Madison West, Fenced Yard, Flexible

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Nancy V.

113 Reviews
65 Repeat Guests
$35/night
Other Sitters Nearby
  • Same day bookings are OK
  • Responds within 20 hours
  • Cancellation Policy:
    Moderate

Pet Requirements

  • 1-20 lbs
  • 20-40 lbs
  • 40-80 lbs
  • 80+ lbs
All Ages OK

Nancy's Resident Pets

Baxter
Mixed Breed
Male
10 yr 9 mo old
Chomps
Yorkshire Terrier
Male
8 yr 9 mo old
Other Pets & Animals: Caged birds or Reptiles

Nancy's House

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

About Nancy

12 Years Experience Caring For Dogs
Update: Unfortunately, since I gave birth to my baby girl 8 months ago, I am lowering the number of dogs I board. I am no longer taking new customers or doing meet and greets. If you have booked with me prior, you are welcome to continue booking with me. Of course, if you have any questions or have an emergency, new or old customer, please send an inquiry. I will try to accommodate best as I can.

I am a calm and confident pack leader with a clean and spacious house. My two dogs are friendly with all size and age dogs and I have a stellar track record for boarding dogs as indicated by my many returning customers. I am trained in dog behavior, training and nutrition and practice holistic dog-care to ensure safe and anxiety-free care for your pet. Book early as I fill up quickly.

Our home is perfect for your pet.

- conveniently located off the 12/18 Beltline, less than five mile from the University of Wisconsin, Madison and Capitol area.
- no kennel/crates unless requested by owner during home alone time or bedtime.
- no "late" pick up fees. No charge for "late" pick ups as long as it is within 6 a.m. to 9 p.m. (drop offs and pick ups between 9 p.m. and 6 a.m. by special request only)
- no extra cost for human attention and love- your dog gets private snuggle time, belly rubs, ear scratches
- no exta cost for administration of medications and care for special needs dogs (blind, older dog, etc.)
- individual walks around the neighborhood plus unlimited, supervised access to backyard comes with all boarding.
- owners receive daily photos of dog via dogvacay account or phone text

What further sets our home apart from other homes is our huge, fully fenced grassy, private back-yard. Also, unlike many homes on dogvacay, I am home the majority of the time. I do not offer 24 hour a day supervision but my part-time job only takes me out of my home 3-4 times a week at 4-6 hours each time. There may also be evenings when I am out. Dogs best suited for my space are those who can stay alone up to 6-8 hours. When I am not home, all dogs are secured in their own comfortable space and not allowed to have contact with the other dogs. My home is set away from busy streets and located centrally off the beltline in Madison- less than five miles from University of Wisconsin Madison and the Capitol near Middle and Odana streets on near west side of Madison.


Our two resident dogs, an 18 lb Bichon-Yorkie- Baxter and 4 lb Yorkie- Chomps, are friendly with all size dogs and love to play and run around. All dogs get unlimited access to explore and play in our sizable yard. There are lots of squirrels to chase, bunny tracks to smell, and hens to watch (don't worry, my hens are securly fenced and may even try to come up and peck your dog's nose if your dog tries to intimidate them). During winter, we plow a nice trail so even little dogs get outside exercise when they stay over. During the warm months, dogs can get yummy veggie treats from our fenced garden. Baxter loves to share the green beans! Our grass is untreated so our yard is safe for all dogs. Please make sure your dog is treated for flea/ticks since they spend lots of time outdoors with me. Unlike kennels, dogs are welcome in all areas of our home just like they are at their own home. They can say "hi" to doggie neighbors by sitting by our sunny bay window or just lay on our cool hardwood floors. We have a long hallway to play and run inside. If peace and quiet is needed, we have an extra bedroom with full-sized bed for your dog to relax on. Or they can also cuddle with us on our couch and watch squirrels run up and down our front yard trees. At night, they are welcome to sleep in our bed or lay in their own bed. I am a small in-home service so I only dog sit 6-8 dogs maximum at one time including my own two dogs. This guarantees lots of personal attention for your pet and just enough dog buddies for play time. The small amount of dogs also limit the possibility of diseases like kennel cough. I do not discriminate against any breed and will consider all size dogs and breeds. Boarding rates are: first dog is $35 a night and any additional dogs are $25 a night. Daycare rates are $25 per day between hours of 6:30 a.m. - 6 p.m. Puppies age twelve months or younger are $40 a night and $40 per day for daycare. Drop offs and pick ups can be scheduled between 6 a.m. and 10 p.m.- additional night charged if your pup stays or is picked up after 10 p.m.

