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Willa E.

116 Reviews
39 Repeat Guests
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  • Same day bookings are OK
  • Responds within 3 hours
  • 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

Willa's Resident Pets

11 yr 1 mo old
11 yr 1 mo old

Willa's House

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Large Yard
100% fenced & locked
Smoke-free home
Pets allowed on furniture
Air-conditioned inside
Great for senior pets

About Willa

30 Years Experience Caring For Dogs

I am located on the north side of Springfield. I have been grooming dogs for over 25 years and have owned my own boarding kennel and have a full grooming salon at my home and I have worked for veterinarians throughout the years. I welcome pets that have special needs and/or medicine or special attention due to medical conditions also. I have a home with a fenced in backyard and you can choose to have your pet clean and pretty before you return. You are welcome to bring their favorite toy, blanket, bedding etc or they can play with my dogs toys and sleep in their beds which is also my bed..;-) You can bring their food or they may eat our food with my dogs. I offer a "Meet & Greet" to let you dog come and check out my place and my dogs and any other pets I might be sitting for at the time. I also would consider sitting for birds since I have a lot of experience with all sizes of birds. All dogs must be spayed or neutered and current on DHLPPC, Bordetella, rabies vaccine.
NOTE: I will only take up to 3 dogs at a time so please make your reservation in advance to reserve your spot. I am getting booked up quickly due to the great job Dogvacy does!
PICTURE NOTES: The 2 standard poodles are my dog and all others are of dogs that come and stay with me, I will post your dogs pic too!
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Can administer oral medicine
Can administer injected medicine
Special Needs Accommodated
  • Pets recovering from surgery
  • Separation anxiety
  • Advanced senior issues

Willa E.

116 Reviews
39 Repeat Guests
Other Sitters Nearby
  • Same day bookings are OK
  • Responds within 3 hours
  • Cancellation Policy:


  • Available
  • Unavailable
  • 1 Spot Left
  • Booked
  • Last updated January 3, 2017


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This sitter has completed training for the DogVacay Disaster Relief Program and volunteered to help displaced pets in the event of a natural disaster.
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Services & Rates

Boarding Overnight At Willa's Home
$28 /night
  • Watches up to 3 dogs/night
  • Dogs may be unsupervised for 1 - 2 hours/day
  • 5+ potty breaks/day
  • 3+ walks/day
  • Pets can sleep on my bed
Daycare At Willa's Home
$15 /day
  • Watches up to 4 dogs/day
$20 /bath
116 Reviews
As with the many times before we have left our dog with Willa, she did a great job. Lucy loves staying here. Willa goes above and beyond what a pet sitter should do. We all love Willa and wished she lived closer to where we live now. Whenever we return to Springfield, we always bring our dog if Willa is available. She's the best!
Love Willa! Portia loved her stay,
Willa is fantastic! This was the first time my little guy stayed with her and he had a blast! I could tell that he was happy though the photos and videos. She cared for him so well!
As always, we love leaving Lucy with Willa. We know she is looked after in a loving manner. Even though we no longer live in Missouri, we still use Willa when visiting the area.
As always, we love leaving Lucy with Willa. We know she is looked after in a loving manner. Even though we no longer live in Missouri, we still use Willa when visiting the area.
As always, we love leaving Lucy with Willa. We know she is looked after in a loving manner. Even though we no longer live in Missouri, we still use Willa when visiting the area.
We appreciate Willa so much! She was great to our dogs.
Willa does a fantastic job. Highly recommend her.
Willa took very good care of Bella!! I loved getting the videos and pictures of her from time to time. I already have another reservation! I would highly recommend her!
Willa is FANTASTIC! Would recommend her to anybody.
I can't thank Willa enough for Molly's great stay! After meeting Willa, I knew I didn't need to worry about what kind of care Molly would receive. She was well taken care of and I loved all the pictures. What a great way to enjoy a vacation when you can't have your pooch along. Thanks to're awesome!
Wally is always so excited when we turn the corner to Willa's. He is always attached to me but when the door opens at Willa's, he wants out and doesn't even look at me. He loves it when he sees his pals at her home and just loves being there. Willa is a special person and so good with all the dogs. They all listen to her too. So thankful we found her!
I left my 3 month old lab mix puppies with Willa for a week to vacation. I felt like I was dropping off my children at their first day of preschool but they adjusted right away. Willa did a wonderful job taking care of them and they had a great time playing with the other dogs. They were even bathed when I picked them up! I will definitely be using Willa again to take care of my babies.

