Pup-Venture at Forest Park

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Laura M.

17 Reviews
4 Repeat Guests
Other Sitters Nearby
  • 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 Vaccinated

Laura's Resident Pets

Treeing Walker Coonhound
2 yr 1 mo old

Laura's House

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Medium Yard
100% fenced
Smoke-free home
Pets allowed on furniture
Air-conditioned inside
Dog door access

About Laura

15 Years Experience Caring For Dogs
We know how nice it is to go on a trip and feel assured that your pup is well-taken care of and having fun in your absence. We feel lucky to have dogvacay when we travel and love hosting other pups when we're in town.

We welcome all sizes, small to giant, and are happy to take care of multiple dogs from the same family. Our energetic Coonhound, Patsy, has never met a fuzzy friend she didn't love, and neither have we!

We work from home and have flexible schedules, so your pup(s) will get plenty of attention and love from us and from Ms. Patsy. Our canine guests are free to go inside and out as needed throughout the day as we have a completely fenced in backyard. Your dog's visit is sure to include lots of playtime, running through the woods (on leash of course!), naps on our sunny back porch, and snuggles on our comfy couch. Your pup will be part of the family in no time!

We have been caring for dogs for 15+ years and both of us grew up with pups at home. We live next to Forest Park in a pet-friendly bungalow with a fenced-in yard. We are right near I-91 and are not far from the Pike. Many guests have enjoyed our proximity to Bradley Airport & the Springfield Train/Bus station. We look forward to meeting you and your pup(s)!
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Can administer oral medicine
Special Needs Accommodated
  • Leash Pulling
  • Not yet house-trained

Laura M.

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


  • Available
  • Unavailable
  • 1 Spot Left
  • Booked
  • Last updated February 4, 2017


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Premium Pet Insurance, 24/7 Customer Support and Daily Photo Updates!

Services & Rates

Boarding Overnight At Laura's Home
$35 /night
  • Watches up to 2 dogs/night
  • Dogs may be unsupervised for no more than 1 hour/day
  • 5+ potty breaks/day
  • 3+ walks/day
  • Pets can sleep wherever they want
Daycare At Laura's Home
$25 /day
  • Watches up to 3 dogs/day
$10 each way
  • Willing to travel 10 miles
17 Reviews
Laura & Alex were amazing, Patsy too! It was so nice to be so far away and get regular updates on all of my pups adventures, including hikes and playtime. I would use them again any time. They were very accommodating and Cato had a wonderful time!
Kobi absolutely loved it. He must've slept for a day and a half when we brought him back home. He was very well taken cared of. Laura was able to stay with him on extremely short notice and was very flexible with the pick up and drop off.
Happy my hyperactive dog felt at home and when she came home actualy I was able to finally to relax myself Alex and Laura are great
With less than a week to go before our vacation, we found Laura on dog vacay. We had a meet-and-greet which went wonderful and she and her husband decided that our beagle Russell would be a good fit with them and agreed to watch him while we were away for 7 days. I knew from the minute I met them that Russell would be in wonderful hands and he absolutely was! I received daily updates and photos which reassured me that Russell was loved and cared for more than I could ever expect. He went on long walks and was able to explore, the way hounds need to. The fact that they own a hound too was a bonus! The dogs got along great. I hope that Laura and Alex are available every time we need a sitter for our baby
Laura is fabulous! I go to The Big E every year and this was the first year I'd have a dog in need of a sitter. Thankfully I found Laura because she is wonderful! Her dog Patsy and my dog Maple got along great! Laura sent me a few photos of Maple enjoying her day which definitely put me at ease. Very friendly family with a nice fenced in yard! Will definitely book with her anytime I am in the area! Maple slept through the night and half of the next day after her stay here =D
Laura, Alex and Patsy were fabulous from meet and greet, reservations, drop off, pictures throughout the day and finally pick up, every part was comfortable and easy.
Patsy (their pup) is energetic and playful, their yard was a perfect puppy play space, and Forest Park is practically in their backyard for more adventures and exercise.
My dog is 7 months young and full of energy and a bit of mischief but they weren't turned off. The pictures throughout the day were of pure fun and a great comfort to see.
We've already made our next reservations.
Great people, great house, happy dog! Our pup stays with Laura and Alex for day visits. They provide mid date update photos and are often flexible with drop off/pick up times. They are our go to in the Springfield area!
Laura is very nice, felt comfortable leaving Daisy with her. Daisy and her dog Patsy got along right away. I would highly recommend her to anyone and bring Daisy back.
Laura and Alex were awesome. They made sure to keep me inform of how Bentley was doing during his stay with them. They were very welcoming and friendly, and took good care of him. I am really thankful and recommend them to anybody. I won't hesitate to make another reservation with them.
Words can't express how happy we were with Laura and Alex. We were very nervous to leave our puppy for a week. I knew right from the meet and greet that he would be loved and cared for, and I was right. You can tell right from the start that Laura and Alex are dog lovers, they treated our puppy as their own. Our puppy had a great time with their dog Patsy, too! We looked forward to out daily updates while we were away. Helped us to relax and enjoy our vacation knowing our puppy was well taken care of. I would highly recommend them. We will definitely use them whenever we need a pet sitter.
Laura was terrific...flexible with our schedule for the drop off and pick up and took great care of Beaver. We will definitely contact her again if we need a pet sitter.
What a great vacation Braxton (our 5 year old Weimaraner) had! As did we! Knowing he was doing well and in a place that was similar to what his normal home life is like allowed us to fully enjoy our trip. Laura did such an excellent job keeping us updated on his adventures with Ms. Patsy. After having a couple of negative experiences with a local kennel, I was so excited to find Laura and Alex on dogvacay. Braxton was so well taken care of and clearly had a wonderful time because he has been contently sleeping for hours since we picked him up! We will be using Laura again in the future!
Laura - and Patsy - were wonderful hosts. Koa was well cared for and had a great time playing. We will surely come back when we are back in Massachusetts. I can't recommend Laura highly enough.
This was my first time leaving Reagan for more than a night. Laura and Alex were excellent and made me feel very comfortable leaving Reagan for the week. Patsy helped Reagan settle right in and they got along great. Picture updates through out the week showed that Reagan was well cared for and having a great time. Thank you to Laura and Alex for taking such great care of Reagan and keeping a nervous mom up to date.
Laura and Alex were truly wonderful dog-sitters, and Domino could not have been treated better! It is obvious that they know a lot about dogs and just enjoy being around them. It's rare that Domino actually feels at home when he's in someone else's house, but when I went to pick him up, he was sleeping peacefully all curled up on the doggie bed near Laura! She and Alex obviously gave him ample exercise and they even sent me photos of their hiking trips! Domino was very happy and so was I, and I won't hesitate to contact them in the future when we need another sitter!
Laura was a good host for our dog. He stayed there for an overnight, they were very flexible on drop off and pick up times. An update with pictures was provided during the stay. They have a welcoming dog home and I would have no hesitations recommending or utilizing them again.
This was our first try with Dogvacay. Laura & Alex and their dog Patsy were very welcoming and my dog had a great visit. We will be coming back.
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