Casa McKibben in Chatsworth

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Mark M.

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141 Reviews
92 Repeat Guests
$59/night
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  • Same day bookings are OK
  • Responds within 15 minutes
  • Cancellation Policy:
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Pet Requirements

  • 1-20 lbs
  • 20-40 lbs
  • 40-80 lbs
  • 80+ lbs
All Ages OK
Must Be Spayed or Neutered

Mark's Resident Pets

Neo
Labrador Retriever
Male
10 yr 11 mo old
Thor
Labrador Retriever
Male
2 yr 5 mo old
Ty
Siberian Husky
Male
5 yr 3 mo old

Mark's House

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

About Mark

41 Years Experience Caring For Dogs
Scores of "5-star" reviews and repeat customers! THE very BEST host in the West Valley. Big dogs, small dogs, seniors and puppies. We love them all!! HERE'S OUR STORY:

Mark and Carol are "work at home" dog lovers with a secure, safe and very comfortable home-based environment. In the same house for 3 decades, we've had extensive experience with puppies, seniors, giant dogs, tiny dogs and everything in between. We have taken care of many "special-needs" dogs with health issues that require strict diets, injections, wound-care or medications. We’ve had deaf dogs and two of the dogs that have lived here in the past were completely blind.

There are three permanent "canine kids" at Casa McKibben. Neo is a 118-pound Labradoodle "gentle giant". He has worked as a certified Therapy Dog at Northridge Hospital, Children's Hospital (CHLA) and Shriners Childrens Hospital. Neo loves to swim and play with other dogs. Thor is an 85-pound yellow Lab that we adopted in June 2015. He's full of energy and playful. We call him the Casa McKibben "Activities Director" since he keeps all the playful guests busy. Ty is a gorgeous Siberian Husky that is a "foster-failure". After fostering him for 3 months, we fell in love and adopted him too. Ty is between 4 and 5 years old, very sweet and also playful. We recently lost our Binks, an 85-pound Labrador that we rescued off the street in Pacoima in 2006 after he barely avoided being hit by a car. Binks was born with a heart defect and had 8 years with us before congestive heart failure took him from us in March, 2015.

As you can see from the pictures, Casa McKibben has a very nice pool (for those avid swimmers) and a securely-enclosed backyard that is puppy-safe and closely-monitored. Mark specializes in teaching dogs how to swim and enjoy the pool. He can do this for your dog if you'd like. The pups hang indoors with us when they aren’t outside playing, but a doggy-door makes it easy for them to go outside whenever desired.

The food offerings at Casa McKibben are unmatched! There are plenty of treats offered during the day including all natural peanut butter snack cookies and freeze-dried beef liver nuggets. Each Sunday morning, we cook up fresh bacon for our canine buddies as a very special "Bacon Sunday" tradition. Most owners bring food for their dog, but we can supply food if that's more convenient. As an option, we can feed your pup Kahoot's premium brand Wild-Caught Salmon and Sweet Potato or Beef and Boar with Vegetables for an extra charge of $4/day. We also stock Purina Veterinary Prescription foods including "OM" (overweight management) and "EN" (gastroenteric for sensitive stomachs). This premium food is supplemented with freshly-cooked chicken/rice or chicken/beef meatballs. We also add tuna to break up the meal routine. Most pups LOVE tuna and always come running when they hear the electric can opener! Our home is even considered a favorite hang-out for all of the neighbor's dogs. Neo’s brother, Ranger, lives across the street. Ranger and his step-sister, Nellie, come over all the time.

Potty-training for puppies, fine-tuning interactive social skills, as well as some basic obedience training, are automatically included in every boarding or daycare experience at Casa McKibben. Our highly-skilled canine "teacher's-aid" (Neo) is the "example-dog" for all our guests ... making the learning experience both fun and rewarding. Mark has been training countless dogs for more than 3 decades and has volunteered his time as a Therapy Dog Trainer/Handler at Northridge Hospital, LA Children's Hospital, Shriner's Children's Hospital as well as various assisted-living facilities (Neo is a certified Therapy Dog). Mark and Carol foster dogs rescued from the mean streets of LA and high-kill shelters in the area ... providing a bridge to their "forever" homes. Mark volunteers his training time to help socialize traumatized shelter dogs on behalf of LA Animal Rescue as well.

Free membership in “Club Casa McKibben” is automatically included for all of our guests. We have regular play dates (usually Saturday afternoons) where we invite you and your pup to hang out with us and enjoy the pool deck for some safe, supervised doggy playtime fun. These play dates are always free of charge and have become very popular. We often have a dozen or more dogs here at one time … swimming, chasing toys, or just enjoying each other. These supervised play dates help all our guest dogs maintain their social skills and they are MUCH safer than taking your dog to a public dog park.

We've been with DogVacay for years and rank among their most experienced and successful hosts nationwide. Don't take our word for it ... read the reviews on our page. Your furbaby will have a great time at Casa McKibben. You'll be able to have peace of mind on your trip with the knowledge that your pup is safe and happy. You won't be disappointed!
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Can administer oral medicine
Can administer injected medicine
CPR / First-Aid certified
Special Needs Accommodated
  • Pets recovering from surgery
  • Separation anxiety
  • Aggressive behavior
  • Leash Pulling
  • Not yet house-trained
  • Advanced senior issues

Mark M.