Springfield MO
Bentley is definitely a big baby but he seemed to enjoy his time with Willa and she is very easy to work with! We'll will use her again!
I think Wally has become even more socialized with other dogs he meets at home because of his stays with Willa. We wouldn't take him anywhere else. He is so happy there.
Wally gets excited when we turn the corner to Willa's. As much as he is attached to me, I don't even get a backwards glance. He can't wait to get in there and see her and his pals. Always some new pups for him to play with. She is the best.
Willa is the BEST! We couldn't even think of leaving our Wally with anyone else. She really cares for the pups and knows how to handle them. They respond to her and just love being there.
First time using do vacay. Willa was very friendly, easy to work with and responded to emails quickly. Will use her again if im in the springfield area.
Verry good care
Always a good experience with Willa. Wally is excited when we turn the corner to her street. As much as he's my baby, he doesn't even look back at me; he can't wait to get in there and see Willa and whatever dogs are visiting. She is wonderful and we always feel comfortable leaving him. Couldn't go anywhere if we didn't have Willa.
Willa is a wonderful caregiver for our Penny. We are so glad we found Willa. Penny is always excited when we tell her she's going to visit Willa. I don't have to worry at all why we are away whether for a night or several nights I know Penny is in great hands. I really enjoy the pictures Willa sends me while we are away!
Wally loves to stay with Willa. He gets treated like he does at home so I'm sure he feels like it's his 2d home by now. So grateful we found Willa.
As always Wally was so excited when we turned on to her street. He didn't give me a backward glance. He was so excited to be there and he met some new friends on this stay too.
I highly recommend Willa! Bear and Sky recently stayed with Willa for a few days and they were well cared for. I received pictures, videos and text messages keeping me informed on how they were doing. I'm very protective of my boys but Willa took good care of them and with the updates I received I knew they were in good hands and I could enjoy my vacation without worrying the whole time I was gone. I have trust in Willa and will be booking with her in the future when I need a dog sitter.
Roscoe was flat worn out when we picked him up- He had a great time with the other dogs.
This was a spur of the moment stay, thanks for being there.
It's great to be able to drop off Roscoe and not worry how he is doing. thanks Willa
Roscoe is always excited to go to Willa's
A great long weekend- Thanks
Roscoe is always worn out when he returns from Will's, Loves playing with the other dogs.
A great place to leave your pet while you are away.
Another great weekend for Roscoe.
Roscoe is always excited to go to Willa's
Willa does a great job of letting us know how our boy is doing during his stay.
A great place to take our boy for some time away.
This was our first time with Willa and we were very pleased.
We would only leave Wally with Willa. Feel so lucky we found her. Great place to get lots of attention and care.
Always so happy with Willa. Wally just loves being there and we feel so relieved to know he's so well taken care of.
great dog care at Willa's We have already rebooked Roy
I was a bit nervous to leave Lucy for 10 days but after the meet and greet a few weeks prior to leaving I knew I had made the right decision. While away on vacation I got updates, videos and pictures from Willa. Lucy had an awesome time. We're planning on another vacation in June and Willa will be her sitter then as well!!
Even though we've moved to another state, when we come back this way we still leave our dog with Willa. Trust her more than leaving our dog with our relatives! She's great.
This was Miss and Brando's first stay, but it won't be the last! Willa was great! She treated them just like we would. It is so good to find someone that can be trusted. Willa, thank you so much for taking care of Miss and Brando. They will be back!
Willa's has become a second home for our two pups. I never thought I would be able to leave them with someone else and not be the least bit concerned. Willa is wonderful!
As usual Wally had a great time with Willa and we felt comfortable knowing he was being well taken care of. He gets excited when we turn the corner by her house. She is so good with all the pups and such a nice person too. Wouldn't leave him with anyone else for sure!
This was our first experience using DogVacay. Willa did a great job handling Griff for 5 days. Emailing photos everyday eased my wife's concerns. This was our first trip where Griff did not go. We are very pleased and hope to use Willa again if the need arises. Thanks!

