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Dana V.

102 Reviews
50 Repeat Guests
$27/night
Other Sitters Nearby
  • Same day bookings are OK
  • Responds within 40 minutes
  • Cancellation Policy:
    Flexible

Pet Requirements

  • 1-20 lbs
  • 20-40 lbs
  • 40-80 lbs
  • 80+ lbs
All Ages OK
Must Be Vaccinated
List of Pets OK for House Sitting
Dogs, Cats, Fish, Rabbits, gerbils, hamsters, or pet rodents, Caged birds, Reptiles

Dana's Resident Pets

Joy
Mixed Breed
Female
7 yr 11 mo old
Trouble
Boston Terrier
Female
8 yr 11 mo old
Gabriel
Mixed Breed
Male
10 yr 2 mo old
Other Pets & Animals: Cats, Caged birds or Reptiles, Chicken, ducks, turkeys, or other birds, Horses or other large farm animals

Dana's House

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Children at home (13-18 years old)
Large Yard
100% fenced
Smoke-free home
Pets allowed on furniture
Air-conditioned inside
Great for senior pets

About Dana

26 Years Experience Caring For Dogs
We want you to feel secure knowing your pet is happy, relaxed, and well supervised by experienced caregivers.... Located on five cleared and fenced acres, we live in a modest, clean, pet-oriented home. Our personal menagerie includes two socialized dogs, two dog-savvy cats that live in the non-dog areas, a small flock of chickens and some adorable Nigerian Dwarf goats...of course, the chickens and goats live outside in their own digs!

This is Dana's full time vocation, and it allows her to continue her avocation as assistant director of a local dog rescue. We have an average of seven dogs in our home at any given time. However, with our animal experience, and the wide open spaces we have available, the dogs seem to really enjoy the company. Everyone in the house takes part in the care and cuddling of our guests, so nobody feels left out.

We engage in free play, and the dogs have access to our couches, many comfy beds throughout the house, or crates if they are comfortable in them. As longtime rescuers and animal people, we know what makes a pet happy, and will do what it takes for them to relax and enjoy their stay.

Pictures and/or videos are provided to you via text or email while you are gone, and updates are provided as requested. We are reachable by phone, text, or email, and try to return communications within the hour whenever possible.

With stays of three days or more, the dog will be bathed at no charge, because, well, we are in the country, and... dirt happens!

Whatever your pet needs, VanZoo can do it for you!

Update 08/28/2014: We no longer invite intact males as guests. Their higher excitability and tendency toward obsessive behavior has prompted this change, as a courtesy to our other guests. Intact females are still welcomed.

Update 06/01/2016: Due to several uncomfortable experiences we have had in the past, we have decided that we will no longer accept certain dogs in our home if they display aggressive or predatory behavior at meets. We will, however, visit them in THEIR homes. We adore your dog, but we love ours, too... and we no longer wish to put them at risk. A dog that wouldn't dream of harming another animal under his owner's supervision may not behave similarly in our environment. So, we'll be MORE than happy to set up visits in your home if you are within 10 miles of our home.

Update 10/16/2016: In order to maintain a comfortable schedule for the dogs, we will no longer be able to facilitate drop offs or pickups after 6pm. Please arrange your bookings accordingly. Emergency situations will, of course, be reviewed on a case-by-case basis.

**NOTE: We are currently in the middle of some minor home improvement projects, but will continue to offer safe and loving care throughout the process.**
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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

Dana V.

102 Reviews
50 Repeat Guests
$27/night
Other Sitters Nearby
  • Same day bookings are OK
  • Responds within 40 minutes
  • Cancellation Policy:
    Flexible

Availability

  • Available
  • Unavailable
  • 1 Spot Left
  • Booked
  • Last updated December 5, 2016

Credentials

Background Checked
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Course 101 Graduate
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Course 102 Graduate
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Disaster Relief
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Services & Rates

