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Barbara B.

17 Reviews
7 Repeat Guests
$35/night
Other Sitters Nearby
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  • Cancellation Policy:
    Flexible

Pet Requirements

  • 1-20 lbs
  • 20-40 lbs
  • 40-80 lbs
  • 80+ lbs
All Ages OK

Barbara's Resident Pets

Gigi
Black Labrador Retriever
Female
9 old
Samme
retriever/labrador/hound
Male
1 year old

Barbara's House

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Outdoor area

About Barbara

To say I love animals would be an understatement. I don't ever remember not having a dog in my life. I am a former special-needs teacher, now retired.....well, sort of retired. I live on a small farm with various farm animals. My other business "Barb's Barn", offers kids the opportunity to learn about and experience farm life and farm animals. The hour "Fun on the Farm" sessions are by appointment only and the visits are occasional, not frequent, so it does not interfere with any doggie boarders. In the morning, they will enjoy a walk on a leash around the pasture and barn before the horses, ponies, and mini donkeys are let out of their stalls, and before the chickens and ducks are let out of their coop. This allows your furry family member to get accustomed to the 'new' farm smells. Because every dog is different and has a unique personality, that will determine whether or not the dog can be off a leash while my farm friends are out. My dogs are never outside when I am not. When I am in, they are in. My home is small and not fancy, but my canine companions are relaxed, comfortable, and you can be worry-free that your furry family members will be loved and well cared for. Because I am home most of the time, I can accommodate their outside potty break schedule however often they require. I also have a pond which my Sam and Gigi love to swim in. If your dog is a swimmer, he or she, too, might enjoy a cool dip in the pond. Please let me know if your precious pup would enjoy a visit in the country. If your pooch would be more comfortable in his or her own home, I would be more than happy to come to your house.
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Barbara B.

17 Reviews
7 Repeat Guests
$35/night
Other Sitters Nearby
  • Responds within 4 hours
  • Cancellation Policy:
    Flexible

Availability

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  • 1 Spot Left
  • Booked
  • Last updated August 15, 2016

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Services & Rates

Boarding Overnight At Barbara's Home
$35 /night
  • Watches up to 3 dogs/night
House Sitting Overnight At Your Home
$40 /night
  • Willing to travel 20 miles
Daycare At Barbara's Home
$35 /day
  • Watches up to 3 dogs/day
Dog Walking
$10 /half-hour
$15 /hour
  • Willing to travel 10 miles
Pick-Up/Drop-Off
$15 each way
  • Willing to travel 15 miles
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17 Reviews
Barbara is the best host we've ever had. My dogs love her. I have to say she is the only person we feel comfortable with to take care of our dogs when we are away.
Barbara was amazing as always!. My husband and I know that our dogs love her and have lots of fun with Sammy and Gigi.
Barbara did a great job as always. We are recurrent clients and this time we actually left our 2 dogs for boarding. They were very tired when we pick them up. I am sure she had her hands full!
Barbara is an incredible host for our Airdale Terrier Akela. We appreciate her patience and loving attitude toward her.
This is the second time Barbara takes care of our Airedale Terrier Akela and we are very pleased and blessed to count on her. Akela loves to go to the farm and play with Sammy and Gigi. Barbara is definitely the best host we have found in this website!
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Awesome as always! Tivor had a blast!
Barbara has been just incredible. She is excellent with communication, seems to really love having one's dog stay with her and takes care of any issue. I don't know if it is possible to have anyone better to take care of your pet! I have special circumstances that has added a degree of difficulty but Barbara has been unfazed and very supportive. Don't think about anyone else to send your dog to -- just contact her and do it -- you will be very very pleased. In short, Barbara rocks!
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Our dog Tivor had a great time with Barbara! He was able to play with other dogs and be outside which he loves. It was a great experience.
Barb came to our rescue and was available to watch our 11 year old Vizsla at the last minute. Our dog loved her weekend at Barb's farm and we could not have been happier. We will definitely schedule again with Barb and would highly recommend her for anyone looking for a safe nurturing home for their pet while on vacation. Thanks Barb!
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Barbara was an excellent host. We couldn't leave our Airedale Terrier Akela in better hands. Akela loved to play with Sammy and Gigi who are wonderful dogs as well. She is still tired! Barbara was very patient with us specially because we had to change drop off and pick up times at the last minute. She was very understanding and willing to help us. We are very thankful to find Barbara, and we are sure that Akela enjoyed being at the farm to experience a different environment. We definitely, will call Barbara next time we need to go out of town.
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Took our three year old 60 lb dog to barb for a few nights! She was wonderful! She texted us updates on his progress and was very loving and caring to him. She is on a farm, so there's lots of space for fun! Thanks barb and we will see you soon!
Heather d
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Barb provides a nurturing atmosphere on her small farm. She cared for my troubled dog, who doesn't like to meet new people, without any problems at all. She even allowed me to easily add one day to the schedule. I couldn't ask for better care for my pet, YingYang. Thank you so much, Barb.
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When we went out of town for a long weekend, we weren't sure what our options were for our one year old Great Dane that we knew wouldn't be happy in a kennel all day. We are so glad we found Barb - our dog loved his stay with Barb, Sam, and Gigi! Barb cared for him like he was her own, and it is very clear that she has a love for animals. We highly recommend Barb and won't hesitate to contact her for any future vacation plans for our fur-baby.
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I am delighted with HRH Kate's recent stay with Barb! She had a blast!!! She loved hanging out with Sam & Gigi. She was fascinated with watching the mini donkeys and the ponies out in the pasture from the backyard. Every day she got lots of fresh and plenty of snuggles and hugs. I felt completely relaxed to enjoy my weekend away knowing My Lab mix girl was in great and loving hands. Barb texted me lots of photos and messages throughout the weekend and was flexible when my pick up time had to be adjusted due to traffic coming back from Orlando. I have long known Barb takes care of her barnyard animals. She does a great job with children who do summer camp and Barnyard Fun on the days she isn't dog sitting. It is a honey and warm country setting. Sam and Gigi made HRH Late immediately comfortable with friendly wags and happy wiggles. And now I can absolutely say that HRH Kate came home healthy, happy and relaxed. I will absolutely book again for my next weekend escape. HRH is a big girl at 73 pounds and pulls hard on her leash. Barb handled her very well. Such a relief.
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Gabby enjoyed a great stay with Barb and her two dogs, Sam and Gigi. It is obvious Barb has a true love of animals and I know she treated Gabby as if she were her own. We will definitely take Gabby back to Barb's farm when we go out of town. I know Gabby will be looking forward to her next stay with Barb!
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Barbara is an outstanding surrogate parent for our Barney.
She was kind, attentive and responsive to our 12 year old Beardie during our trip. Barney came back to us looking great, well-fed and happy.
Barney was fascinated by the open ranch atmosphere, and Barbara's 2 friendly pet dogs.
We will call Barbara for all future trips when Barney will need to go to camp.
Francie & Michael Cowen
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Our rescue Dane had little if any interaction with other dogs prior to her stay - but Barbara, Sam and Gigi couldn't have been more accommodating. It was great to find another lover of large dogs so close to home. Thanks Barbara - HiHo will definitely be back to stay with her new friends again soon!

Anne & Rick (Myakka City)
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