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Sonya R.

58 Reviews
25 Repeat Guests
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  • 1 day notice required for bookings
  • Responds within 3 hours
  • Cancellation Policy:

Pet Requirements

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

Sonya's Resident Pets

5 yr 1 mo old

Sonya's Apartment

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

About Sonya

3 Years Experience Caring For Dogs
I work mostly from home with my playful hound mutt I rescued just before Sandy hit. Every morning, Baxter and I go to the park for about an hour and during the day my schedule is flexible. I used to sit for service dogs in training through Guiding Eyes for the Blind and use the same Relationship-Based training techniques with Bax. I also used to foster rescue dogs for Brooklyn Badass Animal Rescue, where I adopted my love-bug from. I've had a great experience with Dog Vacay and have used it many times when I have to travel for work so if I'm not available when you need someone, I am happy to recommend great dog vacay sitters I've used.
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Can administer oral medicine
Special Needs Accommodated
  • Leash Pulling

Sonya R.

58 Reviews
25 Repeat Guests
Other Sitters Nearby
  • 1 day notice required for bookings
  • Responds within 3 hours
  • Cancellation Policy:


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  • 1 Spot Left
  • Booked
  • Last updated February 27, 2017


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Services & Rates

Boarding Overnight At Sonya's Home
$45 /night
  • Watches up to 2 dogs/night
  • Dogs may be unsupervised for more than 4 hours/day
  • 5+ potty breaks/day
  • 3+ walks/day
  • Pets can sleep wherever they want
Daycare At Sonya's Home
$25 /day
  • Watches up to 2 dogs/day
$15 each way
  • Willing to travel 5 miles
58 Reviews
Sophie had a great time at Sonya's! she is a shy puppy but was able to start opening up during her brief stay
Everything I could have hoped for! My dog was welcomed warmly by Sonya R and her delicious dog, Baxter. This was his second visit to her home, and he seemed very happy to be there.
Everything was great! My dog is unusually boisterous, which doesn't seem to concern Sonya. I had regular photo updates, and was delivered a tired, happy dog at the end of the day. He had such a good time that he remained calm for much of the following day too!
Sonya is AMAZING.

