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Sarah E.

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

Pet Requirements

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

Sarah's Resident Pets

2 yr 9 mo old

Sarah's Apartment

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Large Yard
100% fenced & locked
Smoke-free home
Pets allowed on furniture
Air-conditioned inside

About Sarah

25 Years Experience Caring For Dogs
Whether your baby is large or small, we have the perfect place for them!

As lifelong dog parents, my husband Sam and I know the stress of having to leave your fur baby, whether it's for the day, overnight, or several days. Let us give your baby the 24/7 care and attention they deserve in a loving comfortable home environment! We will do everything in our power to make sure your baby feels at home while you are away.

I am a stay at home dog mom who will treat your baby as my own. Our home will be their home away from home! They will have full range of our home and will have my full undivided attention. I also make homemade healthy dog treats for all our visitors (I can make special treats for pups with diet restrictions and food allergies)! In cold winter months we'll enjoy indoor play, fuzzy blankets, and watching movies together. When the weather warms up there will be plenty of outdoor play in our huge fully fenced and secured back yard. There is also a deck for lounging in the sun.

Our 1.5yr old doggy son, Carl, loves new friends big and small. We recently lost our senior girl, so we have a lot of extra love to dote on your puppy while you are away. Our relatives who live upstairs have a family of tiny playful Chihuahuas, who come and visit from time to time. So if you have a tiny baby that would like some play time we can arrange playdates while they are visiting.

Growing up on a 57 acre farm nurtured my love for all animals, I have also cared for a wide variety of other pets and farm animals. As a young child I started rehabilitating orphaned and injured animals that neighbors would bring to me. As a longtime dog owner, I have experience caring for pups of all ages and sizes. If your pup has special medical needs, I'm more than happy to give them the special care and attention they need.

We look forward to your visit!

~Sarah & Sam
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Can administer oral medicine
Can administer injected medicine
Special Needs Accommodated
  • Pets recovering from surgery
  • Separation anxiety
  • Aggressive behavior
  • Leash Pulling
  • Not yet house-trained
  • Advanced senior issues

Sarah E.

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


  • Available
  • Unavailable
  • 1 Spot Left
  • Booked
  • Last updated February 20, 2017


Background Checked
This sitter has passed a background check, which searches a variety of criminal databases.
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Services & Rates

Boarding Overnight At Sarah's Home
$30 /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
  • 3+ walks/day
  • Pets can sleep wherever they want
Daycare At Sarah's Home
$25 /day
  • Watches up to 3 dogs/day
$15 /bath
34 Reviews
First time user of DogVacay and it went perfect. Emma, the puppy, had a great time and enjoyed making new friends. Sarah, our doggy host, communicated very well with me. Following up before hand, reconfirming drop off time and responded quickly when we asked to pick Emma up early promptly. Emma wanted to come with us when we went to leave, this was her first time away from home and Sarah easily distracted Emma and had her happily forgetting us. No issues.
Sarah has been fantastic! Eevee and I have gone through a lot of changes recently but Sarah has helped normalize her schedule and has comforted her through all the changes. Sarah is amazing with pups of all sizes and ages, her home is seriously a home away from home for them! I couldn't be happier that I found her and my precious baby gets to spend so much time with her family! If you're ever in need of a dog sitter I highly, highly recommend Sarah! She's extremely flexible and patient with dogs and humans alike.

