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Rachel L.

35 Reviews
16 Repeat Guests
Other Sitters Nearby
  • 7 days notice required for bookings
  • Responds within 3 hours
  • Cancellation Policy:

Pet Requirements

  • 1-20 lbs
  • 20-40 lbs
  • 40-80 lbs
  • 80+ lbs
No Puppies
Must Be Vaccinated

Rachel's Resident Pets

Mixed Breed
4 yr 2 mo old
Other Pets & Animals: Cats

Rachel's House

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Large Yard
100% fenced
Smoke-free home
Pets allowed on furniture
Air-conditioned inside

About Rachel

11 Years Experience Caring For Dogs
I'm Rachel, and I am an extremely responsible and caring animal lover that would love to help you and your pets out! I am very flexible and communicative, and would love to provide the service that you need - whether it be picking up your pup for some exercise, or hosting them for a week, I'm here! I offer the following services: dog boarding at my home, walks and home visits/check-ups within 10 miles, dog chauffeuring to and from the ReTreat, and bathing. Please note that I do not offer daycare services.
***Important: Please take a few moments to review my entire profile, my calendar to check service availability, and to ensure my home will be the best fit for your buddy(s)! ...*NEW*:Please note that I am only booking through April 2017, and will sadly no longer be offering my pet care services after that point! Thank you to all my wonderful clients for letting me care for your amazing pups - I will miss you all and your furry friends dearly.

---What you can expect from me:
I would simply treat yours as my own! My work schedule allows me the flexibility to be with the dogs for the majority of the day! We are away from the home for work on Mondays and Wednesdays until about 3pm, but are still able to provide the pups with ample play and walk time in the afternoons and evenings on those days! Every other day we are home with the pups! I have a spacious two-story, split-level home with a combo of hardwood and tile flooring, as well as a large, shady, fenced-in backyard! (Please note that the uncarpeted flooring and multiple staircases may be taxing for elderly dogs or dogs with injuries.) The dogs are welcome to make themselves comfortable on any of the couches, and we have their beds set up in our bedroom overnight so nobody feels lonely! I occasionally visit parks like Lake Johnson with the dogs, and will take them for daily walks (sometimes runs!) around the neighborhood. I frequently have more than one guest dog at a time, which means lots of opportunities for play time!

My own animals (one small cat and one medium Shar-Pei/Lab mix, both females) are friendly and enjoy having company. My animals are both completely up to date on vaccinations, fixed, and on flea preventative. My husband, Trey, is a huge dog lover as well, and frequently assists with dog snuggles and walks! I send daily photo updates of your pets so you can rest easy when you're away. If you are an Instagram user, be sure to follow my account, @rachelsretreatforallpets, to view photos and video clips of all my guests! Please feel free to browse through my photos here, as well!

***If your pet has any restrictions or needs extra attention in any area, please review the additional notes and rates at the bottom of my profile.

---A little about my pet care background:
I have several years of experience caring for animals including dogs, cats, and many types of tiny critters. I come from a family that has worked in pet stores, devoted themselves to caring for animals, and raised me to respect and properly care for animals. I have a lot of experience going to dog parks, running/walking with dogs, working with leash pullers, going over basic commands, etc. I also have a lot of experience working with animals' dietary restrictions, post-surgery recovery periods, leash pulling, etc. Caring for animals is truly rewarding!

***Important: Regarding drop-off and pick-up times for boarding:
Please note your preferred drop-off and pick-up times when submitting your boarding request! Overnight stays are good for 24 hours of care per night booked. If your pick-up time is later than your drop-off time, the daycare rate ($20) is charged for the end date of the reservation for any additional time you are booking.
If you have a last minute change in schedule and end up picking up your pup later than initially planned, I am more than happy to accommodate you as much as possible. Please just keep in mind that I may need to send you a separate or revised quote to charge the daycare rate ($20) if so. Additionally, DogVacay may charge you administrative fees that are not visible to or paid out to me but are discussed in detail in their FAQ if you have any questions.

***Special: I offer dog chauffeuring services ($10/each way) if you would like me to save you some time and drive your pup to and from the ReTreat!

---Info regarding home visits/check-ups and walks:
Home visits/check-ups: I cannot guarantee availability for home visits/check-ups, but I will absolutely accommodate them as much as possible! I am happy to bring my pet care services to your pup while in the comfort of their own home! When submitting your request, please note your preferred 2-hour time window in which you'd like each home visit to take place. Please note that I am unavailable between 7-3 on MWF for home visits. Each home visit/check-up is 45-minutes long and includes ample play time and affection, potty breaks, food/water refills, medicine administration (if needed), a short walk (if needed), a photo update for mom/dad, and light clean-up. If this is your first time requesting a home visit/check-up, please let me know what you're looking for and we can come up with something that is tailored to your dog's needs. Please also include your availability for a meet-and-greet.

Walks: Walks can vary in length depending on your dog's needs (30, 45, and 60-minutes). They are typically only offered on Tuesdays and Thursdays, but may be offered on other days of the week depending on my schedule. I will be sure to refill water as needed after the walk, and send a photo update to mom/dad! Please make note of your preferred 2-hour time window in which you'd like the walk to take place when submitting your request.

