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Paula D.
Falls Church, VA 22042
162 Reviews
51 Repeat Guests
$45/night
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  • Cancellation Policy:
    Moderate

Pet Requirements

  • 1-20 lbs
  • 20-40 lbs
  • 40-80 lbs
  • 80+ lbs
No Puppies

Paula's Resident Pets

Brody
shih tzu mix
Male
8 old
Buddy
shih tzu
Male
10 old

Paula's House

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About Paula

I love dogs and I provide our guests with quality care and attention. Our home is a small, clean single family with a large fenced yard ideal for dogs that enjoy relaxing in the sun, romping and exploring. I do not have children, so dogs are my priority. By exclusively accommodating small dogs, all guests enjoy a safe and comfortable environment. My two shih tzus are very friendly, but fearful of larger dogs which is why we stick to the smaller ones.

We welcome senior dogs and those with special medical and behavioral needs. From years of working in rescue I have a lot of experience with varying special needs. My husband is certified in dog CPR and First Aid as well.

I treat each dog like our own as I strive to provide the attentive care I would want for my own 2 dogs when boarding. For the dogs that are energetic we spend time playing in the yard, going for walks, and exploring all the toys in the basket. For those dogs that are older and prefer to sit in the sun and rest, we have a nice sun room were they can relax away from the more rambunctious dogs.

In addition to our regular boarding services, we now offer a private suite for dogs with special physical, medical, or behavioral needs that require a relaxing space of their own. This room is a nice sized sunny bedroom that offers comfy dog beds or a day bed to lay on and look out the window. There is a full basket of squeakies, balls, and, toys and chew toys. Classical music is playing most of the time. Dogs staying in this room are walked twice a day in addition to play time in the yard several times a day. As well, I am in to check on them regularly to make sure they are doing well. Clients use this suite for a variety of reasons including resource guarding, dog aggressiveness, and blindness. This is so much better than a kennel! At $60 a night it is cheaper than most that offer such amenities. I will give a discount for multiple family pets staying in this room.

* Please note, drop off is after 12 noon on the first day of a visit and pick up is before 12 noon on the last day of a stay with us. Day care fees will be added at the rate of $20 for any extended times outside of the designated drop off and pick up times for each dog staying with us.

** Our holiday rate is $50 per night for the holiday and the two days before and the two days after the holiday.
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Paula D.
Falls Church, VA 22042
162 Reviews
51 Repeat Guests
$45/night
Other Sitters Nearby
  • Responds within 2 hours
  • Cancellation Policy:
    Moderate

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  • 1 Spot Left
  • Booked
  • Last updated August 19, 2016

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Services & Rates

Boarding Overnight At Paula's Home
$45 /night
  • Watches up to 3 dogs/night
Grooming
$40 /min
$45 /max
Baths
$10 /bath
162 Reviews
WOW! Whenever we go away we know Molly is in great hands with Paula! See sends us text messages and pics daily! When we picked Molly up Paula had given her a bath~she was sooo soft and smelled sooo good too! Thanks Paula for all of your special care for our special Molly :)

