David is great. Reilly’s visit was fit for a king! He is treated as one of the family and truly enjoys his time away from home and looks forward to his next visit.
Our dog Jack loved the walks and the large fenced area. He felt right at home. We also enjoyed getting text message updates on how he was enjoying his stay.
David and family are always the best!
I couldn’t be happier with the 24/7 care and attention my lovable but needy dog received from David and Kathy. Thank you!
Another vacation where our two puppies clearly had more fun than we did!
Dave and Kathy welcomed our Sammy Yuki as if she were part of the family. We received pictures and updates daily. She enjoyed running in their large fenced area and received lots of TLC. We will use them again. Shelley and Gary R
Alice can be a bit skittish and they worked very calmly and steadfastly with her. She was clearly very relaxed with them when we arrived to pick her up. Plus, they showered us with pictures. They have a large fenced area, plus 6 cleared acres + 6 additional acres, a pond, a pool. Everything a little labby could want. I highly recommend them! And, believe me, not just anyone is allowed to keep our pup. It’s a bit out of the way for us, but we will definitely go back.
Another worry-free vacation for me because Dooley was in such wonderful hands with David and Kathy! Daily updates with great pictures were the norm. They very thoughtfully asked when would be good times to text updates as we were traveling a few time zones away. This is Dooley’s home away from home. His hound dog nose was always busy in the HUGE enclosure and in the vast surrounding acreage. I’m surprised he came home willingly!
David and Kathy provided great care to our german shepherd during his week-long stay. Daily updates and pictures showed us what a good time he had. He came home happy and tired – a great ending to vacation!
David provided a great stay for Spencer. Nice area and nice hosts. Thanks David!
We feel lucky to have found David. Reilly thrived while we were away. David sent photos everyday to show how Reilly was doing. He looked very happy in every photo and looked like he was not even missing us, which is how I want it to be. Loved all the space at David’s and enjoyed being outside in the dog run. We will definitely use David again should the need arise. Thank you for taking such good care of Reilly for us.
David and Kathy are really kind and genuinely caring individuals. Our German Shepherd was well cared for and given lots of special attention to make her feel comfortable and at home during her four-day stay. They have a very secure play area and a clean, comfortable home. Most importantly they were responsive to our queries and sent lots of great photos to put us at ease. We would definitely come back for another stay.
I was surprised my dog was willing to leave after his fabulous 4 days with David and Kathy! We were all warmly welcomed at drop-off and pick-up and received many updates, including photos, during Dooley’s stay. Dooley was very well-cared for and was treated as part of David’s and Kathy’s family. The HUGE dog run was perfect and safe for Dooley to run and play in. David and Kathy are clearly huge animal lovers and provide a safe, warm, and loving environment for their four-legged guests. They were flexible regarding drop-off and pick-up and their communication was excellent throughout the entire process. I am already making plans to have Dooley stay with them again and know I will not have a thing to worry about as he will be in excellent hands.
The peace of mind — and super cute photos — that came with having the pups stay with David and Kathy was priceless. Our two dogs came home healthy, happy and tired!
We don’t trust our pit mix with just anyone. But we knew after doing a meet and greet with Dave and Kathy that we could trust them to take good care of Tug. Dave and Kathy have a great set up for dogs, take dog sitting seriously and clearly love animals. We were able to relax while we were away, knowing our guy was in great hands. Dave and Kathy tailor the boarding experience to each dog’s needs and maintain open and consistent communication so that owners can rest easy and stay apprised when necessary about how their dog is doing. We live in Alexandria and have boarding options much closer to home. Nonetheless, it was a no brainer to drive almost an hour each way to Dave’s. No question we will be repeat customers.
Excellent! David and Kathy are very caring hosts and provided an outstanding setting and environment for Ashby. This is the second time Ashby has stayed with them and enjoyed their hospitality. It’s very obvious when I picked her up after her stay there that she had fun and was extremely happy there. David sent pictures and updates daily showing Ashby playing and having a good time. It’s so nice knowing that Ashby is in a good place and having fun while I am away.
