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Heather M.

34 Reviews
16 Repeat Guests
Other Sitters Nearby
  • Same day bookings are OK
  • Responds within 6 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
Akita, Alaskan Malamute, Pit Bull - American Staffordshire Terrier, Basset Hound, Bernese Mountain Dog, Boxer, Pit Bull - Bull Terrier, Chihuahua, Chow Chow, Doberman Pinscher, German Shepherd Dog, Golden Retriever, Great Dane, Great Pyrenees, Labrador Retriever, Miniature Pinscher, Pomeranian, Pug, Rottweiler, Samoyed, Shiba Inu, Siberian Husky, Vizsla

Heather's Resident Pets

5 yr 10 mo old

Heather's House

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

About Heather

15 Years Experience Caring For Dogs
*Please note that we only accept non-shedding, hypoallergenic dogs at this time.*


My name is Heather and I live in North Park with my husband, Vince, and our dog, Baxter. Baxter is a 5 year old, 25lb Cockapoo and we rescued him from a local, independent rescue in Feb. 2013. He was very shy and skiddish when we first brought him home but he has come out of shell and is such a happy little guy now. We've never rescued a dog before and didn't know what to expect but we showered with tons of love and he, in turn, learned to trust again . We love him dearly and he has been an absolute dream dog!

We have a good-sized backyard and grassy area that the dogs can always access via doggy door from the house. Our yard is fully fenced and secure so you don't have to worry about your pet escaping or getting lost while outside. We love taking Baxter to the dog park, on hikes and to dog-friendly establishments and we'd love to take your furry friend with us as well!

Baxter gets along well with most dogs, though he prefers small, fluffy dogs like him. Please note that we are currently only accepting non-shedding, hypoallergenic dogs. I'd love the opportunity to meet and introduce our dogs to see if we are all a good fit for each other. If you'd like more information about myself, Baxter, my home or my availability, feel free to reach out at your convenience.
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Heather M.

34 Reviews
16 Repeat Guests
Other Sitters Nearby
  • Same day bookings are OK
  • Responds within 6 hours
  • Cancellation Policy:


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  • 1 Spot Left
  • Booked
  • Last updated February 15, 2017


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Services & Rates

Boarding Overnight At Heather's Home
$35 /night
  • Watches up to 2 dogs/night
  • Dogs may be unsupervised for more than 4 hours/day
  • Dogs will have full access outside for potty breaks
  • 2 walks/day
  • Pets can sleep wherever they want
34 Reviews
My dog loved being at Heathers and I really appreciated her patience and kindness. He is anxious, especially in new situations, and she was understanding, kind and she did anything she could to make him more comfortable.
Heather was easy to work with and took wonderful care of our Lil Lucy! We would definitely contact her again!
Jacques-imo had a great stay at Heather's place! Heather was very easy to communicate with and was flexible when I had a travel delay. I loved the cute pictures of Jacques playing with Baxter! Very highly recommended!
Jesse had another wonderful visit with Heather, Vince, and Baxter over Christmas week. Once again, he had a great experience and received top notch care! Evelyn Mason

Thank you for giving Sam such a welcoming stay. He came home calm and not needy, which tells me he had plenty of TLC in your home.

I regret that he was not able to make friends with Baxter. I know that is what we both had hoped for. Sam is going to meet two standard poodles that live in the building and we're hoping to work with them to be friendly.

Have you considered whether he would be welcome again?

Wishing you very happy and healthy holidays!

