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Mark P.

23 Reviews
8 Repeat Guests
$37/night
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  • 1 day notice required for bookings
  • Responds within 3 hours
  • Cancellation Policy:
    Flexible

Pet Requirements

  • 1-20 lbs
  • 20-40 lbs
  • 40-80 lbs
  • 80+ lbs
All Ages OK
Must Be Spayed or Neutered
Must Be Vaccinated
List of Pets OK for House Sitting
Dogs, Fish, Rabbits, gerbils, hamsters, or pet rodents, Caged birds, Reptiles

Mark's House

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Small Yard
100% fenced
Smoke-free home
Pets allowed on furniture
Air-conditioned inside

About Mark

25 Years Experience Caring For Dogs
My wife and I have always had dogs. As children, we both grew up with small dogs. Since we've been married, we have always had BIG dogs. Two years ago, we had to put our rottweiler, Murphy, down due to illness. We do not want to rush into getting another dog, but we are ready to dog sit for the right dog. My wife and I are teachers, so we have all summer off to dedicate to your dog. We also have a small fenced in yard and live near a forest preserve where we can go for daily walks. Whether its for a few hours or an extended stay, we are ready to meet you and your dogs' needs. And, we only book one family's dog(s) at a time.
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Can administer oral medicine
Can administer injected medicine
CPR / First-Aid certified

Mark P.

23 Reviews
8 Repeat Guests
$37/night
Other Sitters Nearby
  • 1 day notice required for bookings
  • Responds within 3 hours
  • Cancellation Policy:
    Flexible

Availability

  • Available
  • Unavailable
  • 1 Spot Left
  • Booked
  • Last updated November 30, 2016

Credentials

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Course 101 Graduate
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Services & Rates

Boarding Overnight At Mark's Home
$37 /night
  • Watches up to 3 dogs/night
  • Dogs may be unsupervised for 2 - 4 hours/day
  • 5+ potty breaks/day
  • 3+ walks/day
  • Pets can sleep wherever they want
House Sitting Overnight At Your Home
$45 /night
  • Dogs may be unsupervised for more than 4 hours/day
  • Willing to travel 10 miles
Daycare At Mark's Home
$25 /day
  • Watches up to 3 dogs/day
Dog Walking
$15 /half-hour
$25 /hour
  • Willing to travel 5 miles
Home Visits
$25 /visit
  • Willing to travel 5 miles
Pick-Up/Drop-Off
$10 each way
  • Willing to travel 5 miles
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23 Reviews
Mark and Mary were wonderful hosts for our dog, Sophie. I will definitely have our dog vacay there again. Sophie doesn't get along with other dogs. She had a good time in their yard because she had it all to herself. We felt very comfortable right from the meet and greet. Highly recommended! Thanks Mark and Mary.
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Mark emailed me to let me know that they had an unexpected funeral out of town but if I felt comfortable their 21 year old daughter would love to watch Luke. She was great and I could tell that Luke absolutely loved her. She sent me photo and video of him playing. She even sent me home with a framed photo of Luke. I was touched. I will be calling them again when I need a dog sitter. Thank you so much for everything!!!
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We were first time users of DogVacay. We had two large dogs stay with Mark and family. They had a great time. We never had anyone outside the family watch our dogs.. but after the first meet and greet we felt very comfortable with them. They allowed the dogs to do what they normally would do in their own home ...We will definitely use them again if we need too!!! It was such a relief to know they were in good hands!!!!
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Mark and Mary were great hosts for our 1.5 year old goldendoodle, Roo. We did a meet and greet a few days before the vacay and they were very welcoming. This was our first time using dogvacay and they were more than willing to answer questions about our dog's stay and the service in general.

Mark and Mary were very active with Roo - taking her on multiple walks a day and playing with her. They gave us updates everyday and sent us pictures via text. We felt very confident that Roo was in the best of hands.

Roo seemed to have a really good time over her short stay. Even after we arrived to bring her home, she kept wanting to play with Mark and Mary. They really take a lot of effort to make a personal connection with your pet and truly love spending time with them.

