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Rachel M.

65 Reviews
38 Repeat Guests
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Pet Requirements

  • 1-20 lbs
  • 20-40 lbs
  • 40-80 lbs
  • 80+ lbs
All Ages OK
List of Breeds Not Accepted
Pit Bull - Bull Terrier

Rachel's Resident Pets

Chihuahua/ Terrier Mix
18 yr 7 mo old
6 yr 5 mo old

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About Rachel

*** so sorry, but my calendar is often inaccurate because of the way i permit my client family members to pre-book.

My name is Rachel and I have been dog sitting, boarding and spoiling small dogs for eighteen years now. Because I have always owned small dogs, I understand just how much attention, affection, lap time and spoiling they need and am here to provide exactly that to your furry companions. My goal is to make their experience as stress free and enjoyable as possible. I own a one story home with a fenced in yard that is perfect for running and playing. My home also has lots of big windows low enough for the little ones to see out of. I provide walks, toys and of course, treats (if permitted). I also understand that many little dogs are wee pad trained and I am prepared for that as well as for puppies that are currently in training. I do charge a little bit more for puppies who aren't potty trained because of the amount of extra effort and sometimes cleaning supplies I have to provide. I currently have two small dogs of my own, both of which get along beautifully with other dogs. I do have a weight limit of 25 pounds for dogs in my care although I will consider a dog that is a bit larger on rare occasions and only if there are no other small dogs in my care. No large breed puppies! I do not work outside the home, this is my full time job, and one that I love! I will txt or e-mail you loads of pictures of your baby while you are away and welcome phone calls anytime. I also specialize in dogs with special needs and seperation anxiety. I have worked with many of these dogs and have lots of experience catering to their special needs. I do require all dogs in my care to be current in their shots,on some sort of flea prevention , free from contagious illness and clean. Please contact me if you are interested, or if you just want to know a little more about me and my services. I look forward to meeting you and your furry companion! Please note, for my safety, I typically only deal with women or couples. I will accept male clients, but ALWAYS have a male friend or neighbor present at every drop-off, pick-up and meeting. Thank you so much for understanding!!! :-)
********************************************* Drop Off- 5am-12am
Pick Up- 7am-2am
Please note that I charge for daycare if pets aren't picked up by 12:30pm on pick-up day. I make exceptions for pups that were dropped off after 7pm. If you pick up before 12:30pm, you are not charged at all for pick up day. Thanks!
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Rachel M.

65 Reviews
38 Repeat Guests
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  • Last updated January 8, 2017


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Services & Rates

Boarding Overnight At Rachel's Home
$28 /night
  • Watches up to 3 dogs/night
Daycare At Rachel's Home
$20 /day
  • Watches up to 3 dogs/day
$20 /bath
65 Reviews
Rachel is great! Our little Westie loves playing at Rachel's and we feel very comfortable leaving her for the day or overnight when we are out of town
Rachel took such good care of our 10 year old shih tzu, Molly. She sent so many pictures of her by herself and with the other dogs. She also sent texts to ask questions and to let us know what was happening. We could tell that Molly was adjusting well there. Rachel truly loves dogs and is very concerned about them! She gave us some valuable information about the dog food we were feeding our dog too. We will definitely ask Rachel to watch Molly on our next vacation! She is wonderful!!!
Rating Criteria Score Range Rachel's Score

Love & Care 0-10 100+
Safety 0-10 100+
Communication 0-10 100+i
Environment 0-10 100+

How do you rate perfect? Rachel cared for our dog like she was the only dog in the world. Jaz was comfortable, happy, fed and pampered. I don't believe anyone could expect more than the care and attention Rachel gives her four-legged babies. As far as finding someone who deeply invests in the care of your pet, you won't find anyone more committed and conscientious than Rachel. Period.
Rachel is an absolutely wonderful host to our little dog Sid.

At our meet and greet she was incredibly thorough, asked a lot of questions about Sid and even took notes. After leaving this initial meeting we knew Sid would be in good hands.

