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Elena W.

35 Reviews
24 Repeat Guests
Other Sitters Nearby
  • Same day bookings are OK
  • Responds within 2 hours
  • Cancellation Policy:

Pet Requirements

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

Elena's Resident Pets

Border Collie
7 yr 1 mo old

Elena's Townhome

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

About Elena

15 Years Experience Caring For Dogs

If only you could spoil your kids this much...your pups can stay where they're most comfortable...home!


I am an animal LOVER, as I'm sure most of us on here are! Having a fur baby of my own - who is my WORLD - I know what it's like to want to make sure your pup is being taken care of while you're away.

I am a young professional who grew up in the Northern Virginia area before going to school at Old Dominion University where I earned a Bachelor in Professional Writing & Document Design, a Bachelor in Public Relations & Corporate Communication, and a Master in Public Administration.



In addition to being a long-time animal owner and care-taker of 10+ years, I have volunteered with HART, Lucky Dog Animal Rescue, Homeward Trails, Reach Out and Rescue Resources, Fancy Cats, and a few more local rescues. I adopted my own pup from the SPCA.

Having done this so long, I do not require a meet and greet to book a stay. I've found that you never really know how a dog will truly act in your home until their actual visit when mom and dad aren't around and I've never come across anything totally bizarre or atypical that I haven't seen before or that I haven't been able to handle. It's also hard to remember everything we talked about in our meeting and keeping one lab or beagle straight with another (even with regular clients) so I rely heavily on written instructions you bring with you at drop-off. Please do, however, notify me if your dog has any aggression issues so that my own dog is safe and so that I can avoid overlapping a booking with another client.

That being said, I am happy to schedule one out of courtesy to my clients so that they can see where their pup will be staying.

I am the constant, responsible, reliable sitter you've been looking for. Whatever your or your pet's needs are, I will do my best to accommodate them. I even have some helpful tools of the trade including calming and tracking collars, plenty of extra toys, dog beds, and bowls and more so that you don't have to worry about bringing anything but food, care instructions, and your pup! I take my job very seriously and have only ever had to make an emergency cancellation ONCE in my entire 10-year history of sitting - and even then made alternate arrangements with a friend on their behalf.

PLEASE NOTE: I do charge by day as opposed to night as well as additional fees for busy holidays (Memorial Day, Labor Day, 4th of July, Thanksgiving, Christmas, New Years, etc). DogVacay provides your quote from a sitters base fee but does not account for all pay structures. While I do my best to stick to this quote as closely as possible, final quotes are subject to change based on factors such as drop off and pick up times. Please indicate the approximate time you plan to drop off and pick up and keep in mind that huge changes to those times are subject to additional fees.



My smoke-free, dog-loving home offers your pup a welcoming environment to stay in while you're away! The back yard is fully encased by a 6 foot wooden privacy fence so your pup will always have a place to play and run around outdoors leash-free!

I live on a cul-de-sac in a very pet friendly, quiet neighborhood. There's not a lot of traffic on my street so walks are always a pleasant experience even for the most timid of pups.

I created this video walk through at an old residence I used to live in so it's not my current place and I've updated some of the furnishings (i.e. I now have a couch instead of futons for example) so a lot has changed and I haven't had a chance to update it. But you may be interested in watching it anyway to get an idea of where your pup would be staying! :)



Gromit is a very sweet-natured dog who loves other pups, though by enlarge, he's very much a beta dog (and can be on the shy side) which makes him the perfect companion for the more timid of fur babies. Every once in a while if a dog is very excited or hyper he'll let out a little 'leave me alone' growl but wouldn't harm a fly and typically gets over it very quickly.

He ignores cats, but likes to romp around with his puppy pals.

He is always up to date on all shots and preventative care.



Yes, and I have done so in the past including pills, eye-drops, shots, and creams.


Thanks for reading. I look forward to working with you!
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Can administer oral medicine
Can administer injected medicine
Special Needs Accommodated
  • Pets recovering from surgery
  • Leash Pulling
  • Advanced senior issues

Elena W.

35 Reviews
24 Repeat Guests
Other Sitters Nearby
  • Same day bookings are OK
  • Responds within 2 hours
  • Cancellation Policy:


  • Available
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  • 1 Spot Left
  • Booked
  • Last updated January 30, 2017


