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Russel P.

244 Reviews
91 Repeat Guests
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  • 3 days notice required for bookings
  • Responds within 10 minutes
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Pet Requirements

  • 1-20 lbs
  • 20-40 lbs
  • 40-80 lbs
  • 80+ lbs
All Ages OK
Must Be Spayed or Neutered
Must Be Vaccinated

Russel's Resident Pets

English Springer Spaniel
12 yr 2 mo old

Russel's House

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

About Russel

45 Years Experience Caring For Dogs
!!! the calendar might not show booked but I might be. This is because of the new search system. Message me before moving on to next choice I will get back to you ASAP!!!!!!!
I'm Retired from state of New Jersey Dept of Corrections with lots of time on my hands and my wife only works part time. We are always home and really enjoy spending our time being around dogs since we are big dog lovers.
In March 2014 we adopted an English Springer Spaniel from ESRA. He gets along very well with other dogs with the exception of UN-Neutered Males!!!
I evaluate all dogs at the meet and greet for our safety and your pet's safety. Once you have decided to use us for your dog, We promise you that your dog will be well taken care of, and loved them just the way you do.
We are located 1 mile from the Fairless hills exit of RT 1 north. : Easy on easy off :
AGAIN - All dogs MUST be Spayed or Neutered and have all shots! Updated Rabies and Distemper either a one year or 3 years and Bordatella. Your dog MUST BE HOUSE BROKEN (No Pee Pads), and should be Child and DOG friendly! It's just my wife and I at the house now, but the kids and grandkids stop by all the time..

Again:If the calendar shows BOOKED, MESSAGE ME before moving on to next choice. Depending on the group I have, I can sometimes add another dog. But your pets safety is my first concern. Also sometimes a starting or ending date will affect the site and show booked, when I really might be open. I will get back to you ASAP
Daycare is priced for a 8 hour day, if it needs to be longer we will custom quote the day.

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Can administer oral medicine
Can administer injected medicine
Special Needs Accommodated
  • Separation anxiety

Russel P.

244 Reviews
91 Repeat Guests
Other Sitters Nearby
  • 3 days notice required for bookings
  • Responds within 10 minutes
  • Cancellation Policy:


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  • 1 Spot Left
  • Booked
  • Last updated February 22, 2017


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Services & Rates

Boarding Overnight At Russel's Home
$35 /night
  • Watches up to 3 dogs/night
  • Dogs will never be left unattended
  • Dogs will have full access outside for potty breaks
  • 0 walk/day
  • Pets can sleep wherever they want
Daycare At Russel's Home
$25 /day
  • Watches up to 1 dog /day
$65 /min
$100 /max
244 Reviews
Penny is missing you and Anne already !!!!!!!!!!!!!
Thank for the great care you give our Little Penny !!!
Another wonderful stay !!!
Frankie had another great stay at his "home away from home". Wouldn't trust anyone else to watch him! I highly recommend this sitter ! Thank you !!
Frank-bear had a wonderful stay again ! He had "friends" and humans to hang with. He is a senior and I like that someone is home all day with him ! Russ is the best dog sitter ever !
Couldn't be more pleased!!
Once again you did a great job taking care of our little Penny !!!!!! We know that she feels right at home with You and Anne !!!! Thanks Dave and Joan
He seems very knowlegable on dog care. We rarely leave our baby with anyone and this was our first stay for dogvacay, Sandy was on medication which was given, and she has allergies at different seasons which was not an issue this time. Her behavior seemed to change the day we picked her up. As we ate a late dinner she was not begging like she usually does. Is he a dog whisperer, we only hope? They were under some construction at the house but was much more together after five days away. Thanks to dogvacay we had a nice trip. We will be back!
This was Jameson's second visit with Russ. Jameson was a little shy going in, but Russ got on the ground and made him comfortable before bringing him into the yard. He has a routine that he uses to familiarize the dogs and ensures their safety. We were out of the country, but we received videos and pictures of Jameson each day. I feel completely comfortable when Jameson is win Russ. He goes above and beyond. Russ and his wife are very good hosts.
Russel was awesome with our dog. We've used him a few times now and our pet always has fun with Russ and is always taken care of in the right way. He comes back happy and healthy. We recommend Russ!
Russel and Anne are just great! Doteck has been staying with them frequently since I moved to Princeton two years ago. They are so amazing that I cannot convince myself to find a dog sitter closer by and I always drive over to them, and Doteck starts wagging his tale like crazy as soon as he hears Russel! They are super careful with food portions and medication, really flexible in drop off and pick up times, and most importantly Russel always accommodates Doteck last minute. We are so lucky we found them!
We couldn't be happier with Maverick's experience with Russel. It was obvious in the pictures and the videos that we received from Russel that Maverick was having an amazing time while we were on vacation. My wife and I even joked that Maverick wouldn't want to come home.
It was great to know that our dog was so well cared for while we were on vacation.
Thanks Russ!
Russel is amazing!!! Rocky always comes home relaxed from his vaca which allows us to fully relax during our time away from him knowing that he is fully spoiled and cared for like we do at home. We always know what he is up to through the daily photos! Russel's home is inviting & clean and Russel is very organized with his records and always checks to make sure nothing has changed in our care plan from one visit to an other; he always reminds me to make sure we are up to date with the vaccine information. Regardless if we plan a stay in advance or last minute, he always does his best to accommodate our needs. I am grateful to have Russel as our wonderful sitter!
Russell offers an amazing experience for dogs. It is a safe and loving environment that we felt very comfortable with from the very beginning. He is very professional and truly loves dogs!! We will return for sure.
Always the BEST CARE !!!!
Thanks so much !!!!!!
Thank you Russel and Anne for the great care you gave our little queen Penny !!!
Home away from home !!! Wonderful
Russ, WE tell Penny that she is going to see Uncle Russ and she get all excited !!!! When our friends ask where we left Penny ? I say with Russ at DogVacay
Thank you for taking our baby. We know she is in great hands !!!!!!
thank you Russ, Our Penny love staying with you !!!!!
Russel and Anne are the best. Gracie has stayed with them several times. I never worry when she is there because I know she is in great hands and is really comfortable. Can't say enough about how great they are.
This was the first time I left my dog with anyone other than family and she really enjoyed her stay with Russ. She had plenty of other dogs to play with and keep her busy. Russ kept me updated by sending me daily pictures, which were very much appreciated! I would feel very comfortable using Russ again in the future and would highly recommend him!
Russ was great with Lex and Ben. I was worried since Ben is a senior pug that needs a lot of attention as he cannot walk anymore. Russ gave me a piece of mind by keeping me updated everyday on how he is doing and being attentive to him so that he knows someone is always there with him. Lexus has made a new friend for life it seems as she will not stop following Russ around when she was there. I am happy to say I can go on vacation without worries.
This guy is GREAT! He and his wife are true pup lovers! They took great care of my dog. They snuggled, sent me pics of pup throughout the day and let me know how it went at the end of the day! I was very nervous to leave my dog, but he took the worry out of it all!!
Couldn't have asked for a better experience. Someone was home the whole time Bristol was there, and they even let her sleep in the bed with them like she does at home. Fantastic yard with friendly dogs for our girl to play with.
This was our first DogVacay experience. Russel and his wife were absolutely wonderful. We received numerous updates throughout our dog's vacation. Russel held a very professional and well-planned meet and greet. His house is very nice, with a wonderful back yard. He truly understands each of the dogs he watches and treats them as his own. We look forward to using Russel in the near future. We highly recommend that you do the same!
Daisy loves going to Russel's house. Russel is extremely organized, attentive, and a true dog lover.
I was so nervous to leave my two year old Doberman with someone new but he has too much energy to be put in a kennel. I was so relieved to have met Russel and to see how he interacted with Apollo. While I was on vacation I got plenty of texts to update me with pictures and videos. I felt so at ease to know my baby was in good hands. When I picked him up he seemed so happy and I knew he had a great time. He'll definitely be back!
Russ and Anne were great! This was Whiskey's first time at a pet sitter, so naturally I was nervous to leave my 7 year old baby with someone new. But just from the meet and greet I was reassured. Russ really loves dogs and treated Whiskey just like his own.

