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Allison W.

150 Reviews
83 Repeat Guests
Other Sitters Nearby
  • Same day bookings are OK
  • Responds within 15 minutes
  • Cancellation Policy:

Pet Requirements

  • 1-20 lbs
  • 20-40 lbs
  • 40-80 lbs
  • 80+ lbs
All Ages OK
Must Be Spayed or Neutered
Must Be Vaccinated

Allison's Resident Pets

Mixed Breed
7 yr 1 mo old
Boston Terrier
5 yr 4 mo old

Allison's House

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Medium Yard
100% fenced & locked
Smoke-free home
Air-conditioned inside

About Allison

28 Years Experience Caring For Dogs
Follow our dog adventures on Facebook at Right at Home Dog Boarding (or /rightathomePDX)!

Your dog will feel right at home here! We have a lot of fun! We go on walks, hikes, and head to the off leash dog park to play ball (if you permit) We are very close to Laurelhurst Park, Mt Tabor Park, and we also love Fernhill and 1000 Acres. Warm and cozy inside when it is cold outside! Sometimes we even have a woodstove fire! Cool and refreshing inside when it is hot outside, we have fans and AC!

I am a dog lover that has always had 1-4 dogs in my life at all times, fostered many dogs, and have also worked with dogs that needed special attention from Family Dogs New Life Shelter and Fences for Fido . I love dogs with all my heart, and their comfort comes first. I also work for myself, so dogs can remain with me all day, whether at home or at the studio. I have a large crate if needed/requested, and I am familiar with dogs with special needs. 24/7 care is possible if requested as well. I have two dogs that make great playmates, yet at the same time, if your dog is a king or queen and likes to be an only child, I have the ability to keep your dog separate, comfortable and at peace. I own my own home, have lots of dog beds, and dogs are always allowed inside at all times!! I will also text you daily with photo updates of our adventures!

I have a 4 PM or later drop off (4-7 PM) and a 10 AM or earlier pick up (8-10 AM), or else doggy day care ($29) applies for one or both respective start/end days. If you need a drop off before 8 AM or a pick up later than 7 PM, I request that you just leave your dog for an additional night of boarding. In a complete and total bind, I will allow pick ups past 7 PM or before 8 AM, but it is $15 for every hour or increment thereof. I don't do midday pick ups and drop offs, especially on the weekend, because we are almost always out on dog adventures - walks, hikes, beach, mountains.

In addition, as a bonus if requested, for an additional $99 I will photograph your dog in my studio and give you 5 of the best low res photo files! (see photos). High res photos, prints, or the whole CD can be purchased in addition, please inquire Cash, check, or credit card accepted, separate charge at the time of pickup.

* Pickup/Drop Off rates are $10 for under 5 miles, out and back in one trip ie: if you live 7 miles from me, drop off or pick up will be $14. If you live anything under 5 miles away, it will be a flat fee of $10.

** (ONLY OFFERING HOUSESITTING FOR REPEAT CUSTOMERS AT THIS TIME) House sitting fee (within 5 miles) is $150 per night for 1 dog. Add $50 for a second dog, and add $25 for any additional dog (over 2). Add $29 per cat or other animal. $1/mile/night added for house sitting over 5 miles away. I will do additional things as well, such as bring in the mail, water plants, whatever you need, within reason :) I will spend the night in your home, and spend some time there during the day. All dogs will receive 2 walks.

*** Even if I am marked BOOKED on the calendar, please don't hesitate to contact me via a general inquiry or a custom quote. It means there will be at least 3 dogs here boarding - if your dog is mellow and gets along with all dogs, it will most likely be no problem. We have more than enough room and people to keep a watchful eye and go out for adventures!! Send your general inquiry now!

****Dogs over 80 lbs are $60 per night. Please provide all details and send a general inquiry. Dogs must have good leash walking skills and obedience training.

*****Puppies 1 year old and younger are $75 per night. If your puppy is 6 months to 1 year, and you believe your dog is mature for it's age, you can leave your dog for a day of trial daycare and, if they pass the criteria, (ie: has some obedience training, is potty trained, no longer chews, is independent, and is kennel trained), the rate will be the regular rate ($45) for future stays. Daycare is $29 for under 6 hours or attached to a boarding stay. Standalone daycare is $45 for over 6 hours. I do accept unaltered puppies under 6 months.

Late pickups (after a 30 min grace period) incur a $15/hour fee in addition to regular daycare charges.

My holiday boarding rate is $50/night.

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Can administer oral medicine
Can administer injected medicine
CPR / First-Aid certified
Special Needs Accommodated
  • Pets recovering from surgery
  • Advanced senior issues

Allison W.

150 Reviews
83 Repeat Guests
Other Sitters Nearby
  • Same day bookings are OK
  • Responds within 15 minutes
  • Cancellation Policy:


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  • Booked
  • Last updated February 7, 2017


