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Martha U.

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90 Reviews
59 Repeat Guests
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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 - American Staffordshire Terrier, Australian Cattle Dog, Pit Bull - Bull Terrier, German Shepherd Dog, Rottweiler, Pit Bull - Staffordshire Bull Terrier, Pit Bull - American Pit Bull Terrier

Martha's House

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Large Yard
100% fenced & locked
Smoke-free home
Pets allowed on furniture
Air-conditioned inside

About Martha

20 Years Experience Caring For Dogs
I have a Very Large, Secure Fenced-in Backyard.

Please Check out my Photos of just some of the many Dog Vacay dogs I have hosted in my home!

I have several years of experience caring for dogs with many repeat guests.

Over the years I have also loved and enjoyed my own dogs and cats and they were a very important part of the family.

Owners have told me that their pets love coming to stay at Candlewood Canine Country Club and are excited to be here!

With nearly an Acre, Plenty of Playtime for Dogs is available with a Very Large, Secure Fenced-in Backyard with a Locked Gate.

In warmer weather, there are plenty of shady and sunny spots to relax and enjoy the backyard!

In winter, Pathways are shoveled so dogs can run around and experience the full yard.

There is a pet sofa in the living room right in front of the windows where dogs can relax, nap and bird and squirrel watch!

Pets are treated with love, as part of the family and will receive Lots of attention!

I can provide 24/7 care for your dog.

I do not have any children. This means I can provide lots of extra love, care and attention as well as inside/outside playtime for your pets day and night.

However, this 24/7 supervision and care is not meant for dogs that need constant supervision due to behavioral issues such as digging, marking in the house/housebreaking issues, jumping/scaling fences/escape artists, excessive whining, excessive barking, aggressive behavior, etc.

My home is a smoke-free home and I am a non-smoker.

Though I love dogs, puppies, small and tiny dogs, Pit Bulls, Pit Bull mixes and aggressive dogs are not a good fit for me to host in my home.

Dogs 1 year to just under 2 years will be considered on a individual case basis.

Even though I don't have any of my own pets and my calendar shows I am available I usually have at least one dog here so if you know that your dog is not good with other dogs I will not be able to accommodate you.

I do accept short notice and last minute bookings, though I usually prefer to have a meet & greet first if possible.

If your dog's profile is not completely filled out, please indicate in your general inquiry or meet & greet request if your dog is spayed or neutered and if they are friendly with other dogs or not.

Drop Off and Pick Up times are flexible and I will work around your schedule to meet your needs.

Generally, drop off & pick up times should be within a few hours time of each other, otherwise daycare or partial daycare rates will apply.

I send updates along with photos during your dogs stay!
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Martha U.

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90 Reviews
59 Repeat Guests
Other Sitters Nearby
  • Same day bookings are OK
  • Responds within 5 minutes
  • Cancellation Policy:


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  • Last updated February 19, 2017