I have knowledge of holistic pet nutrition, pet behavior and pet care. I practice training skills when appropriate like "sit" before getting to run outside to play and "no talk" when other dogs or human walk past the window. My priorities are dog comfort and safety so I follow strict slow introduction protocol.

I do require a copy of current vaccinations- rabies and DHPPLC. I will provide an email for your vet to email me the record if needed.

Please contact me with any questions.

Our home is welcoming and dog-friendly with lots of belly rubs, love and comfort. Go with someone who has experience and training and board your dog with us. Make sure your dog has someone home with them when you're away and that you have peace of mind when you are away. I am happy to provide personal references upon request. We would love to take care of your dog!
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Can administer oral medicine
Can administer injected medicine
Special Needs Accommodated
  • Pets recovering from surgery
  • Separation anxiety

Nancy V.

113 Reviews
65 Repeat Guests
$35/night
Other Sitters Nearby
  • Same day bookings are OK
  • Responds within 20 hours
  • Cancellation Policy:
    Moderate

Availability

  • Available
  • Unavailable
  • 1 Spot Left
  • Booked
  • Last updated December 7, 2016

Credentials

Course 101 Graduate
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Services & Rates

Boarding Overnight At Nancy's Home
$35 /night
  • Watches up to 3 dogs/night
  • Dogs may be unsupervised for 2 - 4 hours/day
  • 5+ potty breaks/day
  • 3+ walks/day
  • Pets can sleep wherever they want
Daycare At Nancy's Home
$25 /day
  • Watches up to 3 dogs/day
Pick-Up/Drop-Off
$15 each way
  • Willing to travel 25 miles
113 Reviews
This was the longest trip we have left our dog and we were totally happy with his stay with Nancy. We got daily updates/pictures of Sebastian while we were gone and knew he was getting great care in a home setting. He was welcome on the couch and on the bed if he wanted to sleep there, had a wonderful fenced yard to play in, and was happy while wen were gone. We will definitely be using Nancy again the next we travel and Sebastian can't come with.
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Nancy was awesome. Very friendly and great place for Tia to run around with new friends. I would definitely use Nancy in the future.
Nancy is the best! I felt very comfortable leaving my dog with her and her adorable family, and loved seeing pics of all the snuggling that went on during his stay.
Nancy was awesome with Weston! He is a very shy and nervous dog, but after a few hours he felt right at home with Nancy. I would definitely recommend her!
Nancy was amazing! Richie enjoyed his weeklong stay and we joked that he was the one on the vacation all week! Nancy was very accommodating and calm natured. She also kept us updated on his stay with texts and pictures which we appreciated.
Nancy is very passionate about taking care of dogs in her home. She was very flexible and provided photos of our dogs throughout their stay.
Nancy is the best!!! Cher communication skills are excellent and she is so accommodating. Zander starts getting excited as soon as we are driving down the street to her house and absolutely loves staying with her. She is always my top choice whenever I need to board my dog.
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Nancy was reassuring and unflappable. She handled my old dog Chloe's fussy eating habits, fear of thunderstorms, and shyness with calm confidence.
Nancy was a very gracious hostess for our elderly girl. She accommodated our schedule and Biscuit clearly had a great time and was very well cared for. She was very responsive with communication and pictures too while we were gone. I can't recommend Nancy enough!
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Nancy was great! She was very flexible with pick up and drop off times, and super good with our pup. Charlie had a good time playing with other dogs, and we heard that he got a good night's sleep on the couch and on Nancy's pillow (just like being at home for him!). He is looking forward to his stay this coming week. 5 stars for Nancy!
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My dog has stayed with Nancy twice in the past year. She is a loving host and makes my dog feel comfortable very quickly. I highly recommend her. She sends texts with photos which I very much appreciate.
Porkchop had a wonderful time at Nancy's and came home much more relaxed that he does from the kennel. Nancy is also incredibly organized and reassuring. We were a little nervous at first leaving him at someone's house with other dogs (as Porkchop is very needy!), but Nancy is a true pack leader and is so experienced that when we met her we knew everything would be fine. It was also great to receive pictures of our pup during our weekend away :-)
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We have used Nancy many times and love her! Most importantly, our dogs love her. Our dogs cry with joy as we pull up to her house. That is a good sign! One of our dogs is elderly (16 years old) and deaf, and we never have to worry about his care when we are gone. Both dogs have a great time, so we can also have a great, stress free time on our vacation :)
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5++++ Pawsome!!
This was our 1st out of state vacation where we left our lil Dutchie to be cared for by Nancy V. through Dogvacay. We enjoyed all the photos and updates that Nancy V. texted to us everyday.
Nancy was a Godsend! Dutchie had a bad reaction (becoming sick) from her Frontline applicaton but, Nancy reassured us not to worry and that she had past experience w/her own dogs becoming sick after their flea-tick application. She knew exactly how to care for Dutchie and within 2 days Dutchie was back to normal!
Dutchie enjoyed her stay at Nancy's because, she was able to relax in her home along w/Nancy's own 2 dogs as well as other dogs she cared for while Dutchie was there. She was able to lounge freely in her home, go outside whenever she wanted to and kept watchful eyes on her chickens in their chicken coop.
We also noticed that Dutchie did NOT sleep constantly, 24/7 upon our return. She habitually slept for 3 days straight, upon our return, after staying at high-intensity/stimulation kennel environments. We could tell she experienced a soothing, low-keyed environment with a lot of socialization with other dogs (and people)!
Without a doubt -- I would recommend Nancy V. to anyone who wants the very best family-dog-care home setting for their pooch! :O)
Sandy H, Madison, WI
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We were worried Coco might give Nancy a hard time because of her anxiety, but Nancy is a professional! Coco had so much fun, was relaxed, and was completely at home. Thank you, Nancy, for your absolutely wonderful and gentle care of Coco!!
We had our new rescue stay with Nancy because we have had such a positive experience with her before. She is timely with her responses and excellent with dogs! Also love the fact that she will let the dogs sleep with her if that is what they are used to. :)
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Nancy is an great person overall; and an awesome pet sitter. I just moved to Madison and before now I never had to leave my dog with anyone because someone was always home. Two days after moving I had to travel for work for a week. I talked tot Nancy before my move and she suggest we do a meet and greet for Honey (my dog). It went great! Right away I was confortable with Nancy. So Honey stayed the week. I received pictures everyday of Honey - running in the yard, chilling on the sofa, even camped out on the bed or in her hideaway under the table.