Doug K.
I cannot say Thank You enough!! Willa made sure our Merlin was comfortable and secure...and most of all had a wonderful vacay. :-) He's learning to play and be included with other dogs...he's a happy, happy boy! We'll be visiting Willa again!
We were so pleased to find Willa! Our pup had a great time and we received multiple photo and video updates! Our kids loved seeing the videos as they asked all weekend where the dog was. Knowing our dog was in good, caring hands while we were gone made it easier to leave him behind. Thanks, Willa! We will definitely see you again.
Willa is the best. She does such a great job with our dog.
My two fur babies are always excited to visit Willa. She treats them like they are her own, and they love playing with the other pups there. I feel so blessed to have found such a loving place to leave Daisy and Bentley when we are gone. Thanks tremendously, Willa!!
This was our first time to use Willa for boarding and we were very, very happy with our experience. Our Chloe was well cared for and we were kept up to date by communications from Willa. We will definitely use her again for any boarding needs. Willa obviously knows and loves dogs and how to care for them!!
So sad that we are moving out if state and don't have Willa to watch our dog any more. She's great. You won't regret choosing her.
You can tell by how much we use Willa that we love her and so does our dog.
Wouldn't have anyone but Willa take care of our dog. She's great.
Willa is the absolute best! We use her over and over
Willa is the best! I travel back and forth through Springfield each month and don't know what I would do without Willa. She is Lambeau's home away from home!
Willa always makes sure that our pups are right at home! This visit, our new dog Bentley had so much fun, I didn't feel the least bit guilty about leaving him. I am so glad that I found Willa and Dogvacay. What a smart and amazing service!! Thank you, Willa.
Billy Bob had a great time. Willa treated him like her own.
As usually, Willa did an excellent job taking care of our dog. We can travel knowing our dog is loved and gets the best care. So much better than having her in a kennel with only a few potty breaks and lots of dog barking all day. We love Willa! (So does Lucy!)
I know I would not be taking these trips if we hadn't found Willa. I missed Wally but I knew he was in good hands and being well taken care of. Willa is so great. I think she's a dog whisperer. She really knows dogs! I love the pictures she sends. Wally looks just like he's at home and he probably feels like he's home there. Willa is awesome and we feel so lucky to have found her!
We had another great experience with Willa. Our dog Marcus got treated like part of their family. Willa kept us updated with videos and pics. Marcus was clean and happy when we picked him up.
This was the first time we had Twist stay with somebody. He is a Rescue Dog and very timid around people. Luvs other dogs, people not so much. Miss Willa understood and made him feel welcome. She saw behaviors and explained them to us. He will be staying with Willa again!
Lucy always enjoys her stays with Willa. She always comes home happy and healthy!!
Lucy loves to stay at Willa's house, as usual she had a great time!!
This was probably our 5th time leaving Wally with Willa. She is fabulous and he always has fun. He is making friends with her pups and even shared a cage for a nap. Love all the pics and videos she sends too. No one is better than Willa!
Bruno had a great time with Wlla and her poodles! We'll be back again next time we're in Springield :)
Our dog Lucy had another great time at Willa's home. Willa takes great care of her and treats her as her own. We appreciate how Willa makes dog care look easy but works hard.
Willa is remarkable. Always so good with all dogs and our Wally for sure! He was so spoiled and had such a good time! We are so grateful we found Willa and will use her every time we have to go somewhere. This was about our 4th time and longest yet and he was so cared for! Willa is great!
Love all the photos and videos she sends too.
Billy Bob needed socialization and staying with Willa and her standard poodles has helped a lot. She is very knowledgeable of dogs and I feel very comfortable leaving Billy with her.
Contacted Willa with a last minute request. She not only accommodated us, but was extremely nice and helpful. Would definitely recommend her!
As usual, Willa is great! We trust her and love taking Lucy to stay with her. She is well cared for and enjoys spending time with other dogs. The set up Willa has at her place is just the best for dogs. The best part is she's not kept is a little kennel all day long.
Wally gets excited when we pull up to Willa's. He loves her. We feel so comfortable leaving him there because we know he will be well cared for and loved too. She is so good and so nice and loves all dogs. Just so happy we found her. We have left Wally several times and soon will leave him for 2 weeks. It is so comforting to know he's in such good hands. Willa is awesome! So nice, so caring.
