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Tamara B.
Canandaigua, NY 14424
47 Reviews
15 Repeat Guests
Other Sitters Nearby
  • Same day bookings are OK
  • Responds within 4 hours
  • Cancellation Policy:

Pet Requirements

  • 1-20 lbs
  • 20-40 lbs
  • 40-80 lbs
  • 80+ lbs
All Ages OK
List of Breeds Not Accepted
Pit Bull - Bull Terrier, Pit Bull - American Pit Bull Terrier

Tamara's Resident Pets

Golden Retriever
10 yr 8 mo old
Golden Retriever
14 yr 8 mo old
Other Pets & Animals: Cats

Tamara's House

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Children at home (13-18 years old)
Outdoor area
Smoke-free home
Pets allowed on furniture
Air-conditioned inside

About Tamara

30 Years Experience Caring For Dogs
We are a family who adores dogs! We've been DogVacay hosts for the few years, and we love it. We have two golden retrievers, Buddy and Jack, who love DogVacay too! They welcome all of our guests with wagging tails. Buddy and Jack are gentle with all dogs, big or small.

Our home is located outside of town, away from the main road. We have a very large yard for your dog to play in.

Our Services:

For $29 a night, your dog will most importantly get lots of love and attention.

They get frequent walks outside throughout the day in our large yard. If your dog loves to play fetch, then they will have a blast with our abundance of frisbees and tennis balls!

In the summer months, your dog can enjoy air conditioning, and in the winter months they can enjoy our cozy wood stove.

Treats are supplied to your dog's liking! We can even make treats for them to accommodate to food allergies, or taste preferences.

We also have a toy box, filled with every kind of toy your dog could dream of!

Your dog will also have a couple of playmates. Buddy and Jack are getting a bit old though, so they can't do too much roughhousing. They do offer lots of company, guidance, and love.

Personalization is another important service we offer. We try to keep their schedule as close as possible to their regular one (such as feeding time, bed time, and outdoor breaks) while staying with us. We do our best to make them very comfortable, whether it's letting them up on our couch (but only if they're allowed to at home), or having them sleep in our room at night.

Finally, your pride and joy will enjoy a family atmosphere and have their own Doggy Vacation while you're away.

Other Notes:

If you are interested in having your dog stay here, please contact us. We like to have a meet and greet with your dog before its stay.
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Tamara B.
Canandaigua, NY 14424
47 Reviews
15 Repeat Guests
Other Sitters Nearby
  • Same day bookings are OK
  • Responds within 4 hours
  • Cancellation Policy:


  • Available
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  • 1 Spot Left
  • Booked
  • Last updated May 29, 2016


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By completing courses at DogVacay University, hosts learn about best practices to help them provide the highest quality care for your dog.
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Services & Rates