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Services & Rates

Boarding Overnight At Martha's Home
$30 /night
  • Watches up to 4 dogs/night
  • Dogs will never be left unattended
  • Dogs will have full access outside for potty breaks
  • 1 walk/day
  • Pets can sleep wherever they want
Daycare At Martha's Home
$25 /day
  • Watches up to 2 dogs/day
90 Reviews
Martha is a wonderful host! Our dog, Smaug, feels right at home on his visits. Thanks for taking such good care of him!
We have had Martha look after our two dogs about a dozen times now and we could not be happier with the care she provides. Our dogs love going to stay with her and I can tell she treats them with as much love and respect as we do. We usually get daily photo updates telling us how they are doing which makes us feel comfortable to be away from them. This last time she dressed them up for Halloween and had them do "Tricks" before they could get their "Treats". It's the little things like that which make us so happy to keep bringing our dogs back to her.
Martha's house was a great place for our dog to stay for a few days! The booking process was so quick and easy. She suggested a meet and greet before we left our dog. That was a great way to answer any questions and put my mind at ease as to where my dog would stay and how she would be treated. My dog had a great stay and really enjoyed running and playing with other dogs in Martha's big fenced in back yard - what a treat! Martha even sent me daily pictures and updates to what was going on and how the dog was doing - Wonderful! This was our first time using DogVacay and we will definitely leave our dog with Martha again and not hesitate to use this service. Thanks so much!!
Abbey loved staying with Martha! Friendly people, and gave us great updates on how Abbey was doing. Abbey would love to stay with Martha again!
Martha was able to accommodate us on a last minute reservation which was so helpful. The updates she gave were thorough and included a detailed description of how our dog, Tobie, was spending his days. When Tobie got home, he was so tired from playing so hard all weekend.
Martha is an excellent caregiver for our two dogs. She is attentive and provides loving attention and many opportunities for exercise in their park like yard. After several stays it is evident when I pick them up how happy they are with her. Though we have moved further away I will still have my dogs stay with her because the confidence I have in her care which allows me never to worry while traveling.
Martha and Bob are very friendly and flexible. She sent updates every day as to how Lambeau was doing! He had a great time and was exhausted when we got him home! Definitely using Martha again!
Martha was wonderful! My Springer, Emily, had a ball there! She loved the huge fenced in yard and was lucky to be with four other playful dogs during her stay. I received daily updates and knew that I left my dog in good hands. I would happily use Martha's services again in the future.
This is our first time using Dog Vacay, and we will definitely be repeat customers. Leaving our Trooper with Bob and Martha was like leaving our four children with my mother - lots of love along with some good boundaries. The pictures and updates were so much fun!
They are the best!
Martha is Awesome! She's watched my dog a few times and he loves it! She takes into consideration which dogs will be compatible with each other during their stay. Greets us independently so Jake isn't overwhelmed by the other dogs.
Thanks again Martha for taking such awesome care of Leni. She's been sleeping for almost 24 hours since she came back from her vacation with you and the other dogs. I'm pretty sure she had a better time on vacation than we did.
I am a repeat guest. Martha is my go to!!!
To simply put it, Martha is the BEST! It is truly a joy to work with someone who is responsible, professional, and loving. Its never easy leaving your fur baby behind, but knowing that your pup will be with someone who cares about them as much as you do makes things a little easier. Some of the things that really stood out to me when working with Martha are as follows: she replies quickly to your messages, daily updates on how much fun my dog was having throughout her stay, she genuinely wanted to make sure that her and my pup were a good match for each other on the meet and greet, and most importantly making my pup feel at home. Thank you for everything you do Martha.
We, and our dog, had the best interactions with Martha and her husband. We felt very comfortable leaving Kaia in their care over the 4th of July holiday weekend. They were flexible with drop-off and pick-up times and were great about sending updates during Kaia's stay. Will definitely be reaching out again for future vacations!
Abbey had a wonderful time! Martha was very responsive and my family really enjoyed the pictures and updates she sent. I will most definitely use Martha again! Thank you soooooo much!
Always great to have our dog stay with Martha. She was very flexible and accomodating with our changing vacation plans!
Martha and her husband took fantastic care of my dog! Martha sent great and thoughtful updates on how my dog was doing, with pictures every other day. My dog enjoyed their wonderful backyard and got lots of exercise, which I appreciated. I would definitely recommend!
We have just the best experience with Martha. She and her husband are so good and patient with our blue heeler, who can be a handful. He loves going over there, and I can tell he considers that his second home.

Martha's house features a big back yard in a quiet neighborhood that's easy to find.

