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Maria V.

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65 Reviews
33 Repeat Guests
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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

Maria's Resident Pets

Miniature Schnauzer
4 yr 11 mo old

Maria's Apartment

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Small Balcony
100% fenced
Smoke-free home
Pets allowed on furniture

About Maria

13 Years Experience Caring For Dogs
Send your dog on vacay while you're away. We're great hosts! We take an average of five walks a day and stop in at the dog park for at least an hour every afternoon. We love to exercise, socialize, and play games. Of course, we love going to the beach. So give us a try. We'll even update you with great pics of all the fun stuff we're doing.

Midday is here, time to go out and play! Oh no, you're at work or not at home and your furry friend needs to get some exercise. No problem. We can help! Boss and I go out every afternoon. We're great guides! We go out for an average of two hours every afternoon. We walk around town. We hit the marina. We go to the beach. We go to the dog park and hang out with our doggy friends. We are living the life! And we want to share it with your dog. Let us pick up your pup and bring your pal along to alleviate the midday doldrums.

In town with your best pal but can't take him/her to a meeting or to dinner or to Disneyland? Your pup can hang out with us. We're great sitters! Whether it's all day or just hanging out for a couple of hours, we can entertain and sooth your buddy until you get back. So try us. We'll even send you updates and photos to entertain you, too!

* Dogs must be neutered/spayed. Sorry, no exceptions.
** Dogs must be house trained. No exceptions.
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Can administer oral medicine
Can administer injected medicine
Special Needs Accommodated
  • Separation anxiety
  • Leash Pulling

Maria V.

Online Now!
65 Reviews
33 Repeat Guests
Other Sitters Nearby
  • Same day bookings are OK
  • Responds within 10 minutes
  • Cancellation Policy:


  • Available
  • Unavailable
  • 1 Spot Left
  • Booked
  • Last updated February 21, 2017


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Premium Pet Insurance, 24/7 Customer Support and Daily Photo Updates!

Services & Rates

Boarding Overnight At Maria's Home
$35 /night
  • Watches up to 3 dogs/night
  • Dogs will never be left unattended
  • 5+ potty breaks/day
  • 3+ walks/day
  • Pets can sleep wherever they want
Daycare At Maria's Home
$30 /day
  • Watches up to 3 dogs/day
Dog Walking
$20 /half-hour
$20 /hour
  • Willing to travel 5 miles
$20 /visit
  • Willing to travel 5 miles
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65 Reviews
Maria was the best dog sitter for my little Alfie! I was very nervous going to Japan for a week, but after meeting with her and Boss, I felt at ease.
My parents actually met her at the dog park, and it was like fate! She allows the dogs full range of her house, and even sends photos of your little pup to you while you are on vacation so you know they are okay!
I will definitely use her again on our next trip :)
My old man doggie has stayed with Maria a bunch of times now over the last couple of months since I've found her as I travel rather frequently. He has a number of special needs at different times (special diet, occasional medications, difficulty breathing at times) - and Maria has just been amazing all around. She gets him out and about when he's feeling young and energetic but I trust she knows not to push him if he's having a rougher day. I've had two bad experiences before her and she is just amazing. She sends constant updates without prodding and I seriously think my guy is sad when he has to come home sometimes because he has so much fun with her and Boss. She clearly loves all the dogs and takes awesome care of them. She's very responsive and will be as flexible as possible to accommodate time changes/needs/etc. It was clear when I walked in and she poured her dog water out of her Brita how good of care she takes of her dogs :)
Maria is without a doubt the best dog sitter I've ever used. When she sent me the daily pictures of my pups they were always smiling, she took them on great adventures (two dog parks, walks around the Marina) and when I posted some of the pictures on Facebook my friends said it looked like Frida and Bodhi were on vacation! Which they were. Maria was also excellent with the feeding schedule of my dogs, and actually discovered I was feeding them a little too much and wasting food, now they're on a better schedule thanks to her! You can tell upon first meeting Maria really loves dogs and I would use her again in a second and trust me, my dogs have already put in the request! Five stars!
Maria and Boss are the best.
I am so glad we found Maria! She is awesome. Our dogs are normally scared and shaking from the moment they know they are staying somewhere that they are not used to, and this time they felt at home. No barking, no crying, just a pleasant surprise, I assume it was the positive energy surrounding Maria and Boss. They stayed with her for 5 days and during that time she kept in touch with us and sent us tons of pictures and videos. She made us (and our pups) very comfortable. Definitely recommend her!
Maria was amazing I cannot speak highly enough of her. I had daily pictures and comments of how my two chocolate labs were doing. Highly recommended.
Maria was amazing! She responded almost immediately to our reservation. She welcomed us into her home, which was very clean, organized, and dog friendly. She kept us updated with pictures and texts. She went out of her way to give our dog plenty of exercise by taking her to the park and the beach. You can tell that Maria has a genuine passion and love for dogs. We were very happy with the service and highly recommend her.
Maria was incredible! My wife and I got married in Long Beach, and needed someone to watch our dog, Sammy, for the weekend. Sammy gets a bit of separation anxiety when he is away from us, and it's always hard on all three of us to be apart. Maria and Boss warmly welcomed Sammy, and took excellent care of him. He went for walks, made some new friends at the dog park, and laid out in the sun.

