Mrs. Mary B's House

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

About Mrs. Mary B

40 Years Experience Caring For Dogs
Hi! I am a dog-loving widow with a lovely house, complete with a big doggie sundeck out back. My dog Shamrock also belongs to the nearby Core Creek Dog Park, where he plays/runs/ socializes with his canine pals at least once a day. I have volunteered at two different rescue groups, and champion the cause of dog rescue/adoption. I have a wonderful business dog-sitting here in my community, and wish to offer my services to other dog lovers/owners. I send out daily bulletins/updates to the dog-parents who leave their pups in my care. I am also adept at administering special diets and meds to our guests. I enclose photos of some of my clients, all of whom have also become my/Shamrock's friends! Please also know that I tailor our schedules around our guest's stays. We will also come to your home to stay with your pup(s)! Some dogs are happier in their own environment, and we are acquiescent to that fact. Shamrock is locale flexible; as long as he's with me, he's happy! For your peace of mind, I will provide for you a current Commonwealth of Pa. criminal background check, proof of safe driving record, and child care security clearance
Also!!!, please tell your friends in the DC/Northern Virginia/Maryland area that Shamrock and I would be happy to come to their homes to dog/house sit for them. After living in DC's Dupont Circle neighborhood during my late husband's 20+year-long career with National Geographic Magazine, we enjoy that area, and love going back. The same goes for NE Pa., where we have lots of friends and relatives in Scranton/Wilkes-Barre and the Wyoming/Lehigh Valley, and all of New Jersey. Have Shamrock, will travel!
Should you choose to contact us (and we hope you do!), please include the proposed dates when you may be needing our services. PLEASE ALSO COMPLETE FULL INFO SECTION ON DOGVACAY TELLING ME ABOUT YOUR DOG! Please also note that we cannot take large dogs over 40 pounds. Many, many thanks for reading about us!
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Mrs. Mary B R.

76 Reviews
38 Repeat Guests
Other Sitters Nearby
  • 3 days notice required for bookings
  • Responds within 55 minutes
  • Cancellation Policy:


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  • Last updated February 13, 2017