Boarding Overnight At Dana's Home
$27 /night
  • Watches up to 5+ dogs/night
  • Dogs may be unsupervised for 1 - 2 hours/day
  • 5+ potty breaks/day
  • 3+ walks/day
  • Pets can sleep wherever they want
House Sitting Overnight At Your Home
$75 /night
  • Dogs may be unsupervised for 2 - 4 hours/day
  • Willing to travel 20 miles
Home Visits
$20 /visit
  • Willing to travel 10 miles
Baths
$15 /bath
Pick-Up/Drop-Off
$15 each way
  • Willing to travel 20 miles
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102 Reviews
Great communication. Big piece of property for the dogs to run. Dogs seemed happy and well fed after two nights with Dana and the rest of her dog visitors!
I am a very overly anxious person when it comes to trusting someone to watch my baby boy. He is an energetic, sweet and friendly Dobie. I was very through in finding the right match and had meet with several individuals, which I have to say were all pleasant. What stood out to me was Dana and her genuine love for animals. She was very patient with me and ALL my questions. She never made me feel rushed. I left knowing that I had found someone that I felt comfortable with. She sent me videos and updates. When I communicated with her, she was quick to respond. I am so happy that we had such a wonderful experience. I will definetly book again when we need to. So if you are looking for someone that will take good care of your pet and provide a lot of space to run, Dana is it!!!
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Dana is awesome. Dogs get to play and be dogs then retire into the home for the night!! Spoiled always!!
Best pet sitting we've used!!
Always a pleasure so friendly and flexible!
Always great! Took our kiddos in on short notice. Understands dogs personalities and how to interact with them. Dana is awesome!
Always the best! We will all miss your caring ways now that we moved to TX!
Thank you for giving up your holiday for Us! Happy dogs! Happy Parents!
We were out of the country. Dana took the time to send videos and pictures so we didn't feel so far away!
Late booking and great care! Thank you!
Happy dogs as always. Thanks!!
As always our kids were well cared for this most recent trip!! We have 3 large dogs and have 1 who is a very cautious dog and Dana knows just how to handle her! Best dog sitting experience in all our years. Thank you Dana!!
Dana is wonderful!!! This was our first time being away from our dog, Dawson, a 2 year old loveable Pit Bull. I was feeling very uneasy while searching for boarding locations, especially since many had breed restrictions and limited availability for pick-up times. Dana was recommended by our family that worked with her before & after reading some reviews online I knew this was the place I wanted my pup to be. A farm with lots of room to run & play, a sitter that is so caring and loving, that's exactly what every dog needs when their parents are away! Dana responded to our reservation request within 10 minutes and I felt so relieved/at ease after our first few messages. When we met Dana you could tell right away she loves animals! She has a great understanding of them & their behavior. Dana sent video updates each day we were away & messages about what he was up to. I loved getting the updates because we were really missing him! The evening we picked up Dawson, he had just been given a bath and looked so happy. He was like a new dog when we got him, much calmer (very tired from all the fun)!
We very highly recommend Dana! She has affordable rates, is flexible, accommodating, and a pleasure to work with. Love that my pup was able to stay at a dog-friendly house, act like himself (a total goofball), and receive top-notch care.
The peace of mind knowing your pet is in expert hands makes being away much easier. Thank you, Dana!! We look forward to working with you again.
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Alexa was awesome! Precious easily adapted to the relaxed environment at Alexa's house. She provided updates and pictures so we knew she was happy. She was cuddled and loved on, that coupled with the freedom to roam inside, is a requirement for Precious to be happy. I really appreciated the pick-up and drop-off as well. There have been times when we've left Precious and she's been traumatized for days after we return. She was completely relaxed, happy, and well adjusted when she arrived back home. Thank you Alexa for the wonderful care you gave to Precious! We will definitely be using you on our next trip.
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Dana is such a great host!! Niña always has a great time playing with the other dogs!!
Our dog had a great time! Would definitely recommend to friends and family!
Dana was awesome! She responded to my request within 10 min. My puppy was there for two nights and he loved it. He came home very tired after playing with all the other dogs. Dana treated my puppy just like it was her own, you cant ask for anything better.
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My trip home to Connecticut for a week was to be the first time I would be away from my very timid rescue dog, Bella - I was concerned that she would be frightened and feel I had abandoned her.

I needn't have worried - Dana was so good with her that she came back to me a happier dog and much more comfortable around people.

