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Karen M.

42 Reviews
29 Repeat Guests
Other Sitters Nearby
  • Same day bookings are OK
  • Responds within 2 hours
  • Cancellation Policy:

Pet Requirements

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

Karen's Resident Pets

Hopalong Cassidy
12 yr 8 mo old
7 yr 9 mo old
West Highland White Terrier
1 yr 2 mo old

Karen's House

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

About Karen

45 Years Experience Caring For Dogs
**Two spots left for Spring Break!!**

As a retired special-ed teacher of 42 years, I've found myself with a lot of time on my hands. I have loved dogs all my life and have been pet sitting for friends and family for 40+ years. I've got a very large fenced in back yard, it's about a 1/3 acre. The fence is split rail with wire mesh. There's plenty of space indoors for rainy days. We have laminate flooring, and allow pets on all of our furniture.

The family includes two standard size poodles, Peaches and Hopalong Cassidy. Peaches, who's 7 years old, is very sweet and playful. Hoppy, 12, is a huge softy, but sometimes forgets his size around the smaller dogs. We also have a puppy Montgomery Scott or Scotty for short. He is a 1 year old Westie who LOVE, LOVE, LOVES to play.

No extra charges for holidays or amenities such as snacks, cuddles, playtime, or bedtime tuck-ins. I give out small Milk Bone treats, and rawhide sticks at no cost to you. If you want your dog to have a different treat, bring it along!

I am accommodating of your dog's special needs, and I only crate at your request. If your pup is not potty trained, or has accidents when nervous, please let us know.

** Please drop off and pick up your dog around noon or we will charge for a daycare rate (please let me know if you must have different times.)**

I am located off of I-69 and E 96th Street, right behind the Meijer store. We've got a safe and connected neighborhood. There are sometimes escape artists who can get out of their yards. And we have a facebook page that update if they find animals in the area and are often found in less than an hour!

**I must ask that you disclose all aggressive behaviors in your posts as we have had an incident with an aggressive pooch who stayed with me and bit our Peaches without provocation.
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Can administer oral medicine
Can administer injected medicine
Special Needs Accommodated
  • Pets recovering from surgery
  • Separation anxiety
  • Not yet house-trained
  • Advanced senior issues

Karen M.

42 Reviews
29 Repeat Guests
Other Sitters Nearby
  • Same day bookings are OK
  • Responds within 2 hours
  • Cancellation Policy:


  • Available
  • Unavailable
  • 1 Spot Left
  • Booked
  • Last updated February 14, 2017


