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Samantha W.

60 Reviews
35 Repeat Guests
$30/night
Other Sitters Nearby
  • Same day bookings are OK
  • Responds within 2 hours
  • Cancellation Policy:
    Strict

Pet Requirements

  • 1-20 lbs
  • 20-40 lbs
  • 40-80 lbs
  • 80+ lbs
All Ages OK
Must Be Vaccinated
List of Pets OK for House Sitting
Dogs, Cats, Fish, Rabbits, gerbils, hamsters, or pet rodents, Caged birds, Reptiles

Samantha's Resident Pets

Kiyoshi
Other
Male
3 yr 3 mo old

Samantha'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 Samantha

10 Years Experience Caring For Dogs
*** NOTICE ***
ALL dogs MUST be LEASHED when entering and exiting the property. No exceptions and no excuses.

I work from home and devote all my time to caring for my pets, including others. All dogs are welcome, even those that might come with a higher level of needs such as elderly with medications or even those with behavioral problems. All care is 100% one on one, ensuring that every dog gets the personalized care that they need and deserve.

We live in a 3 bedroom house with a large back yard and room to run! We pride ourselves in keeping everything clean, fresh, and tidy. Even with the hoards of dogs that come through every week!

Most dogs are not kenneled when here, however if your dog has anxiety when alone, is destructive, or still housebreaking then we recommend bringing a kennel. The dogs are kept in groups and personalities matched, not necessarily size. If requested then your dog(s) can also be kept away from all others. We have plenty of space and rotate groups so everyone gets to be involved.

When we leave the house I do kennel or separate dogs in the house. I don't leave any dogs together just as a precaution. You never know what can happen! Although they typically aren't alone even when I'm gone, and if no one is home its never for long.

I stay pretty busy and there are ALWAYS dogs here. So if you are uncomfortable with other dogs being in the house or with your dog being around other dogs, then this might not be the best fit for you. Also keep in mind that even though there are other dogs, your dog is NOT required to get along with every dog here. I don't push dogs together for the sake of being together, and if your dog is too nervous, shy, over excited, or anxious then I can make them more comfortable away from the stress of others. Dogs are always given some time to settle in and adjust before being introduced to another dog. This also gives me some time to judge your dogs character and personality in order to best match them in a group or other dog.

We all have a lot of fun here and I hope to see you and your little fur baby soon!
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MEET AND GREET REQUIRED FOR ALL BOOKINGS. No bookings will be accepted without a meet and greet, even if they are last minute.

When coming for a meet and greet, drop off, or pick up. Please park in the driveway or in front of the house. All dogs MUST be leashed when entering and exiting the property.

Drop off and pick up hours for overnight and daycare guests is Mon-Sun 6AM-9PM

***IMPORTANT*** Pick ups for overnight guests on the last day after 1PM will have an additional daycare cost of $15 per dog added to their bill.

Holidays: The Holiday rate is $35 per dog per day. NO discounts are given over Holidays.

For puppies under 1 year of age the nightly rate is $35 and no discounts are given. The Daycare rate for puppies is $25 a day.

If your booking with more than one dog there are discounts available. For a booking with 2 dogs its $50 a night ($10 off). If your booking with 3 dogs its $75 a night ($15 off). This discount does NOT apply toward any stay over a holiday.

I DO NOT OFFER A SMALL DOG DISCOUNT. I do not base my price on the size of the dog but on the quality of care.

There is NO discount for any traveling rate including the nightly rate, checkup rate, dog walking rate, and the pick up/drop off rate.

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When dropping off your pet for an overnight stay there are a few things you'll need to bring.

- Enough food for your pet to last the length of the stay
- Food bowl
- Any medications
- Leash (NO RETRACTABLE LEADS)
- Bed/Crate if you use one
- Collar with tags (including name and number on tags)
- Copy of current vet records

ALL dogs must be current on flea/tick preventative AND have been dewormed in the past 3 weeks before coming for a stay OR be on monthly preventative Heartworm medication. If worms or fleas are found the owner will be required to get appropriate treatment before the pet is allowed to return. If found to have worms, a veterinarian must provide written letter giving clean bill of health and date/results of last fecal test must be provided.