During the week he got lots of attention and play time, and I liked getting pictures and texts on how he was doing. When I picked Whiskey up he was his normal happy self.

I wouldn't hesitate to use them again!
Russel took amazing care of my dog and I would highly recommend him! He is very friendly and great with pets!

My family went to Sesame Place and needed a safe and fun place for our lab to stay for the day. We found Russel via dog vacay and FaceTime'd him, so everyone could meet ahead of time. Dropping her off was quick and easy and Russel sent us photos throughout the day, so we could see how she was doing. We came back to a happy dog. Couldn't have been a better experience. Would most definitely use him again!
Frankie had another great vacation ! and so did we thanks to Russ and Anne. Knowing that Frankie is in the best hands ever is great. He has dog friends and human friends and who could ask for more. We highly recommend them to anyone needing a compassionate and responsible couple to take care of your "fur-kid" . Thank you both, you guys rock.
Another great visit for Frankie with Russ and Anne ! They are the best at taking care of your "family member". I will never go anywhere else, highly recommend !!
Our dog's first Vacay was with Russ at his house. Everything went very well and we will be happy to book him for our next trip. FIVE STARS !
We've used boarding kennel services before but were looking for an alternative. At our Meet and Greet with Russ, I knew right away that we found a good place. He understood that our pup sometimes shows anxiety when meeting new dogs. Russ introduced the dogs one at a time in the back yard and impressed us with his intuitive command. Every dog was instantly tuned in to him.
Weeks later, when we drove up to the front of Russ's house, we were surprised that our dog remembered being there and started wagging and wiggling with joy. We feel that she will be both safe and happy while on a Vacay with Russ. Thanks so much!
Russel was great with our pup, developing a good rapport with him in a very short time. I was impressed with how well versed he is in how dogs behave and how to handle them in different situations. Overall it was a great experience and I highly recommend Russel to anyone.
Daisy loves Russel, his family, his dog, and the carefully selected guest dogs he cares for. By the time I pick her up, she doesn't want to come home. Russel and his wife are organized, caring, energetic, and in firm control. They are true dog lovers who know how to handle any situation..
Thanks Russel for taking such good care of our golden retriever Santa and sending through the photos. He looked really happy. See you next time!
We left our two Bichons, Sophia and Tia with Russ for ten days. I'm a person who usually worries about my pups when I'm gone but I didn't have one worry while I was on vacation. I received pics and video's all throughout the week showing me what a great time the dogs were having and how at home they felt. I never felt so at ease leaving my dogs anywhere as I did with them. I think our dogs received more attention than they do at home! I'm already requesting a reservation for our next overnight trip! Thank you Russ and Anne!
Another excellent experience with Russ while I was on vacation. I always feel completely comfortable when I leave my dog with him - as much peace of mind as if I was home with him. You can't ask for more than that! I have booked probably 50 times with Russ in the last few years and have NEVER had the slightest concern. Brenda
Moose had a great stay with Russ & Ann. They were really accommodating with pickup and dropoff time, as well as special instructions. I felt very good about leaving Moose with them and won't hesitate to book with them again. Thank you for taking good care of Moose! - Lisa
When going on vacation I usually leave my dog with my mom or sister, but was out of options when we planned a large family getaway. I considered a kennel at first, but just couldn't bring myself to leave him there so a friend referred me to Doggie Vacay. I was so pleased to find that not only did Russel live nearby, but he was also very responsive and pleasant in all our communications. Trusting him with our fur baby Ozzie was the best decision ever, everything about his stay there exceeded our expectations! Russel sent us videos and pics, and assured us that our doggie was getting along just fine without us. I've already recommended him to two of our friends, I really can't say enough good things about him!
Barney had an incredible time! As parents leaving our pup for the first time we were quite nervous, but Russ made us feel instant comfort and sent daily pics and videos while we were away. Barney came home RELAXED and TIRED. A great vacation for all.
When we go on vacation, we do not worry because We know Russel and Linda take such good care of Gracie. She is a big girl at 170 lbs. They send us pictures and videos and we can tell that Gracie is happy there. Can't say enough about how kind Russel and his wife are to their furry guests
Yet again, my dog Roscoe had a terrific stay with Russ and Anne. I travel at least twice a month for work or to visit friends/relatives, and Russ is always so accommodating. Their home is very inviting and cozy for the dogs staying there. You can tell they are true dog lovers. My dog has been going to Russ for 2 yrs now, never with a concern. There is no better sign than the fact that Roscoe jumps out of my car when I pull up to their house!
We can't say enough how lucky we are to have Russel & Ann in our (and our dog's) lives. They seem to love Tucker almost as much as we do, and he is always happy to be left with them and their dog, Nero. The care and attention Tucker receives is top-notch. Thanks, guys!!
Oh my goodness, love the pics and videos of Jameson running and playing with all his fur friends! What a wonderful thing to be able to travel and never worry about your pet !
My husband was having surgery and I was working. Russ and Ann took Jameson for a few days so my husband could recuperate a little. Russ and Ann so welcoming and gracious ! We are just so blessed to have them in Jameson's life !
Always always wonderful !
We have been having a lot of work done in our home, and Russ took in our dog, Jameson for several days at a time. Jameson is always so excited when we drive up to russ and ann's house! It is definitely Jameson's "home away from home"
Denver, who is blind, has stayed with Russ many times and each time is a great experience for him. Russ provides a great atmosphere and Denver loves staying with him and we feel secure in knowing that he is staying in a safe and secure place.
Russ is absolutely great! We have left our dog, Doteck, with him soooo many times I cannot even count! He is the only dog sitter we have ever had that Doteck actually is excited to stay with. I have also made many many last minute reservation with him (literraly, day before), which is just amazing! And he is so great in controlling food portions that we really care about, and getting dogs to get along with each other well. He is just the best!
Frankie had a great day with Russ ! Best host ever, takes care of Frankie like he is his own. Wouldn't let any other host watch him !
He makes our dog feel like he is part of the family and sends us video updates.
Tucker's home away from home. He gets almost as much love at Russel and Anne's as he does at home. Highly recommend.
Being Dogvacay novices, my husband and I were a little nervous about leaving our precious golden retriever Rosie with strangers. But after we met with Russ at the meet and greet we could tell he had a gift and would take great care of Rosie. We felt very comfortable leaving Rosie with Russ and Anne and could tell by the pictures he sent Rosie was too! Rosie can't wait for us to book another stay with Russ!
We are so happy to have found Russel. Our little dog had a wounderful time. Russ kept us updated with pictures. We will gladly leave Spencer with Russel again.
Francine had a great time, as usual. We never have a moment's worry when we leave her with Russ and Anne.
Scout had a great stay with Russel and family! We knew even from the meet and greet that caring for dogs is a responsibility that Russel takes quite seriously. But it is also clear that Russel loves what he does, and that is not true of everyone. We look forward to using Russel again!
We know that Tucker gets all of the love and attention he needs when he's staying with Russel and Ann. His "home away from home". Thanks again for a great stay!
Frank-bear had a great time, I could tell by the pictures and video that was sent to me. These people are fantastic. I am blessed to have found people who care for my dog the way I do. I wouldn't hesitate to bring him back here for the best care ever. You guys rock !
Our dog had a great week with Russ and Anne ! Couldn't ask for more caring people than them to watch Frankie ! He had "dog friends" to hang with and humans as well during the week. Great people to leave your dog with, I highly recommend them ! We trust no one but them to watch Frankie ! It's our dogs "home away from home" for sure.
great, perfect as always.
My dog had a great day with all the other dogs. He was well taken care of and I highly recommend Russ and Anne.
Thanks for taking care of our little Queen !!!!
One word....Awesome. My dog doesn't want to leave there. Thanks Russ
My dog, Roscoe, has stayed with Russ and Anne more times than I can count, and they are truly the best kept secret in dog sitters (shhhh!). Russ bends over backwards to accomodate my travel schedule for work, and I always feel completely at ease leaving Roscoe with them.
Russell was great with Jameson. He sent us photos of him playing and relaxing around the pool. I thought he was at a resort. J is a very active Welshie and Russ handled him very well. I would have him sit Jameson anytime.
Russel is amazing. He is warm and inviting; has a great personality. Rocky spent 3 nights on his mini vacation and when we picked him up he was happy and full of energy. Russel treated him the way we treat him at home. He allowed him to sleep in bed with him as well as sit really close to him on the couch. We received daily pictures of him having fun. We felt comfortable leaving Rocky in Russel's care.
Another great dog Vacay for Tucker with Russel and Anne. Couldn't ask for better care. Communication is wonderful, as usual. Thanks again!!
Jerry's last visit before our move. Very sad to say goodbye. Russ gave Jerry a going away gift...So nice. Hope we find someone nice at our new home.
Tucker had another great stay with Russel, Anne & Nero. We always take comfort in knowing he is in such great hands while we are away. Communication is lightning fast and photos of Tucker at his home away from home are always sent (and appreciated).
Everything was just perfect. I appreciate the picture text messages he sends. The family treats my puppies as if they were their own.
Our dog, Bronx, had never been away from home. We scheduled a meet and greet with Russ and Ann. Russ introduced Bronx to all the other dogs one at a time. It was amazing how our shy dog took to Russ.
Then he stayed from Saturday to Saturday. Russ provided a stay as if Bronx was home. Bronx took to it. Russ sent us daily photos of Bronx and the other dogs, which relieved any concerns we could have mustered.
We cannot say enough positive things about his stay. Even when I picked him up he was showing absolutely NO signs of anxiety. I think he would have happily have stayed with Russ.
Russ is so positive, in charge of all the digs, and understanding of their needs. Bravo. I'd give him 6 stars if I could.
I recommend this experience to any dog and their owners!
Dave and Mary
Always happy with Jerry's experience
Have the most respect for Russ and the dogs ability to be treated like as if it was there own DOG / DOGS !!!! i will not go anywhere else !!!!! thanks for taking care of my pups !!!!!
We've been using Russ and Ann for over two years now. They are awesome to work with and I know my dog is in the best of hands!
Once again, Kali came home completely happy and healthy from her time at Russ's home. In my opinion, she is incredibly well cared for and spoiled! I'm so grateful for the care and attention Kali gets while she is away from home. It's very important that she have confidence and overall good interaction with people and her surroundingsā€¦and most importantly feel loved.

