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Valeria C.

41 Reviews
17 Repeat Guests
Other Sitters Nearby
  • Same day bookings are OK
  • Responds within 45 minutes
  • Cancellation Policy:

Pet Requirements

  • 1-20 lbs
  • 20-40 lbs
  • 40-80 lbs
  • 80+ lbs
No Puppies

Valeria's Resident Pets

Eleanor Rigby Roosevelt
Shetland Sheepdog
6 yr 6 mo old

Valeria's Apartment

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Outdoor area
Smoke-free home
Pets allowed on furniture
Air-conditioned inside
Great for senior pets

About Valeria

15 Years Experience Caring For Dogs
I am a night class graduate student (6-9pm) at the University of Maryland. I recently moved to Silver Spring from NYC.

In New York, I hosted dogs & cats from the NYC Animal Care and Control shelter system as an approved foster. I have been exposed to all breeds and personalities, including special needs, medical, and behavioral issues. I love every pet that steps into my home equally, and will make sure he/she gets the quality and level of care and compassion you'd give at home. I'm also a proud DogVacay Community Mentor, meaning I have interviewed and approved many other local dog sitters and would happy to give you referrals if need be!

While staying with me, your pet will get to know Ellie, my 6 year old sheltie (she is very cool with other pets). I'm happy to accommodate both dogs and cats (Message me for pricing details by clicking on the “Ask Host a Question link” on the right side of my page!), I like to go for long walks, and I live by a fenced in "bark park" in a very animal friendly community

Price of $40 is for a 24 hour period**. This includes 3 walks (relief or 30 minutes depending on your dog's needs), food & water based on her/his schedule, medication administration if needed (including injections), play time and daily updates with fun photos and videos!

**Additional fees apply for 1 hour walk/walks, puppies, dogs not house trained, more than 3 walks per day and odd hour pickup/drop off (before 8am after 10pm)
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Can administer oral medicine
Can administer injected medicine
Special Needs Accommodated
  • Pets recovering from surgery
  • Separation anxiety
  • Leash Pulling
  • Not yet house-trained
  • Advanced senior issues

Valeria C.

41 Reviews
17 Repeat Guests
Other Sitters Nearby
  • Same day bookings are OK
  • Responds within 45 minutes
  • Cancellation Policy:


  • Available
  • Unavailable
  • 1 Spot Left
  • Booked
  • Last updated January 16, 2017


Background Checked
This sitter has passed a background check, which searches a variety of criminal databases.
Home Checked
This Host has successfully passed our in-person verification visit and completed our 1-on-1 training program.
Community Mentor
One of DogVacay's top Hosts and a mentor to new members of our Host community.
Course 101 Graduate
By completing courses at DogVacay University, hosts learn about best practices to help them provide the highest quality care for your dog.
Course 102 Graduate
By completing courses at DogVacay University, hosts learn about best practices to help them provide the highest quality care for your dog.
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Pack Promoter
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Pay through DogVacay for:
Premium Pet Insurance, 24/7 Customer Support and Daily Photo Updates!

