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Michele K.

84 Reviews
36 Repeat Guests
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  • 3 days notice required for bookings
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Pet Requirements

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

Michele's Resident Pets

Yorkshire Terrier
6 yr 5 mo old
Cocker Spaniel
10 yr 1 mo old

Michele's House

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Medium Yard
100% fenced
Smoke-free home
Pets allowed on furniture
Air-conditioned inside

About Michele

30 Years Experience Caring For Dogs
My name is Michele and I love dogs. Beau and Joey live here and they love other dogs, and are very easy going. We have a fenced in yard to run around in. I work full time and I am home for lunch to care for the dogs. I am also close to Midway Airport.
I have over 30 years experience in the pet care industry. I can work with young and old dogs. Medication is not a problem. I have experience with dogs who have special needs and physical challenges.
Our guests are treated with great paws on experience. If your dog is allowed full run of the house, or allowed on the furniture, they will have it here. I will also work with your dog as you have trained them. Play time, toys, walks, and naps are enjoyed. How your dog is treated at home is how it will be treated here, feeding, and walk schedule, etc. We look forward to meeting your dogs on a Meet n Greet.
Holidays are the busiest time in the pet care industry. I encourage pet parents to plan ahead.
I do require a Meet N Greet prior to a reservation for a new guest. I also require proof of vaccinations, and your dog(s) must be on heart-worm medication and a seasonal flea preventative.
I do not accept dogs with any aggression issues.
I also am available to do daily visits in your home if you have a cat (s) and live in nearby. I can custom quote for those services.
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Can administer oral medicine
Can administer injected medicine
Special Needs Accommodated
  • Separation anxiety
  • Leash Pulling
  • Advanced senior issues

Michele K.

84 Reviews
36 Repeat Guests
Other Sitters Nearby
  • 3 days notice required for bookings
  • Responds within 5 minutes
  • Cancellation Policy:


  • Available
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  • 1 Spot Left
  • Booked
  • Last updated February 20, 2017


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Services & Rates

Boarding Overnight At Michele's Home
$40 /night
  • Watches up to 5+ dogs/night
  • Dogs may be unsupervised for more than 4 hours/day
  • 5+ potty breaks/day
  • 2 walks/day
  • Pets can sleep wherever they want
Dog Walking
$18 /half-hour
$30 /hour
  • Willing to travel 5 miles
$20 /visit
  • Willing to travel 5 miles
$12 each way
  • Willing to travel 5 miles
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84 Reviews
Michele is a very loving and caring boarder. She really knows dogs. I have had a few challenges with one of my dogs and she has been EXTREMELY patient and helpful. I wouldn't consider taking my dogs anywhere else. She truly is the best!!!
My Stinkabinka had an awesome time with Michelle. I appreciated that she sent pictures of him each night and was at ease with his response to me when I returned to get him.
Our pups' stay with Michele was wonderful! We started with a meet and greet at her home where the dogs were free to roam the common areas, learn the scents and we also were acquainted with the backyard, which served a place of great fun for our dogs during their stay. Michele knows dogs and understands their needs. She creates a safe and dog-friendly environment that allowed our dogs to feel at home while they were away. Michele was sure to send photo updates and it was great to see how much fun the dogs were having! We have a few trips in the coming year and we will certainly be booking with Michele again!
Michele watched our anxious lab mix rescue over Christmas and we were very happy with the entire experience!
Michele was excellent and easy to work with as she is prompt and forwarded nice pics on a regular basis. I would recommend her to anyone.
Michelle is terrific! This is the second time I've left my two dogs in her care and they just feel so at home! Michelle works with your schedule, sends pics and updates of the pups regularly and is clearly a dog lover!!!! I highly recommend!
Michele was fantastic! We were very happy with our experience and felt very comfortable leaving our 8 year old English Bulldog with her. She allowed him to move his doggie-bed to a different location where he would be more comfortable.