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I always feel like Paula treats my dogs exactly like her own. They always come home happy and cared for. I like that Paula only watches small dogs, it makes for a better experience. I can't say enough good things about our vacay.
My little pup stayed with Paula over a long Christmas Holiday, and I never worried for a second. Mitzi has stayed with Paula several times and always has a wonderful time. She's always excited just to see Paula! And sometimes I think she isn't sure if she wants to stay there or come home!
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Meant to do this earlier - but better late than never! Cooper enjoyed his stay with Paula and I felt great comfort knowing he was in good hands while I was away for the weekend!
Paula's house is truly a doggie vacation! I don't just feel comfortable leaving my little girl there, I feel good about it! I get great updates and I'm not even sure my pooch wants to come home when I pick her up. She loves it there!
Two weekends in a row, for Lucky, with Paula and Curt! They even watched a dog movie with him, which he loved. Once again, we don't worry about Lucky when he's with them because they are so good with dogs. Thanks Paula and Curt!
Another great "vacay" for Lucky with Paula and Curt. Their home is like Lucky's second home - he has stayed with them so many times. Never a worry for us when he is with them!
Sam had another great stay with Paula! He always has a great time with the other dogs and comes home exhausted! Thanks again Paula!
I'm not sure what else I can say about Paula that I and others have not already said! she's fantastic. on this trip she noticed that biscuit was not gobbling her food as usual. It turns out that her raw food had spoiled (It was frozen so I didn't realize it). Paula went to the store and got her a new bag. Priceless
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Paula rocks and my dogs think so too.
Another wonderful vacation for Lucky with Paula and her husband, Curt. They are both dog lovers and excellent caregivers and we never have any concerns when Lucky stays with them. He always comes home tired and happy! Definitely on our "favorites" list for sitters for Lucky!
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Paula is our first & only choice!
As always, Shelby had a wonderful time at Paula's. She is very social and she loves going to Paula's where she can meet other small dogs and play safely. We always receive info and videos so we know how our little girl is doing. Paula takes care of her like she is one of the family and it shows. When we pick her up, Shelby is always happy and tired, just like a "furkid" should be after a long playdate!
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As always, Rufus had a wonderful time playing with the other dogs at Paula's. She always takes such good care of him. He loves to stay with Paula, and I feel secure knowing he's in good hands.
Lucky just spent another wonderful week with Paula and Curt. We received plenty of email and video updates while we were away, which is so helpful. A "vacay" for Lucky with them always means a "no worries about Lucky" vacation for us!
We love Paula. Our dog Essie just loves going there, and she always finds a playdate to make the time more enjoyable. We love the email updates.
photos, texts, constant reassurances that biscuit is happy and well cared for.
Misiu had a great stay with Paula! Paula is not only our first choice of dog sitter but groomer as well!
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Rufus had a great time playing with Paula and Curt and his four-legged friends. He loves going there.
Paula is wonderful. She truly loves the dogs in her charge and takes such good care of them. My shy baby really enjoys her stays with Paula. She loves to sit outside and there is plenty of that at Paula's house since she has two fenced in yards. You can feel confident that your dog will be safe, happy and well-cared for with Paula!
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There's nothing I can say about Paula that hasn't already been said. My little Biscuit is very comfortable there and Paula takes such good care her, I never worry about a thing. Couldn't ask for bettter
Another fantastic five day stay for Gigi. She's more comfortable every time and clearly loves going and hanging out with the other little dogs at Paula's. (She's very intimidated by larger dogs.) Best of all, Paula also does grooming so Gigi always looks beautiful when I come to get her.
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Another fantastic visit with Paula. Can't imagine what we would do without her!
Once again, a fantastic stay for Gigi and worry-free business trip for me.
Paula & Curt are fabulous! I am a repeat client! Most recently, I booked my dog in for a multi-night stay. My outbound flight got cancelled the morning of my departure date, however, & the whole trip needed to be re-booked. Paula & Curt worked with me to ensure that the modified dates worked & Aussie could stay with them. They also sent me daily updates about my dog. I am very thankful to have found them!
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Paula made Shelby feel right at home during her long weekend visit. We received daily updates and pictures so we knew Shelby was having a great time. Thanks to Paula, we had no worries about our little girl while we were on vacation.
This is Misiu's third time this year to Paula's home. We had a full grooming for him. Paula did a very great job! We like the way she groomed him. Plus, staying at Paula's home, we know that he will feel happy playing with other dogs and Paula will take good care of him. In addition, Paula is very nice of being flexible and accommodating our schedule.
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My little one has stayed several times with Paula and I had to take her to the doc the day I was to leave her this time- suspected an ear infection. Paula had no problem with the drops or the pills, even texted me to make sure she had the right dosage, and she kept me updated on her condition. She's just wonderful, and even if we didn't live so close, I would gladly drive miles out of my way for her! Thank you, Paula!
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Cannot say enough good things about Paula! Since this was the first time leaving our 7 month old Shih tzu/Bichon puppy we were naturally quite apprehensive. I met with Paula before signing on and could tell immediately that she cares for every pet she takes in. We were not disappointed in her care. She sent very detailed messages daily, along with photos or videos. We felt like we knew exactly what was happening in our puppy's day. She was quite honest that our puppy had a hard time without us on the first day but each day gave updates as to how our puppy became more and more comfortable in Paula's care and with the other dogs in Paula's home. We asked Paula to give our dog a haircut and rather than scare her with the clippers, she cut our puppy's hair slowly over the week. The end result was adorable! There is no doubt we will use Paula when we go on vacation next.
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Another great stay with Paula! She makes going away stress-free by always making us feel like our pup is at home. Jackson is looking forward to his next stay!??????
Our pups had another great stay w/ Paula & Curt! We are very selective as Ricky & Lucy are a huge part of our family..we actually plan our trips based on their availability. They are both kind, loving, & knowledgeable about dogs. Upon drop off , Paula immediately took them for a walk to ease any transition anxiety. She also took the time to text me w/ updates & pics. ( so cute & thoughtful)

