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Paola G.

41 Reviews
20 Repeat Guests
$40/night
Other Sitters Nearby
  • Same day bookings are OK
  • Responds within 3 hours
  • Cancellation Policy:
    Flexible

Pet Requirements

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

Paola 's Resident Pets

Mia
Dachshund
Female
9 yr 2 mo old
Other Pets & Animals: Rabbits, gerbils, hamsters, or pet rodents

Paola '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

About Paola

17 Years Experience Caring For Dogs
FYI: To my current families and any new families looking for care: I'm now taking pups on again! I'll host up to 4 pups at a time. I think more than that right now would be too much, but I'll adjust that as time goes on. Please don't hesitate to reach out! Look forward to hearing from current families and NEW families!

I love animals, especially dogs! If the dog isn't around you 24/7, then he's not being part of the family. A dog is absolutely part of the family and probably the most loyal one at that. I love the concept of being able to leave your dog with someone that can give him/her constant attention while you're away. I know that when possible, my dogs go everywhere with me. There are times however, when that is not possible and leaving your best friend at a boarding place just doesn't feel right. Just in time with vacations coming up, you can book with me last minute and be rest assured you're leaving him/her in loving hands.

I myself have 2 floater dogs, 2 dachshunds Mia and Penny. They are my family's dogs and aren't always here at my house. My husband and I live in a single family home and have a large fenced in backyard with ample room for running and releasing energy. I also live across the road from the Manassas Park Dog Park.

I take the dogs on daily walks and have plenty of play time. If it's nice outside, we will be out all day. I don't require a crate provided the dog is a well behaved dog. Your dog will spend its time with us in our whole house. On the deck, backyard, family room and if he/she sleeps in your bedroom at night, we'll do the same.

If you feel comfortable and your dog likes car rides, I like to take my dogs on light hikes to Hemlock, in Cliffton area. I will be more than happy to send pictures, videos, emails, and texts of your furry while you are away.

I charge $40 for the daily/nightly rate and $30 for daycare. Please note must pickup before 9pm and drop off no later than 6pm. Dogs need some time to acclimate to their new surroundings before just going to bed. Of course arrangements can be if times are inconvenient, I am flexible with early notice. I can do other services like bathing before heading home if you'd like.

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Can administer oral medicine
Special Needs Accommodated
  • Advanced senior issues

Paola G.

41 Reviews
20 Repeat Guests
$40/night
Other Sitters Nearby
  • Same day bookings are OK
  • Responds within 3 hours
  • Cancellation Policy:
    Flexible

Availability

  • Available
  • Unavailable
  • 1 Spot Left
  • Booked
  • Last updated December 6, 2016

Credentials

Course 101 Graduate
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Services & Rates

Boarding Overnight At Paola 's Home
$40 /night
  • Watches up to 5+ dogs/night
  • Dogs may be unsupervised for 2 - 4 hours/day
  • Dogs will have full access outside for potty breaks
  • 3+ walks/day
  • Pets can sleep wherever they want
Daycare At Paola 's Home
$30 /day
  • Watches up to 4 dogs/day
Home Visits
$20 /visit
  • Willing to travel 10 miles
Baths
$15 /bath
Pick-Up/Drop-Off
$10 each way
  • Willing to travel 10 miles
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41 Reviews
Paola is the only person I'll take my pup to! She is so understanding and patient. She sends lots of pictures! Gave me peace when I was worried about my pup being too crazy in her home. Thank you so much!
Paola was awesome. If you're narrowing down your options, trust me your dog's will be in good hands here. From our meet-n-greet all the way through pickup I never worried. Once you meet her you know she loves animals and your hairy kids will be loved while staying here. Got lots of pics and videos every day also. All around 5 stars will 100% use again!
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Paola is the best. We would never consider using anyone else to take care of our girls. She treats them as her own and has a great backyard for them to play in. She constantly sends us pictures to keep us updated. She's such a relief to have when we can't take them with us.

Lou & Cathy
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Paola is awesome! I have been taking my dog to her now for a couple years and I always feel safe and secure leaving my son with her. My dog has never came back with any issues or smells.

They have a wonderful back yard where the dogs can play, mark LOL, and run around and get all of their energy out.

