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Ariel D.

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35 Reviews
20 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
Must Be Vaccinated
List of Breeds Not Accepted
Yorkshire Terrier

Ariel's Resident Pets

Waffle Pawz (Cat)
Not known
2 yr 0 mo old
Captain Monocles III (Cat)
1 yr 11 mo old
Pawl Salmon (Cat)
0 yr 9 mo old
Other Pets & Animals: Cats

Ariel's Apartment

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

About Ariel

7 Years Experience Caring For Dogs
*Need boarding for an animal that's not a dog? Talk to me about custom pricing on other furry friends!*

I'm incredibly accommodating!
Have an early or late drop off/pick up time? No problem!
Going to be late for your drop off/pick up? Still no problem!

Our home:
We live in a ground floor studio apartment, so we are easily accessible and the dogs will always be near. We have a handy gate that goes around the front door so your pup won't be able to dash out the door to the pizza man!
We have a wonderful private gated backyard. It's complete with a deck and a 5ft+ wooden privacy fence!
I still stand out and monitor the dogs while they're out in the yard, and poop gets picked up right away! Your dog will get plenty of potty breaks and exercise! But I will also make sure your dog will get walks if requested!
Your dog will also get to free roam the house, so it'll feel like a second home and not a kennel.
About me:
I moved to Chicago from Iowa back in April 2015. I used to work in daycare but now I am a freelance/stay at home artist/model.
My boyfriend and I are huge animal lovers. We have three cats. They had never been around dogs until I started with Dogvacay, but now that we have dogs here so often you would never know! They'll give the dogs a hiss if they feel uncomfortable, and they have a lot of places they can retreat to if they feel overwhelmed! We do ask that all animals be "cat friendly".
My boyfriend is a freelance carpenter, but he helps me with the animals on nights, weekends, and days off.

I do require that when your pet is of age they be vaccinated and flea treated, this is for the protection of any other pets in the home. I also require pets to be neutered when they come of age, or if they are still intact they do not mark or have aggression issues. This once again is for the safety of other animals and property.

Your pet will also come home with a craft and some homemade dog treats!

My prices are flexible, I'm in this for the animals more than the money.

So please message me if you have any questions!
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Can administer oral medicine
Special Needs Accommodated
  • Pets recovering from surgery
  • Separation anxiety
  • Leash Pulling
  • Not yet house-trained

Ariel D.

Online Now!
35 Reviews
20 Repeat Guests
Other Sitters Nearby
  • Same day bookings are OK
  • Responds within 10 minutes
  • Cancellation Policy:


  • Available
  • Unavailable
  • 1 Spot Left
  • Booked
  • Last updated February 20, 2017