***Important note about collars***
ALL dogs MUST have a collar with tags attached to it. Those tags MUST have an up to date phone number on them. If your dog uses a harness or any other type of removable collar they MUST ALSO have a collar present around their neck at all times, even if tags are present on the harness. Collar must also be properly fitted. If it slides over the dogs head then it must be adjusted. Dogs without tags or collar are to the owners risk. I've never lost a dog or had one escape the yard, hopefully I never will, but the tags and collar make identification easier. I typically take harnesses off when inside or in the yard. So if your dog isn't wearing a collar with tags they have NO identification.

We accept intact dogs at an adjusted rate. Please message me for more info on pricing.

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Please read everything above thoroughly. Take note of my refund policy.

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**Disclaimer** This is a lot of information. Some people might find it a bit much, however if you care about your dog(s) as much as I care about mine, then you understand the necessity of it all. All information is in place to help you, prepare you for their stay, and keep your dogs safe and comfortable while here.

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UPDATES:
Agility and Barn Hunt training classes will also be available starting in August. Please message me for more information on private classes.

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MY SCHEDULE:

We show and compete our personal dogs and that will take up some of my time throughout the year. I can accommodate most dogs without this affecting you however I will list all the dates I have show/competition for you to see. During these dates listed I might be gone for 2-4 hours or I could be gone for 12+ hours.

"Does this mean my dog will be alone?" NO. Someone is ALWAYS home with the dogs so even if you want to drop off/pick up or your stay overlaps on one of these days it's not a problem. Returning clients are welcome to drop off or pick up their dogs at anytime while I am away. New clients will have to drop off only when I am home so please message me and we can talk about details if your drop off day is one of the dates listed.

Daycare will NOT be offered on any dates listed.

July 7-10 (AKC Conformation)
July 16-17 (Barn Hunt)
July 21-August 6

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Can administer oral medicine
Can administer injected medicine
CPR / First-Aid certified
Special Needs Accommodated
  • Pets recovering from surgery
  • Separation anxiety
  • Aggressive behavior
  • Leash Pulling
  • Not yet house-trained
  • Advanced senior issues

Samantha W.

60 Reviews
35 Repeat Guests
$30/night
Other Sitters Nearby
  • Same day bookings are OK
  • Responds within 2 hours
  • Cancellation Policy:
    Strict

Availability

  • Available
  • Unavailable
  • 1 Spot Left
  • Booked
  • Last updated November 10, 2016