David and Kathy were wonderful host parents to our dog over New Year’s! Sparky is a rather finicky Jack-Russell mix, and we were not happy with a dog daycare that he’d stayed at in the past; we were also worried about homes that had resident dogs that were bigger than him. David and Kathy really made Sparky a part of their family while he was there. We really appreciated them spoiling him and keeping him entertained! They also sent us periodic photographic updates, which really was nice to have. Next time, we hope the weather is good enough for Sparky to enjoy their great outdoors!
Finn had a great time. Lots of outdoor time and I got daily updates and photos. Would use them again and recommend them. Thanks!!
Simply said…. David and Kathy were wonderful!! It was a pleasure for us and our Maggie to get to know them before our visit. We chatted and visited the property so Maggie could acquaint herself. Maggie loved David and Kathy from the beginning! When we dropped her off for her Vacay, Maggie was so comfortable with Kathy she beat her into the house when we dropped her off. (Maggie is very much a homebody and I’ve never seen her so free to go with someone!) Then we received texts and pictures a couple times a day! We had a fantastic holiday with no worries about my 9yr old Golden…. very hard to come by! We will feel much more comfortable planning vacations, knowing we have somewhere Maggie loves and feels so comfortable vacationing herself!! THANK YOU DAVID AND KATHY!!!
David was awesome! He provided what we would consider some of the best customer service we have ever experienced. Our dog Cabet warmed up to him immediately. David will treat your pet as if it were a member of his family. His property is beautiful and will be more than enough room for any pet. Lastly, David truly came to the rescue at the end of trip. Upon arriving to Dulles during a Northern Virginia sleet storm we learned that we had a two hour wait for a cab. After calling David and informing him we would be late because this, he picked us up at the airport. He even brought our pet, and all his belongings. We will use him again!
We had a wonderful experience with David, he proved to be a lifesaver for our last-minute weekend away. He agreed to take Veda in without a meet n greet even though we warned him Veda is a high-energy, mischievous dog. When we dopped her off, we left her playing happily with David and his family – I don’t even think she noticed we were leaving. David kept us updated throughout the weekend with pictures, which we really appreciated. On Sunday we picked up a tired, happy, and miraculously well-behaved dog. We will definitely be calling David again next time we go out of town!
5 stars David and Kathy took such good care of our very active 9-month old chocolate lab Angie for six days. She got a lot of attention including walks, playtime, and affection. She was in a safe environment, too. She was sitting in the sun with David when we came to pick her up. She was glad to see us, but did not jump up on us. Wow! We knew we needed some work on this jumping problem because she is going to get a lot bigger. We will attempt to continue this behavior. The 45 minute drive home was so peaceful. Angie was well behaved in contrast to our drive to the host’s house when she kept pushing into the front seat getting all over us, trying to look out the front window, begging for food, and just about going through the front window of our SUV. She was like a different dog driving home. But still our friendly, happy, mischievous puppy! Also, David and Kathy had all of our puppy’s belongings clean, organized, and ready to go. Our puppy had a vacation just like us.
As usual, Jasper had a wonderful time here, and was very well looked after and cared for.
I had a hard time finding a “temporary foster home” for my boy. David was awesome! He took the time to get to know Bruno at our meet and greet. Great communication and wonderful pictures of my doggy having lots of exercise and lots of fun! I actually think Bruno was a little sad to come home!
AWESOME family!!!! I cannot imagine my girls being in better hands than David and Kathy’s. Their home is amazing and they took so many beautiful photos making it easier on me to be away from my pups. Both of my girls were happy to see me but I could tell they had a great time. I will definitely be taking them back to David and Kathy’s in the future! Thank you so much!!!! ~The Melendez Family
Dave and his wife did an awesome job watching over our Lexi! He sent us pictures the very first night showing us how she had settled in, and continued to send more pictures of what she was up to all day (mainly frisbee – her favorite!). There was another friendly dog that he was boarding at the same time and since they both got along well he let them play together which we loved to see! Lexi is a high energy breed, and finding someone who wants to watch a high energy breed can be hard to find. With that being said, you could tell Dave drained that energy all weekend long, which my husband and I greatly appreciated! You can tell Dave and his wife enjoy watching dogs and having them in their home. If you want your dog on a vacation when you are…Dave is your guy!