Honey did get sick while there but that was only because I asked Nancy to incorporate some wet food with the dry. I asked her to do that because it has worked in th past when Honey stopped eating her food because of stress and anxiety from moving. Nancy quickly changed her diet (but not before asking me) and nurse Honey back to health; and I trusted her to do what she need for three reasons: (1) she has two dogs of her own and she cares for then very well; (2) her other reviews are all raves; and (3) I am a first time pet owner and I am learning as I go.

The end of the week when I picked Honey up. She was looking good, relaxed, and was well adjusted. I couldn't have asked for a better sitter.

Thank you Nancy and Honey will be seeing you soon.
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Nancy is absolutely great! We couldn't have asked for a greater experience on our first time using Dogvacay.

We dropped off our 12 year old, high anxiety, Australian Shepherd with her for a two night stay and he loved it. Nancy was super quick to respond to messages and sent photos daily, which we loved receiving. So long kennel, we'll be using Nancy from now on! We totally recommend he!
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Nancy was great! I felt so comfortable leaving my dog with Nancy. She sent daily pictures and videos, which helped put me even more at ease. I would recommend her to anyone and would definitely book again.
Nancy is great. We have left our dog with her twice, once for a weeklong vacation and once overnight. Ringo loves going to see Nancy and her dogs. He comes home happy and totally exhausted. I love the daily pics she sends so we can see how our little guy is doing. I am so happy to have finally found somewhere for him to stay when we have to be out of town. He gets lots of love and one on one attention and I know he is in good hands.
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My first time using dogvacay vs. using the regular dog kennel route and LOVED Nancy's "family home dog care" environment!
Nancy and her family was the PERFECT match for our lil malti-poo Dutch.
Loved the pictures Nancy sent us during her stay.
Was nice to see Dutchie not sleep non-stop after her stay at Nancy's. The stimulation environment Nancy offers is just like our home's environment making Nancy's home Dutchie's 2nd home away from her home!
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Excellent stay! Dogs seemed happy. Nancy sent photos every day and all went well!!
She is awesome! My dog can sometimes be a little cranky around other dogs, and kind of keeps to himself. She gets him to interact and sends me pictures, which makes me feel more at ease. She is flexible and so nice. I love taking my dog to her.
Excellent! Loving and caring, perfect for my high anxiety puppy.
Once again, Nancy was great! We were out of the country and had no worries about our dogs. Tons of pictures and videos to put us at ease.
Booked at the last minute and Nancy was very accommodating. Harlie had a great time and I received multiple photo updates each day! Thank you!!!
Another great stay with Nancy for our two dogs. They had a fun time and we knew they were safe and well cared for. Nancy was ready when we arrived for drop off and for pick up. It is wonderful to have someone we can always count on.
I echo previous reviews. This was our dog's first stay outside the home not with family or friends. It went very smoothly.Nancy responds immediately to emails and texts. She welcomes the visiting dogs and treats them so warmly that it makes drop off a breeze. My family loved the text photos of our dog while we were gone. Thank you Nancy!
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Buddy and Lily had another wonderful stay with Nancy. We loved getting the pictures each day. Our dogs are always happy to arrive and reluctant to leave. We know they are happy and well cared for when they stay with Nancy.
Pawsome indeed ... Nancy is the best ... this was our Emma's second stay only but she was happy to be there and did not hesitate for one second when she arrived ... some people don't believe that their dogs can smile but Emma was smiling for sure!
Thanks Nancy
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Our dogs love to stay with Nancy. I am always confidant that my dogs are safe and having a great time when they stay with Nancy. I appreciate that she is ready to receive them when I drop them off and has everything ready for me when I come to pick them up. I can enjoy myself knowing that the dogs are well cared for.
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We have a very high maintenance dog. She loves staying with Nancy. We are able to rest easy when our princess is with Nancy.
Fun times!
Nancy's home was a fantastic setting for my three dogs. It was cozy, comfortable and had a great fenced in yard for them to stretch their legs. Nancy sent updates and pictures each day which I really loved getting! Using the Dog Vacay site was so easy I would definitely use this service again and I would absolutely book with Nancy again!
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She took us in last minute, went out of our way to reassure us, and not only represented herself well but the site as well.
Our dog is always happy to stay with Nancy V.
Nancy is great - my dog loves going to stay with her! She takes photos of my dog and texts them to me too.
Reggie had a wonderful afternoon with Nancy. Thanks for sending the pictures also. I knew he was fine when I saw him laying down relaxing.
Our dogs love staying with Nancy. As usual she was ready when we arrived to drop off the dogs and was ready when we came to pick them up. That makes everything so easy for us. The daily pictures let us know that the dogs are having fun. We will definitely be having the dogs stay with Nancy again.
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Nancy is absolutely fantastic! She is very experience and very caring. My dog had a lot of anxiety issues and she went above and beyond!
Oliver had a great time at Nancy's. He played with new doggie friends while he was there. I love the pictures that Nancy texts me showing me how much fun Oliver was having. Oliver will stay with Nancy every time we go on vacation.
Nancy was great! She sent photos everyday & Maddie loved running around the large fenced-in yard. I would absolutely recommend her to anyone looking for a safe & fun place for their dog.