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Services & Rates

Boarding Overnight At Karen's Home
$30 /night
  • Watches up to 5 dogs/night
  • Dogs will never be left unattended
  • 5+ potty breaks/day
  • 2 walks/day
  • Pets can sleep wherever they want
Daycare At Karen's Home
$25 /day
  • Watches up to 5 dogs/day
Dog Walking
$10 /half-hour
$20 /hour
  • Willing to travel 3 miles
$20 /visit
  • Willing to travel 5 miles
$25 /hour
$30 /min
$50 /max
$15 /bath
$10 each way
  • Willing to travel 5 miles
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42 Reviews
Kodi has stayed with Karen many times now and this time was great just like the previous visits. All went according to plan. Kodi is always thrilled to arrive at her house.
Our puppy Remy stayed with Karen and family and had a great time. She loved paying with Scotty and came home worn out! They were very understanding of Remy's puppy mistakes and treated her well. I also appreciated the updates while I was gone.
Karen was phenomenal! This was our first time using Dog Vacay, so I wanted to go with someone who had great reviews and repeat stays. After meeting Karen, I would agree with what others have said- she was trust worthy and having multiple pups at her home kept our Benny very entertained. He was exhausted when we picked him up because he became best friends with her little Westie. We will be reserving with Karen again:)
Karen and her daughter Caitlin are wonderful! My usual sitter was not available and Karen agreed to keep my dogs for 5 days over the Christmas holiday. She has a big home and a beautiful fenced backyard. Her dogs were both gentle and laid back and I loved how my dogs had such good company. It was so great to receive photo updates and read Karen's messages about how my dogs were doing while I was away. I would absolutely recommend Karren to anyone!
Karen provides excellent care for our Oscar every time he stays with her.
Karen was wonderful. My Bowie seemed to have a wonderful experience, definitely different than the last place that he stayed. He enjoyed the time with the other new dog friends. I highly recommend Karen!
First time I used this service and I was a bit apprehensive. Karen was very sweet and gave my pup the attention she needed. Lola was a bit nervous at first as well due to her shyness and the other bigger dogs that were staying there. However, when I picked her up, she was very calm and relaxed. Lola will stay there again!
kodi has been with Karen several times. It has always worked out great!
For the first time in Daisy's 11 years, I was able to relax and feel that she was being taken care of and loved like I would. She had a great time and so did I. She will definitely be coming back.
Elle was well taken care of and came home happy after a weekend of playing.
My girl was only there for 1/2 day but she came home happy and tired from playing all afternoon with Karen's little doggie, Scottie. We will be returning.This was our first play date.
Kodi has stayed with Karen several times and it has always been wonderful. This time was even with short notice, thank you! We'll definitely be back!
Our dog Winry LOVES Karen and Kaitlin. She has never been so happy and relaxed when we have picked her up before from doggie day camp at petsmart as she was when we picked her up from Karen's house .She really felt at home with everyone and we are so happy to hear that she is welcome to snuggle with Karen because she loves to snuggle (which she did while Karen watched a movie). Thank you ladies for being so awesome. We know that Winry can't wait to see you all again soon.
Karen and Kaitlin were absolutely wonderful. My dog Pearl had some health issues during her first stay and Karen called me right away. She explained the situation and I ended up taking Pearl the vet. After getting Pearl taken care of, Karen and Kaitlin welcomed Pearl back into their home. I was so thankful for their willingness to take care of Pearl while she was sick. They really do treat Pearl like one of their own.

Karen and Kaitlin are now the only people I have watch Pearl. I know my dog is in good hands and would recommend Karen and Kaitlin to anyone!
My experience with Karen was great. I had to add several days to my reservations due to a death and she was very flexible with me. Her yard is very large and great for running around. I would definitely use her again. Carol
Karen is an incredible sitter! My dogs loved staying with her as she loved on them and gave them so much attention during their visit. No stress of any type when they were back in our home. While we were away, Karen sent daily messages so we would know how our dogs were getting along. She took time to share funny stories about things they were doing which was so wonderful to hear. We will definitely leave our dogs with Karen in the future! She is amazing!
Tucker made some new friends and came home to us happy! We were very pleased and will be using Karen again.
Our dog Maggie had an wonderful experience with staying with Karen and her daughter. We will for sure use them again.
Karen is an awesome person and obviously a big dog lover! We have two dogs and she recently took great care of them for us while we were gone for 5 days. We could tell she took as good of care of our dogs as we do. They had a great time at Karen's house and we will definitely use her again.
Our dogs, Peyton and Raylan, love going to Karen's. We had a mishap boarding the dogs at a kennel once, so we didn't want to ever board them again. Having no family here, and finding Karen, has been such a blessing for our dogs. They love being with the other dogs and are always worn out when we pick them up. Peyton even sleeps in bed with Karen! We will definitely continue to bring the dogs back whenever we go out of town.

I searched various options to board my dog Milo (92 lb, almost three year old German Shepherd with a lot of puppy still in him) for two weeks while I escaped the cold Indiana winter. I came across DocVacay and contacted a number of hosts for a quote and a chance to talk to them. None of my interactions really made me excited (that I had found a good boarding option) until I talked to Karen. It was obvious after my phone conversation with her that she was the person I wanted to care for my dog.

We did the meet and greet and I really knew then that my thoughts were confirmed that Karen and her daughter would be perfect for my (somewhat rambunctious) German Shepherd. Milo has previously shown extreme stress when I boarded him for weekend getaways (no eating at all, not eating for a number of days after I picked him up, weight loss, etc.) I felt that this would not be the case for a two week boarding with Karen. It was obvious that she loves animals.

Karen has a large fenced yard and the perfect home for dogs to feel welcomed and stress free for their boarding time. She sent email updates via the DocVacay website. She also sent pictures, and responded promptly to questions. I felt completely at ease that while I was on vacation, Milo was also on vacation and living a stress free two weeks.