I found Dana to be a very genuine, caring person and would use her again.
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Dana is Great!! I am fully comfortable leaving my dog there. She loves staying there and Dana is fantastic at taking care of her. A lot of space to run around for your dog, and a lot of personal care. My first time I needed to board my dog, I was nervous, but all my nerves vanished when Sheba got there and was running around. Dana sent pictures and videos of her playing and having fun! I have boarded my dog there multiple times since then and every time has been 5 stars! If you are looking for a safe, loving, and caring place to board your dog, don't hesitate when you come to Dana at Van Zoo.
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My Doberman appeared to really like it there. She came back totally exhausted from all the playing, which was great. Dana is extremely nice and very knowledgeable about dogs and different breeds Would absolutely use Dana again.
Clover really enjoyed having plenty of space to run around and play with other dogs. She came home bathed and happy.
Dana was fantastic! Our dog had the time of his life during his stay. He was completely worn out when we got home.
Dana is a great sitter for Penny. Penny has stayed at the "farm" several times. I know she is in good hands with Dana and her family. I appreciate the pictures she sends. Dana has also been very flexible with drop off and pick up times. Dana is our regular dog vacay sitter. We use her services whenever she is available.
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Love Dana!!! Lucie had a wonderful time and was so happy and relaxed when she came home! Can't wait to book another reservation with her!!!! Got lots of pictures and updates!!
Dana is awesome!!! I can't say enough good things. We have two dogs that hate being boarded but LOVE going to Dana's house! Dana send me updates/pictures and the puppies come home smelling good.
As if this wonderful woman needs anymore reviews! She took great care of my dog and he came back happy, and with a new toy to boot!!
With a newly deaf dog, both Gabriel and I had anxieties about boarding. Talking to Dana was calming, but not as much as seeing the photos of Gabe smile and relax, and come home healthy!!

Gabe is my service dog, and we have a special bond. He has not been boarded often. We are rarely ever separated. Seeing Dana in control of the different dogs at each visit, and listening to her insights into dogs behavior has given me the confidence to leave Gabe behind, this time, and we will both have perfect vacation! His is even more guaranteed to be fun!