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Services & Rates

Boarding Overnight At Mrs. Mary B's Home
$35 /night
  • Watches up to 5 dogs/night
  • Dogs will never be left unattended
  • 5+ potty breaks/day
  • 3+ walks/day
  • Pets can sleep wherever they want
House Sitting Overnight At Your Home
$35 /night
  • Dogs will never be left unattended
  • Willing to travel 25 miles
Daycare At Mrs. Mary B's Home
$25 /day
  • Watches up to 3 dogs/day
$20 /visit
  • Willing to travel 25 miles
$10 each way
  • Willing to travel 25 miles
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76 Reviews
Mary has been wonderfully taking care of our good friend Juca (12 year old Lhasa Apso). We can't thank her enough. Mary has been responsive, reliable, and constantly send us updates and photos.
Mary was a delight. She is loving and very understanding of the ways of puppies. My puppy Sold came home happy and well cared for. I will definitely use Mary again
Mary and Shamrock were the perfect hosts. Clayton really enjoyed his time with them and hopes to come back soon!!!!
Mrs. Mary is awsome! Our Lilly had a great stay she snuggled with her other 2 doggy freinds she made over Mary's house. Mary even gave Lilly a Christmas gift and was so sad to see her go. Mary sent us updates and pictures of our Lilly through out the day and told us how she was making out. Seeing pictures of .Lilly enjoying her self made us so happy to know she was in great hands! Lilly will be going back in February for a longer stay and we are excited for her that she doesn't need to go to a kennel! Highly recommend Mrs. Mary to you, she's a loving caring dog lover!!!
I can't thank her enough - I adopted 13 year old Charlotte 2 months ago and was very concerned leaving her for Thanksgiving day but could not take her with me to my relative's house because of number of people - Mary was excellent - we met before hand and introduced the dogs for about 1/2 hour - I felt totally comfortable leaving Charlotte there from 9 am till 10 pm - I was going to leave her overnight but Mary was very flexible in the pickup time and 10 pm was great for me - there were a few accidents because Charlotte wasn't familiar with Mary's house but Mary was very understanding and I would not hesitate to leave her again - Mary gave her her medicine with no problem - she ate her dinner with a few pieces of turkey for Thanksgiving which she never had before but Mary said she liked - she truly loves dogs and I can't recommend a better person - my first time but I know won't be last -thank you Mary
Mary is awesome. She is wonderful with our two dogs and is able to welcome them each time with open arms. Mary is an awesome human being who makes sure that the dogs are taken care of wonderfully and we are informed of their progress at all times
Caleb and Tumaini had a different vacation spot this year. They spent time with Ms. Mary and Shamrock. The dogs seemed to get along well with everyone at the house. They weren't stressed, or skittish when I went to pick them up. Ms Mary sent me messages and photographs so I could see how well they were doing.
I've driven past her home since I picked them up, and Caleb stands in the car window and whines to go visit!
I feel very comfortable leaving them both with Ms Mary and Shamrock again. She even followed Calebs dietary/ allergy restrictions when she gave them treats. They both received "going away" presents when they left.
They stayed in a wonderful "dog friendly" home, full of love and care. A great "vacay" for them both!
Mrs. Mary was wonderful with our dog. She's a dog lover and took such good care of him! We loved the frequent updates and photos. We would recommend her to all!
As usual Mary B and Shamrock treated our Ralphie like royalty We all Love Mary B
Mary B was wonderful to our fur baby Ralphie. He has visited with her many times- this was a 2 week trip and Ralphie was treated royally. If you want a sitter who will take the truly best care of your pet, Mary B is the answer. We even received some yummy treats baked just for us when we picked Ralphie up. Who- by the way didn't want to leave MaryB and Shamrock.
Morrie W
We have been using Dog Vacay for a couple of years now and always choose/request Mrs. Mary B and Shamrock to host our 9-year old Yorki-Poo Tucker. Tucker has never been boarded in a kennel, he is also very high strung and always has separation anxiety when we leave him BUT Mrs. Mary has the magic touch! Literally, moments after I drop him off he is relaxing into a nice massage. I would call Mrs. Mary the Doggy Whisperer. Usually we are gone for about 5-7 days a couple times a year and a few times over the week she sends us reports and photos. I can feel comfortable leaving my 'first' while we travel, it really helps us to relax knowing that Tuck Tuck is in safe hands. We appreciate you, Mrs. Mary.
Mary was fabulous with my dog! She took such good care of him! I would recommend her to all! She was so good with my precious dog!!
Mary was wonderful to our dogs and I felt completely at ease knowing they were in their own house and not in a kennel. Mary kept their routine, played with them and sent daily updates which was awesome!
Mrs. Mary B R is the absolute best! She is a dog lover through and through and took wonderful care of our Audie, making sure that she was comfortable, fed, and loved during our trip. She kept us posted with daily texts and pics. When we came to pick Audie up, she was smiling and happy! We will absolutely bring Audie back for more care and love. We strongly recommend!
Mary and Shamrock were extremely accommodating for our meet and greet as well as drop and pick-up. The warmth of Mary's heart clearly exudes beyond the care for our furry friends. She really does treat them as family members and offers them the same hospitality she would any human visitor.
Mary took excellent care of my Honey and gave me a worry-free vacation.
I loved the frequent updates and photos of Honey
Playing with her sweet dog, Shamrock and.the other dogs in her care. She treats them as her own.
Thank you Mary and Shamrock!
Ruth and Honey
My name is Bentley and I had a great time on vacation. Mary is really nice. She spoils me just like my mom and dad and I had a great time playing with Shamrock!
Our dog had a wonderful stay and we had a lot of peace of mind knowing that she was well cared for.
This was the first time we had our dog stay with Mary and it was a great experience. We had an opportunity to meet twice beforehand to go over details and see if it would be a good fit. Mary has a huge heart and genuinely cares about the pups she watches ... and their families. We will definitely be using Mary again.
As usual, Yaffi had a great time at Mary's!! I always feel great leaving her in such good hands!
I can't imagine a better person to leave our dog with. Mary loves dogs and they love her. Our Buddy can be very shy but he immediately warmed to Mary which made it much easier to leave him with her for 2 weeks. Mary even delivered him to our house at the end of the trip which was greatly appreciated as we had just finished a 14 hour journey. I will definitely use her next time we travel.
I have said it before and I will say it again. Mary and Shamrock are fabulous! They are the dynamic duo for our dog Elsie. Many Thanks!
Our Ralphie had a wonderful second stay with Mary B!
Mary was a kind and loving sitter for our fur baby. I had a medical problem taken care of that day but had no worries about our doggy since he always gets wonderful care at Mary B. Mary even sent home with us some yummy cakes she had baked for us! I can wholeheartedly recommend Mary B and Shamrock for the care of your family pet.
Thank You Mary B and Shamrock!
Morrie W
Mary was wonderful! She updated us on how our Bert was doing during our trip which was a huge relief. He definitely had a great time and came home acting his normal self.
She is the best! Yaffi loves staying with Mary and Shamrock where she gets lots of love and attention! She always comes home happy and content.
Our pups were happy and tired when we picked them up after a multi-day stay. Mary was responsive, reliable, and sent us cute updates throughout our trip. We will definitely be back!