She is our go-to person for Lucky's care and we can't recommend her enough.
Martha did a great job! She also took some really great pics of my pup.
This was the longest time I've boarded my dog Luna and the first time I boarded with Martha. I won't hesitate to board with Martha again. You can tell that Martha and Bob love dogs.They are knowledgeable and provide a relaxing environment for our beloved pets. They have a great backyard for the dogs and are good with sending updates/pics for the duration of the stay. Great people, great experience!
Once again another great experience with Martha! Stanley our English Setter jumps out of the car now and runs to the door, making himself immediately at home. We both know he is going to be spoiled the whole stay. Would highly recommend Martha!
Martha U, did a great job. I was a bit nervous at first, since this was Cassidy's first stay. Martha sent pics and gave me updates on how she was doing. They have a great yard for dogs to run around, and it appears that they really care for the dogs and give them love. Thanks, I would have Cassidy stay again.
Martha and Bob are just the best. Eloise and Mandy stayed with them a fourth time last week and had a great time. They pull to go in to Martha's when we arrive and they don't even notice when we leave. Martha is so sweet with them, and we get daily photo updates. The girls will absolutely be back soon! Thanks again! :)
This was my first time using DogVacay, and it was a great experience. After my meet and greet with Martha and her husband, I felt totally comfortable leaving Richter with them for a long weekend. Martha sent multiple pictures while we were away that reassured me that my big guy was having a great time. He loved running around their big yard with the other large dog that was visiting, and curling up on the doggie sofa for a nap. He had so much fun that it almost seemed like he didn't want to leave! I will definitely call on Martha again when I'm in need of a sitter for Richter.
This was our dogs first visit to Martha's house. It all went very well. Loved the pictures everyday, it was nice to see what he was doing on his "vacation". Now I know he'll be comfortable on his next longer stay coming up. Thanks Martha and Bob.
This was Meko's first DogVacay and Martha and Bob made it a very great experience. We met Martha and Bob before the stay and it was very clear that Meko would be comfortable there. We received updates and photos of Meko during her stay with them and found that the experience for Meko was much better than the kenneling options because Meko was made to feel at home. We highly recommend Martha and Bob for your dog's next vacay.
Martha and her husband were friendly and great with our chocolate lab Maggie. They provided a quick update each day with a picture so we would know how she was doing while we are away. So grateful to find a place that Maggie can run and be well taken care of.
Eloise and Mandy stayed for a third time with Martha and Bob, and of course had a great time! Martha was very accommodating of our last minute reservation request. We got picture updates of the ladies relaxing and enjoying the nice weather in the yard. We are so happy to have found Martha and Bob. They are our go-to hosts!

Thanks again!
This was the second time our girls stayed with Martha and they had another fantastic vacay! The girls got so excited when we pulled up to her house. They chased squirrels and bunnies all weekend in Martha's huge fenced in yard, and were given plenty of love. They were so tired the next day that they slept all day. Our ladies love Martha and we will definitely be back.

We felt very comfortable leaving Peter with Martha and Bob. This was his third time but it was the longest time we have been gone. The messages and pictures alleviated any anxiety we had for leaving Peter for over a week. Enjoyed knowing he had playmates and running around the yard.
This was my first time leaving my dog with someone I didn't know. After meeting Martha and her husband, I felt very confident that my dog was in good hands. Over the ten days we were gone, we received multiple updates with pictures of Alice doing well and having fun; it really gave us piece of mind while being away.
Our dogs have stayed with Martha many times. She does a fabulous job. She has a lovely fenced-in back yard. I love dog vacay and Martha! Our dogs feel right at home!
Another good stay with Martha. Argos had fun and I appreciated the picture updates.
Martha is a wonderful host for our dog! Ella is happy and tired(from all of the fetching) when she comes home. I would recommend using Martha and Dog Vacay!
We were going out of town for a full month, so I looked carefully to pick the right home for our one year old, active dog. While Martha wasn't anywhere close to where I lived, I was so happy that we chose her to take care of Leni. Definitely worth the drive for the peace of mind!!! She is so attentive to dogs and creates a great atmosphere for them. They have a huge fenced yard (important for my pup) and are very flexible with the dogs inside. They have more than one dog there at a time usually, and Leni loved playing with the other dogs. They are "dog people" for sure, and I felt 100% comfortable leaving my dog there for such a long period. She sent me lots of photos and detailed updates. I'd give her more than 5 stars if I could. Thank you!!!!
Martha and Bob always take great care of our big love bug, Summit, and we recommend them to everyone! We love the daily updates with photos and can always tell Summit is having a good time and is well cared for. Thank you Martha and Bob!
I met new friends and I played so hard a Martha's place that I will need to sleep for days.
I was able to enjoy my time away from home knowing my dog was well cared for. The daily photos were greatly appreciated!!
Martha and her husband were such gracious hosts to my ladies, Eloise and Mandy. They have a huge fenced in yard and there were plenty of places for the girls to sniff and snoop during their stay. We received daily updates and I could tell the girls were so comfortable there. I was able to truly enjoy my time away knowing they were well loved. The ladies slept on the bed and enjoyed looking out the front window at the neighborhood action. I would take my girls back to Martha in a heartbeat! We've definitely found a new favorite spot. We'll see you again soon!