Thank you Russ and Anne!!!
The best. He handles my 2 dogs as if they were his own. I feel very safe and comfortable with my babies being left with him.
We have nothing but good to say about Russ and Anne! We always feel like Wesson is in good hands when we leave him with them!
Our Penny thinks Russ's house is her Second Home !!!
Our Penny Just Loves Russ & Anne
THE BEST !! Ollie was well taken care of by Russ and Anne. Our dog is older so he has some "senior" moments but he is in great hands. We don't have the stress of wondering how Ollie is while we are away which is INVALUABLE .
Once again, Roscoe had a wonderful time with Russ and Anne. I had to travel for business at the last minute Wed night, and took him to their house. I ended up in bad weather 2 hours away by the next night, and it was no problem with them that he stay over another night. Russ sent me both pictures of Roscoe and a video of him playing in the yard with another dog who was staying with them. I love getting photos and videos while I'm away - it makes me feel like my dog is (almost) with me!!
Russel and his wife were awesome. This was the first time we have ever had a dog taken care of outside of our home and they were great. They sent pictures, video, and texts every day so we could see how Noah was doing (mostly sleeping). They managed Noah's medication with no problems and gave him lots of love and attention. I recommend them wholeheartedly!
What a fantastic host. Lester who is a rescue and a fairly new adoptee took to Russell and his lovely wife with no issues. Great atmosphere and accommodations for him at their lovely home! I recommend Russ highly!
Russ is awesone. Always takes the best care of our boys!!!
Bodhi has stayed with Russel and Anne 4 times now and I am starting to think she likes it over at their house better than at ours! Love the photo and video updates. Bodhi comes home content and relaxed. Will definitely be booking again!
Bodhi loves to stay over at Russel's house!
I am thrilled things went so well. Russ took a nervous, afraid of men, rescue dog and within 5 minutes had him in his lap. Lester will absolutely come again! Russ is not only a "dog whisperer", he is an dog "miracle worker"!
We can't say enough about how happy we are that we found this wonderful "home away from home" for our dog. Russel and Anne are the perfect hosts and we wouldn't hesitate to recommend them to others.
We always feel good about Jerry's stay with Russ.
The best. My Kids feel good there !! The run to the front door from the car.
As always, Shelby and Jesse were right at home with Russ and Anne. They love going there.
5 Stars !!!! If I could give 10, I would !! Jameson jumps out of my car and runs to their front door, sits and waits for Russ or Ann to open the door. We are So happy that Jameson has a "home away from home "
Rocoe had another wonderful visit with Russ and Ann. He is so comfortable going to their house that at this point when I say "we're going to see Russ and Ann", his tail starts wagging, and he jumps in the car for the ride to their house. What a great find, couldn't be happier.
We boarded our boys with Russ for a week. Russ is soo caring and compassionate. He took care of our pets just like his own. Without fail, we got txt messages with picture updates. I know that our pups would love to go back and hang out with his pup more frequently. Russ, thank you for taking care of our dogs.
Amazing!!! Don't want to go anywhere else!
Russel is very good with dogs and took very good care of our 2 older dogs. He & his wife are very loving and spoiled our fur babies while we were away. Getting pictures and texts from Russel made my day!
Russ is just the BEST !!!! Our Penny is always well taken care of.
Complete AWESOMENESS !!!!!!!! Ya that good !!
We know Jerry is always safe and happy with Russ.
Another "pawsome" vacay for Frankie. Frankie had "friends" to hang with. I seen how all the dogs get along. Its nice to know that Frankie is very safe and gets the human companionship that he loves. This is a great place for your dog to stay. Highly recommend them. Booked another stay for April ! Thanks for taking such great care of Frank-bear !!!
Russel was a great host! He sent us many really nice pictures of Doteck, and Doteck seemed very happy when we picked him up! Russel was also great in accommodating my schedule and I picked Doteck up quite late. He was also very careful with food portions :)