Maria updated us regularly with photos and texts to let us know that he was doing okay (and actually having some fun!). Her apartment is dog friendly - safe, with plenty of dog toys - and she communicated very well. Thanks for everything, Maria and Boss!
Maria and Boss made Gordie feel welcome and relaxed. I had met Maria in the dog park and admired her skill with dogs. She also enhanced our experience with updates and 21 photos, that I posted on Facebook. Her home is clean and totally dog friendly. Maria is a great communicator and reliable. Thanks Maria.
Maria was AMAZING!!! She took care of my little monsters so well when I came home they were like, you were gone? She sent photos and took care of them so well honestly I would love to use her again and again when we go out of town! Thanks for such a fantastic job!
Maria is such a good host! I originally met her at the Long Beach dog park with her dog Boss and a couple other dogs she was sitting at the time. She was very kind and friendly and kept a vigilant eye on her pack. I decided to have her watch my dog while I was at work the other day and she did an awesome job! She sent me updates and pictures of how things were going and my pup looked like he was happy and had a great time! She was very flexible with my schedule and I could be more appreciative. Will definitely be going back! Thanks again Maria!
Maria is fantastic. My dog came home happy and exhausted... She sends pictures and updates throughout the stay. 5 stars!
My pups spent 8 nights with Maria and Boss. They had a great time and are currently knocked out!!! They need to rest up and save their energy because they are due to spend a few more nights. I fear they will never want to come back home. We highly recommend Maria and Boss!
Wonderful as usual with Maria!
Went to California this weekend needing someone to watch our dog for the day. Maria was phenomenal. She kept my girlfriend and I updated all day, letting us know our baby Watson was okay. She fed him, walked him, took him to the park. We couldn't have gotten luckier to have gotten Maria to watch our dog for the day. Every time we come back to California we are going to choose Maria to watch Watson! Highly reccomend if you need a dog sitter to choose her, she will not dissapoint!
Maria & her pup Boss were awesome! Maria's home is safe and super dog friendly. She kept me updated throughout my dogs stay with photos of her having a grand ol' time. I think my dog had a better vacay than I did haha
I would highly recommend Maria!!!
Our fur babies enjoyed being with Maria and Boss. They had fun and met new friends as well. Maria is very kind and understanding of canine behavior. I was happy to know that she could read their personalities both the good and bad habits. She is an awesome pack leader and we already booked their next stay. Scrappy and Otis loved their stay and can't wait to see Boss and Maria again.
Thank you so much Maria--she did an amazing job giving Luca the socialization and vacay he needed! I was really worried about leaving him, but Luca opened up and was able to make puppy friends, as well as get the much needed playtime he deserved.
Maria is by far the best pet sitter we have ever had for our Bailey girl. We were completely put at ease with several updates and photos of our precious 11 year old beagle who is also blind and diebetic. Look no further...your furry family is in excellent care with Maria!!
I just picked up Honey from a wonderful stay with Maria and Boss. I didn't think that Honey would want to come home. Every day there were outings to Signal Hill, the dog park or the beach. Great Vacay, we look forward to more!
Maria is so great! She is very easy going and took wonderful care of our high energy, big dog. Everyday we got updates on what they were up to and pictures of all the fun. Thanks Maria!
Maria is very knowledgeable of dog caring and canine behavior. She took great care of our energetic beagle. He spend a lot of time out in the park and Maria sent us many great pictures. I would definitely recommend her to anyone.
Above and beyond host
Maria is always the very best!
Maria is always the very best!
Maria is always the very best!
