Puppy Chill Zone

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Heather R.

43 Reviews
23 Repeat Guests
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  • Same day bookings are OK
  • Responds within 3 hours
  • Cancellation Policy:

Pet Requirements

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

Heather's Apartment

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Smoke-free home
Pets allowed on furniture
Air-conditioned inside

About Heather

10 Years Experience Caring For Dogs
Welcome to the Puppy Chill Zone

Our tranquil apartment is the perfect environment for your dog to really feel like they are on vacation! Days full of playing and long walks, with nights full of belly rubs from two attentive hosts who will make them feel at ease. We love sharing cuddles and snuggles on the couch to really make your dog feel at home.

My boyfriend and I are both educated
professionals working traditional hours Monday thru Friday. However, I do work from home occasionally and we both are home nights and weekends- we are laid back and flexible for you!

We live in a 4 story walk up. It is a very spacious 2 bedroom and sits on a quiet block with a short walk to nearby Astoria Park. We are conveniently located off of 30th Ave and 42nd Street in Astoria. This is an ideal location for clients who may be travelling in and out of Laguardia Airport.

We typically watch one dog at a time (unless they come together) to ensure they get all the attention they need. I grew up around a small heard of Australian shepherds and well versed in training or re-enforcing training if needed. My boyfriend, Chris, spent most of his recent years loving and caring for a Boxer, Fang, and we both love doggie sitting for our friends and family!

If you have any questions, please don't hesitate and simply click on ' Ask Host a Question'

We do accept dogs of all sizes, even the small pee-pad trained :)

We can't wait to hear from you and meet your fur buddy!

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Can administer oral medicine
Special Needs Accommodated
  • Leash Pulling

Heather R.

43 Reviews
23 Repeat Guests
Other Sitters Nearby
  • Same day bookings are OK
  • Responds within 3 hours
  • Cancellation Policy:


  • Available
  • Unavailable
  • 1 Spot Left
  • Booked
  • Last updated January 18, 2017


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Services & Rates

Boarding Overnight At Heather's Home
$40 /night
  • Watches up to 3 dogs/night
  • Dogs may be unsupervised for more than 4 hours/day
  • 3-4 potty breaks/day
  • 3+ walks/day
  • Pets can sleep wherever they want
43 Reviews
Heather was great! Knox was very well taken care of, and I would definitely use her again!
Saki had a wonderful time at Heathers! I could tell when I picked Saki up that she really took to Heather/ home. I loved that Heather sent me pictures of Saki everyday while we were away, it really gave me peace of mind and we appreciated the high touch communication.

We definitely recommend Heather for your like doggy daughter or son :)
My 7 year old male pit bull, Bam Bam, loves Heather! I think she's great...and even though I don't want you to book her when I need her :), I highly recommend her!
Heather was very communicative and made the entire process very easy for me and my dog. I would highly recommend her to anyone looking for boarding and will definitely be returning in the future.
I have left Jasper with Heather and Chris now a handful of times. Every time I pull up to their door he is dragging me up the stairs to their apartment. I wouldn't trust him with anyone else but them!
Heather is great! We left Lily with her during a recent week long trip and she took great care of her. Heather is great about sending daily updates and I can tell that Lily had a happy stay with her while we were away. She is great with dogs and I would def recommend to others!
Heather has been accommodating and reliable and Charlie Brown loves vacaying with her. She's the first person I reach out to when I need someone to take care of CB - Heather is great!
Heather has a keen intuition of exactly what my dog is thinking and what to do about it in any situation. I have a 11-year old golden who on a good day is a finicky eater. He ate nothing the last two places I left him. With Heather, he ate just like at home.

It was also kinda seamless between how he lives and where he naps at home and at Heather's. She let him do as he normally would. On the furniture? Just like at home.