We will be using Michele again!
Michelle was very professional and accommodating. She sent regular picture updates and texts. Her own dogs were easy going and got along well with my dog. I highly recommend her. She will take good care of your dog.
Michele was great with my beagle mix! This was my first time using a sitter and Ziggy is a little neurotic and anxious. But he had a great time! He came home exhausted and happy from all the playtime!
Michelle is terrific! She took time to get to know our dog and how she interacted with her dogs. She is very caring. Our dog was so eager to go back she dragged us up her steps when we returned for a second stay!
Michele is the best and my dog loves her!
Michelle is my go to host, always easy to work with and demonstrates what good about the folks involved with DogVacay.
Michele really went above and beyond this last trip was able to help Cassie when she was both sick and anxious. She really cares for Cassie likes she's her own
Michele is seriously the best option for long trips
Michele is seriously the best. We couldn't imagine using anyone else on the site other than her..She's the reason we use DogVacay
For such an extended amount of time I couldn't think of anyone else other than Michele..Cassie loves her so much
Michele really is the best choice for the job
Cassie loves Michele so much!!
Michele really is amazing and knows what she's doing. I don't know what we'd do without her
Michele is hands down the best
Michele is so awesome!
I'm so glad we've found Michele
Michele is hands down the best
Amazing! Amazing! Amazing!
We always leave our dog with Michele K. She is by far the best. She gives such personalized care and she always goes the extra mile. Thanks for all you do! Pickles loves staying with you and your dog companions! -Mary W
Yay, she did it again! Michele made Smokey feel very welcomed and put us at ease while we took a long vacation. Thank you Michele! You are great!
Agave had a blast on her vacation at Michele, Joey, and Beau's! In all of the photos Michele sent me, she had that eager puppy look like let's just keep playing -- alll fun all the time!

I appreciate Michele's flexibility on so many levels and that I can confidently leave Agave in her care for what turned out to be a 9 day trip.Tthanks to Michele and her household!
Michele is a great host who goes above and beyond. She is always willing to take Roxy when we have last minute needs. She's become our regular caregiver.
Journey loves staying with Michele. She has a great time with her two dogs and feels well cared for. I love that I can trust Michele to walk, feed, and love Journey like she's her own while I'm out of town. Thanks Michele!
Michelle was so awesome with Mina! I felt so comfortable leaving my girl with her.
I have been boarding my dogs with MIchelle several times now and she is so kind and loving - my dogs are very happy when they visit!
Thanks again Michele
Thanks again Michele.
Smokey's second time visiting with Michele, and what can we say? She is just amazing!! Smokey is a pitty, and we were a bit nervous as our vacation was a little longer this time around. We went for a week, and she was great with the updates, keeping us informed of what was going on, sending us pictures and also letting us know he was making new friends! We love sending Smokey to Michele's, and he loves being there. As soon as he got to her house, it was like visiting old friends, he loves her and her dogs, and the pictures are just so cute! Michele is great, she is great with his schedule, and everything, we just couldn't do what we do, without her. Thank you for being so fabulous!! :0)
As always, a perfect hostess for Ava! Even did drop off at our house when my husband got sick with flu on the flight home. Thanks Michele!
Michelle is a wonderful dog lover with a great set up for visiting dogs. Harvey felt right at home and loved to play with her two dogs. She sent photos regularly so I could check in on my boy. Highly recommended. #yaydogvacay
This was Sadie's first time staying with Michelle.
Sadie has a bit of "separation anxiety" and also tends not to eat when initially away from us. Michelle's experience/instincts took over when this indeed played out. Sadie's not eating was followed by her not pooping for a couple of more days. Michelle's patience and knowledge was very comforting. She offered suggestions to not only help Sadie eat but also to help with her bowel movements. Michelle introduced some extra walking which got things moving through the system. She also kept us updated daily with pictures and comments as to how Sadie was doing.
Such an animal loving home.
We felt very confident that Sadie was in great hands the entire time we were gone.
We recommend Michelle without reservation!
Michele is the best!
Michele is wonderful and Mhina always enjoys her stay. We will definitely be back.
Michelle was fantastic! She kept my nerves at ease with all the photo updates. Our pups seemed relaxed and tired from all the playing with her pups and others. She was great about administering meds and special needs for our pup with allergies. We would recommend her to anyone, and plan on using her again in the future.
Michele took excellent care of our Shih Tzu, Emmy. She sent daily updates and made sure she received some TLC while we were gone. We're looking forward to Emmy's next visit. Thank you!
We love Michele! After some failed attempts at finding a sitter, and down to just a couple days, Michele came in and rescued our plans and our pup! Our first time leaving our dog with a babysitter, and she made us and him feel like family! She met with us and our dog very timely, did not rush us out, made sure he felt comfortable! She is very prepared and organized! Definitely a dog lover!!! We loved the updates she sent, was very flexible for pickup, plus best part was hearing the news that Smokey, our pit, did great and seeing him play around with the other dogs!!! Plus a big shout out to Joey and Beau! Thanks for your hospitality Michele and friends!!
Gus got to spend two weeks with Michele, Joey and Beau .. and he loved every minute. He was so excited to get there - he pulled me to the stairs and scratched at the door! She is a fantastic host, and I never doubted for a minute that Gus was safe and happy at her house. He had as much fun on HIS vacation, making friends and playing, as I did on mine :) Thank you, again, Michele!
Because Rigley is such a lapdog, I was hoping to find a place he would feel less anxious. It appears Michele's home provided the perfect option for me. Her two dogs are non-aggressive and Rigley fit in with her pack. Thank you again, Michele for giving me the safe alternative to a kennel environment.
My dog pickles is in the best hands with Michele. We have been using Michele for the past three years because she takes such good care of him and makes him feel at home. Michele is so flexible even when our flight home was significantly delayed. She is kind and caring and have only wonderful experiences with her every time! Thanks for all you do Michele.

