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Dusty M.

26 Reviews
11 Repeat Guests
Other Sitters Nearby
  • 3 days notice required for bookings
  • Responds within 2 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

Dusty's Resident Pets

Del The Funky Canine
Mixed Breed
5 yr 0 mo old
3 yr 0 mo old

Dusty's House

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Children at home (13-18 years old)
Large Yard
100% fenced & locked
Smoke-free home
Pets allowed on furniture

About Dusty

15 Years Experience Caring For Dogs

I offer doggie daycare, nail trims, ear cleaning, medication/fluid administration, baths, and patient advocacy. I offer in home pet care and pet health consulting. Pet sitting services are done in my home, or yours. I travel up to 5 miles from my house, in Glendale Heights. I specialize in hard to care for pets such as those medically fragile, or have anxiety. I of course love when "easy" dogs come over too!

I have worked as a veterinary nurse in the emergency room for the past 11 years, so I am more than qualified to handle all your pet care needs. I have extensive experience with digestive issues, diabetics, renal disease, cardiac conditions and hypo/hyper thyroid disease.

Pets will enjoy their time boarding at our house. They will have that homey feel and even their own bed to sleep in if they like! I love to let friendly dogs run around with my dogs, with full supervision, during socialization times.

Doggie daycare pups will be taught/reinforced on basic commands. They have full run of the yard most of the day. I try and get puppies schedules in line with the other puppies coming for maximum socialization. They will also have my dogs to socialize with. Puppies, in my humble opinion should always be crate trained and this is also reinforced every day for at least 1 hour. Usually this is around mid-day. This gives house dogs a chance to recharge as well as give an opportunity to associate positive rewards with a kennel. Kennels should always be a happy place! I encourage you to feed your dog in their kennel and always treat them when they go in.

Overnights, guest pups are typically in their own room or kennel. Every once in a while we break this rule, and let dogs sleep with us. For high anxiety types I will go upstairs and sleep with them.

We walk 1x daily. During the day pups have full run of my large backyard. If your pup is here for multiple days often we will visit a house that has 4 acres fenced in. We call it the "dog park". The dogs love it! I do not promote actual dog parks because of all the injuries that happen there.

I no longer offer cat boarding. With all the dogs here, it is a high stress environment for any cat. Stress in cats can cause many health issues.

Up to 3 boarders can board at any given time and will be given their own room or kennel. Unless otherwise specified all boarders will be fed twice daily and socialized at least four times daily.

I love to send picture updates on how your pet is doing while you are away!

I am insured whether care be at my house or yours.

I require meet and greets for all first time stays. This must be done when it is still light outside. Dogs do not do well meeting new friends in the dark or in extreme weather, and it can be difficult to read body language if you can’t see. The meet and greet serves many important purposes the most important being properly introduced and to smell out the place/ leave scents for when your dog comes back. I try and get all meet and greets done during the M-F between 7a-7p. I will not do same day meet and greets followed by a stay. This does not set a good tone for pack relations.


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Can administer oral medicine
Can administer injected medicine
CPR / First-Aid certified
Special Needs Accommodated
  • Pets recovering from surgery
  • Separation anxiety
  • Leash Pulling
  • Not yet house-trained
  • Advanced senior issues

Dusty M.

26 Reviews
11 Repeat Guests
Other Sitters Nearby
  • 3 days notice required for bookings
  • Responds within 2 hours
  • Cancellation Policy:


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  • 1 Spot Left
  • Booked
  • Last updated January 23, 2017