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Services & Rates

Boarding Overnight At Allison's Home
$45 /night
  • Watches up to 5+ dogs/night
  • Dogs may be unsupervised for 1 - 2 hours/day
  • 5+ potty breaks/day
  • 2 walks/day
  • Pets will sleep in their own beds
Daycare At Allison's Home
$45 /day
  • Watches up to 2 dogs/day
$25 /bath
$10 each way
  • Willing to travel 5 miles
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150 Reviews
This is our second time working with Allison. We are so thrilled to have someone who so obviously cares about our dog and all her boarders. She texted a photo or video of our dog every day! And she took the time to tag each one with a little bit about what he was up to and which dogs he played with. Allison is so organized and provides a thorough checklist of what to bring; it makes you comfortable right away! I cannot recommend her highly enough!
Allison was a great communicator and I was very prepared for my dog's multi-day visit. She sent me pictures and videos, which made me feel like my dog was having a great time.
Allison and Jeff are the best! Che is always happy with them. Allison sends pix and videos that show it.
Allison is just the best. She is a great dog handler and Teddy just loves her. You can tell she loves dogs and we feel very comfortable leaving Teddy in her care.
Our little guy had a great time with Allison. I really appreciated her clear communication, and fun updates while we were gone. Murray will definitely be back for another visit.
Allison was great. It was a very professional experience and we were happy to have our dogs with her. We'll use her services in the future.
Our dog can be nervous around strangers, so finding the right fit is challenging. With Allison, both my dog and I feel comfortable because of her experience and friendly personality. Now, I won't leave my dog with anyone else. My dog loves staying with her and I love knowing she's well cared for while I'm away!
wonderful as always. So thankful for Allison.
My dog is always eager to see her and go inside when I drop him off and when she sends me pictures during his stay, he always has a big smile on his face. For me, it's priceless to never have to worry when I'm away because I know he's in such great hands. My dog has some behavior problems and Allison knows how to handle him and keep him safe. Finding her on here was one of the best things things for me and my pup!
Allison was a great host from start to finish - her detailed instructions made us feel secure knowing that she was so organized and on top of the details! She sent lots of great photos and videos of Cheddar and updates about how she was doing on a daily basis. We felt at ease while we were on vacation knowing that our girl was in great hands. I just sent Allison another request for a weekend stay!
This is my dog's third time staying with Allison, and she's been awesome every time! She made room for us in a pinch (over a holiday no less!) and made my nervous, change-averse dog feel at home in just a couple of hours. I appreciated her text updates and communication around pick-up and drop-off times. We'll definitely be coming back!
Allison is very friendly and easy to communicate with. Her place is expertly set up to make your pet feel safe and welcome with lots of space to run and play. Our pup Ned had such a great time with his new dog friends he didn't want to leave.
Allison communicated very well and Scout had a great time!
Allison did a great job caring for Rupert when I suddenly had to leave town for the weekend. She responded quickly to my request, asked good questions and collected information that assured me that he would be in good hands. She sent pictures to show that he was having a good time too. I'll definitely seek her out to have him stay with her in the future.
Allison was wonderful! It was my first time leaving Henry with someone else and she made me feel really comfortable. I love her clear instructions, our walk we do together at drop-off and all the pictures and videos reassured me that Henry was having a ball! I wanted him to be loved and cared for and he so obviously was! Thanks Alison!
Shhhh... Don't let anyone else know. Allison is awesome!
Allison was the best! Very professional and we could tell immediately that she is very capable and experienced. Ichabod can be very anxious with new people and places but not so much as a bark when we met her. He seemed to have a great time! He was happy to see us, but seemed so calm and not a hint of anxiety when we picked him up. Anyone with an anxious dog will tell you, that is a rare occurrence. It was such a good experience. We've already recommended her to friends and we will definitely be returning! Thanks Allison!
I am the owner of a new puppy who has higher needs than an older dog. Allison went above and beyond to care for him and replicate all parts of his day that are familiar in our home. He clearly loved his time there. She sent the cutest videos and photos to calm my nerves. She clearly LOVES dogs and you can count on yours being in the best of hands when with her.
I'm new to Portland and moving here was very stressful! I needed to find someone at the last minute to keep my dogs while we were at the hotel waiting for our things to arrive. Allison was the perfect fit for my 2 older little dogs. She was understanding of their needs and gave them so much attention. She sent me pictures and videos everyday to reassure me that they were fine. What a relief to have her during this period of transition!
I will definitely use her again.
My experience working with Allison was great! She sent frequent updates and photos of my dog to me during his stay.