If I was a dog, I'd want to live at Dana's house!
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I chose Dana mainly because she had 40 revisits and 73 reviews, a majority of them being positive. I only can add to the positive. Dana was very responsive during the initial request and throughout the weekend. She asked me to call her to chat about the arrangements, she was very bubbly over the phone and you could tell a true dog lover. After meeting her to drop off my pup they same could be said in person. She text and sent pictures each day to keep me updated. Thank you so much for taking great care of Cooper. I will definitely suggest Dana to anyone and plan to use her again in the future.
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Dana is an amazing person. She truly has a love for animals. She kept me updated with pictures of my dogs while I was away. I will definitely recommend her and I will take my dogs back.
Kaya can't speak yet but if she could I'm sure she'll tell us to take her back. It was her 1st time away from family. Thank you Dana for taking such great care of her. She'll be back.
Dana was amazing with our pups! We received daily updates on how there were via text message and pictures. They had a great time and were pooped when we picked them up. Meaning they had lots of fun running around the property from what we saw from the pictures. Looking forward to the next stay which is already booked! Thanks Dana!
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Dana and her family are awesome! Chief felt at home and came home tired.
Great place to leave your furry babies.
Dana and the gang are great with my girls and always very flexible with last minute reservations.
My girls away have a great time going to aunt Dana's!
Always wonderful!
We Love Dana and the Crew - they always take such good care of our kid. She would Love to Visit everyday!
We received both of our pups covered with dirt and smelled terrible before our 14 hour drive back to DC. Our youngest puppy who is 6 months had a swollen left eye, and when I asked about it Dana suggested it could be allergies. Her eye stayed swollen for 2 days and I'll never know if she was in a fight from another dog or not and was hurt elsewhere. All of this would've been bearable but the night after returning from our road trip, I noticed a flea on our puppy. I immediately went to the store and bought flea shampoo and spray and gave them both baths and found at least 20 more fleas in the process. Both of my pups are treated monthly by frontline and stay indoors all day so this was not an issue beforehand. I chose Dana based on her immaculate reviews and although she did a great job with communication I do not feel as if my pups were cared for.
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Maizy told me she had a fine time. She loved playing with other dogs and also watching the goats. Getting a video or picture every day was a nice touch.
Dana is obviously very experienced with dogs and has the laid back but in charge personality they respond to so well.
This location is definitely "country" so be prepared to open (and close) a gate and drive on an unpaved driveway. It was not a problem for me, but anyone who might have an issue should let Dena know so she can meet them at the gate.
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Dana was wonderful! She is very friendly and caring, and I have no doubt that our Bella had a great time because she has been sleeping all afternoon since we picked her up! We will definitely use Dana again in the future!
She had a blast. This was our second vacation with Dana and Ken. Lady is currently sleeping off all the fun she had. If you're looking for a great vacation for your furbaby, look no further. This is the place to go! Thank you Dana and ken you're the best!
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Never can say enough good things about the crew.
Thank you guys so much for watching all three of our dogs! They were pretty worn out when they got home so that means they must have had a good time. Loved getting the pictures throughout their stay too!
Best experience, it was our first time with Dogvacay and Dana and we will definitely be back
Even last minute Dana, Ken and Crew can fit me in.
Dana was a great sitter for my Murphy. Loved getting pictures and video updates. I have more vacations coming up and will be using her services. What a wonderful place for my dog to play and romp with other dogs.
This was my first vacation away from my furbaby. Dana assured me that Lady would be fine. I dropped her off and immediately she felt like one of the pack, my Lady didn't even notice I was leaving, nor do I think she cared. Every day I got a picture or video of her having a blast. The day off pick up I was suppose to be home between 4/5 well that turned to 6/7. I then lost my car keys. Immediately I called Dana and let her know my situation, and she assured me lady was OK and not to stress about her. Around 9pm I was able to pick up my furbaby. I felt terrible, but Dana was so kind and gracious. I would recommend her to everyone who has a dog. Last came home so tired, she slept almost two days. Lady will go back to Dana and crew when I'm on vacation! Thank you so much for everything!!
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I am always so happy with Dana, Ken & Crew. My dog has such a good time she doesn't want to leave, and when I finally get her home she is exhausted from all the fun she has.
We love going to see Dana, and Cinnamon always misses her after we leave.
Dana & her crew were GREAT!!! Dana sent me pics & videos so I could see my dog Niña having a great time!!! When Niña got home she was so pooped from playing so much that she slept for like 2 days. I will definitely be using Dana again for our next DogVacay!!!
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Muffins loves going there and we feel so secure leaving her there, its her 2nd family. :)
Sasha said she had a great time and her owners enjoyed a worry free vacation thank you
This was my 3rd visit and it was a pleasure like always!
Always a pleasure. I never have to worry when I leave my dog with them.
Daisy gets excited whenever we mention Dana's name. This time when we told her she was going to see Dana and Ken she just danced in circles she was so excited. Tthey're her home away from home whenever we need to go out of town.
Sorry for the delay in reviewing. The crew was awesome. Dana had an injury that i thought was going to put my plans in a tailspin but the trouper that she is coordinated the drop off and I got to see her hobble on up upon my return to pick up Princeton. Princeton loved his stay at the "zoo". Was worn out for two days after coming home. Definitely a treat for both of us! Thanks!!!!
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Awesome! I know Muffins has a new home when I am away.
Excellent is about the only way I can word it.
I've got a very large breed Akita who isn't very social (but not aggressive) and was worried about smaller animals and her.

Dana put all that to rest instantly. She knows her animals well and what they need.

Was very flexible with some unexpected situations I had, sent me updated pictures of a happy looking doggy while I was away even.

I actually think my dog is a little sad now after leaving because she misses everyone now.

I will def be using you again in the future if I need!

