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Mary R.

99 Reviews
59 Repeat Guests
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  • Same day bookings are OK
  • Responds within 5 minutes
  • Cancellation Policy:

Pet Requirements

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

Mary's Resident Pets

Miniature Schnauzer
12 yr 1 mo old
Other Pets & Animals: Cats

Mary's Apartment

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Large Yard
Partially fenced
Smoke-free home
Pets allowed on furniture
Air-conditioned inside
Great for senior pets

About Mary

35 Years Experience Caring For Dogs

Proud to be one of DogVacay's top hosts in the country, I am a retired Police Officer with ten years experience as manager of an accredited animal hospital. My husband and I are devoted animal lovers sharing our luxury apartment with Andrew, an 11 year old Schnauzer Poodle mix.

We are committed to treating your dog as a member of our own pack in our child free, smoke free home. There is no area of our home nor any furniture in it that is off limits to your pet. The majority of the dogs I board are seniors and/or special needs and I am very experienced with administering medications. I also offer compassionate hospice and end-of-life support services (quality-of-life discussions, accompanied euthanasia, final arrangements) in consultation with your vet.

I do not board aggressive dogs or puppies. We strive to provide a calm, relaxed atmosphere that your pup can feel safe and secure in.
Dogs are separated at mealtime to avoid potential conflicts. I do not work outside the home so your pet will not be left alone for extended periods. Walks are done in shaded and/or grassy areas to protect their pads from the Houston heat and all natural, homemade doggy treats are provided at no additional cost!

I offer dog walking and day care services in addition to boarding. I regret that I am unable to board dogs that have not been neutered or spayed, although I DO walk them or care for them in your home.

Note: I love cats and offer cat sitting as well as dog sitting! (And rabbits, birds, guinea pigs, turtles, etc. Pretty much anything except snakes!) I'm happy to stay at your house or visit your pets while you're away. Please ask for special cat rates.

Thank you and we look forward to meeting you and your furry kids!
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Can administer oral medicine
Can administer injected medicine
Special Needs Accommodated
  • Pets recovering from surgery
  • Advanced senior issues

Mary R.

99 Reviews
59 Repeat Guests
Other Sitters Nearby
  • Same day bookings are OK
  • Responds within 5 minutes
  • Cancellation Policy:


  • Available
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  • 1 Spot Left
  • Booked
  • Last updated February 6, 2017