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Services & Rates

Boarding Overnight At Samantha's Home
$30 /night
  • Watches up to 5 dogs/night
  • Dogs will never be left unattended
  • Dogs will have full access outside for potty breaks
  • 3+ walks/day
  • Pets can sleep wherever they want
House Sitting Overnight At Your Home
$80 /night
  • Dogs may be unsupervised for 2 - 4 hours/day
  • Willing to travel 15 miles
Daycare At Samantha's Home
$20 /day
  • Watches up to 4 dogs/day
Dog Walking
$15 /half-hour
$25 /hour
  • Willing to travel 5 miles
Home Visits
$20 /visit
  • Willing to travel 8 miles
Training
$35 /hour
Baths
$15 /bath
Pick-Up/Drop-Off
$15 each way
  • Willing to travel 15 miles
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60 Reviews
We needed a vacation home for Bear the very last minute. Samantha not only answered our midnight request within 20 minutes, but was gracious about it too! Bear had a great week, and truly got away from his boring city living he normally leads.
My puppy Eleanor had a great time playing for the day. Samantha is very flexible and took good care of her. She was excited and wagging her tail when I dropped her off for a longer vacation. Thank you Samantha!
Great care for our little monsters!!
It was amazing. My first experience and they made it so easy and kept me updated. I will use them everytime! Thanks!!!!!!!
Samantha was great! She put our minds at ease when we left our pup, sent us pictures during the day, and our pup was all tuckered out when she came home the next day.
Samantha was great! She was very kind, flexible and listened to my concerns. I think my little girl had a great time and Samantha sent some wonderful pictures.
Thanks, Samantha for being awesome! Bandit loves you!
Amazing and Bandit loves being with Samantha!
Excellent
I was super worried about leaving our dog, we never had to leave him with anyone before. Samantha was very nice, and very flexible on timing. She sent pictures to update us every day which helped. It was nice to leave him somewhere he wouldn't be crated and have someone around at all times, and other dogs to play with.
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Samantha was a lifesaver! My schedule was delayed so I was going to be late picking up my dog, but she was very understanding and I picked up my dog as soon as I could. She sent adorable photos of the pup playing and let me know how she was adjusting.
Would be happy for my dog to visit with Samantha again!
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Samantha was great with Kilee and she saved us by taking her at the last minute.
I was very satisfied with the excellent care Samantha gave my two dogs Karma and Hannah. She sent pictures and texts everyday to let me know how my babies were doing while I was away, which gave me great comfort that they were being well cared for. It was my first experience with Dogvacay and I would use her again if the need ever came up again!! They were in excellent hands!!
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Samantha is really the best - after searching our way through a couple sitters we will never choose anyone else. Samantha is very easy to communicate with and often updates us while we're gone with pictures of our goofy guy. I recommend her services 100%!
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My dogs were treated like they were at home!
My dogs stay and previous stays with Samantha have been superb. She constantly treats my puppy like he was her own and I can tell when I go to pick him up that he's had the best treatment. She's very flexible with her hours and understanding when your running late. Since I've joined dogy vaca I can not even think about taking my dog anywhere else.
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Samantha was a wonderful sitter and very flexible with my drop off and pick up times. Basil loved her and I received pictures most everyday with comments regarding his behavior and adapting to the new environment. Basil Hayden appeared to do very well for a boy who had never stayed anywhere without his Mom. I will definitely choose Samantha again without hesitation and I have recommended her to friends that will need a sitter in the future. She has a great many toys so you won't need to bring any unless your dog has an ultimate toy that they can't part with. She has a big backyard that is great for playtime. The other dogs and Basil got along great and he had fun while I was away. When I picked him up, he looked very happy and very well cared for. In addition, she may have given him a bath because he smelled great! You will worry less with Samantha caring for your furbaby!
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Samantha was great! Bandit my dog loved her! She kept me updated wit pictures of him, which made my time away so much easier:) Will definitely use her again!
Samantha was fantastic with our dog Tucker. We have never had to board our dog and I was very nervous. Samantha was very friendly and was quick to respond to me. She met with me and Tucker before hand. While we were gone, she sent tons of pictures and emails letting us know how things were going and that Tucker was having a great time. We will defiantly use and refer Samantha in the future!!
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Still our favorite dog sitter ever! More importantly she's our dog's favorite. We will never use anyone else in va beach
Samantha was awesome. I received text from her letting me know how Zoe was doing, She is very attentive to the individual needs of each pet. I plan on scheduling with her again very soon,
Samantha was WONDERFUL!!! We have a small schnauzer poodle mix named Zorro who is VERY particular about who he warms up to, and after one trial visit, he was happy as a clam! After our half-day, we had him stay with Samantha for an entire day since my brother's wedding was being held at my house. Samantha was very gracious and understanding with everything - and she was so easy to work with! We will definitely go back to her whenever we go out of town. She's amazing!!! :-D
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Our overall experience with Samantha has been great. Libby has enjoyed every visit and she always comes home happy and content. Plus Samantha sends updates and photos periodically to keep us informed. It's such a relief to know our pup is in good hands when we are away.
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Samantha is wonderful. She went above and beyond in caring for my dogs during a week of terrible weather. She kept me updated with pictures and information. They were so happy they didn't want to come home. I highly recommend her.