She is also great about sending pictures daily so I never feel out of touch with my dog. We will continue to use her as our main dog sitter :).
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Riley spent 10 days with Paola and her family. He was well loved and came home happy and healthy. Paola sent numerous emails and texts to let us know how Riley was doing. He had a GREAT time!
Great stay! Annie had a great time staying with Paola for her first time. The frequent photos showed her to be mixing with the family and other animals quite well, and she seemed relaxed and comfortable. Being an older dog as well, Paola was flexible and willing on a few questions/concerns I had and that made me feel a lot better leaving my long-time friend in her care. Will be recommending to anyone needing a quality sitter for their dog. THANK YOU!
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This was the first time Munich had stayed there. He was well cared for and had a great time. We will be using Paola again in September.
Maggie was a happy girl as always :)
Paola was amazing! I was so nervous about leaving my dog for the first time at someone else place and she made me feel super comfortable with it. She sent lots of pictures every day and my dog was clearly having a wonderful time!
Although I was not the one who dropped off or picked up my pup, I was away for 2 weeks and received anywhere from 1 to 5 or 6 photos and or videos a day of my dog being him goofy self. Paola was very friendly, accommodating and flexible. Although she is slightly more expensive than others in the area, it seemed to be worth it with her yard.
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Paola was an awesome host for my dog Lucas during our vacation. At first my dog really felt the separation anxiety, but Paola went above and beyond to make our boy feel at ease and like part of the family. I really enjoyed how she sent us daily photos and videos of Lucas. These updates definitely gave us peace of mind knowing that he was having a blast with other guest dogs. I definitely would recommend her to anyone that needs their dog to be taken care of. She did a very good job!
-Carlos
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This was our first experience with Paola and we were so happy with the results. Tucker had so much fun and Paola showed that in all the great videos and pictures she sent me over the weekend!
Paola did a great job with our sweet-hearted, but high energy dog. We appreciated all the picture updates we got while we were gone, and it seemed like Roosevelt had a weekend full of fun!
Riley had a great time with Paola and we were comforted in knowing that he was happy and well taken care of. Paola sent pictures throughout the weekend which helped put our minds at ease. Riley will definitely be going back to stay with Paola again the next time we need to board him.
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Paola took such wonderful care of my dog Bear. He seemed right at home under her care and had such a great vacay!

I also appreciated that Paola was able to accept my reservation at the last minute. Her flexibility really helped us out of a bind!

Bear will definitely visit Paola again in the future!
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My babies have stayed overnight with Paola multiple times now (once a week), and I know she takes very good care of them. I can see how excited they are every time we pull up to her house, and she sends me tons of pictures so I can see that they're getting lots of love and cuddles, and having an absolute blast. I'm so glad I found her, and I know my babies are too!
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They take great care of my boxers! Send lots of pictures and make them feel at home!
Paola was fantastic with our dog. She went above and beyond with keeping us informed on how our dog was doing were her stay. Paola was sweet and loving with our dog and made her feel comfortable. I was so happy with care Paola gave to our dog during my trip, I decided to book with her again before my trip was over.
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Once again Sammy was well treated by Paola, like a second home/vacation for him.
This was our very first time both using dogvacay and coming across a service such as this. My wife and I traveled 400 plus miles during Valentines weekend with the comfort of knowing our little buddy was safe and happy while acclimating to his host family for the weekend. The comfort we felt was received through very frequent updates via photos, text messages and videos of our pup! It was an even bigger plus that they resided nearby!

Without a doubt, we would recommend Paola and her family to prospective dog parents seeking a host. We will also be looking forward to seeing them again for future endeavors.