Nancy was an excellent dog hostess! She was flexible about drop off and pick up times. She sent pictures of my dog Hugo every day. If I visit the Madison area again, I will definitely want Hugo to stay with Nancy.
Nancy was great. She sent us photos and updated us all weekend and Kolt had a wonderful weekend with her.
Nancy was great and provided updates on how our pup was doing during his visit.
Our dog seemed to thoroughly enjoy his time with Nancy. She clearly loves dogs. We will return in the future.
This was Belle's first visit to Nancy's and we couldn't have asked for a better experience. Nancy gave us updates on Belle and sent pictures so we knew she was doing well and having fun with the other dogs staying there. Nancy made sure Belle had her space if needed but she did great with the other dogs. We will definitely have Belle stay there in the future! :)
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Sent lovely pictures of my dog having a great time at Nancy's! She took great care of him while I was on vacation and I felt very comfortable leaving him with her. Will definitely book with her again!
Nancy was awesome again! This was our dogs second stay at her house and we will be sure to use Nancy again when needed. She makes the whole process as stress free as possible. The photo updates are also a nice touch. Thanks again!
Nancy is great! Our dog had a wonderful time at her house. Definitely a much better option then a kennel. Thanks again!
Keisha just returned from a five night vacation with Nancy. As usual she is happy, healthy and wiped out! She always seems to have a great time and is excited when we pull into the driveway at Nancy's home.
We love getting daily photos of Keisha and hearing about her new friends.
We could not be happier or feel better about where we leave our girl when we have to go away without her.
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I've had my two dogs cared for by Nancy twice now, both times all arrangements were seamless for drop off and pick up, and I am so grateful for the peace of mind Nancy brings to boarding! Her house is totally set up for dogs and has everything a very indulgent pet owner would have in their own home. I would recommend Nancy without hesitation
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My Tucker has separation anxiety but is very social at daycare and with family and friends. He went to Nancy's for a trial run before I go on vacation. He made himself right at home in the backyard when we got there and didn't seem to care much when I said goodbye. I felt at ease with leaving him there because of all the reviews I had read and after meeting Nancy and her two dogs. Seeing how Nancy interacted with the dogs made me feel comfortable in leaving 'My Boy' with her while I take my first vacation without him in eight years. When I picked him up today, he was happy to see me but didn't jumped on my like he usually does - so he must have enjoyed his visit.
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Nancy is a great dog sitter. My dog loves her. Highly recommended.
Nancy is a great dog sitter, my dog loves going to her home and she comes home exhausted. She is very flexible and able to work around my schedule (12 hour night shifts) to meet my needs. Nancy provides update text messages (with pictures) which is nice, you know she cares. I highly recommend her.
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Everything went better than we could have hoped. One of our dogs is a handful, but Nancy handled it well for us! Thanks and we will be booking again!
Nancy was great! I just booked a second reservation with her and feel that I can completely trust her with my big puppy.
Nancy is wonderful! The dogs are well cared for and she takes plenty of pictures for you. You can tell she enjoys every pet she has in her care.
Nancy was awesome! She kept us updated with daily and multiple pictures and let us know how great Bubba was doing. He slept in the bed, lounged on the furniture, and played in the yard -- just like at home. I loved knowing he was taken care of in a real home, rather than being cooped up in a kennel. It was easy to see when we picked up our boy that he had been well loved and cared for. Thanks, Nancy!
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My experience with Nancy was fantastic! For the first time EVER I have been able to take a trip away and come home with a happy and healthy dog. We have has so many bad experiences with leaving our dog at kennels and each time we'd come home and she'd be sick and in need of extra care for a week or more. This time was fabulous! We received cute text message updates on how she was doing and right away we could tell that she was having a wonderful time. When she got home she was her normal peppy self. I am so happy to have found Nancy and certainly we will use her for our trips to come.
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Nancy was great ... we were in a pinch to find someone to look after Emma while visiting out daughter in Madison and she made space available. She clearly loves dogs and has a nice home away from home to make your best friend feel both welcome and at home. We highly recommend her and will hope that Emma can visit her again next time we are in Madison and need assistance!
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This was only the second time we have ever left Rusty with someone else while going away. He LOVED it here! We got lots of awesome pictures showing him playing and snuggling with the other visiting dogs and Nancy's resident pooches. Other dogs are Rusty's favorite thing in the entire world, so we are so glad we left him here and that he was so happy and well cared for all weekend. Thank you sooo much, Nancy!
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Such awesome. So friend. Wow. Sent me tons of great photos of my pup while I was on vacation, she's great! Would definitely suggest to friends with doges.
My cocker spaniel Jasper had a great time at Nancy's house. I don't just trust anyone with my baby. Rest assured, Nancy will treat your dog like her own. She loves dogs and has a beautiful home to make your dog feel right at home. Perfect "dog vacay" for my baby. Also, it was easy and convienent to make reservations. Nancy responded almost immediately. Awesome experience. Jasper is looking forward to his next vacay!
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Once again, a terrific experience. Nancy's flexibility, communication and friendless are all appreciated (by the humans). Her home, accommodations and the regular pack present are the best part (for the dogs).

