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Mary A.

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68 Reviews
28 Repeat Guests
$35/night
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  • 1 day notice required for bookings
  • Responds within 10 minutes
  • Cancellation Policy:
    Flexible

Pet Requirements

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

Mary's House

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

About Mary

30 Years Experience Caring For Dogs
Hi, my name is Mary, I am from Venezuela and I am here because my husband's job. I have a 2 and 8 years old daughters, all of us are passionate about dogs. I know how stressful it could be leave them, for that reason I offer a variety of services that will make you and your pet feel like they are part of my family. From dog walking to private dog boarding, medicine administration and everything your dog need, my goal is simple, to keep you feeling worry free and your pet happy when you are away. Because I am a home stay mom with a small baby, I have enought free time to play and enjoy them as mine. In fact, this job is a unique opportunity to enjoy a cold and wet nose company. I have had any kind of dogs all my life (any size, conditions and needs)and I have a lot of experience care them. Adittionaly I am biologist and I have best knowledge about animals. I can afford any needs you and your pet may have. I am volunteering for Straydog and the SPCA of Texas where I am constantly taking animal handling classes and professional animal care training. Right now, I work on Animal Handler/Animal Care Center and Clinic program (Assist with basic shelter and clinic tasks), Pet Enrichment Team (PET) Trainer (Provide specific training for behavioral issues with shelter animals) and I already did the Adoption Counselor course to Assist potential adopters in making the best possible match. I just moving to my own house, it is conveniently located close to 121 highway and Alma in McKinney and has a nice fenced backyard and plenty indoor space, all my home is pet friendly.......Additionally, we have a lot of green spaces outside. In my routines long and frequently ( 3 or 4 times a day) walk and play times are included and I really like run with active dogs, but I could be a couch potatoes when is necessary jajajaja.....depend of my guest like.

Here are some details you might like to know about what I offer. If your questions are not answered below please feel free to email me and I will get back with you:

1. To board at my home $35 a night (pick up by 2:00 pm. Any size, breed and age over 1 year).

2. I will charge additional $ 5 for puppies under 1 year (this applies for boarding). Understand puppies need a lot of attention, care and focus every single minute and I'll probably be getting up in the middle of the night several times so puppy can go potty

3. I will charge $ 60 for two dogs And 15 for every additional one (same family)

4. To ensure the highest quality, I accept dogs within the same family at a time. Once you book with me, there will be no other DogVacay dog in home (unless you are agree and happy with that).

5. I have Doggy Daycare services. That includes focused, all day attention to your dog, with minimal time spent alone (I sometimes need to run to the grocery store etc. other than that I am home all day).
$20 half day (1-6 hours)
$25 full day (6-12 hours)
$3 extra charge for puppies under 1 year

6. I charge $5 for every 60 minutes that pass your pick up time (this applies to boarding and daycare service)

7. If you request you dog stays an unexpected extra night, I will charge an extra $15 to your regular fee.
This is because it will change any other scheduling plans that I would normally make.

8. I charge $5 for every 5 miles I need to drive (This applies to driving to your house to walk your dog, picking-dropping off your dog at vet or groomers, boarding, etc)

Requirements for your dog to be in my daycare/boarding

*Your dog needs to be good with people, specially kids.

* You need to fill out and/or update (if it is not your first time boarding with me) the contact card and information form before the Vacay. I try very hard to keep your pet on the exact same schedule that he/she is accustomed to and I will do my best to work with you and give your dog exactly what he or she needs!

*Your dog needs to be fully potty trained (except puppies, I can work with that. Additional fee applies).

*I'd ask that your dog either be crate trained or well-behaved and non-destructive when left alone. I do have one exception to this rule, and that is if I'm going to be boarding a puppy (additional fee applies).

*Your dog needs to be updated on his or her vaccinations.

*Your dog needs to be free of worms and fleas.

*You will need to provide your own collar and leash, enought food, food and water bowls, treats, toys, bed or crate and dog waste bags.

Just let me know what you need and I'll see what I can do


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Can administer oral medicine
Special Needs Accommodated
  • Pets recovering from surgery
  • Leash Pulling

Mary A.