good communication on our pet. not sure how big play yard is, location in city. Gave pet a bath at end.
We were kind of nervous leaving our dog for the first time, but Allison quickly assuaged any fears we had by her professionalism and obvious knowledge and experience with dogs. Townes came home happy and exhausted, just like we like him! I would have no hesitancy to board Townes with Allison again.
Thanks Allison! Alice came home tired out and Happy after a long stay with you. We also really appreciated the regular videos, we looked forward to watching them. And didn't feel we needed worry at all! Thanks again. Karen
Allison is great with our dog. We don't worry when we leave him because he seems so happy to see her.
Rufus had a blast at Allisons! He seemed super happy and having a lot of fun in all the pictures and videos she sent. He is exhausted and will probably sleep for the next two days. Allison is very organized and has a great system going at her house. We were out of cell phone coverage for most of the weekend but still felt relaxed about leaving our little guy with Allison after the meet and greet. He misses her already! Will obviously use her again!
We love Allison! She is so professional and let's you know exactly what to expect before and after she puppy-sits. Our Siberian Husky, Luna loves going to her house and playing with the other dogs. She sends lots of pics while we are away so we don't worry and know she is happy. We travel often for business so it is a relief to have someone we can rely on. Our Luna has been back twice now and we don't plan on using anyone else any time soon!
Awesome as usual. Dante is always elated to visit
Allison was wonderful with our young and energetic puppy.
Great experience for my standard poodle--good care and well supervised opportunities for interaction with other dogs. My only hesitation in using Alison is that her am-drop-off/pm-pick-up policy can make her twice as expensive as comparable providers (because you pay for two days instead of one).
Allison is a wonderful host, my dog loves staying with her! It puts my mind at ease to know that he's happy and well taken care of when I have to leave town.
This was our second stay with Allison and as was the first, it was more than we could ask. Allison's home is perfectly arranged for dogs and our little guy Felix is so happy to go there I feel a little bad for him having to come back home where he gets less personal attention than Allison gives him! She will always be our first choice!
Our pup had a great time at the Barkroom! Allison was very responsive and provided us with frequent updates and photos. We would recommend her services.
Our little Ariana felt right at home at the Barkroom!! Allison was so kind and organized, we felt so comfortable leaving her there! Loved the pic updates, it was good to know our little pup was making friends!! Thanks Allison for everything! We will definitely be coming back again!
Allison is wonderful. She is experienced with rescues and smart about introductions to people and other dogs, creating a positive experience for all. She sends photos and videos of the fun our dog is having playing with new friends. When my dog sees her and her dog, he jumps and squeals with excitement.
Allison is the greatest! Our dog always enjoys his time with her.
Allison is awesome. This is our second year using her services.
Not only is Allison a true dog lover, she is a pro. I really appreciate how well she handles my dogs (who can be handful), and sends frequent pictures. The stories she shares about my dogs leaves me no doubt that they've been getting tons of love. My dogs don't look back when they visit her, and they come back exhausted so I know they were having a blast! She is detail-oriented, caring, and dedicated to the dogs she watches. You won't regret entrusting your pets to her!
Too good to be true!
LToo good to be true!
allison took great care of our 2 pups. they were happy and clean when we picked them up. she sent pictures every day so we were at ease. thank you allison!
I'm very happy with Allison's service. She's comfortable with my dog (very friendly, but big and kind of a handful) keeps good communication, and friendly to deal with. I will surely use her again.
Allison was absolutely amazing. I was nervous how my pup would do with other dogs since we haven't been the best at socializing him in his later years. Allison calmed any anxiety that I or my dog had. She is professional and truly understand the dogs and the best way to handle each personality. It gave me the ability to truly relax on vacation. Not to mention all the fun text with videos and pictures that she sends-so great! Thank you Allison for everything I cannot wait to have Jack stay with you again.
We were looking for the perfect combination of a comfortable home with an active and involved provider. Allison was a wonderful combination for our dog. She cares so much about what she does and is really on top of her game. She did an excellent job communicating with us while our dog stayed with her. We were nervous parents and she assured us every step of the way that everything was going well.She sent us many smiling pics of our dog with other dogs and this soothed our nerves. She provided lots of activities for Walter who was happily exhausted when we picked him up. I would highly recommend her and I will definitely go back should we need care again.
Awesome experience all around! Received wonderful updates, including pictures and video throughout his 10 day Vacay. I think Kimba was probably disappointed to be back home after staying with Allison. ;-) Will definitely use again.
Lola has stayed with Allison at least 6 or 7 times now. She's the best.