Wallace always comes home happy and exhausted and we can tell he had a great stay.

We highly recommend Nancy as a DogVacay host!
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Buddy and Lily had another wonderful stay with Nancy. They were so happy to be back with Nancy. As usual she was ready and waiting for us at the agreed time and had the dogs ready to go when I came to pick them up. We always know that the dogs will be safe and happy when they stay with Nancy.
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Nancy was great - my dog had a fantastic time and she sent me photos of him hanging out and having fun. I have a special needs dog who is blind and she did a great job taking care of him.
Nancy is so awesome, she did a fantastic job of caring for our two dogs! One of our dogs is 11 years old, a bit lame, and blind, so boarding can be disorienting for him. Our other dog is a cuddly bundle of energy. We picked them up last night and both pups were totally relaxed. We also felt really at ease during our trip because Nancy sent daily pictures to let us know how they both were doing. Our dogs had the best time; we are so thankful!
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Nancy was AMAZING!!!!! It's hard to admit but our 3 dogs would have preferred to just move in with her permanently!! Nancy was flexible as to pick up and drop off times, and the dogs were immediately at ease with her and her family. She is really the sweetest most caring person!! She posted great photos of the pups for us to see while we were gone, and I was confident the entire time that they were receiving the best care. Nancy thank you so much!!!!! You are a SUPERB DogVacay host!!! AAAAAAAAAAA+++++++++!!!!!!!!!!!!!
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We left our dog, Misty, with Nancy for a 5 day stay. We couldn't be more pleased with the care she received and the experience as a whole. Misty clearly enjoyed herself, and we were very thankful for the photos and comments that Nancy shared with us each day of Misty's stay. Nancy is very calm and warm, and this seems to rub off on the dogs in her care. She was always ready to answer questions, seemed to know and understand the dogs in her care very well, and was very flexible with pick up and drop off times.
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Buddy and Lily had another wonderful stay with Nancy. The pictures she sent were great - it was nice to see what they were doing. We will definitely have the dogs stay with Nancy again.
Nancy is knowledgeable and just perfect! She sent me pictures of Joe daily to help minimize my worries. Joe is a finicky eater and diabetic (requiring insulin shots), he had no problems eating and was able to get his shots.
Will definitely use her again!
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We highly recommend Nancy V! She is always, professional, flexible and a great host. Our dog always has a great time and comes home exhausted but happy.
Buddy and Lily had another wonderful stay with Nancy. They were very excited as we pulled up to the house and couldn't wait to get inside. It felt so good to know I was leaving them with someone they clearly wanted to be with. The daily pictures were much appreciated. At pick up Nancy was ready with all of their belongings ready to go which is so helpful. We will definitely be back. Nancy's home is a safe and fun place for my dogs.
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AWESOME! Nancy was able to help us out at last minute. We had just moved 2000 miles and our dog was still very nervous. Through Nancy's updates and pictures, we were able to have peace of mind while at our daughter's wedding. How would I rate Nancy's service? Off the charts amazing.
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Nancy was very good about sending us photos while away. My dog seemed to do well and she has a nice environment with a fenced in yard for running and playing. We were very pleased with Nancy. She was very responsive to our inquiries and would definitely place our dog in her care in the future.
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Nancy was great! We had a great experience boarding our dog with her, and we'll definitely be going back to her again.
Thanks Nancy for going the extra mile, giving Ollie his medication. He is feeling much better. As always we felt relaxed, knowing Ollie was being loved. See you in October.
We had a great experience with Nancy. We were kind of last minute, but she was very friendly and accommodating. Our dogs seemed to have fun and were obviously well cared for. We would happy to use her again.
Nancy V was a superb dog sitter! The transaction was flawless, and Nancy was great at communicating and answering questions.