Online Now!
68 Reviews
28 Repeat Guests
$35/night
Other Sitters Nearby
  • 1 day notice required for bookings
  • Responds within 10 minutes
  • Cancellation Policy:
    Flexible

Availability

  • Available
  • Unavailable
  • 1 Spot Left
  • Booked
  • Last updated December 5, 2016

Credentials

Course 101 Graduate
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Disaster Relief
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Services & Rates

Boarding Overnight At Mary's Home
$35 /night
  • Watches up to 4 dogs/night
  • Dogs may be unsupervised for 1 - 2 hours/day
  • 5+ potty breaks/day
  • 2 walks/day
  • Pets can sleep wherever they want
Daycare At Mary's Home
$25 /day
  • Watches up to 4 dogs/day
Dog Walking
$20 /half-hour
$30 /hour
  • Willing to travel 5 miles
Home Visits
$25 /visit
  • Willing to travel 5 miles
Baths
$25 /bath
Pick-Up/Drop-Off
$15 each way
  • Willing to travel 5 miles
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68 Reviews
Our second time with Mary. She and her family have shown our two "girls" a loving and stress free home care environment , one where we do not have to worry about our "kids" when we go on vacation. She is very competent, caring and loving especially when one of our dogs is blind.

We will definitely come back again & again. We have also recommended her to several friends.

PS One thing to be concerned about. Getting back a "spoiled" pet
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Another fun stay with Mary and her family. Our 3 dogs who range in age from 1 to 5 love to play with Mary's daughters. It's so nice that they have a second family when we are away. I know they can't wait to go back.
Mary and her family love our Frenchies! They are always excited to go to "daycare".
Our dogs home away from home. We can vacation in peace knowing they are with her.
Our girls love to visit Mary and her family.
Mary takes excellent care of our dogs.
We love Mary the pups always have a great time.
Mary was great and my dogs loved staying with her and her family. She took great care of them and gave them lots of love and attention.
Our puppy had a great time with Mary's family. She sent several updates during the day which made me feel very comfortable. I will definitely have him stay with her again.
My boys had a great time with Mary , she was very accommodating and prompt with messages, she kept us updated with frequent pictures too , will definitely recommend her to our friends and use her from now on .
Mary was a wonderful host to our 2 dogs. She sent pictures and updates regularly and our dogs returned happy and healthy after a nice stay with her. I would recommend Mary and use her again. It was so nice to know our dogs were being treated as family pets as if at home rather than in a kennel.
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I left Kadie with Mary even though I didn't have to travel. Mary sent pictures everyday and I love the way her girls spoil Kadie:-) Kadie is always happy when she goes to Mary's house. Thanks Mary, Kadie is looking forward to seeing you again very soon.
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We had to go away for weeks but I was happy that my yellow lab was staying with Mary. She sent update everyday. I couldn't be happier and I had a piece of mind knowing that Kadie was happy with Mary. Karen
As always, Mary is super great with Kadie. I always feel comfortable leaving Kadie there whenever I have to go away on travel.
Very pleased with everything from the app to the service!
I can only offer Mary 5 STARS. She was exceptional! I went out of town on business and she boarded my pup Riley for 3.5 days. She kept me up to date on his progress (this was Riley's first experience with doggy daycare), and even sent me pics throughout the day so I could see for myself. Truly a very loving person, the entire family. When I picked Riley up, he just kept giving her kisses. He obviously had a good time and didn't want to leave. He made new friends. The house was spotless so Riley was in a clean environment and she genuinely cares about animals. Riley was really receptive to her. I would definitely recommend this sitter and definitely will use her again. She's awesome.
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Lily spent a week with Mary and her family and I think she really enjoyed it. When she came home , she was crying the next day looking all over our house(first time we have heard her cry for no reason) as if to say "hey, where did everyone go especially my dog friend that was also staying the week? We had many funny pics and even a video which we appreciated. She will be staying there again soon!
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When I had to go out of town for 5 days and leave my 2 yr old dog with a stranger I was worried. Mary was so sweet to my pet and sent pictures and video clips of him while I was away, which really made me feel so much more comfortable. His first night stay with her was 'rocky' because he was scared, but Mary worked with him and said he got much better and was in a normal groove within no time. I know he'll be much better his next visit. It was a good experience for my pet to be in a loving home while I was away. Her two little girls are also VERY sweet and gentle with the pets. Will definitely use Mary again.
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Mary is awesome! She took care of our dog for a weekend and he really enjoyed it. He will definitely stay with her again.
This is the first time I put my dog Sunny in other people's house. It tournd out to be such as a great experience. Mary is very caring and loving, she sent me Sunny's picture and kept me updated everyday. Sunny even became the best friend of Mary's younger daughter! I feel Sunny finds a second home! I definitely highly recommend Mary!