Thank you for everything!
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Dana, Ken and Crew V was amazing. I will definitely use them again. My fur babies came back happy and well treated. It was a doggie vacation that was truly home away from home. High recommended!!!
Enjoyed receiving the periodic pictures of my dogs while they were with Dana and family. They always seem happy and healthy while staying there. Highly recommend utilizing their pet care without any hesitation!!!
First time our 13 year old Pomeranians went on their own vacation. I was really worried about Rowdy our male pom, who stresses very easily and loses his coat. We are back from our vacation since Feb 28, today is march 3. our dogs have forgiven us for being away without them. and Rowdy still has his fur. yippee. that tells me Dana, Ken and family took good care of my family. Im happy about the stay, but I think Rowdy keeps looking for the goats!!
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Best ever! We have used Dana, Ken, and their Crew multiple times for our husky and pit. No worries and great communication! Don't bother with anyone else!
Our 2 labs stayed for 2 weeks...home away from home, loved the txt reports.
I'm so thankful I found Dana and "crew" for taking care of Missy and Ricky when I need a "home away from home" for them. Dana took time during a "meet and greet" to assure me of the care she'd be giving them, and they returned happy and content. I look forward to returning to Dana's pet care many times in the future. She has a terrific setup, no cages (no aggressive dogs allowed), and a great open run area. Her services are Diamond Rated/A#1!!!!!
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Daisy is always excited to see Dana and family and her doggie playmates.
I was so worried about leaving Dexter-he is my best friend. Dana and her family took wonderful care of him and it was great for him to be able to socialize with other dogs. I will definitely use them again for any future trips that I am unable to take Dexter with me on.
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Love this family of awesome Doggie Sitters. We have 3 Big dogs are they are not only welcome but also SPOILED rotten when they are there. They get plenty of play time and human interaction. Dana has a very good understanding of how to read dogs along with how to gain the response needed. Our family loves this place and so will yours!
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Dana was great i was a bit nervous at first but that was washed away once i started receiving the first pictures of my dogs vacay. Dana sent an update pretty much every day my dog's were there. The place was run by the dogs and the love and attention they received was very obvious.
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Oliver is treated like a family member! He looks forward to his vacations with Dana and family.
Dana, Ken, and Crew were awesome! They sent us pictures regularly, communicated clearly about arrangements, and were flexible as our plans evolved. Our dog, Buddy, had a great time there and was so much less anxious when we picked him up than when we have boarded him.
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Dana sent an update pretty much every day my dog was there. The place was run by the dogs and the love and attention they received was very obvious.