Great place! Was able to book a holiday weekend last minute and Lucy had a great time! They were a life saver!
Our Maggie enjoyed her stay with Martha when we went on vacation. It must have been the big back yard with shade trees on the hot days. Martha was very consistent on sending updates & photos on how Maggie was eating & interacting with the other dogs. Very friendly with our spoiled one.
Martha did a fantastic job with Sheldon. He was an exhausted and happy boy when I picked him up. Martha posted lots of pictures of Sheldon romping around with his new friends. Would highly recommend her!
Martha is wonderful, we love that she has a nice fenced yard for our dogs to run and play. I know our dogs are well Cared for when they stay at Martha's.
This was our first time using DogVacay and working with Martha and her husband, Bob. They took great care of our dog, Summit. Martha sent us multiple photo and video updates throughout Summit's stay and it was evident that Summit was having a great time and was well taken care of. We highly recommend Martha and look forward to booking with her again. :)
Martha was a great hostess. We received regular updates and photos. She was very attentive to our big puppy and aware of his needs and wants. She is a very careful and attentive caretaker.
We have left Baxter with Martha and her husband several times this year. They have been great to work with. Baxter comes home much less stressed than he did from 'traditional' dog boarding environments. Such a great back yard for the dogs too!
Our Rusty had the best time with Martha and Bob. We feel like he had been well taken care of. We are definitely coming back. Thank you again! Katrina and Aleksandr
This is the first time we have ever left our yellow lab Maggie behind from a cabin visit. Martha and Bob were simply amazing and we couldn't have asked for a nicer family to care for our 70 pound baby! I won't hesitate to use them again and I highly recommend Martha and Bob!

