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Nicole M.

43 Reviews
12 Repeat Guests
$30/night
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  • 1 day notice required for bookings
  • Responds within 2 hours
  • Cancellation Policy:
    Flexible

Pet Requirements

  • 1-20 lbs
  • 20-40 lbs
  • 40-80 lbs
  • 80+ lbs
No Puppies
List of Breeds Not Accepted
Pit Bull - American Staffordshire Terrier, Pit Bull - Bull Terrier, Rottweiler

Nicole's Resident Pets

Zoe
Golden Retriever
Female
8 yr 4 mo old

Nicole's House

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Children at home (5-12 years old)
Large Yard
100% fenced & locked
Smoke-free home
Pets allowed on furniture
Air-conditioned inside
Great for senior pets

About Nicole

30 Years Experience Caring For Dogs
I am currently not taking any new dogs. I am a substitute teacher and work very part time. I am currently only doing one dog at a time. I have a 7yr old 1/2 golden 1/2 mastiff dog, who is welcoming to ALL dogs! She is a very friendly girl and loves to play with all size dogs. I decided to do at home dog care so owners have peace of mind while on vacation, and also not paying an arm and a leg for care!! Your pup will be walked daily and will rarely ever have a moment to miss you. There is 24/7 attention in our home. I hate the idea of dogs being kenneled, especially when the family is gone too.:-(
Your pet will always be supervised and no kennels needed here! We have a large 6ft fully enclosed fenced in our backyard. I also have two young girls with tons of energy and both are huge dog Lovers! To me and my family caring for your dog is very enjoyable, and my dog has a playmate!!

Thanks, and we look forward to meeting you and your pup.
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Can administer oral medicine
Special Needs Accommodated
  • Separation anxiety
  • Leash Pulling
  • Advanced senior issues

Nicole M.

43 Reviews
12 Repeat Guests
$30/night
Other Sitters Nearby
  • 1 day notice required for bookings
  • Responds within 2 hours
  • Cancellation Policy:
    Flexible

Availability

  • Available
  • Unavailable
  • 1 Spot Left
  • Booked
  • Last updated November 12, 2016

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Course 101 Graduate
By completing courses at DogVacay University, hosts learn about best practices to help them provide the highest quality care for your dog.
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Premium Pet Insurance, 24/7 Customer Support and Daily Photo Updates!