Lola has terrible allergy problems and has tried a number of solutions and medications. Allison has been really great about understanding what Lola needs and is really proactive in texting me if Lola's allergies start to act up or if she needs anything.

I really appreciate that Allison seems to care about Lola and her happiness as much as I do. I feel really confident and comfortable leaving Lola when I travel (which can be pretty frequent).

Allison runs a very professional business and is a great leader for the dogs she watches. I can't recommend her enough!
My dog was well looked after by Allison and I really felt at ease with our big baby in her care. He can't wait to visit again!
we took a family vacation and couldn't bring the dogs with. I was nervous about finding someone to watch our dogs, especially our younger pup who is a bit high strung. I was really happy to find Allison. She took great care of our dogs while we were away!
Cassidy had yet another wonderful stay with Allison! Cass is 11 years old and so it's hard to leave her - but it is a huge comfort to know that Allison takes such great care of her when she visits. Lots of attention and many slow walks around the block! I cannot recommend Allison highly enough.
Allison was so great!

She has a natural gift for looking after dogs and did a wonderful job wrangling our puppy with the other dogs she was looking after.

Great communication - lots of videos that made being away from our dude way easy and we knew he was safe and well taken care of.

100% will be going with Allison again in the future. Just a great experience all around.
We were in a bind and needed a place on short notice. Allison was very easy to work with from the first contact I had with her. We felt very comfortable when we met her to drop off our very active 3 year old Lab she put us at ease and we felt that our dog was in good hands. During the 3 day stay we received pictures of our pup which was very nice as well. I would highly recommend Allison we will defiantly be taking Jasper back to her. As well as telling anyone we know that needs doggy care.
Thanks again Allison!!
Allison is wonderful! Our two dogs have stayed with Allison twice now while were out of town, and we are so glad they did. She's great with them, and great at integrating them with the other dogs who are staying with her - my mind is completely at ease when they stay with her. I know my best buds are in good hands when they stay with Allison. The pictures and videos she sends are awesome. Highly recommended!
Allison is the best! My dog comes home happy and healthy and I get pix or videos almost everyday while I'm away. Allison gets the highest rating from me!
The time with Allison was great. I have a very energetic aussie, and she eased him into the situation perfectly. She is on top of everything, and makes sure that all of the i's are dotted and t's crossed. She sent a number of pictures and videos as well to show how well he was doing with the other dogs. I've got a two week vacation coming up and she will be my choice to watch him while I'm gone. I recommend her to anyone!
Brody had another wonderful stay with Allison. She was in constant communication with us about how the pup was doing and sending photos of various fun activities they enjoyed. When we returned to town and picked him up that morning, he even had a smile on his face! We went home to unpack from our trip, and he was so happy and exhausted that he slept the whole day. We will definitely continue to utilize Allison; she is the best!
Allison was/is fantastic from beginning to end. Clear with what I needed to bring to ensure the best experience for Leo and diligent in her collection of information from me. Flexible and firm by letting me bring him with short notice which gave my mama bear heart peace while also being clear about not disrupting the other dogs in her care's routine which I really appreciated. I am new to the area and this first time away from my boy felt hard. She made it fun for both of us. A consummate professional and yet also silly and fun with the doggers. I loved the pictures and video updates. She is a great communicator. Leo had such a great time and I will absolutely be booking her for my next trip.
Thank you Allison! Leo misses you and all his pup pals.
I had a wonderful experience leaving my dog, Honey for daycare with Allison! She was quick to respond and very helpful explaining the steps for making a reservation. She has a fantastic set up at her home with lots of fun and secure space for the dogs to play or relax. Honey came home happy and tired! It was fun getting photos and videos texted during the day and seeing Honey on Allison's facebook page! This was my first time leaving Honey at a dog daycare and it couldn't have been a more positive experience.
Allison was great! Provided updates and my dog seemed to love it.
Allison communicated well about the reservation and requirements for us first-time users. She was very accommodating to our scheduling needs and was flexible with our puppy's stubborn ways. She also gave helpful training suggestions. Good experience for puppy and owners.
Another great stay for Ralph at Allison's. She takes great care of him and he is excited when he realizes that is where he headed.
Allison is a true dog lover. She has watched two of my dogs several times now and for some longer stays. I trust her completely and my dogs always return so happy. They do not even blink an eye when I drop them off because they are so excited about all the fun they are going to have.
We are so glad we found Allison! Seriously, she is top notch. Dogs are safe and well taken care of, with plenty of room to play and just be dogs in a well set up home environment with constant supervision. She also works with your pup wherever they are at in their development and training. We left our four and half month old pup with her for 10 days (we had a vacation book long before we adopted, and didn't want to board him), and he LOVED his time there! Allison really took the time to get to know him and his needs. He was safe, happy, and thoroughly exhausted from all his playtime when we brought him home. We will be sure to seek her out first for all future dog sitting needs!
Allison was very professional and communicated well with me throughout the whole process. She sent awesome video and picture updates which made me feel less nervous about being away from Samwise! If I need a sitter in the future I will definitely go with Allison again!
Allison is the best! She's easy to work with. She sends updates and photos while you're away. My dog is always happy to see her, and I always feel comfortable when she's the one taking care of my dog.
I never felt at ease leaving my dog, Zippy, until I found Allison at Right at Home Dog Boarding a few years back (we've been happy customers ever since!). She is simply top notch. She is a great communicator, super reliable, and very savvy when it comes to dogs. Bonus: Allison will send funny pictures/videos of your pooch while you're away. If you're like me, you open these texts in about 1 millisecond because you miss your dog like crazy! Then, you feel slightly rejected when you realize how much fun your dog is having without you. LOL!
I was scrambling before a vacation to find a dog sitter after our original plans fell through, and Allison saved the day--she was kind, accommodating and really made me feel at ease about leaving Cedar, my dog, with her. She was great about sending updates and I was happy to pick-up a tired boy after his stay with her! I'd definitely recommend her and use her again the next time we go out of town.