---Some info regarding my calendar:
Days marked in red on my calendar signify that two dogs have already reserved the date(s) for overnight stays, which would mean I am already fully booked for boarding those days. However, feel free to submit your reservation requests for other services such as walks and home visits regardless. Days marked in grey on my calendar typically signify that I am unavailable for any services whatsoever.
...*NEW*:Please note that I am only booking through April 2017, and will sadly no longer be offering my pet care services after that point! Thank you to all my wonderful clients for letting me care for your amazing pups - I will miss you all and your furry friends dearly.

---Additional Rates & Notes:
Depending on the age, size, or special needs of the dog, the boarding rate may include an additional charge of $5-10 daily for extra care, attention, and/or exercise. If you are interested in a private vacay for your dog, meaning no other guest dog vacays will be overlapping, there is an additional charge of $15/night.
***Important: I love having all types of dogs at the ReTreat, but there are a few things I am unfortunately unable to accommodate to ensure a happy household and a safe environment for my family, visitors, and all pets involved. I do not host dogs that: have any history of aggression or separation anxiety, are not housebroken, are obsessive or aggressive with cats, or dogs with any chewing/destructive tendencies.

Thank you for taking the time to browse my profile, and I hope to set up a meet-and-greet with you and your furry companion soon!
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Can administer oral medicine
Special Needs Accommodated
  • Leash Pulling

Rachel L.

35 Reviews
16 Repeat Guests
Other Sitters Nearby
  • 7 days notice required for bookings
  • Responds within 3 hours
  • Cancellation Policy:


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  • Booked
  • Last updated February 21, 2017