Services & Rates

Boarding Overnight At Nicole's Home
$30 /night
  • Watches up to 1 dog /night
  • Dogs may be unsupervised for 1 - 2 hours/day
  • Dogs will have full access outside for potty breaks
  • 2 walks/day
  • Pets can sleep wherever they want
43 Reviews
Nicole and her family were 5 star all the way. We knew immediately at the meet and greet this was the place for our dog. She and her family talked with us and answered any questions we had. This was the first time we felt "good" about leaving Baxter. The daily photos were wonderful and the interaction with the children and another dog was great. Nicole's dog Zoe is a lover and very accepting of our "energetic Aussie." I hope Nicole provides this service for a longtime, we will use her whenever we need doggie care.
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DogVacay host perfection. Super fun family and gentle resident dog companionship too. Photos are professional photographer quality, really reassuring and entertaining updates!
Our experience couldn't have been better. I felt certain our dog was loved and well cared for; in fact I was a bit concerned he might wish he could just stay. Nicole is great at prompt, clear communication and she clearly loves dogs. I'm just hoping she won't be booked next time I need a dog sitter!
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This was Charlie's first stay with Nicole. He did great and we received many photos of Charlie with Nicole's family. We highly recommend Nicole.
Nicole, Zoe and the family were so amazing to Milo!! The photos they shared of Milo were fantastic, we could see he was enjoying his time on HIS vacation!! :) Thanks so much, I'd highly recommend you!!!
Ellie loves staying with Nicole & her family!!
Nicole is wonderful! Our dog always has a blast when she gets to go on vacation to the land of long walks, homemade dog treats and lots of love! Nicole sends tons of awesome pictures of all the fun they are having. She is a very happy (and tired) pup when she gets home. We could not be more pleased!
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This was the first time I used Dogvacay and the first time Lacey every stayed at someone else's home (besides Petsmart kennels) and it was a Fantastic experience. Nicole sent lots of pictures of the dogs and kids at the park and treated Lacey like one of her own dogs. Her home is very welcoming for pets and her own dog is a sweetie. Lacey deals with anxiety and she was so content and happy when I picked her up, not to mention Completely exhausted, which is always a good thing. So spoiled with all the attention from the girls :) I will definitely be sending her to there again soon, Thanks so much Nicole!!
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Once again Laddy enjoyed his day. Nicole is so good about getting the dogs walked. She is also good about sending pics and updates. A great place for dog care. Barb F
Como had a wonderful time with Nicole and her family. Nicole sent a lot of wonderful pictures and it was clear to see that Como was having so much fun! Plenty of walks, hugs and playtime. So sweet to see Como and Zoe playing and sleeping next to each other, and the girls petting,hugging, and playing with him. Only concern was that he might not want to come home. Nicole is great! Thank you. Will definitely check again for our next vacation.
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I have been away from home the last 2 weeks with my husband and son in charge. We were concerned how Laddy would do as he constantly checks where I am. Nicole gave reports about Laddy fitting right back in and hanging with the other dogs. It is so nice he gets walks while he is there!! Thank you so much, Nicole.
Barb
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Laddy had 2 great days, yesterday and today with Nicole. It was great for me to be out of town and know he was well cared for. I enjoyed getting the photo updates about his progress. Barb
This was my first time using Dog Vacay and boy am I happy I found it! I am even more thrilled that I found Nicole! She was absolutely wonderful in every way. She clearly loves these dogs so much and takes excellent care of them. She even makes homemade doggie treats! Her two daughters are adorable helpers and my little pug/beagle mix completely loved her time there! Nicole sent tons of pictures of our dog while we were away and she looked like she was having a blast! A great big fenced in backyard, lots of long walks and plenty of time at the dog park made her a very happy (and sleepy) pup when we picked her up yesterday. Nicole was thoughtful enough to plan ahead and met us at a dogpark closer to our home so that we wouldn't have to drive so far after returning from our trip. That was certainly above and beyond and is a testiment to her sweet nature. My dog was in no rush to come home with us, she was enjoying her time in Doggie Disneyland as we've come to call it. Thank you so much Nicole! Our little dog can't wait for our next vacation so she can have hers!
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Nicole and her beautiful family are absolutely fabulous. Sunny stayed with them for a long weekend, and I am pretty sure she had an equally (if not more) amazing vacation as I did. She sent me tons of pictures of Sunny playing with their dog and their adorable little girls, it made it so much easier for me to enjoy my weekend. They were flexible with drop-off and pick-up times, and because Nicole is a stay at home mom, Sunny was barely alone. I am so grateful for Nicole and her family, and I can't wait for Sunny to stay with them again!
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June had another amazing stay with Nicole and her family! This was June's third stay with Nicole, and after we picked her up this morning we decided that all future vacations will be planned around Nicole's availability! Nicole's sweet little girls, huge fenced in back yard and their other dog Zoe have become June's home away from home. Nicole was always so great about sending photo updates- including walks in the neighborhood, trips to the dog park and cozy time on the couch :) When we picked June up Nicole sent us home with some homemade dog treats- and her girls made June a little gem for her collar- so adorable. We're so happy we found Nicole- will always be going back!! Thanks so much!
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We left our girls Eloise and Mandy with Nicole and her family while we attended an out of town wedding. It was our first time using DogVacay and our first time leaving the girls with someone other than family and friends. I cannot even begin to tell you how fantastic our experience was! Nicole and her two little girls and doggy hostess Zoey are simply wonderful. They are so dedicated to making the dogs feel at home and making sure the dogs are spoiled! We got pictures and updates throughout the weekend and were completely at ease leaving the girls with her. Thank you!
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June had yet another fantastic stay with Nicole and her family. This was Junes second time with Nicole and as soon as we turned the corner to their house June about jumped out of the car she was so excited. June was welcomed back by Nicole's 2 little girls who are absolute sweethearts and of course Zoe who is quite possibly the sweetest pup on the planet! Although it was another bitterly cold week in Minnesota, Nicole still took June on walks and sent me pictures of June playing in the backyard. Nicole would even take June in the car with the family to run errands! So so sweet :) I cannot say enough great things about Nicole, she truly makes June feel at home and I'm so happy I found her! Thank you Nicole!!
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Laddy had a great day! He got a walk and had fun with 2 other dogs. Nicole is great and so is her family! This is Laddy's home away from home! Barb F
Laddy had a great time today. As we approached the house his tail began to wag and he walked right up to the door--no dragging or holding back. Inside he had Zoe and a new friend. The pictures Nicole sent help tell his story.
Thank you so much! Barb
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Lupe had another fantastic stay with Nicole, Zoe, and family. We left Lupe for two weeks (the longest we have been away), and had absolutely no worries, knowing that she was in very good and capable hands. In fact, during that stay, Nicole was going to be out of town for a couple of days, and Lupe was to stay at a different host's house for that time. When that host's dog did not respond well to Lupe, Nicole completely took care of the situation and found different arrangements so that we would not be bothered while away. We have actually based our trips on Nicole's availability, as Lupe loves spending time there, and we can completely relax while on vacation.
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FanDawgTastic! This was our first time trying anything like this - but finding Nicole and her family was a Gift! Our dog, Lily, had an amazing time -
I know because I saw all the photos to prove it :) Such a mellow yet fun-filled environment...I only wish I could stay too. Lily has put in her request for more fun times. Can't say enough good things - we found a real treasure!
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Nicole provided a wonderful environment for my dog Bear that was way beyond my expectations. Bear loved playing with her gorgeous dog Zoe and he got attached to Nicole and her family.