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Services & Rates

Boarding Overnight At Elena's Home
$35 /night
  • Watches up to 4 dogs/night
  • Dogs may be unsupervised for 2 - 4 hours/day
  • 3-4 potty breaks/day
  • 3+ walks/day
  • Pets can sleep wherever they want
House Sitting Overnight At Your Home
$60 /night
  • Dogs may be unsupervised for more than 4 hours/day
  • Willing to travel 15 miles
Dog Walking
$20 /half-hour
$35 /hour
  • Willing to travel 13 miles
$20 /visit
  • Willing to travel 15 miles
$30 /min
$50 /max
$25 /bath
$5 each way
  • Willing to travel 15 miles
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35 Reviews
Elena was a great host to Paige!
Elena is so sweet and accommodating. I felt totally comfortable having Paige with her and would definitely use her again!
Elena is always super good with Luna. We've booked with her several times and each time Luna comes home happy. She's been very flexible and reliable. We would recommend her to anyone looking for a loving place for their pup(s) to stay!
This was Gunner's second stay with Elena and her husband. She is always great with sending pictures of our dog to keep us in the loop. Gunner has come home a happy dog thus far :) .
We have used Elena many times, and she is our go to host when Rook needs a sitter. She does an excellent job looking after him.
Elena was absolutely amazing. She went above and beyond to take care of our little baby boy Cassius. I could not be happier with her responsiveness, professionalism, attention to customer service, caring personality, wonderful home and the overall experience. I highly recommend her to anyone looking to utilize applicable pet services!
I think my dog had a good stay but I think Elena is taking way too many dogs. My dog's bed was destroyed and she had no idea how it happened or which dog did it and gave no apology.
Elena was incredibly patient with and kind to my sometimes anxious dog, Franklin! He had a total blast and slept for several hours once he got home! I highly recommend Elena, who was also very understanding of my travel issues that made me late for pickup. This was a comprehensively great experience and we hope to see Elena again! Frank misses her already!
Elena is very kind and flexible. I am happy to have someone I trust to be able to watch my fur baby :) Thanks Elena!
Elena did a great job. 5 stars
Elena did a great job with Ollie. There were two other dogs there and that meant he had a lively and fun weekend. I'll certainly use Elena again. Carolyn McDonald
Elena was very responsive and helpful. Quincy was treated well.
Elena did an awesome job taking care of our dog!
Elena was great with our shy dog and very responsive to communications. She also sent update pictures throughout the stay. Will book again!
Super dog-friendly home where I felt comfortable having my dog for a long stay.
I had to find a place for my Maggie last minute (literally 11 pm the night before) to stay and Elena answered within 20 minutes of my message to her. She had another dog staying as well that Maggie absolutely loved. Elena sent pictures and videos throughout the week of Maggie and not once was I concerned about Maggie's happiness or well being. I got her back safe and sound knowing she had a great week with Elena!
Elena took great care of my large German Shepherd. She texted me pix and updates of him each day. Her yard is fenced in which is great because since my dog tends to run off after cars. Very personable demeanor and easy to coordinate with. Will be booking with her again soon!
Elena always takes good care of our pug Sushi. Sushi seems to make herself right at home as soon as we drop her off! We're sad Elena is moving to Chantilly, but will use her when we can!
Thank you Elena, for taking good care of Rocky! He clearly felt very comfortable at your house and settled right in. I didn't worry about leaving him because I knew he was in good hands, and had Gromit to keep him company. :) It was easy to arrange the details of his stay--we will definitely be bringing Rocky back to stay with you!
Elena was a fabulous sitter and did a great job making my dog feel comfortable. She was able to deal with his initial aggressive behavior and calmed him down. She was also very flexible. I will be using Elena the next time we need a dog sitter! Thanks so much!!
Elena was an excellent host to Honey. She is very kind and soft spoken with her canine guests. Carl Landow
I'll admit I was very nervous to drop off Maizey before our vacation, we had left her with friends before and I worried the entire time. However, Elena was very friendly and communicative and I didn't have any anxiety about Maizey's care/well being the entire time I was gone. I knew she was enjoying interacting with other pups and figuring out how to handle being around a cat (not to mention getting attention from any human in the house). I would definitely have Maizey vacation with Elena again! Thank you for being awesome!
We had a cancelation just a few days before Thanksgiving, and Elena graciously agreed to watch our dogs on short notice while we were out of town.

We have a senior dog that needs special care and a 2-year-old pup who can be rambunctious.

Elena handled both dogs very well. She easily coordinated pickup and drop-off and sent us pictures of the dogs daily.

The split level house offers a large room for dogs on the basement level. The room connects via a sliding glass door to a small backyard where the dogs can go potty.

All in all, it was a very good first Dog Vacay experience for us. Thanks Elena!
Cosmo had a great time with Elana last summer for a week. She kept in touch with us daily, and we felt comfortable leaving our pup with her. About to book her for another trip!
Another GREAT stay with Elena - thank you for providing such great care for our Roxy. We love the texts, pictures, and videos of her having such a good time as well. It's wonderful to know she is in caring hands while we were away.
Rainey had a great visit with Alana. She enjoyed playing with the other dogs and slept the entire day after we got home!
Alana and her dog Grommit were wonderful and loving hosts for our dog Roxy. It was great to get messages and photos each day of Roxy looking happy and relaxed while we were away. Knowing Roxy would be in good hands made it so much easier to enjoy our family vacation - thanks, Alana!
Alana was a pleasure to work with and was able to take Sunny before our beach vacation/work travel. Unfortunately, there was a terrible incident with her cat that caused Sunny to have to be relocated for the remainder of the trip. Alana watched Sunny until a replacement could be located and coordinated with the new host for pick up, etc. I am grateful to Alana for this.
Alanna is a sweetheart who took great care of our nervous Rottie. Thank you for letting us be away knowing that he was in great hands!!
I am very pleased with how Alana took care of our precious Springer Spaniel, Lady. Lady had a blast, and I would definitely trust Alana with any pet-sitting needs in the future. Alana sent us pictures and videos while we were gone, and I felt very comfortable knowing she was well cared for. Lady misses Alana, and she is looking forward to the next time we leave town!
Lady is very old and very spoiled!! Alana has been a blessing and I wouldn't leave Lady with anyone else!!!!!! She gets a 5+
Alana to great care of my 3 month old puppy. I can tell she had a blast. She was completely exhausted and slept most of the night after her return home.
Alana was very welcoming to our dear Alex. She was also quick to respond to all of my texts checking in on him. She included a picture for me almost every time she responded. It was very comforting while we were traveling. I would recommend her to others. Our only complaint was that he had just started antibiotics and she never gave them to him.

Alex came home quite tired and a bit confused being this was the first time he stayed with anyone other than us. By the next morning he was his old happy self.
Quincy had a great time with Alana and Gromit! Alana was on time for everything (meet and greet, drop off, pick up) and sent us pictures while we were gone that showed us what a good time Quincy was having. Alana is clearly a great dog person.
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