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Denise D.

24 Reviews
14 Repeat Guests
$35/night
Other Sitters Nearby
  • 1 day notice required for bookings
  • Responds within 55 minutes
  • Cancellation Policy:
    Moderate

Pet Requirements

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

Denise's Resident Pets

Penny
Mixed Breed
Female
5 yr 11 mo old
Papi
Mixed Breed
Male
3 yr 11 mo old
Scooty, Onyx & Rocky
Mixed
Female
10 yr 11 mo old
Other Pets & Animals: Cats, Rabbits, gerbils, hamsters, or pet rodents

Denise's House

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Large Yard
100% fenced & locked
Smoke-free home
Pets allowed on furniture
Air-conditioned inside
Great for senior pets

About Denise

30 Years Experience Caring For Dogs
Come stay, it's the next best thing to being at home!
Daycare, overnight boarding and occasionally I can offer visits to your home in the area offered.
I have been petsitting professionally for the past 5 years and have great references.
I have had a love for animals and passion for their welfare, since childhood. As a result, my home is full of animal companions, all rescues of course.
I am grateful to have space, time and energy to share with guest dogs of any age (experienced with puppies, seniors and disabled dogs). Doggy gated areas and crates are provided, as needed for separate quarters or simply some quiet time.
I have worked for vets in the past and have some tech experience.
Most of the time I am at home, as I telecommute part time from my home office.

There are resident indoor cats, so cat friendly dogs are welcome. Of course there will be curiosity even if your dog is acquainted with cats already. Just want to be sure there is not any aggression or predatorial behavior.

My home is a ranch style house, in a wooded subdivision, at the end of a quiet road, just 5 miles outside of Carrboro/Chapel Hill areas. I have a large fenced in yard, bordered by the woods and a creek. Also a large deck for sunning or napping in the shade.

Papi and Penny love having guests to play with and lounge around the house. They can be a bit bossy, so they get along best with more submissive personalities. We will have an initial meet and greet to be sure of compatibility. I usually limit my guests to 3 maximum, so that everyone gets enough attention and their own space. In most cases your dog will be the only guest.

Please note that there is a surcharge of ten dollars for holidays (New years eve, day,Christmas eve & day, Easter day,Labor & Memorial days & July 4th).

If you have 2 or 3 dogs, there is an extra fee of 10 dollars per dog (per night).
I also offer animal communication and Healing Touch for Animals sessions, as extra services, which can be very beneficial for health and behavioral issues.

Also, I have experience with and welcome the exotic pets i.e. bunnies, guinea pigs, other rodents & some reptiles) inquire for a lower/custom rate. There are resident bunnies and guinea pigs, in a separate room.

I will do my best to meet your pet companion's needs and make them feel at home, whether they want to play chase, fetch,wrestle, or simply lounge around, have belly rubs, get brushed, and of course lots of TLC daily.
Looking forward to meeting and spoiling your baby too. Get packed and bring 'em over to play!
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Can administer oral medicine
Can administer injected medicine
Special Needs Accommodated
  • Pets recovering from surgery
  • Advanced senior issues

Denise D.

24 Reviews
14 Repeat Guests
$35/night
Other Sitters Nearby
  • 1 day notice required for bookings
  • Responds within 55 minutes
  • Cancellation Policy:
    Moderate

Availability

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

Credentials

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Course 101 Graduate
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Services & Rates

Boarding Overnight At Denise's Home
$35 /night
  • Watches up to 3 dogs/night
  • Dogs may be unsupervised for no more than 1 hour/day
  • 5+ potty breaks/day
  • 1 walk/day
  • Pets can sleep wherever they want
Daycare At Denise's Home
$20 /day
  • Watches up to 3 dogs/day
Dog Walking
$16 /half-hour
$24 /hour
  • Willing to travel 7 miles
Home Visits
$20 /visit
  • Willing to travel 10 miles
Pick-Up/Drop-Off
$10 each way
  • Willing to travel 15 miles
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24 Reviews
Denise is the best! She took excellent care of my beagle Lady when I went out of town for a week. This was my first time boarding Lady away from home and Denise was so reassuring; she sent me regular updates and pictures. It was clear that Lady was having a great time playing with the other dogs in the yard and lounging around the house. I will definitely use her again the next time I need a dog sitter!
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Denise was fantastic. She was great at introducing her dogs with our dogs, clearly loves the pups and even had suggestions when I asked her about feeding the dogs. Denise took care of our two poodles and they clearly had a great time!
My dogs and I love Denise. I knew immediately when I first met Denise that I could trust her, and that she was the type of sitter who would be sweet and intuitive and respond well to my two very different (timid & high energy) dogs needs.

I have had experience with other sitters when Denise wasn't available, and was never as comfortable or satisfied.

In addition to taking great care of your animals, Denise is flexible, affordable and a good communicator.