Thanks so much!!!
Our dog is very happy at Martha's, we are confident when we leave Sadie here that she will be well cared for and come home happy.
I am so tired. It takes so much energy to go to a new place and entertain them. I'm pretty shy so it is a lot of work. I got to play ball and eat treats. I did have fun. You have a nice yard. Macy
Martha took great care of our dog Ginger and helped me coordinate a pre-booking visit with my parents via email. Ginger stayed with Martha over the holidays, and we got lots of pictures and updates, and Ginger seemed very relaxed at Martha's home. We will definitely book with her again.
Martha and her husband were awesome. Martha sent pictures of our dogs every other day. I could see they were having their own great vacation. They were well cared for and loved just like at home. I will definately use Martha again for our dog boarding needs.
This was Lucky's second visit with Martha and friends, and it went extremely well. Lucky was happy and healthy when we picked him up and we were given plenty of pictures to help reassure us that he was in good hands. Thanks!
My dog enjoys her time with Martha. She gets plenty of time playing fetch in the fenced in backyard, always comes home tired!
Martha is fantastic! So wonderful providing the care our Macy needs, but also going the extra mile with playtime and cuddles. We are so very thankful to have such a loving place for Macy when we are away. Highly recommend!
Martha and Bob were excellent hosts to our dog Peter. We were out of town for four nights and we received regularly updates that eased any fears we may have had leaving Peter. Peter came home happy and needing a rest after his vacation. We will for sure be using them in the future.
Martha and Bob take good care of our dog, sending updates and photos regularly. She even decorated him for Christmas. Denali was very comfortable at their house and tired when he got home.
MY dog Trish must have loved it at Martha U dog motel. When I picked Trish up, she just wag her tail "Hi" to me, then went outside to sniff around the yard. Martha has a big fenced in back yard, and a dog couch in the living room. Martha made Trish feel right at home. I will have Martha dog sit any time I go out of town if she is available.
Couldn't be happier. Worked out great and Riley has found a new home when we travel. Rick
Sterling, our beloved Siberian Husky, had another great sleepover at Martha's last weekend. Thanks for taking good care of her while we were away!
Martha and her husband did a great job of making my dog feel at ease during the meet and greet, so that when we dropped her off a couple days later, she was excited to be there. We got regular messages with pictures showing that our dog was doing well. It was a very good experience for us and our dog.
This was Kirby's 3rd stay at the Candlewood Canine Country Club. We could tell he had a blast enjoying the spacious yard and came home to us exhausted and happy. We love that we never have to worry about Kirby when he is staying with Martha & Bob!
We picked Martha even though she was a little bit father away because she knows large dogs. She has a great large backyard for playing, and is home during the day. Denali had a great time as we could see by the photos she sent, and he came home happy and tired. Win-win for everyone.
Our Siberian Husky had a wonderful time with Martha and Bob last weekend. Martha was very responsive to email messages, flexible in scheduling our arrival, and greeted our dog warmly when we arrived.

While we were away, we received two message updates and four great photos; assuring us that she was having a great time.

Martha and Bob have a spacious back yard for the dogs to play (safely) and the dogs are invited inside to relax, watch movies, and catch some sleep before going back out to play.

We'll definitely be back. Many thanks for taking great care of Sterling!

Jason & Kelly
We were so completely satisfied and pleased with the care of our dog. Martha only had Lucky overnight, but he bonded with one of her dogs, and we got some great pictures and a lot of reassurance! Handling a blue heeler can be challenging, but they rose to the challenge. We will definitely be a repeat customer!
Martha was wonderful host for my puppy! It was a last minute appointment, and she was incredibly understanding and accommodating. It's clear she treats all the dogs as if they were her own. It was my first time leaving my dog for an extended period of time, so Martha send photo updates about his activity daily, making the whole experience very enjoyable and worry-free. I would definitely book with Martha again, highly recommend!
Martha U was great. Argos enjoyed his stay. I felt confident leaving him there and knowing he was well looked after.
4th or 5th time we've used Bob and Martha. It's nice to know our dog is being not only cared for but actually CARED for. Always easy to deal with, not one issue ever. Would highly recommend. Thanks again.
Great stay - our dogs love it!
So thankful we found Candlewood. Martha and Bob put us right at ease from our meet N greet to Murphy ' s actual 3 night stay. Keeping us informed thru emails and photos were an added benefit. Murphy is exhausted and sound asleep as I write this. Great place that we highly recommend! !
Kirby had an awesome time on his vacay! Martha was great to accommodate a last minute booking request for us and sent us pictures of Kirby while we were away. Kirby came home so happy an exhausted after a weekend of fun!
Martha and her husband were great with our lab Dakota. I was really leery about leaving him at a strangers house for the first time, but right away they made both me and Dakota feel right at home. Their large fenced in yard was great for the hours of fetch they played. Dakota was treated like a king and we will definitely have him stay with them again!
Martha made us feel welcome and let Emma explore the yard at our meet and greet. The house has a great back yard for dogs to run and play in, and even dig around in a wood pile. Since Emma doesn't always get along with other dogs, we went over plans should she not during her stay. Turned out one dog and she didn't get along the best but Martha was able to keep them separated. I loved getting the photos and note while I was gone.
Martha and her husband were fabulous! Macy and Zoey seemed like they had a great time! They came home and crashed asleep right away! They obviously played hard while at Martha's! The big backyard that they could run around in was awesome! Would definitely recommend them!
This was our first time using this kind of service. Martha and Bob were amazing - we will definitely use them again.
Martha and her husband were great! Maddie had a wonderful time and loved running around and exploring their huge fenced-in yard! We lived the photos and updates throughout her stay. We will definitely be have Maddie stay with Martha again!
We had an urgent need to help out with a companion who's fostering fell through. It's not only tough to find a good spot for a 100+ lb dog, but on such short notice I was not at all sure it could happen. Martha stepped up, met all our needs and helped Bennie transition and be safe and loved. Coming from a family home, I couldn't bear the thought of him going to a facility boarding situation. Martha is great and we will be boarding with her again!
Bella absolutely loved her stay! We did a meet and greet prior, she didn't want to leave! Martha and Bob were wonderful with her. I felt completely at ease leaving Bella in their care. It was awesome receiving email updates with photos while we were away! This was our first experience with, we will definitely be back :)
Martha and Bob always take great care of our dogs, and we recommend them to everyone. The updates with photos are a really nice touch. Thank you Martha and Bob!
We are very happy with our experience. This was our first time leaving Sweetpea so we were a little worried she would be. Martha was great and gave us updates. They also had another dog there so Sweetpea had someone to play with. She was exhausted when we got her home so she obviously had a great time. Thanks so much for taking good care of her!
Martha is a great person to leave your dogs with. They took excellent care of Zeua and Bear who thought the fenced in back yard was awesome! They took pictures and sent emails daily on how the dogs were doing. I am going to be asking Marth to take my dogs again in a bit. Thank you Martha!
Martha and Bob were great to deal with. Very accommodating to our ever changing schedule. Anyone who shovels paths in the backyard for the dogs to run around in really cares for them! We wouldn't hesitate to leave a very special part of our family with them again.
Martha and Bob were wonderful with Macy. This was Macy's first overnight away from home and it was comforting to know she was in a home with nice people, receiving the attention she deserves. At pick up it was clear Macy bonded with Martha. A true testament to the care she received. The entire process was with ease ~ quick to respond, flexible, patient... Just Fantastic!

