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Emma J.

58 Reviews
25 Repeat Guests
Other Sitters Nearby
  • Same day bookings are OK
  • Responds within 35 minutes
  • Cancellation Policy:

Pet Requirements

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

Emma's Resident Pets

Bichon Frise
12 yr 1 mo old

Emma's House

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Medium Yard
100% fenced & locked
Smoke-free home
Air-conditioned inside

About Emma

11 Years Experience Caring For Dogs
Greetings! We are animal lovers and have cared for dogs, cats, and others most of our lives. At this time I am a stay at home mom and spend most of the day at home which gives your little loved one lots of dedicated time.

Your pooch will be pampered to no end with our large, securely fenced yard. We are close to a park and will have daily walks to really stretch and and explore.

We will make your dog feel like a part of our family. You can bring their favorite things (bed, blankies, toys, treats) so they will feel comfortable. We will email you updates & awesome pictures are our specialty! We will take your doggy on walks, give them lots of TLC & spoil them rotten. We offer a healthy, clean, safe, loving, friendly, fun, smoke-free environment. We are flexible & accommodating.

It is our job to have your pet SAFE, LOVED, COMFORTABLE and HAPPY while they are here on their dogvacay at Perfect Paws!
We look forward to meeting you and your perfect paws!

If my calendar shows UNAVAILABLE or BOOKED on the dates you are needing, send me an inquiry to see if I can accommodate your pup.

$10 per dog Federal Holiday fee for night of holiday and one night before.

$10 extra for holiday:
Christmas Eve
Christmas Day
New Year's Eve
New Year's Day

Boarding is 24 hours. After the 24 hours an additional $25 will be charged for late pickup.
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Emma J.

58 Reviews
25 Repeat Guests
Other Sitters Nearby
  • Same day bookings are OK
  • Responds within 35 minutes
  • Cancellation Policy:


  • Available
  • Unavailable
  • 1 Spot Left
  • Booked
  • Last updated February 13, 2017


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Services & Rates

Boarding Overnight At Emma's Home
$35 /night
  • Watches up to 3 dogs/night
  • Dogs may be unsupervised for no more than 1 hour/day
  • Dogs will have full access outside for potty breaks
  • 2 walks/day
  • Pets will sleep in their own beds
Daycare At Emma's Home
$25 /day
  • Watches up to 1 dog /day
$15 /bath
$10 each way
  • Willing to travel 10 miles
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58 Reviews
Emma is a very caring and affectionate dog sitter for your loves. She has been watching our Shih Tzu for about 3 years. My husband and I travel frequently, so we worry our 12 year old rescue might feel abandoned. Every time I pick up Jinju, she is happier and seems very relaxed. Jinju and I think a stay at Emma's is a spa day. Jinju recently was diagnosed with glaucoma, so she has 3 eye drops that needs to be administered throughout the day. Emma did a great job at doing so. I trust the love of my life (sorry husband) with Emma, no doubt.
Pippa is by now part of Emma's family. She feels like at home. She is so happy when I drop her and I can tell by the pictures Emma sends regularly that she is enjoying her time and is well taken care, with love and dedication. I could not be happier and comfortable using Emma's for Pippa while I travel. She is fantastic and I truly appreciate all the love she gives to my baby. I highly recommend her to everyone looking for a home away for home for their babies.
Once again, Lucky enjoyed a fun "vacay" with Emma and her family! She sent us so many great pictures to show us how much fun he was having with Shippo and his visiting friends and how much he enjoyed spending time with Emma's son Alex. Lucky is looking forward to another vacay with Emma sometime soon.
Emma J is best pet sitter ever ^^
She and her family are super super nice and they are very amazing take care of my puppy just like me and my family. When my puppy back home he looking for Emma and her family. I'm very impressed and very satisfied of she did. I'm very sure my puppy go to see her soon. I'm really appreciate Emma and her family.
Emma and her family kept our pup Jack over the long New Years 2016 weekend and we could not have been happier. She sent us multiple daily updates with pictures and videos and kept in constant contact with us on our pup. It was clear Jack was very happy with his doggy friends and Emma's family and we were so apprecitive for the help during the holiday time. Jack came back to us happy and healthy and it was great for him to have the time to play and socialize with other dogs. Thank you to Emma and her family for a great dog vacay for Jack.