She sent pictures and updates frequently, could not have been more warm and friendly and just brought me so much relief that my dog was being loved and looked after well while I was traveling. I have definitely found an exceptional dog sitter and friend in Sonya that I hope to be able to go back to in the future!
Sonya was great with our shy and sweet dog, Sam. She was friendly and texted us photos throughout the day so we knew Sam was happy!
Sonya is wonderful! She took such good care of our pup and sent a ton of photos. Highly recommend.
Sonya is great. She's a fantastic person who thankfully hosts on DogVacay. Her dog Baxter is most accommodating with his space. And it was great to know our pup had a buddy during his stay. Sonya's place is enormous with plenty of room for roaming. And her outdoor space is great, too. Sonya sent tons of photos of walks and snuggles and we always felt like our pup was enjoying himself. We look forward to having him stay again with Baxter and Sonya!
Eggs had a good time w/Sonya and Baxter, and we really appreciated the photos Sonya sent. We'll definitely work w/them again.
Once again a lovely stay for Marley. Getting the photos of him and Baxter hanging out all weekend makes me feel very good about being away and him staying with new friends. It puts my mind at ease while I travel - one less thing to worry about!
Sonya had no problem (thankfully) extending Marley's vacay by an additional day when I ran into travel issues. Couldn't be happier!
Sonya is wonderful and Marley loves Baxter! He will definitely be going back for more vacays :)
Peggy had an amazing time with Sonya, who was super accommodating, has a beautiful, spacious home, and sent us tons of pictures during our time away. Highest recommendation!
Our experience with Sonya was so great! She was responsive, flexible, and really sweet. My pup Reina had a fun-filled day romping around her apt and backyard with Sonya's pup and another cute boarder dog. Sonya sent picture updates and made the experience so easy and convenient. I'd definitely recommend Sonya!
Sonya was very responsive and provided multiple updates throughout our pup's stay. She gave our dog plenty of playtime and exercise and would not hesitate to have her sit our dog again!!
Olive loves staying with Sonya. She loves to play with Baxter, and Sonya has a beautiful backyard to hang out in. Olive definitely is disappointed when vacay is over!
Sonya was great and Santos had a great time with her. She is so good with dogs and it showed when we picked him up and he didn't want to come home with us! We highly recommend Sonya and would definitely book a vacay with her again. Your dog will be in great hands!
Sonya was fantastic!!! She is very knowledgable and hands on with dogs and that made us feel so comfortable leaving part of our family with her! George had a great time with her sweet pup Baxter and he'll definitely be going back for another visit!
Sonya is fantastic. Peter had tons of outdoor time and play time with Sonyas dog Baxter. The moment we arrived at her place it was a very warm comforting feeling. I would definitely recommend Sonya to my other dog owner friends.
Pi had another GREAT time with Sonya and her dog Baxter. Pi loves running around her backyard with Baxter, and he came home exhausted and happy after his week long vacation! Sonya was very helpful with making sure he only ate his limited diet (since he has food allergies) which gave us peace of mind while we were away. She also sent us tons of photos, which helped with how much we missed him and worried about him! He clearly had an amazing time, all thanks to Sonya!
Once again, Olive has had another fantastic time staying with Sonya. Five stars!
We went out of town for a week and Sonya watched our beloved Lucy, our 5 year old adopted hound. Lucy felt immediately at home in Sonyas apartment, and got along with Sonyas dog Baxter very well. We felt very comfortable leaving Lucy with Sonya. She is very warm and kind, and really loves dogs. We were sent many photos and updates everyday of our vacation, which really put as ease. Sonya even delivered Lucy to us upon our return. Lucy seemed very happy and was obviously groomed (she looked great).
I highly recommend Using Sonya for your Dogvacay. Your pup will be very well taken care of and loved.
Bhinda Keidel, owner of Lucy.
Sonya was very caring and attended to our needs well. She was extremely accommodating and flexible about meeting us before hand so we could get a sense of her and where our dog would be staying. It was an overall great experience and we will be using her in the future.
This was our second time leaving Pi with Sonya and he was so excited to go back! Sonya is great with him and really quick to respond which we really appreciate!
Sonya took very good care of our dog, Skype. It was great to receive pictures of how Skype was doing while there; we could see from the pictures that she was having a great time. The communication with Sonya before and throughout the time Skype stayed with her was very good. We hope to have Skype stay with Sonya in the future.
Pi had a blast at Sonya's place, and she was a great host! She clearly has a lot of experience taking care of dogs, which made us feel very comfortable leaving Pi with her. We will definitely be booking with Sonya in the future!
Sonya was very nice and inviting. We felt comfortable leaving our dog with her. She gave us daily updates about the dog and sent lots of pics. We recommend her and would definitely use her again.
Sonya and Baxter were great! After a brief warm-up between Jameson and Baxter, they got along great, evidenced by the many pictures that Sonya sent us throughout the weekend. It was really nice to know that our pup was in good hands AND had a friend to play with during his first sleep over with non-family. Thanks Sonya, we'll be seeing you again!
Working with Sonya is always a pleasure!
wonderful, fantastic, the best, I am totally comfortable going away knowing Picklez is being so well cared for.
As always, Olive had a blast staying with Sonya. Tons of picture updates, too!
Roo had an awesome time with Sonya & Baxter, going on lots of walks & hanging out in the garden. We really enjoyed the frequent picture updates!
Sonya took great care of Nigel! After she came by and picked him up, he took to her immediately. Nigel stayed at Sonya's for five days, receiving many, many walks as well as great TLC from Sonya and attention from her dog Baxter.
Knowing Sonya is caring for my dog Picklez makes my vacation!
This is the 3rd time that Olive has stayed at Sonya's. Every time, she has a blast! Sonya is super-conscientious, and Olive loves to play with her dog. Can't recommend highly enough!
Sonya took terrific care of my girl, Addy. It was the first time I boarded Addy and I was quite nervous, but Sonya quickly showed me I had nothing to worry about. I highly recommend her services.
Knowing Picklez is being cared for by Sonya makes my vacation.
Sonya was amazing with my Sophie. She sent tons of pictures and really treated her like her own pup. My dog loved being with her so much that she didn't want to get in the car to leave and turned around to go back to her apartment. I will be using Sonya again next time I leave town.
GREAT!, AMAZING! AND MORE. Sonya was was so great she even picked up and dropped off our dogs. She took such good care of our dogs I am not sure they wanted to come home. she sent daily pictures and updates and made sure we felt comfortable. I would say highly recommended but I would don't want her to be book the next time my dogs need a vacation.
Excellent,excellent, excellent. She takes better care of my dog than I do.
This s the 2nd time Olive has spent with Sonya. Once again, she had a blast. Every picture update I got (and there were tons), showed she was having fun.
Excellent on all counts. I leave Picklez with Sonya and know she is being cared for as well, if not better than if she was home with me.
Wow, Wow, Wow!

Sonya's care of Olive exceeded my high expectations, in every regard.

Every day I got multiple pictures - and Olive was constantly playing with her dog, going for a walk, or lounging around the house.

Olive came back happy and tired.

Sonya is incredibly conscientious and kind. I would not hesitate to recommend her as a host, and plan to use her again myself.