Thanks Russel!
This was the 3rd time we had Russ and his wife watch our BoBo. We call it doggy vacation because it's obvious that Bo enjoys himself while he's with them. we have such peace of mind when Bo stays with Russ -it's one less thing to worry about when you're on vacation. The photos and texts are also wonderful reassurances.
Once again, my dog Roscoe had a wonderful time with Russ and Ann. I always feel completely comfortable leaving him with them. It's also a great sign that when I pull my car up in their driveway to drop him off and he sees their house, he leaps out of the car to go see them!
Russ is beyond amazing! We get daily photos and our dogs have never been happier--we are so lucky to have him!!!
Another great dog vacay for Tucker. He'll be back...!!
Perfect Dog Vacay experience. Russel provided us with great communication - both before and during our dog's stay and a safe, loving environment for our dog while we were on vacation. We've already booked Tucker's next Vacay with Russel and would highly recommend to others wanting to leave their dog with someone caring and responsible.
Russ was caring and attentive to my dog who was only 7 month old. We would definitely use Russ again. Laura and Earle Moreland
Russ and Ann treated our dogs wonderfully! They were allowed to sleep wherever they were most comfortable.We received pictures ,videos and updates of them everyday. Our boys were having so much fun running in the huge fenced in yard.
If you want to send your furry children to the Doggy Ritz Carlton, then Russ and Ann is the way to go. Highly recommended!!!!
My dog, Roscoe, stayed with Russ and Ann while I was away on vacation for a week. He has stayed with them many times and this was another wonderful experience for both Roscoe and me. Russ and Ann are so loving all of the dogs that stay with them, and I always feel completely comfortable leaving my pooch with them. They are just the best! Brenda
JUST GREAT !!!!!!!!
Jerry always has an active, fun time.
Russ is the absolute best!! This is the second time Russ has watched Denver and each time has been a very positive experience. Denver loves staying with Russ and his family.
Jameson is so at home with Russ and Ann ! He has so much fun. it is so heartwarming to receive the texts and photos and videos of his stay with them ! Russ did a lot of training reinforcement while Jameson was there. Jameson trusts him !! and trust is everything.
Russ and Ann went above and beyond ! I was going to drop our pup off after work, because we were leaving the next day, but the snow began falling and accumulated so much, I didn't think I would be able to drive out by the end of the day. I called Russ, and he drove out to pick our Jameson up before the storm got too bad. Jameson was so excited to see him, he ran down the driveway and jumped in with tail wagging !
Russel and his wife took such great care of our 2 very energetic pups. We loved getting the video and text updates, and could see how happy they were to be there! We highly recommend him!
As usual, Jerry seemed right at home.
Clancy had another great stay at Russ's and Anne's. They always take care of her as if she was their own. I am so happy to have found them. Will use them again and again.
As usual, excellent care. He was able to squeeze me in the last minute. Chloe always comes home. happy and treated like one of their own.
Russel is an amazing petsitter, and really goes above and beyond for your fur baby. Every time he keeps our senior chihuahua (15-years-old), Russel stays on top of the many medications that he requires. But tonight we are especially grateful for his flexibility and kindness with unexpected travel delays today. Thank you for being so understanding!
AMAZING! AMAZING! Our dogs love Russ & Anne so much- thank you both!
Zane is just as happy visiting Russ as he is at home (maybe happier)! You can leave your pet and never have to worry, could not be in better hands.
Penny just LOVES RUSS !! HE treats her like a Queen .
As always, no worries when we leave Shelby and Jesse with Russ and Anne. They are the best and our dogs love going there. Texts and Pics sent daily
Jerry always seems to have a good time and loves running with the dogs in the backyard. Thanks, Russ!
Russell is outstanding. He looks after Quincy perfectly. We feel extremely comfortable leaving our pet under his care.
Russ was just awesome! He made me feel completely secure with him and leaving my dogs with him. They had such a good time while they were there and 2 of the 3 didn't want to go home! I could tell they had been very well cared for when I picked them up. Russ also continued to keep my mind at ease by sending updates and photos every day. I would highly recommend him to others and will definitely use him again.
Russ & Anne are the best!
As usual Chloe had a great time at Russell house. She was able to play with the other dogs. I had daily updates with texts, pics and videos. Thanks again
So much better than a traditional kennel. Will definitely take Ruby there next time we go away.
This was Frankie's second vacation with Russ and Anne. He adjusted well to the other dogs staying there and had human companionship as well. Frankie is a "people dog" and having humans around him is his preference. He is always his same old self when we get home so I know he was just fine when staying there. Thank you Russ and Anne. I highly recommend them to anyone needing a dog sitter !
As always they had a great time, they just love Russ and Anne
Hey Russell, Beast had a great time with your family. Thanks for making his stay during our difficult time of life one that we all were comfortable with. See you again soon.
It's official our dogs would much rather live with Russ & Anne. They are so wonderful to them. Couldn't ask for better care.
Russ and Ann were gracious enough to take a last minute booking. Russ was extremely thorough in obtaining information about Chacko to make his stay as comfortable as possible. There is a huge backyard that Chacko was able to run in and had all the comforts of home with Russ and Ann.