Thanks Paula and Curt!
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I'm so happy to have found Paula. Now I can plan trips away without misgivings or guilt. My Cavalier, Gigi, tends to be timid and is overly attached to me, but she loves going off to Paula's. I think it's like staying with a favorite aunt. This last trip was no exception. And the daily photos and messages from Paula kept me reassured. I can't recommend her enough for folks with small dogs.
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Cookie had another great stay at Paula's. Leaving Cookie with Paula gives me peace of mind - knowing that Cookie is well cared for and happy. I especially appreciate how Paula adapts to each dog's personality and needs - a major factor in making Cookie comfortable in Paula's home.
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I am a very happy and repeat customer of Paula's. I am incredibly picky about entrusting anyone with the care of my beloved dog. Paula & Curt are fantastic; they have earned and kept my trust! They are very responsive to my requests and texts and go out of their way to make my dog feel welcome and at ease in their home. I am so thankful to have found them!
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My dog gets very excited when we turn on to Paula's street! She's usually a "Momma's Girl", but I don't think she misses me when she's on her vacation there! It's a wonderful environment for the dogs and I just can't say enough about how happy we are that we found Paula. She's the doggie best!
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Paula was great with my little dog, Biscuit. Biscuit is sweet but she doesn't take to everybody. She was clearly very relaxed and happy with Paula. Paula sent me pictures, very detailed updates by text and email, and even a video. She is a groomer and she gave Biscuit a bath (for free) because she said Biscuit was itchy (she has bad allergies and Paula was on the look out for any signs of a breakout). Really, I couldn't ask for a better experience.
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Lucky recently had another "vacay" with Paula. When we dropped him off, he was very happy to go off with Paula! He had a great time playing with Newton, Moby, Rufus and Max, who are "old buddies" of his. We enjoyed all of Paula's updates and the pictures of Lucky that she sent to us. While we were vacationing, we could see that Lucky was also having a wonderful vacation. Having Paula watch Lucky gives us such peace of mind. She obviously loves dogs and we think Lucky feels very loved by her. Thanks Paula!
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Sam had another great stay with Paula! We always know he's being well cared for and having so much fun with the other dogs! We love getting pics of Sam while we are away from him! Thanks again Paula!
Paula is fantastic. Her affection and attention for our dog is second to none. We have no qualms leaving our dog with her and will do so again shortly. Jeff
As always, Rufus did well at Paula's. I was so appreciative of her willingness to take him in on such short notice.
As always, Rufus was well cared for and had a fine time while with Paula. He loves to play with other dogs, and this gives him the opportunity to do just that.
This was our dog's first night away from us and can happily report it was a huge success. We were a but concerned because she had just been spayed earlier that week, but Paula took extra care and even gave her the pain medication she needed. Thumbs up for Paula.
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On the spur of the moment I went to South Africa for two weeks. I was praying that Paula could take my dog Maxx, because if she hadn't been able to--well I don't know what I would have done. Maxx loves it at her house I love getting the videos and photos of him playing with his friends at her house. As much as I missed him, I knew that he was getting the best of care and lots of love and hugs. This is the second time that Paula has taken care of Maxx and it won't be the last.
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Misiu stayed with Paula for 4 days. We also requests a full grooming. Paula did a good hair cut for Misiu. She sends photos or video everyday so that we know how our dog is doing. The play yard in Paula's house is great for dogs exhausting their energy. We don't need to worry about him during our business trip since we know Paula is taking good care of him. Actually, Misiu seems to be a little bit sad when he knows he is leaving for home. Now, not only we find a dog sitter but a groomer as well!
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Shelby had another wonderful visit! When we pulled up to the house to drop her off, she was so excited because she knew that fun and love were inside the door. Paula treats her just like family and sent us texts and videos while we were away so we could see what Shelby was up to. She loves playing with all the other dogs or just taking it easy. Thanks again Paula!
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Paula is amazing - as always! We have a 13 year old Shih Tzu who requires quite a bit of work and attention. He is old and has health issues, but we completely trust leaving him with her. She caters to his special needs and odd quirks. She has a fenced in yard and takes the dogs for daily walks as well. She sends consistent email/text updates, which is so comforting to know how he is doing. She's also really great at grooming. HIGHLY recommend Paula!
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He's been sleeping hard since he got home. I'm sure he had a blast with all the pups!
My dog loves Paula! I think she would rather stay there and have fun with the other doggies than come home!
Lucky just enjoyed another great vacation with Paula! From the updates and pictures we received, we knew that he was enjoying himself. Paula takes care of him as though he were one of her own dogs. One day she gave him an oatmeal bath because he was scratching more than usual. The bath helped and I’m sure Lucky was more comfortable. We’re happy when she's watching him because we know he’s safe, sound and having fun! Thank you Paula for taking such good care of him!
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Bitsy loves being at Paula's. Her dogs are her friends and she gets lots of activity and attention. Thanks for all the pictures and updates, she looks forward to coming back soon!
My pups had a great stay at Paula's. There are lots of toys and TLC provided. Thank you Paula.
Sam had another great stay with Paula! She kept me informed on how Sam was doing and sent a few pictures! Sam is a very social dog and loved having some friends to play with during his stay. Thanks Paula for having him clean and smelling so nice when I picked him up! I would definitely recommend Paula!
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Moby had a great visit at Paula's -- as always. At this point, he has become a regular and obviously feels comfortable in the environment she's created. It's good to know that Moby is receiving top notch care while he stays there. And that gives me great piece of mind.
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My dogs are howling a happy tunes since they returned from a weekend with Paula D. I have two precious Pekingese doggies. They are both older with many health concerns. Sophie, my albino Peke was so nervous when I left on Friday for my trip. Paula left many text messages with pictures. She spent the night comforting Sophie. Sophie relaxed quickly, sat on Paula's lap and gave her kisses. This behavior is normally only reserved for her Mom. I could rest easy as Paula also reported my older dog, Polly was a cuddle buddy at night. Paula provides a safe, relaxing environment for little dogs to be cared for like royalty. My albino, Peke, Sophie is a diva. Paula knows how to let her express her personality while setting limits. Paula D. truly provides a home away from home for older, special needs, small dogs. I can now take trips away from home without obsessively worrying that my babies (doggies) are not in good hands. With Paula D. there are no worries, she has the best trained hands and is a skilled dog care provider. Look not more, hire Paula D. for the little 'loves' those special doggies in your life.
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Great! Rufus had a wonderful time with Paula - as usual. Loved having a yard in which to run around and playing with other dogs.
Another great "vacay" for Lucky! From Paula's updates, we knew that Lucky was busy and happy. He was depressed for a couple of days when he got home..... but he's looking forward to his next vacation with Paula!
Paula is great, my dogs are always having fun staying with her.
Great experience as always!
Paula is amazing! I have never felt more comfortable leaving my little guy with someone. A health concern led me search for Paula and even though Sage didn't need the extra medical care, I am SO glad I found her. The care and attention she pays to the "littles" shines through in every way from the details of her home to her care in welcoming new littles her home. She sent great text and pic updates. The best I have ever received. She is simply fabulous!
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Just 2 words: Absolutely great! Made me worry if Sasha wanted to come home at all!!
My dogs are itching to go back to Paula D's house! Paula did a super, excellent job watching my darling Pekes. I have two older dogs with special needs. They are rescues and don't trust easily. They were in daycare for about 2 weeks, and an overnight with Paula. By the second day of their visit my dogs were relaxed and comfortable. Paula has a special gift when it comes to relating to a dogs every need. By the end of the stay my albino Peke was yelling when Paula left the room (this is her bonding cry, mommie come get me.) Normally, she only does this for me.The trust Paula builds with the dogs she keeps is unbelievable. Paula will bond with your dogs and make them feel comfy. Paula super exceeded all my expectations for dog care. For a safe, loving home with an experienced dog care provider, look no more, bring your pets to Paula D.
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Thanks to Paula, I finally can feel good about leaving town for a weekend! My two Cavaliers are very attached and I haven't had much luck leaving them in the past, including at my home with a sleep-in dog sitter. So I was thrilled to find them happy and relaxed after four days at Paula's. It's great that she only takes small dogs, and she's always around to give them plenty of attention. I feel good about dropping off Lucky and Gigi again in two weeks. I highly recommend Paula for anyone with small doggies.
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Our little boy, Lucky, is almost 3 years old and Paula has been one of our favorite sitters for him. When Lucky is with her, we don't have a single worry about him. Paula takes care of him as if he were one of her own pups. If he needs medicine, she makes sure he gets it. She once fed him pumpkin for an upset stomach, something we wouldn't have known to do.

