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Marlize V.

59 Reviews
25 Repeat Guests
Other Sitters Nearby
  • Same day bookings are OK
  • Responds within 10 minutes
  • Cancellation Policy:

Pet Requirements

  • 1-20 lbs
  • 20-40 lbs
  • 40-80 lbs
  • 80+ lbs
All Ages OK
Must Be Vaccinated
List of Breeds Not Accepted
Pit Bull - American Staffordshire Terrier, Pit Bull - Bull Terrier, Pit Bull - Staffordshire Bull Terrier, Pit Bull - American Pit Bull Terrier

Marlize's Resident Pets

Australian Shepherd
4 yr 10 mo old

Marlize's House

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

About Marlize

25 Years Experience Caring For Dogs
Treat your dog to a fun and relaxing country vacation on 4 acres while you're away! Your pup will have plenty of room to run and play within a lush one-acre 6ft high fenced yard at my home just 10 min south ( 7 miles )outside of Lexington at exit 97 off I75. Ask about free pick up and drop off services. Let your dog go back to nature in this serene setting while breathing fresh country air. At my property your dog can run, play, explore and relax on my securely 6ft high fenced "doggie paradise" assuring enough physical activity taking away excess energy, boredom, frustration and unwanted behavior. I offer dog boarding, doggy daycare, check-in service, walks, and shuttle service. Do you have a dog who loves to go on long runs? I can handle that too! Your dog will have a great time, guaranteed!! Originally from South Africa, and raised on my family's farm, I had the unique experience of growing up caring for a wide variety of animals including: dogs, rabbits, cats, cows, sheep, and horses. After graduating from Tswane University of Technology with a degree in Equine Science I moved to the US and have proudly called Lexington my home since 2002. I started my career as a veterinary technician at one of the premier equine hospitals in the world and have been taking care of sick horses for 13 years. I have been pet sitting for many friends and co workers and enjoy putting my knowledge and skills to use by caring for animals both there and in my pet-sitting business.
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Marlize V.

59 Reviews
25 Repeat Guests
Other Sitters Nearby
  • Same day bookings are OK
  • Responds within 10 minutes
  • Cancellation Policy:


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  • Booked
  • Last updated January 2, 2017