the day of our appointment, she met us outside, slowly introduced the other dogs at her home to ours and made sure we were at ease before leaving.

During the stay, she texted pictures to let us know our dog was having a great time and getting along well with the other dogs.

Nancy was also great about being flexible when we arrived back in town earlier than our scheduled pick up time and met us ready to go with our dog.

This was an overall great experience for us and our dog. I would highly recommend Nancy V and we will definitely book with her again!
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Bosley thoroughly enjoyed his stay at Nancy's this past weekend. He was so calm when we picked him up and slept until noon the day after he got home! The pictures Nancy sent during Bosley's stay were great and reassured us (not that we needed it) that he was in good hands. Nancy was very flexible with drop off and pick up and we will definitely entrust her with Bosley's next "dog vacay."
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Our dogs loved staying with Nancy. When we came to pick them up they wanted to go back in and play some more. We could tell they had a good time and really loved Nancy. We will definitely have our dogs stay with Nancy again. She is very easy to work with in setting up drop off and pick up times. We got pictures via text messages each day so we could see our dogs playing and sleeping - they played hard. At pickup time Nancy had our dogs and all their belongings ready to go. There weren't any issues with not having all of their things which has happened to us with other places we have used for boarding. This was our first time using DogVacay and we are really pleased.
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I cannot say "thank you" enough! I recently moved to Madison with my two dogs Lulu and Maddie. I had to board them due to my sister's destination wedding and wanted them to be in a home-like atmosphere. Nancy was wonderful from the 'meet and greet' all the way to the time I picked up my girls. She has a really nice fenced yard that my two pups really enjoyed. Coordinating drop off and pick up was a breeze. Nancy was very accommodating and was willing to have me come by near midnight to pick up my girls. I received daily pictures with updates so I never had to worry. I would not hesitate to have the girls stay with Nancy again. Thanks again!
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Where do I even start? Nancy is fantastic. She understands dogs. During our meet and greet she took the time to let my dog get to know her surroundings. She explained to me the careful process in which she introduces the dogs to each other. I felt so comfortable leaving my little pup with her.

