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Jen M.

27 Reviews
11 Repeat Guests
Other Sitters Nearby
  • 7 days notice required for bookings
  • Responds within 25 minutes
  • Cancellation Policy:

Pet Requirements

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

Jen's Resident Pets

Great Pyrenees
2 yr 10 mo old
Bam Bam
6 yr 8 mo old
Other Pets & Animals: Cats

Jen's House

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

About Jen

4 Years Experience Caring For Dogs
***Now booking through October 2017***

Hello Pet Parents!

My name is Jen Mills and I am a 26 year old student at IU studying Business Administration and Psychology. I am taking courses entirely online, so I have plenty of time to devote to taking care of your dog(s)/cat(s) in my home or yours. I adore animals and have worked with over 80 dogs during the past 4 years. I spend most of my time at home, so your dog(s) will be my top priority when they come to stay with me. I have a beautiful, fenced-in backyard with a few shady areas, equipped with tennis balls and frisbees. The dogs love having a large open space where they can run free yet avoid getting dirty. It is the ideal place to play!

MORE ABOUT ME: I am looking forward to finishing my Psychology degree this spring and will continue to work on my Business Administration degree before pursuing a Masters degree. I am a very driven student and look forward to being able to give back to the world upon completing my education. In my free time, I enjoy spending time with my dog, reading, staying active, playing piano, and attending church. I love learning new things, especially related to health. I am a people and pet person and truly enjoy making new connections via my pet sitting business!

EXPERIENCE: I have worked with over 80 different dogs, several cats, bunnies, fish, a pig, a bearded dragon, and a turtle! I am extremely flexible, reliable, patient, and passionate when it comes to providing top notch care for your furry friends! I strive to be the very best! Look no further if you are seeking a professional, committed pet sitter who will go the extra mile and then some!

I have a great deal of experience providing overnight and daycare services in my own home as well as traveling to the homes of pet parents. I am extremely neat and tidy and always clean up after myself. I have provided regular walking services for many dogs and am presently accepting new check-in and walking clients!

I have experience with everything from puppies to elderly dogs! I have assisted in training, light grooming (basic trims/bathing/brushing/clipping nails), managing moderate-severe separation anxiety, administering multiple medications, administering eye drops and ear drops, trips to the vet, as well as caring for existing injuries and dogs recovering from surgery. I am always seeking to learn new skills!

I am a master at cleaning up messes of all sorts but work to prevent them as much as possible! I am a very clean, organized, and detail oriented person!

COMMUNICATION: For security purposes, I will only be able to communicate via the Dog Vacay messaging interface until an official meet and greet has been booked. After establishing a secure connection, we can proceed to communicate via your preferred method of contact. Thank you for understanding!

I am available to provide care in either my home or yours.

-Potty trained (no exceptions)
-Must be at least 1 year of age
-Up to date on shots
-Leash trained (if seeking walks)
-Heart worm preventative
-Flea/Tick preventative

GENERAL INQUIRIES: This is the best way to contact me. You can expect a response typically within 30 minutes and in no more than 3 hours. Communication is my top priority! I strive to be as prompt as possible!

-Pet's name
-Pet's age
-Pet's breed
-Description of pet's character and basic routine
-Any special needs
-Dates seeking care
-Location of care: Your home or my home
-Type of service: overnight care, daycare, check-ins, walks
-Your approximate location if seeking care in your own home

Feel free to send me an inquiry regarding pricing! Here are my guidelines for services not already specified on my listing:

-Overnight approximately 24 hour period: $50

*Note: Includes around the clock care for your dog with photo updates in the AM and PM. Includes whatever is considered standard for your dog's routine--feeding, playtime, and lots of love and attention! If seeking care in your own home, you may simply want a few check-ins per day (typically 3) while you are away, although I am available to stay overnight. Simply let me know what service best fits your needs!

-Short Daycare less than 4 hours: $30

-Daycare up to 8 hours: $35

-Long Daycare, over 8 hours: $40

-Check-in at your home (30 minutes): $20

-Check-in with short walk (45 minutes): $25

HOLIDAY FEE: Additional 15% total Vacay cost

TRAVEL FEE: In order to compensate for wear and tear on my vehicle as well as gas, all clients seeking care in their home will be asked to pay an additional 30% of their total Vacay price. This will be added in to the custom quote.*

*Why this additional charge?
I'm glad you asked! Things to consider: As you may know, hosts are required to give back 15% of their earnings to Dog Vacay for insurance purposes and other benefits related to the website, like the 24/7 help hotline and veterinary costs. Additional considerations include paying taxes, time, gas, as well as vehicle maintenance/wear and tear incurred while driving back & forth to my own home in order to care for my own pets. Thank you for taking the time to read and understand!


