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John and Christina S.

31 Reviews
18 Repeat Guests
Other Sitters Nearby
  • Same day bookings are OK
  • Responds within an hour
  • Cancellation Policy:

Pet Requirements

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

John and Christina's House

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About John and Christina

Hi, we're Christina and John. We live in a single family home near the University of St. Thomas and the Mississippi River, conveniently located just 6 miles or 15 minutes from the MSP International airport.

In 2012 we lost our 16 year old Toy Poodle “Teddy” due to health complications. He joined his friend, “Frankie” our Golden Retriever who we lost in 2010. We will love and miss them both forever.
What this means for you...we will be able to give our undivided attention to your dog while staying with us! We are not yet ready to have another dog of our own and this works perfectly for us.

Just a few other important things to know:
• We only take care of one dog at a time (unless the dogs are coming from the same home).
• We are a professional couple and both work full-time outside the home. We're away about 9 hours/day M-F (includes commute time).
• Available most holidays.

Please take a look at our photos, we included some pictures of dogs we've taken care of.

Thank you for considering us!
Christina and John
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Special Needs Accommodated
  • Leash Pulling
  • Advanced senior issues

John and Christina S.

31 Reviews
18 Repeat Guests
Other Sitters Nearby
  • Same day bookings are OK
  • Responds within an hour
  • Cancellation Policy:


  • Available
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  • 1 Spot Left
  • Booked
  • Last updated February 22, 2017


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Services & Rates

Boarding Overnight At John and Christina's Home
$30 /night
  • Watches up to 2 dogs/night
  • Dogs may be unsupervised for more than 4 hours/day
  • 3-4 potty breaks/day
  • 2 walks/day
  • Pets can sleep wherever they want
Daycare At John and Christina's Home
$25 /day
  • Watches up to 2 dogs/day
31 Reviews
John and Christina were phenomenal! It was evident to me when we first met that they love dogs and their priority is the pet's wellbeing. My dog can be a little shy sometimes, but they gave her enough room and time to warm up to them and by the end of our first visit, Donatella was totally comfortable in Christina's arms. By then, I knew I had found the perfect match for Donatella! I definitely recommend them!
Christina & John were great. We have a feisty little terrier and didn't want to board him. We found them and their specialty with small dogs. We did a meet and greet and we knew that they would take great care of Cooper. He had a great time and they made leaving him pleasant and easy! Thank you so much!
This was our dog Moose's first time staying with John and Christina and we will definitely be sending him back in the future! Moose came home happy, calm, and did not appear anxious as he has sometimes in the past. Moose also has a difficult time eating when my husband and I are away but after one day with Christina and John we were updated that he was eating - a sure sign that he was feeling comfortable and safe! We received daily pictures/videos and John and Christina were flexible with pick up/drop off.
John and Christina were so wonderful to our dog Max and treated him like a member of their family. They made sure to keep me updated on how Max was doing and sent us photos. We would recommend them to anyone looking for a dog sitter!
Rusty has had a couple excellent, problem-free stays! John & Christina are flexible, accommodate all requests and send daily updates (usually with great pictures).
Christina and John are absolutely amazing!! My girls came back happy and well taken care of. They didnt want to leave!
Another wonderful visit with John and Christina! Our pups have stayed with them several times and they have a wonderful time. We have another visit coming up soon and know they will be in great hands once again!
While this is long overdue, John and Christina were so fabulous with our dog Bilbo. It was our first time ever leaving him with strangers. Their updates were very much appreciated. I can't say enough about what an incredibly amazing job they both did. Genuinely caring people.
Another great stay with John and Christina! Our dogs were well-cared for during their week long stay. We loved the peace of mind knowing that they were in good hands. Our dogs definitely loved being with them!
Thanks for taking such good care of Lola for the 3rd (or 4th?) time! We always know she's in good hands and love the daily updates. It truly is a vacation for her and she loves all the extra attention. :-)
Our dogs stayed with John and Christina for almost 3 weeks. They were wonderful! Our dogs were well-cared for and they provided us with regular updates. I even started to get worried they wouldn't want to come home with us at the end of their visit! We will definitely come back to John and Christina in the future!
We have a 14 year old cockapoo with Cushings who had only stayed with family while we were away until this spring. I had found John and Christina, but they already had another dog staying, so Jazzy stayed with another dog sitter a couple of months ago and things didn't go perfectly, so we were nervous to leave her again, but it was only for a couple nights and we really needed to find a place for her to stay when we're away. We were excited to find out that John and Christina were available. My husband took her for the meet and greet and he was really surprised that Jazzy seemed to settle right in there. He dropped her off the next night for her stay and he was shocked that she wasn't even shaking when he left. She just acted like she had been there a million times. We got pictures each day with an update. They took her on walks even though she was only there for 2 nights. When my husband picked her up she acted perfectly normal. She was clean and her things were clean. She was taken care of perfectly! It was such a relief! Jazzy has definitely found her home away from home and I can't thank John and Christina enough! Now my only fear is that they won't be available the next time Jazzy needs a place to stay. If you are looking for a place for your baby to stay...don't hesitate to contact John and Christina. They are AMAZING!
Christine and John were awesome ! Exceeded expectations. I arrived very ill. They helped me move her over and kept her 2 extra days. They even went the "extra mile" to help me find some help while I am ill with serious health problems.

