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Mary B.

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34 Reviews
18 Repeat Guests
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  • 3 days notice required for bookings
  • Responds within 5 minutes
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Pet Requirements

  • 1-20 lbs
  • 20-40 lbs
  • 40-80 lbs
  • 80+ lbs
All Ages OK
Must Be Vaccinated

Mary's Resident Pets

Great Dane
4 yr 0 mo old
Other Pets & Animals: Cats, Chicken, ducks, turkeys, or other birds

Mary's House

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Outdoor area
Smoke-free home
Pets allowed on furniture
Air-conditioned inside
Great for senior pets

About Mary

20 Years Experience Caring For Dogs
We are located in the country with lots of running room and fun things to watch and smell! Mary is a retired R.N. with an additional 11 years working as a veterinary assistant. Ted is the former owner of an invisible fencing company. Cameron is our two year old Great Dane and we have lots of walks, fetching and play time each day. Dogs are our passion and we can't wait to meet and spoil yours! All guest dogs must, at the least, tolerate cats!
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Can administer oral medicine
Can administer injected medicine
Special Needs Accommodated
  • Pets recovering from surgery
  • Separation anxiety
  • Leash Pulling

Mary B.

Online Now!
34 Reviews
18 Repeat Guests
Other Sitters Nearby
  • 3 days notice required for bookings
  • Responds within 5 minutes
  • Cancellation Policy:


  • Available
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  • 1 Spot Left
  • Booked
  • Last updated February 20, 2017


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Services & Rates

Boarding Overnight At Mary's Home
$30 /night
  • Watches up to 2 dogs/night
  • Dogs will never be left unattended
  • 5+ potty breaks/day
  • 3+ walks/day
  • Pets can sleep wherever they want
Daycare At Mary's Home
$20 /day
  • Watches up to 3 dogs/day
$15 /bath
34 Reviews
My 2 year old Labradoodle just got home from a week with Mary and we couldn't be happier! It truly was a vacation for him, I could tell he loved being there. Mary, thank you for taking such good care of him!
Awesome as always. Dogs are excited to be there. Perfect. Won't change. Troy. #
Mary was amazing. She is very compassionate towards animals and has their best interest at heart. She sent photographs of my pet and gave me updates any time I contacted her. We will certainly be using her again and I highly recommend her to anyone considering her.
Mary is awesome! Our dog actually ate his food! Our pup has separation anxiety and typically will not eat when he's away from home. We left him with Mary for two nights and came home with just a few pieces of kibble left. This alone tells us that he was relaxed and comfortable with Mary. We're very pleased to know that our dog was well taken care of while we were away. Thank you, Mary!
My three dogs had a wonderful time with Mary! They were so excited when they looked through the car windows as we drove into the driveway and figured out where they were.This is the first place we have been able to leave our anxiety-prone lab. Thank you, Mary!! We can now go on vacations without our dogs and not worry about them!
We love Mary! Sam gets so excited when we turn onto her road and he figures out where he is going. He loves to run around on her property and play with her dog Cameron- he always comes home exhausted and happy. But as much as Sam loves going to Mary's, we love it even more. She definitely treats Sam like family and for that we are incredibly grateful. She pays special attention to his food restrictions, and made special treats for him on his first stay. When we ran into travel delays on our way home on our already long trip, Mary was quick to tell us not to worry about Sam and we were relieved to know that he was well taken care of for an extra night. It is definitely worth the drive out to the country!
Mary B cares for my girls just like I would. She knows their demeanor and treats them like family! Our dogs absolutely love their second Mom.
My boy just had another great stay with Mary and sweet Cameron, the Great Dane. How could I ever take my dog to a standard kennel, small enclosed, lonely quarters- when he could stay on Mary's beautiful farm, in her loving home and watchful care? We were on vacation and so was he, he had a ball! And now he is gleefully pooped.
Once again our pups enjoyed their stay at "the ranch". They are excited to see them and play with Cameron. They truly relax when they visit. Thanks!
Once again Mary was fantastic with my dogs. Her dog Cameron and my dog Charley(both Great Danes) are best of friends! There is lots of room for them to run and plenty of couch space to take naps. My little dog Macy was not forgotten either. After running to try to keep up with the big dogs, macy would crash on the chair with Mary. I don't think I could find better care for my dogs!!
Denver and Bamz had a wonderful and peaceful time at the Mary B. ranch. They took extra special care of our lab that had physical restrictions due to an injury. She paid special attention to her needs. It's a vacation for both of our dogs when they stay with Mary B. Thank you!
Mary is a Godsend. We don't know what we would do without her. She loves our Matilda as her own, and worried about her just as we would.

She is also always generous with her time and her cooking skills. She loves to try new recipes for dogs and people alike, and more often than not, she has sent up on our way with something decadent and scrumptious. She is just amazing.

