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Verna R.

84 Reviews
33 Repeat Guests
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  • 1 day notice required for bookings
  • Responds within 2 hours
  • Cancellation Policy:

Pet Requirements

  • 1-20 lbs
  • 20-40 lbs
  • 40-80 lbs
  • 80+ lbs
All Ages OK
Must Be Spayed or Neutered
Must Be Vaccinated
List of Breeds Not Accepted
Pit Bull - American Staffordshire Terrier, Pit Bull - Bull Terrier, Bullmastiff, Doberman Pinscher, German Shepherd Dog, Great Dane, Other, Rottweiler
List of Pets OK for House Sitting
Dogs, Cats, Fish

About Verna

40 Years Experience Caring For Dogs
I provide daily dog walking and pet visits for your furry friends in your home while you are away. I no longer board at my home. I have 40 years of experience caring for dogs and cats. Always been the proud owner of 1 to 3 animals at a time and cannot imagine life without them! My schedule is flexible and my pet care service is tailored around your pet's needs. I'm experienced, very reliable and trustworthy.

So whether you need a Monday - Friday daily dog walking/visit service, have plans for a day/evening out, a weekend or longer vacation, I will take great care of your fur babies for you!

Each visit includes anything your pet may need: Walking, Playtime, Exercise, Waste Pickup, Feeding, Fresh Water, Litter Box, Meds, Lots of Hugs and Belly Rubs!

Pet Setting Visits while you are out of town. Many pets prefer to stay in the comfort of their own home where they feel safe, stay healthy, and with less anxiety while you are away. We set up a visit schedule that accommodates your pet. I provide daily updates by email or text with photos and I take great care of your home too!

My service area is mostly Lake Bluff and Lake Forest. Please tell me your location when contacting me.

The following rates are good for 1 to 2 pets in same household. Additional pets will be at a higher rate.

Rates start at $18 for up to 30 minute walk/visit
$20 for a 45 minute walk/visit
$25 for 1 hour walk/visit

$60 Overnights start in the evening and end the next morning. Overnights are subject to my availability. Additional visits during the day are $18 per visit. I may need to leave during the overnight for approximately 1 hour to visit another dog or my own.

Note: A meet-n-greet is required before first visit. To speed things up, please completely fill out your dog or cat's profile with all info including personality traits before contacting me. If you know when you will need my services, let me know your dates too.

Thank you and look forward to hearing from you!

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Can administer oral medicine
Special Needs Accommodated
  • Pets recovering from surgery

Verna R.

84 Reviews
33 Repeat Guests
Other Sitters Nearby
  • 1 day notice required for bookings
  • Responds within 2 hours
  • Cancellation Policy:


  • Available
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  • 1 Spot Left
  • Booked
  • Last updated January 16, 2017


