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Maria W.

113 Reviews
68 Repeat Guests
$43/night
Other Sitters Nearby
  • 1 day notice required for bookings
  • Responds within 50 minutes
  • Cancellation Policy:
    Flexible

Pet Requirements

  • 1-20 lbs
  • 20-40 lbs
  • 40-80 lbs
  • 80+ lbs
No Puppies
Must Be Vaccinated
List of Breeds Not Accepted
Pit Bull - Bull Terrier, Pit Bull - Staffordshire Bull Terrier

Maria's Resident Pets

Rocky
Dachshund
Male
1 yr 11 mo old

Maria's House

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

About Maria

20 Years Experience Caring For Dogs
Hi! My name is Maria Wagner and I am a Stay-At-Home Mom with two school-age boys. I am an animal lover and will take the best care of your precious pet! We have a beautiful fenced-in yard with plenty of room to play! Our family dog is a Dachshund Mix named Rocky. Rocky is a rescue dog who we adopted in August of 2015. He gets along wonderfully with other dogs and loves to play! I have over three years of experience taking care of other peoples' dogs in our home. I have cared for dogs of various ages and will accept dogs two years or older. I also have experience with dogs of all breeds and sizes, from Teacup Yorkies to St. Bernards! I am confident that you will have peace of mind as you leave your dog in my loving care!
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Can administer oral medicine

Maria W.

113 Reviews
68 Repeat Guests
$43/night
Other Sitters Nearby
  • 1 day notice required for bookings
  • Responds within 50 minutes
  • Cancellation Policy:
    Flexible

Availability

  • Available
  • Unavailable
  • 1 Spot Left
  • Booked
  • Last updated November 7, 2016

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Course 101 Graduate
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Disaster Relief
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Services & Rates

Boarding Overnight At Maria's Home
$43 /night
  • Watches up to 4 dogs/night
  • Dogs may be unsupervised for 1 - 2 hours/day
  • 5+ potty breaks/day
  • 1 walk/day
  • Pets can sleep wherever they want
113 Reviews
Maria was awesome! We left on short notice for 10 days. She sent pics of our special girl looking right at home. Pretty sure Rosa was bummed to come home. We'll see you soon Maria!! Thank you so much!!
Maria watched my dog Elly Mae last year, so when it came to booking a sitter for my recent trip the decision was simple. Elly Mae was given a wonderful home environment and plenty of attention. From running around the yard, playing with their dog Rocky, to watching TV with Maria and her family, she enjoyed her stay. Maria even sent texts/pictures during my trip to let me know that all was well.

I am a repeat customer and will not hesitate to book future stays with Maria.
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Maria is one gem of a pet "sitter" when our Rascal needs a home away from home. He's our "only child" and up in years, meaning he needs a little more TLC when it comes to watching over him regarding his eating and activity. Maria is a perfect second mom and we know he's very comfy in her company.
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Maria is fabulous! She took care of our 10 year old black labrador for an entire week and he was well taken care of. She texted pictures and gave me updates daily. I had some special dietary needs and she executed everything I requested. Maria has a huge heart and I would recommend her services to anyone.
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Phoebe had a nice time again at Maria's house. She is currently on a special prescription diet as well as medication, which was not a problem. Maria even hand-fed Phoebe her food when she was reluctant to eat it.
Phoebe enjoyed her 1 day stay. I always feel good about leaving my dog with Maria. Never any problems. Good communication.
We were very nervous about having to leave our rescued Greyhound with "strangers" for the first time. Maria's great reviews and repeat customers led us to call her first. We went for a visit, and our Leader loved her beautiful yard where he could wander on his own. Maria also let us come back another time so that Leader would be familiar with the surroundings there. Obviously when we dropped him off and drove away I was very worried ... but shouldn't have been! Maria texted me pictures and updates, and her entire family made Leader feel very much loved and at home. When we came to pick him up again he was very excited to see us, but as we went to get into the car he ran back and leaned into Maria (the famous
Greyhound lean = love) to say thank you. That says it all!
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Rocket enjoyed his stay at Wags, and would love to stay again! Great place for a dog to have fun!
Thank you Maria and family!!