Samantha is the best! I left my 5 year old american eskimo, Arthur, with her for a week. When i came back from my little vacation, Arthur looked like he was on vacation too. He was more social with other dogs, more playful... more everything! Thank you Samantha!
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Samantha was great!! We never like leaving our Maxwell but felt very comfortable with her. Will definitely use Samantha again!!
Samantha was great and we fell very comfortable with her watching our little Maxwell. She kept us posted and sent pictures while we were away.
Samantha is amazing! She is so dedicated to her duties as a puppy sitter. My dog is so happy when he stays with Samantha. She is professional, organized and loves each of the dogs who stays with her. She sends me pictures and updates whenever I ask. It is so reassuring knowing she is just one click away!
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Samantha seemed to have good knowledge of dogs because of her personal experience with her own dogs. I felt comfortable leaving Finley with her and Finley acted right at home when we went up to her apartment.
Samantha was amazing as always with our dog Flynnie! If we can help it, we will never send him anywhere else when we go out of town besides to Samantha. Flynnie gets more excited to see her than he does to see us lol! He loves it there and we are always super comfortable leaving our puppy-baby with her.
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Samantha is always responsive and remarkably easy to deal with. She sends us lots of updates and photos to put us at ease. Our dogs are always happy to go see her and we are able to relax and enjoy our time away knowing our dogs are well cared for.
Samantha was once again a Super Star! This was the 3rd time she has kept my baby and she is wonderful. I received pictures and text messages to update me on his day. These are the personal touches that makes her amazing. She will always be my first choice.
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Great service and care to Bandit. Enjoyed being at the beach yet close enough that we were able to get our dog to share beach time with us. She kept us very well informed, great bath service to add to picking him up smelling better then when we gave him to her. Highly recommend for those visiting VA Beach area.
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Our 3 little dogs came home happy and content. They enjoyed their 3 walks a day. Now 3 times a day they are waiting by the front door for their walks. We received pictures and texts how they were doing. We had peace of mind on our vacation.
So happy that we found a great sitter for a dog! Loved the fact that he was drained out when we picked him up! His walks and interaction with other dogs has helped his separation anxiety tremendously! Thank you Samanatha!
Very nice girl and she took great care of our two pups on a super short notice reservation. Both dogs felt very comfortable with her as soon as they came over. She sent me several pics and updates throughout the visit. Will definitely use again if in the area.
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Samantha was sitting for my two dogs and I needed an extra day. She was very flexible and my dogs loved their vacay. Great Job and happy dogs!!
Left my two dogs with Samantha for the first time and I have only great things to say. She kept me updated and sent pictures and my dogs seemed to be very happy. In one picture they appeared to be all smiles. My dog Roxie always has issues when she gets home from being boarded but not this time. She came home happy and healthy. Would highly recommend Samantha and will definitely call her when I need a sitter again. Thanks Samantha!!
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Awesome, as per usual. We normally take our dog to Samantha when we go out of town but this week we had some stuff come up so we couldn't get our dog out on walks and he was getting cabin fever so we did daycare with Samantha for a few days. Everything was great! My dog came home and passed out every evening and every morning he would get SO excited to leave to go to her house. I don't know what I'm going to do Monday morning when we don't bring him, he's going to be sad. He loves going to Samantha's. She is great with him and was super flexible for pick up and drop off times for daycare, which was super helpful to us. Highly recommend!
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AMAZING! We love Samantha so much and can't recommend her highly enough! We just left our dog with her for two weeks (the longest we've ever left him with not family) and are so thankful we found Samantha. We were out of the country and she sent email updates and pictures everyday. Our dog had been attacked and had to get stitches the day before we left and was on pain medication and antibiotics. I was so nervous to leave him but Samantha took amazing care of him for us. She is definitely part of our dog's pack now. He loves her! We won't use anyone else in Virginia Beach.
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Very satisfied came twice a day for seven days. Cared for three dogs, fed my Discus fish and Koi in pond. She also did a water change on my aquarium. Everything was perfect on return. I could not have been more pleased. First time ever my house did not smell closed up an everything was clean an nice. I felt like my pets had been well taken care of in my absence. I was texted with details an updates. Very efficent service.
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Our pup seemed happy and well tended. We also received photo updates, which were great.
Samantha was a pleasure to have as a dog sitter. Roman was really happy with her and so am I. I highly recommend her to anyone needing someone to care for their fur baby!
Samantha is awesome! My dog is such a people dog and he LOVES going to Samantha. We are about to bring him over for his third trip in three months and he's staying for two weeks. Anywhere else and I would be a nervous wreck but with Samantha I am not worried at all. I definitely recommend her!
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She was amazing as always. Bandit loves going over for a visit, and we enjoy our vacation as we know he is in great hands! Thanks Samantha! See you again in June!