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Services & Rates

Boarding Overnight At Marlize's Home
$26 /night
  • Watches up to 5+ dogs/night
  • Dogs may be unsupervised for more than 4 hours/day
  • 5+ potty breaks/day
  • 1 walk/day
  • Pets can sleep wherever they want
Daycare At Marlize's Home
$25 /day
  • Watches up to 3 dogs/day
Dog Walking
$15 /half-hour
$25 /hour
  • Willing to travel 15 miles
Home Visits
$19 /visit
  • Willing to travel 25 miles
$10 each way
  • Willing to travel 15 miles
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59 Reviews
Marlize was wonderful! She took care of my dog Bella and we were not disappointed! Marlize has a huge fenced back yard. She sent me pictures of Bella everyday! I chose Marlize because of the many reviews and repeat clients she has on DogVacay.
We just moved to Lexington and this is the first time we have had anyone other than family watch our dog Who is 10 years old so he is only used to familiar faces. Marlize put us at such ease and took our pup in and loved him like one of her own. The huge fenced in yard was a plus for our pup because we live in the city and he doesn't get to run free like that often :) She initiated frequent updates and pictures with no request on our part which put my mind at ease to see he was happy and being well taken care of. She answered any and all of our questions and never fussed even the slightest at any of the tedious request we asked of her. I will definitely be booking her again and again. And have no doubts or worries about trusting our little guy with her in any situation. So glad we found a loving and trustworthy place for him to stay when we are away. Not to mention on our first try. :) The fact that he gets to stay in a home and not be sequestered off from all other people and dogs in a cage or room is a super big plus to us ⎌as well, unlike boarding or a kennel. Thanks Marlize!
Marlize took such good care of our pup while we were out of town for the holidays. She has lots of space for the dogs she cares for to run around and she was great about sending us pictures to let us know our guy was having a great time. We would definitely trust her to keep him again in the future.
We will definitely be back on our next DogVacay! Our dog had a wonderful time. Marlize was very easy to work with. She sends updates with fun pictures throughout the stay. I think she may have taught our dog to catch...because he definitely could not do that before he left!!!
This is our first DogVacay experience, and I cannot imagine a better ambassador for the service than Marlize. Clearly adept at serving all kinds of canines, Marlize did a great job of introducing our dog Rayna to the other boarders, was attentive to any needs or requests we had, and then sent us terrific pictures each of the four days she stayed. We will return ! Thanks Marlize !
Marlize is great! Very easy to work with and she takes great care of my dog. I've used her multiple times now and feel very comfortable leaving him with her. He always has a great time playing outside and comes home tired :) She texts pics throughout his stay with her so I don't have to worry how things are going. Highly recommend!
Mikey had a great time!
I could tell our dog had a great time while we were away. She plenty of room to run and other dogs to hang out with. She was properly wore out when we picked her and up, and sleep for days.
My dog has stayed with Marlize twice now and he has so much fun running around in the big fenced yard and playing with the other dogs! I love that Marlize sends me multiple pictures of him each day that I'm away so that I can see he is having fun. She is also very flexible with drop off and pick up times!
Thank you, Marlize! Meatloaf will be back soon I'm sure!
Marlize was great! Very accommodating and our dogs came back happy and completely worn out. We will definitely use Marlize again in the future!
This was my first time using DogVacay, and Marlize was wonderful! She was flexible with drop off and pick up. She sent multiple pictures and updates on how Kahlie was doing. Kahlie had a great time and enjoyed all the space available to run around.
My puppy was here for 3 days and she had a great time. I was updated atleast twice a day with pictures and updates. I am satisfied and I will use Marlize again.
Great Service, She sent pictures everyday, the dogs were completely wore out by the time I picked them up. I could tell they spent the entire day out playing. Thank you!
Lily had great time! It was her first time go sitter and we`re very nervous because she is high energy puppy! but Marlize kept me updated with pictures of Lily playing in the fenced in yard, she was seem so happy to play with them.

Marlize, Thank you!
Marlize is absolutely wonderful! She has a gentle kind nature and clearly connects well with animals. She sent pictures every day of my pup playing outside and having fun. When I picked my pup up he looked happy and healthy. I would highly recommend Marlize to anyone looking for someone they can trust to watch over their pup!
I was so worried about leaving my fur kids. With someone. Marlize was fantastic at claming my fears. She was terrific with both Teddy and Butters and they in turn took to her which is saying something coming from Butters who is quite the contrary one. After I left them, of course I was still concerned as I have never been away from them for very long. Marlize sent pictures of them playing and getting "loven's" from her. I honestly can't say enough great things about Marlize. Will use Marlize every time with complete confidence. Vacationing has just gotten more fun for both myself and my fur kids.
Lady, for the first time came home happy and less stressed. She was wonderful! She sent pics by text messaging, which reduced my stress. She's a keeper
Marlize's home is by far our favorite place to leave our pups when we are out of town. She is great with them and has a huge fenced yard for them to run and play around in. Our dogs are still young, so they have a ton of energy and can be a bit of a handful, but Marlize handles them with ease. We love that she usually has multiple dogs staying with her so our dogs have many to play with, but they love hanging out alone with Diva as well. We get plenty of photo updates from her and it always seems like the dogs are having a better vacation than we are!
She did awesome with my boy and sent me a picture everyday. We will book again with her.
Typically we put our Australian Shepherd in a kennel when we go away, but had heard about the online individuals and so decided to try one. Marline was close and she had very good reviews. We left Oliver with her for three days. It was great to get pictures of Oliver every day and it was apparent that he was having a fun time. He is an only dog and has limited opportunity to play with other dogs. This was a perfect chance for him to get outside and play. We were a little worried that he might not want to leave and come back with us. He did, though he was very tired from all the dog play. We were very happy with the care the Marlize provided for Oliver.
Marlize really loves dogs. You can see it by the photos she sends. She captured so many adorable moments of my girl and I know my girl loved her too. Thank you for her perfect vacation.
Marlize was great! She was flexible about our schedule dropping off and picking up our dogs. She sent us photos of the dogs twice a day. Our pups had a great time!
Marlize was fantastic with Biscuit. We never had to worry! She sent us pictures 2x a day that clearly showed he was having the time of his life. Even her dog was a great host letting our 4lb Biscuit sit on top of him to relax. Will definitely use Marlize again!
I have a very cuddly, sweet, big dog and I was concerned he wouldn't get enough loving. But photos showed my dog sitting on the couch with Marlize or laying at her feet. Photos of him playing with the other dogs were awesome too.I love Marlize's large yard that allows dogs to roam and play. Marlize is a caring person who is obviously CRAZY about dogs! I will definitely be returning my dog here in the future.
Marlize did a great job with Cooper. Cooper had an awesome time. She even took him on a hike! I would refer anybody to her and will be booking a stay for Cooper again for sure. Thank you!!
Marlize was great. Sent pictures throughout the stay.
Molly always comes home happy and tired after her weekends with Marlize. She loves being around the other dogs too. We love getting the daily pictures of her texted to us so we know she is having fun. I would definitely recommend Marlize if you are looking for a dog sitter.
Marlize did a wonderful job with my dog and was patient with dealing with his separation anxiety. She sent pictures and text everyday to keep us updated, that was wonderful for my separation anxiety too.
Marlize was very prompt in responding and setting up a meet and greet. She took the time to chat with me during the meet and greet and let my dog, Miles explore his temporary home, and I felt very comfortable with leaving my dog with her.