It smells like there are some cats on the premises, but Dana is ripping out the carpet so that should get corrected soon. I don't think the dogs mind. Huge property, lots of room to have fun and be loved.
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Bella had a great time at Van Zoo pet boarding. She was very happy when she came home. She was very content and acted like she had never left home. (Just what we wanted) (her to feel like she was home) She slept with their daughter, Lora, some nights and on the couch with other dogs some nights. She also was bathed before she came home. And one last thing the fresh eggs from the farm that Dana gave us were great tasting. Thank you Van Zoo for giving Bella a great stay!
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We were very concerned that leaving our dog Peanut for 8 days might spell the end due to her advanced age and medical condition. I can't express how happy we were upon returning from our cruise to find our beloved dog in better condition than when we left. Thank you Dana and family for taking such great care of Peanut. The pictures you sent during her stay were also an extremely nice touch although we were unable to see them until our return because of email issues while we were gone. We HIGHLY recommend this host and will definitely use them again. Thank you so much!
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Dana was amazing to work with! She was so accommodating to our last minute schedule changes and I know our dogs had a great time. I love how we got pictures while we were away. It gave us such a piece of mind which is exactly what I needed to enjoy my vacation. The dogs might have gotten more affection than they get at home by all the members of Dana's family. We will be using Dana again for our future trips.
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What an incredible Host Dana is! My puppies now have a home away from home! She took them in as part of the family and gave them the love and care I was hoping for them. The pictures and emails were great. I look forward to our next trip now almost as much as my two puppies look forward to returning to Dana and friends!
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Daisy loves to stay with Dana and family when we go out of town. Daisy runs in the door as soon as we get there and forgets we are even there. We appreciate that Dana stays in touch with us while we are gone and sends pictures of Daisy. We feel like Daisy has a second home and we don't have to worry about her when we are gone.
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Dana and her family took great care of my beagle Lolo while I was home visiting with friends and family for the holidays. She sent a lot (so many hah) pictures of Lolo so I knew she was feeling okay and to help me not miss her so much.
Dana has superior knowledge and a warm touch with animals of all types. Every dog staying at her home was calm and appeared "at home". I've done the kennel stays (shoved in a cement cage and walked past all day) and this is a far superior atmosphere for a tender, beloved pet. I had feedback thru my vacay about how my two dogs were doing and I felt comfortable that they were getting the attention I would give them. Great and personal care.
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I wish Dana lived closer to home - I would use her services all the time! There were a lot of dogs there when we arrived, as Dana is involved in dog rescue also. This concerned me at first, but was absolutely no problem, as Dana is a definite pack leader. She really has a way with animals, Our dogs were there two weeks, and had a vacation! One of our dogs had surgery and needed medication, which Dana handled well. I can honestly say that this was the best place we have ever left our dogs.
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My Lexi is spoiled rotten and is the only pet in the home. I almost cancelled my trip several times and then found DogVacay.com. After much research I contacted Dana. She has had a LOT of experience and training and had the most reviews of all the hosts in my area . I still was hesitant after I made my reservation, then I had the pleasure of speaking to her. Immediately my fears were gone, she took the time to answer my MANY questions and even answered questions I didn't even know that I had. She assured me that my Lexi would be well attended to, played with and even offered that she could sleep in a bed with one of her delightful children, since that is what Lexi does at home. I drove 45 minutes in the opposite direction that my trip was taking because I felt she was the perfect host for my Lexi. Then I met Dana and her pack, that was an experience in itself for both Lexi and I. We were a little early but not a problem for Dana and her family, they calmed the household down and took the time to talk my anxiety down once again. As I said before Lexi is spoiled and her dinner was a complex procedure, no sweat for Dana! Lexi did fine while she was in Dana's care and I was provided with pics and texts daily, even the texts I sent were answered promptly. Lexi was bathed and ready to go home after a long weekend away and then she let me know that she never wanted me to go away again. She became very ill, anxiety was the cause and Dana was a major part of the solution. She kept in contact with me daily, did research and even made a trip to MY home to give Lexi the medicine she needed to get well. It's been a week since my trip and Dana is still in daily contact to check on Lexi and see if there is anything she or I need. If you need someone to love and care for your pet like they were theirs, Dana is the host for you!!!!
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Dana was a pleasure to deal with. She took the time to help me feel at ease about Ruthie with other dogs and I had no qualms about leaving Ruthie. I received some sweet text photos that really helped me relax with regards to Ruthie fitting in. Dana is sweet, patient, kind and very knowledgeable when it comes to the how and why of dog behavior and I wouldn't hesitate to utilize her services again.
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This was our second time using Dana to watch our pup. Dana is confident in handling multiple dogs and nothing seems to faze her. She sent regular pictures of Pearl during our trip. Pearl was a little dirty when we picked her up but this was just from playing so hard with the other pups (I think Dana will bathe your pet if you just ask). Pearl was exhausted when we brought her home and slept alot for two days. The socialization and activity are good for her. Dana makes us feel like our dog is as important to her as she is to us.
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Dana took great care of Orion during our last minute 4th of July celebration. She even texted us pics and videos of him playing with the other dogs
Dana and her family were a wonderful host to our Sasha. They made her apart of their family and she made great friends with the other boarders. Dana made me feel good about being away by sending pictures and video of Sasha's day. Whenever I would text Dana she was always quick to respond. I would recommend Dana "VanZoo" to anyone needing to care for their furry family members.

Thank you VanZoo!
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Dana kept our little Pearl for a few days for us. She was very flexible with pick up and drop off times. Although she cares for quite a few dogs, she is very calm and the dogs all respond well to her and any commands. She provides pictures daily which is nice when we miss our pup! When we picked Pearl up, Dana had given her a bath because she'd gotten dirty while playing. Pearl was tired when we got home from all the extra attention she got from Dana and family. If she could talk, Pearl would tell us she had a great time playing with all the other dogs!
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Chevy loves, loves, loves to go to Dana's house. He has such a good time and I feel at ease with her taking care of him!
Dana is wonderful!
Awesome!
Very accommodating and Dana obviously loves dogs. It only took my pack about 30 seconds to meld with her pack. Very good experience. I will use Dana again.
Fair prices and excellent communication (with text message photos too!) Dana even sent me photos on Christmas with the dogs wearing Christmas costumes. Ginger is afraid of most people/things, so Dana just put some tinsel on her, while Gunner put up with wearing a Santa hat. It made going away for the holidays without my pets not so bad! She's located in a more rural area in Apopka with land for the pups to run around and works primarily as a pet sitter, so you don't have to worry about someone leaving your pets alone. Must be comfortable with lots of doggies though, as there's always a great party of dogs going on! They are sure to have a blast and be attended to.
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mr. had a good time.
Dana is just awesome! Chevy has the best time with her!
Dana was great. She definitely knows her way around dogs. She is patient and loving to all of them from what I saw. My dog seemed to feel right at home within minutes of being there!