So happy to have found her!
Sarah was awesome! Our pup, Arya got to run around and be herself while we were away and we had no trouble enjoying ourselves, knowing she was in great hands!
Keeping it simple - she was awesome and the location perfect. Would definitely use again.
I contacted Sarah the night before we unexpectedly needed daycare for our puppy. She was quick to respond and very friendly! This was Charlie's first time with someone she didn't know and she had a great time! Sarah responded quickly and was very kind when I inquired about how Charlie was doing which put me at ease. Already booked her again!
Sarah was an amazing host who took in our pup Streeter over the Christmas holiday. Sarah has a lovely, wonderful home for dogs and our pup looked so healthy and happy when we picked her up. She's extremely flexible and communicates well. Thanks again!!!!
She is fantastic!!!!!
We had a family emergency and needed to go out of town for a week at the last minute. Sarah responded to my request very quickly and was flexible with times to come for a meet up prior to having me puppy Ella stay with her. During the visit she kept us updated with pictures and texts. She was also so flexible with pick up and drop off which was very much appreciated. I could tell that Sarah really loves dogs. I felt as comfortable leaving Ella with Sarah as I would leaving her with a family member. She really made a stressful situation a little easier.
We use Sarah all the time when we're out of town and she and her family are great. I almost don't want to post this review because we don't want to share her! Our boys get along great with her dog Carl and they have a nice yard where they can all run around and play.
Sarah is awesome with dogs, even fearful/shy ones. She was totally flexible on pick up and drop off times, and her place is perfect for dogs to frolic and relax. I will be using her services very often even though it's a 30 minute drive from me! She is that awesome!
Our dog Arya was in great hands with Sarah. Arya got a ton of exercise and stimulation between the large yard and other dogs to play with. When we picked Arya up she was a very tired and happy pup!
We left our Poodle with Sarah for 7 days and I couldn't be happier with the way Sarah treated our baby.

Our puppy is somewhat spoiled and has specific needs and mannerisms that can make it extremely difficult to leave with another person.

From our very first meet and greet Sarah was extremely kind and assured us that Katia (our puppy) will be treated as one of the family.

Sarah during our vacation would send us frequent reports about Katia and it always sound like she was having tons of fun.

Nevertheless, the most important clue on whether or not Katia had a great time, came right at the end, when we were picking her up. After the initial shock of seeing us, Katia started crying and pushing, trying to get back to Sarah's house as we were walking away.

I can highly recommend Sarah for all your puppy's needs and we will be returning to her for our next vacation.
Sarah watched our dog, Sally, for 8 days while we were on vacation. Sally had a blast playing with all of Sarah's dogs and I was comforted to know that she was staying in such a loving home.
Absolutely great!
Sarah, was great. Welcoming of my dog and he could not have been better taken care. She was very easy to work around my schedule. Everything one could ask for.
Reservation was easy and the responses were very quick They were very accommodating
Sarah and Sam are first and foremost dog lovers. That makes a huge difference in the quality of the time spent with your pups. The backyard is huge and secure. I left him for a week while I was on vacation and their feedback was great and my little minpin looked happy and healthy! I know my dog was well cared for. Actually, Sarah and Sam probably went above and beyond!
Sarah is wonderful! This was our first experience with DogVacay and wondered how our chow chow would do since he can be aloof and a bit nervous around new dogs and strangers. Sarah was so chill when we scheduled a meet and greet that Jet eventually felt at ease. Sarah's doggie Carl also helped "break the ice" by running around Sarah's huge yard with a ball and inviting Jet to play. Based on how well the "meet and greet" went, we went ahead with a daycare visit. Sarah and Jet are friends and Jet was obviously happy when we picked him up. Jet was fine with Sarah and we look forward to scheduling a longer vacay with Sarah!
I was lucky enough to find Sarah and Sam a 10 minute walk from my apartment. They have a great house and a HUGE backyard. They are lovely people with an adorable dog. I left my dog there for one day while at work and my dog seemed to be happy! Then a friend had to cancel sitting my dog the following week for 5 nights. I normally wouldn't leave my dog with someone I/he barely knows but I had no options as this was a work trip I couldn't cancel. Long story short - they watched my dog for the week and he dog felt so comfortable there he was barely glad I was back which NEVER happens! I would HIGHLY recommend!
Sarah was great! We left our dog (Huck) with her for two weeks and had a great experience. Sarah sent us pictures and gave us regular updates to tell us how he was doing. She was very flexible when it came to drop off and pick up times and was very accommodating when we asked to drop him off a day early.