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Services & Rates

House Sitting Overnight At Your Home
$60 /night
  • Dogs may be unsupervised for more than 4 hours/day
  • Willing to travel 5 miles
Dog Walking
$18 /half-hour
$25 /hour
  • Willing to travel 5 miles
Home Visits
$18 /visit
  • Willing to travel 5 miles
84 Reviews
Verna was excellent with my 2 dogs that boarded at the same time. They ended up needing extra days and Verna took it so easily. I would definitely recommend her to anyone. I wish she could still board dogs.
Thank you so much Verna! We had such comfort with the many photos and messages from Verna while on our trip!
Then, we had a 22 hour flight delay, change of planes, overnight stay, weather issues, mechanical issues. Verna hung in with us every step of the way! She communicated via text promptly and easily, but most importantly she was well aware and kept everything easy for the dog's comfort. We can't thank her enough!!!
We have had such a great experience boarding our pup Walle with Verna. She sends updates/pictures on how he is doing- and he always looks like he is having fun. Walle gets anxious going to new places but he seems at ease at her house and is always worn out when we pick him up!
Molly absolutely loves staying with Verna! She has a great time every visit - and always comes home happy and healthy. Verna takes special care to stay in touch, sending photos and updates. We are so happy to have this wonderful option for excellent care. Thank you, Verna!
Verna took great care of our dog Opie. We received pictures everyday with an update on the fun Opie was having. When we got home Opie kept looking at the door hoping he could go back on vacation. I would recommend using Verna and look forward to sending Opie on another dog vacation with her again.
The Best!
LuLu cannot get into Verna's house fast enough. I'm sure she has more fun at Verna's than here at home. It's Disneyland for dogs!
The experience was fantastic as always! Barkley delayed our leaving Verna's house so he could give her a couple more kisses.
Verna is the best. She offers an outstanding living environment for our pets. She is great with the dogs. We also learned that she rolls with the punches. We found out that our dog Henry started crying in the middle of the night, which he never does at home and Verna handled the situation.
As always, Perfection. LuLu ran right in to Verna's to play with Lucy. They were so happy to see each other. It was a fabulous fun 4 days for LuLu and 4 worry free days for me. Thank you Verna. Kathleen
We especially appreciate that Verna is conscientious about keeping the dogs safe and healthy and our Murphy was well cared for. Her little pooch is friendly and gentle. Thank you, Verna!
Fabulous as always. LuLu and Lucy gad a ball!
Another happy stay with Verna - and Freddy loves to play with the other guests too !
Fantastic !!!! Barkley loved it and is still sleeping all the activity off.
I cannot say enough about Verna--- she is an amazing host. Wrigley absolutely loves going to stay with Lucy and Verna. He wags his tail and runs right up to her door. We are able to go away knowing that he loves being at Verna's with Lucy.
I am so thankful to have found her!!!
Verna is terriffic......her daily pics are so cute. Seamus was very happy and very well cared for....thank you
This was LuLu's first Extended DogVacay visit and I believe one word describes it ...... Perfect!
Verna sent pictures of LuLu playing with her buddies and stories of their antics. It was great, I didn't worry a bit. LuLu is always excited when we arrive at Verna's.
Barkley came home exhausted and content. He always has so much fun, while he's glad to see me, he wants to make sure he thanks Verna before we leave.
Molly once again had a fantastic time staying with Verna. Every time we drop her off to stay with Verna, she rushes out of the car and runs right to the front door, happy to be there. Molly injured her eye just a few days before this visit. Verna was fantastic about making sure she had her medication, and keeping us updated about her status.
Another perfect visit! KC
My dog loves going to Verna's house. She has so much fun playing with the other dogs she watches and running and playing in her back yard. Verna has a great set-up for the dogs and takes great care of them. I would highly recommend her!!
Verna is great. I am thrilled that I found her
I could not have been happier leaving my dog with Verna. He was well taken care of and I now know that I can go and not worry.
When I pulled into Verna's driveway Barkley started whimpering and trying to get out of his car seat he was so excited. He played shy when he met another of the guests, but pictures showed within a short time he was playing king of the roost! I love the pictures they show so much. Thanks Verna and Lucy for another fantastic experience.
As always...Great. Lulu couldn't wait to get out of the car and run into Verna's. It's the Best.
LuLu is always excited to play at Verna's and I know she is safe and very well taken care of.
Another fabulous play date. LuLu loves your place! Thanks Verna. Kathleen
Once again LuLu had a fantastic time at Verna's. She runs and plays her little heart out. I think LuLu would like to stay with Verna every day! Kathleen
Thanks, Verna and Lucy for providing another great home away from home experience for Woody!
Verna was terrific and our Lucy (she has a Lucy too) came home happy as a clam. She got so much exercise and love during her vacay that all she wants to do is cuddle and sleep. We will undoubtedly call Verna again for our next trip! THANK YOU VERNA!!!
We don't like to leave our dog, but if we have to, I feel much better knowing that we are leaving her with someone like Verna! I love the picture updates and feel that she treats her as she would her own pet!
Verna certainly sets the benchmark for what a dog vacay should be measured by and Verna deserves to be recognized and rewarded for the quality of care and professionalism that she extends to her guests. The environment that Verna provides is safe, clean and very inviting. Equally important, it is very obvious that Verna loves dogs and has a great deal of experience providing for their needs in a loving and secure environment. Verna also appreciates the importance of communication and makes certain that she communicates on a daily basis with the owners of her guests to ensure their piece of mind when they are away from their loved ones. There is no question that our dog loved being in Verna's care. Verna is now our go to person for any of our dog vacay needs. Many thanks, Verna. You certainly are the BEST!
Another happy holiday for Freddy. Always a pleasure to leave him with Verna. Gary
Molly had yet another great vacation with Verna! She is so excited whenever we drop her off there, and seems so happy and relaxed when we pick her up. The photos and text updates about her fun days are also great. We really appreciate both Verna and her beautiful dog, Lucy!
So fabulous that LuLu is returning on Wednesday
Just picked LuLu up and everything is perfect ! Verna Is delightful, Lucy is a great hostess , everyone had a marvelous time and I didn't have to worry about a thing. In fact LuLu is going back next weekend. Thank You, Verna! Kathleen
Verna was an excellent host for our dog. Her home is spacious and open, and she had a big, fenced-in back yard. Her own dog is very friendly and cute, and got along well with my dog. She gave our dog medication and followed his unique feeding instructions well. She provided pictures and updates daily, and reported on his activities at the end. Our dog seemed happy and relaxed when we picked him up. I could not ask for a better dog sitter, and would recommend her to others. Thank you Verna!
We went to Vegas - dog went to Verna. I think he had a better time and came home well rested. Another carefree dog vacation. Gary
LuLu was only 4 1/2 months old when she stayed with Verna... And it was perfect! LuLu ran into Verna's arms immediately....and I knew everything would be fine. Verna was very patient and loving with LuLu, who was still learning Housebreaking Rules. Lucy welcomed LuLu with a bark and they were off to play.
I will definitely have LuLu stay with Verna again.
Thank You Verna!