We will definitely be using them on our next trip!! Thank you!
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That was the very first time we trusted our dog Mishka to non family members. Mary and Mark were great! Our dog isn't easy one and we had concerns, but they found a way to make him feel good and secure and he even had fun playing in the yard and during walks.
Also Mark kept us updated on Mishka every day. He sent us messages and video so we had a piece of mind. Great people, best hosts :))))
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My boys just got back from their vacation with Mark and Mary and I think they were actually sad to go home with us:). Our boys have stayed with Mark and Mary several times now and just love them. It's like a second home. Thanks Mark and Mary!
Mary & Mark are simply the best!! Trix - my dog, didn't really want to come home. She'd found her second home. You pooch will too! Thanks, guys. I'm so grateful she had a fantastic experience. I'll always be in your debt. Paul
Maddie loved her vacation with Mark and Mary!!! I'm almost reluctant to write TOO positive of a review because I don't want to let the secret out about how great they are!!
From the moment we arrived Maddie was all over them...a good sign :) They were extremely accommodating with times and schedules...certainly appreciated! We will definitely be back!
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Mark and Mary are the best! This is the second time this summer and the third time overall that we have asked them to watch our pups. They truly put you at ease with the care of your dogs and it allows you to enjoy your vacation! We are very thankful to have found them!!! We just can't say enough good things about them.
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Leaving Sam is not easy to do, but knowing Mark and Mary are taking care of him there is no need to worry! They are easy to work with, very responsive and could not be nicer! You can tell they are the kindest, cleanest and coolest couple that I trust 100%! Mark is very quick to respond and also willing to spend the time to answer any and all questions you may have. I felt like I was leaving our dog with a friend I have know forever. They are truly a "Gem"!
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Mark and Mary are THE BEST! I’ll start by saying we are “those people” whose dogs are their children. We have never entrusted our boys to anybody outside family. We planned a 1 ½ week vacation and our regular sitter fell thru and we needed to find somebody we could trust. We were very nervous to go outside our family. We took our chance with Mark and Mary and are extremely happy we did. From the moment we met them, we knew they would take care of our boys as if they were their own. At our meet-and-greet they were very professional and asked all the right questions; they really know their stuff. One of our dogs gets nervous around people he doesn’t know and he took to Mark and Mary right away. Without me saying anything they knew how to approach him and make him feel comfortable. Mark texted us every day with updates and pictures. They went on tons of walks and Mary played fetch with them in the backyard (my dog is a fetching addict). The boys came home well rested, happy and with zero signs of stress, which indicates that they felt at home with Mark and Mary. I would definitely recommend Mark and Mary and will use them again.
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Mark P and his wife were OUTSTANDING dog sitters. They were extremely conscientious about our dog's needs during the meet-and-greet. They seemed very enthusiastic about wanting to give our dog a good experience. The first night he wouldn't go upstairs so they slept on the couch downstairs not to leave him alone. In all the texted pictues, he looked so happy and relaxed. They were good about asking us about any questions they had during the over 1 week stay. We are so excited to know them and saw, firsthand, how happy our dog was with them. We heartily recommend them. They are true dog lovers!!
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My dog Tawny spent 3 days this past Thanksgiving weekend with Mark, Mary and their daughter, Morgan. This is my first time using Dog Vacay and they were wonderful. I really appreciated the daily updates and their flexibility with drop off and pick up times. Tawny was treated like a member of their family....walks, play time, couch time and cuddle time. Also, Mary responds very quickly to questions or issues. She texted me during my trip to let me know that Tawny had an upset tummy and if she should give her some rice to help settle it. I would highly recommend them to anyone looking for a warm loving place for their dog. I definitely plan to use them again. THEY WERE AWESOME!
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Mark and Mary were wonderful hosts for our 11 month old puppy. After meeting, I could immediately tell that they were dog lovers, and they would know exactly how to care for our dog. I thought it was very helpful that they asked about how we care for our dog (ie activity level, allowed on furniture, sleeps in crate, etc) so they could replicate that, and make our dog feel at ease. Mark and Mary also gave us text updates, and a summary of how our pup did while we were gone, which put us at ease. Overall it was a great experience, everything went smoothly, and we would not, and will not, hesitate to contact Mark and Mary again!
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Mark and Mary were a GREAT choice for our dog's caretakers while we were on vacation! We'd never used DogVacay before, and couldn't be happier that we chose to do so. Mark and Mary made sure to send us updates via text, and they even included a photo of Foxy and a letter detailing her stay when we picked her up! It was super sweet. Foxy seemed very happy, and it all worked out quite well. They live a few blocks from our house, and were very considerate of that when walking Foxy. They thought to walk in the opposite direction of our house when she needed to go out so that she wouldn't think of home and miss us. It was a great idea, and something we hadn't even considered! Mark and Mary were also super flexible with our schedule, and we're glad we didn't have to keep our dog in a kennel for 8 nights. We'd definitely book with Mark and Mary again. They were fantastic.
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Mark and Mary were fabulous. Zerro liked them so much that when we got him home he greeted all of us and was ready to go back to Mark's home. He stood by the garage door barking to go back.
Mark and Mary are great dog lovers.From the minute we came to their home for them to meet Zerro, we could see how much they love dogs.
We will Take our dog to them any time we go on vacation. Again, they are the best.