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Services & Rates

Boarding Overnight At Mary's Home
$30 /night
  • Watches up to 4 dogs/night
  • Dogs may be unsupervised for 1 - 2 hours/day
  • 5+ potty breaks/day
  • 3+ walks/day
  • Pets can sleep wherever they want
Daycare At Mary's Home
$20 /day
  • Watches up to 3 dogs/day
Dog Walking
$15 /half-hour
$25 /hour
  • Willing to travel 2 miles
$25 /visit
  • Willing to travel 5 miles
$10 each way
  • Willing to travel 5 miles
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99 Reviews
Mary was great! Max loved staying with her while I was working in the area!
I was thankful that Mary was available on short notice. She communicated the details I needed promptly. Her warm personality made us feel comfortable & welcomed!
Mary is great. This was just a short stay for about 5 hours before we take off for a week. We wanted to make sure everyone was compatible. Our dogs are older and have "issues". They are definitely special needs dogs. Mary seemed to take that all in stride and was very patient and accommodating. I'm having a lot of anxiety about leaving them, but I think they will be well cared for.
Hattie had a wonderful time with Mary! We received several pictures and updates throughout her stay there and came home happy and tired. :)
Mary has been great to work with. She is very responsive and flexible. My two dogs can be a little unpredictable when meeting new people, but Mary quickly won them over and commanded their attention. I was immediately set at ease knowing they were in great hands! I highly recommend Mary and look forward to working with her more in the future!
Mary came and stayed with my Blue Heeler and I could not be happier with the experience. Mary was wonderful with him and was great at communicating with me about how he was doing. She even left him a care package with bones and a scarf! I would highly recommend Mary and will definitely be using her again for my next trip!
Mary took such good care of my fur baby, he wanted to extend his stay! She is easy to communicate with, puts you and your pup at ease with her confidence, and even baked my boy some vegetarian treats to take home. Looking forward to our next stay.
We actually needed Mary to check in on our cats while we were gone a couple days and she was wonderful! Even though they are very shy around new people, Mary snapped a few photos of them when they came out to greet here. Everyone is happy, would definitely recommend.
Mary was great with our dogs - I highly recommend her
Mary is a great communicator and a wonderful sitter for our pup. Will definitely contact Mary again the next we need a sitter.
Mary is an honest, reliable, kind and overall a top-shelf dog host. When you give someone the key to your home and ask her to take care of you children, that shows how much we trust her. And she leaves everything better than she found it. We don't know what we'd do without her help. She's great with our pups and home, always going beyond the call. Thank you so much, Mary. I sleep better at night knowing you are caring for our pups, especially my needy girl, Lola. She looked like she needed you just when you swept in. Can't thank you enough.
Mary was wonderful with Bella! We loved knowing that Bella was in good, loving hands while we were away. Mary even sent us picture and text updates regularly! Thank you, Mary!
Mary is wonderful! She treated our Lola with all the love, care and kindness of her own dog! My husband & I feel very fortunate to have found Mary. Our dog loved her, too! In fact, we think that Lola was a quite disappointed that we came back to pick her up! She told us she never had it so good!
Mary was awesome! I highly recommend her for your pet sitting needs. She will go the extra mile to make sure your pet is comfortable and happy while you are away.
I have only left Angie with sitters a few times and am always nervous about it. Mary made me feel very comfortable. I like that she is retired and is home most of the time. The last thing I wanted to do was drop off my dog to someone who would turn around and leave for work for 8 hours. Mary checked in with me and sent photos several times. Angie did great and Mary sent her home with a bag of treats. I would definitely use her again!
Mary is a PRO! She loved our pup very well and sent us updates throughout the weekend. She knows what she's doing and she does it well and cheerfully. You can't go wrong here.
I cannot say enough about Mary and the loving care she provided for my dog! My 13 year old boy, although sweet as pie, is high maintenance. He has degenerative myelopathy and falls a lot. He also wears diapers full time so I am hesitant to leave him with anyone for more than one day. Mary has changed that, however. She is a nurturing, thoughtful caregiver who clearly loves animals as much as I do. She even came up with a better diaper solution than the one I was using. My boy came home happy, bathed, and with a gift bag :) I am so thrilled I found Mary!!
Mary is, quite simply, amazing! She is always professional, dependable, easy going, and is absolutely wonderful with our dog. I especially love that she has been working on socializing our dog with her cat and so far, he has been doing great! I truly couldn't ask for a better sitter for our little boy.
I would 100% recommend Mary and will absolutely use her again. All anxieties I had about leaving our cat for a week were relieved through daily updates and pictures, and confidently knowing he was in good hands. Thank you, Mary for everything!
Mary is the perfect dog lover, to take care of them when you are gone. My two little ones wag their tails as soon as they see her. We have and will come back to her, Thank you Mary
Mary is great with the dogs...they told what a good time they had with her!
Highly recommended!