Allison was easy to work with and everything went great. She sent regular updates and pictures. You can tell she loves dogs. My dog enjoyed her stay.
Our pup really enjoyed her stay with Allison! Allison made the drop off/pickup process stress free, which was nice as this was our first time boarding. We felt very comfortable leaving our dog in her care - and the pics/videos are an awesome bonus!
Allison is awesome! But, shhh... or she won't have room for our pup the next time we go out of town. Allison provided the perfect experience for our young dog, Che. He stayed in her home with several other playful dogs. Che says it was the best vacay he can imagine!
Allison was great, as always. We can fully enjoy our vacation or family get away knowing that Margot is being carefully looked after. She is a very high energy dog, but she always comes home exhausted - just how we like it :)
Ralph had a great stay with Allison. We received many photos and videos of Ralph playing and having a great time. He was clearly happy and relaxed from the start of his stay to the time we picked him up. It was easy to relax and enjoy our time away knowing that he was being well taken care of.
We just had our first experience with Allison and it was great. Allison exudes passion for dogs! I was impressed with her organized approach and how well she has set up her home to accommodate her boarders. She pays attention to every detail! We enjoyed the texts with photos and comments that she sent during our trip. And I really appreciated the bonus of her training Scout to jump less - what an unexpected treat! I know that Scout will be back!
Another great week spent at Allison's. Also major kudos for Allison being so accommodating when our flight was cancelled, causing us to add a 2 days to the visit. Dante was so excited the moment we dropped him off, he thinks its his second home.
Allison's amazing! She's my first dog sitter off this site and I see no reason to try anybody else. This was Maddie's second stay with her and she always has a blast. Allison keeps you updated with lots of pics and videos and she even took Maddie to Thousand Acres on her birthday when I was out of town. Great communication, responsiveness, and she took care of Maddie's special needs (ear infection) on her first stay. I'd trust her with Maddie anytime. So much better than a kennel. Highly recommended.
Allison is a lifesaver! I had arranged for a friend to care for my 4-month old puppy, Izzy, while I was away for a week on a work trip. On my second morning away, I heard from my friend that I would have to find a different dog sitter.... Thank god Allison was able to take her! And Izzy had such a fantastic time! It was such a relief to receive Allison's daily updates on what they were up to, complete with cute pictures & videos! Overall, highly recommended!
We are very thankful we chose Allison to take care of our two dogs for a few days before Christmas. She made special effort to ensure that the drop-off and pick-up had minimal stress for me and them. I got daily picture/video updates while we were gone. The pups had tons of fun and got plenty of exercise (probably more of both than they get at home!) Thank you!!
Allison was fabulous. Our dog Remy loves to go to her house for a vacation. Allison is caring and thoughtful. I give her the highest recommendation. Lisa S.
Once again, Allison is our go to dog sitter for our pup. We were out of town for a few weeks, and Allison sent lots of pictures and we know Zed had a wonderful time! She loves Zed and it shows. Thanks for taking such good care of our pup so we don't have to worry about him while we're away.
Allison is the best! My dog loves her! Allison is very organized, quick to respond, and checks in frequently during the stay. She also takes super cute pics while your dog is with her
Cassidy enjoyed her second vacation at Allison's house over the Thanksgiving holiday. She reports having an excellent time and it was great to know she was in such good hands! Allison sent many pics throughout the weekend to prove it. Cassidy will definitely be back.
Discovering Allison has been one of the luckiest finds for me as a pet owner. My dog is not for the faint-hearted. He's big, kinda crazy and often requires some wrangling, but I completely trust him in her hands. She's an incredibly capable sitter and a genuine "dog person". I think she's very good at reading each canine personality and keeping a happy and controlled environment for all of the dogs to thrive in. She's also a great communicator and always sends lots of pictures, videos and updates. Best of all, I know my dog has a blast. I can see it in his face in the pictures and when he eagerly bounds up her steps when I drop him off!
Excellent caretaker for my sensitive, medium energy 4yr old McNab Terrier X. Gordy is sweet but has some issues sometimes getting startled or over amped in walks. Allison paired him with great playmates over his holiday stay and sent me pictures and videos of his buddies hanging and playing. She also answered my questions before the visit, took time to listen to my concerns, and gave me a nice tour of her home. I highly recommend her services!
Allison was an excellent host and we were relieved to leave our goldendoodle with her for our two week trip. She sent us updates and photos, and was very thorough about learning our rules and sticking to them while we were away. We will definitely book with Allison again.
Alison was great! She sent me a video or photo every day so I could see my two dogs were doing fine. She walked them twice a day and took them to parks to play. I would not hesitate to leave them with her again.
I could see from the wonderful photos that Allison sent that Maha was having a great time. Allison was great with understanding my dog's personality and sent back a very happy girl when we returned a couple days later.
We were so lucky that the kennel our dog Herbie usually goes to was full for a last minute trip we wanted to take. I found Allison on DogVacay and took a chance that it would be a good fit for Herbie and for us. We could not be happier - Allison will be our first choice whenever we need to be away from now on.
She kept us updated with photos and messages or emails. Herbie is a terrier who loves his walks and runs. Allison made sure Herbie had plenty of each.
Thank you Allison.
I'm always hesitant to leave my Giz with someone he doesn't know. Allison was amazing! I never needed to worry that my dog's special needs weren't being met. She went above and beyond in her care of my precious lil' snowflake. So glad to have a trusty back up for pet care!
If your dog is anxious and slightly neurotic (ok, maybe it's the owner who is anxious and slightly neurotic), Allison is the perfect dog sitter. She understands dogs really well, respects their unique personalities, and makes them feel right at home. Her regular texts, photos and the occasional video are such a treat to receive while you're away (and so reassuring). On top of that, she is extremely professional and responsive. So glad I found her!
Allison is wonderful, and I completely trust leaving Brooklyn with her. My dog is socialized, but tends to stay out of the action. She loves human interaction. Allison's home arrangement and routine I believe is comforting to Brooklyn. Allison is great about communicating with you regularly via text and will often send photos or videos. It completely puts me at ease to see my girl is happy and safe. I'm really glad we found Allison and I will definitely continue to book with her.
This was our first experience with DogVacay and Allison made it all very simple and successful.