Online Now!
141 Reviews
92 Repeat Guests
$59/night
Other Sitters Nearby
  • Same day bookings are OK
  • Responds within 15 minutes
  • Cancellation Policy:
    Strict

Availability

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  • 1 Spot Left
  • Booked
  • Last updated December 7, 2016

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Services & Rates

Boarding Overnight At Mark's Home
$59 /night
  • Watches up to 5+ dogs/night
  • Dogs will never be left unattended
  • Dogs will have full access outside for potty breaks
  • 0 walk/day
  • Pets can sleep wherever they want
Daycare At Mark's Home
$30 /day
  • Watches up to 5+ dogs/day
Training
$95 /hour
Grooming
$30 /min
$75 /max
Baths
$30 /bath
Pick-Up/Drop-Off
$20 each way
  • Willing to travel 10 miles
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141 Reviews
My pups had such a great time at Marks! They played non-stop! I was comfortable knowing that my babies were in good hands, and was happy to be receiving updates during the day!
Mark's love of dogs is very evident. All the dogs in his car look so happy and well taken care of. I will definitely be using Casa McKidden again! :-)
Mark is great with dogs. He took time to introduce our pup to his pack and she was accepted. Mark sent pictures videos and texts with updates of our pup and in every one she was enjoying herself. He is well organized and truly loves dogs! We will definitely use him again in the future.
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Mark was amazing with my dog who is an eight year old stubborn husky. Mark laid down the law and immediately with Tucker but also showed him lots of love. I feel comfortable with him handling him and I think he may have actually come home a better behaved dog! LOL. I'm so happy with Mark I can't wait to bring Tucker back just to play.
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Mark's knowledge and experience as a dog trainer is evident when you first meet him. He takes charge but allows the dogs to be themselves as well. What I noticed, and really appreciated, was Marks love of the dogs he has in his care. In essence, they become a part of his family, and he does his best to make your dog as comfortabe and happy as possible.

Thanks Mark
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Mark has quite a pack of big dogs, which was perfect for our 5 month old German Shepherd. He was completely exhausted when I brought him home. Had a hard time getting him out of the house as he wanted to stay longer...
My dog had a great time and swam a little.
Mark and his dogs were great with Blue. At our meet and greet Thor dropped an antler in front of Blue to play with. During her time there she learned how to swim in the pool from watching other dogs. It's a treat picking her up tired (in a good way) and well socialized with other dogs. Looking forward to Blue's next stay at Mark's place.
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Gus always enjoys his stay at Casa McGibben. He receives lots of attention and belly rubs. He plays with the other guests, especially his buddy Thor. The home is clean and the pups are well supervised. We won't board Gus anywhere else. Casa McGibben is his home away from home
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What an incredible experience! To say that Mark and Casa McKibben were accommodating and so incredibly easy to work with is a huge understatement. I found Mark via Yelp and gave him a call the day I needed daycare for my puppy and he didn't hesitate to see if he could help. He took my 8 month old puppy in right away, and Jack returned a tired, happy boy. I've even referred my aunt and her dog to Mark. This is definitely just the beginning of many, many visits. Thanks Mark!!
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Mark and Casa McKibben are the best!!
Betyar loves going to daycare. He gets to run and play with the big dogs, swim all day, and work on his socialization skills. Mark is absolutely great communicating and sending pictures and videos of my guys' adventures. Absolutely the greatest place to leave your dog and and have complete peace of mind that he will be safe, happy and tired out for a good nights sleep!!
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Mark is AMAZING with Betyar!! He takes his time to get to know me and my 3yr old Doxie. At first I was a bit hesitant as Betyar has been known to be very stubborn and want things his way. He's even been told by others, not to return until he has 'better social skills to get along with others.' That didn't scare Mark away! He took Betyar, and from the very first moment, showed him who's in control and the house rules everyone lives by!! I'm so grateful to find Mark! Betyar plays and swims all day with the big dogs (he thinks he is one of them even though he is only 20lbs.) and by evening sleeps so soundly. Betyar gets so much love and attention and Mark and his wife treat Betyar as if he is one of his own. Mark has also been so very accommodating with recent scheduling changes due to family emergencies! I couldn't be happier knowing that when we go away, Betyar is getting the greatest of care AND he is also having FUN!!
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This was terrific. Mark is so good with the dogs. He really takes charge to supervise and cares for all of them as if they were his very own. Since last weeks visit I've caught my dog looking up with a super huge smile on his face. I think he really loved his visit. We will be back.
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Mark (a.k.a. Uncle Mark to the pups) is a wonderful sitter. He really knows how to handle dogs of all shapes and sizes. His love for animals is so genuine and it shows with his training and command techniques. We also love that he will send photos of the dogs throughout their stay. We highly recommend him for doggy day care, overnight stays and/or training.
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Mark was fantastic. Very caring and helpful with our 9 month old Dachshund puppy. Our puppy was unsocialized and Mark was quickly able to socialize him into his pack. Our puppy was well taken care of and we had the added benefit of a tired pup the rest of the evening. I highly recommend Mark and Casa McKibben.
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Jodie loves going on dog vacay at Casa McKibben. We get peace of mind that our dog is having just as much fun as we are when she is staying with Mark.
Thank you Mark for providing Jake with such a great place to stay. I appreciated the promptness and ease of communication scheduling and throughout his stay!
Mark is great with our high energy Siberian Husky.
This is Ziva's first boarding. She used to go to a regular day care and she always looked stressed. This is a great option for her and she seemed comfortable with Mark and his puppies!
Mark is the best! My dog wasn't a swimmer, and in less than 3 days Mark had my pup swimming laps in the pool. Everyday my dog comes home WIPED OUT! A+++
This was the first time leaving my dog at Mark's place and my dog could not be happier. Mark and his wife are very knowledgeable and friendly with all dogs. There is plenty of room in the backyard for dogs to play and there is also a pool for those hot LA days. Dogs are also welcomed inside of the house where they can cool off under AC. Mark was also very responsive to calls and text messages and would send pictures of your dog throughout the stay.
I'm very satisfied.
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We were in a serious bind and needed a last minute reservation for Pepper and Dini. Under the particular circumstances at the time, I was very distressed about having to leave them, but Mark was very reassuring and eased my concerns. At one point, Pepper and Dini weren't feeling well, and Mark immediately called to let us know. He gave us regular updates, and took excellent care of them. It's clear that Mark truly loves caring for dogs. Casa McKibben is the best!
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We're from Northern California and ended up in a bind and needed dog care for our 1.5 year old Labradoodle puppy over Memorial Day Weekend. We decided to give DogVacay and Mark a try. I was little apprehensive at first. Ruby is a 25 pound ball of energy that pretty much needs constant human attention during her waking hours. After meeting Mark, I could tell that he was a dog lover and extremely knowledgeable. I wasn't sure if Ruby would be able to hang with the big dogs but based on pictures that Mark sent, there was little need to worry. Ruby took to Mark quickly and was hanging all over him in no time. I felt that Ruby was in a safe and fun environment. She slept pretty much the entire 7 hour drive home - she was wiped out after her long weekend of play. I would definitely book Mark again if we find ourselves in SoCal. Thank you Mark!
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I am overwhelmed by Mark's generosity and compassion. Rusty had a health scare and I thought I was going to lose him for sure. Mark gave me valuable advice and helped me to understand what to expect and went out of his way to help me early in the morning. Thereafter he helped me to care for Rusty for a few days, and Rusty has bounced back after being in a safe place that he loves, surrounded by dear doggy friends and expert human guardian angels. I cannot thank Mark and Carol enough! They truly love their doggy guests like family!
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Tobey & Carly always have a great time! On another note Tobey appears to be very disappointed when its time to come home.
My dog came back home happily tired from all his playing! He enjoyed his time with Mark and the other doggie guests in a big way, and Mark was kind enough to send me (the nervous Mom) many pictures and videos of our little guy having the time of his life. It makes me feel wonderful to leave town knowing that he is in a loving home atmosphere.
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I cannot say enough about how wonderful Casa McKibben is. Mark takes his valuable time with you and your dog to get to know him. This allows you and your dog the opportunity to get comfortable with his surroundings. Our dog had a blast and we instantly knew this was the place for him. While we were away Mark gave us multiple updates and pictures about our dog. Mark goes above and beyond what is needed to care for your dog. He treats them like one of his own. We will definitely be back.
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Athena my 70 lb dog loves it there. There are always dogs her size and she gets to socialize and have a good time.
Mark is great and super accommodating. Highly recommended and he truly is a dog lover
Mark takes excellent care of my pup. She gets plenty of exercise and play time with the other dogs.
Mark is great with Ziggy and all the dogs he looks after. Ziggy comes home happy and VERY tired.
My boys absolutely LOVE going to Casa McKibben! They have the best time getting play with the other "kids" and get some great socialization time and exercise. They get SO excited on daycare days!!!! Couldn't say enough about Casa.
Mark is totally Pawsome! :-) We feel good about taking DD to her daycare visits at Casa McKibben.