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Services & Rates

Boarding Overnight At Dusty's Home
$44 /night
  • Watches up to 3 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 Dusty's Home
$22 /day
  • Watches up to 2 dogs/day
Dog Walking
$25 /half-hour
$30 /hour
  • Willing to travel 5 miles
$25 /visit
  • Willing to travel 5 miles
$20 /bath
$20 each way
  • Willing to travel 10 miles
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1 Testimonial
Oct 2016
Dusty has walked my dogs for 6 months last year and 4 months this year while my parent who usually walks them was out of the country.
I have a 12 year old yellow lab and a 2 year old mix. The puppy is an overstimulated, full of energy, protective as heck and requires someone who knows what they are doing to handle her.
Let's just say that I can't even imagine ever leaving my dogs with anyone else. I was hesitant to leave them with someone I don't know at first, but Dusty quickly showed me she is the right person for the job.
She gave me plenty great advice, my dogs LOVE her, she is reliable.... I'm simply lucky to have her!
She is the person you want for your pets if you want to leave them in good hands.
Feel free to ask Dusty for my number if you need more info.
26 Reviews
My pup always has a great time at doggie daycare with dusty! I love to see the fun pictures throughout the day. Love that he interacts with other dogs and people, dusty goes out of her way to make sure he has a great time. I would highly reccomend her!
Dusty is awesome with bane! She sends fun pictures throughout the day to ensure me that he is having an awesome day with his dog buddies! Dusty goes above and beyond your regular sitter and works on training and behavioral issues that you ask her to work on! I would strongly recommend dusty to anyone looking for a dedicated and loving animal lover
Bane had a great day playing with Dusty and the other dogs. Dusty kept me updated throughout the day with pics and messages! We will definitely go back to Dusty :)
We were so relieved that Ossi could stay with Dusty in such short notice.
We appreciate the excellent care and the many pictures sent while we were on vacation.
We will certainly continue to use Dusty in the future!
We highly recommend her services! Thank you so much Dusty!
Another great doggy vacay at Dustys. Vienna loves all the playtime and attention, and I love the videos, pics and the nail trims
Another great stay. Lots of updates and play time. Thanks again Dusty!
Dusty provided a welcoming safe home for our pup. I really appreciated the picture updates and information. I will definitely use Dusty again in the future!
Another excellent stay. We received updates and felt totally secure leaving our dog with Dusty. Daily updates and good socialization are reasons we choose her. Thanks again!
This was the first time leaving my crazy, high energy pup with anyone and I couldn't be happier.I was so nervous before I dropped her off because my girl hasn't spent time with other dogs.Dusty made me feel so much better as she knew how to introduce the dogs in a way that my dog wouldn't try to fight hers.I was pleased to get lots of videos and pictures throughout her stay.Kimber had a blast with the other dogs and I think she was sad to come home.After 2 years, I am finally comfortable leaving my dog with someone.Thanks Dusty!!
Pippin, the tiny pomeranian, had a very nice vacation at Dusty's house! I was pleased to see he went right into her arms when we came to the door! He felt right at home when we dropped off his things. Dust kept daily texts to keep me updated on Pippin's new trick of rolling over. He was all packed up to go home when we arrived to pick him up. Pippin had a very nice stay at Dusty's house! We will visit Dusty again!
My 3 month old pomeranian puppy, Pippin, really enjoyed his stay with Dusty! He had his own room and toys to play with, and could see everything that was going on around him in the house. He could feel part of the world, but couldn't get into mischief or stepped on since his is only 3 pounds. I really felt he was safe, and included. I was so pleased with they way Dusty kept me informed to get daily texts, pictures, and videos of Pippin's activities! Dusty taught Pippin how to sit and lay down while he stayed with her! I am very happy with Pippin's overall stay, and he is coming back to be with Dusty for our next mini-vacation!
Our dog's stay at SunShine pet care was great! She enjoyed having space and others to run with. Dusty is very good with the dogs and is extremely communicative. Getting updates and pictures of how our dog was doing enhanced our time away. Knowing hat she is doing well and is being cared for was just one less thing to worry about. SunShine pet care will be getting our business again.