Boarding Overnight At Tamara's Home
$29 /night
  • Watches up to 3 dogs/night
  • Dogs may be unsupervised for 1 - 2 hours/day
  • 5+ potty breaks/day
  • 3+ walks/day
  • Pets can sleep wherever they want
Daycare At Tamara's Home
$24 /day
  • Watches up to 3 dogs/day
47 Reviews
You know when the dogs have had a great time when they want to stay with their sitter than go home with Mom and Dad. :-D
As always, Jessie's stay with the Benzigers was perfect! So reassuring to have such a comfortable and caring environment for any dog, but especially for one that is older. Love the way Jess seems to fit right in with her friends, Jack and Buddy! So fortunate to have this DogVacy home and family!
Again our kids had another very special stay. They act as if they live there, which gives us total peace of mind. This is truly a very special family! We again appreciated the very special book with pictures of their stay. We will definitely return here whenever the need arises for overnight and day care!!
They treated charm like one of their own and it was super comforting having her stay with Tammy and her family and not in a kennel. They 'while you were away' book they made of charm and her daily activities was a wonderful touch. I would recommend them to anyone !
This is our second visit with Tammy. We needed day care only this time on relatively short notice and she came to the rescue! They just settled in like they lived there; no separation anxiety! In spite of inclement weather they had real fun for the day. We will definitely have our kids revisit as our needs arise!!
We have found the absolute best place to be an adoptive family for our 2 westies. They far exceeded what we had hoped for. We look at this family as a true miracle. They coaxed our oldest when he would not eat, made them feel at home and most important gave them love as they would their own pets. We could not have been more pleased. The DogVacay booklet Alyssa made documenting their stay is priceless!
All this and it was only a 2 day stay. What a special family!!
I couldn't have found anything better for my Casey.
He had a great time and I did not worry one single day while I was away. I was able to enjoy and participate in my son's wedding. Tammy, Ed and Alyssa are fabulous caregivers. I definitely will use them again. Thank you for all your loving care of my Casey.
Ann Harvey
XOXO from Casey
We were so happy with the care our dogs received from Tammy, Ed and Alyssa; what a wonderful family! Both of our dogs are rescues and have a little anxiety when meeting new people and other dogs. On our meet and greet both dogs walked right up to Tammy and Alyssa, tail waging like they were old friends. Our little one has a fear of men, but he really took to Ed. Their 2 dogs, Jack and Buddy are sweet, gentle Golden Retrievers. We LOVED the book they made us with pictures, summing up the stay. We will without a doubt leave our dogs there in the future. We would highly recommend the Benziger's.
Charcoal had a wonderful stay with Tammy and her family. They made us an adorable book of photos and Charcoal's "report of the stay". Charcoal is an old dog and Tammy B. knew exactly how to take care of him. Thank you so much.
Archie ALWAYS has a great time with Tammy, Ed, and Alyssa...not to mention their two golden retrievers, Jack and Buddy. This time Tammy met my husband halfway to their home in the country, and when Archie saw her he couldn't stop jumping all over her! This despite the fact that he is a Certified Therapy Dog and not supposed to exhibit this over-the-top behavior :)
Buddy and Riley always enjoy their stay with their sitter. We are delighted with their care and thankful that we found DogVacay. I recommended DogVacay to our friends and now we travel together and our dogs stay with their sitters and we are all happy.
Tammy, Alyssa and Ed were an outstanding, loving and caring family for our dog. Thank you! We had anxiety about leaving her with anyone before we left but when we picked her up it was like she was part of the family. Their dogs are gentle and nice too. You will feel fortunate if you are able to leave your dog in their care!
Tamara and Family were truly wonderful in every way. Jessie was happy and healthy as could be and I know they took care of her as her own family would have. It was a great experience for both Jessie and her owners. Will return in a heart beat. Dave & Tricia
I was visiting the Rochester area to do some shopping and to see a concert. I came from Canada, in the Toronto area and needed a place to leave my pug, Pickles. Tamara and her family were very accommodating to the hours we required them to watch Pickles. They obviously love dogs and take good care of them. Pickles had a great time and came back a very tired girl. Pickles thanks you! :)
This stay was awesome for Murphy .... I could not have asked for a better family atmosphere for his stay!!!!!!
These people are family. They love our dogs almost as much as we do. Even their dogs love our dogs!
Just an absolutely wonderful experience all around. It was such a relief to be able to relax and enjoy vacation knowing that our 1 year old Havapoo was is such good care. Thank you!
Yuki had a wonderful vacation...everything was first-rate in all respects!! We especially loved the surprise story with pictures at the end of his stay! Thanks for everything. Recommend 110% :)
Molly had a wonderful vacation with Tamara and her family. They took great care of Molly and Alyssa, their daughter, created an enchanting pictorial story of Molly having fun and relaxing with Jack & Buddy, their two laidback and patient golden retrievers. Our dog loved walks, the toy box and was reassured by the thoughtful care & love that helped her overcome her separation anxiety of the first 2 nights. We would definitely board our dog with Tamara & her family when visiting the Finger Lakes area.
The Benziger family provided exceptional care for our older senior dog and our young pup! The dogs received plenty of attention and exercise. I highly recommend their TLC if you are in need of pet care! Carol M.
This was Jessie's first stay with the Benzigers, and it could not have been better! Jess turned 13 while she was at their home, so Alyssa provided the perfect celebration for her, complete with a cake, party hats, and pictures for us. We have had such fun sharing Jessie's Dog Vacay diary with our friends and family. (My sister-in-law wants to know if the Benzigers would consider taking husbands, along with dogs!) Ed, Tammy, and Alyssa are so accommodating to the needs of their guests that, as owners, we had no concerns or worries while Jess was in their care. She looked like one of the pack, hanging out with Jack and Buddy, but she also was able to spend lots of time outdoors and get her daily long walks in while we were away, something which is nearly impossible to get if your dog is staying at a traditional kennel. We feel so fortunate to have found the Benzigers and Dog Vacay, and we will most certainly ask them to care for Jessie again.
Archie loves it at the Benzigers! We are so lucky to have Tammy, Ed, and Alyssa in his life, not to mention the canine Benzigers, Buddy and Jack. I have a sinking feeling that he doesn't miss us (and our cats) very much when he's there.
This was the first time we left our dog Tucker with the Benziger's and it turned out to be AWESOME!!! They are wonderful and treated our dog like part of their family. We would, and have recommended them to our friends. When we returned from our trip they gave us pictures and a report card of Tucker's stay. Thank you so much Ed, Tammy, Alyssa, Buddy and Jack, for providing such a wonderful 5 days for Tucker. Thanks again - Dutch and Ellie
We left our two dogs with Tammy and her family for almost two weeks and they had a great stay! They came home tired and happy from all the fun they had with their new friends, and we would definitely recommend them and will use their services again. Their home is a great set-up for dogs with nice indoor spaces and outdoor spaces to play.
Once again an excellent job! The entire family goes out of its way to make Max the dog feel at home. I feel so comfortable leaving Max with Tamara and family. I heartily recommend them to anyone who needs a wonderful vacation for their dog.
This is the most amazing place! Tamara and family treat Buddy and Riley like their family. The photos were incredible! All I have to do is ask about going to the "doggies house" and Buddy and Riley start wagging tails and head for the door to go to the car! I couldn't be happier! I believe Buddy and Riley feel the same.
Wonderful place for your dog. Folks go out of their way to take care of your pet! They are the best.
Once again, Ed, Tammy and Alyssa were wonderful hosts to Mulligan. They treated him like a member of the family, and I was able to relax for a few days knowing he was being well taken care of. A visit with Ed, Tammy and Alyssa is like Doggie Disneyland for Mulligan!
You folks are awesome, Coda is very happy and healthy. Thank you for welcoming him into your home. The scrapbook was a nice surprise. I will be calling again when the need arises. Thank you very much. Kate and Coda
My English Bulldog "Petunia" stayed with the Benzingers for two weeks. It was the first time I had to leave her for so long and was looking for a place that would feel like home to her. I hit "paydirt"!
The Benzingers couldn't have been more accommodating and the scrapbook they gave me of Petunias stay was a testament to the fanastic time she had!
It was comforting to receive pictures by e-mail of
Peunia during my vacation. It put my mind at ease.
I know Petunia would love to stay there again!
I'm not sure who had a better vacation..me or Petunia!
Thank you so much for taking such good care of my "little girl".
Carol Aselin
The Benziger family (and their Retrievers) opened their home once again to my over zealous dog, Diesel. I have used them in the past and will certainly recommend and use them again! They are all awesome pet sitters and were very in tune with the "wants, needs and quirks" of my dog.