Thanks for everything Denise!
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Lucy loves staying with Denise & friends!
Denise was terrific! I felt confident our dog was well cared for.
The stay with Denise for our aging Cockapoo went very well. While we were away she let us know how Kerry was doing. This helped us relax and enjoy our time at the beach. I would use Denise again.
Denise was absolutely fabulous with our puppy Bruno. I felt so comfortable leaving him in her care and she went above and beyond to make sure he was happy. Can't recommend her enough!!!!!!
Denise was thoughtful and caring. Lucy had a great time visiting Denise and made new animal friends too.
Iggy had a great stay with Denise, Papi, and Penny this past weekend. Apparently he even got to sleep in the bed! Denise was super flexible with drop-off and pick-up, and met with us for an hour the day before to make sure all the dogs were comfortable and that Iggy would be a good fit. Felt so much better than if I had sent him to a boarding facility. We will inevitably be back!
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Denise was fantastic! Great communication and flexible for drop off and pick up. She took great care of Otis and put thought and care into integrating him into her home with her own pets, so that all would be a successful stay. Thanks!
Denise provided safe, fun place for my little pup! I'm super grateful for her
Denise is GREAT!!! Super sweet and flexible! I felt so comfortable leaving my fur baby with her. She sent me texts and pics of Cashmere enjoying her stay. Cashmere had plenty of space on her huge backyard and her pets kept her busy. It seems like my pup really enjoyed herself and I would recommend Densie to anyone looking for an excellent dog sitter!!
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Denise is flexible with scheduling and a pleasure to work with. She takes good care of our two dogs when we need her.
Our dogs really enjoy staying with Denise. This is our second time. She takes great care of them while we're at the game. Hope to use her again.
Denise did a great job with our two dogs while we enjoyed a football game! They both enjoyed her fenced in back yard and all the TLC Denise gave while we were away. I can tell she really loves animals!
Oh my gosh, Lucy LOVES to visit Denise!

Denise is an excellent dog mommy, she's so sweet and peaceful, even my Tasmanian devil is calm around her. The house and the huge fenced yard are great play spaces and everything is puppy proofed!

Leave your dogs with Denise and never wonder if they are ok, they are more than ok!
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Our dog has stayed with Denise several times and she always goes out of her way to accommodate him and keep him happy. He is a very mild-mannered yet anxious older guy, and gets stressed out with a lot of commotion and things like thunderstorms, barking, etc.
On his most recent visit, she had diffuser plugged in with calming pheromones when we arrived (which happened to be during a thunderstorm), and had several other natural 'calming' options she could use if needed, and had her own dogs in a separate area to aid in his transition.
I know she spoils him while he's there (including getting him to eat by mixing canned pumpkin in his food - he usually goes on a hunger strike when he's anxious, and she had asked me about trying this at drop off), and we greatly appreciate the love and attention she gives him. :)
We will look forward to having Cainey stay with Denise again in the future!
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Paloma's stay with Denise was wonderful. Denise responded last minute to watch our dog while we were gone on a long day trip. She was kind and easy to get in touch with, and she even sent us an adorable picture of our dog while we were gone. We are so glad Paloma got to spend a day hanging out at Denise's house, and we would definitely send her back!
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I have only positive things to say about leaving my dog Sadie with Denise for 3 nights while going out of town. I felt comfortable knowing Sadie was well taken care of and having a good time running around with Denise's two dogs. Everything went smoothly and I would definitely recommend and use Denise again in the future!
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We would book again with Denise. She was available at very late notice and flexible about our schedule even though she had never met us previously. Hattie enjoyed her stay and we felt free to relax at the beach or even stay an extra day because of Denise's flexibility. She sent us photos and a video of Hattie playing to reassure us while we were away. Thank you, Denise!
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Denise was WONDERFUL with my boxer, Zuko, who suffers major separation anxiety. She did a fabulous job of introduction with her two dogs, and is patiently introducing/acclimating him with her cats every time he goes. (and even did aromatherapy with him!)
Her house is a mecca for dogs, with a huge back yard (where she plays fetch with them) and doggie gates inside. Moreover, she updated me on his status with pictures and timely communication via text and email.
I knew Denise was concerned about Zuko by the way she asked about his sleeping habits, his tendencies, if he had a thunder vest (for anxiety), etc. I felt very comfortable leaving my "child" with her!
She was also very understanding with regards to my schedule, and made it possible for us to find common ground. Denise is very knowledgeable about dogs and has already formed a special relationship with Zuko :) We are happy customers and are going again this week!
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Denise is a wonderful person and showed great interest in the well-being of our 13-month-old yellow lab Piper. Piper is timid (recently adopted from a shelter) and fearful of strangers. Denise made her feel welcome and had a very calming effect on Piper. She quickly warmed up to Denise which was a relief. Denise sent us updates and photos of Piper with her dogs throughout the day. We highly recommend Denise as a DogVacay pet sitter!
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Denise was simply amazing with our dogs!
She is very kind and calm and it made a huge difference for our 3 anxious babies.
She even sent us some pics a few times during the week. It also helps that Denise already has dogs and cats: it was definitely a huge entertainment for our dogs! They came back home happy and well rested! Thank you Denise;)
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Our dog was very happy during his stay at Denise's house! It was great knowing he had a fenced yard to hang out in (as well as relaxing inside whenever he wanted to), and had her dogs to play with and keep him company. Denise's calm and laid-back personality contributed to our dog's sense of ease (he is a worrier by nature). She also was sure to give our dog some 'calm time' apart from the more active dogs if needed.
She brushed him a lot during his stay, and we enjoyed getting a photo emailed to us while we were on vacation.
We would board with Denise again!
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