I don't think I have ever picked my dog up in such a relaxed state. I honestly think she is a dog whisperer. She really understands dogs.
Heather was great! Very accommodating! Will definitely use again!
Heather was a wonderful pup host for Charlie Brown - even though she typical takes in one at a time, for CB's stay, there was a very active Boxer pup that kept CB engaged. I would definitely recommend Heather for pup sitting - she's flexible and very easy to work with.
Heather and Chris were AWESOME!!! They were great with Jasper and he came home a very happy puppy! I received daily photos and Jasper always had a smile on his face! I will definitely be using their services again. It's a great feeling to know he was in a fun safe environment while I was away!
Heather R was a great host for my senior pup Bella. She was able to host with just one day's notice and communicated well throughout the stay. I will book with Heather R again.
My 2 dogs stayed over weekend as my husband and I had a wedding out of town. Heather was great about sending us updates and photos during their stay and when we returned we knew they had a great time! We even had a 2 hour delay and Heather was so accommodating and understanding about our late night pickup (thank you so much!) I would definitely use Heather as a sitter for future trips and would definitely recommend to friends! Your dogs will be in great hands :)
Super accommodating and attentive. Daily photos while I was away were great + availability over the holidays was so useful. The best!
Knox was very well taken care of while I was gone! From the picture updates, I can see he was enjoying himself! I would definitely use them again!
Heather and Chris were fantastic! We had a meetup with Heather and she was very warm and welcoming and their home is the same. Drop off was easy and they made us feel very comfortable with leaving our dog Eva with them. They sent us daily texts with photos and Eva looked so happy and comfortable! We are so glad that they gave Eva the attention she needs and we would be comfortable to leave her again with Heather and Chris. Thank you guys so much!!
Heather replied to and accommodated my last-minute request promptly. Tango received a warm greeting when he arrived. He is slightly excitable with a bit of separation anxiety, but he was made to feel right at home. Heather sent me cute photo updates in which Tango looked really happy & comfortable; I felt really at ease.
I left my pug with Heather for the weekend and have no regrets. Ozzy seemed very happy when I got him back.
Heather was amazing. It was my first time using dogvacay, and I was more than a little worried. Edie is high energy and quick to find fun/trouble in a home. Heather's cool vibe put Edie and me at ease immediately. I came home after five days to a really happy and relaxed pup!
Heather was great host! She was very quick to respond when we reached out to her for an update on how Max was doing. Max enjoyed his time with Heather and her boyfriend, we look forward to using them again next time we need someone to watch him.
Heather was very prompt with responses and friendly. She sent pictures of Toby and always kept me updated. This was Toby first time and Heather did the best she can to make him feel at home and comfortable. Times for drop off worked well with my schedule. Overall I loved having Heather dog sit Toby and will use her again for my next vacation.
We were very nervous about leaving our foster dog with new people; she's a lovely girl, but has some issues which need careful handling. Heather made the whole process easy, dealt beautifully with Lola and left us feeling relaxed and confident throughout our trip. She sent regular updates, and Lola quite clearly loved her time in the Puppy Chill Zone :-)
Heather was a great host - friendly and responsive, and clearly loves dogs! They definitely have a solid puppy chill zone.
Heather is so great!! She was able to accommodate a very early drop off (7am) and was flexible with pick up time. Heather sent us daily picture/text updates and showered our pup with love. She is very sweet and easy to communicate. We look forward to working with Heather again. Thank you!! Love from Ghost.
This was our first time leaving our one year old dog; we weren't crazy about the idea of boarding him, and wanted to make sure he got individual attention and care while we were out of the country, which is exactly what he got from Heather and Chris. From our first contact with them, Heather and Chris were incredibly responsive and very accommodating - we had to re-work our reservation at the last minute due to a minor health issue with our dog, and they couldn't have been more flexible and understanding. We got our first photo and update before our flight, which greatly put our minds at ease. What really made us feel comfortable and that we had made the right decision was getting the daily photos and updates - seeing our dog happy and doing the same things he does at our home were exactly the reasons we decided to go with a petsitter rather than boarding, and we knew we had made the right decision going with Heather and Chris. Our dog has been his normal, happy self since we picked him up, which is another sign that he had a great time while we were gone. Highly recommend Heather and Chris!
Heather and Chris were super accommodating! The saw us right away, and Doozer made himself right at home in their home. While I was away, they sent pictures and assured me that he continued to be in good hands.

