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Irene H.

24 Reviews
6 Repeat Guests
Other Sitters Nearby
  • 3 days notice required for bookings
  • Responds within 5 hours
  • 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
List of Breeds Not Accepted
Pit Bull - Bull Terrier

Irene's House

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Large Yard
Smoke-free home
Pets allowed on furniture
Air-conditioned inside

About Irene

30 Years Experience Caring For Dogs
Welcome to Your Dog’s Best Friend!
Does your dog sleep in bed with you and snuggle on the couch? Well, he can do that at our house too!

We LOVE dogs! For almost 30 years since our kids were small we have taken care of friends’ dogs. Our three kids were always the happiest when they each had a canine pet to cuddle all night. We have taken care of everything from a Miniature Dachshund to a Newfoundland (which also slept in bed with us – I kid you not!!).

We had two dogs of our own: a Golden Retriever and a Boxer (who we adopted knowing he had cancer). Our own dogs were never kenneled – they went to Grandma’s when we were away. Sadly our two best friends left our hearts and our home empty when they died five weeks apart.

Your dog will feel like part of the family instantly. He will have free roam of our house, two walks per day, and endless pats. We live in a beautiful, quiet, old part of Oakville.

$10 EXTRA CHARGE is applied to puppies (under the age of 2);
$5 EXTRA CHARGE for X-Large breeds (over 90 pounds);
$10 EXTRA CHARGE for special needs and
$5 EXTRA CHARGE during holiday times.
*** Please note I do not take dogs that are LESS THAN 16 months old.
*** Please note I do not provide boarding for dogs that are NOT neutered.

If you have any questions, please feel free to contact us. We look forward to meeting you and your best friend soon!

“Dogs are not our whole life, but they make our lives whole.” – quote by Roger Caras
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Can administer oral medicine
Special Needs Accommodated
  • Pets recovering from surgery

Irene H.

24 Reviews
6 Repeat Guests
Other Sitters Nearby
  • 3 days notice required for bookings
  • Responds within 5 hours
  • Cancellation Policy:


  • Available
  • Unavailable
  • 1 Spot Left
  • Booked
  • Last updated February 13, 2017


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Services & Rates

Boarding Overnight At Irene's Home
$35 /night
  • Watches up to 4 dogs/night
  • Dogs may be unsupervised for 2 - 4 hours/day
  • Dogs will have full access outside for potty breaks
  • 2 walks/day
  • Pets can sleep wherever they want
Daycare At Irene's Home
$30 /day
  • Watches up to 4 dogs/day
$20 each way
  • Willing to travel 10 miles
24 Reviews
Our 11-year old Lab thoroughly enjoyed the love and care Irene provided during a 4 day vacay.
Irene is a true professional who responds quickly, understands dogs thoroughly, and is more than willing to go the extra step to ensure a comfortable visit.
You could not find a more loving and attentive dog sitter than Irene. She is extremely attentive to the dogs she watches. We loved all the pictures and messages she sent to us about our dog Scout while were away too. It was obvious that Scout was happy in Irene's home. Anytime in the future we need a sitter, Irene will be the first person we call. It made it so much easier to be away knowing our dog was receiving lots of attention and love.
We can thank you enough Irene !
Irene does an amazing job! She welcomes the dogs as part of her family and treats them like royalty. They get lots of love and attention on their Vacay and usually don't want to come home. I would highly recommend Irene to anyone who needs high quality pet care.

This is my first experience using a dog sitter outside my family. And it was great! Our dog Hunter cannot be crated so we always felt stuck. I came across DogVaCay online and read through a lot of reviews and felt Irene would be a good carer for Hunter.
Booking was simple, and Irene took the time to respond to all my questions, I like the fact that I had to fill out a questionnaire as it showed me that she is a caring person who enjoys doing what she does. When we met Irene it was very obvious she has a love for dogs and thoroughly loves doing what she does.
Hunter spent a litlle over a day and played with the other dogs in her care. He came home very tired and we are already looking at Irene looking after him again.
Thanks again Irene
Irene looked after our 17 month old Black Labrador and treated him like he was her own. Large yard for the dogs to enjoy. She really cares the dogs under her care and makes them feel right at home. I would highly recommend Irene. Paul D
We immediately felt confident from the moment we met Irene that our dog would be in excellent and loving hands!!! Thank you Irene!
We had our pet 8 years old Labrador, Scruffy over at Irene for the wekend. Anxious as we were, being the first time, I must say, Scruffy has found a new home and family that cares for him.

Truly wish to thank Irene and the family for taking care of Scruffy. Knowing our anxiety, regular updates with pictures of Scruffy were really comforting. Scruffy was a happy dog. All dietary and grooming details were taken care off.

From our family to Irene's family : A big thank you !

