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Don & Val C.

34 Reviews
19 Repeat Guests
$35/night
Other Sitters Nearby
  • Responds within 2 hours
  • Cancellation Policy:
    Flexible

Pet Requirements

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

Don & Val's Resident Pets

Mocha Bella
Female
5 yr 6 mo old
Daisy Mae
Miniature Schnauzer
Female
3 yr 6 mo old

Don & Val's House

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About Don & Val

We are very active in the dog rescue community, helping by fostering dogs and putting on fund raisers.
Our home has a large fenced in yard, there is plenty of room to run and play.
We are a family of five who actively participate in the care of our pets.
We have two small friendly dogs, Mocha Bella is a 4 year old Porkie Poo and Daisy Mae is a 2 year old miniature Schnauzer. They love all dogs big or small. Our dogs are walked daily rain, snow, or shine yours will be too!
Our children ages 20, 14, 13 love dogs and are very involved. Your dog will not be alone longer 3 hrs.
While at our home your pet is part of our family!

We'd love to have you set up a meet and greet with us!
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Don & Val C.

34 Reviews
19 Repeat Guests
$35/night
Other Sitters Nearby
  • Responds within 2 hours
  • Cancellation Policy:
    Flexible

Availability

  • Available
  • Unavailable
  • 1 Spot Left
  • Booked
  • Last updated November 3, 2016

Credentials

Background Checked
This sitter has passed a background check, which searches a variety of criminal databases.
Facebook Connected
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Premium Pet Insurance, 24/7 Customer Support and Daily Photo Updates!

Services & Rates

Boarding Overnight At Don & Val's Home
$35 /night
  • Watches up to 4 dogs/night
House Sitting Overnight At Your Home
$45 /night
Home Visits
$15 /visit
  • Willing to travel 6 miles
34 Reviews
The Cushman family was a perfect fit for our Viszla, Hudson. He is a high energy dog, who loves his family and the Cushman's made him feel right at home. They were able to watch him on short notice for almost two weeks! He transitioned back to our home seemlessly. We are lucky that Hudson has a wonderful place to go when we want to get away. Thanks Cushmans!
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Don and Val were great! Their whole family (including their dogs) made my dog feel right at home.
At first I was extremely scared to trust total strangers to watch and care for my 7th month old pup. But as soon as you meet Don and Val all those feels go away. The entire household loves canines, and they were so excited to have my pup for the weekend. I received updated texts/pictures/Facebook posts about how my dog was doing. To be honest I felt extremely jealous because it looked like my dog was having so much fun! But most importantly I was relieved that I found a family whom I could entrust my best friend for the weekend. Thank you guys for taking such good care of my dog! I will definitely be using their services again.
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Super easy to get ahold of and great accommodations with my short notice pick up and drop off times!
Don and Val, Thank you!
They took wonderful care of Max and Meesha.
Your family was understanding of our urgency and late notice, and you made our precious pets feel like they were home while we were away.
We will definitely call on you whenever we need a trusting, safe and loving home to leave our precious pals with.
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I was very nervous about leaving my dog overnight with people I/we didn't know, aside from the greet and meet. Mulligan seemed excited when we got there as there were other dogs there for him to play with, which was a good thing as it made it easier for us to leave. We were at my son's wedding and later on in the evening they sent us 4-5 pictures to show us that our dig was comfortable and happy. That definitely put me at ease.
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Don and Val were great- super friendly and have a great yard for the dogs to run around in. They sent lots of pics as well, which was very reassuring as this was our first time leaving our dog. He was definitely spoiled on his dog vacay :)
Don and Val were great and took wonderful care of our dog. He's a bit older and they made sure he was comfortable and happy the whole time. I'll definitely book with them again!
I can't imagine a better place for a dog to stay. Don and Val are truly dog lovers and treat their boarders as if they were part of the family. I would give them a 10 star rating if it was an option!
My dog, Lucille, stayed with Don and Val for a week in Syracuse and had an amazing time. Don and Val were very communicative and accommodating of my schedule and (rather complicated) arrangements. They kept Lucille very happy and safe, and sent me pictures of her having a blast the whole time. If you have a pup who needs a place to crash in Syracuse, I cannot recommend Don and Val highly enough. Wonderful people and pet caretakers.
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I am so relieved to have found not only a trustworthy family to watch my baby, but also a family that loves dogs as much as they do. My dog slept for a solid 15 hours straight after we picked her up because she had so much fun at Don and Val's! I was also very appreciative of the adorable pictures that they sent to me while I was out of town. Lexi can't wait to play with Daisy and Mocha again!
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These folks are truly dog lovers, the whole family!
So, rest assured that you will have a dog-gone-it
vacation, while your pet is having one as well. Our
dog Biscuit had his first swim at the host's pool, and
generally had such a fabulous time that he nearly
slept all the way home, 8 hrs of journey. Thank
you for the care, Donald - a well-deserved five-star
host family in all aspects! John
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Don & Val are the only sitters we use when we are in Syracuse! I think they love our pup more than we do. :)
Fantastic stay! Our dog couldn't be happier and they definitely kept him busy with all kind of activities! This is by far the best dog vacay he had!
Donald and Family were AMAZING! I cannot recommend them enough. If you're a little nervous or unsure, don't be. Take your best friend right to Donald and his family and know that he or she is being cared for, loved, and is having a wonderful time. In fact, your little pooch is probably in for a better vacation than you are when they stay here!