The meet and greet went great, and we were able to spend an hour to get to know Mark and the setup he has. We felt comfortable that he is knowledgeable about the care of canines.

We have taken our girl DD to a few daycare visits getting ready for a week's stay while we go on vacation. I know Mark will keep in touch with us while away and not be bothered with check ins.

I would recommend Mark to anyone.
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Mark was so awesome and accomodating when I had scheduling issues. The dogs had a great time :) Will definitely be returning.
We were a bit hesitant at first leaving our 2 kiddos at Cass McKibben, but as soon as we met Mark and his own pets plus the guests we felt so at ease! Mark has a natural calming charm with dogs. He was very welcoming and even sent us updates about the dogs along with pics!!! Such a plus!!! We will not look elsewhere should we need to leave them again. Shadow and Chloe feel like Casa McKibben is their second home! Thanks again!!!
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I had to cancel the sleepover and Mark was very nice about the short notice. I will reach out to him for future services.
Casa McKibben is the best around, hands down. They are very welcoming and safe and treat all guest dogs as though they are family. My Chihuaha/Terrier mix, Pork Chop gets excited every time we turn onto Mark's street because he knows he's about to have a great time!
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I've used Casa McKibben lots of times and everyone there is always super friendly! Mark is very flexible and always takes care of my dog, (Pork Chop) as though he is his own. Pork Chop loves going to Casa McKibben and gets excited before we even get to the house. I've gladly recommended Mark to friends and will continue to do so. Go check them out!
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Mark is wonderful! A friend recommended him for both overnight and doggy daycare. Our Boxer Molly is a bit shy at first but she was very comfortable with Mark and his pack. Mark does a wonderful job of first having you come with your dog for an hour or two for a meet and greet. He spends lots of time giving you the run down on everything and interacting with your dog. A few weeks later when we dropped Molly off for her first doggy daycare we were completely comfortable leaving her with Mark. Mark also sends you video updates on how your pup is doing. We are leaving for vacation in a few weeks for about 4 days and are so glad we have Mark to watch over Molly! Thanks Mark!
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Mark's awesome!!!!! Will be back to Casa McKibben ASAP
Jules' visit at Casa McKibben was very important this week. Jules' friend, Miss Chilli, move to Koni, HI and he has been very sad. He received lots of love and playtime on Tuesday.....perfect doggy therapy!
I can't say enough about how wonderful Casa is! My boys LOVE going to daycare there!!!! One of my boys is particular about people and places he goes, and Casa is the first place he has gone to that is happy when I pick him up AND excited when it's daycare days!!!

