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T. Nichol T.

42 Reviews
16 Repeat Guests
Other Sitters Nearby
  • 7 days notice required for bookings
  • Responds within 55 minutes
  • 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
List of Breeds Not Accepted
Pit Bull - American Staffordshire Terrier, Pit Bull - Bull Terrier, Great Dane, Pit Bull - Staffordshire Bull Terrier, Pit Bull - American Pit Bull Terrier

T. Nichol's Resident Pets

Labrador Retriever
8 yr 1 mo old
Coton de Tulear
6 yr 1 mo old
Other Pets & Animals: Cats

T. Nichol's House

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Medium Yard
100% fenced & locked
Smoke-free home
Pets allowed on furniture
Air-conditioned inside
Dog door access

About T. Nichol

10 Years Experience Caring For Dogs
Big or Small, we love 'em all!

We started using DogVacay a couple of years ago so that we could make sure, while we were on vacation, our dogs were well taken care of. Just like you, we decided to do a search for alternate boarding resources because, it just didn't sit well with us that our dogs would be confined to a kennel, in a potentially stressful environment, while we were out having a good time. We knew that in order for us to thoroughly enjoy our vacation, we had to know our pets were just as comfortable as we were. DogVacay gave us that reassurance so, in return; we decided to open up our home.

Our home has a medium-sized, fenced in back yard that your dog(s) will have access to at all times. The exterior door leading from our laundry room has a built in pet door that allows dogs to enter and exit our home at their leisure. (If your dog is unfamiliar with using a doggie door, we will train them. Most dogs get the hang of it with in the first couple of minutes.) We promise a kennel free environment allowing your dogs to have free run of our home. They are welcome to sleep in our bed and will be loved as if they were our own. (We guarantee oodles of belly rubs and back scratches too!)

Weather permitting, we like to take the dogs for long hikes and even swimming at a nearby lake. We have a pup-mobile set aside specifically for all our dog outings. If you are comfortable with us transporting your dog(s) and allowing him to go "off campus", this is certainly something your dog can enjoy during his stay.

As a courtesy, pictures/videos will be sent to you daily so you can see just how comfortable your dog is while he is under our care.

Our dogs love meeting new friends. They grew up in a doggie day care, have never met a dog they didn't like and actually enjoy showing new dogs around our home. In no time at all, your dog and ours, will become the best of friends.

We are very hands on dog owners. We travel with our dogs, "talk" to our dogs and spend all our free time with them. We are extreme home bodies, so our dogs get a lot of human love and attention. We enjoy taking out the dog toys and playing with our dogs as most people would their kids. Your dog will receive the same love and attention here at The Ruff Life as we give our own.

We are constantly aware of the safety of the environment when walking our dogs, while they are in our home and while they are either inside (or out of) our fenced in yard. We make sure to see other animals, children or cars before our dogs do so that we can prevent potential accidents from occurring. We never leave food out and always separate dogs when feeding.

We keep our home clean and our pets clean. So, if your dog stays with us 5 nights or more, we promise to give him a complimentary doggy bath before your arrival. That's just one less thing you'll have to worry about when you get home :)

Thanks for taking the time to read our introduction. The concern you have for your dog and his comfort level is the same concern we have for ours. We promise to foster your dog(s) with the utmost care, love and responsible eye that we know you would. You can put your trust in us.

Thanks again...we look forward to hearing from you.

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T. Nichol T.

42 Reviews
16 Repeat Guests
Other Sitters Nearby
  • 7 days notice required for bookings
  • Responds within 55 minutes
  • Cancellation Policy:


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  • Booked
  • Last updated January 17, 2017