Maria took care of our 8 yr. old german shepherd twice within a 6 week period. This was her first time being cared for by someone other than family and also her first time being away from her home. Not easy for an older,
stubborn shepherd. Arriving for our second visit our dog could not get in Maria's yard fast enough. She was sooooo happy to be back with Maria and her family. Maria sent texts and photos to keep us updated. Maria is a wonderful dog sitter with a genuine heart. I feel so fortunate to have found her!
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Maria is pawsome! Trustworthy, caring, attentive, and most important experienced in caring after dogs! She did such a great job with Chief that I won't hesitate to use her in the future or recommend her to friends and family.

She is a great vacation spot for any dog and I'm thankful she lives so close. Thanks again Maria!
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Fantastic. Appreciated the constant updates and photos. No hesitation in using again. All good!
Looked like our dog was just as comfortable here as he is at home! Lots of love from the entire family really put me at ease. We'll definitely be booking with Maria again soon!
Sky got very anxious, since this was her first over night visit. Maria and her family took very good care of Sky.
Maria is great! She welcomes my dog like he is one of her own. He has such a great time when he visits her! Her home is very dog friendly and she has a great yard for the dogs to run around in. I never have to worry when I travel, because I know Clyde is getting as much attention as he would at home. And my favorite thing is that she texts me pictures of him to let me know he's doing fine! Thanks, Maria!
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As usual, Charlie was well cared for by Maria and her family! We always feel good knowing he's in such great hands when we leave for vacation, no worries! Thanks for taking such great care of him! :)
Maria and her family took great care of Duncan, our almost 2 yo, golden doodle while we were on spring break. She was very patient with his excitement around other dogs, texted us photos and updates, administered medicine he had just been prescribed before we left for our trip, and even tried to hand feed him when he wasn't eating as much as usual. This was our first time leaving him with anyone other than family and we knew he was in great hands when he did our meet and greet which made the trip a whole lot easier. I would highly recommend Maria to anyone with a pup they don't want to kennel! So much of a better option...and Maria is the best of the best.
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Maria and her family are clearly dog lovers! It was my girls (10 year old Yorkie and 1 1/2 year old Maltese) first time somewhere new since our long time sitter passed away. Maria sent us pictures to make us feel comfortable. She is EXCELLENT at returning texts and communicating. I decided to go with her after meeting her and hearing of her previous dog and how she rescued him. She is a very genuine person and her family is very welcoming.
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We had a wonderful experience with Maria. Pepper got plenty of attention and TLC while we were away. Maria sent updates and photos and it was great to know our dog was so well taken care of. We will absolutely use her again!
Maria was absolute wonderful with our golden doodle and took great care of him. In addition, he needed some special attention during his stay, and she was willing to go the extra mile and made sure he was taken care off. we feel very happy that we can leave town knowing that our dog is in the best of care possible. Also I was so happy to receive photos and text messages every couples of days.

We definitely will board with Maria again.
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Maria is absolutely fantastic!! We left our nervous, somewhat finicky greyhound with her for a weekend stay and everything was about as smooth as could be. Maria sent me tons of reassuring pictures and updates and when we came to pick our dog up it was clear she'd had a really good time and been cared for well. Maria's family also has a lovely fenced yard for doggies to play in and lots of room naps and doggie chill time. Highly recommended, thanks so much Maria!!
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I can't say enough about our great experience with Maria. From the the minute we met I could tell she was a kind and caring person and my dog Bailey, who can be very fearful, was comfortable in her home. She sent me periodic photos so I could see for myself how well Bailey was doing during her stay. I will definitely go back and highly recommend her to anyone else.
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As always, Lou had a GREAT time staying with Maria! I was quite a distance away so it was so comforting to get daily pictures and texts letting me know how he was doing. There was even a day or two that he had a tummy ache and she hand fed him his food to get him to eat! I cannot speak highly enough of Maria and the way she and her family care for these dogs. They are at home when they come to stay with her!
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Skye had a great stay. Maria kept in touch and let us know she was playing and well adjusted while we were away. She had several other canine friends to play with while she was with Maria. She's a yellow lab so what could be better? I will definitely book another stay.
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I felt very comfortable leaving Cooper at Maria's house. I could tell that Cooper was comfortable as well and was well cared for. I especially loved the text picture update of Cooper---just seeing him "happy" was a comfort. I hope to be able to have Maria watch him again.
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Good as always, know that my baby boy is in good hands with Maria and family. Thank you Dog Vacay!!!!!
Sulley loves going to Maria's! She is always our first choice when we go out of town.
Maria is the best.......her care and concern for our dog's well being was outstanding.We have left our dog with other sitters in the past but none match her professional demeanor and attitude.We will definitely use her again.
I can't thank Maria enough for taking care of my two girls so that we could enjoy Disney world without worrying about them (I was very nervous about leaving my 14 year old very attached-to-me beagle anywhere as we have only taken her with us on vacations for the last 6 years, but she put me at ease). Her communication with me was great and I loved seeing/hearing how they were doing as the week went on (great with sharing picture updates and text messages). And when my younger dog decided to exhibit some not-so-great behavior, Maria was very understanding (I thank her so much for that!) I would never hesitate to leave either of them with her in the future- 5 stars all the way. Thank you Maria!!! (and family!) An amazing host and service!
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We couldn't be more happy with the care our Samoyed Koda was provided with while we were away. Koda had a great time with Auntie Maria and her dog Rocky. She had so much fun and cuddle time, that I am not sure she even missed us!