We loved receiving regular photo updates and felt Leland was very well cared for.

A terrific experience, we will surely look to Allison again in the future!
This was our second time leaving Kona with Allison and it was just as good an experience as the first time. Allison is very organized and has a good process for acclimating a dog when first arriving. She sent pictures everyday. I felt confident Kona was well taken care of.
Seriously can't get any better than Allison. I've had Lucy stay with her numerous times!
amazing as always. :) Love Allison!
I had the wonderful opportunity to use Allison to watch our 2 year old dog over a short weekend trip. I was extremely impressed with her knowledge of dogs, their behavior, and how to successful introduce new dogs into her pack that she is watching. She is extremely organized with her instructions and her house is truly laid out like a doggy daycare.

I was very impressed that she provided regular updates throughout my dogs stay with photos. She even made an adorable video of my dog playing in her back yard.

I can't recommend her enough and know that I will be definitely using her again!
Allison is simply the best. She responds quickly to our requests, and is always a quick text or call away. Our dog loves spending his day with her and her dog Q.
Allison is ALWAYS amazing - my dog loves her and I am relieved to have found such an amazing dog sitter/boarder in portland. She sends photos, videos, updates all day. Best of the best.
This was the first time we used Allison, but it will not be the last. Our regular boarding place was full, so we decided to try DogVaCay. Allison was amazing! Gave our pups personal care and even sent pics so we could see what they were up to. Can not recommend her enough❤️❤️
She is our go to person for boarding from now on!!
Wow! Thoroughly impressed. Allison clearly loves dogs, but perhaps more importantly, she understands dogs. Our little Chihuahua mix is quirky and quite a barker. I wanted to start with an afternoon to see how he'd do. Allison knew the perfect way to slowly acclimate him, and he had a great day. She keeps the dogs active with lots of walks and has a great indoor/outdoor set-up in her home. Zippy will be back for a dog vacay in June! :)
Allison is great. Very aware and realistic about an active dogs needs. Was great with updates throughout her stay. My pup seems well adjusted and ready for more.
Allison is a fabulous dog sitter. She has a lot of experience and it shows. This is especially important for someone like me with a rescue who could easily overwhelm someone who doesn't fully understand dog behavior. However, she is totally unfazed and knows exactly how to keep my pup happy, safe and in line. Allison is excellent communicator and sent me updates, pictures and even video while I was away. My dog was having a seriously great time without me! I've used other sitters and boarding facilities in Portland and Allison is my number one choice.
Allison was awesome - so professional and gave me 100% reassurance that my dog was going to be ok throughout her stay - from the moment that we met her, through the duration of her stay - to even when I collected her, showing me some tricks that she had learnt whist she had been there. No doubt about it - i'll use Allison again, and again!
Allison was great to work with. Everything went smoothly and the dogs seem to have a great time. It was like a one-week vacation for them. We would definitely use Allison again.
I have nothing but excellent things to say about Allison! She clearly loves dogs and takes the responsibility of sitting them very seriously. It was great to have the opportunity to introduce my dog via a meet and greet and the plethora of photos I received during Cassidy's stay was much appreciated. I highly recommend Alison!
Allison has been our go-to dog-sitter for Zed, and he always seems to have an awesome time while he's there. He has a lot of fun with the other dogs and going to the park, and Allison always sends a ton of great pics and videos so we can see how great he's doing! In fact, sometimes he has so much fun I feel bad with how boring we seem when we get home!

Would definitely recommend Allison anytime, and we plan to keep going back to her whenever we head out of town.
Allison is a true dream come true. I recently moved to Portland and was scared I would never find a dog sitter that I trusted with my minpin Lucy. I met with Allison for a meet-n-greet and you could tell immediately that she is all about dogs - she has a true passion for them and they immediately adore her. While I was away oversees for a week, Allison sent me photos and videos at least 5x day - and the photos all look like a professional took them! I'm actually going to make prints out of some of them. She took Lucy on trips to the Gorge and I've never seen her so happy (of course Allison sent videos and photos). She was worn out when she came back and can't wait to go back and stay with Allison again in a few weeks. I couldn't be more impressed.
Allison dog sat for us again (in our house) while we were in away for 5 days. As before, our pups had a great time - and with all the walks and attention, slept like a log for the next couple of days. If you need a sitter, look no further, as there's nobody better.
This is the second time we've left Zed with Allison, and once again, it was great! We were leaving town for a while and had friends to watch Zed, but had a one night gap - it worked out really well to have Allison watch him, and she sent some great pics and a nice note to let us know he did well!
This was the second time Harley has stayed with Allison. He LOVES staying with her. She took him out all the time. There were other dogs staying while Harley was there and she let me know ahead of time and assured me they all would get along and they did! she sent me pictures every other day and kept me updated the whole time.

She was really flexible with my schedule and let my boyfriend come pick him up earlier than my scheduled date. (we were still charged the full amount due to my late schedule change) but she was willing to have Harley dropped off literally WHENEVER my boyfriend wanted to during the scheduled dates.

Allison is awesome and she is the ONLY person on this site that has followed through with watching my precious fur child.

She really cares for my dog as much as she would her own. She's amazing.

We left our large 8-month old puppy with Allison for a week. This was the first time he had stayed overnight out of our home and so we were naturally worried about how he might react. Well, we had no reason to worry! Chip clearly had a great time at Allison's. He loved all the attention, walks, and play time. Allison was very helpful in giving us specific directions about drop off/pick up as well as a packing list and her drop off routine seems to work wonderfully for helping the pups feel right at home quickly. Allison was really great about sending photos and videos of Chip so we always knew what he was up to! Thanks Allison for making our holiday vacation stress free.
We just moved to Portland and I was hoping to find a dog sitter Cindy Lou and I both loved, and we lucked out! Allison is wonderful. She is very responsive to emails, goes out of her way to accommodate schedules and takes great care of the dogs she watches. The photo and text updates reiterate how many adventures Cindy Lou (and the other dogs) have with Allison, and how much time and attention she gives to the furballs. We feel really lucky to have found Allison!
Allison is great, very timely with responses to texts and emails. My puppy absolutely adores here and gets excited when I pack her bag to go. She does great with giving medication and gets the dogs lots of exercise. She always has a few dogs being boarded and does a great job of making sure they all get along. I have such piece of mind when I leave town these days
I just want to warn you that you're going to have problems when you get your dogs back from Allison. They'll want to know why you don't take them for crazy fun hikes like Allison does. They'll want to know why you don't have fun dogs to play with like Allison does. They'll want to know why you don't take awesome pictures of them like Allison does. Your dog will be disappointed in you when you take them home. Prepare yourself.
Allison was awesome once again!! Perfect stay with lots of pics and updates. Brody had lots of fun and came home happy and healthy. Thank you again Allison.
Allison was absolutely wonderful. Great communication of expectations before, during and after our dog's stay. Prior to Zula's stay, she organized a meet and greet with a pack walk to get to know our puppy and for our puppy to get to know her and her dog. Allison understood that our pup needed extra attention as she was so young and she didn't hesitate to provide it. Allison sent us pictures multiple times daily to assure us Zula was safe and having a great time with the other dogs. Overall, we will certainly be returning to Allison in the future when we need to leave Zula behind for a few days.
Django really enjoys staying with Allison and her dogs. When we dropped her off, Allison immediately took her on a walk by herself to burn off energy and adapt to a new situation. Allison sent really amazing pictures of Django playing and riding in the car. I will definitely use Allison again and I would recommend her to anyone who loves their dog.
I am so happy with the amount of special attention Raylene received at Allison's this weekend. She got tons of exercise and cuddle time... her two favorite things... and she looked very happy and comfortable in all the pictures Allison sent me!
It was seamless, convenient, and personable.
Many thanks to Allison! Kona had a wonderful stay and we so appreciated being able to leave him with a animal lover who treated him so well. Kona went on lots of walks and a trip to the Coast...wow!
My three active dogs can be a handful and I wanted to avoid kennels where I knew they wouldn't get much attention or exercise. They also don't get along with every dog out there, so I couldn't go to a doggie daycare where many dogs mingle. So, when I had to go away for a week, Allison's profile shined so brightly. Not only was she so patient with my dogs, she even whipped them into shape with training and exercise! She dutifully sent detailed updates every day, talking about their daily adventures, putting me at complete ease. I never had any doubt that my dogs were on a vacation of their own. If you are looking to keep your dog safe, exercised, and spoiled rotten with attention, look no further! Allison is worth every penny, and then some.
I found this website when the daycare my dog usually attends was full for boarding. After my experience with Allison, I'm happy the daycare didn't work out! I adopted my dog only two months ago and this was my first time leaving him with a sitter. I should note that my shelter dog still needs lots of training and has a few behavior issues. Allison was really understanding and patient yet firm with him so he would continue learning the correct way to behave. She sent pictures and updates throughout the weekend which I really appreciated.