He was very well taken care of as was evidenced when we picked him up and the updates Russ provided during our absence. We would highly recommend Russ and Ann for your dog's visit and will plan to use them again in the future.
Once again, Russ and Ann have provided my dog, Rosocoe, with a safe and loving home to stay in while I am away. I always feel COMPLETELY at ease while I am gone, knowing that he is as safe and well-taken care of as I could ever hope for. A true "home away from home!"
Third time we used Russel and he was wonderful as usual! We got lots of pictures and the dogs were sad to come home!
Clancy had a blast! I never have a worry when she stays with Russ. They care for her as if she was one of their own. Highly recommend!
Russel continues to be the DogVacay ROCKSTAR! I've been bringing my dog, a rescue with separation anxiety, to Russel for nearly one year - and she stays with him often. Recently, she's become ill and he's taken extra time to make sure that she takes all of her medicine and gets the rest her vet ordered. Russel makes it possible for me to work - without feeling totally guilty (of course I still hate to leave my furbaby!) because I know that she's in great hands. Thank-you, Russel! :)
This was our dog's first time away in many years and I was concerned how he would adjust to being away from us for ten days. He took to Russ right away and was perfectly happy in our absence. Russ seems to have a true fondness and understanding of all the myriad dogs that he hosts. His house is a little doggie heaven and so much better than a kennel. I was very comfortable leaving our dog because I could see that he would be given lots of love and attention in a comfy home setting. Our dog had a great time at Russ's!
Russ goes the extra mile for my dogs and he does a great job keeping up updated on how they're doing. I feel so good knowing they're in great hands when we're away!!
Great experience for Denver. He was well cared for and had a good time being with the other dogs. Russ would text me daily, pictures included, to keep me informed on how Denver was doing. I would highly recommend Russ and plan on using him in the future
Jerry always seems very happy and we always feel secure when leaving him with Russ. And Russ sends great pictures while we are gone!
We were on vacation for 7 days - I did not worry about our dogs once. Russ and Ann take the best care of them. They really dislike coming home!- they have such a great time. Russ sends us photos and treats them like they are his own.
I never worry about Ziggy when he is with Russel and Ann. Ever. I know he's getting better treatment than sometimes even WE give!! Ziggy is happy, comfortable and loved there. What a relief to find reliable, warm, people who care for the love of my life (besides my hubby and kids!)
Russel hosted our 2 dogs for 3 nights and his service was absolutely wonderful!! Our 2 dogs are small and Russel provided them with special and personalized attention. Lots of lap time, special walks, and carrying them in and out for potty trips. Russel sent us pictures of the dogs and several updates, which helped put our minds at ease. We would highly recommend Russel as a host. Awesome experience!
This was the first time I left my dog, Roscoe, with Russ and Ann, and it was a wonderful experience! Russ is very prompt at responding, from when I requested a Meet & Greet, to when I requested a booking online. Within a few hours of dropping Roscoe off at their house, Russ sent me a text, photo, and video of my boy playing and relaxing on his dog bed. I felt totally comfortable leaving him in their care. I also appreciated that they have a backyard fence that is very secure. When I went last night to pick him up, Roscoe was asleep on his bed in their living room with Russ and Ann sitting nearby in chairs in front of the TV - it doesn't get any better than that! I'm getting ready to book some days in January for when I have to travel for work. A terriffic experience.
Our experience with Russ & Ann was outstanding. They treated our sweet Penny like one of their own. This was the first time that we used Dog Vacay and we're so happy that we found it. We just loved all the personal touches, like E-mails, pictures of Penny enjoying her vacation. Penny is a rescue that we've had for 7 months and we did not know how she would adjust to Russ & Ann, but she just loved them. We will certainly use them again and we HIGHLY RECOMMEND THEM!!!!

Dave & Joan Wagner
As a "dogvacay" host looking for a "dogvacay" host, I found exactly what I was looking for with Russ and Anne. Their reviews are great. They are definitely dog loving people. Frankie received the care and attention that I wanted for him. Their yard is perfect and their house is "dog friendly". Frankie had "friends" for the time he stayed with them so he had company. Frankie was introduced to the others staying there one at a time and it all worked out real well. There is nothing like going on vacation and having peace of mind that your dog is safe and well cared for. If you're looking for responsible and attentive people to care for your dog, book with Russ and Anne. You won't be sorry. Frankie is already booked for his March vacation !!! Thank you both so very much.
My furbabies love Russ and Anne, thank you for taking such good care of them
Wonderful as always, My dogs are so excited when we pull up. The best pet sitters
What can I possibly say that has not been said about how terrific Anne and Russ are with our dogs. They are treated as well as if they were at home with us. Such nice caring people, who really care about the well being of our dogs. No worries at all when I leave them with them. Pics and videos updates daily.
WHat an awesome host !!!! Russ sent pictures every day with all the new dog friends Jameson made during his stay, and all the love he got from this family !
Simply put Russ is the best!
Russel and Anne in a word, are terrific! We recently moved to Philly from Chicago, where Kokoa was spoiled by having an awesome pet sitter for 2 years, since we had him. We had to start the process all over again, and had forgotten how much anxiety can be involved with finding someone to not only skillfully take care of your beloved four-legged and who would take them in their house, so they are not lonely at home waiting for their sitter to come back n take them out. We got what we always wanted, thank you for taking such good care of kokoa, while we were away. He means a great deal to our family, and knowing that he was with you, safe and sound, having fun n making new friends, while we were on vacation gave us great comfort and peace of mind. We have the comfort to know that he is in good hands and does not miss us as you treat him just as we do and maybe more. Thanks for the videos n picture update. You both have given us the comfort n freedom to take a stress free vacation when we can't take Kokoa with us. Thank you and you would be highly recommended by us you may need same care.
Another great stay with Russell. Chloe had a great time. I like that she had a dog to play with
Five words: WE LOVE RUSS AND ANNE! We were in a jam with our normal pet sitters unavailable at the last minute. A local dog groomer directed me to the site, and fortunately, Russ had an opening for our Yorkie, Ziggy. The pictures made us laugh, as Ziggy did EVERY activity he does at HOME!! Lounging in the back yard, comfy looking out the window and guarding the front door let us know that Ziggy was comfortable and being allowed to do his normal routine. Russ listened and really took to heart Ziggy's personality. He took Ziggy's safety as his first priority. His backyard is big, flat, safely enclosed and free to be roamed and run through. We feel confident that we will be calling again when we need Ziggy in good hands!
Russ was great! He kept me up to date on how the dogs were doing and sent me pictures and videos every day! He really went out of his way to make the dogs feel comfortable!
Russ is amazing! He loves our dogs as much as we do- I never worry about them for a second while we are away! Fantastic folks who loves animals!
We could not be more pleased with the care that our much-loved Ellie received during her stay with Russel and Ann. We had been avoiding travel opportunities for some time because of not wanting to board Ellie in a kennel and having her caged for days. Finding Russel was truly a godsend, allowing us to enjoy our vacation without worries...knowing that she was being cared for in a great family atmosphere. The frequent text updates and photos were proof positive that she was right at home and enjoying her stay. Our only concern was that she wouldn't want to leave! We will definitely give her the opportunity for a return visit in the future.

From our conversations with Russ, it is obvious that he has a great understanding of individual dog behaviors and personalities and treats each dog in his care accordingly.