It gives us peace of mind knowing Koda was taken care of and treated like family. We will definitely be using her services again. Thank you so much.
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Maria is the best! We feel so blessed to have found her. She welcomes our Gretel into her home and loves her as her own. It is wonderful to be away and not worry at all about our baby❤️
Excellent as always. My dog has the best of times. Sometimes i wonder if Danjy even wants to come home. But he is super excited when he sees me, so i know, though he loves Maria, he knows it is just a great vacay for him
Maria is always awesome. No worries from me. My babyboy is happy and that makes his mom happy!!!!
Maria is outstanding! We were updated throughout the weekend with photos of our dog and felt very comfortable knowing she was in loving hands. We will be using Maria in the future! :)
Maria makes me feel at ease when my baby boy is staying with her. No worries on my end and Danjy has a great time. I would recommend Maria to anyone and i assure you, you can go about your business without any concerns. She will text you updates daily. Cheers, to you Maria, for the great job you do.
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Once again it was great. Maria takes very good care of our dog Molly. We feel very comfortable in knowing our dog is safe and happy.
Molly had her third visit this time and had a blast! She was so eagerly welcomed into Maria's home. Molly immediately remembered the love and fun she'd had before and jumped right in! Maria was outstanding in caring for Molly's medications, staying right on track AND teaching me an effective and brilliant way for us to administer them at home. Thanks again, Maria!! We could not be happier with the excellent care Maria gives to Molly. We can be at peace because she is loved like of the family!
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As always, Maria and her family were awesome! She provides quality, loving care and we know our dog is safe. Maria is our first choice for dog care when we need it.
Maria did a great job, taking care of my baby boy, Danjy. I (we) did a meet and greet, before the stay and when we left the meet, i already felt pretty comfortable, but after picking Danjy up today, i saw how happy and content he was with Maria, i can see how caring and compassionate she is and that Danjy was in great hands. I will, without question, have him stay with her, in the future, without thinking twice. Lisa Overman
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My dog won't vacation anywhere else! She loves Maria and her family! They are such a blessing.
Maria, we cannot thank you and your awesome family enough for the exceptional care and love you gave Molly! This is our second time working with Maria. Molly was so happy from the time we dropped her off until we picked her up! :D We could easily see how much she enjoyed her time. Molly got tons of attention and was engaged with Maria, her family, and friends. Our family would rate our experience with 10 stars if we could! We highly recommend Maria, and look forward to our next vacay!
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This was our first time using DogVacay. We have an elderly dog (14) with some health challenges. Maria and her family provided extra TLC as well as assistance with taking his meds. I was cautious with him being around other dogs. Yet it turned out our dog loved it! When I went to pick him up he was having a great time in the yard with the other dog. It seemed like he was "reliving" his youth with all the running around and was incredible to see. He was enjoying it so much in fact that when I first arrived he didn't even realize I was there. Maria was great providing updates and pictures. She was always available and responsive when I checked in on him (which was more for my sake :). I appreciated her honesty (i.e. he didn't want to take his meds) and together we worked on a solution and she kept trying until she succeeded. Our dog had an episode (due to his health challenges) and she coaxed him to the ground to get him to relax and stayed until he was settled. We did a meet & greet before and spent some time with Maria the afternoon I picked up our dog. You can tell Maria truly enjoys being a sitter and that she cares as much about our dog as we do! You can't ask for more than that. The next time we need a sitter we'll definitely be going back to Maria!!
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This was our 3rd time using Maria and our dog Max had a great time! He was excited just pulling in the driveway! Maria is excellent, friendly and professional. Would highly recommend :)
Maria was wonderful! I received several texts (with pictures :-) ) over the weekend to put my mind at ease.
We were very happy with Maria. Our dog, Ernie, was well cared for and we loved getting all the photos of him while we were away. We will definitely have Ernie vaca with her again!
Phoebe stayed with Maria & family for 3 nights and had a great time. Phoebe decided she liked to sleep on their sofa and that was not a problem. When she was a little fussy about eating, Maria took care to get her to eat. We have already reserved another weekend with Maria, knowing Phoebe will be well cared for and happy there.
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Maria clearly loves our dogs and took great care of them. Our lab mix thoroughly enjoyed running in her fenced yard. Her family didn't mind when our old St. Bernard became an "area rug", lounging in high traffic spaces in the hallway or kitchen.