My dog is pretty active, and he looked very happy to be there. Would gladly recommend Heather and Chris!
Heather was great and I know this because my super attached frenchie didn't even seem to care so much that it was time to go home. Heather was responsive and sent us daily updates (which is a must for me). I am one of those neurotic dog moms and had a hard time finding a suitable host. We liked Heather the first time we met her and we knew she would be the right person to handle our frenchie and all her quirks. Heather made me felt at ease while I was away and most importantly it was evident my frenchie really enjoyed her stay. Highly recommend to anyone.
Let me start by saying I am always nervous leaving my two babies, and this was only the third time I have ever gone away since I got them. While one of them has stayed with sitters, the puppy (who is more monstrous than the other one) has only stayed with a friend whom she has known since she was a tiny pup. Recently I had to leave town for work for two nights, and my friend who had previously kept my puppy was unavailable. Needless to say this has caused a semi-great deal of panic for me, not only because I have to find a sitter for both of my dogs but also that I am not sure how the pup would take to a new sitter. Lucky for me Heather and Chris are my neighbors, and I had seen them competently handled other people's big and monstrous dogs before. Even then I was still nervous, and left them a looooong list of instruction. Heather and Chris were more than accommodating, and adhered to the instruction to a T! The pics were also what put my mind at ease. When I returned, the pups were happy and excited as ever. I would definitely leave them with Heather and Chris again.
Let's start off with the fact that the only people that I have ever trusted to watch our two Siberian Huskies has been family, and even then, with great apprehension.
Circumstances arose over the weekend that required my husband and I to make an emergency trip out of town. Our family was unavailable to watch out little monsters, and we were unable to take them. In a moment of desperation, we turned to Dog Vacay for help. (enter stage left Heather and Chris)
With great apprehension we left our puppies (6 years & 7 months) with two people that we had the opportunity to meet just 3 days before and just briefly then.
As we were gone for 4 days, it was amazing how the updates and pictures helped us to relax our worries about our two monsters, and focus on the purpose of our trip.
It would be prudent to note that our 7 month old little girl loves everyone however our 6 year old male does not.
Heather & Chris were able to build a rapport with them very quickly and were able handle them without incident.
I haven't had the opportunity to thank them properly for their services, but I hope that this review will express our heartfelt thanks to these two people that were able to open their hearts and their home to our little ones, and alleviate our concerns.
Thank you Heather & Chris. You will always have a recommendation from us.
Our two "frienemies" spent a second weekend with Heather and all went extremely well. They always come back to us happy.
Heather and Chris are great. Love that they're very responsive, available most of the time I reach out, and provide frequent updates. Bam Bam was right at home with them (just look at the photo of the white and brindle pit bull on their bed). Highly recommend them (but only when I don't need them myself :))!
Heather and her boyfriend Chris were great dog sitters. They sent daily updates with photos of my dog Maya along with details about her stay. I had even forgotten peanut butter for Maya's kong and they fed her some of their own. Would highly recommend Heather & Chris.
Barkley loved his stay with Heather. Great host.
Heather and Chris are awesome, very friendly & responsible couple. This was the first time we left our dog with a pet sitter. You really can tell that they enjoy taking care of dogs and when we returned our dog looked very healthy energetic & happy. Would definitely leave him with them again & would recommend them to friends & people on this site.
Heather was amazing. We rescued our Wookiee 5 months prior to getting married & she agreed to watch him & a friend's dog (best man). Our minds were completely at ease knowing they were in a loving home rather than a kennel. How could we possibly consider kenneling him after his terrible stay at the pound? We know well what a handful these two little monsters are but all went great in Heather's puppy chill zone.
Heather was a great host, she was very communicative and sent me picture updates on how my dog was going. I felt at ease leaving my dog with her and had a great vacation. Thanks Heather!
Heather is a phenomenal puppy sitter. She sent pictures daily, and kept us in the loop on how our old girl was doing. With other dogsitters, I've had the experience when Tikka comes home that she's upset with us or somewhat depressed - but not at all in this case. If there was any issue at all, it was that Tikka wanted us to bring Heather home with us too! Honestly - you should have no concerns when leaving your furbaby with Heather. I will certainly be using her again should we go away and need her services.
We left our puppy, Buddy, with Heather for a weekend and he had a great time! She was so thoughtful to send us pics of Buddy everyday while we were gone and their place was just beautiful and a perfect place to host. We are using Heather again and have also referred her to a few other friends with dogs.
Thank you both!
Heather was an awesome host! She was sweet, accommodating, and a total professional, experienced dog lover! She made my pup Mollie feel at home and worked on bonding with her immediately. When Mollie got homesick and was distracted, Heather pulled out even more stops to make her comfortable by giving her extra walks, more play time, and lots of cuddles. I received daily updates and pics from Heather, and she was extremely flexible with my pickup and dropoff times. I would highly recommend her!
Marv loves his weekends with Heather!
Marv loves his weekends with Heather and we always know that he is well taken care of.
We are always a bit nervous leaving our dog Marv with new people, but he truly loved his long weekend with Heather and Chris. Heather and Chris were always in touch which made us feel at ease. We were so thankful for our picture and text updates letting us know that Marv was having a great time. Marv got a ton of exercise and was completely exhausted when he got home. Overall, it was a great experience for both us and Marv and we highly recommend Heather and Chris. Marv cannot wait to go back.
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