I wish I could give 10 more stars.

I have a 17 year old wiener dog who these days, gets me up twice in middle of the night every night, has to wear a diaper, has to be supported when he does his business, hates the rain and snow, walks very slowly falling over periodically, and has a big personality but otherwise is healthy and my little buddy.

Having found Eileen was the best thing to have happened to me and my senior dog. She provides care for him like I would, as if he were her own dog.

Time with the dog minder is like a vacation for me. Complete peace of mind. I could not, in good conscience, leave him with anyone else.

Prichya – March 2017

Hamish – Mini Daschund

This is a home from home environment for you pampered pet. Its a beautiful location in Old Ottawa East and the owners are caring, loving, dog lovers. Your dog couldn’t find a better location outside your own home.

He will receive the best of care and concern for every aspect of his stay for the duration.

There is just enough canine activity going on to entertain your pet because they only accept two dogs at a time. I am so pleased that I found them.

Thanks for everything.


Gillian – Aug 2017

Our Pride and Joya

We came across The Dog Minder from a friend’s posting on facebook.

We had the privilege to meet the owner – they have looked after our dog, Joya, on two different occasions.  I just want to put your mind at ease and recommend you call them if you are looking for someone who will love and treat your dog the way you do in your own home.

We met prior to our stay.  Eileen was very thorough, wanting to know about our dog and her habits. She was friendly, thorough and showed such an interest in our dog, we left feeling very confident  that The Dog Minder was exactly what we were looking for.  Not only did she meet and greet us with no timeframe expected, we all left when we were completely satisfied.  We then had the opportunity to meet again and introduce Joya to their dogs.  This again was a very big win situation.

The ‘piece de la resistance’ was dropping off Joya and seeing where she was going to be staying.  Their home welcomed Joya with open arms and hearts.  Their home became Joya’s home and we left with a big smile on our faces.  The Dog Minder put our minds and hearts at ease, keeping us informed with updates and snapshots.

If you are considering anyone to look after your pet, we highly recommend The Dog Minder, and we give them a five star rating.

Jack, Christine & Joya – Oct 2016

My Maltese Pack

Being an owner of multiple dogs, Eileen has been a great help over the years providing me with countless tips and advising me on how to deal with behavioural issues that my dogs have had. Her experience as a care giver for animals in shelters and rescue organizations has inspired me to follow in her foot steps and ultimately become a volunteer to help rescue abandoned, abused and neglected animals. Thank you so much Eileen for your guidance to help me become the best pet owner I can possibly be and to be able to care for others in need. You are “pawsitively” the most caring and loving “Dog Minder” anyone could ever wish for. You are the only one I can truly have faith in to care for my dogs and not have any worries. I will cherish our friendship forever.”


Ginette – Sept 2016

Asha – Border Collie

Our Dog, Asha, is a rescue dog.  We can’t leave her in a kennel as she suffers from separation anxiety and howls until she sees us again.   We tried The Dog Minder in Ottawa because of the personal service offered.  While at The Dog Minder Asha is never crated.  She is allowed to roam free and is treated like one of the family, as if she were at home.  The weekends we leave Asha at The Dog Minder, we return to a happy, playful dog.  She is never anxious when arriving at her weekend stay-over.  She is well exercised and enjoys lots of playtime with the human and animal friends.  We highly recommend The Dog Minder for the dog-friendly, loving care they provide.

Lisa – 2016

Max, Pointer Mix

Like any person who has companion dogs, you wouldn’t leave them with just anyone. Max spent two years of his life in a shelter so we cannot leave him at a kennel. We needed to find another solution here in Ottawa. And, we did with The Dog Minder.  Max is one of our joys in life, and we needed to be absolutely sure that with whomever we leave him, he is as well-loved, and looked after as he is with us. We also wanted to make sure he would be a part of a family. Max gets all of that and more with The Dog Minder, and I never hesitate in leaving him with them.

Donna – June 2016

Dora – Shi-Tzu

Best Care ever!  While we try to take our Shi Tzu, Dora, with us whenever we travel out of town, it is not always possible. And for those times, we feel beyond fortunate to be able to have Dora stay with them.

We are confident in knowing that The Dog Minder will take care of Dora as if she were her own four legged baby. Be it special diet requirements, slower than usual walks and extra TLC, we feel at ease knowing that they will take care of Dora the way we would. While we are away, we get periodical email updates on how Dora is doing together with a picture, often showing her lounging relaxed in the biggest dog bed she could find. (more…)

Annette – June 20, 2016