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Elena H.

18 Reviews
7 Repeat Guests
Other Sitters Nearby
  • Same day bookings are OK
  • Responds within 10 minutes
  • Cancellation Policy:

Pet Requirements

  • 1-20 lbs
  • 20-40 lbs
  • 40-80 lbs
  • 80+ lbs
All Ages OK

Elena's Apartment

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Smoke-free home
Air-conditioned inside
Great for senior pets

About Elena

30 Years Experience Caring For Dogs
Until recently I have never lived without a dog in my life. I grew up around dogs. As a teenager I showed my award winning Tibetan mastiff. I went on to adopt three rescue dogs who lived with me until ripe old ages of 15, 16 and 18.
I have tons of patience with young or old dogs. I am a retired (but very young) school teacher who tutors part time. I have plenty of time to spend walking, brushing, petting, and playing with your dog. I have enjoyed boarding dogs for the past two years in my large dog friendly apartment. I have references from clients as well as veterinarians. I look forward to spending time with your pet. Please contact me and we will schedule a visit so we can get to know each other.
**We have a country home in the Catskills where (if you like) your city doggie can hike and enjoy a taste of country living.
*** While my daughters visit often and play with my doggie guests and my husband offers lots of love and attention, I am the primary caregiver. I do all the walking, feeding, and most of the loving !
****Please note holiday rates will be higher .
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Can administer oral medicine
Can administer injected medicine
Special Needs Accommodated
  • Separation anxiety
  • Aggressive behavior
  • Leash Pulling

Elena H.

18 Reviews
7 Repeat Guests
Other Sitters Nearby
  • Same day bookings are OK
  • Responds within 10 minutes
  • Cancellation Policy:


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


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Home Checked
This Host has successfully passed our in-person verification visit and completed our 1-on-1 training program.
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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Services & Rates

Boarding Overnight At Elena's Home
$50 /night
  • Watches up to 2 dogs/night
  • Dogs may be unsupervised for 1 - 2 hours/day
  • 5+ potty breaks/day
  • 3+ walks/day
  • Pets can sleep wherever they want
Daycare At Elena's Home
$45 /day
  • Watches up to 3 dogs/day
Home Visits
$40 /visit
  • Willing to travel 2 miles
$15 each way
  • Willing to travel 2 miles
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18 Reviews
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Elena lives in a wonderful area of Manhattan, in a quiet building with an elevator (perfect for senior dogs!).

She has owned dogs her entire life, and when her family pups passed away she decided to start looking after other people's pets to fill her heart with love. Watching dogs allows her the freedom to travel with her husband while still getting in quality snuggle time with some furry friends.

Although she lives with her husband, and her daughters will definitely dote on the dogs she watches, Elena is the primary care giver and walker for your pets. She has plenty of experience, and is well qualified to look after any personality type. Five stars!
Elena was super and took really great care of my 1 year old shiba inu. She gives updates so you don't worry during your trip and even made special arrangements to pick up and drop off while I was away. Dylan seemed happy and well taken care of. I'd recommend Elena wholeheartedly.
Elana is amazing!!!she goes above and beyond for our dog. I am almost convinced Higgins was sad to see me bc he had such a great time in her loving home. I would use her 10000x over!
Elena is absolutely wonderful! I don't have to worry for one second when my toy poodle is with Elena. Elena sends adorable pictures and videos all throughout the day while I am at work, and I know Chloe is pampered with love and affection. My pup is always in the best mood after spending time with Elena!

Elena also was available to take Chloe for day care at the last minute and is so flexible and easy to work with! I feel SO lucky that I found her and that she can care for my dog!
Elena is the best! Not only did she take care of our 2 dogs in her lovely apartment, Elena drove them out to the Catskills so they could get some fresh air outside of the city. Expect to get frequent photo and video updates so you can rest assured they are getting walks every few hours and tons of belly rubs and attention. Elena is definitely our go-to person if we need to leave town for a bit.
Could not be happier!
I had never boarded my 12 year old white German Shepherd before so was a little apprehensive. Elena went out of her way to insure that both me and my dog were extremely well taken care of. Will definitely book Elena again when the need arises. Thank you Elena
Elena was a fantastic host to my new beagle Bradley.
With all the years of dog experience she has, and knowing Bradley was a new dog and also blind in one eye and requiring drops in BOTH eyes, it was totally fine with her. He was also on one other medication. This was a very last minute booking and she was great about it, coming to pick up Bradley and walking him back to her home. Bradley had been having accidents in my apartment and Elena was able to get that immediately under control.! She sent me numerous texts and photos of Bradley. She took him upstate with two other dogs and said that he had a blast! The photos and videos she sent were just great! He looks so so happy! I would definitely book Elena again without question. She made me feel so comfortable and her ability to care for Bradley was just perfect!
My pup Simon loves Elena. She is very good with him! I also like her a lot!
Elena was a wonderful host for Bailey (mini-poodle "plus").
I couldn't have asked for a more caring and responsible person. I was especially pleased that her schedule allowed her to spend lots of time with Bailey and take him to new places and long walks.