Services & Rates

Boarding Overnight At Valeria's Home
$45 /night
  • Watches up to 2 dogs/night
  • Dogs will never be left unattended
  • 5+ potty breaks/day
  • 3+ walks/day
  • Pets can sleep wherever they want
Daycare At Valeria's Home
$25 /day
  • Watches up to 2 dogs/day
Dog Walking
$15 /half-hour
$25 /hour
  • Willing to travel 5 miles
Home Visits
$20 /visit
  • Willing to travel 5 miles
$15 each way
  • Willing to travel 5 miles
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41 Reviews
Valeria was amazing! She watched our Goldendoodle puppy and Yorkie for about a week in October. We received lots of pictures, texts, and videos, which gave us so much peace of mind while being away. Our dogs are not is super anxious and terrified, and the other is a puppy used to a fenced in yard - not a leash! Valeria handled this with ease, and the dogs had free roam of her place so they were comfortable, plenty of walks in which Valeria helped train them with the harness leash, and our Yorkie was calm by the second day in (unheard of while away!). Additionally, while in Valeria's care, our Goldendoodle unexpectantly went into her first heat. Valeria was so calm, caring, and professional and took such great care of her. I can't stress enough what a great foster dog parent Valeria was and look forward to using her again!
Valeria was great. Our dog had a great time with her and she really went above and beyond in making it convenient for us. Highly recommend her.
Valeria did a terrific job! She is a great communicator and very responsive. Valeria kept us informed multiple times a day and our dog loved all the attention. Thank You Valeria!
She really is the best!
Valeria was great with our dog, Shaw. We had a last minute booking and she was very accommodating. Our pup is a bit wary of strangers, but warmed up to Valeria immediately. We received daily updates and she was very responsive in communicating. I would highly recommend Valeria! We will keep her on our rotation of DogVacay hosts.
One-day boarding: I discovered that Valeria lived in the building next to mine so it was super convenient. She obviously likes dogs, and I liked her credentials and experience working with animals. This was just a short "vacay" but I will definitely call her again, and I feel completely comfortable leaving my dog when I go on my regular vacation.
A big thank you to Valeria, her considerable experience with and love for animals reflected in the good care that she took of our 10 year old Minpin. She was very accommodating with drop off/pick up and introduced our little picky eater to new delicious food. We're very grateful for her care.
Valeria was absolutely fantastic to work with. She was super flexible on our meet-up, drop-off and pick-up time and worked with me to create a custom quote for the exact timing and services that I requested. I got cute daily photo and video updates, and my dog had a blast staying with her. We will definitely be using Valeria again the next time we go out of town!
Valeria is great! very responsive and her dog is lovely and very friendly. Highly recommend. Mo had a great time.
Great job. My dogs had a good time!
Valeria is very kind and loving with the animals she is minding. Our pup Zero was beyond enamored with her! We felt very safe having him stay there, we knew he was in the best of hands.
She was so lovely, Pierre didn't want to leave! He learned to tandem walk with another dog, got lots of cuddles, and I got updates the whole way through. :)
Valeria was friendly, and obviously a real dog-lover. Her location was very convenient. We definitely recommend her as a host!
Valeria was awesome! Accidentally locked myself out of my apartment before work with my dog and without money. Valeria took Winston and even gave me $3 for the subway. Would definitely use her again!!
Valeria is a dog whisperer. My dog is a somewhat temperamental rescue who is not the easiest. She understands dogs even ones with "big personalities". She also really put me at ease before leaving my dog George with her. Honestly I think I was more of a wreck than most people leaving a pup for a long weekend but she was super communicative and sent a lot of photos which made the entire thing much more manageable on my end. Valeria is truly excellent and has a thorough understanding of dogs (and the people who have them). I would recommend her to anyone.
Valeria is fabulous and took such great care of our beloved Belle. Highly recommend her!
Valeria is a great host! Prompt and communicative, she took very good care of SUGI and was flexible and accommodating with regards to drop off and pick up times. Would be quite happy to have SUGI board with her again. Thank you.
We have known Val for many years and she has always been the most caring and loving friend to animals- from her own pets to the enormous amount of time volunteering at shelters and fostering animals in need. My animals love her! A most responsible caretaker. We will always use her when we need her.
Valeria is a great dog sitter, my dog Jack had a blast with her. He was happy boy and can't wait to play at her home again.
It was our first time leaving Panchy our lahsa apso with someone other than my family. I feel Valeria definitely took good care of chuchi and she cleaned her eyes for us because she has really bad allergies. She seems very happy and might just take a little bit more to get used to being there.