Maria is responsible and reliable and we wouldn't hesitate to use her service again!
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Maria is absolutely wonderful. My Bilby is a bit of a handful (little dog that thinks he is top dog). He was so well cared for and happy. I would absolutely and completely recommend Maria to any pet owner. She and her family are wonderful. Thank you.
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Maria welcomed Molly into her family starting at our meet and greet! The environment is so warm and loving! We felt assured that our girl was cared for every moment we were away. Maria took care to go over details of what Molly's experiences would be, including what to do in an emergency (nice to know!). Maria also took into account Molly's routine at home to ensure she could make this experience the best for her! We especially loved the daily updates and pictures! :D For those reading this, I assure you your fur baby will be one of the family while you are on your own vacay! Maria has our family's highest and respected recommendation! We'll see you again, Maria!
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We had a wonderful experience working with Maria. We were on vacation on the other side of the world and Maria would email us updates showing that the dogs were doing well. This was a great peace of mind.
She went out of her way to make our dogs feel right at home. She took the time to make our older dog feel comfortable, and her family and the other dogs she had were perfect for keeping our 3 year old retriever happy and well occupied whIle we were gone. It made the trip even more enjoyable knowing the dogs were in good hands.

For any future trips I would not hesitate to use dogvacay and Maria. Highly recommended!
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We just had our first DogVacay experience, and I can't say enough about it! Our caregiver, Maria, was so kind and loving to not just our dog, but all of the dogs in her care. She made sure that all of the dogs got along with each other too. She treats the dogs as if they are her own dogs, living with her and her family. It is an ideal place to leave your dog when you have to be out of town - it's just like home. Unfortunately, our dog became a little ill during her stay with Maria, but we didn't have to worry. Maria kept us updated, and even took her to the emergency vet after consulting us. I highly recommend Maria to care for your doggie!
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This is the second time leaving our dog Max with Maria and is was another wonderful experience!! We loved getting text picture updates while we were gone. We will continue to use Maria whenever we need a dog sitter!!! She's the best!
Maria and her family were beyond awesome! This was the first time we have left our dogs with anyone and I am so grateful to have found her. From the moment I first emailed her inquiring about her services and expressing how hard it was for my husband and I to leave our 'kids' with someone else...she was so understanding and compassionate...I knew she was who we were looking for! It was hard to leave our puggle whimpering at the fence as we pulled away the day we dropped them off. Within a half hour I was getting pictures and an update that Maria was giving her extra TLC and asked her if she wanted to go on a walk to cheer her up..the picture clearly showed she was going to be well taken care of and shown lots of love! We would get daily pictures and updates of both our puggle and bull mastiff interacting with and being loved by her whole family! It was so reassuring to hear and see how great our dogs were doing...and how happy they were. Our bull mastiff became best buds with Maria's son! I was afraid they wouldn't want to come home after seeing how much fun they were having!
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Awesome, as usual!!
I have entrusted Maria and her family with my dog through eight stays in the last year and I cannot recommend her enough. There is such a high value to be placed on knowing that a member of the family will be cared for by her; I know my dog will be in an amazing place.

After each of his stays, Maria has taken the time to discuss how he did and in the case of the last couple of stays, inform me of training issues that I believe we solved through a bit of creativeness on her part.