We'll be back again and again!
:)
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This could not have been any better of an experience. Normally, when we go away our two wises, Mac & Apple, stay with friends of ours. I found this wonderful site online, and as a result found another family of friends! Don, Val and their whole family were absolutely PERFECT!
We received updates (texts and pics) regularly and it was clear the Mac and Apple were having as wonderful a vacation as a dog could hope for!! Daily double walks, a yard to run in, friends of all shapes and sizes to play with, plus a POOL!!!
This family LOVES dogs and does a great job of making their visitor's stay special.
It was clear that our dogs were loved and happy while we were away.
There are not enough stars in the rating system to indicate how happy we are with this experience and our new family of friends.
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Donald and his family took great care our dog. They sent lots of pictures of her having fun with their dogs. She was tired out by the time she got back home. We'll certainly ask them to watch our dog again in the future.
I was worried sick all week about leaving my two terrier pups with strangers, especially people with dogs themselves. My fears were gone as soon as I met Don and later on his wife and two sweet dogs they had! The whole time I was gone I received pictures and videos of the dogs playing and having a great time. They were very accommodating and I would definitely recommend using them
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I've known Don since our college days. His compassion and love for animals has always been visible. He once had a little dog he used to carried with him every where. My two chow chows were taken care better than I had expected. I would recommend his family to care for your animal like they were his own. I have used another doggie daycare and found this to be a better choice in the future.
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Donald's whole household was fantastic! They even sent pictures for me throughout the weekend. We are leaving our dog with them again for a whole week in July. I fully recommend them!
We could not have asked for a better DogVacay experience! Vito had a wonderful time on his overnight and was treated like part of the family. Thank you so much!!
Don, Val and the boys were great with Bojangles. They loved Bo as one of their own for the 2 months he was with them. They would get on the floor to snuggle or their son would lay and read with him. We got pictures and phone calls for updates. We feel like they are part of Bo's family now. I would highly recommend Don and his family, you can travel without worry.
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Leaving Molly with Donald C was like leaving her with friends only better -- because we live in Manhattan, and Donald and his family live in a nice house with a big, fenced-in back yard. It wasn't just the house and the yard, though. Donald and his wife are true dog lovers. They don't just "board" dogs -- they welcome them as temporary pets into their home and their lives. Both sent frequent text updates with photos and video of Molly playing with their pups (and a visitor) and having a great time. These are very kind, authentic, and responsible people. Highest recommendation.
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Great care for our puppy. Will use them again.
The whole family was very attentive to Hyatt. They even let her sleep with their son when she needed a little extra attention.
Our dog is just a puppy and he had a wonderful time during his DogVacay! He was happy and healthy and we are so excited to have found someone to rely on for when we need a hand with him!
Everything was great, as usual. Our dog was comfortable there all week. It was evident in the pictures Don sent while we were away. Will certainly be using him again when we travel.
What a great family! Loma really enjoyed her stay and even came home with a new toy! We got video and text updates the entire time we were away, and they were even kind enough to check in on her once she got home. Loma will definitely be staying again!
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Donald and his family were so nice and loving to Dora! It was a really great experience for us!
Don and his family took our pup at the last minute due to a family emergency. We were very grateful to find such a great family to watch her.
Don and his family were super nice and it was clear how much they love dogs. My dog Hawk did not want to leave when we came to pick him up!
Donald and his family were amazing! My husband and I were heading down to the city and Donald was available on short notice to look after our little guy. Being that Kevin is my one and only fur baby, Donald provided me with pictures and video to let me know how Kevin was doing. It was a great feeling of reassurance knowing Kevin was in great hands. He got plenty of love and playtime with his dogs Daisy and Mocha. I couldn't have been happier with our experience. We will 100% be bringing Kevin back there for any of our future needs!
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I totally 100% trust my puppy with Don and his awesome family. Don, his wife, Val, and their wonderful kids all seem to take part in welcoming new dogs. Communication was great leading up to our trip. They were available for a pre-trip FaceTime chat, and then welcomed us with open arms when we arrived at their lovely house. Their huge enclosed backyard is great for dogs. They have two little dogs who are adorable and harmless. There was also one other sweet [foster] dog there when we left our 7 month old puppy for 3 nights. That dog and our dog became fast friends. Our puppy has lots of energy and likes to chew on everything, but this family of dog lovers did not seem to mind. They sent us a few photos and videos each day. I'm pretty sure our dog was very sad to leave them. We will definitely use them again!
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They are a great loving family who take care of your furry loved ones. I even liked that they send pictures of my dogs periodically throughout the weekend. I would definitely use them again.
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