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Sophia C.

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47 Reviews
29 Repeat Guests
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  • 1 day notice required for bookings
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Pet Requirements

  • 1-20 lbs
  • 20-40 lbs
  • 40-80 lbs
  • 80+ lbs
All Ages OK
List of Breeds Not Accepted
Pit Bull - Bull Terrier, Pit Bull - Staffordshire Bull Terrier, Pit Bull - American Pit Bull Terrier

Sophia's Resident Pets

Shih Tzu
10 yr 10 mo old
Shih Tzu
11 yr 10 mo old

Sophia's House

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About Sophia

I'm an animal lover and I grew up with dogs. I raised my two Shih Tzus Coco and Simsim since they were 2 months old, they are now 9 and 8 years old. My dogs are very friendly with other dogs, having other dogs come and stay in the house is like a play date for them.

I have a big house and a big back yard for the dogs to run around and play. My back yard is fenced and faces Seneca Creek State Park and has a lot of shade for the dogs to run around safely, play and relax. I've been hosting dogs for my family, friends and neighbors for 8 years before I became a sitter at Dogvacay, I hosted six different breeds of dogs, varying in size during the holidays many times. I work from home and my husband works from home most of the time, so there is always someone here for the dogs. Dogs have all the freedom in the house to play and sleep on any couch or chair they desire. My husband and I enjoy playing with the dogs, watching the dogs play off leash in the back yard is a joy for the Pawtel family.

All dogs must be fully potty trained, neutered or spayed and vaccinated, must be on a veterinary approved flea medication to visit. For the safety and comfort of guest dogs and my own dogs, I don't accept aggressive dogs.

Pick-up and drop-off times are 24 hours a day at no extra charge. Every day includes 3 walks plus unlimited indoor and outdoor playtime. Meet-n-Greet will take place in Quince Orchard Valley Park, it's a dog friendly community park in a residential area with a small parking lot, located at 12015 Suffolk Terrace, which is a half mile away from my house, I will give you a tour of my back yard and house right after.

I offer a 10% discount for new customers and multiple dogs a 30% off discount on the second dog, a 50% off discount on the third dog. Customers who booked multiple nights for more than 3 nights will receive a 10% off discount for the next stay; customers also receive a 10% off discount when a new customer you refer to Pawtel in Gaithersburg makes their first stay. Discount is limited to one per customer, not valid with any other offer, please ask the discount applies to you by clicking "Ask Host A Question". All the discounts are NOT valid during the holidays.

Please always message me to check availability if you see we are booked, since I also offer day care service, so the calender may not reflect that. Please also message me with drop off/pick up time if you decided to make a reservation, I will send you a custom quote, my "24 hours no extra charge" policy may help you save some money.

If you are looking for someone who loves dogs and is responsible, experienced, caring and flexible to take care of your pups when you are not around, take them to Pawtel in Gaithersburg, I promise your pups will thank you for it later!
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Sophia C.

Online Now!
47 Reviews
29 Repeat Guests
Other Sitters Nearby
  • 1 day notice required for bookings
  • Responds within 5 minutes
  • Cancellation Policy:


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  • Last updated February 27, 2017


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Services & Rates

Boarding Overnight At Sophia's Home
$38 /night
  • Watches up to 4 dogs/night
Daycare At Sophia's Home
$28 /day
  • Watches up to 3 dogs/day
47 Reviews
Great overall experiences! I have booked next stay already :-)
She was very nice and caring to my dog. She asked a lot of question to make sure that she took great care of the little guy.
Our dog doesn't like it when she has to stay away from home; BUT she really seemed to enjoy her stay with Sophia. I especially like the numerous photos and video!
My boston terrier Archie found a true home away from home with Sophia and her dogs. Archie can have a difficult time meeting new dogs, but Sophia and her dogs were so calm and reassuring that they got along right away. When I came to pick him up, he was happy, healthy, and looked great. Sophia was also very prompt responding to messages and event sent us photo updates while we were away. I'll certainly book again with Sophia.
Sophia was fantastic. We are very particular about who we leave our pets with. Responsible, friendly, kind, responsive, and a clean environment. Sophia rates a 10 on all of our criteria. We highly recommend you consider her. Thanks Sophia!
Sophia was great with Kobe! His tail wags a lot when he's being dropped off to play with her dogs. She seems to be very patient with him as he is new; and I'm sure whines @ night. He's very happy to play with her dogs who seem to sorta have his temperament. I'm happy that my dog is safe and happy while in her care.

Thank you,
Doris Hairston
Our meet and greet helped us to get to know Sophia and her dogs and for Sophia to know our dog (Frosty). Sophia gave Frosty his space as he is a shy dog and doesn't interact with other dogs much. After a day Frosty started to interact with Sophia's dogs. She took care of his special habits such as, having a boiled egg for breakfast and dentastick treats after he relieves himself outside. Both Frosty and we are happy he got to spend a weekend with Sophia and her dogs.
Thanks, Sophia! Oliver came home happy, and we loved receiving photos!
Sophia is very professional and organized and knows how to make dogs comfortable. Daisy and Archie did a meet and greet with Sophia and her two small dogs. They played in the backyard with one other dog. Sophia made sure that they all got along.

