Hoboken Doggie Haven
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Vanessa M.
Hoboken, NJ 07030
27 Reviews
7 Repeat Guests
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Pet Requirements

  • 1-20 lbs
  • 20-40 lbs
  • 40-80 lbs
  • 80+ lbs
All Ages OK
List of Breeds Not Accepted
Affenpinscher, Afghan Hound, Alaskan Malamute, Anatolian Shepherd Dog, Australian Cattle Dog, Beagle, Bernese Mountain Dog, Bulldog

Vanessa's Resident Pets

Miniature Poodle
3 old

Vanessa's Apartment

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Outdoor area

About Vanessa

I am a dedicated stay-at-home doggie mom and my full-time job is taking care of my bundle of joy Simba... I would love to take care of your baby too.

Not far from the Hoboken waterfront, with Church Square Dog Park two blocks away and a private backyard, our spacious two-bedroom home is a puppy paradise! On a peaceful block on park Avenue in Hoboken, our home is on street level, which means no stairs for older dogs and young puppies. Pier A and Pier C Park are both frequented by our guests being just five minutes away.

We are conveniently located in downtown, three blocks from the bus stop on Washington Street and less than a 10 minute walk from the PATH/ Light Rail as well as our preferred veterinary clinic, The Animal Infirmary of Hoboken. If you ever needed to extend your vacation and worried about running out of your baby's food or treats, we are flanked by pet stores, Beowoof and Hoboken Pet, all just a few blocks away. We couldn't have asked for a better location!

Since I am available 24*7, there will be no dearth of attention and care for your beloved pooch. Be it giving medication, taking 4-5 walks a day, feeding multiple times or just spoiling your baby plenty with hugs and kisses... I am there 24*7 to do it all! I am very particular about time and am responsible when it comes to your pooch's routines, bath or medication.

Why pay a dog walker to walk your dog by the hour once or twice a day when your dog can get four to five walks a day and plenty of play time in a safe private yard, a family to love and a dog for company all day! I do not leave the dogs alone to socialize and such. My guests are like my babies. I ensure that they are fed on time and walked on time, which means I am available to take care of them always.

Also, I am highly flexible with pick-up and drop-off times, having had people pick up their pet as late as 1:30 am. Cancellations and changes are not a problem at all. I understand sometimes circumstances demand changes and I have no issues with last minute cancellations or changes.

The most important pro of all is the fact that I am a genuine dog lover! I love all dogs, big or small, furry or non-furry, just like they are my own babies. I understand their needs and go above and beyond to make them comfortable. I believe that's what makes me trustworthy when it comes to your beloved pup. I don’t charge extra for a cuddle or a walk or for giving your baby medication and treats. I do not let a dog go hungry ever. I take extra care to ensure that they eat their meals, going as far as to feeding them from my hands. Your pup will get everything he gets at home and more as long as he vacations with me.

A typical day at Hoboken Doggie Haven starts with a little playtime in the yard and then breakfast. I can feed you dog as per his/her routine too. All dogs are generally fed simultaneously as I watch over them so they don't get into each other's bowls. We then go back to the yard to play fetch and just roll around in the grass! The yard is where we have the most fun (weather permitting)! We can play as long as we want and as many times in the day as we wish to. Sometimes, the doggies and I hang out in the yard for hours, as I read my books or catch-up with neighbors. :)

Most pet-sitters do not believe in walking the dogs because of liability issues. Not me. I believe that walks are very important to a dog's health and well being and it gives them mental stimulation as well. Just playing in the yard will not suffice on any given day. Simba and I generally go out four-five times a day... take two walks a day and spend the rest of the time in the yard. We would love for your pooch to join us in our daily adventures. I believe that a well-exercised dog is a happy, healthy and well-balanced dog. So, exercise and walks are very important when you board your dog with me. 

We are particular about every dog's routine. So meal-times are followed strictly. I am very responsible when it comes to every pooch's individual needs.