Nothing but great things to say about Mary! Our dog had a great time with Mary and Shamrock. We'll certainly be going back to her next time we need a sitter. Highly recommend!
Mary is a gem!
What a great experience dealing with Mary! She is so warm and inviting! My dog is usually shy and has a hard time adjusting, but she seemed so happy and very well taken care of. I think she misses being there! I highly recommend Mary and Shamrock!
Mary's the best! I feel so comfortable leaving Lulu in a loving home.
This was our first time with Mrs. Mary B and she was beyond our expectations and absolutely fantastic! She is quick to respond to any emails or texts, sends you photos of your pup throughout his stay, and of course as soon as you meet her you know she is amazing with animals! When dogs stay with her they are treated like one of the family. Our dog loved her and we felt completely comfortable leaving him in her care. We would definitely recommend her to anyone in the area and will be using her services again in the future. Thank you so much Mrs. Mary B! You are amazing!
Mary's the best!
Mrs. Mary B stayed at our place and watched Hootie. Hootie is a bit shy and she was mourning the loss of her brother, Milo, so I was hoping some other dog interaction might help her get out of her funk. Mary B. brought Shamrock and Jewels (a neighbor's dog) played together with Hootie in our backyard. From the pictures that Mary texted to me, we could tell Hootie was enjoying her time with Mary & Shamrock. Now we are setting up regular play dates so that the fun can continue.
Mary's great! I highly recommend her. She periodically sends pictures of my dog so I know she's all right and having a good time.
Mary's great with Lulu. So welcoming and loving. I feel very comfortable leaving my doggie with her.
Mary is a very warm and friendly lady, and my dog Lulu seemed very happy and healthy when I picked her up. We will be back! Jeff & Lulu
Mary and Shamrock are sweethearts! We were apprehensive to leave our timid dog when we went away, but Mary and Shamrock made her feel like a part of their family. I think she was a little sad to come back home with us. She was very well taken care of and my kids love Mary too!
Thank you Mary and Shamrock for taking such great care of Noelle, she'll be back soon...
Thank you Mary, We appreciate your wonderful care for Elsie as always.
Mary was wonderful..our pups were very happy to be at her home romping with her dog Shamrock. We will definitely use again.
I cannot say enough wonderful things about Mary Reep. Our dog is very attached to myself and my husband and her home. Mary has won her over along with her sweet loving dog Shamrock. Thank you Mary for another great dogVacay stay.
Beyond expectations! Mary went above and beyond anything we could have imagined. She was mindful to make Tanner feel loved and at home. She even took him and some of the others to petsmart to have a picture taken with Santa! He came home happy and exhausted from his fun overnight stay. I can't think of a better person to watch over our pup while we're away. There is no better alternative than taking our dog from one loving home to another. Mary is an invaluable asset and we are booking Tanner's new stay today!
Mary B R was wonderful with our furbaby ! This was the first time we had left him with someone other than family and our doggy had a terrific experience. We even received e-mail posts and pictures. Mary B surprised us with a goodies basket for both our pet and us including a new toy for him. Mary B taking care of our pet gave us great peace of mind that he was well taken care of in a loving, safe and caring environment while we were away. He enjoyed his weekend as much as we did ours and did not have to be in a crate crying as he is a very anxious dog.
We were very pleased with Mary B. and her pet Shamrock.
Thank You Mary B, Our pet will be back to see you. Thanks Dog Vacay for Mary B R
Mary and Shamrock were absolutely wonderful! It was clear she settled right in as part of the family. Got lots of pictures and updates from Mary along the way as well as some very thoughtful parting gifts. Dixi also got to go to the dog park every day as well. Have booked with Mary a couple times and about to book one more.
Mary is really marvelous with our dog Elsie. Elsie is sometimes aloof but Mary and Shamrock bring out the best in her. It is such a wonderful feeling knowing your pet is in such good hands while on vacation. Thank you Mary & Shamrock.
Mrs. Mary is a dog lover, and they love her back! Honey and Dante had a great time spending lots of time at the dog park and forming their own pack with Shamrock - they'll definitely be return customers.
As usual, May had a wonderful time with Mrs. Mary B. She has been there several times, and Mary takes wonderful care of her. She is very happy there.
Mary B and her faithful companion Shamrock were the perfect hosts to our dog Elsie. Shamrock even gave his spot up on the sofa for Elsie. Elsie was calm and happy when we picked her up. Mary said she ate well and adjusted to her vacay enviorment. We really liked Mary and would definitely use her again. She has a loving way with our four legged pets. Thank you for a positive experience. Mary & John
Mrs. Mary is absolutely perfect! At our meet and greet, it was obvious that Mary would be terrific because she immediately understood our dog Jack and his quirks. Mary's own dog, Shamrock, was very accepting of our dog. Mary is most thoughtful and caring and it is so evident that she loves dogs. We feel we have found new friends! While we were away, Mary sent us detailed reports with great pictures via email. Mary provided Jack with lots of exercise each day at the dog park. Mary went above and beyond caring for our dog and we are completely thrilled to have found her.
We can't say enough positive things about our experience with Mary. She was so caring and loving towards our pug, Franklin and we really felt that he was well taken care of.
Each day she sent us an email and pictures of Franklin.
She also arranged for a very convenient drop off and pick up. Our daughters were sad to leave our Disney vacation, but Mary had thoughtfully arranged a basket of things for them when we picked Franklin up. She gave them framed pictures of Franklin and little stuffed animal puppies. We were very happy with Mary and would certainly recommend her to others!
Mary took wonderful care of our Nellie!! Her love of dogs is so evident, and she makes it seem she loves our dog the best! Nellie had a fabulous time, and it was so easy for us too!!
Mary is just the best. Treats our dog like her own. It feels so great to leave our dog in such good hands when we are away.
Great, as usual. Mary cares about, and takes very good care of, our dog.
Mary is a fabulous host. She is very good with us and with Timmy. She gave him his medicines on time. He missed her when he back with us. Thanks Mary
Mary is a wonderful person and an amazing dog sitter! We have boarded our Vanna with Mary and her dog Shamrock numerous times now and we couldn't ask for anything more. It is just great to know that Vanna loves going to see Mary and Shamrock and that she is well taken care of while we are away. Thank you Mary!
Mrs. Mary B. and Shamrock are the BEST! They took care of our two lab/rhodeshian ridgeback mixes 9-yr old dogs for us for 5 nights. We didn't want toput them into a kennel, so we tried Dogvacay and Mrs. Mary B. She gave us updates through the 5 days and that made us feel so much better (and at ease). Milo and Hootie will be coming back to see Mrs. Mary B. and Shamrock again soon. We highly recommend her. She is very good with dogs and loves doing this. A match made in heaven!! THANK YOU!!! Howard & Kristi
Once again, I believe May had a wonderful time with Mary and Shamrock. They both seem to like May, and May seems to like them. She will be staying with them again!
If there was an option of giving more than 5 stars I would choose that option. We've been sending our boys (Leo & Roscoe) to spend time with Mrs. Mary B R for a while now. Every single time that they have spent at her house, they've been loved for and cared for. She takes care of them just like her own dog Sahmrock who is super cool.