Mark does a fantastic job catering to all the pups needs, making sure they are happy and well cared for!!!

Highly recommend if you need a special place for your pup!
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Tuesdays with Mark are always the best. It's Jules' favorite day of the week!
I couldn't be more satisfied with Mark! I recently adopted a husky pup, who can be a bit antisocial. He treated her like one of his own and in no time she was having a blast playing with the other dogs. Mark really knows a lot about dogs, and his background working with dog rescues is impressive. He genuinely cares about all the pups in his home, this is not "just a job" for him. My pup is all tuckered out now from a great day of play and I couldn't be more happy! I am very picky, and Mark really deserves all 5 stars! Can't wait to bring her back!
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Mark is great with the dogs.
This was my (and Lilly's) first experience with DogVacay and Mark M took great care of my senior. She had a minor injury and Mark made sure she was able to get the rest she needed. Lilly also had some tummy troubles and Mark knew just what to do. He also sent me pix of her while I was away. I knew she was in good hands. I am very happy with the whole experience from start to finish and will definitely use Mark M and DogVacay again! thanks
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Mark provides an exceptional environment for dogs of all sizes and personalities. He's on scene every moment, ensuring that everything runs smoothly. We have full confidence in him, and will be leaving our two dogs with him in the future. Highly recommended.
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Awesome dog-sitter.. My Bull-mastiff Cyrus loved it & was treated like one of the fam. With pics sent daily to update me on what he was up to and to let me know he was doing fine. Will use again. Thanks
Awesome dog-sitter.. My Bull-mastiff Cyrus loved it & was treated like one of the fam. With pics sent daily to update me on what he was up to and to let me know he was doing fine. Will use again. Thanks
Faaaabulous!! Jules and Chilli enjoyed another wonderful play day with swimming and lots of TLC. Try it.....your best friend will love it!!
Mr Jules and his friend, Miss Chilli, enjoyed a wonderful day of fun and swimming. They plan to return again next Tuesday!
Jules took his friend, Chilli, to share an exciting day of swimming and total fun at Casa McKibben. She wants to go again next week!
Casa McKibben is ALWAYS wonderful, packed with fun, lots of love and reinforcement of good manners. The absolute best!!
Bear had another great stay at Casa McKibben. Mark took good care of him and he had a great time swimming and associating with the other dogs. Nice to have peace of mind concerning the dog when traveling.
Once again Rusty had a fantastic time at Casa McKibben. When I started scooping his food for his vacay he got so excited! Then he came home happy and exhausted. Thank you Mark! I never have to worry about leaving Rusty at his vacation home!
Dog Parents, If you are seeking a wonderful, fun filled, loving experience for your beloved sign on with Mark. He is the best!!
Grrrrrrrrrreat!!
Cody has come out of his shell!!! Thank you Mark!
Our chihuahua-minpin had another great stay with Mark at Casa McKibben! She was there for 10 days and didn't want to come home with us when we picked her up. She loved playing with her new dog friends and continued to play with them while we were at Mark's getting his report on her stay. She loved all the attention. She came home healthy and cheerful. We will book her again with Mark the next time we go on vacation.
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Casa McKibben is the fun filled place for dogs! Daycare and boarding are the best including lots of attention, love and fun in the pool.
Can't say enough about Casa! My boys LOVE going!!!!
Jules and I celebrated our first anniversary at Casa McKibben. It was a wonderful year of daycare and boarding for Jules and peace of mind for me. Thank you Mark!
This is Daisy's 4th stay at Mark's home - most of her visits are a week or so ... she is always happy and relaxed when I pick her up (oh, yes, excited - but not anxious). I can tell that she enjoys her visits at Uncle Mark's where she gets in great play time with other dogs but it also part of a well mannered fun pack!
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Cody is a fabulous but nervous little guy. Our concern was that he needed to be socialized so he would feel safer with other people other than me and my family. And with other dogs. Mark isn't just someone who just ADORES!!! dogs. He also recognizes and addresses the individual needs a particular dog may have, and addresses them with love, kindness and constant personnel attention. In the past, we have had our dog family members stay at very fancy hotels where they were cared for greatly, but not possibly with the amount of personal time and attention Mark can give. Cody is starting to come out of his shell with only a few visits with Mark. I was also sent home with some excellent tips on modifying a few behaviors. My family is planning on taking a big trip this summer where normally we would make reservations at the Doggy Hotel to care for our beloved Cody. But I am truly relieved and happy that Cody will now be spending that time with Mark and a few other 4 legged friends.
Thank you Mark!
David L.
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Jules is approaching his one year anniversary with Mark for daycare......and a several overnights too. Nothing but LOVE and really fun times for Jules. We are blessed to have found Mark on Dog Vacay.
Every Tuesday Jules spends with Mark and The Gang is AWESOME!! Check it out. Your beloved dog will thrive and LOVE IT!! Soon will be celebrating our one year anniversary with Mark.
Dixie always has a great time here. She loves playing with the other dogs and swimming in the pool. She always comes home tired from playing so much!
Absolutely could not have picked a better place to board my furbaby. Mark made me feel comfortable leaving him and updated me daily with pictures. I will use him every time we go on vacation.
Mark is awesome. Nothing short of perfection. We have left our dog there twice now and never had any worries.
Another great Tuesday for Jules and Easy Girl, running with the pack and soaking up lots of love!!
We love taking our pup, Gordie, to Mark's! He treats each dog like they are part of his family. He keeps his home and yard clean, is completely in tune to the "pack" and maintains total control. We never have any hesitation taking our little one there and would highly recommend Mark to anyone!
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Jules and Easy Girl enjoyed a wonderful day with Mark and they are looking forward to another fun day next Tuesday!
Jules' Tuesdays with Mark are ALWAYS the best! That's why Jules spends every Tuesday with Mark!!
Mark was really great. Don't be worried about leaving smaller dogs here. Mark can handle it and really understands dogs well. Highly recommended.
The reviews are accurate. This is Dog Heaven. Mark is so good with the dogs I wonder where he hides his tail!!
Our puppy had a great time with Mark and the other dogs who were vacationing at the same time. She seemed to make a lot of friends, both the four-legged kind as well as the two-legged, and came back to us perky and in good spirits. We appreciated Mark emailing us photos on several occasions so we could see how our dog was doing. It was nice to see her interacting with other dogs as she doesn't get enough canine interaction at home. Before we started our dog's stay, we had a test-visit and saw his set-up. Mark explained his background, how he feeds and cares for the pets in his care, and showed us how he helps new "guests" acclimate to the new environment. As our dog was easily the smallest one there (under 10 lbs), we felt more confident about leaving her with Mark and his family after our visit. Mark and his family seem to love dogs and really want to give them good care. We plan to have our dog stay at Casa McKibben again.
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Mark is the perfect host and Jules ALWAYS enjoys a wonderful daycare experience!
Zeus is my first dog, a beautiful lovable german shepard puppy...at 4 months old I never dreamed I would have to leave him anywhere...but my poppy's health required my full attention. Mark came on high referral, once I met him I knew zeus was at his second home. He already had probably 15, maybe more dogs but he knew I needed help. While tending to the needs of my poppy I missed Zeus terribly but each time I thought of him I felt really good, I felt happy for him to be having the experience that a dog gets at Marks house. I take Marks cards with me on my dog walks because truly everyone with a dog should know this place exists...its doggy heaven and Zeus loves it there...for my new puppy and his developement I'm going to give him a playdate a week. Not because I need the help but I'll do it for my dog.