I do not crate the babies, nor do I leave them for long periods of time, except to run errands. We are literally there 24*7 for your lil baby as long as he/she lives with us. When we leave them, they are not confined in any room. They live like they would in their own home.

We love to share multiple updates everyday via pictures and videos on Picasa, Instagram and by email as well as SMS. I stay constantly in touch with you going as far as to send updates every two hours sometimes. You can also Skype with your dog if you wish to. :)

Also, we have a high-end puppy cam installed in our apartment for when we need to run errands or get dinner. The camera can be accessed on our mobile devices and laptops from anywhere. We can even talk through the camera, if we need to calm them down or just let them know we are around! So we are literally with our furry-guests all the time!

Our home is smoke-free and we use only steam to clean our floors. No harsh chemicals are used to make our home as fur-friendly as possible. We have plenty of beds and blankets to make sure our furry guests are more than comfortable!

Simba is a super friendly, furry and adorable two-year-old Miniature Poodle who is full of energy and loves to play 24*7 with man and dog alike! I am yet to come across a dog that hasn't taken to Simba's positive vibes and wanted to play with him all day! Even the most unsocialized ones take to him... he has a knack of making every pooch fall in love with him.

Simba doesn't mind sharing his bed and toys and even his Mommy as well as Dadda with everyone. He takes his job as a host seriously and keeps all his guests occupied, unless they want to be left alone. But he does make it a point to check on everyone and give them kisses. :) No place is out of bounds as long as you live with him. My husband, Manish and I love him like a baby and your little bundle of joy will be treated the same.

Clean paws, baths and grooming are mandatory in our house. I keep all dogs squeaky clean as long as they are with me — especially after their daily long walks and play sessions — by cleaning their paws, spraying some spritz and grooming them. I also give them baths if required. A clean dog is a happy dog after all! :) All dogs who board with us must be neutered and up to date on vaccinations. I charge $10 extra for puppies under the age of one and dogs that are not house-trained and/or use wee-wee pads. I also charge $5 extra for any special requests or for an older dog with special needs.

I volunteer at the ASPCA, NY and the Animal Care and Control of New York City as a dog companion and adoptions counselor. I have over 11 years of experience taking care of shelter dogs — large and small breeds — across the world. I have also over seven years of experience fostering blind and deaf dogs, older dogs that need extra attention and dogs with special needs (those without limbs, with infections and injuries). I am currently caring for a 15-year-old Pug who has lost use of his hind legs and has no bladder control and requires stimulation to go to the bathroom. I watch him every week regularly. In addition to that, I am also looking after a 12-year-old poodle mix that is blind and has bladder issues. I have experience working with dogs with behavior issues such as aggressiveness towards bikers, runners etc. or separation anxiety, shyness, among many others. I can work on those issues while your pet boards with me.

Owing to limitations of my home, I only accept small dogs. I only board three dogs at a time so that the pooches get enough attention and care, as well as space in the house.

Our family of three looks forward to spending some spiffing time with your baby!

*Warning: Your pooch may not want to go home!

-Vanessa :)

**Overnight boarding rates are for a 24 hour period. If you'd like to pick-up your baby beyond that time frame into extra hours or late night hours, I charge daycare fee for the extra hours @ $35 for 12 hours and $25 for 6 hours.
Please mention the pick-up and drop-off timings in the reservation request and I will gladly work out a Custom Quote for you depending on your needs. I charge $10 extra for any last-minute/emergency requests and for reservations overlapping Holidays and Holiday Weekends. I also provide pick-up and drop-off service (not on a daily/recurring basis) outside Hoboken for $20 one way within a distance of 10 miles.