Thank you both so much for everything!
Boo got lots of attention at Martha's house. I think he kept her very busy throwing toys. It was oh so very cold while he was there but when it was finally warm enough he loved the beautiful big yard!
Martha and her husband Bob were amazing! We received numerous emails with pictures, videos and updates the week our dogs stayed with them. The dogs were getting the royal treatment and had a blast! We live in lakeville, but will take the hour drive to Brooklyn Park anytime we go out of town just to have Martha take care of our pups!
Martha was great. This was my first time using DogVacay and not a kennel. Marco came home and was just a snuggle bunny when usually he is upset with us. Martha must have just loved all over him! Thanks Martha.
Wonderful! Graham had a great time especially playing in the fenced in yard and frolicking in the snow! Martha sent me pictures during Graham's stay which eased my mind that he was doing well!
Vader a 105 lb lab/mastiff had the absolute best time with Martha & Bob. He was so loved & well taken care of I cannot say enough how lucky we were to have found the two of them. When Vader would stay at a kennel he always came home stressed & out of sorts. We then always had to have a friend watch him at our home. Our friend was not available to watch him so we tried DocVacay. When we met Martha & Bob at the meet & greet we instantly knew Vader was going to be in good hands. When we got home & picked him up after our trip he was so happy & completely himself we knew that his stay, which was the longest he'd ever been away from us was a great one & was low stress on him. Vader got scrambled eggs, Thanksgiving dinner, couch time & they even let him sleep in bed with them. They let us bring his dog beds, blankets, toys, kennel & anything else we wanted to make him feel at home. We could not have asked for a better place or people to watch our special boy while we were away. Martha & Bob's is Vader's new home away from home. Many thanks to you both for loving Vader so much!!!!! You are the best!!!!!
Our dogs stay was perfect, a nice large fenced in back yard. We enjoyed are days without our two dogs worry free.
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