Sophia sent 5 or 6 pictures a day of the dogs which was very much appreciated. I would have liked hearing a bit more of how they were doing, but she may have thought that the pictures told the story.

When we picked Daisy and Archie up, Sophia had all their belongings (beds, toys, treats etc.)ready on the porch. She has a special leash that works for 2 dogs at a time and she used it to get the dogs to our car.

Sophia was very nice and very responsive to our emails. I think Daisy and Archie enjoyed their vacation with her.
Sophia was wonderful to Ally our little Bijon. Ally came home happy and restful. She had her own vacation. I felt at ease knowing she was with Sophia. I am going back to her for our next vacation.
My dog enjoys her stays with Sophia. We are very pleased with the TLC that she gets!
Sophia is amazing! Not only she took great care of our two Yorkies, she sent us daily updates and pictures showing how comfortable and cozy our dogs felt with Sophia, her adorable daughter and their two cute Shih Tzus. It made us really happy! Sophia's house is perfect for pets. It has a big green fenced backyard where the dogs can play and enjoy their time outdoor. Next time I need to board my pups there will be no question where we'll take them! I highly recommend Sophia.
No problems at all. Thank you!
My husband and I are going out of town, and our regular boarder had to cancel for health reasons, and so we quickly looked for a new boarder to accommodate our dog. She is a rescue and is extremely scared of strangers, especially men. Sophia was very patient with our dog, working on gaining her trust during a daycare visit. Our dog was licking Sophia's hand and allowing her to pet her. Unfortunately, our dog did not adjust to Sophia's husband, but that is not Sophia's fault at all! I would highly recommend Sophia as she understands a dog's special needs and will work with your dog patiently and kindly. Sophia is also very responsive and truly makes sure she is prepared for your dog's visit.
I felt extremely comfortable and happy to leave my little guy with Sophia and her pups. He did not feel intimidated at all there. I am always a bit nervous when I have to leave him somewhere but with Sophia I did not have one doubt when he stayed there. Her yard was perfect and he was so happy when he went for the initial visit, I knew it would be a great fit. She sent me a video and pictures which I absolutely love. I 100% plan to use Sophia for future stays.
Good experience. Will use the service again.
Oscar seemed to enjoy his stay at Sophia's. She regularly sent photos to show us that he was fine. He was pictured visiting with other dogs or enjoying her grassy backyard. Thanks for taking care of Oscar during our time away!
Sophia was great - flexible for my schedule. My dog was happy and energetic when she got home. I look forward to using Sophia again!
My dog is anxious in new surroundings but Sophia made him part of the family (saw pictures of him reclining on the couch next to her daughter) and he did fine when we were away. It allowed me to enjoy my vacation and not worry about the little guy so much.
We love the pictures Sophia sends us when Bogey is staying with her. He sure is having fun.
I really appreciated all the photos that Sophia sent of Lucy. It puts our minds at ease to know that she is having fun. Lucy misses us a lot when we're gone, so we can tell whether she has had a good time by whether she seems mad at us after we get home. She got back into the swing of family life quickly, so we know that Lucy enjoyed her time at Sophia's. Thanks, Sophia!
Sophia was wonderful with Henry, my brother's Basenji! He suffered from terrible separation anxiety and she was very patient. He started to feel better and really enjoyed his stay! We would definitely use Sophia again and would recommend her also.
Sophia watched our two dogs for a little over a week while we were on vacation. She did great! She sent pictures of the dogs every day and they looked so happy. I will definitely use her again!
Our almost 9 year old dog recently stayed with Sophia for a long weekend. This was the first time in her life she stayed with anyone other than my parents. I was a bit worried because when she goes to my parents she often gets sick as my father feeds her from the table (even though we say not to). She also would often not eat well at their house and would get very lonely. At Sophia's house she thrived-she ate well, and seemed very content and relaxed when she got home- much different from when she comes home from my parents home. I know she enjoyed the company of the other dogs too. Sophia went out of her way to make sure she did well-she had to walk her on her own as she is slow and she took care to make sure she ate well. She sent the most wonderful photos for us and it was obvious our dog was very relaxed, content and happy. We are so happy to have found someone like Sophia we can leave our dog with in the future as we are juggling 4 parents all in their 90's and we often have to leave suddently to care for some issues that come up-or hospitilizations which can be very stressful. I would very whole heartedly recommend Sophia for anyone looking to leave their dog with her -although this might leave less room for my dog to stay-book early!!
Lizzy had a fabulous time at Sophia's house. We enjoyed receiving the daily "woof woof" emails with pictures, and felt very comfortable with the environment. We will definitely be using Sophia again and will recommend her to all of our friends and neighbors.