As always, Valeria was a wonderful sitter to our pup. I highly recommend her to everyone.
Valeria and her pup, Ellie, are fantastic hosts! My pups love their visits with them and always come home happy!! Valeria also sends lots of photos of their dogvacay fun which I really love! My pups have stayed with Valeria twice and there will be many more visits to come!!
Valeria is a great dog sitter. She's very responsive to emails/texts, loves animals and sends adorable pictures of your pup while you're away. I can't provide a higher recommendation and certainly hope she can look after my little guy again the next time I'm out of town.
Valeria was fantastic and so flexible. We ended up changing plans late in the day and we were able to pick up our pup earlier than expected. She sent us pictures throughout the day and we left with a little goodie bag. We will definitely be sending out dog to stay with Valeria again!
Valeria was wonderful! As soon as you stepped into her home, you knew that she would shower your pup with love! She was very good about keeping you posted on how you dog was doing, sending regular updates and pics through text and through the dogvacay portal. I will definitely use Valeria again and encourage my friends to do the same.
Valeria was great. Ezra came back super happy.
Valeria was great! That was our first time on Dogvacay and our experience was beyond our expectations. Definitely will recommend to my friends.
Valeria was absolutely perfect, sending a text each day and a lot of pictures. We really recommend this host. It was a great experience for Violette and for us.
It was my first experience with leaving Chloe with someone. Valeria was the best choice I could ever dream of. Chloe liked her from first sight and so do I.
I could go away for the weekend with peace of mind about the dog. We will come back again to stay with Valeria and her sweet dog Ellie.
Valeria was absolutely wonderful. She was extremely accommodating and made sure my dog had plenty love!
Valeria took wonderful care of our 14 1/2 year old rat terrier. Our poor old girl wasn't feeling very well, but got a lot of love and support while we were away. The pictures and updates really helped to make being away a little easier.
This was our first time leaving Skyler with a sitter. Valeria was extremely responsive with my questions setting up the meet and greet and trip. She made us feel reassured with her experience with dogs and sent us regular photos and updates during our 6 day trip - I completely trusted her with our baby and will contact her again for our next trip.
This was our first time booking Valeria, and it won't be our last!! I knew from the meet & greet that she would be a great fit and that our boy Bass would be in good hands. She kept us updated w/txts & pics throughout the time which was great. Overall, the stay went well and we look forward to using her again.
Valeria was wonderful! :) Pickles is still a puppy and can be quite a handful but Valeria was amazing with her. Pickles had lots of fun at the dog parks and cuddle naps while we were gone. In addition to being great with Pickles, she is very responsive to my messages and accommodating to my schedule too. This was a wonderful experience and I am excited to use Valeria again for our next trip. Thank you Valeria!!
Our dog, Sadie, had a great time with Valeria. Sadie played hard, had lots of time outside, and fell in love with some foster kittens. Drop-off and pickup were easy and we received ample updates. I hope Valeria's available every time we have to go away.
This was my first dogvacay experience, and Valeria was fantastic! She was super helpful/loving, and I could tell my pup Nala had the best time. Will definitely be using Valeria again
Great experience with Valeria. She is kind, responsible and great with my dog, who can be a handful. I would recommend her with complete confidence.
Valeria was an excellent host and smudge was sad to leave
I was really happy to have found Valeria to look after my senior pup with special needs. She was very accommodating of my travel schedule and took great care of Weezy while I was away. I received constant pics/updates which kept my mind at ease. If you're looking for someone who is genuinely caring, patient, and knowledgeable, I'd highly recommend Valeria to tend to your furry creature.
She met me and Rui :@ halfway , so we didnt have to travel far, and sent me plenty of pics of my girl to let me know she was comfortable. That is what counts in my book. As a sitter, she tried to meet my needs as well as my dogs, thats what makes it worth it for me.

Sincerely, Thomas & Rui. :@
Highly recommend Valeria. She always responds right away to my (always) very last minute requests. My pup loves staying with her and adores her older very mellow dog. She was able to administer oral medication and sent lots of updates and photos. I have an Italian Greyhound puppy which means it needs a lot of exercise/playtime and Valeria made sure my pup was a happy tired puppy. The only note would be to just make sure you are on the same page with her regarding fees and times. Some sitters here go by a per 24 hour rule and if I remember correctly she sets her rates slightly differently. As always good communication is the key. Her place has lots of soft surfaces for dogs to snuggle and the building seems very pet friendly. Highly recommend!
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