Karen M.
My hosts Russ and Ann turned my dog back into a puppy.She was so invigorated and peppy,playing with all her toys.Running around so lively.They went over and above my expectations.She ,my Bella,had a great time,and they treated her with kid gloves.Definitely a winner!!I would use them again,wonderful people.Thanks again Russ and Ann.I was so happy and you are the nicest people ever.Hope we meet again.10 stars!!!!!!! chris sab
Romeo had a wonderful stay! We are coming back for sure.
Russ keeps in touch and sends pics even for a short stay. It is reassuring to know that Jerry is in such good hands
We had a wonderful experience leaving our pup with Russ and Ann. It really has been such a relief to find them. Our dog stayed with Russ and Ann for 2 weeks, as much as we missed him, we didn't worry about him for 1 minute. We knew he was in good hands and could see he was having a great time because we received daily pictures! We our sure we will use them in the future.
Our dog, Lance, loved his stay with Russ and his wife. They treated Lance as if he was theirs. The fenced in yard is a nice change for Lance, as he gets the chance to run outside without a leash. Russ sends pictures to our phones so we get to see what Lance is doing on his vacation! If you're looking for a home away from home for your dog, this is a good one!
Russ was easy to contact, was very nice in person, and has a great house for doggy visitors.
If I could give more than 5 stars I certainly would! Always a nice treat to have Russell and Ann watch our dogs. Thank you!
I was confident that my shy little pooch was in good hands the first time I meet Russel. After several meet n greets, there was no doubt that this was the place for Miracle (my dog). This was his first time away from home, overnight, without a family member, and though he did not interact much he did eat which was a good sign. I would definitely use Russel again and would recommend.
I had not heard of the dogvacay service but stumbled upon it on the internet. I did a meet and greet with Ann and Russell- I can't tell you how unbelievable they are!!!! My 2 English bulldogs stayed at their home for 6 days- we received updates daily and they looked a lot happier in the pics than they do in their own home! Their dedication and experience showed they truly care about your dogs. I cannot wait to book with them again- I trusted the entire experience from beginning to end 110%- if you love your dog book with Russell and Ann! Thanks so much!
I would highly recommend Russel. Sophie had a great time and was right at home there. I didn't have to worry about her the entire time as Russel kept me updated as to how she was doing. I would definitely use his services again in the future.
I found Russ through this site about a week ago. He was extremely prompt in answering my inquiry and we set up a meet-n-greet right away. His house is doggy friendly with a large yard. I just picked up my dog this afternoon after his 2 day dog vaca and he's been passed out sleeping since we got home! My dog will be staying with Russ and his wife again the end of next month and I have no worries whatsoever. Russ is genuinely a nice guy who cares about the dogs he is watching. I even got text messages and picture updates during my pup's stay. Highly recommend!
My dogs spent 2 weeks with Russ and Anne. One dog is a senior and the other is a puppy so their needs are very different. Leaving them with Russ I was confident that both of them were comfortable, happy and safe. Russ and Anne went way above and beyond in taking care of my pets. I highly recommend them if you want your dogs to enjoy their vacation as much as you enjoy yours.
Russ and Anne are just fantastic people. They took care of our Quincy and Addy as well as we would have. They exceeded our expectations. We could not be more happy with the care and attention they gave our pets. It was very personalized. We received updates and pictures daily. Without question, our furry "kidz" were treated like royalty. We highly recommend them.
Penny is in great hands and has fun when she stays with Russ! I love getting updates and picture of her while we're away! I couldn't imagine having Penny sit in a cage all day while we go on vacation. Having our dog stay at Russ' is the ideal situation for us! We have used him twice before and definitely have plans to use him again. I recommend him to everyone looking for a dog sitter. Great service, easy to work with, and extremely reliable!
Fuji and Shelby had a wonderful 2 night stay with Russ and Anne. They got to play in the large back yard with the other dogs and cuddle on the couch. SOOO much better than staying in a kennel. We received pictures, texts and videos each day which really put us at ease. So glad we found Russ and Anne on Dogvacay:)
Russ is great with Jerry and we are secure about leaving him with Russ.
I'm so glad that we found DogVacay and more so that we found Russ! Our dog, BoBo, had a great time with Russ and his wife. We loved the text updates with photos letting us know that BoBo was being well cared for while we were away. What a wonderful peace of mind.

We also realized that we were going to get home late and called Russ. He sent us a custom quote and was happy to keep boBo for an additional night for us so that we didn't need to worry.
I can't say enough about Russ. I have boarded Misty for nearly 2 months during a complex work assignment. To trust an outsider in the care of your beloved dog is a difficult step to take, however, Russ has done what nobody else can - make Misty feel safe, at home, comfortable, loved - and make me feel confident that she is getting the care and love that she needs to thrive in my absence. Kudos Russ!!!
Russel took in CeCe on short notice, and kept us up to date on how she was doing. She, was on vacation! Highly recommended.
Swiffer stayed with Russel and Anne for 1 week. He had so much fun playing with other dogs that he didn't want to leave. I received daily picture and text updates of Swiffer's activities. Russel and Anne treated Swiffer like he was their own dog. I highly recommend them!
Russ did a great job taking care of Bella! I look forward to using his service again, worry-free.
Russ did a great job taking care of Max! I look forward to my next vacation knowing I have someone that can watch him and provide plenty of interaction with him.
I love leaving my dogs with Russ and Anne, they take as good of care of them as I do. Thanks guys
As usual, Russ & his wife are the PERFECT hosts for our 2 hairy children. Shelby & Jessie both have the time of there lives when they visit Russ & Anne. Shelby & Jessie love them both are are always happy to be there whether it's for 1 day or 1 week. Thank you again Russ & Anne
It was great having Jerry with Russ again. He came home tired (in a good way) relaxed and well taken care of.
Russel is great. Oliver was happy to see me when I picked him up but would not have been upset if I had just stopped by to say hello. For me you can't get better then that. Russ provides the peace of mind that I was looking for and I am grateful for the great service and loving care he gives. 5 stars are not enough,
10 maybe!!!!! Thanks Russ.
Russel and his wife took excellent care of our fur babies. We especially appreciate the extra care given to our extremely shy dog (who eventually came around) and the attention to detail in administering of morning and evening medications to our senior chihuahua. They were in constant communication, giving us pic and video text updates on how things were going. It was a great assurance to know they were both in such good hands!
Once again, Russell has done an amazing job opening his home up to my baby girl!!! She LOVES him!!! And I am so happy to have found Russ!!
Sofie had another great vacation with Russ & Anne. She'll see them again in August...this time for 10 days, and I don't have an iota of guilt :-)
Russel and Anne are Amazing! They took good care of our little boy Swiffer who is a ball of energy. This is the first time our pup is away from us and we felt so relieved that he enjoyed his stay. We received daily photo/video updates of his activities which made us feel comfortable that he is doing fine. I highly recommend Russel and Anne.
We have never used a service like dogvacay before and were very reluctant to leave our dog at a kennel. We wanted him to not feel like our vacation is his punishment. Russel's house turned out to be a great vacation for our dog, Niko.

Russel's house is very clean and very dog friendly, he has a huge back yard with lots of room to play. Because Russel is so popular, he almost always has multiple dogs at his house. This was a great bonus for our puppy because we really wanted him to get some interaction with other dogs.

Russel and his family were very flexible in terms of working around our schedule and were accommodating in every sense with Niko's needs and quirks.

We received daily pictures and updates and even a video while we were on vacation. Russel's communication was excellent, above and beyond what dogvacay required of him.