Dana sent pictures regularly and that was very comforting to see Forte so happy. I had no worries about how she was being taken care of while I was away.
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At the time of my dog's stay Dana had quite a few dogs in her care. I was concerned when I saw the number of dogs that my dog might not fit in or have problems with another dog. Dana showed me that this is not the case. She is very responsive and aware of how dogs interact with one another. She knows which dogs should be separated (if any) when she is not around, and she always keeps a spray bottle handy if anyone wants to get snippy. When it comes to dog care, Dana knows her stuff. I left knowing my dog would be well-cared for. And when I returned, my dog was just as happy and healthy as ever. Dana is a great choice for dogs who enjoy being around other dogs. She was very flexible with scheduling and made herself available at the times I requested.

My only complaint is that my dog smelled very "doggy" when I picked him up from being around so many other dogs. If you don't want to pick up a smelly dog, ask Dana to bath him before you pick him up. (In my case I picked up my dog a day earlier than I said I would, so she might have planned to bath him but couldn't because of the last-minute schedule change.)
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Once again I was really happy with the services I received from Dana with Lola. She keeps me updated on how Lola is doing and sends me pics,giving peace of mind to enjoy my vacation because I know my baby is in good hands! Also Lola arrived home so tired (meaning she really had fun playing with other dogs there) and smelling sooooo good (because Dana gave her a bath!!). Lola is definitely staying there again and again.
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I am so glad we found Dana! She really took good care of my puppy. I felt secure as she was updating me with pictures and videos. It was great to know that there was somebody there for my dog at all times. I am definitely using her services again.
So happy to have found Dana. Now I can leave town on a moment's notice and know that my precious Watson will be well cared for and will not be stuck in a small cage for hours on end. This is the best alternative to kennel boarding and I highly recommend Dana. She loves all of the dogs in her care and gives them the personalized attention they need.
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Dana is very friendly, open, & laid back. It makes for a great combination for both people & canines. If you watch the Dog Whisperer you know about the power of the pack. Dana usually has quite a few dogs at her home due to her also being involved in rescuing & fostering. My dogs enjoyed themselves & became more balanced while at Dana's. Dana was quick to respond to any questions or requests that I had. She is very lenient on drop off and pick up times which was very beneficial for me due to my busy schedule.
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I was completely nervous about going out of town for 5 days and trying to find somewhere to board my two dogs, a 50 lb mix and a 60 lb pit bull. Having a pit bull, it is ridiculously difficult to find boarding without hearing the words "breed restriction." I decided to check out individuals on DogVacay and was totally blessed to find Dana. Her prices were fair and her care was phenomenal. It was totally worth the 30 mile drive from East Orlando to Apopka.I honestly feel my two dogs (pit bull & 50 lb mix) had more fun on their vacation than I did on mine! They had the run of her house, a fenced in yard to roam around (with supervision), and even got to eat Dana's homemade treats.
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Chevy had a great time & Dana was very helpful! Already booked next weekend away! Thanks
Dana was absolutely great. Precious was well cared for and seemed to have enjoyed her time spent with Dana and visiting with her other boarders and canine house guests. Our return schedule changed at the last minute and Dana was most understanding as well as accommodating and helpful. I give her two thumbs-up!
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Dana's vacay was a great place for my dog. She had several other dogs there, which was perfect for my dog, since he enjoys being social with other dogs. Even though her home was a busy place, I never felt she wasn't giving my dog enough attention. Dana is loving and attentive with all the dogs, and had no trouble with behavior issues, as the dogs sense that she is calm and in control. The home was clean with plenty of yard to run around in. Dana provided me with videos and texts several times during my vacation, and always answered my questions quickly. I highly recommend Dana's vacay!
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