Mary, Dan & Pickles
Michele is a great host. She kept us posted on how are dog was doing while we were away and sent ample photos. Will use Michele again!
Michelle is great with our Clyde! Big thanks!
Once again Michele K provided Pickles with an awesome experience. Pickles couldn't wait for his doggie vacation. When I turned the corner to Michele's house Pickles became so excited, tail wagging! He looks forward to his stay especially to see his best dog pal Beau. Thanks Michele for all your love and care!
Mary, Dan and Pickles
Thanks so much Michele. You gave me peace of mind during a hectic, special weekend. And the photos you've sent are very cute. It's so nice to know I have a great go-to person when my dogs need a home away from home!
Michele is amazing! She accepted our dog at the very last minute because I went into labor. I could not have been more thankful and I knew that our dog was in great hands. I am so thankful for Michele and my dog loves to visit Joey and Beau.
Once again another wonderful stay for Cassie..We cant say enough great things about Michele and the care she gives Cassie when we're out of town..I would recommend her to anyone needing a host for their dog :)
Gus was so excited when we turned down Michele's block! I swear, he tried to climb over me to get out of the car. This visit was only for two nights, but once again, it looks like Gus had a fantastic time at Michele's, playing with Beau and Joey. He loves going to Michele's house and she takes such good care of him, I would never consider using anyone else. Thanks Michele!
Michele is an excellent vaca host! Our dog was well cared for during his stay. Next time we have to go out of town we will certainly call on Michele to watch Jesse.
This was our first time needing to leave Cassie with someone for an extended amount of time..Michelle was AWESOME and so attentive to Cassie's needs..Took care of her when dealing with an upset stomach..Not to mention, our request was so last minute..She was so accommodating in setting up a quick meet/greet and welcomed Cassie early the next morning..I would absolutely use her again :)
Our now 14+ year old Taj stayed with Michele again this year during the year end holidays, this time for 5 weeks (!). The trip would not have been possible if Michele wasn't available because I whole-heartedly trust her with caring for Taj. Due to her age, Taj needs an understanding and patient caregiver-- she has hearing loss, diminished eyesight, sometimes bladder control issues. I could tell when we returned that Taj had grown very attached to her, which is great because we were gone so long. And Michele's dogs, Joey and Beau are good buddies for her. Thank you so much, Michele, you're the best!
This was Mhina's second stay with Michele. Michele is wonderful and sends photo updates which I really love. Mhina is our only pet so I think she loves playing with the other doggies. Very highly recommended!
Michele is like a second Mom to Rosie. She is a gentle, paitent and loving sitter and will be my go-to for all future dog sitting.