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Vanessa M.
Hoboken, NJ 07030
27 Reviews
7 Repeat Guests
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  • Last updated September 15, 2015


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Boarding Overnight At Vanessa's Home
$69 /night
  • Watches up to 3 dogs/night
Daycare At Vanessa's Home
$55 /day
  • Watches up to 3 dogs/day
Dog Walking
$30 /half-hour
$40 /hour
  • Willing to travel 3 miles
$20 /bath
$10 each way
  • Willing to travel 2 miles
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27 Reviews
This was my first trip away from my dog Emmy and I had huge anxieties about leaving her behind, let alone at a home of someone I did not know. But looking up Vanessa's reviews and being able to actually meet her before I took Emmy, eased my mind. Emmy isn't just a dog, she is family and Vanessa's views on dogs were just like me. Emmy had no issues with Vanessa and adapted quickly. I knew she would be in great hands. Vanessa's home was cozy and comforting. Everything I was looking for in a place to keep Emmy. Vanessa sent pictures and videos and kept me up to date with Emmy which was a huge plus and the whole family got a kick out of them. It made us miss Emmy but also happy that she was cared for and having a great time. Vanessa will be seeing Emmy soon for doggy day care!
My little dog stayed with Vanessa while I was away on a short trip. She had not stayed away from home overnight before, so I was a little wary about using any type of dog sitter. Vanessa made the whole process fantastic!
When I reached out, we set up a meet and greet. We met Vanessa and her adorable dog and checked out the house and yard. My dog had never stayed overnight without me or my boyfriend and gets nervous in new surroundings so I was a bit concerned about how she would react. Vanessa did her very best to make me and my dog feel comfortable during the meet and greet and Vanessa even had me leave for several minutes to see how my dog would do without me around. I knew after the meeting that Vanessa was definitely the pet sitter for us!
During my long weekend away Vanessa sent pictures and videos of my dog every day. I could tell from these that my dog was being well cared for and having fun!
Vanessa is a great pet sitter! I highly recommend her services and will definitely use her again in the future.
Madison had a wonderful time during her dog vacay to Vanessa's! After our meet and greet, I felt completely comfortable leaving Madison in her hands. Vanessa sent so many pictures and videos throughout our time away, it was great to watch her play with the other dogs and see how well she was doing! Since her stay, when I take Madison for walks past Vanessa's she always stops and gives me a begging stare to go in. We'll be sure to use Vanessa for future trips away!
Bailey had another awesome stay with Vanessa and Simba! She was exhausted when we picked her up from all of the fun she had over the long weekend! As always, Vanessa sent pictures, videos and updates throughout her visit. Bay can't wait for her next play date :)
I was paranoid about leaving my puppy Haley with a stranger for the first time and my husband even more so than me. It took us a while to find someone. During meet&greet, I fell in love with Vanessa's place with yard and Simba. She was great with dogs and Simba so gentle and friendly, I felt comfortable leaving my baby with them. Vanessa constantly updated me with Haley's pictures&videos via text. Haley was having soooooo much fun. When she came back home after spending 2 nights with Vanessa and Simba, Haley must miss them so much because she's moping around all day! I'll be coming back to Vanessa's for sure.
Vanessa is a wonderful host. She took great care of my Misty, and was accommodating to my situation. I was staying in Hoboken, but needed a place for Misty to stay since my brother is allergic to dogs. She understood the needs of my dog, and knew how to help make her comfortable in a new place. Vanessa walked Misty several times a day and had a huge play area for her to run around in and play. I even got daily updates and pictures. I would highly recommend Vanessa.
Cooper had a great Labor Day weekend with Vanessa, Manish, and Simba. I received several pictures and videos of him running around the yard and snuggling with Vanessa. Can't recommend her enough to take care of your fur baby!!
I had a great experience leaving Bodie with Vanessa! She was very nice when we had our meet and greet, and her dog is super friendly and playful. She sent me pictures of Bodie every day so I could see how much fun he was having, and he was tuckered out for a full day after I picked him up! Vanessa was very flexible and accommodating, and it was great to have no worries about Bodie while I was out of town. I highly recommend!
Bailey had another great vacay with Vanessa! Thanks again for everything! :)
Simply the best!
Cooper had another great weekend at Vanessa's! He had lots of playtime in the yard with Simba--his favorite! It's such a relief to have found someone I can trust to take care of him while I am away.