Thanks very much.

Ron and Judy.
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Mark and Mary were amazing! I was very nervous to leave my dogs, who are more like my kids, with people we only met once. However, from the beginning you could see their love for dogs. The first time we met them, one of my dogs threw up from his excitement. It didn't even phase them. I knew from that point on they were dog lovers. I think my boys were more tired that we were when we got back from vacation. They slept for two days! Mark and Mary reassure you and update you throughout your vacation on how they are doing. They treated them just like if they were their own. We could not have asked for better people to watch our dogs!
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If you've had worries about finding someone to care for your dog while you're away, you need not worry anymore! Mark and Mary were great with my boys! I have 2 dogs and they settled in immediately and by the time I came to pick them up my boxer was in no hurry to leave them. They kept them on their regular walking schedule, had lots of toys for the dogs to play with, and they dogs even slept in the bed just like at home. They are true dog lovers! I got pictures everyday and a catch up to let me know that everyone was doing great. They even sent home a picture with me after they got the dogs to sit and pose. I will definitely call them the next time I leave town. My boys will be very excited to see that they are going back for a vacation of their own as well :) Thanks Mark and Mary for taking such great care of my boys!

Megan, Matty, and Lucas
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Couldn't be happier that Mark and Mary were in charge of my Lilli's care for my last mini vacation. She came home happy and mellow. I received several text updates regarding her activities and well being. I would leave Lilli with Mark and Mary again in a heartbeat. She was treated like "one if the family". Thanks again.
Linda
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Mark and Mary gave us peace of mind while we were on vacation! They were great!
Our two dogs were on 8-days vacation at Mark's home and they loved it. Mark send us several sms and pictures-we saw how relaxed both dogs were there. When Clio get diarrhea Mary cooked for her rice and carrots. We were very nervous to leave them, but it was amazing. They treated our dogs like family. We could not have left our dogs in a better place. We will recommend Mark without a doubt.
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Mark and Mary took great care of our dog Lucky! They were such great hosts and really went out of their way to make him feel comfortable, which is sometimes a challange for Lucky at bedtime. They really appreciated and cared for Lucky like he was their own and he absolutely loved all the attention. They gave him a bone which he loves to "hide" behind every pillow and piece of furniture he could find and keeps him busy for hours (we now have a supply of them at home). We will definately call on them in the future!
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Mark and Mary were truly awesome! They were so welcoming to our dogs and got to know them very quickly. They went above and beyond the call of duty to help our dogs feel comfortable in their home. They even let the dogs sleep in bed with them, which is more than my own husband does! I can't thank them enough or say enough good things about Mark and Mary.
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