Wonderful! Mary is so easy to work with and my dogs love her. They were well taken card of.
Great experience with Mary! She is so kind and thoughtful! I received pics of my little guy during our time apart. She took very good care of our boy!
Davey had a wonderful weekend with Mary and enjoyed meeting new pup friends! I will certainly be going back to Mary again.
Another wonderful experience with Mary! Have already booked again with her.
It's a compliment when one Dogvacay sitter chooses another Dogvacay sitter to care for their furbabies. I am one of the toughest to please, too, because my babies are my children, and they are my world. I knew Mary was the one to ake on the task of 5 pups at once!! When she came over and asked all the right questions, and I felt like I had known her for years in just a few minutes, it was clear to me she was the one I could trust. While it was still tough to be away and I thought about my babies day in and day out, it was Mary who was making my babies happy and comfortable and putting a smile on my face, too. The pictures, the updates, the videos really helped to allay all my stress and make me happy. Mary has a great sense of humor, is incredibly loving with the pups, and she made a great substitute for me while I was gone. Could not have asked for more! Thanks, Mary! Love, Chica, Cora, Lola, Rams and your favorite, Roxy! XOXO
Mary was a great communicator about our dog and her stay. She provided daily, or more often, updates on our pooch. Our dog did have some problems adjusting to staying at Mary's house which I think are primarily due to our dog's personality. I would recommend Mary but in hindsight would have done a meet and great to make sure the dogs would be comfortable together.
Wonderful, Wonderful experience with Mary coming to my home to feed and love on my dogs. My Wilson and Truman loved her and she was so patient with their little idiosyncrasies!!! Going right now to reserve her again. Thanks, Mary!!
Mary did a great job withour cat Hamilton. She is very courteous and prompt and great with cats. Thanks Mary!! 1st time user.
Thank you for watching Steve on short notice I know he loved meeting new friends!
Mary treated my fur child as if she were her own. I will use her as often as possible.
Mary is truly a dog sitter gem. She watched Cassius overnight and he was a bit a problem for her. However, she was so warm, kind and truly has a gift of working with dogs...and their owners. He came home pooped from having so much fun, with the cutest bandanna and homemade treats!! I am hoping that she will give Cassius a try again!
Mary took such great care of our babies, highly recommend her, thank you for pictures and videos, We will absolutely be back!
Thank you Mary, you are wonderful and the dogs loved you, pulling on their leashes to go to your place! Thanks for the pics and videos
Thank you for taking such good care of my two babies, I felt really good knowing you were with them, thanks for pictures and videos!
My pups were more than well cared for, thank you for being there, sending pictures and videos, we highly recommend you, you are definitely our number one choice when I am out of town. Thank you so much!
Mary was great with our 40 lb dog. Have total trust in her! Highly recommend.
Mary took amazing care of Bowie and Chloe. She sent me regular updates and pictures. My pups were so happy and felt right at home. I highly recommend Mary, she is very caring and patient and just loves pets. I will definitely book Mary any time I go away from now on!
I had to find a new host as my previous go-to Dog Vacay host was moving. Can't say enough about how pleased I am with the care Mary gave my shih tzu, Holly! She is so knowledgeable, caring, and kind. Holly experienced some separation anxiety and was also very stressed with the frequent storms, but Mary graciously took it all in stride. She did her best to understand my dog's behavior and make things easier for her (and me!) You can tell she has great empathy for the "children" in her care. It was so comforting to know Holly was in such good hands while I was away. Bless you Mary!
I'm so glad I found Mary! Roxie has loved taking daily walks with her. I feel so comfortable leaving my beloved Roxie with her. Mary is very reliable. She is great about communicating any change in schedule. She even took care of Roxie when the key broke off in the door and the apartment had to fix it. Mary loves dogs and it shows. I recommend her to any other dog owners. She is fantastic!
Uh excuse me can I get 5 more stars to make it a perfect 10? If you are on this site you know that your pet is your child and you want them taken care of by the best there is. We'll let me tell you about Miss Mary...loved her at first sight and so did Meko. She was very informative and eased my concerns about my senior dog that is handicapped and needs extra attention. I have NEVER left him alone with anyone, even family but Mary was different. We loved her! I received many daily updates to include pictures and to tell me about his day. I even got a special Mothers Day "Card" She took care of him just the way I do, with love and patience and that is a great feeling. To be able to go somewhere and know that she had him, was comforting. Mary is the perfect person to take care of this 4 legged family member even if those 4 legs do not work!! Stop looking Mary is it!!
I am so happy I found Mary! She was such a help at a last minute time of need for our pup. We left my 3 month old labradoodle with her while we were out of town and needed to run errands at a few places that did not allow dogs. She was so easy to communicate with, helped us get aquatinted with DogVacay as first time users, and was overall a true pleasure to work with. She even sent me a video of my pup playing while I was away :)