Hong
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Mary A and her awesome family did a fantastic job taking care of my 100 lb+ Ridgeback. Coupler has always been gentle and loving with people, especially children. He is only 2 years of age and has never been away from me. Coupler loves to play rough and Mary A provided ample opportunities for him to exercise. He didn't want to eat out of his bowl so Mary fed him by hand to ensure proper nutrition. Coupler was supervised constantly, all efforts were made to make him comfortable and he received tons of love and attention. I would not hesitate to "board" Coupler with Mary A and her family again.
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We left our baby, Harley, with Mary and her family during the holiday break for what ended up to be almost two weeks, due to the fact that we were snowed in for two extra days in Colorado. We were nervous leaving him, as this was his first time to stay with Mary. I loved that she had a "meet and greet" with all the dogs that were coming and going during Harley's stay to make sure they all would get along. It was hard taking the time to do that, but I am so grateful we did because we got to see how Harley interacted with her family, as well as the other dogs, and it was very comforting to know that while on our trip! Mary and her family are wonderful - very loving and she was extremely organized and really cared about how to make each dog feel welcomed and at home regarding feedings, schedules and routines, etc. Harley had been staying with another couple for the past two years who moved and it was hard to find a new home for him that we felt comfortable with, but Mary and her family did an outstanding job! They were also very accommodating when we couldn't get back home during the storm, as planned, and bought Harley additional food from the store (I would've been happy with whatever they had - so grateful they were able to keep him for extra days at the last minute!) And, Harley came home to us a calm, happy dog, so we could tell he had been well cared for!!!
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Mary was wonderful!! Very accommodating and super sweet! Zazu seemed very happy and felt at home there... We will be using her again very soon!
Charlie loved her holiday, thank you :-)
Our 4 pups had a great time at Mary's! They ran and played with the girls - the baby LOVES the pups! I mean LOVES them! It is so cute to watch. They came home spoiled and tired :)
I think my dog likes her more than me now.
Mary did a great job watching our 3 pups. They loved being there and adapted well to being in a home environment. MUCH better than a traditional boarding facility for us.
Maggie & Dixie had a great stay here. They were well cared for and enjoyed the kids, as they are used to a home with children. Got updates with photos of their days while we were away. Mary is a very caring & responsible sitter and would definitely do it again. Way better than leaving pups at a kennel!
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Mary is absolutely wonderful! I call her every time we are out of town!
Mary did an amazing job caring for Toby. She was very communicative during our time away, sometimes sending us several pictures of him during the day. She is very organized and keeps detailed records of your dog's preferences and habits so she can make sure he is as comfortable as possible during his stay. It was clear from the pictures that Toby was quite happy with Mary and her family. In fact, she even gave me tips on how to deal with his stranger anxiety/aggression! Mary is a gem and I would not hesitate to recommend her. We will definitely be taking Toby back the next time we go out of town.
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Having our dog stay with Mary was a great experience. Mary is true dog lover - we've used her service twice now, and enjoyed her ongoing updates (at times daily) as to how our pup is doing.
He loved all the TLC he received from Mary and her family, and we recommend her services to anyone.
BTW, that him doing the back stroke/roll in her back yard ( in pictures)
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My lab Kadie really enjoyed her stay with Mary. She was happy when I dropped her off and Mary kept me in the loop each day with what Kadie was doing by sending pics. I felt comfortable leaving Kadie with Mary and even though I missed her, I know she was in great hands. I will continue to use Mary's services. I was very pleased.
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Mary was great! I loved getting updates on Frank, especially since this was his first time there. I could tell she really cares and was trying to do everything right! What else could you ask for! I will be booking again soon!
Mary was so amazing! She kept us up to date with Micah's status on how he was doing. She sent pictures often and text us on how he was doing. Micah came back home so excited and happy! He looked really good, we had no doubt about how well Micah was taken care of. We will for sure call Mary the next time we need a sitter for Micah.