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Services & Rates

Boarding Overnight At T. Nichol's Home
$30 /night
  • Watches up to 1 dog /night
  • Dogs may be unsupervised for 2 - 4 hours/day
  • Dogs will have full access outside for potty breaks
  • 1 walk/day
  • Pets can sleep wherever they want
42 Reviews
We can't express enough how much we appreciate Nichol and Eric for always being willing to take care of our pup and loving on her! Highly recommend these sweet folks!!
Nichol and Eric are amazing as always with our pup, Hayley! They are such sweet people and Hayley always comes home tuckered out and happy as can be when she's stayed with them!
Myley has the best time when she goes on vacation with T. Nichol. I have been more than pleased with how well they take care of my baby. The pictures of her having fun playing are icing on the cake.
Nichol and Eric are wonderful! My sweet large dog loved being with them and the other dogs. He was so happy when I picked him up. It was comforting to know he was being cared for in a home environment and Nichol sent pics and videos to keep me updated and she was flexible when I needed to change drop off dates. I highly recommend them. Great experience....
Guinness had a great time this weekend. He loves having easy access to the yard for romping. Nichol and Eric provide good supervision and seem to really love having their fur kid guests. Thanks.
Nichol and her husband were awesome. My dog had never been to Dog Vacay before and he absolutely loved it and so did I. Nicole sent pictures to me on a regular basis to let me know how my dog was doing and provided a warm, loving environment with loads of play time and interaction with other dogs. My dog came home so happy and worn out from playing. He will be going back on Memorial Day week for more good times. Love, love this home away from home for my Golden Retriever.
Nichol and her family are great, both Myley and Gomie enjoyed their stay SO much. Definitely using them again.
Wow, what a relief to find a dog sitter like Nichol and her family! While we were away, Nichol sent several photos and a video of our Bella that really put our mind at ease. My husband and I felt very good about leaving Bella for the first time and Bella really seemed to enjoy herself especially with the opportunity to play with other dogs. Thank you, Nichol, for providing such a safe and loving stay for Bella. We really recommend Nichol; you can feel confident in leaving your dog with her and her family. Looking forward to the next doggie vacay! PS Thanks for the dog cookies and for giving Bella a bath. She smells so good and is nice and soft. I really have to get the name of that shampoo.
Amazing! Felt very comfortable leaving my little gal with this great family. Recd my pics that were reassuring that Ruthie was having a great time which allowed me to have an equally great time.
This was our first experience with Nichol and DogVacay. My dog Sam had a great time and we would highly recommend Nichol to anyone looking for a great experience for your pet when you can't take him with you
We found the perfect place for our Labrador retriever puppy! 5 months and very energetic.. Nicole invited another Lab to stay with Camo so they could play, and play they did!! We were very grateful for the pics and videos!! I honestly couldn't tell them apart
Thank you for the wonderful stay! We wouldn't change a thing.
This was Laila's first overnight stay. Nichol sent pics showing how she was doing and was always quick to respond to my text messages. Laila will definitely be visiting again
Nichol and Eric were AMAZING with our dog, Hayley and were some of the sweetest people!... I was honestly afraid she would have wanted to stay there forever! Nichol was so attentive in keeping our same schedule, needs, and training that we were currently doing and really treated Hayley like she was one of her own. I loved the fact that they were home a lot to keep company with the other fur-friends and they have a great backyard, so Hayley didn't miss us at all once we dropped her off. We (and Hayley!) can't wait for another opportunity to board with Nichol and Eric again!
Nichol and Eric are just plain amazing. There is no other way to say it. We have been traveling a lot in the last few weeks (3 straight weekends) and Jaeger has been taken care of so well! When we pull into their driveway he knows he is going to have an awesome time and he gets so excited. He loves them, and it is obvious that they love him too.
This is the most "pawsome" way to board my best friend, Tucker. I didn't worry about him at all, and I could tell from the pictures sent each day that he was having a ball with his new-found friends. I just can't say enough about the care and love he received from Nichol!
Nichol & Eric are very welcoming pet hosts! They both LOVE dogs, and you can tell by the way the dogs respond to them, the dogs in their are very happy :-)

They go above and beyond to keep owners informed about their dog's status, sending texts and pictures each day.

At pick-up, Nichol gave us a bag of homemade dog biscuits for our little doggie to enjoy. She sure did!

We would definitely come back in the future. Thank you for making this a stress-free doggie vacay!
Let me start by saying I'm an overprotective fur mama, but I was so at ease leaving my pup here after the meet and greet at her home. I loved the picture updates, the homemade dog biscuits, the environment, and I will definitely be using them again, and have been telling everyone about it! If you need a place for your four pawed loved one, look no further.
Fantastic! My dog, Minna, loved her!
I was absolutely blown away by this experience! Nichol took in my Frankie Mae as if she were her own. I received updates , pictures, and video showing just how much fun she was having. The dogs are inside and out, have the opportunity to play and socialize, and gets LOTS of love and TLC. This was a last minute need for us, as we were traveling for Christmas and our family fell through. Next time it will be a no brainer... Nichol is my new "go-to".
Nichol was so great with Bucky! We will definitely be using them again!
Yet again Nichol and Eric provided an awesome stay for Jaeger.
Nichol is the BEST! We've left our two dogs with her two previous times, and she is amazing! This last visit while we were out of town, our older dog was having some pain and discomfort--Nichol went out of her way to love on him and keep me updated with reports and pictures. We wouldn't trust our "babies" to stay with anyone else:)
Nichol and Eric are wonderful hosts. My Guinness had a great time and has two new best friends in Wriggly and Mercy. Nichol and Eric were totally fine with Guinness snuggling in the middle of the night. We received several pictures and it was clear our boy was having a good time. Nichol sent us home with yummy smelling homemade treats / I wanted to eat them myself. Thanks so much for making Guinness feel so at home.
When I was looking for a place for my 16 year old German Shepard to stay while on vacation, I knew it would take someone special to care for her because of her age. When I spoke to Nichol on the phone I could tell she had a really caring personality. When we went out to meet her I knew within a few minutes she was the kind of person I wanted to care for Woofie. She and Eric went above and beyond to make sure she was spoiled and pampered while we were away. She sent daily updates and pictures, which helped me relax and know she was in great hands. And did I mentioned she even spoon fed her at times to make sure she would eat due to her age. She is awesome and yes we would love to use her for any future trips we may take. This is a great service!!!!
Nichol and Eric were fantastic. Jaeger really seemed to love his time with them, and loved the peace of mind that we had with him there. We will absolutely be using them again!
LOVED, LOVED, LOVED leaving Gracie (our Jack Russell) with T. Nichol and DogVacay....I was a little nervous, but Nichol sent many photos of Gracie during the day. When we picked Gracie up, Nichol had made out a card telling us about hers' and Gracie's experience. She even sent her home with homemade doggie biscuits, which Gracie loved! The experience was great...could not ask for nicer hosts. We have already booked Thanksgiving week for Gracie!
My dog stayed with T. Nichol T for a week. We had a meet and greet before to see how our dog would do. We were very comfortable leaving Bella and would recommend A Ruff Life to anyone. We received daily pictures and updates to keep us posted of Bella's activities. Thank you T. Nichol T!
Our only concern was that the dogs were so comfortable that they would not want to go home. From the photos we realized that they were in good hands and that Nichol and her family were wonderful dog lovers. The best part was that we had no worries about the dogs while on VaKay in Nashville.
Nichol is amazing and truly loves our pups! This is our second time having her watch our (2) dogs, and they LOVE staying at her house! She has a great fenced in backyard where they are safe, but have lots of room to run around; and she sends daily updates and pictures to keep us informed about how they're doing. She's just THE BEST!!!
Nichol and Eric were fantastic! My dog, Minna, was truly on a vacation (and it allowed me to enjoy mine). I frequently received adorable pictures of Minna playing with their dogs on hikes, in the yard and sunbathing on their back deck.