We have found a home form Scruffy and can now travel without any stress.
Our 2 dogs spent a wonderful week with Irene and her family. The pictures sent every day showed happy puppies being held and loved which is all we could asked for. Our babies came home happy, healthy and not stressed which made us super happy and relieved to know they had such a great time. Irene and her family are great Dog Sitters!!! I can't say enough nice things about her loving family!!!
Irene and her Family were very welcoming. Benjamin thoroughly enjoyed his visit and will be back.
Irene and her family were great. They made us feel very comfortable about leaving Sam there and he obviously was well cared for and had lots of attention. It was nice to feel that he was part of a family while we were away.
Irene was amazing with Shep! He loved his stay and i felt that i could fully trust Irene and her family to take great care of him :)
Irene was very accommodating with our dog's needs (dietary and medications). She kept us up to date frequently while we were away overseas. Irene and her family took excellent care of our dog in and out of the house. We truly felt at ease having our dog with Irene and we would recommend her, as well as we would consider her for our future boarding needs. Thank you!
Abby absolutely LOVED staying with Irene, so much so that I think she was actually disappointed when she came home!

Thank you so much Irene for looking after our Abby. We were grateful to receive your email updates daily while we were on vacation.

Will definitely keep her with you again!
Irene was great and Pelos was happy! Thanks
Jolene, our 4 year old Whippet was in the best hands with Irene and her family. I was concerned that she will be nervous and not eat properly, as happened every time when she was left in boarding, and particularly as we left her for a long period of time. Irene loving nature, caring interest and knowledge in dogs just showed that Jolene was very well cared for and had a happy stay.

We were particularly happy because we constantly received updates and photos for our reassurance so we enjoyed our vacation with no worries, felling secure that Jolene was comfortable and being shown great affection.

I would highly recommend Irene for any dog sitting opportunity to anyone looking for a caring host.
Layla - our 9 yr. old golden retriever had an excellent stay with Irene and her husband over 4 days in April. She came back home her "usual" self - which is very important to us as she is getting older and also important because it reflects on the care and the environment that she would have received.
Irene and her husband welcomed us and layla into their homes and it was very evident that they deeply care for the animals that come into their home. I am grateful to have found you, Irene! :)
It was the first time we left our puppy anywhere for vacation. Irene and her husband were the perfect family to leave Rocky with! They took such amazing care of him and his anxiety issues - he was completely at home with them and met lots of friends. We got regular emails and picture updates which made it so comforting for us as we missed him. They really love dogs and treated him as their own. I know next time we wont even worry because it will be like vacation for him too and he just loves them and being there!
Irene and her family provided very friendly, and knowledgeable care for our dog in their home - which was very comforting for us. Irene took a genuine interest in wanting to understand her habits and individual needs.

We would not hestitate to recommend and use her services again. Thanks Irene!
Our puppy spent over a week at Irene's and she had the time of her life.
Irene and her family took great care of our girl. They provided a loving and caring home whilst we were away.
Irene was so kind to send us photo updates and kept us in the loop.

I'm sure our dog will happily return to Irene's.
Our dogs had awesome experience with Irene!
We had to board our two dogs - a Great Dane and an English Bulldog- on short notice, and she took them in without any problem. While we were away, she sent us pictures of how they were doing, which I think is important to an anxious dog parent like I am. Irene and her husband Frank are very friendly and one can tell how much they love dogs. After we had picked our pups up we noticed how exhausted they were, which is a great thing, because my Dane gets hyper during the day. He slept all day after his vacation at Irene's!
THANKS Irene for being veteran dog caregiver extraordinaire!! Without time for an official meet 'n greet, even speaking over the phone with you, it was evident that you were experienced & knowledgeable. You are indeed most capable. Additionally, your welcoming hospitality and relaxed, yet attentive interaction, made for a joyful, at ease vacation for our dog, Chester, and for us, as we entrusted him to you. It was fun to get updates and bonus that he found a new buddy in your equally skilled and attentive husband!
Irene and her entire family were awesome with our beautiful bully. He was so comfortable and happy when we went to pick him up, we know that he was well taken care of and most importantly loved and spoiled while on his puppy vacation. Thank you so much!!
Seven out of five stars, at least!
Irene and her family are true dog lovers! And they clearly have plenty of experience and 'dog skills'.
Pet vacationers are treated like house guests (maybe better!), and receive full time attention, affection and entertainment.
Our German short haired pointer came home happy and relaxed - no signs of stress like he has when he boards.
We met several prospective 'hosts' prior to meeting Irene and have to say her style and attitude were notches above others. Her home is clean and bright and very pet friendly!
Don't hesitate - book her now, if she has room!

Irene - time to bump your rates! You're worth it!

Thanks again! Bazil can't wait to come back!

Irene took wonderful care of our Boston Terrier, Max, while we were away for Christmas.
It was such a relief to know that he was being well looked after and loved over this time.
She really put my mind at ease and definitly made Max feel at home!
I got regular photos and updates, which were very much appreciated.
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