Thank you Mary for treating Micah as your own!
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Simply the best! My dog has found her new home away from home. Mary is so detail orientated and I could not possibly have asked for anything better.
Mary made us feel secure in leaving town and placing Harley in her care. She was very flexible in Harley's special needs in her old age, and took very good care of her. Will definitely be a repeat customer.
I could not be more happy to leave Joy with Mary . He was very well cared for. and was treated like family @ Mary's. I had to leave joy for three weeks as i was travelling out of the country and was very worried. Just one visit with her and i was put at ease. She made sure to send us continuous updates on Joy and how he was doing. I would always choose Mary in a heartbeat to take care of your furry kids :)
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Mary is amazing!!! Our dog loves when we pull up to her house, we can tell he's excited. She takes pictures of him and keeps us updated when we are gone. We don't like to leave him with anybody else.
Thanks so much with the help with her while our pup is working through anxiety with storms. you've helped so much.
Mary did a wonderful job with our new pup. We were very pleased and satified with her communication and pictures that were sent during our vacay.
Absolutely fantastic! Mary was exceptional with our two big pups. Great communication, pictures, and even playing in the snow! Couldn't ask for a better host!

Just don't book her up when we need her because after finding this jewel in McKinney I wouldn't want my dogs to go anywhere else! ;-)
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We loved Mary! She is very caring and thorough! My pups seemed very happy staying with her and they came home relaxed and calm. one of my dogs can be a bit nervous, but she was very calm when she came home. Mary sent daily texts with pics of the dogs playing with the family and that was very reassureing. An excellent host I highly recommend!
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Mary is awesome & she has 2 adorable little girls that love dogs. I'm overly protective when it comes to my 96 lb golden doodle, Bud, & had never left him with anyone but family til Mary was referred by my neighbor. She sent me pics & kept me updated throughout the days. I don't think Bud wanted to leave her. I totally recommend Mary for any and every pet owner, you won't regret leaving your loved furr family member with her.
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Mary and family are just wonderful! They show much love to my dog .. And my dog loves them back! I NEVER have to worry about Ginger when she's there... Mary keeps records of all of the pets that stay with her so she knows what they eat and all of the things that they like to do... I am very pleased with Mary and I will continue to keep her as needed and when she is available... :-)
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Mary and family were excellent hosts for our Schnauzer, Daisy. This experience was far and away better than a boarding kennel. It was like leaving our pet with a family friend. She provided texts and pictures throughout our vacation. We felt that Daisy was having a vacation of her own.

We have Mary on speed dial for our next trip. Highly recommended.
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Mary was an excellent host. She treated Jeezy like a family member. She sent us daily pictures and kept us updated at all times. I highly recommend her and will be reserving her again in the near future.
Mary was very excited to keep my girls, but I was a little nervous since this was their first time away from their own home for two overnights. I dropped them off (and all their dog stuff) & within a couple hours I already had a check in message from her. She sent me pictures of my girls & advised how they were doing on medications, food, & their walks. When I arrived to pick them up, they were so well behaved!!! They were very happy to see me, but they still obeyed her instructions. I'm so pleased with our experience with Mary & her family. The girls loved her & her daughters & I am confident that they were well taken care of!! I'm so thankful to have found Mary!!!
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Mary and her family treated Roxy just like one of the family. She sent some great pictures from Christmas morning with Roxy and her children and most of the other days she was with them. My puppy came home fluffy because she was brushed every day. Originally I was going to leave Roxy home with the two cats and Mary was going to come every day to walk and spend time with her. But as I thought about it and it made much more sense for Roxy to be with Mary and her family and not be home alone most of the day. Mary picked Roxy up at my house the afternoon after I left. And brought her back the night my son got back home. I could tell she got a lot of attention and love while she was with Mary and her family and I will definitely use her again.
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This was the first time we had left our sweet Buddy with anyone outside of close family members at our house. I was so nervous but Bud seemed to be great when we left him. It was only from Friday to Sunday and Mary sent me text & pics on how good he was & happy
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Best petsitter ever

I have two special need dogs (one blind and the other one with hip/back problems.
Mary accomodate her house to let feel my dogs and me like they were home. She made a special space for my dog that has limit walking and a safe walk for my blind one. She is very communicative, She even sent me a video and pictures when I asked her just how they were doing
She is the BEST. She was there to answer any time I asked for them. Best personalized service
I will use her again soon and I will not change her!
Thank you Mary for taking such a good care of my babies ;)
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Mary is wonderful with our dogs! She always sends us pictures of them having such a great time, and they always come home happy. It is good feeling for us when we leave them with her as we know they will be given great care and love as if they were one of her own. I highly recommend Mary!
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Mary was amazing! I will definitely be using her again in the future! :) Dixie was a happy pup!
As always, we are totally pleased with Mary. She takes Ladybird into her family and both owners and dog are very happy. We will always go to Mary first.
Mary is amazing! Highly Recommend! I am incredibly high maintenance when it comes to my two timid rescue dogs. I am new to the area and had a last minute business trip. Based on other reviews, I contacted Mary and I was not disappointed. She kept me up to date on how the dogs were doing via text and pictures and allowed me to focus on work. I would absolutely use her again!