We had never left our dog with anyone besides friends and when we were left in a jam, we contacted Willa. She was so wonderful with our Frankie, sent us pictures and video, and said our goofy pup was welcome back anytime. Frankie came back with a bath and blow dry and smelled so good. I swear, she didn't want to come back home. I can't sing Willa's praises enough. We are definitely repeat customers.
Billy Bob did very well on his first of 3 overnights with Willa. She sent me photos of him and it looked like he made himself right at home. She has 2 very well behaved poodles which was good for Billy Bob as he hasn't had much experience at socialization. I was pleased with our experience.
As usual our dog Lucy had a fabulous time. We had to travel at the last minute due to a death in our family and Willa was available. Thank goodness. We could have taken our dog but she has such a good time with Willa and her family. Love Willa's dogs too. They are so friendly and welcoming. So glad we found Willa's!
We left our miniature Schnauzer, Lucy, with Willa while we traveled west. It was just great. No more sending her to the vet to sit in a kennel all day with other barking dogs to shake and cry! She had a ball. She sits on Willa's couch alongside her friends their. She runs and plays with the other dogs outside. She runs around the grooming area with all the other dogs or sleeps or whatever. We Love-Love Willa and won't go anywhere else again!
Willa is a great host. She treats the dogs as if they were her own. They get outside to play and have fun.
When I went to pick up Jewls.Just like a kid had so much fun,She didn't want to leave.I had no worrie's when I left her with Willa E. I talked with Willa E maybe 30 minutes before I left Jewls there with her.I had no doubts that she would be well taken care of.While I was away Willa E kept me updated with picture's to show me that she was doing ok.Thanks so much for giving her a place to stay while we had time away.
Our Lucy loved staying with Willa. We received photos while we were gone and Lucy looked well taken care of. She enjoyed being around other dogs and not having to spend hours on end in a kennel. She was happy to see us and didn't cry on the way home like she does when we board her at the kennel. We are so happy we found Dogvacay and Willa. You can tell she loves dogs the minute you walk in the door. We will definitely be using her again and again!
Loved having updates and pictures of our dogs while they were at Willa's. Clearly they were right at home - which makes for an even better experience for us on our trip. Thanks again, Willa.
Willa is the very best! She really loves the dogs and knows them all too. This was Wally's 3rd stay there and she said any time bring him because he is a cuddle-bug. Loved sitting with her like he does me.
She always has us wait and let Wally go thru the gate and get acquainted with the dogs. She tells us not to touch or talk to him because easier on him.
She sent us a darling picture of him and a note about him. Just makes us feel so much better about leaving him. We're going on a long vacation in the summer and Wally will be with Willa. Already have the reservation. Couldn't leave him with anyone else. He gets excited when we pull up there now.
Willa is the best! She kept Rane for 20 days and I felt so comfortable with him being there with Willa. She sent me photos and videos and email updates every day to let me know how Rane was doing. It always made my day when I would receive a video of Rane playing and having so much fun with the other dogs at Willa's. I will always leave my dog with Willa when we are in Springfield.
Very friendly and flexible with our time. I would highly recommend her!!
As always Willa was awesome. She very knowledgeable and loves her charges, big and small. Will definitely go back again.
Marvin has stayed with Willa and her poodles on two occasions and I'll continue to use her on future trips down I-44. Highly recommended.
Great to go on vacation. Even better to return safely and see our dogs comfortable at their vacation spot. Willa works well with our two vocal miniature schnauzers.
This was Wally's second stay with Willa. When we drove up with him yesterday he was really excited as if he remembered being there and liking it. He went right in and joined with the others and was happy to see Willa too. We piked him up this evening and of course he was excited to see us, but you could tell he loved being there. Willa is so nice and said he could come back any time, that he was very good. She said he seemed to adopt her, following her everywhere (like he does me). Another good thing besides him being with other dogs which is good, he sat on my friend's lap most of the way back home--he never did that before. So I think the experience with Willa is also making him more adjusted to other people as well as other dogs. An added benefit. We really like Willa and her manner with the dogs. You can tell she loves them all and really cares. Definitely will take him back.
Willa was fantastic from the time we had our Meet and Greet to picking Wally up. I was really nervous about leaving Wally. He'd never been away from us. Willa assured me he'd be fine. And he was!