Lucky just stayed with Paula for eleven days while we were away and she kept us informed about his activities and his friends. We hope Paula never gets tired of watching him for us! Thanks Paula!
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Paula is terrific! She has a great set up at her house for her doggy friends and was very attentive to our Harper. Thanks, Paula!
I was ecstatic to find Paula D to watch my two dogs. My two Pekingese are older dogs with special needs. Paula went far above the call of duty to work with my Sophie and Polly to help them adjust to a new environment. Paula also groomed Polly. She looks great. I would highly recommend Paula D to anyone looking for a knowledgeable, compassionate person to watch their dog. I give Paula D a A+ as a caretaker for dogs.
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Our little guy, Newton stayed with Paula and her furry family for over a week while we while traveled for work and vacation.

We met Paula during a meet and greet prior to Newton's stay which allowed me to be at ease while we were away. They asked very questions and have high standards for who they bring into their home. I appreciated their attention.

When we were traveling, we received numerous videos of Newton playing with the other pups staying at the house, updates on how much he was eating, how much he slept, etc. We were very pleased with the communication and would highly recommend Paula to anyone who has a small dog that needs superior care.
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Jackson's stay with Paula was awesome! We are so happy we found her. She sent multiple updates/pictures/videos which let us know our little guy was very happy. She is extremely organized and runs a smooth ship. I would recommend her to anyone looking for a great boarder. We will certainly be back!
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I've been a regular of Paula's and this last visit just reaffirmed my decision in choosing her to be our main host. I have two dogs; Sunny and Ladybug. Sunny is my first love---I've had him since I was a kid and he's somehow managed to still be a frolicking, healthy little dude even at 16. Well, it just so happens that my very healthy little dog managed to get sick for the first time in forever the morning after I dropped him off. VERY sick. And of course, to my despair, I was halfway across the country on a business trip. Paula took SUCH good care of him and kept me updated throughout each step of the way. She took him took him to the vet the next day and explained very clearly to me how the DogVacay insurance process works. She texted me his progress and when he refused food, she even tried to feed him chicken broth. If it had not been Paula taking care of my pups while I was away, I probably would have rushed back on a standby flight. But Paula's experience with rescue and dogs in general as well as how she cares for each dog she takes care of put my mind at ease that Sunny would be in good hands until I got back. She even checked up on Sunny after I got back and too him to our own vet. She's like a second mom to my fur kids and we are forever thankful to have found her.
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Paula is the perfect fit for my aging and high maintenance 13 year old Shih-tzu. He has kidney failure and is a picky eater, and she is so patient and caring with his special needs and strange habits.
He absolutely loves being able to roam in her fenced yard.
Paula truly has a passion and talent for working with animals and it's a relief knowing he's in good hands. She sends daily email and picture updates.
On a side note, she's also an excellent groomer!
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My dogs had a great stay, as always.
I could not have been happier. Truly, Paula was amazing with Maxx from the moment we went for our Meet and Greet. I loved having him in a home with only small dogs. While I was gone I got photos and videos to show how much fun Maxx was having. I worried that he might not want to come home. Paula assured me that he would be happy when I came to get him and he was. I can't imagine leaving him with anyone else as long as Paula is available. If you have a small dog and live within driving distance to Paula you will not be disappointed. You will, in fact, be delighted and very grateful for her wonderful care of your dog.
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Once again, I dropped off Moby for daycare at Paula's house. I do this when I have a cleaning service scheduled for the day. I know Moby is in good care with Paula and the other dogs. When I pick Moby up at the end of the day, he's exhausted from all the activities and falls asleep in the car. I don't know what I'd do without Paula. She's been a huge help to Moby and me.
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Our 11 pound Patch, who is the light of our life stayed with Paula for 8 days while we were on a cruise. Paula sent photos and videos of Patch playing and lounging with other dogs several times in our absence. Paula limits her business to smaller dogs so there is no worry that the little guys will be terrorized by larger dogs. Patch came home clean and relaxed and is now snoozing after his week at camp. It is a pleasure to plan a vacation without feeling like we are abandoning him. This is out third experience with Paula and it is consistently a 5 STAR experience from scheduling to pick-up. Proceed with confidence.
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Bitsy is at ease at Paula's. She treats her pups so well. We have no worries ever when we book with her. Thanks for being so flexible and all that you do!
Paula knew how to handle Bailey because he doesn't like to be confined.
As always, Rufus had a great time playing with the other dogs. Paula treats him so well. He loves to visit her home.
My go to person for awesome, affordable grooming! She is the best.
Amazing as always! Paula truly takes care of my two brats without me having to worry about anything while I'm on the road. It was the beginning of allergy season and she bathed them and clipped their toe furs without even being asked. She sends adorable videos that make me coo and feel reassured that my pups are not only good hands but Not even missing me while I'm gone!
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Shelby had a great time at Paula's. She's very social and loves being around other dogs so she was a happy little girl. I received lots of pictures and video of Shelby having a good time. It was so satisfying to me to see her enjoying herself while we were out of town. Thank you Paula! You really are wonderful with dogs.
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Always excellent grooming!
Paula's bed and breakfast is the best. My dog is a little socially awkward but Paula sends pictures of her interacting with the other "guests" and tells me which is her new "best friend". I never worry for a second, which makes vacation time even better.
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Paula was awesome. My pup Rufus was sick while I was out of town. Paula handled the situation in a thoroughly professional manner - took Rufus to the vet, followed the routine suggested by the doctor, kept me informed, made herself available to answer questions while I was gone and when I returned. When I offered to come home to take my dog off her hands, she indicated she could handle it and would be glad to take care of Rufus. Wonderful!
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5 Stars! Proceed with confidence.
Paula and Curt are great! Very happy we found them!
We love Paula. She's perfect in every way.
Moby has spent many days at Paula's for daycare but this was his first overnight stay -- for a week. I had no concerns when dropping off Moby because he's so comfortable and feels right at home when he walks through the front gate.
Paula sent me daily updates with photos (and a video) and it was nice to know Moby was receiving top-notch care while I was on vacation.