If you are local to the NOVA Herndon/Sterling/Reston area and need a day time or overnight sitter for your small pup, I highly recommend Emma and her family. Many Thanks. We look forward to having Jack come back stay again.
We hated leaving our beloved dog over Christmas, but knew that he would be well cared for at Emma's house. Scout had a great time as always playing with Emma and family and the other dogs staying there. He has such a good time here that he gets very excited when we pull up in the car. He can't wait to come in and see everyone. Scout loves staying here because he is a very social dog and there is always plenty of company, both people and doggy. We can't say enough about how wonderful Emma and her family are. Emma also sends lots of pictures and videos, which are so reassuring that we know Scout is having a blast so we can relax and enjoy our vacation!
I submitted this review in the summer, but it doesn't seem to have gone through. Emma and her family were wonderful as always. Scout had a great time playing with the other dogs that were just his size. He gets so excited as soon as we pull up in the drive. He is bounding out of the car because he loves it here!
Emma took very good care of our dog, Oreo, while we were out of town. She took time to post videos and pictures daily to show how happy our dog was. Thank you Emma, we definitely book your service again in the near future.
Tory's stay with Emma and Shippo was wonderful! She sent great photos and videos which was a relief for us as we were traveling abroad! Tory was smiling in many photos and Emma gave updates frequently. Tory made great friends and enjoyed his vacation : ) We highly recommend Shippo's family and Tory is already looking forward to his next visit! Thank you so much for the warm care!
Lucky recently had another great weekend vacay with Emma and her family. We feel very comfortable leaving him with her because it's so obvious that she loves dogs and we know he will have a great time playing with Shippo and other visiting pups!
Pippa loves her days at Emma. She is always happy when I drop her as well when is picked up. Emma is very loving and caring for her guests and there is always a fun buddy to play. Always been comfortable leaving my baby with Emma.
We were very pleased with Emma. She was very patient in setting up our appointment, keenly listening to us discuss our dog's idiosyncrasies.

She sent many pictures of our dog while we were out.

Emma is the best kind of boarding host - a host that truly loves dogs.
This was our first time with Emma, and I couldn't be happier! Our two small terriers definitely prefer an in-house dogvacay type stay vs. a kennel, and we were so glad when we found Emma. At the meet-n-greet, I felt very comfortable that the dogs would be well taken care of, and I could tell that they were comfortable with her, her kids, and the home environment. We were gone for nearly two weeks and she sent multiple pictures every day, and a video nearly every day, which really put my mind at ease. I get nervous sometimes, being away from the dogs for that long, but having messages/texts and photos every day assured me that everything was just fine.