A very sweet and trustworthy lady.

Thank you Mary!
Mary was fantastic! I don't know who had worse separation or my dog...but Mary made us both feel extremely comfortable. And the photos and videos she sent eased my mind and allowed me to concentrate on the business which took me out of town in the first place. I'm already planning my pup's next dog vacay!
Love Mary! She is so good with my two cavaliers. I have one dog that has a heart problem and takes alot of medication. Mary is so patient with my dogs. The other dog I have is really skittish and Mary goes out of her way to make her feel at home.
Mary understands dogs!! We have four big ones, and she was wonderful with them. She is compassionate, very accommodating, professional, and friendly. I will certainly call her again. We are so grateful!
This is my 2nd review because I did not gush enough the first time. My dog Etta has boarded and had doggie day care numerous times with Mary and she is awesome. She sends pictures and updates, and makes sure Etta gets along with the cat - pretty much spoils my pup rotten. And gets some training in, too. Etta practically leaps out the window of the car when she sees Mary at drop off. My only worry is that some day, my dog will not want to come home from Mary's !
I'm so happy to have found Mary, she kept me up to date about Bindi by sending me pictures and updates on how she was doing. Mary also took the time to brush her which is not easy to do and I really appreciate. Over all Bindi is happy and probably missing her new friends.
This is the second time I have used Mary for dog sitting when we were out of town. She is great with the dogs, sends me picture updates and her apartment is very clean and dog friendly. I love the gate near her front door that keeps dogs separated and also can keep any of them from dashing out the door. Great idea! My dogs were well taken care of and happy when they came home and I can't ask for much more. I will definitely book Mary for my dogs next vacay. :)
Mary was great!!!! I literally had a last minute reservation request and she contacted me within an hour of me sending it. Mary sent pictures and video's of Tucker throughout the weekend; keeping me updated on what and how he was doing throughout the day! I loved it! And Tucker loved her!! I definitely will be using her again!!! Thanks, Mary!!
Mary is a great sitter and kept in touch with me with pictures and other info about my dog while I was away. Between holiday and work trips, I needed two weeks of sitting service and Mary's home was perfect for that long-term need. Popeye returned happy and content.
Mary is awesome. Wrigley loves hanging at her place, plus she never has too many dogs so can provide the individual attention needed.
Mary is fantastic and has exceeded our expectations every time we've booked with her!!! She's helped take care of our two dogs several times while we're out of town (she's our go-to host), always sends pictures/updates, and recently accepted a last minute reservation (same day!). Highly recommend!
Thanks, Mary, for taking such loving care of Boxster. He's always so happy to stay with you. He's been at least seven stays with you and we've lined up two more in the near future.
Great experience!
Mary was awesome! Pax had a great stay and came back home happier than ever!
Wonderful experience.
Mary is wonderful! After finding out we needed to move for a job, I had one week to pack the house and have it shown. Mary was so great in taking care of our dogs! She was flexible with the dropping/picking up times and updated throughout the days with photos! I feel very comfortable leaving my dogs with her - she is really great and I recommend her!
Our Lola has stayed with Mary a few times now, and it's such a relief to know Lola is in good hands while we're gone. We've already booked with Mary for our next trip!
Mary took very good care of my Walter puppy. She gave him treats, exercised him, and sent me updates. Walter and I couldn't have been happier.
Mary was amazing! She was very flexible with my last minute reservation. Pax had a blast and really enjoyed his stay. 5 stars!
Thanks again, Mary, for your loving care of Boxster this past weekend. He always is happy to stay with you.
This was Sadie's first overnight stay with Mary and all went well. I highly recommend Mary!
Mary took wonderful care of Penny for us while we were out of town. I felt completely comfortable leaving Penny with her and will definitely contact her next time we go on a trip. She sent me pics of Penny and updates to put me at ease. She even sent her home with some yummy treats. Mary's dog Andrew is very sweet and got along just fine with Penny. Overall, I was very happy that I found Mary on!
Great experience for both dog and owner!
Mary was wonderful. She sent pictures of Alto and kept up informed on how he was doing when we were away. It was great to know she was taking good care of Alto. I will defiantly use her again when we travel. Thank you
Mary is awesome! She takes great care of our senior lab Abby
Our dog Baily spent Fathers Day weekend with Mary and just loved the experience. Mary had kept him before. Baily adores Mary and would gladly stay with her any time. Five stars.
I needed a last minute doggie day care due to an A/C emergency and Mary was so quick to respond telling me she was available. Mary even sent me a picture of Sadie hanging out watching the pool activities. We will definitely use Mary again!
We feel so happy to have found Mary to take care of our Lola while we're away. Mary sent photos and it was obvious Lola was in good hands. And it's nice that Andrew is such a mellow doggie host, I know Lola loved having a 4-legged playmate for a few days. We already booked Mary for our next vacation.
Just picked up our happy dog from 6 days at Mary's place. He's stayed there so many times and he's always a happy camper. Love the pics that she sends, too. Thanks, Mary!!
Mary is a wonderful caretaker. She and her husband took loving care of our family dog. I would use her again in a heartbeat. She sent me pictures and kept me updated for the duration of Balley's visit with her. It was really great to be able to go out of town and have no doubt that my dog was being taken care of and loved like she were at home. Thank you so much, Mary!!
Our dog loves the time he spends with Mary whether that is a daily walk, day care or overnight stays. He is always so pleased to see Mary and sets off on his walks with his tail wagging!
Mary helped us out last minute as was great as always!
Mary did great! I got updates and pictures daily! My lil dog came home smiling! Mary took her out for multiple walks and took her in as her own!
I had Mary come to my house to take care of my dogs and she did a great job. They are senior dogs and so needed to be comfortable in their own surroundings while we were gone. I received pictures of them while Mary was there and my old souls seemed just fine when we got home. Thank you Mary!
We were very nervous about leaving our dog for 8 days but she came home very happy. When we adopted our sweet dog she had severe separation anxiety that took months to overcome. The last thing we wanted to do was put her in a kennel and make her feel like she was abandon again. We didn't have to worry about that with Mary. She treats our baby as part of the family which is just what Jackie needs. We are happy to leave Jackie with Mary next time we are out of town!
Mary was a great fit for Sonny! She was so sweet and I was confident that while I was on vacation she would take care of my pup like he was her own. Thank you again Mary!
Mary was quick and fast to get in touch with. A smooth drop off and collection of our pup! She had a great day and was tired out when she got home after a day with Mary and Andrew. Will use again :). Thank you!
Once again, Boxster had a great stay in Mary's care. She sent several photos and updates. Thanks Mary!
Everything was perfect
Mary is great - my dog makes herself right at home there!
Bailey always seems happy when he stays with Mary. We appreciate her.
As always, Mary is reliable and takes very good care of our dog. We are lucky to have found her! We use her services on a regular basis and will continue to do so as our dog loves his walks with her.
Mary was fantastic! She walked our two dogs while we were on vacation and was very responsive to all our questions as this was our first time leaving them at home. We met with a few other hosts, but ultimately decided to pick Mary because she was trustworthy, responsive, and really seemed interested in taking good care of our dogs.
So thankful to have found her!
A great experience. Mary is so helpful and caring. I dropped off Moe for a long weekended when I was away. I could not be happier. I could write all day on how she made Moe feel like part of her family. I got almost daily updates and pictures via text and email. Moe had almost too good a time with her dog :) I did not have to worry one bit when I was away.