We wouldn't think of using anyone else in central Iowa.
This is the second time Daisy has stayed with Mary, and the setup is perfect for her. Mary lives in the country, and our high-energy black Lab mix loves having the space to run around and play with Mary's dog. Mary is so good with her, it's really the ideal place for Daisy to go when we have to go out of town.
As always, Franklin had another great trip and stay with Mary! He loves the wide open spaces and love he receives while I am away. Thank you again Mary!
Brandy LOVES Mary and staying at her house. 5 stars isn't enough to rate Mary as she always exceeds my expectations and takes wonderful care of Brandy. Thank you!!!
Mary is amazing. Sent me a pic after the first day. So wonderful to leave our dog in a loving home environment instead of a kennel. My dog loved it, and especially playing with Mary's dog, Cameron.
Mary is a wonderful host! Once again, my girls had the time of their lives. They were wore out and happy. They now look forward everytime I pull into her driveway. Thanks for loving the girls like I do!
Jersey (the dog) had a great time at Mary's. She was exhausted when we picked her up from playing all day and night at Mary's. Jersey will be excited to go back in August!! Mary treated her as if she was her own and creates very personalized care.
Bruce had a lot of fun playing with Cameron their Great Dane. Sorry I had forgot to post this back then. Thanks Patrick & Bruce
Lily and Maci loved their stay with Mary.

We could totally tell they were not stressed out like they usually are when we pick them up after being kenneled for a week.

I believe they thought it was a vacation for them as well. Definitely their new home away from home :)
We couldn't have found a better place to take the dogs. They genuinely care about our dogs. They had a blast. They were at ease and comfortable as if they were at home. I feel like they're family.
Our experience with Mary was great! She is very pleasant and friendly. She took great care of Sophie!!
Donnie always gets extremely excited to visit Mary and Cameron. When he sees I am packing his pillow, Donnie knows he is off to adventures with Cameron and homemade treats from Mary. He then comes home completely exhausted. The pictures Mary sends during Donnie's stay are so comforting.
My daughter from Minnesota was visiting with her dog and I have my two dogs. I was hosting a family Christmas party and needed a place for the dogs to go. I had done a meet and greet with Mary over the summer and knew it would be a great place for the dogs to spend the day. My daughter was apprehensive about leaving her dog with some one but once she met Mary, my daughter was very comfortable with everything. When we picked up the dogs at the end of the day, they were exhausted from playing all day. I am going on vacation next summer and will definetly call Mary again!!
Great experience once again! Frank is exhausted from playing all weekend, and we were very happy to know that he was in good hands while we were away!
Mary made a great impression the first time we met. She obviously cares for her animals and all that she welcomes into her home. Our dog was with her eight nights and Mary sent a few pictures along with brief updates during his stay. Couldn't be more pleased! Thanks Mary!!!
My dog Floyd is anxious when we leave him. When he was picked up from Mary's it was obvious that he had a good time
Just wanted to tell about Bruce's stays he got along great with Cameron their Great Dane. So I felt good leaving him for such a long stay while I went to DC for a marathon. Even though I missed my dog knowing he was having fun with her helped a lot.
Have a Great Day
Pat & Bruce
We took our dog, Frank, to stay with Mary while we were away on our honeymoon. It was clear that Frank had an amazing time and it was comforting for us to know that he was staying in such a loving home - we also really loved the photo and video updates!
When we picked Frank up and took him home, he was completely exhausted because he had such a great time playing and running around. We will definitely be using Mary again when we need a dog-sitter!
Couldn't ask for a better home and people to watch over Franklin. Great spaces to run, excellent care and love. I am so grateful!!
I've never met anyone who loves dogs as much as Mary. She always welcomes us so warmly and treats us like we're doing her a favor instead of the other way around. When we drove up to Mary B's, our beagle Matilda was excited before she even got out of the car.
It was the first time we left her over night and Mary sent us a text and a picture to let us know how she was doing. Next month we'll be leaving her with Mary for over a week and we feel totally comfortable that she'll be treated like a queen!
I was impressed with the extra time Mary spent preparing for Brandy's visit as she is a little 6 lb dog. Brandy was very comfortable and loved being at Mary's house and she will definitely return for another visit. I feel blessed to have found Mary!
We really couldn't have asked for more! We went out to the farm for a visit, and our dog got along great with Mary's, and there was plenty of room for them to run and play. Not to mention homemade doggie treats. Mary made us feel right at home and sent us texts with pictures of Daisy while we were away. We are absolutely going to have Daisy stay with her again when we go out of town. Couldn't have asked for a better setup--and Mary even met us for the dropoff and pickup, so we didn't have to go out to her place the days we traveled.
Donnie had a blast staying with Mary. Mary sent photos and updates so we would know how well Donnie was getting along. She has a beautiful place and Donnie is anxious to return.
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