When we dropped him off Rachel knew this would be an anxious time for Sid and for us. She put us to ease by taking lots of pictures and detailing Sid's day. Needless to say we are incredibly grateful we found Rachel and would recommend her to anyone!
We love Rachel and so does Moose! She loves on him like he is her own and we love knowing he is in a safe home!
Gosh, where do I begin?! Rachel is absolutely amazing!!! She is so incredibly smart when it comes to knowledge about dogs and her kind and compassionate manner goes a long way!! I would not trust Molly with anyone else. Rachel sent me tons of videos and photos of Molly while I was away and it was so nice to see my girl having such a great time! I do NOT worry a bit when Rachel has her and I know Molly is given tons of love while with Rachel!!!
Rachel was amazing! She took wonderful care of Hank while we were on vacation. She sent tons of pictures and videos every day so that we could see what our baby was up to. Hank is only three months old, so he takes a lot of extra care and work. Rachel provided Hank with all the extra love and care that a puppy needs. We would absolutely recommend Rachel for any of your dog sitting needs.
5 stars just doesn't seem like enough. We couldn't have asked for anything better in taking care of Lucky. He was not only well cared for, but through Rachel's work with him, he became less shy around other dogs. Communication throughout the time we were away was stellar and we never worried for a minute that he was ok. Top notch.
Rachel was amazing! She took great care to learn about my pup ahead of time so she would know all about him before our trip. It is clear that she enjoyed taking care of our dog, and I know he had a lot of fun and was extremely well taken care of. We loved all of the pics, videos and updates. It was great to see him having fun while we were gone. I would highly recommend Rachel to anyone!!
Thanks, Rachel for taking such good care of Tucker. You are so conscientious and in "tune" with Tucker. He came home happy but tired. He is looking forward to his next visit.
Rachel is always awesome! Bruno and Baxter love staying with her!
Just awesome !!!
When we went on vacation in the past, we boarded Casey and he would come home depressed. We were so excited to find Rachel so Casey didn't have to be kept in a cage. Rachel took great care of Casey! She sent us lots of pictures so we never had to worry about how Casey was doing. She seemed to care about Casey like he was one of her own. We will definitely use Rachel again.
Rachel was absolutely phenomenal! I would trust her with my little dachshund any time! She kept me posted with pictures throughout the weekend and clearly treated my little pup like a princess! Absolutely wonderful- would recommend to everyone!
This was our second time leaving our fur babies with Rachel and once again we were extremely pleased. One of our dogs ended up needing urgent care at the vet and she was right on top of everything from taking our dog to the vet and administering medication. She is definitely one of the best dog sitters in Columbus.
Rachel was a true angel for our Moose and our entire family. We had a two week vacation scheduled during the holidays, and were so nervous about leaving our beloved Italian Greyhound, Moose. He has not done well at kennels and is a little high maintenance for friends and family (especially for an extended time). We found Rachel on DogVacay and loved that she had experience with Iggies. Moose loved his time there - and she sent us many pictures and videos so we always knew how happy he was. We will definitely book with Rachel again and would recommend her in a heartbeat to anyone with nervous dogs!!
Rachel was great, as usual.
Racheal is awesome !! Will be leaving Roxy in her care again.
Rachel is great with dogs. We will definitely be using her services again...and again. She made
an instant connection with my dog Roxy who is very skiddish when it comes to strangers. By the time I picked her up, about 5 hours later, they seemed to be best friends. She is very good with her. Can't say enough good about Rachel. Highly recommend her !!! She is awesome !!!
Picked up our Sadie this evening from her weeks stay with Rachel and Sadie was so excited to see us. Rachel did an awesome job!! Sadie has a bit of anxiety and Rachel is wonderful with her. We received daily updates with pictures and videos of our Sadie. She had so much fun with Rachel and her own fur babies. We had no worries while we were away and were able to enjoy our vacation knowing that Sadie was in good hands and well taken care of by Rachel. She is such a good person that really knows what she is doing and truly cares for each and every dog she brings into her home and that's exactly what they get when they are there, a home away from home. Our dog would not do well in a kennel, so finding Rachel was a blessing for us.
Exceptionally nice and wonderful with my pet. Her house is perfect for dogs, with a fenced in backyard for running around. She shows a lot of attention to her boarders.
Rachel was OUTSTANDING!!! It was our first time away from our 3 year old Bentley and Rachel made it so easy. Daily contact with pics, calls, and emails made the whole experience very easy and with little stress. On top of all of that Rachel is such a great person, I highly recommend her to anyone looking for someone who will love your friend as much as you do!!
Rachel is an amazing dog sitter! I loved my daily picture updates and the easy of communicating with Rachel. She is a huge dog lover like myself and i knew my fur babies would be and were safe with her. Both of my pups came home happy and relaxed and I definitely recommend Rachel to other! Milo and Maddie will be back again for a visit :)
Rachel was so awesome! I was so nervous leaving my 4mo old puppy Mia but she put all my worries to rest. She loved and cared for Mia like she was her own. She sent me lots of pictures and videos everyday. Mai had so much fun. Rachel played with her everyday. I am definitely looking forward to the next time she gets to watch Mia. :)
I had to get someone to watch my Italian Greyhound, Apollo, for the next day. I did not have time to get Rachel the notice of my need for day care so I texted her for her availability. She texted me back that she had a 4 lb. small Chihuahua puppy "Mia" to watch that day and did I think Apollo would be OK with the small Pup? I know Apollo likes all dogs and I told her yes and went online to make a reservation. Apollo did fine and Rachel sent me photo's of Apollo and Mia playing and Apollo looking exasperated with the Pup's attention. All went well and Apollo came home tired and went happily asleep. As always Rachel provided love and attention for both dogs. I am pleased with her.
Rachel definitely knows her business and she is probably the best at it. You can tell that she is not only a professional on taking care of your dog friend, but also she does it because she loves it.
We will be using Rachel's services again for sure.