We live about an hour away, but Emma's close proximity to Dulles airport made it very convenient and not out of our way at all. Frankly, even if it was out of the way, it would be worth it, and we definitely plan on having our dogs stay with her again. I have no complaints at all.
Again a wonderful experience! Teddy didn`t want to leave after a week of excitement at Emma`s house. Highly recommendable!!
Can only highly recommend Emma!! Send pictures and videos continously and took great care of Teddy!!!!
Emma and her family took great care of Max and provided updates throughout the weekend. He was very happy and playful upon picking him up, would definitely recommend and would stay again.
Pippa love staying with Emma. Not only she is happy and well taken care but she is also loved and pamper. Highly recommended.
Lucky enjoyed another great “vacay” with Emma and her family. She is really good about sending loads of pictures every day to keep us updated on his antics. Lucky had a great time with Emma, her family and his buddies and is looking forward to his next vacation with them. Thanks Emma!
Emma was so awesome with our dog Max. He connected with her right away during our meet and greet time. She was so kind to him and clearly loves and cares for her doggy guests well. Max had a lot of fun and I was grateful he had a loving home away from home while we traveled. Emma kept me posted with pictures and videos.
Thank you for caring for my baby so well.
Emma is very good taking care of my pup and i would love to recommend her to everyone
I'm so glad we found Emma. I like that she watches small dogs, and that she was patient with my elderly poodles. She and her family made my pups feel at home. She took such good care of them and sent lots of pictures. I have great confidence in Emma!
Emma was great about sending pics and updates during Phoebe's daycare day.
As usual Emma and family did a great job taking car of Scout! She sent us updates twice daily and sometimes even videos so we could relax knowing that he was being well cared for. Thanks so much for taking care of our little guy again!
Our dog, Lucky, stayed with Emma and her family recently for a week while we were out of the country. Emma was recommended to us by another sitter that we frequently use and we were very happy with the care she gave Lucky. He had an ear infection when we dropped him off and she gave him his ear drops every day and cleared up the infection. Emma sent us loads of pictures and we could see that Lucky was enjoying his “vacay” with her. She and her family really enjoy taking care of the dogs and we are looking forward to having Lucky stay with them again for another vacation!
Our dog, Iggy, stayed with Emma and her family for 2 weeks. Iggy received the best care and love while we were gone. We received daily pictures and it was obvious that he had a great time and was well cared for by Emma. We would not hesitate to have Emma watch Iggy again. We highly recommend her!
Great experience!
If you are looking for a reliable dogsitter, You will be completely satisfied with Emma and her awesome family.
I've had a couple person watching my dog but this was exceptional! Emma kept us always updated with photos and clips. So we were constantly able to see how well Teddy was doing.
I can highly recommend Emma and her family!!

Thank you!
Emma and her family made me feel extremely comfortable, welcoming, and at ease with leaving Neko there. She sent photos and pictures throughout Neko's stay. He had the best time with her kids and the other pups. I highly recommend Emma. Neko already has his next vacation scheduled!!!! Thank you ??
Emma and her family took great care of our puppy. He was happy the whole time, and came home healthy and tired!
Emma and her family are the best. They take great care of our pups - we can tell because our pups are always excited to walk into Emma's house. We don't bring our dogs to anyone else.
As always Emma and her family did a great job taking care of Scout! Emma sent several photo updates each day so we were reassured that Scout was well and having fun. Scout was taken care of well and he had a great time playing with Emma and family and the other dogs that were just his size!
Emma and her family took wonderful care of our new dog, Charlie. We received almost 60 pictures, a few each day and a couple of videos so we knew that he was having a great time. We highly recommend Emma and her family to take care of your little one.
I use Emma for Pippa, my 19 month Westie for 5 days. The experience was excellent. She and her family were loving and caring with her. She kept me constantly informed with pictures, videos and messages, which help me keep in touch with how Pippa was doing. I could tell she enjoyed playing with the other dogs. Will definitely use Emma in the future and will highly recommend her.
Kirby had a great time with Emma! She took great care of him and sent a lot of pictures throughout the week. Would definitely stay again!
Our dogs had a great time, and we got super photos of them every day. In fact, that's how I got my wife to get up out of bed during our vacation "If you get up, you can see pictures of the dogs."

I could tell when we picked our dogs up they were very comfortable with Emma and her family.

Our interactions with Emma were great, she's very responsive.
Chippy loves his vacations with Emma and her sweet family! He sprints to the door when we arrive for our visits, and very quickly runs to the back door to have fun with her dog in their back yard.