Maria is always the very best!
Maria and Boss are great, my pet Trixie seemed to have a good time with them and she got a lot of play time and park outings.
Maria is the perfect host for Lady. Her calm and confident demeanor helped Lady feel relaxed right away and I loved all the pics she sent each day. I would recommend her by all means and will contact her again if i'm in the need. Thanks Maria!
We had a great experience with Maria! She was easy to work with and took wonderful care of our pup. Her daily pictures and updates kept us abreast of their activities and it was clear our dog was enjoying himself with her. She totally went above and beyond and even coordinated the vet visit and aftercare when he split his nail.
Maria and her dog Boss are amazing. Boss and Polly are besties and Polly is sad when she leaves Maria's house. We keep going back to Maria and Boss over and over again because they are great! THANKS!
Yay!!! Latte spent another 2 days with Boss and friends!!! She has a blast. She is still trying to learn how to make friends and Maria is very instrumental in that area. I got more beautiful pics of the fur baby's. Looks like Latte will spend the whole week with Maria!!! I will not hesitate to entrust her with my fur baby. Want your pup to be safe? Want to know what's going on? Wondering what they're up to?? Let Maria host your pup's stay. Trust me you won't regret it. This platform needs to add more stars. Lol
This was Latte's first time meeting Maria and Boss. Maria was an awesome host and Boss was the perfect gentleman!! Maria introduced Latte to the other guest and made me and her feel right at home. She sent me pictures and updates of how their day went. Latte made some friends at the park and Maria made sure she was safe. She explained how a typical day goes and her schedule. I appreciated her for the updates and the fact that she kept Latte happy enough to go to sleep on top of her. Lol. My baby had fun and I was glad. We will definitely go back!!!
Amazing, impressive empathy for dogs and dog owners! Wonderful care environment. Attention to food, exercise, FUN, socialization, meds for my older dog, safety. Maria and Boss are now BFFs for Max, Lola and me. Easy to communicate with, honest and open about matching schedules and logistics. REALLY HAPPY to have such comfort level and quality dog care.
Maria is always the best sitter for Penny girl!
Maria was just what I was looking for, warm, calm and accommodating. She was able to take my dog at short notice and she and Boss were great hosts. When it came to home time my dog didn't want to leave. Highly recommended. Thank you Maria!
Wonderful, loving, and DOG focused! Felt great about leaving my baby with her and Boss. Will definitely use again in the future. ??
I highly recommend Maria for dog sitting. I have hired her twice and would do so for every other trip we go on. My dog is on vacation when he is with Maria. Thanks Maria, we love you and Boss!
Maria was excellent! She took great care of Packer and made him feel like part of her family. We felt very lucky to have found Maria through Dogvacay and would definitely use her again in the future. Thanks so much, Maria!
Maria and her nephews were incredible hosts to our dog Georgie. She got tons of exercise and went on lots of fun excursions. Maria was also awesome at sharing photos and updates of all the activities they did daily. We can not recommend Maria enough!!
Penny had a great time and Maria is always wonderful sending pictures and footage of Penny walking around. Love this and makes me feel close even when I am far away.
Maria is always exception to the rule.
Maria is top notch as always!
Maria is so very special. I am so very blessed to have her in my life and I know that if Penny could speak, she would say the same thing. Thank you Maria, thank you DogVacay!!!
I feel so very blessed to have a sitter like Maria for my Penny! Thank you so very much for your love & care for Penny.
My only complaint about Maria is that my dog comes home so happy and spoiled that he now expects constant toys, play dates, and companionship when he gets back. How am I supposed to compete with that?