I would highly recommend them to take care of Bentley again. I didn't feel like I had to worry whether Bentley was being taken care comfortable. Heather kept me informed with pictures, which was really nice. Took Bentley on walks, even hiked Cowles Mtn. Also, it was nice for Bentley to be with just one dog Baxter, who he really likes. I know he had fun, he was tired for 2 days. Thanks you guys...hope to see you soon. :)
Bonny has stayed with Heather and Vince several times this spring. They are awesome! Bonny loves staying with them and being able to play with Baxter! She comes home exhausted...and even a little sad. Heather always keeps us posted by sending pics while we're gone. We are so comfortable leaving Bonny with them any time we're away.
Jesse loved his stay with Heather, Vince, and Baxter earlier this month! He received the best care and had so much fun!
This was my first experience with Dog Vacay and I was not disappointed. Heather and Vince were wonderful! My dog, Moti had a great time with them and their cutie, Baxter. They have a very charming, dog friendly home and live in a super cute walkable neighborhood. I received daily updates and pictures which proved how much fun Moti was having! Heather was extremely flexible when it came to pick-up time. When I arrived to pick up my dog, she didn't want to leave! I am already planning Mot's next visit with Baxter, Heather and Vince! Thank you so much guys for making my time away from my baby stress-free!
You are the best!!!
My dog Jack was so happy and comfortable with Heather and her family, including dog Baxter. She sent photos and texts letting me know how things were going, which was so appreciated. Jack loved his stay and was kind of sad when he got home for an hour or so. Highly recommend Heather.
I am beyond grateful for the care and love that Heather and Vince gave my Molly. It meant everything to me.. They are a gift!!!!!
Heather and Vince were very welcoming and genuine people. I enjoyed meeting them and so did my dog. I came to pick her up really early in the morning and I could see her through the screen door sitting on the back door step with heather and it melted my heart. It was the sweetest thing ever! They were very flexible with my schedule in dropping her off and picking her up and kept me updated during my time away from my dog. I would recommend them to everyone! And Baxter has a great temperament and can't wait to see them all again!
Jesse had another great stay with Heather, Vince, and Baxter. Jesse was well cared for and I couldn't be happier!
This was Bonny's longest stay yet -- nearly a week -- with Heather, Vince and Baxter. As always, she seemed to LOVE it! She was completely worn out when she got home. Heather kept us updated through pictures and texts, which were especially helpful for my daughter who was heading off to college. We will definitely be back!
We were not pleased with Heather's care. She watched Daisy three separate days and we will not book her again. She did great the first day, sent me updates and was friendly. However, the second time she watched Daisy my husband and I got stuck at work and she was very rude and annoyed at us for picking Daisy up at 7pm instead of 6:30 pm because they needed to go to a party. The third day she watched Daisy which was 2 weeks after the first two days, I dropped Daisy off and heather never mentioned needing to be at a boxing class at 7pm that night. I didn't hear from her all day, no pics, no messages..nothing. Finally, I work until 7pm and she called me at 6:40pm saying she needed to leave at 7pm for a class and asked if we were on our way. I got the message when I was leaving work and she locked Daisy in her house and said to come back at 9pm to pick her up. My husband was very upset she did this and called Heather and insisted she go back to her house immediately so we could pick Daisy up. She didn't say a word to my husband. We will never book her again. She was rude, was not offering her services clearly, and did not communicate with us. Thank you.
Bonny just returned from her third stay with Heather, Vince, and Baxter. As in the past, Heather sent us pictures and updates on how Bonny was doing. Bonny obviously had a great time; she's worn out and has been napping since she got home! We look forward to the next time!
Our dog had such a good time at Heather's house he slept for the next couple days. She sent me pictures everyday so we could see that he was doing well. They took him on a walk every day and the beach. I think he had more fun at heather's house then at our own. Since it was one of the first times leaving our dog alone we were a little concerned that he would be sad the whole time but he soon forgot about us and played with Baxter for 3 days straight.
Heather and Baxter were great!! We were able to book last minute and they were more than accommodating! We felt the home and property was perfect for our little Igor. The yard was secured and the home was homey. We were thrilled with all interactions and wouldn't hesitate to book again. Thank you, thank you for entertaining and caring for our boy!!
Would totally recommend Heather, Vince and Baxter's home to anyone who needs a happy doggy vacation spot! They are awesome! We just moved to San Diego and had previously only ever left our dog, Tucker, with our family and this was the first time we had to find someone new to watch him. Heather was a fantastic doggy host and it couldn't have been better! She sent us tons of photos so we could see all the fun Tucker was having hiking, playing with her dog Baxter, going to the dog park and more! Tucker looked like he had as fun a vacation as we did! Heather was so communicative it was wonderful. She is a warm person whose warmth extends to dogs. We are so appreciative they opened their home to share. We hope Heather can watch Tucker again when we travel as we know he was in such good hands.