Even though Diesel was ready to come home, I think he misses the family and the playtime with Buddy and Jack. I think he's exhausted because he slept all day and all night!!

If you're ever in need of a quality pet sitter, consider this family!
Wonderful job! I would recommend Tamara and family to anyone. They went out of their way to make max the dog feel at home. He told me he had a great time and I even have the pictures to prove it.
This was our dogs first stay and it was Fantastic!! It truly was a doggy vacation for her. She played all week with Jack and Buddy. I received an email photo daily which kept my mind at ease. She fit right into their family life...couch and all! :) I will never use a kennel again. She's going back again in Aug for another week. Tammy & Ed are wonderful and so welcoming...and their daughter is amazing...she loves dogs so much and it shows. Thank you DogVacay for providing such a wonderful service!
We were visiting upstate NY from Boston, and needed to find a place to leave our 11-month old Westie for the day. We found Tamara on DogVacay.com. It was the most incredible experience for our puppy! Tamara welcomed our puppy with open arms when we dropped him off in the morning. He spent the entire day playing with two other dogs in a large open yard, and got a lot of personal attention and love. I could tell that he had a fantastic time when we picked him up, he played all day and was exhausted. We even got a little report card with pictures of all of his adventures during the day. I only wish Tamara lived closer to us so we could bring him here every day!
Tammy and her family were wonderful; I am SO glad we stumbled upon them and DogVacay! Our dog was truly in great hands and I can't say enough good things!
It is such a wonderful feeling to leave my cavelier with such caring sitters! Tamara and her family went out of their way to make Stella feel comfortable in their home and it is the first time I left my sweet dog without guilt or concern.
Upon my return I was greeted with a lovely "Vaca Book" that was filled with details and pictures of Stella's visit. Thank you so much!
Tammy watched Haley when I had a long day at work so that she wouldn't be alone and could be properly exercised. Haley absolutely loved staying there and was completely content when she came home. The next day, Haley seemed upset that she wasn't going back to Tammy's house when I went to work.