Lindsay, Allen TX
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Left Bridget (3 year-old Westie) with Mary and her family for a week while on vacation. Mary sent text and photos during the week showing how she was adapting to the new environment, which I really appreciated. Mary answered all my questions at the meet & greet and her home is perfect for keeping your pet while out of town. I will use Mary again and highly recommend her if you need someone in the Plano, McKinney, Frisco, Allen or anywhere in DFW area. Thanks Mary for taking such good care of Bridget.
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Second time using Mary, this time used her "in home sitting" services, she exceeded my expectations once again! Extra attention was given to my timid dog, making her comfortable and no worse for the wear when I returned home. Already booked to use her again soon!
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Mary has a beautiful home and they made our Ladybird a part of their family. My dog was very happy and I will go to Mary again the next time we leave town. 5 Stars! Thank you again Mary. -Wes S.
Mary was very professional, she kept me posted about my dog overall, how was she eating, how was she behaving, etc. She gave me a log with the food intake and activities made. Laika was so pampered as she were at home, kind of jealous that she didn't miss me too much. Of course I will recommend her and Obviously she is my first option for Laika on my next trip. :)
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We love her. She keeps us informed, sends lots of pictures. We would use her over and over again!
Mary is a natural dog lover! I felt the connection she made with my dog, and noticed how he was comfortable when I picked him up. Thanks, Roberto
Mary was wonderful! I have two fairly high maintenance dogs when it comes to medications and feeding routines, Mary exceeded the challenge of keeping them on track. Also one is extremely shy and timid, Mary gave extra attention to make her feel safe and secure. Mary sent updates with pictures each day, which was a huge comfort to me when I was so concerned about leaving them with someone new. Mary and her family are the next best thing to home, I would definitely recommend her to others. And I will be using Mary again soon!
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The family was great. They would send us pictures of our Dog and made us feel more comfortable with who we left our Dog with.
Mary was great! She sent me several updates each day. It was nice to know my dog was being loved and taken care of while we were away. I will definitely use her, again, and will definitely recommend her to friends. She is the next best thing to home! Thank you, Mary!!
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We just picked up our dogs, (Siberian Husky and a Bearded Collie) after a one night stay with Mary. They had a great time and were given much love during their stay. Brooklyn even came home with a Christmas Gift. We received many and pics telling us how they were doing. We will definitely call Mary again the next time we need a sitter.
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Mary was wonderful with Sophie, our lab mix! At our meet and greet, Sophie immediately took to Amy and her family. Amy is like the Latina dog-whisperer. In fact, I'm almost certain Sophie learned some Spanish while in her care!

But seriously, Amy treated Soph like her own. When dropping her off, I felt at peace because I knew she was in wonderful hands. For the entire weeks stay, Amy sent cute pictures of our sweet puppy. When we returned from our trip, we felt as if we were picking up a "kid from grandma's house." Sophie was treated so well, that she was absolutely spoiled! So much better than picking her up from a concrete kennel box. My Soph will never go back to a traditional kennel again. We'll call Amy every time!

I would recommend Amy Luna to my best friend, favorite family member, and even in my boss! In fact Sophie liked her stay so much that she is going back this month!
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I had to leave Cookie with Mary for one night for an emergency, and Mary worked with me and was able to keep her. She was flexible and very communicative!
Mary was great with Cookie! Cookie is usually very shy of people, but she LOVED Mary and her family. She catered to our every need. Our trip back got complicated, and Mary was helpful and flexible with us. Mary sent daily pics and videos of our Cookie and communicated well with us. She responded to any texts I sent to her very fast too.
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Mary was very friendly, cooperative, she really worked with us to make sure that our dog was comfortable and happy in her new surroundings.. Mary kept us updated with pictures and texts.. We were very pleased.. We will definitely use Mary again!
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