Paula (and Curt) have created a warm and loving environment and it's nice to know that Moby can go back for quality care while I'm away.
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Another trip, another stay at Paula's. At this point, we may as well name Paula our fairy godmother guardian. She is always so caring, so detailed, so knowledgeable, and just all-around awesome. Her yard is a puppy wonderland. She goes out of her way to make sure my pups are comfortable even though one of them is highly allergic to everything and the other is old and going senile.
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Another great stay with Paula and Curt! Monty and Tiffany enjoyed the exclusive privacy suite at bedtimes, one on one time with Paula and Curt, and enjoyed being with the pack during the day. Paula took extra considerations and care for Monty, who is increasingly losing his vision, to ensure that his eye drops were administered and that he was able to safely navigate his way indoors and outdoors. Paula and Curt have a great home that is clean and dog friendly. It is wonderful to have a caring home for my pups while I am out of town. Thank you again Paula and Curt! :)
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Dear Paula,
Thank you so much for the heavenly time I had in your doggie Paradise! Even though my folks were just passing through town and may not ever be return customers, you were really wonderful to me.
I had never stayed with a stranger before and didn't know what to expect, but you introduced me to all of the other dogs very carefully and paid a lot of attention to my needs, making me feel right at home. Your husband even let me climb all over him, and you let me cuddle with you at night; this was way better than I ever imagined! And I even found a few special buddies to run around with in your big play yards.
My folks appreciated the photos you sent them, too - that made them feel much better abut leaving me.
You really do provide a special place for little dogs like me; thank you SO much!
Love forever, from Annie
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Another excellent stay. Paula gave my pup his medication and cut their nails. Wonderful pet sitter.
My pups had a great time, thanks for updates and pictures. Great experience!
Shelby had a wonderful time, as always, at Paula's. She is well taken care of and gets to play, play, play with the other dogs. My social girl loves it!
Great experience once again!
Awesome as always!!!
Paula is the best. My dog is 13 years old, has health problems, and can be quite demanding. We love him, but he is high maintenance :) Paula takes such great care of him and caters to all of his needs.
He absolutely loves staying at Paula's house since she has a yard and friends for him to play with. She sends emails with picture updates. Also, she is an excellent groomer. Definitely book with Paula!
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Paula & Curt are the best! Carlos is well taken care of at their home. They understand Carlos' temperament and quirky ways. Thank you Paula & Curt!!
My two dogs had a great stay. They were happy and clean when I picked them up. Paula is a wonderful caretaker of dogs.
My dog Sam boarded with Paula last week and had a great stay!!He is a very social dog and enjoyed interacting with her dogs and the other dogs so it made for a perfect fit! Paula kept me updated with videos and pictures! I would definitely recommend Paula and will be using her again in the future.
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Bitsy loves being at Paula's so much. She doesn't even bay anymore when we leave her. So nice knowing she's got the best care when we are away.
Fantastic experience as always, Paula gives me a peace of mind while I'm away that my dogs are taken care of.
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Another trip, another stay with Paula. Paula is the Mary Poppins for dogs. She handles the daily challenges of having high maintenance dogs with grace, expertise, and patience. My endlessly allergic Ladybug has always been under the best care with Paula. They always look much happier and better groomed than when I dropped them off. You honestly just cannot ask for a better host.
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Charlie has stayed with Paula a couple times now and is always well taken care of! He has medical issues and I always feel very comfortable leaving him with Paula. Charlie always comes home so worn out - a sure sign he's had a ton of fun and was well loved while I was away. I highly recommend!
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AMAZING!!! I never expected such individual care for our little Bouncy. He is old with a major heart condition and Paula took him on giving his meds as directed, grooming him as we asked, and texting and emailing pics and updates every day. We couldn't have asked for better care. Her home accommodates her little dogs and her fully fenced yard provides great play area for her charges. We will definitely take our baby back to Paula when we travel again. You can tell right away that she loves these little ones.
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Shelby had a wonderful time today. She made new friends and ran around in the snow. Thanks to Paula for sending a video so we could share in Shelby's fun. We look forward to using Paula again and I'm sure Shelby does too.
As always, Rufus had a wonderful time at Paula's. He especially likes the opportunity to spend lots of time outdoors playing with the other dogs.
Paula provided excellent care for our two Cavalier King Charles Spaniels, the best we have ever had. We were able to enjoy our vacations knowing our fur babies were well cared for, and happy, and appreciated the daily updates.
Rufus always enjoys his stay with Paula and the dogs. I feel very relaxed when I leave him there, knowing he will be well cared for.
My two Daschunds absolutely love Paula. When I pick them up I can tell they had a great stay and that they were in a safe and happy home. Paula was able to accommodate an extra day due to the impact inclement weather had on my travel. Thank you Paula.
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Paula really put our minds at ease while we were on vacation. She sent daily updates and photos of Millie. I knew our pooch was in good hands! I really think Millie enjoyed herself and was a little sad to leave! I would highly recommend Paula to anyone and everyone!!
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I take my dog Moby to Paula for her daycare services. Paula has created a wonderful and warm environment in her home so all her 4-legged guests feel safe and comfortable. I feel a sense of relief knowing my dog is in Paula's care while I'm at work during the day. Moby always loves going back to Paula's.
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My dogs enjoy spending time at Paula's. She is an excellent care taker and provides my doggies the love and attention they need to feel safe and at home. I am always at ease leaving Sophie and Bailey with Paula when I have to travel for work. Thank you Paula.
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I could not be happier with the care taken of my darling puppy by Paula. Patch, my 6 year, 11 pound pride and joy, stayed with Paula for 5 days. Her home is spic and span and designed for the amusement of small dogs. Toys abound. She arranges feeding so the little guys can eat in peace. Daily updates via e-mail with photos made it evident how much care Patch was receiving. It requires one-on-one playtime and attention to know a dog like she got to know Patch. He had 5 days of playing with other dogs his size and temperament and came home calm and clean. I feel so wonderful knowing I have a resource like Paula D.
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We had a wonderful experience with Paula. Our dog is older with some health issues. With these health issues that affect his appetite, and the fact that he has always been a picky eater, he can be quite a high maintenance dog.