A wonderful family, know that your dog will be loved.
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Cannot convey enough kudos for Maria and her caring for Rascal again. Our travel includes absolutely no worry that our "baby" is being looked after with all the care we give him at home. Wish he could talk and tell us about the good time he obviously had. We did learn (from Maria) that he likes to sleep next to her husband's side of the bed (on the floor, we hope). We definitely look forward to our next trip and hope Maria & co. will be available.
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Terra had a wonderful day with Maria and we are so grateful for her loving care of our new puppy. We will definitely be back!
Sadie as always received tons of attention and all the love and snuggling she needs. Thank you Maria!
I was VERY impressed with Maria and her sweet sons. I could tell that leaving my dog there, he would be in great hands. She is very compassionate and you can see she has a passion for animals. It was so comforting to receive texts and pictures throughout his stay and the updates were appreciated. I highly recommend her services and will certainly be going back!
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Jack -my Great Dane had a wonderful visit with Maria and her family! Jack is a bit shy sometimes about wagging his tail and his tail was wagging full speed in front of Maria tonight when she was petting him. He spent the night for the first time and I could tell from the photos and texts Jack was greatly enjoying his visit. I will happily bring Jack back for another visit and boarding..Thank you Maria!
Bev Hudson and Jack
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Maria took such great care of our dog Max! She was absolutely incredible! We got a picture of Max and message updates every day. Maria made us feel so comfortable and Max clearly enjoyed himself! This was our first time using dog vacay and Maria, and we are already scheduling our next visit with her in April! I would highly recommend Maria!! She loves our dog Max just as much as we do!!
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Maria has been an absolute God-send from the first day we met! There is no other place our pup would rather be and no one I trust more to watch him! Maria has such a gift with animals and treats each dog like it's her own, I cannot say enough good things about her and her family!!!
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Maria thank you and your family for making Penny and Dumplin' feel at home. It is such a relief to us knowing they are getting such lovin' when we are away. Another huge plus for them (and us) is the canine socialization they get at your house under your watchful eye! Love you all - thanks so much.
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Have to finally leave my review and be the 51st! We love Maria and her family and Murphy dog does too! Wouldn't leave him anywhere else and always know he is loved, spoiled and well cared for while we are gone! Thanks for keeping our Murphy safe while we're gone and helping us to never worry about him!
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The only place my baby will stay!!
Love, love, love Maria!! She and her family took great care of my 'baby,' and I felt very comfortable leaving him with them. She texted me daily updates and pictures so I could see what was happening. I felt that she cared for Quinn as if her were her own dog and I was grateful he received all the loving he would have gotten at home. Definitely will book another vacay with Maria!
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We are very happy to have our Cairn Terrier stay with Maria and her family. Our dog, Molly, is now relaxed there and gives her children doggie kisses.
Maria is a very caring person and will comfort your dog if they have separation anxiety.
Molly seems very comfortable there and we will definitely use her again.
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My dog was right at home with Maria and her family. This was my first time away from my pup since I rescued him 8 months ago. He felt right at home in no time at all. She has a nice fenced in yard and her dog is such a sweetheart. She did such a fantastic job caring for my pup and sent text messages to me daily with photos and updates. I will use her services again in the future. It's a home away from home for your dog.
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Our 4 year old Cairn terrier seemed to have a great time. Loved the fenced yard to run in. Maria and her family are so nice and responsible. I will definitely be using her again.
We had a great experience and will go back if we need a sitter again.
Maria and her family did a wonderful job watching Jack. I have no doubt that he had a fantastic time! Thanks again Maria!!!
ABSOLUTELY WONDERFUL!!! We took a 10 day vacation knowing that our pups were in GREAT hands! Maria and her family welcomed our dogs into their home AND their family! Our pups are soooo excited to stay here! Love her! 5 stars isn't enough!
Maria and her family are amazing. I have had her watch my dog Bo many times and trust her completely. I'm grateful for the love and care she has given to my pup and would highly recommend her services.