At first I was skeptical about leaving Rocky at a place with two-three other dogs... I did a meet and greet and it went well so finally decided to go ahead. To my surprise Dusty offered her services beyond our expectations. She texted and sent pictures and videos twice or thrice a day. Also she maintained a schedule for Rocky's walks, play and food times. During the stay Dusty also put in efforts to discipline Rocky as when he was back he got more obedient. She also trimmed Rocky's nails... And I would surely recommend Dusty to all those who are seeking to leave their pet... as she is well trained and caring with our pets.
Repeat vacay for Walcott with Dusty! We were so happy with our first vacay we decided to book again with Dusty. She sent us daily pics/videos of Walcott, which we loved. Will definitely rebook, she's amazing!
Dusty was very caring and thoughtful with Ellie who is a high anxiety dog. Dusty did a great job accommodating Ellie's needs and even turned on a sound machine to help calm her. We will definitely bring her back and recommend her services.
Dusty was great! She was very accommodating with our schedules for drop off and pickup. Cass was right at home with Del & Ruby. Not 10 minutes after drop off, Dusty was sending me a video of the 3 dogs having a blast. Cass was so happy with Dusty and the gang that she didn't want to come home! Sunshine Pet Care was a great find!
Dusty's simply the best. Wouldn't think of leaving our precious pup anywhere else.
Dusty was great with my puppy. Even though he's tiny her dogs were very good to him and he had a blast playing with them. This was my first time leaving him with someone else and had no worries whatsoever. I received the cutest picture of him playing with toys and having a good ol time. Not only that but dusty was great and cut my pups nails and showed me how to do it as well. Very knowledgable and will Def use again :)
Dusty was great! BJ had a great time playing with her dogs and was exhausted when we brought him home. I think he slept for 3 days straight. For the past few months BJ has had a cough and a lot of reverse sneezing. He was still acting and eating normally so we figured it was just allergies. Her advice on elevating his dog bowl when feeding made a huge difference. He's not waking us up at 3am every night hacking up a lung anymore. All of that was to say that Dusty is awesome!
Dusty and her family (dogs and people alike) were FABULOUS. Dusty is capable and knowledgeable and I couldn't have left my dog in better, loving hands. I highly recommend Dusty, moreover so does our dog, Joey. FOUR PAWS UP :)
Couldn't have asked for a better place to leave our howlin' handful puppy Dixie. A truly caring, loving and professional environment. Dusty keeps meticulous records about pet's behaviors, activities and comfort. We are blessed to have found a place to leave our beloved family member when we're away and have complete peace of mind. And with Dusty's playful house, we both get a vacation!
Dusty was awesome! Our dog, Walcott, has known allergy issues that we can't quite seem to get completely under control, and she worked with us to help make him comfortable. Dusty really went above a beyond.
We dropped him off and shortly after received a video text of Walcott playing. It was nice to see he was having a good timeWe would definitely be willing to have Walcott stay with Dusty again. It was great to feel like he was well taken care of while we were away. o
Excellent. No other words to describe her. Flexible and very attentive to our dog's needs. Daily updates and a report at the end of the stay detailing his activities. I look forward to booking again!
I am convinced that there is no one better to take care of my pets than Dusty. My dog, Cari, and my two male cats, Moby and SC, have never been treated and attended to as well as when they stayed with Dusty. She treats them like family. From the moment they left my house to the time I picked them up, she kept track of their eating, drinking, and overall behavior, as well as when Cari was walked.
Dusty only takes a few pets at a time, so I book her as early as I can to get a spot on her schedule. She knows what is best for my pets, and cares for them as well or better than I do.
My dogs are a handful - high energy and high strung. I worry that they could irritate other dogs and instigate a fight, which they would definitely lose. Dusty was very careful to make sure their interactions with her two dogs were safe and uneventful. That put my mind at ease. Thanks, Dusty! We'll be back at Christmas.
Ivy loved her stay with Dusty. She had two doggy friends to play with and came home happy and tired. Dusty sent us several videos of Ivy playing on the deck and in the backyard.
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