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Services & Rates

Boarding Overnight At Ariel's Home
$30 /night
  • Watches up to 2 dogs/night
  • Dogs will never be left unattended
  • 5+ potty breaks/day
  • 3+ walks/day
  • Pets can sleep wherever they want
Daycare At Ariel's Home
$20 /day
  • Watches up to 3 dogs/day
$15 /bath
35 Reviews
Ariel is a sweetheart and connects with your dog like it's her own! It was my first time leaving our 3mo puppy with someone for daycare, and I can't say enough good things. She is completely flexible on times, sends picture updates throughout the day, and gives him the personal attention he deserves. I trust her completely and couldn't be happier about having this option for our little fur baby. Thank you SO much!
Ariel is absolutely fantastic with Monty! He loves going to see her and we have comfort knowing he is well taken care of
I was worried when I had to book an emergency trip home to Atlanta over Thanksgiving to help take care of a sick family member. My regular dog sitter had plans, and most of the professional boarding places were already fully booked. I came across Ariel, and she sweetly agreed to watch my pup for me. And I am SOOOOO glad she did! My dog has suffered from separation anxiety in the past, but Ariel did such an amazing job of making her feel welcome and comfortable in her home. I received daily updates about how she was doing and loved seeing pictures of her hanging out with Ariel's cats! When I picked her up, she was happy and seemed to have had a great time. Ariel even sent the cutest goodie bag home with us, complete with a toy, craft, and a hand-drawn card with my doggy's face on it. I cannot rave enough about Ariel or how lucky we were to find her! If you're looking for someone who genuinely loves animals and takes high-quality care of them, look no further. We definitely look forward to using Ariel again in the future.
As always, she's wonderful. That is why we use her repeatedly! Harper even knows when I am packing his bag for his vacay with Ariel! She is accessible, kind, and understanding. I always recommend her. I also suggest using her if you want your dog to get used to cats! She works from home, so she can monitor their play. Plus, her cats are pretty chill. Now Harper loves all cats and wants to cuddle them all; instead of thinking they're a squirrel! Def recommend 100% Ariel and her bf and her kitties!
Ariel is absolutely wonderful. I have no worries when she's watching my dog, who always comes back a better, calmer dog! Ariel is accommodating, understanding, and was confident to take on my dog when she was a crazy puppy at 4 mo or curious "teen" at 1 year. Sends updates and is always responsive. Couldn't ask for better!
Ariel was wonderful! It is obvious that all of the animals she cares for are very happy and very well loved. Our dog had a fantastic weekend with Ariel and her other animals. Our pup has separation anxiety and can have issues with eliminating in the house when we're not home, but since she was constantly surrounded by new friends at Ariel's she had NO issues! Ariel goes above and beyond, and we can't wait to have ZiZi visit her again!
First I'd like to say that Ariel was very accommodating. I booked with her the night before I was going out of town and I had no one to watch my 3 month old Dobe. I let her know that she was still going through potty/crate training, and also that she may have some issues with separation anxiety, but there was not a thing she didn't handle. She also sent me updates everyday with pictures, which I really appreciated. She even gave my pup a to-go baggie, which I thought was very sweet. I think she's pretty awesome.
Harper always comes back happy!!
Once again Ariel (and her sweet bf) hosted my precious boy! I was away for TWO WEEKS and she sent me pictures nearly everyday! She is very kind and understanding: Harper loves to go with her and is sad to leave! I always recommend her. If your pup loves other pups, this is the place to go for a vacay with other friends! She always seems to have a crew!
Once again Ariel is so great! I am always happy to have Harper return to her while I am away! She and her boyfriend are so great to him. He always comes back happy and tired: two things I love to see when he comes home! She is so great that she is watching him long term for me!
Ariel is doing a great job with my Frenchie puppy and as an attorney with a quickly changing travel schedule Ariel has been very flexible. I've already booked her again!
Ariel did a great job with my pup! She kept me updated through out the day with text and pictures. Will use her service again.
Ariel was amazing! She was super flexible with our situation. I had to go out of town to a funeral and was not to sure on solid time hacks. My pup looks to have had a blast! She is sleeping now just after we picked her up. I will book with Ariel again! Ps Pika came home with a goody bag full of pawsome art!
This was an extension to an existing reservation. See my glowing review of Ariel on my next post!
Corky's stay at Ariel's home was a success! Ariel was very flexible as my travel plans changed and was always very responsive which I appreciated as a nervous first time DogVacay user. I welcomed the daily updates with pictures and anecdotes of Corky's status. When I picked him up, she even sent him home with a cute bag with homemade treats, a cute card with a portrait of Corky and toys! I will definitely look up Ariel in the future.
Ariel was fantastic. My pup came home relaxed and happy. We will definetely book again!
Ariel was awesome! She took really good care of our Doggy, and even left him with a gift bag of treats at the end. I would have expected to pay much more for the type of service we received. Thank you Ariel!
Ariel was an awesome sitter for our Percy! She took him in on short notice AND watched him for 5 days! I received a daily photo update of Percy and it looked like he was having a blast. I would definitely recommend Ariel for your pet sitting needs.
Ariel was so wonderful! She was extremely accommodating and even personalized a little bag for raleigh for her return. She never bothered us once on vacation and when I reached out to her to check on our dog, she responded immediately. Our pup was so calm and well behaved after we picked her up. A clear sign of playtime good times with the other pups Ariel was watching! Will definitely use her again. Thanks Ariel! :)
Ariel was absolutely fantastic!!
I was very nervous leaving my young puppy; Monty with anyone because he was so small. I had a situation where I had to go out of town, so I did some research and found Ariel. I honestly cannot say enough about her, she was absolutely fantastic with Monty. I was anxious the day I left him for the first time but as soon as I met Ariel, I felt completely at ease leaving little Monty with her. She kept in great communication with photos and messages. I can tell that Monty was very well taken care of. I had such a lovely experience with Ariel that I will definitely be leaving Monty in Ariel's care again.
My pooch was very happy at Ariel's. Lots of toys, a cat (or two?), and sometimes another dog - my dog was sad to leave all the fun and excitement. -B
Ariel was super nice and flexible. Buddy had a great time playing with the other guests and was exhausted when he got home. I loved the handmade thank you card and homemade treats!!
Ariel and Walt are amazing! Ariel is very flexible with drop off and pick up times and I never have to wait for a response. She has a yard which my dogs loved and she took such great care of them. She even sent them home with the cutest Mother's Day cards for me and homemade treats. We will definitely ask her to host again and in fact, already booked her for this weekend.
Ariel is wonderful! This was my first time using a sitter and I was a bit aprehensive, but Ariel put me at ease! She updated me daily with photos and/or videos of my Medusa and also provided me with details about her stay. Ariel is very flexible with pickup/drop-off time as well. I highly recommend her and will definitely use her as a sitter in the future! You are fantstic, Ariel!
Ariel was awesome as usual! Both my dog and cat always have such a great time with her. We also get plenty of pictures while away. She's amazing!
Ariel has been the best! She has watched my dog MJ several times, and MJ loves going there every time I go out-of-town.