So happy I found Vanessa! Vanessa is clearly very experienced with dogs and took excellent care of my dog. She sent me photos and updates daily and my dog came home very happy and calm. She has a big fenced in backyard where the dogs can run safely each day and she also only takes in a few dogs at a time. I am very confident in having her watch my dog. And I am VERY picky about who watches her. My dog enjoyed Vanessa's so much that I will be bringing her there for daycare a couple times a month for some fun with other dogs! I highly recommend her, she is reliable, flexible, friendly and loves dogs!
Vanessa was a great help in watching my very active border collie for 5 days. Benny ( my dog) was safe, fed, exersized and kept company and busy throughout the day. Vanessa has a customer for life :)
My dog Timo has been to day care at Vanessa's and both times Timo enjoyed it.
Vanessa sent pics throughout the day to keep me up to date of his fun day.
I enjoy looking at those pics!
She is really great with the dogs that she is watching and you can tell she really enjoys them and cares for them.
We haven't done the overnight stay yet, haven't had to, but I will try soon.
Thanks Vanessa!
We just left our 5 month old pup, Bailey, with Vanessa for 4 days and we would definitely bring her back! Vanessa sent us updates and pictures throughout the visit, which was great. Bailey loved playing with the other dogs and was exhausted when we picked her up from all of the fun she had :) I have already recommended Vanessa to our friends with dogs and I would tell all of you to use her too!
This is my second review of Vanessa. A small selfish part of me is hesitant to share with the world just how wonderful Vanessa is because I would hate for her to become so popular that she gets completely booked. ;) Wyatt was scheduled to stay with Vanessa & Simba for 8 nights. It was longest I've ever been apart from him. Vanessa sent me frequent updates and pictures by text (she takes the best action shots of the dogs playing in her yard), which helped ease my separation anxiety. Then on the last day of my trip, my fligh home was cancelled. Vanessa graciously agreed to keep Wyatt for another night and day ("of course" she said). When I picked up Wyatt, Vanessa filled me in on his week and gave Wyatt a snuggle before we were on our way. I will definitely book with Vanessa the next time I'm heading out of town!!
I highly recommend Vanessa. She is a dog lover and it shows from the minute you meet her! I've never left our dog with anyone other than family but needed to find someone in Hoboken since our family was out of town the same weekend we were going out town. Vanessa was the perfect fit. She was very flexible about dates and times. She has an amazing yard for the the dogs to play around in. She takes her work seriously and is very knowledgeable about dogs. Vanessa updated us on how our dog was doing throughout our trip and it was also really great to get back from our trip and pick up our dog close to home instead of driving out of the way to my parents house in South Jersey. Everything was seamless! I will definitely use her services again.
Vanessa is an absolute gem! I've been a nervous wreck trying to figure out how to make the transition for Lucy (my Lhasa-poo) as smoothly as possible as she is used to constant companionship from her previous life in Tacoma, WA. Now she is finally here with me, her mommy, but I've been worrying that she won't acclimate to her new surroundings. Now that I've found Vanessa, I no longer need to worry. She is an excellent pseudo-mama to Lucy while I'm at work and I couldn't ask for anything more! Thank you Vanessa for being a lifesaver...you are a diamond in the ruff!!
I knew from our first meet-n-greet that Vanessa would be a great fit for Wyatt and me. She is very friendly and has a lovely apartment. Our dogs were instant friends, playing together like they had known eachother for years. The chemistry was so great, I cancelled my other meet-n-greet appointments immediately after visiting with Vanessa and Simba. Vanessa has a great backyard and Wyatt loves to run, so the accommodations as well as the host we a perfect for Wyatt! Wyatt's stay at Vanessa's went very well. Vanessa sent a lot of really adorable pictures of the Wyatt throughout the course of his stay. Morning, noon, and night - I always felt in the loop. It made me enjoy my trip more because I knew Wyatt was having a good time without me. I will definitely be booking again with Vanessa!!!
Vanessa is fantastic! She has watched my Havanese, Cooper, both for daycare and overnight. Vanessa genuinely cares about your pup and treats them like her own. She looks to understand their routine and needs and is patient with any behavioral/training issues. She sends lots of pictures and updates which is great! She is very reliable and responds promptly to reservation requests-- I already have my next one booked and will definitely be recommending her to friends!
Vanessa was great.