I was so happy every day when Nicole sent me several photos that showed how much fun Bear was having on walks, playing in their large, safe yard with Zoe and lounging around in Nicole's lovely home. This host truly treated my dog as if he was part of their family.
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Laddy had a great day Friday afternoon and evening. He met a new friend, Lily. Nicole is calm with the dogs and they settle in well. She even gets them walked! Thank you
Laddy wagged his tail as we drove up the drive and quickly got involved with the other 3 dogs who were there. He played and walked and came home tired. Nice!! Barb
Love Nicole & her family!! They love my Ellie.
Laddy had a wonderful afternoon and evening of socializing with Zoe, Lupe and the Moriarty family. He had a walk and enjoyed good backyard time romping with the dogs. it is good for him after coming from a very neglectful past--he is learning to play with other dogs.
Barb
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Laddy spent 11 hours with the Moriarty's and was very comfortable. He had Zoe and another guest dog, Lupe, to play with as well as the girls. Nicole is so upbeat and reassuring. It is such a blessing to have found this daycare. Barb F
Laddy was with Nicole the 4th and 7th for several hours each time. The girls were home and able to keep him occupied and loved as well as Zoe, Nicole and her husband. He wagged his tail and squeaked as we approached so I am thinking he knows where he is going and it is positive.
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Nicole and her family took very good care of Patrick as always. Chloe, the wonder dog, is patient and sweet. This is a five star doggie home away from home.
Words can't describe how fantastic our DogVacay experience was with Nicole and her family. Nicole treated June like her own dog- sending picture updates of walks (even in the -20 weather!), playing fetch in their fenced in backyard, and cozy time with her 2 daughters. Nicole's dog Zoe is also an absolute sweetheart and made Junes stay that much better! It was the first time we've left town and felt 100% at ease knowing that June was with such a lovely family. We will definitely be going back to Nicole's house- June already misses it :) Thank you Nicole!!
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Laddy continues to be "at home" with this family, never reluctant about being left. It is also reassuring to get periodic updates and photos about his time with the Moriarty's. Great family and day care.
Nicole and the M family was AMAZING! I got regular photo updates while I was away. They really made her part of their family. Thank you!
Nicole and family are simply the best! We feel we found not only the greatest dog-sitter in town, but also a friend. Nicole kept us up-to-date every day with both pictures and text messages. We felt extremely comfortable with her knowledge in handling numerous dogs, as she has a sweet, adorable dog of her own. Even her young daughters helped out with taking care of our dog and played with her. We will never go to anyone else when we need a sitter for our puppy! Thank you Nicole and family :)
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Wonderful as always. We'll be first in line when they open the B&B.
Laddy is still exhausted after his fun day at Nicole's yesterday. He got to play with her dog, Zoe and his little friend, Patrick. It is a wonderful social experience to have him with one or more dogs as well as in a home with family around. I know it makes him feel secure.
Barb F
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Laddy had another great day with Nicole and her family. He played with their dog, took a walk and was part of the family. He didn't experience his usual separation anxiety. I am so grateful for this daycare family. Barb F
Laddy had a great day at Nicole's and came home exhausted! I enjoyed hearing he didn't miss me and played inside and out with Nicole's dog, Zoe, and another guest dog, Patrick. Her daughters were very welcoming at his arrival also. I am thankful to have found this daycare opportunity.
Barb F
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A stay with Nicole and family is like 24 hour therapy for my separation-anxious dog. He is happy to be dropped off, busy and engaged the whole time he is there (and I have the really cute photos to prove it) and not over-eager to leave when I pick him up.