And for as long as I have Zeus he will never stay anywhere else. Mark is an amazing human being, a beautiful soul...his work with dogs and what he provides for them is outstanding...Ziyah

PS I needed to extend Zeus' stay thru tuesday the 16th, it wasnt a problem.
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My dogs had a fabulous time at Casa McKibben! He sent pix and videos while I was gone, as well as texts telling me how they were doing. I really appreciated the regular contact, as I have a special needs dog, and it was their first time staying. Also, Mark was quite accommodating with Cleo's special diet, despite our taking over part of his refrigerator and freezer!
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A wonderful daycare experience for Jules except he wants to stay at Casa McKibben and Mark has to help me put Jules in the car!
Jules loved his monthly Tuesday visits at Casa McKibben! Lots of love, fun and all around good time.
I have a Lab (Rex) that usually stays at a kennel while we are away, but I thought I'd try Mark this time to give my dog some social interaction. He absolutely had a blast! He played like a puppy, and he's 10 ½ yrs old. Needless to say, he came home pooped, which means he had a great time. You can be assured that your dog is well cared for and having fun at Casa McKibben! I (and Rex) would definitely give Casa McKibben 5 stars.
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This was our first trip without our Corgi and his first time away from us. It felt great to know we had nothing to worry about while leaving him with Mark. Mark and his family are very kind. Mark is very knowledgeable with his training and medical care. I was amazed at the respect all the dogs have of Mark. It didn't matter what breed, size or age of any of the dogs, they all got along with each other as if they were the same. Every dog gets individual attention and all are treated like his own. Abner learned some new commands from Mark that we have been using at home. I will be bringing Abner back to Mark and recommend him to anyone who is looking for a home away from home for their dog.
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Another month of awesome Tuesdays for Jules. The fun is endless and the TLC....priceless!!
Another perfect overnight for Jules with Mark which included an animated photo saying Jules was ready for bed and tucked in under his blanket. Doesn't get any better!!
Another delightful time at Mark's home for my pup, Daisy. She immediately adapted to Mark's home as this was her third time there. She came home "exhausted" from all the play and wonderful time. Mark and his family are wonderful hosts - highly recommend.
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Once again Rusty had a wonderful time at Casa McKibben. I have a strong suspicion he wants to move in and become a permanent part of the pack. He gets so excited whenever I start packing his food for his stay. It's so wonderful to have guilty-free trips knowing that Rusty is in great hands!
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Another fantastic experience - - such high focus/attention to Daisy and outstanding communication to me. Daisy is very happy staying as Casa McKibbon - and well loved! Mark and his family are fantastic!
Another month of perfect Tuesdays for Jules at Casa McKibben! Lots of love, fun and good manners reinforcement.....perfect!
I couldn't be more pleased with the attention and care that my pup, Daisy, is given at Mark's home. They are highly attuned to her needs but also encourage independence, growth and dog play. Daisy thrives being in a home with many dogs and a strong alpha (Mark).
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Jules' visits with Mark every Tuesday are a bonus! Playtime, swimming and love for Jules and worry free time for me. The best of everything!!
Mark responded right away whenever I sent a text or called, and he also sent me email updates (one with a short video of Bear playing with the other dogs). Bear had a great time and wants to go back soon to see all his "doggie buddies".
My pup is very sensitive and has abandonment issues. Mark and his family were extremely aware and sensitive to my pup -- ensuring she felt secure, supported and not overwhelmed. I got daily update, photos and videos. I could tell the "tide had turned" the moment I got videos of her happily running about, chasing and playing with other dogs. This is one happy, dog-loving home.
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This was my German Shepherd, Champ's, second stay at Mark's house. I know this is his home away from home. Mark is so good with all the dogs. He has all of their attention and respect. He is gentle, calm and loving with them. I love Mark's texts and pictures, it makes me happy and comfortable. Mark , also, answers our texts promptly. Mark is definitely a dog whisperer. He is amazing! Champ, also, has been enjoying doggie play days at marks house for the last two months. I highly recommend Mark's services to anyone.