This was Barkley's first week long vacay - he seemed to love it from the daily pic updates. He had so much fun he is exhausted from all the play. I can't think of anything better for him to do when he can't be with me. Thanks again Verna.
Verna and were wonderful to use! Verna was quick to respond to my initial request for boarding, within half an hour. She was able to provide Rigby, our 1 year old Beagle mix, a loving and warm family environment. He had a large fenced in backyard that he could run around in and Verna along with her daughter gave him plenty of cuddle time. She even provided daily pictures and texts to let us know how he was doing...and he sure was making himself at home :) Highly recommend Verna to any pet owner. You will be able to enjoy your vacation more knowing your fur baby is at a loving home being well taken care of.
Once again - another great stay for Woody at Verna's home. He had such fun over the busy Memorial Day weekend with all the other "canine" guests - being with Verna and Lucy in her warm and welcoming home is a treat for our Woody, thanks Verna!
Loved the picture updates! I'm very thankful Verna was able to help us out last minute.
Wonderful experience once again!! Verna takes such good care of our dog that I feel that I am leaving her with family. We love the daily updates and pictures. We appreciate the love and attention she offers.
Barkley enjoyed his stay and came home very relaxed which allowed me to be relaxed as well. Verna is the best!
This was out first time using doggy vacay and we could not be happier. Verna was great! She was very flexible with pick up and drop off times. We loved getting daily doggie updates. Thank you.
Another trouble free visit for Freddy.He made a new friend too.Peace of mind for us and a happy dog back home.Thank you Verna.
Wrigley had another great stay with Verna, Lucy and his new furry buddies. This was our longest stay away from Wrigley and we were so relaxed knowing he was well cared for. He got to meet and play with 2 new dogs! The daily pictures are just fantastic!!! Wrigley always runs right up to her door every time we drop him off. So thankful to have found his home away from home! Thank you Verna and Lucy!!
Freddy is a happy chappy with Verna. He gets a bit anxious when we leave him but Verna makes him comfortable in her own home and calms him down.He is relaxed enough to assume the role of laundry thief. Gary
Another great overnight stay at Verna's for our dog Cisco. He had great time as usual and was sad to leave. Thank you Verna for being so flexible and accommodating!
Barkley was at his first overnight without Mom. I was worried about his behavior but between Verna and her well trained "doggie host" Lucy, Barkley had a fantastic time. The pictures of his day were very welcome. Being able to sleep with Lucy kept him from missing me too much. He will be back!
Woody had another great vacation with Verna. Verna and family have given us a great comfort level when we are away from Woody - this truly makes traveling more enjoyable! Thank you, Verna.
I had the most amazing and caring experience with Verna and their family. I had to travel back to my home country (Brazil) for a long vacation time (22 days). My 2 Chihuahauas stayed with Verna and I am sure they had a great time. More important than that I can tell I felt so confident and so safe that I could actually enjoy my days out of the country. Verna sent me pictures and notes everyday (email, text messages) and I could see they were so happy to be there. There were always laying on the couch, laying on Verna's laps. I sure recommend Verna and their family to any of my best friends here in Chicago.
Her house is the best, very safe for small dogs like my Chihuahuas.
If I need a host again I will not think about anyone else besides Verna.
Another carefree weekend for the little hairy boy
Woody thanks you for a great "overnight" in Lake Bluff - thank you, Verna!
Woody had another great stay with Verna and Lucy - thank you, Verna for providing such a warm home experience for our big guy!
Verna made it so easy to leave my dog in her care. She sent messages with pictures every day we were gone. I didn't have to worry at all! Bentley had a wonderful time and I think he missed Lucy for a couple days aftere he came home.
Freddy just back from a little break with Verna - happy and rested. Gary
Verna was amazing host to our dog Cisco! He was very well cared for and felt right at home. We got daily updates and photos of him. When we got stuck at the airport and couldn't fly back home for extra two days Verna had no problem keeping Cisco longer. Highly recommended!!!
Freddy's first time with Verna. He had a great time. I was looking for a home from home for the little chap and I think this is it.
Excellent experience! Verna is kind and welcoming; Molly had a great time!
Wrigley LOVES him home away from home with Verna and Lucy! He runs right up to her door wagging his tail --- every time!!! She is wonderful!!!
Another great stay for Scully. He always gets great care and he looks stress free when I pick him up (unlike kennel visits).
Another great stay with Lucy and Verna!! Their home is Wrigley's home away from home--- we are so thankful to have found Verna.
