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Marisa W.

15 Reviews
9 Repeat Guests
Other Sitters Nearby
  • Same day bookings are OK
  • Responds within 1.1 hrs
  • Cancellation Policy:

Pet Requirements

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

Marisa's Resident Pets

Australian Shepherd
4 yr 0 mo old
Australian Shepherd
1 yr 10 mo old

Marisa's House

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

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
Post-surgical pets
Special Needs Accommodated
  • Pets that require medicine
  • Pets recovering from surgery
  • Leash Pulling
  • Not yet house-trained
  • Advanced senior issues

Marisa W.

15 Reviews
9 Repeat Guests
Other Sitters Nearby
  • Same day bookings are OK
  • Responds within 1.1 hrs
  • Cancellation Policy:


  • Available
  • Unavailable
  • 1 Spot Left
  • Booked
  • Last updated April 27, 2017


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Services & Rates

Boarding Overnight At Marisa's Home
$30 /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
$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!
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.
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.
15 Reviews
Marisa did a terrific job! It was our first time using this service and although my poor pup had separation anxiety we would definitely use her again!! I would send anyone I know in need of doggy care to Marisa and I'm grateful for her doing such a great job caring for our Harley. We might try to use the day care service until she gets more used to being away from us. Gold Star and 2 thumbs up for Marisa!
Marisa is awesome!!!! I was afraid our pooch might want to stay forever!!!!
The most important thing for me is to know that my furbaby is well taken care of. Despite a positive and favorable meet & greet with Marisa and her two pups and what seemed like a successful first night, we discovered during his stay that he suffers from major separation anxiety that only escalated the longer we were away. We were out of the country, but were fortunate that we were able to keep in touch with Marisa for updates. She did the very best that she could to take care of him, without allowing him to injure himself, even when he was becoming destructive with HER property and aggressive with other pups. I'm thankful that Marisa has experience with the signs and symptoms of separation anxiety, and I'm thankful that she tried many routes to work around it. Your furbabies are safe with Marisa, and I highly recommend her.
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