Gretel had a wonderful time again with the Wagners! It is so nice to go on vacation and know that Maria and her family are loving and caring so well for Gretel! They are a blessing!!!
Flicker loves his "vacation home" at Maria's. He has so much fun there.
This was our Rascal's 2nd stay with Maria, and we could not have been more pleased at how well-cared for he was. He's an older pooch and an "only child" but he LOVES Maria -- she's become his 2nd "mommy" and we're sure he felt right at home. Maria kept us informed of a limp he suddenly developed (had happened before) and we were afraid we'd have to cut our trip short. But we O.K.'d having him examined by a nearby vet who prescribed a refill of his meds, and he was good to go. Daily updates from Maria eased our minds immensely so we did not have to come home early. We even had to extend the reservation for a day due to all flights back to Chicago being canceled for a time, but Maria assured us it was no problem, even feeding him extra meals. We brought home a happy, healthy pet who fell right back into his old routine...and so did we. Thank you, Maria.
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Maria and her family were wonderful. Our dog, Carson, was a little nervous at first but Maria was outstanding in making him feel comfortable. I got regular updates during our trip and Carson really seemed to fit right in after a couple of days. We were a little nervous because we have never used a service like this but Maria put us at ease and we couldn't be more pleased with the overall experience. I would highly recommend Maria to any dog owner and will certainly use her again in the future.
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Maria is the only one I can really trust to watch my dog. He is a handful and at 100lbs and only a year old, he thinks he is a little Chihuahua or something. This makes things particularly difficult sometimes but Maria and her family are always able to keep everything under control. I appreciate the special bond they have built with my dog over the past year, (they have been watching him since he was only 9 weeks old!). Maria and her family go above and beyond what is asked of them and I know my dog is always in good hands when i need to leave him. Her strive to make Tucker feel at home and the endless amount of attention he receives ensures that he doesn't get stressed out, and has an easy tradition while I'm gone. This family is the best at taking care of my family while i am away.
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We were so happy to have found Maria and her family to watch our Cavalier King Charles Spaniel, Simon. Maria is super knowledgeable about taking care of dogs and you can really tell that she absolutely adores the animals and loves them all like her own. We were very comfortable leaving Simon with her and her family and will no doubt be using her again in the future. We really appreciated the wonderful care and love they gave Simon while we were away and loved to receive picture updates of Simon while were gone. Simon came back a very happy and relaxed doggie after his vacation!
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Maria took care of our 15 1/2 yr. old lab with wonderful care. Wrigley requires medication daily, and extra care due to her advanced age. Maria was very careful with Wrigley, and made sure she was comfortable during her stay. Maria updated me daily on Wrigley's condition, and even allowed us to pick her up late at night. Highly recommended!!!
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Maria and her family are the best! Our little Havanese Lucy is very attached to our family and was having anxiety being away from us. Maria went out of her way to be patient and comforting to help Lucy bond with her, and Lucy was able to settle, snuggle and feel safe. Our flight also was cancelled last minute, and Maria kept Lucy an extra night for us until we could get home. We are so grateful for her Maria. We could not recommend Wags Dog House highly enough!
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Maria was wonderful in every way from making us feel comfortable at the meet and greet to sending daily updates and pictures while we were away. Our dog, Cloud, adored her and her family (including her lovable dog, Bosco). She was accommodating to our dog's needs. The peace of mind that we had knowing Cloud was in caring, capable hands was invaluable. Thank you, Maria and dogvacay.com!
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Maria is always there for us. We are on a demanding schedule that changes all the time and she is always accommodating. Moca loves playing there and being a part of their family.
Your dog's will be in good hands with Maria; she did a fantastic job taking care of our pups, and keeping us in the loop on how they were doing. Would recommend Maris to anyone!
Maria is fantastic! Gretel was so happy and was given excellent care! I hope Maria will be available in the future as I am thrilled with our experience.
Sasha has a second mother named Maria!! Not only did Sasha dive right in comfortably, but Maria made my daughter Greta and I feel right at home as well.