From the beginning, Rachel showed interest on learning our Pepper's schedule, eating and playing habits as well as any other detail regarding how we would like her to be treated.

Rachel fed us constantly with videos, photos and updates about our Pepper reducing any of our separation anxiety. She was even able to keep one of our puppy's baby tooth!!!

Thanks to Rachel we fully enjoyed our vacation as we knew that our Pepper was having such a great time.
Rachel is so good with our high maintenance old guy. I'm never worried about him when he's at her house. We feel fortunate to have found Rachel.
Rachel is AWESOME! I love leaving Rocket and Ollie with her because I know she will love them as much as I do, take great care of them, and they will have fun! Thanks again for another great visit!! :)
As always, Rachel was fantastic. My skiddish dog, Gracie, has always been afraid of going to day care and kennels. She just loves Rachel!
Rachel was great! She gave us frequent updates and pictures of our dog We really appreciated her care and interest in Ellee and we plan to use her again in the future.
Rachel went above and beyond to make us feel comfortable about leaving our 2 rescued Pomeranians with her. One of our little guys sometimes has a bit of an attitude, and the other is a nervous little guy on medication for seizures. Rachel was willing to take them on and handled them both very well. We are glad we found her and will use her again. We highly recommend Rachel M!
We had never left our dachshund, Roxie, with anyone before choosing Rachel. We were so pleased with the kindness and attention she gave to Roxie while we were away. To have our dog stay at a home, rather than be in a kennel, was a comfort to us. I would recommend Rachel to anyone who is looking for someone to lovingly care for their dog while they are away. We will definitely be booking with Rachel again.
WOW! Another great experience with Rachel - and this time she took care of our new adopted dog, Ollie as well as Rocket! She took great care of both with endless amounts of love! She is a great person, dog lover, and we would highly recommend her!
If my pup couldn't be with me for Christmas, this is where I wanted her to be!!! Rachel even had a present for her :) This is our 4th or 5th stay with Rachel and she never ceases to impress me!!!
Rachel is incredible! Gracie always loves staying with her and I feel so much better knowing she is in her hands!
Rachel takes the time to know your dog, obviously loves dogs. We are so happy we found her.
Sammy had a wonderful at Rachel's home. She sent me many photos of him having fun with her dogs. He loves going to her home.
Rachel did a great job of caring for Apollo. She even spent time training him to sit and stay using a clicker. She worked with Apollo on not jumping up on people. Apollo had a great vacation and he was healthy and happy to see us. We don't worry about Apollo when we are on vacation because Rachel always sends us videos and photos of him on our I-Phone every day. We can see him play and learn his commands. She is a dog lover who we trust completely with our dog. Bob Mathews
Rachel was the perfect host for our dog Sparta. We felt so comfortable leaving Sparta with her for a long weekend. Her home and yard are suited to the small dogs she keeps. Sparta was a happy boy whe we picked him up. Thanks Rachel!!
Rachel is a special find for me! Rocket spent the weekend with her and I was worried he would't want to come home! We had been hesitant to just leave him with anyone, but the minute I met her on our Meet N' Greet, I knew she would love Rocket just as much as I do. We will DEFINITELY be back to see her!
I just cannot say enough about Rachel...She is AWESOME!!!! Sammy loved it there. She sent me pictures and videos of Sammy every day and it looked like he was having a ball. He loved her Oliver and Lucy and he got to meet some other guests. I knew that Sammy was in great care and I will definitely use her again. Thank You Thank You
Rachel is a fantastic host and we could not be happier with her services! We recently got a Boston Terrier puppy and had some travel arrangements already planned before his arrival. She happily took our 10 week old Hank in at the time and took great care of him. I love that she sends texts and photo updates of him throughout the day! She also wrote out a list of "activities" and things that kept him busy during the day. She graciously filled out our "pee/poo" log during her time with him in our efforts to potty train him (yes we are those people.) Hank enjoys going to her house and comes back exhausted, which tells us he played hard! My husband and I have tend to have a crazy work schedule with random hours, and Rachel has always been able to work with us - from early morning drop offs to late night pick ups. We would recommend her to anybody!