We will definitely use dogvacay next time we go on vacation, but Russel in particular. A+++++
Russ and his wife are AMAZING. They are incredible people and treat any dogs they watch with more care and kindness than anything I have ever seen. I can't say enough good things about the 2 of them and will be bringing my dog to them anytime I leave town.
As always we were so comfortable leaving Shelby and Jesse with Russ and Anne. We know how well they take care of them. Our dogs adore them. Thank you so much
Excellent as always! We can leave Ollie with Russ and not worry one bit about him as we know he is being well cared for. We are grateful that Russ is there to care for Ollie when we are away.
Absolutely FABULOUS! I could not ask for better hosts. Russell and Ann treat my dog like their own. She has severe separation anxiety issues but feels totally comfortable in their loving home environment. She's also an escape artist so a big yard with a high 6' fence also adds to my relief knowing that she is well cared for and safe while I travel! Yay!!!
Sofie had another great vacation...and fell in love with Leo! I'm starting to fear that one day she may not want to come home with me!
Incredible! I could not be happier with Russell and Ann! To leave town and know that my furbaby is not only getting her basic needs met but is getting love, tickles and lots of ear scratches warms my heart! They adore dogs! And, I get my 'daily fix' with pics, videos and texts so I know that she is happy and it helps me miss her a little less ... Thank-you Russ!
Leo loves spending time at Russel's and running around in the yard and playing with the other dogs. He's always very tired when he comes home.
We're so thrilled with the care Russ gave our dogs. He was attentive, caring and made sure they were all comfortable and happy. We got pictures and updates and felt secure that they were being cared for as well as - if not better - than at home!!
Russ and Anne were incredible with Kali. The amount of attention she got each day and evening was so amazing. She seemed to feel very much at home...just had a blast. She really enjoyed the short time that other dogs were there as well.

I think it is so important that this host takes the time to check with you about how your dog will get along with other dogs, what their eating habits are like.

I could tell by the hosts questions and comments that he was very much engaged with my dog and her needs.

I will definitely use Russ P again!!!
Second time Chloe was with Russel. Felt very comfortable leaving Chloe. We got daily pics and updates. She always looked very happy and busy. I think she was sad to leave all the activity and attention. Thanks again for keeping her.
For the last 7 years i have been leaving Toby to many day care places but I would say out of all Russel is the best host. He is very flexible and knows to take care of dogs. He treats the dog as his own and I would say Toby felt like home. Russel kept sending us pictures of Toby on a timely basis while we were out which showed how much he cared about the customer service. I would reccommend Russel anytime for dog care I wish him Good Luck on his business.
Russ and Anne are great people and really took great care of our dog! They have a nice clean home with a big back yard in which my dog had a great time running around in. You can tell they really love dogs and care for your pet. Thank you both see you at the next visit!
Russell did an incredible job taking care of our dogs. One is almost 12 years old and he spent the weekend on the couch next to Russell. He was a very happy pup. The other is less than a year and while he is pretty easygoing at home he was a bit of a handful at someone else's house. Russell went above and beyond to take excellent care of our younger dog. It was great being able to send my dogs to a home where both were very happy and well cared for.
We were nervous about leaving our 18 month old puppy even though our older dog would also be with him, but Russ made us feel confident that the dogs would be well taken care of and nurtured.

We were out of the country but kept in touch with Russ via e-mail. He was great about sending pictures and up to date information to let us know how our dogs were doing. It made us feel like the dogs were at a doggie spa camp.

Russ and his wife could not have been kinder nor more nurturing to our dogs We will definitely use them again!
Dogs that stay with Russ are treated like his own. I was afraid mine wouldn't want to leave when I went to pick him up. Its a very safe and comfortable place for your dog to stay.
Russ and Anne took very good care of Ollie while we were away for 10 days. We felt comfortable the entire time and Russ sent photos and videos of Ollie( who was having a great time) . I can recommend Russ and Anne to anyone who needs great care for their dog.Ollie felt right at home with them.We are so very happy we found Russ as a kennel is not an option for Ollie. Our previous dogs were at a few kennels and they were so stressed when they got home that we felt awful about leaving them- this was NOT the case this time and we are grateful.
I knew for sure I didn't want to put Sadie in a kennel, so when I found out about this service, and that it was right around the corner from home, I was more than thrilled. I know caring for a 4 month old puppy is a tough job, but Russ and Anne did a wonderful job. I greatly appreciated all the pictures and videos they sent of Sadie while I was away - it certainly helped ease my worries of leaving her. They will definitely be my first choice if/when I need them.
I think my little Sofie (9lb Havanese) had a great time today. She played with 4 other dogs...including a giant German Shepard and Bearded Collie...how fun was that! She could have used the Shepard's legs as agility poles :-) Great opportunity for her to socialize in a pack and everything went great.
Sofie loves her vacations with Russ...and so do I. He takes this responsibility seriously. I'm very comfortable leaving her with him...and she's a real mama's girl!
We had a fabulous experience and will definitley be using them again in the future!
This was Clancy's first visit with Russ. I can't say enough kudos for Russ. He took care of her as if she was his own. The daily updates of video and pictures squashed any worry I may have had, but there was no concern after the first hour because there was an immediate update. Clancy had so much fun!!!! There is no hesitation; I will definitely have Clancy stay with Russ again. She can't wait for me to go away :)
Ollie is very eager to visit Russ and Anne- he starts getting excited the closer we get to their home. He had a great time and we are very comfortable with the care he'll get when we go on a longer vacation.
I hesitated to post a review for purely selfish reasons. I didn't want too many people in on my "find." I came across DogVacay by accident when I was surfing the web and thought "why not give this a try." After searching my area I decided that Russel was the one. Without even a Meet & Greet, Sofie, my 7-month old Havanese was dropped off for a one night stay and off I went. When I picked her up the next day, it was obvious that Russel and Anne were great canine caregivers, despite Sofie's puppy indiscretions.
That being said...and the fact that my dog is one of the loves of my life...I've already booked them for future dates, which says volumes! Great experience. Highly recommended.
Ollie had an excellent experience and we will be using Russ again. I feel assured that he is being cared for and that is a great relief for any pet owner! I have recommended him to others as well.
Jerry was welcomed warmly and given a chance to bond with another boxer, which he seems to have done! We enjoyed the pictures and videos Russel sent and felt really positive about Jerry's stay.
Russ and Anne are fantastic. They truly care for every dog they watch. Their house is very clean, roomy, and a large fenced in back yard - a great place for a dog vacay! I could tell my pup was very relaxed and comfortable there. I highly recommend Russ and Anne. Thank you both!
As always Russ and Anne do a wonderful service to us, they really care about the dogs that are under thier care. I never have to worry about Shelby, she is taken just as good as care of as she would be by us. Thank you again. Shelby is looking forward i am sure to her next visit..
It was Shelby's second time staying with Russ and Anne, and she was very excited to be there. We especially like that Russ periodically sends you pictures and videos of Shelby's vacation! We are very happy to have found these great people to take care of our pup when we go away!
This was so AWESOME !!! Took the dogs over for
A meet and greet ! Dogs tails were waging in the front door !i would have someone stop at my house for looking after them . Not anymore
Thanks Russ for looking after my dogs like your own !!! Will book again !! .
We would highly recommend Russell and Anne. We left our Golden retriever with them for the first time on New Years' Eve, and felt very comfortable and secure that our puppy was in good hands! We will definitely be using them again.
You could not find a better temporary home for your beloved dog. This was the dog's 2nd visit and he ran into Russ' house and did not look back!
We had never left our dog with anyone but friends and family before, so we were delighted to find an option other than a kennel. Russ and Ann obviously took great care of her, and we loved seeing the pictures and videos they sent. We are already checking to see if they're available when we go away in the spring!
Kirby is blind and I avoid kennels because he doesn't get the care he needs. As a first time DogVacay user, I am very satisfied with the entire experience especially Russel and Ann.