Outstanding! David and Kathy are very delightful and you can tell immediately they are compassionate pet lovers. They have the ideal setup with a large property for the dogs to explore, and a large fenced in area for their safety. I couldn’t have felt more at ease with leaving my dog with them. I will book all my future pet sitting needs with them.
David was terrific. I have a young dog, recently adopted from a shelter, who needed extra attention. David provided that and kept me updated throughout the weekend.
David and Kathy are terrific dog people — they take great care of the guest dogs. Their home and property are beautiful and well-kept — it’s a really nice environment for a dog. Being able to leave our Golden Retriever with David and Kathy (first time she had ever stayed away from home) gave us the peace of mind to enjoy our trip without worrying about our pet!
Jasper had a wonderful time with a very caring family who looked after him as one of their own. We will certainly use David C again. Highly recommended!
Our dogs came home happy, healthy, clean, and tired! We appreciated all the text and photo updates. The dogs seemed right at home when we arrived to pick them up. They enjoyed playing in the large fenced area and taking nature hikes through the property. We will definitely reserve with David again.
Magnolia did not want to come home. She had the best time, and we will definitely schedule another vacation for her. David was so nice to send emails and pictures of her while we were away. This is the best boarding we have ever experienced.
Excellent service and communication! Beautiful yard and plenty of exercise; Nell was tired out when she got hom. Would definitely use again!
David and his wife were absolutely wonderful! Our Aussie was very well taken care of, got lots of exercise, and came home tired and happy. 🙂 We really appreciated all of the photo updates! Will definitely reach out to David again in the future!
Our 2-year German Shepherd had a wonderful stay with David and his wife Kathy. Cody can be a little skittish and wary of strangers, but he liked David right away. David took him for daily walks in the woods and Cody got to play with his favorite toys in the very large fenced backyard. David sent us many pictures and notes showing Cody having a wonderful time in our absence. We tried boarding Cody at a kennel once before and didn’t like it. We are so happy to have found DogVacay and David. We will definitely leave Cody with him again for our next trip.
David and his wife are awesome! They took really good care of my dog while I was out of town. They made her feel at home and she had lots of play time. They have a large fenced yard that my dog loved to run and play in. It was definitely a good home away from home for her. I will be taking my dog to them any time I go on vacation and will recommend them to all of my friends!
David and Kathy are EXCELLENT hosts, and I’m so glad I brought my dog to stay with them! Paxton is usually pretty stuck on me, so I was expecting him to have a little separation anxiety, but he was clearly very comfortable with both of them and also their 11-year-old son. Before Paxton’s stay, we dropped by for a meet-and-greet, and David and Kathy showed us their home and large fenced-in backyard. They also asked lots of questions about Paxton to get to know him before his stay, and they were great with all of my questions as well. On the day I was going to drop Paxton off, they called and said Kathy was going to be in my area, so she picked him up for no extra charge. He hopped right up in her car and made himself at home, and I didn’t see him stand up or hear him bark as she was pulling away, so I know he was really comfortable with her. David and Kathy sent me several photos and updates during his two-day stay, and it looked and sounded like he was having a great time. In addition to having a big fenced-in yard to play in, he also got to go on long walks in the woods and probably got a lot more attention than he gets at home :). After I brought him home, I realized that in addition to taking great care of my dog, they had also washed his hairy bed cover, scrubbed out his crusty bowl and (I think) given him a bath. SO nice, and very much appreciated! I have been needing a local dogsitter for a long time, and I’m so glad we found David and Kathy! They’ll definitely be my dogsitters in the future, and I highly recommend them to anyone looking for very kind and caring people to take care of their pet!
I needed a last minute dog sitter for my very large black lab, Chico. I’m thrilled that I found dogvacay and David and Kathy. I took Chico for a Meet and Greet and knew instantly that he would be in great hands. When I dropped him off for the weekend, he could not get out of the car fast enough. David and Kathy are wonderful and their home is doggie heaven! I’m already planning Chico’s next vacation.