Linda C.
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These are some of the nicest people I have ever met and they truly love dogs. It was a pleasure leaving my dog Champ with Mark and I really enjoyed my vacation knowing Champ was in excellent hands. I loved getting texts and emails with pictures showing Champ enjoying himself when I was on my vacation, put a smile on my face every time. I Will always use Marks services anytime I need to leave Champ alone for any length of time in the future. I highly recommend Marks service to anyone wanting to leave their dog in a caring and loving home environment while away. This is the best thing you can do for dog and yourself .
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Bear felt right at home with Mark as well as with the other dogs. Because of the weekly play dates he was already familiar with the house and yard. Swam in the pool almost non-stop which he loves. Even got a spa-like shampoo and conditioner treatment after all that swimming!
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I refer to Mark as the "Dog Whisperer of the Valley". Mark, his wife Carol, and his mother love dogs and treat the dogs like part of their family.
Mark is a wonderful dog trainer and truly a professional. We have boarded our dog at Mark's twice and will continue to do so. If I could give 10 stars, I would!
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Dutchie and Bongo came home happy and exhausted! Mark and his doggy playland are an absolute pleasure. We felt like we can relax, and will have no problem leaving them with Mark anytime again in the future.
Another wonderful experience of fun, swimming and lots of TLC. This continues to be a wonderful experience for Jules!
Another fabulous stay…thank you Mark!
Another great stay with Mark and the pups..Kona always has a great time..and is tired for days afterward.
This may be redundant but Mark is the BEST! Besides lots of love for the pooches, Mark is excellent at making sure all guest dogs are properly socialized and practice good manners at all times. Invaluable experience combined with a ton of fun!
Another terrific Tuesday for Jules with Mark and all the gang! Best environment and experience for doggies ever!! We've already booked for next Tuesday.
A daycare day with Mark is a day filled with play. Jules enjoys the TLC and activities every Tuesday with Mark and The Gang. We are regulars!!
Jules enjoyed another great stay with DogVacay and Mark!!
Mark is the best! That's why Jules is a weekly guest.
Our dog always has a great time at Mark's house. Mark is very attentive to the dogs and I always feel that I am leaving Buster in good hands. It is great not having to worry if our dog is being cared for and looked after while we are away. Mark and his family are kind, knowledgeable, and trustworthy.
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Our Vizsla, Jules, has a weekly date with Mark because Mark is caring, responsible, reliable and totally attuned to everything dog. He provides a safe and fun environment for Jules and peace of mind for me.
Another perfect day care experience for Jules1 Perfect! Perfect! Perfect!
Mark's day care was perfect for Jules! We will do it again next week.
Wow, what a great experience. It was our first time using dogvacay.com ad we were a bit nervous leaving our pup with someone we didn't know. Mark and his family were so sweet to our dog Buster. Mark is knowledgeable, friendly, and provides a safe and fun atmosphere. It would be an understatement to say that Buster had an amazing time at Casa McKibben! I would definitely recommend Mark's services!
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My son had a birthday party sleepover with 8 kids so we sent Moo-Moo over to her favorite home away from home for the weekend. As always she came home worn out but happy from all the play & love she received on her stay.
Well another awesome 3 day vacation for Moo-moo with her second family; at Mark's and therefore we were able to enjoy our time away with absolutely no worries! Thank You, Thank You… Suzie
We went to Big Island for 11 days, and Bella had a wonderful stay at Casa McKibben with Mark, Carol, and all the dogs! He taught her to be comfortable in his pool, and when we returned, both of us were invited for a swim and Bella, a dobie mix jumped in and began comfortably swimming like an otter very soon after.
We are always so happy that we met Mark; the environment at his Casa is perfect. We missed her a lot, but we knew for sure that she was fine.
Woofs and nose dabs/ little licks from B to all her fur-pals there!
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I recently rescued a dog who had been in the shelter for three months. Along with that experience came some perceived behavioral issues. Mark helped me realize that the perception was wrong. My dog recently spent almost a week at Casa McKibbon and had no issues whatsoever. Mark was so great with Tyson the first day that I brought him over for a meet and greet that I knew this was the place. He not only takes care of all of his boarding dogs like they are his own but somehow finds time to train them a bit as well. If you want to feel safe knowing your dog is in good hands, book your dog's vacay HERE.
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Mark is doing an amazing service for what I feel is a low price! I have a 14 month old boxer, pincher, pitt mix that is as silly as she is full of bounce! I left her in Marks care for 5days last week as I went out of town.
My mother has always taken care of my pets whenever I needed. She passed away last year and since then I have been searching for a dog care facility.
I used Canyon Ranch (7day stay) and Paradise cove 2x (4 days each). And was not happy with the lack of attention the dogs receive.
You can NOT compare the level of care and attention Mark and his surroundings/home gave my dog! I feel he truly loves his canine guests as if they were his own. I received many txt messages video and photos telling me what my dog was up to daily. I could tell by what he wrote in his messages that he really was in tune with her silly lovable self! I could go on and on about how grateful we are to have found Mark however, in short, after picking up my dog (aka little love of my life) and brought her home my husband and I were actually thinking "do you think she would rather be back at Mark's house? " "Do you think Moo-moo likes Mark better? Let's ask if we could bring her over for play dates? Ha ha ha.
I have never felt that anyone could possibly care or give enough or as much attention to MY pet...I was wrong.
We were dreading leaving her while we traveled but know we won't even give it a second thought! Thank you thank you thank you Mark!
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Suzie & Moo-moo
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Kona loves it there. He plays nonstop and loves the pool no matter the season. They treat all the dogs as part of the family. So glad I found Dog Vacay and especially Mark.
Mark is excellent. His family is very dog friendly and my lab Kona had a great time. Am using him again and again.
Mark was very accommodating! We were running late getting back from the mountain and mark was able to take care of Hamachi for an extra night. Thanks again Mark!
Hamachi's vacation at Casa McKibben was great. Mark took care of all the dogs as his own. Swim time, sun time, couch time.... Hamachi ran with the McKribben pack for a whole week. We felt very assured our boy was in good hands and did not have to worry one bit.
Hamachi loved his stay so much he howled the first nights back!
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I am an animal lover as you are if you are taking the time to check Casa McKibben out. I have 3 little ones... Sami, Ivy and Lola. I am a perfectionist, not easily trusting and anxious about anyone taking care of my babies, because of course, no one can possibly take care of them as I do. I have made every effort NOT to ever be gone from them more than a few hours at a time.
The human love of my life has patiently waited, but recently insisted that it was the high road or no road if we didn’t travel outside the 10 mile zone. One day he brought Doggie Vacay to my attention. Hmmm... cage free boarding and all the comforts of home. Too good to be true of course. But reluctantly, with threatening stares from the human one, I cautiously browsed through the list of candidates close to my comfort zone. And that’s how Mark & Casa McKibben came into our lives!
It took me awhile to write this because I didn’t want my review to be just another 5 star rating for Mark. I DID choose to interview Casa McKibben because of the reviews, but after our experience with Mark and his family, I can say with firm conviction that this is truly one heck of guy, and he is absolutely passionate about his animal friends!
With Mark’s help, we came to discover that our little neurotic one, (Lola) acted out her anxieties due to my anxiousness and enabling. Lola was a recent rescue and very dependent upon me because I wanted to make up for her traumatic past. I held her, constantly babying and comforting her not realizing that it encouraged her from being social with others, more aggressive and extremely possessive.
What a blessing when I found Mark. Although I checked out several of the best kennels, the idea of leaving my girls in a cage seemed cold and cruel. They have never been caged except in grooming/doctor visits, so how would they feel away from home for the first time, forced into an environment so unlike what they were used to... too unbearable for me to consider.
I will end in confirming what the other reviewers have said about Casa McKibben. But... please don’t just take my word... CHECK IT OUT! Do a meet and greet and you will understand what I and others know. Mark and his family are wonderful! You can not escape his passion, knowledge and enjoyment of his, the neighborhood critters and all who come into his care. Bacon Sundays, swimming and hanging out with the family... both human and their own kind... just Heaven!
I have finally been able to go somewhere other than the store. I am planning a trip to San Diego. Not a big deal to most, but with 3 little ones, something that seemed so impossible for years is now a reality!
Thanks Doggy Vacay. Great concept... and a GRATEFUL, BIG THANK YOU to Mark and his family. ALSO to Neo, Binks and Princess Rose the resident pack that helped make my pack feel as much at home as could be possible!
Jo and Lee
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My husband and I are extremely protective of our boy, Sequoia. As a rescue dog, Sequoia generally requires more attention and care due to his strong separation anxiety issues and we were hoping to find the right fit for our situation. The moment we met Mark we felt immediately at ease, secure, and confident that Sequoia would be well cared for and would make some life-long furry friends along the way.