Samantha is our favorite host! Our pup can get nervous at new homes so we worry a bit leaving him with others, but we never worry when he's with Samantha! I always receive lots of picture updates and messages letting me know how our pup is doing while we're away. Not only that but she bakes her very own dog treats by hand and our pup can't get enough of them!
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My 7 month old boxer/hound mix “Dougie” is my youngest baby. Leaving him was nerve racking to put it nicely BUT thanks to Samantha I couldn’t be happier. She was professional and compassionate. She responded to my messages very quickly and even provided us photos to help calm my nerves. Dougie was in the best hands. The entire experience was simply amazing. Samantha even makes her own dog treats which my Dougie is also now in love with! I would recommend her to anyone visiting the Virginia Beach area and I will be using her again for my next visit.
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Samantha was great! She was super quick to respond and able to set up a time to do a meet and greet on super short notice for a last minute trip my husband and I took. She was also very flexible with our pick up and drop off times. While we were away she sent daily updates and pics of our pup, which was awesome. Our dog came back happy and tired. I would definitely recommend Samantha!
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Samantha is definitely our go-to dog watcher! I get a little nervous leaving my pup while I'm away because he is fairly fearful and can be nervous in new situations and around unfamiliar dogs. Samantha always makes sure to make our pup feel at home and attend to his every need! She keeps me updated with anything that may be going on with him - good or bad. We trust Samantha 100% with our pup and our very picky about who he stays with. If you're looking for someone to attend to your pup's specific needs and truly, compassionately care for them we could not recommend her more!
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Samantha did a wonderful job caring for my foster puppy while I was away for a weekend. Her dog Kyoshi was also a hit and I appreciated Samantha's updates and photos. Samantha is responsible, quick to communicate, and she provides top quality care.
Samantha was great!! She was able to take our dog Gear at very short notice and make him feel comfortable in her home. We have never left him with anyone before and she made us feel very secure with leaving our pup with her. Thank you for loving our Gear as if he was your own!
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Samantha is a wonderful dog sitter! We have left our pup Dexter in her care on several occasions and will continue to do so. He's a big dog, and not everyone is as eager and happy to care for a large German Shepherd. Samantha is always very flexible and she sent pictures and updates - Dex always comes back happy and tired from all the play! Couldn't be more thankful to have her when we need someone to watch him.
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Samantha was great! She watched my dog Lucy for 8 days over Christmas. Lucy has some special needs (epilepsy, back surgery) and Samantha made sure she got all of her meds and was given the best care possible. She sent me lots of pics and updates too. I highly recommend Samantha and would definitely board Lucy with her again.
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Samantha was a great sitter and took very good care of Bandit. She sent daily updates and pictures to make sure we knew he was being well cared for.
Two thumbs way up for Samantha! She was a perfect solution for a short trip around the holidays. Very attentive and responds to any questions quickly, she even sent us pictures of our little guy while we were away. Very reasonably priced and a much better alternative to a kennel. 5/5 would definitely use again! Thanks Samantha!
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Samantha worked out perfectly for our pup, Sheamus. Sometimes when we pick Sheamus up he wimpers or teeth chatters when he's nervous and had a bad experience but he was such a happy boy when we came to take him home - he definitely enjoyed his stay there. He is also one who needs a lot of exercise so I'm glad Samantha took the time to keep him happy! We will definitely use Samantha as a sitter in the future.
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I really enjoyed using Samantha for Lola. She was always easy to get in touch with and sent lots of pictures of Lola having a great time with the pups. We will definitely be using her again!
I can't say enough good things about Samantha! I had a lot of anxiety leaving my 11 yr old boy Jake with anyone. Our dog had never been boarded and he had had a severe life threatening illness a few months ago and he needs a lot of TLC. Samantha was so great and understanding of my concerns. She is a pro! She handled his special meds and food with ease. She gave me updates daily and sent pictures of our little guy! He did really well in her care and made a new friend! She made sure all of his needs were met and she made sure all instructions were handled accordingly. She was very flexible with our reservation and when our travel plans changed, she did not skip a beat. She was ready when we were. When the time comes for us to go back to the area, Samantha will be the one we call.
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I highly recommend Samantha! She was extremely flexible and accommodating to our schedule. But most importantly it was clear that our dog loved it at her home and was well taken care of. We will use her again!
This was our first experience with boarding my dogs (2) with a personal pet sitter as opposed to boarding at a dog care center or a vet's office. I was quite apprehensive about this visit, because one of my dogs (dachsund mix) has the amazing ability to maneuver out of her harness. I was concerned greatly that she would slip away from any sitter and take off and never to be found. My other dog, who is also a dachshund, is alittle nervous around dogs that are excited because of his age.

I had expressed these concerns to Samantha a few days before I dropped off my dogs, and she understood my concerns and offered me her solutions to help ease my mind. :-) Even though my dogs have different needs and 2 completely different personalities, Samantha took care of those for me.

I will strongly consider Samantha anytime I travel back to VaBeach.

Oh, and I appreciated the pictures she sent me via cell phone of my dogs while they were in her care. :-)
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