I know that Russel and Ann took good care of Kirby because Kirby did not exhibit any signs of stress afterwards. Also, I appreciate receiving photos of Kirby during his stay.
This was Dexter's second stay with Russ and Ann and we were completely pleased with everything once again! I feel totally comfortable leaving Dex with them and it gives me peace of mind that he is being well taken care of!
Again a wonderful time for our Shelby. I can honestly say I was not worried about her for a minute, Each day Russ was in touch with us thru text and pictures of her. Shelby was happy and truley liked Russ and Anne. Would never leave her with anyone else, thanks Russ and Anne,. Shelby will be seeing you soon.
We are so thankful to have Russ to care for Ollie-we will be using him in the future. He has been quick to respond to any questions or concerns. He also called to let us know how Ollie was doing amd sent a photo. It really makes life easier when you can be assured Russ is caring for your dog when you can't be there.
Chloe had a great time on her dogVacay. I think she had more fun then us on vacation. I could tell she was well cared for and loved while we were gone. We had daily texts and pictures updating us on how Chloe was doing. I would definitely use him again when we go on vacation. Thank you again!
We had always left our 5 year old cattle dog with a very knowledgeable friend who could deal with her aggression towards other dogs. And our 2 year old border collie mix would go to a kennel whenever we would go away (which he was never happy with, and we hated splitting them up). When my dogsitter moved out of town, we were left looking for another option for the dogs where they could stay together. Uli, the cattle dog could not be around other dogs (besides Porter), so kenneling her was very challenging. We found Russ, and we sure are glad we did.

Russ only watches one family's dogs at a time, so they don't have to meet other dogs (which Uli appreciated very much). Russ sent so many texts and pictures that we never worried about the dogs. There were pics of the dogs chasing balls in his yard, dressed up for Halloween for a parade with his grandson, and sleeping on the couch with the family while they watched TV! Russ was so attentive to their needs and our schedules. When Hurricane Sandy hit and our flights got cancelled, he said, "no worries, keep yourselves safe, and don't hurry back". Then he drove out of his way to find the brand of dog food that we feed and bought them a bag just in case we ended up getting stranded for longer than we thought!

When we picked up the dogs, I'm pretty sure that they didn't want to go home with us because they were having so much fun. And Russ seemed like he genuinely loved having them there! We will continue to use Russ for our petsitting needs as long as he'll have us!

Wags & Woofs,

Nicole, Tim, Uluru & Porterhouse!
I was a bit nervous on leaving Shelby with anyone, as she has never spent the night away, but they put us so much at ease. I knew Shelby would be taken care of. Plenty of videos and pics were sent to reassure me that she was in great hands. Will be doing this again. Great experience for us and Shelby. Thanks again!
Russell was so great! We needed someone to watch our dog on extremely short notice due to a death in the family. He responded to my request within the hour and she was at his house that by that night. We did meet and greet/ drop off at the same time due to time constraints. He was a super great guy and met all of our needs. We have a 12 year old Yorkie who is partially blind and deaf. He and his wife loved on her as if she was their own! I got text message updates with pictures on an almost daily basis. I would/will definitely use his services again!
We were very nervous about leaving Lance with a "stranger". Russ responded immediately and we went to his home to meet him. Russ made Lance, and us, feel very welcome. Lance enjoyed the large yard and immediately liked Russ. Throughout out time away we received frequent texts and pictures updating Lance's vacation. He received tons of attention and affection from both Russ and his wife. When we went to get Lance, he was happily playing in the yard. We would definitely ask Russ and his wife to let Lance have a vacation at his house again. THANK YOU!!!!!!!
Hi, Russell and his wife were great with our dog Gypsy. We did not worry at all on vacation. Russ sent pictures of Gypsy the whole time. I am glad to know Russ is there for the next time we need him. We highly recommend them! Outstanding!

Vincent and Kim C.
Let me start off by saying, 5 stars are not enough to rate the exceptional experience I had with Russel, and his lovely wife, Anne.

Their home, is big, and beautiful. The yard is HUGE! But ....... still not as big as their hearts, and love for dogs!

I must admit, I was a bit apprehensive about leaving my dog with someone other than a family member as I went away. But, after the meet n greet, I felt sooooo much better.

The communication was great between Russel, and myself. I dropped my dog off at the agreed upon time, and gave any needed information/instructions about my dog.

I went on my way for a 3 night, 4 day trip. While I was gone, I got updates, via text, that included pictures, and even a video!

When I returned, I found a VERY HAPPY and HEALTHY dog! I could immediately see how happy my dog was with his stay there. He was out in the yard, playing frisbee with Russel and his wife, when I arrived there to pick him up.

I wouldn't hesitate at all to have them watch my dog, Tundra again. And, I would HIGHLY recommend them as well!

Thank you! Thank you! Thank You, for doing such a GREAT job watching, and caring for my dog, Tundra!
Russel watched our two dogs this weekend and was great with them! The dogs loved to run in his huge fenced in yard and had a good time playing fetch with him. They got lots of attention from him and they were very well cared for. They came home happy and tired from playing so much. I would absolutely use him as a sitter again and recommend him to anyone. The dogs truely had their own vacation, too.
Another great experience with Russ & Anne. They welcome Jenna like she is one of their own. We are confident she is getting the love & care she needs while we are away. We also appreciate the boundaries they seem to provide, but also like that they "spoil" her just enough so she enjoys her vacay! We look forward to using them again:)
What a great experience...for us and our dog!
We knew as soon as we had our meet & greet with Russ & Anne that Jenna would love her stay with them. The video and photos Russ sent to us by text and email were a fun way to see how much fun Jenna was having while we were away!
We highly recommend them, and already have Jenna on the books for another stay:)
Russ and Ann were absolutely wonderful! We could not have had a better experience. This was my first time using a dog-sitter, so I was very nervous about the whole process, but I have zero regrets! My husband and I were so pleased! Russ sent me some pictures and video of our dog while we were away, which made us feel even more comfortable. I would highly recommend them to anyone (and have been already!)

Our 13 year old rat terrier had never been left with anyone other than family, so I was a little nervous about this new DogVacay experiment. However, the whole experience with Russ and Anne was very positive and reassuring from the beginning. Russ responded the same day I sent him a request, answering my questions. We arranged a meet and greet for the next day and Buddy took to him, Anne and their house immediately. I felt confident I would leave him in capable and caring hands. We were away for 3 nights and Anne texted us a picture of Buddy with updates every day. When we picked him up, he was his usual happy self, ready to go home. I would definitely use Russ and Anne again. Highly recommended!
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