We could not have been happier. It was our first time using dogvacay and will definitely use again! Verna took great care of our dog and kept us updated with pictures and emails. My daughters loved seeing the pictures of their dog while we were gone. I felt so much more comfortable leaving her with a loving family rather then putting her in a kennel. Thank you Verna!
Wrigley ran right into Verna's home wagging his tail ---- excited for his mini vacation. She took such good care of him, we are so happy we found her and Lucy!!
Wonderful! I felt very comfortable leaving Franklin with Verna! He can be a little anxious; she was so kind to send a picture and update to let me know he settled in well after I left. Would highly recommend!
Wrigley had another great stay with Verna and Lucy. This was the longest we were ever away from Wrigley and the email updates with pictures helped us know that He was enjoying his vacation too. Verna was so kind and took such good care of Wrigley. Looking forward to using her services again.
We have used Verna on several occasions, for short stays as well as long vacations. Our dog has always been well cared for. He gets play time with the house dog, yard time, and regular walks. Verna sends us regular updates and pictures via the phone. The last time I dropped him off it was like taking a kid to kindergarten, he was so excited to be back that he didn't even notice I was leaving, even though he knew he was in for an extended stay (crate, food, toys that stayed with him). It gives us peace of mind to know our dog has a home away form home when needed.
Wrigley had a great time with Verna and Lucy. His first visit was an over night visit and he had fun playing with Lucy. He was so tired the next day from playing. Verna was so kind and she sent us pictures of his stay while he was there.
We are looking forward to having Wrigley visit again soon!!!
We had an excellent experience. Verna took a good care of our dog Champ while we were away for a weekend. We will use Verna's services again and will recommend her to our friends.
Woody had another GREAT stay with Verna and family including her dog Lucy! He truly felt at home - we are so very grateful we found Verna.
Verna was awesome!!!! It was so nice to be able to find someone so caring last minute. She was extremely accommodating as far as meet and greet, pick-up and drop-off. Leaving our pup last minute was hard to do, but Verna was sure to email and text while we were go so we knew exactly how much fun our Westie was having! Toby also made a new friend in Lucy! Thanks again!!
I felt very comfortable leaving my dog in the care of Verna. There was a big fenced-in backyard for the dogs to play in, and a sunroom for them to enjoy. Verna's dog, Lucy, was mild mannered and got along fine with my dog. I'm very glad to find Verna and DogVacay for the times when I can't take my dog along with me.
We had a great experience with Verna! Her home is warm and welcoming and our 5 year old labrador
found a new friend in Lucy. We loved getting the picture updates from Verna and felt very assured Woody was well cared for - a five star experience for all!
Verna is great -- we know Gatsby is in good hands whenever we are away. It was really nice to get a few pictures while we were gone. Thanks for taking great care of our dog! 5 stars!
Verna was awesome. She is very easy to work with and has a genuine love for dogs. Ginger was happy and pampered. Verna sent us emails and phone texts with pictures and updates. We would definitely use Verna again for our next vacation.
Another great stay with Verna and Lucy!
Verna was an excellent host for Gunner when we went to Thailand for two weeks. We have never left our baby for so long, so naturally, we were concerned. We didn't want to leave her in boarding for that long of a time, and this was our first time using Verna was great! We were able to communicate via email and saw pictures of Gunner and Lucy playing all the time. When we picked her up, she seemed happy, healthy, and well taken care of. We will definitely be using Verna & Lucy the next time we go out of town!
Verna was great!
Our dog Scully had a great stay with Verna for 2 weeks recently while we were out of the country. Verna provided us with photos and updates regularly via email and was extremely accommodating in our drop-off and pick-up times. With a fenced in backyard, and a four-footed playmate (Lucy), Scully had a great time and looked in great shape when we picked him up. We would definitely board with Verna again!

Another wonderful stay with Verna! Maggie was relaxed and happy when we picked her up. She loves playing with Lucy!
Verna was very hospitable and kinda. She took great care of Tuttle and was very helpful, this being my first time using the site. I would recommend Verna if you live in the area!
Verna took such great care of our Maggie! She was responsive and trustworthy - which made it easy to enjoy our week long vacation, knowing our dog was happy and safe. Maggie loved playing with Lucy, Verna's dog, and Verna even sent us pictures of the two of them having fun! Maggie was calm and relaxed when we picked her up - a noticeable difference from when we have picked her up from more formal boarding places. It was clear she was stress free and at home while we were gone. We hope that Maggie will get to stay with Verna and Lucy again soon!
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