We left him there that first morning and he was a little apprehensive but Willa talked to him and he seemed fine by the time we left. We immediately got a picture of him and message stating he was doing just fine. Later we had another cute picture and note. We called each day to see how he was. Willa is remarkable about returning calls and messages immediately. She is very positive, very comforting and by the end of the first day I knew we'd made the right decision. When we picked Wally up she said he'd been so good and such fun and welcome back any time. And we sure plan to take him back. She is wonderful!
Willa provided an excellent stay for Marvin. Will definitely book again when we're headed in that direction.
Once again a wonderful stay with Willa! It is like dropping off my fur baby at his second home. She really cares for our boy as her own! Thank you!
Great experience for our dogs who aren't keen on boarding and love being home. Willa definitely makes it a home away from home. She was flexible for both drop off and pick up times which was a great help.
Our experience was wonderful! Not only did she treat our puppy as her own, but she even kept us updated with pictures and videos! Would be highly recommend her services! A big thank you for taking care of our sweet boy while we were away.
Speckles and I were both very happy with her stay at Willa's!
Marvin really enjoyed his stay with Willa and her pups. Plenty of pictures. ++++
Our 4 1/2 yr. old Shetland Sheepdog, Sally, was treated like she was the queen (even tho she pestered Willa to play with the tennis ball ALOT). I felt very at ease leaving her with Willa and was rewarded by a text showing and telling me how Sally was doing. It was a great experience for Sally and we were not worried as to her care and treatment. Thanks, Willa.
Willa is the best! She has been a lifesaver for us--Lambeau has a wonderful time at her house--and we have him stay with Willa every month as we travel through Springfield.
Willa took good care of Zona while we took in a baseball game in Springfield. Zona got along great with Willa's poodles. I felt very comfortable leaving her with Willa and would do it again in a heartbeat if the circumstances arise.
Could not of been happier with Jacqui's stay with Willa. Had one tired/happy pup when we picked her up. Will definitely use this sweet lady again.
Absolutely awesome thanks again
My babies had an amazing time with Willa. They were exhausted from playing. Willa sent me notes keeping me posted about my puppies. Willa, thank you so much for loving on my babies!
I couldn't be happier with the care our little puppy received at Willa's. She encouraged me to call whenever I wanted to check on my baby and also several times she sent me videos of him playing with toys and other dogs and he always looked happy and his tail was always wagging. She also groomed him and gave him a bath before we picked him up. I will definitely use Willa again next year when we come down that way on the way to Tulsa. I would highly recommend her.
Willa is the absolute best. Buddy has stayed with Willa on numerous occasions. She treats him like family which is what we wanted. He has been very socialized with other pups while in her care. I have never had to worry about him while he was with her. He truly loves to go to her home, when we get there he just goes nuts trying to get to the door. When he is there we get regular pictures and video of him interacting with the others in her care. We wouldn't take our boy anywhere else. Thank You Willa for Loving Our Boy As Much As We Do.
Willa cared for two of our dogs, Lola and Phoebe, and Lola requires daily medicine. Both dogs seemed to enjoy their stay. She made sure to give Lola her meds and also gave gave both of them a lot of play time. Willa is very knowledgeable about dogs and my daughter and I felt very comfortable leaving both dogs. Willa sent photos and a video of the dogs at play. It was great! They stayed overnight and I would be very comfortable leaving my dogs with her at anytime, because I know they will be in good hands.
Willa was very patient and accommodating with my two little terrier mixes. She gave them time to get to know the other dogs and even had a separate space available for them if they needed it. She even sent pictures so we could see they had adjusted well. Willa was very accommodating with pick up and drop off times. We will definitely be seeing her again when we visit Springfield!
Willa is outstanding. She plays with the dogs, she gives them special treats and makes videos of their stay. It is fun to see our dog having so much fun and now he gets excited when we say her name. She is very reliable and flexible about pickup and drop off times. She is the best!
We could tell from our "Meet and Greet" with Willa that she truly adored our fur baby. We left Gunner with no worries about the care that he would receive. He was worn out when we picked him up. This is the first time he has been away from us. He was able to socialize with other dogs. We were very happy to receive pictures and funny videos of Gunner playing.