Big pluses for me were 1) the amount of exercise he got each day, 2) the amount of individualized attention he received, and 3) the updates provided by Allison throughout my weekend. I know my dog actually benefited from his time spent with Allison and the other dogs. I am so grateful I could take a vacation and have complete peace of mind.
Allison did an awesome job of sending tons of pics while I was away and letting me know how Zed was doing, which I really appreciated. Zed seemed to have a really great time and now he seems a bit sad to have left all his friends. If I need someone to watch Zed in the future, I'll definitely check to see if Allison is available!
Allison dog sat for us (in our house) while we were in Alaska for 5 days. Throughout our trip, she sent us multiple pictures and updates, easing our worries about leaving our pups. To keep them busy, she took them for walks, hung out with them on the patio, etc. Allison also left the house cleaner than it was prior to her stay. This isn't a side business for Alison; it's what she does for a living, and it shows. You won't find a better caregiver for your little one than Allison!
Allison is fantastic with our active puppy...he's happy we're home but was a little bummed that she had to leave!
Our dog is always happy to go to Allison's house. She sends great photos of the adventures she takes our dog on. She is always mindful of his arthritis, though, so he always comes back in great shape!
Allison takes such great care of or geriatric Labrador that we've become regulars. I am suspicious he may like her house better than ours...
Allison is a godsend...thanks so much for bailing us out when United Airlines couldn't get us home on the same day they were supposed to!

When a missed connection due to flight crew that never showed up caused us to have to spend a night in Houston, Allison extended stay another night so that Booker had some care. We can't thank her enough for the flexibility and care she shows our pup!
Allison is the best - and Booker would agree! We hated to leave our 14 week old pup, but Allison is great with him, and he loves her. They'd had a couple day time hangs already and he took right to her.

The videos of their adventures kept a smile on our face while we were far from home and our little guy. She's a great trainer, and we noticed Booker picked up a couple things from his long weekend with Allison.
Our experience with Allison was excellent! She took our dog Otis on lots of outdoor adventures, and sent us lots of pictures of their fun. She was very dependable- prompt with replies, meet-up times, and responding to our check-ins while we were gone right away. In addition, we had a major flight delay, keeping us out of town an unexpected additional day and Allison was very accommodating. It's clear Allison is very passionate about dogs, both her own and others. We would absolutely recommend her to other pet-owners, and would certainly send our dog to her again.
Allison was so awesome with Brody. Right from the start at our meet and greet I knew that Allison was the best of what dogvacay has to offer in Portland. She always was in contact and sending updates with pics and vids of her and Brody's adventures. I was 100% satisfied that Brody was in good hands and I did not have to worry while I was away on business. Thank you again Allison for making these trips a little less stressful and worry free.
Allison was great to work with. She absolutely loves dogs, and we felt very comfortable leaving Kensi with her for a week. We received daily updates, pictures and messages...they were helpful in knowing that Kensi was in great care. Allison kept Kensi on her same schedule of fun and play and that's priceless.
We will definitely use her services again.
Allison has been fantastic for the three day long vacay's she's spent with our 10 week old puppy, Booker. I usually work from home, but was out of town on business, this week. Allison saved us big time, as the 10 week old pup wasn't fully vaccinated until this week, and isn't ready for traditional day care.

She arrived promptly at our home at 7:15am and was accomodating when my wife need an additional 30 minutes at the office. She sent multiple pictures and video throughout the days and was seemingly walking Booker all the time!

Looking forward to having Allison watch Booker again on an overnight basis when we we're out of town at the end of April.
Schatze always comes back bright eyed and full of energy. Alison sends lots of pictures and updates.
Our old dog found new legs with Allison! He was very well-cared for and we really appreciated the photos showing the adventures he had. He was smiling in every one!
Jack is a very happy dog with Allison. She sends pictures every day of what he is doing on his vacation--at the mountains, the park, on walks, at home with the toys, playing ball. He is one happy dog. Thank you for all of your great care!
We had a great experience having Allison watch our dog Kona. This was the first time that we had to leave Kona with anyone other than friends. Allison clearly has a lot of experience taking care of dogs and after the initial meet and greet I felt confident that Kona was in good hands.