Sarah has a large fenced in backyard and Huck LOVED playing in it with her dog Carl. I would definitely recommend Sarah to anyone looking for care for their pup. We will definitely book with her again!
Sarah was great! Our pup had a great time hanging out with the other pups in Sarah's large yard. She was also very flexible with drop off/pick up hours which we really appreciated considering our super early flight! We've already brought Lia back for another stay and she came back just as tired and happy as her first stay. =)
Sarah is totally wonderful. My dog had an amazing time and I received regular updates and pictures. I will definitely book Sarah again!!
Our dog Larry had a great time staying with Sarah. Larry ended up getting stung by a bee earlier in the day before we dropped him off, and Sarah was so nice about watching out for anymore swelling and following the vet's instructions. Larry will definitely be going back for another stay.
Sarah was so lovely and just the sitter my pup needed. She has a large backyard that's fenced in, other dogs for Lily to socialize with, and a really great understanding of different dog personalities. I texted her on the first night I was away and she said Lily was being so nice and sweet. When I picked her up, she slept the entire day... always a good sign of a busy, fun weekend.
Sarah and her husband were very accommodating. They fit my pickup and dropoff times into their schedule and had no problems with me picking up at a later time. Their dog is really friendly and they have a giant yard so the dogs can get plenty of exercise in their care. Most importantly, they managed to tire out our Vizsla, Fox, out which is not an easy feat!
Sarah was great from the meet-up prior to our reservation through our dogs' stay. She sent us updates and pictures throughout the weekend, and you could tell our dogs were enjoying themselves! She was flexible with drop-off and pick-up times which helped alleviate stress as we were traveling. Overall it was a wonderful experience, and we will look to book again with Sarah.
My dog Rocky loved her stay with Sarah and her dog Carl. I think she had so much fun playing in the backyard with Carl that she didn't want to come home quite yet. It was also nice to have Rocky so tired from playing that we were able to rest after a long ride back from Colorado. I will use Sarah again for my next trip.
I took my dog Aedy to Sarah for daycare. Sarah was great with Aedy and was able to manage her anxiety. Not to mention Aedy loved her backyard. Thank you Sarah!
When my first reservation backed out 1 hour before my drop off time, Sarah was quick to respond and agree to watch Moxie for me. She was a lifesaver! She took my dog an hour later and my dog immediately made her self at home. Moxie was very happy when I picked her up and Sarah took great care of her. I'm so thankful for helping me out at the last minute. I would definitely use her again in the future.
This was our first experience with DogVacay AND our first time leaving our puppy since getting her a month ago. Sarah made the experience worry-free! Our pup was treated as their own and she had a great time playing with the other dogs there. We will not hesitate to book again!
My puppy Squid had a great first stay at Sarah's and was really tired after playing with Sarah's dog Carl all day. I think Squid will be looking forward to his new hangout while I'm at work! Thanks Sarah!
Sarah was amazing! We were in town for just a couple days, and only needed a sitter for one day, and she gladly accepted our request. She has a decent yard for the pups to play in, and her dog is so playful too! I would definitely recommend Sarah to everyone who needs a sitter in Chicago. When I picked Braxton up, he acted like he enjoyed his stay with her. Two thumbs up! :)
Sarah is fantastic! I could not be happier with my first stay using Dog Vacay. She's a pleasure to "work" with, sent me pictures of my dog and was flexible with the drop off and pick up times. I don't think my dog wanted to leave!! I'm already booked with her again.
Sarah was fantastic! She was so accommodating to our last minute schedule and made our little puppy so happy. She also gave us such peace of mind that Henry was in a safe, happy place. I mean, we dropped a 13 week pup on her doorstep because of circumstances we couldn't control (stuff set up before the rescue) and Sarah was a dream come true. We will be signing up again for help with the other weeks that are on the books from BH (Before Henry) Thanks for everything Sarah. You really saved the day (week)!
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