Nancy sent multiple pictures each day, which was wonderful. My dog can be shy but she fit right in and had a great time! I would recommend Nancy in a heart beat.
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This was the first time we've left Lupin, and Nancy made us feel really confident that our pup was in good hands. She texted us photos of Lupin every day with a little note about how she was doing. We were missing her, so these daily updates were really meaningful. Lupin is a typical labradoodle puppy...complete with high spirits, energy and strong will. Nancy understands the breed and embraces their energy and spirit. We wouldn't hesitate to have Lupin stay there again and we will probably use her day-care service come fall.
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I can't say enough about Nancy..... She is wonderful to work with, she love our dog Ollie. We are able to enjoy our trips knowing Ollie is in good hands. Love the pictures.
Nancy took great care of our special needs dog during his time at her house. He had fun playing with the other dogs, and I know that he got lots of personal attention while he was there. Nancy even put out some extra rugs to make him more comfortable, since he has trouble on slick floors. We enjoyed the daily text/picture updates to know how he was doing!
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My wife and I are at point in life where there seem to be a lot of great opportunities for travel (new grand-baby, family wedding, re-connecting with old friends, etc.). Fly in the ointment is we really don't like the idea of boarding our dog, Jill (9 month old Springer). Our preference is to have her stay with friends & fam, but it's not always possible. I found Nancy through DogVacay and we tried her out on a recent trip. The best thing I can say about Jill's stay at Nancy's is that she seems the same as when we dropped her off. Have to give Nancy 5 stars because we could not be happier and couldn't really think of anything about the experience we would have wanted to be different. Every thing you read in the other reviews was true for us. Drop off and pick up couldn't have been easier. Nancy goes out of her way to communicate (the pics & text updates are great comfort when your away from your pup) and is very professional while keeping the experience personal. Aces all around! The only "downside" is that her availability can fill up. I recommend planning as a far in advance as possible. Thanks Nancy!
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Our beagle, Oliver, had a wonderful time at Nancy's house! We received several pictures from Nancy each day of our vacation, showing Oliver having fun with the other dogs. He came home tired from all of the fun! Nancy was very accommodating with drop off and pick up. I would highly recommend Nancy and we will definitely have Oliver stay with her again! Thank you Nancy!
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My dogs had their first daycare visit with Nancy and her pack. Nancy was great about providing updates including video and pics to reassure me that my dogs were adjusting well! Her backyard is a dog's dream! I look forward to using her services more.
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I cannot say enough about how positive my experience has been with Nancy. The following are the reasons I would highly recommend her services:

1. Flexibility with pick up/drop off- I have long, variable work hours and she has made every accommodation imaginable- last minute day care days, drop off times (as early as 5:15am), last minute pick up delays. She is always ready whenever I arrive.

2. My pup is learning good pack behavior hanging out with the other pups. He is better at not nipping as much and I believe it is partly Bc he is growing up, but mostly Bc the other dogs at the daycare are teaching him to not nip.

3. He is tired when gets home! Enough said.

4. She sends daily pictures of banjo's activities (playing with the other dogs, napping, exploring around the yard, etc).