There is no way I will ever consider using a kennel/boarding house if she is available. People like her will put kennels out of business.
Mary was amazing! My house was needing some repairs and needed someone I could trust to watch over my furry babies. I had heard about Mary through a friend and when I heard she had pets of her own and saw her experience with animals, I had to use her! She kept me updated on Andy & Zoey and even took pictures! Thank you Mary, you were so sweet to my dogs and I felt like you treated them like your own. I will definitely utilize your services again in the future and tell all my friends & family about you! Thank you for all the TLC & hugs you gave my babies. It feels great knowing that I can go on vacation or leave Andy & Zoey in wonderful hands! (;
Snickers LOVES her time with Mary! (& Andrew!). It's wonderful knowing my little fur baby is in great hands while I'm gone, and that she's have blast at doggie day care. :)
Mary is great. She walks our dog every day and he loves her too. Mary always responds very quickly to any queries. I feel very happy and confident that our dog is in great hands when he is with Mary.
Mary was great! She was so interactive with our puppy and she was dog sitting other dogs as well so Belle had more puppies to play with! Mary was quick in responding to our requests and was very friendly and professional. We will definitely use her again!
she was very responsive when I setup the appointment, and great with information and details on how to locate her address.
Atlas had a great time on his play date with Mary!
Mary is great! She walks our dog everyday and this eases the worry about getting home from work during the day to take him out. She gives me updates during the week via text and sometimes sends a picture of a happy looking pooch!

Mary responded very quickly when I first sought her services and she is in regular communication if I have any concerns.

I know our dog is very well taken care so if your dog is house bound all day long I would highly recommend Mary's walking services to keep your dog active, healthy, and happy!
As a dogvacay host I have high expectations for pet sitters. Mary went above those expectations and made me feel at ease while my dog stayed with her for 6 days. She kept me informed on his well being daily and her dog Andrew treated Atlas well. My first choice for pet sitting, highly recommend! Thank you Mary, Altas loved you!
Another 5 days with Mary and her husband, another 5 star rating. It is such a relief knowing that my Sadie is well cared for when I have to leave town. Extremely thankful to have discovered!
always fantastic!
Our dog, Boxster, enjoyed his stay at Mary's place. You can tell Mary and her husband love dogs. I know he was well taken care of and I'm so thankful to have found a second home for him when we're away.
I am so thankful to find Mary!! Snickers had a sensational time at daycare :) & I'm so please she had a loving host to keep her company all day & a fur friend Andrew to play with. Excited for Snickers to get more chances for daycare with them when I'm away! :) Certainly makes me feel better knowing she's in great hands.
I scheduled a play date for my dog Sadie with Mary to see if the two (and her dog Edward) were compatible. Very impressed and so happy that Sadie walked off with Mary, her tail wagging, and didn't look back! I could see that Sadie made herself at home by the photos Mary sent to me by text. I have scheduled a vacation where Sadie will stay 5 nights. I already feel at ease due to Mary's professionalism, experience and confidence. Yes, I would recommend Mary as a dogvacay host! I hope we are able to develop a good canine working relationship!
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