Mark and the entire McKibben’s family are absolutely amazing and their home is filled with so much love and warmth! Mark’s extensive knowledge and impressive ability to understand animals is remarkable and his advice and approach to how we should handle Sequoia has already made such a difference.

Sequoia had so much fun during his overnight stay and Mark even sent us pictures during the day of how Sequoia was getting along with his new buddies. It was so reassuring to see his goofy smile and although this was his first sleepover, it won’t be his last!

Mark has worked wonders with our Pitbull and we couldn’t be happier with how much he’s learning every moment he gets to spend time with Mark and the McKibben’s gang. Sequoia has even made some girlfriends and is growing up so fast!

My husband and I feel like we found a gold mine with Casa McKibben's and we couldn't be more grateful that Sequoia has found his pack!
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This was Buddy's third visit to Casa McGibben. Once again they took exceptional care of Buddy. When away on trips we appreciate the daily pictures and occasional video. We are always worried when we come home whether he wants to come back with us and leave all his new friends. We are certain that he had as good a time on his vacation as we did on ours.
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FRIENDLY LOVING HOME ENVIRONMENT!! Received lots of pics of my pup playing with other dogs and being spoiled by Mark & his family!! Great experience will return again for sure!! Thank You
Our puppy Jodie had a great time on doggie vacation. Mark is great and his love for dogs was so obvious from the minute we met him. Mark kept us updated with text messages/pictures and emails. By showing us all the fun our Jodie was having, we were able to enjoy our vacation knowing she was having a blast, while safe and secure and maybe even learned a thing or two.

Jodie can't wait until we go on vacation again!!!
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Mark & family are the best! My dog and I immediately felt comfortable during the meet and greet and I felt great knowing that my dog was having the time of his life during his dog vacay! When I picked up my dog he looked like he was an established member of the family/pack and was happily exhausted after he got home. It really helped me to transition back into my daily routine instead of having to pay extra attention to a poor dog who had been cooped up in a kennel.
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This was the second time that Buddy visited. We are always concerned whether Buddy will come back home after having such a wonderful time at Casa McGibben. They take exceptional care of Buddy and all dogs that stay there.
I felt very secure leaving Luna with Mark. I just picked her up and she appears happy and healthy.
For the first time after many one day stays, Bella got to have an overnight at Casa McKibben. It was great! She found a new playmate, her mini-me Princess Rose. We are so pleased with Mark and Carols' service and hospitality they offer to our
1 1/2 year old Lab mix. Bella is very happy there and also given appropriate structure and training in a fun, loving and safe environment.