They have a great backyard, and make their house very dog-friendly. They truly take care of your dog like a child.

At the end, I received the kindest note, along with some tasty treats for Minna (which I considered eating myself).

If you travel like me and happen to be going through Nashville, email them! You'll feel great knowing your pup is in good hands.

-Justin, California
Nichol and Eric watched Murphy for a week while we went on a trip and they were so great! We received pictures and videos daily and anytime I had a question or asked about him, Nichol was quick to respond. The set up they have with the doggie door is perfect! Murphy caught on quickly and really enjoyed playing with their dogs. We wouldn't hesitate to use them again! Murphy didn't want to leave. Thanks for putting my mind at ease while we were away!
Our 14 year old Zoie was well taken care of by Nichol. We got pictures and updates everyday. Zoie didn't even act like she was ready to go home when I went to pick her up.
This was the longest trip we've taken without our babies and honestly, it was so stress-free. She felt like family and we were so comfortable leaving them with her. She truly loves dogs and it shows. Constant updates of them playing and having a great time! We would recommend her to anyone needing a friendly, caring environment and will definitely use her services again!
Nichol and Eric welcomed Hilde into their home as if she were one of their own, and I think she believed that were true! They have a great fenced in yard for the dogs to play in, but also took her on a long walk and went swimming in the lake. Their resident dog Wriggly was a gracious host. Hilde came home happy and tired. They sent lots of photo/video updates of her adventures, which made it easier to enjoy our time away knowing Hilde was well taken care of and having fun too. Overall, we are very happy with the care our dog received and not only will we be using their services again, but we highly recommend Nichol for others.
Nichol and Eric were great to work with! Murphy had a blast going to their house for daycare. They stayed in contact with me throughout the day and sent pictures of him playing. He came home exhausted, which was great for me! A tired puppy is a happy puppy! They went above and beyond to make sure he was well taken care of. I would definitely recommend them after such a great experience!
Our dogs Brady and Derby had a FANTASTIC time while staying with Nichol for almost two weeks! We were travelling out of the country, so we had to have a home that would love and care for our pups for an extended time.....Nichol was the perfect choice! She kept us updated with videos and pix of our "babies," cuddled and played with them, and loved on them like they were her own! I would highly recommend her for anyone looking for a loving home to leave your pet with! FIVE STARS for sure:)
Finding T. Nichol to care for our aged Dalmatian was the best arrangement I could have ever imagined. Our dog thrived in the loving environment that was provided. We received pictures or videos every day that assured us all was well.

T. Nichol's home is immaculate, with a lovely fenced back yard and a large, low deck area so even with our dog's difficulty getting around on weak rear legs, every area was easy for her to navigate.

I will ALWAYS call T. Nichol for pet care!
I was very hesitant to leave our girl but I felt instantly at ease when I met Nichol for a Meet and Greet. She was very flexible with drop off and pick up times and sent me pics and updates while we were away. Overall, I feel Lyric was very well taken care of and will definitely eave her with The Ruff Life on our next trip!
We left our Bru boy for the first time ever and he had a great experience! We picked him up two days ago and I still think he misses his doggie friends at Nichol's house! Her dogs were so hospitable and welcoming! Nichol's home is very clean and she has a perfect backyard to host doggies! We would highly recommend Ruff Life for your pup!
Our dog, Rufus, was well cared for and had a great time! Nichol sent us pictures and video daily so we could see how he was doing. We will definitely take Rufus back the next time we need to leave Rufus!
My boxer needed last minute services due to a family member's medical emergency. T. Nichol was very flexible and accommodating and made my pup feel right at home. She sent me lots of pictures and that cheered us up. Her sweet canine residents also kept my pup busy and happy. Highly satisfied with her services and will call her again in the future. I also appreciated that the home was so easy to find. We are happy customers!!
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