I would highly recommend Willa and won't hesitate to use her again.... I just hope she has an opening when we would need her.

Thank you so much Willa and a Big Kudos to Dog Vacay being available for those of us that don't want to kennel our fur babies.
Willa is absolutely amazing with our fur babies. They They always get excited when we say "who wants to go to willas", we could not be happier haveing her are our puppy sitter! !!!
Pixie looked great in her daily photos. We appreciated the updates from Willa. We will ask her to watch her in the future when we need a sitter. She was GREAT to take Pixie at the last minute, when our original sitter wasn't able to do it.
Willa is great and our dog loves to visit her home. She answers messages quickly and is very flexible about the times to drop off and pick up our dog. She is very good at handling all kinds of dogs--and our dog is a very energetic puppy! We are so grateful to Willa and to DogVacay.
Just as before I can not say enough good about the way Willa took care of our Pug for us and will use her again next year when we return. Willa thank you so much for this years great time!
I can't say enough good about how Willa took care of our Pug!!! From the grooming to the personal care she gave her all day I would recommend her very highly to everyone that needs someone to take care of their dog!
My puppy had a great time at Willa's! She was very flexible with my schedule and made my puppy feel right at home. I would definitely recommend Willa for anyone needing a dog sitter.
We loved that Willa was willing to have a meet n greet with us. It was great to be able to see where the puppies where going to be while we were gone. They warmed up very fast and loved having the big back yard to play in, getting the picture updates made us feel better being able to see them. I highly recommend taking your fur babies to willa for all of your doggie needs!!
Willa was AWESOME!!!! Tiber did not even want to leave. She was great about keeping me updated with pictures, calls, texts and videos throughout his stay!!! Highly highly recommend her and will not take my boy anywhere else!!!
I continue to have positive experiences when leaving my dog Lambeau with Willa. We so appreciate her willingness to accomodate our schedule and to make the visit fun for our dog.
Willa was extremely responsive and considerate. She has astounding, flexibility, and obviously loves dogs. She is attuned to their personalities and needs, and seems to truly enjoy having them in her house and accommodating their individuality. Our dog needed a daily pill, and Willa took it stride to make sure that he took it. We are revieved and delighted to have a loving and stimulating place to leave our dog the next time we go away.
My dog had a wonderful time at Willa's house. He was well taken care of and she had two dogs that he enjoyed playing with. She even helped with dog training suggestions! I definitely plan to call her again and would recommend her to others. She clearly has a lot of experience and knowledge about managing and caring for dogs.
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