She loves dogs and there was no doubt Bruce (our shihtzu) had a great time with her and her dog Simba.

She also kept us updated and prevented us from missing him too much by sending pics and updates throughout the week.

I will definitely use her again in the future.
Vanessa was fantastic! This was the first time I was leaving my pup Bailey to go on vacation and he is a rescue so he is very attached to me; needless to say I was worried! But Vanessa was a wonderful host mother! She took great care of Bailey; let him sleep with her, gave him his bones when he needed them and sent me frequent updates as per my request (I loved getting pictures of him playing with her dog Simba!). All in all I think Bailey had as nice a vacation as I did, and we will definitely be back to visit Vanessa again! She is wonderful with dogs of all kinds and ages - a very reliable and caring surrogate mom.
Vanessa is absolutely amazing. It was the first time that our dog wasn't overwhelmingly excited to come home because she wanted to continue to play! My dog wasn't too well behaved, but Vanessa took care of everything. I didn't need to worry about anything, and it was adorable to get text message updates with pictures of my little pup playing and napping throughout the day. Best dogvacy experience yet, and Lemmi will definately be going back to hang out with Vanessa! Thanks a million!
We met Vanessa only a few short weeks ago when we were given the opportunity to take a lifetime trip to Australia for two weeks at the last minute and needed someone to take care of our newly rescued terrier mix. Upon first meeting Vanessa, her love for dogs came through very clearly and by the time we left for our trip, I was completely at ease with leaving our baby for two weeks with her, knowing that she would care for him like he was her own. Vanessa was very empathetic about our leaving him for such a long period of time and she went above and beyond to give us more frequent updates than required to help us deal with the separation for such a long period of time. She took interest in understanding his daily routines and behavioral issues through the use of a very comprehensive questionnaire and took all of these things into consideration in caring for him while we were away. In addition, she handled impeccably some very difficult behavioral issues that we're working on including separation anxiety and aggressiveness towards bikers during his stay. Overall Vanessa exceeded our expectations and I would highly recommend her to anyone who wants their dog to be looked after as if they are a family member and not just a canine!
My dog has stayed with Vanessa a few times now and both my dog and I are very happy with her service! She treats my dog like her own and sends me updates and pictures on how he is doing. I highly recommend her.
Vanessa is amazing! If you are going out of town and want to leave your dog with someone who will love your dog like it is their own, this is place for him/her. Vanessa remained in constant communication with me throughout my week long trip. She sent countless pictures of the dogs playing and even hugging and kissing my dog as if it were her own. She is a true dog lover! When I returned home from my trip my dog was exhausted for days!!!! Vanessa and Simba played every day!!!! I have never felt so comfortable leaving my beloved pet with someone. I highly recommend Vanessa and I will certainly use her again!!!!
Where do I start? My experience was nothing but fabulous!! I had a very last minute cancellation (5 PM!!!) the day before my flight was scheduled and the concierge Kelly was nothing but accomodating and helpful. Within minutes, I had two wonderful ladies offering to take care of my doggie. I went with Vanessa, as she replied first. In short, she was able to receive my doggie that same night. She made me feel very welcomed and I was completely reassured that my dog was in great hands. She kept sending pictures throughout the weekend with lil reports of how he was doing. I honestly didn't worry about him because I knew he was in a great household with 3 friends (Vanessa, her husband and Simba!). If I need to leave town again, she will be the first one I will reach out to. Recommend her 100%.
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