She went above and beyond with our dog while we were away for ten days. She worked with him to get him to eat, continued offering it to him throughout the day, and even bought and cooked him food to entice him to eat.

One of the best parts of our experience was receiving almost daily emails with updates and pictures. Since our dog is old and not well, this really helped ease our concerns to see that he was in good hands.

When we picked him up, he had been bathed, his nails trimmed, and he smelled amazing. It was so nice not to have to immediately head home for a bath after a long trip. We highly recommend Paula!
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Since we were traveling for 8 days, I wanted to board our dog with a host that would be home during the day and also have smaller dogs to play with. Snoopy had such a great time that he was sad to leave Paula's house and the other small four-legged boarders. We were sent emails with cute pictures and a daily update on what he was doing. We could tell he was having a great time and that made us feel good about leaving him. When we picked him up, Paula had bathed him and given him a trim - he looked great! We will definitely be using Paula for boarding and grooming!
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Cookie had a wonderful stay over Christmas. Loved the email updates with photos of our Cookie cuddled up next to Brody. We felt completely confident during our time away that Cookie was getting the best care and attention possible. Paula works with each dog's individual personality so that even a timid dog like Cookie could feel completely comfortable. She made sure our picky eater got the kind of food she likes and went out of her way to provide roast chicken for her - her favorite! She gave her a bath the day before we got back and we arrived the next day to pick up a very relaxed and happy little dog. Thanks so much Paula!
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Due to the recent loss of our beloved Buster, we were concerned about leaving his brother Argus. Paula took extra care to see that Argus felt comfortable in her home and he seemed to enjoy the company of other dogs, especially Cleo. Thank you Paula. Frances Dillon
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Rufus was delighted to stay with Paula and the other dogs. She takes such good care of them - even gave Rufus and bath and trimmed his "bangs."
What a great set up for grooming. Paula was recommended by another dog vacay client and she was not mistaken. She did a great job with Zoey's grooming. True dog lovers and the perfect place for your dogs to have a great time! Will definitely be using Paula again and again!
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Rufus had a great time with Paula and the dogs in her house. He loved being able to run around and play in the yard. He was well cared for and came home happy, contented, clean, and smelling great (as Paula had bathed him)!
Paula was great, she is very competent, my dogs were taken well care of. She emailed with updates and a picture every day. She responded fast in case of any questions, listened to all my instructions, followed through with everything. I will be comfortable with her watching my dogs again. Thanks!
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Paula provided excellent care during my dogs visit. She treats them as her own and is very attentive. The best part is that she stays in consistent communication with me while I'm away. Thanks again Paula.
Another amazing visit with Paula! Was gone for a long weekend and the pups picked up life at Paula's without a hitch. She was even kind enough to trim their paws, which were terribly overgrown with hair and catching dirt. Top notch service, top notch care, and amazing kind people all around! We love Paula!
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Another wonderful stay for Bitsy! She got lots of doggy play and love. The rain caused some muddy play conditions but she was returned to us all cleaned up. Thanks again Paula!
My dogs were in a safe and welcoming environment. Paula's daily updates provided me peace of mind while I was away from my dogs. I highly recommend her and plan to use her services in the near future. Thank you Paula!
Paula knows how to handle Carlos and all his "issues". I appreciate that. I'm glad to know Carlos is safe, happy & spoiled with Paula. Thank you, so glad we found you!!!
Our little Bitsy had a wonderful time with Paula's pooches. She was very well cared for and got excellent one-on-one attention that she doesn't get from a commercial boarder. Paula and her husband Curt are genuine dog lovers who made us feel comfortable leaving our fur baby with them while we are out of the country. We received pictures, videos and behavior updates while we were away. Bitsy had some tummy issues that were addressed with extra special remedies. They went above and beyond our expectations. Bitsy will certainly be a return visitor.
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This was Luna's second stay at Paula's and I couldn't recommend her higher! After the initial meet and greet, all of our concerns were alleviated. She kept us up to date on happenings with emails while we were away and it is clear that she genuinely cares for her doggie guests. I think the only negative is Luna has such a good time there that she may want us to travel more frequently so she can go back to "camp" to see her friends and Paula!!
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We are so lucky to have found Paula to care for our beagle, Jolene. Since Jolene is a rescue dog, she has her issues and Paula is great at taking care of her to minimize her fears. We appreciated all the updates she provided, as it eased our separation anxiety as well. Thanks, again!
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Paula and Curt are exceptional hosts, and we say this as Dogvacay hosts ourselves, so we only expect the highest standard of care for our own pups. We did a lot of research before deciding to set up a meet and greet with them, and the minute we met them we knew that their home was the place we wanted our four legged children to stay.

We always travel with our dogs, so we expected there would be seperation anxiety issues, however, Paula and Curt made them feel right at home and
they settled down really well after a couple of days.

My oldest poodle Arabia had been experiencing some medical issues and Paula went out of her way to discuss her diet and concerns with me about her medication and had no qualms about cooking her a bland diet of chicken and rice and helping her to recover. They have a wonderful home and their devotion to abandoned, rescued and dogs with special needs is exceptional.

My youngest poodle, Xolani loves playing ball and they went out of their way to play with him on many more occasions throughout the day than he normally does so he was in doggy heaven.