Tammy and her family removed the stress and worry of neglecting my dog during long days at work and was worth every cent! I will definitely send Haley there again.
Tamara and her family are absolutely wonderful. I had a last minute booking and she was very accommodating and quick to respond. I loved the fact that I was able to leave my dog in such a warm, family friendly environment while I was away for the day. My high energy dog LOVED playing with her other dogs - I am definitely coming back again!
P.S. - she's very close to Bristol Mountain for all you avid skiers!
This was great! We weren't sure what to expect, but when we got there, we were immediately impressed by their beautiful home and large yard! The dogs clearly had a great time, and the family gave us a photo album of pictures from the weekend! If we're ever in the area again, we'll definitely use them!
I would give 10 stars out of 10 if I could! My experience (and Mulligan's) could not have been better. Ed, Tammy and Alyssa welcomed Mulligan like one of the family. They took such good care of him that I wished I lived closer than 6 hours away, so he could stay with them more often! :)
We first visited Tamara and her family (including two sweet dogs) with our Lucy to make sure we would be comfortable leaving her in their care. The meet-and-greet went perfectly and the three dogs hit it off right away. The following day we dropped our dog off for her stay with no problems at all.

When we picked our dog up this morning she was happy to see us, but still running with her new friends and was in great spirits. We were even given a picture diary of her stay and, as the saying goes, a picture says a thousand words. Lucy was happy and comfortable, like one of the family throughout her visit.

We had an overall great experience working with Tamara. We are very happy with the whole experience overall. We would recommend Tamara to anyone concerned with leaving their dog for an extended period while away.
This was our first time leaving our boys with someone other than family and it turned out to be a wonderful experience for us! We especially loved receiving a photo of the dogs while we were away and the photo book when we picked them up was even better. I think our dogs were actually sad to leave! We had such a great experience we can't wait to take another trip! Thanks again to Tammy, Alyssa and Ed!
Athena had a great time! We were well assured our 3 1/2 month old boxer puppy would be taken care of while we were gone. It was her first overnight stay away from us! Thanks to Tamara's family for taking great care of her. She even became great friends with Jack (their golden retriever), we would not hesitate to use this family in the future to care for our dog. Alyssa made a wonderful scrapbook of her adventure, an added unknown perk that made everything come together well.

Thank You!
We could not have asked for a more comfortable experience - (both for ourselves and our pup!).
This was the first time we had left our 4 month old Frenchie with another family, and I could not be more thankful to have found them. Responsive, kind, warm hearted and trustworthy, they were the perfect family to care for our Rolo. Rolo obviously had a lot of play time, attention, and love, - the beautiful property and plentiful land certainly doesn't hurt either! He loved being in the country. Thank you!
My dog Diesel and I met the hosts, Tammy, Alyssa and Ed (and their dogs Buddy and Jack) prior to Diesel's stay. They were all very attentive and I felt very comfortable leaving Diesel in their care. The temperament of Buddy and Jack (the resident Golden Retrievers) was also a good fit; beautiful and very mild mannered.

When drop off day came, Diesel walked in and seemed comfortable, like he belonged. THANK YOU, Tammy, Alyssa and Ed for taking such good care of him! He was so tired from all the walks and playtime with Jack and Buddy and from all the attention that he got from all of you, that he slept the whole way home! And thank you Alyssa for making Diesel's vacation scrapbook, that was a great gift!

I would not hesitate to take Diesel there again!

Elaine W
We are so pleased that Tamara and her family could take our dog Elsa for a long weekend. We thought their location was ideal (spacious country setting, beautifully landscaped) and Elsa clearly enjoyed the doggie companionship! She didn't even look back at drop off and, while happy to see us at pick up, was still happily circling around the house, dogs and family members. Our kids got a kick out of her scrapbook! We are grateful to have discovered you and hope that you will be available for other "vacays" in the future. Best, Chris, Mark, Steven, Elliot AND Elsa D
Archie had such a good time with Tammy, Ed, and Alyssa, not to mention the resident golden retrievers! We would take him back there in a heartbeat.
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