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Marisa W.

7 Reviews
3 Repeat Guests
$28/night
Other Sitters Nearby
  • Same day bookings are OK
  • Responds within an hour
  • Cancellation Policy:
    Flexible

Pet Requirements

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

Marisa's Resident Pets

Pico
Australian Shepherd
Male
3 yr 7 mo old
Charlie
Australian Shepherd
Female
1 yr 5 mo old

Marisa's House

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Children at home (Under 5 years old)
Large Yard
100% fenced & locked
Smoke-free home
Air-conditioned inside

About Marisa

19 Years Experience Caring For Dogs
Hi! Thanks for considering me as a loving companion to your furry friend while you're away. I have lived in a multiple dog household for the last 19 years. When it comes to experience with dogs, you have found the right gal! For many years I shared my heart and home with four dogs. They have all sadly passed away due to old age. My home is now full with the young and lively energy of two rescued dogs; Pico and Charlie. With over 3/4 of an acre (fully fenced) your furry friend will have plenty of space to run and romp. I also have multiple fully screened in decks for rainy days. It's a great place to get some fresh air and play, without having to get your paws wet :) As a stay at home mom, your dog will be let in and out at their desire. They will never spend more than 2-3 hours alone. While I do have two young children, my home has over 3,000 square feet of living space. I am able to allow your pets to be with or without my children as much as your comfort level desires (even if it's not at all). I of all people, completely understand that many dogs don't tolerate young children. I have the space and ability to accommodate puppies that are not yet potty trained. I also have the loving hand to help out the gracefully aging senior pet that may need a little extra assistance and quiet space to lounge. My home is nice, but well lived in. There will be no fear of dog scratches on the floors, or muddy paws on the couch. I would prefer for your dog to tolerate being crated at night, while being fed, and when I need to run out to do an errand. Exceptions to this rule will be made if we talk out the details in advance. I'm not opposed to sharing my bed with your best bud, if he or she would enjoy that best. Mine spend the night crated simply because they can't be trusted otherwise. With multiple ball and frisbee sessions per day, your dog is guaranteed to come home tuckered out from their stay with me! I live on a quiet, dead end street in a small neighborhood that has a wooded walking trail.....for those guests that love their daily strolls. Whether they're here for just the day, or an overnight....I promise your best friend will be barking for more. With less than a ten minute drive to the airport, I am a great choice as a place to drop off your friend on the way out of town. As I build up my client list on Dog Vacay, I am offering my services at a discounted rate. Please contact me to find out more. I look forward to meeting you!
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Can administer oral medicine
Special Needs Accommodated
  • Pets recovering from surgery
  • Leash Pulling
  • Not yet house-trained
  • Advanced senior issues

Marisa W.

7 Reviews
3 Repeat Guests
$28/night
Other Sitters Nearby
  • Same day bookings are OK
  • Responds within an hour
  • Cancellation Policy:
    Flexible

Availability

  • Available
  • Unavailable
  • 1 Spot Left
  • Booked
  • Last updated November 13, 2016

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Services & Rates

Boarding Overnight At Marisa's Home
$28 /night
  • Watches up to 2 dogs/night
  • Dogs may be unsupervised for 1 - 2 hours/day
  • Dogs will have full access outside for potty breaks
  • 2 walks/day
  • Pets can sleep wherever they want
Daycare At Marisa's Home
$15 /day
  • Watches up to 3 dogs/day
Baths
$15 /bath
3 Testimonials
Sep 2016
I have trusted Marisa for over 10 years with my fur babies. She understands how important your pups are to you and they are not just dogs but your family. I have a dog with special needs and Marisa has always went above and beyond to reassure me that my Sunny was happy when I was away. You can trust Marisa will make your pups feel like they are not just being boarded when they are away. They will be loved and cared for the way you want them to. She understands that all pups aren't same and believe me she understands bond we have with pups and guilt we have when we leave them. I can't leave my Sunny with just anyone but Marisa has heart and love for dogs and beautiful place to leave your pups so you can enjoy your time away and not have to worry. Go enjoy yourself and let your pups go play with Marisa. You won't regret it! Sunny and Koda never have nor I!
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Sep 2016
I have known Marisa for the past 15 years. Over the course of that time she provided me with wonderful pet care in my home and I am sure she would do equally as well, or better, in her own home. I know Marisa has worked in a kennel, volunteered for the local rescue center and cared for her four aging dogs and now has two young rescue dogs to keep her busy. Marisa is loving, patient and caring and I am confident your dog will be very lucky to have you choose her as their pet sitter.
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Sep 2016
Marisa is one of the only people I would trust whole heartedly with my dogs. She has a love and innate knowledge of dogs that I envy. . She knows the importance of love and affection and is also very physically active person so to meet their daily need for stimulation and exercise is never a problem. She's also loved and cared for everything from puppies to seniors with medical issues and special needs. (The seniors have a special place in her heart) I have known Marisa for over 16 years we have raised and loved several dogs together and cared for them until their last breaths, I would highly recommend Marisa to anyone looking for a safe environment and a responsible, knowledgable, loving pet sitter.
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7 Reviews
We have used DogVacay in the past when we lived in FL. and had a wonderful experience with our host, who continued on a regular basis to watch Zoe when we traveled. We recently moved to North Carolina and added another addition, Bella, who wasn't ready for long travel so we started researching options. As soon as I arrived I knew that Bella would be in good hands. Josh and Marisa made sure Bella adjusted to all the new surroundings which was very stressful for her. I compare it to the first day I dropped my daughter off at kindergarten :), who wasn't ready to leave yet. Knowing that your pet has a "home" with family to stay with vs. a kennel at a veterinarian makes all the difference in the world and provides a feeling of comfort. Thank you Marisa and Josh
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Bryce seemed very happy with her stay. We would recommend others to use this kennel. We will use Marisa again.
Sadie had a great experience! Marisa has great space for an active dog and was flexible with sadie's needs as doggie vacay wasn't something she had experienced before. The resident pups were nice playmates as well. Highly recommend this dog-loving environment
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What a great place! Marisa has a beautiful, fully fenced backyard that my dog loved to run around in. I was in Asheville for a month and my dog was having a hard time adjusting to the hotel. He felt right at home at Marisa's. And I felt completely comfortable leaving him there with her. I couldn't recommend her more highly.
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Marisa and her family were awesome with our 2 dogs-Pixel and Lilly. Their house is great, plenty of space for them to run around! With 2 dogs of their own that are great with other pups, they were constantly playing! Marisa is great with accommodations and communication. I loved getting updates on how the pups were doing! Marisa makes you feel at ease knowing the pups are safe and happy. She was able to handle my wild one that has separation anxiety and I greatly appreciate her whole family for taking great care of my dogs! I will definitely be a repeat guest in the future!
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We were very happy with our experience. Marisa's house and yard are great, completely fenced in. She made sure our dog was comfortable, and even texted us a couple pictures of him enjoying his weekend, so we knew he was doing ok. We'll bring him to her again!
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Marisa and her home are wonderful. I feel totally comfortable leaving my 8 month puppy with her. It has become her home away from home. I really like that I don't have to drag a crate and blankets with me every time. She even gave Amani some homemade treat to take home with her. Also like that she is conveniently located near the airport.
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