Heather was great! We had to go out of town on relatively short notice, and Heather was able to accommodate us. It was the first time we had left our dog, Bonny, since rescuing her, but once we met Heather, we were very comfortable leaving Bonny with her. Heather sent us some great pics while we were gone. Bonny really seemed to enjoy herself; she misses Baxter now that she's home! We've already scheduled Bonny's next stay with Heather!
We were very happy to have Heather, Vince, and cutie boy Baxter take good care of Cosmo. They are the best dog sitters we've had. We never worried about Cosmo while we were traveling because Heather is very responsive and kept us in the know about Cosmo each day. She sent many photos and even took Cosmo for a few walking adventures. Their home is very clean and organized and the enclosed backyard is great for the pups to play in. We truly hope to have Heather and Vince watch after Cosmo again.
I was concerned about leaving my miniature poodle behind while I went away as he is an older dog and needs to take medication. Heather far exceeded my expectations in every way. She is awesome and I would highly recommend her. My poodle, Jesse, received excellent care and I so appreciated receiving updates and photos while away.
Heather and her family love dogs and her doggie, Baxter, is a sweetheart!!
Heather was great. She was so warm and friendly and made us feel very comfortable leaving our little Cavapoo in her care. Her dog Baxter was very friendly and helped keep our dog company. Our dog tends to be nervous with separation anxiety, but Heather was very understanding and did try to help him enjoy his stay with her and Baxter. Her rates are reasonable and we would highly recommend her if you are visiting the San Diego area and have a "hypoallergenic" type dog.
Fluffy spent a night at Heather's and he really enjoyed his time there. Everything was perfect and overall it was a great experience.
Our dog Lyla has stayed at Baxter's house (with Heather and Vince) several times already and she loves it! Heather is amazing at providing a safe and caring environment and sends regular updates with photos. Baxter is adorable and their home, with a doggie door leading to a nice backyard, is just great for dogs. They are the first family we have entrusted with sitting Lyla and we feel lucky to have found them. Thank you, Heather, Vince and Baxter!
Heather was beyond flexible! She made arrangements to accommodate our schedule and I felt so comfortable knowing our puppy would be cared for. Tons of outdoor activities, social time and attention that he would not have gotten at a commercial facility. This was our first experience with DogVacay and I couldn't be more satisfied! Thank you again, Heather!
Another terrific stay for Bentley with Heather and Vince. Bentley seems unhappy today. I think he misses playing with Baxter. Sue
My dog had the best time time with heather! Her adorable dog and ours became fast friends. I felt so comfortable an at ease leaving our dog for five days with her. She sent us the cutest pictures of her throughout our trip. They have a really nice house with plenty of room. Our dog even learned how to use the doggy door for the first time while she was there! I'm pretty sure our dog was actually sad she had to leave heather's haha. I would absolutely recommend her!
Coco Chanel had a wonderful stay with Heather, Vince & Baxter. They have a beautiful home and a very loving atmosphere -- I knew the minute we walked in that Coco would be happy and well taken care of. And that's exactly the way it was! Coco and Baxter had a great time together -- Heather kept in touch while we were gone and sent us the most amazing pictures of Coco and Baxter playing, resting and enjoying each other. We will definitely have Coco stay here again! Darla & Ron
Heather was great! She sent email updates and pictures everyday and was super friendly. We are so glad we found her to take care of our dog while we were out of the country getting married. Our little girl was in great hands! Also, Heather's house has an amazing yard for the dogs to play in and she's home during the day to spend time with them. We will definitely use her again in the future!
We needed a calm and happy place for our Beau to stay while we were away for the weekend, and Heather and Vince provided the perfect solution. At the meet-and-greet, our usually timid little dog responded very well to both of them. They eased him through his initial anxiety at dropoff and sent us updates and photos. We were very pleased with the care Beau received while we were out of town!
Heather, Vince and Baxter provided outstanding care for Bentley. He enjoyed playing with Baxter and I think he was sad to leave.
Their home is clean and dog friendly, with a back doggie door that Bentley loved. Their yard provided excellent running room, and the couple also took Baxter and Bentley on walks, including one in Balboa Park.
These are loving people who we highly recommend for dog sitting. We would love to use their services again.
Ron and Sue
Heather was amazing with Marley. Not only did she accept my last minute reservation but also extended another night for me with no problem. She sent me pics and updates of his fun time there and made sure he was well fed and tired :) By the time he got home, all he wanted to do was sleep. Shows me he had more than his share of fun! Thanks so much Heather.
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