Elvis spent 3 nights and 4 days with Rachel. He's a nervous little guy, but Rachel knows how to care for him. We were able to enjoy our trip because we knew Elvis was in good hands.
Rachel was so great! You can tell she really loves dogs. She was so excited and complimentary of my little girl, and even sent us home with a goodie bag of some favorite treats! She texted me throughout the pup's stay with updates on activities and, of course, pictures, so I knew she was in good hands while I was out of town. My only complaint is I think my doggie was spoiled rotten and is a bit disappointed to be at my home.
Rachel was absolutely fantastic. The whole process was very smooth. I was travelling to Columbus from Northern VA to visit my Sis-in-law. Rachel called and talked to me before making the reservation. I instantly know she loves what she is doing. And I dropped off Neon the day we arrived. Rachel sent us many pics and even a video. How nice!! Thanks Rachel for making my trip a good one. Neon is very picky about everything. When I picked him, it was as happy as he would be at home.
I really cannot put into words how fantastic Rachel was. She was extremely professional, organized, flexible and easy to work with. Beyond all that she is truly a dog lover!! My rescue dog Gracie has a lot of fear towards strangers and new situations. She bonded w Rachel immediately... She has never taken to someone so quickly. Rachel kept me updated w texts and pictures, which was so great as a neurotic dog owner :-). I have never felt better about leaving G before and I know she will be back many more times!!! Rachel is truly one of a kind.
Riggins had a great week with Rachel! We are very grateful for all the attention and affection she gave Riggins while we were gone. We will definitely schedule with Rachel again when we are looking for someone to watch our Riggins!! Thanks Rachel!
Rachel was a wonderful host to my two Coton de
Tulear boys! From the very beginning, at the meet and greet, she was thorough with her questions and the information she provided to us. She has two cute chihuahuas who got along with my dogs. Her house is immaculately clean and has all hard flooring, which is great! She has a securely fenced yard (although the fence is lower, and suitable only for smaller dogs.) The best part was all the attention and love she lavished on our boys: lots of play time, walks, treats and training. We definitely will be booking her whenever we have to travel without the dogs. They were much happier in her home than in a boarding kennel.
Nellie just had her second visit to Rachel's. My dog was rescued from 6 years in a puppy mill and is still adjusting to the world. Rachel is so understanding of that fact and has been instrumental in helping Nellie socialize with people and other dogs. Each time, Nellie has come home feeling more comfortable with the world around her---that says a lot!
Rachel is a great DogVacay host! She is a kind, caring person who really loves dogs! My 2 dogs had a wonderful time with her. I especially liked all the texts and pictures showing what my "girls" were doing. I would recommend Rachel highly.
This was our first experience with DogVacay and I have to say it was wonderful. Our Cavachon Sadie has a bit of anxiety and Rachel was great with her, she is very sweet and loving and has good energy which was just what our dog needed. We were able to go on vacation and relax and have peace of mind that Sadie was in very good hands. It was nice getting pics and updates on how Sadie was doing. I also want to say that after searching for just the right place for our dog and believe me, we searched, my husband and I could not believe how lucky we were to find someone like Rachel. It means so much to be able to leave our dog with someone who loves and genuinely cares for our dog as much as we do. Another thing I will say is that it was also good for Sadie to socialize and be around Rachel's dogs. They got along great. This was a good experience for Sadie and for us for so many reasons. So, thank you DogVacay and thank you Rachel. We will definitely be coming back!!!
Rachel provides personal and safe care for our pup. Robby loves to going. It's like taking Robby to a friend's.
Rachel saved my butt on 4th of July weekend!
My mini dauchound puppy- Lucy had a blast staying with her. She also trained her hand signal to sit and stay!
Rachel's house was very dog friendly, she had extra dog beds and toys prepared just in case. Your dog will also be spoiled with treats! :)