Thank you Sophia!
Miles had a great time at Sophia's house, and loved running in her big backyard with his new friends - as evidenced by the great photo updates that she sent. She was flexible and accommodating with drop-off and pickup times - I'll be booking Miles' next vacay with Sophia for sure!
Sophia is fantastic and the dogs love it there! Everyone comes home happy and stress free!
Thank you Sophia!!
Sophia did a great job with my furbaby, Atticus! She sent me photos while I was out of town, which were a great reassurance. I'm excited for him to try doggy daycare next! Sophia's care is top notch, and I'm very happy to recommend her to anyone!
Sophia truly love dogs. I feel my beagle is in a safe and loving environment while he is in her home. She provides daily photographs of him and let us know how he is doing when we are away. Thank you Sophia!
Sophia is fantastic! Sam's and Princess' daycare was really great! She took very good care of our babies. Thank you Sophia! You rock!
We are very happy with Sophia. She really took care of both Sam and Princess. She took the extra mile to give Sam his medicines 3 times a day even if it was somehthng we asked of her just as we dropped them off. (Sam unfortunately injured his left leg the night before we were to drop them off.)
Sophia sent us daily pictures and updates on our babies. And when we picked them up, she even prepared parting gifts for both of them. She is really fantastic and we would definitely recommend her to anyone. We would surely board with her again. Thank you very much Sophia!
Bogey really enjoyed his stay with Sophia and her family. We could tell from the pictures he was having a great time!
Sophia was amazing with our pups. It's always hard leaving our furbabies behind, but Sophia always sent us photo updates and let us know how they were doing which put us at ease. We will definitely book again!
Sophia was a great dog sitter for our VERY hyper and fully of energy puppy. She sent photos and messages everyday. Our puppy had a great time with Sophia and her family. I highly recommend her services!
Bouboule spent an excellent week with Sophia and her dogs. We were out of country and all the family was happy to see Bouboule's pictures everyday! Thank you Sophia^^
Sophia was fantastic! I left my 2 dogs for 3 nights. She sent lovely pictures daily, and both dogs were healthy and happy when I picked them up. They clearly enjoyed their stay. I appreciated the meet-and-greet we had, and the fact that she started their stay with a walk. I think it made the drop off much more comfortable for them. I would highly recommend Sophia.
We are so pleased that we discovered Dog Vacay and particularly Pawtel. What a great time our dogs had! Sophia sent many pictures of our two dogs playing with her two dogs and with her daughter. You could see that the dogs were blurry against a focused background in some of the pictures, which told us that the dogs were having too much fun running around to pose for the camera! We could tell from the captions to the pictures that Sophia keyed in right away to the different personalities of our dogs. Sophia has a fabulous back yard, a welcoming house, and a very professional way of handling her Vacay venue. We are delighted that we found her and have already made a second reservation for our trip next month.
Sophia was AWESOME! She sent me some of the cutest pictures of Curie and was very flexible with pickup/drop off. Truly a nice person who obviously loves dogs. She even gave Curie a dogsitter ever!!!!!
Sophia is really great and my Diesel liked her, her little dogs and her family a lot. She sent me pictures and she is a very reliable person.
Sophia and her pups were so friendly and accomodating! She sent us adorable photos and updates while our pup was there over Thanksgiving. She even sent him home with a little gift which he loved! He was tuckered out from all the playing and we could tell he was in good hands. Would definitely recommend and use again!
With my frequent business travels this year, I have become a regular customer. Sophia and her family are always wonderful hosts, and it's so comforting to know that my dog has a home away from home while I'm gone. I'm so grateful for the Pawtel!
This was the first time I used DogVacay and Sophia. Sophia was very accomodating with setting up the "Meet & Greet", answering my questions, and working with my travel schedule. She made my dog feel very comfortable at her home with her dogs and my dog was very relaxed and tired when I picked her up. I looked forward to her pictures every day and made me feel comfortable that my dog was well taken care of. It is nice to have a place for my dog to stay now.
As always, the dogs love it at Sophia's place!
After our meet and greet, I knew my two dogs would be in good hands. Loved the daily pictures that Sophia sent while I was awhile. My dogs looked like they were having a blast playing in the huge backyard, lounging around in the house, etc. It was as if they were on a vacation of their own! I plan on using her again in the near future.
The pups had a great time - Sophia is great!
I recently had to go out of town on a last minute business trip and was so happy to find Sophia through DogVacay. Sophia was able to accommodate a short notice meet-and-greet, and gladly hosted my dog starting the next day. I got plenty of pictures and updates during my trip to know that my dog was in great hands, doing well, and enjoying her time with some new friends. Sophia even managed to find something my fussy-eating pup enjoys. I will definitely be coming back to Sophia in the future!
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