During Miles' stay, she sent photos and updates - took him on walks and playing in the yard. I was very confident that she took great care of him, especially since I had some concerns with his food aggression and him being a large breed dog.

I definitely recommend Marlize - she has a huge yard, she is very experienced and knowledgeable about animal care, and very accommodating!
Marlize was FANTASTIC! My little guy felt right at home the minute he walked through her door. She took such great care of him and kept me updated on his vacay several times a day...he had such a great time that he wanted to stay longer when I came to pick him up!

I can't thank Marlize enough - I will not hesitate to use her again!
Marlize is fantastic! She was helpful and easy to communicate with prior to drop-off. My 8 month old high energy, goofy, and sweet chocolate Labrador retriever had a great visit! Marlize sent me pictures and updates via text, so I saw my puppy having fun and resting well. I appreciate the ease and peace of mind that Marlize and Dogvacay provide!
Marlize was very knowledgeable and friendly, and kept us updated with pics of our dogs. There is plenty of room outside for dogs to run and play. It is very conveniently located near Lexington and I-75. I would DEFINITELY use Marlize again! =]
Trace had an awesome time! Marlize kept me updated with pictures and a video of Trace playing in the fenced in yard. She was great at communicating before and after the stay. I will definitely use Marlize again when I need to travel!
Our dog Saxby had an awesome experience. Marlize kept us updated and sent lots of great pics of Saxby relaxing and playing.

We will definitely use Marlize again and highly recommend her services.

Saxby is a 1 1/2 year old Weimaraner and can be a hand full at times. He loved being able to play in her large yard all day.
This was our second visit for our German Shepherd pup with Marlize. He bounded out of the truck without a glance back to see Marlize and find out who else was there for the weekend. I know Ketch, our dog, fully approves of Marlize and gives her a five star plus rating. We have a new found, worry and guilt free way to have our dog watched.
We boarded our 5 month old German Shepherd pup with Marlize and we couldn't have been happier with our entire experience. We received several pictures of Ketch playing outside and also enjoying himself inside with a bone during the evening. The yard was fenced and well kept, plenty of room to play. We have two more dates booked with Marlize and are so happy we found an alternative to a concrete pen and kennel boarding facility. We were able to enjoy our evening and mini holiday without worrying about Ketch.
Sasha had a blast with Marlize and the other pups of Thanksgiving! Marlize kept me updated with pictures throughout my vacation and was easy to work with! Sasha was completely exhausted after her stay and can't wait to go back!
My girls had a wonderful Thanksgiving! Although we couldn't be together, they felt quite @ home during their many vacate w/Marlize & Diva. New friends made the visit even more fun than their usual adventures!
I'm especially thankful for Marlize this season
Marlize has been wonderful w/my two girls. She has a lovely girl named Diva. Her home is very hospitable & includes an awesome lawn for doggy play time
I'm so glad that I found Marlize! In the past, I've only left my pets with my parents while I've been out of town since I have had a bad experience with a large chain pet hotel in the past. So, I was extremely nervous about leaving my babies.