From her frequent updates during my two-week vacation, I could see that Elena and her family enjoyed him as much as he enjoyed being with them. The pictures made me think he'd never want to leave. I was in Italy, but I think Bailey had an even better vacation than I did! It gave me great peace of mind that he was so happy and well cared for.

I will certainly call Elena any time Bailey needs a vacation.
Elena was wonderful with my Simon. He took to her immediately. She took very good care of him and was accommodating. I will definitely use her again!
Elena was such a great host! Our pup, Mika, was warmly welcomed and had the best time. Elena has a great apartment with an elevator and is close to Madison Sq Park for fun walks.
We received multiple photo and video updates each day we were gone, which is so comforting and cool!
We will definitely use Elena again when Mika needs another vacay.
If I could give Elena 10 stars I would. We have used several sitters from this site before coming across Elena, and she is by far the best sitter Tikka, our shiba inu, has had so far. Elena is not only extremely responsible, caring, and responsive to questions (she also sent us many updates with photos), but she is an extremely warm person who truly liked spending time with our dog. I've never felt so relaxed knowing that Tikka is in good hands. Elena and her husband took Tikka hiking in the Catskills over Labor Day weekend, so it was like she had her own little vacation and she seemed very very happy with them (and she's a tough crowd, being a shiba and all). Elena even cooked rice for her when she got a bit of a nervous diarrhea the first day. I just really can't say enough about how happy we are that we found Elena, and how much we hope she can keep caring for our dog in the future.
What can I say, Elena was the best! After looking around for a while and trying other hosts, Elena was recommended to us by a dogvacay mentor & she was the perfect fit for our shy dog. We did a meet and greet where she showed us around the apartment which is a great comfort for doggie parents to know where their pups will be hanging out. Memphis took to her so quickly & didn't even want to leave when we went to pick her up! She was having way too much fun with her new pup buddies. Elena sent lots of videos and pictures, she kept in constant contact with us & we felt so comfortable that our dog was in safe reliable hands. Elena will be our go-to host from now on!
There is no much to say: Elena is the best. I contacted her with very short notice because I was looking for a sitter for my jack russell at the very last minute. She replied within half an hour and agreed to meet me and my dog Ugo. We met at the park and then we went to her place so I could see her place and Ugo could become familiar with his temporary home. During the days I was away she sent me pictures and videos every day, more than once a day. She constantly updates me about Ugo and what he was up to: we texted each other non stop! The day of my return she drop Ugo off at my place at the time we agreed. Everything with Elena went super smooth, she is super reliable and she really loves dogs. I feel so fortunate that I found her. I only hope that she will be available next time I need a dogsitter for Ugo. Thank you, Elena!
I am moving back to Los Angeles and needed someone to watch Yogi while I took the day and loaded the car for the drive. Elena responded quickly and even met me outside when i couldn't find parking. She provided photos and videos almost every other hour which was much appreciated. I'm glad Yogi got to spend his last day in the city playing and relaxing instead of watching me move stuff around. When I'm back in NY and need someone to watch Yogi I would not hesitate to ask Elena again.
As a Dogvacay community mentor, I had the pleasure of interviewing Elena a few months ago. From the moment I met her I knew I could trust her 100% with my own pup.

While I was away she sent me several video and picture updates a day. With my permission she took Ellie to her home in the Catskills where she had sooo much fun hiking and enjoying the outdoors. I never was worried about how she was, and was able to relax on my vacation.

I will be referring all of my clients to Elena when I am unavailable and will definitely be booking with her again.
Elena is a real dog lover with a sweet personality. It was our first time using, and we felt relieved and happy to have our dog in such good hands during a week-long vacation! She sent us lots of texts and updates, and he had a great time!
Elena was totally pawsome. Ella felt right at home, immediately, and got lots of love right away. Elena took Ella on a weekend trip upstate (with our permission of course) where our pooch loved getting to spend some time on long walks and in nature. Elena took lots of pictures and videos to keep us updated -- so we knew our pup was getting lots of love, attention, and play. Ella came back happy and content from her dog va-cay. Elena is like a family member now -- and we recommend her without reservation!
Elena graciously added an extra night with no problem; she's the best.
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