Unreserved praise.
I found Sonya totally reliable, responsible and very nice. This is the first time I've used this type of service. Was a bit anxious but Sonya kept sending me pics and comments as to how my dog was doing and after the first few I knew she was in good hands. It was an excellent match and I'm looking forward to my next get away weekend knowing that my dog will be well cared for.
Sonya was such a great host for our Labradoodle Buster. Buster and her dog Baxter got along really well. It helps that Bax is super friendly and sweet. Seems like they were playing and cuddling together non-stop. Sonya sent us photos at the end of every day and kept us updated on everything that was going on. We will always think of Sonya first when we have to leave Buster when we're out of town.
Sonya was a great host to our small dog Nigel. She was super communicative throughout our time away (we received several pictures every day!). Her dog Bax was a great companion for Nigel and certainly tired him out!
Sonya is wonderful! I'm so happy to have found her. I was completely worry free on vacation knowing that my dog was in good hands. Sonya kept me updated with pictures everyday. My dog had an amazing vacation as well. I really can't say enough!
I will definitely recommend her and absolutely use her services again.
Sonya was super sweet & patient with Pako. She also sent me pics & regular updates which was great !
My husband and I were very nervous to leave Genny for the weekend. We've had Genny since she was 5 weeks old and sadly had to recently re-home our other dog Howard, so we were extra nervous about leaving her for a few days. Sonya sent pictures often, updated, and magically got our brat hound to sit on command (even if we don't have food!) Genny has been passed out since we got her home and occasionally looks up for Baxter. I am so relieved to know there are people like Sonya out there that can take care of our pup, she and her boyfriend are truly "dog people" and I couldn't be more grateful.
Sonya treated my boy like her own. She is so accommodating! I was in the middle of a nightmare, my move in date on my apartment kept getting pushed back and she was so flexible and understanding. She sent pictures and texted updates throughout the day and in the morning. Her apartment is huge, her hound is a complete sweetheart, and at the end of the day I had absolutely no reservations leaving my companion canine with her.
Parents don’t lock their kids up in a cell when they leave them behind on vacations, so why should we do that with our pets. If you’re browsing this site, then you are probably one of us – you think of your pet as much a part of your family as any human. Therefore, you think your pet deserves, just like you and the other members of you pack, to get away for a little R&R. Through Dog Vacay your dog is given that opportunity.
I’m writing this review as a first time Dog Vacay user. Sonya was the perfect first time experience for our Mini Aussie. She was responsive, allowed us to meet her and her dog before booking, sent us multiple photo updates daily, and to top it off she took our dog on a real vacation. We needed something super last minute, Sonya was very quick and easy to get a hold of and we set the whole reservation (dog greet-n-sniff) all in 24 hours. Sonya had planned on going on a camping trip and since we’ve taken our dog hiking before we thought this would be a great treat for her. So while we were in Boston, my pup was getting a taste of the real outdoors. They took her camping, hiking, let her put her paws to the beach water and even got her in a canoe. I think our dog’s vacation may have been better than ours.
I would recommend using this site and I would definitely recommend Sonya as a sitter. Knowing my dog is free to be a dog is definitely a huge weight lifted of our shoulders.
As always, Pooh had an amazing time!
We are very happy to have found Sonya & Baxter through DogVacay! We knew we needed a true "dog lover" because Cruize & Layla are very playful and cuddly. Sonya put at us ease with updates and photos- we knew they were having a blast and were well taken care of. We were able to enjoy our weekend activities and know that our pups had a great time too!

Thanks again, Sonya & Baxter!
Sonya has watched pooh 2 times now and is such a dream come true when it comes to a pup sitter! I am confident pooh has better vacations than I do when he stays with her!
Sonya was a wonderful sitter for Jozy - super friendly, communicative, and accommodating. Sonya sent lots of pictures throughout the day, took Jozy to the park in the morning, and her apartment allowed for lots of dog play for Jozy and Baxter. Jozy came home completely worn out - which is always a good sign!
Scout was so happy and tired when we brought her home. Sonya was great - very friendly, prompt, reliable, and all around awesome. Her pooch was a great buddy to Scout and they had a great time. Scout is now passed out on her bed at 6pm (which NEVER happens this early). Thanks again, Sonya -
Sonya did an amazing job watching Pooh! He was exhausted when he got home and so happy. I would definitely recommend her, I feel like Pooh had a better vacation than I did!
My dog Aria spent the weekend of July 4th with Sonya and her lovable Lab Baxter. We received daily pictures and Aria was wiped out when she returned home on Monday. I don't know if it was the intense summer heat or all the playtime with Baxter ( my bet's on the latter ) But I would definitely recommend Sonya for an enjoyable DogVacay!
Izzy had a great time hanging out with Sonya and Baxter. Sonya was great at sending messages and photos of all of their fun antics. Izzy came home exhausted from all her playing and has been sleeping ever since. I think she's a little bummed to no longer have her playmate around. We would definitely recommend Sonya to anyone looking for a dog-sitter and look forward to using her again in the future.
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