Rosie has a bad ear and it flaired up while we were gone. Michele was very smart and thoughtful about how to treat her and took all the right steps. When I got back, Rosie's ear was better than when I left!!
Michelle watched our 9 month old puppy for two nights and she was amazing. We both were nervous about leaving our "baby" but leaving her with Michelle was an amazing decision. She took great care of her and sent us picture updates too. We definitely will be contacting Michelle again if we need a puppy sitter again!
Michele was very easy to work with. She was very accommodating to our schedule for dropping off and picking up. Leinart definitely enjoyed his stay and she definitely made him feel at home. We will definitely use Michele in the future trips.
Michelle is awesome. She is a true pet lover and it shows. Gus has stayed with her in the past - for a few days at a time - but this stay was for 2 weeks, a lot longer than I had ever left him with anyone so I was a little nervous, especially since he was having ear 'issues' at the time. My anxiety went out the window, though the minute I saw how excited he was about being able to play with Joey and Beau and the other guests at Michelle's house. The pictures she sent me during the trip were wonderful. When I picked him up, it was obvious he had been having as great of a time on his vacay as I had on mine :) Michelle Rocks!
Once again, Michele was very accommodating, this time for all 3 dogs!!! They are very happy and healthy at pickup time.........I have no worries when my dogs are with Michele! Thankful for that.
Michele was wonderful. We will definitely keep her in our roladex if we need a sitter for our boy.
Great service, awesome experience! She kept me in touch letting me know it was going great and this helped ease my nerves! Lol! Will definitely recommend her and will be using her services again very soon! 5 Stars! Highly recommend her!!!!
This was the second time Gus stayed with Michele and this was the second time that he had a blast. He absolutely loves going to her house (when we arrived, he scratched at her door to be let in before I had a chance to ring the doorbell!). I can see that Michele takes great care of Gus, but the pictures she sent of the fun he was having were wonderful. I guarantee that this will not be the last time Gus gets to visit with Michele, Joey and Beau!
We left our third child (some may call him a dog), Max, in good hands with Michele. My wife and she arranged a meet and greet and Michele was able to accommodate her same day request. When she went to visit Michele, Beau and Joey, it was love at first sight. She knew that Max would be in good hands!! She quickly came home and told me "I found the perfect sitter for Max". When we dropped him off, I felt the same way. Michele was a dog lover with a great yard and two friendly pups for Max to play with. Michele sent us daily picture updates and notes that allowed us to see that Max was happy and well. We will definitely use Michele again!!
Michelle is great with our dog Clyde! He always seems very comfortable at her home. I highly recommend her!
This was Gus' first time with Michele but it will definitely not be his last! Michele was wonderful with him - and was extremely flexible with pick up and drop off times (which I GREATLY appreciated!). When I picked Gus up, it was apparent that he had a fantastic time playing with Michele's dogs and getting the same kind of attention (or better) than he would at home. Thank you so much, Michele! Gus will be back :)
I appreciate the care Michele provided for my energetic border collie puppy. She was prepared for all the trouble little Penny could cause and took it all in stride. Penny also has a sore leg and Michele was very capable of handling that too.
She is an excellent pet sitter.
Michele is fantastic and I would definitely book with her again. She was extremely kind and accommodating with an early drop-off and very late pick-up due to flight delays. Our dog loved playing with Beau and Joey and I loved the photo updates. She loves dogs and it now.
This is the first time we have used Dog Vacay, and I was very impressed with Michele. It was easy to see she loves dogs, and my two schnauzers were in excellent care. They came home happy and healthy. I would definitely take my dogs there again. Dropoff and pickup could not have been more convenient.