George Chalmers
My dogs had a wonderful time with John and Christina! Loved the updates and pictures! Really glad I found a great place for my dogs, they were great!
John and Christina were fantastic! They were available and very flexible when I needed a last minute pet sitter, they sent me great pictures and clearly had lots of fun playing with my dog, and best of all my dog came home happy and tired. I would definitely recommend them and use them again.
Tootsie and Kona had a wonderful stay with Christina and John again. We have used them several times and will continue to use them. We get pictures and videos every day!! Always a worry-free vacation when we know our fur-kids are cared for.
Our dog, Lola, loved John and Christina! They sent us videos/pictures everyday and took the best care of her. They were very flexible when our flight was cancelled and were willing to take her an extra night. =)
We left our dog with John and Christina for the first time this weekend and it was a fantastic experience. Our dog came from a shelter and is terrified of boarding facilities so this was a great alternative - he got lots of attention and belly rubs from John and Christina! They are very friendly and trustworthy. We felt completely at ease leaving our dog at their home and will definitely rely on them in the future.
John and Christina were great hosts - they took wonderful care of Luna!
John and Christina are so warm, welcoming and accommodating. I immediately felt at ease about leaving my little guy with them. They sent updates while I was away and took great care of my Jeff. It is evident how much they enjoy caring for pups! Thank you both!
This was our first time having Christina and John care for our little Sophie. They are truly like a breath of fresh air ...taking our dog into their lovely home with sincerity, kindness and lots of TLC! My husband and I had no concerns while we were away. With the daily updates, we felt confident that Sophie was "home away from home" and we will definitely look them up again. A great big "thank you" to Christina and John!!
Charlie seems to have enjoyed his stay with Christina & John. This was my first experience with dogvacay and it was an easy and comfortable experience. I plan to call Christina and John the next time we need a place for Charlie to stay.
John and Christina were great! Our dog Jet loved his stay at their beautiful house and all his walks! They gave us a lot of updates including pictures and videos of Jet which made our vacation that much more worry free! They were also very accommodating when we got in a day late because of a cancelled flight. Thanks John and Christina! We will definitely have Jet stay there again and would highly recommend them.
Tootsie and Kona went to stay with Christina and John again just for the weekend. Again, we trusted them completely and there were no worries while we were gone. :) We are using them again this Fall.
What a pleasure to have our Dog taken care of by John and Christina. I cannot say enough about the whole experience. They sent updates, pictures
and a video of Hayley, If you want the best stop looking now and have the wonderful couple treat you dog as good as anyone can.
Lucky's stay was wonderful, John and Christina were perfect hosts, welcoming, gracious, and caring. We will definitely use them again.
We used to have to board our dog with many other dogs while on vacation and it was a traumatizing experience for her every time. That is, until we found Christina and John! They are absolutely wonderful! They sent us updates, pictures and videos throughout our entire vacation. Now that she is back home with us, I think she even misses them! Needless to say, we have definitely found our dog's "second home" with Christina and John.
When we did a meet and greet with Christina and John, we knew immediately we could go on a worry free vacation. They were so warm and personable. They even said not to worry if there are any accidents in the house since it was so cold out.....that is nice because we didn't have to feel guilty or anything for something we could not control. Christina texted us daily updates with pictures and videos. I highly recommend this wonderful couple to watch your fur-kids!!!
Christina and John were the perfect hosts for our dog, Dixie, while we were on vacation. It is clear that they love dogs and are committed to providing the best care for the dogs that 'vacation' with them. Dixie was walked daily, played with, cuddled, and loved. We received daily texts with pictures and videos which eased our minds about leaving our pet behind. There is no doubt that our dog received far better treatment than she would have at even the most plush kennel because she was the center of the hosts' attention. We especially appreciated that Christina and John accommodated our Christmas Day departure date. I highly recommend them and I will use them again.
Laura F.
We could not have asked for a better host for our two miniature poodles. From the moment we met Christina and John at the initial "meet and greet", we knew we found a perfect match for our 15 year old pups. JJ and Ebby had their own little vacation at this loving home while our family was away. We will definitely use Christina and John again and we highly recommend them to others looking for the best care for their pups!
Our whole experience with Christina and John was wonderful! From the minute we met them for a "meet and greet" until the time we picked up our little Pickles, they exhibited warmth, care and the utmost of professionalism. It was clear they have a particular passion and knowledge of smaller dogs. They sent a video, photo and updates daily to let us know how he was doing and they responded quickly to texts we sent. They will be our first choice the next time we have to find care for Pickles.
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