Thanks Paola for being attentive, communicative, nurturing and PAWSOME! You have our bid, we're not going anywhere else!!
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Paola was very helpful with our reservation at short notice. Mika really enjoyed the large backyard.
We are thrilled to have found a host family as loving as Paola and her family. We were very at ease while away from our pups and they were very relaxed and not stressed when we returned. We will use Paola to host our dogs every time if she will have us!
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Paola responded very quickly to a last-minute request for a meet-n-greet, and made the booking process so quick and easy. She and her family took great care of our puppy, and sent us tons of wonderful photo updates throughout his stay so that we could see how much fun he was having all day!
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Paola was fantastic with our labs Bailey and Mason. From the first meeting, we could tell that our dogs were comfortable with Paola and her family. When I dropped them off for their stay, I felt comfortable leaving them in Paola's care. Paola continuously sent us picture updates while we were gone which kept us at ease knowing that they were happy and being well cared for. When we picked them up, both dogs were relaxed and happy! We will definitely book with Paola the next time we go out of town.
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This was our first time using dog vacay and we had such a pleasant experience with Paola and her family. Our dog is actually sad tonight because I think he misses them;) we felt very comfortable with him being with Paola and will 100% be reserving additional visits with her. She sent pictures of Mox every day while he was there and it made our trip so much better knowing he was in good hands. He never gets to play in a big back yard and I'm sure he had the best time ever. I would recommend Paola to anyone with dogs:)
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I would give Paola 10 stars if I could! Scooby LOVES Paola's house and always has such a great time. She is loved unconditionally and is treated like a part of the family. Paola give me peace of mind when I am away.
Another great vacay for Maggie. She just love the family experience and the other dogs that come to stay. Ute C.
Paola and her family were wonderful! They treated out Missy just like we would have. Meeting them eased most of the anxiety of leaving our baby girl with someone other than family. But, it was all the photos of how much fun Missy was having that really eased our minds completely! If you have any doubts; DON'T! Paola was super!! We would definitely be happy to leave Missy with her any time.
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We've never left our Dachshund with a puppysitter before so we were a little apprehensive to the idea. Me and my husband had to go out town for a day and we chose Paola to watch Lily. It was really great to hear that Paola had experience with Dachshunds. We all know they can be little Napoleons, but knowing Paola's had experience caring for Dachshunds was really comforting. I loved all the pictures she sent us of Lily outside running around and playing with the other dogs.

I HIGHLY recommend you choose Paola to watch over your fur baby!
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Here is thank you note we sent: Hi Paola,

Harenbah asked me to write to you and thank you for your hospitality. He said that this was his best vacation ever, and wished to stay but didn't want to hurt David's feelings. He will be back soon ...

Jackie, David and I want to thank you as well for the wonderful pictures- it was great to see how much he had.

See u soon,
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Paola was a PAWESOME host who provided a great weekend family for Rocky. The house was big, the backyard was big, which made it fun for my pup to run around and explore to his heart's content. She kept us up to date with videos and pictures which showed my beagle with a smile constantly on his face.
I'm glad to have found Paola, and will definitely be reserving her for future stays. Thanks for such a positive experience!
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Paola was wonderful and my dogs were very happy babies when I got them back. She sent me several pictures every day so I could see that my dogs were enjoying themselves. I would definitely use her again in the future.
Second time use and we arrived home and picked up a very happy girl! Love all the pictures and updates.
Paola and her family are wonderful hosts. We love bringing our dog Cody to her home and he loves being there!
Paola was amazing! Woodstock had an amazing time with her, and she kept me updated with all the fun they were having with daily photo updates. I would highly recommend her to anyone in the Ares looking for a great Vacay for their loved one.
If you have never used a dog sitting service or are apprehensive about doing so, don't be, we were very happy with Paola and her family. They included our Maggie as if she was part of their family. Very warm and attentive to Maggie's needs. She always updated us with pictures and texts. We couldn't be more happy with the service that was provided. We would highly recommend this provider and look forward to using her again. Ten paws up. Thank you, Ute C.
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Wonderful care and very professional. Paola took our two boxers in on a very last minute reservation and she took care of them like they were her own. Kudos!
Paola and her family are truly wonderful people. They are a 'real' family. I felt right at home the first time we met for a meet and greet. I expressed my fears in leaving my nearly 12 year old dog with strangers but could feel the warmth upon entering this beautiful home. I did a trial run dropping Scooby off on a Saturday afternoon and although I had anxiety all day and night, I knew she was safe and cared for. Paola texted me and sent pictures and Scooby fit right in. When I arrived on Sunday to pick my baby up I could see how relaxed she was. Paola is a gem! I searched high and low throughout the Alexandria area and further out and visited many kennels. Dog-Vacay is the best at Paola's place! I have a week in April that is booked and will book another for September. THANK you so much for letting my baby be a part of your family and for welcoming me. Scooby, Laura and Royce
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Cody loved his stay with Paola. He felt right at home and enjoyed babysitting Gracie! :-) Thank you for taking such wonderful care of Cody for us, Paola!
My family and I are so happy we found Paola and her family! Charlie, our two year old Wheaten Terrier, really enjoyed his time with them. He was treated like he was part of their family. We received daily updates in the form of texts, pictures and even videos! We were worried he might not want to come home! Paola and her family are wonderful and we definitely plan on using their services again!
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Paola and her family provided a wonderful home for Ziggy to stay while we were away. This was only the second time Ziggy had been away from home, and we feel she was really well cared for and got very special treatment. Paola kept us posted with photos so we could relax and see she was happy. The family welcomed her into their home in every way. We would certainly hope Ziggy could stay with Paola in the future if we have to be away.
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