5. She has a nice large fenced in yard. The pups have plenty of time to run around.

6. Her dog chomps is a tiny, cute, friendly pup that gets a long well with Banjo.

7. Dependable. No last minute cancellations, or any cancellations, ever.

8. I truly feel like she loves all of the dogs at her day care.

9. Plenty of socialization with other dogs.
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We are thrilled to finally find worry-free lodging for
our 10 yr. old Samoyed, "Booker". We left him with Nancy V. for 11 days(longest time we were ever apart!). Worry-free to me meant that we were able to bring his own items - his own food, bed, treats, and toys to make him feel at home. It also means that he had the freedom of going outside when he wanted to and to feel like he's at home.
Nancy has a beautiful backyard and our dog loves to "laze away the day" on nice days outside, and this was a wonderful feature, because otherwise if we lodged him at a traditional space, he would be stuck in a cage with a cement run space.
Worry-free meant that we had a wonderful time away, we were sent pictures of Booker enjoying himself and we had the security of knowing that Booker was in a wonderful home and was treated as part of the family because Nancy has 2 wonderful small dogs who was very welcoming and sweet to Booker. He came home happy and relaxed. The whole experience was wonderful and I will never go anywhere else when I need to lodge our boy. Nancy is the reason I have become a fan of DogVacay!
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Nancy was great. She accommodated us on very short notice and sent regular photos of our 11 week old puppy. Strong evidence exists that he had a great time with her and was more well behaved after his stay. We will use her services again.
Jade has had the pleasure of staying with Nancy and her family twice now. She has a lovely yard that Jade loves to run and smell things. I have received many personal messages containing nice photos of Jade while I am away. These messages give me great comfort knowing that my senior pet is in very capable, caring hands with Nancy. Jade has two more scheduled vacations with Nancy in the near future. Although I miss my Jade terribly, with Nancy, I know I won't have to worry about Jade while I am away. Thanks Nancy!
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Nancy has watched our dog Lola twice and I would use her again without hesitation. Lola was well cared for, especially when she needed medical attention. Nancy was proactive in treating her, took her to the vet, and was in constant communication with us. She treats our dog as one of her own. I would definitely recommend her!
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Nancy was so flexible with our drop-off and pick up times and kept us really updated with our dog Ash.
She did a wonderful job of keeping him well taken care of and well entertained! Ash fell in love with Nancy and her pups Chomps and Baxter during our first meet-n-greet and he was really excited to be dropped off (which sad for us)!
Overall, we would definitely contact Nancy again to take care of Ash during our need of help!
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Scruffles was nice and tired when I picked him up both days which allowed me to do some work while he recovered. Nancy was very helpful and kept me informed.
Nancy does a great job with our Bichon, Coconut. Coconut comes home totally fine which is different than traditional kennels we've tried. She get's treated like a queen which is great because she is an only dog in our household and is used to that. Nancy updates us often with texts on Coconut's stay. It is really nice to find a place that is so good with small dogs and gives the dog so much attention.
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We recently moved to the Madison area and needed help finding a place for our dogs at least once a week. Nancy was great! She responded quickly and we had no problems with their stay at Nancy's house. I know I will be rebooking with her as a returning customer since our dog loved his stay while we were away. Thank you so much! Look forward to rebooking shortly! :) *10 out of 10 service*
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This was my first time using dogvacay. We travel a lot and have always boarded our dog. Blazer always did well in boarding, but when he would come home, it would take a couple of days for him to eat normal. He didn't eat normal during boarding as well. So I could tell he was a bit stressed. I chose Nancy as the past reviews were great and helpful. Blazer came home happy and ate well. I think being in a home environment, even an unfamiliar one, is best and Nancy took great care of him.
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Nancy is a great dogcare person. I highly recommend her to anyone. I have no worries about Tyler's special needs while he is with Nancy. I have taken Tyler to Nancy for the day many times and Tyler loves to go there each and every time. I feel I could now even plan a vacation without worry of Tyler's welfare because of Nancy's exceptional caregiving to Tyler. Kim and Tyler
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Nancy was fantastic. She sent me pictures of my dog during his time with her. My dog came home tired and very happy. Her large backyard is great for my dog to run around and play. Nancy is fantastic and I'm not sure if I will ever go back to the kennel!
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Great to have a place to bring ozzy for a night or a week. I think he enjoyed his stay with Nancy and Hong
Our dog had a great time at Nancy's house! We will definitely use her again when we need a boarding place.
Nancy was very good. She posted pictures each day so I could see how ozzy was doing. He appeared to be very comfortable and appeared to be enjoying his time there. I felt he was being taken care of well. I felt at ease that he was being cared for in a loving environment.
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Nancy is great! She allowed Tyler to spend much needed outdoor time in her great backyard. Tyler has special food and Nancy makes sure he doesn't eat what he cannot have due to his special needs. I have already told my pharmacist, who has two dogs herself, what a great place Nancy has for dogs to spend time when a sitter is needed for our much loved pets. Nancy is such a blessing to myself and Tyler and I am so happy and excited about this whole experience with her, her family and her home. :)))
Kim and Tyler
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Tyler (my dog) and myself are very happy with Nancy's whole situation. Her house and yard are an awesome setup for dogs. Nancy's ability to understand and allow Tyler to spend time outside in the yard is just what Tyler needs now. Tyler's been there 3 times this month and is eager to go there each and every time. We are so lucky to have Nancy and her family in our lives. :))) Kim and Tyler
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Our dog enjoyed her time with Nancy. Nancy took the time to figure Coconut (quite a princess) out and make her feel like she was at home. Coconut came home in the best mood after boarding that we've ever experienced. Coconut is a Bichon (small dog).
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Nancy was above and beyond what you would ask for from a DogVacay sitter. She was accommodating with drop off and pick up times, she had plenty of space to let the dogs run, she took Saluda on walks, and she had comfortable areas for the dogs to sleep in. It was also nice that her two dogs got along well with our dog, and they were able to play with each other. I'd highly recommend Nancy to anyone who wants to be sure their dogs are in good hands!
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Nancy was great...worked well with my two dogs, one needs a special diet and the other dog is a rescue dog that has issues. She sent pics everyday making it easy for me to be away from them. We will absolutely use nancy again
Our dog can really be a handful, but Nancy and Hong did a great job with him. He is a whiner and they took him on LOTS of walks and played with him outside to keep him occupied and happy. We would definitely recommend them.
Tyler had a great time at Nancy's. He played ball in her long back yard and came home tired in spite of rainy weather. Nancy towel dried Tyler when he got wet outside to avoid him getting a rash. Also, Tyler can only have prescription food and Nancy made sure that was all he ate. Great place for dogs of all sizes and special needs. Tyler is 84lbs and Nancy's small dogs played well with him. I am so thankful to have found them. :) Kim and Tyler
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Nancy was great! She gave me a tour of where Swarley would be staying and sent me pictures throughout the weekend of him playing with her dogs. Nancy was very flexible with the dropoff/pickup times so everything went smoothly. My dog was so tired after having so much fun at Nancy's place!
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