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Services & Rates

Boarding Overnight At Rachel's Home
$25 /night
  • Watches up to 2 dogs/night
  • Dogs may be unsupervised for more than 4 hours/day
  • 5+ potty breaks/day
  • 1 walk/day
  • Pets will sleep in their own beds
Dog Walking
$15 /half-hour
$25 /hour
  • Willing to travel 10 miles
$20 /visit
  • Willing to travel 10 miles
$15 /bath
$10 each way
  • Willing to travel 10 miles
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35 Reviews
Bailey LOVES her walks and sleepovers with Raleigh. I hurt my ankle and needed some last-minute help getting Bailey out for some exercise. The other day, as soon as Bailey realized Rachel was here to play, my pup didn't give me a second glance. She and Rachel were off for an adventure. Highly recommended.
I have brought my dog several times to Rachel and she has been wonderful each time. I thought I had already reviewed her, but just discovered I hadn't. And I want to make sure people know how caring she is. I am very picky about who I leave my dog with and I don't worry at all about Rachel. My dog has a blast. Thanks, Rachel.
Rachel was so accommodating and kind. She had excellent communication and always kept me updated. Highly recommend!
Rachel was awesome. I have a blind dog, and she took great care in making sure he learned the layout of her home, and that he was comfortable. When I picked Reese up he was exhausted the rest of the day, which was great for me. Rachel sent multiple updates on how Reese was doing, and how much fun he was having. She was also very flexible with the pick up/drop off times, and made everything as easy as possible.
Rachel took Bailey on a fabulous jog while I was stuck at the office. It was nice coming home to a tired, content pup after a long day at the office.
Bailey loves her visits with Rachel. I love the peace of mind that comes from knowing my pup is in good hands!
Rachel was an absolutely amazing host! She was very flexible when it came to the drop off and pick up times and had no problem doing a meet n greet prior to booking. We received updates for Toby everyday with pictures and even a video! She definitely kept our minds at ease during our vacation knowing that out lil guy was being well taken care of.
My dog, Sienna, was very well taken care of by Rachel. She took her to a lake, she played ball with her in the huge fenced in back yard. Rachel was faithful to send me updates on a daily basis (along with pictures). And it made my husband and I feel very at ease. Thanks so much, Rachel, we trust you completely with our "baby."
Amazing! Rachel was so kind and welcoming! She sent daily pictures with updates to let us know how our fur baby was doing which we always looked forward to :) We will definitely be a return customer, and I recommend her to anyone! Thanks Rachel!
It was such a relief to know my dogs were happy and in good hands while I was away. They love getting walks and sniffing around in Rachel's backyard. I could tell they enjoyed being there when I picked them up.
These two are SO wonderful! We were overseas for 2 weeks and they took such amazing care of our little dude. They stayed in touch everyday (even with our spotty wifi) and they send the BEST pictures plus they always had a story about Goose's day! Goose was so sad to go. Thank you so much you guys, so wonderful to have such an amazing dog sitter in the Raleigh area!
Rachel is always amazing with our pup, Frankie. She does a great job of communicating with us and is a professional every step of the way. She sends great updates and pictures and is very conscientious. We have no worries or anxieties leaving Frankie with her and Frankie always has an amazing time! She comes home happy and exhausted and it's clear she has been well cared for and loved. Rachel's dog, Yoko, is a wonderful playmate for Frankie, as well! We VERY highly recommend Rachel - she won't disappoint!
Butternut had a wonderful time with Rachel! The kids and I LOVED getting daily photos while on our vacation showing Butternut on walks and playing with the other dogs. We'll certainly board Butternut with Rachel in the future.
Rachel took care of my 15 year old pug while I was on vacation for 10 days and I was extremely happy with the care she provided for my Gizmo. This was the first time I left him with anyone other than family and I was very pleased. Rachel was great, sending me daily updates with photos and made feel very comfortable leaving Gizmo with her. Gizmo felt at home immediately and got along with Rachel's pets. Rachel & her husband paid extra attention to my senior baby and we love Rachel! She is a keeper for sure and looking forward to our next vacation.
Rachel was phenomenal! Chesney had an awesome time & we will definitely be coming to play again ASAP! It's so good to know we could find someone who I can trust & my dog loves :-)
Rachel is great and Teo loves her! She always does a great job!
Rachel was great. My 8 month old puppy stayed with her for a week and I received daily pictures. He slept the whole next day when I picked him up (and trust me, he has a lot of energy). I will definitely book with her again.
Traveling can be stressful enough so knowing your pup is in good hands makes all the difference. Every time we drop Bailey off we know that she is being well taking care of by Rachel. The pics she sends throughout the day constantly reassures that and we couldn't be happier. Thanks again!
Once again our Standard Poodle Bailey was returned exhausted from having so much fun at Rachel's. She goes on daily walks and enjoys the fenced in backyard. Thanks again for loving our girl!
Rachel was very helpful in walking Frankie for me during my workday. She sent a nice picture of Frankie and gave me a thorough update about the walk. I appreciate her great communication and trust her with Frankie! Thank you!
Rachel is a terrific DogVacay Host! She is patient and careful with details concerning my little guy and I wasn't concerned about anything while he was with her! It was great to get daily updates and pictures as well while he was there. I highly recommend Rachel!
Rachel was wonderful! My dog Marlo had a great time playing with other dogs, she has a big yard with room to run. Marlo went on her first hike and did very well. I would recommend Rachel and will use her services agin!
Our dog Bailey absolutely loves her stay here. Rachel updates us with daily photos allowing us to relax knowing our pup is in good hands. We couldn't ask for a better pet sitter in Raleigh, NC. Thank you again!
Rachel was wonderful with Bailey. I got photo updates of Bailey enjoying her long walks and play time and felt very comfortable that my pup was in good hands.
Rachel was awesome! Finley had the best time staying with Rachel and got along really well with her dog. She sent us an daily updates and pictures. We will definitely use her services again!
My dog can't wait to get there. He loves it.
Rachel took excellent care of Rudy for an entire month! He got lots of exercise and play with Rachel and her pets. I really appreciated her flexibility setting up a last minute meet 'n greet, as well as, drop-off/pick-up times. Rachel also contacted DogVaycay on my behalf to get 3 days refunded when I returned home early from my trip. Rudy will definitely be staying with Rachel again!!
Rachel was just a good host for my dog, Sully! She was very friendly and flexible with pick up and drop off times. I loved that she sent pics every day of what they were doing. Sully loved playing with her dog, Yoko, as well as going on walks and runs while he was there. We will definitely be repeat customers :)
Rachel is so nice. Our dog had a blast; he was so excited and happy when i picked him up. He played with Yoko all day, and Rachel even took him for a run. My dog loves to run. He came home happy and tired, and I am so grateful and happy to have found Rachel.
This was the best experience ever, for me and my two labs. I don't think anyone has ever taken better care of my dogs. She exercised them when neeeed and loved them as much as I do. Rachel treated them like they were her own and nothing less! The best part was the pictures of them through the out our trip. It ensured they were happy and loved. Thank tou Rachel... you are the BEST!
My dogs were totally spoiled during their stay with Rachel! Great walks, cuddles and special treats. Rachel was easy to communicate with while setting up the reservation and sent daily updates while we were away. I felt very comfortable leaving my two dogs with her during our time away and hope to send them on vacation with Rachel again.
Rachel was AMAZING! I was traveling in from another city for meetings. I needed Rachel to take my furbaby early Tuesday morning (at the last minute), and then due to business need, hold on to her much later than initially agreed upon, and she was SO accommodating. Rachel sent pics throughout the day, and sent my dog home with homemade treats!! I felt so comfortable with my dog being in her care. I will be utilizing her moving forward! Outstanding individual!
Rachel was a godsend. We needed someone to watch our Jack Russell Terrier on short notice, and she took him right in for the week. She gave him such wonderful love, attention, and great walks that he came back in great shape. Her communication throughout the process, and we felt very much at ease.
Rachel was a fantastic hostess for our dog Bailey. She took Bailey for walks and runs, and even sent us pictures from their adventures. Rachel's other pets made great friends for Bailey during her stay. After staying with Rachel, Bailey slept for two days...so we know that she got a lot of exercise and play time. We highly recommend Rachel. Bailey is already asking us when she can go back over to play:-)
Rachael was the BEST dog sitter I have ever had! She was attentive to his needs and sent pictures every day.

I contacted her at the very last minute (ju21st a few hours before my flight) and she even came by my office and picked him up.

I will use her every time I have a need now.
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