Thank you for taking such good care of our boys.
I can't thank Mary enough for taking such good care of our Rocky, while we were away for my son's wedding in FL!! Rocky is a very sensitive and nervous animal. Mary took the extra time to make sure he was happy and comfortable in his new situation. I wouldn't have had the peace of mind to be away, if it hadn't been for Mary's constant e-mails and pictures of Rocky and Shamrock enjoying their time together. Thanks to Mary, (and Shamrock), I know I can finally get away once in a while without feeling the guilt of leaving Rocky behind!! Bonnie & John
Mrs. Mary was an absolute delight to have care for our Jenna! My husband and I have never left our baby with anyone other than family so this was a little different for us. We were very happy when we were able to set up a meet and greet before hand which was good for Jenna too! We were all very comfortable with everything! Shamrock was also very welcoming of Jenna into his personal space. What a wonderful dog he is!

Our Jenna has a very detailed itinerary based on her being an english bulldog with severe skin allergies. Mrs. Mary was very accomodating to her. She was very happy to give Jenna her meds as well as cleaning her facial folds which is very important with bulldogs. This was one of our biggest concerns with leaving Jenna with someone outside of our family.. But Mrs. Mary took care of her just as we asked.

We also recieved emails with pictures to show that Jenna was doing great! And boy could you see it on her face with her big smile!

I will definately be using Mrs. Mary and Shamrock for all of our future vacations! They are both true Angels! I am so happy that we were able to find them through DogVacay.

Rob & Alicia Johnson
Mary is the perfect host for our dog, whose name is Oliver. It is obvious that Oliver loved his stay with Mary and her dog, Shamrock. He was exceptionally well cared for and actually came home with a few extra toys to which he grew attached during his stay. We happily recommend Mary to anyone whose dog needs a vacation.