I require meet and greets at least 1 week prior to your first Vacay; however, please understand that until your Vacay is booked, I will be unable to reserve your spot. I encourage my clients to schedule meet and greets as soon as possible after reaching out to me, even if your Vacay dates are still a ways off. We can always meet again briefly prior to the dates you are seeking care to review and update any information regarding your pet.

If you are seeking care on short notice, please do not hesitate to reach out to me. Although my availability is more guaranteed with advance notice, I am occasionally available on short notice. In these cases, meet and greets may not realistic, and I am happy to talk with you over the phone.

During the meet and greet, we will go over paperwork to ensure all your dog's needs are covered. We will review my pamphlet regarding pricing and standard of care. I strive to provide my clients with the most professional, complete services.

Upon a meet and greet, I will send you a custom quote for your Vacay as discussed during our meeting. Quotes must be accepted within 48 hours, otherwise I will not be able to hold your spot.


I look forward to meeting and working with you! Please do not hesitate to message me with any questions or comments! I am committed to communicating with my clients in a timely, appropriate manner.

Thank you for your consideration! I look forward to hearing from you!
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Can administer oral medicine
Special Needs Accommodated
  • Pets recovering from surgery
  • Separation anxiety
  • Aggressive behavior
  • Not yet house-trained
  • Advanced senior issues

Jen M.

27 Reviews
11 Repeat Guests
Other Sitters Nearby
  • 7 days notice required for bookings
  • Responds within 25 minutes
  • Cancellation Policy:


  • Available
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  • 1 Spot Left
  • Booked
  • Last updated February 24, 2017


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Services & Rates

Boarding Overnight At Jen's Home
$50 /night
  • Watches up to 4 dogs/night
  • Dogs will never be left unattended
  • Dogs will have full access outside for potty breaks
  • 3+ walks/day
  • Pets can sleep wherever they want
House Sitting Overnight At Your Home
$50 /night
  • Dogs will never be left unattended
  • Willing to travel 25 miles
Daycare At Jen's Home
$35 /day
  • Watches up to 3 dogs/day
Dog Walking
$25 /half-hour
$35 /hour
  • Willing to travel 25 miles
$20 /visit
  • Willing to travel 25 miles
$25 each way
  • Willing to travel 25 miles
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27 Reviews
We recently had an unexpected death in the family and we had to fly to Florida on a week's notice. Often we avoid going out of town because we have 2 dogs, one who doesn't get along with other dogs, and a bearded dragon. I spent days looking for a comforting place to board the dogs at a reasonable rate, and then prepared to try and find a family member to take care of our reptile. I was stressed to find out that we would have to drop the dogs off on a Thurs evening since we flew out on Fri morning, and pick them up on Mon because we weren't returning until late Sun. This is 2 more days to pay for the boarding of 2 dogs, and it would've been almost $400! I came across this site from a friend's suggestion, and found Jen right away. She responded quickly, explained things well, and we set up a meet. She was so sweet to come all the way out to Elkhart to meet us and our pets. She was so welcoming, professional, and kind. We felt comfortable and accepted the quote she gave us after she explained the serviced and thoroughly went over what we needed. The weekend was hard due to the nature of it, and she made it less stressful by sending us updates via text, along with pictures each day. Our pets all got to stay in their home where they feel most comfortable, and her rates were half the cost of boarding! Not to mention we saved time with not having to drop the dogs off or pick them up! We are highly satisfied and will definitely use her again!
Jen took great care of our poodle and successfully gave him his medication every morning and this had been a worry for us. She gave up to date texts on him and the details of the day.

She was nurturing and always aware that she was a full time care giver.