We received pictures and videos from Allison almost every day that let us see Kona both relaxing at her house as well as out on adventures like trips to the park and hikes. Our holiday trip was much more enjoyable knowing that Kona was in good hands. We will definitely look to Allison again the next time we need to travel and can't take Kona with us.
First off Allison responded immediately to my initial contact. When we did our meet-and-greet she was extremely friendly, personable, and very knowledgable about dogs. This was my first time leaving my dog with anyone and she made it a very comfortable experience. I received text and picture updates from her daily. Which I thought was so awesome because I missed my dog so much! In most of the pictures she sent, they were outside running around and playing in different locations. Allison is a great host for keeping your dog active and occupied while you enjoy your own vacation.
I would absolutely recommend considering Allison for your dog's vacation! After this fabulous experience I know exactly where my precious boy will be staying whenever I need to leave town!

Thanks again Allison! You were fantastic!! :)
Schatze loves visiting with Allison! She always comes back full of happiness and energy, and it's clear that Allison takes very good care of her. I get updates of what adventures Schatze has been up to, and have absolute confidence that everyone is having a good time.
Allison was great with Maha. I can't say enough about all the fun adventures our young dog got to experience and for that I am so grateful. Thanks again for taking care of my girl, sending awesome pictures and working out a bit of her puppy energy.
Allison was awesome to work with! Its obvious she loves doggies, and Jack was so well taken care of. She sent daily updates and pictures of him on his "vacation." He was a happy dog. Would use her again without question. Thank you!
Allison treated our dog like one of the family. I think he wanted to stay at her house when we came to pick him up! We will definitely leave him with Allison again.
If Allison can handle our crazy 2 dogs she can handle anything! She took our 3 and 1 year old lab mixes for 5 days and handled them like a champ. They are both extremely energetic and still need alot of training. Communication with Allison was open and easy, we got multiple texts with pictures and updates. Our dogs need ALOT of excercise and she understants the importance of this and made sure they had plenty of excercise between packs walks and adventures. She even spent time help to work with our dogs on our training issues that we had identified which is over and beyond in my opinion! Our dogs came home tired, calm and had even improved on there leash walking and other training issues they have!!! We would gladly use Allison again.
She took in my dog last minute which was a huge help since his normal big box store boarding facility was full. I wouldn't have even thought to look for a site like this if it hadn't been but now that I have found Allison and seen how well she did with my sometimes finicky dog I will be going to her first for overnight trips. I've already recommended the site to everyone I know with a dog and I look forward to many more cute pictures of my dog out picking mushrooms.
When I initially contacted Allison, she answered all of my questions very quickly and thoroughly. I appreciate that she came across as very professional and knowledgeable about dogs with different temperaments and behaviors.

I left my blue heeler with Allison for five days, and she had an itinerary lined up to keep him exercised and entertained. Regular updates on their adventures were provided via text message, and by the time I picked up my pooch I really felt like he had gone on his own vacation.

For a first time experience with Dogvacay, I'm hard pressed to think of it could have gone better. Allison is now easily at the top of the list on who I'll contact when I need pet-sitting in the future.
Allison was wonderful! She was able to accommodate a very last minute request and our puppy had a great night with her, while we enjoyed a relaxing evening downtown Portland. Allison sent us pictures and a video to assure us that all was going well for our puppy! Our puppy was a little nervous when she first arrived and Allison quickly had her feeling right at home. Allison took her for a walk and when my husband arrived, our puppy was snoozing on the couch! Thank you Allison for giving Ivy such a lovely night away. We will definitely be in touch the next time we are in Portland!
Allison took very good care of my high energy and somewhat fussy border collie mix. She exercised her a lot, gave me lots of updates as to how she was doing, and clearly enjoyed having Schatze around. I wouldn't hesitate to have Allison watch her again.
Allison was exceptional with Max. She sent communication, pictures and made it comfortable for me to be away. She took him to the beach and he loved it!! I would highly recommend Allison. Brenda
Allison was awesome. I felt comfortable right away that Kaia would feel comfortable. Allison sent photos and kept me informed on her play abouts.

She is calm and assuring for the dog and I could tell Kaia had a great time.

She has a great house and yard and still takes the time to take the dog out with her on adventures.

Allison is also a very talented photographer and I am looking forward to getting all the photos she took.

I would highly recommend Allison.
Hank had another great stay with Allison and her pack. This is his second time with her, and he made himself right at home. I think he truly prefers being at her place than at home! Allison takes him on such fun outings. What a relief not to have to worry about leaving town anymore.
My dog had a great time with Allison. Allison's dogs, Hope and Scrappy, were perfect playmates for my dog Django. Django can sometimes be a challenge, but Allison obviously loves dogs, and she appreciated all of Django's best qualities.

We met Allison and her dogs ahead of time. She took the time to meet us and go for a walk in our neighborhood. I needed chauffeur service for Django, and I know my dog felt a lot more comfortable because she already knew Allison.

Allison's work with rescue dogs makes her incredibly knowledgeable about dog behaviors. Django's stay was marvelous. I highly recommend Allison.

Lastly, the photo package is totally worth it. I always knew my dog was cute, but the pictures Allison took make her look like amazing. She really captured Django's personality. A great price for truly professional photographs!
Allison was great, she was very flexible with pick up/drop off times. She also sent pic's and updates of my dog Jamie while I was out of town which made me feel comfortable knowing she was being well cared for!
Allison is a wonderful host! We knew Hank was in good hands given her knowledge, experience, and comfort with dogs of all temperament. Communication is excellent. Highly recommended!
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