This was the first time that we left Sasha with anyone and Maria patiently answered all of our questions and concerns. You could tell how much she loves her job and we knew that Sasha was in the best of hands. Maria also has her great family that is hands on and that sincerely enjoy the whole experience as well. My whole family LOVED the picture texts of Sasha and her new friends (the two-legged and the four-legged!).

We know that Sasha enjoyed her stay because she was truly sad when we brought her home. She recovered by the next morning but I may have to make up excuses to leave her with Maria from time to time before our next big trip.

Maria made this a perfect stress free get-away for our family and our puppy! I will definitely recommend her to everyone I know. As a added bonus, we just made friends with a wonderful family!

Thanks Maria! (I would give you 10 stars if I could!)
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This is the 3rd visit my beagle Grady has with Maria and as always he has a wonderful time and doesn't want to come home! Maria is always very flexible and makes Grady feel right at home. I'm already set to book another visit!
Our dog Dunkin has stayed with Maria several times. She loves staying there and gives me piece of mind that she is being taken care of when we are out of town.
I couldn't have found better care for our dog, Zoey!

Her stay at Wags Dog House was the first time she has ever stayed away from home with anyone besides close friends or family. I was very apprehensive and nervous about finding quality care for her until I met Maria at our meet-and-greet. Within the first few minutes of the meeting, it became clear that this was the right place to choose for Zoey's care, and I wasn't wrong!!

Maria's dog, Bosco, is such a sweet and mild dog and Zoey seemed to get along with him so well. She has a beautiful and safe fenced-in yard. Dogs in her care have the same priviledges as Bosco, complete with being allowed to lounge on the couch and on the bed! Maria went out of her way to make Zoey comfortable in her home, when Zoey decided that she was scared to walk on her pergo flooring, by spreading bedsheets and extra rugs on the floor to help her tread from one room to the next!! She is such a kind and caring care-provider!! We received several texts and pictures of Zoey throughout the stay to let us know how things were going. The entire family was very kind to and welcoming of Zoey.....a very nice family!!! When we arrived to pick her up, she seemed very comfortable and happy!!

It was wonderful to know that our dog was in a loving and caring home while we were gone, not different from her own home. I will definitely let Zoey stay there again if they will have us and would highly recommend Maria and her family to anyone who is in need of loving and safe care for their pet!!
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It is so valuable to be able to travel and know your four-legged-furry baby is in trusted, loving hands and home. When we brought our dog for her 3rd visit she couldn't wait to get in their large fenced in yard. She ran arround with their so sweet and mild mannered lab and another petvacay sweetie. it was like Doggie camp. My dog was 4 yr.s when we adopted her, and I feel the socialization with "balance" dogs helped her be a better doggie. It's been a totally win-win-win experience for our family. Thank You Maria and wonderful family :)
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Maria and her family have watched Tucker several times now and it is always a great experience. My 85 lb puppy is a handful but I know he is in good hands anytime he stays there. I will never use anyone else!
Maria was a lovely host for my dog Grady! He had such a good time and was very happy being in Maria's home with her family. I would certainly use Maria again for any future dog sitting needs!
My two Jack Russell's had never stayed away from my home before, but they settled in right away at Miss Maria's!! By day two they were free to make them selves at home! Maria's husband and two sons took part in taking care of them and they were cuddling on the couch and sleeping in Miss Maria's dog bed! When they were picked up to go home, they had to be pulled from under the bed, I think they wanted to stay longer!! They will be going back, I wouldn't leave them anywhere else!!!
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Could not deal with my puppy because she pooped in the cage and wanted someone to come get her after 2 days. Maria said the dog was so sweet and good otherwise but she did not want to deal with the poop in the crate. I also must add that the puppy was not pooping in her cage before she went to Maria's house. I was out of state on vacation and it caused great stress on us. Checked out everything ahead of time and felt confident at the meet and greet. I was in a panic and it put extra stress on my daughter-in-law who works, has a toddler and another child and 3 other dogs to care for and then had to take on the puppy. They had to drive the 45 min to her house and pick up the dog. While at my son's house the puppy did not poop even once in her cage. That perplexed me more to find it was only happening at the sitters house.

So even though Maria is a very nice person with a clean home and nice family, I have to say it became a mess and very stressful. I hired her precisely so my son and his wife did not have to take care of the puppy. Puppies get anxiety and can be unpredictable. Like any business you have to sometimes expect the unexpected and deal with it.