We will have our dog come stay again.
We could not be happier with our experience with Jen. We have three dogs who absolutely adored her and actually kinda moped around missing her when she left. Jen kept us updated every day with photos and reports. Our home was cleaner when we got home then when we left it. She went above and beyond every aspect of pet sitting which in turn gave us the most enjoyable vacation knowing we did not have to worry about our puppies. We are anxious now to take more more vacations since we found Jen and I'm sure our doggies can't wait too. Thanks Jen
Jen is the real deal,very up front and professional. We had never left our dog with anybody before and had a vacation set over the Thanksgiving holiday (6 days) and she explained everything in the process to me. She took our dog in and treated her as her own. Every day,twice a day, she sent me updates with pictures and video on how our pooch was doing, and by the amount of fun our dog was having with her dog jasper I didn't think our dog would want to come back home with us. Lol. We came home to a very happy and tired dog. I would use Jen again in a heartbeat. It was a very good experience.
Thanks for everything, Jen
Best wishes, Tim K.
Jen came and stayed at our house for one night with our girl Thea. She did an amazing job. Thea was a new rescue who we had only had for a week and where pretty nervous about leaving so soon but had no choice. Jen was available at a pretty last minute notice and did an awesome job with Thea. She sent several very detailed updates about how she was doing - we never really missed a thing - even when our girl got over her fear of stairs on Jen's watch. Jen even slept on the couch with Thea because that is what I had been doing until we where able to get her up the stairs. I will definitely be using Jen again.
Jen was wonderful with our girl Daisy Mae! We scheduled Jen for two overnights with Daisy. She sent updates when she arrived and once a day after that with lots of pictures! Daisy needs some medication and medicated eye drops and Jen was able to administer all medication without a problem.
Daisy was so happy and comfortable with in her home while we were away and that's all thanks to Jen! Thanks again Jen!
Jen is Awesome! She watched my dog for 2 nights during my wedding weekend. She sent me 2-3 super informative updates a day along with some of the most adorable pictures I have ever seen! I can't thank her enough. It's hard to find someone you can trust to watch your dog, who, let's be honest, can sometimes feel like a child to you. Jen put my nerves at ease and my dog had a blast! I highly recommend Jen for your dogsitting needs!
Jen is a fabulous dog sitter. She is very reliable, quick to respond to messages, and made me feel like my dogs were in great hands. I can't say enough wonderful things about her and my dogs love her.
Jen did an awesome job with our dogs. I was a nervous wreck since she was new for our dogs, but she put my mind at ease and kept us posted with how things were going. All in all, we were so pleased with Jen and we'll be using her in the future!!
Jen was great!! We will definitely be using her services from now on. She is very professional and still cares about the dogs like they were her own. We really appreciated her sending us pictures of Amelie and SooSoo's "vacation" while we were away. They looked so happy, and were so mellow and calm when I got them home. Pet lovers can tell other pet lovers, and she loves our girls. She sweats the details, asking our preferences and everything. Thank you, Jen!! Thank you Dog Vacay!!
Jen was amazing!!! She sent me updates and pictures of my girls to let me know how they were doing. I would definitely recommend her to anyone and everyone! :)
Jen was absolutely amazing! We scheduled a meet and greet which she came to completely prepared with questions and a form to get more information about our dogs. She took time to understand them, and their routines and set herself up for a successful reservation once we were out of town. While we were gone, she sent picture updates and provided details of how they were doing which was extremely comforting to see them having fun. We ended up being delayed a few hours in returning and Jen went out of her way at the last minute to stop by our house once more to let them out before we returned. She was so flexible and easy to work with I will absolutely be using her as soon as we're gone again! We would highly recommended her!
Jen is a lovely, calm, and conscientious caregiver. Her home is tidy and dog-friendly and includes a large, fenced-in yard. In our initial meet-and-greet, she took careful notes about both of our dogs. It was clear during their four-day stay with her that she took those notes to heart. She followed our dog-walking schedule, for instance, and was extraordinarily attentive to the "special needs" of our littler dog, Dixie. Jen communicated well and often while we were away, with detailed updates and photos of both our dogs. When we returned, both were happy and relaxed--signs that Jen created a happy and safe space for them during the long weekend. We highly recommend her!
Jen was great with our 3 pups. It was kind of scary having someone come into our house, but after talking to Jen for a little bit my husband and I were comfortable with her. She speaks clearly and intelligently. She talked with our pups and pet them. While we were gone she sent us pictures so we could see our pups were doing fine. Our "pups" are 20 yr., 11 yr., and 5 yr. So sending them to boarding would be a bit traumatic - leaving them in their own environment eased our mind. We will definitely call on Jen again next time we need "sitting." Thank you DogVacay! We also will recommend you all to our friends with pets.
