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Erica S.

129 Reviews
72 Repeat Guests
Other Sitters Nearby
  • Same day bookings are OK
  • Responds within 21 mins
  • Cancellation Policy:

Pet Requirements

  • 1-20 lbs
  • 20-40 lbs
  • 40-80 lbs
  • 80+ lbs
No Puppies
Must Be Spayed or Neutered
Must Be Vaccinated

Erica's Resident Pets

Border Collie
7 yr 9 mo old
Italian Greyhound
7 yr 8 mo old
Bam Bam
10 yr 10 mo old
10 yr 0 mo old
Other Pets & Animals: Cats

Erica's Apartment

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Medium Yard
100% fenced & locked
Pets allowed on furniture
Great for senior pets
Air-conditioned inside
Smoke-free home

About Erica

7 Years Experience Caring For Dogs
*Please read my entire profile! UPDATED 2/15/2017*

Hi, I'm Erica! I'm a huge animal lover. I have four dogs and one cat of my own. I'm actively involved volunteering and fostering dogs for local animal rescues. I have a full time job and I live about 7 minutes from work. I live in a dog friendly two-flat right off the 90/94 Ogden exit in the West Town neighborhood.

In order to provide the best low stress environment for your dog I only watch adult dogs. Puppies tend to create a high energy environment that can cause stress to adult dogs. By watching dogs of similar energy levels the stress level associated with boarding your dog is greatly reduced. My goal is to create a virtual stress-free home away from home for your dog to have fun and relax in!

Your dog will feel comfortable and at ease in my two bedroom apartment which includes a private completely fenced in backyard-patio. Your pup will never be left unattended outside since I am always outside with the dogs. The patio will be used for potty breaks and for playing fetch, etc. I let the dogs out 4 to 6 times a day for potty breaks. Your pup is more than welcome lay on my couch during the day and sleep in bed with me at night. I have three wireless camera that allow me to keep an eye on the dogs while I’m at work.

I don’t charge extra for treats, bedtime snacks, peanut butter stuffed Kongs, one-on-one play time, cuddles, or belly rubs! I’ll treat your pup just like she’s/he’s is one of my own!

I have extra food/water bowls, crates, blankets, toys, etc. for your pup to use. I do ask that you bring your dog’s food, a non-retractable leash, a collar with ID tag, and any medications. I also encourage you to write out a detailed summary of your dog’s typical schedule, along with feeding instructions, for me to follow.

My charge is $35 per night per adult dog. I can watch adult dogs under 40 pounds and with special needs. I can make some exceptions for dogs over 40 pounds but it is a case by case decision. Dogs with moderate to low energy levels do best in my home. Your dog must be dog/cat friendly, spayed/neutered as well as up to date on vaccinations (proof from your vet required), as well as free from contagious diseases (i.e. kennel cough or worms). The number of dogs I have in my home varies from 5 to 12 dogs at one time- this number includes my own four dogs- but typically I have 5-8 dogs at one time.

Typical pick-up and drop-off time frames are between 7am-8:30am or 5:30pm-10pm. These times vary depending on my work schedule. In general I do not allow pick-ups or drop-offs before 7:00am or after 10:00pm.

If you prefer that I watch your dog exclusively (with no other guest dogs boarding in my home, just my own dogs) that can be arranged for $100 per night per dog. Please send me a message to request this custom service.

I understand that I am not the perfect fit for all dogs. Being a Dogvacay Community Mentor, I have met many wonderful DogVacay hosts in Chicago. I'm certain I can refer you to a host that is able to accommodate your pup’s individualized needs. Just send me a message. I'd be happy to refer you to another DogVacay Host.

I am also available to pick up and drop off your dog if needed for $10 each way with in a 4 mile radius. If you are outside of the 4 mile radius please contact me for pick up and drop off pricing. I'm happy to accommodate your needs.

I am comfortable caring for dogs with medical issues (require medication, blind, deaf, etc.) as well as behavior issues (food aggression, separation anxiety, general anxiety, etc.). Unfortunately I am unable to accommodate any dog with any contagious illnesses/condition.

I am Pet CPR certified by PetTech. In case of emergency I can drive your dog to the vet. I live about 1 mile from the closest vet's office and about 3 miles from the emergency vet.

If you’d like to book a reservation with me I encourage you to set up a meet & greet with me and my pets! I look forward to meeting you and your pup! Feel free to reach out to me if you have any questions.

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Can administer oral medicine
CPR / First-Aid certified
Can administer injected medicine
Post-surgical pets
Special Needs Accommodated
  • Pets that require medicine
  • Pets recovering from surgery
  • Aggressive behavior
  • Advanced senior issues
  • Not yet house-trained
  • Separation anxiety
  • Leash Pulling

Erica S.

129 Reviews
72 Repeat Guests
Other Sitters Nearby
  • Same day bookings are OK
  • Responds within 21 mins
  • Cancellation Policy:


  • Available
  • Unavailable
  • 1 Spot Left
  • Booked
  • Last updated March 28, 2017


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Services & Rates

Boarding Overnight At Erica's Home
$35 /night
  • Watches up to 4 dogs/night
  • Dogs may be unsupervised for more than 4 hours/day
  • 5+ potty breaks/day
  • 2 walks/day
  • Pets can sleep wherever they want
$25 /visit
  • Willing to travel 4 miles
$15 /bath
$10 each way
  • Willing to travel 4 miles
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129 Reviews
Erica was a great host and has a great place for dogs. Brosky had a great time and enjoyed the company of all the other dogs. I wouldn't hesitate to call her again the next time I needed a DogVacay
Erica was wonderful! From her quick response, arranging an easy drop off, constant pictures and updates. Maude was very happy in Erica's care and I would definitely recommend and use Erica's services again. Maude and I thank you, Erica!!
Erica is a great dogvacay host. She was very responsive and easy to coordinate with. She sent us pictures and videos of my dog during his stay with her. Would have my little man stay with her again when the need arises. I like that she has a closed in area for them to go outside, and that he can sleep wherever. He has separation anxiety when we are away from him, so I'm sure it helped him to have other dogs around, and to be able to sleep on the bed like he does at home.
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