Very sorry to have to give a bad report but these are the honest facts. She was very apologetic and I am sure she did feel bad but it was not what I had expected to happen.
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This is the second time Maria watched Mango and I couldn't be happier again. I will always leave my dog with her on any future trips. Thanks again!!
Flicker really enjoyed staying at Maria's! I think he didn't want to leave! Maria took the time to get to know our dog, ensure he got along with the other dogs, and learn his routine. We will definitely call Maria for our next vacation where we need care for our dog. The kids loved the pics while we were on our trip!
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Maria and family are wonderful as well as resident dog Boscoe. he;s so sweet and relaxed. My dog was quite at home, confirmed by the pictures Maria sent us. Our dog "Zoey" was " Hangin" with Boscoe on the sofa, and even tested out Boscoe's bed with no apparent objections. Thanks Maria for worry free time away. Your officially Zoey's (dog)godmother
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Maria was so wonderful! I would use her again in a heartbeat!
All was good; we felt very comfortable leaving Beau with Maria. Great experience!
I couldn't be happier with Maria! She is obviously a dog lover and goes the extra mile to make sure that you feel comfortable while you are away from you special little guy/girl. I was especially pleased with the pictures and constant communication Maria had while I was gone for the weekend. I have noting but positive things to say about Maria and I HIGHLY recommend her. Thanks Maria!
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Just a great experience for us and our dog. Highly recommended!
Our second time with Maria... What an OUTSTANDING host! Puppies love her family and so do we! We'll be using her again!
Sadie easily made herself at home and had no problem fitting in. Marie sent a wonderful picture and update to assure us that Sadie was happy. She was also very accommodating to our crazy schedule. Sadie had a great time and is looking forward to her next stay with her new friends.
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My dog Zoey had a good time. She even got to watch the Blackhawks, just like at home. She enjoyed relaxing with mellow and very sweet Boscoe, Maria's lab. I really appreciated the pictures and texts of Zoey "Chillin" out with their son Doug. Thanks alot to the Wagner family for such comfort and peace of mind leaving our Zoey in your caring home . Hope she can visit again next trip. Thank you, Colette :)
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Our dog stayed with Maria recently, and we (and our dog) had a great experience. We felt at ease during our vacation knowing that our dog was in good hands. Maria also sent us pictures everyday, which we appreciated so much. Overall, we had a great experience and would definitely leave our dog with Maria again.
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Excellent home away from home!!! Maria and her family take OUTSTANDING care to make certain our dogs felt welcome. We will be using her for ALL of our excursions! Thanks sooooooooo much!
Maria and her family did a wonderful job caring for our 2 dogs! From the photos/text we received while we were away, our dogs looked very comfortable and happy. We would trust Maria with our dogs again and would highly recommend her to anyone looking for a place for their dog to stay.
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Maria was outstanding with our St. Bernard (Marley)! She went above and beyond to care for her and gave us updates and photos while we were on vacation. The Wagner family is so cheerful and really love dogs. Marley received exceptional care. We were blessed to find a wonderful family and I hope they know how great they are.
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My husband and I visited 2 other dog sitters and 1 kennel before we met Maria and none were up to par. Maria was the person we felt comfortable with to watch our 1 year old lab. She sent us daily updates and pictures which helped us know he was okay. When we picked up our dog his ears were up and his tail was wagging. We'd definitely use Maria again in the future.
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She did a great job watching over our dog Clover, and am planning on using her any time we plan on going out of town.
Our experience with Dog Vacay and Maria was wonderful! Charlie had the time of his life and I'm not quite sure he was even ready to come home when I came to pick him up! It was a very warm, caring, relaxed environment and their fenced-in yard was a comfort to me. I would bring Charlie back to Marie in a heartbeat!
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Maria and her family were wonderful with Lucy! We could not be more pleased. Lucy is a sweet shy Havanese, and Maria was very nurturing and kind with her. We appreciated the "meet and greet" that Maria initiated so that we all could get to know her, and we could tell right away that Maria was a dog lover who would take very good care of Lucy. Maria took lots of information from us about Lucy from her routine, to food, to contact info, to little quirks so that she could make Lucy's stay as comfortable as possible, and Maria also sent us text updates during Lucy's stay to put our minds at ease. We would highly recommend Maria to anyone looking for a loving attentive dog-sitter. We feel very blessed to have her for Lucy when we need to go away.
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Maria and her family were GREAT! I can't say enough about them. I was nervous as my 4 month bullmastiff had become a "velcro" dog and had never left my side. I originally had a reservation at a major chain dog border but decided that because he was a puppy, he needed a little more attention. Maria had reassured me that i made the right choice. When i dropped off my dog he fit in perfect and was excited he had a big fenced in back yard to play in. I got daily text updates about my pup and when my little chow hound had gone through all his food towards the end of the week, Maria had gone out and picked up his food. Her and her family went out of their way to make sure my dog had a good experience while being away from home. She is the only one I will use from now on.
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GREAT place to take your dog! We had a last minute cancellation and needed someone to watch our 6 month old rhodesian ridgeback puppy, Shredder, and I found Maria Wagner through this site. We had never left our dog with anyone before so we were really nervous but the Wagner family took excellent care of Shredder. Through out the day they sent us several pictures of him having a great time. By the time we picked him up late that night he was tired and content. It was obvious that he had a great time while he was at Maria's house. We will definitely be back!
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