Ariel is extremely friendly and flexible and is very communicative during the stay. She sends lots of pictures, and awesome goodies!
Ariel was the best! She was extremely flexible with my crazy travel schedule, sent consistent pictures and event sent Napoleon home with a new toy, new treats a car and a special keepsake. She went above and beyond taking care of my fur baby and I would highly recommend her and would certainly use her again!
Ariel was wonderful! She took great care of Lola and gave her lots of attention and love. She didn't mind that Lola slept in the bed with her. She has the perfect fully fenced backyard so Lola could not escape which she tends to do at my house. Ariel is home almost all day which is great for a dog that needs lots of attention. I will definately send Lola here for vacation again! Oh, Ariel, also went the extra mile and sent me updates/photos often; she also sent Lola home with a new toy and some healthy homemade peanut butter treats.. Awesome experience for my first time using the service.
Ariel was AWESOME!!! She sent pictures and was extremely accommodating! Even sent the animals home with a treat!!! I will definitely be using her again!
It was a short stay: unfortunately and unexpectedly my normally sweet dog behave aggressively towards Ariel's cats. I was out of country and couldn't assist much in solving the problem. Ariel asked DogVacay for help to find a new host, which resulted in a success. Long story short, people show their true qualities in stressful situations, and Ariel handled the emergency promptly and efficiently.
Ariel is a great host. You was very flexible with my schedule. She allowed early drop off and late pick up, even with a last minute reservation. Her location is very convenient and a easy find. Most importantly my pup Roman had a great stay. We are planning for more days in the future. Thanks Ariel.
Ariel took amazing care of my 2 Boston Terriers for a week. They came home happy and healthy. She even made Christmas ornaments with them and sent them home! Moxie is 12 years old and can be crabby and she even had him snuggling and playing. I can't express enough what a great experience it was and relief to have someone who knows pets that you can trust watching them.
Ariel was great! This was our 4 month old pup's first time away from us and she had a great time. We felt comfortable leaving her with Ariel and look forward to having her stay with Ariel again in the future!
Ariel was great! I had to go out of town for a soccer tournament, and I was not sure my dates/times when I would be able to pick up and drop off Harper. She was so sweet and flexible! Ariel also works from home, so my needy lil guy was able to be with her 24/7 while away from me! It made me feel more at ease for his first stay away from home. Harper takes a lot of patience and she was understanding and he warmed up to her surprisingly fast! I got picture updates and word on how he was doing. He was very happy when I picked him up, and I am so grateful!
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