We received updates and e mails daily including pictures. Paula took some amazing pictures of both the dogs, which she e mailed me and which I will be posting on our sight as well. The pictures look so professional and we will treasure them always.

We really felt at ease knowing that our dogs were so well loved and cared for. Thank you Paula and Curt, and thank you for your amazing and tireless work with all the foster and rescues that you perform so tirelessly every day.

You are wonderful Dogvacay hosts, we appreciate all that you did for Arabia and Xolani.
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Paula D. and family were a great host to our dog, Buddy. They were very accommodating and showed honest and sincere concern for the well being of our small, and easily-spooked Beagle. They sent us regular updates, photos, and even posted a video of him playing on their Facebook page. He was well cared for and loved by this wonderful host family! We would most definitely hope to have them dog-sit Buddy again. Thank you Paula D!
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Not only am I a returning client, but I am a DogVacay host as well. I could not ask for a better host than Paula and Curt to take care of Monty and Tiffany while we were on vacation. Paula and Curt are so loving and attentive to my Yorkies...it is obvious in the texts and pictures that they send to me. Paula gladly worked with me on Monty and Tiffany's feeding, as my dogs are on a special diet that requires time to prepare. As well, Monty, my 12 year old senior dog who has special needs, required added supplements and vitamins to his food at every feeding in addition to medical prescription administered daily. Paula understood and adhered to all of Monty and Tiffany's specific feeding requirements and medical needs. While on our vacation, we ran into some difficulties and needed to change our pick up date. Paula was so accommodating to our last minute changes. I can't say enough good things about the quality of care and service that Paula and Curt provide. Their home is safe and ideal for small dogs whether young or old, or with special needs. I do not worry about my dogs when they are boarded, because I know that they are in great hands with Paula and Curt!
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Auggie had another great vaycay with Paula. It is such a relief to know that he is in good hands when we have to travel!
Thank you! Paula has been a very good host to our family member Gallie:) She was very accommodating and kept us posted via pictures and e-mails. We had a relaxing vacation knowing Gallie has been under her care.
Paula was a great host for our dog, Jolene. She provided us with updates every day, which helped to settle our nerves, since this was Jolene's longest time away. Our dog is skittish and she took all necessary precautions to calm her nerves and provide love and care.
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Paula took great care of our beagle. Our dog has allergies and Paula went out of her way to try to make her more comfortable with a foot bath and monitoring her time outside. Our dog had also just had a flare up of her back and Paula kept us informed on how she was doing. We loved getting the daily email/picture updates to see what adventures our dog was having. We feel blessed to have found Paula and will leave our dog with her in the future.
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I've reviewed Paula before but I want to emphasize what a dream she is for any nervous dog parent. She's knowledgeable on how to take care of dogs who have special needs, she's patient, and she has the dogs on a structured, comforting schedule as dogs need! Sunny, Ladybug, and I love love love Paula.
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Wonderful, as always. :)
Paula can only be described as an angel for my dog boarding woes and needs. Few facts:
I am a very particular person when it comes to my dogs. I have one senior citizen and one whiny princess who often begs to be picked by natural selection;both are Pekingese, a breed that tends to be high maintenance. Added bonus:my princess had developed severe allergies two weeks before boarding with Paula and needed to be on medication and a routine for her itchy skin. In comes Paula. From the moment I met her at our meet and greet, I knew Paula was going to be "the one" for our boarding needs, despite having a few other meets and greets lined up. She and her gracious hubby answered all my concerns thoroughly and you can just tell they are true dog lovers! Not only is their home a one-level paradise for dogs( I worry about stairs for my senior dog), but the fact that they already cared for a few high-needs fosters put me to ease that they'd be able to handle my two. Paula was kind and gracious and informative throughout the entire process.

While I was away, Paula kept me up to date with daily videos, emails, and pictures. Even when my princess misbehaved and piddled on the floor due to her meds(she has never done this before!), Paula assured me she wasn't upset, immediately after she notified me. She's just that thoughtful....to know that the dog owner would be absolutely mortified already and to assure them their babies would still be in good hands! Paula also took extra good care of my allergy affected princess by not only following our daily routine but even offering suggestions on how to make my girl more comfortable. She has shown my dogs the kindness that very few people even show each other!

I will be boarding with Paula again and again. If anyone else on dogvacay wants to win my business, they're going to have some biiiiigggg shoes to fill!
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I left my dog Bailey with them. I was worried at first; this was the first time I left my canine son with someone he didn't knew as part of the family.

He had a blast! I received pictures of his vacation(he was really having fun) and I could tell he was genuinely happy as I have had him for 5 years and know his smile. I even got a mini-video of him playing with another dog.

Paula and her husband were very loving to Bailey. He is used to get petted, brushed and snuggled every day. He is a very affectionate dog and Paula gave him lots of affection.

When I picked him up, I could tell he really liked his holiday there. He was happy to see me, but kept running back and forward to Paula as well.