Seriously, she's the best and both my dog and I know it.
Maria was awesome! She took multiple pictures and updated us daily. She is very active and gave our 14month old (at the time) pup a happy vacay for a week. It is very apparent she treats each dog as her own. Her dog, Boss, is a friendly and well trained dog, that was a great example for our leaving little guy. We would definitely recommend and use her again.
Maria V (and Boss) are the BEST! Maria truly loves what she does and is great at it. Her concern and love for dogs shines right through and I am very thankful for her. Mahina had the time of her life; she played at a dog park & on the beach, in water fountains, went on numerous walks/day, car rides, shopping, etc. I'm sure Mahina felt like part of Maria & Boss' family. It was great to receive daily pictures and report on how Mahina was doing. I would recommend Maria V highly and we look forward to our next Vacay with her.
Maria is absolutely wonderful. Very accommodating to our needs and our dogs needs. She took them on plenty of walks and to the dog park and sent us many messages and pics to help us cope with the separation anxiety :p Our dogs were super tired when we picked them up which is great! Will definitely go back to her when we go on another trip.
5 stars!!!! Best dog sitter I have ever had. Not only was my dog spoiled and showered with love, she sent me images of his adventures every day! I'm highly impressed and will be using her in the future.
Maria did an awesome job with our dog Remy. She sent lots of pictures and updates, and even got Remy socializing with other bigger dogs. She was very flexible on arrangements and Remy seemed happy with her. He even tried to go back to her place when we walked him after picking him up!
Maria took in our foster dog who is a little rough around the edges and I was a little concerned how he'd do socially with other dogs. He did great and she knew exactly how to work with him and he had a blast with her and Boss. He even got to go out to the beach for the first time!
Mario always does the very best job for my Penny's needs when I am away from home. I think she is the very best!
I could not be more impressed by Maria. She accepted my high energy dog on short notice for Christmas and he had a blast. She kept us constantly updated on his status through pictures and videos and I'm not exaggerating when I say he did not want to leave. Could not recommend her higher.
Maria is always the very best at keeping Penny. I think she is the greatest and Penny likes her also!
Maria was amazing and a lifesaver! She was able to accommodate a last minute reservation, and went above and beyond to care for our pup while we were away. She provided text updates and photos throughout the day, and handled my questions and without pause. We would absolutely ask Maria for help next time we're in a jam.
Maria and Boss were excellent hosts to Basil. Couldn't have asked for a better place to keep Basil for the night we were away. Boss was fantastic with Basil, she even seemed sad to leave. Maria was great and sent updates throughout her stay. Even sent over photos of the activities they did through out the day, which helped me not worry so much about Basil. Overall, I highly recommend Maria and will definitely be using her again when I go out of town.
I used DogVacay for the first time and selected Maria based on her great reviews. Our initial meet and greet was perfect and I knew I found an awesome pet sitter for my dogs. She sent picture updates through out the day so I could see the fun my dogs were having at the park and their walks around Long Beach. My dogs were safe and had a lot of fun. They will definitely be staying with Maria and her dog Boss again.
Always a pleasure working with Maria!!!
Maria is always a pleasure to work with. Penny thinks so too!
Maria is absolutely the very best! I really love when she sends me pictures of my pet throughout the day. She is indeed A 1 at what she does. Thank you Maria for being here for our needs!
Maria is such an amazing and fun host. We dropped him off for his very first time away, with a few rules that we have for him, and Maria did an awesome job. Yampie had the time of his life with Maria and Boss, her dog. They got along famously. Though Yampie was pooped and passed out from a wonderful day, I could tell that he was sad that it was over. Maria told us all about the big day they had and it was captured beautifully. Yampie can't wait to do it again!
Maria is a wonderful sitter for my Pennygirl! She pays special attention to detail and my dog seemed to really like her & her dog Boss. I think Maria is a wonderful person and I think Penny likes her a bunch. I will be utilizing Maria services in the future for sure!
Maria took in our Stormy for a few hours during the day on short notice because she's still just a puppy at 6 months old and we've never left her for more than 4 hours.

She did such a great job and took her out for a walk, out on the patio by the beach and to the dog park. Our goal was really just to not have her be alone all day but she got to get in exercise and playtime with her buddy, Boss.

This was such a great experience!
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