When I think of all the lonely nights my previous dogs have stayed in dark kennels surrounded by unhappy barking and the smell of pee, it makes me feel a little sick.

Nicole is careful to integrate Patrick with other dogs present, with her girls and the environment each time we arrive. Finding this home-away-from-home is the best Christmas present I could have wished for.
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My 12 year old dog Laddy did very well for his first time with Nicole. I started by trying 5 hours. Nicole's dog Zoe is very mellow. Laddy did not miss me and he has extreme separation anxiety. I think he enjoyed the activity in the house with her girls after school. Home day care seems a very positive experience and i am booking more time with Nicole.
Barb F
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Nicole and her husband have a beautiful home, a big back yard, two adorable daughters, and a sweet dog of their own who was every bit as welcoming and friendly as the family.

Patrick - who suffers from separation anxiety - was exhausted from all the fun and exercise and only marginally interested in me when I arrived. I couldn't have asked for anything more.

If he could speak (and if he was awake) I feel quite sure he's like to know how soon he could go back. I am happy and relieved.
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After very successful DogVacay experiences with two other hosts, this one was a real disappointment. It's difficult to write a bad review, but unfortunately, we cannot recommend this host.

We had a successful meet 'n greet, but then a couple of hours into the actual placement, Nicole called our emergency contacts to come and get Rigley (we were overseas and 14 hours ahead.) Apparently, Nicole had also taken on another dog that was too much to handle, and she needed to remove a dog from the home (it's still unclear why she didn't remove the dog that was the challenge, instead of our dog who was doing fine.)

Our friends were already well on their way out of town for Thanksgiving and had to turn around to come get Rigley and figure out where to place her, during one of the busiest times of the year.

We awoke the next morning overseas to learn of everything that had transpired. Very stressful, to say the least. Thank goodness for our friends, or we would have been beside ourselves worrying about Rigley.

It's still unclear why this all occurred, other than that Nicole got, in her words, "overwhelmed." This does not seem like a sufficient reason to cut out on an obligation, when people have taken the care to select you, and are relying on you.

She's a relatively new host and has already indicated that she won't take on more than one other dog in the future, so maybe she'll figure it out. However, based on what appear to be poor judgment in this instance, we would question her ability to make the right call in the future (what if she met an aggressive dog on a walk? or a placed dog got sick or injured?)

It's difficult to be harsh -- we want all hosts and guests to have a rewarding experience -- but given the significance of the decision you are trying to make in finding a great place for your dog to stay, we feel an obligation to share our experience so you can go in eyes wide open.

Hopefully, this was a one time fluke occurrence for Nicole, but for us, it is something we won't soon forget.
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Nicole is a great mom of both dogs & kids! She sent me photos and updates every day. Ellie loved staying at her home & will go back the next time I need a dog-sitter. Zoe, the host dog, is great with other dogs & welcomes them into her home. Ellie came back super spoiled - and I love it!!
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Great host! Sent updates through the weekend to reassure my friend that everything was going great. Definitely would recommend this host!
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