Ellen and Robert Nolan
Mary is phenomenal. Timmy loved being with Shamrock and Mary. We had periodic updates and she took great care of him. Medicines were given on time. Timmy was sad to leave Mary. Will definitely use her again.
I would recommend Mary to anyone looking to board their dog. She is very kind and accommodating.
Mrs. Mary is such a kind and thoughtful dog lover. She and Shamrock welcomed our Boston Terrier with loving arms even after a minor mishap during our meet and greet. She was very attentive to our dog and made sure that he felt comfortable and welcomed in her home as it was his own.

My husband and I are new to the area and have always had the luxury of leaving our pets with family and never had to board our dog, so not familiar with the area, we were very hesitant and leery of leaving our dog at a PetSmart Hotel or other boarder. Thankfully all of those hesitations were quickly diminished when we met Mrs. Mary and Shamrock. Highly recommend your pet to stay in a nurturing loving environment with Mrs. Mary B.
Our dog, Luke, had a great time with Mrs. Mary and Shamrock. Her updates were timely and even included photos. She went out of her way to find a playmate for our high-energy pup. He came home happy and content, much different from his previous attitude after a kennel stay. Mrs. Mary and Shamrock's place will be his new home away from home. Mrs. Mary - thanks so much for taking such great care of our Luke!
Fantastic! Mary was very accommodating and helpful. Timmy loved spending the day with her.
Mary was great with Sissy. She and Shamrock slept in the living room with Sissy, as she wouldn't go upstairs. Thanks Mary! Queta J.
My 9 month puppy old loved staying with Mary and Shamrock while I was away on vacation! He had a great time and got tons of exercise. Mary truly cares about dogs and treats the dogs she watches like her own. I would highly recommend Mary and Shamrock to anyone who needs a pet sitter!
Mary B.R. Was a superb hostess for Sissy who is a very picky eater, to say the least, right Mary?
She prepared food for Sissy and hand fed her, not only that, but layer down with Sissy and her dog Shamrock for 90 minutes when they had a storm as both dogs are afraid of them.

I would recommend Mary to anyone who needs a dog sitter unconditionally. As a matter of fact we plan to ask her to sit for Sissy yen October and for the Christmas holidays.

Thanks so much Mary.

This was the first time we had Mary watch our dog Murhpy. She sent us emails daily with pics to let us know how Murphy's vacation was going.
We were able to enjoy our vacation knowing that Murphy was in good caring hands.
With all the playtime,walks and dog park trips Murphy was one happy , tired dog when we picked him up.
We would definitely recommend Mary's services,and we will use her again for Murphy.

Shawn, Diane and Murphy
Mary & Shamrock are the best! We were originally planning on leaving our 2 year old English Bulldog, Lola, as the PetSmart Pet Hotel in Willow Grove. But when we found out she would be in a 4 by 4 crate all day except to be let out for the bathroom twice a day over two 15 minute walks, I refused to leave her there. I thought we were going to have to bring her with us to Florida and the idea of that was stressful. Fortunately someone told us about DogVacay.com and we found Mary and Shamrock! We contacted Mary on Saturday, she responded within hours and we setup arrangements to meet the next day and drop Lola off on Tuesday. We were leaving Lola for 8 days and every day we got an email updating us on what they had done and a picture (PetSmart certainly wasn't going to update us on Lola on a daily basis). Mary really put our minds at ease and I knew my Lola was in great hands. I knew she would be well taken care of and would get plenty of exercise running around with Shamrock! That allowed me to enjoy my vacation and be stress free. I would highly recommend Mary to anyone and everyone! She is a kind person, a dog lover and took great care of my baby. Lola will definitely be going back to see Mary and Shamrock!
Mary treated Rufus royally. He started making friends as soon as he arrived (never noticed when we pulled away). When we picked him up he was relaxed and happy. Mary deserves five stars.
Mary loved and cared for our dog as her own. It was so nice to be able to travel and know our dog was having a wonderful time with her and Shamrock. We are so happy we found Mary and Shamrock!!
Mary did an excellent of welcoming my 2 Samoyeds into her home. She went beyond any expectation for a dog vacation.
Mary did a fabulous job of welcoming my 2 Samoyeds into her home. We received photos each morning which let me enjoy my vacation days knowing my fur babies were in excellent hands. Mary took them to her dog park early in the morning so they could relax the day away later. Thanks Mary for all the extras you did.
Mary and her dog Shamrock were FANTASTIC hosts for our Lab, Bismarck! Mary was responsive and flexible for our travel needs and kept us updated on Biz's vacay while we were gone. She even sent us pictures showing all the fun that he was having with Shamrock. We are pretty particular, and have been looking for a long time to find someone we could trust to watch Biz. We are so grateful to have found Mary, and Biz will DEFINITELY be back to visit again!
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