This boarding has my highest recommendation. They took care of him as good as I do. I was not worried at all when I left him with Paula, because she knows about dogs health and behavior. She isn't just a person that gives dogs a place to stay. Paula and her husband treat them as VIP (Very Important Pet) guests.
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Paula was great with our little Bailey. Attentive and careful and definitely a dog lover as she cares for 5 other resident rescue dogs. She kept us informed every day with emails and texts and pictures - greatly appreciated and I looked forward to reading up on Bailey's adventures daily. Thank you Paula and Kurt for being such great hosts.
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How was my dog's vacation with Paula? Absolutely awesome! My dog, Maya, has gone to daycare and been boarded all of her life thanks to my busy work travel schedule. We've lived in several different cities across the country (also thanks to my career) and have, therefore, patronized many dog daycare and boarding facilities. Boarding with Paula is by far one of the best experiences we've had. Boarding is noticeably more expensive in the DC metro area than in other areas of the country, so when we moved here a couple of months ago, I was looking for the best balance I could find- a place I trusted, a place where she could have fun, and a place that was very reasonably priced. Paula's was all of these. As other reviewers have mentioned, her place really is set up to care for dogs. Her backyard is a mini dogpark, her sunroom is an indoor dog playroom, and her living room and kitchen are setup to accommodate eating, sleeping, and playing dogs. Paula sent me pictures and/or videos with a recap of the day each day that Maya was with her, which I thought was such a nice touch. Paula also groomed Maya for me and did a very nice job. Maya and I will be repeat customers of Paula's for boarding (and grooming) for sure!
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Auggie had a great visit with Paula today! She is a groomer too. Auggie came home clean, cute and happy. Paula clearly cares a lot about dogs. She is very professional and I look forward to having Auggie stay with her again.
Paula, her husband, and her doggie family were wonderful hosts for Wrigley. As hosts ourselves, this was the first time we've used the service for our pup, so we had very high standards. Paula was wonderful, made us feel very comfortable, and Wrigley came home tired and happy.

Paula was very accommodating when we contacted her at the very last minute, the night before we needed all day hosting the next day. We scheduled a quick meet and greet, and Wrigley was instantly at ease when he got there. While we are fortunate to have family/friends to watch Wrigley when we need to, we will certainly keep Paula in our back pocket, should we need someone to watch Wrigley again.
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Paula and Curt both were awesome! You know they really love the dogs. Their home is set up to accommodate all the dogs - leather furniture, dog gates everywhere to separate....also, both dogs were groomed perfectly. We will be back!
Thank you Paula and Curt for lovingly and patiently taking care of our 8 month old Cooper. You found the right doggy companion for Cooper to play with and assured he slept well at night with you. Your daily photo's and updates were a wonderful confirmation that he was having a blast while we were away. Your expertise, your home and backyard were perfect for our little Cooper. Thank you for making Cooper's vacation so much fun.
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Paula D and her husband were great with my Taz! I could tell from the moment we got there that they were loving and cared so much about other dogs. They have a great fenced in backyard which is perfect for the dogs to run around and play with no worries! I would definitely recommend them to anyone!
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We felt so comfortable leaving our small westie Maddie under Paula and Curt's care. Maddie seemed so comfortable, relaxed, and tired when we picked her up from their small dog retreat. Paula sent us an update with a picture of Maddie each night, and it seemed like she had a great time playing in their big yard and fetching balls! Thanks again for taking such great care of our pup while we were away!
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Thank you Paula and Curt for taking care of Carlos and sending us updates. I think Carlos found his second family. You guys rock!! Gary & Louise Brown
We were nervous about leaving our "babies". However, Paula made us and them feel right at home. She emailed me every day to tell me about how they were doing, which put my mind at ease. Thanks Paula. We will be back!
As usual, Paula and Curt were great! They tell me Carlos is more comfortable at their home and does well with the other dogs in the house.
Ricky and Lucy thoroughly enjoyed their second visit with Paula and Curt and their sweet pups. We knew that they were in great hands and being well taken care of. Paula also did a wonderful job grooming them! We highly recommend her and will definitely continue to have her watch our pups while we're away!
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I could not have found anyone better than Paula! She is so attentive and caring. Paula knows how to treat each dogs different quirks and behaviors. Ours are not the easiest however we knew they were in good hands.
I am a picky person. When I met Paula, Curt and their dogs at the meet and greet, I knew this was the place for my two Yorkies. Paula and Curt took great care of my pups, especially my one that has night blindness and depth perception issues. I received daily pictures and emails (in the morning & evening) of what they were doing throughout the day. Not only were my pups given a lot of TLC from Paula and Curt, my two Yorkies socialized with their sweet Shih-Tzus, were groomed everyday (it showed in the pics), and given a bath when they got stinky. Their house is very clean and their backyard is like a mini doggie park. I will definitely book with them again. I highly recommend them!!!
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Paula took great care of our pups again for us! It's so nice to know that they are getting so much love and attention (especially with one being a puppy)! She even went the extra mile to put their Redskins jerseys on for the big game! :)
It's really nice to have such a great "go to" for dog sitting (that makes the dogs feel like they are home) verses a kennel! Dog lovers make great dog sitters, that's obvious with Paula! She is a person who truely loves her own dogs and foster dogs and visiting dogs! :)
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We were introduced to Paula and Curt via DogVacay. In the past, we have had hard times finding good people to temporarily take care of our Chihuahua-mix (Carlos) with his unique and sometimes difficult personality issues. Paula and Curt took Carlos in and socialized him with their own small dogs in a very professional manner. We could tell they knew a lot about and loved small dogs. Carlos needed extra attention and even daily medicine to prevent seizures. Paula and Curt were happy to ensure his needs were met during his stay. Paula and Curt sent periodic text messages with photos to let us know how Carlos was doing. We plan on routinely hiring Paula and Curt in the future for Carlos-sitting, as long as they are in the business of caring. So glad we found them and DogVacay!
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Charlie loved his time with Paula and her husband...and of course their wonderful dogs! This was our first time using dog vacay and the daily picture updates made us feel at ease. We could tell Charlie was having a blast walking and playing and being well cared for. They went above and beyond to make sure he had a healthy and happy vacation!
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Excellent experience. Paula took great care of my babies - they had a blast in a warm and loving environment. She sent me updates and photos a couple of times a day which really put my mind at ease.
Paula was soooo great with our puppy and older dog!! She sent us regular updates and even a video of them playing together! It was so nice to be reassured our pups were in a great dog friendly environment!!
I would absolutely recommend Paula and will have her watch our pups again!
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Paula was great! She was able to provide me with a great place for my dog to stay and was super flexible about the drop off time.
Paula was wonderful w/our two maltese, Ricky and Lucy. She was very loving and attentive and spoiled them rotten. She also sent us pics during their stay. We would definitely use her again and highly recommend her.
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