They provided adorable photo updates to share how he was doing and responded quickly to questions. We highly recommend Emma! Chippy is excited about his next visit already.
Emma is very sweet, she, Bob and the kids took good care of our two fur babies. They also gave us feedback of our dogs so we know how they do when we're away.
My Tipper has become a part of the family at Emma's. She loves to go and play with her children and Shippo and whatever other pawsome friend is visiting. Emma makes sure they are all getting along, getting plenty of activity and exercise, and most of all plenty of affection. It's Tipper's home away from home now.
Emma was wonderful with my dog you can tell she and her husband love dogs so I was very comfortable leaving my little Sammie in their care. They have a lovey home with a nice fenced in backyard which makes it an ideal place for dogs to be. I would use them again.
Our dog adores Emma. He has a very difficult time being away from us at times but she goes beyond what is required to care for him. I trust her and do not have to worry about him while I'm away. She makes our lives better! She's the best!
Emma did a great job watching our dog. She sent daily pictures and is very reliable. We will definitely use her again. Highly recommended.
Emma is wonderful, and I've lost count of how many times Chippy has stayed with her at this point!Our little guy loves to be cuddled and can struggle with separation anxiety, but it's clear that he feels right at home with her sweet family! Happy New Year!
I had to book last minute and Emma and her family made themselves available to meet me and look after Baby! I appreciate it so much. Emma's family is laid back and Baby had a great time playing in their big yard.
Truly the best dog sitter, Slider is treated like one of the family members. I love getting photos of her while I'm out of town. I highly recommend her.
Emma is fantastic! My dog loved Emma and I appreciated knowing that he was in good hands, not to mention all of the pictures she sent to us while we were gone! Her outdoor yard is great, and provides dogs space to roam that is totally enclosed.
She really made sure that our little guy was well cared for!
We were so happy to have the Johnsons take care of our pups again, especially over the holiday. We don't ever worry when they're dog sitting for us and our pups are always happy to see them. We are lucky to have found them!
Emma and her family went beyond the call of dog sitting duties to make sure our pug, Slider, felt right at home for his nearly three week stay. Our only worry was that he wouldn't want to come back home with us! Emma's lovely daughter Abby provided Slider with some tender loving care that we appreciate so much! Abby and their dog Shippo were both very great company to our pug. Emma's home is very clean and perfect for hosting dogs, she kept us up to date with lots of pictures and sweet, funny stories that made our vacation a lot more enjoyable. To top it up, we even got a detailed report card at pick up. Nothing was too much trouble for Emma! I have been using DogVacay for three years and I can say with so much confidence that Emma and her family is the best host by far!
Emma and family took very good care of Slider, just like I do at home. I loved getting pics of her playing with the children. Thank you!
Emma is absolutely wonderful! I highly recommend her! She responds to our questions and sent pictures daily. She was extremely attentive to our little guy!
Emma took great care of our little guy. She was very responsive the entire time and was flexible with our pickup time after we got delayed in traffic. Would recommend her!
Chippy always has a great time with Emma! We are so thankful for her updates and cute photos...she even has given us a report card for him! Super cute!
Emma and her family are such great people and they treat our dogs so well. We're sent photo updates and our dogs are lucky enough to socialize with the kids and other Dog Vacay pups. We trust Emma and her family with our dogs. We'd be really sad if Emma wasn't available - we wouldn't have anyone else take care of our pups while we're out of town.
Chippy always has a great stay! We are thankful for the updates that she provides. It's great to know he's in loving, caring hands we can trust.
Emma and family did a great job taking care of our dog Scout. They gave him lots of attention, which he loved. Emma sent lots of photos and updates so we could enjoy our vacation knowing Scout was happy and well taken care of. I wouldn't hesitate to leave Scout with Emma next time we go away.
Emma and her family went out of their way to make our pup feel like part of their family! We received updates and photos that really made our day while we were out of town. Emma takes care of her guests like they are her own dogs, from brushing their hair to putting rain coats on them during bad weather! We are DEFINITELY going to book with them again, soon!
Chippy always has a great time and can't wait for his next visit. Thanks for taking great care of him. We love the photo updates!
Emma & her entire family was AWESOME! They were sweet, loving, accommodating and oh so great with sending picture and video updates daily! My two little babies had a great time with her children and resident dog, sheepo :) She also gave these awesome little report cards for each dog reflecting on her experience with their stay. I will definitely use Emma again the next time.
Great pet sitter...

Updates: pet sitter did a great job providing both text and photo updates regarding our dog's stay with their family.

Location: Nice house with parking in front/ on street

Safety: We felt confident that our dog was in good hands and look forward to staying with them again soon.
My pups had a great time at Emma's house. She cared for them almost as if they were her own. We couldn't be happier!
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