Whenever JoJo goes to Michele's I know she is going to have a fabulous time. She loves playing with Beau and all the other dogs there. It's a treat for her to hang out in a fenced yard. Michele takes her on walks, too. When we pick JoJo up we can tell she is happy and at home in Michele's house. I highly recommend letting Michele care for your dog while you are away!!!
Michele rocks. She did whatever needed to be done to make Cari happy and comfortable. And she rolled with an unforeseen last minute change that was above and beyond her job description. Cari will be back! Thanks again, Michele!
Michele is a wonderful host who welcomed my dog Pickles in her home for a week. We knew instantly that he would be in good hands with Michele and her dogs Beau and Joey. She cared for Pickles as it were her own. Pickles was in excellent care with a true dog lover. Thanks so much Michele! We will be using you in the future.
My husband and I needed someone to take care of our dog Braca for a few days in a very short notice, and Michele was a lifesaver. She had previous experience with visual impaired dogs, so for us was a perfect match! Michele answered every doubt promptly, and was a delight to meet; she kept in touch and updated us daily, and took very good care of Braca. I could tell Braca had an enjoyable stay with her! This was our first experience with DogVacay, and thanks to Michele it was wonderful! I would definitely recommend her!
We thoroughly enjoyed working with Michele. Dylan, our 2 year old lab, was well cared for during our time away. Our trip was extended and Michele was accommodating and super flexible. She even sent us pics while on vacation which our 7 year old son LOVED. We will for sure use Michelle again the next time we are away!
This was the second time Minka went to stay at Michele's house and she was extremely excited to get there. I know Minka is in good hands when she is at Michele's and I also have found that Michele is extremely easy to work with. Both times Minka stayed with her, my flight has gotten in a little bit on the late side but Michele was very accommodating to my schedule with both drop off and pick up times. Overall, I am happy to have Minka stay with Michele and will certainly have Minka stay there in the future.
Michele is awesome! We knew from our initial meeting that Taj (our 13+ terrier mix) would be treated like part of her family, which was a huge relief since we were out of the country for over two weeks. Her questions about Taj's habits were very thorough and she was completely flexible in accommodating her needs. Taj is not used to being with other dogs, and since she's an old gal, we were concerned about how she would do, but Beau and Joey are super sweet and we think Taj was missing them (and probably Michele too) when she came home. It was also such a treat getting emails and photos throughout our trip. We have put off taking trips because we don't want to stress Taj out by kenneling her, but if Michele is available to take care of her, we will no longer have this concern. We highly recommend her!
Such a wonderful person. She took such great care of Caesar. I will definitely use Michele again when we go out of town. All I can say is Wow!
JoJo had a fantastic time at Michele's. We will definitely use her again!
Rain had another fine time at Michele's playing with her two dogs while I was away!
Michele was organized, gentle, thoughtful and took great care of Jethro. I would definitely leave Jetrho with her again.
Michele was wonderful. We had a meet and greet with her and our dog took to her and her two pups right away! I enjoyed getting pics during our trip - our Peanut looked healthy and happy.

I appreciated that Michele was concerned about our rules and routine for Peanut and was happy to care for her the way we would.

We definitely plan to have Michele care for our Peanut anytime we are out of town!
My dog Rain was in good hands with Michele! Michele obviously looooves dogs and has a lot of experience caring for them. When I picked Rain up, she was bright eyed and happy. I could tell that she had a lot of fun running around the yard with Michele's two dogs who were really friendly and sweet. I will definitely be taking Rain to see Michele whenever I go out of town in the future!
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