Marlize was fantastic about keeping me updated on how the dogs were doing. Prior to leaving, I imagined them being scared and uncertain about being in a new place but the photo updates that Marlize was so good about sending made it clear that my pets were having a great time and that they felt right at home. Thank you, Marlize!

I'll definitely being using Marlize's services again when I need to travel and will have complete peace of mind while I'm traveling.
Marlize is excellent Lilly was so relaxed and enjoyed her stay there so much, we didn't even realize she'd been with a sitter when we got home. She loved her dog. They played and walked every day. She sent me pictures multiple times a day and was always available when I checked on her. I would highly recommend Marlize and will definitely use her again! !
Charlie has stayed with Marlize and Diva twice so far and we've been very pleased with the experience. The daily pictures were a nice touch and she was always accommodating with pickup and dropoff times. Overall highly recommended and we'll definitely book again in the future.
Marlize is GREAT. Bogey played with her dog and other guest dogs on the one-acre yard, and Marlize took lots of great photos and texted them to me throughout the vacay. Bogey had tons-o-fun, and will definitely be visiting Marlize again. I highly recommend Marlize.
Marlize was wonderful! She took great care of our two dogs. She sent frequent updates and pictures. We felt very comforted knowing our dogs were in her hands. We would definitely recommend Marlize to our friends and family!!
Marlize was excellent with Gizzy. She sent me pictures and messages several times while I was away. I felt totally confident in her ability to care for my baby girl. Never once did I have to worry about her while I was gone. I will definitely use Marlize again in the future!
Marlize was excellent. Kept updating us daily with pictures and Rosie seemed very happy during her stay.
Off his leash, our rescue dachshund immediately "ran the line" of Marlize's property. Clearly he was searching for the weak link- any hole, or hitch in her amply fenced yard off Todd's Road in Lexington. We were concerned but on a tight traveling schedule so left our elderly dachshund and our "Shawshank Redemption" star in her capable hands. After a weekend away, both dogs were happy to see us and were in fine shape both physically and mentally. Marlize knows what she is doing with her canine visitors!
Marlize was great! She kept me updated with texts and pictures throughout the stay and took great care of my blind pup. Her fenced in yard is perfect and she is very accommodating.
Fantastic care!
Marlize was a great host for Scout!! We received pictures and updates during his visit. We would not hesitate to have Scout stay again with Marlize.
Scrappy seemed to have a good time. He loved the host dog, Diva!
Marlize was great for Chaco!
Our dog clearly had a great time. We are so glad he behaved for Marlize and was invited back! We look forward to using her again.
My dogs spent a great weekend with Marlize and had a lot of fun. I would not hesitate to recommend her. She sent us lots of pictures and was very good at communicating. We will use her again!
Marlize was excellent with my dog while I was gone over the July 4th weekend. I got picture updates and she answered any questions I had right away. Her house has a great big yard and I know he had a great time. It was a relief knowing he was in such good hands while I was on vacation. I will definitely be contacting her again when I go out of town. Thanks Marlize!!!
Marlize was very good at communication before and during the stay. She sent us a few pictures throughout the weekend to show how Baxter was doing. With the big backyard (fenced in) I say he had a great time. I will be keeping her information on file when I need to leave town again and need a dog sitter. Thanks Marlize!
Marlize was GREAT! She kept out black lab for fours days and I don't think our dog ever stopped playing! She sent us an update and picture everyday we were gone. She truely took care of our dog like she was one of her own. We no longer feel guilty about going on vacations without our dog, to be honest I don't like our dog was ready to leave! Excellent experience overall.
Our pups have stayed with Marlize several times now, and every time has been great! Marlize is always super flexible with drop-off and pick-up times. She sends plenty of photos, and makes sure our pups get plenty of exercise!
Marlize was great and Rudy & Chloe had a fabulous time in the country. I will use her again in the future! Thanks Marlize!!
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