If we ever go abroad for a longer trip, we will plan it around Marks' availability:) Seriously!

Thanks again, and best wishes to all the residents and visitors at Casa McKibben from us.
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My dog Colt had a 2 day pool party/beach blanket bingo. He came home ready for some sleep! Great host and wonderful house for dogs who enjoy being outside and love to play in the water. I know Colt did.
Mark and his family were awesome! I have a very timid puppy (Max) especially timid of men. Mark was very good with Max. He sent me updates/texts of Max playing and even swimming. The updates made me feel very happy that I chose Mark as a host. When I returned Max could use the dog door and swim with Mark's dogs. It seems he had a lot of fun during his stay there. I have taken him back for play days since as he really enjoys his dog friends and the fun at Mark's home! I would definitely recommend Mark as a host!
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Amazingly pleased with Mark and his family! We have never left our dog in the hands of anyone in the 9 years we have had her and it was difficult to choose a place that we could feel happy and content being gone from her. I chose this B & B because I could tell by the pictures, reviews, and description that our dog would feel loved and at home. What really got me was sunday bacon day, as our dog is BIG on treats! So, after picking up our dog, we were so thankful to see how happy she was and honestly, did not want to leave. She was very comfortable with Mark and the other dogs and seemed like the puppy version of Lucky we had not seen in years. We got wonderful update photos sent to us as well while we were gone and it was wonderful to see how happy our dog was. Lucky got a lovely thank you card and gifts to take home as well. We now will drop off Lucky anytime we go out of town on vacation, but at Casa McKibben Doggy B & B I think the dogs are really the ones having all the fun!
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Our dog, Shiloh, had the best time at Casa McKibben! Mark was so great with her. He spent over an hour with Shiloh getting to know her before her stay which assured us she would have a safe and fun visit and would be well cared for and loved. Shiloh was very excited to return to Casa McKibben for her stay and came home happy and exhausted from all of the fun she had. We highly recommend Casa McKibben and will definitely be back. Thank you so much for loving and caring for our doggie like one of your own!
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Mark has been such a good friend to our dogs. We've left our dogs with him when we've gone on vacation and again recently when we had a house fire and needed somewhere for our dogs to go at a moment's notice. In stressful situations it's nice to know your dogs will be in a warm and loving home.
Plus, we love all the pictures of our dogs that he sends us!
It's a relief to know our dogs are not only cared for, fed, and entertained, but also loved as one of the family.

Thanks Mark!

--Lisa L.
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Mark is an amazing host. He is an absolute dog lover and takes great care with any dogs left in his care. Our dog Buddy had the time of his life, playing with the other dogs, swimming, and having general run of the house. Mark sent regular photos and we felt very comfortable that our dog was in good hands. We would recommend Mark and Casa McGibben to anyone.
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Bella had a wonderful time at Casa McKibben again. We would take her back to be under Mark and Carol's care without worrying about her at all. They are true animals lovers and understand them very well also. Bella may even learn to swim there when it gets hot:)
Thank you Casa McKibben
We are recommending Casa McKibben to all our friends!
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Mark M at Casa Mckibben is the best resource for us that we could ever have hoped to find. We are very pleased with his knowledge and experience. He is super friendly and his home is a doggie heaven.
We are very happy with our experience at Casa Mckibben and plan to board Bella there when ever the need arises. Thank you Mark M and dogvacay.com for being there for us!
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Mark is a great host. He has a passion for dogs. And it really shows. Bobo and Sammy had lots of fun staying over with mark and his wife. I got picture updates every day during the stay. Mark even went the Extra mile in teaching them new things. I recommend mark as a host. I have even booked them
for a longer stay. Thanks ;)
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The McKibbens were so wonderful with my dog, I didn't know if he would want to come home! He was treated like a member of their family. I got e-mails and pictures from Mark almost every day, which made me very comfortable that he was happy. Otis got along with the other dogs very well, and was a real member of their pack. Thank you so much for recommending this fantastic family.
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We left our dog, Mylo (a Shih Tzu pup) with Mark when we went for a vacation over a 3 day period. Mylo is a little over a year and has a lot of energy! Casa McKibben was just the perfect place for him with all different dogs for him to play with. Mark and Carol took very good care of Mylo. Mark would update us with emails and pictures on Mylo's well being throughout the day and would also tell us stories of Mylo's activities over the phone. Before boarding Mylo here, we met Mark and Carol at their place for a meet and greet. Mark introduced himself and brought his dogs one at a time to introduce to Mylo. We were very impressed with his knowledge and professionalism and care for Mylo. We found out that since it had rained over the weekend and the dogs had played out on the wet grass, Mylo did get dirty. But Mark gave Mylo a shower as well which we thought was very thoughtful. Mylo had a ball of a time and has definitely made new friends with Binks, Neo, Nelly, Ranger, Toby and Sammy. Mylo misses all of them very much. I am sure Mylo will be back soon as Casa McKibben with Mark and Carol as we really feel very comfortable that Mylo is safe and well taken care of.
We highly recommend Casa McKibben for dog day care and boarding.
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Mark made our whole family feel comfortable leaving our dog in his care for the weekend. From the initial meet n greet to the drop off to the pickup we knew he was being well taken care of. Mark was very methodical about introducing our pet with his own to reduce stress for everyone. He even gave some great training tips. We would absolutely use Mark again. He is our go to guy from now on.
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