Let me start by saying that I'm a neurotic dog owner. Our whole family planned a vacation which would leave nobody to watch our precious dogs. I was tempted to stay behind because of this. Then I found Rachel, a genuine dog lover. We started with a meet and greet where she was very patient on letting my dogs warm up to her. We all had an instant connection. She is such a warm and caring person with the perfect home with a fenced in yard for our dogs. Rachel sent me daily updates with pics and video. I can't tell you how relaxed I felt knowing my babies were in GREAT hands. Not only did I have a wonderful vacation because of this I know my babies also had a great Dogvacay. It was like they were in summer camp. They played with her two dogs and they all got along wonderfully. I highly recommend Rachel and I'm so lucky to have found her!!
Rachel is amazing! She is friendly, professional and kind. I felt so comfortable with her and knew that my puppy was in good hands. She did more than just care for him, she have him lots of love and attention as well. I will definitely continue using her services!
Elvis had his first overnight with Rachel last night. Because he has separation anxiety, we weren't quite sure how he'd deal but because he's stayed with Rachel many times before, we weren't too worried. Elvis did very well. He came home relaxed, which to me was a very good sign. Rachel made a chart of his medications, feeding times and his behavior -- impressive! We won't hesitate to book another overnight -- Elvis is in good hands.
Rachel watched our dog over the weekend. She was very thoughtful in sending us videos of Apollo running and playing with Lucy and Oliver. Apollo is a fussy eater and he started eating Lucy's food so we bought the same kind of Dog Food and sprinkled his favorite treat over the food as Rachel did an he is now eating a more healthy diet. She sent us more photos and videos over the weekend that made us feel comfortable knowing Apollo was enjoying his vacation also. Bob M.
This was the best boarding experience we have had for our mini bulldog Buddy! We travel frequently and have yet to find someone who is as loving and attentive as Rachel was. She sent texts and photos daily and he was active and happy during his entire stay. Would recommend Rachel with a 5 star rating and I thank her for her help!
Outstanding! If I could give Rachel an infinite number of stars for her rating, I would. She was very sweet & accommodating throughout the whole process. Her house is very clean, and she sets it up to suit your pups needs. Our dogs were very happy to play with her pups, and absolutely loved her pug sized yard. This is the first time we have ever enjoyed leaving our dogs with another person (friend, family, or otherwise). We will absolutely be using her services in the future. I actually look forward to having an excuse to book her services again. Simply awesome!
Rachel is wonderful! She gave a ton of love and attention to my little pug, Daisy. Rachel also sent pictures and updates each day. I recommend her highly.
Rachel was great with Apollo. He enjoyed playing with her dogs and she sent us a photo of them having fun. Apollo likes to sleep next to someone when he is tired and Rachel let him sleep on her tummy for a good long rest. He came home happy and tired as usual. He looked cute with the DogVac.com scarf that Rachel gave him. We are bringing him over tonight on a last minute appointment that Rachel accepted.
Rachel was wonderful with our Italian Greyhound, Apollo. We did get daily updates on our phone and photos of Apollo. She sent us two videos of Apollo playing and having fun with her two dogs, Lucy and Oliver. She was great in spending time with our dog who does have some separation anxiety. We will definitely use her again when we go on a trip. Rachel is a true dog lover that really gave great care and affection to Apollo.
Rachel was wonderful with our Italian Greyhound, Apollo. He enjoyed playing in her fenced in yard with her dogs, Lucy and Oliver. He came hold tired and happy. Rachel sent us photos to show us how he was doing and even had a couple of videos on her e-tablet showing the dogs playing. We are definitely planning on having Rachel watch our Apollo in the future. Rachel has a real heart for dogs and Apollo loves her. Bob M.
We will be using Rachel regularly due to our dog's separation anxiety. We're glad to have found a person who's frequently available to watch our dog and who really enjoys working with him while he's in her care.
Elvis suffers from separation anxiety. After our meet and greet, I scheduled to leave Elvis with Rachel while I went to the grocery store as a trial run. I came back to find that Rachel had charmed him. I will definitely be booking with Rachel again.
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