I highly recommend Karen as the perfect host. I picked Milo up and knew that he had been in great hands for his stay. I will be using her again. GREAT HOST!!!
Oscar always does well with Karen! He comes home happy & healthy!
This was Kodi's second visit with Karen. Everything was wonderful! We'll be back.
Karen was absolutely amazing, I traveled to Indiana for a family vacation and was unable to keep Bentley with me. Karen treated him like her own, sent me daily updates, and made sure he had plenty of play time and love over 2.5 weeks. He came home so happy, and worn out for our long trek home. I cannot thank Karen enough for the amazing treatment of my furbaby and we would totally recommend her to anyone we knew and will use her again!
Thank you so much Karen for taking such great care of my big fluff ball!
Karen does a great job watching our fur babies while we are out of town.
Opal loves it at Karen's place! This was the first time we left her overnight anywhere and I was a little nervous, but Karen put me right at ease and I could tell my dog felt very comfortable with her. Opal just had a blast--I know she loved the big back yard and two fun poodle playmates! We wouldn't hesitate to do another stay.
All worked out great. Karen and family were wonderful and Kodi loved it. When the need arises we won't hesitate to take Kodi back to Karen's house.
Karen goes above and beyond to make our Oscar feel like part of her family. She is a great pet sitter! < 3. !
A dogs body language tells it all. Murphy loved his initial over nite visit.Murphy eagerly came to me when it was time to leave Karen's home but went back to her to say good bye. I too was impressed with her and the care and attention she gave our dog.
Karen is great, her place is so doggy friendly and her two poodles were fantastic company for Bronx. She sent pics for us and I am sure pampered him so he wasn't even annoyed with us for leaving him all weekend!
Karen was amazing! She took the time to get specific instructions from me to make Pipers stay a great experience! I highly recommend her and will be using her again in the future!
Karen is great! Her home is very welcoming, and she has a wonderful space for the fur babies to run around the backyard. Karen is warm and kind, and you can tell that she loves dogs. She sent updates about our dog, and even gave us a "report card" to take home at the end of the stay. I highly recommend Karen M.!
Felt like family was caring for Olive! Karen was able to get my shy dog to come out of her shell. I picked up Olive to find her relaxed and happy.
Karen is a kind, gentle lady who loves dogs. Oscar had a great stay with her. We couldn't be happier to find this wonderful lady to take care of our Oscar. Her large fenced yard and two beautiful dogs are a definite plus. We will be calling Karen again for sure!
Karen was very loving and caring towards my little one. He loves to cuddle and she was happy to indulge. Karen and her daughter work as a team, and when I requested an update and picture her daughter was able to send them to me.
Karen has watched our 1 year old Sheltie, Amos, three times already this summer. He has stayed with her for up to 10 days at a time and I have been very pleased! Karen has a true love for dogs and you can see that in the way she interacts with and cares for them. Amos was very well taken care of and always happy to return to Karen's for his next visit. Her daughter Kaitlin was wonderful as well. I highly recommend Karen!
Karen was really sweet and easy to work with. She always responded quickly and took good care of my high-energy pup, and my dog loved the big fenced in yard!
We have left our 3 year old beagle with Karen a couple of weekends and she has done a great job. Our dog is very shy and has lots of anxiety but Karen does a great job to make Josie feel at home and comfortable! We will definitely be calling on Karen again!
I wouldn't hesitate to book our dog with Karen again. It is obvious in every way that this woman is a dog lover extraordinaire who has every dog's best interests at heart and has boundless love and care to provide. I am thrilled to have found her, knowing that if she is available when we next need her, our dog will be as happy as can be, though separated from us.
Wonderful experience. Karen and her daughter took wonderful care of my little ones!! I highly recommend them both.
Karen and her daughter, Kaitlin did an excellent job watching our Quaker Parrot, Stormy. She stayed overnight and was relaxed and happy when we picked her up.
I would recommend them to anyone as they were very caring and attentive to our birds needs.
Thanks for this service as we needed it last minute and Karen came through for us. Debi Mitchell
Everything was great! Our flight was late returning and they were very understanding.
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