Jen was terrific with my two golden adult dog and one puppy. She had her hands full with my two and she did a fabulous job. She was very flexible and kept me informed throughout their stay with her, which I greatly appreciated! I will use her again and highly recommend her.
My dog NeNe had a wonderful time with Jen and her dog companions. The dogs provided the play and Jen the caring and nurturing. Jen is professional and hard working. She takes her role very seriously which makes those of us who leave our precious fur babies with her comfortable. Plus her location for me is ideal. The pics and videos let me see what fun NeNe was having.
Jen is an absolute sweetheart, very caring and gave our dog Benson a great getaway! We requested a last minute vacay for the day and she responded immediately. She sent lots of pictures and updates. It looked like he was having the time of his life. It's hard to find a sitter that you can trust but I found one with Jen because it's obvious she loves animals. :-) I would not hesitate to send Benson there for another pawesome experience!
Our Eddie had an amazing time with Jen and Jasper while I was away on a business trip. He played all day with his new friend and Jen took amazing care of him. Jen also sent me lots of pictures and updates so I knew just how great a time he was having. We will definitely use Jen's services again. It was paw-tastic!!
Jen was awesome! She was so accommodating! Our dog Sage is young and is a nervous dog, and Jen worked with her so well. I know Sage felt very comfortable with her. She was relaxed and had a really fun time with her! I am so grateful for Jen and for Sage's experience with her!!!
Jen was great! It made it so much easier to travel knowing that my dog was in good hands having a great time. She sent daily updates and pictures which was great. She is very flexible and easy to communicate with. I will definitely be a repeat customer, and would recommend to anyone I know.
Jen was amazing! We spent the weekend away and were so comforted knowing that our dogs were in good hands at home. She came over to meet the dogs in advance, asked really good questions about their behavior/routine and sent regular photo updates while we were away. When we returned, the house was just as we left it, with the bonus of two exhausted (from walking) and happy dogs We will definitely have Jen stay again!
We were so nervous to leave our furry loved one behind when we left for vacation. We had planned to take him with us, only to learn the week prior that he would not be allowed on any of the beaches near our hotel. We planned to board him at our destination city and spend each day with him. It was so upsetting but ended up being an amazing treat for him!!! Sully had such a great time with Jen and her dog along with a few other dog friends throughout the week. She sent us pictures daily and even a few videos. She was great about asking for preferences, feeding times, medication, ect. It was truly a fun vacation for Sully as well as us. The thought of leaving him in a kennel for hours a day was beyond us (he goes to work with me daily and is never kenneled more than a few hours a week). We no longer will have anxiety about leaving him. Jen is sweet, energetic, knowledgeable and very kind. We have already recommended her to some of our friends. A+ A+ A+
I'm so happy my dog stayed with Jen. She was fantastic to work with and easy to reach, and really seems to enjoy caring for the dogs. She texted regular updates and photos, which was SO GREAT. My dog definitely got a lot of exercise and attention - he came back pretty tired out! I am going to book with Jen again for sure.
Jen was wonderful. Our dog is very nervous and rarely leaves our house. She took excellent care of him. Jen sent us updates and pictures and videos of our dog daily and it really put us at ease while we were away. We highly recommend Jen. She is the Best!!!
Jen is so great and my dogs love her. My girl dog doesn't always warm up easily to her two-legged friends but I never worry about her when she's in Jen's care! Truly appreciate all the love and compassion she shows my "kids"! Will definitely use her in the future. It's great to have peace of mind while away.
Jen does a wonderful job. She takes care of our two very different dogs with ease. We have one very shy and one very defensive and hyper. The first time they met Jen I was very surprised by how accepting each of them were of her. She got along with them right away. The dog sitting session went well. She spent a lot of time with the dogs and posted pictures so we could see how the dogs were doing. It was very reassuring. Jen was very flexible with our schedule and was very courteous. It was a very pleasant experience overall. We will be making use of her services again.
This girl was an excellent communicator. My elderly dog became quite unhappy and confused, calling out and pacing and getting herself into corners requiring A LOT of attention, and comfort, through the night, from Jen her sitter. There was a deal of clean-up too. Normally such a mild mannered, confident dog, she was away from me AND her companion sister for the first time really, all situations not realised would cause such distress. Jen was kind and efficient the way through. Missy went back to being just fine, when I arrived. Jen is a great person if you want a pupsitter to 'go the distance!
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